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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: the white house blames north korea for a trail of broken promises as president trump cancels the summit with kim jong—un. pyongyang says the move defies the world's wishes and it's willing to resolve differences with the us "whenever, however." hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is expected to hand himself in to police in new york within hours following allegations of sexual assault. an island off the coast of yemen is declared a disaster zone after a powerful cyclone. at least 19 people are missing. and it saw a pedestrian but it was too late. more questions about the safety of self—drive cars. north korea says it's open to resolving issues with the us
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after president trump abruptly cancelled next month's planned summit with kim jong—un citing what he called pyongyang's open hostility. he said north korean officials had heavily criticised senior members of his administration and the us stood ready for military action if mr kim did anything foolish. north korea said the president's announcement was not in line with the world's wishes. our north america editor, jon sopel, has the story. the historic would—it—wouldn‘t—it happen singapore summit that hit the buffers, as many doubters had predicted. donald trump's extraordinary letter to kim jong—un the expression of it. in it he wrote: his letter also spoke about the power of the us nuclear
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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've 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 by the president's secretary of state, mike pompeo. there were gasps around the world when it emerged he travelled to pyongyang in total secrecy to meet the north korean leader.
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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 had endeavoured to do we agreed to put teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit, and we received no response to our enquiries from them. the release of the president's letter coincided unerringly with the north koreans 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: and there seemed to be a threat. at the heart of this is the demand for the denuclearisation of the korean peninsular, a phrase that sounds simple but is open to vastly
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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's all it would be, great expectations have been replaced by a cold dose of reality. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the bbc‘s rupert wingfield hayes has more details on the response from north korea. we've had a surprisingly conciliatory response from north korea so far, no angry words in response, rather than leaving the door open to dialogue. a statement from the north korean news agency said we express our willingness to sit down face to face with the us and resolve issues any time in any format, and it went on to say, "our commitment to do our best
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for peace and stability in the world and the korean peninsula remains unchanged. a mixture of both being conciliatory but also i think the regime in pyongyang certainly trying to cast president trump and the us administration as the intransigent ones, the ones who are walking away from this summit, and that it is not north korea that wants to pull out. we appear to be in a slightly strange situation, rupert, where north korea seems to be trying to grasp the moral high ground. yeah, i think so. certainly north korea will want to play this to its advantage with its ally, china, and with the south korean government, which is also extremely upset about what's happened. the south korean president, moon jae—in, also released a statement saying he was perplexed and it was very regrettable the north korea—us summit would not take place and the denuclearisation of the peninsula cannot be abandoned. so the south korean government is basically saying it's very upset this has happened as well, and also we understand neither south korea norjapan were informed by the trump administration this
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was going to happen beforehand, so everybody has been taken by surprise. i think in that context, kim jong—un and his regime are saying, well, look, we're doing everything we can, we wanted to go to talks, we're not walking away, it's america... president trump who's doing this, and, as you say, thereby trying to take the moral high ground in this situation. rupert wingfield—hayes in seoul there. american media is reporting that the former hollywood producer harvey weinsteen, is expected to turn himself in to police, to face allegations of sexual assault. he's denied having non—consensual sex with anyone. a short time ago we got the latest from david willis in washington. more than seven months after the allegations against harvey weinstein first came to light, it's reported here that he is due to surrender in the morning to detectives in new york. now, the precise nature
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of the charges isn't clear but it's reported here that they relate to accusations by an aspiring actress called lucia evans, who met harvey weinstein in a nightclub back in 2004, and was then invited to an interview at his offices in new york, where he sexually assaulted her. so she says. new york detectives have apparently accumulated a vast trove of evidence against harvey weinstein. they've travelled as part of their investigation to canada, the united kingdom and, in just the last few weeks, to los angeles. they investigated harvey weinstein back in 2015, of course, in new york after a model claimed that he groped her, but no charges were laid against him, and, indeed, harvey weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. that's right.
