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welcome to bbc news. president trump is meeting his vietnamese counterpart tran dai quang, on the latest leg of his asian tour. he was greeted with an elaborate ceremony at the presidential palace in hanoi. mr trump praised vietnam's economic reforms and welcomed its commitment to reducing trade barriers to us agricultural products. meanwhile, president trump's war of words with north korea has continued with a tweet in which the american president wonders why the north korean leader would insult him by calling him old. in his tweet, mr trump said he would never call kim jong—un "short and fat". he also said he tried hard to be his friend and some day, that might happen.
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at his news conference in vietnam, he was asked about whether friendship with kim jong—un is a real possibility. i think anything is a possibility. strange things happen in life. it may be a strange thing to happen. but it is certainly a possibility. if it did happen, it would be a good thing for, i can tell you, and north korea, but it would also be good for lots of other places and it would be good for the world. so certainly, it is something that could happen. i do know that it will, but it would be very, very nice if it did. well, president trump is now in hanoi on the last leg of his five—nation tour. our correspondent, karishma vaswani is there. what were the main points from the press conference? well, president trump was asked about his comments
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on president putin and the tweet that he had sent out about the fact that he had sent out about the fact that president putin really does believe that he didn't medal in the us election, he clarified that and said that yes, he believes that president putin feels that he didn't medal in the us election but a recognition from the american president saying that he has come down on the side of the intelligence agencies who have said that they do believe there is evidence that russia meddled in the us elections but interestingly enough, the other point that i think it coming across in the press conference, both on russia and north korea, was that he was trying to say look, we have a big problem out here, we have issues of trade, issues to do with denuclearising north korea, and i cannot very well sit there and argue with people and i want to get down to business. that appears to be the sort of pragmatic, practical approach but also keeping in mind some of the sensitivities that he
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has to face, given these allegations, these swirling allegations, these swirling allegations, back home. the other things he did talk about in his speech here in vietnam, he alluded to greater commitment in the south china sea with the vietnamese, that isa limit china sea with the vietnamese, that is a limit to be unarmed here was very keen to hear, but again, the clear message that he is here to talk to partners and to try to get some work done on the key important issues facing the united states on north korea and on trade. thank you very much. for more on the united states' relations with russia, and president trump's tour of asia, head to our website, bbc.com/news. the husband of a british—iranian womanjailed in iran has told the bbc he will speak to the uk foreign secretary on sunday. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is accused of spying. her family fears her sentence could be extended after comments from borisjohnson gave the false impression that she'd been teaching journalism in iran.
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eleanor garnier reports. injail in iran separated from her daughter and husband. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is british and iranian and facing a five—year sentence for allegedly plotting to topple the government in tehran. it's now understood the foreign secretary borisjohnson has agreed to meet her husband. i think it's important now that he tries to meet with us as soon as possible, like, next week, so that it's clear from a political point of view that the uk government is standing alongside nazanin and her family. this week, the foreign secretary had to apologise after he mistakenly told mps he thought mrs zaghari—ratcliffe had been in iran teaching journalists. mrjohnson later said his comments could have been clearer and the uk government has no doubt she was on holiday in iran, as her family have always insisted. but this week, iran's state tv broadcast a report claiming the foreign secretary's comments
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about mrs zaghari—ratcliffe amounted to an unintended admission of her guilt. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: (bells toll). ceremonies are held across europe in memory of those who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. a british woman accused of drug smuggling in egypt has been referred to a criminal court for trial. laura plummer, who's 33 and from hull, took prescription painkillers into the country for her boyfriend's bad back, without realising they were illegal in egypt. our correspondent, orla guerin, is in hurghada. she explained more about laura's arrest. she was detained on arrival at the airport, here,
