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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. our top stories: preparations for donald trump's meeting with kim jong—un are under way. singapore and mongolia are reported as possible venues. fury on the streets of pamplona, as tens of thousands protest over the conviction of a group of men for sexual abuse rather than rape. more mass demonstrations against official corruption in armenia, the protest leader rallying support for his own bid to become prime minister. also in the programme, we meet a sheep farmer in the yorkshire dales who's offering asylum seekers a taste of countryside life. hello and welcome to bbc world news. president trump says he's had a long
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and very good phone conversation with the south korean president moonjae—in, following the summit between the leaders of the two koreas. mr trump said the time and location of his own meeting with the north korean leader kim jong—un was being set. us media reports say singapore and mongolia are being considered as possible venues, but this has not been confirmed. caroline davies reports. welcomed with a handshake. these miles and south korean leaders have been beamed around the world. what sort of welcome has the world given them? kouyate, the north korean state—run tv station called the visit a turning point, it was hailed as the start of a new era. —— krt. turning point, it was hailed as the start ofa new era. —— krt. in turning point, it was hailed as the start of a new era. —— krt. in the south, the visit showed the north korean leader, kim jong—un, south, the visit showed the north
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korean leader, kimjong—un, in a new light. translation: before he seemed quite strange and a person from a com pletely strange and a person from a completely different country. we we re completely different country. we were not really able to see him before. but through the summit on tv it was very moving and he felt very friendly. he smiled a lot. he was just a human being to. translation: surprisingly, ifound him to be quite frank and even able to telljokes. unlike his stern and scary image. it was quite the opposite. but here and around the world others have been cautious about what the meeting might lead to. for years, north about what the meeting might lead to. foryears, north korea has about what the meeting might lead to. for years, north korea has been working on improving its nuclear weapons. will kim jong—un working on improving its nuclear weapons. will kimjong—un really follow through with a joint promise to the new claire wright the korean peninsula? australia to the new claire wright the korean peninsula ? australia has to the new claire wright the korean peninsula? australia has emphasised the importance of continuing un sanctions, it is planned to send military aircraft. we have had false
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stalls before on the korean peninsula. that is why it is important to maintain the pressure of the sanctions. it is the economic sanctions that have brought this apparent change in attitude and that pressure has to be maintained. china has applauded the talks. that is crucial. without china any deal could collapse. all eyes are now on the planned meeting between president trump and kim jong—un. the president trump and kim jong—un. the president tweeted that he had a long and very good talk with president moon of south korea. the summit ended with fanfare and high hopes. but the details are still sketchy. it has left the world asking to be leaders have peace within their grasp oi’ leaders have peace within their grasp or will this be a show without substance? caroline davies, bbc news. earlier, i asked our washington correspondent, chris buckler, if he had any more details about the proposed get—together between north korea's president and donald trump. you get the real sense that the
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apparent success of that korean conversation at the border has really lead the way for this summit to really take place. and although we don't have a day to raise specific location, we were getting hints from donald trump yesterday, that mongolia and singapore would be considered. he said two locations, todayit considered. he said two locations, today it has been firmed up that those are the countries being considered, mongolia and singapore. certainly along with the talk of the summit there is a flurry of diplomatic activity, as was mentioned that. donald trump has been speaking to president moon, and also to the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe. on top of that we have had the us secretary of defence, james mattis, talking to his south korean counterpart. as a result, you're starting to see people talk about what they want out of this summitand it about what they want out of this summit and it will come as no surprise that denuclearisation is top of the list. denuclearisation