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of course, his denials have been consistent right from the beginning, but having said that, lots of people who have been following this, and the whole #metoo movement and everything that came from it, will perhaps be surprised it's taken us this long to get to this stage. yes. there have been some expressions of exhaust oration in new york of exasperation in new york at the time it's taken for the district attorney there in manhattan to get charges prepared. you're absolutely right, these allegations, there were numerous allegations, some of them from a—list hollywood stars, people like gwyneth paltrow, angelina jolie, salma hayek, ashleyjudd, the list goes on, all of them claiming sexual misconduct on the part of harvey weinstein. as you say, it gave birth to the #metoo movement, tarana burke, one of the founders of the #metoo movement,
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said harvey weinstein turning himself into the authorities marked, as she put it, a turning point in the conversation. the hollywood actor morgan freeman has apologised after eight women reportedly claimed he subjected them to harassment or inappropriate behaviour. the us network cnn says the incidents happened on film sets and at freeman's production company. in a statement he says he never intended to make anyone feel uneasy, and he apologised to anyone felt uncomfortable or disrespected. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. at least six people have killed after a car bomb exploded in the libyan city of benghazi. —— seven. 10 others were injured in the blast outside one of the city's biggest hotels. officials say the hotel is in a very popular street and the area was busy at the time of the attack. at least three people have been killed after a cinema collapsed in the argentine city of tucuman.
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the cinema had been undergoing refurbishment. a number of other people were injured in the collapse. officials said the building was at least 90 years old. the brazilian government has said it's reached a deal with haulage companies to suspend a protest that has brought roads to standstill for a fourth consecutive day. ministers have agreed to scrap a fuel tax while negotiations with the unions proceed for the next fifteen days. with the unions proceed for the next 15 days. the protest against the high price of diesel has led to shortages of basic goods and fuel across the country. yemen has declared a state of emergency on the island of socotra as a tropical storm intensified, flooding villages and capsizing boats. at least 19 people are missing. socotra lies between the arabian peninsula and the horn of africa and has been largely untouched by yemen's three—year—old war. lebo diseko reports. this is what a disaster
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province looks like. hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes as cyclone mekunu hits socotra. not everyone made it to safety in time with many trapped in isolated areas. fears are growing for their safety with the storm expected to get worse. translation: i call on the authorities and the government to focus on this region because all the waters have collected in this area. this island is under the control of yemen's internationally recognised government, whose president is an exile. the three—year civil war in the country complicating rescue efforts. authorities say they can't handle relief efforts alone and they're asking for urgent help. the island is famous for its unique plants and natural beauty, but the fear is that if the necessary help doesn't come in time, this could be less like paradise and more like a living hell.
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lebo diseko, bbc news. the russian foreign ministry has dismissed the findings of foreign investigators. all 298 people on board were killed when the malaysia airlines passenger jet was shot down over war—torn eastern ukraine four years ago. the plane had been flying from amsterdam to kuala lumpur. anna holligan reports. images, mostly sourced from social media, provide a catalogue of evidence. it can clearly be seen, the huge vehicles stop traffic and attract a lot of attention. it was the summer of 2014. the boeing 777 passengerjet was shot out of the sky. the missile was fired from a field under the control of russian backed separatists at the time. the investigators highlighted seven
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markers on the launcher that allow them to create a fingerprint that identified the exact vehicle involved. a serial number on the missile casings showed it was a 9 m38 buk series, made in moscow. we think it is from the 53rd antimissile brigade. it's a special part of the russian army, which is normally doing work to defend the air, and one of their vehicles, one of there, well, we call them buks, has been used on the 17th ofjuly to down mh17. any suspects would eventually be put on trial here in the netherlands after russia blocked
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efforts to try to set up an international tribunal. and the dutch legal system allows people to be tried in absentia, and that means that even if the country in which the suspects are currently residing refused to extradite them, the trials could still go ahead in their absence. prosecutors confirm 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? 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 that cut short 298 lives.
