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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: at least 62 people dead, up to two million affected. and guatemala's most active volcano continues to spew superheated gas, ash, and rock. the former north korean spies pinning their hopes on next week's singapore summit to allow them to go home. some, after decades in jail in the south. translation: prison life was really hard. why? in south korean society, you need to convert your ideology. since i said i would not, they kept torturing me for any reason. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: rodrigo duterte courts fresh controversy. the philippine president is accused of misogyny after kissing an overseas worker on the lips at a public event. and we meet the ground—breaking
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washington lobbyist pushing for new laws to improve the lives of others. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. glad you could join us. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london, and 6pm in guatemala, which has been hit by the deadliest volcanic eruption in more than a century. at least 62 people are known to have been killed, though many more are missing, after the volcano known as fuego, or fire, erupted for more than 16 hours on sunday. it sent a torrent of superheated rock, ash and mud down its slopes at up to 100 kilometres an hour. the volcano is just a few kilometres from the capital, guatemala city, from where aleem maqbool reports.
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as spectacular and dramatic as it was destructive and deadly. in its most violent eruption in decades, the volcan de fuego or volcano of fire, exploded in a massive shower of molten rock and ash. the plumes rose several miles into the air. in one village, fascination with what was going on quickly turned to terror as hot ash shot towards onlookers. fast—moving rivers of burning mud and debris spread chaos. in the panic, family members were split up, children separated from their parents and many are still missing. translation: i only managed to find two children alive last night. my two daughters, grandson and my son are missing, together with my entire family. and entire villages were blanketed in a suffocating layer of hot ash.
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it's clear many stood little chance of getting away. those who did have been left shell—shocked, next to bodies of people who died in el rodeo, an elderly man sits. "look at the state i'm in," he says. recovery workers continue to look for survivors or for more bodies, but they do that in the shadow of a volcano that could erupt again at any time. translation: the challenge we face is the volcano has been active and the difficulty of working with this kind of material, which is extremely hot. many rescuers reported their shoes melted into the ground as they worked. three days of mourning have been declared for all those who have bene killed, those whose bodies have been recovered and those who've yet to be found. but all the time, there's still this sense, this fear,
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that more is yet to come. there have been subsequent explosions, and there's even been an earthquake just off guatemala in the last few hours as well. and that's why peopel are still reeling from this huge eruption. this was always known to be an active volcano, but an eruption as big as this that has claimed so many lives, was beyond living memory. now a new generation knows the horrors of what volcano of fire can bring. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in guatemala. aleem's report showed the scale of the devastation caused by the volcanic eruption in guatamala. we also have some pictures taken from a helicopter, which showjust how wide the streams of ash and mud are. and how they swept away everything in their path. earlier volcanologist drjanine krippner, from concord university in west virginia, explained how these pyroclastic flows have made this eruption so deadly. think of a rocky avalanche, of fine, ground sand and rock.
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that is basically what this is, except this is extremely hot. so it has a solid base of boulders that are cascading down the mountain and then this hot gas and ash over that. so it is extremely deadly. how does this compare to the kilauea volcano on the big island in hawaii? we have been talking a lot about that but it does not seem to have been anywhere near as fatal on this one in guatemala. yes, these two eruptions are really on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to volcanic activity. while the lava flows have been devastating for local communities with kilauea, you can outrun or outwalk them most of the time. you cannot do that with pyroclastic flows. we have seen people taking pictures, and that is causing a lot of concern.
