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this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea's claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb provokes a chorus of international condemnation. mr president, will you attack north korea? we'll see. president trump considers his response and threatens to cut trade to any country doing business with pyongyang. the brexit secretary says the eu is making itself look "silly" by insisting talks with the uk are making little progress. a man is arrested after four people were injured when a car smashed through the side of a house in york. also in the next hour. the american guitarist and songwriter walter becker, from the band steely dan, has died at the age of 67. as reelin‘ in the years and rikki don't lose that number.
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and in sport, lewis hamilton wins the italian grand prix at monza, to go top of the drivers‘ championship for the first time this season. good evening and welcome to bbc news. north korea's provoked strong international reaction after testing a hydrogen bomb that it says is capable of being loaded on to an intercontinental missile. it's the most powerful test of its nuclear weapons programme to date, condemned by the united states, south korea, britain, and china, north korea's only major ally. president trump is meeting his national security team today to discuss the situation.
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the test took place at a site in the north—east of the country. from seoul, in south korea, yogita limaye sent this report. state television, proudly announcing that the country has conducted another nuclear test. it was a perfect success, the newsreader said. pyongyang claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb at its nuclear testing site in the north—east of the country. president trump responded on
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twitter, writing: later, leaving church, the president was asked about military action. mr president, will you attack north korea 7 action. mr president, will you attack north korea? we'll see. for months now, south korea's president has said talking to north korea was the solution. today, he expressed outrage and disappointment. translation: north korea has made an absurd tactical mistake by committing a series of publications such as launching icbm missiles and conducting a nuclear test which has heightened tensions on the peninsula and has threatened world peace. it
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will isolate them further. the latest act from north korea comes just days after the regime fired this missile which flew overjapan. in response, american and south korean debts conducted bombing drills with more military measures planned. but it's hard to see what action can be taken. it is certainly oui’ action can be taken. it is certainly our view that none of the military options are good. the distance between north korea and seoul is very small. they can basically vaporise large parts of the south korean population even with conventional weapons. here korean population even with conventionalweapons. here in seoul, a city that is home to millions of people, we are only about 50 kilometres from the border with north korea, and at any given time, a massive weapon is pointed in this direction. and that is why rather than take a military route, the international community has been trying to put economic pressure on pyongyang. but that isn't working either. it's been less than a month
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since strict sanctions were imposed on north korea. nothing appeared to deter kim jong—un. earlier, richard listersaid earlier, richard lister said north korea's behaviour has become the top priority for the president. this is becoming the most urgent challenge faced by president trump. he is meeting his security team today, but they have no good options the table. north korea seems to have dismissed the president's fighting talk of recent weeks as bluster. i think the administration is more focused on sanctions, i think the i think the president has said that they are considering a total trade embargo on any nation that does business with north korea, that means china, and they have resisted any sanctions that might destabilise north korea but it looks like washington could force them to make a choice. president trump says he will not accept a fully nuclear armed north
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korea, but he knows that the time for preventing that outcome is shrinking fast. china has condemned the test. our correspondent explained how the relationship between the two countries has been stretched. ina sign in a sign of the possible foreign relations between china and its old ally, this test came just a few hours before president xijinping gave a keynote speech at a summit he is hosting here, and the government has been quick to react, saying it condemns the test in the strongest terms. but despite all of donald trump's urging, the question is, what will china do? it has toughened up what will china do? it has toughened up sanctions on some goods, but the reality for beijing all along has been this. it may not like the idea ofa been this. it may not like the idea of a nuclear armed north korea, but it feels much more the possibility of economic collapse and the chaos
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and instability that that would bring against its border. today, that calculation has not changed much. christopher hill is former assistant secretary of state for east asia and pacific affairs and a former us ambassador to south korea. he joins me on webcam from denver. and buster hill, have we underestimated kim jong—un?|j and buster hill, have we underestimated kim jong-un? i don't know if we have underestimated him. he has been on this course for some yea rs. he has been on this course for some years. the question is not so much what we say about him, we have condemned him over and over again. the question is what we can do about him. soi the question is what we can do about him. so i am pleased that president trump has convened his international security cabinet. i think they ought to send someone to beijing and try to send someone to beijing and try to figure out what can be done, because this is extremely dangerous
