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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 of the country's chief prosecutor. the british model allegedly kidnapped for sale on the dark web has returned to the uk. north korea's state news agency has said america will pay the price
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a thousand times over for what it calls the crime of drafting new un sanctions against pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons programme. the un security council voted unanimously at the weekend for new sanctions, which aim to reduce north korean export revenues by a third. at a summit in manila, a spokesman for the regime sought to blame the us for the rising tensions. translation: is our nuclear possession a threat to the world orjust a threat to the united states? we want to make it clear that the worsening situation on the korean peninsular as well as other nuclear issues were caused by the united states. we're firm that we'll never place our nuclear and ballistic missile programme on the negotiating table and won't budge an inch on strengthening our nuclear armaments. a north korean government spokesman.
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our correspondent in south korea, rupert wingfield—hayes, has had rare access to an american military base on the border. a relic of the cold war on the last cold war frontier. just after dawn, i'm riding the chase car as a us spy plane heads out on a classified mission. the pilot will climb to 70,000 feet and from there peer deep into north korea. our mission is to provide the capability for our leadership to see what's going on before anybody else. we are up there every single day to deter the north koreans from deciding one day they can get away with something. from across the border tonight, fresh threats. north korean state tv warning the us it will pay 1000 times for its crime of imposing new economic sanctions on pyongyang. meeting in manila with china's foreign minister,
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the us secretary of state again called on pyongyang to return to the negotiating table. the best signal that north korea could give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. you know, we have not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some kind of provocative action. despite supporting the latest sanctions against pyongyang, china has not completely abandoned its old ally. translation: the international community demands north korea abandon its nuclear weapons programme in order to maintain the non—proliferation treaty. but north korea considers it is under military threat. that is also a security issue. here in south korea at the 51st fighter wing, they continue to hope for the best, while preparing for the worst. everybody we've spoken to here agrees that another conflict on the korean peninsula would be an utter disaster for everybody. that hundreds of thousands of people would die.
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but they also say the best way of stopping it happening is to be ready, and that's why these guys practise and practise and practise, so that kim jong—un knows if he tries to attack the south there will be an overwhelming and immediate response. i hope that north korea calculates correctly and realises that, so obviously everyone on this side, and i believe north korea does as well, no one wants war. everyone wants deterrence to work. should deterrence fail, though, we have to be ready to go. as these a10s roll down the runway for another practice flight, they're just 48 miles from the north korean border. the same distance as london to brighton. and south korea, the enemy, is never far away. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, 0san airbase, south korea. rex tillerson has now arrived in thailand,
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latest stop on his asia trip. the secretary of state is the most senior american official to visit thailand since the coup in 2014. 0ur south—east asia correspondent jonathan head told me why this visit to bangkok is so important. it is a potential gain for the trump administration because relations with thailand have been at a pretty low ebb since the coup three years ago. they have automatically downscaled. i think relations would have returned anyway, because the military has been there so long and thailand is a very old ally of the united states. the us has been dismayed to see thailand shifting closer to china, buying more weapons and diplomatically becoming closer. there would have been a reset under any administration. the trump administration, with much less of an emphasis on the human
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rights and shared values, it is in a better position to do that in a transactional manner. rex tillerson‘s visit to asia has suddenly shown an almost coherent and determined interest from the trump administration that we have not seen before. we have been reliant on president trump's feelings about china, which have been erratic and confusing. the problem of north korea has concentrated minds in washington. rex tillerson has got his lead. getting southeast asian countries intoa better relationship with the us is now a priority. the us cannot get what it wants north korea does from china. china disagrees about the approach to north korea. the ten asian countries
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together offer some help. they have generally taken china's lead on this, but now we have a real engagement. that will certainly be high on rex tillerson‘s conversations with his hosts, how to get them to the centrestage. also how to get real diplomatic support on north korea. they will want to ensure that thailand welcome the us as a close military partner. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. 22 people have been injured in a bomb blast in the pakistani city of lahore. officials say the explosive device was planted in a fruit truck and detonated while the vehicle was parked. no—one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. some of the 22 victims are seriously injured. local hospitals are having difficulty treating the victims because of a power cut. the malaysian government has announced it wants to stop the mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers. parliament is expected to back the measure put forward by the prime minister. more than 650 people have been executed in malaysia since 1992, the majority of them for drug related crimes. a team of 15 volunteer firefighters on the italian island of sicily have been accused of fraud.
