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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the us accuses north korea of begging for war, and urges the world to take the "strongest possible measures" in response to the latest nuclear test. only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. we have kicked the can down the road long enough. there is no more road left. as tensions rise, south korea simulates an attack on its neighbour. china calls for restraint and a return to talks. calm before the category 4 storm hurricane irma sweeps towards the caribbean and the southern united states. and the duke, the duchess, and the due date: william and kate are expecting their third child, sometime next year. hello.
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the us and china have failed to agree a way forward to address the crisis surrounding north korea. the us ambassador to the united nations, accusing pyongyang of "begging for war," said the us did not want conflict but its patience was "not unlimited". china's un representative called for a return to negotiations, to avoid "chaos" on the korean peninsula. yogita limaye starts our coverage from the south korean capital, seoul. a day after north korea's most powerful nuclear test, the south displayed its might. missiles were launched from the ground and the air. it was a test drill, south korea showing off how it could attack pyongyang's nuclear site. this is a strong reaction from a country that, for months now, has been desperately trying to avoid conflict in the korean peninsula. but in new york, at an emergency un
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security council meeting, south korea's closest ally said pyongyang seemed to be heading the other way. nuclear powers understand their responsibilities. kim jong—un shows no such understanding. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. across the room, though, there was an opposing view from a country often seen as north korea's friend. china urged a diplomatic solution. translation: china will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula. the parties concerned must strengthen their sense of urgency, take due responsibilities, play their due roles. earlier in the day, the japanese government gave details about north korea's latest nuclear test. translation: the evidence suggests that the north conducted a hydrogen bomb test. the government had to conclude the test was a success. pyongyang has successfully tested a weapon that poses a grave threat
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to japan's security. a hydrogen bomb is vastly more powerful than the bomb that destroyed hiroshima, and north korea says that is what its leader is looking at here. the country has conducted six nuclear tests so far, but the pace has really accelerated since kimjong—un came to power. the people here in south korea have dealt with the threat from the north for a long time now. but perhaps never before has a nuclear test and multiple missile tests come in such quick succession, really ratcheting up the pressure on the government here in seoul and its allies. and that means defences have to be strengthened. this is america's latest anti—missile system, designed to shoot down enemy rockets. it is now being deployed in south korea, a country that
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continues to build up its arsenal, even as it hopes to not have to use it. yogita limaye, bbc news. let's get the latest from seoul now and our correspondent robin brant. rob and, more military exercises. tell us about that, and what chance is there are a peaceful way forward all of this? —— robin. is there are a peaceful way forward all of this? -- robin. in the last half—hour, we learnt it was the south korean navy that conducted the live fire exercises. a statement through the country's mean news agency said it was a massive live fire drill. it didn't say exactly when it took place. it is safe to assume it was late last night or early this morning. yesterday, as yogita spoke about in her report, we
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had a reminder through the drills about the defence strategy here to try and deter an attack from the north, and also a show of strength as well. there are plans are drawn in the week for ongoing military exercises, involving the us navy and the south korean navy, as well. in terms of the way forward, i think the most significant thing in the last few hours, overnight, is that donald trump has finally spoken on the phone with the country's leader, moonjae—in. it took 36 hours for the men to talk, and the us has agreed to sell more weapons to south korea, and to agree to allow them to have bigger weapons to allow them to defend themselves. robin brant, thank you very much. so china has called for more diplomatic efforts. china's ambassador to the un's proposed a freeze on north korea's nuclear tests in exchange for the suspension ofjoint military drills by america and south korea. that was described as "insulting" by the us government. john sudworth reports now from the chinese city of dandong,
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close to the border with north korea. the work goes on late into the night. from this chinese oil depot, north korea gets most of its energy, pike directly across the border. —— piped directly across the border. a day after the nuclear test, there is no sign of any letup. washington is turning up the heat on china, insisting it uses its leverage to greater effect. some of these diners agree that government could do more. "i think they should do something about it," this man says. "i hope there will be no more nuclear tests." "china should take control of north korea, then there will be peace," this man adds. the chinese president is busy hosting a summit of the world's developing economies. two happen to be key
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trading partners with and old allies of north korea. and china's focus remains, as always, on dialogue and not military threats. translation: using force to resolve the tensions on the korean peninsula is not an option. while the rest of the world ponders the risks of thermonuclear war, civilians do not appear to be too concerned. china's view has always been that trade and engagement are far too preferable to the chaos that would come from the collapse. so large quantities of goods continue to flow across this bridge. if china can live with
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north korea, the reaction of others is harder to stomach. there is the possibility that south korea and japan might consider developing their own nuclear weapons. north korea's nuclear programme greatly undermines china's security interests. china could turn off the tap. but now, with north korea on the brink of becoming a fully fledged nuclear power, the oil from these storage tanks continues to flow. and of course, you'll find plenty more about the north korea nuclear crisis on our website. just go to for updates, analysis, and the latest from our correspondents in the region. you can also download the bbc news app. let's quickly round up some of the other main news for you. us media is reporting that president trump will end the program known as deferred action
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for childhood arrivals, or daca, which shields certain immigrants from deportation if they came to the us illegally as children. the obama administration policy currently protects around 800,000 young men and women often referred to as dreamers. aid agencies across south asia are still trying to reach millions of people affected by the worst floods to hit the region in years. the un children's agency, unicef estimate around 16 million children across india, bangladesh and nepal are in urgent need of life—saving support. one of britain's biggest public relations agencies, bell pottinger, has been expelled from the south african trade organisation. the association ruled that bell pottinger produced rentable work, betraying opponents of jacob zuma as agents of white business interests. a state of emergency has been declared in florida in the face of hurricane irma.
