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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories... the governing anc tells south african presidentjacob zuma — you are being removed as head of state. north korea's leader speaks of a "warm climate of reconciliation" with the south, after a delegation returns from the winter olympics. a special report on the people, including thousands of children, fleeing the violence in the democratic republic of congo. and dodging dogs in india. fear on the streets where thousands die every yearfrom rabies. hello to you. some developing news from south africa.
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and the ruling african national congress has decided to "recall" or remove president jacob zuma as head of state. earlier, after a 13 hour meeting of the party's top leadership, they'd given him 48 hours to resign. he has long been under pressure over corruption allegations. local media are reporting a late night visit by the party's new head, cyril ramaphosa, to mr zuma's house. the bbc‘s milton nkosi is in pretoria, and sent this report earlier. what we now know is that since we have him here, the president of the anc, cyril ramaphosa, drove out and he went to presidentjacob zuma's official residence, and when he arrived there, there was some delay at the gate. they said it was too late, but eventually they were let in. and after a very brief period, the convoy returned back here and they were still talking, i suppose, at that time, he had been coming
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back for president jacob zuma at that time, he had been coming back for presidentjacob zuma on whether he would voluntarily resign or whether he would be forced to the recall, probably to an impeachment process in parliament. that would be a humiliation that cyril ramaphosa had said publicly he is trying to avoid, remember that president jacob zuma still a man's considerable political support in rural areas in particular, hints of africa. he is an anti—apartheid struggle hero, he spent ten years behind bars on robin ivins, alongside nelson mandela, fighting apartheid and white—minority rule. is corruption allegations that are here today have been hanging over him or well over a decade now, and his own party has been calling for him to step down. it now looks like he is left with no other option but to concede to the cause of his own party, the african
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national congress, which is the old est national congress, which is the oldest liberation movement on the african continent, and to respect its own wishes for him to step down, just as they did with thabo mbeki, his predecessor, in 2008. now, south africans are waiting to hear whether presidentjacob africans are waiting to hear whether president jacob zuma has africans are waiting to hear whether presidentjacob zuma has agreed to step down. that story is very much on the move, of course. we will bring you more as soon as we have it. in a dramatic change of tune, the north korean leader has described south korea as "very impressive" and declared he wants to build on the atmosphere of reconciliation with the south, surrounding the winter olympics. state media say kimjung—un was briefed by a delegation of senior officials, including his sister, who've just returned to pyongyang, from the south. let's get the very latest from our correspondent stephen mcdonell in seoul. if something really happening here?
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well, it is not everyday that you get the north korean leader praising the south. normally, he is talking about this country as being the puppet of us imperialist and the like, and yet it seems the rapid and unexpected thaw in relations between the two koreas is increasing here during the winter olympics. according to kim jong—un, during the winter olympics. according to kimjong—un, the effo rts according to kimjong—un, the efforts of the south are being very impressive in their handling of this delegation of athletes and officials who came here for the games, and he called for thais to become even warmer, and this is all in a state report which said he had heard back from the delegation, which had returned to pyongyang after the olympics and liked what he heard. you have been observing this region for a long time, depending on who you talk to, this is either a major geopolitical shift or meaningless charm offensive. how do you read it?
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well, i think whether you like it or not, it is still a big shift, i mean people have criticised this and saying that the north should not be rewarded at the moment, it still has massive human rights abuses, it still has its nuclear weapons, and so still has its nuclear weapons, and so why are rewarded with engagement? the flipside to that argument is you do not make peace with your friends, do not make peace with your friends, do you? you make peace with your enemies and there needs to be some sort of dialogue to prevent a global nuclear catastrophe, and so, those who are in favour of increasing talks, increasing communication between north and south would be very heartened by that. these are just remarkable events and just remember, months ago, we did not even thinks the north koreans were even thinks the north koreans were even going to come to the winter olympics, there was speculation they could be firing of missiles to try and upstage the games, and yet we are seeing this unprecedented communication between the two
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countries, certainly in recent yea rs. countries, certainly in recent years. just very, very briefly if you can, what is the mood like, particularly from the us? well, the us, it is very confusing what we are getting out of the trump administration, we had the vice president reportedly saying that they are up for talks with north korea without conditions, and then the secretary of state rex tillerson has said no, the north koreans have to do certain things before we will have talks. i'm not sure of that is because there is a misunderstanding between the two or if they do not agree with each other, or if this is just a semantic distinction and we are talking about the same thing, but we are yet to find out just what the trump administration thinks about relations with the north. thank you very much for that. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. president trump's daughter—in—law vanessa, wife of his son donald junior, has been taken to hospital after she opened a letter containing white powder. the letter, addressed to her husband, was sent to their apartment in new york.
