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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: american and south korean troops begin their annual military exercises, as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula. nearly 600 dead and several millions affected by flooding, as south asia experiences its worst rains for decades. we hearfrom villagers in nepal. her property, her livestock, rice, whatever she had has all been swept away. and she has had to live, with her children, without food for more than five days now. i'm tom donkin in london. also in the programme: spanish police say the man who drove into dozens of people in barcelona is still unaccounted for, and may have crossed the border into france. discovered after 72 years — the world war two warship sunk by a japanese submarine in the pacific ocean. it is 8:00am in singapore,
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1:00am in london and 9:00am in seoul, where the annual wargames are on the agenda. a massive joint military exercise involving south korea and the united states is about to begin. tens of thousands of troops, aircraft and naval vessels will be involved. but pyongyang isn't happy, saying it amounts to pouring gasoline on a fire. amidst heightened rhetoric on both sides, yogita limaye has been to the point where north and south meet. it is a place where a handful of european military personnel still monitor the armistice signed between the two koreas 64 years ago. it's a little bit like being in the eye of the hurricane.
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so everything is very tense around, but here, here it is calm and nice and peaceful. so it's a little bit of a strange situation sometimes. right next to the border between north and south korea, these are the men guarding the ceasefire between the two countries. the korean war, which started in june 1950, ended 27 july 1953 with an armistice agreement. and that is the same armistice agreement that is valid here today. there is no peace between the countries. they are technically at war, but the armistice keeps the two countries from fighting each other. south korea chose sweden and switzerland, while the north chose poland and czechoslovakia, as neutral nations to monitor the armistice. but, in the 1990s, pyongyang
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expelled the commission from its side. so now, only swedish and swiss offices remain in south korea. in light of the fact that for more than 20 years there has been no communication from the other side, you know, as people who are posted here, do you think there is any point in being here? i think it's important to mention that we present every day in the conference room. so we are every day ready to receive, and go sit back on the table to talk. even though north and south korean soldiers stand face—to—face at the border, there is no communication between the two sides. in recent days, harsh threats have been coming from pyongyang, but these have come to be expected. what is new now is that the rhetoric from north korea has met rhetoric from an american leader, which is a little bit different. and then, of course,
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it goes little bit higher. when you speak to the south korean people, of course, they're living next to each other, and the communications have been harsh a lot of the time. so i wouldn't say that they are more scared than the normal. but you never know. this contingent also monitors these military drills, conducted every year by the us and south korean forces, to ensure they don't violate the ceasefire. what was meant to be a temporary camp, untila peace agreement was signed, has now been here for 64 years. and of course, we all hope that we could close down here and go home, because there is a peace treaty. and so our nice and good time here in korea would end, but then we can say "mission accomplished," we go home. but, as long as north korea presses on with its nuclear programme, there can be no peace agreement here. and later in the programme we will speak to an expert from the us naval war college about the significance of the american and south korean wargames which start today. in breaking news, over the past few
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minutes the us navy has said one of its ships has been involved in a collision with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. the guided missile destroyer uss john waters near singapore. the guided missile destroyer ussjohn mccain was damaged in the collision with a liberian flagged vessel. the us navy state m e nts liberian flagged vessel. the us navy statements as search and rescue effo rts statements as search and rescue efforts are currently under way. on thursday, the navy announced disciplinary action against the commanders of another warship, the uss fitzgerald, that collided with a merchant ship in june, uss fitzgerald, that collided with a merchant ship injune, killing seven us sailors. we will be bringing more details on this development as they happen. let's take a look at some of the day's other news: the united nations says 111,000 people have fled from the iraqi city of tal afar, where government forces have launched a major offensive
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against so—called islamic state. about 2,000 militants remain in the city, which has been bombed by us and iraqi warplanes. a short time ago bruno geddo, the un's representative in iraq, told the bbc about the conditions of those civilians who remain in tal afar. people have been surviving on water, and dirty water and bread, for almost three months. there is no electricity, no healthcare, you know, hardly any food to go around. and then this constant terror of being killed by is and landmines if they try to flee, because the policy forbidding people to leave the territory of the caliphate remains in place. anybody caught trying to flee will be immediately executed. so it's a question of terror if you stay, and terror if you try to flee for your life. also making news today: it has been confirmed that a seven—year—old boy
