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this is newsday. i am rico hizon. the top stories. a warning from pyongyang. north korea tells the bbc it is ready for war if america launches a military attack. if the us is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day all—out war. nuclear weapons protect us from that threat. the president of south korea is charged with bribery. tu rkey‘s south korea is charged with bribery. turkey's president moves to consolidate power after this disputed victory means a state of emergency is extended for three months. and taking on the headscarf taboo. it is eight in the morning in
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singapore, 1am in london, and 8:30 a.m.. in pyongyang, singapore, iam in london, and 8:30 a.m.. in pyongyang, where a senior north korean minister has told the bbc that this country would act to the pre— empty of us strike with any attack on them. —— pre—emptive. they also said more missile tests would also said more missile tests would also be undertaken on a weekly basis. mike pence said the air of strategic patience is over. john sudworth is in the capital of pyongyang. north korea is all about shows of strength.
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the first today came in this tae kwon do demonstration. the next, in kim il—sung square, close to the centre of power, by way of a rare interview. translation: if the us is reckless enough to use military means, it would mean, from that very day, an all—out war. 0ur nuclear weapons protect us from that threat. we will be conducting more missile threats on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. today, the us vice president, mike pence, was in south korea, visiting the demilitarised zone that separates the two halves of this divided peninsula. he, too, was talking tough. it was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over. president trump has made it clear that the patience of the united states and our allies in this region has run out. but, despite the posturing on both sides, the risks are limited. for the us and its allies, war would be far too costly. and north korea's threats,
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although deeply alarming, are always conditional. if you could send one message to donald trump today, what would it be? translation: i would tell him that if the us encroaches on our sovereignty, then it will provoke an immediate counter reaction. if the us is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre—emptive strike by our own style and methods. tonight, although all options apparently remain on the table, the us appears to be signalling that diplomacy and toughened sanctions are now the most likely way forward. it's yet unclear how, having failed before, they will persuade this most totalitarian of states to disarm. there is strong evidence that beyond the gloom of this city lie vast political prisons, gulags in which all dissent, however mild, is crushed. although, in his interview,
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the vice minister called that accusation a lie. militarised, isolated and repressive, north korea has the right to follow its own path and, he insisted, no—one will be able to stop it. john sudworth, bbc news, pyongyang. as we heard, the country with most to fear with rising tensions is of course south korea. is even evidence reports from seoul. —— steve evans. he says they are used to these
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threats. have a look around. it is a completely normal city and doesn't feel like a city that fears war. food markets everywhere, people going about their business. that's because for pretty well 60 years now they've lived with threats from the north. bloodcurdling threats and they never come to out and out war. that's how it feels now. the american vice president has been here and has used all of those words, "shoulder to shoulder", "alliance", "100% support", but what he hasn't made clear is how he is going to persuade orforce kimjong—un to dismiss his nuclear path. he says if north korea attacks this place, only 50 miles from north korea, there would be an overwhelming response. but they've always assumed that here, but it would have been what president 0bama had done. that central question of how you make kim jong—un change his policy remains unanswered. we will have more on north korea
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later in the programme. 0ther we will have more on north korea later in the programme. other news. turkey has extended the state of emergency by a further three months a day after the leader, president erdogan, narrowly won an election which would give him sweeping powers. at a rally, he said the vote ended all debate. he said constitutional changes that gave him more power would go ahead, and he criticised impartiality of observers who criticised the vote. translation: know your limits. turkey will neither listen to, look at, or acknowledge this political report we will continue in our own way and we will continue to walk our path. this country has had the most democratic election, the likes of which has never happened in any western country.
