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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: venezuela's president praises the army for beating back an attack on a military base in the city of valencia. china urges north korea to stop its nuclear missile tests, that's after the un security council votes for tough new sanctions. israel plans to ban journalists from aljazeera and close its offices injerusalem after accusing the broadcaster of incitement. and stopping the slaughter, the british army shows gamekeepers how to track and stop elephant poachers in west africa. in venezuela, president nicolas maduro congratulated the army for successfully stopping a pre—dawn
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assault on an army base in the city of valencia. two people died in the assault and now a search is under way for ten men who escaped with weapons. the president is calling for tough sentences for the suspects seized during the operation. earlier, a video posted on social media showed uniformed men saying they were rising against a murderous tyranny. greg dawson reports. venezuela has grown used to rebellion, but this time it was different. a small group of men in military uniform openly defying their president. translation: this is not a coup. this is a civic and military action to restore constitutional order and save the country from total destruction, to stop the murders of our youth and relatives. as members of the military, we demand that the will of the people be recognised to free themselves from tyranny.
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any hopes of an uprising were quickly deflated, though. venezuelan authorities claim to have foiled the attack within hours, with two men killed and eight arrested. the regional military commander described it as a terrorist paramilitary attack, paid for by right—wing political groups. with a raised fist and chants of loyalty to the socialist homeland, order was restored. but this was now the second small—scale rebellion in recent months. injune, a police commando stole a helicopter and threw grenades at the country's supreme court. this latest uprising, while short—lived, may offer a glimmer of hope to those leading daily protests, that some soldiers, as well as civilians, share the discontent against president maduro. in his address to the nation, the man himself looked far from concerned.
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translation: i want to congratulate the armed forces for the immediate reaction they had against the terrorist attack. a week ago we beat them with votes and today we beat the terrorism with bullets. all this on the weekend venezuela's new constituent assembly held its first session after last sunday's controversial vote. it was justified as the only way to unite this divided country. so far, there's little sign of that goal being achieved. greg dawson, bbc news. china has delivered frank advice to north korea, telling its neighbour to make a smart decision and stop conducting missile launches and nuclear tests. escalating regional tension follows pyongyang's recent long—range ballistic missile tests and the un security council decision to impose further sanctions. the chinese foreign minister huang yi has been meeting the us secretary of state rex tillerson at a gathering of ministers from south—east asian countries. mr huang called on the united states to deescalate, saying that dialogue was necessary to end the stand—off.
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yogita limeye‘s report from the south korean capital, seoul, contains flash photography. putting on a united front at a meeting of south—east asian nations in manila, the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, is on a mission. america wants more countries to isolate north korea, a day after all 15 members of the un security council voted to ban exports from pyongyang. the sweeping measures were even backed by china, north korean‘s ally and top trade partner. translation: the chinese side urge the north koreans to calmly handle the un security council resolutions and not do anything unbeneficial, such as a missile launch or a nuclear test. at this meeting between south korea's foreign minister, kang kyung—wha, and mr tillerson, the two leaders described the sanctions as a good outcome. testing missiles like this one,
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which some believe could reach the us, is what prompted action against north korea. for the country, the new sanctions could mean a loss of about $1 billion, but experts say it's unlikely to deter the state. the north koreans are unlikely to negotiate anything until they will have a proven capability to deliver a nuclear strike to the continental united states. once they get such a capability, probably in a few years' time, they are probably going to talk. here in seoul, the president's office has welcomed the un resolution, but in north korea, the response has been expectedly belligerent. a newspaper run by the country's ruling party said that the us would be catapulted into a sea of fire if it did not change its hostile policy towards pyongyang. in manila, the us secretary of state commemorated those who died in world war ii.
