welcome to newsday. the headlines: russia's president putin says more sanctions against north korea won't work and warns hysteria could lead toa work and warns hysteria could lead to a global catastrophe. hurricane irma strengthens into a potentially devastating category five storm as it heads towards the caribbean. also on the programme, the scheme to protect young migrants in the us is being scrapped by president trump. and a new twist in the legal row of australia's gay marriage postal vote. live from studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it is 7am in
singapore, midnight in london and 1am in geneva, where a top north korean diplomat has warned his country is ready to send what he called more gift packages to the united states. the threat of new missiles comes as new nations debate new sanctions against the pyongyang regime, butany new sanctions against the pyongyang regime, but any hope for international unity has been dashed by russia. president putin says new sanctions would be useless. our correspondent reports from seoul, south korea. off the eastern coast of south korea, today it was that navy's turn to show its strength. the command of this fleet said they were training to bury the enemy at sea. south korea has held military drills for two days now in response to the north's nuclear test. pyongyang claims it successfully made a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted onto missiles capable of reaching america. at a un conference in geneva, north korea's ambassador was defiant. the recent self—defence measures by my country,
dprk, are gift package addressed to none other than the us. the us will receive more gift packages from my country, as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the dprk. those attempts include further squeezing north korea's economy. but some don't think that's a good idea. translation: the use of sanctions of any kind in this case is already useless and inefficient. as i told my colleagues yesterday, they will not give up this programme if they do not feel safe. south korea doesn't feel safe either and so is setting up this american anti—missile defence system, designed to shoot down enemy rockets. and now president trump has said he is allowing japan and south korea
to buy more sophisticated military equipment from the us. he has also agreed to remove limits on these south korean missiles, lifting restrictions on the weight of the warheads they can carry. it's this country, south korea, which has the most to lose if things go wrong. some people here even still have family still living up in the north. but they've heard these threats for so long now that they've almost become a part of normal life here. and yet things are a bit different now. translation: the experiment north korea did this time was much larger in scale and so it makes me nervous. this woman says she is worried, but she doesn't believe war is going to break out. barely 50 kilometres from the border with north korea, people here live each day with the knowledge that they are vulnerable, but with a strong belief
that the peace that has held for more than 60 years is not about to be broken. us weather forecasters are urging island nations in the caribbean to finish preparations for the arrival of hurricane irma. it has now been upgraded to an extremely dangerous category five storm. national hurricane centre in miami says it has sustained winds of nearly 300 kilometres per hour and could strengthen further. the director of the atmospheric sciences programme in the university of georgia now. we haven't seen this type of storm in that region. in time. there have only been six or atlantic hurricanes that averaged 180 mph, so i am really concerned about the caribbean islands. these places haven't seen anything like this in some time. it is increasingly likely that the us will experience the storm directly 01’ will experience the storm directly or somewhat indirectly, but right 110w or somewhat indirectly, but right now the models have florida very much in their sights. we are still
four or five days out from the storm but if you are anywhere from south florida to even the west coast of florida, all the way up through the ca rolinas, florida, all the way up through the carolinas, you need to be preparing. there is only a small window of time to prepare for a category five hurricane, so i am concerned for the us. we've been in a hurricane matthew all drought in the us. we have not seen before harvey hurricane of that intensity make la ndfall hurricane of that intensity make landfall in well over ten years. really dating back to about 2005. so to give you some perspective, before harvey the last time we had a storm that magnitude making landfall twitter wasn't even around, iphones workaround. that's why it is important for us as meteorologists, scientists and communicators to make sure people understand. after the devastation of harvey, people's guards are up. syrian government forces have broken a long—running siege of the eastern
city of deir al—zour by the islamic state group. the syrian army and pro—government forces reached an army brigade that's been trapped in the enclave, alongside some 90,000 civilians for several years. deir al zour and its surrounding province is the last major territory in syria still mostly controlled by is. a row over how much money the eu should pay the uk will continue until 2019, according to david davis has been briefing mps at the start ofa has been briefing mps at the start of a new session of parliament. he said the talks had been tough and confrontational. a court has ordered a french celebrity magazine to pay £100,000 —— euros in damages to the duke and duchess of cambridge, for publishing topless photos of the duchess five years ago. the photographs, taken when william and kate were on holiday at a private chateau in provence, were printed by closer magazine.