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for the us security interests and northeast asia. but he is not willing to listen to anybody, is he? his main argument is that he has to have some sort of preventative r have some sort of preventative weaponry against south korea and the united states. why is he afraid of the united states? i would dispute the united states? i would dispute the premise of your point. i don't think he is looking for defence against south korea and the us, i think he is looking to create a circumstance where the us is not able to exercise its responsibilities to its south korean ally. and the north koreans want nothing less than to decouple the us from south korea. so don't be the mind that somehow, this isjust from south korea. so don't be the mind that somehow, this is just some defensive effort by some plucky little poor country to itself. the us, in all of these exercises that the north koreans go apoplectic
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about, the us has never had a scenario in which you the unilaterally attack north korea. why do you think china is doing more?m is not so much the chaos in north korea. there is already chaos in north korea. the real issue is, there are a lot of people in china who just worry about the prospect of a north korean collapse that would, in essence, bring forward south korea as the successor state and would be viewed by chinese people as a victory for america and a defeat for china. many people in the chinese government would be worried about the prospect that they are perceived as having lost in a bilateral struggle with the united states. we are hearing a lot of talk about cutting off north korea's economy. germany's foreign minister has also agreed and said that no country should maintain economic relations with north korea, not china, russia or any european
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country. president trump has said he is considering cutting trade with any country doing business with pyongyang. is that realistic?|j think pyongyang. is that realistic?” think it's the right thing to do and i hope the chinese get the message. they have certainly supported un security council resolutions. north korea doesn't even have its own refinery capability, so when china cuts off gasoline to north korea, that really hurts. i think president trump needs to think about this problem for more than ten seconds and understand that going after north korea because of the trade relationship with south korea is wrong, and they should keep the focus on north korea. we understand there is a un security council meeting scheduled, and antonio guterres has said that north korea has breached its international obligations. but they don't care
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about that, do they? so what can the un do? you don't care -- you got it, they don't care about un resolutions oi’ they don't care about un resolutions or isolation. what they would care about is a us chinese joint effort, not outsourcing to china, but a joint effort to slow them down. a lot ca n joint effort to slow them down. a lot can be done, whether it is cyber wa rfa re lot can be done, whether it is cyber warfare or other forms of sabotage. there are ways to go at this and it is high time the us and china sat together. ambassador hill, thank you. here, the brexit secretary david davis has said that the european commission is making itself look "silly" by saying that talks with britain aren't making progress. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, says he doesn't want to punish or blackmail the uk, but the british people need to understand the "extremely serious consequences" of leaving. this week, theresa may faces a parliamentary battle with the first commons vote on brexit legislation. our political correspondent chris mason reports. the uk and the eu, david davis
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and michel barnier, still some way apart after three rounds of talks. a huge sticking point is money. today, mr davis insisted that the uk would not be pressured into paying more than its fair share. we are basically going through this very systematically in a very british way, a very pragmatic way, and of course he's finding it difficult and he wants to put pressure on us, which is why the stance this week in the press conference. bluntly, i think it looked silly, because there plainly were things that we have achieved. and yes, there were spiky exchanges between the two men at last week's news conference. mr barnier has since spent the weekend here at a conference on the banks of lake como in italy. he said he does not want to blackmail the uk, but added:
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meanwhile, the rows about leaving the eu return here this week. the planned new law that's needed to make it happen will be discussed in the commons. remember, the prime minister's parliamentary predicament is precarious. she nurses a tiny majority. and that's why the debate on repealing this, the act that took us into the eu, matters so much. labour says it will vote against the law as planned, which will eventually be stored here, unless substantial changes are made, including protecting workers' rights. i flagged these points up at the beginning of the summer and said, if you don't address them, we will vote against it. now, we haven't reached that stage yet, but i have been clear.
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whilst we accept the result of the referendum, we are not giving a blank cheque to do whatever the government wants, because it's not in the public interest. this means any rebellion from just a handful of conservative mps would leave the prime minister in real trouble. discussions on delivering brexit are getting rather blustery. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the parliamentary journalist tony grew and the entertainment journalist caroline frost. hospital managers in england have called for an emergency financial bail—out, saying they are bracing themselves for the worst winter in recent years. nhs providers — which represents the vast majority of health trusts — says at least £200 million of extra funding is needed to pay for more staff and beds.