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and with his meetings there he hopes to contain the threat from north korea. it's making america nervous, but there seems to be no immediate solution. yogita limeye, bbc news, seoul. and yogita limaye joins us now from the south korean capital, seoul. togita, we've had a tweet from donald trump saying he has spoken to president moon of south korea and expressing great pleasure at the unanimous vote —— yogita. expressing great pleasure at the unanimous vote -- yogita. that's right. the amount us leaders are speaking about this clearly is an indicator of how nervous this issue is making america. there's president trump's tweeted this morning. the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, once again sent out a very strong message late last night to north korea saying they're hitting that country where it hurts. and us secretary of state rex tillerson is
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in manila at the asean meeting and he is trying to get more countries to try to isolate north korea. they're basically trying to put economic and financial pressure on the country so it is forced to stop missile tests. here in south korea the president's office yesterday welcomed the un sanctions. yesterday secretary of state rex tillerson met with south korean foreign minister huang yi and at that meeting she said sanctions were a very good outcome. also we are hearing that south and north korea have had a meeting but at the sidelines of the main summit? that's right. that's what south korean media are reporting here. this is a meeting that was not open to the press. what south korean media are reporting is that the north korean foreign minister has said that sole's offer of renewed talks is insincere. —— seoul's. we
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haven't had much response from north korea to these sanctions, what we saw was an article in a newspaper yesterday controlled by north korea's ruling party that said that if the us doesn't change its hostile policy to north korea then the only choice for america would be self destruction and the us would be catapulted into an unimaginable sea of fire. as expected, a very aggressive and belligerent response but all eyes will be on the north korean foreign minister today because today is the asean forum where 27 countries will discuss regional security and that's where we're expecting his remarks and perhaps we will hear an official response from north korea about what they think about the sanctions and how they are going to react to them. the vast majority of north korea's trade is funnelled through china, one can't underestimate china's role in sorting this out? it's a very important player in this
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region as far as the un security council goes, it's aborted those sanctions. the foreign minister came out yesterday and urged north korea to stop missile tests —— it supported. when china's foreign minister met south korea's, he said south korea's decision to allow the us to deploy anti—missile defence systems in this country is reg retta ble systems in this country is regrettable and he said he doesn't think the anti—missile defence system will actually intercept intercontinental ballistic missile is. yogita limaye in seoul, thank you —— intercontinental ballistic missile is. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the veteran war crimes prosecutor, carla del ponte, says she's leaving the united nations commission of inquiry on syria. ms del ponte accused the un security council of making herjob impossible and she said it was doing nothing, which meant she had no power. she described her role as just an alibi. officials in afghanistan say insurgents have attacked a village in the northern province of sar—e—pul, killing 50 people.
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they were mostly members of the mainly shia hazara community. the taliban said they'd killed 28 local militia but denied responsibility for any civilian deaths. at least 11 people have been killed in a gun attack on a church in nigeria. police said lone gunman burst in during sunday mass at the church near the southeastern city of onitsha. some witnesses said five masked attackers were involved. israel is seeking to close aljazeera's offices in the country and revoke its journalists' media credentials. the israeli communications minister alleged that the channel supported terrorism and said both its arabic and english—language channels would be taken off air in the country. the qatar—based media network denounced the measures and said it will continue to cover regional stories professionally and accurately. bill hayton‘s report contains some flashing images. a quiet sunday injerusalem.
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television production vehicles idle outside the offices of aljazeera. if israel's government has its way, these may not be its offices for much longer. but first, they'll have to jump through a few legal hoops. translation: i'm going to ask the government press office to revoke the press cards of aljazeera reporters in israel. second, i've talked to the cable and satellite companies, which have agreed on their part to consider blacking out aljazeera broadcasts. i've also talked to the minister of domestic security, asking him to act on his authority to close their offices in israel. israeli government pressure on aljazeera has been mounting since clashes broke out injerusalem a month ago. two members of the israeli security forces and their three attackers were shot dead, and the incident sparked days of clashes
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between police and protesters. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, singled out aljazeera for blame, accusing it of stoking the violence. that was denied by the channel. they said the channel is often criticised for just doing they said the channel is often criticised forjust doing its job. they said the channel is often criticised forjust doing itsjoblj think criticised forjust doing itsjob.|j think all those accusations are a bit of a red herring, in the end it is about us providing fair and frank coverage, we aren't partisan to any group, ideology or government. we provide a diversity of different viewpoints and perspectives and i think that's a problem for some people in the region. itsjerusalem bureau chief accused mr netanyahu of wanting to distract attention from issues he is facing. as protests mount, he has accused news media of trying to undermine his government. until now, israel's courts have protected their right to free speech. the future of aljazeera will be a major test of that commitment. bill hayton, bbc news.
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in iran members of parliament have been criticised on social media after they took selfies with the european union's top diplomat, federica mogherini. she was in iran for president hassan rouhani's inauguration when she found herself the centre of attention in parliament. ms mogherini has met iran's president and foreign minister to discuss the pace of the implementation of the iran's nuclear deal. the british army is helping to fight poachers who are threatening the existence of one species of african elephant. tens of thousands of forest elephants have been killed in the west african state of gabon, mostly for their ivory, but now the president has asked the rifles regiment to teach gamekeepers how to track and stop the poachers. you may find some of the images injonathan beale's report from gabon distressing. we're travelling through the second—largest rainforest in the world, trying to find
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an animal whose numbers have declined by more than 60% over the last ten years. and this is about as close as you'll ever get to them. forest elephants are wary of humans. we had to turn the engine off and stay silent. this close, they can charge. they're much smaller than the better—known savanna elephant, butjust as vulnerable to poachers, who target them for the same reason, their ivory. this is what's been happening to them, another victim to the poachers. it had been dead for weeks. just the valuable tusks taken, the rest left to rot. talking about all gabon, i think we lost 30,000 elephants since this time last year. it's a big and important programme now for gabonese administration.
