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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: north korea is claiming it's tested a new type of tactical guided weapon — it would be the first public missile test since the hanoi summit with president trump. peru's former president alan garcia dies — he shot himself as police tried to arrest him on bribery charges. gearing up for the mueller report. washington braces for new revelations in the russia investigation — but still not everything will be made public. and church bells ring out across france to mark the exact time notre dame went up in flames.
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hello to you. north korea is claiming it has test fired what it calls a new type of tactical guided weapon, with a "powerful warhead". state media says the test was overseen by kimjung—un himself and describes it as having "weighty significance". it would be the first public weapons test since talks with president trump ended without agreement in february. joining me now is robert kelly, a professor of political science at pusan national university in seoul. welcome. thanks very much for your time once again. how significant do you feel this is? time once again. how significant do you feelthis is? i think time once again. how significant do you feel this is? i think the real importance is probably not a military one strategic one, is probably political, right. us president donald trump has said that
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the north koreans were freezing or not testing, they won't launching things and things like that. this has been central to his claims that the talks have been successful and that kind of violated. we're not quite sure what type of weapon this was. the north koreans haven't told us. was. the north koreans haven't told us. it was probably to put pressure on the president that we are close to breaking what you said is an important success and you should just come around. it is pyeongchang sending a message to washington, usa, and also to seoul? yeah, probably. the north koreans are more interested in the americans, to be honest. i think they have been playing around a little bit with the south koreans in the last year, they're trying to get what they really wa nt they're trying to get what they really want which is a one—on—one summit with the american president for prestige purposes. it does put prosser on merging into go back and try to get more on them —— pressure on. there is very little detail from the statement. when the regime uses
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the statement. when the regime uses the word tactical, doesn't it mean something defensive, as it sees it, not long—range are not nuclear capable? yeah, that is right. i would imagine this is some kind of battlefield weapon. some sort of short—range rocket to be used on a battlefield, maybe something mounted ona battlefield, maybe something mounted on a truck. they are probably keeping it vague because they want the rest of us out there, speculating what is this thing. in terms of combat, the north korean military is really far behind the southin military is really far behind the south in uso probably doesn't make much of a difference militarily. the purposeis much of a difference militarily. the purpose is probably to signal to trump. how do you expect the us torea 7 trump. how do you expect the us torea? the trumpian will probably won't say anything. it was not a big provocation —— trump presidency. nothing has been fired into the sea around korea on either side. we don't really know what this is. i would imagine since the president has strong political incentives to
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keep this rolling along, he will not use anything on this. this was not even registered by a us satellite. since it wasn't ballistic, it wasn't high. it seems unlikely we would worry about it to my. vasse, thank you so much, once again. —— worry about it too much. peru's former president, alan garcia, has died after shooting himself when police arrived at his home to arrest him. mr garcia, who was 69, was being investigated in connection with the payment of bribes by a brazilian construction company in order to win lucrative contracts in several south american countries. he had repeatedly denied wrongdoing. our south america correspondent katy watson reports. when news broke of alan garcia's death, there was raw emotion, disbelief and anger. shouts of "assassin" from his supporters, held back by tight security outside the hospital where doctors had tried in vain to save him.
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translation: they couldn't demonstrate that garcia was a thief. there was no sentence, nothing. garcia twice served as peru's president — first in the 1980s, the youngest man ever to take office in country. a leader dubbed by some as latin america's kennedy. mr garcia returned to power in the 2000s. it was during his second term that he was accused of being involved in a massive corruption scandal. the bribery allegations against alan garcia relate back to this company, 0debrecht, the largest construction company in south america. it's a household name in the region, but its roots began here in brazil. it's become infamous for giving bribes in return for lucrative building contracts across many countries, and the resulting scandals have brought down both politicians and business leaders alike. the company helped build venues for the rio 0lympics, the brazilian world cup, as well as major infrastructure projects across the region. 0debrecht has admitted to paying bribes of nearly $30 million in peru since 200a. but mr garcia always protested his innocence,
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most recently this week, saying he was a victim of political persecution. translation: i am at peace with this, and i will repeat it until i die. other people may sell out, i don't. a prescient statement — when officers who'd been sent to arrest mr garcia arrived at his early on wednesday morning, he asked to make a phone call, went into a room and closed the door. minutes later, gunfire rang out. he'd shot himself in the head. like brazil, peru has been hot on prosecuting politicians tied to the probe. four of its most recent presidents are all being investigated for alleged corruption. the scandal has upturned the whole region, sending politicians to prison and to their grave.