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but the department of health says the nhs is better prepared for winter this year than ever before. angus crawford reports. winter puts hospitals under pressure. each year, there is an increase in demand, more patients needing a wider range of treatments in an already stretched service. after serious problems last winter, there's been intensive planning to deal with this one. but nhs providers, representing 90% of nhs trusts, says more money is needed, or this year may be worse than last. current performance in a&e departments at the moment is no better than it was last year, despite huge amounts of effort being put in to improve the performance. it's staying stubbornly stuck, quite a long way below the official target, and we know therefore that there is a real risk that patient safety could be put at even greater risk this coming winter
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than it was last winter. the organisation says the service needs £200—e350 million extra, now. nhs england rejects the criticism and in a statement says: the government has put a billion more into social care funding to free up beds and £100 million to relieve the pressure on a&e. but will all this be enough? over the coming months, patients will find out. angus crawford, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: north korea's claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb draws international condemnation, with president trump threatening to cut trade to any country doing business with pyongyang. the brexit secretary, david davis, says the eu is making itself look "silly" by insisting that little
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progress is being made in talks with britain. hospital chiefs warn that unless the nhs in england receives an emergency bailout to pay for extra staff and beds, it will face its worst winter in recent history. the co—founder of the american band steely dan, guitarist walter becker, has died at the age of 67. steely dan had a string of hits in the 1970s including fm, reelin‘ in the years and rikki don't lose that number. together with donald fagan, becker created a brand of jazz—influenced rock that became a defining sound of west coast
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america in the ‘70s, selling more than a0 million albums worldwide. donald fagan, his fellow co—founder, released this statement about walter. it said... well, a little earlier the broadcaster, paul gambaccini, told us about his memories of the band members from steely dan, donald fagan, and, of course, walter becker. i met them during the time period, and they were two ordinary guys from new york, as you say, from bard, and they looked to make music and theyjust did it. they did new albums in six consecutive years. that's why they have such a great catalogue from a short period of being together. you mentioned some of the songs. walter was so talented that he did something that you don't even know,
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even though you know the piece, and that is, east st louis toodle—0o, which annie nightingale used to use as a signature song on radio i, he is singing what sounds like a horn solo, but it's actually his vocal, treated through a synthesiser box. they were both men of music. as donald said, unfortunately, habits got the best of him at the end of the 1970s, but what a great catalogue of material. six albums, some of them in the rock and roll hall of fame and the grammy hall of fame, and immortal tunes. the united nations refugee agency says 73,000 rohingya muslims have now fled to bangladesh from myanmar since the army there began a campaign against militants less than two weeks ago. more are fleeing all the time. sanjoy majumder is at the border. it's now a massive influx, the sheer numbers of rohingya refugees coming into bangladesh from myanmar.
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the border is just a short distance that way. they are coming from every direction, men, women, children. some very young and some incredibly old and finding it difficult to walk. earlier today, we saw plumes of smoke from inside myanmar‘s rakhine state, presumably villages that were burning there. refugees we have spoken to have come with dramatic testimony of how they were allegedly driven out of their homes. some have seen people killed at close range. they are all heading now towards one of several temporary refugee camps which have been set up on this side, but already, these camps are teeming with people and agencies are really concerned about the sheer numbers of people they have to take care of, with supplies running incredibly low. four people are in hospital after a car smashed through the side of a house in york in the early hours of this morning.
