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hello. my name is duncan golestani. north korea's foreign minister has launched a fresh verbal attack on president trump. speaking at the united nations, ri yong—ho called president trump "a mentally deranged person," "full of megalomania." he said trump's threat to destroy his country had made a rocket assault on the united states "all the more inevitable". andrew plant has the story. pyongyang, the capital of north korea — the place where tens of thousands of north koreans gathered to show support for their leader, kimjong un, and their anger at america's leader, donald trump. translation: who the hell is trump to talk about the collapse of our government? we are resolved to solve our problems with military force, if war breaks out. translation: afterl heard the announcement, my anger at the psycho trump
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was unbearable. his words at the un were unacceptable. america, in turn, has devastated its strength and its own offensive options — the us air force flying bombers and fighters over waters east of north korea. it's the closest they have flown to the country in years, says the pentagon, and shows how seriously they are taking the what they say is reckless behaviour. its motto translates as "powerful and prosperous" — 25 million people live in north korea. it is increasingly antagonistic, with words and missile tests making people uneasy. but there has been no sign of north korea hoping to placate or appease any escalating tension, their foreign minister pulling no punches in a speech to the un, saying donald trump was mentally deranged
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and on a suicide mission. translation: the absurd reality is that a person like trump, a mentally deranged person, full of megalomania, who is chastised by his own people as "commander in grief", as "president evil", a gambler who uses threats, fraud, and schemes, has his hand on the nuclear button. this is the greatest threat to international peace and security. donald trump said north korea would pay dearly for its hostile behaviour. america, he said, would totally destroy the country, if it was ever forced to defend itself. andrew plant, bbc news. president trump has accused iran of working with north korea, hours after tehran said it has successfully tested a new medium—range ballistic missile. mr trump tweeted that the missile was capable of reaching israel, and again condemned the 2015 nuclear deal signed by iran and world powers including the us. our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley reports. a show of power from tehran.
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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 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
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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 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
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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. germans are going to the polls on sunday to elect a new parliament. it's widely expected that chancellor merkel‘s christian democrats will retain its majority. damien mcguinness reports from berlin. angela merkel‘s centre—right party looks set to get the most votes in parliament. is that would mean she will lead the country for another four years. what we do not know is what sort of government she will lead, or the potential government parties that she could form a coalition with. they have very different policies on things like migration, the eurozone, the economy. so forming a coalition could be quite difficult and keeping that coalition together could also be tricky. the other big thing about this election
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is the emergence of a new anti— migrant, anti—muslim party, alternative for germany. or afd. they are set for parliament for the first time. they will not form government, because they are so controversial no other party will work with them, because some of the party members are accused of racism, xenophobia and inciting hatred. angela merkel is clear she will not form a coalition government with them. if they do well and they get a lot of seats in this building, they will have a big impact on debate here in germany. you are watching bbc news. do stay with us. still to come: the labour leader jeremy corbyn arrives in brighton, telling delegates they must "prepare to form a government." but first, at least five people have been injured in suspected acid
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attacks in east london. police were called to the area around the westfield shopping centre in stratford, following reports of a group of men spraying a noxious substance. one man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. officers say the attack is not being treated as terror related. tahseen taj lives opposite the shopping centre, and was disturbed by the noise. she described what she saw. basically, there were a lot of ambulances and police from about 8:45a.m.. but ambulances and police from about 8:45 a.m.. but they thought it must bea 8:45 a.m.. but they thought it must be a football role. after sometime, it increased and increased, and there were more police are ambulances. it was cowardly to be honest. eye was not sure what was happening, because it is slow news. eye was actually worried if there was a fire was a man like that,
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because you know these things keep happening in london. so that is when i've tweeted, because there was no news anywhere. slowly, the news of acid attacks kept building. so that was scary. a short time ago our news correspondentjon donnison gave us more information. i should say, first of all, that i think police are treating this as a criminal incident, as opposed toa terrorist incident. 0bviously, enquiries are ongoing. at the moment, they are saying one male — not whether it was a young man or an adult — has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. they said they received calls of a number of males spraying a noxious substance around. so one wonders what happened to the others. six people injured,
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and as we saw in the footage, a large police presence, and a large presence from the emergency services. and this is a growing concern, of course, for police the country, but particularly in east london. in 2016, more than a50 attacks using noxious substances, acid, perhaps, in and across the capital. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has told delegates gathering for the party's annual conference, that they're "in a moment of great change" and must "prepa re to form a government". he says grassroots supporters will dominate the conference, meaning some shadow cabinet members and labour mayors won't get the chance to speak from the main stage. 0ur deputy political editor, john pienaar, reports from brighton. you would never know he had lost the election, would you? but to the labour army of corbynites, he is a winner, the leader who ran the tories close, when few believed he was a winner at all. their leader who is now setting about shifting power from the mps who often doubted him
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to the grassroots members, many of whom trusted him and bought into his socialist vision from the start. his message — he was heading not just a party but a movement, and one that could win. to bring about the socialjustice we want, to bring about the society we want, the unity we want. and together, together, together, we can, and will do it. thank you very much. cheering the leader's plan is to give the grassroots, many of them members of the pro—corbyn group momentum more power and more of a say. they will get more time to speak in their conference, in future, more say in policy making and maybe more power to choose the next leader. doubters have been won over, the faithful have never been happier. it is really about grassroots policies and real change, not trying to just be tory—lite. politically have you got the socialist party you wanted?