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it is now a category 4 storm, bearing down on the eastern caribbean and projected to reach land by early wednesday. it could hit several caribbean islands, including the leewards, haiti, and puerto rico, before moving towards florida. this is a severe and strengthening storm. up to half a metre's worth of rain is possible from it, but the wind strength could be the major issue. sustained winds, that is the average wind speed of at least 220 kilometres an hour. gusts, of course, could be much higher than that. damage and destruction is certainly possible. so as irma heads across the caribbean and possibly on course to hit florida the clean up continues in texas after it was battered by hurricane harvey. the focus there has now turned to rebuilding and for the energy sector that means inspecting facilities and getting key distribution routes, from ports to pipelines, up and running again. michelle fleury reports from houston. the other part of the houston ship channel. what happens on this tiny
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stretch of water affects the rest of the world. tanker still can't get m, the world. tanker still can't get in, jerking off supplies of oil. —— ship channel. we went out on one of the us coastguard inspections. this is one of the major facilities, and one of the missions of the us coastguard was to get out to ensure that product can get to where it wa nts to that product can get to where it wants to go. —— choking off. that product can get to where it wants to go. -- choking off. we have a boat going past, here. yes, a few days it, the port was closed for the hurricane. what you see today is goodis hurricane. what you see today is good is starting to move again. now, it the coastguard is assessing debris and repairing damage navigation markers. normally, this waterway would be full of vessels, carrying everything from consumer goods to crude oil. and that is why it american authorities have made this a priority, to get it reopened as soon as possible, given its
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economic importance. exxon mobil is returning to production. one quarter of american refining capacity was taken out of american refining capacity was ta ken out by of american refining capacity was taken out by hurricane harvey. and it is not just taken out by hurricane harvey. and it is notjust big business trying to rebuild. there were big demands at local improvement stores. we are spending money that we don't have. mario came for supplies to fix his grandmother's flooded house. mario came for supplies to fix his grandmother's flooded houselj mario came for supplies to fix his grandmother's flooded house. i work ina grandmother's flooded house. i work in a refinery industry, so that is one of the main issues. if it rains, we don't work. at a time that we he needs the money most, is looking at two weeks without pay. they kept on telling us that we were going to work or not each day. when i go to work or not each day. when i go to work today, maybe tomorrow. eventually, they said that we might not be off to shop until the 5th of august. and that lack of activity in the wake of hurricane harvey is
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hurting not just the wake of hurricane harvey is hurting notjust workers, but the economy, which is why there is such a push to get things moving again. michelle fleury in houston. much more to come for you on bbc news, including this: another palace pregnancy — the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting child number three to join charlotte and george. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached
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out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the us has accused north korea of begging for war after its latest nuclear test — urging the world to respond with the ‘strongest possible measures'. hurricane irma is bearing down on the caribbean — and the southern united states. florida has declared a state of emergency. the syrian army is closing in on the eastern city of deir al—zour, which has been besieged by so—called islamic state for almost three years. i—s has surrounded more
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than ninety—thousand civilians protected by an army garrison. most of deir al—zour is under the control of i—s. sarah corker reports. they have been rapidly and fancy into the largest city in eastern syria. so—called islamic state controls half of the city and much of the surrounding oil—rich province. these pictures from syrian state tv show burned—out tanks abandoned by is. some 20 kilometres from the city. the syrian army reporter says this village has been liberated. and as troops continue the advance, they cut off is supply routes. it borders iraq and as is's last stronghold in syria with raqqa under
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siege. an estimated 93,000 civilians are living in a government on clay of here. depending on air drops of food and medicine from the un and american military. the civil war have left more than 300,000 dead. this is what is left of raqqa after fierce fighting. speaking last week, the un said conditions in both cities are extremely difficult for trapped civilians. there needs to be way of getting out those who want to flee. they need to be able to do so in safety. secondly, what we need to be done has to be done in accordance with international law to protect the civilians who remain. here are few is backed by russian airstrikes is on the border of deir al—zour. the is will be left with only isolated outposts in syria.
