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hello, this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani, our top stories: president trump keeps up the war of words on north korea. as the heated rhetoric continues he again warns pyongyang not to target us territories. if anything happens to guam, there is going to be big, big trouble in north korea. kenya's re—elected president appeals for calm after being declared the winner of tuesday's disputed election — the opposition claims the vote was a charade. a new wave of forest fires and evacuations in portugal as strong winds fan the flames and push resources to the limit. the nuclear bunker that became a cannabis factory — a british courtjails three men after police break up a major drugs ring. welcome to the programme.
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president trump has continued his tough rhetoric against north korea, saying the us military is locked and loaded, with plans in place if pyongyang acts unwisely. speaking at his golf resort in newjersey, the us president said that if the north korean leader made any more threats, he would regret it, and regret it fast. china, russia and germany have all voiced dismay at the war of words between pyongyang and washington. laura bicker is in washington. president trump is leaving the north korean leader in no doubt. if he poses a threat to the us, there will be consequences. if anything happens to guam, there is going to be big, big trouble in north korea. then came this note of reassurance. hopefully it will all work out. nobody loves a peaceful solution better than president trump, that i
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can tell you. is us bombers are stationed in guam. their motto is, fight tonight. mr trump is keen to ensure north korea is aware of their presence “— ensure north korea is aware of their presence —— these. pyongyang has threatened to fire missiles at the island, and although holidaymakers appear unfazed, the local government hasissued appear unfazed, the local government has issued leaflets urging them not to look at firebombs. with the ramped up rhetoric, president trump is backing it with diplomatic measures. he placed a call to president xi in beijing. he spoke to the leader in january president xi in beijing. he spoke to the leader injanuary in the hope that he would do more to rein in his trading partner. the threat of war on the korean peninsula might force them to act. it has emerged the trump administration has been in secret talks with north korea. discussions about americans imprisoned there and deteriorating relations. donald trump is not
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stepping back from his war of words with north korea. some feared his state m e nts with north korea. some feared his statements were impulsive, but it appears, for now, to be his strategy, to plant the idea in his enemy's mind that he is unpredictable and not to be tested. and later in the programme, we will be getting response from those in seoul. president trump has also been commenting on the escalating political crisis in venezuela. speaking alongside his secretary of state, rex tillerson, mr trump said he was ready to take a tough stance. we have many options for venezuela. and, by the way, i'm not going to rule out a military option. we have many options for venezuela. this is our neighbour. this know, we're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world, in places that are very, very far away. venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they‘ re dying. we have many options for venezuela, including a possible military action if necessary.
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reporter: that would be a us—led military operation? we don't talk about it, but a military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. at least 37 people have been killed in egypt in a collision involving two passenger trains. more than 120 others were injured. the crash, just outside the northern coastal city of alexandria, was between a train coming from cairo and anotherfrom port said. the cause of the collision remains unclear. the steel company tata has been given the go—ahead to separate it's uk pension scheme, from the rest of the business, which will help tens of thousands of the firm's workers. staff voted earlier this year to accept less generous pensions, in return for investment to securejobs. ajudge has dismissed a disc jockey‘s legal claim against taylor swift at a trial in colorado. the court has been weighing her
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allegation that david mueller had groped her during a pre—concert reception — against mr mueller‘s claim that she had falsely accused him. taylor swift's assault charges against him still stand. lawyers for the football star neymar say he has agreed to pay a fine of $2.5 million to end a three—year dispute with the brazilian tax authorities. a week ago neymar was transferred from barcelona to paris st germain for a record $261 million. the incumbent, uhuru kenyatta, has been declared the winner of kenya's bitterly disputed presidential election. the electoral commission said he gained over a million more votes than his rival, raila odinga, whose opposition alliance has claimed tuesday's election was marred by fraud. our africa correspondent alastair leithead reports. uhuru kenyatta's supporters knew this was coming.
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preliminary results had given their man an unassailable lead. but first, there was an electoral process to follow, and it was a lengthy one. the result from every county had to be read out, before the moment the nation had been waiting for. i wish to declare uhuru kenyatta as president—elect. after three days of holding their breaths, kenyans have now finally had confirmation that uhuru kenyatta will have a second term in office, by a considerable margin. the question now is how the opposition will react in defeat, having claimed this was rigged. would they accept this result? will they challenge it in the courts, or will they go to the streets? before the results were even released, the opposition alliance had walked out, repeating allegations the vote was rigged.
