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this is the briefing. i'm victoria fritz. our top story: north korea prepares a massive military parade and says there'll be no meeting with americans during the olympics in south korea. european union officials welcome the german coalition deal — ending months of political uncertainty. rescuers are still hunting for more than 60 missing people after wednesday's earthquake in taiwan. and coming up in the business briefing — fake news backlash. uk members of parliament will question social media bosses in washington later, after calling their response so far ‘completely inadequate‘. plus — shining light on the dark web — the cybercriminals who traded stolen identities online — and cost consumers half a billion dollars. a warm welcome to the programme —
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. police in china have started using sunglasses featuring facial recognition technology — it allows officers to scan crowds looking for suspects. a modern tool in the fight against crime? — or does it smack of big brother surveillance? tell us what you think — just use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. the recent apparent thaw in relations between north and south korea looks to be taking a backwards step. the north koreans have now said they have no intention of using the winter olympics as a chance to meet american delegates — and they are also preparing a huge parade
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of their military prowess. but the us vice president mike pence reiterated that all options are on the table. in a speech at a us air base injapan he said his country and its allies were striving to peacefully dismantle north korea's nuclear programme and alleviate the suffering of its people. he's already said the us will soon impose its harshest sanctions ever against north korea. he's now heading to pyeongchang for the winter games, which will be officially opened on friday. joining me now is the bbc‘s stephen mcdonell in pyeongchang. a little bit of a change in terms of some of the words coming out from government. how significant is that? the north koreans are saying that under no circumstances are they going to meet the us delegation here. people had hoped that there
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could be something of a winter olympic miracle, if you like, that the administrations of donald trump and kimjong—un, via their respective delegations, could be sitting down and talking to one another. but, officially at least, it seems that won't be going ahead. it is interesting, kimjong—un‘s sister is coming here and she could end up meeting with, for example, the south korean leader. that would also be quite a remarkable thing and there is some speculation as to whether or not she is utterly carrying messages from the north korean leader. and while they might not be meeting with the us delegation, if the north and south korean delegations were to meet at these games, it would be something. it is difficult to judge what a political tool these winter olympic
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games are going to be. there seems to bea games are going to be. there seems to be a lot of new ground being broken here. it is a full-scale propaganda showdown between the us and north korea. the us vice president mike pence is due to arrive here very soon. he is taking north korean defectors are long with him and saying he will challenge everything that north koreans do. there is even talk of otto warmbier‘s father going along with him to the opening ceremony. some south koreans think they are not so happy with that. they might not like the north korean government but they feel a little bit like that is a bit demeaning for the trump administration to be coming here and telling everybody how they should be thinking about north korea. whatever happens will be interesting here in the coming days. i hope you get to enjoy some of the sport at least. i
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believe that curling has already started. a senior eu official has welcomed the coalition agreement reached in germany between chancellor angela merkel and the social democrats, or spd. the economy commissioner, pierre moscovici, says the deal was good news for europe. the deal ends months of uncertainty after inconclusive elections in september. but as andrew plant reports, the deal will still need to be approved. marathon talks that began on tuesday and continued through the night, to try to end more than four months of stalemate at the top of europe's largest economy. now, news that chancellor merkel‘s party has reached a deal tojoin forces in a ruling coalition. translation: i am convinced that the coalition contract we have worked out can lay down the foundations for the stable government that our country needs, and that many in the world are waiting to see.
