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welcome to newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the american student otto warmbier has died, days after he returned home from prison in north korea ina coma. his parents blame torturous mistreatment. police are still questioning a man in connection with a terror attack targeting muslims near a london mosque. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: more than 65 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced — we look at the figures on world refugee day. and a source of inspiration for the likes of george bernard shaw and oscar wilde — the national gallery of ireland re—opens after a multi—million dollar makeover. it's 8am in singapore.
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one in the morning in london. and 8pm in cincinnati, ohio where the american student otto warmbier — jailed in north korea for more than 15 months — has died. the 22—year—old 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 hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. within the past few hours the us government has responded. secretary of state rex tillerson saying north korea would be held accountable and demanding the release of three other americans being held by pyongyang. and president trump has given his reaction. he spent 1.5 years in north korea. a lot of bad things happened. but at
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least we got him home to be with his pa rents. least we got him home to be with his parents. they were so happy to see him, even though he was in very tough conditions. he just passed away a little while ago. that is a brutal regime and we will be able to handle it. in a moment we'll hear from seoul but first our correspondent in washington, barbara plett—usher, explained more about what's believed to have happened to otto warmbier. well, he returned home in terrible condition. he'd been in the coma for more than a year and the doctors who looked at him said he'd had a lot of loss of brain tissue and they figured that may have happened because of a cardiac arrest that cut off the blood supply to his brain at some point but they were speculating on the scans they were just speculating based on the scans they had done. they couldn't say what it was that could would have caused such a cardiac arrest or if indeed if that had even happened. certainly, in the statement his family had put out, they have blamed what they said
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was "the awful, torturous mistreatment of our son at the hands of the north koreans." but then most of the statement they say they want to focus on 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, he couldn't see, he couldn't speak, he couldn't respond to verbal commands. he even had this 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 in their statement. the fact that they were with him until the end and that in some way they feel they were able to communicate with him. the bbc‘s steve evans has more details from seoul. he was certainly an adventurous student. he went to north korea, basically because it was kind of a was a forbidden place, a remote place, in a sense. he was a boy, a lad of adventure.
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there will be political ramifications. all the information we have so far has pretty well come from north korea. north korea says he had been in a coma for a year, we do not know that. what it looks has happened is that the north koreans found a captive, was seriously ill, had gone into a coma. when, we do not know. and had worried about the ramifications of that and had then contacted the united states earlier this month. that's the first the family heard, for example about his condition. what then happened is a us diplomat went to pyongyang and brought the comatose student back. just in time, as it were, because he died pretty quickly. it seems like north korea was worried about having an american citizen dying in one of its cells while serving 15 years hard labour
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for what seems like a student prank and which would not merit 15 years hard labour in most countries. otto warmbier‘s 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, will resonate amongst the american public on tv. president trump has already condemned what's happened and it will probably raise the pressure on him to do something about north korea, in quotes. he's already under pressure because north korea is making obvious progress in its ability to have missiles capable of striking the us.
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so this will ramp the whole issue right up in the american political agenda. 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 champs elysees. officials say they found guns and explosives inside the car. eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the vehicle, but no—one was hurt. the attacker was known to the security services. translation: there were several weapons inside the car including explosives which were powerful enough 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.
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at least 63 people are now thought to have died 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. just five have been named so far and police have warned they may never be able to identify all those who died, because of the intensity of the blaze.
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a minute's silence for the victims was held across the uk on monday. the first formal talks on brexit have been held in brussels — almost 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. we've laid a solid foundation for future discussions in an ambitious but evidently achievable timetable. it was clear from the opening that both of us want to achieve 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 sixty—year—old was taken ill on a flight from london to los angeles, and died four days later.
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the coroner concluded the death was due to sleep ap—nea and other ——was due to sleep apnoea and other factors. scientists from japan have been showing off their design for an elevator into space. the prototype that only went up 100 metres but is big enough to carry humans and supplies via cables. 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 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.
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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. and he goes, i want to kill muslims. the 47—year—old suspect is believed to be darren osborne, a father of four from cardiff, unknown to m15. he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at first, and then of terrorist offences.
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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 of the attack, visiting finsbury park mosque, one of two whose worshippers were caught up in the violence. 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. all around the politicians visiting, a huge police forensic operation was under way. the focus — this white van rented in wales.
