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north korea has said tough new un sanctions will not stop it developing its nuclear arsenal. a spokesman said what he called america's hostile policy would have to change before it would enter talks on its nuclear and missile programmes. the sanctions aim to reduce north korean export revenues bya third. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has arrived in thailand — the most senior american official to visit since a military coup there three years ago. the us us had downgraded relations with its oldest ally in asia, while china has become more active in both politics and business. venezuela's opposition—led parliament has rejected the sacking of the chief prosecutor by the recently—created constituent assembly. luisa ortega said she lost herjob because the government of president maduro wanted to stop her investigations into corruption and alleged human rights abuses. new laws will be brought in to give people more control over their personal data held online.
members of the public will be able to ask companies to delete information collected, or posted on online — and firms found in breach of the rules will be hit with much largerfines. rory cellan—jones reports. your data, a valuable resource flowing around the world giving companies and governments all sorts of intimate details about how you live your life. now a new law is supposed to give us all more control. the law reform is an opportunity to keep up with the change in technology. companies will have more accountability and consumers are going to have more control. the new law includes a right to be forgotten, making it easier to find out what data companies hold on you and get it erased. there will be an end to tick boxes on websites which often seek consumers handing over data by default. and the data watchdog will be able to fine companies up to £70 million, or 4% of their global turnover.
the new law is almost entirely based on a major new european data protection regulation that comes in next may. it's designed to tackle the power of the giant firms which store our information. we are now leaving a data trail wherever we go. turn on your mobile phone and you could be uploading your exercise details, or even your dating preferences. get on public transport with a travel card and there will be a log of everyjourney you make. and pay with a card in a shop or online and even more information about what you like and how you live will end up in the hands of big companies. it's social networks which now hold much of our most sensitive data. in future it should be easier to wipe away things we'd rather forget, though exactly how much power the new law gives individuals isn't clear. i think it's a start. it certainly puts a line in the sand to say, you know, individuals' personal data, a sense of control, it's essential, it's essential for trust,
it's essential for the protection of a very fundamental right which is privacy. whether or not it will achieve that objective is another thing. our data is in the hands of all sorts of companies big and small. all of them have now got to get to grips with very complex new rules, or face the threat of big fines. now on bbc news, it's the travel show. coming up on this week's travel show: ben is seeking out beats in pakistan. we are watching two beat boxers perform to an audience full of young people eating pizza and enjoying life whilst they are waiting for a rap group to come on. i'm getting my kicks in thailand. i am about to step
in the ring with momo. he looks really mean. # spend my life in this sweet surrender. and we are hitting the high notes in manila. # this is a man's world. this is a country that some governments say you probably shouldn't visit as a tourist, pakistan. terror—related incidents, kidnappings and political
turmoil have all taken their toll on the country's reputation. and as the country prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary of independence the travel show‘s benjamin zand packed his backpack and headed for karachi. i was in karachi, pakistan, on the search for some good news. as a man who likes music, like pretty much everyone else in the world i thought it would be a good place to start. so i decided it was time
to check out karachi's music scene. historically, being a musician here has been hard. musicians and gigs have often been targeted by religious extremists. but i had heard that things were getting better and some great tunes and artists were coming out as a consequence. so on an insanely hot day injuly i find out more. what is it like being a musician here? is it hard? it is but it has become a lot better to the point that we have actually come out and started doing more outdoor events. we have food festivals, we have music festivals. we have lots of concerts in the last year. people are not afraid any more to come out and go to a concert. what is the driving force? is that these kind of young musicians who arejust like, i don't care, i'm going to be a musician? yes. there was a music festival that took place in lahore about a month ago. a week before the event there was a really tragic bomb blast took place in lahore so we had to figure out whether we were going to have the event or not these after that. we ultimately decided to do it.
