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hello and welcome to bbc news. in the last few hours, the us military and south korean officials have confirmed that north korea fired a ballistic missile which exploded shortly after launch. the failed test, reportedly from near an airfield in puk—chang. came just hours after a special session at the un security council in which the us pushed for tougher sanctions on the pyongyang regime. barbara plett—usher has this report from the un headquarters in new york. after weeks of mounting concern in washington about north korea, the secretary of state arrived at the united nations to make his case. un sanctions aren't working, was the message. there needs to be a new campaign of pressure. and he clarified the stakes. ultimately this is being driven by america's own national security considerations, he said, so it is serious. with each successive detonation and missile test, north korea pushes north—east asia and the world closer to instability and broader conflict.
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the threat of a north korean nuclear attack on seoul or tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before north korea develops the capability to strike the us mainland. indeed, the dprk has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike. given that rhetoric, the united states cannot idly stand by. nor can other members of this council, who are within striking distance from north korea missiles. despite un pressure, north korea's been able to accelerate its weapons programme, and shortly after mr tillerson spoke, it fired another missile, although that test seems to have failed. still, it was an act of defiance, like this massive live—fire exercise last week. only tighter sanctions and greater diplomatic isolation might force north korea to give up its weapons, said the secretary of state, and its powerful chinese neighbour was the key to make that work. but the chinese foreign minister pushed back. translation: mr president,
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china is not a focal point of the problem on the peninsula, and the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the chinese side. that said, as a close neighbour to the peninsula, and with a responsible attitude for peace and stability on the peninsula, and in the region, china has over the years made unremitting efforts, and played a unique role in promoting a negotiated solution of the issue. china wants immediate negotiations, not a military buildup, like this us missile defence system in south korea, or more us warships in the region. that just escalates tensions, it says. but the trump administration is keeping open the threat of military action in case of further provocations. the latest missile test probably won't be enough of a trigger for that, but it may help strengthen international resolve to put the economic squeeze on north korea's determined young leader.
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barbara plett—usher, bbc news, at the united nations in new york. a little earlier president trump responded on twitter to the missile launch. he wrote: let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. riot police in brazil have fired tear gas during clashes with demonstrators at the end of the country's first general strike in more than 20 years. in rio dejaneiro, protesters erected burning barricades and vandalised shops. unions called the strike in protest at president temer‘s plans to reform pensions. pope francis has visited a church in cairo where nearly 30 christians were killed in a bomb attack by islamic state militants in december. he was accompanied by the head of egypt's coptic christian community, pope tawadros.
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pope francis had earlier urged the leader of all faiths to renounce violence carried out in the name of god. in colombia at least ten people have died after a six—storey building collapsed, in the northern city of cartagena. rescue operations are underway to find any survivors in the rubble. several others have been injured after the building, that was under construction collapsed on thursday. france's far—right national front has replaced its leader for the second time in just three days after a row erupted about past comments he made about the holocaust. jean—francois jalkh denies claims he questioned the reality of nazi gas chambers. former first lady michelle obama has appeared to rule out running for elected office. in her first public remarks since leaving the white house, she said she wouldn't want to put her children through it again. mrs obama has played down her political ambitions in the past, but this is the first time she has done so since the election campaign. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: face to face — anthonyjoshua and wladimir klitchko square up
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ahead of what could be the biggest fight in british boxing history. a surgeon has been warned to expect a jail sentence after being convicted of carrying out a series of unnecessary operations. ian paterson was found guilty at nottingham crown court of 20 counts of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding, after lying to patients and exaggerating or inventing the risk of cancer. surgeon ian paterson, described as charismatic and charming, but who lied to his patients in order to deliberately wound them on the operating table, pretending they were at risk of cancer when they were not. today some of his victims, who thought the surgeon was saving their lives, showed their relief after the jury at nottingham crown court found paterson guilty of 17 counts of deliberately harming patients. i've been left physically damaged, ifeel like i've been mutilated. all this was for nothing.
