this is newsday on the bbc. i i'm rico hizon in singapore. the american student who returned home from captivity in north korea last week has passed away. a fourth terror attack in the uk in as many months. a man has been arrested. also ahead, more than 55 million people around the world has been forcibly displaced. we look at the figures on world refugee day. and in spy " figures on world refugee day. and in spy —— inspiring, oscarwilde, it's 8am in singapore.
midnight in london. and 7pm in cincinnati, ohio, where the american student held in captivity in north korea for more than 15 months has died. otto warmbier had only returned home last week — but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. a north korean court had sentenced him to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. our correspondent in washington — barbara plett—usher — explained more about what happened to him. he returned home in terrible condition. he had been in a coma for more than one year. he had a lot of loss of brain tissue and they figured that may have happened because of the cardiac arrest they we re because of the cardiac arrest they
were speculating on the scans they had done. they couldn't say what it was that could have caused it. certainly, in a statement his family had put out, they blame to what they said was the awful torturous mistreatment at the hands of the north korean. they want to focus on the time they were given with him in the time they were given with him in the end rather than everything they had lost and they said when he came home, he was in such a bad condition and he didn't respond to verbal commands. he even had these are uncomfortable almost anguished look on his face but after being home for a day, they felt that look had changed and he seemed more peaceful and they thought that even though he wasn't able to communicate at all that had suffered so much brain damage, he was aware he was home. that is something they are stressing ina that is something they are stressing in a statement. they feel they were able to communicate that with him. the bbc‘s steve evans has more from seoul. this man wanted to study at the
london school of economics. what are they saying in north korea regarding his death? bedene he was a brilliant student. he was certainly adventurous. —— they don't know. it was a forbidden place, a remote place, ina was a forbidden place, a remote place, in a sense. he was our boy, a lad of adventure. there will be political run of the —— ramifications. all the information we have so far has come from north korea. north korea says he had been ina coma, korea. north korea says he had been in a coma, we don't know that. it looks like the north korean is found captive, was seriously ill, had gone into a coma, when, we don't know and
had worried about the ramifications and had contacted the united states earlier this month. what then happened is a us diplomat went to pyongyang and brought the comatose student back. it seems like they have been in 15 years hard labour for what had been a student prank and had not warranted 15 years hard labour in most countries. his family has been very public and very dignified and has pointed the finger very vigorously at the regime in pyongyang. one imagines that their
plight, their situation that will resonate amongst the american on tv. it raises the pressure on him to do something about more —— north korea. north korea is making obvious progress in its ability to have missiles capable of striking the us. this will ramp the whole issue right up this will ramp the whole issue right up in the american political agenda. indeed, political ramifications and oui’ indeed, political ramifications and our thoughts are with his family. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. a driver has died after ramming his car into a police van in the centre of paris in what the french authorities say was a terrorist attack. the incident took place on the world—famous champs elysees.
officials say they found guns and explosives inside the car. eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the vehicle, but no police officers nor members of the public were hurt. the attacker was known to the security services. translation: there were several weapons inside the car including explosives which were powerful and not to blow the vehicle up. the individual concerned is dead. the investigation has been passed to the antiterrorism section in the paris prosecutor ‘s office. once again, this shows the threat level in france is extremely high. also making news this hour: at least 63 people are now reported to have been killed in wildfires burning across the centre of portugal. more than 70 others have been injured, including a number of firefighters. around half of those who died were caught on the road as they tried to escape from a village as the flames closed in.
