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welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: a show of strength from the united states after another ballistic missile test by north korea. security is stepped up at airports across australia after a plot to blow up a plane is uncovered. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: more violence in venezuela, during controversial elections for a new assembly, to change the constitution. a pioneering programme in china to bring love and hope to some of the country's millions of children needing special, end of life care. good morning. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 8am on the korean peninsula
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where the united states has stepped up its response to north korea's latest missile launch. two us air force bombers have flown directly over the region. and america's missile defence system in south korea has also been tested. president trump has vented his frustration with china, saying it's doing nothing for the us on north korea. from tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes reports. the unmistakable shape of an american b—i bomber, sweeping low over south korea this afternoon. this is president trump's pointed response to north korea's latest missile test. it was accompanied by an equally pointed rant on twitter. "i am very disappointed in china", the president tweeted. "they do nothing for us with north korea, just talk. "we will no longer allow this to continue." china today has been showing off its own military might, in a huge parade overseen by president xijinping. he has condemned north korea's
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launch, but china is not prepared to bring pyongyang to its knees, even though it probably could. north korea, meanwhile, is making the most of its success. pictures of friday's missile launch are being played over and over. and, once again, kimjong—un is the star of the show. this latest missile test represents a profound challenge to president donald trump. he put a lot of hope in getting china to rein in pyongyang. he now appears to have accepted that is not going to happen. but the us president has explicitly stated he will not allow north korea to acquire the ability to strike the united states with nuclear weapons. well, that is now very close. the rising tension is making people here increasingly nervous. air raid siren in a village in northern japan, a siren shatters the morning calm. "a missile is heading in this
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direction", the announcer says. "ta ke cover. " practice drills like this are now happening all along this coast. translation: it's very scary, i don't know where to run to if there is a missile strike. i need practice like today's drill to learn what to do. off the same coast last month, the most powerful us armada to be seen here in decades. a military strike on north korea may seem unthinkable, but pyongyang and washington are locked in an increasingly dangerous game and there are no good choices for how to end it. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. our other top story this hour: several people, including two teenagers, have reportedly been killed in anti—government demonstrations during elections for venezuela's new assembly. president maduro is widely expected to secure a victory that
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could allow him to change the constitution. the opposition parties in the oil—rich nation are boycotting the vote. from caracas, here's katy watson. the sense of celebration here made it easy to forget for a moment the dark times venezuela is going through. but for the people waiting to vote, the problems are real. lisbeth told me she's voting for peace for our children and future of the country. antonio said he's here to ensure there is more food and medicine for people. late president hugo chavez looms large in this part of caracas, on the walls it's his face, not president maduro‘s you can see. but mr maduro wants to continue his legacy. he says a new assembly that could rewrite the constitution is the only way to bring peace to the country. the opposition boycotted the vote today. instead, many came out onto the streets to keep up the pressure against the government. carlos is a university
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student and part of what's known as the resistance, playing his part in the protest movement by blocking roads, because he says he wants a better venezuela. everything that we can find here, we use to protect us, because this is, as i say, it a critical situation. they are shooting us, they are killing people. there are more than 100 people that are dead. as police gathered on the other side of the street barricades, the protesters got ready for another confrontation. people here can't quite understand how such a rich country has got to this point. the political and economic crisis has never been so bad. but the feeling is here it willjust get worse. that much was clear — just a few metres from here, a police convoy was hit by improvised explosives. the government says the opposition are terrorists. the protesters say they are fighting against a government that is becoming increasingly repressive. from this part of town, the vote was almost irrelevant. people here are worried
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about politics, about food shortages and spiralling inflation. much of that is stoking the anger. protesters keep building the blockades. the police keep trying to destroy them. divisions here are so deep in venezuela, neither side is backing down. katie watson, bbc news, in caracas. also making use today: —— news. a strong typhoon has swept across taiwan, injuring more than 80 people, and forcing the capital to shut down essential services and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes. another tropical storm, haitang, struck affecting the south east region of the country. president vladimir putin has confrmed that 755 us diplomatic personnel are to be
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expelled from russia by september the first. he added that further sanctions against washington were being considered, but would not be imposed yet. president putin was speaking on the day the russian navy was displaying it's might to the nation. a philippine mayor accused by president duterte, of being involved in the drugs trade, has been killed in a police raid. reynaldo paro—ji—nog, the mayor of ozamiz, was shot dead along with his wife and ten others in a dawn raid on his home. police say they were serving an arrest warrant at the time. a gunman has opened fire at the entrance to a nightclub in the german city of konstanz, killing a security guard and wounding two more before he was shot dead by police. prosecutors say he fetched a rifle after a row with security staff. but there was no indication of an islamist or terrorist connection. thousands of tourists have fled the indian hill resort of darjeeling after local activists demanding the creation of a new indian state warned that a general strike could turn into more violence. hundreds of troops and riot police patrolled the streets of the famed tea—producing resort in eastern india as panicked tourists packed their bags.
