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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: north korea confirms it did fire a medium—range missile overjapan. the un security council is meeting to discuss the international response. president trump travels to texas, where rescue efforts continue following tropical storm harvey. 11 people have died and thousands are forced from their homes. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: we have a special report on the bangladeshi migrants who risk their lives to make a perilous journey from libya to europe. and risking it all. we will speak to the skydiver who jumped from a plane completely naked, and playing the violin. good morning.
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it is 8:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london, and 9:00am injapan, where they are able to see for the first time a close—up view of the missile that flew over their heads around the same time one day ago. here are some pictures released in the past hour by north korea's central news agency. it is not clear when they were taken, but the news agency says it was a medium—range hwasong—12 rocket, launched in a drill to counter recentjoint military exercises by south korean and the united states. the news agency says the launch was guided by kimjong—un himself. that news came during a meeting of the united nations security council, called to discuss the situation. before the meeting, the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, called the missile launch irresponsible and unacceptable, and said enough was enough. no country should have missiles flying over them,
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like those 130 million people in japan. it's unacceptable. they have violated every single un security council resolution that we've had, and so i think something serious has to happen. britain has said the un needs to look at further strengthening of sanctions against north korea, and here is what japan's ambassador to the un has said. we can be united in condemning the actions of north korea, which is totally unacceptable, and we hope that we can — the security council can find the right way to proceed, in order to change the course of north korea. the bbc‘s yogita limaye is in seoul. taking a look at what is developing right now in the un security council, most of the countries, south korea, japan, the united
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states and all of their allies are uniting against north korea. that's right, at this meeting comesjust 3.5 weeks after another such meeting of the un, where stringent sanctions we re of the un, where stringent sanctions were passed against north korea, banning major exports from the country. the objective was to try and economically squeeze the country so and economically squeeze the country so they could push it to stop its missile tests and get it to the negotiating table. that is clearly not worked. analysts say sanctions do not work so it is difficult to say what the international community can actually do. but what is important is to see what china's position is on all of this. yesterday we did have a statement from china where they said that the us is partly responsible for this situation. china has been asking for what they call a dual freeze, so north korea stops its missile test and on the other hand the us and south korean militaries stop conducting joint exercises and
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because these are under way at the moment, and the us and south korean forces are moment, and the us and south korean forces a re not moment, and the us and south korean forces are not going to stop them, they say they are not going to stop them, china says the us is partly responsible for escalating tensions in the korean peninsula. and currently we are seeing live pictures inside the un security council. they are currently meeting about the north korean situation. of course, we saw this hwasong—12 missile that was launched over the north—east island of japan, missile that was launched over the north—east island ofjapan, and missile that was launched over the north—east island of japan, and what they are discussing at the moment is what options are left from the international community, to basically sanction the north korea is. yes, and it is important especially because the aggression from north korea is not stopping. if you just look at their statement today, what they say is this test is merely the first step. this is a valued to striking guam, so they are following up on the threat from
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earlier this year, firing four rockets in the waters near guam and creating a ring of fire around that pacific island. they have very clearly said that the us is their target, in the statement they have come out with today. and they have defended their actions, saying these are to counter the joint military drills that are being conducted by the us and south korea. but more importantly, what kcna has reported is that kim jong—un has also ordered his military to conduct more drills with the pacific as a target. thank you so much for the update. our other top story: president donald trump has arrived in texas to assess the damage caused by tropical storm harvey, as floodwaters across the state continue to rise. in houston, more than 30,000 people have been forced from their homes. mr trump has been meeting emergency workers in corpus christi, where the storm first hit, dumping record amounts of rain in the past few days. 0ur north america editor jon sopel reports from texas. a commander—in—chief, determined
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to show that he is in command. president trump arrived in corpus christi this lunchtime, the city where hurricane harvey made landfall. and the crowds had gathered outside the fire station to hear him. he had come to offer comfort and support. thank you, everybody. though it sounded more like a campaign rally. this is historic. it's epic, what happened. but you know what? it happened in texas, and texas can handle anything. thank you all, folks. thank you, thank you. and, with a flourish, he produced the flag of the lone star state. to the crowd's delight. cheering and applause earlier, he met the texas governor, greg abbott, and praised the co—operation between state and federal government. we won't say congratulations.