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with dual british and australian nationality was among the 13 people who died in barcelona, when a van was driven into crowds on thursday. julian cadman became separated from his mother on las ramblas. his family say they will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to their hearts. we will have more on the police investigation in just a few minutes. president trump is to announce his long—awaited strategy on afghanistan in a live address to the american people on monday night. the white house said the president would provide an update on the path forward for america's engagement in afghanistan and south asia. thousands of people have marched through hong kong to show their support for three pro—democracy activists who were jailed last week. joshua wong, nathan law and alex chow were initially given non—custodial sentences for their involvement in mass demonstrations in 2014, but hong kong's government pushed for tougher punishment. malaysia has officially apologised after printing an upside—down
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version of indonesia's national flag in a commemorative magazine for the south—east asian games. instead of showing the usual red horizontal band on top of a white one, the magazine got them the wrong way round. new souvenir brochures have had to be reordered. here is a good example of why not to use a mobile phone while on the move. at this crossing in china's guangxi, without warning, a sinkhole opens up in the path of a scooter rider who, too distracted by his phone, drives right in. luckily, he walked away unharmed. as we have heard, american and south korean forces are beginning their annual joint military exercises later on monday. so could they serve to increase
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tensions even further on the peninsula? i've been speaking to charles edel, an american military strategy expert and senior fellow at the united states studies centre at the university of sydney, to find out. i don't think these will make the situation worse. itjust happens to be in the context of heightened rhetoric over the last two weeks, but these are consistent and ongoing exercises. they've really been performed for the past a0 years, consistently. so there is the, of course, chance that pyongyang will take these as further provocation. but, considering the climbdown in language on both sides that you saw over the last four or five days, i think that these are probably not going to be further provocation. and the united states has basically rejected the idea of a dual freeze, or a freeze—for—freeze — that is, stopping these drills in exchange for pyongyang halting its military
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and ballistic missile tests. do you think this is a good move? yes, i do think this is a good move. the freeze—for—freeze programme which you alluded to earlier on the show, which was floated by beijing and moscow, would be a freeze of us — unspecified us military exercises with our treaty ally, south korea, in exchange for the promise of a freeze of further tests from north korea. it is a good move to not follow through with this, because, one, every promise of a freeze has been broken previously by north korea. there's no assurance that it would happen at this time. and we have a treaty obligation to defend our ally south korea. these are defensive exercises. so pulling these exercises down makes no sense at this stage. police in spain say the man who drove into dozens of people
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in barcelona is still unaccounted for. they are considering the possibility he may have crossed the border into france. further details have also emerged about what the attackers had been planning. the police say it would have involved detonating more than 100 gas canisters. 0ur correspondent wyre davies reports from the town of ripoll, where most of the suspects lived. the small, simple mosque in the town of ripoll, where many of those involved in the attacks on barcelona and cambrils came to pray. the name of the one attacker still at large, younis abu—yaqub, written on the wall, with others who contributed to mosque funds. and police are now asking if this man, abdelbaki es satty, the mosque imam, masterminded the attacks, and led so many young men from this town intojihad. and this was his tiny flat at the top of a building in the town. his bedroom has since been emptied of everything by police. now, according to people at the mosque, he left two months ago to go on an extended
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journey to morocco. but we know from his flatmate here, who won't be filmed, and others in the town, that he left as recently as last tuesday, and very suddenly. all that is left here is his small koran and his empty bedroom. today i spoke to hechami gasi, the devastated father of two of the attackers from ripoll, mohamed and 0mar hychami, "the last time i saw my youngest son," he told me, "was at 3:00pm on thursday, hours before the attack in barcelona and cambrils." "he did not come back." hechami roundly blames the imam for radicalising his sons and the others. translation: he took these young, impressionable minds. messed around with their brains and now they're dead, my sons and the others. it's all the imam's fault.