not out of any other reason than the fact that it should happen regardless of what is happening in the city. and that was amazing. i wanted to see for myself how pakistan was changing. and meet someone from this new era of artists. so i asked my new friends. i want to hear some rap. the name they gave me was ali gul pir. this is a really cool song by ali gul pir who is a comedian and rapper who has written about social class issues and stuff. so it is a good fun song. ali raps about society and social injustice. in this video, waderai ka beta, which went viral across pakistan, he raps about the issues the country has with feudalism. as a consequence he is now pretty famous and he agreed to
meet me. are you ali? hey. nice to meet you. sorry for being late. long time. i know. how's it going? good, good, good. i feel like i'm meeting a superstar. you should not think that. i look like a bum. ali was jamming with his friends, preparing for a gig the following day. i talk about issues that we face as a society. it is something like there is a song about feudalism, feudal landlords and the power. there is another song about people who stare at women. i grew up with a single mother and i saw her face a lot of that growing up so i made a song about that. youtube was banned in pakistan so i made a song about that. there were times when i used
to get death threats, but ijust focused on the love that i got, and i realised that if this is what i want to do for my future then i have to deal with that. do you get nervous when you go to these gigs? because something could happen? the situation right now is better, but we have been through some tough times in the past. pakistan has been through a rough patch. we know that. that is the more reason why we need to perform, to entertain, to bring positivity. if somebody feels unsafe they should come over and watch the show and
feel safe and loved and happy. ali wanted me to go with him to his gig so of course i said yes. we set off on a road trip. it was the first time ali would ever be playing in hyderabad and he was excited. and so was i. i left the band to go and prepare for the show elsewhere. i carried on to the location alone. music and food festivals aren't too common here in hyderabad. this is it. the hyderabad club. the place was packed. everyone is a lot younger than i thought. and this is also on a cricket pitch. i have never seen that before. while i was waiting for ali to arrive i made some friends. and eventually had a chat with the guy who arranged the whole thing. a lot of people will be, pakistan shouldn't have music events because if they do the taliban will bomb them. people would not expect to see something like this in pakistan. is this what pakistan is like? most of pakistan is like this. all the negative aspects of that are shown in the media.
we are not like that. we have families who come out and enjoy their lives. we are not intimidated by any wrong activities or terrorist activities. this could not be more different from the image most people get when you think of pakistan. we are watching two beat boxers perform to an audience full of young people eating pizza and enjoying life waiting for a rap group to come on. i only knowjustin bieber. you only knowjustin bieber? yes. i am a very great fan. you are a belieber. i am a belieber. # touch me like you do. # what are you waiting for? that was good. well done. thank you. soon ali and his band arrives. are you nervous? i am always nervous. i have done hundreds of shows but i still get nervous before a show. before he went on stage, i decided to ask why he puts himself through all of this. by the end of the show i go home and i go like, great, i made them dance, and i made them think as well. a lot of people when they think of pakistan think of the taliban,
terror, and they would think that being a musician would be difficult as a consequence. have they got it all wrong? my content gets me into trouble with some bad people but you can see a thousand people here having fun. and there is no taliban here. you don't have to be nervous about security because it happens and if it is going to happen it is going to happen. it has never happened. i have never been shot at while performing and stuff like that. i need to speak to these people. my audience is this. they are more or less the same people. they just want to survive and make a good living. they want to be happy. in the end of the day theyjust want to make a living. music gives them hope. we lack education. we lack proper employment. there is a lot of corruption. at the end of the day, somebody goes back home happy, i think that's what i give them.
a little bit of happiness, a little bit of hope. announcer: ali gul pir. everyone should be a pioneer, right? it's no good to follow. you should lead. you should do something. stay with us, because coming up... i'm trying not to get knocked off my feet. look at his abs. that is ridiculous. and we are searching forsinging stars in manila. # total eclipse of the heart. the travel show, your essential guide wherever you're heading. japan can lay claim to many crazes that have swept the world but now people in another country say they are responsible for one of japan's biggest entertainment exports. and they're just as passionate as the japanese about showing off their skills. so we took a trip to manila in the philippines to meet them. # this is a man's world.
i'm 21 years old. i'm a fourth—year physiotherapy student. my passion is singing. singing is part of my everyday life. it makes me happy. it keeps me alive. we love to sing here in the philippines, karaoke. my ideal type of song to sing for an audience is something that speaks about love, something that speaks about broken hearts, because everybody has felt that. i'm the daughter of the inventor of the singalong system or karaoke. my father introduced the singalong system in the philippines in 1974. let me show you a sample of one of the singalong systems my father came outwith.
with the introduction of the karaoke many filipinos were able to afford to have their own machine at home and it provided a new form of entertainment. there was a new set of venues to go to. we love to sing in malls with karaoke machines. an example of that is happening right now. we love to sing female pop belter songs, we love to sing that
kind of stuff. we love to sing those high notes. it is part of our culture. it is getting late here in manila, it is already dark, it is the perfect time for a karaoke session. # i would stay awake just to hear you breathing # watch you smile while you are sleeping # while you're far away in dreaming... # i could spend my life in this sweet surrender, # i could stay lost in this moment forever...# the filipinos really know how to sing. they have a voice. it has been proven all over
the world that we have entertainment all over the world. they take a shower, they are singing. they wash their clothes, they are singing. it is part of filipino culture. # together we can take it to the end of the line # your love is like a shadow on me all of the time...# # nothing i can say, total eclipse of the heart. # total eclipse of the heart. finally this week, i'm in bangkok finding out why thailand's national
sport is drawing visitors from around the globe. muay thai is said to have been developed by thai warriors in the battlefields of the 14th century where it became known as the art of the eight limbs. that's because hands, shins and elbows and knees are all used as points of contact. fighters battle it out in villages and towns across the country but only the very best make it here to the stadiums of bangkok. this is rajadamnern stadium.
