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good afternoon. iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of up to 1,200 miles. -- iran —— iran has successfully tested. the testing of the weapon, which can carry several warheads is likely to raise concerns in washington, just days after president trump attacked the country's missile programme in a speech at the united nations. here's our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley. a show of power from tehran, a missile launched as a message to the americans. this was state—run television in iran, broadcasting what it says was the successful test of the newly deviled missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres. —— the newly developed missile. the launch came just days after president trump attacked iran at the united nations for destabilising the middle east and condemned its powerful programme. he again threatened to abandon a historic nuclear deal, painstakingly negotiated over many years. we cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building dangerous
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missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear programme. iran insists its missile programme doesn't contravene the nuclear agreement and the iranian president says his people are now waiting for an apology from donald trump. in defiance of mr trump came this military display on friday, at which the new missile was proudly inveiled. translation: like it or not, we will increase our deterrents and defence power in any form we deem to be necessary. in addition to upgrading the missile systems, we will also strengthen our naval, ground and air forces. there's been no response from the americans so far to the latest iranian missile launch but there's little doubt that the belligerent tone coming
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from both countries will ratchet up tensions, just as in north korea, iran is trying to show that it won't be pushed around. caroline hawley, bbc news. there've been reports of small tremors in north korea, which chinese officials say could be evidence of an explosion. although elsewhere it has been deemed to be of natural origin. straight now to our correspondent in south korea, danny savage. danny, what more can you tell us? 0pinion is split over what happened to north korea in the last few hours. the china earthquake administration says it was a suspected explosion but south korea's mutual logical survey said they have analysed it and it does not have the footprints of something man—made, it looks like a natural event. it is unusual seismic activity and not far from where
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north korea has carried out nuclear tests in the last few months. interestingly, in the last few minutes the nuclear proliferation watchdog in switzerland suggested the possibility that it could be a colla pse the possibility that it could be a collapse event. after the big explosion and test recently, the underground h—bomb in north korea, there was a collapse event afterwards where rocks fell, which was picked up by earthquake monitors. it could be similar to that again. i don't think it should come. . . that again. i don't think it should come... cause major concern at the moment, it is being monitored and it will be sometime before we know exactly what happened, but it is leaning towards a natural event at present thank you, danny savage. here, thousands of motorists are reportedly stranded on the m3 in hampshire after police closed a section of the motorway while they deal with an incident. officers were called just before 4am to reports of potential hazardous material in the road. emergency crews are at the scene along with a specialist explosive ordnance disposal team. there are no reports of any injuries. more than half a million people have signed a petition calling
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for transport for london to reverse its decision to stop the minicab booking service uber from operating in the capital. tfl decided not to renew uber‘s license on grounds of public safety and security — but the company says it will appeal against the decision. jessica parker reports. the app which revolutionised taking a taxi has been fighting back. just a few hours after transport for london's decision not to renew its licence, uber launched this petition to save uber in london. already it has over 500,000 signatures. it talks about the 3.5 million londoners and 40,000 uber drivers that will lose out, and also stresses its drivers go through the same safety checks as black—cab drivers. tfl argues it hasn't met their standards on safety and security. but uber disagrees. transport for london have regularly audited us, you know, they've carried out the largest audit in their history, and, you know, we've passed with flying colours.
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the last time the audited us to check that we're playing by the rules, they found that there were zero errors in our processes. nevertheless, tfl have deemed them "not fit and proper" to renew the licence. safety has got to be paramount. the regulator's doing itsjob. if uber customers, or indeed uber drivers, are upset or angry about the situation, don't blame the regulator for enforcing the rules. let's blame the company that flouts them. uber have said they will appeal the decision. their london licence runs out at the end of this month. jessica parker, bbc news. the authorities in puerto rico say a failing dam is causing extremely dangerous flooding after they detected a 60 centimetre gap in its structure after days of torrential rain. more than 70,000 people live in the immediate area and officials have ordered a huge evacuation. the 90—year old structure's been broken by the weight of water following hurricane maria. the uk's overall credit rating has been downgraded over concerns
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about public finances and fears brexit could damage economic growth. moody's, one of the major ratings agencies, cut the uk's rating by one notch. the government says the assessment is outdated. our business correspondent joe lynam is here. joe, what does this mean in practice? we should always think about moody ‘s and other credit rating agencies is giving an educated opinion on the health or otherwise of a country. they have downgraded the united kingdom's, as you say. sometimes this could result in higher borrowing costs for governments. the higher the rating, the lower the interest rates that governments had to pay because markets take a view that they are ray healthier risk. the credibility of the credit rating agencies took a bit of a hammering after the financial crisis and the government will be playing on that. they downgraded us because they
