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no real think the next few days, no real change but very changeable with sunshine and occasional showers. good night. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines. friends and family remember heather heyer, the victim of charlottesville, heyer, the victim of cha rlottesville, as heyer, the victim of charlottesville, as president trump is shunned by senior business leaders. grief and anger in freetown as the search for survivors continues. at least 600 people are still missing after monday's mudslide. this is a nation mourning the loss of hundreds, and rescue workers say the authorities are hampering the rescue effort. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: grooming the next generation. the bbc talks to child soldiers trained by so—called islamic state now living in europe. and making his fourth and final appearance as james bond: the actor daniel craig confirms he will return as 007. it's 7am in singapore,
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midnight in london, and 7pm in washington, where the firestorm following president trump's latest comments blaming both sides for the violence in charlottesville, virginia continues to burn. business leaders have joined two former republican presidents in condemning his stance. the bbc‘s north america editorjon sopel reports. # amazing grace... the memorial service for heather heyer, an anti—racism protestor mown down by a white supremacist in charlottesville on saturday. but far from this being an occasion
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when a nation comes together, america seems more bitterly divided than ever. they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her. applause this was charlottesville on friday night — racist groups chanting "jews will not replace us," carrying ku klux klan style torches, and also marching to the slogan "white lives matter." yesterday, the president blamed both sides for the violence that ensued. you had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. but there is another side. there was a group on this side — you can call them the left, you have just called them the left — that came violently
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attacking the other group, so you can say what you want, but that is the way it is. it is true there was violence on both sides. but the race hate protesters had come tooled up for trouble. many carried guns. this is not the army, but a right—wing militia that turned up bristling with weaponry. most had clubs, helmets and shields with white supremacist insignia. the anti—racism demonstrators were not organised, they were mostly local people among whom a small core had come to fight. but donald trump seeming to draw a moral equivalence between swastika—carrying neo—nazis and anti—racism protesters has brought near universal condemnation. the senior republican paul ryan tweeting: the only significant voice of support last night came from the former leader of the ku klux klan, david duke, who said:
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there is reported to be deep unhappiness among some senior white house staff over the president's comments. he had not been due to say anything and significantly, a new intervention — this time from two the former living republican presidents george hw bush and george w bush — saying there is no room for bigotry or anti—semitism in today's america. donald trump left new york today to resume his hardly quiet or relaxing holiday. more isolated from the political and business establishment than at any time since he took office. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. our other top story: a week of national mourning has begun in sierra leone in the wake of the devastating flooding and mudslides that struck near the capital of freetwon on monday. officials say more than 100 children are among the 400 people
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who are known to have died when part of a hillside collapsed. and at least 600 people are still missing. from freetown, martin patience reports. in freetown, the ambulances are rushing not to the hospital but to the main mortuary. they are ferrying the dead — victims buried alive by a landslide. the relatives wait outside to collect their bodies. the stench of death is overpowering. emotions are raw. bishi lost her sister. daniel wasn't home when disaster struck. but he tells me six members of his family are dead, including his wife. they died, they died. the grief and anger is tangible here. this is a nation mourning
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the loss of hundreds. and rescue workers say that authorities are hampering their rescue efforts. this gaping scar was once a neighbourhood. now a landscape changed forever. it's the scene of a recovery operation on the hoof. diggers have been drafted in but there are no sniffer dogs, not enough body bags. the fear is disease could spread unless hundreds of corpses are found. a trickle of aid is getting through but many, like adama, are now homeless. i've lost everything, she tells me. martin patience, bbc news, freetown. also making news today: millions of people are still stranded after days of heavy monsoon rains across bangladesh, nepal and india. more than 250 people
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have been killed. these pictures are from sunsari district in southern nepal where the koshi river overflowed. some residents say the government response has not been enough. indian soldiers have clashed with chinese troops along a disputed border in the western himalayas with the two sides hurling stones at each other. officials say indian servicemen formed a human chain to prevent chinese forces entering territory claimed by india. a leading iranian opposition figure has begun a hunger strike in protest at being under house arrest for six years. 80—year—old mehdi karroubi ran for the presidential election in 2009 against mahmoud ahmadinejad. he was detained for his part in mass protests over the disputed result. is he there? is he not there? oh,