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i think this has been an entire charade. this is a disaster. they had run a parallel counting centre, and claimed discrepancies, that the election commission computer was hacked, that the vote was fraudulent. thank you. president uhuru kenyatta stepped up to acknowledge his victory, and spoke about unity, ten years on from the terrible ethnic post—election violence. i extend the hand of partnership, knowing fully well that this country needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed. these were the scenes in the stronghold of the losing candidate, raila odinga, in western kenya, earlier in the day. a lengthy stand—off with police. there have already been a few clashes in the slums of nairobi. the fear is these ugly if isolated protests could spread, if the opposition decides to call its people out on the streets. tonight, kenya is still holding its breath. portugal is battling a new wave of forest fires
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with winds frequently changing direction complicating firefighters' attempts to get them under control. authorities are warning of further blazes, ahead of a weekend of warm temperatures. laura westbrook reports again and again, planes in portugal drop their loads, to try and bring these wildfires under control. on the ground, firefighters are once again battling the smoke and flames, as a new spate of fires has taken hold. they say winds frequently changing direction were complicating their attempts. in this village, residents grabbed garden hoses and buckets of water, to try and help exhausted firefighters. but many could only watch as their houses burned. with arsonists believed to be the cause of some of the fires, people are angry. translation: and what happens with the arsonists when we catch them? we take them to court, and then they are released.
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rather, we need to make them work in 40—degree heat. that is what they deserve. these latest blazes come after more than 60 people were killed injune, in fires that raged for five days. portugal usually has fires in the summer. but this year has been particularly bad, because most of the country is experiencing drought. strong winds and high temperatures are expected over the weekend, conditions that mean there is more to come. eggs from european poultry farms, containing traces of insecticide, have now been found in nearly 20 countries. they've been contaminated with the pesticide fipronil, which can damage the kidney, liver and thyroid gland. the european commissioner for food safety has called for an end to countries blaming each other. here's our europe correspondent damian grammaticas.
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the netherlands is europe's biggest producer of eggs, but now millions of chickens here might have to be slaughtered. anya visscher‘s farm has been given the all—clear. the pest control company that fumigates her barn didn't use the banned insecticide fipronil, but the damage to her industry has been done. all the farmers trust the companies who come into your barn and do their stuff. there are many rules in the netherlands, so we are thinking it's ok. and the extent of the problem is spreading. where it started, in the netherlands, belgium, germany and france, farms have had to be closed. in 11 more eu countries, fresh eggs and food made with eggs have been withdrawn from sale from the uk, ireland, poland, italy and romania. outside the eu, in switzerland, even as far afield as hong kong, there have been recalls, too. all this shows is how interconnected our industrial food
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chains are today. belgian authorities say first signs of a problem may have emerged as long ago as november in the netherlands. so there are difficult questions for european countries — why was nothing done sooner? the european commission has called for a meeting of member states to get to the bottom of the problem. the aim is to draw the relevant lessons, and discuss the ways to continuously improve the effectiveness of the eu system, to deal with food fraud and food safety issues. fipronil is used to kill fleas in domestic pets. it is not allowed on animals entering the food chain. the amounts discovered in eggs are not harmful to humans, but prosecutors say two people have been arrested for threatening public health. translation: they mixed this forbidden product with substances that come into contact with the food chain. they did it for their own profit. they have put people's health in danger, and damaged confidence in food safety. and that confidence that what we eat is safe may take time to be repaired.
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at the very least, it will be months before each farm where fipronil was used can be declared safe again. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the nuclear bunker that became a cannabis faq tree for a major british drugs ring. —— cannabis factory. —— cannabis 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 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.
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this is bbc news, our main story this hour: president trump has issued a fresh warning to north korea, saying pyongyang will regret it fast if it continues to threaten america or its allies. mr trump has continued his hostile rhetoric despite calls from other international leaders for more moderate language. let's stay with that story. live now to the south korean capital, seoul, and our correspondent robin brant. how does how does the government see that rhetoric? the official response is to remind the public of that close relationship between south korea and the united states. we have seen in the united states. we have seen in the past few days have met —— military here is prepared for swift action if necessary, we know there
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are planned military exercises coming between the us and south korea in a couple of weeks time, you will not hear any government officials, certainly in public criticise or express concern about the rhetoric we have seen concern about the rhetoric we have seen from donald trump over the last few days, and whether in private there is a different view, because from "firing theory" to "locked and loaded" —— fire and durie, anyone would see that as unsettling, because we are now into a situation where there does need to be the prospect of some kind of nuclear confrontation. people here have lives prolonged time with the potential of a conflict with their neighbours in the north, the border with north korea isjust 35 miles from here. there is some kind of anecdotal evidence being reported today that perhaps people are preparing for the situation to change little bit, reports that more gold is being bought, more ready
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meals are being dealt as a nationwide is defence drill is planned to two weeks time, every district in the city of seoul at a moment will take part in these exercises, last year it was five districts taking part. that is a drill where cars are taken off the streets, people are taken into subway stations, preparing or practising what to do if there is some kind of strike. people have wii is basically ignored the kind of bellicose rhetoric from pyongyang, but it is different now because it is coming from washington, dc as well. in terms of its own defences, what are south korea's capabilities? south korea is not a nuclear nation, but it has a very big and sophisticated... military, and it has that very close military ties with us forces, thousands of whom
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are stationed here with the direct job of tech in this country. —— protecting. the us has offered to south korea the terminal high altitude missile defence system, yet to be installed but that is aimed at taking out any missile that may be launched from the north. there is a barrage of artillery range just inside the north korean side of the border, about 35 miles from here, that has long been the case, that could strike this city that any kind of conventional use of a weapon would be devastating, the lone nuclear strike. —— let alone a nuclear strike. —— let alone a nuclear strike. —— let alone a nuclear strike. south korea and its allies would be overwhelming in retaliating to a conventional strike, about really of course, as the us defence secretary talked about, even the prevention of war would be catastrophic and horrible.