the head of brazil's 0lympic association is being questioned by police investigating what they say is strong evidence of vote buying to secure rio's successful bid to host the 2016 games. carlos nuzman‘s house and offices have been searched and his assets frozen. his lawyer says his client is innocent. and dramatic scenes on the south coast of england, where 13 people had to be winched to safety after becoming trapped up a 53m—high viewing tower in dorset. 11 members of the public and two members of staff were rescued from thejurassic skyline tower by coastguard helicopter. the operator of the tower said the problem was down to "technical difficulties". let's return to our main story now, that warning from a north korean diplomat about turning up the pressure on pyongyang. michael madden's runs a website focusing on north korea. speaking to me from utah, he said that global powers will need to recognise the changed military status of pyongyang. the north koreans are in the final
phase, basically having credible nuclear deterrent is right now, so it's not really a matter of any question of stopping north korea doing what they're doing and dismantling their current inventory, but the approach, anti—putin slightly alluded to this, is that they should be approached as a nuclear weapon is power and it's just a matter of time before some foreign policymakers decide to acknowledge that reality. you say it's a reality. we've seen these photographs over the last few days since the weekend testing of that so—called hydrogen bomb. these are photos of selfies of kim jong—un and his team. they've been called selfies. 20 out missiles, maps and drawings and various things —— pointing at. who are these people at the centre of the drama? the gentleman we see in a lot of these photographs have largely been behind the scenes for a number of years,
evenin the scenes for a number of years, even in the case of kim jong—un this past weekend. two of the gentleman in the weekend, whose names we know, under his father we never saw these people. so what we are seeing now in —— these are people who have been not public figures who have been given breast each and publicity by kim jong—un given breast each and publicity by kimjong—un —— given procedure. with more transparency and more information given to the outside world than his father. transparency, that's an odd to when it comes to north korea. —— odd term to use. what has kim jong—un north korea. —— odd term to use. what has kimjong—un brought north korea. —— odd term to use. what has kim jong—un brought to the table in terms of prioritising the weapons development? they have a policy which is the two line policy.
nuclear weapons are basically north korea's number one national priority, the development in deployment of credible nuclear deterrent is, the number one policy priority. that's what he came in with when he took power six years ago. it has been a priority for him because it's a major accomplishment. north korea this entire time has been reaching this final phase. president trump has moved to abolish another defining legacy of his predecessor announcing an end to a scheme that protected undocumented illegal immigrants in the us from being deported. the programme called daca was introduced by barack 0bama five years ago, allowing undocumented immigrants to work and study with a permit. it's thought that almost 800,000 people are currently on the programme. 0ur correspondent aleem maqbool has more details. anger at what is seen as the white
house once again being anti—immigrant. the decision affects those brought to this country illegally as children, who under president 0bama were offered an amnesty. the us attorney general announced it has been scrapped. the effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a sergei of miners at the southern border which yielded terrible humanitarian consequences. and it denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those same illegal aliens to take those jobs. this woman is one of the hundreds of thousands affected, now fea rful hundreds of thousands affected, now fearful she will lose herjob and ultimately be deported. it's tough. it's tough to think that as a young aduu it's tough to think that as a young adult you have given a lot to a country and that you love a country so
country and that you love a country so much and you feel like you've earned something and they take that away from you. and this man, a paramedic working to help the victims of the flooding in houston, is another who has had his life turned upside down by this decision. entire lives are here. there's nothing that's back in our countries. i haven't been back to mexico since i was six, so to be sent back to mexico i wouldn't know what to do, i wouldn't know where to go. the president says it has been a tough decision. i have a great heart for the folks we're talking about, a great love for them. people think in terms of children, but they're really young adults. in the end, after mr trump differed, those on the right forced his hand at the disappointment of those now protesting. —— did it. people here are outraged but there won't be surprised as this was one of
