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i'm rico hizon in singapore — the headlines: rescue workers in the philippines search for dozens of miners and their families buried by landslides during typhoon mangkhut. translation: my hopes are that they are fine and someone finds them. even if they are dead, at least we can retrieve them and make our peace. president trump announces a new round of trade tariffs on imported chinese goods — worth $200 billion. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: south korea's president heads north to pyongyang, hoping to restart denuclearisation talks with kim jong un. and america's biggest television awards ceremony gets underway — we'll bring you the latest from los angeles. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news.
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it's newsday. it's 1am in london and 8am in singapore and the philippines where 29 people, mostly miners and their families, are still missing after a landslide buried their shelter during typhoon mangkhut. three bodies have already been found in the town of itogon but experts on the ground say there is no hope of finding the missing alive. more than sixty—five people across the country are thought to have died in the storm, which is now weakening across southern china. our correspondentjonathan head sent this report. in the end, it wasn't the wind, but the rain that was the real killer. that huge brown gash in the mountain is where an entire waterlogged hillside slid down and buried a building where dozens of miners had taken shelter from the typhoon. for two days, rescuers have
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battled to find survivors, clambering over the treacherous mud. they have been unable to bring up heavier excavation equipment because of the damaged roads. so far, only bodies have been recovered. dozens more are believed to be trapped under the mud. they aren't sure exactly how many. relatives have come up to wait for news, clinging to the hope that there may yet be survivors. translation: this is the first time i've seen a landslide this massive. almost everyone here is affected. even the miners are helping the rescuers, the police, everyone is giving their best. small—scale illegal mining is a long—standing problem in the philippines, where poverty is high and jobs are scarce. president duterte has now vowed to stamp it out, but such promises have been made before by filipino leaders to little effect. further north, in areas which bore the brunt of the storm,
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they are starting to count the cost. in places, it has been very high, not so much in lives lost, but in damage to homes, crops and infrastructure. the lessons learned from previous typhoons have certainly cut the death toll in this one. filipinos now know to heed official advice to evacuate their homes when a storm is on the way, but the tragedy of the buried miners underlines just how vulnerable this country is to natural disasters. its eroded and deforested hillsides are all too prone to collapse under the weight of heavy rainfall, and they get that all the time during the typhoon season. jonathan head, bbc news, northern philippines. people in parts of southern china have also faced serious damage and flooding from typhoon mangkhut. these are pictures from the city of taishan in guangdong province, where the water level reached one metre in some places.
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the floods swept away cars, fallen trees and other debris from the super storm. chinese media have said that as many as 2 and a half million people have been relocated in guangdong province, with at least 4 killed by the typhoon. let's update you on our breaking news this hour — the us has announced new 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods, warning beijing that it will raise them to 25% if it retaliates. they apply to 5,000 items and are the biggest round of us tariffs against china so far and come into effect next week. president trump also threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. he said beijing had been given many opportunities to change what he viewed as its unfair trade practices. and we'll have more reaction
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on this with our business team in singapore in a few minutes time. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. further evacuation orders have been issued as storm florence stalls over the us eastern seaboard. the death toll has risen to at least 23, with 17 deaths confirmed in south and north carolina. hundreds of people have been rescued and thousands are still in emergency shelters or without power. chris buckler is at pollocksville, north carolina. here in this part of north carolina, the grey skies have gone and you can see the sun but that does not mean the storm's problems have gone away. if you look behind me you can see that this street has been covered in flood water. this is a river that has broken its banks. a mixture of that and high rainfall, and it has damaged businesses. if you look beside it, you will see a house that has had its front door
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breached by the height of this water. and that caused the huge amount of damage inside and destroyed people's possessions. that is a worry going forward. the reality is, you can clear all these branches, as they have done, that came down during the high wind, but it is the water dumped by the storm that is continuing to cause problems. further up the street and yes, it is a street, we saw somebody being rescued a short time ago. someone who had decided to stay inside their house and ultimately had become trapped in there. the first floor had filled with water and while they had moved their possessions upstairs, the truth was they were unable to get out. also making news this hour — russia and turkey have agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in idlib in syria in order to separate government forces from the rebels.
