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this is bbc world news today. i'm alpa patel. our top stories: north korea claims its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test proves any target in the us is now within striking distance. the white house war — donald trump names generaljohn kelly as his next chief of staff after days of public in—fighting. general kelly has been a star. done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. a great, great american. an interim prime minister is chosen by pakistan's ruling party, but he'll only stand—in until the brother of ousted leader nawaz sharif is elected. i have a 45—year—old female on the phone who says she has a boa
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constrictor stuck to her face. also in the programme — the emergency call from a woman in the us who was being attacked by a boa constrictor. hello and welcome to world news today. south korea says it will speed—up the deployment of the remaining components of the american thaad anti—missile system. it follows north korea's latest rocket test. north korea's leader kimjong—un has claimed the us mainland is now within striking range. the launch has been condemned worldwide with china also expressing serious concern. from seoul, here's our correspondent karen allen. cloa ked in darkness, state—run tv captured the final moments before the missile launch. a potent symbol of north korea's defiance in the face of international sanctions, its leader kim jong—un there to witness it all. then the dramatic lift off.
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and the moment that pyongyang thumbed its nose at the world. the second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in less than a month. it travelled higher and further than the missile fired before, eventually splashing down in the ocean off the coast of japan. then came the official confirmation from pyongyang. the newsreader announcing that this test was proof that the whole of the us is now within reach. pictures show a triumphant north korean leader. in washington, president trump described the test as "reckless and dangerous". the reaction from north korea's neighbour in the south was equally harsh. translation: south korea strongly condemns this reckless act, dashing the international community's hopes of eased inter—korean military tensions and, in particular, seoul's offer
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of bilateral military talks. thesejoint us—south korea military drills a response to the launch, designed to send a clear message that seoul and washington stand shoulder to shoulder in the face of an increasingly belligerent north korea. the us already has battleships in the pacific ocean. now it's promised to scale up its strategic assets in response to this latest threat. more aircraft carriers and stealth bombers could soon be on the way. a jubilant kim jong—un wants us recognition as a nuclear power. instead, in the wake of another missile test, he is likely to face stiffer sanctions, with china and russia under pressure not to stand in the way. karen allen, bbc news, seoul. terence roehrig is the director
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of the asia—pacific studies group at the us naval war college. hejoins us from rhode island. this missile went higher and further, alarming, do you think? certainly, it is part of the progression of north korea improving its capabilities. it is showing, evermore, it is able to reach the united states and therefore believing it has a deterrent capability to prevent the united states, as it believes, from perhaps conducting some sort of a regime change operation. is the us in him and in danger? i don't think so. what you have going on is deterrent on both sides. we have, for years, beenin on both sides. we have, for years, been in the goal of trying to deter
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north korea of a korean war style event. that has been successful for over 60 years. i am expecting that will be continue to be successful. in return, north korea is trying to deter others. so we have deterrence going from both sides of the strategic equation and the key will be to be able to maintain some sort of strategic stability, in spite of these changes. we heard in that report, the us is about to scale up its military deployments, are we about to see some confrontation? know i don't. i think we will see continued posturing on both sides. the united states, is likely to, it in conjunction with south korea, conduct a number of things. efforts to pass another security council resolution. we will see how the chinese and the russians respond. we
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will see some of these efforts to bring other strategic assets to the region to reinforce the alliance, reinforced deterrence. south korea considering its hesitation to deploy the other batteries. but the strategic problem is still going to be there, as very unlikely, north korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons. thank you very much. there's plenty more on this story on our website, including analysis from our diplomatic correspondent jonathan marcus on how the united states could defend itself. that's all at bbc.com/news or go to the bbc news app. it has been a fast—paced week in washington. the latest high profile departure from donald trump's administration is the president's, now former, chief of staff, reince preebus. he was the subject of a tirade of abuse last week
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from the new white house communications director. mr priebus, whose tenure was the shortest of any white house chief of staff in modern us history, has been replaced byjohn kelly, a former general, who president trump praised for his work as head of homeland security. general kelly has been a star. done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. a great, great american. reince priebus, a good man. thank you very much. 0ur washington correspondent laura bicker gave us reaction to the latest departure. well, the republican party has been praising reince priebus, who is, in effect, one of their own. that could be part of the reason why donald trump never seemed to have confidence in him. remember, he was appointed chief of staff because he was part of the republican party.
