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this is bbc news, the headlines: the family of a us student who died after he was jailed in north korea have criticised president trump for praising kim jong—un. otto warmbier‘s parents said "no excuse... can change" that "kim and his evil you're watching bbc news. regime" killed their son. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: their comments came after mr trump heaped compliments the family of a us student on the north korean leader. who died after he was jailed in north korea criticise pakistan has freed an indian fighter president trump for praising pilot captured after his jet kim jong—un. was shot down in the disputed region of kashmir. wing commander abhinandan varthaman was handed over at a border meanwhile, the north korean leader is set to leave vietnam after the failed summit. this is the scene in hanoi, where he is expected to get on his train home. clashes in algeria, as tens of thousands protest against their ailing president's decision to run for a fifth term. celebrations as the indian pilot captured by pakistan is released. but will his safe return bring both countries back from the brink of war? and nasa's groundbreaking mars mission gets underway, as insight probes the inner
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secrets of the red planet. hello and welcome. president trump has rejected claims that he failed to hold north korea's leader kim jong—un to account for the death of an american student. otto warmbier was sentenced in 2016 by a north korean court to 15 years‘ hard labour, after being accused of stealing a poster. he was in a coma when he was released 17 months later, and died soon after returning to the united states. his family rebuked president trump for praising kim jong—un and accepting his claim that he did not know about otto warmbier‘s mistreatment and failing health. our washington correspondent chris buckler explained why donald trump is struggling
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to square his relationship with kim jong—un and the fallout with otto warmbeir‘s family. otto warmbier has become a symbol of the brutality of the north korean regime. he was sentenced to 15 years‘s hard regime. he was sentenced to 15 yea rs‘s hard labour for allegedly stealing propaganda poster, and the student's distress was obvious to see as he was led away. otto warmbier was eventually released and returned to america but he had suffered rain damage and other unexplained injuries and died just days later. his parents believe he had been intentionally beaten. in his summit with kim jong—un, donald trump insists he did raise otto warmbier‘s death, and in a news conference afterwards, he appeared to defend the north korean leader rather than condemn him. tells me that he did not know about it and i will take him at his word. yes,
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please. fred and cindy warmbier have times thanked president trump his support. otto's wonderful parents... they were his guests at last year's state of the union address but after his latest comments, they released this statement... even some of donald trump's own republican party have been critical following a summit in which the us president called kim jong—un a real leader and asked why shouldn't i like him? on twitter, mrtrump leader and asked why shouldn't i like him? on twitter, mr trump said he did not like being misinterpreted, especially when it came to otto warmbier his great family, and he insisted of course i hold north korea responsible, but he
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never mentioned kim jong—un and hold north korea responsible, but he never mentioned kimjong—un and did not say whether he believed the north korean leader should be held to account for otto warmbier‘s death. the north korean leader kimjong—un has stayed on in vietnam after his summit with donald trump to meet the vietnamese prime minister. earlier, he laid a wreath at the monument to war heroes and martyrs and visited the ho chi minh mausoleum. this is the scene live in hanoi now, as kim jong—un‘s train waits for him at the station. he is due to leave shortly to head back to north korea on a four day train trip. he may stop off in china, we're not sure but obviously a lot of people waiting for him there, vietnamese and north korean flags waving there and north korean flags waving there and many people waiting for him to leave. of course, we will bring you
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those pictures as soon as we get them. our south—east asia correspondentjonathan head is in hanoi and earlier told us more about what kim jong—un last few hours in the city were like, and what he made of the failed summit with president trump. —— kim jong—un‘s. well, he's just been visiting the mausoleum of the legendary vietnamese independence leader, ho chi minh. of course, something that his grandfather did while ho chi minh was alive back in 1958 and 1964, at a time when north korea was a relatively successful socialist economy, helping a poor and struggling vietnam. kim jong—un, in some ways, has quite consciously followed in the footsteps of his grandfather. he likes the fact that he looks like his grandfather, the founder of the north korean dynasty, so coming here to the mausoleum of ho chi minh, most dignitaries do it, it is an important part of any visit to vietnam, it would have been an essential part of that. he's now gotjust a couple more
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meetings before he heads back to the border and then his long train ride back to north korea, where he will go through china. we do not know yet whether he will be stopping off to talk to chinese leaders about what happened here at the summit. in vietnam, they're still portraying this as a successful summit hosting, because it went smoothly. they're kind of glossing over the fact that, in fact, nothing came out of it, as indeed is the north korean media, and kimjong—un is able to be, you know, he was all over the press here, the state press in vietnam, to be seen as no other recent north korean leader has been, as a kind of statesman. so i think there are still some positives here for kim jong—un, although i think he was probably a bit shocked that the americans cut that summit back quite so quickly. this is a north korean leader who does want to lift its economy. if
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he's going to do that, vietnam could be one country where he can start to look for help in some kind of guidance. -- and some kind. the algerian authorities say more than 50 police officers have been injured in the biggest anti—government protests in the country in nearly a decade. more than 100,000 people took to the streets of the main cities, in largely peaceful demonstrations, calling on their ailing president not to run for a fifth term in office. kathryn armstrong has more. they came together to call for change. on the streets of algiers, a sea of people demanding the president withdraw to make way for a new leader. anti—government protests are a rare sight in this country. this is thought to be the largest in nearly a decade. and while it was largely peaceful, at one point, violent clashes broke out with riot police, leaving dozens injured. the unrest began more than two weeks ago, when this man,