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the province is the syrian opposition‘s last major stronghold and it's almost completely surrounded by syrian government forces. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, has accused russia of systematically helping north korea to evade un sanctions. speaking in the security council, she said washington has evidence of consistent russian violations. russia responded saying that sanctions would not persuade pyongyang to end its nuclear programme. a british diver who helped rescue twelve thai boys trapped in a flooded cave is suing the tech billionaire elon musk for libel and slander. vernon unsworth alleges the tesla founder falsely accused him of being a paedophile. he is seeking $75,000 in compensation and an injunction to stop further allegations. let's go back to our breaking news now — and there's been a significant escalation in trade tensions between the us and china. the trump administration will impose tariffs on an additional $200
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billion of chinese imports into the united states. the tariffs are set to go into effect on the 24th september, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% in 2019. are the has been warned that the ta riffs are the has been warned that the tariffs are to be imposed on over to $67 billion worth of goods it retaliates. these tariffs have been imposed. it will have a major impact on the global economy. yes indeed. all of this coming into effect next monday so the trump administration is wasting no time at all in ratcheting up the pressure on beijing. 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese imports going into the us and that number rises to 25% next year and they say they are
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doing that to give the us businesses time to adjust to the tariffs, to look for new supply chains because they get a lot of product from china, many of the parts and devices that go into u.s.—made products. interestingly, amongst at least a number of things have been removed. bluetooth devices, smart watches, children's bicycle helmets, playpens. even some apple goods have been left off the list. nonetheless, $200 billion is a large number and it china retaliates they will increase that to 267 billion. and if you are keeping score at home you know that the us and china have already imposed some $50 billion worth of tariffs on each other groups. and why is the administration doing this? he is saying that it is unfair and there isa saying that it is unfair and there is a huge trade deficit with china. there is the transfer of technology that has been forced by us firms to
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china and also the intellectual property theft that they say has been going on. the donald trump administration and insisting they need to prep done may protect us jobs. and the chamber of commerce is against the additional tariffs. many us businesses are complaining about this. wivenhoe from the imf, warning that a half% of global growth will be shaved because of all of these trade tensions and those us businesses, particularly in china, we have from the chamber of commerce in shanghai and beijing. they did a survey and found that 60% of us businesses within china say that their businesses are already being impacted by the $50 billion number told you about earlier. all of this, of course, after the trump administration say they have had so many weeks of consultations for they impose this. to some extent, you could argue that the us has suffered
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this trade deficit with china for yea rs this trade deficit with china for years and there is some political support to this. some businesses say they will bear the brunt of the cost because they want to correct this massive imbalance. well, the drama continues. thank you so much for the update. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: an allegation of sexual abuse haunts president trump's nominee for the supreme court — throwing the confirmation into turmoil. also on the programme: game of thrones is back at the emmys. will it be a clean sweep for the series? we'll have more from la. 30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just how many people have died. there is people alive, and there is people not alive. we just can help and give them whatever we've got. it looked as though they had
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come to fight a war, but their mission is to bring peace to east timor, and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case is being forcefully presented by monsieur badinter, the justice minister. he's campaigned vigorously for abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed. elizabeth seton spent much of her time at this grotto, and every year, hundreds of pilgrimages are made here. now that she's become a saint, it's expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businessmen regard the anticipated boom as yet another blessing of st elizabeth. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. and i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: rescue workers in the philippines are searching
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for dozens of miners and their families buried by landslides during typhoon mangkhut. president trump has announced a new round of trade tariffs on imported chinese goods — worth $200 billion. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. typhoon mangkhut is on the front page of the south china morning post. the paper says hong kong is struggling to get back on its feet and is facing days of uncertainty after the typhoon struck. north korea is the lead on the international edition of the new york times. the report says current and former american intelligence officials say that kim jong—un is tailoring his nuclear plan to the interests of president trump. and the front page of the japan times looks at how one in five people in the country are now older than seventy. the ranks of the elderly, defined as those sixty five or over, have grown to a record
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35.57 million. in just a few hours, moonjae—in will become the first south korean leader in over a decade to visit the north korean capital pyongyang. —— earlier i spoke to howard johnson about all information. —— earlier i spoke to howard johnson about all informationlj —— earlier i spoke to howard johnson about all information. i am in one of the province is hardest hit by the tycoon. life is returning to normal, we have seen street markets open again. people tacking down their roots, tidying their porches. in the last few days we visited a few towns in this area and sort the devastation. —— source. —— saw. that is a big issue here because there has been rising rice prices, a sta ple there has been rising rice prices, a staple for filipino families. they have increased about 10% in the last year. this area is a breadbasket for
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the country, all of rice and corn is produced here and in the days leading up to the storm we visited rice farmers who are working around the clock to take in their crop, so fea rful the clock to take in their crop, so fearful that they would lose the crop is of the storm, they were taking it up early. the theory is that this could lead to further rises in the price of rice. help is at hand, the united nations world food programme has offered 20,000 bags of rice and the governments of australia, japan and the uk have offered a. the president has said that the philippines will did deep in its pockets to offer money to those most in need. moonjae—in will become the first south korean leader in over a decade to visit the north korean capital pyongyang. he's travelling with a delegation of 200 people from seoul including k—pop stars and business executives.