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also making news today, at least 30 people are still missing and 29 confirmed dead after a landslide in sri lanka. the tragedy happened when several tons of rotting rubbish collapsed outside the capital, colombo. 0ther collapsed outside the capital, colombo. other families have collapsed outside the capital, colombo. 0therfamilies have been moved by authorities for their safety. certain houses are under there. the soil is mighty. it is difficult. we will continue to help people. —— muddy. because of the muddy soil it will take time. the united states widened their search for a united states widened their search fora man united states widened their search for a man who shot dead a grandfather apparently at random and posted the video on facebook. they are looking for steve stephens, who also claims to have killed 12 other
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people, but no victims have been found. the first woman to run the boston marathon has done it again 50 yea rs later boston marathon has done it again 50 years later at age 70. authorities try to remove herfrom years later at age 70. authorities try to remove her from the race years later at age 70. authorities try to remove herfrom the race in 1957 when women were not allowed to compete. this year, it was won by two kenyans. the latest instalment of the fast and the furious has raced to the top of the box office chart, breaking an international box office record in the process. —— fast and the furious. it took $532 million globally over the easter weekend, making it the strongest worldwide debut ever. that is the fate of the furious. mike pence is due to arrive injapan furious. mike pence is due to arrive in japan shortly where furious. mike pence is due to arrive injapan shortly where north korea could dominate talks with prime
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minister shinzo abe. though, currencies and the trade deficit may also come up. earlier, i asked rupert wingfield—hayes in tokyo how important japan was rupert wingfield—hayes in tokyo how importantjapan was in us policy towards north korea. vitally important because this is, first of all, home to the biggest contingent of us troops in the western pacific. it's got an aircraft carrier, a large naval contingent and while vice president pence is here injapan he will be going to meet with sailors on the uss ronald reagan aircraft carrier that's docked about 70 kilometres south of tokyo. that's very important, but also japan is, like south korea, on the front line these days and well within the range of north korea's intermediate range missiles that have been tested frequently over the past year. so the japanese government is as concerned as the south korean government and the us government about what's going on in north korea and will be talking
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to vice president pence about this new policy towards the north koreans. regional security and trade will be at the top of the agenda of vice president pence's visit. the white house hopes to open doors to us made products and japanese infrastructure projects in the us? that's right. it will get a very welcome reception i think in the us for that. it is interesting, this visit was planned long before the stuff with north korea blew up and it was going to be a trade visit. vice president pence is considered to be especially useful for the trump administration injapan because as governor of indiana he attracted a lot of japanese investment. i understand there are three japanese car plants in his home state and so he is used to talking with japanese leaders and that's a big part of what he will do. he will talk to the vice prime minister, the deputy minister,
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and he wants more of that kind of investment by japanese companies into the us. and japan wants to do more of that, see i think it will be a fairly easy meeting. with the us pulling out of the transpacific ridership it with the us pulling out of the transpacific partnership it looks like the us will be pushing for a bilateral free trade agreement now with japan? yes, there was great disappointment here about tpp being scrapped. japan's prime minister shinzo abe used a lot of political capital to get through the japanese parliament, but there is an acceptance that america would do that now and japan wants a better trade deal with the us. that means opening some of japan's closed markets, especially agricultural markets, the more american goods. but it may also mean greater access to us markets for japanese manufacturers. that's really important forjapan. it has a shrinking population so it needs to export to keep its economy growing. that was rupert wingfield—hayes in
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tokyo. you are watching newsday on the bbc live in singapore and london. still to come on the programme. it could be life in prison forformer programme. it could be life in prison for former president park. we will look at the charges facing the impeached south korean president. also, the chinese women with designs to show people the beauty of headscarfs. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked, and its editorial staff
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have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for a sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world—best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear. the front pages from around the world. we start off with the china daily, leading on encouraging growth figures in china, a story we brought to you on monday in asia business report. the main business stories features the first spacecraft in china, which has been moved in position ahead of its launch later this week. the lead in the japan times is a story we covered earlier right here newsday, the arrival injapan in a few hours' time of us vice president, mike pence. they quote and officials saying that take care wants to gain the upper hand in the talks. and the top story, the continuing tension over north korea. mike pence's daughter looking into the demilitarised zone separating north korea from the south. those are the stories trending at the moment in major publications
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around the world. what stories are catching attention is on line? being us president involves taking part in all sorts of traditions and rituals. some of them are quite bizarre. 0n easter monday, donald trump shared a balcony with a man in a rabbit suit. it was all part of the annual easter egg catch, which has been going on for 139 years in the white house. south korea's former president has now been officially charged with bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets. president park, in custody, is accused of allowing her close friend to extort money from companies in return for political favours. the 65—year—old was removed from office last month when the constitutional court upheld a decision by parliament in december to impeach her over