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robert mueller‘s long—awaited report on russian interference in the 2016 us election is to be published, in part, on thursday. but there's plenty of controversy about it already. attorney general william barr is to hold a press conference on it before the redacted version is published. earlier, the chair of the housejudiciary committee jerry nadler criticised that decision. the fact that the attorney general is not releasing even the redacted report to congress until after his press c0 nfe re nce report to congress until after his press conference will again have the report being presented through his own words rather than through the words of special counsel robert mueller. the central concern here is that the attorney general barr is not allowing the facts of the mueller report to speak for themselves, but is trying to bake in
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themselves, but is trying to bake in the narrative about the report to the narrative about the report to the benefit of the white house. how much is political pointscoring? i think it is setting the tone, isn't it, mike, becausejerry nadler there making the point that this is an attempt by the white house to spin the contents of this much anticipated report in its favour by having this press conference at the department ofjustice at 9:30am in the morning washington time before the report is actually released to congress. well, i think we're going to hear a lot more accusations from both sides coming backwards and forwards because this is all going be about spin once the details of that hefty report i made public. there will be a lot of redactions, of course, for a variety of reasons, not least because some of the material in the report is classified. but both sides will be looking to spin it in their favour and president trump has intimated
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that he might also hold a press conference of his own. we know that his lawyers have been hard at work for some time now preparing a counter report to that of the special counsel robert mueller. it is understandable why they would be suspicions of spin. president trump said the report completely exonerates him on obstruction ofjustice. the little we know about the report, it absolutely does not say that. well, that's right, and the crucial part of all this is whether the special counsel's report bears with the conclusions that were summarised by the attorney general william barr last month when he wrote that four—page memo basically clearing the trump campaign team of collusion with the russians but leaving open this whole question of whether there had been this obstruction of justice. now, by leaving that matter open, attorney general william barr stepped into the breach and said that he didn't believe there was enough evidence of criminality for any sort
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of criminal case to go forward, but there are a lot of people, mike, who would have preferred that that matter be considered by congress and that the verdict on that matter be theirs and not that of mr trump's appointment as attorney general. what is the thinking on this, david, longer term — are there likely to be legal ramifications to this, or is itjust going to be for political pointscoring 7 oh, this could be just the start of a long process of arguing over this whole report. of course, the democrats, mike, want the publication of this report in full, with no redactions. and they have said they are willing to subpoena the department of justice if necessary in order to obtain it. and they also want evidence that was gathered by robert mueller and his team observed so that it can
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aid congressional inquiries that are likely to be ongoing now. so, you know, rather than closing the book on this whole matter, this could be just the start of a new chapter in it, if you like. mike willis for us there. at least 29 people have died in a bus crash on the portuguese island of madeira. the bus plunged off a road and overturned. the crash happened just outside the capital city, funchal. there were around 50 on board altogether, and it's feared pedestrians may be among the dead. ben ando reports. the coach, which was carrying german holiday—makers, came to rest on its on its side after apparently coming off the road on a tight curve and rolling down the mountain. exactly how it happened isn't clear.
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the bus is badly damaged with most of its windows broken. it seems many of the victims were thrown onto the ground in the crash. local people quickly gathered, some assisting the emergency services as they helped injured survivors get clear of the wreckage. 55 people were on board the bus when it crashed in the early evening in in the city of canico, east of the island's capital, funchal. madeira is one of a small group of islands off the coast of north africa that are part of the republic of portugal. it is a popular destination for those seeking early—season sun. tonight, work at the scene goes on. ben ando, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: tintoretto crosses the atlantic. some of the artist's greatest works have left venice for the first time in 500 years.
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pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear.
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this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: north korea says it's tested a new type of tactical guided weapon — the first missile test since the hanoi summit between kim jong—un and president trump. peru's former president, alan garcia, has died after shooting himself in the head as police were trying to arrest him on bribery charges. in the indonesian capital jakarta supporters of presidentjoko widodo have been celebrating the news he has likely won another term as leader. unofficial results give him a lead of ten percentage points over his rival, former general prabowo subianto. but president widodo is already facing challenges ahead. the bbc‘s karishma vaswani is in jakarta. a decisive victory for indonesian presidentjoko widodo,
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according to unofficial quick count results. translation: from these initial exit polls we've seen that we have won, but we must be patient and wait for the official results. supporters ofjoko widodo have gathered here to try to and catch a glimpse of the man they have just voted in as this country's next president for the second time. the celebrations are just beginning, but already he's facing challenges ahead. his rival and former general, prabowo subianto, says exit polls conducted by his camp show that he is the president. translation: our exit polls show that we have won with 55.4% of the vote. mr prabowo may well lodge a complaint in the coming days and challenge these results. but as simple as it looks, indonesia's quick count system has been shown to work and, by the end of the day,
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with the sample votes counted, all signs point to a joko widodo victory. voter turnout was 80%, thought to be the highest ever in indonesia's democratic era. behind these numbers, though, issues that matter to indonesians. translation: the economy and jobs are the most important issues for me. but my religion says, a good leader is someone who is close to the clerics. translation: i want a president that cares about all indonesians and doesn't look at our differences. i don't care what religion he is, but he must be honest. now the votes are cast the hard work begins. this campaign has divided indonesians more than ever before and it will be the task of its next president to bring his people together and ensure the unity of this diverse nation. karishma vaswani, bbc news, jakarta.
