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this is bbc news. i'm martin stanford. our top stories: president trump promises japan he will grapple with trade imbalances during his state visit, and is hopeful of a deal. russia is ordered to free a group of ukrainian sailors and ships it seized off crimea last november. accusations of overcrowding on mount everest, as three more climbers die, taking the death toll this season to ten. the top prize at the cannes film festival goes to a south korean black comedy about social divides.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. president trump is beginning the first full day of his visit to japan. mr trump is due to play golf with the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe in the next hour. thouthapan is a key us ally in the region, trade is likely to dominate their discussions. the us is keen to negotiate a new trade deal that addresses what it claims is a trade imbalance between the countries. mr trump was greeted warmly as he arrived injapan with his wife melania on saturday. but despite those good relations, the key message from his visit is clear. we really have strengthened the enduring alliance between the united states and japan. it is really special. with this deal we hope would address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to united states exports and ensure fairness and
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reciprocity in our relationship. president trump in japan. our correspondent in tokyo, hywel griffith says there's a lot riding on this visit for both leaders. the two men have been close, meeting and speaking over the phone a0 times we re and speaking over the phone a0 times were told since president trump came to power and their relationship is key to the successful both, both have elections on the horizon so they need to show as two world leaders they work together closely. also on the menu over the next few days will be nailing down the details of the bright bilateral trade deal between japan details of the bright bilateral trade deal betweenjapan and the us. the us was not keen to be part of the tra ns—pacific partnership, donald trump wanted something one—on—one. and over the last few months and years we have seen both men working closely, their teams in the back ground hammering out details. there are concerns around the japanese economy as to what donald trump might want to do over
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the steel industry here. there are also concerns over the future of the automotive industry. companies like toyota have a big presence in the united states however donald trump wa nts to united states however donald trump wants to champion american carmakers. in the back rooms and the conversations at mealtimes, those of the things they might discuss and there is another important engagement. donald trump will become the first international leader to meet the new emperor, emperor naruhito. this is a new imperial rain and therefore i think that will play to his status and sense of importance as a global leader who has been the first person invited to come here and meet the new emperor. we will be live injapan as the leaders plagued golf, due to tee off sometime in the next hour or so. -- as the leaders play golf. ukraine has called on russia to comply with an order from an international tribunal to release ukrainian naval personnel seized off the coast of crimea last november. president zelensky said it
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would allow russia to signal that it was ready to stop the conflict with ukraine in a civilised way. but russia said the tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case. this report from danny aeberhard. the incident in november dramatically escalated tensions between russia and ukraine. the ukrainian vessels had tried to pass through the kerch strait the only access to ukrainian ports on the sea of azov. russia has controlled the strait in its entirety since annexing crimea from ukraine in 201a. moscow saw the attempted passage as a provocation. its coastguards fired on the vessels, injuring several crew members, before boarding the ships. ukraine turned to the international tribunal when other efforts to secure the release of its sailors had failed. the courts did not uphold ukraine's request for moscow to suspend proceedings against the servicemen. they're accused of breaching russia maritime border.
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but the judges backed kiev on its key demands. by 19 votes to one, the russian federation shall immediately release the 2a detained ukrainian servicemen and allow them to return to ukraine. ukraine's deputy foreign minister hailed the outcome. for us, this is a pure victory. how russia will act, this is not a matter of this tribunal. this is up to russia, how to release, what kind of actions to do. but the main thing is that they have to do this immediately. russia, like ukraine, is a signatory to the un convention on the law of the sea, but it said the court had no jurisdiction in this case and declined to participate. the united states special representative for ukraine acknowledged that russia was unlikely to comply. of course, families in ukraine of the sailors and the public opinion generally is very concerned about the fate of the savouries
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and russia is using this as a pressure point. there is nothing legal whatsoever about russia's action. it's an early test for ukraine's new president, volodymyr zelensky, who was sworn in on monday. mr volker said he believed mr zelensky would stand up to moscow on this issue and others. some critics fear he might be more accommodating to russia than the previous incumbent. mr zelensky himself said that by allowing the servicemen and boats to return, russia could send the signal on stopping the conflict with ukraine in a civilised way. we will see, he said, what path the kremlin chooses. danny aeberhard, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. exit polls in the irish republic suggest voters have overwhelmingly backed reforms to make it easier to divorce. at the moment couples need to wait four years before they can divorce.