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it's alleged they claimed state payments for putting out fires that they themselves had started. some have also been charged with arson. they, or theirfriends and relations, are said to have called the emergency number to report these fires and other non—existent ones. germany will start sending asylum—seekers back to greece. the policy was on hold because of a ruling by its constitutional court. but the european union's dublin convention states an asylum claim should be processed in the country where the migrant first entered the eu. berlin says it's asked athens to receive nearly four—hundred people so far. venezuela's parliament, which is dominated by the opposition, has rejected the sacking of the chief prosecutor by the country's new constituent assembly. parliamentarians say they only recognise luisa 0rtega in the post. she claims she lost herjob because the government wanted to stop her investigations into allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. the organisation of american states has asked luis moreno 0campo, former prosecutor at
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the international criminal court, to become a special adviser on crimes against humanity. he told the bbc‘s laura trevalyn how he will carry out that work. the issue is, are there abductions, torture, and rapes committed systematically? it is not about individual issues, it has to be systemic and widespread, commited by a group through policy. that is one topic. the other topic is the killings and demonstrations. the third issue is, who would be responsible allegedly for these crimes? generals, individuals? the last question is, is venezuela conducting national proceedings? those are the criteria that we should evaluate it by. nicolas maduro has sacked his own attorney general. is that a sign of something going wrong? we are trying to handle it
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in an objective way. my plan is to be a facilitator of the process objectively and the evaluation of the situation. your appointment by the organisation of american states is a sign ofjust how concerned they are about what is going on in venezuela. the secretary general is affirming that there are crimes against humanity there. because he makes thisjudgement, he wants me impartially to have a more fair process to allow the whole state to evaluate. but also he wants a change in the dynamics of the conversation. to pass some resolutions, you need 16 countries in agreement. a sign of disapproval. president nicolas maduro is not going to like your appointment, nosing around in crime is potentially committed. it depends.
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in 2006 i rejected a case against venezuela. i try to follow the rules. president maduro will have a chance to present his arguments or send people to present those arguments. we have a fair process. chavez was a leader who signed the treaty. now it is time to put it in place. luis moreno 0campo, thank you very much forjoining us. thank you. hackers have targeted venezuelan government websites, including portals for president maduro‘s office. i spoke with mark weisbrot from the centre for economic and policy research and began by asking him if this is latest front in this escalating crisis. i think it definitely is. it is unfortunate that they attacked the website of the electoral commission, because that has got important information for anyone who cares about democracy. i think that the bigger threat
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is violence, the threat of violence and protest. people are calling for a rebellion. lopez called for a military rebellion, right before was arrested and then released to house arrest called for that. there is a danger that there could be a civil war. it is a very polarised country. that is why you need dialogue and negotiations to get out of this mess. what chance is there of that? the opposition is calling for a nationwide protest on tuesday, do you think that will inevitably mean more violence? you do see, for example, the same divisions in the opposition that we have had for about 15 years. leaders previously, two of the biggest opposition parties, they said they would participate in the regional elections, whereas the hardline
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opposition is boycotting it. this is where i think the trump administration plays a terrible role. they have committed openly, the secretary of state has committed openly to regime change through forcing maduro to resign. that supports the hardline opposition, they don't want a peaceful electoral solution. they just want to overthrow the government. the sanctions, the sanctions that the us government has imposed have already had an effect. they are threatening more sanctions, that could destroy the economy. already, people are pulling money out on that basis. we saw the black market value of that currency fall by 35% in four days.