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anna holligan, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: imagine this tired old world when love is the way. a service with a smile. the passionate preacher‘s journey from royal wedding to ratings winner. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events to aid relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars will be thousands of queues started at seven a.m.. taunting lead to scuffles, scuffled fighting, fighting to full—scale riot as a liverpool fans broke out of their area. the whole
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world will mourn the death of mr nehru. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and over four and to an end after 25 years and over fourand a to an end after 25 years and over four and a half thousand episodes. chatshow has made her one of the richest people on the net. ginger spice has announced she has left the spice girls. i don't believe it! she has bounce, go, girl power. not gerry, why? this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the white house has blamed north korea for a "trail of broken promises", after president trump cancelled next month's summit with kim jong—un. let's stay with that story now. david schmerler is a research associate specialising in north korea's missile and nuclear program at the james martin centre
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for non proliferation studies in monterey, california. david, so much to get through. let's start with why do you think donald trump has decided to cancel now?|j trump has decided to cancel now?” think the president's understandings of what he would get from the summit we re of what he would get from the summit were a little misplaced, if not very realistic. the conversation and topic that came out of the trump administration reflected a summit that results in north korea it unilaterally denuclearising in short fashion which was not a realistic expectation at all. there were also mixed messages from the white house pertaining to the type of deal the north koreans would get. they were not happy vis—a—vis a libya style dealfor not happy vis—a—vis a libya style deal for obvious reasons given what
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happened to gaddafi. the north koreans blew off the american delegation in singapore. said there was tension leading up to it and at the last minute, donald trump realised he would not get the deal he said he would. is this a misjudgement from the white house going too big too soon and raising expectations? i think this is a perfect example of failing to manage it the president ‘s expectations. what about the situation we seem to be in now, given the response of north korea which could have been quite explosive. they could have fired back with rhetoric like they have in the past. they have not. they have kind of claimed the moral high ground. it is an extraordinary position where a robe dictator appears, at least, to have the moral high ground over the leader of the free world. exactly. at this point it seems like the north koreans are being reasonable and rational. they issued a statement saying they would be willing to return to the negotiation table, if the reports
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about them blowing off the delegation, the pre— singapore delegation, the pre— singapore delegation, clearly that is not entirely the case clearly north korea can claim the victory on this one. we have to leave it there but fascinating stuff. thank you. a report into a fatal crash involving a self—driving uber car has found it couldn't identify the victim as a pedestrian until it was too late to stop. a woman was killed in arizona in march when she was hit by the vehicle as she crossed the road. here's our north america technology reporter, dave lee. elaine herzberg was to the uber self—driving software an ‘unknown object'. then it thought she was a vehicle or maybe a bicycle. the car did not slow down and elaine herzberg became the first person on record to be killed by an autonomous car. the vehicle, a modified volvo, had its emergency braking system disabled. uber said this was to avoid erratic driving behaviour. it is not clear if the system would have saved her if the system
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had been switched on. the national transportation safety board's report is not the final say on the matter. its full, conclusive ruling is several months away at least. but what is known so far is that the incident raises serious questions about the safety of uber‘s self—driving programme. the company had its permit to test the self—driving vehicles in arizona revoked, but said it hoped to test in other places, including the city of pittsburgh. however, that came as news to the city's mayor. uber said it had launched its own safety review into the incident and had brought in outside advisers to help the company move forward. uber once referred to self—driving cars as critical to the future of the company, but with testing
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on hiatus, it is falling well behind in the race to offer full autonomous driving. dave lee, bbc news. president trump has pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champion, convicted in 1913 of taking his white girlfriend across state lines. jackjohnson was arrested in 1912 with lucille cameron, a white woman who would later become his wife. he was world heavyweight title holder from 1908 until 1915. mr trump was joined in the oval office by rocky star, sylvester stallone, and boxer lennox lewis. he said the move corrected a historic us wrong to jackjohnson. today, as president i have issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, posthumus league, tojohn harford jackjohnson, known as jack
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johnson. the first african—american heavyweight champion of the world, a truly great fighter and had a tough life. they say he violated an act and had a convention that occurred during a period of tremendous racial troubles in the united states over a century ago. he went to federal prison for what many view as a racially motivated injustice. he was treated very rough. his sermon about the power of love was one of the highlights of the wedding of the duke and duchess of sussex, and on thursday night bishop michael curry headed to the white house to spread his message. he joined other religious leaders at a candle—lit vigil, and he's been speaking to our religion editor, martin bashir. imagine this tired old world when
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love is the way. when love is the way. there was passion in his preaching rhythm in his voice. as bishop michael currie fused race and religion at the royal wedding. reverend michael currie,... religion at the royal wedding. reverend michael currie, . .. since returning to new york, his feet have not touched the ground. presiding bishop michael currie... a preacher, 110w bishop michael currie... a preacher, now the most sought under —— after interviewee on american television. that service... it was all of us. people from different nationalities, different races, different ethnicities. different worlds. those two people, their love brought a variety of worlds together. you were quoted, you quoted doctor martin luther king at the very heart of the british establishment. and it is historical associations with things like colonialism and slavery. we all have history, we all have a past.