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will obviously be the big and potentially thorny issue. we have heard in the past moves and zero is towards denuclearisation, they haven't happened. how different do you think things are this time, could we see a nuclear free peninsular? i think you have a north korean leader who is trying to change his image. i think you have an event yesterday that was watched around the world. but you are right in mentioning that even the last 20 yea rs in mentioning that even the last 20 years we in mentioning that even the last 20 yea rs we have in mentioning that even the last 20 years we have had a couple of events before they have moved in this direction. here is the key problem, denuclearisation, as far as the americans are concerned, is about north korea giving up its weapons. and while we do have these conversations that involve both the north and the south korean leaders saying that they wanted to see the peninsular de— nuclearised, as far asa peninsular de— nuclearised, as far as a lot of analysts are concerned, mr kim is not likely to give up his nuclear weapons. he sees them as being very important to his control
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power. his family dynasty to com plete power. his family dynasty to complete and control of that part of north korea. at the moment there is talk of denuclearisation. the reality is still far from being there. as a result, you have president trump walking into this summit, very optimistic, talking very positively, but you also have this slight concern in the background. even in the statements that are coming out you can read some of that. general matters, when he was talking to his south korean counterpart, reaffirmed the us ironclad commitment to defend the republic of korea with the full us capabilities. it is reaching up but still talking out. chris buckler in washington. well, with north korea apparently prepared to co—operate over denuclearisation, the international focus could now shift to iran. president trump has said that unless european allies fix
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the "terrible flaws" in the iran nuclear deal by may 12, he will refuse to extend us sanctions relief for oil—producing iran. reacting to mr trump's comments while in moscow, the iranian foreign minister accused america of breaching its obligations on the nuclear deal. translation: there is a resolution of the un security council in respect to the iran nuclear deal. the us government was one of the masterminds of that resolution and it has an obligation to implement the deal. but mr trump has been breaching that obligation. and today he is setting forward new disproportionate requirements that are unacceptable for the people of iran and other members of thejohn konrads a plan of action. ——joint —— joint comprehensive plan of action. but the united states is urging not only its european allies but also others to impose sanctions on iran to curb its missile programme. the new american secretary of state, who's on his first overseas tour of the middle east, has arrived in saudi arabia. it is expected that iran's missile programme would be a major topic
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in talks on sunday between pompeo and leaders from saudi arabia and israel. for a third day running, tens of thousands have taken to the streets of pamplona in spain, where there is anger about the sentence handed to five men accused of gang raping a woman during the running of the bulls festival two years ago. protesters say the verdict is too lenient, and sets a dangerous precedent for gang—rape cases, as tiffany wertheimer reports. the chant from these protesters — "alone or drunk, i want to return home". for the third day in a row, tens of thousands of demonstrators have filled pamplona's streets. mostly women, they are protesting against what they say is a severe injustice against rape victims. translation: all we want is that, when we go out at night, not to feel fear. we feel it constantly, and this is so horrible and unfair. it was during the popular running of the bulls festival in 2016
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when five men surrounded an 18—year—old woman. according to a police report, they had nonconsensual sex with her. they filmed the attack and shared it on the messaging service whatsapp under the group name la manada, spanish for "the pack". on thursday, a judge dismissed the rape charge against the men because there was no intimidation or violence, a technicality in spanish law that protesters want to change. prosecutors were pushing for 20 years' jail, but the men were instead found guilty of sexual abuse, a charge which carries a more lenient sentence. they have each been jailed for nine years. supporters of the victim have criticised how the five—month case was handled, saying it often felt like she was the one on trial. it's caused a national outcry. rallies have been held across spain, including in seville, where the men are from.
