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this is bbc news. i'm alpa patel. our top stories: north korea's foreign minister launches a blistering attack on president trump at the united nations. he tried to insult the supreme divinity of my country by referring it to divinity of my country by referring ittoa divinity of my country by referring it to a rocket. by doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake. it comes as iran test—fires a new medium—range missile, days after a warning from the united states. rescuers in mexico are forced to suspend their search effort temporarily after the country is hit by another earthquake. also in the programme, the prince and the first lady. harry meets melania, ahead of the invictus games in canada. hello and welcome to bbc world news.
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north korea's foreign minister has launched a fresh verbal attack on president trump. ri yong—ho called the us leader a mentally deranged person, full of megalomania. he made the speech at the united nations, saying that mr trump's threat to destroy his country had made a rocket assault on the united states all the more inevitable. all this comes as us bombers flew off the coast of north korea. here's a little of what the foreign minister had to say. due to his liking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme divinity of my country by referring it to a
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rocket —— lacking. by doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making a rocket‘s visit to the entire us mainland inevitable all the more. none other than donald trump himself is on none other than donald trump himself isona none other than donald trump himself is on a suicide mission. earlier i spoke to the bbc‘s north america correspondent david willis in washington. anybody who had expected an emollient speech will be disappointed. it was bellicose rhetoric. hitting back on what was perceived as an insult on the part of donald trump in the speech to the un on tuesday putting for the possibility that north korea could be destroyed. ——
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forward. we heard the north korean foreign minister saying that the barbs had offended his leader, that use of the term rocket man. it seems to have stunned the north korean leader. the foreign minister said that as a result of those remarks, the chances of a rocket attack on the chances of a rocket attack on the us mainland were now almost inevitable, as he put it. he went on to criticise the united nations for imposing sanctions on north korea and to attempt to portray north korea as a victim of international bullying. as far as president trump's remarks are concerned, there are reports here that several of his aides had warned against personalising the attacks on north korea at kim jong—un, personalising the attacks on north korea at kimjong—un, that is personalising the attacks on north korea at kim jong—un, that is advice that the president ultimately
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decided not to heed. all this comes as we get reports that us bombers have flown close to the coast of north korea. do you think that the speech in this event are connected? according to the pentagon it was an exercise carried out in order to press home the point that the united states and donald trump in particular have a range of weapons at their disposal, should it come to it as far as north korea is concerned. as far north as they have flown off the north korean coastline today, the us bombers from guam were accompanied by aeroplanes from japan at the us base there. it is intended to send a message to the north korean leadership that the united states will not tolerate what the pentagon called reckless actions because of the firing and testing of
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these weapons. david willis reporting from washington. france has said it is extremely concerned by iran's test firing of a new missile. the launch suggests the weapon can carry several warheads, and comes days after president trump attacked iran's missile programme. our diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley, has more. a show of power from tehran. a missile with a message for the americans. this was state—run television in iran broadcasting what it says was the successful test of the newly developed khorramshahr missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres. the launch came just days after president trump attacked iran at the united nations for destabilising the middle east, and condemned its missile programme. he again threatened to abandon a historic nuclear deal painstakingly negotiated over many years. we cannot let a murderous regime
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continue these destabilising activities while building dangerous 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 does not contravene the nuclear agreement. and the iranian president says his people are now waiting for an apology from mr trump. in defiance of mr trump came this military display on friday at which the new missile was proudly unveiled. 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. iran's missile programme is in the hands of hardliners and they, it seems, are only being strengthened by the rhetoric from washington. there seems to be a much broader
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consensus on the need to develop the missile tests as a deterrent because they feel there might be a threat coming especially from the united states with regard to the possibility of regime change. no response from the americans so far to the latest iranian missile launch, but there is little doubt that the belligerent tone coming from both countries will ratchet up tensions. just as in north korea, iran is trying to show that it will not be pushed around. caroline hawley, bbc news. well for more analysis, i've been speaking to ben—arm ben—taleblu. he is an iran analyst at the conservative think tank for the foundation for defence of democracies. i asked him if he thought president trump's speech at the un had motivated the missile launch? while it may be tempting to read too much in iran's medium—range likely nuclear capable ballistic missile
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test, it is more likely the test came as part of what is the sacred defence week that commemorates the 1980—1988 iran—iraq war that spurred them to produce a domestic ballistic missile capability. last year during this same week, iranian officials tested a single stage solid fuelled ballistic missile, so it is likely they are using the week to parade new systems. we are entering dangerous times with north korea and its test—firing of missiles as well. what can be done to bring iran in? how one treats pyongyang and tehran is important, because both have had a long—standing relationship, particularly in the missile domain, and taking a firm line against one will aid in negotiations with the other.