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with these kind of flows, your advice is? run. get out of there. if a pyroclastic flow is coming towards you, try to get out of the way. do not run away, go to the sides. you cannot survive it if it's coming head—on. what kind of speed does this flow travel it? they can travel at a few hundred kilometres per hour, very fast. i am not sure about this one, but it is far too fast to outwalk if you are going the wrong way. volcanoes are active. we come across so many active ones. but we never hear of this many deaths. what is so spectacular about this particular situation and can we expect more eruptions? fuego is a very active volcano, so it is quite normal, but not on this scale. what is devastating is the scale of this eruption. the pyroclastic flows went quite far away from the volcano and people
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did not have a chance to get out of the way. much more on the website. also making news: donald trump has tweeted that, as president, he would have the right to pardon himself, were he to be convicted of any crime. it's understood he's referring to the investigation by special counsel robert mueller, into links between russia and mr trump's election campaign. yesterday on newsday, we told you his personal lawyer, former new york mayor rudy giuliani had said the same thing. it's worth nothing that mr trump added that he wouldn't need to pardon himself, as he hadn't done anything wrong. here's what white house spokeswoman sarah sanders had to say when she was asked about that: thankfully, the president has not done anything wrong and would have no need for a pardon. but does he absolutely rule out ever issuing a pardon for himself? once again, thankfully,
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the president has not done anything wrong and therefore does not need one. protestors in jordan say they will continue with their demonstrations, despite the resignation of the prime minister. they want plans to increase prices and raise taxes to be scrapped, thejordanian foreign minister has promised to respect the demands of the public. doctors say the liverpool goalkeeper loris karius sustained a concussion during last month's champions league final defeat by real madrid. he was blamed for two of the goals in the 3—1 loss. and while medical experts can't say when the injury was sustained, they believe it would have had an immediate effect on his performance. if you've ever wondered what $2 million can buy you, then take a look at this. it's the price this almost—complete dinosaur skeleton fetched at auction in paris just a few hours ago. the winning bid was in fact $1.945 million. and for that, the purchaser bought the only known remains of what's thought to be a new species of therapod, which are meat eaters which are distant cousins of the tyrannosaurus rex. in the last few hours,
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the white house has confirmed what we probably already knew, that preparations for the trump—kim summit are going well, and that it should begin at nine in the morning, local time, in singapore, on the 12th ofjune. live now to our correspondent in seoul, hywel griffith. has the white house repealed any more information about what is going to happen on the 12th ofjune apart from the start time? —— revealed. to happen on the 12th ofjune apart from the start time? -- revealed. we know when but not exactly where. there is still discussion over the hotel is the leaders will stay in
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and where the historic handshake may ta ke and where the historic handshake may take place. in terms of what, the negotiations between both sides are continuing on a lower level. here on the korean peninsula and the demilitarised zone and we have had regular meetings between the us officials and north korean delegation is going line by line through what they can agree on. arguably, the idea of a denuclearisation deal happening on the day is unrealistic and donald trump is preventing people thinking about that. it will probably be a peace deal between the north and south, which would be a big achievement. this summit between kim jong—un and donald trump comes as pyongyang wants to improve bilateral relations with moscow. yes, indeed. we saw sergey lavrov the russian
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foreign minister in pyongyang last week. we were told there might be an invite or kim jong—un to go to russia. they are saying that meeting is on and could take place in vladivostok in mid—september. it is ha rd to vladivostok in mid—september. it is hard to know whether that will be the first time we see kim jong—un go into russia, but what has become clear is that he is suddenly one of the world leaders that people want to talk to. north korea's regime was a pariah internationally for many yea rs. a pariah internationally for many years. now, kim jong—un a pariah internationally for many years. now, kimjong—un is meeting with donald trump, already having met xijinping in china, and possibly vladimir putin before the year is out. and also reports bashar al—assad will be making a state visit to north korea, the leader of syria. yes. syria has been accused alongside north korea of working on
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nuclear and chemical weapons. a meeting of those two figures would be interesting because it may turn the us against kim jong—un. be interesting because it may turn the us against kimjong—un. so it is a very delicate game, diplomatically, kim jong—un is playing here. but he is making it clear it is notjust the us he is willing to talk to. it may be that all of these meetings take place and he retreats having achieved what he wanted, time on the world stage tube reject power back home. —— in order to project. in seoul, thank you for the update. as hywel mentioned, there is hope in south korea that this historic meeting will lead to a peace treaty after decades of division. others have very personal reasons to hope these talks will be successful. for a group of north korean spies who've beenjailed in enemy territory in the south for decades, these talks offer their best chance of being returned home before they die. our correspondent, laura bicker, has been to meet them. north korean spies were
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hunted down in the south. their capture on enemy soil made television headlines. a warning to others who wished to follow. many came by boat to promote the ideology of north korea. kim was one of them, a radio engineer on a north korean spy ship. and now, after three decades in a south koreanjail, he wants to go home to a family he has not seen since 1962. translation: i was very young and i was very much in love with my family in north korea. we were inseparable and had a lot of fun. but despite all that, i came to the south because my country was suffering. prison life was very hard. why? in south korea's society,
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you needed to convert ideology. and they tortured me for any small reason because i did not. he hopes the current talks will result in him going home, but he does not trust the us as he believes they are responsible for dividing the two koreas. translation: when you see people go on tv and talk about denuclearisation, talk about denuclearisation, the foreigners came and divided us and made us fight each other. if they were nice to us and helped us, why would we create nukes? this man says he was not a spy but was jailed for over 30 years anyway. he now has a wife and family in south korea, and yet he still wants to return to pyongyang. translation: i discussed it with my family and said i want to go back. she said "please go." "when good days come, we will meet again." you may say i am brainwashed by socialism, but i am a voluntary communist having built my conviction injail.
