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i'm in singapore, the headlines: the white house claims north korea for a trail of broken promises as president trump cancels a summit with kim jong—un. i believe that this is a tremendous setback is a tremendous setback for north korea and indeed a setback for the world. pyongyang says the announcement is not in line with the world's wishes and it is willing to resolve differences with the us however and whenever. i'm ben bland in london. also in the programme. the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is reportedly preparing to surrender to police in in new york. they've been investigating alleged sexual assaults. and we'll meet the 11 year old violinist who's taking the world of classical music by storm. good morning.
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it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 9pm in washington dc, where president trump has cancelled the much—anticipated summit with north korean leader kim jong—un. mr trump blamed what he called "tremendous anger and open hostility" from north korea. in the last hour, pyongyang has said it had made the utmost efforts to hold the summit, and the cancellation was not in line with the world's wishes. our north america editor jon sopel reports. the historic would it, wouldn't it happen singapore summit had hit the buffers, as many had predicted. donald trump's letter to kimjong—un, in it he wrote sadly that tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your latest statement,
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it's an appropriate to have a long planned meeting. his letter spoke about the power of the us nuclear arsenal and that the meeting was kim's idea, not his. at the white house a sombre president trump had this to say. based on the recent statement of north korea, i have decided to terminate the planned summit in singapore onjune the 12th. while many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, i believe that this is a tremendous setback for north korea and indeed a setback for the world. hopefully positive things will be taking place with respect to the future of north korea, but if they don't we are more ready than we have ever been before. the legwork for it was being done
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by the president's secretary of state mike pompeo. there were gasps around the world when it emerged he had travelled to pyongyang in total secrecy to meet the north korean leader. today, mr pompeo was giving evidence to the senate foreign relations committee and sought to explain what had changed the president's mind. over the past many days we have endeavoured to do what we had agreed, which was to put preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit and we have received no response to our enquiries from them. the release of the president's letter coincided with the north korean‘s playing host to a group of western journalists invited to witness the destruction of a nuclear test site. but there was fury in washington when pyongyang put out a statement last night describing the vice president as ignorant and stupid, and there seemed to be a threat. we can also make the us taste
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an appalling tragedy. at the heart of this is the demand for the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula, a phrase that sounds simple but is open to vastly different interpretations. this might have been an historic summit in seeing these two leaders sit down at a table together, but as time went on it became increasingly clear that is all it would be, great expectations have been replaced by a cold dose of reality. i asked david willis what other details we've learned about the reasons for cancelling the summit. they are saying, senior white house officials, that a trail of broken promises led to the breakdown of this summit. they say senior white house officials went to singapore last week to sit down and discuss logistical issues and technicalities ahead of this summit
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with their north korean counterparts but the north koreans did not show up. that followed their absence in talks that were due to take place with the south koreans previously and the adversity they fielded towards those joint military exercises between the us and south korea having previously said they understood the reason for those exercises. there are some here who are pointing the finger at the president and the white house perhaps having gone too far too soon with all of this, having pumped up expectations. some are saying without having the background framework in place perhaps. there did seem to be doubts even as to what both sides meant when they actually used the word denuclearisation.
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in the words of one senior diplomat it constitutes poor diplomatic tradecraft. north korea has responded to the decision to call off the planned summit. the tone of the message sounded quite conciliatory. our correspondent rupert wingfield hayesjoined me from seoul. i think the good news from here this morning is north korea has not responded with anger and threats to return to muscle tests and nuclear tests. indeed it has released a statement saying that the door to dialogue is open. "we express our willingness to sit down face—to—face with the united states and resolve issues at any time in any format. and the unilateral decision to cancel upcoming
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talks demonstrates how serious the animosity remains." i think what the north koreans are doing is leaving the door open to continue dialogue but also painting president trump and the american administration as the ones who are being intransigent, they pulled out, north korea is ready to come to the table at any time and talk on any conditions and it's america who are walking away from this dialogue. i just wonder if this is yet another example as i have heard some of our colleagues describe it as almost like the squaring up of two boxers before they get in the ring, to psychologically get an advantage and try to intimidate the other before things eventually go ahead? it is to an extent. i think it's interesting what david said earlier, that a lot of people are saying this was attempting too much too soon, it's easy to say that with retrospect now but at the outset when president trump accepted the invitation to meet a lot of people here in south korea were saying at that time woah, this is not how you go about setting up a presidential summit.
