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i'm kasia madera in london. the headlines: a boat packed with tourists sinks in a reservoir in colombia. it sank in less than five minutes. at least three people died, dozens are reported missing. a roadside inferno in central pakistan claims at least 150 lives. many of the victims were collecting fuel from a crashed oil tanker. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. also in the programme: a massive relief effort continues in china, after a landslide engulfed a village in sichuan province. more than 100 people are still missing. and, the unifying power of sport. why south korea is proposing a joint entry with the north, for next year's winter olympics. live from our studios in london and
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singapore. this is bbc world news. its newsday. good morning. it's 1am in london, 8am in singapore and 7:00 in the evening in colombia where three people are known to have died, and dozens more are missing, after a passenger boat sank on a reservoir. the vessel, which had four decks, was crowded with tourists when it began taking on water while cruising on the artificial lake. outside the resort of guatape, about 80km from the city of medellin. many leisure craft quickly went to the assistance of those on board. the bbc mundo‘s colombia correspondent, natalio cosoy, is in bogota. tell us exactly what we know. what
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has happened 7 tell us exactly what we know. what has happened? it was the middle of a long weekend in colombia. people we re long weekend in colombia. people were expecting a day of relaxation in this town in the centre of the country. it is an artificial lake where people take tours on boats like the one that sank and unexpectedly, the boat started to sink. it took only five minutes to go under water. people from the shores managed to record videos and ta ke shores managed to record videos and take photographs of what happened and what was happening. the authorities, the emergency authorities, the emergency authorities in colombia are working on finding those who might be disappeared, treating the injured and dealing with the casualties of this accident. some are starting to suggest that maybe the compliance,
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the rules of the boat operators were not the once expected. it is something that will be investigated by the authorities here in colombia. tell us a little bit about this reservoir. it is very popular with tourists, isn't it? it is very popular and it is very big. it was created in the 70s when hydroelectric power was established in the area to provide electricity to medellin. it is visited by people in colombia. you can use the water for fishing, in colombia. you can use the water forfishing, jet skiing, in colombia. you can use the water for fishing, jet skiing, windsurfing and also there is an popular attraction there. there is a big stone which people visit. the main attraction is the reservoir which
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todayis attraction is the reservoir which today is the tragedy for colombia. and this boat, four decks, tell us a bit about it. it is a tourist boat. there is more than one of that sort that take people around the big lake. there are questions around the compliance of these boats. a colleague of mine have told us that she has been there before and there we re she has been there before and there were no life vests provided and that is something that worried her. it is something the authorities will have to investigate. thank you so much. pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif has cut short a visit to london, after an oil tanker explosion killed at least 150 people in punjab province. more than 100 others are in a critical condition in hospital. the incident has also cast a shadow over the muslim festival of eid al fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of ramadan.
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secunder kermani reports. hundreds of local villagers flocked to the scene of the overturned tanker this morning, despite being warned not to. in this impoverished area, they collected fuel in buckets, jerry cans, and even empty water bottles. but moments later, grief and anguish — thousands of litres of petrol went up in flames, engulfing those nearby. early reports suggest the blaze began when someone lit a cigarette. translation: the oil tanker capsized, people shouted, "oil, oil!" the local traffic police asked people to leave, warning it may explode, then suddenly there was fire. translation: i had already taken some petrol, i was about to fill another can but felt dizzy due to the fumes so decided not to go back for more. dozens of the injured had to be airlifted to hospital.