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it is thought the imam may have been killed in the explosion that destroyed a bomb factory in the town of alca nar last wednesday. it was there that police found dozens of gas canisters, apparently primed to make three massive car bombs. but the premature explosion forced the gang to change their plans. destructive events like this can often tear fragile communities apart, but here in ripoll, there is a determination that that must not be allowed to happen. wyre davies, bbc news. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: tributes tojerry lewis, as one of americas all—time comedy greats dies at 91. also on the programme: how to get the best view of monday's total eclipse of the sun. washington, the world's most political city,
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is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed, i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we're all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people, in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" welcome back everyone. you're
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watching newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. and in london, i am tom donkin. our top stories: thousands of troops are beginning a huge military exercise, as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula. nearly 600 people have died across south asia, in the worst flooding for decades. that's now take a look at some of the front pages from around the world. and the japan times is reporting that north korea is continuing to make money by skirting un security council resolutions. its exports of banned commodities, largely coal, has generated at least $270 million since february, according to a un report. moving now to the strait times of singapore, and the government
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of there has announced it will double its annual spending on pre—schools to add 40,000 new places for children and to improve the quality of pre—school education. and finally, moving on to the new york times, and it is reporting on china's new film star superhero that is shattering records at the box office. leng weng — described as a "red—tinged rambo" — fights a villainous american soldier called big daddy. the film wolf warrior 2 has gone on to become china's most popular film ever, taking in $722 million in ticket sales injust three weeks. so, tom, that is a popular movie, but what is sparking discussions online? i would love to see that
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movie, rico. well, a story has come from india. an indian woman has been granted permission to divorce her husband because he would not build a toilet in their home. the woman had been married forfive years, but had been forced to relieve herself in nearby fields. now, rico, this highlights a greater issue — just last year, unicef estimated about half of india's population do not use to i lets. and that is currently trending online. and tom, one of the greats of american comedy, jerry lewis, has died at his home in las vegas. he was 91, and found fame in the 1950s, after teaming up with dean martin. they collaborated on 17 films, including the stooge. yes, i have watched this film. it is very funny. also, living it up and three ring circus. jerry lewis went on to star in his own series of slapstick comedies. nick higham looks back at his life. here, enjoy yourself!
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jerry lewis' goofy comedy made him the world's best paid movie star. with their visual gags, the cartoon—like nature of his films left some people cold. but they were immensely popular. i wrote the joke thinking, wouldn't it be marvellous if the elastic face that we have, that can do so much, wouldn't it be marvellous if our bodies were elastic? so that we could do equally as much with them in animation? he was bornjoseph levitch in 1926 into a family ofjewish entertainers in newjersey. following his stage debut at the age of five, he went on to play to great acclaim to audiences throughout new york. aged just 20, he teamed up with dean martin. i'm not going to do it! what's all this noise? their combination of sophistication and slapstick brought a decade of success during which they starred together in 16 films. i wouldn't lie, i wouldn't lie to you. now, look...
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this weekend would be a perfect time for you to come out to the house, if you cared to... he thrilled as a talk show host stalked by robert de niro in the king of comedy. what do you say? it sounds great. the french, who considered him a genius, awarded him the legion of honour. but it will be his manic comedy performances for which jerry lewis will be best remembered. jerry lewis, who's died at the age of 91. before we move on, we want to reca ptu re before we move on, we want to recapture breaking news we brought earlier to you. a us warship off the coast of singapore has collided with a merchant vessel, we understand. that is according to the us navy. the navy had said in a statement that the uss john the navy had said in a statement that the ussjohn mccain collided
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while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in singapore. so what sounds like an accident, here, from the us navy. it goes onto say in the that initial reports suggest the ship sustained damage to its port side. we do not know the scale of the damage what has happened, but we do know that the us warship has collided with a merchant vessel east of singapore. so from one us warship to another, the wreckage of a us warship sunk by the japanese in 1945 has been discovered north east of the philippines. the uss indianapolis was found more more than 18,000 feet below the surface. it had just completed a secret mission to deliver parts for the hiroshima nuclear bomb when it was hit by japanese torpedoes. more than 800 sailors died, the largest loss of life at sea in the history
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of the us navy. sarah corker reports. the 72 years, the final resting place of the uss indianapolis had been a mystery. that is it, we have got it. the indy. 500 kilometres beneath the surface of the philippine sea, these are the first images of the wreckage. an anchor on the left—hand side marked us navy. this was indy. this was from a refit at pearl harbor. the ship was found bya at pearl harbor. the ship was found by a research vessel they could reach some of the deepest ocean floors. it was funded by the microsoft co—founder paul allen. floors. it was funded by the microsoft co-founder paul allen. we try to do this both as really is it exciting examples of underwater archaeology and as tributes to the brave men that went down on the ships. the warship had just completed a secret mission to deliver parts for the hiroshima nuclear bomb. close to midnight on