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you don't do it in six weeks and offer to do a one—time deal right at the outset. this is a process which would take months of careful preparation. i think what we've seen over the last few weeks is the realisation on the part of the trump administration that they were not going to get the deal they were hoping for. then about a week and a half ago we saw the national security adviser john bolton come out and say we will impose a libya style deal and that has been what has set of the unravelling of this summit preparations and getting to the point we did last night with it being cancelled. president's trump's surprise announcement came just hours after north korea said it had dismantled tunnels at its only nuclear test site. reporters at the punggye—ri site in the north—east said they had witnessed a huge blast — as you can see from these pictures. ben tracey of cbs news was there.
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we were on the site for about nine hours and it was surreal to see it in person. the north koreans brought a small group of media for a very specific purpose, they wanted to show they were decommissioning, they were destroying this nuclear test site. they blew up the three remaining test tunnels at the site, they claimed two of them are still usable and they could have conducted further tests but they put explosives inside and blew them up. before they did that they opened the tunnel and we could walk right up to them and see the explosives and then they removed us to some viewing stands further away and blew them up. they then told us to walk back up towards the tunnels to see it in person to verify indeed it had been closed. the problem is we are journalists, we're not experts so there is nobody on site, no outside experts to verify that what north korea claimed it has done, closing its nuclear test site,
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is actually occurred. we asked if they will allow somebody to do that and they said they don't feel they need somebody else to say they have done what they say they have now done. also making news today: the united nations‘ atomic watchdog says iran is still upholding the key terms of the 2015 international deal to restrict its nuclear activities. in this first report since the united states withdrew from the agreement, the iaea said iran had not enriched uranium above low levels. it also said inspectors had access to all necessary sites. president trump's decision to abandon the accord and re—impose sanctions has thrown its future into doubt. the hollywood actor morgan freeman has apologised, after being accused by a number of women of inappropriate behaviour and harrassment. there were complaints about his language, and interfering with female colleagues‘ clothing on film sets and at publicity events. mr freeman says he would never
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knowingly offend or make someone feel uneasy. he apologised to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected. nicolas maduro has been sworn in for a second term as president of venezuela. in his inauguration speech, he said that blaming him for his country's economic problems was a stupid simplification. the main opposition parties boycotted last sunday's vote, and say they reject the result. donald trump has issued a pardon for the late boxing champion jackjohnson, who was convicted in 1912 for breaking laws which are now widely seen as racist. johnson, who was the first african—american to hold the world heavyweight title, was found guilty under the mann act of transporting a white woman, who he later married, across state lines for immoral purposes. the missile that downed
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a malaysia airlines flight over eastern ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board, belonged to a russian brigade, international investigators say. for the first time, the dutch—led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western russia. the kremlin again denied any involvement. anna holligan reports. images, mostly sourced from social media, provide a catalogue of evidence. it can clearly be seen, the huge vehicles disrupt traffic and attract a lot of attention. it was the summer of 2014, the boeing 777 passengerjet was shot out of the sky. the russian—made surface to air missile was fired from a field under the control of russian
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backed separatists. investigators highlighted seven markers on the launcher which allowed them to create a fingerprint which identified the exact vehicle involved. a serial number on the missile casing showed it was a 9m 38 series made in moscow. we think it is from the 53rd antimissile brigade. it is a special part of the russian army normally doing work to defend the air and one of their vehicles, one of them has been used on this day ofjuly two down mhi7. day ofjuly to down mhi7. any suspects would be put on trial here in the netherlands after russia blocked efforts to set up an international tribunal. and the dutch legal system allows people to be tried in absentia. that means even if the country
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in which the suspects are currently residing refused to extradite them, the trials could still go ahead in their absence. prosecutions confirmed they have identified a few dozen persons of interest but have refused to name names to avoid jeopardising any future prosecution. but they need more witnesses. we urgently appeal to everyone. anywhere in the world. do you recognise the handwriting of the number on or do you know someone who can tell us what these numbers mean? and they specifically appealed to staff from the 53rd brigade of the russian federation, their family and friends, to get in touch. russia has always denied any involvement in the disaster which cut short 298 lives. the hollywood movie producer harvey weinstein