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there he is! tom cruise, of course, looking pretty dapper at a recent screening. but unfortunately he has broken his ankle while performing a stu nt broken his ankle while performing a stunt during filming for the new mission impossible movie. the 55—year—old star was hurt as hejumped between the roofs of high rise buildings during filming in london last weekend. production of the action film, which is one of its most lucrative franchises, could be delayed for up to three months as tom cruise recovers. the so—called islamic state is collapsing in the middle east and attention is turning to fighters returning home, some of them still very young. it's believed at least 2,000 children have gone through is military training. they are known as the ‘lion cubs‘. the bbc has discovered some of them now living in europe with the authorities unaware of their past. quentin sommerville has this special report. this is childhood in the so—called
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islamic state. this footage, filmed secretly in raqqa and passed to the bbc, is of what bis calls the cubs of the caliphate. they are child soldiers, barely teenagers. armed to the teeth, their guns are almost too big for them. even as iis is collapsing, it's investing in its future. —— is is collapsing. it's a slow and steady defeat. this was is‘s capital in iraq. mosul‘s hull city is now in ruins. this is where the is war machine suffered its biggest defeat but it isn't the end of them. here the fighters honed their skills. this was their training ground. imagine fighting in this and then surviving. well, some did was not some escape, and some have made it to europe. we travelled
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to belgium, and there we met ahmed. hejoined is when he to belgium, and there we met ahmed. he joined is when he was just 15. translation: they taught me how to use a kalashnikov. we stayed for seven days in mosul. they kept talking about martyrdom operations. i was brainwashed and i believed it. i told my family, you can't change my thoughts, and, no matter what you do, i'm going to stay. he became disillusioned with is and escape, first to turkey, and then to europe. the other it is here don't know about his past. they were my enemies but now i'm living among them, eating and drinking among them. when all this happen, i started to hate my entire past and started to establish a new life. he's not alone. we travelled to germany, where we met motassin. again, his
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usual means his is membership has gone undetected here. —— is youth. he was one of many groomed by the group. they would give is whatever we wa nted group. they would give is whatever we wanted and tell us we were the best, that we were right and all the others were wrong and must fear us. they would also allow us to carry oui’ weapons wherever we go. they would also allow us to carry our weapons wherever we go. for two weeks, he underwent military training and was killed in sharia law. he was assigned to a media unit. 0thers, though, volunteered for suicide missions. they prefer children to adults because they can use them to bomb between civilians. nobody would expect that a 11! or 16—year—old boy would bomb himself. both teenagers that we met say they've turned their backs on is but, as we travelled across europe, we learned of at least three more young fighters living here. we
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approached the eu police force europol, but they declined to comment. europe is still vulnerable but it's here where the journey begins. 0n the turkish border, syrian refugees can still scramble through between sea rchlights syrian refugees can still scramble through between searchlights and guard towers. near the border, i met people smugglerfrom guard towers. near the border, i met people smuggler from raqqa, guard towers. near the border, i met people smugglerfrom raqqa, one of many still operating. he helps one of the boys make it from is territory to europe in only a month. translation: i've helped many, a huge number. the route is getting worse. it used to be easier in 2014 and 2015. now the situation is more difficult thanks to the presence of us backed forces. you have to go through the kurds, the rebels and the us forces. it's difficult. is is
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not yet defeated. its territory is shrinking and its supporters fleeing. these are the final days of the so—called caliphate, but still the so—called caliphate, but still the islamic state is no less of a threat. and, amid these ruins, they leave behind a legacy — hundreds of child soldiers and a new generation of hate. america and china's most senior military leaders will meet for a third day in beijing on wednesday. the us generaljoseph dunford and his chinese counterpart general fang fenghui have a lot to discuss, not least how to deal with north korea. i spoke to victor gao who is director of the china national association of international studies. he was also an interpreter for the former chinese communist leader deng xiaoping. i began by asking him for his assessment of the situation. the fact that the chinese top military leader and the american top
