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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7... north korea's president promises to close its main nuclear test site, and invites the world to watch — according to south korea. us secretary of state mike pompeo uses his first diplomatic trip to the middle east to accuse iran of destabilising the region. facing calls to resign, home secretary amber rudd will address parliament tomorrow as the fallout from the windrush scandal continues. police in south wales arrest an 18—year—old man after a car collided with a group of people outside a popular clubbing area in newport. also in the next hour, rescuing the reef — australia pledges to protect one of the world's underwater treasures. the canberra government promises to spend 290 million pounds on restoring and preserving the great barrier reef. and celtic win the scottish football premiership with a thumping 5—0 win over rivals rangers.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. north korea says it will close its main nuclear test site within weeks, and wants us weapons inspectors to verify the shut down. the news follows the historic meeting between the leaders of north and south korea on friday. the new us secretary of state, mike pompeo says washington has an obligation to pursue peace, as preparations continue for a possible meeting, between president trump and north korea's kimjong—un. from the south korean capital seoul, laura bicker reports. from this momentous show of unity... laughter. comes an apparent
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display of sincerity. president moon is making his conversation with kim jong—un public. and it seems the north korean leader is willing to go further than simply stepping over the border. he has pledged to close an atomic test site, something his father did before him. this was the yongbyon nuclear cooling tower being blown up in 2008, but still north korea continued to build weapons in secret. this time, the promise is to close the punggye—ri test site, the last six nuclear tests were carried out here. it has been slightly damaged, but kim jong—un says it still works and he's prepared to close it while experts and the media watch. they are masters of propaganda. we have to put aside emotions and collect ourselves and concentrate on the conversation, which is dismantling north korea's weapons. but the south korean government believes its relationship with the north has to start somewhere. trust goes in two directions,
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build trust in the process of implementing agreements. kim jong—un is also turning back time... literally. in 2015, he changed pyongyang's clocks and since then, they've been 30 minutes behind seoul. korea will become one time zone once again. and it does seem that some in the south are reassessing their view of kim jong—un. translation: i used to think of north korea negatively, but now, little by little, i've realised we want people and touched by it. translation: this time, kim jong—un speaks with conviction. i think that is why this time it will be different. kim jong—un seems to be saying all of the right things,
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and changing the clocks is a good sign of unity. he has also said through the south koreans that the south poses no threat to the us or to them. but it kind of misses the point. the us do not want them to have those weapons in the first place. south koreans have to wait and see if the us president can do a deal on denuclearisation. history has taught them to be wary of the north, but there is hope here that this could be the start of a new era. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. the new us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has reiterated america's determination to prevent the iranians ever getting a nuclear weapon. as part of his first overseas tour in the role, mr pompeo visited saudi arabia before arriving in israel. speaking to reporters, alongside the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, mr pompeo said the us stood with israel in countering the threats posed by iran.
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strong cooperation with close allies like you is critical to our aim to counter iran's end to destabilise the middle east and throughout the world we remain deeply concerned about their dangerous escalation of threats to israel and the region. and their ambition to dominate the middle east remains. the united states is with israel in this fight, and we strongly support israel's sobran right to defend itself. regarding the jcp sobran right to defend itself. regarding thejcp 0a, president trump has been clear that this deal is flawed and has directed the administration to try and fix it and if we cannot permit he will withdraw from the deal. it is pretty straightforward. unlike the past administration, there is a comprehensive administration designed to counter the full array of threats emanating from tehran. as pa rt of threats emanating from tehran. as
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part of the president's competence of iran strategy we are also working to counter a non—nuclear threats like missile systems and their support for hospital. the fermentation of thousands of proxy fighters into syria —— hess boller. we will be working with strong allies and counter the threats. 0ur correspondent tom bateman is following developments from jerusalem. he has said that he wants to bring swagger back to the state department, is that what he is doing in the middle east? it was really telling that only days after he was sworn into his position, he chose to make this trip. it was hastily arranged, he said he had not seen this office in washington and said chose —— and chose to come to strategic allies of the us in the middle east. the message he delivered was what we heard there.