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ceremonies have been taking place in belgium to mark the centenary of the battle of passchendaele — one of the bloodiest of the first world war. the king of belgium and britain's prince william, have laid wreaths to the fallen in ypres. now, i don't know if you feel at home in the water but this man does. american caeleb dressel‘s been competing in the world swimming championships in hungary, and doing pretty well. the twenty year old won gold in the 4x100 metre medley relay on sunday getting him him a total of seven gold medals. that's a feat that only the great michael phelps‘ has achieved before. so many congratulations to caeleb. let's get more on our top story and north korea's latest missile launch. michael swaine is a senior fellow in the asia program at the carnegie endowment
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for international peace in washington — i asked him how worrying the increased tensions are. well it is worrying because north korea continues to move towards the acquisition of a deployable nuclear weapons. it is developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. it is also developing miniaturised nuclear warheads. at some point in the future, unless a source these programmes, it will most likely have a deployable capability. and that poses some real concerns for the united states, for its allies, and for other people in the region. some big concerns, as you say, but the us ambassador to the un said there is no point in an emergency un security council meeting in reaction to the launch, because it would produce nothing of consequence. so where
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will the pressure be applied at a time when the americans and donald trump are accusing china of doing very little? right now, the un security council is talking about further sanctions conditions with north korea. the united states has been trying to get china to co—operate in the maximum sanctions that could apply. but i think a strategy on its own will not produce the desired result. there are reasons why the chinese will not necessarily back a full, blanket set of sanctions against north korea. and i think the united states is rated movies along. but ultimately, it will have to adopt some other kind of approach, including notjust sanctions, but other things, as well. what are these other things, is sanctions and so far? well. what are these other things, is sanctions and so far7|j well. what are these other things, is sanctions and so far? i think the first step needs to be movement towards some kind of a freeze in the north korean programme. there needs to be an understanding that the
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north koreans are not going to further test a nuclear weapon, and they will not go to a deployable, miniaturised nuclear weapon, as well. and i think that will have to occur over the near and immediate term. and then i think there needs to bea term. and then i think there needs to be a negotiation, and opening up ofa to be a negotiation, and opening up of a discussion, first with the chinese, about the future of the korean peninsula. a lot of the chinese concerns and resistance to applying strong sanctions have to do with their theories about the colla pse with their theories about the collapse of a north korean regime, and a creation of a unified korea. that is not in their interests. the united states needs to provide some reassurance on that score. thirdly, there needs to be negotiation with north korea about greeting some kind of, what you would call and on this approach, which includes a peace treaty, a security assurance, and assistance. that is not to be unilateral or all at once. but it
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would need clear actions on the part of north korea. now if you believe his devotees, shigeaki hinohara is one of the factors behind japan's famous gains in life expectancy. he passed away earlier this month and thousands of mourners have been paying their respects to the doctor they believe has given them extra years. janey mitchell reports. queueing for a memorial service, healthcare professionals, professionals, and former patients of shigeaki hinohara, including empress michito. one of the world's longest serving positions, doctor shigeaki hinohara practice what you preach. he was treating patients and working up to 18 hours a day until a few months before his death at 105. he believed work was the key to
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longevity, telling patients there was no need to ever retire, and if they must, it should be far later than 65. he helps to improve japanese life expectancy after introducing a system of conference and annual medical backups, called human dry dock, in 195a. his other guidelines for a long life, have fun, contribute, and help others. translation: devalued human relationships and people's dealings. soi relationships and people's dealings. so i will try to be compassion to others, too. —— and passionate. so i will try to be compassion to others, too. -- and passionate. he also believed in goals for the future. his dream had been to go to the tokyo olympics in 2020. his mouth on life did not stretch that far. but with japanese life expectancy being in the highs in the world, many believe the doctor was setting the country on the right road. —— marathon life.