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we don't want to do that. we don't want to congratulate. we'll congratulate each other when it's all finished. contrast that with 12 years ago, and the disastrous handling of hurricane katrina, and this utterly tone—deaf comment from then—president bush to his emergency relief coordinator. and brownie, you're doing a heck of a job. the fema director's working 24... applause actually, it was one heck of a mess. nearly 2,000 people died, and in new orleans, it was particularly bad. there was an evacuation, but it seemed that all those who were left behind were black. president bush's reputation wouldn't recover. the response to harvey has been more sure—footed, so far. across this vast state, damage is being assessed. we went to la grange. so how far has it moved? moved across there. so your home has moved across the street? uh-huh. this mother, too, shows her children where their house once stood. this is just one small town in texas, and it is estimated that
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some 500 homes have been destroyed here. at this trailer park, you can see that particular house has been uprooted, fallen on top of a car. and, if we just move across, you can see the water bubbling up from the ground. that is because there is a cracked gas line underneath, and for the emergency services, it means it is still too dangerous to investigate. we're still in the foothills of this disaster. thousands will remain homeless for months to come. there is an economic reckoning to be had. will congress agree to fund the rebuilding? and the biggest question of them all — as louisiana stands in the path, has tropical storm harvey done his worst, or is there more devastation to come? jon sopel, bbc news, texas. more heavy rainfall is expected in india's financial capital of mumbai. the city is already at a virtual standstill after rains flooded streets and caused transport chaos. the state chief minister has urged everyone to stay indoors. muslims from around the world
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are in saudi arabia for the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage this week. it is estimated that two million pilgrims will travel to islam's holy sites of mecca and medina. saudi officials say they have increased security this year, with the red crescent providing 2,500 aid workers and volunteers. britain has asked for the un security council to meet on wednesday to discuss the escalating violence between rohingya insurgents and myanmar security forces in rakhine state. thousands of muslim rohingyas have fled their homes in recent days, following the clashes. and there is a lot of extraordinary weather out there at the moment. this is a storm off russia's black sea coast, near the resort of sochi. notjust one twister was spotted, but two or three, and here you can see a plane flying right past that storm.
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so much for holiday weather. bangladeshis are now one of the largest migrant groups making the dangerous crossing over the mediterranean from libya to europe. many pay more than $10,000 to make the trip to libya, where they typically fall into the hands of people smugglers. sanjoy majumder has travelled to the bangladeshi capital, dhaka, to investigate why there is a rush to leave. it is an exodus. 500,000 people leave bangladesh every year, hoping to make their fortunes overseas. increasingly, many are making the extremely dangerous crossing over the mediterranean, to try and get to europe, putting their lives at risk. many of these people are headed to the gulf or the middle east, which is the preferred route for those trying to get to sudan, to libya, perhaps even beyond.
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and, when you speak to them, you get a sense that they're being driven by an air of desperation, even though so many of these journeys can end in tragedy. last year, abu left his home in libya. like many others, he was lured with the promise of a good job. he cashed in all of his savings to pay his way. but, in libya, he was sold to traffickers. they held him captive, demanding a ransom of $5,000. translation: they used to torture me. i would not be given any food. i was made to stand for 2h hours. they said, pay up, and then you can rest. his wife was forced to borrow money to secure his release. he is back home now, but deep in debt.
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for many bangladeshis, migrating abroad is a ticket out of poverty, making them prime targets for those who want to exploit their desperation. it takes us time, but we finally track down a trafficker who agrees to speak to us. he is part of an elaborate criminal network, organising fake documents and then escorting the migrants all the way to libya. at no point are they stopped or challenged. translation: my bosses are in touch with officials. it's basically a syndicate. the passports do not have valid visas. some are blank. at the airport, theyjust check the names against a list. sometimes they make a phone call, then we are led through. and the rush to leave bangladesh continues.
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there are simply not enough opportunities at home, even though the journey ahead is fraught with risk. you are watching newsday on the bbc. we now have pictures inside the un security council, where united nations has just issued a condemnation of north korea as it meets to discuss the missile launch overjapan. also on the programme: running rings around saturn. why the last days of the cassini space mission could yield a wealth of scientific information. he is the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared, "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky.
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an orange, glowing disc that is brighter than anything save the moon — our neighbouring planet mars. there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. it will take months, and billions of dollars, to re pair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. glad you are staying with us. you're watching newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: this is the thing live at the un
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security council, where they are meeting to discuss how to handle north korea's latest firing of a missile overjapan —— the scene live. we'll bring you the latest. president trump is in texas to see for himself the disastrous floods caused by storm harvey. 30,000 people have been forced from their homes, and two reservoirs near houston have overflowed. we all make mistakes at work but luckily for most of us, millions of people aren't privy to it. american news website vox published an article about an american politician's health care proposal and used a picture of a woman peering into a microscope — but the woman was actually scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon. the photograph was taken in early august when nicola sturgeon visited a life science laboratory in glasgow. more on this story on bbc.com. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world.
