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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: at least 16 people, many of them schoolchildren, have been stabbed in an attack in japan. austria's chancellor, sebastian kurz, and his centre—right government are removed from office by a vote of no—confidence. after the election shake—up — who will europe's new meps choose to lead the commission? a stark warning from a himalayan climber as more deaths are confirmed at the world's tallest mountain.
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i should say, it has become a death race there because there is massive traffic jam and people race there because there is massive trafficjam and people are pushing themselves were not even capable of doing it. hello. we start with breaking news from japan. at least 16 children have been stabbed in a park in kawasaki, near tokyo. it's being reported that at least two children and one adult may have died. a suspect has been arrested and police have recovered two knives. it's thought the suspect stabbed himself in the shoulder before
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he was detained. the bbc‘s hywel griffith has the latest from tokyo. this edhappen this morning just before school time in kawasaki, which is towards the south of tokyo, and what we understand is the victims are a mixture of children and adults. suggestions that at least eight children were involved and some adults. more recent reports put the total number at 18 and it is feared east one adult and what child may be unconscious, showing no vital signs of life and therefore there is a fear they may have been killed in this attack and one man believed to be in his 40s or 50s has been arrested. he himself stabbed himself in the shoulder, in the neck area and is believed to be in a critical condition. hywell griffith. and we'll update you on this story as soon as we get more. live pictures are coming in now from
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japan, from the yokosuka airbase. donald trump and shinzo abe have been on an aircraft carrier, talking about north korea, and a lot else. going to be discussing some of that live from new york later. let's get some of the day's other news. french police have arrested four people after a suspected parcel bomb exploded in lyon last week, injuring 13 people. the device, which was packed with screws and ball bearings, was detonated outside a bakery. detectives say one of those detained is a 24—year—old algerian man suspected of planting the bomb. at least 42 prisoners have been found strangled to death in four separate jails in brazil. officials say the killings appeared to have occurred in clashes between rival gangs. one of the prisons was the scene of a fight on sunday, in which 15 inmates died.
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the search for survivors continues after a deadly tornado swept through oklahoma. at least two people were killed when a storm hit the town of el reno. it's the latest in a series of tornadoes that have affected the region in the last few days. ajapanese passenger has died on board a flight from colombia after swallowing nearly 250 tiny bags of cocaine. the man was travelling to tokyo on friday when flight attendants noticed him convulsing. prosecutors say he died from swelling of the brain due to a cocaine overdose. the austrian chancellor, sebastian kurz, has been forced from office, after he and his centre—right government lost a vote of no—confidence. mr kurz recently ended his coalition with the far—right freedom party, when its leader was caught in a covert video sting that suggested he was open to corruption. bethany bell reports from vienna
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the young rising star of europe's conservatives, sebastian kurz, has suffered a major setback. his centre—right government has become the first in austria since 1955 to lose a vote of no—confidence. the government was sworn in just last week in the wake of a scandal which engulfed his former coalition partner, the far—right freedom party. technocrats replace the departing freedom party ministers but sebastian kurz and his government lost a vote of no—confidence supported by the opposition social democrats and the freedom party. they said mr kurz should bear some of the blame for the collapse of the coalition. mr kurz has been credited with turning around the fortunes of his conservatives and he led the party to a clear win in the eu elections and said he'd be back.
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translation: today, parliament decided but at the end of the day, in september, in this democracy, the people will decide and i am looking forward to that. austria's president, alexander van der bellen, now has to nominate a caretaker government to hold the fort ahead of fresh elections which are expected in september. in the meantime, he has named the former finance minister of the conservatives, hartwig loger, as an interim chancellor for the next few days. bethany bell, bbc news, vienna. germany and france have turned their thoughts to choosing the next president of the european commission, after mainstream parties lost their overall majority in the european parliament. the new meps will start debating who should succeed jean—claude juncker in july. our europe editor, katya adler has more. much about this european election is not what it first may seem. nationalist marine le pen beat president macron to top
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the polls in france. "this is a people's victory," said a delighted mrs le pen. "the people have taken power back into their own hands." but the people, aka europe's voters, didn't support mrs le pen's political allies as much as she had hoped across the eu. millions of europeans cast a vote for change, but not all looked for answers in the far—right. the pro—european greens did phenomenally well, as did europe's liberals. we are witnessing a polarised society, so now we are going to use the leverage that the citizens gave us to try and enact change at european level, reducing social inequality, reducing our ecological footprint, improving public health. we will see whether the others are prepared for that.