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the un's special representative on human rights in myanmar has criticised the elected leader aung san suu kyi for failing to protect the country's rohingya muslims. they are fleeing a military crackdown that began after attacks by muslim militants on burmese police stations. the un refugee agency says their two camps in the cox's bazaar district are at saturation point. from there, our correspondent sanjoy majumder sent this report. she is just two days old, and completely oblivious to the mayhem outside. her parents are rohingyas — forced out of their homes in myanmar when their village was attacked, allegedly by the army. the baby's mother was in herfinal stages of pregnancy, when they made the strenuous journey across the border to bangladesh. translation: we fled and crossed the river by boat and then came here. we were very scared about what the military would do to us. after coming here, we heard that our house has been burnt down. do you think you'll never be able to take your baby back home, back to myanmar?
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translation: everyone has left, there's no—one there, we cannot go back. home is now this vast refugee camp, where they live cheek byjowl with thousands of rohingyas. many of them are eating their first proper meal in days. just four days ago, there was nothing here, it was just the side of a hill with a clump of trees on it. but now look at it — it's a vast settlement, a temporary home for all the rohingya refugees who've come over from myanmar and have nowhere to go. and even this place is going to reach its limit in a few days. bangladesh is now struggling to cope with the growing influx of rohingyas — hundreds streaming in by the hour, and more waiting to follow. this is what set off the exodus. satellite images obtained by human rights watch show entire villages burnt down inside myanmar. fresh smoke could be seen again today billowing into the sky, apparently from houses that were torched. more than 400 rohingyas have been killed in ten days — the worst violence in a generation.
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the houses are burned and fired, and at the same time, there are atrocities and intimidations in different forms. as it is occurring in myanmar, so we can presume that who is doing this. it is hard to independently verify the situation. access is severely restricted. but in the refugee camps, it is apparent that the rohingyas are here to stay, and the next generation may never get to know their homeland. there has been a bilateral ceasefire due on the first of october. the
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president has said there will be no violations. in two days' time, pope francis bidders —— visits colombia. she broke barriers by becoming the first trans—gender model to appear in a cosmetics campaign for l'oreal. but then munroe bergdorf was fired because of a facebook post where she reportedly called "all white people" racist. bergdorf says she wrote the post in response to events in charlottesville, where protestors carrying nazi flags clashed with anti—racism demonstrators. the model told the bbc says she stands by her comments — but they were taken out of context. ididn't i didn't delete it, facebook deleted it. once i posted it, there was all to rights supporters and people going at each other. —— alt right. we were all very angry and by the cha rlottesville we were all very angry and by the charlottesville attacks, by heather dying and the fact that racism exists and we are not really doing
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anything to counter writ. i don't think people really understand what modern—day racism is. i'm talking about all white people benefiting from white privilege. it stems from white supremacy, it stems from a society that was put in place and built to benefit white people above any other rates. —— race. the lie to your skin tone, the more privileges your skin tone, the more privileges you should be a forwarded. for instance, i'm a light—skinned woman andi instance, i'm a light—skinned woman and i will have a lot more social privilege than a dark skinned black woman. it's just the way that it works. i did write two bookends to that original quote which talked about what people can do if they wa nt to about what people can do if they want to help, if they want to help and racism but obviously, it was taken out of context and all people saw was the angry middle bit. i don't think i have thrown it away, i think l'oreal has thrown it away. i think l'oreal has thrown it away. i
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think we need to talk about why we need diversity and why racism actually exist in the first place because that is all i did, i didn't throw anyone away. they can't hire somebody and expect them to keep them out shut when it comes to personal views. in a statement, l'oreal says it: "supports diversity and tolerance towards all people irrespective of their race, background, gender and religion. the true match campaign is a representation of these values and we are proud of the diversity of the ambassadors who represent this campaign. we believe that the recent comments by munroe bergdorf are at odds with those values, and as such we have taken the decision to end the partnership with her." the duke and duchess of cambridge have announced that they're expecting their third child. the queen and both families are said to be delighted but the duchess is again suffering from severe morning sickness as she has done with her previous pregnancies. as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the duchess of cambridge last week, with her husband and prince harry. no hint then of the announcement of a third baby for
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william and catherine. kensington palace was forced to disclose the pregnancy this morning because the duchess had had to pull out of a public engagement because of acute morning sickness, the condition she experienced for both her previous pregnancies. she's now resting at kensington palace. according to the statement, the queen — opening the queensferry crossing near edinburgh this morning — and other members of the royal family are delighted with the news. the baby will be the queen's sixth great—grandchild and will be fifth in line of succession to the throne. it's more than four years now since the birth of prince george, injuly 2013. this is an important week for him — he is due to start at his new school in london, something his mother certainly won't want to miss. the couple's second child, princess charlotte, was born in may 2015. she's fourth in the line of succession and she will retain that position even if the new baby is a boy. on a visit by the cambridges to poland a few weeks ago, with a gift intended for a baby.
