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3121 “ni tiff. “2m; “12.21 atlantic. 50 temperatures will be about 19— atlantic. so temperatures will be about 19— 2a some, but at best 22 also had a similar prospect as we get on through friday. —— rakitin. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the us navy temporarily suspends operations worldwide, after one of its destroyers collides with a tanker near singapore. spanish police say they have killed the main suspect in the barcelona terror attack. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: unveiling america's latest plan for its troops in afghanistan. in a few hours‘ time, president trump will announce his new strategy. a magical moment — the first time in a century americans get to watch the total eclipse of the sun. good morning. it is 7:00am in singapore, midnight in london, and 7:00pm in washington, where the us defence secretary, james mattis, has confirmed a broad investigation will take place, after a collision between a us destroyer and oil tanker near singapore. ten american sailors are still missing,
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with a sea rch—and—rescue operation ongoing. the ussjohn s mccain is the second us navy ship to be involved in a serious collision in as many months. 0ur asia correspondent karishma vaswani has been to see the ship, which has now docked in singapore. this is what happens when a massive oil tanker collides with a us warship. a gaping hole in the side of the ussjohn s mccain, an american destroyer with more than 300 crew on board. it was on its way to singapore when, just before dawn, it collided with this merchant vessel, the liberian—flagged alnic mc, an oil and chemical tanker much larger than the warship. it is still not clear how the collision happened, but ten american sailors are still missing, and five were injured in the incident. an international sea rch—and—rescue operation was launched. this is not normal, no.
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this is a big disasterfor them. it's possible that some combination of poor seamanship or some combination of things going wrong with the ship, actually things physically going wrong with the ship, that could have led to this. this collision couldn't have come at a more awkward time for the united states. it is in the midst of its annual military drills with south korea, that was launched this week, and it follows another collision with another us warship earlier this year, with a merchant vessel. this trend demands more forceful action. as such, i'll direct an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world. i want our fleet commanders to get together with their leaders and their commands to ensure that we're taking all appropriate, immediate actions to ensure safe and effective operations around the world.
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and the us defence secretary, james mattis, says there will be a wider investigation into us naval operations after the collision. the chief of naval operations‘ broader inquiry will look at all related accidents, incidents at sea, that sort of thing. he is going to look at all factors, notjust the immediate ones, which will fall rightly under the fleet commanders‘ investigation. all of this is raising questions aboutjust how effective the world‘s most powerful navy is in this part of the world. karishma vaswani, bbc news, singapore. we will be getting some analysis on the next steps for the us navy a little later in the programme. our other top story: tens of thousands of troops, aircraft and naval vessels from the us and south korea are embarking on a major military exercise. the joint military exercises, which have taken place regularly since 1976, are occurring at a time of rising tension on the korean peninsula.
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north korea has condemned the operation as a highly provocative rehearsal for war. jatinder dhillon reports. south korean and us forces began computer simulated military exercises on monday, which will run for two weeks in the south. nearly 18,000 us troops and 50,000 south korean troops are taking part in this operation. thejoint korean troops are taking part in this operation. the joint wargames happen every year, and are described as defensive in nature. at this time around they are taking place after an unprecedented period of tension with the north. after pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. the south korean president warned north korea not to use the exercises as an
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excuse korea not to use the exercises as an excuse to further aggravate the situation on the peninsula. translation: north korea must understand that it‘s repeated provocations are forcing south korea and the us to conduct a joint defensive drills. and so this keeps the vicious cycle going. but north korea‘s official newsagency denounced the exercises as preparation for war. denounced the exercises as preparation forwar. china, north korea‘s main ally and trading partner has said several times that it wants the us and south korea to stop large—scale annual exercises altogether. translation: we think that holding joint drills is not beneficial to easing the current tensions. nor do they help efforts by all sides to engage in talks. the war of words continues. pyongyang has warned that it could still press ahead with its threat to fire missiles in the waters near the us military base on the pacific island of guam. that threat came in
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response to president trump‘s warning that the us could rain fire and fury on north korea if it back is against the united states. the surge in regional tension and united nations sanctions show no sign of inducing north korea to change. also this hour: the iraqi army says it is advancing on the town of tal afar, the latest stage of a major offensive against the islamic state group. it says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of the town. the military are being urged to rescue people from the minority yazidi community, who the militants may be holding as slaves. an earthquake with magnitude of 11.3 has hit the italian island of ischia, off the coast of naples. at least one person has been killed and more than 20 injured. residents and tourists on the island ran out onto the streets from homes and hotels. several buildings have collapsed. the bangladeshi movie star abdur razzak has died at the age of 77. in a decorated career,
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the actor appeared in more than 500 bengali—language movies. he was born in the indian state of west bengal, but later migrated to bangladesh to pursue a career in film. he died after suffering a cardiac arrest. big ben chimes. that is big ben, but it is the last time we will hear that until 2021. for the next four years, the bell will sound only for important events such as new year‘s eve and remembrance sunday. the major refurbishment will see the elizabeth tower, the clock and the bell frame repaired and cleaned. let‘s get more now on our top story: ten american sailors are still missing after a collision between a us destroyer and oil tanker near singapore.
