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a very warm welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: a guard of honourfor the north korean leader as he arrives in russia. the first ever summit between kim jong—un and vladimir putin is getting underway. top sri lankan officials lose theirjobs over the intelligence failures before sunday's attacks, as new details emerge about the bombers. heavy rain and floods kill at least 60 people in durban, south africa. thousands more have had to flee their homes. the last post prince william takes part in anzac day commemorations in auckland, as new zealand, australia and turkey honour their fallen.
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hello to you. the north korean leader kim jong—un is about to meet the russian president, vladimir putin, for one to one talks in russia's far eastern city of vladivostok. it's the first ever summit between the two men. live now to vladivostok and our correspondent, sarah rainsford. sarah, peter is a picture of what is happening, what is about to happen, how significant it is. well, we're here at the far eastern university, which is where the first summit between vladimir putin and the north korean leader kim jong—un between vladimir putin and the north korean leader kimjong—un is between vladimir putin and the north korean leader kim jong—un is about to ta ke korean leader kim jong—un is about to take place. it is going to be taking place in this sport centre here at the universityjust behind me. we have been waiting for the two
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leaders to arrive. we know of course that kim jong—un arrived by his armoured train, pulling into the station here in vladivostok yesterday evening. dramatic scenes with his security detail and his staff cleaning the train and then there was a military band to meet him, afull there was a military band to meet him, a full celebration really of his arrival here in russia self for the first time. and focus is now moved to the university campus, where vladimir putin will be meeting kim jong—un. now, you where vladimir putin will be meeting kimjong—un. now, you asked about the significance of these talks will stop i think the first thing to say about them is that it is a first chance for the two men to look each other in the eye, to get the measure of one another and to talk about the keyissue of one another and to talk about the key issue on the table, which is of course the nuclear programme in north korea and whether or not russia can play a role in reinvigorating the diplomatic process to get north korea to abandon that nuclear programme, and i think the timing of this is key in everything we talking about now because russia invited the north
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korean leader, mr kim, to come here more than a year ago and it is only now, after talks between him and donald trump in hanoi broke down two months ago, that the north korean leader is now turning to russia, looking perhaps the new ally in the process. so looking perhaps the new ally in the process. 50 part looking perhaps the new ally in the process. so part of this, i guess, is the north korean leader sending a message to washington saying, i do have other powerful friends? well i think that is right. i think certainly there was an awful lot of signalling going on by both sides stop yes, kim jong—un looking to send a message to washington as you say, that russia is a potential close ally in its diplomatic efforts over the north korean nuclear programme. i think vladimir putin wa nted programme. i think vladimir putin wanted to send another message as well, the sort of old russian game of saying we're here, we are a global power, we need to have a say on the big issues of the day and of course, the issue of nuclear north korea is one of those very big issues. so i think russia wants to
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reinsert itself into the diplomatic process and i also think russia has a different approach to north korea than, for example, donald trump. donald trump is all about maximum pressure, suddenly a slightly more nuanced approach. russia has not signed up for sanctions against north korea because of its programme but it does not think that pressure is the weight to resolve this crisis, it certainly talks about the need for more gradual approach and argues that pressure will not get north korea to change its position, so north korea to change its position, so perhaps after this meeting, perhaps after the two men meet you at this university campus, suddenly putin may try to lobby with the americans to get those sanctions eased. —— has. suddenly, ithink thatis eased. —— has. suddenly, ithink that is what mr kim is looking for as he comes here to russia. as indicated earlier in your ports, we're not indicated earlier in your ports, we' re not really indicated earlier in your ports, we're not really expecting any statements, a bit of a walk about, there will be a bit of tourism tomorrow, but of course as soon as there is anything significant to
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show people, we will go back there. thank you very much. —— reports. let's bring you some live pictures now from that meeting, —— sri lanka's government has acknowledged a "major intelligence lapse" over the easter sunday bombings that killed 359 people. the president has asked his defence minister and police chief to resign over the failure to pass on warnings. in the last few hours, the us secretary of state has said that there is "every indication" the attacks were planned by so—called islamic state. from colombo, clive myrie reports. mourning for the majority christians who died isn't confined to the catholic church. in the city of negombo, at the grand mosque, prayers have for days included thoughts for the hundreds killed in the local church, murdered in the name of a perversion of islam. the rituals remain the same, but something's changed here now. there's an undercurrent of fear that there might be christian reprisals, that a whole community has been tarred by the barbarity of a few, in a city that's enjoyed so many years of interreligious cooperation.
