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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: north korea threatens missile strikes near the us pacific airbase on guam after president trump issues this warning to pyongyang. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. he has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as i said they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. early results in kenya's election put president uhuru kenyatta in the lead — but the figures are rejected by his rival, raila odinga. dramatic scenes in the south african parliament. president zuma narrowly survives a vote of no confidence against him. and the american country music legend glen campbell has died at the age of 81. hello.
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north korea's official news agency says the country is considering launching missile strikes near the american airbase on guam, in what is a sharp rise in rhetoric between the two countries. the report says pyongyang is looking at a plan to fire medium—to—long—range rockets around the american territory in the western pacific where us strategic bombers are based. all this as reports from us intelligence which suggest that north korea has produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on to its intercontinental ballistic missile isles. —— onto its intercontinental ballistic missile. north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
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he has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as i said they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. nick bryant has this analysis from washington. american presidents have often reserved their strongest rhetoric for north korea. you remember that george w bush described the country as being part of the "axis of evil". well, this is a dramatic rhetorical escalation from donald trump. "fire and fury" — incendiary language, in the most literal sense of all. a kind of linguistic shock and awe. and it begs the question, how does this tough talk translate into policy, especially at a time the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has been in the region and been using far more conciliatory words. he's spoken of the possibility of negotiations if pyongyang ends its testing. now, there's an obvious danger in the american president using such strong language, it's that they become captive to it, that it creates an unstoppable
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momentum, that they have to follow through on these rhetorical threats, in order to preserve their credibility, in order not to look weak. but there's a different way of looking at it, which is this — that sanctions have failed so far to impede north korea's nuclear ambitions and it may be that this is the kind of tough talk that pyongyang will listen to. it is reminiscent, in some ways, to what richard nixon called the madman theory — you create the impression in the mind of your adversary that you're prepared to do anything, even take a nuclear option. but it is a dangerous game to play. especially as it now seems that north korea has managed to marry its missile technology and its nuclear technology, and to insert a militarised warhead into an intercontinental ballistic missile. we've had some reaction from the us congresswoman madeleine bordallo — she represents the people of guam and says. —— says:
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in seoul, yogita limaye joins us now. yogita, of course there are many people in the front line. but they have lived with escalating rhetoric over the years. how is all this looking from there? well, that is right. this is a country that has dealt with this threat for decades, now. and of course, it is heightened right now because north korea has come out and said that they actually have the capability of hitting the us. today, for example, they are very specifically, in a statement, attributed to a defence spokesman in north korea, who has said they are
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carefully examining a plan to strike the us pacific territory of guam with a missile. they will give that plan to kimjong—un, and when he sees the plan, he will executed at. that bay centre is a dream that the american homeland will receive the straight. —— he will execute it. as for south korea is concerned, they have two straight a tricky balance. —— that say that it is a dream. they wa nt to —— that say that it is a dream. they want to strengthen troops here, but on the other hand, they want to talk to north korea. even when the south korean president had a conversation with donald trump the other day, for almost an hour, he did emphasise that what he hopes all of this will do is to produce pressure for north korea to come to the negotiating table. that gives me a grid is what
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this country wants, as well. yogita limaye, thank you very much. more to come on that in just a moment. early results in kenya's elections put president uhuru kenyatta in the lead — but the figures have been rejected by supporters of his rival, raila odinga. the election has been peaceful, but there is still some concern that the result could spark violence. alastair leithead reports from nairobi. there is flash photography coming out. —— coming up. it's one of africa's biggest elections, in one of its most important democracies. millions turned out to elect a new president, with more riding on how it is won rather than who actually wins it. opposition leader raila odinga has used the glare of publicity to question the whole process, claiming he has been robbed of the presidency before and he won't let it happen again. incumbent president uhuru kenyatta is chasing a second and final term. he is the son of the country's first president and has the resources of the state behind him.
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my competitors, as i have always said, in the event that they lose, that they accept the will of the people. i am willing myself to accept the will of the people so to them, too, accept the will of the people. let us come together. let us pull this country together. this is what he's talking about. ten years ago, kenya tore itself apart as elections turned to ethnic violence. at least 1200 people died. the wounds are still open. mr uhuru kenyatta is criminally responsible... it led kenyatta and his deputy to the hague on international criminal court charges of inciting violence which were only recently dropped. nobody wants a repeat of that violence but that is up to the men in charge. in order for this election to be successful and peaceful, people have to have trust in the system, to consider it to have been free and fair, particularly in the opposition strongholds that are the biggest slums in nairobi. and if it is really close, how people will react will depend on how gracious the loser is in defeat. and so to technology.