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he said it was simple that president trump would withdraw from the iran nuclear deal if its terms could not be expanded. what benjamin netanyahu refers to as the deal being fixed, and whether it had been ditched, and thatis and whether it had been ditched, and that is the message that has come to saudi arabia with. and when key european leaders were lobbying the white house to try and keep the deal alive with us input. whether or not thatis alive with us input. whether or not that is achievable in the two—week timetable, president trump has a self—imposed deadline to make his decision about the iran nuclear deal, that remains to be seen but i do think mike pompeo was pretty clear about the way they are going and the lines of thinking. here is a man who comes to the region more ideological elite closer to president trump than his predecessor. you mentioned the
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europeans there, at the same time, mike pompeo is standing symbolically shoulder to shoulder alongside the saudis and israelis. theresa may has been holding talks on the telephone with president macron and the german chancellor angela merkel. they have all been underlined the importance of the iranian nuclear deal. there isa of the iranian nuclear deal. there is a conflicted going on? the europeans want the terms of engagement in the deal changed. that was never their original position, they simply wanted to keep the deal alive but they realised the only way they could keep the white house engaged with the deal is if they try and do what president trump is asking, to fix it and change the terms of engagement. that is what has been the core complaint of the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, israeli prime minister, benjamin neta nyahu, the years. israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, the years. it is now being echoed by president trump and that message that they see the fact
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that message that they see the fact that sanctions were lifted on iran when it came to nuclear ambitions did nothing to change what they see as its regional hostility and attem pts as its regional hostility and atte m pts to as its regional hostility and attempts to entrench themselves. mike pompeo and benjamin netanyahu said it basically flourished under the agreement. what the europeans have to do is try and engage the iranians to see whether negotiation would be possible. we have in heard the last week, and the iranians say absolutely not, it is unacceptable that the americans may try and reimpose sanctions, they say if america withdraws, they will start doing again what they describe as peaceful nuclear activities and they say it will be more advanced than before. and it is important to remember that this is going on with a tight deadline at the same time as president trump with the new
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secretary of state, he is attempting to secure historic denuclearisation of the korean peninsula? some ironies have been pointed out, on one hand there are attempts to denuclearise the korean peninsula, on the other hand there are threats with iran when there is another deal in place. the president trump loves to talk about how he does deals and he likes to put in place maximum pressure. he may use the example of name—calling in the north korean case. they have got to the point where it is possible. it is possible it isa where it is possible. it is possible it is a tactical strategy to exert pressure on the iranians to get them to re—engage with a new and expanded deal. we will have to wait and see.
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he likes to keep people guessing. president macron said that he thought president trump would withdraw from the deal or change expectations. we will have to wait and see. tom, thank you. the former immigration minister, brandon lewis, is supporting a claim by the home secretary, that she didn't know of targets for the removal of illegal immigrants. amber rudd told a commons committee last week, that she wasn't aware of the targets, and days later said she hadn't seen an email last year giving details of the policy. ms rudd has resisted growing calls for her resignation. 0ur political correspondent iain watson reports. archive fo0tage: the empire windrush brings to britain 500 jamaicans. the plight of the windrush generation, commonwealth citizens and their families who came to britain after the war and has brought with it a new focus on government immigration policies. ministers were criticised for demanding that some of these legal migrants provide proof of their right to be here. but the home secretary was all at sea, when she was questioned by a committee of mps
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about the removal of illegal migrants last week. and targets for removals, when were they set? erm... we don't have targets for removals. today, the former immigration minister, who worked with amber rudd, said she had only really been asked about local internal targets, key performance indicators, that she had not known about at the time. she was asked about local regional internal kpis that the local enforcement agencies were using. she was not aware of that. she was clear on that. but the person who asked amber rudd the question said that that was not true and another member of her committee agrees. brandon lewis is using semantics and also trying to frankly rewrite what happened in the committee. i was there, i know the conversation that took place. anyone can see it if they look it up online. it's clear she says there were not targets and we now know that there were. this leaked letter published by the guardian newspaper today