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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. cuba's foreign minister has rejected the new us policy towards his country, set out by president trump
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last week. speaking in vienna, he said that mr trump's decision to reimpose surge in trouble and trade restrictions lifted by the obama administration looks like a return to the same policy that did not work for 50 years. we have this report from havana. until now, the cuban government had limited itself to a simple statement on the new us policy. now the foreign minister delivered a speech, first in spanish than in english, to make sure president trump got the message. cuba will not make any concession to its sovereignty and independence. it will not negotiate these principles as it never did in its entire history. on friday, mr trump had delivered a pretty uncompromising message of his own. in essence, he told cuba it was reimposing restrictions on travel and trade that had been lifted by his raiders
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of the. if they wanted any further relaxation of sanctions they would need to take steps in improving human rights. again, that wasn't a sta nce human rights. again, that wasn't a stance that the cuban government was prepared to accept. the changes that need to be made in cuba will be sovereign league determined by the cuban sovereign league determined by the cu ban people, sovereign league determined by the cuban people, as usual. in cuba itself, most people are disappointed that the friendlier ties enjoyed under president obama seemed to vanish so quickly. translation: more american should come, not fewer, so that they know the culture and politics of cuba better and understand us better. it is an absurd policy because it will affect the people, it will affect families in both countries and the economy of people who are just trying to work. this place is full of americans now. the island is becoming another part of the us. we stagger step, we come across in america. one more step,
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another one. we are surrounded by americans. she is right. record number of americans have visited cuba over the last two years and those with visits already booked have been told nothing will change. plenty however fear the worst. i stayed with the family for my first united, they were wonderful and accommodating and very nice so i would like to continue that trend and be able to come back. however, under the new rules, coming back to cuba may need more planning and paperwork. a word of foreign minister repeatedly used was damage. damage to the bilateral relationship, to the confidence built up during mr obama's time in office, and to the american people who faced greater challenges. nothing is likely to budge the trump administration from its cause of toughening its stance towards the island. 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 displaced
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around the globe. also on the programme, 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.
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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 rico hizon in singapore. and i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories — otto warmbier — the american student who returned home from prison 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,
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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 upto five million dollars. 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. now — some new information
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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. 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,
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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've had a whole banking collapse and we've had a huge recession, we've 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 theirfull glory, where rubens hangs alongside a rembrandt, next door to a breugel
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with a yeats below and then, across the way... we can't tell, no—one knows what she's 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 in a 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.
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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 unfortunately from north america to europe to australia, if that 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 take a much higher number of refugees? professor mary crock is an expert in migration and refugee law
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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 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 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
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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.
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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 you have been watching newsday. stay with us — i will be back with asia business report in just a few minutes time. and before we go, let's take a look at this. there are many hazards facing politicians giving live interviews and the president of costa rica has just discovered a new one. as he was speaking to journalists a wasp began buzzing around his mouth. like a professional, he kept on talking — offering an inviting target for the wasp. in it flew, crunch went president solis rivera — and that was the end of the insect. and the president's comment — ‘pure protein!‘ hello.
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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 longestjune hot spell in over 20 years given that by that stage we'll 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 of a change in hand for some parts of the british isles, given we're about to see an old weak weather front tumbling its way further south across the british isles, introducing the prospect for some at least of somewhat cooler, fresher conditions. quite a bit of cloud to the eastern side of the pennines and an onshore breeze, all of it helping to cool things. those effects won't be felt across the south—west of england or the south—east of wales, temperatures here perhaps a fraction higher than they were during the course of 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.
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for northern ireland, scotland, quite a bit of sunshine around but you're on the cooler side of the weather front so those temperatures nowhere near as high as the ones i've indicated in the south. you don't need me to tell you the pollen levels have been extraordinarily high of late, that's the way it stays i'm afraid for much of the british isles through tuesday. the uv levels are also very high and where you get the sun for any length of time you've got to start thinking about protection. from tuesday and into wednesday, as far ahead as that we could still talk about the hot air from 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,
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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, they 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 may take a while before we see these temperatures in much of the south—east beginning to tumble away. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story. otto warmbier — the american student who returned home in a coma from jail 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
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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 for now. stay with bbc news. and our other main headline here in the uk: the number of people believed to have died in the grenfell tower disaster in west london last week has risen to 79.
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