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there's hope president moon will restart stalled talks on north korea nuclear disarmament. 0ur seoul correspondent laura bicker has been speaking to two south koreans who have very different views of these talks with the north. you were in north korea k for "days we know those talks are going to happen very soon. andray abrahamian is from the griffith asia institute in australia, who's recently come back from north korea. hejoins me now from seoul. thank you for being back with us. we saw the moon —— the moment that moon jae—in left from seoul, how confident are you that we will get something concrete from these meetings? i am fairly confident that moonjae—in will come back with something. i don't think it would ta ke something. i don't think it would take a massive delegation, over 200 people, along with him if he wasn't confident that he would be able to bring something back, close to show the americans that the north koreans are serious about denuclearisation, and something to show his and people in south korea who have seen his domestic agenda, his economic
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agenda, start to flounder. i think in terms of what he needs to show the americans, some immediate steps that the north koreans are willing to ta ke that the north koreans are willing to take after the declaration of peace and for the domestic audience, something that looks quite dramatic, symbolically powerful, opening up a exchange, a postal exchange or something like that. what is he likely to experience when he gets to pyongyang, you are at the mass games recently, seeing this huge display of mike, what will it be like for him? —— might. both of these leaders are very good at managing images and the games is nothing, if not, and incredibly powerful, emotionally artistic performance. i suspect that they will take him to that performance tonight. i did see it last night and it is very powerful, very moving. there is a whole chapter that is based around the declaration and the
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first summit between kim and moon andi first summit between kim and moon and i think a packed stadium with the two of them watching will be crackling with energy. to have that sort of positive via the starting things off, will frame the talks they have over the last couple of daysin they have over the last couple of days in a way that i think may suit both of them. what did you make of the people they shared with you about the state of political play in their country? i think, for a lot in pyongyang, they see the process similarto pyongyang, they see the process similar to the way it us in the outside world see it. at the beginning they were excited about the prospect for real change, especially after a year which seemed very tense and nervy, as this year has gone on, not much has gone on beyond symbolic exchanges. a bit of fatigue has set in and a bit of
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concern that maybe this will be a replay of previous attempts to change north korea's relationship with the outside world. the us supreme court nominee and a women who has accused him of sexual assault are to testify at a public hearing of the senate judiciary committee next monday. is several republican senators have joined democrats in calling for a ballet in the vote. —— the way. —— delay. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more. brett kavanaugh, until last week, was gliding effortlessly to his seat on the all—powerful supreme court. conservative, charming, popular, and well—connected, he seemed the perfect pick to fill the vacant seat. do you swear that the testimony that you're about to give... but now a woman's come forward — a psychology professor from california — to say that she was sexually assaulted by mr kavanaugh when they were teenagers some 35 years ago. christine blasey ford told the washington post that she'd been pinned down on a bed by him and that he'd covered her mouth when she tried to scream. the white house is still
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pushing his nomination, but they'll be watching anxiously in case anything else emerges. judge kavanaugh is one of the finest people that i've ever known. he's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody, never had even a little blemish on his record. i want him to go in at the absolute highest level, and i think to do that, you have to go through this. if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay. we've been here before. when clarence thomas was nominated by george hw bush to the supreme court in 1991, he seemed a shoo—in
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until one of his colleagues, anita hill, came forward to testify that she'd been sexually assaulted by him. thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess... in the end, mr thomas was confirmed and still sits on the supreme court. but this is 2018 and me too. the white house and republican leadership have some delicate judgments to make. elected politicians may come and go, but a supreme courtjustice is for life, and for republicans the dream of a clear conservative majority on the court is almost within touching distance. the chances are that brett kavanaugh will still be confirmed, but everything is now fluid, and if he does fall by the wayside, that will be a blow for donald trump as well. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the 70th annual emmy awards is underway in los angeles. a—listers have been spotted on the red carpet. this year's ceremony is hosted by saturday night live stars, michael che and colinjost. well, i think game of thrones is certainly the juggernaut