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he was an insider. he also knew how those levers in washington should work. but as the six months wore on, donald trump has reportedly described him as weak and also said he questioned his loyalty. and now he has turned to someone outside of the political sphere. he is looking to someone outside of the swamp, as he called it. and that is generaljohn kelly. he is an marine general, a—star general, who could impose some kind of perhaps military discipline on a rather unruly west wing. he is also seen as having done a remarkablejob as head of homeland security. so how he'll do in the west wing, we'll have to wait and see. but he has no political experience. and what we are seeing is a republican party and a white house who seemed to be distancing themselves from one another. yes, and the other defeat this week was of course over health care and donald trump has been tweeting over that. what impact do you think that might have? well, the defeat of health care is something all americans
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are concerned about. i have travelled the length and breadth of this country and it's the one thing they all come back to. and that is because for those who rely on the free health care they now get under president 0bama's reforms, without it, they don't know how they'll cope, they don't know how they'll get their treatment. and for those who are middle class, middle income, hard—working families, feel their premiums have shot up because of this policy. and that is one of the reasons why donald trump is trying to get this done, but his frustration is clear because there are political systems to overcome. and this morning on twitter, he's blaming those political systems and blaming the republicans for defecting, rather than perhaps his own leadership. so the effect of distancing himself from the republican party could be a good one for the president, because he then can blame the party for his problems, rather than his own presidency. pakistan's ousted prime minister,
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nawaz sharif, has named his brother as his ultimate successor. mr sharif, who was forced to resign over corruption allegations, has appointed a caretaker leader until his sibling, shahbaz sharif, can be elected to parliament. it's a move that's been criticised by the opposition, asjustin rowlatt reports. rain poured down as the ruling party gathered to choose a new leader. many in pakistan hope yesterday's supreme court ruling that prime minister nawaz sharif was unfit to hold office, would begin a cleansing of corruption within the political class. the disgraced former prime minister today denied any wrongdoing, before introducing the new leader. his brother, shahbas sharif. an interim prime minister will hold the fort
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until shahbas sharif gets a seat in parliament. you would have thought keeping the party leadership and therefore the prime minister ship pakistan within the same family, would be controversial. but the only rally anywhere near the pakistani capital today, was of supporters of the ruling party. whatever reservations pakistanis may have about power staying within this family, the fact is, under nawaz sharif, the country has prospered. terror attacks are down and the economy is growing steadily. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. poland's nationalist government has hit back after the european union started legal action over reforms to the polish legal system. the european commission said the new rules allowed the justice minister to exert influence on individualjudges by deciding how long they stay in post. but the polish foreign minister said the commission's actions smacked of blackmail.
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two people have been killed in a stampede during a football match in south africa on saturday. police say too many people had been trying to enter the stadium, that once hosted the 2010 world cup final. kenyan police say unidentified gunmen have attacked the home of deputy president william ruto, in the western town of eldorett. local reports say a police officer manning the gate was injured. mr ruto and his family were not at home at the time. the incident comes ten days before kenya holds presidential, legislative and regional elections. colombia's president says he won't recognise the result of sunday's vote in neighbouring venezuela. it's to elect an assembly with the power to rewrite the constitution. it came as protests against the government's plans gained momentum in the venezuelan capital caracas. here's our correspondent will grant. this is the avenue, one of the main
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arterial roads in eastern caracas. normally it would be full of traffic and pedestrians. this is one of the main parts through the city, but todayit main parts through the city, but today it is just barricaded completely. the streets are deserted, every few hundred metres, there is rubbish, barbed wire, young men and women sitting out, protecting the streets from anybody coming through, any traffic. this is the environment in which sunday's vote is due to take place. it is happening notjust vote is due to take place. it is happening not just in vote is due to take place. it is happening notjust in this part of caracas, but across the city. wherever there are neighbours who are opposed to the administration and sunday's vote, which they see as the final imposition of a dictatorship in venezuela, people are turning out and closing the
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streets and they say they will continue to do so until they can effect a change in the country. this is bbc world news today. the latest headlines: the us space agency nasa has ordered an investigation after confirmation astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armagh, one an everyday part of the soldier's lot, drudgery and danger. now know more after almost four decades. if you are in a private
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house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't see why all these people should wander in and say you were doing something wrong. six rare white line clubs are on the prowl at worcestershire park and they have been met with a roar of approval from visitors. they are lovely, really sweet. really cute. north korea claims its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test proves that any target in the us is now within striking distance. donald trump has named generaljohn kelly as his next chief of staff after days of public in—fighting. the german chancellor, angela merkel, has offered her "deepest sympathy" to the relatives of a man who killed in a knife
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attack at a supermarket in hamburg. mrs merkel promised a full investigation into the attack which was carried out by a known islamist. 0ur berlin correspondent damian mcguinness reports. this mobile phone video shot by an eyewitness, shows a group of local residents trying to stop the attack are hurting anyone else. they were in a nearby cafe when he ran past, attacking people on the street with a large knife. the men grabbed chairs to bring him under control, as he tried to stab them. translation: a woman ran and shouted, there is someone with a knife. people got up and there was panic on the other side of the street. 20, 30 people fleeing before the attacker. some people stood up, armed themselves with chairs and tried to stop him, to surround him and chasing.