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in the referendum, voters were asked to remove time frames and to allow parliament to decide the issue. if approved, the new rules would halve this time. cyril ramaphosa has taken the oath of office in pretoria, beginning his first full term as president of south africa. the anc leader vowed to tackle corruption and rejuvenate the struggling economy. he initially took over from jacob zuma in 2018 after mr zuma was accused of corruption. the contest to succeed theresa may as british prime minister has intensified, with more candidates entering the field. the latest to declare they will stand for conservative party leader include the former brexit secretary dominic raab and the former leader of the house of commons andrea leadsom. the bbc‘s chris mason told me a short time ago that it brings the number of confirmed candidates in the race to seven.
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it is one of those running out of fingers evenings here at westminster, every five minutes another contender has confirmed that they will be in the running. picking up they will be in the running. picking up on your list there, dominic raab was involved in the negotiations in brussels with the chief exit negotiator for the eu. brussels with the chief exit negotiatorfor the eu. he stood down a few months ago. he said in an article on the mail on sunday to be published in a few hours time in the morning that he will be in the race and he would live with the idea of a no deal accident in october if a deal could not be done with the eu. andrea leadsom recently in the cove na nt has andrea leadsom recently in the covenant has also declared on the sunday times, again saying that no deal should not be something that the uk should be scared of and that arrangements could be made after no deal on things like citizen rights and reciprocal healthca re. deal on things like citizen rights and reciprocal healthcare. add to that those who earlier on saturday
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we heard about rory stewart and matt hancock the health secretary, two cabinet ministers right now. this is a noisy and the severus and keenly contested contest already dig with a fascinating prospect building now that michael gove, the environment secretary in one of the architects of the leave campaign, will face up against borisjohnson, of the leave campaign, will face up against boris johnson, also of the leave campaign, will face up against borisjohnson, also a central architect of the leave campaign. they worked alongside each other in 2016, fell out spectacularly in the leadership race that followed shortly afterwards with michael gove effectively finishing off boris johnson's prospect and now, despite the fact that they are two men with a broadly similar vision on exit they are both going for the same job and they are both very different characters. that will be a fascinating subplot in what is already a crowded field. and yet, chris, whoever gets thejob,
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the other bits of the conundrum that stymied theresa may haven't really moved, or have they? fundamentally they have not. the mathematics here in parliament in westminster will be the same unless the winner is tempted to go for a general election and the numbers would only change if they could win the general election and winner by a reasonable margin to opinion polls do not make a racing certainty. so we face the same mathematic, everything else being equal in the house of commons. yes, they may have more of a sense of momentum, they may be able to command more support among conservative backbenchers but that challenge would remain as would, as things stand, the eu's unwillingness to budge on the deal on the table. three more climbers have died on mount everest, taking the death toll to ten — this season alone. the route is always dangerous — but the risk is being increased by lengthy queues at the crowded summit. jenny kumah has the story. taken just two days ago,
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this photo shows the queues of people ascending everest, in what's been one of its most deadly weeks. ten people have died in recent days, climbing the world's tallest peak. among them, aa—year—old british man, robin haynes fisher and 56—year—old kevin hynes from ireland. record numbers are making the ascent, trying to take advantage of a window in the weather conditions. 381 permits have been issued, costing around £9,000 each. but there had been calls for the number of permits to be limited and criticism of the trek operators. the icefall is a very treacherous part of the mountain, low down it is the first thing you get to coming from base camp. you know, what are they even doing there, who has taken them, who's said to them, it's ok? this week's death toll is higher than the whole for the whole of last year and calls for improved safety are rising. jenny kumah, bbc news.