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the us defence secretary, james mattis, has promised a broad investigation into what happened. leisha sa ntorelli is on the singapore coast. and it has been, what, 2a hours now since the incident. what more can you tell us? that's correct. as you can see, the son has just risen you tell us? that's correct. as you can see, the son hasjust risen in singapore, but the singapore authorities did say that the search and rescue operations continued through the night for the ten missing sailors. a wide ranging operation has been under way since the collision between the ussjohn s mccain and that oil tanker. we have seen assets deployed from the us military, the singapore authorities and malaysia, as well as indonesia, including ships, coastguard vessels and helicopters. but there is still no sign of those ten missing sailors. so malaysian authorities did say, though, in a news conference that they do face challenging conditions in the search
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and rescue, that the area in which the collision took place faces waves of up to1.5 the collision took place faces waves of up to 1.5 metres, and so in the rough waters it will be very tough for the sailors if they did not have lifejackets. so this adds to the uncertainty, as well as the questions for the families of those from the uss john questions for the families of those from the ussjohn s mccain, wondering what has happened so far. the us navy has yet to release the names. and are there more details on what could have caused the collision? well, as you mentioned earlier, the head of operations for the us navy has put into effect a global pause on their fleet operationally, worldwide, following this incident, even that it may be a trend of multiple collisions, and with these deaths of the sailors in japan, as well as the missing ten sailors, they want to take a look at the practices, as well as the training of the fleet globally. there have been questions as to whether there has been an overexte nsion whether there has been an overextension of us military assets
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in this area of the world. the asia pacific theatre is very important strategically to the united states. it has got hot hotspots on the korean peninsula as well as in the south china sea where there is a big territorial dispute going on as well. and so what we do know, though, with the collision that happened between thejohn s mccain and the oil tanker is that the head of the navy said that as far as they know there is no intentionalfactors at play in the collision. but we have to wait for the end of a thorough investigation to be conducted. thank you so much for the update. president trump is to announce the us‘s latest approach to its war in afghanistan, after 16 years in the country. in a rare prime—time address, he will talk to us troops and the american public about the number of forces deployed there, and the policies his administration now plan to implement. the bbc‘s aleem maqbool, in washington, said trump has not previously directly addressed the war since becoming president. well, not in an address like this.
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he has tweeted about it occasionally, talking about the fact that he had inherited a mess in afghanistan, and saying he was going to make it a bit less messy. so let‘s see what he is going to announce today. what we are likely to hear is a couple of things. an increase in troop numbers, which is certainly something of a departure from the way he saw things in the 0bama years, and even during the election campaign. but the other thing we are likely to hear, potentially, is more pressure being exerted on neighbouring pakistan, saying that that country, that does of course receive american aid, needs to do much more. now, on the first point, about troop numbers, there are around 8500 american troops in afghanistan still, and donald trump is likely to increase
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that, we hear, by a few thousand. he has left this decision somewhat to military experts, to the generals, against the wishes, i have to say, of others in his team, those he campaigned with, on their strategy of america first, meant that they wa nt to of america first, meant that they want to donald trump to focus much more at home and be less of an interventionist, less of a world policeman. 0n the second point, about pakistan, of course, the pakistani military says it has been doing everything it can. it has made lots of sacrifices when it comes to fighting militants but there is a sense among the american military that it has to do much more. and don‘t forget you can watch live coverage of president trump‘s speech in just a few hours‘ time here on bbc world news. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a mystery at sea. the investigation into the disappearance of a woman who took a trip on a submarine, and was never seen again.