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it didn't seem significant at the time. today, prince harry said he was delighted at the prospect of being an uncle again. fantastic, great. very, very happy for them. and how's your sister—in—law doing? er... i haven't seen herfor a while, but i think she's ok. the news that there's to be a third child for the cambridges comes just as william is beginning full—time royal duties. soon, the team of four will become five. kensington palace hasn't said when the new baby is due, but it must be assumed that it will be around march of next year. nicholas witchell, bbc news. the floodwaters from storm harvey are still far reaching across texas. this is footage from a city 100
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miles north. you can seal three towns still submerged. —— you can still see towns. the united states are saying all options to deal with the threat in north korea in response to its sixth nuclear test a re north korea in response to its sixth nuclear test are on the table. there was a series of calls from president trump due foreign leaders including south korean president moonjae—in. there is a new resolution on sanctions to be circled. president trump has told south korea he is willing to sell billions of dollars worth of arms to seoul. good morning. we've got some fresher air trying to push into the north—west of the uk today but for many, a mild and muggy start
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once again. the dividing line between that bit fresher air and something humid is this weather front which will be producing wet conditions across wales and northern england to start the day. to the south of that, like we saw on monday, extensive low cloud. there will be a few breaks allowing some sunshine and temperatures will shoot up in the morning rush hour. like yesterday, the cloud will produce some spots of drizzle. the best parts of brightness will be across the east. the west midlands, north wales, north—west england some heavy rain around, particularly on the pennines and the lake distric splashes of rain into yorkshire and the north—east. scotland and northern ireland, a bit of cloud and outbreaks of rain particularly across the west of scotland and northern ireland. they will become less prevalent through the day. sunny skies will develop here and there. few in the way of showers. stays wet across northern england and north wales and the rain eases off in intensity and outbreaks
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of rain coming and going across the midlands and southern england. in sunshine, temperatures 23 or 24. while we see something fresher to scotland and northern ireland later, you will see something a good deal sunnier. the fresh air gradually clears away the damp weather from england and wales as we go through the night and into wednesday morning. we start wednesday and it will feel a good deal cooler. these are the city temperatures but rural areas down into single figures, widely. a fresh start to wednesday but a ridge of high pressure is building in and while this weather front will bring a few showers to parts of scotland, one or two isolated showers in north—west england and northern ireland. wednesday is set to be the driest and brightest day overall. sunny spells. temperatures down on the start of the week. 15—19 degrees. similar on thursday. after a cool start, winds lighter to begin with and cloud amounts increasing. scotland and northern ireland a bit more wet. the rain spreads into northern england late in the day. many southern areas, a dry and bright day. as we finish the week,
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low pressure moves in and outbreaks of rain pushing into most parts of the country. we could see a zone of more persistent rain. a bit uncertain as to where that will be on friday. sunshine between blustery showers further north but temperatures in the mid teens for many. certainly a cooler end the week and we stay windy and cool into the weekend with further blustery showers as well. that's how it's looking. bye for now. the latest headlines for you on bbc news: the united states has accused north korea of begging for war after its latest nuclear test. the us ambassador to the un nikki haley has called on the world to respond with the strongest possible measures. china has urged restraint, saying there must be a return to negotiations. a state of emergency has been declared in florida in the face of hurricane irma. it is now a category 4 storm, bearing down on the eastern caribbean and projected to reach land by early wednesday. it could hit several caribbean islands, including the leewards, haiti and puerto rico. the duke and duchess of cambridge have announced they‘ re
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expecting their third child, to join charlotte and george. the queen and both families are said to be delighted but the duchess is suffering with severe morning sickness, as she has with previous pregnancies.
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