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"not in our name", say the trustees of the mosque, denouncing the bombers as enemies of their faith. translation: maybe they are muslims but we won't accept that, we won't accept them as a muslim. but in this city, in the shadow of the church a suicide bomber desecrated, how can the community heal? go ahead. all around, the living are touched by evidence of the intolerance exhibited. killed in the attack? yes, yes, killed in the attack. three more people who died? yes, three more people here. this street paved with sorrow and lined by grief. so many are still awaiting burial. in this house, a woman in her 70s, her daughter, aged 52, and another woman in her 60s.
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some of the more than 100 christian lives cut short here. but today, in a spirit of reconciliation, they're mourned by buddhists. the leader of sri lanka's catholics also paid his respects, and he told me the bombings left him numb. i lost my people, and these were innocent people. they had nothing to do with whatever the struggles of these people who blasted them to pieces. so it was something that i couldn't grasp and understand. i couldn't understand the rationality of what they did. the main campbell's killer is thought to have lived in this upmarket neighbourhood of colombo. this is the house, still sealed for forensics.
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and the family's copper factory is where investigators believe the bombs were built. singing so many died that easter sunday, the funerals are being staggered. there were dozens more today. it's a continuing process of remembrance, in a land where the only viable future for its multi—religious and ethnic population is to try to live in peace. clive myrie, bbc news, in negombo. rukmini callimachi is a new york times correspondent covering is. she has been closely following the potential relationship with the group. i asked her what is the significance of is, after some delay, claiming this attack. so what we know is that this is a group in sri lanka that at least had some sort of direct communications with isis and we know that because they
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were able to pledge allegiance to the leader of isis, and were able to film a video. they were able to get it to the islamic state's official news agency. we have never seen a case where these videos of the pledges have emerged where there hasn't been some sort of co—ordination with the islamic state. sri lanka, of course, has a horribly body history with the civil war, but this seems to be something different, doesn't it? do you feel it is a game changer for the country and for is? i'm sure it's a game changer for the country. as you've seen, there were multiple warnings that the authorities received or for whatever reason, the warning were ignored or not given to the proper channels. so there will be some soul—searching after this
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as there was in america, following 9/11. as far as isis, this is a confirmation of what we've known for a while, which is that although politicians have glibly taken to saying that the group was defeated, we know the caliphate was neverjust an iraq and syria project. we have seen them grow in strength, this is an example of that. a group far from the course of isis's centre of gravity in iraq and syria, and yet it now appears to have carried out possibly the most deadly isis attack in the group's history. for the people who carried this out, what was the point and what do you think it means the future? the point, i'm sorry to say, is in line
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with isis's radical ideology, they view christians as a swarm of idolators, they call them cross worshippers. they point to the trinity as an idea that shows that they don't believe in a single god, they call them "crusaders", and for years now, isis has been waging a war against them. we saw this with coptic churches being attacked in egypt, with a cathedral being attacked in the philippines. the second prong of this attack was against the high—end hotels where tourists were saying, and this has been called to attack citizens of the coalition fighting islamic state. so they were presumably trying to kill americans, brits, and people whose countries belong to those coalitions. let's just bring you some breaking news straightaway from japan.
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a tokyo court has approved a bail request from ousted nissan motor co chairman, carlos ghosn. his bail has been set at $4.5 billion. the 65—year—old faces four charges ranging from concealing part of his salary from shareholders to siphoning off nissan funds for his personal use. it will mark the second time he has been released on bail. he was initially released last month, but then re—arrested on new charges, that breaking news has approved a bale of $4.5 billion. let's get some of the day's other news. three of the most controversial figures on sudan's ruling transitional military council have offered their resignations — a key demand of the protest movement. all three were generals, seen as islamists, closely allied with the deposed president. protest leaders want a rapid handover to civilian rule. after talks, a military spokesman
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said the two sides had reached agreement on most of the demands. a white supremacist, convicted of a notorious racist killing, has himself been executed in prison by lethal injection. john william king murdered james byrd jr in 1998 by dragging him man behind a truck. the body was then dumped in front of an african american church. at a funeral in belfast, the british and irish leaders, along with most of northern ireland's leading political figures, have heard a passionate appeal for an end to violence. it was a funeral for the young journalist lyra mckee. she was shot dead by the so—called new ira during rioting in londonderry last week. the united nations children's fund has warned that cases of measles around the world have nearly trebled, compared with last year. unicef says between 2010 and 2017, at least 20 million children worldwide went unvaccinated. at least 60 people are confirmed dead in heavy rain and flooding in south africa's coastal city
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of durban, and the surrounding area. at least 1000 people have had to leave their homes as roads and buildings were washed away on south africa's eastern coast. the bbc‘s nomsa maseko reports. torrential rains and mudslides left a trail of destruction in south africa's coastal city of durban. at least two universities, businesses, and hundreds of homes were damaged. eight people died here after mudslides obliterated their homes. this man witnessed the deadly floods, he recounted the panic and horror. translation: i heard a loud bang and suddenly water came gushing into our house through the wall, and i heard my children screaming from their bedroom. i tried to rush to help them, but the strong water current forcefully pushed me to another room and i was under the collapsed wall. i remember hearing the screams
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of the children, neighbours tried to dig us out, but we couldn't save the children. south africa's president cyril ramaphosa visited the area to assess the damage and visited families who lost their loved ones. it's very traumatising. to be part of this... let me immediately pass on my condolences as president, as well as on behalf of the government. we pass our condolences to the family that has lost so many people at one go, where a whole house just collapsed and only one person was saved. we'd like to say to the family that we are with you, our hearts are with you. entire communities have been cut off here.