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translation: we believe this sentence is intolerable. justice blames us, and justice doesn't protect us. a number of senior politicians are echoing the concerns. translation: it was a rape, clearly, and no—one is going to change my mind. what happened was an act perpetrated by five beasts that don't deserve anything more than my contempt. the victim says she plans to appeal against the verdict, but the attackers say they will, too. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. huge crowds have taken to the streets of yemen's capital sanaa, for the funeral of the houthi rebels‘ top political leader. saleh al—sammad was killed earlier this month in a saudi—led—coalition airstrike on sanaa, which is controlled by the houthis. hundreds of people have welcomed the former president of malawi, joyce banda, on her return
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home after four years of self—imposed exile. it's not clear whether ms banda plans to engage in politics. she fled malawi when she lost power following a massive corruption scandal, known as cashgate. scientists working to save the tasmanian devil from extinction have discovered a healthy population of the animals in the remote south—west area of tasmania. more than 80% of the carnivorous marsupials have been wiped out in the past 20 years by the deadly devil facial tumour disease. but the 14 creatures found trapped in the australian state are all healthy. around 4000 people have fled renewed fighting in northern myanmar, where the burmese military is reported to be pounding ethnic kachin rebels with airstrikes and artillery. the united nations says thousands more civilians are trapped by the violence. myanmar human rights expert, david baulk, from the group
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fortify rights, told us this fighting has been going on for decades. be conflict between the myanmar in military and the kachin independence army is one of the longest running in the world, it has been raging for more than 60 years. in essence, what the conflict is about, is the kachin ethnic minority population demanding a federal myanmar in which their minority and other ethnic minorities in the country have a substantive say about how the country is run and how it is governed. and the myanmar military have consistently refused to listen to the demands of the kachin and other ethnic minority populations in the country. and that isa populations in the country. and that is a big part of the reason why we have seen as uptick in violence in recent months. there is a comedy nominated between the complex in northern myanmar and kachin state
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and the conflict in kent state further south and the atrocities we have seen meted out against the rohingya muslim population in the west of myanmar. that, to nominate is the myanmar military. it is the same personnel who are killing, torturing, perpetrating sexual violence, and forcibly displacing thousands of people across the country. although the complex in myanmar are long and each have independent histories, the common denominator is the myanmar history. alfie evans, the terminally ill toddler at the centre of a long legal battle, has died, nearly a week after his life support was withdrawn. alfie, who would have been two next month, had a degenerative neurological condition. alfie's parents have said they're heartbroken. our correspondent judith moritz reports. they call themselves alfie's army, but today their fight turned to grief. they gathered to remember the little boy outside the hospital where he died. for the first weeks of alfie evans's life he seemed healthy,
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happy, and well. but he soon started to develop problems. scans showed that his brain was being destroyed. he spent a year in intensive care before doctors said they felt his life support should be stopped. alfie's parents, kate and tom, strongly disagreed with the medical view that their son could not be helped. on the outside, he's shown the biggest fight and that's what's given us the biggest thrive to get us through this. it's heartbreaking knowing the doctors just because they can't find a diagnosis think it's ok to come to me and my mum and say, we can't find an answer, so we think it's time that we give up on alfie. no. if you're going to give up on him, please reassure us, and refer him. the couple took their legal case unsuccessfully through all the available courts several times in the uk and twice to europe. but on monday alfie's life support was switched off. and this morning, in a facebook post, alfie's father said his son had laid down his shield and gained his wings. fly high, alfie. little soldier. as news of the little boy's death
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spread, crowds came to the hospital to pay tribute to him. they've just been so brave, they've been, they've done everything haven't they, all they can, and this has happened. they've been so brave. for a mum and dad to stand that strong with their son. i would do the same. they've done everything they can for him from day one. obviously, we don't know him personally. i think there's a lot of people, a whole nation that don't know him personally, but when you read somebody's story, it captures you massively. this has been a difficult time at alder hey. police are investigating complaints staff and patients were intimidated by some protesters. today, the hospital said its thoughts were with alfie and his parents after their devastating journey. last week, alfie's father went to meet the pope, having fought to move his son to a hospital in rome. today, the pontiff tweeted to say he was praying for the family, and the catholic church in liverpool also praised the hospital. they couldn't have done better or done more. i think we have a really wonderful hospital staff. one to be proud of.
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i think they've kept their integrity, and they've kept quiet about what's gone on. i think they've done it in a most wonderful way. alfie's parents say they're heartbroken. after many weeks in which their plight was played out in public, they were with their son in private at the end. judith moritz, bbc news, liverpool. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: crossing cultural divides with a little help from sheep. we talk to an english farmer who welcomes asylum seekers to help him look after new born lambs. nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government help to build better housing.