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is reportedly preparing to hand himself in to new york authorities — to face allegations of sexual assault. he has denied any wrongdoing. our correspondent in new york, nada tawfik has more details. neither his lawyer or one of his spokespersons commented when we asked if this was in fact the case, if he plans to turn himself into the nypd. i think it's just worth mentioning that he is expected to turn himself in not far from where he ran his company, the weinstein company, from where he was such a powerful figure in hollywood. here in new york they are expecting quite a spectacle tomorrow if in fact he does turn himself into police and then afterwards does appear in criminal court on these charges. it's been a months long enquiry from both the manhattan district attorney and the nypd because as you say, there have been allegations for such a long time and as recently as 2015 the nypd led a sting operation against weinstein on behalf of a model
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who said he had groped her. the manhattan district attorney at that time did not bring any charges and since these allegations came out in october they were under really intense scrutiny. certainly amongst harvey weinstein's accusers, i am sure there is a lot ofjubilation that he will be brought to court to face the charges. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... ii—year—old violin prodigy chloe chua —
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the bounce and the go. why? this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in singapore. i'm in london. our top stories. donald trump has cancelled his summit with kimjong un — blaming tremendous anger and open hostility from north korea. the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is reported to be preparing to surrender to police in in new york, who've been investigating alleged sexual assaults. and police in turkmenistan are reportedly inspecting toilets and rubbish dumps for evidence that locals have been using newspapers featuring photographs of the president to wipe themselves. many turkmens can't afford normal toilet paper —
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so newspaper, which tends to feature lots of images of the president, has become a popular choice. that story is popular on bbc.com let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the strait times is one of many reporting president trump's cancellation of his summit with north korean leader, kim jong un. it reports that mr trump "laments a lost opportunity". it also quotes the foreign ministry of host singapore as hoping dialogue will continue. the story vies in the chinese press with the visit of german chancellor angela merkel. while the south china morning post reports that mr trump hit out at a "hostile" kim, it headlines that mrs merkel and president xi were "seeing eye to eye" in their opposition to the us president's protectionist trade policies. la figaro in france leads on a justice department study
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of more than 200 convicted radical islamists that it says reveals the face ofjihadism in france. but it covers the summit cancellation with the headline declaring mr trump's strategy a failure. now, you know there's a prestigious musical career ahead of you when you win an internationally renowned music competition at the age of ii. last month, chloe chua won thejunior division of the menuhin competition in geneva. the competition attracts some of the greatest violin talents from all over the world and many of its prizewinners have gone on to successful international careers. earlier i spoke to chloe chua, a student at the nanyang academy of fine arts and her mum, eng lee. i began by asking chloe what it felt like being in the competition. i was really happy to join and when i heard that i got
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into the competition i was wheeping because i did not know that i could do it and i have such great talent. let's see some of the pictures of the competition in geneva, switzerland. tell us, which particular pieces did you play in the final? they gave us a choice of the inaudible. why did you choose these pieces? because i find it very special. the commissioned piece is written by a 22—year—old current american teenager and that song was very, very complicated. it is very memorable i am sure for you. you are 11 years old and you have
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been playing the violin for the past seven years. let me talk to your mum, what did it feel like being in the audience and watching your daughter on stage playing the violin in front of an international audience? i was really nervous the whole time. i was backstage because this is one of the most difficult competitions she has participated in, i was backstage keeping her company and i was hoping she could come off the stage happy with her playing. where does her talent come from? are you from a musical family? i play a bit of piano but i don't play the violin. i think she owes very much to her education she received from the academy of fine arts and also her teacher has taught well to bring out her talents. what did your teachers tell you at the academy of arts when you arrived back in singapore
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with the top prize? he gave me a big hug and said well done. because he knew that i could do it. and he trusted me. a big hug, and i am sure he taught you to practice again for more competitions! so how long do you practice every day and do you play the violin on a daily basis? i practice every day. if i have time i will practice 5—6 hours. if i don't have that much time i willjust practice 1—3 hours. and now let us hearfor our bbc viewers to listen to the true talent. could you play for us, come on? i know this is a 400—year—old violin which was lent to you by the competition. ok, let's play.