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president abdelaziz bouteflika, announced he was seeking a fifth term in the country's april elections. the ailing leader, who turns 82 on saturday, has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke six years ago, and is currently undergoing medical checks in switzerland. critics say his ill—health means he's incapable of fulfilling his duties as president. translation: ifi had no hope that it will change, i wouldn't be here. i'm not only demonstrating against the fifth mandate. we want the whole system to change. translation: it's been more than 20 years, and still he wants to stay? now it's enough. it's time for change. the people have woken up, we're not illiterate. protests were also held in the cities of oran and constantine. organisers say their numbers have grown from last week, when demonstrations began. despite the unrest, the president's campaign director says he will meet the sunday deadline to formally submit his candidacy.
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those on the streets, meanwhile, are hopeful their actions will help shift the balance of power in their country. the canadian government has confirmed it will allow a us extradition case to proceed against the chief financial officer of the chinese technology giant, huawei. meng wanzhou was detained in canada last year at washington's request. she's accused of bank fraud to help her company break us sanctions against iran. she has denied the allegations. our north america technology correspondent, dave lee, outlined how the extradition process will move forward. the next steps will be a hearing on wednesday, that is going to be a chance for the dates to be set for the extradition proceedings to begin in full. we are expecting meng wanzhou to appear at that hearing in vancouver on wednesday morning, although it could be a brief appearance, just to hear when the full proceedings will get under way.
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after that point, that could take several months, and what is going to happen in that period is that a judge in canada will determine whether what meng wanzhou is alleged to have done would also be illegal in canada — and if that is the case, if the judge deems that to be the case, then she will most likely be extradited to face trial in the united states. now, where that becomes slightly more complicated is that the main defence of meng wanzhou at this point is that her defence team feels that this wouldn't be — the charges wouldn't be illegal in canada, because they relate to the us—imposed sanctions on iran. but that will be the next stage, and if, after that initial proceeding is finished, there could be several appeals, so in reality, meng wanzhou could be fighting the extradition for potentially several years. but of course, with every day that this saga goes on, it's becoming more and more
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politically explosive. pakistan has released the indian fighter pilot captured two days ago, after his jet was shot down over the disputed region of kashmir. the two nuclear powers have both claimed sovereignty over the area for 70 years, with tensions rising in recent days, after a0 indian soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing. abhinandan varthaman was handed over in darkness at a border crossing in the north indian state of punjab, from where rajini vaidyanathan reports. pakistan's prime minister called the move a gesture of peace. the rising tensions in the past week have led to the evacuation of people
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who live in the border areas of kashmir on both sides. our correspondent shumaila jaffrey went to muzaffar—abad in pakistan administered kashmir to speak to people who have been caught up in the conflict. anotherfamily another family has arrived at this temporary camp set up in a campus of this university. they are residents of border villages, on the pakistani side of the disputed kashmir region. the families were uprooted from their homes, a cross—border shelling started on the line of control. this family also arrived here last night. we heard a loud explosion, first we thought that it is raining, then there was another bank. we realised it was shelling. everybody got up and started running to save their lives, but i could not walk. he was so lives, but i could not walk. he was so difficult to reach year. the centre was set up by the local authorities, where free food and shelter being divided the displaced. as 40 shelter being divided the displaced. as a0 families had been registered here so far at many are also going to their relatives's homes. —— being provided to. people are still coming
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m, provided to. people are still coming in, the situation is tense. they are moving out of the troubled area. since morning, i have registered around 50 people and more are coming. this man is a retired school teacher, he is sheltered 50 displaced people in his home. he says that he is hosting these people with the help of the community. there are four to six villagers with a population of around 10,000, they ran out of their homes and spent the night in the bunkers. it came down next morning, some children and women did not have their shoes on. here, there is nervousness in the air but many are still hope that sanity will prevail and that both the countries will refrain from a full—scale war. earlier, i spoke with an assistant professor from la fared college and
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began by asking how life is being there in past a few days. yeah, light has been extremely repressive. people are living in a lot of fear and tension, they do not know what is going to happen next. every day, they get news of some thing happening. of course, there is concern about a war between india and pakistan but also concerned about the violence that continues to happen, the shootings. for example, there is a lot of political repression, pro— freedom activist had been arrested, there is a ban on a really important social and religious organisation the region, which runs a lot of schools and orphanages. it seems every day india is trying to try new things to scare people and continue to have them living in fear. a fighter pilot has been handed back in many international commentators have said that that might possibly be a turning point between relations between india and pakistan when it comes to kashmir. what is the view
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inside kashmir on that? do they feel like perhaps things might start to change? i do not think that is the perspective at all, i think it is important to understand that even though they might not be major tensions between india and pakistan and those might have deescalated the time being, there is a status of war. it is a war against the kashmiri people, who had been under indian military occupation for the past 30 years, so people are talking in both india and pakistan about saying no to war, the war is in kashmir and it is going to continue and intensify, so until the root cause of the issue, the conflict between these two countries is not resolved, there is going to be no peace for the region. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, nasa's groundbreaking mars mission gets underway as insight probes the inner secrets of the red planet.