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from the home secretary to the prime minister, dated january last year, refers to the promise of increasing the number of illegal migrants removed from britain by 10%. it may sound suspiciously like a target. but the foreign immigration minister claimed that it was merely an ambition... the 10% is an ambition based on the increase we see in people that we remove. so it's an ambition, not a target? there's a big difference between the two things. amber rudd has been told by downing street to resist pressure to resign. political opponents will say that is because she is being used to protect her predecessor of the home office. none other than the prime minister herself, but there could be another reason. because every week, in there, an inner group of cabinet ministers meet to thrash out the policy on brexit. if amber rudd goes, the balance of forces between those who voted to leave the eu and those who, like her, voted to remain, could be disrupted at a potentially crucial time. so far, amber rudd may be using up as many political
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lives as this creature. number 10 do not want to show her the door — but tomorrow, the home secretary will have to convince mps that she's on top of herjob. iain watsonjoins me in the studio now. 0n on top of herjob it's a difficult case for her to make tomorrow?m will be twofold, making sure she has humility, that she should have known about some of the things she claimed she didn't but crucially, you can only really resign as a minister, or be forced to, you can go at any time, but forced to resign as a minister if you knowingly mislead parliament. she would say she did not know the minister, she got it wrong. she was mistaken and that will be a key part of her defence. the second part of her defence would be attack. illegal migrants like the
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windrush generation and the labour party, attacking them for this, she would say what would they have done instead ? would say what would they have done instead? that would be the argument but questions will keep coming. exactly what did she know? she will be asked forensically about when and ambition to remove 10% more people from britain, when ambition becomes a target. it is simply not a target by another name. if your boss does not want you to go and your collea g u es not want you to go and your colleagues do not want you to go, you aren't going to go. why are they firmly committed to keeping her, is there a britton dimension? definitely, that is not necessarily because she sees eye to eye with the prime minister, —— brexit dimension. but these trade talks, and getting the final deal by autumn, the brexit subcommittee and the flourish earlier in the year, they are
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discussing internally where they stand and externally how they respond to the eu. that includes difficult issues like the customs union this week, and labour mobility, she was a key voice of wanting to remain inside the eu. if she goes, the balance shifts in the favour of brexit. the prime minister wa nts to favour of brexit. the prime minister wants to hear the whole range of voices and keep the whole party together. if amber rudd is out of the game, it will be difficult for the game, it will be difficult for the prime minister to replace her. iain watson, thank you. the headlines on bbc news: north korea's president promises to close its main nuclear test site, and invites the world to watch — according to south korea. us secretary of state mike pompeo uses his first diplomatic trip to the middle east to accuse iran of destabilising the region. facing calls to resign, home secretary amber rudd will address parliament tomorrow as the fallout from from the windrush scandal continues. an 18—year—old man has been arrested after a car hit several
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people in newport city centre in the early hours of this morning. four people were injured — two women are thought to have suffered life changing injuries. people were leaving bars and nightclubs on cambrian road when it happened. nicola smith reports. crime scene officers on cambria road this morning, combing the bridge for evidence. debris from a car and somebody‘s shoe, just some of what is left on the road following the incident which happened at 5:30am this morning, when pubs and clubs here were closing. an eyewitness film dead. a car is surrounded by a crowd of people before driving forwards, we have chosen not to show you what follows. screens are heard as the vehicle appears to collide with pedestrians. two women sustained what police say are potentially life changing injuries. another woman and man were also hurt. this man is the director of
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several clu bs hurt. this man is the director of several clubs on the road and was here as it happened. it was horrific. it is something you do not wa nt to horrific. it is something you do not want to see on any street, anywhere. people immediately, the door staff, oui’ people immediately, the door staff, our first people immediately, the door staff, ourfirstaid, people immediately, the door staff, ourfirst aid, they people immediately, the door staff, our first aid, they came out. police officers were excellent. they looked after the two main victims. police say that the vehicle was later found burnt out on this street in newport. an 18—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving. this road is lined with bars and nightclubs. in the early hours of saturday and sunday morning, it is always packed with people at socialising. police wa nt with people at socialising. police want anyone who saw anything in the early hours of this morning to get in touch. nicola smith, bbc wales today, in newport. the former house of commons speaker and glasgow mp, michael martin, has died at the age of 72.