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amazing talent. i wish i could play the violin! an ii—year—old singapore violin prodigy. you have been watching the bbc, stay with us. as the eu's general data protection regulation comes into force — we explain what is it and how the will it affect you and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures of this bear cub making his debut appearance at a zoo in belgium. he may look like your average bear but he's from the rare ‘spectacled bear‘ family — no prizes for guessing where that name came from. the species is native to the tropical andes and is considered vulnerable by the international union for conservation of nature. that's all for us for the moment,
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but stay with us here. see you soon. hello. the forecast for the bank holiday weekend is, a somewhat messy one. yes, there will be a lot of warmth, there will be some muggy conditions too and some spells of spring sunshine. but, also some thundery downpours and predicting exactly where and when the worst of those will turn up is going to prove quite tricky. you can see the way these thunder clouds have been spreading erratically northwards across the western side of europe. that is the sort of weather pattern that is going to continue through the weekend. so here's one clump of heavy downpours and thunderstorms during friday, drifting across the midlands, wales and up into northern england. quite a lot of cloud here. quite a lot of cloud generally down to the south as we start of the day, but back cloud should break up to reveal some spells
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of sunshine into the afternoon. still the small chance of one or two showers and thunderstorms but the main area of wet weather will be across wales, up into northern england, these hit and miss downpours continuing to drift through. but for northern ireland and scotland, here the best of the sunshine although the some north—eastern coastal parts of scotland there'll be some mist and murk and low cloud hanging around at times. as far as the temperatures go, a bit disappointing if you get stuck under cloud and with the showery areas of rain through the day, but in the sunshine, highs of around 22 or 23 degrees. now during friday night will see these showers and storms continuing to drift a little bit further west and they will tend to fizzle as they go. a lot of cloud left behind, some rather misty and murky conditions to take us into saturday morning. quite a muggy start to the day as well with temperatures around 12 to 11! degrees. saturday starts off with a lot of cloud. back cloud to some sunshine, particularly across the northern half of the british isles. but further south, there is the increasing chance we'll see some really vicious thunderstorms breaking out, but they will be quite hit and miss.
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some places will probably avoid them and stay dry. in the best of the sunshine on saturday, those temperatures creeping upwards, 2! to 2a, or 25 degrees because we are going to be importing this very warm air from the near continent. but, what we are also going to be bringing up from the south is clusters of heavy thundery downpours. because frontal systems will continue to drift in. it looks likely that on sunday we could see some particularly intense downpours and thunderstorms, especially down towards the south—west. high pressure though holds firm further north, so here are quieter weather story with some spells of sunshine and some pleasant warmth at 18 to 2a degrees. but further south, yes there will be some spells of sunshine be quite a muggy feel and a threat of some really intense downpours and thunderstorms, particularly on sunday. i'm ben bland with bbc world news. our top story... donald trump has cancelled next month's planned meeting with kimjong—un —
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because of what he says is open hostility from north korea. mr trump said it was a tremendous setback to the world. north korea responded that pyongyang is open to resolving issues with the united states "whenever and however". earlier north korea said it had destroyed its remaining nuclear test facilities at the punggye ri site. the demolition was witnessed by several foreign journalists, although no nuclear experts were allowed to attend. and the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is reported to be preparing to surrender himself to police in new york. it follows an investigation into alleged sexual abuse. mr weinstein has denied any wrongdoing. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk... two men have been given life sentences, for the murders of four children, in an arson attack in greater manchester last december.
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