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with respect to iran, the minimum the us should look to do is enforce the nuclear deal and at the maximum renegotiate some of the more problematic clauses. iran says, it insists that these launches and its increase of military power is deterrent only. do you think there is something in that? there is a deterrent logic behind iran's programme and iran is animated by deterrents. deterrants enable iran to engage in new military tools such as coercion, so deterrence through ballistic missiles may allow them to be more aggressive in the region so while it might deter an attack on its home land, it might be emboldened to spread its tentacles across the region.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. supporters of the french far—left politician, jean—luc melenchon, have marched through the streets of paris. they were demonstrating against president macron‘s labour reforms. they say the changes, signed into law on friday, are an attack on workers rights. uber‘s announced that it's prepared to make concessions in order to reverse the decision that it's operating licence in london should not be renewed. the city's mayor sadiq khan says he has sympathy with the ride hailing app's drivers and customers, but the company had failed to act as a fit and proper operator. a german plane hijacked by palestinian militants a0 years ago has returned to its home in the city of friedrichshafen in southern germany. the plane was stormed by german police after it landed in the somali
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city of mogadishu in 1977; the militants were shot and ninety hostages freed. there's been another strong earthquake in mexico. the latest had a magnitude of 6.1. its epicentre was close to the town of matios romero in the south—western state of oaxaca. the tremors were felt in mexico city where the rescue effort from a massive quake that killed nearly 300 people was temporarily suspended. the bbc‘s juan paullier is in the mexican capital and has been telling me about the impact of the latest quake there. here one swayed buildings here in mexico city. it set off the seismic alarm. many people ran onto the streets. there are reports of victims who died of heart attacks as they tried
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to leave their homes. this is a country already traumatised, and today people are a bit more in panic and a bit more in shock. rescuers were temporarily suspended. they were trying to make sure you were still safe. hope is fading that more survivors can be rescued from under the rubble. there isa rescued from under the rubble. there is a lot of tension here because many relatives are closely following the rescue efforts. dozens of people are believed to be trapped under rubble. we were hearing of a heavy rainfall hampering the rescue effort. what have the conditions being like their? they are obviously a problem. they are risking the lives of the people working in a very dangerous situation. if the
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rain is very heavy, as it is normally here in mexico city, they may have to temporarily suspend the rescue efforts. new zealand's ruling national party has won the country's parliamentary elections but fallen just short of a majority. prime minister bill english saw off a challenge from his main opponent — the labour leaderjacinda ardern, but his government's future has again been placed in the hands of a minor party. chris chang reports from auckland. labour had quite a lot ofjacinda ardern mania, but it was not enough to rein in bill english. ardern mania, but it was not enough to rein in bill englishlj ardern mania, but it was not enough to rein in bill english. i know we gaveit to rein in bill english. i know we gave it our all. volatile polls suggested a neck and neck race. the national party pulled ahead early. thank you for the opportunity, as
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your leader, to debate intensively and consistently with new zealanders about how this country can do so much better. with just 46% of about how this country can do so much better. with just 4696 of the vote, new zealand's first veteran politician holds the main cards. we're not going to rush out and make decisions statements. we will not be giving any answers to mate or until we have had a full chance to talk to the new zealand board. the green party leader has urged mr peters to side with them and labour. it would give them the required total of seats in the house. with special votes still to come, negotiations may take some time. the fate of bill english will be at the hand—off
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winston peters. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: we report from the caribbean, where uk troops are in the british virgin islands helping clean up after hurricane maria. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse
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judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. all this is the news. here are our the latest headlines: —— this is bbc news. north korea's foreign minister launches an attack on president trump and defiantly tells the un that sanctions would not force his country to change its nuclear policy. iran defies america by test—firing a new medium—range missile, days after a warning from donald trump. hurricane maria and the heavy rain that followed are continuing to wreak havoc in puerto rico. thousands of people have been asked
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to leave the area near a dam showing signs of weekeness. the dam began flooding a nearby river on friday. 13 people have died so far since the storm hit the island. and nearby in the british virgin islands, britain's biggest warship has arrived to give support for those affected by the recent hurricanes. more than 2000 uk military personnel are working on the relief effort asjeremy cooke reports. into the disaster zone, hms 0cean off the british virgin islands, straight to work delivering aid where it is desperately needed. for the flight crews, a first look at this hurricane—shattered landscape — almost every building damaged, widespread devastation. already 0cean‘s landing craft a heading to the main island. the navy's working parties on the ground getting stuck in. hot and humid conditions, stinking, stagnant water. welcome to the caribbean.