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seemingly unprepared for this new, fragmented political order are the eu's traditional power blocs, the centre—left and the centre—right. germany's government was given a very bloody nose. like in the uk, europe's voters are favouring political movements they believe better reflect their priorities. there are questions today as to how long angela merkel can or should stay in office. and all this could well affect the brexit process. the woes of angela merkel, the far—right breathing down the neck again of emmanuel macron, looming general elections in a number of eu countries — all of this distracts eu leaders, and makes them that much more unlikely to reopen and renegotiate the brexit deal if they are asked to do so by the next uk prime minister. the attitude here, anyway, is that there is no better alternative. and how does the eu feel about 73 uk meps returning to the european parliament? it will be interesting to see how long they will actually be active
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in the european parliament. emmanuel macron has said he is worried that a reluctant uk still in the eu could cause internal trouble. are you worried about that? well, prime minister may was very clear that she said the uk would play a constructive role until the 31st... she's going. well, she's going, exactly. we'll have to wait and see what this means for the next prime minister. eu leaders, including theresa may, meet here tomorrow to discuss the "what next" after the european elections. our prime minister may feel a bit out of place. for the rest, the horse trading as to which political groups now get the eu's topjobs, like president of the european commission, is only just starting. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu says there's —— it's been four weeks since the easter sunday attacks in sri lanka in which more than 250 people were killed. the attacks were followed by a wave of anti—muslim violence that swept parts of north west sri lanka.
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it has now subsided — but many in the country are worried that communal tensions that have erupted after the attacks could once again lead to deep divisions in the country's complex ethno—religious structure. the bbc‘s vineet khare reports from north—western sri lanka. (tx vt —— the bbc‘s vineet khare reports from north—western sri lanka. these are the first friday prayers at the famous minuwangoda mosque after it was vandalised by a mob. the damage and intensity of the attack is clear to see. we are given access to the cctv footage from the night of the attack. you can see groups of men breaking through the gate and then storming the mosque. translation: when i walked into the mosque, i was overcome with emotions. it was heartbreaking. this mosque is allah's place. we come here when we want to turn to god, so to break this —
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i can't come to terms with it. this is what is left of the town's main market. it is just across the street from the mosque. this town saw some of the worst violence. this is what is left of the town's main market. it is just across the street from the mosque. this town saw some of the worst violence. most of the shops owned by muslims were destroyed in a fire, which people here blame on hundreds of men who were armed with sticks and stones. these attacks, just weeks after the easter bombings, threaten to destabilise the already fragile community relations. in this town, mohamed ameer mohamed sally stepped out of his house after hearing the sound of a commotion. dozens of men armed with swords and sticks attacked him. eyewitnesses say he was killed at the gate. translation: my father had asked us to switch off the lights and stay indoors. i couldn't see much. he thought he would be safe outside, with neighbours. we heard noise, and when we came out, we saw our father in a pool of blood.
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muslims make up nearly 10% of sri lanka's population. the majority are sinhala buddhists. police say they have arrested more than 100 people in connection with the attacks, but experts say the challenge is to contain sinhala buddhist groups like the bodu bala sena, which has been critical of what they say is the spread of conservative islam among sri lankan muslims. there is a global agenda of islamisation, expansion of islamisation — i mean, islam, and converting people to islam. it's a global phenomenon. so because of that, with most people, you have to understand, as buddhists, with buddhist background and culture, we cannot kill people. for now, the presence of security forces are visible outside this mosque, but many here are hoping
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the historic ties between the two communities will overcome this current crisis. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: queen victoria smiles in new clearfootage — found in a new york archive. 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.
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taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot, 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 11,500 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?