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low—lying areas were most susceptible to mudslides, and mop—up operations, which were hampered by heavy rains overnight, are now underway. but it will take weeks to clean up the damage. hundreds of homes like this one have been left damaged. and thousands of people are displaced, but there are also fears that the death toll could rise, because many more people are still missing and are unaccounted for. the government has offered financial assistance to the areas ravaged by flooding. the painful process of burying the deceased has already begun. nomsa maseko, bbc news, durban. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the battle for brazil's indigenous population. the huge protests planned against president bolsonaro. the stars and stripes at half—mast
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outside columbine high. the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would actually go through with it. one of the most successful singer songwriters of all time, the american pop star prince has died at the age of 57. he was a great musician and, you know, a genius. for millions of americans, the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has meant conflicting emotions. a national day of mourning next wednesday sitting somehow uneasily with the abiding memories of the shame of watergate. mission control: and lift-off of the space shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope, our window on the universe.
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this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: a guard of honourfor the north korean leader, as he arrives in russia. the first ever summit between kimjong—un and vladimir putin is about to begin. the latest we hear from vladivostok is there is some delay to events. top sri lankan officials have lost theirjobs over the intelligence failures before sunday's attacks, as new details emerge about the bombers. today is anzac day, when australians and new zealanders commemorate soldiers who served and died in wars for their country. turkish authorities have arrested a suspected member of the extremist group, the so—called islamic state, who they believe was planning to attack a world war one commemoration at gallipoli. and in auckland, prince william joined prime ministerjacinda ardern at a service. the bbc‘s phil mercer is in christchurch
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at the bridge of remembrance. those were the sentiments of the new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern, addressing a dawn service in the city of auckland earlier today. the anzacs, by the way, were the australian and new zealand army corps who fought so heroically alongside allied forces in gallipoli in 1915, the new zealanders, australians and allies in general suffering you horrific losses during that campaign and today, both countries and many other services around the world marking that get friends sacrifice. the prime minister, jacinda ardern, said that anzac day reminded us all of humanity of which new zealand had in turn been reminded of during those terrible attacks here in the city of christchurch about six weeks ago, alone gunmen killing about 50 people and there is a visit also by prince william who is coming to christchurch to meet with emergency service personnel, senior police officers and more pertinently, survivors of those two attacks.
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and security, we gather, very tight and with very good reason. absolutely. anzac day services continue across zealand and there has been anzac day services continue across new zealand and there has a noticeable police presence right across the country. prince william and jacinda ardern, the new zealand prime minister, on their way to christchurch. prince william visited the city and the aftermath of the terrible earthquake here in february 2011. that claimed 185 lives. you might be able to see behind me, mike, the remnants of christchurch cathedral which was badly damaged during earthquake all of those years ago. we understand the principle lay a wreath to the memorial of the earthquake victims so he is once again on his way back to a city that is still scarred and wounded, notjust by the events
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of the earthquake a few years ago but also by that terrible atrocity committed here almost six weeks ago. an australian man has been accused of 50 counts of murder and he will be back in court in the middle ofjune. thousands of people are gathering in brasilia this week for what's likely to be the biggest indigenous demonstration in brazil — it's called the free land camp. they're expected to camp out in front of government buildings for three days of celebrations and protests against the far right president, jair bolsonaro. since he took power injanuary, he's repeatedly called into question the very existence of indigenous reserves. ramzan karmali reports. they've come from across the country so that their voices can be heard by those holding power. up to 4,000 indigenous people from all over the country are expected to join this annual demonstration,
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free land camp. translation: we are here for our right to defend, to speak, to complain so that the problems with the indigenous population don't occur. and this year's protests have an added significance. presidentjair bolsonaro, who took power injanuary, has vowed to freeze demarcations of new indigenous reserves, revoke the protected status of others and free up commercial farming and mining in the rainforest. translation: we are not going to accept this because the government is practically injuring the brazilian federal constitution, which gives guarantees to indigenous people regarding the demarcation of indigenous lands. tribal leaders are incensed by the government's decision to transfer responsibility for demarcation of indigenous reserves to brazil's
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agriculture ministry. many see it to be under control of members of the powerful farming lobby that's long been opposed to indigenous land rights. tensions have been ramped up even more after the justice minister authorised a national force to take control of the area where the free land camp will be based. this has increased the fears of possible violent clashes with protesters, something the organisers are keen to avoid. ramzan karmali, bbc news. a little bit of footballing history will be made on sunday, when amiens play strasbourg in france's top division. for the first time, a ligue une game will be officiated by a female referee. the country's governing body said they'd chosen stephanie frappart to prepare her for the women's world cup later this year. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. in modern football, the man in black need not always be a man — stephanie frappart going through the usual pre—match routines.