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the nearest burns unit is around 100 miles away from the site. medical teams worked flat out to assist the injured and console the bereaved. some in pakistan have blamed the victims for rushing towards the scene of the accident, but in other quarters there is a sense of anger that people here are not educated enough about basic safety issues, and that poverty forces them to risk their lives for a few litres of free petrol. the tragedy casts a shadow over preparations for the muslim festival of eid al—fitr, due to take place here tomorrow. instead of celebrations, there'll be funerals. secunder kermani, bbc news, karachi. as hopes fade of finding any more survivors after the devastating landslide in china, attention is turning to relief efforts. these drone pictures show the scale of the disaster in the country's sichuan province. so far only 15 bodies have been found, along with three survivors, but around 100 people are missing. and these images showjust how
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difficult the situation is for rescue teams, trying to remove giant boulders by hand. watching on, are the relatives of some of those still missing. translation: i was so shocked and so heartbroken. at the time, we all went over to look at the scene. we came here to this spot. a lot of people came and we were all standing here. looking at it, they were all crying, heartbroken. translation: it was a whole chunk of the mountains that slid down. my uncle built his house right in the middle so we didn't have too much hope that he had survived but even if he is dead, we still felt we ought to come and see what happens. also making news today:
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at least seven people have died in a cable car accident in the tourist resort of gulmarg in indian—administered kashmir. police say the main cable, that carries the six—seater cabins, snapped due to strong winds. hundreds of people were temporarily stranded at high altitude, but were later rescued. let's bring you the latest from formula 1, and australia's daniel ricciardo has won an action packed azerbaijan grand prix. the red bull driver came from tenth on the grid to record his first win of the season and the fifth of his career. mercedes' valterri bottas was second and williams' lance stroll was third. the victory sees ricciardo jump to forth in the championship. there's now been more than five weeks of fighting in the southern philippine city of marawi between the military and fighters from the so—called is. the government had declared a temporary humanitarian truce in the offensive to recapture the city from the militants,
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for the muslim festival of eid. but any hopes that fighting would conclude by the end of ramadan have faded. earlier, i spoke to carmela fonbuena, a writer with the online philippine newspaper, rappler, who was on the ground in marawi for the first three weeks of the fighting. i asked her why the government forces had been unable to stick to their deadline. deadline to finish before the celebration is not exactly a categorical deadline. the military has started issuing the deadlines because they missed so many. it was something they really as spied for. i remember in week one, they were there. the generals were telling the people they would want them to go back at the ablett to go back to their homes to celebrate eid. that didn't happen yesterday. people called it the saddest eid celebration. they were in evacuation centres. the clashes are still
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continue. and there was a bit of a truce during that celebration but u nfortu nately, truce during that celebration but unfortunately, the truth has been lifted. what do we know about the main figures lifted. what do we know about the mainfigures in lifted. what do we know about the main figures in this fight? reports are saying that malaysia's most wa nted are saying that malaysia's most wanted terrorist had fled from marawi along with the leader of the militant outfit who is on america's most militant outfit who is on america's m ost wa nted militant outfit who is on america's most wanted list. what does it say about the ability of the philippine military to keep things under control and prevent these escapes? there are a lot of statements made like that. the group behind the clashes, the leaders behind the group have been killed, the malaysians finance has been killed. then you talk to the generals and they would not give you categorical statements. they didn't verify it
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categorically. south korea's president has proposed that north and south korea form a joint olympic team to take part in the twenty—eighteen winter games. he made his comments at the world taekwondo championships in south korea. moonjae—in said he hoped the two countries could return to submitting joint teams at international sporting events. 0ur seoul correspondent steve evans says south korea's new president is taking a different approach from his predecessor, when it comes to relations with the north: president moonah‘s approach means that you need dialogue with north korea. —— president moon. instead of tighter sanctions. his argument is that this tough approach hasn't worked. there are two proposals now from south korea. 0ne worked. there are two proposals now from south korea. one from the president and another from a member
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of the government. 0ne, president and another from a member of the government. one, a joint team and then some events to take place in north korea. north korea is pouring cold water on both ideas basically saying the time isn't right. the winter olympics start in south korea in february. you are right, there is a broader context to this and that is that outside south korea, outside this peninsula, this conflict, this non— hot war conflict, this non— hot war conflict, if i can put it that way, is seen as a battle of good versus evil. in korea, it is often seen as a rift within a family so that perspective is completely different. what you are now seeing is one bit of the family saying to the other bit of the family, let's try and work our way forward. 0bviously difficult to use, 0tto warmbier, the american student, being in a coma, died last week at widespread criticism of his treatment by north
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korea. we had a situation where the brother of kim jong—un was murdered. a lot of people say by north korean agents. the regime is brutal on lots of independent estimates. there are obvious logistical and political difficulties. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the indian prime minister narendra modi heads to the us, but will he be able to keep the cordial relationship he developed with the 0bama administration? members of the of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering and applause
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chapman, prison pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8th, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories. a boat packed with holidaymakers sinks in a reservoir in colombia. at least nine people have died,
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dozens are reported missing. pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif has cut short a visit to london after the oil tanker disaster in punjab which left at least 150 dead. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the china daily is, of course, focusing on recovery efforts following that devastating landslide in maoxian. survivors have described their ordeal to the paper. some locals had to be carried to safety by soldiers after being stranded on the mountain. the south china morning post has more on that story we brought you a little earlier in the programme on president xi's upcoming visit to hong kong, to mark 20 years since it was passed from british to chinese rule. it'll be the president's first visit since he was elected in 2013. the post mentions he will not be visiting a local family
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or neighbourhood during his visit, as his predecessors had done. and the gulf news concentrates on how eid—ul—fitr is being celebrated around the world, including in war—ravaged mosul. the front page features the president of the uae, shaikh khalifa bin zayed, exchanging eid greetings with his counterparts in al bateen palace. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? people have been sharing videos of eid al fitr celebrations. the islamic festival of eid is being celebrated all over the world — this is the scene in mecca. it marks the end of ramadan in which muslims fast for a month now they come together to break their fast with friends and family.