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doctor shigeaki hinohara there, dead at 105. you have been watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a pioneering programme in china to bring love and hope to some of the country's millions of children needing special, end of life care. also on the programme: how liya the polar bear is helping her three—month—old cub feel at home in australia. cheering the air space agency nasa has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armargh, once an everyday part in the soldiers' lot, drudgery in danger now no
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longer after almost four decades. if someone is in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i cannot see why people should wander in and say you are doing something wrong. six rare white lion cubs are on the prowl. they have been met with a roar of approval from visitors. they are lovely and sweet. yeah, cute. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: the us says it wants the united nations to take decisive, punitive action against north korea after it launches another ballistic missile test. more violence in venezuela, during controversial elections for a new assembly, to change the constitution. at least two people are dead.
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south korea's facing a baby bust as the country's projected birth rate's fallen to its lowest level ever. youth unemployment and the cost of living are being blamed for the decline — that story is popular on bbc.com across asia. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times looks in detail at north korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test. it says maps that kim jong—un has been seen with, have been deciphered, and worryingly show that the trajectory gets closer and closer to japan with each launch. gulf news reports on the ongoing anti—drugs war in the philippines. it says police there killed fifteen people on sunday, among them the mayor of ozemiz city — who was described by police as a "high value target on illegal drugs". and the south china morning post deals with china's first—ever
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birthday parade for the people's liberation army. president xi jinping is seen in a jeep instead of his usual limousine and is quoted as saying that china had "the confidence and capability to defeat all armies that dare to offend". travellers in australia have been facing extra security checks at airports, after investigators uncovered a plot to blow up a plane. prime minister, malcolm turnbull has called it an "elaborate conspiracy". four men are in police custody and items that could be used in a homemade bomb have been found. airline passengers have been asked to arrive two hours early for theirflights. the bbc‘s hywel griffith joins us now from sydney. what more do we know about this plot? the authorities believed the threat
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was imminentand the authorities believed the threat was imminent and quite sophisticated. we do not know which plan and what time exactly the threat was thought to be planned for. we know for men have been arrested and they will be held for weeks. we understand that among them area weeks. we understand that among them are a father and son. it is significant that there are four people. the other attacks on australian soil have been lone wolf so they suggest more of a network and also a suggestion of foreign involvement. rather than exploding the plan, one paper is reporting the idea was to launch a gas attack. some improvised attack spreading gas. in terms of actual hard facts, we are still waiting to see if police will bring charges against these four men. what do we know
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about the security measures implemented at airports? as you said, passengers have in us to add time onto their travel. arrive and all extra. three hours for international and two hours for domestic. people queueing at sydney because of extra measures to check baggage. people are taking it in fairly good grace. they hope that this is a necessary thing in order to prevent other attacks. the police think they have arrested everyone connected to this plot but this is the 13th in the past three years so the 13th in the past three years so the terror threat in australia remains probable and while that is so, passengers may have to put up with more delays and more checks as
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they prepare to board. the prime minister has been talking about this. give us more on what and when he said it. he was speaking within the last hour or two on national radio. he stressed they thought this was an imminent threat and authorities had to step in. they only became aware of it apparently only became aware of it apparently on wednesday. arrests were made on saturday and raids and investigations carried on in the sunday. there is a question whether this was australian intelligence or whether international partners tipped off authorities. he said it is all a big collaborative effort. it is not simply a case of australian detectives always been first to find out what is happening on australian soil. thank you very much for that. children in china suffering from terminal illnesses will often receive little or no palliative care. some may even be abandoned by their parents, desperate, but unable to help them.