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she and two others were decontaminated by firefighters as a precaution. it's since been established that the powder was not hazardous. president trump has promised the biggest infrastructure investment in american history. he claims his new budget will create thousands ofjobs, building roads, ports and airports. he's proposing a $1.5 trillion investment — most of it through privatisation, just $200 billion from public funds. his budget also cuts billions from transportation funding and federal water and energy investment. london city airport is expected to reopen on tuesday morning after royal navy bomb disposal experts removed a second world war bomb from the site. flights have been cancelled or re—routed during the day. hundreds of people were moved to safety but have since been allowed to return, once experts floated the unexploded bomb from king george the fifth dock. one of britain's biggest charities, oxfam, is under more pressure with the revelation that some of its staff in haiti and chad sexually exploited people they were sent to help. the charities regulator has opened an inquiry,
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describing the news, in a statement, as "shocking". the british government has given oxfam until the end of the week to explain how it will make sure such abuses never happen again. oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned over the way a sex scandal involving aid workers in haiti was handled — penny lawrence said she was taking full responsibility. the british charity is accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims that staff used prostitutes there. will grant has more from port au prince. the girl, a street corner, parked car, in the poorest country in the americas, buying sex is easy. it is a common scene on any americas, buying sex is easy. it is a common scene on any given americas, buying sex is easy. it is a common scene on any given night in haiti, girls, somejust teenagers risking their lives for a few dollar bills. ordinarily, internationalaid agencies help tackle the problem, oxfam, however, is now embroiled in it. we have spent the past few days
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talking to former oxfam employees in haiti, most are too scared to share their faces haiti, most are too scared to share theirfaces on haiti, most are too scared to share their faces on camera, haiti, most are too scared to share theirfaces on camera, fearful of retribution for speaking out. but they will confirm the story about oxfa m they will confirm the story about oxfam in 2011, in particular its disgraced country director. some ex pats disgraced country director. some expats come to haiti to work, others come to party and look for girls every night. the drivers picking up the girls had no choice, it was theirjob and they were told to do it. another former security guard claimed young and underaged girls we re claimed young and underaged girls were among the victims. i can tell ifa were among the victims. i can tell if a sure there were six parties at the house, he told me. young people would often come to the office looking for the director and i'm sure these people were not there will work. its part, the haitian government confirmed to the bbc that it is willing to open a full investigation into the allegations. other haitians working in the
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charity sector agree that the problems go beyond oxfam alone. after the earthquake, international organisations, what is the result? i will not say zero, but you cannot see the result. oxfam is facing perhaps the biggest challenge of its history, its international reputation in serious jeopardy. history, its international reputation in seriousjeopardy. if it is going to take time to rebuild its name in the united kingdom, in haiti, it may never fully recover. a surge of violence in the democratic republic of congo has forced thousands to flee to neighbouring uganda. in the past week, ethnic clashes have intensified in the east of the country, stoking fears of a return to massacres last witnessed nearly 20 years ago, when tens of thousands were killed. the bbc‘s anne soy has met some of those attempting to escape.