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internationally, there have already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. it was only when radioactive levels started to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they have taken the capital, which they have fighting for for so long. it was seven o'clock in the morning on the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: preparations for donald trump's meeting with kimjong—un making
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progress. singapore and mongolia are reported to be possible venues. city of pamplona, over the conviction of a group of men for sexual abuse rather than rape. armenia's political turmoil continues, with three days to go until the country's parliament is due to choose a new prime minister. it follows the resignation on monday of serzh sargsyan, after weeks of street protests against official corruption. he'd just taken up the post after ten years as president. armenia's ruling party says it won't nominate a new candidate for prime minister in an effort to ease tensions. the country's protest leader is rallying support for his own bid to become pm instead. he describes himself as the people's
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choice. opposition leader nikol pashinyan canvassing support and calling for the demonstrations against the country's ruling elite to continue. translation: power belongs to the people in the republic of armenia. the people are the masters of their country. he says the only way out of the current crisis is for him to be elected prime minister next week. on the first of may at eight o'clock in the morning we will take to the streets, we will fill the streets and squares. the mass protests have been peaceful so far. in a bbc interview, the country's president praised the people's democratic will. armenia has shown an example that shows that society exists and that people are courageous and proud to express their opinion. that is a fantastic achievement for a country that has decided to go towards the path of
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democracy. the ruling republican party has an acting prime minister in place, but it is now says it will not put up its own candidate on tuesday. it has not indicated who it will back. and it still holds a majority of seats in parliament. intensive talks are reported to be under way behind the scenes to try to defuse the turmoil. all sides will be keen to avoid a worsening of the crisis in the volatile south caucasus region, and in a country traditionally allied with moscow. as part of the bbc‘s crossing divides season, we've been looking at ways in which people are creating connections in a polarised world. well a sheep farmer in northern england is getting help during the lambing season from an unusual workforce. rodney beresford — who has 500 sheep in the yorkshire dales — has welcomed groups of asylum seekers to help him look after ewes and newly born lambs. spencer stokes reports. it's been one of the toughest winters sheep farmer
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rodney beresford can remember. looking after his flock spread across steep sided hills in the dales is tiring and time—consuming. but help is at hand. singing iranian folk songs, a group of 12 asylum seekers have arrived at ribblehead. some have been in the uk a few weeks, others several years. all waiting to hear if they are allowed to stay. within minutes, they are passing newborn lambs to rodney and learning about sheep farming in yorkshire. why are you putting that on the tail? it shortens the tail to keep the lamb cleaner. so they don't get... keep the flies off them. 0h, right. hopefully! you're a boy. the visitors come from all over the world, many from rural villages, so they are familiar with livestock. i feel very well because when i see lambs like this, i remember my home,
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i remember in somalia, i remember every single home. i remember my family, i remember everything. well, it's beautiful today, but it has been a brutal winter, particularly difficult for rodney, and having the asylum seekers here really does help him out. for every group that arrives, rodney receives a small payment, a boost to his income after he spent an extra £14,000 feeding his sheep through the cold weather. this is one way of diversifying. i don't make a lot of money out of it at all but it's a big help. it's 100 people a year at least that come out for lambing. it genuinely makes a difference. it's one of the best things i've done, really, i think, over the years. there is more singing on the slopes below ingleborough over lunch. it all looks very jovial but this man is a burmese asylum seeker,
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his family victims of ethnic cleansing. their lives are at risk. and they flee. nobody would leave their home unless they were forced to do so. so many of these people have fled from their homes, they have suffered from severe trauma. the journey here, many people won't talk about the journey because it has been too traumatic and too difficult. ingleborough. three peaks. after a quick geography lesson, the day on rodney‘s farm ends. some will come back, others face the prospect of a return to less friendly surroundings. spencer stokes, bbc look north, ribblehead. to formula 1, where ferrari's sebastian vettel‘s strong start to the season continues, beating lewis hamilton of mercedes to take his third consecutive pole position of the season ahead of the azerbaijan grand prix in baku. joe lynskey was watching. in formula 1, every nation brings
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its own challenge. azerbaijan is about conquering the streets. but when it is narrow and congested, danger comes into play. this is how close pa gas leak came to a devastating collision. lewis hamilton knows the route to a fifth career title is even trickier this year. he already has ground to make up year. he already has ground to make up on the championship leader, and once again the briton missed out on pole position, taking it to his team we re pole position, taking it to his team were the ferrari drivers, kimi rakhine leading the way before getting blown off course late in the final lap. but that paved the way for sebastian vettel to take pole position. it is three races in a row now where he will start from the front. in r0, staying streetsmart could be the key. —— in baku. a french museum dedicated to the work of the painter etienne terrus, has discovered that
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paintings they thought were by the artist are actually fake. staff at the terrus museum in the south of france were made aware of the forgeries by a visiting art historian. a committee of experts later reviewed the works and concluded that more than half of them were fakes. oh dear. and just before we go, let me show you these pictures from reunion island. a volcano known as piton de la fournaise or the "peak of the furnace" has began to erupt there. it's for the second time this year. the volcano lies on the eastern side of the island, which is a french territory off madagascar in the indian ocean. the area around the volcano is uninhabited, so the eruptions don't pose much danger to the population of reunion. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. i'm @lvaughanjones. hello again.