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85% of gabon is covered in rainforest, that stretches for thousands of square miles. this is the last sanctuary for the elusive forest elephant. but it's also ideal hiding and cover for the poachers, who are killing them at an alarming rate. but they're being tracked down. and with the help of the british army. for the first time, we've been allowed to film the small team of uk soldiers who are helping train gabon‘s national park agency in their fight to save the elephant. gabon has got a real high density of forest elephants. that's why it's got a poaching problem. 0ut here, training the gabonese national parks agency to combat that, both at the tactical and operational levels, means that the british army can make a difference in that fight against the illegal wildlife trade. after about 15 minutes... they have even brought in jungle warfare specialists,
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who in this exercise show them how to find and then arrest the poachers. but the british are also teaching them the importance of recovering evidence that might lead to prosecutions. among those being trained are former poachers, who have now turned gamekeeper. ulrich says as a boy he used to hunt elephants with his father just to survive. that used to be tolerated, but not anymore. these days, the greatest threat to these elephants is not the locals but criminal gangs who operate across the border. we're faced, you know, with organised crime cartels, you know, heavily armed. and they show no mercy. they come, they kill. and now, we're in a situation
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where, in many of... some of our national parks, it's a warzone. even with a global ban on the sale of ivory, there's still an illegal trade. and hidden away in these forests these elephants are still easy prey. jonathan beale, bbc news, gabon. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a warning that too much time online is as bad for children as junk food, so how worried should parents be? the question was whether we wanted to save our people, and japanese as well, and win the war, or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at 2am this morning.
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mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. and we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old, and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: venezuela's president has praised the army for beating back an attack on a military base in the city of valencia. israel says it plans to ban
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journalists from aljazeera and close its offices injerusalem after accusing the broadcaster of incitement. now, how often do you tell your children to get off their phones and tablets? well, officials here in britain are saying that parents should limit the amount of time their children spend on line, comparing it to eating junk food. the children's commissioner says that the internet can be addictive, and overuse can have a detrimental affect on children's confidence and well being. tom burridge has the story. kids and screens — it is a constant battle. cover your ears! this seven—year—old is obsessed by his dad's phone. all i do is just play video games on it. a bunch of crazy ones. you play a lot, don't forget. i do. do you fight sometimes about that? no. on average, children now spend 15 hours a week online. parents, says the children's
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commissioner for england, should impose a limit. we wouldn't let our children out in a kind of strange city without, you know, giving them guidance and looking after them. and actually, we shouldn't for their digital world, either. so this is about equipping children, enabling them to have the confidence to manage their time online, and also their confidence to say no to the constant drain and pressure of always being there. she is urging parents to follow fiona, and be proactive. i'm always looking in and seeing where they're going, going through history, things like that, just to double—check what they are looking at. because they could open something that they shouldn't be looking at. you just don't know. there's too much out there, really. new guidelines, published online, of course, compare junk food with time on the internet. the advice is simple. just as your children shouldn't eat a cheeseburger and chips every day, they shouldn't binge on their phones and computers. the obvious antidote — keeping kids active. but the children's commissioner is calling for a healthy balance.
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the internet is vital for learning. it is a tricky balance, i think. but i think you do need to encourage that they've got to get some fresh air, they've got to get some exercise. no ipad at dinner time, and no phones during times when we're sitting together as families means we talk a lot more, and i get to know a lot more about what happens in their school. kids only know a world with smartphones and the internet, so time offline is vital. tom burridge, bbc news. here's a look at some other stories making the news. tunisian fishermen have prevented a ship carrying far—right activists from docking. the ship, the c—star, chartered by the extremist group, generation identity, was unable to berth in zarzis. the group accuses ngos conducting search and rescue operations in the mediterranean of colluding with traffickers. a man is being held by police in paris after he tried
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to force his way into the eiffel tower brandishing a knife. he was quickly overpowered and arrested. police evacuated the area after the incident around midnight on saturday. police say they are treating the incident as a counter—terrorism case. two chinese tourists have been arrested for making hitler salutes outside the german parliament on sunday. germany has strict laws on hate speech and symbols linked to hitler and the nazis. police say the pair could face up to three years in jail. in london, a museum has apologised after asking a mum who was breast—feeding to cover up during her visit. in a post on social media, the woman said she was "perplexed" by the request and posted several images of naked female statues from the museum's exhibitions. her tweet has been liked more than 6,000 times, with many people offering messages of support. the director of the victoria and albert museum's said women could breastfeed "wherever they like." and in contrast, at the weekend,