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reports from the iraqi city of mosul say fighters from so—called islamic state have mounted a counter attack in districts to the west of the old city — the last is enclave there. the army has told the bbc that british fighters are among the militants. earlier, the iraqi military said it had captured almost all of the area — our correspondent 0rla guerin, and cameraman nico hameon, have sent us this report from the front line. heading to the front line in mosul. you have to run. and beware of snipers. but troops from iraq's emergency response division are advancing every day. the target here — a hospital complex. gun fire. we move deeper into the battle. getting a chance to see how the fight has been taken
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to the so—called islamic state. urban warfare at its most intimate. near enough to throw a hand grenade. then this... gunfire. the fight here is at extremely close quarters. this is the most forward position is iraqi troops have. they tell us the nearest is position is just 15 metres away, and when they're firing here the distance is so small that sometimes they can see the faces of the is militants. the troops here — mostly young — determined to end a reign of terror. "daesh came and killed civilians", says ali. "they destroyed life in the city." "0ur duty is to bring
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mosul back to life." here's the hospital building where commanders say about 200 foreign militants are holed up, including some britons. "that's what our intelligence tells us", says this colonel. "and also we heard them speaking on the radio." "we can tell their nationality from that." and iraqi drones monitor their movements, if they dare to move at all. here, militants run from building to building in the vast medical complex, looking for cover. now their caliphate is turning to ash, their positions being pounded from above with a series of air strikes. we counted three in an hour. it's the final push against an enemy that once controlled a third of iraq, and that tonight has begun a counter attack. well here in the uk, more residential tower blocks have failed safety checks on their exterior cladding in the wake of the grenfell tower fire in west london.
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60 high rise buildings in 25 local authority areas have now been checked, and the results: all of them, so far, have failed to meet fire safety standards. with the latest, here's duncan kennedy. pendleton in salford, the latest location where tower block cladding is being removed. it is an unsettling sight for another group of residents who have lived here many years. it's left us, as residents, very confused and very concerned about the safety of where we live. the government has continued to test cladding. tonight, they released new figures. 60 buildings have now failed safety checks. the buildings stretch across 25 local authorities. immediately is to give advice to the residents, to ensure that those
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high—rise buildings are safe as they possibly can be as quickly as possible. the government says it can suggest around 100 samples of cladding in 2a hours, but at the moment, they are only testing about nine per day. up to 600 tower blocks in need of testing, and unless samples in need of testing, and unless sa m ples start in need of testing, and unless samples start arriving more quickly, it is going to take a very long time. arnold has been a fire safety expert for 20 years. he says cladding currently only has to withstand flame tests from the front. but he says this is simply not enough. make the tests more robust. test everything, test every angle, then you will know it works. today, entire families have been hauling their possessions away from four tower blocks. safety measures are being put in place. maureen burkard and her 87—year—old father, edward,
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are prepared to move out, but don't know where to go. i have actually heard they are quite hot. maureen went in and filmed on her phone to see if it was suitable for theirfamily. 0h, there's flies in here. afterwards, she seemed satisfied with what was being offered. how was the hotel? it was ok. not too bad. good enough? yeah, good enough. will you be moving? yes, we will. tonight, many from the tower blocks have been celebrating rum and —— ramadan, some small comfort in this difficult time. india's prime minister, narendra modi, is due
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to hold his first meeting with president trump at the white house. ties between india and the united states were described as excellent under barack 0bama, but differences have surfaced between the two countries since mr trump took office. mr modi is looking to build a personal relationship with the new president. sanjoy majumder reports from delhi. they have a lot in common, both powerful politicians who have drawn controversy. ahead of the trip, there are rumblings under the surface. donald trump recently attacked india over climate change, identifying it as one of the world's biggest polluters, at that cost of countries such as the united states. india makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid. from developed countries. india hit back, saying it is committed to protecting the environment. they