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last month, on the 9th of october. laura plummer‘s family say she lives for holidays in the sun. she has been coming to egypt since 2014, she comes about three times a year, and she has a boyfriend here in egypt. and they say this was supposed to be a holiday, a relaxing time in the sun, like any of the other trips she made. instead, when she arrived at the airport, she was stopped by police. they found that she was carrying about 300 tablets of this banned drug, tramadol. it is a painkiller which in the uk is perfectly legal but it is banned here in egypt. it's widely abused here. it's treated as a heroin substitute and, in fact, it is the drug of choice for most addicts in egypt. police investigating the case here have been emphasising to us that the large quantity that laura plummer was carrying is the problem. that she had so much of this drug. now, she has said, for her part, that, first of all, she did not know it was banned here,
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that she was carrying it perfectly clearly in her luggage, there was no attempt to disguise it. she told us by phone this week, when we managed to speak to her, that she had in fact been given it by a colleague in the uk, who said, "oh, take this — it was good for my back, maybe it'll help your boyfriend." so she says she did not know it was banned and that she was bringing it for her boyfriend because he has back problems. police here are saying ignorance of the law is not a defence. earlier, we heard from laura plummer‘s mp, labour's karl turner. we are hopeful that new information has come to light. laura's partner has admitted he has these problems with his back, he has evidence to confirm that. i think that will go some way to show that laura's version of events are absolutely right. this is a woman of 33 years of age, a shop worker in hull, she goes to work in the morning,
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goes home in the evening and watches her favourite tv soaps. she is a woman of good character, no previous convictions, from a decent, hard—working family, and they are completely shocked and terrified by what is unfolding in front of them. she has done something very silly — she has taken drugs to this place. clearly, she was doing somebody a favour and trying to relieve the back pain of her partner, but that is a criminal offence — the drug tramadol is banned in egypt. it's a class b controlled drug in this country, —— class c. which means it has to be prescribed by a gp and dispensed by a pharmacist. so the egyptian authorities take this very seriously indeed. and we have to be respectful to their laws and customs. but we hope that the court will listen carefully to the version of events which laura has said from the outset — she was innocent in that she was
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just trying to help somebody. that has now been confirmed, i am happy to say, by her partner who says he has a back problem and he can prove that. the spanish prime minister will visit catalonia on sunday, two weeks after he imposed direct rule there. earlier, hundreds of thousands of catalans rallied in barcelona, calling for the release of pro—independence leaders. james reynolds reports. these protesters have come out here to the centre of barcelona to call for freedom for eight imprisoned former catalan ministers and two social society activists. "sos democracy", as you can probably read, and this is written in english, "republic of catalonia", "freedom", "political prisoners". and there's a yellow ribbon, a symbol of solidarity with the imprisoned politicians and activists. to this crowd, these politicians and their names and faces are here.
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this is the former vice president, orioljunqueras. all these people have been remanded into custody. to these people, they are political resonance. do the authorities in madrid, it is simply a criminal case these —— but to the authorities in madrid, it is simply a criminal case these politicians have to answer. but there is a political impact because this is an election campaign. there will be elections here in december and these protesters want to win a majority for the pro—independence movement, that will give them the chance to try and break away from spain again. there is, of course, another half of catalan society that wants to remain inside spain. millions of people have observed two minutes' silence for armistice day — marking the moment in 1918 when the fighting came to an end in the first world war. ceremonies have taken place across the uk, including at the national memorial arboretum in staffordshire, and at the cenotaph
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on whitehall in london. from there, our correspondent adina campbell reports. preparing for remembrance. to the sounds of pipes, veterans from the second world war and those from later wars on parade in whitehall. in the drizzle, before them, the cenotaph. britain's stark memorial to its war dead. keeping faith with countless lives lost in conflict. at 11:00, big ben, silent forthree months because of repair work, marked the hour. big ben chimes. last post plays. shortly after the two—minute silence, thousands of people watched on as pipes and drums from the london scottish regiment marched through whitehall in a captivating display. i thought it was really emotional,
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because, like, so many people died, so i think it's a really good way to pay respect. i think it makes your memories more real. there's the opportunity to really reflect on what was given during those times. and this afternoon, at the residence of the french ambassador in london, british veterans who took part in the d—day landings were presented with the legion d'honneur. victor ernest stirling, who is now 91, was in the royal army service corps when he landed on the beaches of normandy. his job was to bring vehicles, ammunition and petrol to support the advancing army. as they say, it was all a bit of adventure, i suppose. but i'm very proud that they have recognised it, and it is a great honour. today's services have been a chance for many people to remember those who fought and what they fought for.