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her report contains some disturbing images. this has become a safe haven, thousands of congolese arrive here daily, forced to run from ethnic violence. more than half of those fleeing our children. —— are. it isa it is a perilous journey from the congolese border, some of these people are using vessels that are u nsafe people are using vessels that are unsafe and in some cases, the lake is rough. we have heard reports of vessels like this one capsizing. but desperate refugees have little choice, they either risk being attacked and killed at home, or dying in water. this canoe was very close to the shore when it was overpowered by strong winds, drowning four occupants. the body of a three—year—old was later washed up
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the shore. three of his relatives are still missing. only his father survived the accident. translation: i was travelling with my brother, my son and two other people. i swam to the shore, after heavy winds overturned canoe. the pain of losing an only child. his mother came on a different boat, she was waiting to receive him here, live. this 47—year—old says his family hid in the bushes when their village was attacked, when they came out, he found what the his children had been butchered. he then decided to rescue the remaining eight. translation: i could not bury them, the enemy does not like us burying our bed. they chop them up, we can't even recognise them. i am sad, my heart is troubled. i do not know what we
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did to wrong them. many harrowing stories from survivors here. this man tells me that 16 members of his extended family were killed. the death toll from the clashes across the border is still unknown. this is the border is still unknown. this is the largest refugee flight from the dacasince ethnic massacre 20 years ago. -- drc‘s. conflict has kept the residents of this region paul. aid agencies are struggling to deal with the influx. to make sure we have accurate numbers in relation to how many people move through because we move people move through because we move people so quickly, we do not want to lose them in this way, we also want
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people joining. from the testimonies we have had, there are many more congolese gathered on the other side of the border, so it is expected that in the coming days, refugees are expected to arrive here in large numbers. here, they hope for a new beginning. for some, numbers. here, they hope for a new beginning. forsome, like this mother of three, this is their new home. her country of birth of her of her husband, she has vowed never to go back. —— robbed her. stay with us on bbc news. taking a trip back to the 1960s. the new exhibition celebrating a decade of pop art, political change and ruby design. —— groovy. there's mr mandela.
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mr nelson mandela, a free man, taking his first steps into a new south africa. iran's spiritual leader, ayatollah khomeini, has said he's passed a death sentence on salman rushdie, the british author of a book which many muslims say is blasphemous. the people of haiti have flocked to church to give thanks for the ousting of their former president, 'baby doc' duvalier. because of his considerable value as a stallion, shergar was kept in a special secure box in the stud farm's central block. shergar was driven away in a horse box the thieves had brought with them. there stepped down from the plane a figure in mourning. elizabeth ii, queen of this realm and of all her other realms and territories. head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the governing anc tells south african president jacob zuma you are being removed
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as head of state. north korea's leader speaks of a "warm climate of reconciliation" with the south after a delegation returns from the winter olympics. police have named the three british tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon over the weekend. becky dobson, jason hill and stuart hill died saturday evening, while three others and the pilot were left injured. it is not clear what caused the accident. the bbc‘s james cook reports. it's just before sunset in the grand canyon and a helicopter is ablaze. on board were three british couples and a local pilot. two men in white shirts approach one of the survivors, seen on the bottom right of the picture. three of the tourists died at the scene. they were stuart hill, a mercedes salesman in brighton who was celebrating his 30th birthday and his girlfriend, becky dobson,
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a receptionist from worthing in west sussex. she was 27. stuart's brother, jason hill, a lawyer in milton keynes, also died. he was 32 years old. his girlfriend, jennifer barham, survived. also on board were newlyweds ellie milward and jonathan udall, seen here on the left at their wedding with becky and stuart. the friends had been saving up for their holiday for a year. all three who died had attending worthing college. as ex—alumni of the college they've gone on with their passions, enjoying their lives and going on with their careers as they wanted and to get to this stage in their life and die so young is just devastating. in the minutes after the crash, passengers and crew from other helicopters in the area rushed to help. they included a nurse, katie kineally.