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fingerprints matching voters to the electoral roll. it slowed the process down and led to long lines but was largely a success. in terms of resource management... before the poll, the election commission's head of technology appeared on tv, reassuring people that his system could not be rigged. but when his tortured and strangled body was found a week ago, it put the whole country on edge. when the polling stations closed, it was with relief that things had gone well. we appreciate it is a peaceful election. it is not like the other one. yeah, it's good. there is no fight. i think it is going well. the system this time has been much better than last time. the voting is very fast, as you can see. but the big test will come if the result is close and the counting is questioned. the opposition has threatened
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to call its supporters out on the streets, and that could lead to violence. alastair leithead, bbc news, nairobi. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: an earthquake has killed at least nine people and injured more than 160 in china's south—western province of sichuan. the quake measured 6.5 in magnitude, but because the region is so remote it's not immediately clear how serious the damage is. it's reported the french president is backing down from plans to create an official first lady position for his wife. the issue has become politically awkward for emmanuel macron, since thousands of people signed an online petition against the move. hackers are demanding millions of dollars in ransom from the us television network, hbo, saying they'll release a huge amount of stolen data if they're not paid. 0ther hacked material has already been uploaded, including the script of next week's episode of game of thrones. south africa's president jacob zuma has narrowly survived the latest
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vote of no confidence in his leadership. the secret ballot in parliament was the eighth no—confidence vote he has faced in less than a decade. there've been repeated allegations of corruption and mismanagement. 0ur south africa correspondent milton nkosi reports from cape town. president jacob zuma lives to fight another day. he's managed to hang on after an 8th motion of no confidence in his leadership. he is certainly on his 9th life now. here, in a packed national assembly, opposition mps began by listing a litany of corruption scandals against the president. and urging them to cast a vote for the good of the country. i know what nelson mandela would have done in this house today. vote with your conscience
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and remove this corrupt and broken president from office. applause i plead you, let us put the people of south africa first. and vote to remove jacob zuma today. i thank you. for the first time, it was a secret ballot, specifically requested by the opposition with the aim of protecting anc mps who wanted to vote against their own party's wishes. the yes, 177. applause and cheering the no, 198. applause and cheering a narrow victory for president zuma.
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the party's leaders were relieved. we have defeated this motion and to us that is the most important aspect. other issues of course within the african national congress, there are many issues we need to do. this was the most recent attempt to oust the 75—year—old. he has been accused of spending public funds in controversial security upgrades to his private residence. this vote was perhaps the biggest sign of zuma's fading support within his own party. it's believed around a0 anc mps voted against him, leaving opposition leaders encouraged. it was a close vote. i believe that the unity of the opposition showed today that we can collaborate and show the people of this country that we are willing to work together, we are going to continue this fight. president zuma has been in power for close to a decade now. but the country remains divided and the country is at another crossroads.