resident from's election promises and there will be millions of his supporters who are today celebrating and others who even feel he needs to go much further. the president has given congress six months to come up with an arrangement that could soften the blow. and for so many who think in the bidding to american society for years, there is already a sense they've been cast out. —— who have been contributing. another warning today about the crisis in myanmar. aid agencies say a humanitarian crisis in bangladesh could unfold after a dramatic increase in the number of rohingya muslims fleeing neighbouring myanmar. fighting in rakhine state has left hundreds of people dead. 123,000 people have sought refuge in the last 11 days. 0ur correspondent sanjoy majumder is on the myanmar—bangladesh border and has this report from cox's bazaar. desperation is what is driving the rohingya refugees, and bangladesh, which has taken them
in, is being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. so a truck's just backed up now to take all of these refugees to the nearest relief camp, and you can just see the chaos as they're all desperate to get on board. it's a chance for them to get somewhere where they'll be safe, where they can rest. we're getting a sense now that things are slowly spinning out of control. soldiers try to bring in a sense of order, but the refugees are weak, dehydrated and disorientated after days on the road. the rohingyas are often described as the world's most persecuted minority. ethnic muslims and buddhist majority myanmar have been denied citizenship, despite living there for centuries. now their villages have been burnt,
hundreds killed in waves of religious violence. translation: people are either being shot or burnt alive in their homes. we had to flee for our lives. they're making sure there are no muslims are left there. so they fled, carrying with them whatever they could salvage from their wrecked homes. local volunteers meet them as they arrive, handing out packets of cooked rice and meat, their first proper meal in days. but with so many refugees coming in, spaceis but with so many refugees coming in, space is running out. existing camps are stretched beyond capacity. new ones are being built by the hour, open fields and hilltops have now become vast settlements. but the conditions are basic. this pit, filled with rain, serving as the camps water supply. bangladesh is one of the world's most densely—populated nations, now it has to somehow find space for all the rohingyas who are pouring in.
sanjoy majumder, bbc news, cox's bazar. still to come: we had to the beautiful mountains of kashmir, home to an inspiring story. they come here because it they want to, not because they have to and that enthusiasm is clear in their little faces. 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 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 newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: russia's president putin says more sanctions against north korea won't work and the ramping up of military hysteria could lead to global catastrophe
hurricane irma has strengthened to a dangerous category 5 in the atlantic — it's heading towards the caribbean but its final path isn't yet certain the us actress meghan markle has spoken about her love for prince harry in public for the first time, saying: "personally, i love a great love story. " the star of us drama suits has been speaking to vanity fair saying the pair are enjoying "special" time together. that story is popular on bbc.com let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. as the world ponders china's diplomatic role in pacifying north korea, the online edition of the south china morning post shows just how concerned beijing is about its own security. it shows china carrying out military exercises to shoot down incoming missiles, in what the paper says
of military strength intended as a warning to pyongyang. staying with china, the new york times looks at bike sharing. it says a boom in bike start—ups has flooded beijing with cycles. but it's sharing without caring, as it's also led to a boom in vandalism, theft and "soul—searching". from bikes to cars in the japan times. and in a nationwide first, a funeral home operator in nagano is offering a drive—thru funeral service. not necessarily a tasteful concept but it will allow people, especially the aged, to bid their final farewells without having to get out of their car. well... that sits with the papers. plans for a vote on legalising same sex marriage in australia could be put on hold — depending on the result of a high court challenge. some of its supporters believe the non—binding postal vote will encourage intolerance and homophobia.