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also on the programme: hundreds of millions around the world watch one of the greatest wonders of the universe — the total eclipse of the sun. washington, the world‘s most political city, 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 1ten 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
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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 watching newsday on the bbc. i‘m rico hizon in singapore. welcome back, indeed. iam babita sharma in london. our top stories for you: the us navy temporarily suspends operations worldwide after one of its destroyers collides with a tanker near singapore. spanish police say they‘ve killed the main suspect in the barcelona terror attack. that‘s now take a look at some of
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the front pages from around the world. the international edition of the new york times analyses the us decision to conductjoint military exercises with south korea. the paper says that a debate is building in us over a possible strike on north korea and the white house is determined to leave the impression that the military option is real. the philippine daily inquirer is dominated by a story on the dark side of president duterte‘s drugs war. it claims that the autopsy of a teenage drug suspect shot by the police contradicts official accounts and show that it is an extra—judicial killing. finally, you have the strait times of singapore — it reports on the collision of us navy destroyer with an oil tanker in the region. a 250—strong singaporean team has joined efforts to find ten sailors who have gone
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missing after the incident. and those are the top stories of member publications are the world. and what is trending for us online right now is a song that is a favourite of mine from the 80s. when you go to singapore as? —— point you go to singapore as? that song, total eclipse of the heart, by bonnie tyler, has just eclipse of the heart, by bonnie tyler, hasjust gone eclipse of the heart, by bonnie tyler, has just gone to the top of the charts. when she was seeing it, she was singing it on a cruise ship. let‘s have a little lesson... ——
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little listen. you sounded just like, rico. when this was happening, this was a number one hit in the 80s, and it went straight to number one today. spanish police say they‘ve shot dead the main suspect responsible for carrying out last week‘s terror attack in barcelona. tom burridge is in subirats where the operation took place. the hunt for a young man who murdered so many ended here. a normally tranquil part of the catalonian countryside this afternoon swarmed with armed police. in the sky, officers checking for accomplices. but, hunted for days, younes abouyaaqoub died out here, on his own. the catalan police have shot dead younes abouyaaqoub,
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driver of the van and perpetrator of the attack in barcelona on thursday, causing the death of 1a people. it all happened up in the hills above barcelona. it is shocking for a terrorist to be in the village, this man told us. "everyone knows each other here." locals say abouyaaqoub was spotted by a woman this morning, who tipped off police. he apparently ran off into a field. in the space of four days, younes abouyaaqoub had travelled right out into the countryside here, tens of kilometres away from barcelona. when confronted by police, he revealed he was wearing what appeared to be a suicide belt. one report says he shouted "allahu akbar," god is great in arabic, before officers shot him dead. earlier today, the man—hunt moved up a gear. cctv released of abouyaaqoub‘s movements, after he drove a van
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indiscriminately down las ramblas, new images of a man motivated to kill as many as he could. we think this video, filmed by a local woman, shows the car he stole after the las ramblas attack. the owner was stabbed to death. they got out of their cars with all their guns. lots of police suddenly arrived, in seconds. the police believe that abouyaaqoub was part of the larger network, which they have now dismantled. five suspected members were shot dead when they tried to carry out an attack last thursday in the town of cambrils. four more have been arrested. the authorities are hoping to gain valuable information from them. and two were killed in an explosion in the town of alcanar. they include abdelbaki es satty, an imam, and the network‘s suspected leader.