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the corruption scandal. a short while ago, i spoke with an international correspondent based in seoul. she told us people took whoo took to the streets against president park and will now look to presidential candidates who can bring about change in next month's election. this formal indictment coming down was largely expected. she has been behind bars now for 20 days or so in relation to this corruption scandal. it has really led to her very quick downfall. all of this corruption, all of these allegations, came out in the fall. it has led to not only her impeachment by the removal, and nowjail time, fairly quickly. her quick removal is a testament to people power in south korea. what message does this send to presidential candidates in next month's election? well, that is a really
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important point. we saw protesting of up to1 million people out in the streets of seoul throughout most of the fall and winter months, even as temperatures fell below freezing. you had tens of thousands of really just citizens here in south korea demanding the removal of the president. so, the candidates, as we head into a snap election on may ninth are very cognisant of that and understanding there is a pull for change among the south korean. and that is largely why liberal candidates are being favoured in this race. we have seen nearly ten years of conservative rule. south koreans are indicating they want a change. what kind of change and reforms do south koreans want from this new president? a whole host of things. what this scandal has really highlighted is the close ties between government and big business.
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so, in addition to the indictment of the president, we also have the indictment of one of the head of the largest conglomerate in south korea, and we should mention the head of samsung is also behind bars in connection with this huge scandal. and so what that highlights for south koreans is something they don't like of this sense of a revolving door between government and corporations, the sense they pat each other on the back, help each other out. maybe through illegal bribes. there is a whole host of social problems that need to be addressed here, everything from pensions to the label labour market, pollution, the environment. a lot of domestic issues are being highlighted in this. do you think the president will have a clear mandate from the people? it looks a poll to a victory, a pretty strong
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victory, from one of two candidates. the winner will certainly feel that he has a mandate. donald trump's victory in november's election was a hammer blow to the us democratic party. hopes are high among leaders that a fightback to begin on tuesday. rajini vaidya nathan reports rajini vaidyanathan reports from george's sixth district. we need some of our democrats in washington, trump isa some of our democrats in washington, trump is a disaster. who do you think should win the seat? a republican. for the very first time i voting democrat. the sixth congressional district in georgia has been in republican hands for decades, but democrats think this man can win it back. jon 0ssoff is a
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political adviser turned documentary maker and he has raised more than $800 million in a race that has been dubbed the make trump furious campaign. more than anything i think it would be a win for the thousands of grassroots volunteers who are getting involved in this community, many of whom have never been involved in politics before. this is a moment where we need to stand up and makea a moment where we need to stand up and make a statement about the kind of politics we want. there's no limit to the number of candidates standing for the party so there are a whopping 18 contenders, 11 are republicans, which could split the pa rty‘s vote. republicans, which could split the party's vote. unlike on the democrat side where a poor nation, republicans believe in competition. that competition has seen a number of antiestablishment candidates enter the fray, including business and bruce lavelle, close to donald trump. this whole game has been changed across the country and you will see over the next two years you
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will see over the next two years you will see over the next two years you will see in mayoral races, city council races, state house races, congressional races, these people are tired, republicans and democrats have done a horrible job of getting involved in special interests and pay to play, that's the tension now in dc. this crowded field of candidates includes local politicians, business people who have never held office and democrats trying to fight back. in many ways this race reflects politics across america and that's why it is being watched so closely. in november, donald trump won this district by a tiny margin after many republican voters deserted the party. the result here could hinge on how they vote this time. traditionally i have been voting republican. i've never been voting republican. i've never been happy with the trump administration and i want this as a message against the trump administration. i think more democrats are excited than the republicans this time around because
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of what we saw the last election. i'm backing a republican candidate that i think will do a good job.|j do really care for republicans these days, not a fan definitely of donald trump's, i'm probably going to vote for the democrat. whatever happens here will send a message across america. could this be the start of the democratic comeback although it's the republican party under donald trump? rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, endured's sixth district. it's a form of dress that is popular with religious muslims around the world. in china, though, the hijab, which covers the head and neck, remains taboo. that is largely due to the limits on religious expression in china. only a few women dare to where the garment, but one woman wants to change that by showing the beauty of the hijab to the public. translation: i will keep wearing my hijab and stick to my religious beliefs.
