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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the governing anc tells south african president jacob 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 the dogs in india — fear on the streets where thousands die every yearfrom rabies bites. hello. first, some developing news from south africa. the ruling african national congress has decided to "recall" or remove president jacob zuma as head of state. earlier, after a 13—hour meeting
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of the party's top leadership, they'd given him 48 hours to resign. mr zuma, who faces corruption allegations, has been resisting pressure to step down since he was replaced by cyril ramaphosa as head of the party in december. what we now know is that since we have been here, the president of the anc, cyril ramaphosa, drove out, and he went to presidentjacob zuma's official web it is, and when he arrived there, there was some delay with the gate. —— official residence. eventually, they were let in. after a brief period, the convoy returned back here, and they were still talking, i suppose, returned back here, and they were still talking, isuppose, at returned back here, and they were still talking, i suppose, at that time. he had been coming back with the response from presidentjacob zuma on whether he would voluntarily resign or whether he would be forced
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to be recalled, probably through an impeachment process in parliament. and it would be a humiliation that cyril ramaphosa had said publicly he is trying to avoid. remember that presidentjacob is trying to avoid. remember that president jacob zuma still commands considerable medical report —— considerable medical report —— considerable clinical support in rural areas. he is an anti—apartheid hero. he spent ten years behind bars alongside nelson mandela, fighting colonialism and white minority rule. this corruption allegations that have been brought to they have been hanging over him for well over a decade, now. 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 calls of his own party, the african national congress, which is the old est national congress, which is the oldest liberation movement on the african continent, and to respect
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its own wishes for him to step down, just as they did with his predecessor in 2008. now south africans are waiting to hear whether residentjacob africans are waiting to hear whether resident jacob zuma has africans are waiting to hear whether residentjacob zuma has agreed to step down. in a dramatic change of tone, the north korean leader has described south korea as "very impressive" and declared he wants to build on the atmosphere of reconciliation, surrounding the winter olympics. state media say kimjong—un has been briefed by a delegation of senior officials, including his sister, who've just returned to pyongyang, from the south. i asked our correspondent in seoul, stephen mcdonell, what's going on. it is not every day you get the north korean leader praising the south. normally he is talking about the puppets of us imperialists and that sort of thing. instead the floor between the two
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countries is increasing over the winter olympics. —— thaw. he said that their handling of delegations and officials was impressive, and he called for thais to be warmer. this was all to be in a state report, where he said he turned back to the delegation had returned from pyongyang, and liked what he heard. depending on who you talk to, this is either a major political shift, oi’ is either a major political shift, ora is either a major political shift, or a charm offensive. how do you read it? i think whether you like it oi’ read it? i think whether you like it or not, it is still a big shift. people have criticised this and said that the north should not be rewarded at the moment. it still has
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massive human rights abuses, still has nuclear weapons, and so wild brawl at web engagement? but the flipside is that is you do not make peace with your friends, do you? you make it with your enemies. they need to be some sort of dialogue to prevent a global nuclear catastrophe. and so those that are in favour of increasing talks in communication between the north and south would be very hard and by that. these are remarkable events. —— heartened by that. a few months ago, we did not think that the north koreans would even come to the olympics. there was speculation they could be firing of missiles to upstage the games, and yet we are seeing this unprecedented communication between the two countries. certainly in recent yea rs. countries. certainly in recent years. just very, very briefly, stephen, if you can, what is the next likely move from the us? the us, it is confusing what we are getting out of the trump administration. we had the vice
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president reportedly saying that they are up for talks with north korea without conditions. and then rex tillerson has said no, no, the north koreans need to do certain things before we have talks. on not sure if that is because there is a misunderstanding between the two or they do not agree with one another, oi’ they do not agree with one another, or it isa they do not agree with one another, or it is a semantic decision, or if it is the same thing. we need to find out what the trump administration really thinks about conversation with the north. thank you for speaking to us from seoul, steven mcdonnell. 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. 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.