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adina campbell, bbc news. this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. a reminder of our headlines. president trump has been meeting his vietnamese counterpart tran dai quang on the latest leg of his asian tour. let's get more now on donald trump's tour of asia. i spoke a little earlier to kristi govella, from the weatherhead centre for international affairs at harvard university. i asked how she thought president trump had been doing. i think the expectations were pretty low going into wet and it has been a mixed bag. i mean, we have seen a lot of the same kind of rhetoric he has given about giving fair trade deals with the us and japan and korea and china and on the other hand you know i think a lot of people were extremely worried it could be belligerent about north korea and he has been strong on that
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but he hasn't quite gone to the same strip —— lengths that he did in the past and i think a lot of people have been relieved that his visits have been relieved that his visits have gone quite well with the leaders, someone even said it possibly went to well and he was too deferential, so i think that on a lot of counting got pretty much what we expect that at some point is not really but, yeah. on that point about his enthusiasm for president xijinping, how do about his enthusiasm for president xi jinping, how do you think other countries in the region will feel about this very enthusiastic relationship, given that they have difficult relations with their neighbour there? i think that many countries have a sort of reserve reaction to anything president trump says. he is capable of saying things that have one tone and his administration does not follow through on it. many will be relieved that it went well. others would wish that he had brought up some of the controversial issues that are going on in the south china sea
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or on trade. it may make him appear rather weak in the eyes of some. that's not necessarily a good position. picking you up on trade, we now know that a number of countries are moving forward with this trade deal. how big a motivation is china for them when they come together? it's a tremendous motivation. as you mentioned, the 11 countries remaining in the trans—pacific partnership have agreed to go forward. that deal was always motivated by economic and security concerns. on economic front they want to maintain high standards, make sure china does not get to write the rules of free trade. on the security front, is essential it remains in this sort of engagement that the us used to lead and hopefully will return to. it is a pretty big deal. what about if we look at it from the other perspective, how is china left now
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it is not part of the club? china has another agreement in asia. the regional brands of economic partnership will continue to promote. it will probably see the ongoing negotiations moving forward with the ctpp. while the us commitment is uncertain, it will continue to watch and wait and see what happens. let's get more now on the british—iranian woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who's in prison in iran, accused of spying. as we've heard, her husband is due to meet boris johnson later this morning. in today's observer newspaper, the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, calls for the foreign secretary to be sacked for his incompetence over the case. well, earlier, my colleague, alpa patel, spoke to doctor homa hoodfar, who was inside the same prison as nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. the night we spent together in the same cell she was talking about her plan to come out and be with her child. she was very worried and upset and was crying as she was talking about her daughter's birthday being in a couple of weeks.
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she told us, me and two other women who were there, that the interrogator had encouraged her to sign letters so they can procede her case quickly and free her to be with herfamily. i guess because of that she had signed documents that maybe later was used against her. what do you make of the foreign secretary, boris johnson's, comments, he has corrected those, what impact do you think it could have on her case? well, i cannot believe that such a huge mistake has taken place. it plays right into the hands of the very conservative revolutionary guard who have arrested her. there are political factions in iran. often these factions are fighting each other.
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unfortunately, people like nazanin or me or many others injail are caught in between the conservative and the revolutionary guards trying to embarrass the reformist government by showing they have no power within the system. even though he may apologise for the mistake he has made, in a way that's enough for the revolutionary guard to say, ok, this is the case, for sure she is a spy. so they attempt to increase her sentence, or at least makes it much harder for her to convince others to be free. police in west sussex are searching for a man who was driving a stolen car which crashed into another vehicle, killing its 70—year—old driver. they're appealing for help in tracing a black mercedes
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after the crash near horsham. here's simonjones. well, the woman who was killed was driving a ford fiesta along this stretch of road when she was hit by the stolen car. she was declared dead at the scene. also in the car, a passenger, a friend of hers, age 70, she suffered minor injuries. the driver of the stolen car fled. police believe he tried to flag down passing motorists. there was a huge search for the driver but he couldn't be found. the police first became aware of the stolen mercedes 11 minutes before the crash here, along with another mercedes that had been stolen from a burglary in goring on sea. officers tried to stop the cars, neither stopped, the driver of the second car ended up ploughing into a hedge and an 18—year—old has been arrested on
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suspicion of burglary. officers describe this as a tragedy and are appealing forward misses. members of lewis hamilton's formula 1 team have been robbed at gunpoint in brazil. a minibus carrying the mercedes technical staff was stopped as it left the interlagos circuit in sao paulo. a spokesperson for the team said valuables were stolen, but no—one was injured. hamilton has tweeted about the incident, calling on formula 1 to do more to improve security arrangements. but bbc radio 5 live commentator, jack nicholls, told us that formula 1 could only do so much because of the number of staff working in the city. there's a particular set of traffic lights on the way out off the circuit where this kind of thing is prevalent. the problem last night was that the teams were leaving after dark. the brazilian authorities have put in a lot of police this year but when the teams are leaving at eight o'clock, nine o'clock, that is when things can get sketchy.
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we heard the stories in the build—up to the rio olympics last year about the security concerns last year. there are ten teams in sao paulo. there's about 300 journalists. so you're looking at 500 or 600 people make up the formula 1 paddock that travel around the world. naturally, they're all going to be staged in different places around the city so formula 1 and the circuit itself can do all they can in the perimeter of the actual venue, but if you've teams staying ten miles in that direction and ten miles in that direction, there is only a certain amount that formula 1 can do short of not going to brazil any more. two of the world's most outspoken leaders, donald trump and the philippines president rodrigo duterte, are meeting in manila later on sunday. the bbc went to a former us naval base in the philippines to see if residents there could correctly match up some of their most infamous outbursts. i'm speechless.