our correspondent james reynolds visited the scene. portugal has more forest fires than any other country in southern europe. it has had years to make proper preparations and yet on this road, dozens lost their lives in the fire. the number of people believed to have died in a tower block fire in west london last week has now risen to 79. five have been named so far. but police have warned they may never be able to identify all those who died, because of the intensity of the blaze. a minute's silence for the victims was held across the uk. the first formal talks on brexit have been held in brussels a year after the uk voted to leave the european union. david davis, who's representing the british government, came face to face with the eu's top negotiator michel barnier in brussels. today we agreed on dates, we agreed
on organisation and we agreed on priorities for the negotiation. solid foundation for future discussions. ambitious but evidently achievable timetable. it was clear at the opening that both of us want to eat cheap the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership. the coroner's report into the death of the star wars actress carrie fisher says the actress had traces of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy in her system when she died suddenly in december. the 60—year—old was taken ill on a flight from london to los angeles and died four days later. the coroner concluded the death was due to sleep apnea and other factors. and scientists injapan have been showing off their design for an elevator into space. the prototype that only went up 100 metres is big enough to carry humans
and supplies via cables which are supported by orbiting satellites. the test was carried out in bangkok. the team say thailand's proximity to the equator would make it a highly suitable launch point. police authorities in london are still questioning a man on suspicion of terrorism after a van was driven into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north london. 11 people were injured, and one man died, although it's not clear if his death was linked to the alleged attack. a 47—year—old man from cardiff, named as darren osborne, has been detained. daniel sandford reports. it was just after midnight in london and the third attack using a vehicle injust three months. this time the muslim community was the target. basically he drove on the pavement,
coming straight towards all the muslims and as he is coming to them, he hit all of them. yelling after the van had crashed through worshippers marking the holy month of ramadan leaving nine badly injured, men who had been to late night prayers found themselves wrestling the suspected van driver to the road. when he was on the ground i asked him why did he do that, why? you know, innocent people. he goes, i want to kill muslims. he was shouting, "all muslims, i want to kill all muslims." he literally said that. after a prolonged struggle, the suspected driver was arrested. the imaam had intervened to prevent further violence and the suspect had been handed over to some of the first police officers to arrive. why did you do that? why? the 47—year—old suspect is believed to be darren osborne, a father of four from cardiff, unknown to mi5.
he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at first, and then of terrorist offences. as he left, with handcuffed hands, he waved to the angry crowd. can we take any more terror prime minister? by lunchtime, the prime minister arrived close to the scene, wisiting finsbury park mosque, one of two whose worshippers were caught up in the violence. the terrible terrorist attack that took place last night was an evil act borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community. i'm pleased to have been here to see the strength of that community coming together, all faiths, united in one desire to see extremism and hatred of all sorts driven out of our society. there is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, as one community, to drive it out, this evil that is affecting so many families. the prime minister's visit came just over 12 hours after the van ploughed into a group of worshippers, theresa may clearly wanting to be seen among the community that was attacked as soon as possible. jeremy corbyn, who is the local mp, was up much of the night talking all around the politicians visiting, a huge police forensic operation was under way.
the focus — this white van rented in wales. it had turned off the main seven sisters road into a cul—de—sac, hitting the worshippers as it went through. some of them had been treating a man who was apparently suffering from a heart attack. the man who later died. we treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened. in this year of terror, the muslim community of north london was a new target. but the consequences of the violence were the same — some people in hospital this evening have potentially life—changing injuries. daniel sandford, bbc news, finsbury park. hundreds of muslim girls in sri lanka are forcibly married every year, with reports that some are wed at the age of 12. they have legal protection, because their community doesn't have to respect 18 as the legal age of marriage. we've spoken to one girl who underwent this traumatic experience, we're protecting her identity, and a warning, you may find her story distressing. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
still to come on the programme: it's world refugee day. we take a look at the figures of those who have been displayed around the globe. also on the programme: and a new look for the home of irish art. the national gallery reopens after a stunning refurbishment. there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn.