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absolutely so, yes. for no leader will you ever be automatically convinced of anything he said that there is sufficient there and in the team around him for him to have my backing. you're finally convinced about jeremy corbyn? yes, i am, yeah. i think so. so the man they calljezza is calling the shots. his election was a surprise. he swatted away a challenge. now he is unassailable and his conference has cut the speaking time allowed to once—critical labour mps and mayors. i'm sorry to tell you this is a conference for everybody. it is the largest party conferences ever been, we have tried to rebalance the speaking arrangements so there are shorter speeches and fewer speakers, and many more speeches from the floor. and many more most likely by supporters devoted to their leader. it won't be all love and loyalty this week but the doubters are to change tune, those those
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worried about brexit could be drowned out by his supporters. for better or worse, it isjeremy corbyn‘s party now, those who love it and those who don't know looks trapped in for the ride. john pienaar, bbc news, brighton. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the local government in the region of catalonia in spain has refused to allow madrid to take command of its police force in a continuing row over a proposed catalan independence referendum. the central government has been attempting to block the referendum, which it describes as illegal. central police have been sent to catalonia and several referendum organisers have been taken to court. 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
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to make concessions to reverse the decision that it's operating licence in london should not be renewed. the city's mayor sadiq khan has said he had 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 city of mogadishu in 1977. the militants were shot and 90 hostages freed. our main headline this hour: north korea's foreign minister has launched an attack on president trump and warned that un 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. there's been another strong
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earthquake in mexico. the latest had a magnitude of six—point—one. 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. joining me now from mexico city is our correspondent will grant. this is the last thing people they needed. you can imagine how one edge everybody years after three major earthquakes in less than three weeks now. of course, one that was felled here in the capital city had people coming out of their home in the early morning in their pyjamas. everybody is nervous and ten and, like you said in your introduction,
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it held at the rescue effort after the big earthquake that has caused over 300 deaths, 170 of them in mexico city itself. given the number of days that have passed since the big earthquake, how hopeful our families are finding survivors? well, they have a saving in spanish is that the last thing you ever loses hope and i think that is all people are really holding on to at the moment. 0utside some of the collapsed buildings. there are rescue workers still is working on the buildings and if they are there it is because they think there is a possibility of finding people alive. they will continue to do that until that possibility has completely gone. behind me you me may be able to see that this is a major centre 110w. to see that this is a major centre now. this is a place a stolidity and with a lot of people turning up with wattles of water, with blankets, clothing for children, with tinned food. it is a volunteer centre and
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an outpouring of support has been very important to mexicans to keep going as the hopes slimmer and slimmer. they keep people going by supporting each other in this way. how about the much bigger aid operation in terms of getting to the people who need it. so many homes destroyed. what does that look like? well, that needs to involve structural change as well, notjust here in mexico city but in some of the outer states. you mention one that was hit with two earthquakes in quick succession. we need to see real institutional support, not just from the mexican government who really need to concentrate on those worst affected areas, the poorest housing here mexico city, in mexico state, but undoubtedly international help. we have heard help is coming from other countries in the region, from other countries in the region, from colombia, venezuela, countries where mexico may not have the
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greatest of relationships at the moment but when it comes to this there has a brotherhood across latin america as they tried to support mexico in its time of need. thank you very much, will. hurricane maria — and the heavy rain that followed — are continuing to wreak havoc in puerto rico. thousands of people have been asked to leave the area near a dam showing signs of weakness. the dam began flooding a nearby river on friday. thirteen people have died so far in puerto rico 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. jeremy cooke reports from tortola. 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, the first look at this hurricane—shattered landscape, almost every building damaged, widespread devastation. already 0cean‘s landing
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craft are heading to the main island of tortola. the navy's working parties on the ground getting stuck in. hot, humid conditions, stinking, stagnant water. welcome to the caribbean. on board ship there are 60 tons 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 also 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.