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a man who was sitting on a sofa in the living room suffered leg injuries when the vw golf crashed into the property and caught fire. his wife and child were not hurt. abi jaiyeola reports. the white vw golf, still embedded in the front room of the family home in clifton moor. the force of the impact and the fire that followed blew out windows at the front of the house. a man who was in the room when the car hitjust after one o'clock this morning was seriously injured and taken to hospital. his injuries are not thought to be life—threatening. this is usually a quiet residential area. neighbours in the houses close to the crash were too distressed to talk. others were woken by the commission. it was very frightening. we were all pretty shaken up by it. luckily, no one lost their life. i was woken by a screech, a big bang and a woman screaming, call the police. this is the second accident
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i have seen in this area. the road back there has a slight bend to it. a man in his twenties, thought to have been driving the car, has minor injuries and has been arrested. two passengers in the vehicle needed medical attention. north yorkshire police want to hear from anybody who may have witnessed the accident or seen the car driving around the clifton moor area in the early hours. more than 60,000 people in the german city of frankfurt have been evacuated from their homes to enable a second world war bomb to be defused. the area affected includes two hospitals, ten nursing homes and germany's central bank, where tens of billions of pounds in gold reserves are stored. the evacuation is one of the biggest since the second world war. 0ur correspondent damian mcguinness is in berlin and has this update. police are unsure so far if everyone
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has evacuated the area. it seems that most residents have left, and that most residents have left, and that was carried out pretty smoothly over the past day. some left over the beginning of the weekend, but police say they have found a few more people within this evacuation area who were not aware of what was going on and party didn't understand, partly because of language difficulties. it seems some non—german speakers didn't understand what was happening, said police had to escort some people out of the one mile radius around where the bomb has been found, and some people apparently did not want to leave the area, said police had to escort those people out effectively using force. the next stage is that bomb disposal experts will start defusing the bomb, and that should ta ke defusing the bomb, and that should take about four hours. if that goes smoothly, then by the end of today, local residents should be able to return to this area, but it is a dangerous operation because the bomb itself is huge. it is 1.5 tonnes of
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explosive material. if that were to go off accidentally, that could have a massive impact across a wide area of the city centre. a toddler in china has been rescued in a 10 hour ordeal after falling down a 50 metre deep well. he fell down a 20 centimetre wide hole in the city of xi'an in the northwest of the country. rescuers had to dig a 13—metre deep pit and excavate the boy horizontally. u nfortu nately, rescue efforts were hampered due to a landslide around the well. but after 10 hours and more than 200 people involved in the rescue, the boy was pulled out safe and well. if you're wondering what he was doing and how it happened, he was with his grandparents. when they encountered the mud, they took him
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offa encountered the mud, they took him off a little electric vehicle and he disappeared out of sight. very lucky boy. 1a people — 12 of them british — have been arrested in spain by police investigating a drug dealing ring which was targeting the resort of magaluf on the island of majorca. officers say they seized three kilograms of cocaine and 100,000 euros in cash. simon clemison reports. dawn, and one of a number of armed raids, both in majorca and on mainland spain. during 0peration tatum, officers say they seized three kilograms of cocaine, wrapped in cling film and stashed in a shoebox. it was said to be of high purity. law enforcers claim to have come across other drugs as well and about £100,000 in cash. four vehicles have been taken away. a total of 1a people have been arrested, a dozen from the uk, the others a spaniard and dominican. some have begun appearing in court.
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the civil guard alleges the group was selling to tourists out partying in magaluf. british authorities were also involved in the work leading up to the arrest. the foreign office said it was providing support for those arrested. the operation follows another drug raid lastjuly in which four people, british and spanish, were held after nearly five kilograms of cocaine was seized. simon clemison, bbc news. the soyuz spacecraft returned to earth in the early hours of this morning, a calm end to a hot and fastjourney home. when it entered earth's atmosphere on its three hourjourney from the international space station, it was travelling at a speed of more than 1,700 miles per hour, with temperatures outside the spacecraft reaching a scorching 2,500 degrees celsius. parachutes were deployed to slow the final descent in a remote part of kazakhstan. peggy whitson, one of three astronauts aboard, now holds the us record for time spent in space — a total of 665 days. one of the last british survivors
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of world war two's most famous prison breaks — the great escape — is celebrating his 100th birthday. jack lyon was a flight lieutenant in the raf, shot down over enemy territory and imprisoned in the stalag luft camp. 76 men got out in 19114 in what was then the biggest breakout of its kind, but only three made it back to england. most were captured and shot. jack didn't get out himself — he was acting as a stooge and was waiting for his turn when the breakout was discovered. have i got out, i probably wouldn't be talking to you, because my chances of getting home were virtually nil. i was under no illusions about that. but had i been
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recaptured, i had nothing to persuade the germans to go ahead with their threat. if you were cloudy but died today, there is a chance you will see some patchy rain tonight. some mist and coastal hill fog to the south and west of the uk. a blanket of cloud across us west of the uk. a blanket of cloud across us and temperatures are not falling down too far. we start monday morning on a really great note. still some patchy rain and drizzle. another band of rain working through northern ireland for a time before brightening up in the afternoon, spreading south across scotland. much of england and wales is becoming dry, brightening up in the afternoon. a chance of a shower,
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but given any prolonged sunny spells, temperatures will creep into the low 20s. it is a warm and humid air mass across the uk but by the end of tuesday, it will turn cooler and fresh again. cloud and a few showers. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines and just after 7:30pm. there's been international condemnation of north korea's claim to have conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet. pyongyang says it detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long—range missile. mr president, will you attack north korea? we'll see. president trump is due to meet his national security team to assess the situation.
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