just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rcio hizon in singapore. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: otto warmbier, the american student who returned home from captivity in north korea last week in a coma, has died. a fourth terror attack in the uk in recent months targets muslims as they leave a mosque. a man is arrested by police. malaysian officials are urging drivers to be extra careful
when using the east—west highway after a baby elephant was found dead by the road there, after being hit by a car. that story is attracting attention on bbc.com across asia. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the metro in the uk among many leading with the terror attack near a london mosque. it explains how an imam saved the man suspected of knocking down worshippers in a van. among the stories on the front page of the philippine star is a huge terror raid that uncovered firearms, an is flag and 11 kilos of crystal meth worth up to $5 million. and a fascinating but slightly morbid story in the new york times it covers what it calls corpse hotels which are opening up injapan. it's to allow bereaved family members to stay overnight with coffins of deceased relatives. those are the lead stories of major
publications around the world. now, some new information about ancient history is sparking discussion online. yes, rico. new data of rocks shows a series of huge eruptions took place around 200 million years ago, with the clouds of ash causing a mass extinction. but somehow dinosaurs managed to survive and they endured the changing environments for the next 140 million years. more on that story online. the national gallery of ireland has played a leading role in irish culture for more than 150 years, inspiring giants such as george bernard shaw, oscar wilde and yeats. the gallery has now reopened after a multi—million dollar refurbishment with a spectacular show of the works of the dutch masterjohannes vermeer. our arts editor will gompertz reports. finally, having been
locked firmly shut for the last six years, the gates to ireland's national gallery open once again to reveal what has been a much—needed, £27 million face—lift. we've had the decades of dilapidation, the buckets on the floor, the mouldy paintings and the obvious necessity of improving the gallery and here we are now. it's taken a long time, we have had a whole banking collapse and we've had a huge recession, we have had the literal decimation of all the capital budgets in government and we managed to keep this one going. it has been possible to see some of the gallery's masterpieces in the few rooms kept open during the refurbishment, but not like this, not in their full glory, where rubens hangs alongside a rembrandt, next door to a breugel with a yeats below and then across the way...
we can't tell, no—one knows what she is writing but there's a sense of her doing something that matters. vermeer‘s famous painting woman writing a letter with her maid. more than anything, though, is about how scarce northern light falls ina room. it's filled with subtlety. there's a great sense of him withholding, holding in, knowing that what he really wants you to do is move your eye always towards this face, that you're going to move in towards something you cannot know and cannot see, which is her gazing at the words she's making. she'll have plenty of company in the weeks ahead in the form of nine other vermeer paintings that the national gallery of ireland has borrowed from museums around the world for a special exhibition to mark its long—awaited reopening. will gompertz, bbc news, dublin. tuesday is world refugee day, and according to the united nations,
the number of people who have been forced to leave their homes is now at a record level. the un says 65.5 million people around the world are now considered to be forcibly displaced. that's up by 300,000 from a year ago. put another way, one person in every 113 is either a refugee or displaced. and more than half of the total come from just three countries syria, afghanistan and south sudan. the un high commissioner for refugees says he is increasingly worried about where people can find shelter. if laws become more restrictive, if practices to come harsher throughout the industrialised world u nfortu nately the industrialised world unfortunately from north america to europe, to australia, if that continues, how am i as the high commissionerfor continues, how am i as the high
commissioner for refugees, how are we at unhcr going to continue to ask countries with far less resources to ta ke countries with far less resources to take a much higher number of refugees? professor mary crock is an expert in migration and refugee law at sydney university. she says that almost all parts of the world have experienced war and displacement. the biggest problems are really occurring in the middle east and in parts of africa and north africa. but there is no part of the world thatis but there is no part of the world that is not affected by this displacement. with 65.5 million people, the un is telling us, forcibly displaced, where are they going? well, most refugees came to going? well, most refugees came to go locally, and so throughout asia we are seeing movements from the north of myanmar. there's a hot war raging in parts of the philippines at the moment. but we also experience secondary movement,