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military leader and the american top military leader and the american top military leader r.n. gauged in discussion and dialogue is very reassuring. that means, between china and the united states, there are channels for communication and dialogue, and the two countries can communicate with each other directly. despite the rising tension on the korean pen insular. tension is rising and the stakes are getting higher, and i would say the stakes in korea has never been close to war 01’ in korea has never been close to war or conflict as it is now, and i think we need to call on the united states to preserve peace, rather than take dangerous actions leading possibly towards war, and it's also very encouraging to see that the president of the republic of korea, president moon, is also calling for the united states not to resort to war to solve the nuclear weapons proliferation issue on the korean peninsula. therefore i think we need to stand firm to encourage more
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dialogue and negotiation, and to call on the united states to give up the idea of launching a war against dprk. how likely do you think that will be? well, it's tough, and the nuclear weapons programme is becoming more and more sophisticated, and we need to find an effective way to stop it and achieve the denuclearisation goal on the korean peninsula. however, i'd say, even though it's getting tougher and tougher and more challenging to achieve this goal, it is exactly the time is used all our wisdom, courage and vision together, rather than being disunited, for example, and to avoid the united states from sending up a very mixed and confusing signal, not only to dprk, but all the people here in this part of the world. if war brea ks this part of the world. if war breaks out on the korean peninsula, the consequences will not be limited
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to dprk or the republic of korea, and it's also important to know that china and russia are now recently issuing a joint statement calling for no reckless action to be taking place at china's doorstep or russia's doorstep. the chinese government is engaging with major countries, including germany, for example, to present the case about peaceful ago she asian and about opposition to war, and i think it will take all these major countries together to stop the possibility of warand to together to stop the possibility of war and to pave the way for negotiation, leading towards denuclearisation. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the partition that should have been peaceful. we hear from two eyewitnesses on the violence in india's second largest city that changed the course of history. also on the programme: one more shot as 007.
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daniel craig confirms he'll be back as james bond. idid i did have a relationship that was not appropriate. in south africa 97 people have been killed in one of the worst days of violence between rival groups. 500 have died in the last few days. czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the sub mariners who died. we have them within our heart. the pope has celebrated mass in his hometown.
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stay with us, stay with us, chanted the people. well, well, said the pope, you want me to abandon rome? this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: a memorial for heather heyer killed in charlottesville last week is held as senior business leaders abandon president trump after his comments about the violent protests. there's grief and anger in freetown as authorities are blamed for hampering rescue efforts — at least 600 people are still missing after monday's mudslide. the next episode of game of thrones has been leaked. this time the source was the show being mistakenly
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released on the platform too early. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world: the south china morning post carries the latest on the kidnap claims by hong kong democracy activist, howard lam. the paper says he's been charged with misleading police. authorities allege cctv footage contradicts mr lam's account of being kidnapped. the china daily discusses a film about so—called "comfort women" used by the japanese. the low—budget film has become an unlikely hit. their front page picture shows one of the 22 women who survived one of the darkest chapters of world war two. and the japan times carries an intriguing photo on its front page of ‘pepper — the humanoid robot‘ — in a buddhist robe. softbank robotics has announced it has now programmed pepper to recite sutras as part of its new funeral services.
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the horrific violence that accompanied the partition of india should not have come as a surprise to anyone. a year before independence the muslim leader, muhammadjinnah, called a general strike and a nationwide rally to demand a separate state — pakistan — for india's muslims. in most of the country the meetings passed off peacefully. not in calcutta, then india's second city. the effects of what was to happen there would change the course of history. the bbc has been speaking to two eyewitnesses. at the time of the riot, i was only eight years old. i was 12 years old when the riot took place. there was
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a meeting. thousands of people gathered. they declared this is the slogan, islam in danger. the tension between the two communities was growing. if anything happened, we have to fight back. the hindus started realising that we are going to be in trouble. these sort of riots start. in the beginning it was muslims who took the leading part but on the second or third day, it started to be that hindu part. the hooligans at started creating chaos.