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they are unsurprisingly dominated by our lead story, which is north korea. they have been condemned earlier this hour by the un security council for their missile launch overjapan. the japan times leads with the rising tensions after the missile launch which soared over hokkaido before landing in the pacific. the new york times also looks at north koreas missile launch over japan. the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe, has said that the missile is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat. he also told reporters he had spoken to the us president donald trump. and finally we end on a picture story from the strait times, a singaporean boat captain is reunited with his family after 16 months. shoo chiau huat was arrested for illegalfishing. his wife jasmine said it felt like a dream. back to you, babita. let's bring you an update from the
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un security council meeting, we are getting more information about what is being decided. this is the live scene and the afp is reporting unanimously they have demanded pyongyang stop their nuclear missile test programme after a rocket was fired over japan test programme after a rocket was fired overjapan into the pacific yesterday. the 15 nation body maintained its unity after the latest provocation from north korea with china and russia agreeing to sign up to a statement condemning the regime's actions. a unanimous decision condemning the actions by pyongyang. earlier i spoke to daniel l davies, a former lieutenant—colonel in the us army, now at the think tank defence priorities and he gave me his reaction to choose to's missile launch. it's very clear that this missile launch was a bit more provocative because it wasn'tjust out into the
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sea but it specifically went over the territory of japan, and as many may know that's the third time since 1998, but the first and 2009 that that's happened. given all that's happened over the last few months it certainly has to be taken seriously because as i understand it was a hwasong—12 intercontinental missile missile which has a range of a500 metres. while it can't get to the us, it can certainly get to japan, south korea and many other places in the pacific. we don't want to accelerate the danger and to make things worse than they already are so things worse than they already are so think it's critical that we not mmp so think it's critical that we not ramp up any rhetoric, that we not make the situation any closer to any kind of military conflict because that works against anybody‘s interest in the region, most certainly the united states and south korea. when you look at the situation and what
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is happening over the coming days, we know the un security meeting is underway, and you're saying that a diplomatic course is the one to follow. but we have been down that road before, haven't we? yes, we have, actually, since in 199a, when the first framework accord was put into place. i argue with many people who make that same comment that we have had no war since 199a. the primary concern of kim jong—un is regime security. they want to live. the last thing they want to do is to have nuclear weapons and use them, or unilaterally attack anyone, because as they know that will bring a possibly fatal response against them. but he does want to sound tough and brash and make clear from his military launches that he has the ability to do something if we should launch an offensive strike. so it is important that we don't make him feel like he is backed into a corner, to where he feels he has to use this.
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what we want to do is to initiate conversation. just that with the soviets in the cold war, and earlier with china, two larger nuclear powered countries, deterrence was perfectly valid then. and they were much more dangerous, and posed a much greater threat to united states, and we were able to successfully navigate that. so we need to follow what has succeeded in the past, and not get to a situation where we have preventative war, because that will spawn what we are trying to avoid. and there are so many people there would be killed in such an event that it is absolutely the last thing that we try to do. the countdown has started for the end of the cassini mission to saturn. it has brought us an interesting surprises.
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the spacecraft — which has spent two decades in space — has performed its lowest orbit before it's destroyed in mid—september. scientists say they're hoping this final phase of close—up exploration will solve some long—standing mysteries. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle has more. instantly recognisable — saturn and its spectacular rings. the cassini spacecraft has revealed this planet in incredible detail. and these are some of its latest close—up images. from its hexagonal north pole to its spectacular bring system, and even an aurora. but this mission‘s very nearly as its end. cassini's been in space for nearly 20 years. it's set down a probe, spotted plumes on one of the moons, and spotted massive storms. but now it's running out of fuel. its final days, though, will be crucial. we've learnt so much, but in that process, we've also raised many new questions. one of the things that we still don't understand about saturn is simply how long its day lasts. over the last few months, cassini's been exploring a region where no spacecraft has been before,
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sweeping between saturn and its rings. and in its final days, it will get closer still, giving us our best overview by the planet, revealing its atmosphere and what lies beneath its cloud. but these last days could also show us what is hidden beneath its rings, including a mysterious object, nicknamed peggy. we noticed this smudge right at the end of the... carl murray spotted the spot on his mother—in—law‘s birth date, in 2013. the ball of dust is either a moon being born or in its death throes. this is the last chance to find out. we need to understand what object peggy really is. we've only got literally a matter of days. our last look at peggy will be on september the 1ath and i can't wait to see
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those images. time is running out but this spacecraft will go out with a bang. its last manoeuvre will be a death dive into saturn's atmosphere, bringing this blockbuster mission to a close. rebecca morrelle, bbc news. skydive or no skydive, is it your thing? it's not. what about you, have you done it before?” thing? it's not. what about you, have you done it before? i wouldn't but i would love to, i think it sounds fascinating and thrilling. we should give it a go live on newsday, what do you think? no way, no thanks, especially after what this gentleman i spoke to earlierjust did. so think for a moment about doing it while playing a violin and wearing nothing at all. that is exactly what our next guest glen donnelly has done. glen took the plunge over the city of coffs harbour on australia's east coast to raise awareness about body image issues among men.