they're arguing the issue should be decided in parliament instead. joining us from sydney is gabrielle appleby, associate law professor from the university of new south wales. welcome to the problem. you have your ear close to the ground. what are we expecting to hear later today? we finished day one of their hearings in yesterday and we heard from the challenges to the postal survey and what we saw were robust questioning from the judges in relation to all the arguments put forward but it is a little bit too early to suggest that perhaps the challenges are not going to be successful because it is today that we will hear from the solicitor general, the federal government lawyer, and we will see how they
receive the arguments for the defence of the survey of stock what is unique to the hearing compared to the wider public interest? we have seen a the wider public interest? we have seen a huge amount of public interest in relation to the hearing. it is an unusual way the government has decided to go about changing the policy in relation to marriage equality. rather than taking it to a vote in the parliament, the current government has a policy of taking it to the people first. secondly, we have seen rather than going to a vote, we have seen a postal survey conducted by the australian bureau of statistics and it is a voluntary postal survey. we saw yesterday how much public interest at there is. the courts are open to the public but so many people wanted to attend,
they had to open a second courtroom and live stream of the proceedings. we have seen this issue become a ha rd we have seen this issue become a hard topic. it has escalated the mood, it is fair to say. can the government afford to lose this? the government afford to lose this? the government is in a very challenging position politically at the moment, in australia. there are is notjust this challenge to the key policy of same—sex marriage at what we have also seen in the last number of weeks, a number of questions arise over the qualifications of key parliamentarians, including the deputy prime minister, and whether in fact the dual citizenship mean they have never been qualified to sit in parliament. that other constitutional issue has meant that the government, which only holds a
one seat majority, is in a very precarious position. this challenge to the postal survey is just adding to the postal survey is just adding to that political pressure. it is a legal cock my. thank you for talking that from us. —— conundrum. let's head to the beautiful kashmiri mountains where one woman sabbah haji has made it her mission to offer children in the remote mountains of indian administered kashmir a world class education. the bbc‘s aliya nazki has been to meet sabbah and the pupils at her school in breswana. the sun rises on another beautiful morning on this tiny village surrounded by the majestic himalayas. the only way to get here is on the back of a mule or on food. despite its remoteness, a beacon of hope for children. a young kashmiri
bormann has set up a remarkable school. we decided to start a school for basic education. to get some good basic standard education and it will grow and basically give the kids at the same opportunity that children elsewhere have. we give them that would in the door and then they can do whatever they want.|j told you that caesar was ambitious... they study shakespeare, to have reporter and there are even some budding pallets. the system of education especially in rural parts can also be a lot to be desired but this is clearly making a positive difference to the lives of these children. they come here because they want to, not because they have to and that enthusiasm and happiness is clearly visible on their little faces. some of the first in their
family to receive education and their enthusiasm knows no bounds. family to receive education and their enthusiasm knows no boundslj wa nt their enthusiasm knows no bounds.” wa nt to their enthusiasm knows no bounds.” want to increase education in my village so that they can become famous and go out in the world and explore the world and see what is happening around the world. getting good teachers has proved nearly impossible for sabbah haji so she has started a highly successful volunteer programme. people from india and the rest of the world come here to dedicate their time to make a difference. these children are keen and eager to make their mark and this remarkable school is giving them an important head start. we are back with the headlights at next. stay with us. hot on the hills of hurricane harvey
comes hurricane irma and this has the potential of being a catastrophic storm. 185 winds potentially gusting to 220 mph. you can see the i of the. clearly on the satellite teacher. it is not the strength of the wind and the volume of the rain but the significant storm surge. underneath this area of low pressure, it truly lifts the surface of the sea by up to 11 feet. certainly, we will need to keep you updated on elements of that song. closer to home, things are quieter. a westerly direction to the source of ourairso a westerly direction to the source of our air so slightly fresher and it does mean that first thing in a morning because the temperatures into single figures in rural sports.
—— spots. potentially dry with some sunshine coming through. showers through the far north—west with a significant risk. the rest of the sheltered eastern area should see sunshine and as a consequence we should get some warmth as well. possibly up to 20 degrees is supposed to 1a to 17 in the north of wales. when the strengthening again on thursday. an area of low pressure moving in from the atlantic bringing heavy rain to scotland and northern ireland, moving through the borders into northern england and north wales. to the south of that, and try story but a disappointing day those appennine in scotland with the wind and rain underneath the cloud. 14— 15 degrees at the very best. some rain stretching over high grounds of wales. sheltered eastern areas should cling on to the sunshine and we could see 20 degrees across the south. further west, a fresher
breeze and more cloud and a slightly fresher feel. that low pressure sweeping south and east into friday. a spell of significant rain with that. wrapped around the globe some squally showers. —— the low. some hailand squally showers. —— the low. some hail and thunder into the far and temperatures again pretty disappointing. i can offer you something a little better as he moved to the start of the week. drive through england and wales with a scattering of showers in the far north—west. —— in dry. this is bbc news. the headlines: russia's president putin warns that more sanctions against north korea will not work. he says the leadership in pyongyang would rather eat grass than abandon its programme to develop nuclear weapons. the us will bring a new vote to the un next
week. residents of several island nations in the caribbean are being warned to prepare for the arrival of hurricane 0mar. it has now been rated to a potentially devastating category five storm. —— hurricane irma. this story is trending online. the trump administration is ending the legal protection for immigrant children brought to the us illegally by their parents. the 0bama policy gave legal status to almost 800,000 young people, known as dreamers. stay with us, there's more to come. i will be back later.