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lord martin of springburn, as he was known latterly, resigned over his handling of the mps' expenses scandal , but friends say he was held in affection by his constituents. graham stewart reports. 0rder! order! order! the man who kept the house in order, elected speaker of the commons in 2000, micheal martin was the first roman catholic to serve in the role since the reformation. his background was untypical, the son of a ship stoker, he emerged from the working—class tenements of glasgow to make politics his career. he became a union official and then a city councillor, and served as a member of parliament for glasgow springburn until 2005. 0ften of parliament for glasgow springburn until 2005. often a controversial speaker, his integrity came under attack after he led efforts to block the publication of mp's expenses.
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i'm profoundly sorry, now each and every member, including myself, must work hard to regain your trust. in the end, he was forced to resign. the first speaker of the house of commons to do so in 300 years. by tradition, speakers are elevated to the lords but the decision to grant his peerage also proved controversial. his successor in the glasgow seat that he represented for 30 years says that micheal martin's working—class background made him the target of snobbery. weir i think it was unfair of the metropolitan tabloid media. they sneered at him because of his accent, assuming he was not intelligent. he was one of the brightest people ever to represent glasgow in parliament. the former prime minister gordon brown said that he will be sorely missed.
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the current speaker, john bercow, described his predecessor as a decent public spirited man who was proud of his roots. micheal martin died this morning after a short illness at the age of 72. australia is promising to spend 290 million pounds to help restore and protect the great barrier reef. the world's largest reef system has been damaged by warming sea temperatures, which have bleached large swathes of coral in recent years, as well as pollution and run—off of pesticides and fertilisers from farms. phil mercer reports from sydney. the great barrier reef is australia's greatest natural treasure. but this world heritage listed wonderland is under siege. for two years running it was hit by major coral bleaching, which scientists blame on warmer sea temperatures. then there was the assault by coral eating crown of thorns starfish —— starfish. these
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predators will be targeted by the new multi—million dollar plan to revive and restore the reef. farmers fear the queensland coast will be encouraged to change their ways, to reduce the flow of fertilisers and pesticides into the sea. it is part ofa pesticides into the sea. it is part of a pledge that the australian government says is the single largest investment ever in the great barrier reef. we will be providing money for scientific research, particularly to build more resilient coral, and to deal with heat stress and life stress —— like stress. we will be putting the money towards better data management so we better understand what is happening to the reef so we can deal with the challenges. we are spending money in terms of working with local indigenous communities, the traditional owners who have such a big role to play. ministers say there will be efforts to mitigate there will be efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, but they gave no specific details. critics accused them of being
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hopelessly unable to tackle the climate emergency facing this underwater paradise that snakes down north—eastern australia. the government in canberra has previously set an ambitious target to cut the nation's emissions by 2030. but this is a country heavily dependent on cheap supplies of coal for its power. conservationists argue that until this reliance on fossil fuels is argue that until this reliance on fossilfuels is broken, there can be no real hope of preserving the great barrier reef. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. joining me now from nairobi is erik solheim, united nations environment executive director. thank you so much forjoining us. is this something that you welcome? this is great news. i compliment prime minister malcolm turnbull and the australian government on this. hopefully this will spread to the rest of the world. we can protect
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the great barrier reef, it is so important to us. and what do you say to those who say it is too little too late? the main threat to the coral reef is small changes in temperature, even just coral reef is small changes in temperature, evenjusti coral reef is small changes in temperature, even just i degrees, coral reef is small changes in temperature, evenjusti degrees, it can have an enormous negative impact on the reefs. these great bleaching events a re on the reefs. these great bleaching events are devastating. it has been destroyed due to temperature. we should make strong global climate actions. but hopefully we will be able to restore the corals. this will add to the protection. and you