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think that public finances will this improve as a direct result of brexit because the government might have to borrow more or cut its debts at a slower rate than they hoped for. the government said that they had a robust record and had made substantial progress on combating the deficit. we are not complacent about the challenges ahead but we are optimistic about a bright future. with all the sport, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. they're into the second half in the old firm derby in glasgow, where rangers are hoping to end their recent poor run against scottish champions, celtic. if we needed proof of the frenetic atmosphere, it came when rangers' josh windass took out his manager, pedro caixinha. luckily no harm done! still friends! there have been chances at both ends, but not enough composure in front of goal. there have been goals in england. spurs are two about west ham
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already, this was not offside after already, this was not offside after a closer look. dele alli's cross headed in, the englishman getting his tenth goal in his last five away games. tottenham looking to end a bad run at west ham. tottenham have just gone two up and kane, who else, has added a second. the years of sacrifrice will seem worth it tonight, if britain has another boxing world champion. hughie fury — the cousin of tyson — is aiming to claim the wbo heavyweight belt. his opponent is the undefeated joseph parkerfrom new zealand, who's won every single one of his 23 fights. fury, who's unbeaten as well, is only 23 years old, but has been through numerous setbacks, injuries and illnesses along the way. now he says he's ready. it's like a new lease of life for me. that's why i'm super—confident, going into this fight, because i believe now i'm 100%. no one's ever seen this hughie fury before. and i'm just so excited to show the world what i can actually do. climbing will make its 0lympic debut at tokyo 2020, but not all of those involved in the sport are happy. three climbing disciplines are being combined into one medal event, and this weekend edinburgh will host
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the first climbing world cup in the uk for over a decade. nick hope has been finding out more. climbing isa climbing is a sports made with the 0lympic motto of faster, higher stronger in mind. speed climbing is one of the reasons why. scores from this discipline as well as lead and bouldering will be combined for one male and female medal at tokyo 2020, and 18—year—old will bosley is one of the best young talents in the world, and he is british. bouldering is the shorter height of around three metres, having the hardest individual moves. lead climbing is bigger, longer walls, whoever gets the highest or to the top winds. speed climbing is how fast you can
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get from the bottom to the top in a race. having this sport in the 0lympics race. having this sport in the olympics is amazing. it will make spectacular viewing, but combining speed, lead and bouldering presents challenges. the three disciplines are very different. for me and younger athletes it is exciting, for the older competitors established in one or two disciplines, they are not so excited. to start training in speed climbing now would put their other training out of balance. british climbers receive no uk sport funding, so he currently combines his sports with a part—time teaching job. money could be awarded by the end of the year. they are uncertain of our medal prospect so they have not been backing us, but we currently have the female bouldering world cup winner and lots of athletes that could do really well, with the funding it could really help to get as to the olympics, and potentially as to the olympics, and potentially a medal. british climbers have big ambitions and aim to reach the summit of their sport at the tokyo 0lympics. it has all been happening in the
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football, celtic have taken the lead at rangers, thomas roddick the scorer, and tottenham and indeed kane two, west ham nil. thank you, mike bushell. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5:15pm. bye for now. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. iamjulian i am julian worricker, it is quarter past one. let's get more on our top story, and iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometres. the test comes days after president trump attacked iran's missile programme in his speech to the un general assembly. let's speak now to anoush ehtesami, who's a professor of international relations at durham university.
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thanks forjoining us. the significance and the scale of this, what you make of it? well, i think that are a couple of ways of looking at this. one is that this has come at the start of the iran—iraq war, which started back in 1980, and every year iran as a military parade, and every occasion they try to unveil a new piece of military kit, and you could argue it has happened to coincide with that, but obviously the timing wasn't particularly good, given what is going on in the united states and what was said at the general assembly. however, in the broader context, this is a long—range missile, 2000 kilometres range, which can reach india to the east, eastern europe, and covers much of the middle east itself. it is clearly a threatening missile for the neighbourhood. and further east,
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of course, we have the crisis with north korea, which started with the testing of medium and long range missiles, so there will be international concern about this, but from iran's perspective, domestically, they are showing the population that the regime is safe and they have the wherewithal to counter any attacks. when you talk about threatening the neighbourhood, clearly among those concerned will be the israelis. absolutely, the israelis, rightly, very concerned about the fact that iran continues to show off its military hardware with israel in mind, that they celebrate smashing the israeli flag, the targets that they use on the ground often have the star of david on it, and they have never shied away from targeting israel in their rhetoric in any case. israel has the capacity to defend itself, it has its own counter missile force that
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iran could be seen to be responding to many ways, but certainly this is an unwelcome development. within the structure of the top of the iranian regime, obviously, you have the supreme regime, obviously, you have the supreme leader and the president — who of those two is driving this, do you think? i think that there is broad and elite consensus around this. the government has just been given support from the parliament not only to increase the military budget but specifically to increase this missile programme. the president sets on that council, but there will be support from all the other stakeholders, including in particular the revolutionary guard two are responsible for the development and deployment of the missiles, so there is a lead consensus around this. thank you very much indeed forjoining us. it is quarter past now, which i said