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first, the plates slid gently off the restaurant tables. then suddenly, the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downwards, and it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans had successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i had heard the news earlier, and so my heart went bang and bang. the constitutional rights of these marchers are their rights as citizens of the united states, and they should be protected even in the right to test them out, so that they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital.
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this religious controversy, i know you don't want to say too much about it, but does it worry you it's going to boil up when you get to the states? well, it worries me, yeah. i hope everything will be all right in the end, as they say. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the family of a us student who died after he was jailed in north korea have criticised president trump for praising kim jong—un. the algerian authorities say more than 50 police officers have been injured in the biggest anti—government protests in the country since the arab spring. officials in georgia have told the bbc there examining a request from the uk to extradite jack shepherd, the uk to extradite jack shepherd, the british man who went on the run there after being convicted of manslaughter. he was convicted to six years after killing charlotte brown in a speedboat crash on the river thames in london. steve rosenberg has been given exclusive access to the prison in the capital, tblisi, where he is being held. on the edge of tblisi, this is penitentiary number eight,
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a high—securityjail with around 3,000 prisoners. and one of them is british — jack shepherd. after months on the run, the convicted killer is behind bars in georgia, pending extradition proceedings. we're the first foreign tv crew to be allowed inside this jail. what we're not allowed is any contact with shepherd. and this is jack shepherd's prison cell — room 101. he shares it with two other inmates. shepherd sleeps on this bed here. the prison authorities tell me that, for security reasons, shepherd is under 2a—hour surveillance. jack shepherd surrendered to georgian police after ten months in hiding. he'd fled britain to escape his trial for manslaughter. in his absence, he was sentenced to six years in prison for the death of charlotte brown. she'd been on a date with shepherd when his speedboat crashed
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on the river thames. today, georgian prosecutors confirmed to me they've now received the official request from britain for shepherd to be sent home. so how confident are you that jack shepherd will be extradited? i'm very confident that mr shepherd will be extradited to the united kingdom. to this end, we will do everything. we will take every measure to convince the georgian judge that this person deserves to be extradited to the united kingdom. the authorities say that jack shepherd could be gone from here within a month. well, he has just been visiting the mausoleum of the legendary but until extradition is approved, this is where jack shepherd will remain — on remand in penitentiary number eight, under lock and key, in a georgian jail. facebook says it has filed a lawsuit
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ina us facebook says it has filed a lawsuit in a us court against several chinese company for promoting the sale of fake accounts, like sand followers. the social media giant has accused four companies and three individuals of misusing its platforms and other online service providers, including amazon and twitter. facebook has been under growing political russia to tackle theissue growing political russia to tackle the issue of fake news. now we're going to meet a group of talented young musicians from kenya, who've had the rare opportunity to perform for dignitaries including pope francis. they're part of the ghetto classics orchestra, a programme which involves over three hundred children in one of kenya's biggest slums, korogocho. bbc‘s what's new has been talking to some of them. iam16 i am 16 years old, i live in nairobi. i love the violin because it is small, the sound, and the
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technique, i like it. my name is benedict and i am 13. when i was ten yea rs old benedict and i am 13. when i was ten years old my rather told me to come to class. i played it for three yea rs to class. i played it for three years and then i did the saxophone. it is all about helping those people in need. my name is venice, i am 13 years, i in need. my name is venice, i am 13 years, lam in need. my name is venice, i am 13 years, i am a member of the orchestra, a play clarinet. ghetto classic was introduced to nurture out classic was introduced to nurture our talents. and also, maybe
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exposure to different music. ghetto classic is just like a family to me. when i am alone and i have got nothing to do i can always play saxophone, that is why i love ghetto classic. when i have at problem at home i can come here and ease my problems with singing or playing the instrument. i have learnt a lot, and this is where we share our knowledge, our problems and happiness. in future i would like to bea happiness. in future i would like to be a chef because i like cooking. when i cook a mixup spices and food. in the future i would like to be a