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it has been called a marriage of convenience, but the deals made to make a coalition bring widespread criticism from members on both sides, who feel their core values have been compromised too far. so what could the new coalition look like? the implications of that are widespread, on major issues in germany, like migration and workers' rights, but also on the brexit negotiations, as chancellor merkel looks set to enter her fourth term politically far weaker than before. but the deal is not yet done. martin schulz has promised his members a vote, and the results
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will not be in until 2 march. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. party leaders in the us senate have struck a two—year budget deal that should avoid any repeat of last month's federal government shutdown. but it still needs approval from the house of representatives, and many are questioning a $300 billion increase to the federal deficit. the australian prime minister, malcolm turnbull, says he will issue a national apology to survivors of child abuse. it follows an inquiry into the treatment of thousands of children who were abused — in the care of churches, schools and homes across australia. let's turn to our main business story — the growing backlash against social media companies over their role in the spread of ‘fake news'. today top us executives
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from facebook — youtube which is owned by google — and twitter will be questioned about the issue by british members of parliament at a public hearing in washington. alpesh patel is from praefinium partners. this is an interesting story, isn't it? the proliferation of fake news. the terms they fake news didn't really exist back then and now you have the biggest bosses of the biggest companies having to represent themselves. biggest companies having to represent themselveslj biggest companies having to represent themselves. i want to see the ceos. britain is still bigger than facebook and why did they have to fly all the way over to washington to be taken seriously? they are not even than being taken seriously because until you haul out the ceos of those companies, they
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are the ceos of those companies, they a re utterly the ceos of those companies, they are utterly making a mockery of democracy because it is their platform which is being used for all of this and these are elected politicians, after all full is top don't think that that companies are taking any of this seriously. —— after role. i don't think. —— after all. what they can do in terms of technology and dragging their feet, they are worried about revenue. they don't want to be seen as clapping down on anything that might hurt advertising. not that they are getting advertising russia that anything that is possible to clamp down on fake news would also make it very difficult for other people to advertise. surely this isjust an extension of advertising, they can use, advertorials? now we have they can use. use, advertorials? now we have they can use. they are trying to clamp down and monitor what you can call fa ke down and monitor what you can call fake news. facebook isn't there to
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be moving very quickly on clamping down any kind of restrictions on advertising at all. go into get yourself a coffee and we will see yourself a coffee and we will see you back for the rest of the papers. stay with us on the briefing. when the ravers met the astronauts. 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.
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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. stay with us on the briefing. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: north korea has ruled out talks with us officials attending the winter olympics in the south — and is holding a military parade on the eve of the games. a senior eu official has welcomed the coalition agreement reached in germany between chancellor angela merkel and the social democrats as a move towards stability. rescuers in taiwan are still searching for people trapped
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in the city of hualien, struck by an earthquake on tuesday. at least nine people were killed and 250 injured — but more than 60 are still unaccounted for. aftershocks are still rattling the country — the strongest, magnitude 5.7. rescue teams are focusing their efforts on buildings tilting precariously. for more lets go to cindy sui who is in tapei for us. what more do we know, 60 missing, thatis what more do we know, 60 missing, that is quite a total. what we are hearing from the rescuers at the scene is that most of the 60 people we re scene is that most of the 60 people were not in the building at the time. they were simply residents who we re time. they were simply residents who were registered as living there. they have checked all the upper floors of the building and those flaws are empty. they believe these people are simply people they were unable to contact by phone. they are trying to reach them. there were
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also about ten people who were living in a bed and breakfast or a backpackers hotel on the second floor of this building and the second floor, along with four other lower floors, were crushed second floor, along with four other lowerfloors, were crushed by second floor, along with four other lower floors, were crushed by this earthquake. there are people who we re earthquake. there are people who were tourists mainly from mainland china who are still believed to be trapped inside the backpackers hotel on the second floor. what of after—shocks where you are? does it feel like a place that is over the worst of it or is there more to come? no, i am afraid we can't say the worst is over because you never know, it is mother nature. we are feeling so many after—shocks since the big earthquake on tuesday night. even last night, we had a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that was felt throughout taiwan. the authorities say that in the next 1—2 weeks, we will get a lot of earthquakes and a lot of after—shocks. people are
