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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines... president trump declares north korea a state sponsor of terrorism — and promises more sanctions. president mugabe's own party decides to impeach him — saying he let his wife usurp power in zimbabwe. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: a new report from amnesty international is expected to accuse the myanmar military of crimes against humanity in rakhine state. more than two years after nepal's devastating earthquake, the un ways temple restoration work is just not good enough. it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in washington
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where president trump has declared north korea a state sponsor of terrorism — as he increases pressure on kim jong—un over his nuclear ambitions. speaking to reporters at the white house, president trump said the move would trigger further sanctions against pyongyang to be announced on tuesday. this designation will impose further sanctions on penalties in north korea and related persons, and supports our maximum—pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime. tomorrow, the treasury department will announce an additional sanction, and a very large one, on north korea. this will be going on in the next few weeks.
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it will be the highest level of sanctions when it is over. the north korean regime must be lawful and it must end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development and stop all support for international terrorism, which it is not doing. the new us restrictions are seen as a way of increasing pressure on other states and foreign banks that might not be fully enforcing existing sanctions. us secretary of state rex tillerson says the ultimate aim is to force north korea to negotiate. this is taking effect all around the world. we think as it takes effect, again, this just continues to tighten the pressure on the kimjong—un regime. we need him to understand this will only get worse. at least until you get ready to come and talk. our correspondent peter bowes joins us live from los angeles. just explain what this means. this
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could prove to be more symbolic than practical. it is certainly a move that perhaps opens the door for more sanctions against north korea. perhaps economic sanctions. the kind of sanctions that donald trump has wa nted of sanctions that donald trump has wanted for some time. the united nations stopped short of implementing the full range of sanctions that donald trump would like to have seen. this isn't an mechanism to facilitate. north korea has been on this list before and was taken off has been on this list before and was ta ken off by has been on this list before and was taken off by president george w bush when i think it was considered then that progress was being made in terms of negotiations with north korea. it seems as if president trump thinks no progress is being made. now this measure, this move, is necessary to move things forward. can we think anything of the timing given that president trump has just
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completed his asian tour? as we well know, donald trump feels that his tour of asia was a huge success and this could perhaps be him apparently capitalising on that feeling of being emboldened and powered by his success on being emboldened and powered by his success on that trip, as he sees it. we know that donald trump is the kind of president who seems to govern through rhetoric and there has been a lot of rhetoric to north korea, phrases like fire and furious. inflate this may be being more symbolic gesture does go along with the kind of style we are seeing with the kind of style we are seeing with donald trump in terms of his approach to north korea. we have got to wait and see what is announced in 24 to wait and see what is announced in 2a hours' tighe. how the practical
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differences will affect north korea. —— tighe. differences will affect north korea. -- tighe. peter bowes, live in la. —— time. our other top story today. zimbabwe's ruling party — zanu—pf — has agreed to begin the formal process of impeaching president robert mugabe — hours after he ignored the deadline for him to resign. he's accused of allowing his wife to usurp power and — at the age of 93 — of being incapable of governing. from harare — our africa editor fergal keane sent this report. they're still the muscle behind the political manoeuvring. and when the generals speak, people and politicians listen. tonight, they hinted in a rare press conference that talks between robert mugabe and his would—be successor, emmerson mnangagwa, would happen soon. the zimbabwe defence and security services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the president and the former vice—president, comrade emmerson mnangagwa, who is expected in the country shortly. thereafter, the nation will be
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advised on the outcome of talks between the two. a suggestion of talks and a road map has encouraged speculation that robert mugabe is starting to feel the political pressure as, piece by piece, his power is shredded. his mps gathered in harare to begin the legal process of impeachment, removing him from office by parliamentary vote, and telling us it could happen in days. we are expecting the motion to be moved tomorrow, a committee to be set up tomorrow, and hopefully by wednesday, because the charges are so clear, we expect that we should be able to vote in parliament. it could be done that soon? yes. in the audience, a first lady in waiting, auxilia, wife of emmerson mnangagwa, who the party wants as president. how are you? will your husband be coming soon? i'm not commenting on that. everybody is waiting to see him.