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this, a game in the french second division but, in a few days' time, she'll be making a big step up. not that she believes her sex should make any difference. translation: when you make the right decisions, everything is fine. if there's a contest on the field, you try to manage. there's no difference between a man and a woman. i hope this will inspire others. i invite all women to take up the whistle and go to the match. stephanie frappart has been on fifa's international referees list since 2011. she was the first woman to ref a ligue 2 match back in 2014 and she's already officiated in a women's world cup in canada a year later. she won't be the first female referee in top—flight european football. bibiana steinhaus has taken charge of games in the german bundesliga. but there has still not been a top—flight female referee in italy, spain or england.
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in many ways, stephanie is a footballing pioneer. more women may now follow her example, and who knows — maybe one day, a female referee will be just as unpopular as her male counterpart. tim allman, bbc news. it should not be news but it is. let's go to some live pictures from russia, vladivostok, where the first ever summit between the south korean leader kim jong—un and president perton will take place. we understand that, not surprisingly, north korean nuclear programme is very much on the agenda. it seems clear also that it is designed to send a message to the white house, in washington, given the failure of
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the last summit between kim jong—un an president trump, showing that they have other important political allies. thank you forjoining us. hello again. uk forecast in just a moment but first of all we are off to mozambique where it looks like we've got another weather—related disaster on the way. another cyclone, this is cyclone kenneth, picking up strength and it's going to make landfall thursday afternoon in northern mozambique and bringing you through five days of forecast here, you can see the problem. once the storm has made landfall, it stops moving and we will see torrential falls of rain in the same area day after day. we could be seeing, getting on for a metre of rain over coming days combined with a storm surge 2—4 metres high which could bring coastal inundation and looks like we will see another round of devastating flooding across mozambique, particularly in the north of the country. here in the uk, our weather has changed. it's turned a bit cooler, we've got unsettle weather over the next few days with rain or showers but also temperatures
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have eased over recent days. it will feel cooler as we head into this weekend combined with strengthening winds as well. now, today we'll start off with some reasonable weather around. in scotland and northern ireland, a bit of brightness or sunshine first thing. showers across england and wales from the word go push northwards. in terms of being cloudy, the showers get heavy with hail and thunder mixed in. some of those downpours will be quite lengthy as well as they drive their way northwards. in the south, perhaps turning a bit lighter today, a bit more sunshine, temperatures down on recent days, 13—16 degrees and quite a breezy day coming up, really. going through thursday evening and overnight, further wet weather for scotland, showers working in across parts of western england, and wales, perhaps some lengthier spells of rain through northern ireland through thursday night and into the early part of friday morning. friday, on the face of it, although it's quite unsettled again, there'll be some bigger gaps between the showers and perhaps some more in the way of sunshine for particularly eastern areas of scotland for a time, but it's not completely dry, you will see some further showers moving in through the afternoon. some of these are likely to be heavy
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and potentially quite lengthy in places. gusty winds around too. temperatures 13—15 degrees celsius and then through friday night and into the weekend, we see this area of low pressure diving southwards, tightly squeezed isobars, it's going to be a windy spell of weather. the strongest winds of this stage, targeting probably south—west england. gusts 60, 65 miles per hour, something like that. outbreaks of rain, widespread, and it's going to feel quite cold, notjust on account of those strong winds, heavy rain but also those temperatures. we'll be looking at highs of between 10 and 13 degrees. you can forget the 25 we had a few days ago.
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the north korean leader kimjong—un has arrived in the far east of russia for his first summit with president putin. he was welcomed by a guard of honour in the city of vladivostok. talks are due to get underway any moment now. we're told they've been delayed for around an hour. sri lanka's president has asked the defence minister and police chief to resign from their roles, a response to what the government's called "major lapses in intelligence". it's been confirmed prior warnings were not acted upon ahead of easter sunday's suicide bombings. more than 350 people were killed. heavy rain and floods have killed at least 60 people in durban in south africa, including a number of children whose bodies were pulled out from under a collapsed building. thousands have had to flee their homes. south africa's president cyril ramaphosa said climate change


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