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it is this kind of conviction which worries right—wing nationalists in south korea. they protest every week in seoul, concerned the aim of north korea is to unify both koreas under one ruler. can you have freedom like we have enjoyed of now? are there people in north korea as happy as we are? north korea is the worst dictatorship in the world. such kind of dictatorism cannot keep its promise. in truth, south koreans simply want peace, but not one that comes at a cost. in the past few years, south koreans have overcome a military dictatorship and become a democracy and created an economic miracle. even if they do manage to get rid of the barbed wire at the border, overcoming the social
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and ideological differences between the two koreas might be far more difficult. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the back—flipping fbi agent whose cavorting put a man in hospital. also on the programme: we meet the pioneering lobbyist championing the cause of people with disabilities in washington. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower shall be shot off. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 7a. outspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times world champion.
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he was a good fighter and he fought all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles' lp sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: at least 62 people have died and up to two million have been affected by the eruption of guatemala's most active volcano. the white house has confirmed that the first meeting
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between donald trump and kim jong—un will take place at 9am in the morning local time in singapore on the 12th ofjune. president rodrigo duterte has defended kissing a woman who he invited onto the stage while making a speech in south korea asjusta gimmick. but one women's rights party in the philippines, gabriela, has condemned it as the disgusting theatrics of a misogynist who just wants to demean and humiliate women. and you can read more on that story on let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. here in singapore, the strait times leads with next week's summit between the us and north korea. it carries a picture of the shangri—la hotel which is rumoured to be the venue for president trump and kim jong—un‘s meeting. the government has declared the surrounding vicinity a special
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event area. the international edition of the new york times covers the ongoing conflict in afghanistan, showing this image of a 13—year—old amputee injured in an explosion. it says that a leftover bomb that killed four family members has caused this long war‘s cruelest toll. and the japan times reports on the end of a space mission that saw over 2,6oo orbits of the sun. this is a picture of japanese astronaut norishige kanai, who landed in kazakhstan after spending more than five months on the international space station. those are the papers. kasia, what stories are sparking discussion online? yes, take a look at this,
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the perfect example of why it's never a good idea to take to the dance floor with a loaded weapon. this is an off—duty fbi agent strutting his stuff at a club in denver. he does a backflip, and his handgun falls to the floor. but when he reaches down to recover it, the weapon discharges. the shot hit another man in the club, wounding him in the leg, though fortunately not seriously. it goes to show how dangerous and silly this man's actions were. both the police and the fbi are investigating. the inquiry into the fire at grenfell tower in london last june has heard how catastrophic failures in building standards led to the flames spreading so rapidly. there was also confusion in the advice given by firefighters to people trapped inside the burning building. you may find some of the images in this report by lucy manning distressing.