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when we finally got some medical equipment down there i started helping with putting iv lines in and other crews came down with pain medications so i started administering that, gave them fluids to help prevent them going into shock. kept a close eye on them and did what i could do. the helicopter took off from boulder city in nevada, travelling through the grand canyon they crashed in the remote quartermaster canyon in arizona at 5:40pm. a dust storm meant rescue teams had to walk to the scene. it was 2am, nearly nine hours later, before the survivors were flown to hospital. we weren't able to extract everybody from the crash site until 2am. high winds, browned—out dust conditions, rugged terrain, and as you know, when you fly in treacherous conditions like this, you have to have special training and special people. the grand canyon is attractive because it is untamed, drawing visitors from all over the world. the tour papillion airways flies around 600,000 people a year. this crash involving a eurocopter ec130 is the firm's second fatal accident here.
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the three british survivors and the pilot are being treated at this hospital in las vegas. all four are said to be in critical condition. a third of all rabies deaths worldwide occur in india, around 20,000 a year, according to estimates from the world health organization. if untreated, a bite from a rabid dog is almost always fatal. patients die in agony. so why isn't india doing more to tackle the problem? here's our south asia correspondentjustin rowlatt. it is 8:00 at night and this is the main shopping street in leh. leh is the capital of a himalayan region in the north of india. now, normally, you would expect a street like this to be fairly busy. now, it is winter, but there is another reason why this place is so quiet and that is that
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lots of people here are simply too frightened to come out, and that is because they have a really serious problem with stray dogs. at least 180 people were bitten by dogs last year. one man was mauled to death. i want to get an idea of the scale of the problem. so we're out here looking to see how many dogs we can find. and just to be on the safe side, i've brought a stick. there's obviously some dogs down here. there are estimated to be 30 million stray dogs in india. huge numbers of people are bitten. one estimate is that as many as 15 million people could be bitten each year, and an indicator of just how serious that is are the world health organization's statistics on rabies — 20,000 people a year die of rabies here in india. that is a third of the world total.
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here, here! there's a ton up here. everywhere you go in the city, you hear this — you just hear dogs barking. they're all over the place. now, this is a problem across india and it's really, really difficult to solve. one of the reasons why is because there is a law against killing feral dogs. now, there have been attempts at vaccinating them and sterilising them, but it simply hasn't been working. and until a solution can be found, the streets of india' cities will continue to be very dangerous. from andy warhol's pop art to the civil rights and anti—war movements, the 1960s was a decade of social and political change. now a new exhibit at the philadelphia art museum is bringing together photographs, paintings, architecture, and fashion that highlight
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the creativity and spirit of this extraordinary time in american culture. revolution, war, social our people and assassinations marked the 1960s but on the front lines of culture, everything was groovy, baby. designers and artists experimented with new forms, new materials and a new more mobile age. consumer culture in the 1960s was really a driving force of innovation and experimentation. the new use of materials like plastic allowed for furniture and design objects to be mass produced or miniature rise and this goes along with the rise of the jet age so people are flying all over the world and that's part of consumer culture. i know small was
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supposed to be beautiful in the 60s but this tv isn't really practical, is it? that's a great question. the screen is it? that's a great question. the screen is curved so the image might bea screen is curved so the image might be a bit distorted but it's bright and colourful and fun and it's portable, you can take it anywhere with that chain on top. the furniture, that looks uncomfortable. it looks uncomfortable, i see that at the curves of the sofa give you something to lean into and there is something to lean into and there is some cushioning to give you some support. all that's missing is the love lamp. designed in 1963, it would fit perfectly. this was the jet age and also the space age. tonight —— designers responded with equal boldness, unapologetic colour and an exuberance that matched the soaring ambitions of the age. these are two textiles that were created in anticipation and to commemorate the lunar landing in anticipation and to commemorate the lunarlanding in in anticipation and to commemorate the lunar landing in 1969, the summer the lunar landing in 1969, the summer of 1969. quite trippy. they