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11 people from one family have been convicted of involvement with a modern day slavery ring in the uk. it follows one of the biggest police investigations of it's kind. members of the rooney family, ran a driveway resurfacing company, and targeted vulnerable homeless people as workers. but their victims were paid little or no wages, and suffered punishment beatings if they complained. they were also housed in squalid conditions, which detectives described as truly shocking. judith moritz reports. fathers, sons, cousins across the generations. 11 members of one family, whose cruelty has spanned the decades. the rooneys were the masters. this is where they kept their slaves. they were forced to live in these caravans, in squalor and in filth, conditions not fit for human habitation, whilst those who controlled them lived in comfort and luxury. the rooneys had many victims, including this man, whose interview has been re—voiced to protect his identity.
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i've been on and off the streets for years, drugs and alcohol. i haven't seemed to be able to get settled. see, they've scarred me. sometimes i have flashbacks, know what i mean, nightmares and that. i'm always wary about them. the rooneys were flashy with their money, going on holidays to barbados, and paying for cosmetic surgery. by stark contrast, the 18 men they kept as slaves lived in misery for years. one man was held for quarter of a century. his family gave him up for dead. patrick rooney was one of those posing as a respectable businessman, laying driveways. but, in reality, the family used slave labour, forcing vulnerable men to work for little or no reward. one customer, who has asked not to be identified, remembers how the workmen appeared.
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they weren't treated as civilised at all. they were treated as if they were subhumans. i was truly astonished. there was no machine to strip the old tarmac off, nothing. these guys did it all by hand. and it was extremely hard work for them, i'll give them that. they didn't stop. they didn't have any breaks, anything. all they got was that we made them a few cups of tea, a few chocolate biscuits. they were delighted to get a cup of tea, because i knew and they knew that they weren't going to get anything else. not for the day. in contrast, the family lived lavishly, this expensive funeral for one relative showing their wealth. in the local lincolnshire community, it didn't go unnoticed. the people they were preying on were the most vulnerable. they made a lot of money out of them, and the stories i was hearing about big washes of cash. bringing the 11 family members to book has taken several years.
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the police needed to win the trust of victims, who were very vulnerable. they were dirty, they were thin. the clothes they were wearing were terrible. and, when we took them to the reception centre, one individual used an entire bottle of shampoo, to try and make himself feel clean. to how they are now — they‘ re in employment, going to college, they're reunited with theirfamilies. it's absolutely heartwarming and amazing to see the transformation, and it makes it all worthwhile. they preyed on the homeless and the desperate, offering them shelter and work. but there was no dignity in this, only lives exploited and destroyed. a british court has jailed three men for producing cannabis on an industrial scale at a former nuclear bunker. the men were jailed for between five and eight years. duncan kennedy reports.
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hidden beneath the wooded hills of wiltshire, even today, the bunker remains a secretive, subterranean world. its old antenna and air vents the only sign of its existence. but five metres below ground, this cold war sanctuary was transformed into a cannabis factory. this was where 4,000 cannabis plants were found, spread over two floors. the men behind it were martin fillery, plamen nguyen, and ross winter, who were jailed today, for admitting conspiracy to produce the drug. police say using the nuclear bunker, once owned by the ministry of defence, meant the gang could exploit its secrecy and security. this was a highly organised operation and of course the nuclear bunker provided that level of security and covertness to avoid detection. this was the bunker as it was.