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i'm also waiting to see him as well. thank you very much. well, you can hear the emotions are building here, and this is a parliamentary party set on getting rid of robert mugabe. they share that ambition with the people of zimbabwe, with the military. listen, when the people have spoken, that is it. the people have spoken in zimbabwe. zanu—pf are speaking. and we are good to go. but the generals are in a bind. they banked on robert mugabe caving in quickly. however, last night's rambling speech to the nation made no mention of resigning. i will preside over these processes... he appeared detached from reality, talking about presiding over a party congress. the question is why the generals allowed this to happen. partly, it's to do with a changed africa. the old days of shooting leaders are gone. human rights lawyer, beatrice mtetwa, was once persecuted by robert mugabe.
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she says the generals and mr mnangagwa want to be seen to be acting constitutionally. zimbabwean culture has always been that you make the law, you justify your actions on the basis that this is the law, and this is in line with the zimbabwean way of doing things. give it respectability by making it law, however bad it is. the talks mooted tonight might yet end this crisis. but the people are ready for impeachment. and that legal path is about ensuring the legitimacy of those who rule zimbabwe next. fergal keane, bbc news, harare. also making news this hour — the german chancellor, angela merkel, has said she would prefer to have a snap election than lead a minority government. she told german television that the liberal free democrats were to blame for ending four weeks of coalition negotiations on sunday. mrs merkel‘s former coalition partner, the spd leader martin schulz, has again ruled out continuing with their grand coalition.
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the european union's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said the eu would prefer an ambitious future partnership with britain once it leaves. but he's also warned member governments to prepare for no deal. an update on a story that we've been following here on newsday. an argentine navy spokesman says sounds picked up on sonar equipment did not come from a missing submarine in the south atlantic, dashing hopes for the search and rescue operation. the vessel — with 44 crew on board — had reported an electrical breakdown before it disappeared five days ago. us television presenter, charlie rose, has reportedly apologised for what he called ‘inappropriate behaviour‘ after allegations of sexual harassment. his network shows were suspended following a washington post report in which eight women accused him of harassment. in a statement carrying his apology, rose said he did not believe all the accusations against him were accurate. now — pictures of a lucky escape
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for all involved when a small plane crashed on a highway in florida. police dashcam footage shows the plane coming in dangerously low, before it crashes and swerves into trees on the side of the road. the pilot had suffered engine trouble, and was trying to make an emergency landing. it's now believed more than 600,000 rohingya muslims have left mynamar‘s rakhine state — driven out by a military operation. a scathing new report from amnesty international on their plight will be released in the coming hours. it calls their treatment a crime against humanity. 0ur reporterjon donnison has more. 0n bangladesh's border with myanmar, refugees keep on coming, escaping with what little they can carry. in recent months, it is estimated some 600,000 muslim rohingyas have fled rakhine state. we are now servicing several
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hundred thousand people in the surrounding area. it is a registered refugee camp. it adds on to different collective sites down south. the government in myanmar rejects allegations of human rights abuses for driving the rohingya muslims out. but a new daming report by amnesty international accuses them of doing so. the refugees have grim stories to tell. translation: some of them did not beat us but stole our belongings. when we were in a big group they did not attack, but when the men weren't there, they beat us. translation: they burnt down our houses. we could not leave there.
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we had to leave. as aung san suu kyi hosted foreign ministers, she could face more tough questions about the plight of the rohingyas. she has already met this week with the chinese foreign minister who put forward a new plan starting with a ceasefire to allow refugees to return home. but it was very short of detail. the hundreds of thousands fled because they were in fear of their lives. they will not go back until they feel safe. and that does not seem likely anytime soon. jon donnison, bbc news. michael vatikiotis is the regional director at the centre for humanitarian dialogue here in singapore. we are still waiting to see the full
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revelation of all of the horrors that have happened to these people on the ground. there is a fact—finding mission from the un and also the office of the commission of human rights that is investigating. i think it will take a while for exactly what happened. what happened on the ground in rakhine state when the army went in and clear boost villagers, to clearly emerge. that this —— is this now the properform for them to vent out their views on what aung san suu kyi and the military have been doing in tackling this rohingya issue? she has been to an apec meeting in vietnam, and asean summit in manila. she has been in front of these people for ten days or so and that hasn't really been a direct confrontation. i think the only people who really raised it with her directly, at least in public, was the canadian prime
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minister. she has largely managed to get through these meetings without much pushback. and she is basically excellent —— exonerated the military by not saying anything. at think eve ryo ne by not saying anything. at think everyone in the international community wants to say that she must be under a lot of pressure. that she can't speak out publicly. however, what's really interesting, even more so, perhaps, if there is a great deal of public support for this position. the narrative that that myanmar government has that there was a terrorist attack and the army responded. it's not just was a terrorist attack and the army responded. it's notjust the army but also the public that that narrative. this is a major problem. 600,000 rohingya refugees and now in bangladesh and china has put forward a so—called three stage solution to resolve this issue between myanmar and bangladesh. is it practical?|j think and bangladesh. is it practical?” think what is really interesting is that myanmar is susceptible to pressure from china. bangladesh also
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sees china as a close friend. i think it is very interesting to see how chinese diplomacy has pivoted away from inaction towards a more, what can only be described as, interventionist role. i think for the chinese, there have been able to justify it by saying it is affecting multiple countries in the region. and briefly, before we let you go, how will this be resolved? for the time being, there can be no question about people returning and so i think most people are now beginning to a cce pt think most people are now beginning to accept that the majority of these people, what ever the officials say, many of them will have to be integrated into bangladesh. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: nearly all of nepal's heritage sites were damaged or destroyed in the 2015 earthquake — now the un's specialist body says restoration work is not being done properly. also on the programme, we ask — howjustified are suspicions of chinese influence in the operation to remove zimbabwe's president mugabe from power?