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there are threats of further sanctions. nobody wants to loan money and they may not be able to sign contracts with the state oil company, because you have some of the officials that have to sign them, some of them are on the sanctions list. they are not allowed to deal with the us financial system. it is going to destroy an economy which is already a wreck, they are attempting to force the government out of power, it reinforces a hardline opposition that wants to overthrow the government. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a new no—confidence vote for south africa's president — and this time it will be a secret ballot. the question was whether we wanted
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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. 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
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to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: north korea has said tough new un sanctions will not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal as it angrily rejected proposals for negotiations. on tuesday, south africa's parliament will hold a vote of no confidence in presidentjacob zuma and this time it will be a secret ballot. it will test the unity within the governing african national congress as senior figures are increasingly critical of their leader. the decision was made by the speaker of the south african least 50 members of the governing african national congress would have to vote with the opposition in order to remove mr zuma, who has been implicated in a number of corruption scandals. the bbc‘s nomsa maseko has the latest from cape town. the move took many by surprise and injects a new element into the proceedings in parliament against president jacob zuma, where the anc has always
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enjoyed a healthy majority. this decision is therefore in the best interest of the country. the speaker is required to guard the procedures of this house and to ensure that the outcome of this very important vote is credible. the call for a vote of no—confidence president jacob zuma was initiated by opposition parties after the president sacked nine members of his cabinet in a controversial cabinet reshuffle in march, which saw the country being economically downgraded. it's a choice between whether you spend... you're with jacob zuma or you stand against jacob zuma, it's as simple as that choice,
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you stand in the interests of south africa or you don't so i think tomorrow many parties will have communicated to their respective parties saying with confidence they want to come to vote in support. we are convinced the anc members will do the right thing. it is now an opportunity for them to demonstrate that they too are tired of corruption which is happening in this country. hundreds of people who marched outside parliament have welcomed the move. every person counts and that's what we're trying to say, that it's notjust about one person and we need to think about the greater good. i'm not surprised she decided in favour of secret ballot because that's democracy at its best. but the question, though, is will anc mps help president zuma keep hisjob or show him the door. polls have opened in kenya in a general election being closely watched in east africa and around the world and it is the result could result in violence. 20 million kenyans can cast their ballot and
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son began queueing during the night. these are live pictures now. it is nearly 6:20am in nairobi, these are some of the early voters and staff ata some of the early voters and staff at a polling station in the capital. in all eight candidates are running for president, including you who kenyatta and his long—standing rival. kenyatta has appealed for the nation to remain united regardless of who wins the election. a 20—year—old british model, who says she was kidnapped and held for nearly a week in italy, has returned to the uk. italian police believe chloe ayling was attacked and drugged, before attempts were made to sell her in an online auction. a polish man, who lives in the uk, has been arrested. gavin lee reports from milan. held captive inside this isolated italian farmhouse, the bizarre and elaborate kidnap allegation centres on how 20—year—old model chloe ayling, from south london, was duped into leaving the uk for a photoshoot in milan.
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once inside this fake studio, she is said to have been snatched by three men and injected with the drug ketamine. unconscious, she was bundled into this bag, placed in the boot of a car and driven away. while chloe ayling was held captive in this house behind me, the police statement says she was tied to furniture, a chest of drawers, whilst the kidnappers tried to sell her on the dark web, and then raise a ransom. three weeks ago, chloe ayling finally fled her captors but stayed in italy to help investigators. she is back in the uk and the details are only now coming to light. i've been through a terrifying experience. i feared for my life second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour. i am incredibly grateful to the italian and uk authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release. italian authorities say she was freed after being driven to the british consulate in milan by this man, lukasz herba, a polish national living in the west midlands, now charged with kidnap and extortion offences. but there are conflicting reports about this case, why chloe was seen shopping with her captor
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before she was freed. she was told that she was going to be sold to somebody in the middle east for sex. she was told that people were there, watching her and ready to kill her if she tried anything. so she thought that the best idea was to go along with it and to be nice, in a way, to her captor, because he told her that he wanted to release her somehow and sometime. milan, the world's fashion capital, has always been a draw for aspiring models and unscrupulous agents are not uncommon, although this rare case has shocked and baffled italian and british police, now working to piece together exactly what happened. gavin lee, bbc news, milan. yunnan in south—west china is famed for its unique architecture but that's now at risk because it's much cheaper to destroy
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an old house and build a new one than it is to renovate a hand—crafted structure. local people are wondering how they can preserve the area's rich heritage. china correspondent stephen mcdonell reports from zhoucheng. here, they have been very successful with their dyeing business. so successful they've been able to upgrade the family home. half of the traditional house has been knocked down, and, as you can see, the new wing is very different. finally, we'll leave you with a few stunning images a lunar eclipse. the phenomenon was visible in many parts of the world on monday night. eclipses occur when the earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow. a second full eclipse will occur on august 21 over north america, the first of its kind in nearly a century. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, 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.
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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.
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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 0slo. 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.
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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. this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea has said tough new un sanctions will not stop it developing its nuclear and missile programmes. a spokesman said what he called america's hostile policy would have to change before it would enter talks. the sanctions aim to reduce north korean export revenues bya third. the us secretary of state has arrived in thailand, the most senior american official to visit since a military coup three years ago. the us had downgraded relations with its oldest ally in asia, while china has become more active in politics and business. venezuela's opposition—led
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parliament has rejected the sacking of the chief prosecutor by the new constituent assembly. luisa 0rtega claims she lost herjob because president maduro wanted to stop her investigating allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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