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all the scars i thought were there because they were a badge of honour are now because he's mutilated me. and, you know, i've been through this for nothing. paterson was also found guilty of three counts of unlawful wounding, but why he did it remains a mystery. so you're convinced, are you, that this was him trying to play god, in a way, with patients‘ lives? well, that's the way that some of the patients have described his actions. as i say, i really don't know what his true motivation was. certainly financial motivation is something that's featured during the investigation and the trial. but, unless he tells us what his motivation was, we'll never know. doing the trial, the jury heard how ian paterson told patients they needed to have lumps or entire breasts removed. but expert witnesses told the court the risk was nonexistent or greatly exaggerated, and that no reasonable surgeon would have acted in the way paterson did.
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one of those experts was professor philip drew, who says he has been deeply affected by the evidence he examined. i can't understand it. it's distressing to even think about it, that someone would deliberately mislead a patient, and submit them to effectively deforming surgery, for no good reason. professor drew had previously met paterson, and says he seemed warm and credible, and that patients had thought him wonderful. it made him think of another notorious doctor. shipman was bizarre, and paterson is bizarre, in that they both were deliberately harming people. and again, i think you have to understand the whole mindset of the medical profession is that that is so wrong that you don't even occur — it doesn't even occur to you that it would happen. it's just so wrong, i mean, so i think both of them demonstrated some degree of almost psychopathic approach to the care for their patients. this case revolved around paterson's
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work at two private hospitals in the west midlands, at spire little aston, in sutton coldfield, and spire parkway, in solihull. he also worked as a surgeon at the nhs—run solihull hospital, where he treated hundreds more patients. the nine women and one man whose treatment was at the centre of the case here were chosen from a sample group of around 200 patients. but we may never know the true number of those harmed by paterson. over a long career in the private sector and the nhs, he treated thousands of patients. one of them, francis perks, underwent a series of operations, including a mastectomy, all of them unnecessary. how can anybody, in their right mind, how can they do that to people? i just find it unbelievable, and how he's made us all suffer, and people, as well, who've lost their lives. that's pure evil to me, pure evil. the news of the guilty verdict
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came this afternoon. as some of the women treated by the surgeon attended a fundraiser for cancer patients, their relief was clear. paterson left court today with his daughters, after being granted bail before sentencing next month. but the man who mutilated so many has been warned he is likely to face a prison sentence. sophie hutchinson, bbc news, nottingham crown court. police investigating an active terrorist plot, carried out an armed raid on a house in north—west london on thursday night. one woman was shot and seriously injured. six others have been arrested. police say they are trying to contain a growing number of threats. daniel sandford reports. just before 7:00pm last night... gunshot ..masked, armed police officers
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at a north london flat... gunshots ..firing cs gas canisters into the front window. i ran to my partner in the kitchen, and was like, quick, quick, there's armed officers outside, armed officers. at that point you heard another bang, and another bang. video obtained by the sun shows some of those arrested in the flat being led away, and then a woman who was shot by police during the counter—terrorism raid being treated on the pavement. there was a woman brought out of the house. she was on the ground, face down, officers on top of her, ambulance officers around. she was screaming incredibly loud. it was quite awful. and the police were just saying, if you could just stay still, we'll help you. you just need to be still and we'll help you. police said the flat had been under observation in an investigation into a suspected plot against the uk. the armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence
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we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing cs gas into the address. during the course of that operation, one of the subjects, a woman, was shot by police. she remains in hospital. in all, six people were arrested, including one in kent. three women, two men, and a 16—year—old boy. and that doesn't include the woman in hospital, who will be arrested once she is well enough. and the extraordinary events here last night came just a few hours after the arrest of a man in whitehall, just a few yards from downing street. he is khalid mohammed omar ali, the bbc exclusively revealed today. he is still being held on suspicion of terrorism, and carrying knives. he is not linked to last night's arrests. khalid mohammed omar ali is 27. he is british, but was born overseas, and went to school in tottenham, in north london. he was arrested after being stopped and searched in what police called
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an intelligence—led operation. this included a tip—off from family members. it is very difficult for the police and the security services, as hard as they work, to keep ahead of the terrorist threat. they depend hugely on cooperation from the public. there are many cases in which the first leads have been given by the public, and those leads have led to developed intelligence. that is the way in which terrorists are caught. this afternoon, police could be seen at a north london property linked to ali, where forensics officers were searching the garden. seven years ago, he was involved in a controversial convoy delivering aid to gaza. tonight, he is still in custody, but has not yet been charged. the uk economy slowed more than expected at the start of this year, with consumers tightening their belts in the face of rising inflation. figures from the office for national statistics show growth slowing because of falling retail sales and a jump in the cost of living. the economy expanded by nought point three per cent from january to march.