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some 2,000 mothers gathered at manila stadium to breastfeed their babies at the same time. they did so in the name of promoting breast—feeding across south—east asia, and dispelling taboos over the practice. a who study published in 2013 found that more than a third of babies under six months were fed infant formula in the philippines, and the report claimed the high number was due to "aggressive marketing by milk companies." the media promotes formula milk. that is the issue. we need to advocate breast—feeding. breast—feeding is important for me. i support it and promote it and protect it. america'sjustin gatlin has been crowned 100—metre champion at the world athletics championships. gatlin, who has served two suspensions for doping related offences, was booed by some in the crowd. he defeated usain bolt in the jamaican‘s last ever individual race. a four—time 0lympic gold—medallist, once hailed as australia's golden
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girl, has died. betty cuthbert remains the only 0lympian to have won gold in the 100, 200, and 400—metre races. she was 18—years—old when she became a sprint star winning three gold medals at the 1956 melbourne 0lympics. she also won a gold at the tokyo 0lympics “119611. she died aged 79. the world's largest heart goes on display in a rare exhibition in toronto, canada. the organ comes from a blue whale found dead on the shores of a river in newfoundland and labrador province three years ago. the organ measures 1.5 metres with a thickness ofjust over a metre. it would have weighed at least 180 kilograms before removal. while visitors to the royal 0ntario museum get a chance to view the preserved heart close up, the discovery will help scientists understand more about the blue whale's physiology. the blue whale is one of the biggest
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species on the earth. some dinosaurs are longer, like a sauropod, but by weight, it is the heaviest of all time. most sink because they don't have as much fat or blubber as other whales. this is the only true whale heart that has ever been studied probably. more than three millionjapanese are on the streets in aomori in northern japan for one of the country's most popular summer festivals. the fire festival features massive lanterns, some as tall as 23 metres, which are carried around the city by groups of people. they depict historical gods and japanese mythical characters. this is bbc news. hello there.
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after a fairly mixed weekend weatherwise, our rather unsettled spell of august weather is set to continue this week. this is how we ended sunday. some clear skies there in cambridgeshire, captured by one of our weather watchers, but we've still got low pressure in charge of things. sat to the north—west of the uk, here is a trailing weather front, which will bring rain to some central parts of the country, down towards the south—west, during the course of the day. for scotland and for northern ireland this morning, there will be some sunshine to start your day. quite a fresh morning, actually, here. one or two showers pushing in from the north—west, and the odd shower for northern england too. heading down from lincolnshire, towards the midlands, towards south—west england, you are under the influence of a weather front from the word go, so fairly cloudy and damp. some sunshine to start off your day across the south—east of england, and east anglia, too. and for the likes of kent and sussex, it should remain pretty warm and bright, really, for much of the day. a little bit further north,
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we've got that weather front bringing a few showers to east anglia and london, and some spells of rain across the south—west of england, and south wales, too. now, temperatures today about 18 to 21 degrees. sunshine and showers for scotland, and for northern ireland, too. if you're lucky enough to be heading to the athletics world championship today, we'll see the cloud building through the course of the afternoon. could bring an isolated shower later on. now, through the course of monday evening, and overnight into tuesday, this weather front from the south now start to pivot and return a little bit further north. so that is going to bring rain into central wales and through the midlands to start your tuesday morning. to the north of that, clearer skies, with a few showers around too, but low pressure is going to dominate. we have got this area of low pressure around the near continent. that is going to push its way northwards, up towards the north sea, in fact, over the next couple of days. we could well import some pretty heavy showers across the south—east corner later on in the day. still some sunshine here. to the north of that, we've got that front bringing rain for parts of the midlands, northern england, in towards wales and the south—west.
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scotland and northern ireland having another day of sunny spells and a few scattered showers. now, an improvement from the north—west, i think, during wednesday, but for central and eastern parts of england we're still likely to see some heavy, potentially thundery showers, and it will feel rather cool for the time of year. 16 to 19 degrees. during thursday, again, relatively cool, but actually probably be the dryer day, and the brightest day of the week, before we see a return to some rain, particularly in the north and west, during the course of friday. so for the week ahead, all in all, things are looking pretty unsettled. showers or rain at times. rather cool and breezy, but some sunshine in between the showers. bye bye. this is bbc news, the headlines: venezuela's president, nicolas maduro, has called for tough sentences for a number of suspects seized after sunday's assault on an army base in the city of valencia. mr maduro said one of them was a former army lieutenant, the others he described as mercenaries. the prisoners are being interrogated in caracas.
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israel is seeking to close aljazeera's offices in the country and revoke its journalists' media credentials. the israeli communications minister alleged that the channel supported terrorism and said both its arabic and english—language channels would be taken off air in the country. china has urged north korea to suspend its nuclear and missile programmes after the un approved new sanctions. the measures aim to deprive pyongyang of more than $1 billion a year in export earnings. china says that sanctions are needed but has been urging more talks. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london.
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