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asleep in the safety of their homes, but this building was a deathtrap, a majorfire hazard. devastating details revealed to the inquiry how grenfell was covered in material that would burn easily, that wasn't properly tested, and how, once it was covered in flames, the fire brigade's strategy telling residents to stay in theirflats failed. the burnt—out kitchen of flat 16, on the fourth floor, where the fire started and then spread. the 999 call from the resident who escaped from here, heard for the first time. videos played to the inquiry showed just how quickly the fire spread
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up and across. at first, it is just on the fourth floor. 20 minutes after the 999 call, it is up the side of the building. my yard, that's my yard. it's in my yard. half an hour after it started, it reached the top of the tower. when the inquiry experts said the fire brigade's "stay put" advice failed. the fundamental question which lies at the heart of our work is how, in london, in 2017, a domestic fire developed so quickly and so catastrophically that an entire high—rise block was engulfed. the inquiry‘s experts found the main cause of the fire spreading was the cladding, which was flammable and hadn't been properly tested. new windows had been installed, also made of material that burnt
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easily, and new fire doors had been put in, that weren't fire—compliant. the bereaved have told the inquiry many more would have survived if the fire brigade hadn't told families to stay in their flats for so long. the inquiry‘s report said this "stay put" advice effectively failed at 1:26am in the morning, but it continued even though a major incident was declared at 2:06am. the advice to stay put was eventually dropped at 2:47am, nearly two hours into the fire. 71 people didn't make it out, and the inquiry says it would need to examine whether the failure to change that advice made all the difference between life and death. lucy manning, bbc news. more on that grenfell fire enquiry on our website. mention the term lobbyist, and you probably think of shady deals in back rooms. but kayla mckewan is definitely breaking that mould. she is the first person who has
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downs syndrome to be given the right to lobby in washington. we caught up with her on capitol hill. the brilliant story of taylor mcewan. —— kaler. you've been watching newsday. thanks for watching. good morning. the best of the sunshine on monday was out to the west, particular south—west wales. for most of us it was a pretty grey, cloudy start to our new working week, wasn't it? in fact, this weather watcher's picture sums it up quite nicely, the cloud thick enough for the odd spot or two of drizzle. we start like that for many today, but fingers crossed conditions will improve later on. now, it's a very quiet weather story right throughout the week across the uk, with high—pressure sitting up into the north, and this north—easterly flow. now, that's responsible for driving in this cloud through the night, and it makes for a pretty grey, murky start. but, as we go through the day, it does look as though the cloud will start to thin and break and push its way down into south wales and south—west england.
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here, it could stay little disappointing, but with more sunshine coming through, temperatures will peak perhaps at around 20 degrees. not as warm as it has been, but nevertheless pleasant in the sun. now, as we move through tuesday night into wednesday morning, we see more cloud spilling in off the north sea coast. elsewhere, we'll have some clearer skies and a slightly cooler night. a little more comfortable for those trying to sleep in, with single figures pretty much for most of us. so we start off on wednesday, then, on a slightly fresher note. still some grey, low cloud spilling in off north sea coasts, but on wednesday we have a greater chance of seeing more sunshine coming through. so after that cooler start, temperatures will respond, with more sun and highs likely at 23 degrees in the south—east, and maybe in sheltered eastern areas of scotland, temperatures will be in the low 20s as well.
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but, as we move into wednesday night through thursday morning, there's the risk of the potential for some thundery downpours pushing up through the channel, so we'll need to keep a close eye on that. they'll still be lingering, potentially, first thing on thursday morning. the further north you go, we'll have some decent spells of sunshine, and just a little bit of cloud just spilling in off the north sea. if that happens, temperatures 16 to 18 degrees, the highest values likely of 22 degrees, that's 72 fahrenheit. the high pressure still stays with us, the isobars widely spaced, which means light winds and not much change in the weather pattern as we move towards the end of the working week. so, again, we start off with cloudy conditions first thing in the morning. the cloud should break up, we'll see some sunshine coming through, but always the risk, potentially down to the south, of a few sharp, possibly thundery showers developing. highs likely of 15—22 degrees, and not much change as we move into the weekend. it stays predominantly dry, with some sunshine, always the chance of seeing one or two showers perhaps into the south—east corner. that's it, take care. you are watching bbc news.
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our top story: at least 62 people are now known to have been killed in guatemala's deadliest volcanic eruption in more than a century. many more are missing. up to 2 million people are affected. soldiers are helping firefighters search for those missing after villages were engulfed by torrents of superheated rock, ash and mud from the fuego volcano, which means "fire" in spanish. the white house has confirmed details of the first meeting between donald trump and north korea's kimjong—un in singapore on 12 june. it will take place at 9:00am in the morning local time. and this video is trending on it is the backflipping off—duty fbi agent whose antics on a denver dancefloor put a man in hospital. the agent's gun dropped out of his waistband. as he went to recover it, the weapon discharged, hitting another customer in the leg.
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