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to surround him and chase him. he stopped at the crossing and wake the knife and shouted god is good. he was then cornered further along by other people. german officials said the attacker came to germany in 2015 as an asylum seeker. his application for asylum was rejected. he was known to be an islamist, but wasn't considered dangerous. translation: i can say at the moment the perpetrator‘s motive on the one hand, connected to islamist motives. 0n the other hand there is also evidence of mental instability. we are currently assuming it is a mix of both, it is not yet clear what is primary motive was. the attack happened on friday afternoon. the man went into this supermarket, grabbed a large kitchen knife from a shelf and stabbed a nearby 50—year—old man to death. he then attacked other people in the shop, before running outside. it was thanks to these local men, now being called heroes of hamburg, now being called heroes of hamburg,
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that more people weren't injured or killed. sri lanka has signed a billion dollar deal with china for the control and development of a deep sea port. the site is in the strategically important southern sri lankan town of hamba ntota, near the main shipping route between asia and europe. the agreement had been delayed because of local concerns that the port could be used by the chinese military. 0ur south asia editor, anbarasan ethirajan, has more. located in southern sri lanka, ha m ba ntota located in southern sri lanka, hamba ntota port straddles located in southern sri lanka, hambantota port straddles the world's busiest east, west shipping route. built with chinese financial assistance in 2010, the port was supposed to transform the poorer regions in the area, but it has been making losses. now, colombo is releasing the facility to china for
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a deal worth more than $1 billion. china says the portable play a crucial role in its initiative to boost trade with the rest of the world. we will make sure that hambantota port will gain status as a gateway to the spending and economics of the african region well we have similar deals. the sri lanka government says the money will be used to repay part of its debt and the country and mitts it is struggling to repay. of course there is debt. we had to carry the burden. we still have two, asi carry the burden. we still have two, as i have been showing in some of the recent press conferences, sri la nka the recent press conferences, sri lanka have to pay huge amounts of interest. there have been protest
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over the planned chinese industrial park to be set up near the port. villagers are scared they will be forced out of their homes. neighbouring india is also nervous, with beijing getting a foothold close to its southern tip. for now, colombo insists the sri lanka navy will be in charge of the security of the port and no foreign navy will be able to use it as a base. it is hard to predict how china will respond if it's huge investments overseas are threatened in the future. let's get the sport. the netherlands are through to the semifinals of the women's european football championships. they beat sweden 2—0. a goal in each half for the netherlands, who have reached the netherlands, who have reached the last four since 2009. torrential
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rain in rotterdam has meant saturday's second quarterfinal had to be postponed. germany will now play denmark on sunday at midday, local time. england take on france in their quarterfinal on sunday who have beaten the lioness is in their last three major tournaments. england haven't won against them since mark samson took over in 2013, but that is a record be confident they can change. mentally, we believe we can beat them. we have been close in the past. an 87th minute equaliser in 2011 and then beaten on penalties. we put them out of the qualification for the world cup in 2006, but got two draws. it was an away draw that put us through. we were close back in march. we are in a different place now, physically better prepared and hopefully that will get us along. england's cricketers will hope the better weather as they tried to
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build a commanding lead in the third test against south africa at the 0val. the home side 74—1 in their second innings when rain stopped play on day three, leader of 252 runs. toby roland—jones got fifth wicket as the tourists were 175 all out. if we can get up to hoards daily—macro up towards the 400, in reasonable time, we will be happy with that. i'd hope we can bowl them out ina with that. i'd hope we can bowl them out in a day, in a session. we have some big hitters to come in towards the backend who can speed up the run rate. so that will be the way we will be looking to go about it, i would imagine. a 17th test century from virat kohli has helped india win their first test against sri lanka. they declared on 240—3, setting sri lanka a daunting victory target of 550 and