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on board ship there are 60 tonnes of essential cargo and with nine helicopters, the means of delivery. we've arrived with a stack of building material, we've got timber, plumbing materials, hacksaws, chainsaws, but importantly a lot of professional personnel who are highly skilled in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. it is an urgent mission. the flight deck has been open for business since the moment 0cean arrived. she has been steaming at full speed for two weeks, everyone on board ready now to go to work. the priority is to improve shelter. everyone knows the hurricane season is not over yet. of course it is notjust about the british aid effort here. the scale of destruction across these islands is so immense, to get things better will take a superhuman effort by the islanders themselves. they are getting on with the task but they know it will take months
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or years to get this job done. most here are delighted that hms 0cean has arrived, but they also know there must be self—help. we don't sit back and relax. when things happen, we act. we get straight to it. as you can see, after a hurricane we are straight to work. we don't wait for nobody to come and help us, we start to do things ourselves. those leading the uk mission here say the arrival of hms ocean is a game changer. the relief effort will gain pace but for these islands to recover will be a greater task still and they will look to the uk for long—term strategic support. jeremy cooke, bbc news, on the british virgin islands. germans are going to the polls on sunday to elect a new parliament. it's widely expected that chancellor merkel‘s christian democrats
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will retain their majority. polls suggest that six parties will be represented in the new bundestag, one of which is the first right—wing nationalist party to enter parliament since the second world war. the bbc‘s ros atkins is in berlin to gauging the mood. this is in the east berlin, and this area has many more lower—income families that much of the city. last year, and local elections, the two most popular parties were die linke, linked to the communists, and the right—wing alternative for germany. 0ne right—wing alternative for germany. one of their main messages is that if undecided a place in germany. that addresses voter concerns about integration and immigration. ——
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islam does not have a place. germans are well. the economy is doing well. social inequality is not decreasing. there is a rise in poverty. many did not want to talk. but those who did repeatedly told us that the main parties were not looking out for them. translation: my political views to the left. definitely not afd. i've think they are awful. in my opinion, the left have good principles. translation: to be honest, i'm not going to vote. it is all nonsense. nothing will be any different. translation: definitely not the right—wing, but also definitely know that the christian democrats nor the social democrats, nor the left. but
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he will be a gut decision who i'd vote for. translation: the left are simply for socialjustice for all, more or less. the christian democrats and the rest are all for big business, and in these, we have smaller businesses. we must look after the little people. not just businesses. we must look after the little people. notjust the rich. in vote in this way, the democrats and social democrats can be looked as interchangeable. —— in voting. and we have a special election programme and all those latest results tomorrow. do stay tuned for that. this weekend sees the third invictus games, the sporting tournament founded for wounded servicemen and women. britain's prince harry founded the games. he's been meeting the american first
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lady, melania trump, ahead of the opening ceremony in toronto, which starts injust a few minutes time. 0ur royal correspondent sarah campbell reports. a handshake between a british prince and an american first lady and then a slightly awkward moment getting into position for the photocall. a possible eating between her husband and his grandmother has been much discussed. no controversy here however, melania trump on her first foreign sir richard giving the backing of the united states to the invictus games. toronto has fully embraced this event with major landmarks turned into sporting venues. this square in the heart of the city is normally a water feature in the summer, an ice rink in the winter and now it is the venue for the wheelchair tennis. the qualifying rounds started today with success for the home nation. canada started both games, we won the first one, let's keep it going. it's not about the winning, it's about the taking part.