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our economics correspondent andy verity has all the details. this sector is now the bright spot of our economy. this shrewsbury—based manufacturer makes internal parts for cars, from land rovers to the nissan oashqai. the drop in the value of the pound before and after the brexit vote should have helped business a lot, because it is cheaper for foreign paying dollars or euros to buy the cars that these parts go into. but, even here, new orders aren't growing as quickly as they did a year ago. there's potential customers, with orders, who are saying, look, let'sjust wait 12 months, see what happens with brexit, see what happens with tariffs, see whether we can buy from the uk or buy from europe. and what we're saying is, look, we'll continue to invest, we'll continue to grow. what we need is a bit more commitment from the government to get the deal done. this compa ny‘s customers, the car—makers, could be investing more to meet demand. but their ultimate customers are consumers, and in this country, at least, consumer spending is slowing down. what is a massive concern
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for businesses is that, if the consumer starts to give way, because of pressures from inflation on consumers‘ abilities to spend more, in the high street, then that could hold back business investment. and that could be the beginning of a broader slowdown. that message wasn't lost on the politicians on the campaign trail, who each had their own take on how serious the slowdown was. britain's economy is forecast to grow at 2% this year. employment is at record highs, and it's set to go higher still. the british economy is resilient. it's shocking, because it comes on top of figures around inflation going up and earnings stagnating. i think it's really worrying for the average household in our country now. it does show you, though, why theresa may has gone for this early election, because the economy is now on the turn. for years, consumer spending has been the motor of economic growth. but now, we are hitting the brakes. interest rates are as low
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as they have ever been, and consumers are borrowing more. but a fundamental problem has returned to haunt us. prices, once again, are going up faster than wages. a key measure of whether we are getting better off is the value of the economy per person, also known as gdp per head. that dropped after the financial crisis, and only recently got back above its 2008 level. in the first three months of this year, it grew byjust 0.i%. to political opponents in the election campaign, that is significant. i mean, i think the gdp figures should be setting alarm bells ringing. and it underlines the importance of making sure that there are voices there arguing for a common—sense outcome. the figures are ominous, and they do suggest that the way the british economy's been kept afloat in the brexit vote, a lot of consumer spending, supported by credit, by house prices, that this is not really sustainable. if you are an optimist,
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the shift from consumer spending to manufacturing is welcome, a rebalancing the previous government tried, but failed, to achieve. but that won't be much comfort to households, whose real incomes, once again, are shrinking. andy verity, bbc news. this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea has test—fired another ballistic missile, sparking international condemnation. the us wants the world to do more to curb its nuclear ambitions. a british surgeon faces jail after carrying out completely unnecessary operations. he is accused of playing god with people's lives. on saturday, president trump marks 100 days in office. he will spend the actual anniversary at a big rally in pennsylvania. coincidentally, that rally is being held at the same time as the white house correspondents‘ dinner, which is traditionally attended by a sitting president. earlier mr trump met possibly some of his staunchest supporters at a meeting of the gun lobby group the national rifle association. the eight—year assault
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on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. applause you have a true friend and champion in the white house. no longer will federal agencies be coming after law—abiding gun owners. applause staying with donald trump‘s first 100 days in power, if you follow the trail of support for mr trump, you will find he enjoys popularity in the so—called rust belt, a region suffering from economic decline, population loss, and urban decay. the bbc‘s nick bryant travelled to the state of ohio, one of the key swing states of last year‘s election, to see what voters there make of donald trump‘s first 100 days in office. when we visited the ohio river valley last summer, this stretch of water was suffering