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before we talk to glen, let's take a look at him in action. earlier i spoke to a fully clothed glenn connelly in sydney. i started off as a classical violinist in australia. and i went overseas to london to study. i had a very successful career. but from age 16, i started feeling very bad about my body and started feeling shame about my tummy and i started sucking again. and after ten years, my default state of my tummy was actually just a clenched—in state. and i didn't tell anyone about it for ten years. my career reached a breaking point. so i came back to australia in 2013 and decided to do something about my body, and it turns out that male body image is actually a thing, you know? and males don't talk about it.
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when people think about body image they think that's a women's issue. but we men get it to. i'm a story that shows how bad it can get. so what i like to talk about is men's body image... so why this skyjump, just wearing a harness, not wearing anything, and playing violin? i have discovered nudity as a radical way to accept my own body. my anxieties were so bad that i had to literally, you know, take that leap of faith and step out of my comfort zone and take my clothes off and teach myself to accept my body. plenty more to come on the un security council meeting that's taking place to discuss the north korea crisis. for now, see you again $0011. korea crisis. for now, see you again soon. goodbye. hello.
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for some of us, wednesday looks set to bring a major cooldown. on tuesday, parts of south—east england had temperatures into the mid—to—high 20s. but for wednesday, not so. 15 or 16 degrees is the very best we can expect, with some outbreaks of rain. it may even feel like the end of summer. the cooler weather comes courtesy of this strip of cloud that has been working its way slowly southwards and eastwards. cooler air already in place across scotland, northern ireland, and northern england. here, the day ahead will bring a mixture of sunshine and showers. breezy in the far north—west. but the further south and east you are, the greater the chance of being stuck in the areas of cloud, with some outbreaks of rain. where this tense heaviest and most persistent, you may be at 12 or 13 at times in the afternoon. if you get a dry or brighter spell, you could possibly add a few degrees to that.
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the south—west of england, wales, and the north of england, some spells of sunshine. just a few showers by the afternoon. showers across scotland. 16,17,18 degrees. it looks like we could see some heavy showers working to northern ireland in the afternoon. 17 degrees in belfast. a soggy end to the day in east anglia and the south east. but then that should pull away to the east as we get into the early hours of thursday. with clear skies and fairly light winds, it's going to turn chilly. 10—11 degrees for some towns and cities. rural areas in single digits. so a cool and fresh day for the most part on thursday. a day of sunshine and showers. some of those showers could be heavy. could be thundery. quite hit and miss. good dry spells in between the downpours. temperatures ranging from 16 in glasgow to 21 degrees in london. we in glasgow to 21 degrees in london. could see a fei towards we could see a few showers down towards the south on monday. the vast majority, it should be dry with spells of sunshine.
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temperatures no great shakes. 15—21 degrees. pleasant enough in the sunshine. the weekend starts fine, but on sunday, we could see more cloud. before i go, a quick update on tropical storm harvey, which has once again over the last 2a hours being feeding huge amounts of rainfall into texas. some areas of scene well over a metre of rain. the wettest weather is sliding further east and north. so across those flood hit parts of texas, the rain will start to ease. however, the floodwaters will not subside for quite sometime. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story: the united nations security council has issued a statement condemning north korea after it fired a medium—range missile overjapan. pyongyang confirmed that it carried out the missile test on tuesday, describing it as a prelude to containing the us territory of guam. president trump has been visiting texas, where rescue teams are continuing to deal with the effects of widespread flooding. large parts of houston are underwater. and this story is trending on bbc.com. new data suggests that the spectacular rings of saturn may
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be just 100 million or so years old. the information comes from the spacecraft cassini, which has been orbiting the planet. that is all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: kezia dugdale has resigned as leader of the scottish labour party, with immediate effect. she says the party needs a new leader to prepare for the next
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