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about three minute ago, but it definitely is now! the french president, emmanuel macron, says the uk must provide more clarity over its negotiating position on brexit. over half a million people have signed a petition calling for transport for london to reverse its decision to stop the taxi app uber from operating in the capital. tens of thousands of people living downstream from a failing dam in puerto rico have been evacuated in the wake of hurricane maria. the labour faithful are gathering in brighton for whatjeremy corbyn has said will be the party's biggest—ever conference. he has denied being "bounced" into giving london mayor sadiq khan a slot by the party's conference arrangement‘s committee. a little earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent eleanor garnier about the mood of the conference. this is the first time the party will gather to celebrate what many thought was a much better than expected result forjeremy corbyn. he added an extra 30 mps to westminster, so there will be to some extent quite a lot
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of celebration at this year's autumn party conference. but there are still divisions behind—the—scenes, not least, just as in the conservative party, divisions on brexit and which way the party should push the government. while most lavour mps are remain, there are a handful who are leavers. the party's settled position now, after quite a lot of twowing and froing on where it should be on brexit, it has now agreed the uk should stay in the single market and the customs union during any transitional period. and if we think back to last year, this time last year, there were lots of questions aboutjeremy corbyn's leadership, lots of labour party mps being asked and just to give you a sense of how this conference will be different, it does feels like the tone has changed. those questions now have gone away, and i think there is an understanding that
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jeremy corbyn'sjob is now pretty solid. as we've been hearing, a section of the m3 in hampshire has been closed in both directions while the police deal with an incident. officers were called to the scene atjust before four this morning to reports of potentially hazardous material in the road between junctions nine and 11 at winchester. earlier, i spoke to bbc radio solent reporterjo palmer, who told me the closure was causing a lot of disruption. it is causing huge chaos on the roads here. in the distance, i can see cars and lorries sitting on the m3 going absolutely nowhere, and they have been in that situation for several hours. all the roads around the area, as people try to move away from the m3, are clogged.
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i'm looking at a bridge that crosses the m3 betweenjunctions 9 and 10, and i can see there is something of interest to the team is working here. we note the army bomb—disposal teams are here, along with the navy and the three emergency services, and men in protective suits are spending a lot of time on the southbound carriageway under that bridge inspecting something. we know the police said to us that there is some kind of hazardous material in the road, and they are trying to ascertain what that is, and until they do they will not be moving the motorway. so this could go on for several more hours, by the sounds of it. bearing in mind it has gone on from ham, and we are still seeing bomb—disposal teams. they have shut off the pedestrian bridge, because they do not want anyone walking around to see what is going on, but there is a limited view where for the last hour two people in protective gear have gone to and fro over a section of the motorway.
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further up there's other elements going on, but that's what i have seen at the moment. abortion laws that punish women who have illegal terminations with life in prison should be scrapped, according to an organisation representing many of the uk's childbirth doctors. the royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists said abortion should be treated as a medical issue controlled through regulation, not criminal law. nearly half the couples eligible to claim marriage tax allowance are still failing to do so, according to her majesty's revenue and customs. the tax allowance, worth £230pounds a year, can be claimed by married couples or those in a civil partnership if they meet certain conditions. the fovernment said applications have increased year on year and that it had now simplified the application process. the two main party leaders in germany will make their final
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appeals to voters today before sunday's elections. chancellor angela merkel‘s centrist party have a clear lead in the polls. in what is now a familiar picture across europe, both mrs merkel and the social democratic leader, martin schulz, are urging voters to shun the anti—islam, anti—immigrant rhetoric of right—wing candidates that have gained support in the run—up to the election. 0ur correspondent damien mcguinness is in berlin. he says all the numbers are pointing to angela merkel returning as chancellor to the bundestag. if the polls are correct, we can expect chancelor angela merkel to win a fourth term, because her centre—right party is set to get the most seats in parliament. but what's up in the air is what sort of government she will lead. that's because the polls are all over the place for other parties. there are a number of reasons for this unpredictability. we now have seven parties if you include the cdu's sister party entering parliament, an unusually high number of parties, and that means it's quite
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hard to cobble together a leading coalition. and we also have this new anti—migrant, anti—islam afd. this party has never won a seat in a national election, and so it is hard for pollsters to predict how much it will get. if they get to double figures, that could eat into the cdu party and that make it even harder for her to form a stable government. how much has the growth in popularity of the afd influenced the issues people have been discussing? it's fair to say it has had an impact on the debate. this party is controversial in the german context, because it is the first time that what some would call a populist nationalist party is entering parliament, and they are focusing on migration.