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absolutely. the competitors are strong. i think they are brave and great, it is just awesome what they do. today away from the games harry was able to focus on another issue close to his heart, mental health. he was invited to visit this world renowned centre and was only too pleased to do so. much to the delight of those who turned out to see him. very excited. i am over the moon, i may never wash this hand again. he's notjust someone who is a public figure just saying things, he matches his words with his actions. all 550 competitors from 17 nations are here. it is almost time to let the games begin. sarah campbell, bbc news, toronto some very excited fans in toronto. now, before we go, just sometime to
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bring you some unusual science news about the latest space launch. this time of a cornish pasty from the south west of england. it was sent into the stratosphere beneath a weather balloon from a school in the town of hayle. the pasty reached an altitude of more than 35 kilometres, making it the first—ever such meat pie to be sent to the edge of space. on its return to earth, itsjob wasn't done. despite being completely frozen after spending around 90 minutes in temperatures as low as —62 celsius, it was eaten by staff and pupils. that has to be value for money. iwonder what it tasted like. that is it from me in the team. but don't forget you can always get in touch with me all the team on twitter. i'm @alpapatel. that is it. goodbye. hello. yesterday, we had two types
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of weather through the afternoon. for the northern places, it stayed rather cloudy. this was one scene in cumbria. 0ther rather cloudy. this was one scene in cumbria. other places had glorious sunshine. good parts of southern england, and the midlands, and in two wheels —— into wales. notably, a crossing scotland, around the moray firth, temperatures were about six degrees above average for this time of year. looking at the weather, as we start the day today, we have a band of rain pushing east. as it does so, it will bump into high—pressure across scandinavia and europe. so it will be slow—moving. quite often, it will be weak. starting with a band of rain to start the day for western scotland. i'd ever northern ireland, and spits and spots of rain across wales,
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devon, and cornwall, too. 12 to 15 degrees in towns and cities. sunny spells or date. high cloud in the sky will make it easy. you can see the rain is not move farfrom sky will make it easy. you can see the rain is not move far from where it starts. it gradually trickles into central areas of scotland, with outbreaks for eastern scotland, sunny spells will come through from time to time. northern ireland brightening up in the afternoon. across wales and south—east england, it will often be cloudy with patches of rain. not rain all the time, but some on and off through the day. central and eastern england in the sa nton central and eastern england in the santon will be warmer. temperatures 22-23 santon will be warmer. temperatures 22—23 for a high. santon will be warmer. temperatures 22—23 fora high. going santon will be warmer. temperatures 22—23 for a high. going through sunday evening, it looks like it will be warming up. we will see some fog patches form underneath clearing skies in northern ireland, where things will turn quite chilly. it
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could be a murky start there on monday. monday morning, that will clear away in northern ireland. this band of rain will weaken. after a cloudy start across is learned in england, the cable break up with sunny spells through. —— is in england. pies for most of us between 16-19dc with that england. pies for most of us between 16—19dc with that sunshine coming through northern ireland. looking at the next few days, often the weather will be dry in the week ahead. warm as well with sunny spells. but a band of rain is coming through on thursday. and that is your weather. bye for now. this is bbc news, the headlines. north korea's foreign minister has told the un general assembly that president trump's threats made it inevitable north korean rockets would, as he put it,
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visit the entire us mainland. the comments come as the us flew bombers and fighterjets over international waters east of north korea. iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres. the test comes days after president trump attacked iran's missile programme. mexico has been struck by another strong earthquake, the third in less than three weeks. the latest tremor measured 6.2 and was centred in the southern state of oaxaca. the final day of campaigning has taken place in germany before elections on sunday. chancellor angela merkel is the clear frontrunner. she's being challenged by martin schulz of the social democratic party. now on bbc news, it's time for witness.
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