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he plans to step down as leader of the anc in december, but with political tensions running high, it's unclear whether he can remain president of the country until the 2019 elections. stay with us on bbc news. much more to come, including the america couple who decided to swap charleston, south carolina for halifax, nova scotia after donald trump's election victory. now the journey north begins. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutalformer
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dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. 2 billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millenium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: north korea says its considering missile strikes
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near the us pacific airbase on guam after president trump warns that any threats by pyongyang will be met with fire and fury. early results in kenya's election put president uhuru kenyatta in the lead, but the figures are rejected by his rival, raila odinga. more now on the increasing tensions in the korean peninsula. stephen krasner is an international relations professor at stanford university and a former director of policy planning at the state department. he joins us now from stanford, california. what is this about for north korea and how far what is this about for north korea and howfardo what is this about for north korea and how far do you think it is likely to go? for the north koreans, i think it would be that they clearly perceive themselves under mortal threat. i think it's very unlikely that the north koreans would initiate any kind of violent action. an explosive missile, a missile with an explosive, for
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example, in the area. a missile shot towards south korea that would actually kill people. we assume it isa regime actually kill people. we assume it is a regime that wants to survive, but many analysts say they have learned lessons from libya's colonel gaddafi, who was overthrown. is that how you see it? no, i think he is irrelevant. what the north koreans are doing is very rational for them. in terms of libya, you basically see the north koreans doing the same thing. they see themselves under mortal threat from the united states. they have a regime which is fundamentally failing in providing economic benefits to its population. south korea have a steady income. i think it is not surprising that they would put a high level of resources
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into nuclear weapons. it is clear that they would ultimately like to see the us out of the korean peninsula? they see the us out of the korean peninsula ? they want see the us out of the korean peninsula? they want to see the military exercises stop and the system in place not return. what chanceis system in place not return. what chance is there of that happening? the idea that the united states would end the alliance with south korea or even, somehow would end the alliance with south korea or even, somehow scrap would end the alliance with south korea or even, somehow scrap the missile system, that won't happen. not outside of some kind of bargain with the chinese. it is not clear what the level of chinese influence is in north korea. it is also not so bad for the chinese to have north korea being a fawn in the side of the united dates. if we really wa nted the united dates. if we really wanted to get a significant change in north korea, it would only be accomplished with china —— united
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states. because of the uncertainty of chinese leveraged, if the chinese are going to help out the united states, they would only do that if they really got something significant in return. very significant in return. very significant would mean either withdraw, at a significant would mean either withdraw, ata minimum, a significant would mean either withdraw, at a minimum, a withdrawal of troops from the korean peninsular, since they think it would be intolerable. at a maximum, it may be giving up the united states— south korea alliance. that is difficult to do in a situation where it is unclear whether the chinese would be able to deliver on significant regime change in north korea. thank you very much indeed. the country music star glen campbell has died, aged 81. he had alzheimers. in 60 years of making music, he moved from studio session player to became a hugely popular
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interpreter of classic songs. three hits written by the great jimmy webb, in particular — galveston, by the time i get to phoenix, and wichita lineman. david sillito looks back. # i am a lineman for the county... # and i drive the main road.# wichita lineman, it's wide open spaces, yearning, loneliness, america turned into song. but what truly made it a masterpiece was the voice of glen campbell. # i hear you singing in the wires...# he had been born in billstown arkansas, a large poor family of cotton pickers. his escape was his uncle boo who taught him to play guitar. i don't remember not having a guitar or a musical instrument in my hand.
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and then dad bought a guitarfor, like, $5.95. it was one where the cowboy was up here and the rope went around the hole in the guitar and the lasso on the calf this end and the string about the neck. but i found out real quick that it was lighter than pulling a cotton sack or ploughing. # you just said baby, how i love you...# he could play anything and ended up singing on tv shows and on hundreds of singles with the session musicians the wrecking crew, phil spector, the righteous brothers, frank sinatra, it was glenn campbell on guitar. and eventually... a breakthrough hit of his own. # rivers flowing gentle on my mind. but it was the partnership with songwriterjimmy webb that gave him a career defining songs by the time we get to phoenix, galveston, wichita lineman. clean cut, conservative, he was suddenly country music's biggest star, with his own tv show. # i have someone who needs me
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# someone i've needed so long... # but i'm going to be where the lights # are shining on me...# rhinestone cowboy was a glorious return to form after a dip in fortunes that had taken place in the ‘705. but his personal life was farfrom glorious. # the heartbreak boy...# i think i probablyjust quit letting god run my life and i actuallyjust got into the drugs and the booze pretty heavy. # i am a lineman for the county, and i...# what? drive the main roads. that slight stumble over the words, it was the beginning of alzheimer's. # and the wichita lineman...# he'd long put his wild days behind him but memories were fading. what stayed with him when so much else had gone was the music. the songs of glenn campbell.
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now, every us election night — no matter who wins — many disappointed by the result vow to move to canada. what started as a joke for heather and robin vargas is becoming a reality. eight months after the votes were counted — they've quit theirjobs, filled out the paper work and are swapping their lives in charleston, south carolina for halifax, nova scotia. here's their story. we are starting brand—new, quitting jobs, leaving friends. we are starting a new life over in canada. the decision to move to halifax came about on election night. we saw the numbers come in. a much better night for donald trump and his campaign team than anyone predicted.