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many conservative voters are nervous about angela merkel‘s stance on migration. some of then have gone over to the afd, and we have also seen the afd has become the sort of anti—merkel party, so some people who do not like angela merkel are starting to vote for them. critics say some of their members have links to neo—nazi organisations, and some leaders have made strident anti—muslim comments, so it is controversial, and that is why angela merkel ruled out forming any coalition government with them, so they might enter parliament, but they will not enter government, so their power will be limited, but if they get a lot of seats, they can certainly make their voice heard. damien mcguinness in berlin. the royal shakespeare company is selling off more than 10,000 items of costume worn by its actors over the last 60 years. hollywood star and rsc veteran sir patrick stewart has been sharing
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some of his memories of wearing the costumes, as they go on sale in stratford—upon—avon. hannah bayman reports. "clothes maketh the man," said william shakespeare, and these are the costumes that have made 60 years of his plays come to life. it makes me feel much more than sentimental, it's really quite emotional. there is so much history here. it's the biggest sale the company has ever had, and the money raised will go towards creating new costume workshops. there are more than 10,000 items to choose from including armour, this whole section of rail is nothing but tuxedos. the funniest, most embarrassing costume incident i ever had was in my very, very first production.
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i was playing an entirely forgettable character called sir walter blount, so i decided i would get the audience's attention sooner, it's called pulling focus, so one night i prepared myself, i threw open the steel door, ran on, and as i ran on, i slammed the door behind me, so everyone in the audience would know that patrick stewart as sir walter blount had entered. my cloak, unfortunately, caught in the door, so as i moved towards the king, i was brought to a sudden halt. well, apart from distressing me, what it mostly did was amuse tony and ian, who both began laughing. you can imagine what that did to the audience, because they could see what had happened. it was a horrendous moment for me in my first role in my first play with the rsc,
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but when i came in the next day, there was someone from the wardrobe waiting for me, and they said, "we heard about what happened last night and we're very sorry, but we understand why you did it, and we have taken your cloak and made it much shorter so it won't happen again." that's the kind of people you work with in the wardrobe department of the royal shakespeare company. if, around the world, fans of the rsc knew this was happening, they would flock here just to take a little piece of history away with them. and my wife has yet found more garments to wear. what am i going to do? put my hand in my pocket, i suppose. prices start atjust £1, so pretty affordable to make all the world your stage. hannah bayman, bbc news. a little update on the uber story,
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sadiq khan spoke about it yesterday, fully supporting the tfl recommendation. he has added a few lines — i have every sympathy with drivers and customers affected by this decision but their anger should be directed at uber, who have let down drivers and customers by failing, in the view of tfl, to act asa failing, in the view of tfl, to act as a bit and proper operator. he concludes in a statement, i suspect it will take some time before this situation with uber fully plays out. in the meantime, he says, i will continue my work to support innovative businesses in london and create a vibrant and safe taxi and private hire market. that is the late and statement from sadiq khan. let's catch up with the weather prospects with louise lear. for most of us, a decent weekend in
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prospect, rain eventually arriving through the night tonight from the west, but this cloud across the country is breaking up quite nicely, allowing for some sunshine. in the sunshine, it will feel pleasant, beautiful afternoon across much of southern england, lovely in the far north of scotland, you could see the high teens. through the night tonight, though, cloud and rain pushing in from the west, fairly light and patchy, and there will be quite a lot of low cloud and a murky start across western areas first thing on sunday. and a real west— east divide in the story, because much of eastern scotland, central and eastern england will see a lovely day, light southerly wind, temperature is responding nicely. but cloud and rain will push slowly eastwards, some of it turning heavy into the south—west, possibly by the end of the day. 14—22 degrees is the high, enjoy it while you can, it is not going to be lasting for long, fog could be an issue on monday in
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northern ireland. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 13:30: iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile, in defiance of us president donald trump. the french president, emmanuel macron, says the uk must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on brexit. over half a million people have signed a petition calling for transport for london to reverse its decision to stop the taxi app uber from operating in the capital. thousands of people in puerto rico have been evacuated after a dam breached following days of torrential rain brought by hurricane maria. now on bbc news, it's time for inside out. hello. taking matters into their own hands — the south's controversial paedophile hunters. hello, mate. you arranged to meet a 14—year—old boy here today for sex? no. yes, you have, mate, do you want me to get the stuff out and show you?
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i'm not going to condone these groups and i would encourage them all to stop, but i recognise that i'm not winning that moral argument. if you try and run off, i'm going to pin you down, and i'll restrain you using reasonable force. also tonight — the fresh—air fix on a bicycle made for three. theirjoy is utterly infectious. it feeds my soul. and looking back at 50 years of the qe2. service, comfort and efficiency. shipshape and ready, this is inside out south.
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