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a woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing on the hawaiian island of maui. amanda eller was rescued from a deep ravine. she had been hiking in the area when she became lost and got injured. the 35—year—old had last been seen on 8 may, but was found on friday when she waved down a rescue helicopter, funded by donations. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: it looks like a bit of fun, but pillow fighting is taken very seriously as a sport injapan. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events to aid famine relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars hope will be thousands of queues started forming at 7:00am. taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot,
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as the liverpool fans broke out of their area and into the juve ntus enclosure. the belgian police had lost control. the whole world will mourn the tragic death of mr nehru today. he was the father of the indian people from the day of independence. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than a,500 episodes. the chat show has made her one of the richest people on the planet. geri haliwell, otherwise known as ginger spice, has announced she has left the spice girls. i don't believe it! she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri. why? this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump begins his first full day of his state visit to japan with a pledge to tackle trade issues. an international tribunal rules that russia must release 2a ukrainian
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servicemen and three navy vessels seized off the coast of crimea in november. let's bring you an update on more from president trump. he has been tweeting this morning, he is in japan right now but he has been reacting to concerns about a recent missile which had been launched from north korea stop he also said he was confident that the country's leader, kimjong—un, confident that the country's leader, kim jong—un, would keep confident that the country's leader, kimjong—un, would keep promises that he had made. this is his latest tweet. he was also tweeting about us matters, as well, while still being
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injapan. so we will deal with that and bring you more coverage of the golf game we promised a little bit later on bbc news. police in india have filed a culpable homicide case against three people over a fire in the city of surat that killed at least 23 people. the fire broke out in a building where students were attending private tuition classes. gemma coombe reports. chapter by ferocious flames, so desperate to reach safety, they scrambled out windows, some so terrified they jumped —— scrambled out windows, some so terrified theyjumped —— trapped by ferocious flames. dozens of students we re ferocious flames. dozens of students were inside this building in the boot at city of surat when it erupted into flames on friday. they we re erupted into flames on friday. they were attempting private tuition classes in an institute on the top floor —— bujarat. classes in an institute on the top floor -- bujarat. translation: some people were jumping, some were pushing others, and the boys were jumping immediately. people were
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standing downstairs to catch them. they had no equipment, so how could they catch them? that is why this tragedy happened, i can only say eight to ten people. initial investigations suggest the fire broke out in a stairwell and was caused by an electrical fault in the air conditioning. local authorities say the flames spread quickly because of the material used in the roof. indian police have charged three people with culpable homicide, including this man, who ran the classes. case has been registered against three accused. each one has been arrested, and two accused are the owners of the building. authority say there was no safety equipment installed in the building, and no escape routes either. most of the victims were aged between 50 and in19. many of the victims were aged between 50 and in 19. many of them were young women preparing for exams. prime minister rencher moody, who comes from gujarat state, said on twitter he was extremely anguished by the fire tragedy, and he has asked the local
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government to provide all possible assistance. more now on the inauguration of a new president of south africa. poverty, corruption and crime continue to be problems for successive governments and they are challenges for the new president. 0ur correspondent reports. gun salutes and deafening cheers of approval, the backdrop to his swearing—in ceremony is the fourth democratically elected president of south africa. in front of a crowd of thousands at this stadium, he took the presidential oath.|j thousands at this stadium, he took the presidential oath. i assume as president of the republic of south africa... among those attending the ceremony was nelson mandela's grandson, who said his grandfather would have been proud of the newly inaugurated president. cyril ramaphosa pledged to rebuild a
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united south africa, and has promised that there will be action and solutions to the country's problems. despite our most earnest efforts, many south africans still go to bed hungry. many south africans succumb to diseases that can be treated. many live lives of intolerable deprivation. too many of our people do not work, especially the youth. as mr ramaphosa begins his first full term in office, he faces a very difficult balancing act of tackling corruption and unemployment and only appointing government ministers who are untainted by scandal. the newly appointed president has also pledged reforms to revive the country's economy. the former president, jacob zuma, who faces a host of corruption