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0ur task now is to figure out how do we love each other in such a way that we can actually change the world around us. bishop michael is capitalising on his celebrity by taking his message of god's transformative love to the white house later today where he says there is a crisis of moral leadership. particularly in the way donald trump treats his political opponents. we can agree and disagree but i have to love you. i cannot demonise you, i cannot dismiss you. i cannot treat you as something less than a child of god. even in our disagreements, i have got to relate to you as the beloved member and one of the bill of the children of god. given saturday's global television audience, bishop michael preached to the largest congregation of his life. he says he is not seeking stardom, only the opportunity to preach his message of love for god
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and love for one another. he does seem to be enjoying it. before we 90, seem to be enjoying it. before we go, let's have a look at these pictures. this is a bear cub making his debut appearance at a zoo in belgium. normally native to the tropical andes, it is very rare and vulnerable, unfortunately in the wild. and if you look closely at his eyes, you can see what sort of a bear or he is. he is a spectacled bear or he is. he is a spectacled bear and it looks like he is a great time. there is a lot more on the website 2a hours a day and you can find me on twitter. get in touch. i'm @lvaughanjones.
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hello. quite a messy story to take us hello. quite a messy story to take us through the next few days. we will see some thundery storms drift north across the midlands and into northern england as we go on through friday. to the south, a cloudy start the sky should brighten as the day goes on. the best of the sun shines in northern ireland scotland although there are mist and murk closed to some of these closed and temperatures are generally around 20, 20 three degrees. a little cooler if you are stuck underneath clouds. 0n cooler if you are stuck underneath clouds. on friday night the showers and storms continue to drift westwards, sizzling away as they go but we will be left with a lot of cloud and some mist and murk and rather muddy conditions as well. 0vernight lows of around nine to 1a degrees. saturday starts off with a lot of cloud as we go on through the day, increasing chances of vicious thunderstorms breaking up towards the south—west. elsewhere skies will brighten and there will be spells of
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sunshine and feeling warm indeed with highs of 2a or 25 degrees. this is bbc news. the headlines: the white house has blamed north korea for a "trail of broken promises", after president trump cancelled next month's summit with kim jong—un. pyongyang says the move defies the world's wishes, and it's willing to resolve differences with the us "whenever, however". hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is expected to hand himself
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in to police in new york within hours over sexual assault allegations. more than 100 women have accused weinsten of sexually molesting them. he's denied all claims of non—consensual sex. yemen has declared a state of emergency on the island of socotra as a tropical storm intensified, flooding villages and capsizing boats. at least 19 people are missing. hundreds have been evacuated from villages, but rescue workers are struggling to access the more remote regions. officials have appealed to international aid agencies for help. now on bbc news, it's panorama. it's been almost a year since our worst fire in living memory. we need justice, please, for everybody who died, for all the children and the mothers. the people of grenfell were failed,
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but nobody has been held to account. don't try and make me look like i'm the one who's angry for the wrong reason. i'm angry for the right reason! one year on, a community is still waiting for answers. your design helped that fire spread, didn't it? so are you responsible for the deaths of those 72 people? we asked those involved how it could happen. do you bear any responsibility for that building being as unsafe as it was? no, we don't. we try to find out who is to blame. that building, a perfectly safe building, was covered in plastic and insulation that burned like a bonfire. and we uncovered a scandal, grenville was wrapped in a flammable product that should never have been there. all i can say is that it is utterly
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wicked that this state of affairs has been allowed to arise. move back! guys, guys. way back! he's made a rope from his blanket and he's sent it down. it was the biggest single loss of life in the uk for almost 30 years. 72 people were killed by the grenfell fire. look at this madness that is going on, oh my god. you can hear a man screaming. that's tony, that's tony!

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