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laughter "there is no issue with me regarding corruption — girls, yes — but money, no." how did you know he said that? "you know, it really doesn't matter what they write, as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of (bleep)." laughs boy, that's a tough one. but i would say probably duterte. it was actually donald trump. really? i would think he would say something exactly like that. "part of the beauty of me is that i'm very rich." trump said it. talking about the other one,
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"he is a bigot but i am not." duterte. duterte talking about trump, yes. "grab them by the (bleep)." of course. or both. oh, i don't know. it could be both but i know he said it. personally i have very little respect for both of them. i think one is needed and the other... i'm not going to say which is which. i think it's good for... would you like to see more duterte—style politics in america? ooh, to a point. i think the guy is...
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i'm gonna keep that to myself! let's tell you about an extraordinary story from argentina. it involves two young men, both seriously ill, who made a remarkable discovery at a clinic where they were being treated. it is a discovery that has changed their lives. the bbc‘s tim allman takes up the story. emanuel godoy and francisco rios both suffer from huntington's disease. it's a rare condition typically inherited from a parent or parents that destroys brain cells and can lead to mental and physical impairment. both of them were being treated at the same rehabilitation centre in the city of parana when they started asking questions. translation: i told my mother, i said, "mum, there's a boy who has the same illness as me and he has a cleft lip." she said, "he must be your brother." i didn't believe her. but she found emanuel‘s dad and that's when our stories came together.
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the two men, adopted as babies by different families, now reunited as adults completely by chance. it's not all brotherly love, they support rival football teams, but the ups are much better than the downs. translation: my father told me. i was very happy because i have a brother and he lives here and i see him every day. translation: for us it was weird because living in the same city they never met on the street or anything. and then they meet here, both with a rare genetic disease. if they were not brothers they had to be relatives. now they want to find their other siblings, all 17 of them. and they will also have to deal with the challenge of their medical condition, a challenge they will face together as brothers. tim allman, bbc news. and you can get in touch with me
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and most of the team on twitter, i'm @duncangolestani. this is how we start remembrance sunday, cloudy with some outbreaks of rain down to the south. not quite as cold here but clearer skies and a few wintry showers to the far north, with temperatures just a couple of degrees above freezing. now, that cold air is going to continue to push its way steadily south across the whole of england and wales as we go through remembrance sunday. so it's worth bearing in mind, if you're up and off early, we could see a scattering of showers, some of those running down through the cheshire gap to the midlands and maybe into the south—east but hopefully they will ease away in time for remembrance sunday services at the cenotaph. but it's worth bearing in mind there could be an isolated rogue shower still floating around. elsewhere, if you are heading for remembrance sunday services, most likely chance of seeing some showers at 11 o'clock in the morning is through wales and maybe one or two into south—west england, and elsewhere should be dry.
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cold, yes, you'll need to wrap up warm. nevertheless there should be good spells of sunshine. a few isolated showers across the east coast of northern ireland. and one or two filtering in through the northern isles and the far north of scotland. some of these will still have a wintry flavour mixed in there. and it is going be accompanied by a brisk north north—westerly wind, driving in the potential of a few showers along the north sea coast and one or two continuing in wales and south—west england through the day. sandwiched in between the two, it's dry, it's settled, it's sunny but it's crisp. top temperatures of around 6—10 degrees. as we move out of remembrance sunday into monday, it's going to turn colder still with winds falling light and high—pressure just quietening things down and killing off the showers. so we're going to see another frost — another hard frost — yet again, for monday morning with temperatures in rural parts of scotland down to lows of minus five. of scotland down to lows of —5. that is important because we are expecting more cloud and rain to push in to the north—western. on the leading edge of it,
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we could see some snow, maybe some significant snow for a time. we need to keep an eye on that. things a little more straightforward further south. it's going to cloud over a little, it's going to be largely dry but not particularly warm, with highs of 5—10 degrees. that weather front continues to push its way south and east, out of monday, into tuesday. introducing milder weather but also the potentialfor a little bit of light rain. so we start our new week cold and frosty, but it will turn milder with some more rain to come. take care. this is bbc news — the headlines: president trump has been meeting his vietnamese counterpart, tran dai quang, on the latest leg of his asian tour. in a joint news conference, mr trump praised vietnam's economic reforms. prior to that he posted another message on social media about north korea and its leader kim jong—un. the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he will speak to the foreign secretary on sunday. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is accused of spying. her family fears her sentence
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could be extended after comments from borisjohnson gave the false impression she'd been teaching journalism. hundreds of thousands of catalans have protested in barcelona — calling for the release of pro—independence politicians
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