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with injuries, sri lanka were out the 245 all out. sebastian vettel will start the hungarian grand prix from pole position as he looks to extend, what has become a slender lead in the formula 1 drivers championship. the german isjust formula 1 drivers championship. the german is just a formula 1 drivers championship. the german isjust a point formula 1 drivers championship. the german is just a point ahead formula 1 drivers championship. the german isjust a point ahead of lewis hamilton in the standings, but will be part of an all ferrari front i’ow will be part of an all ferrari front row after kimi raikkonen was second quickest. hamilton could only qualify fourth. also behind his mercedes team—mate after completing just one lap in the shoot out for pole position. paul di resta, driving for williams after felipe massa was forced to pull out to illness. he qualified 19th, his first formula 1 race in three years. there is more on all of those stories on the bbc sport website and the round—up of all the action from the round—up of all the action from the world swimming championships in budapest. that is all that daily—macro the
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sport for now. now to a rather unusual emergency call in the us state of ohio. a panicked woman on the phone is heard asking for help because she was being attacked by a large boa constrictor. rachel cary has the details. 9/11, what is the location of your emergency. i have a boa constrictor stuck to my face. you have a what? a boa constrictor. in her own backyard, a woman was strangled by the very snake she rescued a day earlier. when firefighters arrived minutes later, they found the woman laying in her driveway with the 1.6 metre boa constrictor wrapped around her body. they used a pocket knife to cut the snake's head. the victim was treated for nonlife threatening
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injuries. just really pleased with the paramedic‘ response. to think that quick, to take the pocket knife out and do they did, but obviously they had to destroy the slate. boa constructors are tropical to central america and while they are nonvenomous, they squeeze their prey and swallow them whole. the victim kept no fewer than 11 snakes in her home. rachel carey, bbc news. an extremely lucky woman! a reminder of our top story: north korea claims its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile proves it now has the ability to strike any target across the united states. western experts who have examined data from the launch agree that most major us cities could now be in range. that is it from me and the team. goodbye for now. it was the central third of the uk
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that saw the best of the weather. across the north, mixture of sunshine and showers. in the south it has been umbrella weather. lots of cloud, steady rain developing across southern part of england and more recently across south wales. as the dry airgap more recently across south wales. as the dry air gap in between where we have the showers across the north—west likely to continue through the evening and overnight. the rain in the south is the major feature. that will be developing and heading northwards into many parts of england and wales. strong and gusty winds ahead of that in the south—east and the rain reluctant to clear away from northern and eastern areas of england. clear skies for a while in the south—west away from the showers in scotland. on sunday, the showers in scotland. on sunday, the rain moves into the north leaving a mixture of sunshine and showers across scotland and northern ireland. many parts of scotland
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still dry at this stage, but it is unlikely to stay that way. showers across northern england, the wetter weather having pushed out to sea and to the south of back, most places will start dry and sunny. we will see though showers rushing into the southwest approaches, filtering through the bristol channel. midlands, east anglia and the south—east, probably by nine in the morning, bright and sunny. prospects look better for the cricket at the 0val after the wash—out today. we will find the chance of passing shower in the afternoon and evening session, but for most of the time it will be dry. showers more likely further west, lots of them thundery and heavy and the wimble blow them eastwards through the day. anywhere else could catch a scour, there will be sunshine in between. perhaps london, towards kent and sussex missing most of the showers and it is here we will see the highest temperatures. 22, 20 three degrees. more showers into the beginning of next week. this low pressure has been a persistent feature to the north of the uk and it is still
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there on monday. it is here we will see most of the showers across scotland, northern ireland. a few scattered showers coming into england and wales head towards the south—east and it will be fine and dry. the low pressure eventually fades away and we will see fewer on tuesday, but there is more low pressure to bring wet and windy weather in the middle part of the week. goodbye. this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea claims its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test proves any target in the us is now within striking distance. western experts who examined the data from the launch agreed most major us cities could now be in range. pakistan's ruling party has chosen a former petroleum minister as interim prime minister. as did premier nawaz sharif says his brother will eventually take his
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place leading the country. president trump has described his new chief of staff as a true star of his administration. general kelly's move of homeland security comes asked
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