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say that if climate change is that the root of this, changing the energy mix away from fossil fuels must be the key thing. absolutely, australia should do, as many others have done, look at renewable energies. we can provide more renewable energy from solar, and nuclear together. change is happening, we should embrace that also. can you reassure viewers that the great barrier reef is ultimately safe in all it's amazing teeming life? it is under great threat from global warming. there is an added threat of plastics which are eaten by corals. they are added by
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agriculture and pollution. it is in great peril but this is a huge step in the right direction from the australian government, to look into restoring the reef. how we can avoid this added pollution from agriculture and plastics. we should welcome this is a great step in the right direction. thank you forjoining us. two men wanted by police in northern ireland have been found tied to a bench and covered in paint, in a suspected vigilante attack in county armagh. james white and alexis guesto were wanted for offences including breach of license. images of the pair had been shared on social media. three men have been arrested in northern ireland — under the terrorism act — after police discovered a bomb during a number of house searches in county tyrone. ten houses were evacuated in the town of strabane — as a precaution. the men, aged 43, 45 and 47 have been taken to belfast for questioning. the eu's chief brexit
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negotiator, michel barnier, has said the time has come for the uk to "resolve the contradictions" in its irish border policy. mr barnier was writing in ireland's sunday independent newspaper, ahead of a visit to the country tomorrow. he said there needed to be "substantial progress" on the issue by the next meeting of eu leaders, injune. rohingya refugees in bangladesh have been appealing to visiting un ambassadors to help them safely return home. a delegation from the un security council is visiting refugee camps in cox's bazaar which is home to nearly 700,000 rohingyas who've fled violence in myanmar. their tour comes amid warnings that the coming monsoon season could worsen conditions in the camps. nick beake reports. a breakfrom the misery of life in the biggest
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refugee camp in the world. hundreds of rohingya people have gathered to greet the un delegation. ambassadors from 15 countries have come to cox's bazaar to see their suffering, and hear their harrowing stories. translation: we are standing here to demand justice as the myanmar military have killed our men and tortured our women. this is what she's talking about — the burmese military and buddhist mobs torched rohingya villages last year, and forced 100,000 muslims to flee for their lives. it is not known how many exactly were murdered before they could escape. now in camps across the border in bangladesh, survivors have placards but not much else. the security council say they want to help authorities here prepare for the imminent monsoon season and try and find a way for refugees to return safely to myanmar — if, indeed, any want to. it is worth recalling that the rohingya muslims came through myanmar.
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the solution must be in myanmar, they must be able to go home in safety. it may take some time. we would like to hear from the government of myanmar, how they wish to work with the international community and we will do everything we can as a security council to support progress and try to come together to take decisions. tomorrow the delegation will leave bangladesh, and fly to myanmar to meet the de facto leader aung san suu kyi. she has been widely criticised for not doing more to protect the rohingya muslims. the burmese army have always claimed they did not target these people but were rooting out terrorists. but many believe this is the face of a crime against humanity. nick beake, bbc news. gaming is big business — it's creating a new wave of celebrities and it's even been
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tipped as a new olympic sport. now, a 13—year—old from kent has become one of the world's youngest professional gamers. kyle jackson has become so good at the game fortnite that he could start earning serious money. joe lynam went to meet him. for many of us, fortnite is the length of time you spend on your holidays. but for young people, it is the hottest game on the planet right now. for this 13—year—old, it is potentially a lucrative future career. kyle has been signed to play with a team of professional gamers. i started playing competitively when i was around nine or ten. i got into halo, call of duty. i realised that i could probably go to a pro—level if i kept playing at that scale. gaming is no joke.

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