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a slow and agonising death. but, since donald trump became president, locals have seen a dramatic and instant turnaround, a rust belt revival. coal barges are full again, partly because of the relaxation of environmental regulations. 150 boats now work this part of the river, compared to just 25 last year. back then, bob harrison told us america needed a businessman as president, and in 25 years, he has never seen such a turnaround. like the switch was turned on. we‘re busy. we got more stuff going on, and our business has dramatically picked up. and you think that‘s the trump effect? yes, you know, italk to different people who talk about it, and call it the trump bump, so it‘s been good for us. last summer, in the town of clinton,
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pennsylvania, we came across this huge trump sign erected by a one—time democrat, mike leber. now it has been put away in the barn, but not through embarrassment. if anything, his admiration for donald trump has grown. just speaking with people, they‘re more upbeat. they feel like the government isn‘t on their back. feels like the jackboot of the government‘s off their neck. so it gives them a chance to thrive. he promised to revive regions like this. do you think he‘s doing that? yes, i do. it was trump‘s hothead temperament that put off american football coach bill timko, when we spoke to him last year. he's bombastic, he's obscene, and ijust can't — i don't like the guy. now, not only a change of sport, but a change of opinion. in these first 100 days, trump has won him over. well, i‘ve changed my mind because he made campaign promises and he came through. and, you know, that‘s what you want. you want to see that the guy‘s going to do what he said he‘s going to do.
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what about twitter? he needs to stay off of that. you know, that gets him in a lot of trouble. a republican who voted for hillary clinton, amber thompson, was a staunch trump critic, and remains so, but nonetheless applauds his decision to strike syria. even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes. i believe that trump‘s response to the chemical attack in syria was 100% correct, and i hope that putting pressure on the russians and the assad regime will help to bring an end to this war. i hope that syria will be donald trump‘s nut. donald trump has been suffering from historically low approval ratings, but in this run—down region, we did not find much evidence of buyer‘s remorse. president trump has been much like candidate trump, and while that has horrified liberals in america‘s major cities, who regard him as a national embarrassment, here in the rust belt he is still widely viewed as a potential national saviour. two trumps, two americas. but the region that won him the presidency remains a stronghold. nick bryant, bbc news, ohio.
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campaigners claim that controversial plans to build a garden bridge over the river thames in london are now scrapped, after the mayor said he would not support the project. sadiq khan wrote to the garden bridge trust saying the plan poses too great a financial risk to london‘s taxpayers. tom edwards reports. this is a huge blow for the garden bridge, which is meant to be built here. its future is now hanging by a thread. as part of its planning permissions, which expire in december, it was meant to have financial guarantees for maintenance and for operation. well, today, the mayor pulled the plug on those. the reality is there is a £70 million funding gap now. the attempts to get pledges is going backwards, not forwards. the pledges the garden bridge trust have are less than they were in 2015. those circumstances are why i‘m not
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signing a blank cheque. why didn‘t you kill it day one, a year ago? because i was clear a year ago that no more taxpayers‘ money that i‘m responsible for will be spent. i was clear i would not guarantee for more spending down the road. many campaigners said it was being built in the wrong place. but you‘ve got to be fair. they also did not like it was using transport funds for building what, in essence, was a tourist attraction. campaigners now say the whole project is dead. do you think the garden bridge is dead now? oh, yes, yeah. without a doubt. they haven‘t got the money, they cannot get the money. they spent years getting it, and they need a guarantee. and sadiq khan has said that he will not underwrite it. londoners will not pay £3.5
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million to keep this alive. there is a tiny chance the garden bridge trust will find another public body to give these financial assurances, but the wider picture now is political support from the mayor has now evaporated. all of this crucially means that the taxpayer will have lost £46 million. the big question is why, and who was to blame. one of the biggest bouts in british boxing history will take place at wembley stadium tonight. more than 90,000 people are expected to be there to watch heavyweight anthony joshua take on wladimir klitschko, one of the most decorated heavyweights of his era. but joshua, who only turned professional after the london olympics, is actually the favourite to win. natalie pirks has more. one is the young world champion who has brought integrity back to heavyweight boxing. the other is the elder statesman who has been the man to beat for 19 years. but, in a build—up free of histrionics, the tone has been distinctly more intelligent.