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he's proposing a one and a half trillion dollar investment — most of it through privatisation, just two hundred billion from public funds. his budget also cuts billions from transportation funding and federal water and energy investment. london city airport is expected to re—open on tuesday morning, after a royal navy bomb disposal team detonates a second world war bomb from the site. flights have been cancelled or re—routed during the day. hundreds of residents were moved to safety but were allowed to return once the unexploded bomb was floated out from king george v 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, 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
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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. a girl, a street corner a parked car. in the poorest country in the americas, buying sex is easy. it is commonly seen on any night in haiti, girls, some of them teenagers, risking their lives for dollar bills. aid agencies are supposed to be helping the problem. oxfam, however, is now embroiled in it. we spoke to former employees in haiti. most are too scared to show their faces on camera, fearful of retribution for speaking out. but they all confirmed the stories of oxfa m they all confirmed the stories of oxfam in 2011, in particular its
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disgraced country director. translation: some expats come to haiti to work. others come to party and look for deals every night. the drivers had no choice. it was their job and they had to do it. translation: another form of security guard claimed that young and underage girls were among the victims. -- another. he told me there was sex parties at the house. young people would come to the office looking to the director, and i'm sure those people are not there for work. for its part, the haitian government confirmed that it is ready to open a full investigation. it may be what happened at oxfam is just the tip of the iceberg, they said. they were start with the oxfam allegations to open a broader investigation. other organisations agree that the problem go beyond oxfa m agree that the problem go beyond
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oxfam alone. organisations see money, a lot of money, but the result? i am money, a lot of money, but the result? iam not money, a lot of money, but the result? i am not seeing zero. zero. but you cannot see the result. oxfam is facing perhaps the biggest result of its history. it international reputation is in seriousjeopardy. if it will take time for it to rebuild its name in the united kingdom, in haiti, it may never fully recover. will grant, bbc news, port—au—prince. a surge of violence in the democratic republic of congo has forced thousands to flee to neighbouring uganda. in the past week, ethnic clashes in the east have intensified, stoking fears of a return to the massacres of nearly 20 years ago when tens of thousands were killed. the bbc‘s anne soy met some of those trying to escape. her report does contain some disturbing images. this short has become a safe haven. thousands of congolese arrive here daily. they are forced to run from
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ethnic violence. more than half of those fleeing our children. it is a perilous journey from the congolese border to the other side. some of these people are using small canoes, and the lake is rough. we have reports of these capsizing. but desperate refugees have made a choice. they either risk being attacked and killed at home, or dying in the water. this canoe was very close to be sure when it was overpowered by strong winds, draining for occupants. the body of this three—year—old was later washed up this three—year—old was later washed up on 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 were there. i swam to the
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shore. after heavy winds overturned oui’ canoe. shore. after heavy winds overturned our canoe. the pain of losing an only child. this mother was waiting to receive her child alive. this 47—year—old said his family hid in the bushes when their village was attacked. when they came out, he found full of his children had been butchered. he then decided to rescue the remaining eight. translation: we could not bury them. the enemy does not like us burying oui’ the enemy does not like us burying our dead. they took them up. you can't even recognise them. i am sad. my can't even recognise them. i am sad. my heart is troubled. i don't know what we did to wrong then. -- them. many harrowing stories from survivors, here. this man tells me that 16 members of his extended family were killed. the death toll
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from the clashes across the border is still unknown. this is the largest refugee flight from the dic since another ethnic massacre barely 20 years ago. more than 60,000 people were killed then. —— drc. conflict has kept these people poor and the current flareup has driven them deeper into destitution. aid organisations are struggling to deal with the influx. what are the tax for? to ensure that we have accurate numbers about how many come through. we do want to lose them, and this way we do not want people joining on. “ way we do not want people joining on. -- tags. right. from the custom is that we have heard, there were many more congolese on the other side of the border. so it is expected that more will arrive in the coming days in large numbers. here, they hope for a new beginning.
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to some, like this mother of three, this is their new home. her country of birth robbed her of her husband. she has vowed never to go back. anne soy, bbc news. much more to come to you on bbc news, including taking a trip back to the sixties: the new exhibition celebrating a decade of pop art, political change, and groovy design. there's mr mandela. 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
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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 — south africa's ruling party, the anc, has told president jacob zuma "you are being removed as head of state." north korea's leader speaks of a "warm climate of reconciliation" and calls south korea "very impressive" after his delegation of senior officials returns from the winter olympics. police have named the three british tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon
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over the weekend. becky dobson, jason hill and stuart hill died on saturday evening. four more people, including the pilot, were injured. 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, 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.
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the friends had been saving up for their holiday for a year. all three who died had attending worthing college. —— all three who died had attended 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've 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. 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 5:20pm. a dust storm meant rescue teams
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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 company, papillion airways, flies around 600,000 people a year. this crash involving a eurocopter ec130 is the firm's second fatal accident here. 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 are in india — that's around 20,000 a year according to estimates from the world health organization.