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quite worried about what will happen especially as lunar new year holiday is coming up next week. absolutely. thank you for keeping us updated. the us and japan have come to an agreement that nuclear armed north korea cannot be accepted. so, what lies ahead for the relationship between the two countries? the bbc‘s tokyo correspondent has been speaking to the japanese foreign minister. for weeks, rumours have been swirling that the trump administration is preparing a military strike against north korea, a so—called bloody nose, to force pyeongyang to the negotiating table. last month, these b2 stealth bombers arrived at a us base on the island of guam. but japan's foreign minister, taro kono, told me such speculation should not be taken seriously. a military strike on north korea is far too risky. south korea's capital, seoul, is situated just 30 kilometres from the border. and, if any military action‘s taken,
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the repercussion is outrageous. so i don't think anyone's seriously considering taking a military method. but, in order to get north korea to come to the dialogue, i think we need to increase the pressure on them. in his new year message, north korean dictator kim jong—un described the latest sanctions against his country as "life—threatening". they include a ban on north korean exports of coal, iron and seafood, and a cut on the import of oil. mr kono says that shows they are starting to work. well, sanctions are biting. now, we have a lot of indications the sanction is actually biting. what do you think is going on with this sudden rapprochement
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over the winter olympics? that's one of the indications the sanction is working. they wanted to do something, and they wanted to do a sort of charm offensive to south korea. i think north korea wants, probably, more, but i don't think the international community are ready to give them anything. on friday, north and south korean athletes will walk side by side, as the winter olympics opens in pyeongchang. but mr kono says the world must not be taken in by pyongyang's charm offensive, or intimidated by its growing missile threat. if they use their missile or nuclear capability, there's going to be no more north korea, and they know it. so they are just making a threat, but they're just sitting in the middle of the sanction, and eventually they'll run out
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of their resources. so you're prepared to play a long game on this? yes, it is, yes. the sanction is not going to work in days or weeks, it takes months. we just have to be patient, and we just have to be well co—ordinated, and that's the only way. the alternative is some kind of military action, which no—one wants. let's have a quick look at some of the other events happening later. at the hague, dutch mps will debate a proposal to scrap royal defamation laws, which make it illegal to insult the dutch king. the netherlands remains one of the few countries that still maintains such laws, and they date back to 1830. over to america —
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designers will be showcasing their latest collections at new york fashion week. that kicks off the global fall/winter 2018 season. and lastly, in cologne, they're celebrating their week—long street festival called the crazy days, kicking off with the weiberfastnacht festival, or women's carnival, where it's traditional for revellers to go around cutting men's ties. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello there, i'm tulsen tollett. coming up in your thursday sport briefing... holders barcelona will be hoping to make it back to the copa del rey final when they face valencia. the new york knicks will be hoping for a change of luck when they take on the toronto raptors. and a different social media take on announcing a player by west ham united. 22 matches into the season and still, barcelona are undefeated. the catalan giants are nine points clear at the top of the spanish league and a massive 19
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ahead of great rivals, real madrid. air ernesto valverde and his side now turn their attentions to the copa del rey, and their first chance for silverware this season. to the to the coaches and everybody else here see it the finals as something that belongs in the past. —— the players, the coaches and everybody else here. i know that valencia will be motivated because it isa valencia will be motivated because it is a great opportunity for them in front of their own supporters, but we are not any less motivated than them. after a four year wait, the 2018 winter olympics are under way in pyeongchang. the opening ceremony may still be a day away but the first action has already begun. mixed curling is under way
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and injust a few hours, athletes will take on the mighty ski jump for the first time. there are two rounds of men's qualifying before the event starts properly on saturday. the toronto raptors have enjoyed a top fourfinish in the nba's eastern conference in each of the last four years, and they're looking set for another this season. second at the moment, on a three—game winning streak, they'll have plenty of confidence when they welcome the new york knicks to canada on thursday. as for the knicks, their confidence is running thin. last time out, they were ahead against the milwaukee bucks, before star centre kristaps porzingis fell awkwardly and injured his knee, ruling him out for the season. the knicks seemed to lose their confidence from there and went on to lose 103—89. the berlin wall was yet to come down the last time eintracht frankfurt won the german cup — that was back in 1988. the bundesliga side are through to the semi—finals after a 3—0 win over mainz. all three goals scored though came from defensive errors by the visitors, this back pass causing difficulties as ante rebic slotted home for frankfurt's opener. in the english fa cup,
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tottenham are through to the last 16 after a 2—0 victory in their fourth round replay against newport county. mauricio pochettino's side coasted through at wembley against the fourth tier side, after an own goal and then an erik lamela score — both in the first half, and they'll now face rochdale from the third tier of the english game in the next round. now, football clubs announcing a new signing on social media seems to be a growing trend in professional football. and this one mightjust be one of the best we have seen. the transfer window may be over but that hasn't stopped west ham signing free agent, patrice evra. the former manchester united man just loves the game.