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the bbc has learned that he left brussels last year after being reported for his radical teaching. it was in the sleepy town of ripoll where he preached, where it is reveal he filled young minds with hate, among them younes abouyaaqoub. his murderous mission ended here. born in morocco, at 22, he became a killer in spain. it‘s a case that‘s gripped, and now shocked, denmark. a well—known inventor takes a journalist on his self—built submarine — only for her never to be seen again. catriona renton has more. since kim wall went missing, the waters around sweden had been searched for her. now, a female torso has been found. police said a
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site that saw a body in the sea and alerted them. —— sightless. translation: it is obvious that the police, the media, and everybody else wonders if it is the body of kim wall. it is too early to say anything. we really don‘t know. when we get identification, if it is kim wall or somebody is, we will announce it. but we don‘t know at the time. this was kim wall and peter madsen on his submarine, the uc3 nautilus. she was going to write a feature about him and he fought a ton —— a0 ton submarine he built himself. she has not been seen since, and reported missing by her boyfriend. peter madsen was spotted on the nautilus again. he initially claimed he dropped kim wall off on one of copenhagen‘s island. but now he said that she accidentally died
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and he buried her at seat. translation: my client is not confessed anything instilled with not guilty to the charges against him. now police believe peter madsen sunk his own summary and has been charged with manslaughter. he hit the news after using online crowd funding to build the vessel. peter madsen was on the one half and nerdy engineer, and on the other side, he has a more artistic approach to the world. he builds rock —— rockets, and has done for sometime. his plan is to shoot himself up the sky. postmortem is currently being carried out on the body that has been found, as the investigation continues into what happened to kim wall. now, you were probably listening to
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us now, you were probably listening to us little earlier, because for the first time in 99 years, total solar eclipse has across america. 0ur science correspondent pallab ghosh reports. they came in their tens of thousands, like pilgrims, to the tiny town of madras. they came to witness one of nature‘s greatest spectacles. it is 10:15am in the morning, but it seems like night—time. we are just a few seconds away from the total eclipse, and the moon has almost completely covered the sun. it looks like a smiley face in the sky. the sun dims to an eerie, pale light. up above, a thin smile in the sky. and then a flash, a diamond ring, and then... the moon blocks the sun‘s bright disc. its atmosphere, normally washed away by the solar lights, now appears as a halo around the moon. it seems like a shimmering black pearl, hanging in the sky. it was like a religious
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experience to me. i photographed it, ivideotaped it, i got some successful pictures, i cried. this is definitely something you have to see in person. it's something that you can't describe unless you've been here and actually seen it. the eclipse crossed the entire us, ten states, a distance of 2,500 miles, injust 90 minutes. from coast to coast, it seemed, everyone was interested. people were dazzled by the spectacle. the last time an eclipse crossed the country was nearly 100 years ago. even american football pitches have been turned over to science. all across the us, astronomers collected data, which they will send to nasa.
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we would like to learn more about how these eclipses affect the planet, and how they affect the atmosphere, if there is any atmospheric disturbance, if it causes wind changes, or temporary climate changes in the area. for two incredible minutes, the tiny town became the centre of the universe, as those here became the first in america to witness one of the great wonders of the solar system. an incredible moment. stay with us, another edition of newsday coming up. hello. it looks so many areas will start with a mild but murky start to the new day on tuesday. the weather front that has introduced this is just lurking across the top half of scotland, still producing the odd bit and peace of rain. following behind a lot of low cloud. if you are in the high ground of the
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pennines, for example, you could have some conditions that will not be grey. so take it easy first thing. it will take a time for the day to really get going. as we get some heat, the sunshine will break through the cloud and the temperatures will respond. i need to put into the mix this little feature being the showers together in northern ireland and the far south—west of scotland. dribs and drabs to be head across the north of scotland. the odd isolated but heavy shower their across parts of the north—east of england, coming down towards the top end of the pennines, and then further south of that, a lot of fine, dry weather to be had after that dull start. still over the cloud around for some. i have shown widely 22, 23, pitiful, but with sunshine in the right place, we could be looking at 26 — 27. we have not been there so far this august.
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petterd that is as cold front. during wednesday, that frontal move from west to east, bringing fresher conditions from the atlantic. that is going to take some time. —— that front will move. ahead of it, that is where temperatures will be boosted. the top end of that weather front will be quite active. widely into the teens in the western side of the british isles, with the heat holding on in the south—east. then come thursday, this atlantic air will come in. that air of close —— that area of low pressure will be close to ireland. that is not a shower there, but persistent rain, and will be in the north part of scotland. elsewhere, a pretty reasonable day. temperatures came
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back to the seasonal norm. but it will feel pleasant at about 21 or 22 at best. some pretty hefty showers across the northern half of britain. i‘m babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: the us navy has temporarily suspended operations worldwide, after one of its destroyers collided with a tanker near singapore. ten american sailors are still missing. the ussjohn s mccain is the second us navy ship to be involved in a serious collision in as many months. spanish police say they have killed the main suspect in the barcelona terror attack. younes abouyaaqoub is believed to have driven a van into crowds in barcelona last friday, killing 13 people. and this video is trending on bbc.com. it was a sight to behold. hundreds of millions of people have watched the first total solar eclipse to sweep across america, from the pacific coast
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to the atlantic, in almost a century. that is all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it is time for hardtalk.
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