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—— the bells ring out for queen elizabeth and prince philip on their 70th wedding anniversary. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she has asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson has been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black—majority government in this country, and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's
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residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds‘ worth of damage. this is newsday. welcome back, everybody. i am rico hizon in singapore. and i am babita sharma in london. our top stories: donald trump officially puts north korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism and warns of very large sanctions to come. zimbabwe‘s governing zanu—pf party is expected to start impeachment proceedings against president robert mugabe on tuesday. let‘s take a look at some front pages from around the world. well, as president trump reinstates north korea on the us list of countries that sponsor terrorism, the international new york times has
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published an article looking at new ways to counter pyongyang. the us administration is reportedly exploring all possible options, from cyber weapons to drones. the south china morning post also reports on north korea, specifically about the visit of china‘s special envoy to pyongyang. the two sides have not reached any agreement on the issue of nuclear weapons — so much so that a regional expert is quoted saying that "china‘s direct influence on north korea is limited." the japan times headlines another regional crisis, the rohingya in myanmar. it reports some of the comments of myanmar leader aung san suu kyi, who said that illegal immigration was one of the root causes of the conflict in rakhine state. finally, in the business section of china daily, the e—commerce giant alibaba grabs the headlines. the company has bought stakes in china‘s largest hypermarket chain, sun art retail.
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queen elizabeth and the duke of edinburgh are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, the longest in the royal family‘s history. they are marking the occasion privately with family and friends at windsor castle. the church bells have been ringing out this afternoon at westminster abbey here in london, where the queen and prince philip were married. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. for any girl her wedding day is the day of her life. as the 21—year—old princess arrives at westminster abbey, it was her moment too. a november day, two years at the end of the second world war. a westminster abbey wedding of then princess elizabeth and lieutenant philip mountbatten. i elizabeth alexandra mary. take thee philip. to my wedded husband. it was the start of a marriage
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which has endured for 70 years and which, from the moment elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, has underpinned the success and stability of her reign as queen. those who know them have no doubt that the bride and groom who signed the marriage register that day at the abbey were deeply committed to each other. 0bviously they were very much in love, it is early love as far as i can understand it, so it is a love match essentially. it is a great love story. a deeply loyal sense of duty, which is bolstered and encouraged and uplifted by theirfaith. the early years of the queen‘s reign were not without difficulty for the duke. he felt he had no clear purpose — but he adapted to the role of consort to the monarch,
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and for decade after decade they toured the world and fulfilled official duties together. a couple so much of whose lives have been public, sustained by the private bond between them which remains strong and deep, as the latest photographs, issued to mark their platinum wedding anniversary, make clear. at westminster abbey, bells are being run to mark the anniversary. as for the couple themselves, they are spending the day quietly at windsor, where there will be a private family party in their honour tonight. 2.5 years since a devastating earthquake struck nepal, little progress has been made in restoring its heritage sites. the global heritage body unesco has criticised the government and expressed concerns over the building materials and techniques being used. the sites are likely to be placed on on a danger list next year the entire system feels
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like it is being run by bureaucracy who has very little to lose, who don‘t need to go back for votes, who will never get fired, and who come from areas where they have never had a chance to get connected with their heritage. if we have the bidding we should actually be bidding amongst the contractors who can implement the work. 0ut here we have any contractor bidding for the work, which doesn't guarantee that they even know how to do, you know, conservation work on the monuments.