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one woman's helping some of those children, in the city of changsha. that's nice. the main difficulties we re that's nice. the main difficulties were trying to get people to understand that we were not killing children, that we were not fighting for them. i children, that we were not fighting forthem. iam children, that we were not fighting for them. i am the co—founder and ceo of this spurs. we provide palliative care for children. when we first moved to china, kiev children was virtually non—existent. so we had to start from a very basic level where there was completely no understanding about what we were trying to do. culturally, of course, it is considered really bad if you
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do not fight for your child's life right up until the moment they die. families will fill criticised so if you talk about palliative care, people immediately think about you giving up whereas, actually, you are not giving up, you are adding quality, you are adding life to the days the child might me. —— meet. we kept seeing parents who had abandoned their children at the gates of an orphanage when we realise that families had tried everything within their means to get a cure for that child, to get help for that child and it is only after a lot of heartache that they decide they cannot do any more. it is just at the point where a child is most needy. the sea child and families
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separated was hard raking. —— heartbreaking. what is relatively easy to deal with is their physical symptom, what's for difficulties of the effect of their abandonment and the effect of their abandonment and the huge sense of loss, that confusion and hurt that mummy and daddy aren't there any more. what have i done to deserve that? and so we have to work very hard to teach the staff the importance of touch, the staff the importance of touch, the importance of speaking gently, the importance of speaking gently, the importance of cuddles so that we can the importance of cuddles so that we ca n start the importance of cuddles so that we can start to give the child that will to live, the wheel to eat and evenif will to live, the wheel to eat and even if they can't live a long time, they will know of that they are worthy of love. the first time a
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child smiles, we have achieved something really terrific here. when the child has gone, the nannies will watch their body, —— wash. put them in beautiful clothes, give them their favourite toy, and then you carry on. lyn gould telling us about the work of the butterfly children's hospices. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will be kicking off the first in a new series looking at entrepreneurship in japan. we meet young people helping to transform japan's innovation culture. and before we go, we had to show you this — a polar bear cub that will make your heart melt.
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sea world australia, on the gold coast captured the unnamed three month old playing with her mum liya. this is their first chance to explore the cub kindy enclosure together which has been specially designed for them. sea world's running a naming competition for the youngster and with 20,000 votes cast since voting opened — mishka is proving the hot favourite. whatever the name, we think she is truly adorable. we will be back with asia business report and the headlines but we leave you with the polar bear carved and her mummy, from australia. good morning. with all the energy
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and instability in the ad is fear over the past 2a hours, we have seen thundery downpours. that's it by storms and so to parts of scotland with fierce looking clouds. a month worth of rain in devon are due to peninsulas showers. more showers over the coming few days. we still have low pressure to the north—west of the uk. the closer to that, the more showers are over the next two days, while there will be showers, they should become fewer. in the morning, we still have some showers are morning, we still have some showers a re left morning, we still have some showers are left over from overnight in scotland. the cloudy start here. the north—west of england, sunshine and showers. the other side of the pennines, across the midlands, a bright and sunny start at showers across western fringes of wales. towards the coast. as you move
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towards the south—east and east anglia, the showers will big on and it will be a bright sunny start. this picture taken yesterday at the oval. if you going to watch the cricket, it should be exciting and it should be dry, actually, just a small chance of a shower and not quite as breezy. vorm into the sunshine. the southern parts of the uk, very few showers. —— warm in the sunshine. showers not as widespread. slow moving heavy thundery downpours across northern ireland and scotland. maybe some hail as well. chu state sees some further showers. —— tuesday. showers not as wide spread. very much heat and ms towards the south—east likely to stay dry. right now, the low further
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south and hence the unsettled weather. the jet stream south and hence the unsettled weather. thejet stream heating up another area of low pressure across the atlantic heading towards the uk. things tony later from the south—west, slowly but surely, on wednesday. a few showers perhaps in scotland. rain around on wednesday night. goodbye. you're watching bbc world news. i'm babita sharma. our top story: the united states has stepped up its response to north korea's latest missile launch. two us air force bombers have flown directly over the region. and us missile defence system in south korea has also been tested. president trump has vented his frustration with china, saying it's doing nothing for the us on north korea. travellers in australia have been facing extra security checks at airports, after investigators uncovered an islamist plot to blow
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upa plane. prime minister malcolm turnbull called it an "elaborate conspiracy". and this story is trending on bbc.com: its russia's navy day parade of its warships and submarines. the annual event in st petersburg attracted large crowds. there were other displays around the country, and russia also showed off its naval hardware at its syrian base of tartus. stay with us.
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