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facebook is admitted it might‘ve unintentionally uploaded the e—mail contact unintentionally uploaded the e—mail co nta ct of unintentionally uploaded the e—mail contact of users in 2016. it's been revealed social media site was importing e—mail contacts without permission when they opened new accounts. let's get more. we're going lap to san francisco. you broke this story rob, this is going to upset on off a lot of people. the news broke that facebook was asking people for the passwords. it is in itself a security no—no. it was without asking permission going into e—mail accounts and harvesting the contact looks and using that in their systems to learn more about people and target them with adverts without asking for consent. you say facebook is admitted. is it giving
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reason a valid reason? it had a system that let you into your password to verify your account and also voluntarily give them your contact because by giving them your contact because by giving them your contact voluntarily, it helps them understand your friends and recommend friends. it's as a at 18 just with system that remove the text informing people that it would access the contact. but it continued to access the contact and away. and since then in the last three associates, one of the half million people ‘s contacts have been harvested. is there any indication that the e—mail contacts were published more widely? no, we've got no indication of that right now. facebook has not shown from anyone else. as best we know it has used it as it would use any other data, just deferred its general body of
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intelligence about the users so it can target them with adverts as effectively as possible. as far as you can establish, is it still going on? it was going on up until the point where the news first broke about facebook asked the passwords about facebook asked the passwords about two weeks ago. and i started to reach out to them. they have said they., they said they are going to delete contact data undergo to inform the wanted a half million people whose contacts were harvested without consent was not there has been three or so years about the state of being used to target people and learn about them. very briefly, what kind of reactions he into this? kind of reactions i expecting? i've seen a lot of shock, a lot of disbelief. a degree of people not quite believing facebook escalation which is because facebook has had two years of scandals and fewer and fewer people are given the company
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the benefit of the doubt. certainly there are people expressing frustration and outrage that facebook has played fast and loose with people ‘s data again. facebook has played fast and loose with people 's data again. they spent much of it on to us. —— thanks very much for talking to us. the ousted president of sudan, 0mar al—bashir, has been moved to a high security prison, according to his family. months of protests against deteriorating conditions culminated in an army coup last week, that deposed him. now protesters are now calling for theirformer leaders to be held to account for their crimes. 0ur africa correspondent alistair leithead reports from the capital khartoum. change has already come to sudan, but you wouldn't have thought so on the streets of khartoum today. in a place where dissent is dealt with through intimidation and torture, these people risked it all to stand their ground and now say they won't stop until they get what they want. and there's a long list of demands. all three of these protesters were picked up from home
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by the security forces at night and held for months in terrible conditions. abdullah isjust 21, an it student — he described being forced into stress positions all night and being tortured with an electric stick. he saw a lot of other young people beaten many times. morua is a secondary school teacher, she's 32 and was held in custody for weeks. demands like arresting former leaders haven't been met, she says — the military‘s made promises, but nothing's been done yet, it's all talk and no action. junior officersjoined the protesters and protected them. the military remains split. the demonstrations started over the price of bread under the basics. it was anger over inflation which transformed into a movement against the president of nearly 30 years and his regime.
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cash is in desperately short supply. people really are struggling to get by. but life goes on, despite a protest in major parts of the city, as an old regime tries to hang on. it's creating gridlock, and the longer the demonstrations continue, the more angry ordinary people could become. there's been a coup, a change of leadership, a whole series of sackings and reshuffles, but yet still thousands of protesters remain on the streets of khartoum. they don't trust the generals in the headquarters just over there — they think it's just the shuffling of an old deck of cards, and are not moving until they see what they feel is going to bring real change to this country. alastair leithead, bbc news, in khartoum. it's taken about 500 years, but tintoretto, one of the great masters of the italian
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renaissance, has finally made his debut in the united states. some of the enormous works now on display at the national gallery of art in washington have left venice for the first time, to help celebrate the anniversary of the artist's birth. jane 0'brien went for a look. this year scale of tintoretto's canvases is overwhelming. some couldn't be included in this show because they wouldn't fit through the gallery doors. those that did are a storyteller‘s paradise. scenes from the bible and classical mythology brought to life in dramatic brushstrokes. tintoretto worked on an enormous scale, and the really big paintings behind me are actually only middle—sized tintorettos. he really had this ambition to cover every wall of his native town. he was born in venice 500 years ago, and he really thought big. for him, a way of conveying urgency was to do things on a really colossal scale. tintoretto was a pioneer in the new medium of oil paint on canvas, and he used the human figure, usually muscular and drawn from life, to drive his narratives.