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it was a shock, and then it was just disheartening. wejokingly said, i guess it's's time to move to canada. heather got online and she went to the immigration website. canada's immigration website has crashed. i guess a lot of people had the same idea. a lot of family and friends didn't think we were serious, but as ijoined newsletters and as i became more educated on the process of immigration, they realise that we were moving. we started to do more research about canada and we found that the ideals just aligned more greatly with ours. we started injanuary and hit the ground running with background checks, employment history, having a certain amount of savings. at the end of april, we went up and visited halifax. we wanted to see how the character measured up in real life as opposed to through the screen. we picked out apartments,
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we had to browse businesses for job opportunities. it really solidified our decision to move there. the people are incredible. i am a sunshine person. i love blue skies and sunshine, i do know it is a bit more overcast up there. it will be a climate adjustment, that is one of my biggest concerns. one of my biggest concerns is jobs. i am an office manager, i have done it for over six years now. i am getting my mba, i would like to take that experience and maybe seek out a new profession. we'll still retain our american citizenship while being canadian
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permanent residentes, we just can't vote in canada. i am excited to dive into this new life. we will kind of play it by ear. i would love to get up there, stay up there and fall in love with it, and maybe one day become a canadian citizen. and it's not just and it's notjust the weather that could be a change for them. three people fishing off canada's east coast have had a huge fright, we'll let their video tell the story. the trio were fishing near stjohn in newfoundland when this humpback whale leapt out of the water. it's fair to say it caught them by surprise. it's not clear if they had any luck on the fishing line, but a perfect catch on the camera nonetheless. that's it for now, thank you for watching. well, let me start with a very dramatic picture from tuesday. that's some rough weather.
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here's a big storm just off the coast of essex, and two waterspouts — the marine equivalent of a tornado. incredible. a thunderstorm picture here from the south end. some rough weather over the last 12 or 18 hours or so. this low pressure system is spinning around the uk. mind, london missed the bad weather. scotland and northern ireland also had some sunshine. throughout wednesday morning, there will be further rain, particularly across lincolnshire, and parts in the midlands and into eastern wales and down into the south—west, as well. and also the possibility of some thunder and lightning in some areas as well. note how different the weather is in northern england and scotland. a fine start for the day there. lots of sunshine.
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starts on a positive note, then. so right from the word go, belfast, glasgow, aberdeen, edinburgh, sunshine to start — temperatures 13 or 1a degrees for the morning rush. bigger cloud across the north of england and wales. this is where heavy rain will be, say from birmingham to northampton. maybe nudging into the home counties, and squeezing into the south—west, as well. at this stage, from bournemouth, brighton, into kent and sussex will probably stay dry. heavy rain or showers will get going through the course of the latter part of the morning into the afternoon. a little like tuesday, like yesterday. downpours will be slow—moving as well, raining for a while in many locations. say the home counties, east anglia, maybe london as well. this south—eastern portion of the country and the south—east will see some downpours. this is where the worst of the weather will be. looking further north will be fine. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe? a heatwave across some central and southern and eastern parts of europe, 37 celsius over there in rome. a bit too hot to me. i would rather the 18 in london. high pressure starts to build on thursday. we still have the tail end of that wet weather across east anglia and the south east.
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it may start of grey and wet for a time. a slow moving air of weather. that pushes away. high pressure builds and a window of fine weather develops on thursday. thursday the best day, then friday and saturday the weather will be hit and miss, once again. the latest headlines for you from bbc news: north korea has said it's considering a ballistic missile strike near the us strategic bomber airbase on guam in the western pacific. president trump has declared that any further threats from pyongyang will be met, as he put it, "with fire and fury like the world has never seen". kenya's opposition candidate, raila odinga, has rejected early results which indicate a strong lead for his rival, president uhuru kenyatta. the election commission says with three—quarters of polling stations counted, mr kenyatta has 55% of the vote. the american country music star glen campbell has died. he was 81 and had alzheimers.
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he was best known for hits including rhinestone cowboy and wichita lineman. as a session musician he also played on some of the biggest records of the 1960s, from frank sinatra to the beach boys. now on bbc news, waheed's wars — saving lives across the world.
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