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and they started killing. while walking down this street, isil within the dust pits, mutilated, arms, hands, skull. from now on people started realising that hindu muslim is cannot live together in india. there must be pakistan. in every age, great men are born. gundy was one of this. —— ghandi. every age, great men are born. gundy was one of this. -- ghandi. ghandi did not want petition. this great calcutta killing is a black spot in the cultural history.
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we have a special series of features on partition all this week on bbc world news. and there's much more on our website too. along with lots of personal stories you will also find an interactive timeline, explaining more about why partition happened 70 years ago. the actor daniel craig has confirmed he will be coming back as the british secret agent james bond. the 49 year old says, it will be his final outing as the 007 spy. but it's not the first time he's said that. chi chi izundu reports. months of speculation, will daniel craig comeback for a fifth time? will you return is james bond? yes. he is the seventh actor to take on
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bonn and the most successful commercial if stop it broke the billion—dollar mark with sky fall. despite the cars and martinis, and of course, the women, after the release of spectre daniel said he would rather cut his wrists can play the spy again. if you believe what you believe in the press, he will be well paid. 0ther you believe in the press, he will be well paid. other names were being discussed but the fans, they think daniel is the man. we finally have an answerand it daniel is the man. we finally have an answer and it is like christmas in august. daniel craig has reinvented james bond. critically acclaimed films. i glad we have an answer. he will be 51 by the time
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the new film is released. it is understandable that he says at this time is the last time. daniel craig is back! who is your favourite bond? rico hizon! laughter the next james bond favourite bond? rico hizon! laughter the nextjames bond should be rico hizon. if you agree to eat us. it has to be a female bond! babita bond. another addition of a new
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state coming up soon. let's see if the weather will behave itself on thursday. it is looking a little mixed. some rain around but thursday not looking too bad across the uk. some sunshine and a few showers around. early in the morning, still raining across parts particularly eastern areas anywhere from newcastle into the midlands, east anglia and the south—east but mild in the morning. extent in london. —— 16. the cloud and rain might drag it heals a little bit across the south—east but should be out of the way into the north sea and then we have a mixture of sunshine and showers across the
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south—west, the midlands, wales, scotla nd south—west, the midlands, wales, scotland and northern ireland but not too many across northern england. a beautiful day in cumbria. how about the cricket? the chance of a shower, probably not too many so the risk of any disruption is not particularly high. the forecast into friday, low pressure barrelling across the uk and one thing we will notice on friday is the strength of the wind. very blustery across the uk and all parts of the country. blustery showers across many northern and western areas. some will be heavy. it might feel cooler with the strength of the wind. saturday, not so windy but pretty breezy with showers but not as many. a slightly better day on saturday for most of us. back what is happening right now, of the eastern
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coast of the us, we have a hurricane and that is going to be influencing our weather to an extent come sunday. it will start dying away, fizzling out, over the next two or three days and then it gets mixed up with weather systems coming our way. the left overs of the hurricane in will be crossing our country during the course of sunday. that means it rain in some parts of the country with some uncertainty. it will be an u nsettled with some uncertainty. it will be an unsettled some date for sure. some blustery showers and wind around for the weekend. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story. america's two living republican former presidents, george bush senior and his son, have called on the us to reject all racial bigotry and anti—semitism. it comes as donald trump scrapped two business councils after more bosses quit over his
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response to the violence. there's grief and anger in freetown as authorities are blamed for hampering rescue efforts. at least 600 people are still missing after monday's mudslide. and this story is trending on bbc.com: the actor daniel craig confirms he is making his fifth and final appearance as 007, james bond. more on the website. stay with us. see you soon. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.
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