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a secret headquarters for regional government in the event of a nuclear war. 150 officials could survive here for a month. this was the canteen then... ..and when the police arrived. they found everything from a big—screen tv, to a fish tank. and all with the home comforts of an underground world where the underworld could go to ground. the gang even bypassed the mains meter, ripping—off £650,000 worth of electricity. all to keep the cannabis growing and drying around the clock. in fact, they thought this facility would provide them with the perfect cover for their illegal activities. why? well, first of all you can't see it from the road. it's completely isolated. and the complex itself can be locked up. they managed to keep this place a secret for three years. it was only when the gang
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inadvertently opened the doors the police were able to finally get in and reveal the industrial scale cannabis production line. one now consigned, like its cold war setting, to history. around the world, child modelling agencies receive tens of thousands of applications from hopeful parents every week. but what does it take — and are there real benefits? we went to an agency injohannesburg to find out more. a lot of friends and family said he's very gorgeous, and would look good on camera. so me and my husband gave it some thought and we said, why not? he's quite an energetic boy, and loves people. it's not only beauty. no, you have to have personality. many times i've turned away the pretty ones,
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because they are beautiful but they can't talk. and it won't help them because if they do go to auditions and they are shy, the producer will say, "next child, thank you". sometimes it is very difficult, like with the ad we did they said we must be there at 5:30am, and he was a little bit cranky ‘cause i woke him up and it was quite cold. sometimes it helps if you bring his favourite toy. so it will help him a lot to try to stay awake, play around. but as soon as it is nap time it's all off, and it will be a whole waste of time. the ultra—rich can come too, because they want their kids to gain confidence. whereas the other side of the parents think, ok, i'll come today and i'll retire off my child, and i often tell them that is not the case. we opened up, like, a savings account for him. we willjust store it.
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whenever he gets paid, we just put it in that account, so that when he grows up he will see it. stay with us on bbc world news, thank you for watching. hello, there. after a mixed, changeable, and in places very soggy week of weather, the weekend is looking a little bit different. it will be mostly dry, and there will be some spells of sunshine. having said that, quite a cloudy start for many on saturday morning, particularly across southern england and the channel islands. things brighten up through the day. across—the—board patchy cloud and sunny spells. yes, one or two showers, but they will be the exception rather than the rule. many places will stay dry. so let's take a closer look, then, at a:00pm in the afternoon, and across the south—west of england we'll see some spells of sunshine.
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no heatwave — 18 in plymouth, 19 in cardiff. the odd shower in the hills of wales, and into the midlands as well. mainly fine for north—west england, 18 or 19 degrees. and for northern ireland, it is a story of patchy cloud, some sunny breaks, and temperatures about 18 in belfast. similar temperature for glasgow, 16 in aberdeen, and just a couple of showers across scotland. most places dry. and it is a similar for north—east england, down into east anglia and the south—east. sunny skies, patchy cloud at times. temperatures in dover, about 21 degrees. some spots could get to around 22 degrees celsius. so, on balance, it should stay dry for the world championship athletics. only the small chance of a shower, and temperatures up into the 20s. as we go on through saturday evening, this area of high pressure is building its way in from the west, with light winds and clear skies. there could be the odd mist patch and it is going to turn quite chilly, especially in the countryside. towards the north—west we could possibly get down
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to four degrees. if you're out early on sunday it could be cool, but sunday is looking like a cracking day, with plenty of sunshine. a little bit more cloud developing into the afternoon, but the vast majority will stay dry all day long. temperatures — 17 in glasgow, 19 in cardiff, 22 degrees in london. but, as we go into the start of the new working week, things take a turn for the worse again, if you don't like wet weather, that is. this rain working its way in from the west. heavy downpours potentially. ahead of that, some warmth into the south—east, but most places fairly cool. monday night into tuesday, this frontal system responsible for the wet weather doesn't move anywhere fast. so still some wet weather to come on tuesday, most likely across north—eastern scotland. a mixture of sunshine and showers elsewhere. these showers could be heavy, possibly thundery into the south—east, and highs of 16—23 degrees. this is bbc news, the headlines.
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president trump has renewed his fierce rhetoric towards north korea, saying american military solutions are now locked and loaded if pyongyang chooses to act unwisely. mr trump said he hoped president kim jong—un understood the gravity of the situation. there have been reports of protests in kenya after it was announced that the president, uhuru kenyatta, had been re—elected. the electoral commission says he was more than a million votes ahead of his rival, but the opposition has complained of fraud. at least 37 people have been killed in egypt in a collision involving two passenger trains. about 120 others were injured. the crash, just outside the northern coastal city of alexandria, was between a train coming from cairo and another from port said. a man who murdered his brother by setting him on fire,
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has been sentenced to life in prison and told he must serve
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