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in television these days. 22 nominations and interestingly, not eligible for an award last year because of the timing of the release of the last season so it's back again this year and has one in seven of those categories at the creative and use all the technical awards that were handed outlast weekend so it is already doing well and although game of thrones has some strong competition, the handmaid's tale, the big winner last year, this dystopian fantasy based on the margaret atwood novel although the season in contention was actually written for television and not based on the original novel and some have said it's perhaps a bit too dark and difficult to watch. that said, it's still a serious contender for best drama, as is elizabeth moss, one of the stars of the show. the other one to point out serious contention is the crown, and nominated for playing the queen again is claire foy,
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and they are changing the cast of that show as the queen gets older so there might be some feeling that she and the show deserves awards for what they've achieved. more from peter when we come back with the winners. i'm babita sharma in london. and i'm rico hizon in singapore bye for now. hello. the jet stream targets the uk with a proper taste of autumn over next few days. several areas of low pressure moving through. the first on tuesday, the remnants of ex—hurricane helene. so storm helene is coming in and the winds at the south and centre of this will be strengthening as tuesday begins. another area of low pressure into wednesday too so voer the next few days, some strong, possibly disruptive wids as well so keep in touch with the situation in your part of the world through bbc local radio because there could well be some impact on travel, for example. the yellow, a met office warning
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area here, you need to be aware of some impacts during tuesday. some of the strongest winds through coastal and hilly areas to the west of wales and western england but it is going to be a very blowy we start off the day in that part of the world. some rain, heavy rain around parts of scotland in particular as tuesday begins with a mild, even warm start for some because the air is coming in from the south, south—west and there is some warmth associated with that. outbreaks of rain clearing northwards into the morning and then things are drierfor a time, broken cloud and sunny spells and heavy showers arriving from the west towards the end of the afternoon and
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going into the evening. we've established it's a very blustery day across the uk but some warmth again, we get to see some sunshine, particularly through the east and south—east of england, 2a, 25 celsius could be yours but many of us are in the high teens, even low 20s. the winds strengthen into tuesday evening and night across northern ireland and scotland. as we see this weather front moving east across the uk, not much in the far south of england but further north, heavier and maybe thundery downpours out of that. becoming dry during the second half of the night and again, temperatures are holding up into double figures as wednesday begins. so the next area of low pressure on wednesday, the concern about this is that it will produce even stronger winds. it will be a very windy day across the uk on wednesday, widely some gusts around 40, 50mph or so but some of them will be strongest through parts of wales, northern england, northern ireland and scotland and into western scotland, we could well see some up to 75mph so again, that risk of disruption on wednesday and associated with that, another spell of rain pushing north and east across the uk though again, not very much the further south you are — still some warmth here. elsewhere, it will be
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turning cooler. winds ease later in the week. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story: rescue workers in the philippines are continuing to search for dozens of miners and their families struck by typhoon mangkhut. a landslide buried their shelter during the typhoon. experts say there is little hope of finding the missing alive. washington's announced new 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods, warning beijing it'll raise them to 25% if it retaliates. and this story is trending on bbc.com. the tech billionaire elon musk is being sued for libel and slander by a british diver who helped rescue 12 thai boys trapped in a flooded cave. vernon unsworth says the tesla founder falsely accused him of being a paedophile on social media. and the top story in the uk.
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the chancellor philip hammond has warned that
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