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we did have a number of showers today across the north—west of the country, but the shower clouds will tend to melt away. clearing skies. a decent night across the northern half of the uk to catch some glimpses of what looks to be a full moon to me. quite spectacular shots, actually, out and about under those clear skies. clear skies, yes, out and about under those clear skies. clearskies, yes, but it out and about under those clear skies. clear skies, yes, but it is going to be a chilly start to the day for the early rises. some frost patches to watch out for in rural areas of scotland. not so cold further south under this zone of thick cloud. most cloud could be thick cloud. most cloud could be thick enough to give us a few spots of light rain through the day, on and off. the best of the early morning sunshine across north—west areas but slow—moving showers will form again, especially in northern ireland. later in the day we will
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start to see a band of rain moving in from the continent to bring some wet weather to end the day across south—east england, strengthening winds here making it feel particularly chilly. that wet weather will continue to extend across south—east england and also east anglia, as we go on through sunday night. on into monday, we will have this area of low pressure moving up from the near continent. the rain will get more extensive and the winds will get colder and stronger. what is in the forecast for monday? heavy rain, a windy day with gales around the eastern coast, and it will feel cold, more like a february day than one in late april. so the wet weather is there. a bit of uncertainty as to how far west this band of rain will reach. there is the chance of a few snowflakes mixed in with this week, mostly above the high ground, too— —— 200— 300 metres of elevation. most of that will not settle. rainfall falling with chilly winds, temperatures really struggling. the high temperatures in birmingham,
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five celsius. it will feel that cold. tuesday, that area of low pressure continues to feel —— fuel cloud across eastern areas. another weather front moving in across the atla ntic weather front moving in across the atlantic bringing wet weather to northern ireland later in the day. in between these two systems, actually, the weather should be quiet on tuesday with sunshine around. in the best of the sunshine, temperatures climbing at least in double figures fairly widely. looking at the outlook over the next few days and the next week ahead, you will be pleased to hear that once we have got rid of that chilly weather and the rain to start the week things will improve. we will see highs of up to 19 in london as we had towards next weekend. —— had towards. —— head. this is bbc news. the headlines: preparations for donald trump's meeting with kim jong—un are under way. singapore and mongolia are reported as possible venues. the us president has spoken to his south korean counterpart moonjae—in, following his summit with the north korean leader.
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more than 30,000 people in the northern spanish city of pamplona have protested against a court decision to convict a group of men for sexual abuse rather than rape. it's the third consecutive day of demonstrations. 4000 people have fled renewed fighting in northern myanmar. the burmese military is reported to be pounding ethnic kachin rebels with airstrikes and artillery. there have been further mass demonstrations against official corruption in armenia, with the protest leader rallying support for his own bid to become prime minister. the country's parliament is due to choose a new prime minister on tuesday. now on bbc news, it's talking movies.
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