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have said they will continue to use coal for their energy needs. there are other concerns. immigration, for instance. this woman has reason to celebrate. she has been granted a visa to study computer science in america. i was anxious, visa to study computer science in america. iwas anxious, i knew someone america. iwas anxious, i knew someone who got their visa taken away. it may be very anxious. like thousands of students headed to the united states, she is hoping to find a job after graduating. under the donald trump administration, she is apprehensive. it is hard to know, because i won't be working for two yea rs. because i won't be working for two years. so much has changed in the last year. it is definitely a concern. and there's more. as part of the america first campaign, donald trump wants us firms to stop investing overseas and instead boost jobs at home. it is similar to
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narendra modi's drive to make factories set up in india. it is striving to make india more compatible. we are seeing, particularly in the defence sector, big us defence firms moving work to india, because the markets will create jobs in the india, because the markets will createjobs in the us india, because the markets will create jobs in the us as well. relations between india and the united states blossomed under the 0bama presidency. the question now is whether the magic will be repeated with his successor —— magic. you have been watching newsday. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there, good morning.
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the week that lies ahead will be very different from the weekjust gone, because the next few days are looking very unsettled which means we will see spells of rain which could be quite heavy. quite windy and you will notice things cooler, on a downward trend. it's a reasonable start to the day. lighter winds than we are seeing through the weekend, but we are looking out west for this low pressure to bring rain in from the west. a pretty reasonable start, much lighter winds and good spells of sunshine early on but a fresh start to the day, but in more rural spots, dipping into single figures. a bright start for many. some ood spells of sunshine. but out west, that low pressure system pushing its way into the west of ireland. that is making progress northwards and eastwards and will continue to do so. a lovely start in many places with a good deal of sunshine. that will turn a bit cloudier across wales and the south—west of england.
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as this area of low pressure shows its hand, there will be some cloud and rain working its way into northern ireland. they'll bring a shower but the eastern side of england, lengthy spells of sunshine. 2a in london but only 1a degrees in aberdeenshire. this evening, that rain making slow progress northwards and eastwards. quite wet by the end of the night, quite windy as well in scotland and dribs and drabs of rain into northern england and possibly north wales. tuesday, the south, another area of low pressure drifting in from the near continent. this may bring some thundery downpours to southern counties. we start off quite wet and windy in northern ireland which eases away to the east, improving here maybe with a few showers in the afternoon, quite wet and windy for much of scotland. further south, potentially some thundery showers and a messy picture on tuesday afternoon. 21 degrees on monday for london but only 12 degrees in aberdeen. tuesday night and wednesday, some thundery rain moving northward in a broad area of rain across england and wales, up into southern scotland. by the middle of the week, this huge area of low pressure affecting much of central and western europe. things will be cooling down here.
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a pretty tricky forecast trying to get the detail right but at the moment, it looks as if we are going to see some wetter, windy weather across much of northern england and with the breeze coming in, the north sea coastal areas will be on the cool side, that is for sure. i'm kasia madera — the bbc news headlines. our top story. a passenger boat carrying at least 150 tourists has sunk in a reservoir in colombia taking less than five minutes to go down. at least nine people are reported to have died — and dozens more are missing. the vessel began taking on water during a cruise in the resort of guatape, about 80 kilometres from medellin. colombian air force helicopters and divers have been sent to assist. pakistan's prime minister, nawaz sharif, has cut short a visit to london to return home,
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after more than 140 people were killed when an oil tanker exploded in punjab province. dozens of others were critically injured. and this video is trending on bbc.com. an airasia x flight was forced to turn back to perth — because of an engine problem which left it "shaking like a washing machine". and the top story here in the uk.
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