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if untreated, a bite from a rabid dog is almost always fatal. so why isn't india doing more to tackle the problem? here's our south asia correspondent, justin 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 lots of people here in leh are simply too frightened to come out, and that is because leh has a really serious problem with stray dogs. at least 180 people were bitten by dogs last year. one man was mauled to death. now, 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. so there's obviously
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some dogs down here. barking. 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. 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. barking. now, this is a problem across india and it's really, really difficult to solve.
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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 indian cities will continue to be very dangerous. let's get the latest from pyeongchang on day 4 of the winter olympics, and some of the achievements so far. first up, the women's snowboarding halfpipe final has just finished and chloe kim, the 17—year—old american, has taken the gold. the tournament favourite dominated the qualifying rounds and finished with a near—perfect run to secure the medal. and in the mixed curling, the battle for bronze — the olympic athletes from russia have swept to victory ahead of norway, winning 8—4. canada and switzerland will be competing for gold later. from andy warhol's pop art
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to the civil rights and anti—war movements, the 19605 was a decade of social and political change. now, the philadelphia art museum is bringing together photographs, paintings, architecture and fashion to highlight the creativity and spirit of an extraordinary time in american culture. jane o'brien went to have a look. revolution, war, social upheaval and assassinations marked the 19605 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 19605 was really a driving force of innovation and experimentation. the new use of materials like plastic allowed for furniture and design objects to be ma55—produced or miniaturi5ed and this goes along with the rise of the jet age, so people are flying
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all over the world and that's part of consumer culture. i know small was supposed to be beautiful in the '605, but this tv isn't really practical, is it? yeah, that's a great question. the 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. and what about the furniture — that looks uncomfortable. it looks uncomfortable, i see that, but the curves of the sofa give you something to lean into and there is some cushioning to give you some support. all that's missing is the lava lamp. designed in 1963, it would fit perfectly. this was the jet age and also the space age. designers responded with equal boldne55, 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 1969,
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in the summer of 1969. they're quite trippy, aren't they? they're fabulous, but what would you do with them, as they are textiles? eddie squires, the one on the top, would make an interesting bedspread. not a dress? i don't think i would be walking around with rocket5 on my clothes or astronauts. even in the '605? even in the '605. but there was a dark side to the pop. president president kennedy died at 1pm central standard time. andy warhol appropriated the 5ingula grief ofjackie kennedy for mass consumption as americans looked 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 years later. at a time when rigid norms were breaking down, arti5t5 played openly with people's perceptions.
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the results, as this exhibition demonstrates, was far out. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. at the national portrait gallery in washington, the official portraits of president obama and his wife michelle have been unveiled. mr obama called his likene55 'pretty sharp', while mrs obama said of hers 5imply 'wow‘. among those in attendance were former vice presidentjoe biden and hollywood luminaries like stephen spielberg and tom hanks. president obama joked his yearbook victory was as close he had come to receiving 5uch victory was as close he had come to receiving such an honour up till now. thank you for watching. hello. tuesday's weather is a wet, windy, and for some of us, rather wintry tale.
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the culprit — an area of low pressure swinging in from the atlantic that will bring some di5ruptive 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—pre55ure 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 po55ible across the highlands. but a good few centimetres po55ible 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 pennine5 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 me55y picture. keep up to date with the travel on your bbc local radio station. this is the way the day then pans out. this whole weather front
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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 5un5hine. 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 ri5k 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 ea5ing 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 into all that cold air, so again, 5now a potential problem for scotland, i think, parts of northern england and wales. behind the weather front, some milder air coming in,
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so turning back to rain acro55 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. this is bbc news. the headlines... south africa's ruling party, the african national congress, has decided to remove president jacob zuma as head of state. long beset by allegations of corruption, he has faced mounting calls to end his second term. the party has the authority to order him to step down, though he might yet refuse. the north korean leader has described south korea as "very impressive" and declared he wants
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to build on the atmosphere of reconciliation, surrounding the winter olympics. kimjung—on has been briefed by a delegation of senior officials, including his sister, who've just returned to pyongyang, from the south. the international charity, 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 british government has given them until the end of the week to explain how it will make sure 5uch abuses never happen again. now on bbc news, the travel show.
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