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i feel young, hungry, humble, ifeel young, hungry, humble, and totally obsessed. he's obsessed, he's got passion, he's in love. so when i do defeat him, i'd like people to say i faced the best man possible, and a man coming off defeat is the best man, because you learn from your mistakes. i think that's why i'm looking forward to the challenge. with just 18 pro fights under his belt, though, joshua concedes 1a years of experience to the erudite a1—year—old, a man whose camp he joined as a youngster to learn from the olympic gold—medallist. joshua, of course, went on to become one himself. the audience of 90,000 here inside wembley stadium will break post—war boxing records. the fight will be watched in more than 140 countries, and in britain alone, more than a million people are expected to pay
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to watch it. the fight could generate up to £60 million, which would mean for anthonyjoshua that, come sunday morning, he could be £15 million richer. the world may well be watching, butjoshua‘s mum won‘t be. honestly, i‘ve hit people before, and i admire the shot, because it‘s — i have the best seat in the house. and that‘s why i don‘t want my mum to be that close to seeing her son go through war. she‘s important in your life? she‘s important, yeah, she‘s important. let‘s keep a smile on herface. i can‘t remember the last time i see her cry, or worried, and i‘d like to keep it that way. she might well be about to miss a career—ending fight for klitschko, and a career—defining one for her son. natalie pirks, bbc news, wembley. don‘t forget you can get in touch with me to discuss any of the stories we have been covering here via twitter. i‘m @tomdonkinbbc. now the weather, with tomasz shafernaker. well, the bank holiday weekend is upon us. let‘s see what the weather‘s up to. it is looking a little bit mixed. a little breezy, but reasonably
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warm, i think, for most of us. and there is some rain on the way, but not everybody is going to get the rain. let‘s see the weather map in the short term. so weather fronts are fairly close to the uk, but far enough to give us a dry start to the day. so this is what it looks like around 4:00—5:00am in the morning. lots of clear spells around. temperatures in towns and cities around 6—9 degrees celsius, so not a particularly chilly start to the day. and then saturday morning dawns on a bright, if not sunny, note for most of us. there will be a little bit of cloud here and there, but the clouds all break up through the course of the morning, and actually the best of the sunshine on saturday is expected across the southern half of the uk, especially the south coast. so looking out to sea, it might be clear blue skies. temperatures at lunchtime, you can see 1:00pm there, 15 degrees in london.
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but for most of us, around 12—13 degrees, and just maybe one or two light, stray showers around, but that‘s pretty much it. nice enough there in inverness, as well. around 12 degrees, with some sunshine. the afternoon is not going to change much. it will turn quite breezy, though, across some of these western areas, maybe even later in the day in northern ireland. around the coasts, it could even touch gale—force. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe on saturday? actually, fairly similar there in paris, 17 degrees. we are doing better than madrid. rome will be sunny, at 22. the real heat at the moment across greece, there, into the 30s. now, back to the uk, so saturday into sunday, low pressure still out there in the atlantic, but starting to push weather fronts ever closer. so already, on sunday, the weather will be going downhill across south—western parts of the uk. quite strong winds, as well, notjust in the south—west, but also in these sunnier spots, too. so along the north sea coasts, really blustery winds. so feeling really quite chilly, i think, on the coasts. ahead of this weather front and the rain it could get up to 18
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in london, and possibly the mid or high teens in scotland, as well. and then through the course of the evening, this is sunday evening, that rain will be slowly pushing a little bit further north and east. and by the time we get to monday, you can see the weather front across the north, and the chance of catching some showers across southern areas. so a bit of a mix. certainly the best day of the weekend looks as though it will be sunday, with dry weather across the uk. and this is what the average temperature is this time of year. 16 in the south and 1a in the north, so that‘s roughly what we‘re getting. this is bbc world news, the headlines. north korea has launched another ballistic missile, hours after the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, called for a tougher international approach towards kim jong—un‘s government. according to south korean and american officials, the missile exploded shortly after lift—off. president trump said on twitter the launch showed north korea‘s disrespect for its main ally, china.
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there‘ve been violent scenes across brazil, after the country‘s first general strike for 20 years.
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