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musician. i wish i could continue with the instrument and play, but i made up my mind and i aim to be a lawyer. scientists have begun the first ever exploration below the surface of mars. nasa landed a robotic probe called insight on the red planet late last year, and after several months of checks and preparations today they began the research in earnest. our science editor david shukman reports. it is a mission to mars like no other, a fiery descent last november, that unfolded exactly as planned in this nasa animation. it is a hazardous journey that others have made before, but this time, the spacecraft touching down on the surface has a uniquejob. so, for mission control,
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getting there was a huge relief. touchdown confirmed. applause. amid all the celebrations, they've been checking that everything is working, so the science can begin. nasa is not the only team exploring mars. others are busy there as well. amazingly, there are six spacecraft in orbit around the red planet, taking pictures and gathering data — three from america, two from europe, and one from india. but only nasa has successfully got robotic missions down onto the ground itself, and the latest to touch down is very different from the ones that have gone before. called insight, here it is, it's getting its power from solar panels, like the others, but it has a completely new kind of mission. not investigating the surface of mars, but what's inside it instead, and it's doing it with some very clever instruments. a sensor placed on the ground is detecting seismic activity, tremors from volcanoes, for example, to build up a picture of the internal structure of the planet. and a special kind of drill has another role —
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to burrow underground, the deepest ever attempted on another world, five metres down, to measure the heat flowing up from the interior. it is all part of trying to understand what has happened to mars, how it formed at the same time as earth, but then ended up so very different. one of the key instruments, a seismometer, was designed and built in britain, at imperial college london and oxford university. a highly sensitive device that can pick up the slightest tremor, to help create a snapshot of the interior of mars. this is what the wind really sounds like on mars, the first time anyone has heard it, picked up by the spacecraft soon after it landed. the hope now is that, with all the instruments ready, there'll be a lot more discoveries to follow. david shukman, bbc news.
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hello. the record warmth of the past week has gone, but it still won't be cold for the time of year this weekend. but it will be wet at times and it will be very windy at times too, even stormy in places. one area of low pressure passes close by on saturday. another rapidly deepening area of low pressure will come in on sunday, so spells of wind and rain. but it's this second system on sunday, named by the met office as storm freya to raise awareness of potential impacts, that's going to pack the biggest punch, if you like, and we'll get to that in a moment. saturday starts perhaps a little damp still across easternmost parts of the uk, with overnight rain clearing away. no frost around, plenty of cloud, maybe the odd mist and fog patch to the west initially, and then many of us will brighten up for a time. but remember that first area of low pressure. here comes the rain from it quite quickly into northern ireland, then western scotland and parts of wales, and all of that will push further east as we go
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through the evening. so if you're not wet by day, you will eventually see some rain out of it. now, the winds start to strengthen too. these are average speeds — gusts will be stronger. for northern ireland into western and northern scotland, could see some gusts in excess of 50 mph here, and still double—figure temperatures across much of the uk. now, going into saturday night, it's the western isles that could well see some gusts up to around 70 mph. plenty of heavy showers rattling through north—west scotland. snow to the higher hills, maybe some rumbles of thunder. whilst many other places will turn drier, the rain never really clears from southernmost counties of england. and this is as storm freya comes in on sunday, initially with some wet weather pushing northwards, though there's some uncertainty about how far north that will get. now, how much of northern ireland and scotland will see the rain from this — may not be too much in northern scotland, there'll be a few showers around, but all the while the winds are going to be strengthening as well. that's the second part of storm freya — first the rain, then the wind, as the deepening area of low pressure takes a track right
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across the uk, with the strongest winds on the southern flank. and that brings them really across parts of england and wales, where the met office has this yellow warning area. so it will be turning windier, particularly towards the end of sunday, into sunday night. initially around some irish sea coasts, the coast of south—west england, 60—70 mph gusts, maybe up to 80 in a few spots, and elsewhere through that warning zone, some gusts of 50—60 mph as storm freya moves east. but there's still some uncertainty about the detail here, so still keep watching if you've got plans on sunday. all starts to push away on monday, just still a few showers and lighter winds.
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