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the 30th ofjuly 1945, nuclear bomb. close to midnight on the 30th ofjuly1945, she was hit by japanese torpedoes and sank in 12 minutes. two thirds of the crew initially survived the sinking, but no distress call was ever received. many weed my sharks. just 316 were rescued out of a crew of nearly 1200. -- rescued out of a crew of nearly 1200. —— many were eaten by sharks. i would like people to focus on the heroism, valour, and courage, which began before the ship was torpedoed and son. she had turned battle stars in some of the most brutal combat throughout the entire course of the pacific war. the spokesman for the 22 remaining survivors said each of them had long for the day when their ship would be found. sarah corker, bbc news. millions of people across america are preparing to watch a total solar eclipse on monday, the first to be visible from coast to coast in almost 100 years. i've been speaking to astronomer fred watson about the excitement
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ahead of the event. well, actually, all eclipses are special, rico. the fact the sun, the moon, and the earth are lining up perfectly. eclipses can happen actually anywhere, but they can only be in one place at any given time. so people who want to see eclipses have to be prepared to travel. you can't just wait for one to come your way. it might take 1000 years. mr watson, what do you hope to get out of watching this eclipse, personally and professionally? well, professionally, it's a twofold thing. my interest is largely in scientific outreach, that's to say, publicising the wonders of the universe
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to as many people as we possibly can. and if — the eclipse gives you a fantastic vehicle of doing this. but for me, personally, being an astronomer, and being in many ways addicted to thinking about the mechanisms of the universe, whether their on the small scale, the earth, the moon, the sun, the big scale, the planets, biggest gales, galaxies and the universe at large, all of that excites me. what better way to celebrate that than to watch an eclipse and be inspired by what we see. that extraordinary phenomenon. where you are at yellowstone, how are people preparing? yes, it is really early on the american side of the earth that the eclipse will be visible. the path of totality, which is the moon shadow itself, it is
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only 66 miles, or about 100 kilometres wide. it is a very narrow path across the earth's service. this will cross from the north—west of the south—east of america, going right across. that is why this eclipse will probably be the most watched eclipse ever to take place. there will be more humans watching this one them will have ever seen and eclipse before. i have never seen i have never seen a i have never seen a necklace. hopefully in my time. you have been watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon in singapore. and just before we go, the story we have been covering in this programme. the us navy vessel has collided with a merchant vessel, near singapore. we understand the uss mccain sustained damage to its port side. do stay with us on bbc news. hello.
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sunday yet again was a day of contrasting weather fortunes in the british isles. generally speaking, the further north and east you were, the more dry and fine was your day. the cloud filled in after a bright start in the south. eventually, the skies became pretty leaden so there was urgent work to be done in the fields, and then the rain arrived. a wet start to monday as well. mild underneath the blanket of cloud and rain. the cloud sitting low on the high ground of the south and south—west. further north and east, again, it's a bright start to the day, decent sunshine. a rather cool start to the day, given those clear skies. at least you have that sunshine. make the most of it. it will not last in all parts by any means at all. the general rule of thumb is to drive this rain ever further towards the north and east. it'll make slow progress, there's no doubt about it. here we are in the middle of the afternoon. things will have cheered up
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in the south for england and wales. where the sun comes out, 20—21 certainly, possibly even 24. i am not sure whether the rain in the west goes to the east or north. keep your weather eyes open to the east of the pennines. for the greater part of monday and on into the first part of tuesday, we will see that rain really has not completed its journey to the far north of scotland. tuesday is a bit like monday. once the rain has gone further north, it offers the opportunity across a good part of england and wales for the cloud to begin to break. and if it does so, the temperatures will rocket. 22—24 quite widely. someone could have 26, possibly even 27. the weather fronts have brought the prospect of wind and rain and cloud for some. but at the same time, they herald the arrival for warm moist air from the tropics. it hangs around into the middle
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of next week until that cold front brings something more fresh from the atlantic. the northern portion still has a lot of activity on it. heavy downpours in northern britain on wednesday. the last of those warmer days in the south as we go towards thursday and into friday, spells of showers, if not, longer spells of rain. temperatures maxing at 22—23. you are watching bbc world news. our top story: thousands of troops are poised to begin a huge military exercise on the korean peninsula. the drills, which take place every year, come at a time of increased tension over kim jong—un‘s nuclear programme and his threat to launch missiles towards the pacific island of guam. the us navy says one of its ships
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has been involved in a collision with a merchant vessel in the waters near singapore. the uss john with a merchant vessel in the waters near singapore. the ussjohn mccain, a guided missile destroyer, was damaged in a collision with a liberian ship. and this video is trending on bbc.com. it shows what happens if you keep your eyes glued to your phone rather than the road ahead. just look at this moped rider, who fails to notice the massive sinkhole which opened up straight ahead of him. luckily, he wasn't hurt. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: mo farah has won his final track race on home soil.
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