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in the last supper, the disciples are clearly shocked whenjesus says one of them will betray him. their actions tell the story. tintoretto painted at least nine versions of the last supper and they are very different for the time in that they are quite casual, rustic, they are full of movement. and over here we have what scholars believe is a portrait of his young daughter. and down there you've even got a cat. he was also prolific, running a workshop to churn out his paintings to keep up with the huge number of commissions. this is one of the highlights of the exhibition, the paradiso, and it's incredible to think that this is almost 500 years old, because it is so modern, so vibrant and just so... jammy. in fact, this 16 foot long sketch was his calling card and secured him the prize of painting the doge's palace, the principal government building in venice. with so many of tintoretto's
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big kahunas on display, it might be easy to overlook his portraits, but they were the inspiration for later artists such as rubens and rembrandt, and critics rank them among the finest of the era. tintoretto's sitters look you directly in the eye, it seems as if they've just seen you, you lock eyes with an. he eliminates anything else from the painting that would distract from this focus on the direct gaze. that gives him a very contemporary feeling. you feel that these are people that you might know today. this is the first time tintoretto has had his own blockbuster show in the us, and with the exception of some works still in venice, this exhibition has assembled his finest paintings under one roof, illustrating why he still packs a punch, centuries later.
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and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbc mike embley. hello, thanks forjoining me. wednesday was a perfectly acceptable day for many parts of the british isles, but it may well be put in the shade by what we are expecting to see quite widely across the british isles on saturday. the temperatures could peak around london at 25 degrees. for those of you who have opted for the stay—cation for this particular holiday weekend, well, you're certainly beating those who have decided to head down anywhere really, from iberia right across to the eastern mediterranean. the reason for our settled spell of weather is that the jet stream, as we move through the weekend and into the start of next week, should be well away from the british isles. we're trapped on its warmer side. you'll notice there is a pocket of somewhat cooler air not a million miles to the west of us as we start the new week.
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more on that in just a second. thursday starts off rather cloudy across eastern scotland and the eastern side of the pennines, but as the day gets going that cloud dissipates. a little bit of fair weather cloud, not much more than that. 0n the east coast the onshore breeze is around ten, 11, 12. inland is widely in the upper teens, if not in the 20s. for all that we have to thank that big area of high pressure, which i'm sure you're getting used to by now, it's been there over scandanavia for a wee while. it will certainly dominate many of us as we get on through the weekend. friday, just maybe the odd passing shower to start the day in eastern parts of scotland, but friday is a really glorious day across many parts of the british isles. and those temperatures, notjust a south—east phenomena. widely in the upper teens. and again, many locations could see 20—21 or something in that order. a fly in the ointment as we move towards the weekend. the weather front will be pushed closer to the northern and western
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parts of scotland, maybe northern ireland too, tempering the feel of the day there certainly. parts of the british isles. but as i say, widely 22—23, maybe a 2a or 25 across the south—east. not much change into easter sunday, we will have the remnants of that weather front trying to work its way down across scotland, thickening the cloud here, the odd spot of rain more, i suspect, towards the far north—west. sunshine rather hazy across northern ireland. but elsewhere, if you've got plans for the outdoors, get out and enjoy it. a word to the wise, the pollen is really quite high at the moment. and if you're out for any length of time, the uv levels are also worthy of consideration. come monday, the jet stream just trying to work an area of low pressure close to the western side of the british isles, but those fronts lingering far out west for many. easter monday too looking like a pretty decent day.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea is claiming it has test—fired what it calls a new type of tactical guided weapon, with a "powerful warhead". state media says the test was overseen by kimjung—un himself and describes it as having "weighty significance". crowds of supporters of the former president of peru, alan garcia, have gathered around his coffin. mr garcia shot himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over corruption allegations. mr garcia was accused of taking bribes from a brazilian construction firm. robert mueller‘s long awaited report on russian interference in the 2016 us election is to be published, in part, on thursday. attorney general william barr is to hold a press conference on it before the redacted version is published. that decision has been criticised by the democrats.
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