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and very often the contractors don't even know what they are actually bidding for. we had the design and we were going to do it. we had procured items, people were pulling things out of their retirement funds to fund this, and they literally came and closed the site. why is it not ok to have nepali people reconstructing? these structures that you see, which everybody else just calls temples, they are not just temples to us. they are part of our identity. and if we start losing our space for us to interact with it, a huge chunk of nepali identity will be lost. it will be really sad if we lose a lot of this heritage.
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if these monuments were not here, this could be any place, anywhere. kathmandu would look like any other city. the famous georgia dome stadium in atlanta is no more. the stadium was demolished with a controlled implosion on monday. it was the home stadium for the atlanta falcons of the national football league. and at its debut in 1992, the georgia dome was the largest covered stadium in the world by capacity. its successor is the mercedes—benz stadium that has been built next door. years to build, second to destroy.
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and before we go, let‘s take you to china — a victoria‘s secret show has hit the stage. gigi hadid and katy perry hit the stage. the headlines were dominated by pass put issues for gigi hadid. also, in the previous show, katy perry appeared to show support for taiwan. in china, flying over a wind tunnel has become a highlight at zhenjiang new area aviation carnival in jiangsu province. for many it was a very mild
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start to the new week. 16.6 was the high, well above average for this time of year. we stay in the mild air for tuesday and for much of the week. i‘m sure you‘ve noticed an area of low pressure and a frontal system, which means rain. at eight o‘clock in the morning, that rain is draped across scotland and likely to keep falling here through much of the day, just clear of northern ireland. rain returning here later in the morning. it could be a tricky rush hour, particularly through the central belt, heavy and persistent rain. not as cold as it has been, milder air nudging north. that rain will be just about clear of northern england, but certainly down underfoot, with mist and murk and low cloud. in much of england and wales, lots of cloud, but aside from the odd patch of drizzle it will be mainly dry and mild. temperatures around 11 or 12.
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through england and wales, through the day, that cloud will try to thin and break, especially to the lee of high ground. so there could be a bit of brightness. the rain keeps falling over scotland and later in the day we see another spell of rain in northern england, and northern wales. to the south and east of that, mainly dry. the best of any brightness will be here. mild, with high temperatures of around 1a or 13 celsius. still quite cool in scotland. in the evening, more rain to come through scotland, slowly pulling away, then a different spell of rain pushing east across england and wales and becoming more persistent across north—west england and north wales as we head through the early hours of wednesday morning. the winds will be strengthening as well, likely to touch gale force along the western and southern coasts. a mild night as we go into wednesday. a much windier day. chance of gales in some places. persistent rain across northern parts of wales, northern ireland, and perhaps stretching up to southern parts of scotland. to the south and east of this, mainly dry, with the best of any brightness. we could well see 15 celsius,
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butjust 8 in the far north of scotland. lots of isobars through wednesday night and into thursday. strong winds. this front will sweep these, but that will bring heavy rain for a time. how quickly it clears from the south—east of england is a bit open to doubt at the moment. behind it we start to lose some of the milder air and something colderjust starting to dig back in. a sign of things to come by the weekend. on thursday we could see some snow once again over the mountains of scotland. some rain across northern england. further south, it should be mainly dry, with some sunshine. but eventually some rain pushing back in later. still mild here, 12—14 celsius the high. much colder further north. this is bbc world news. our top story. united states president, donald trump, has put north korea back on the list of state—sponsors of terrorism. mr trump said putting north korea back on the list would trigger further large sanctions. the us secretary of state says he still hopes for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. as robert mugabe‘s party prepares to start impeachment proceedings
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against him, zimbabwe‘s military says there has been ‘encouraging‘ contact between mugabe and his former vice—president. argentina says its missing submarine — which has 44 crew on board — had reported a mechanical breakdown. a navy spokesman says sounds picked up by two search vessels earlier did not come from the submarine. they had been detected on the route it would have taken. the vessel disappeared last wednesday. that‘s all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk. members of the cabinet are understood to have broadly agreed that the government should increase the money given to the eu
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