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iam i am forever blowing bubbles. i love this game! come on. you can get all the latest sports news at our website. that's but from me, tulsen tollett, that is your thursday sport briefing. back to germany now, and an unusual musical event started out in frankfurt. a special plane — operated by the european space agency — took a group of djs and their fans up into the sky, for a set in zero gravity. the bbc‘s tim allman takes up the story. studio 5a and the ministry of sound have nothing on this — an airbus a310 called zero—g. dozens of people from around the world given the chance to get high, very high, and not an illegal substance in sight, taking off for a whole new experience. music plays
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# we hit turbulence... music plays # let's go. usually the testing ground for astronauts, zero—g instead became the most exclusive and unusual nightclub in the world. # we hit turbulence... a heavy beat, but the lightest of party—goers. for 90 minutes, they danced, or at least they they try to dance, they floated, they spun. what goes up must come down, but this was one high—altitude rave, that blew people's minds. it was insane. it was so crazy. just floating upside down, and then steve aoki was doing flips down... it was just insane.
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it was insane. it was like all your emotions at max level. and it was hilarious. i'm super thankful. now, ijust want to do it again, and again and again. for everyone involved, this was a unique gig, unlikely to be repeated. they say music can lift the soul. this went a lot further than that. tim allman, bbc news. stay with me on bbc news. i'll be back with the business briefing injust a moment. plenty more on fake news. and while we are talking about strange stories, tell me what you think about this, this is our talking point today. police in china have started using sunglasses featuring facial recognition technology. it allows officers to scan crowds looking for suspects. what do you think? fighting crime, or is it
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big brother style surveillance? tell us what you think. just use the hashtag — #bbcthebriefing. some of you have already got in touch with me over twitter with what you think. we've had this from someone you think. we've had this from someone in nairobi, this is genius, she says. we had andrew in leeds here in the uk is saying it might not work quite so well in beijing with so many people wearing masks due to the appalling air quality. that is a very good point. how well can they look at these faces? a person from canada saying that robocop, yes, those pictures certainly reminded me of that as well. we have is this technology proliferates and sees an increase in technology and speed, it will inevitably mean that privacy is dead. plenty more on that story, do let us know what you think. plenty
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more on bbc news, plenty more to come. is this briefing just around the corner. —— business briefing. hello there. for some of us, the day ahead is going to bring a slightly different feel to the weather — something just a little bit milder. yes, many of us starting the day under cold air. but this wedge of milder air in the atlantic beginning to show its hand. this is tied up with a weather system pushing in from the atlantic. you can see the cloud here on the earlier satellite picture. this cloud is going to bring some outbreaks of rain as we go on through the day. we start off with a real split in temperatures. perhaps as low as —5, —6 in the south—east. where we have the coldest weather in east anglia and the south—east, that's where we'll also have the brightest start. quite a lot of sunshine to come. here, something brighter. some
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sunshine but a rush of showers pushing in from the west. reagan, rather than anything wintry because of that slightly milder air. as we go on to the day, we push this frontal system further east. it moves quite slowly and then it looks like we're going to see a pulse of heavy rain for parts of wales, into northern england. the brain likely to turn heavier into the afternoon. after that bright, chilly start, temperatures up as high as eight or nine degrees in places. some fairly gusty winds as well across england and wales and then behind it, that mild airgets and wales and then behind it, that mild air gets wiped out once again for some cold air, returning from the north—west. quite a lot of sunshine on friday, some rain, sleet and snow taking some time to clear
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the south—east. those temperatures dipping away again, 4— seven degrees. the up theme continues as we go through the weekend. a touch of frost, then we bring a frontal system in from the west. a touch of snow, then some rain, then some slightly milder airfor snow, then some rain, then some slightly milder air for the first time fall is not by the weekend, we are back into the cold air once again. a lot going on with our weather as we head into the weekend. you will often be quite windy, we will see rain at times. sunday it should be brighter but colder. this is business briefing. i'm victoria fritz. fake news backlash. uk members of parliament will question social media bosses in washington later — after calling the firms' response so far — ‘completely inadequate‘. plus — shining a light on the dark web. the us breaks a cybercrime ring that traded stolen bank details around the world — causing losses of half a billion dollars. and on the markets, investors remain on edge —
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the us ending down but steadier than in recent days, but asian shares around their lowest in six weeks. we start with the growing backlash against social media companies
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