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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 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,
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on the british virgin islands. 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 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 ridden the high of jacinda—mania, but it was not enough to rein in the national party. i know we gave it our all. volatile polls suggested a neck and neck race til the end. the national party pulled ahead early and maintained its distance. thank you for the opportunity, as your leader, to debate intensively and consistently with new zealanders about how this country can do so much better. but with just 46% of the vote, new zealand's first veteran
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politician holds the main cards. we're not going to rush out and make decisions and all sorts of statements. in fact, we will not be giving any answers tonight or until we have had a full chance to talk to the new zealand board. 0ur supporters, organisation and our mps. the greens 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. but the fate of bill english will be at the hand of kingmaker winston peters. the third invictus games — a sporting tournament founded by britain's prince harry, for wounded and injured servicemen and women has got
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under way in toronto. more than 550 service personnel from 17 allied nations are taking part in 12 adaptive sports in the games. ahead of the games, prince harry and canadian prime ministerjustin trudeau held a bilateral meeting. and earlier prince harry met melania trump in toronto. the us first lady, who's on her first official solo international trip, also invited the prince to visit the white house. one of us basketball‘s biggest stars — lebronjames — has described president trump as a ‘bum' — in an escalating row between the president and leading sports figures. on friday — donald trump used an obscenity to describe american footballers who fail to stand for the national anthem — as colin kaepernick did last year in a protest at police brutality. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. california's golden state warriors.
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nba champions, considered by some one of the greatest teams of all time. by tradition, basketball‘s top side is usually invited to the white house to meet the president. but one of their star players, stephen curry, said he had other plans. i don't want to go. that's about it. the things that he said and the things that he has not said at the right time, we will not stand for it. by acting and not going, hopefully that will, um, inspires some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country. as so often, the president chose to respond on social media. "going to the white house is considered a great honour for a championship team," he tweeted. "stephen curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" which prompted a brutal comeback from one basketball‘s greatest ever players, lebronjames. "you bum", he replied.
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"stephen curry already said he ain't going, so therefore ain't no invite. going to the white house was a great honour until you showed up!" # 0h, say can you see... the president had already condemned high—profile football players like colin kaepernick who refused to stand for the star spangled banner. speaking at a rally on friday, mr trump did not hold back. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners say, when somebody disrespects our flag, "get that son of a (bleep) off the field right now. out! he is fired!" as for the golden state warriors, the team says that is stephen curry is not invited, none of them will go. instead they will use their trip to washington, dc to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion. don't forget you can get in touch
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with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm @duncangolestani. hi there. yesterday, we had two types of weather through the afternoon. for a number of places, northern ireland, scotland, northern england, it stayed rather cloudy. this was one scene in buttermere, in cumbria. other places had glorious sunshine. good parts of southern england, and the midlands, and into wales had the best of that. where the sunshine came out, it became warm, with temperatures up to 21 celsius. that is 70 in fahrenheit. notably, across 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 a slow—moving front. quite often, it will
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be weak as well. starting with a band of rain to start the day for western scotland. damp in northern ireland, and spits and spots of rain across west wales, devon, and cornwall, too. 12 to 15 degrees in towns and cities. across central england it should stay dry with sunny spells all day. high cloud in the sky will make it hazy at times. you can see the rain does not move far from where it starts. it gradually trickles into central areas of scotland, with cloud breaks for eastern scotland, sunny spells will come through from time to time. northern ireland perhaps brightening up in the afternoon. across wales and south—west england, sunshine at a premium, quite 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 sunshine will be warmer. temperatures 22—23 celsius for a high. going through sunday evening, it looks like the rain will be pepping up. more persistent across scotland, western england and wales.
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we will see some fog patches form underneath underneath clearing skies in northern ireland, where things will turn out quite chilly. it could be a murky start there on monday. monday morning, that fog will clear away slowly in northern ireland. this band of rain will weaken across scotland, west england and wales. after a cloudy start across eastern england, the cloud break up with sunny spells throughout. temperatures for most of us between 16—19 degrees celsius with that sunshine coming through northern ireland. once the fog clears out of the way. 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's your weather. bye for now. this is bbc news.
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i'm duncan golestani. the latest 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, 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 us has warned that tests could jeopardise the deal that ended sanctions in return for the halt of it's nuclear programme. iran denies its missile development breaches the un resolution. mexico has been struck by another strong earthquake — the third in less than three weeks. the latest tremor, measured 6.1 and was centred in the southern
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state of oaxaca. the tremors were felt in mexico city where rescue efforts already underway in the capital were temporarily suspended. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london
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