people coming from the middle east through malaysia, through indonesia, even through papa new guinea on rare occasions. so our part of the world is also experiencing refugee movements. you talk about the region itself and let's concentrate on that further if we can, because we hear on newsday have covered the plight of the rohingya people and in particular how serious that situation is. when you look at that as an example of those that are forcibly displaced, is there any immediate solution to a situation like that to help people that have no homes and shelter or money? look, i think that's a very good example because the rohingya are being affected both by war and displacement. we see them coming from myanmar down through the region, but we also see them through bangladesh and these people are also being displaced by climate change
events. really in our region i think the big movements are occurring because of human conflict and often you should recall that human conflict is exacerbated or made worse when we have the pressures from climate change. and i think the problem is that there is nowhere for these people to go. there's no obvious countries who want to take them. and so i think there's a lot that needs to be done throughout asia to improve people where they land and to build resources, build capacity, and to start looking at these people as human resource rather than just as a burden on us. i think that's true right throughout the world. that's what i would like to see change. professor mary crock, professor of migration and refugee law at sydney university and today is world
refugee day and she was speaking earlier to my colleague babita sharma —— world refugee day. you've been watching newsday. stay with us, i'll be back with asia business report in just a few minutes time. we will look at the inclusion of chinese shares in a global stock index and what is the buzz at the paris air show and which asia—pacific airline is burying which specific aircraft? and before we go, let's head to douma in syria, a city that has seen heavy fighting but for the muslim holy month of ramadan. resident broke their fast with the community and families coming together to create a different scene from the fighting and violent clashes of recent times. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. hello. monday brought the highest temperature recorded in the british isles so far this year and here's one for your diary, if we manage to
get as far ahead as wednesday and we're still producing temperatures in excess of 30 degrees, that will be the longest june in excess of 30 degrees, that will be the longestjune hot spell in over 30 years and given by that stage we will have put together five consecutive days with the temperatures over 30, which we easily exceeded on monday, especially at the hampton water works, 33.5, which beat a number of more recognised holiday locations across the world. there's something ofa across the world. there's something of a change in line for some parts of a change in line for some parts of the country, given we're about to see an old weak weather front tumbling further south across the british isles, introducing the prospect for some at least of somewhat cooler, fresh or conditions. quite a bit of cloud to the eastern side of the pennines and an onshore breeze helping to cool things. those effects won't be felt across the south—west of england or the south—east wales, temperatures here perhaps a fraction higher than they were during monday. london perhaps a little bit cooler here, but as we get up to the north—west of england, still plenty of heat,
cooler on the eastern side of the pennines. for northern ireland, scotland, quite a bit of sunshine around but you're on the cooler side of the weather front so temperatures nowhere near as high as the ones i've indicated in the south. you don't meet me to tell you the pollen levels have been high of late, that's the way it stays i'm afraid for much of the country through tuesday. the uv levels are also very high where you get the sun for any length of time, you got to think about protection. from tuesday and into wednesday, as far ahead as that we could still talk about the hot airfrom iberia we could still talk about the hot air from iberia and we could still talk about the hot airfrom iberia and the near continent to the extent that somewhere across the south—eastern quarter we could look at 32, certainly possibly as high as 34. as is often the way at this time of year, we bring in a little bit of moisture from the atlantic, pushing that heat underneath it, and things could start to go bang quite violently as well so it's something we're keeping an eye on at this stage. and wouldn't you just know
it, we're starting to think about glastonbury as well. notice how those temperatures towards the end of the week begin to tumble away quite smartly, and as i say, at this time of year the heat can tend to break down in quite violent thunderstorms. wednesday night into the first part of thursday there could be a real player in the weather scape. eventually we'll see somewhat cooler conditions pushing across much of the british isles but it will be a time before we see these temperatures in much of the south—east beginning to tumble away. this is bbc world news. our top story. otto warmbier — the american student who returned home in a coma from captivity in north korea last week — has died. his family blame his death on what they called the torturous mistreatment he had received at the hands of the north koreans. president trump described pyongyang as "a brutal regime." police in london are still questioning a man on suspicion of terrorism after a vehicle drove into a crowd of muslims worshippers near a mosque in north london. one man died and ten people were injured.
the driver of the van was held by worshippers until police arrived. and this story is trending on bbc.com. this is an image from douma in syria. a different scene from the fighting and violence of recent times. these pictures show families coming together to break their fast during the muslim holy month of ramadan. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.