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allegations against him, opted not to attend today's ceremony, and since mr zuma's exit, the newly appointed president has been working to clean up government corruption. in recent times, our people have watched as some of those in whom they had invested their trust have surrendered to the temptation of power and riches. they have seen some of the very institutions of our democracy eroded, and resources squandered. the challenges that our country faces are huge, and they are real. but they are not insurmountable. they can be solved, andi insurmountable. they can be solved, and i extend here to say that they are going to be solved. mr ramaphosa
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also said south africans had chosen hope and unity over conflict and division. the prestigious cannes film festival has drawn to a close, and the top prize, the palme d'0r, has gone to the south korean film parasite, directed by bong joon—ho. it is a tragicomic tale which tackles the gulf between the rich and the poor. 0ur arts correspondent vincent dowd says the winning film may be a surprise to some. bong joon—ho, not everyone will have heard of him but he is quite well known internationally. in 2006 he made the post, which is sort of genre film. this is a social satire, as you say, about the very rich and the very poor, that is the kind of story which tends to play around the it is about a nice young guy from a penniless family, goes to be a tutor toa penniless family, goes to be a tutor to a hugely rich family. he kind of sneaks his sister into a job
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alongside him, and then... things start to happen. it's kind of a comedy, but it's definitely got a satirical point to it as well. daly 0k, there's something else we want to mark you, and that's the director who won the second prize, the grand prix, this is a french director. we can hearfrom prix, this is a french director. we can hear from her prix, this is a french director. we can hearfrom her now. prix, this is a french director. we can hear from her now. it is incredible that it is still an event today, it's incredible, buti incredible that it is still an event today, it's incredible, but i knew it, because i obviously don't know any black women who came here before. so i knew it, but it is a lwa ys before. so i knew it, but it is always a reminder that so much work needs to be done. so vincent, i note where the film, of course, but noteworthy to that it was a young black director who got the prize. yes, a movie... it is simplified little bit, but it is essentially about immigration, or in this case you might say emigration, and also
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it's got a bit of personal romance in there as well, but mati diop is pa rt in there as well, but mati diop is part senegalese, in fact her father was a very well—known as a musician. so this is what you might call the french— senegalese coproduction. but it isa french— senegalese coproduction. but it is a red letter day, let's put it that way, for the african cinema, that way, for the african cinema, that this coproduction actually got nominated in the main competition in cannes. 0ften nominated in the main competition in cannes. often they get sort of in the sidebar of competitions and then they don't get a lot of publicity. but this will get a lot of publicity, and as you say, slightly confusingly, the grand prix is the second prize, but she has still got a major prize at cannes, and that is quite a big development. and a household name like tarantino goes home empty—handed. household name like tarantino goes home empty-handed. yes, i wonder if that was... he is a camp favourite, i wonder if that was slightly too commercial, with brad pitt and leonardo dicaprio. do you know what? it is going to do well at the oscars next year so i don't think there will be crying too much. ok, it is still irrelevant— will be crying too much. ok, it is still irreleva nt— it will be crying too much. ok, it is still irrelevant— it is still a competition worth winning, though, it has a great standing in the rest
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of the world. absolutely, i was thinking when is the last time a truly dry and obscure film one cannes? we can go back a few years and people were saying i don't know about that. it is no longer the case. i think people realise they have to get these movies and with a little bit ofjuice, that people wa nt to little bit ofjuice, that people want to know about, and overall it has been a pretty good cannes. it is the weekend, and some of us who are a bit sporty may be spending time outdoors, maybe playing football, tennis or cricket. but have you considered pillow fighting? the japanese have been slugging it out in some very intense face—offs over the weekend, and age is not a restriction, as rahuljoglekar now reports. waking up to a championship like no other. the serious and very competitive sport of pillow fighting. in this small fishing village, 150 kilometres south of tokyo, teams gathered from across
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the region to compete in the qualifying event. napping on thejob is not allowed. the king or queen from each team must be protected at all times from being attacked by projectile pillows. translation: i joined the tournament because i thought we could be strategic with the sport. we are aiming to win the championship. i'm very familiar with pillow fights, as i used to do it when i was a child. but, for those who think of this as a young person's game, think again. age doesn't have to get in the way of a good pillow fight. this competitor is 75. translation: we created our teams because we met through track and field activities. we have been preparing for this for a long time. teamwork made the dream work for this group. one of 15 others competing in the event. they will now go through to the all—important national championship next year. a reminder of our top story:
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president trump is beginning the first full day of his visit to japan. mr trump is due to play golf with the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe, in the next hour. we hope to bring you pictures of that, we're not sure if cameras will be allowed on the golf course. thouthapan is a key us ally in the region, trade is likely to dominate their discussions. the us is keen to negotiate a new trade deal that addresses what it claims is a trade imbalance between the countries. there is even the suggestion that the us might impose import tariffs onjapanese cars. while injapan, mr trump has also tweeted about a recent missile launch incident from north korea and said he was confident the country's leader, kim jong—un, would said he was confident the country's leader, kimjong—un, would keep promises he has made. we will bring you the latest on those developments and the golf, if we get access to the golf course, with our correspondent who is standing by in
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tokyo. that's about it from me. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @martinstanford. hello. for some, it's hello. forsome, it's been hello. for some, it's been a sunny start to the bank holiday weekend. we saw a high of 25 celsius in london on saturday afternoon. this is herne bay in kent, around about the same time. for others, a very different story, cloudy, outbreaks of rain across parts of northern ireland, northern england and scotland, and many of us will see some rain over the next few days. it will be turning cool and breezy, as well, but also some spells of
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sunshine. but the rain and the strengthening breeze comes courtesy ofan strengthening breeze comes courtesy of an atlantic front working its way eastwards, likely to stall through much of the weekend across the far north of scotland. certainly scotla nd north of scotland. certainly scotland which will see the lion ‘s share of the rain through the early hours of sunday morning, and northern scotland will keep that ran through much of the day on sunday. rain initially across northern ireland, clearing its way eastwards and turning my salary on its journey across england and wales. the rain quite patchy across east anglia and south—east england stop some may stay mainly dry. behind that band of rain, afew stay mainly dry. behind that band of rain, a few showers but also some sunshine. a fine afternoon across northern ireland, north—west england and wales, but quite breezy. some gusty winds coupled with that ran across northern scotland. so temperatures here just nine or 10 celsius. elsewhere, we're looking at 14 celsius. elsewhere, we're looking at 1a to 19 celsius, maybe 20 or 21 across east anglia and south—east england. any rain here will pull away through the evening stop behind it, some clear skies. still that ran continuing across scotland overnight, but slowly starting to become more showery. a slightly cooler night as we go into the early hours of bank holiday monday. we're looking at lows between about seven and 11 celsius. so here's bank holiday monday. still some rain across scotland, sinking its way further southwards, becoming slightly more showery. elsewhere, it is sunshine and showers, and the showers most frequent the further north and west you are. not so many
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getting across to east anglia and south—east england, but nowhere immune on bank monday from a shower, in between some spells of sunshine. that will help temperatures up to between 1a and 18 celsius, but certainly a cooler feeling day. between 1a and 18 celsius, but certainly a coolerfeeling day. we keep that cooler feel as we go into wednesday, our winds are coming from the north and the north—west. that's a lwa ys the north and the north—west. that's always going to continue to feed them showers across, probably not quite as many as what we will see on bank holiday monday, but some of those showers could linger for a time through tuesday across south—east england and east anglia. us hours, actually, on tuesday the further west you are, potentially. but again, anywhere could catch a shower. temperature—wise we're looking at11— shower. temperature—wise we're looking at 11— 17 celsius on tuesday. little change, really, wednesday and thursday. sunny spells and showers, the showers most frequent the further north and west you are. driest further south. goodbye.
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this is bbc news, the headlines:
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mr trump's state visit to japan is underway. he says he's hopeful about a deal to tackle trade imbalances. but the japanese economy minister has already said he didn't expect talks between mr trump and prime minister abe to lead to an agreement. the visit is due to last for days. —— four days. ukraine's new president, volodymyr zelensky, has called on russia to comply with an order by an international tribunal to release naval personnel and vessels seized last year off the coast of crimea. russia said the court in germany had no jurisdiction in the case. there have been more deaths on mount everest as record numbers try to reach the top of the world ‘s highest mountain leading to severe overcrowding. two latest deaths take the number of fatalities in the last week to ten.

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