it's the oldest of its sort, here in bangkok, and it's held host to many a legendary muay thai fight — and of course, tonight is no different. if you look into the rafters, you'll see a lot of local faces, but a lot of foreigners as well. a lot of tourists come here. i have some fantastic seats so i'm going to go find them. tickets to the the main part of the arena start at 1,000 baht, which is just under us$30. for that, you can watch several bouts, each which is made up of five rounds. the competitor who lands the most strikes on their opponent's body wins that particular round. 0r, like boxing, you can also win by knockout. the atmosphere is amazing. you've got that strong smell of heat
rub, and the fighters themselves are impressive. it's really quite high octane. despite the sport's popularity and the obvious skill involved, it's only recently that it's been granted provisional 0lympic recognition. fans hope it will be part of the 2024 games. these fighters are astonishing watching up close and personal. but some bright spark at the travel show decided that it was a good thing for me to try it out first hand so tomorrow morning i'm heading over to an actual muay thai camp that trains the fighters from all over thailand. ijust hope i don't come out the other end too bruised and banged up. so i head 45 minutes to the north
of bangkok to the gym where some of the country's top champions live and train. tourists who want to get fit can stay at camps like this throughout thailand but this place is known as the country's toughest. how's the experience been so far? good, man. these guys, they're tough. yeah? really, really tough. i mean, they're the best. back home where i'm training two hours a day and that's supposed to be like the real tough stuff for competition. here, you train like six or seven hours a day. that's the normal. these guys train twice a day every day. they are determined to make me sweat even more. it's all about balance.
you always think of leaning into a punch. with muay thai, you have to stay pretty much dead centre, keep your weight evenly distributed. it's weird, it's like breaking habits. children here start learning from a very young age and it takes years to master the practice. i'm about to step in the ring with momo, who is the top contender for muay thai in japan. he looks really mean. look at his abs. they look ridiculous! i have fair way to go yet.
practice, yeah? i think i'm going to have to call it a day. these guys are finely tuned athletes. i have had the tiniest of training here. it's been absolutely amazing but my time here is done so i hope you enjoyed my agony. i'm very relieved to say that's it for this week but coming up on next week's travel show.
coming up next week, we begin a journey from the far west to the far east of india as the country celebrates 70 years of independence. if there is one defining legacy of british rule, it's the vast sprawling creaking indian railway network. it's still the lifeblood of the country today. join us for that if you can but don't forget you can follow us wherever we are in the world byjoining our social media feeds. all of the details are on your screens now. but from me and the rest of the team here in bangkok, thailand, it's goodbye. well, no sign of summer for tuesday, or indeed the rest of this week. it's going to be very mixed. it was certainly quite mixed on monday. this was yesterday. some sunshine there in cambridgeshire. we also had some rain
at henley—on—thames in 0xfordshire. tuesday will be no different. a real mixed bag on the way. brollies at the ready. you can see how extensive the cloud is right now across the southern half of the uk. through the night, rain from the south—west across the midlands into lincolnshire. even here there could be downpours and cracks of thunder. in the north it will be clearer. quite a stark temperature contrast tonight. these are the towns and cities. look at the rural spots. six degrees in southern scotland, even in the sheltered glens, barely above freezing. tuesday's forecast. we are close to an area of low pressure in france, to the south of us. those of us in the south are quite close to that so this is where most of the downpours will occur. in the morning, some rain i think across the midlands into the north. scotland and northern ireland will be fine, with sunshine and the odd shower. the clouds will really get going across the south during the latter part of the morning into the afternoon, and we're in for some downpours. downpours means we will have sunshine, downpours,
then sunshine again. a real mixed bag across the south on tuesday. most of the heavy downpours are in the south—east, east anglia, eventually into lincolnshire as well. lighter rain across northern england. better for cumbria, belfast, glasgow and edinburgh. the lowlands of scotland might end up with a fine, sunny day. feeling pleasantly warm as well. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe? not too good. 20 degrees in london and paris, we match oslo. most other major centres are quite a bit warmer than that. moscow at 23. let's have a look at wednesday. that low pressure that was across france, remember, has actually moved to the north. quite an unusual direction for a low pressure system to take, tracking from south to north. usually they go like that, this one's going south to north. we're still closer to the low there, across east anglia and the south—east, so again,
downpours in store on wednesday. look at wales. wales, northern england and scotland are in the clear, in for a fine day, but the weather will turn unsettled in other areas and i think some of us will get some rain towards the end of the week. bye— bye. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: defiance from north korea — it says new sanctions won't stop it developing nuclear weapons. embracing the strongmen — after meeting philippine president duterte, the american secretary of state arrives in thailand to greet the country's military rulers. venezuela's opposition—controlled parliament refuses to recognise president maduro's sacking