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my muslim name is rahman, which means "gift." my muslim identity makes me unique and uncommon in china. a lot of people misunderstand and stereotype me because of this. i want to be the face of chinese hijabis on behalf of muslim women. i was born in chinghai province that only taught us atheism. i did not weara hijab until i started university. in college, i got the chance to deeply study muslim religion and culture. that's when i decided to start wearing the hijab. in the beginning, people did not understand me. they made me go for psychological council.
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they asked if i was manipulated by evil groups or had any connection with them. because of the hijab, i also had trouble finding work. my firstjob was teaching chinese in secondary school in my hometown. the school did not want to have teachers with hijabs. they felt it would be a bad influence. now i'm running a studio in beijing designing hijabs and muslim clothes. i want to make them more delicate to show the beauty of muslim women. i hope muslim women can confidently wear hijabs on the streets and stay elegant in workplaces. thanks for watching news day with
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rico and me. this is a dinosaur puppet show that's been developed injapan. the realistic movements are bound to be popular when the show opens in tokyo next week. hello. the weather may provide a shock to the system early on tuesday morning because temperatures have been dropping away. a cold and frosty start to the day. after the chilly start, plenty of sunny spells on the way. dry conditions. the cloud has been clearing behind the front. temperatures have been dropping in many areas, especially in the countryside. starting the day below freezing. as i mentioned, after the chilly start, we will see plenty of spells of sunshine. breezy towards the south—east.
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that will make you feel particularly chilly. through the day, cloud will gradually increase from the west. so the sunshine will turn increasingly hazy. in fact, by the end of the afternoon, skies will be largely grey in northern ireland and the west of scotland. maybe even the odd splash of rain in the western isles. shetland, 0rkney and southern scotland, some hazy sunshine. seven scotland, some hazy sunshine. degrees in aberdee 8—9 in edinburgh and glasgow. scotland, some hazy sunshine. high cloud in northern england spreading into wales. again, sunshine will turn a little bit hazy in the afternoon. 11 degrees in aberystwyth. 11 degrees. light winds in wales and the south—west as well. 13 with shelter in plymouth. patchy cloud in the midlands, east anglia, and the south—east. plenty of sunshine. pretty cool, especially around the coast of east anglia. as we go on through the night into wednesday morning, england and wales will be clear. cold. widespread frost.
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more cloud and outbreaks of patchy rain. that'll be courtesy of the very weak weather front sinking its way into the picture. behind that front, westerly winds. not as chilly in shetland and northern ireland on wednesday. cloud in northern england. the midlands, south wales, the best of the sunshine, 1a degrees is the top temperature in london. temperatures in the south, they could rise further on thursday and friday. spells of sunshine. a fair amount of cloud around at this stage. to sum up this week, we will see very little rain. mostly dry. the days will turn warmer. some of the night to continue to be frosty. by the end of the weekend into the weekend, cold air will return from the north. temperatures will drop. quite chilly feel, i suspect, on the coming weekend. iam i am with bbc news. the top stories. north korea has told the bbc it is
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prepared to launch a nuclear strike if the united states decides to attack it. the united states vice president visited the north korean border and warned pyongyang not contest america's resolved by continuing to pursue its nuclear programme. turkey has extended its state of emergency by a further three months as president recep tayyip erdogan says he'll begin constitutional change after his referendum victory. easter monday in washington meant it was time for donald trump to share a stage with the white house bunny. and the lawns were filled with children for the longstanding tradition of the easter egg roll. that's all from me for now. stay with us on bbc world news. the top story in the uk. police in london have appealed for witnesses after acid was sprayed
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