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are fabulous but what would you do with them, they are textiles? eddie squires, the one on the top, would make a squires, the one on the top, would makea mint 's squires, the one on the top, would make a mint 's —— an interesting bedspread. not address? i don't think i would be walking around with rockets on my clothes or astronauts. even in the 60s. even in the 60s. but there was a dark side to the p0p- but there was a dark side to the pop. president kennedy do -- president kennedy died at 1pm central standard time. anti-war whole appropriated the singular grief ofjackie whole appropriated the singular grief of jackie kennedy to mass consumption as americans look for a way to publicly express their feelings. that collective emotion was further enhanced by television, the way most people experienced the funeral of martin luther king a few yea rs funeral of martin luther king a few years later. at a time when rigid norms were breaking down, artists played openly with people's perceptions. the results, as this exhibition demonstrates, was far out. the official portraits of barack
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obama and michelle obama have been unveiled in washington. barack obama called his likeness "pretty sharp". about hers, mrs obama just said, wow. among those in attendance, former vice presidentjoe biden and steven spielberg and tom hanks. president obama joked his yearbook picture was the closest he had come to receiving such an honour up until now. the main story again, some developing news. the ruling african national congress has decided to recall or remove president jacob zuma as head of state. his long been the subject of corruption allegations. —— he has long been. tuesday's weather is a wet, windy, and for some of us,
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rather wintry tale. the culprit — an area of low pressure swinging in from the atlantic that will bring some disruptive snow to the northern half of the uk. some wet and windy conditions further south. so here it is — this weather front pushing in from the west. a low—pressure centre to the north. the low itself will keep the winds up right the way across the british isles. the worst of the snow will be through the morning in time for the rush hour, sadly, across scotland with 5—10 centimetres possible across the highlands. but a good few centimetres possible through the centre belt, making for a dangerous rush hour. for northern ireland, perhaps the worst of the snow pulling away by 8am, but not i think before we've had some significant accumulations. snow for the pennines and the higher ground of wales too. but even to lower levels for a while, even possible across the midlands. then further south, we've got some heavy rain and some strong winds. so for the morning, a very messy picture. keep up to date with the travel
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on your bbc local radio station. this is the way the day then pans out. this whole weather front will push its way eastwards, clearer skies will follow on from the west, but some wintry showers for scotland and northern ireland. so you can see scotland clears considerably as the day goes by. but that threat of something a little bit winter across the midlands through the mid afternoon is mostly rain by the time that front gets into eastern england in the second part of the day. still a chilly story wherever you are, even with some sunshine. highs ofjust 4 or 5 degrees. this weather front away to the east through tuesday evening, overnight into wednesday, clear skies again after that falling snow and all the moisture lying around, a widespread frost developing. ice a big risk first thing on wednesday. you can see, we're talking about quite a widespread frost for first thing wednesday, and quite a hard frost as well. towards the west, though, notice the blue easing somewhat by the end of the night. that's because we'll see a weather front approaching, trying to bring in some cloud, which will lift the temperatures, but of course, it's bumping
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into all that cold air, so again, snow a potential problem for scotland, i think, parts of northern england and wales. behind the weather front, some milder air coming in, so turning back to rain across northern ireland and wales as the day goes on. temperatures in double figures for cardiff and plymouth through the afternoon. that weather system, again, well, that moves through pretty quickly off into the continent for the small hours of thursday. then we're still left with a low—pressure centre driving our weather for the remainder of the week. it will keep some showers pushing into scotland and northern ireland, and some of them could be wintry for a time. but generally, things look a little milder by the end of the week. the latest headlines... south africa's african national congress party executive committee has decided to remove president jacob zuma as head of state. faced mounting allegations
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from his party to end his scandal—plagued second term. the party has the authority to order him to step down, although he might yet refuse. in a dramatic change of tone, the north korean leader kimjong—un says he wants to build on the "warm climate of reconciliation" with the south, following the visit of senior officials to the winter olympics. state media says mr kim met the delegation, including his sister, on its return to pyongyang. oxfam is under more pressure, with the revelation that some of its staff in haiti and chad sexually exploited people they were sent to help. the government has given oxfam until the end of the week to explain how it will make sure such abuses never happen again.
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