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we have been talking —— i want to say that my heart goes out to the
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terror —— terrible stabbing accident in kawasaki and how shocking that is forjapan and in kawasaki and how shocking that is for japan and those in kawasaki and how shocking that is forjapan and those of us who live there. onto japan's peace constitution, prime minister abe wa nts to constitution, prime minister abe wants to have a new normal regarding the ability of japan wants to have a new normal regarding the ability ofjapan to be more assertive in its military profile andjapan assertive in its military profile and japan has pledged to buy 135 fighterjets which are $80 million perjet. fighterjets which are $80 million per jet. that was fighterjets which are $80 million perjet. that was the overarching theme here beyond the pomp and circumstance you saw president trump actually reviewing japanese troops when he was outside the imperial palace. people waving flags. it's a little unsettling to see this posturing when japan's little unsettling to see this posturing whenjapan‘s nation brand image in the world is very much about peace and nonviolence. image in the world is very much about peace and nonviolencem image in the world is very much about peace and nonviolence. is your view shared widely injapan? what is the domestic view on that? the
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numbers have been going up amongst the japanese people to revise the constitution but it is not yet at a majority. abe wants to move on this in 2020 which is ironic because that is going to be the summer of the olympics when the eyes of the world are on the country and it will be puzzling to many international visitors if this narrative of changing japan's peace constitution is contrasted to this celebration of international athletics and peace diplomacy and sports diplomacy. international athletics and peace diplomacy and sports diplomacym minister abe has really gone out of his way to court president trump. —— prime minister abe. what is the big motivator here? there is a lot in it for him and that is that you have got two leaders who are very much in
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favour of this change in japan's got two leaders who are very much in favour of this change injapan‘s —— japan's defence posture. not only do they have the personal chemistry but you also have them united on going forward and having a more assertive, pro— military posture. again, many japanese are not necessarily in favour of that but they could be swayed. it has to be brought up in the national diet and then put before them in a national referendum. so this romance that has been ongoing for the last two years, it has this overarching element of military security —— bromance. interesting to talk about, in the news conference, where they differ on north korea, trump really downplayed the so—called small missile test that north korea made and said he trusted him and said he
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will take some time but we will have a deal with north korea. he made it sound like he will have a trump tower in north korea sometime soon and then abe, though, expressed regret about these missile tests so they are not in unison on that but they are not in unison on that but they are not in unison on that but they are very much in unison with abe's need to restructure article nine, the peace constitution, and trump's needed to come over there is almost a sales agent for other military contractors to get japan almost a sales agent for other military contractors to getjapan on board. we saw this play out in all of the framing of the visit. very, very highly militaristic and with trump's memorial day speech aboard the uss wasp. i'm afraid we are up against the clock but thank you very much for your insight, we do appreciate it. mountaineers in nepal have described the year's deadly climbing season on mount everest, the world's highest mountain, as a death race. 11 mountaineers have died
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in a matter of days — nine on the nepalese side of the mountain, two in neighbouring tibet. on monday, an american climber died as he descended from the summit. gareth barlow has more details. everest, where mankind battles mother nature to reach the top of the world. it's a deadly endeavour. standing over 8800 metres tall, a lack of oxygen means humans slowly die on the peaks upper slopes. the number of deaths this year already higher than the whole of 2018. it's been a carnage and i should say, it has become a death race there because there was a massive trafficjam and people are pushing themselves who are not even capable of doing it,
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they do it, they try the summit and instead of summiting, they kill themselves. mountaineers say overcrowding is partly to blame as record numbers of climbers try to conquer one of the world's toughest tests. conditions have been also worse than normal with high winds blasting the mountain, leaving a narrow window to reach the summit. it really comes down to, this year, a deadly confluence of three factors. you had a limited number of suitable weather days. the second is that you had a record number of permits issued by nepal, along with a requirement each person has to hire a guide. and the third is due to the market forces, there are now companies offering everest at the lowest priced ever which is bringing in a bunch of people that really don't have the experience and also you have some guides that simply aren't qualified. despite the danger, despite having to climb past the bodies of dead mountaineers and despite the monumental effort required to reach the top, the pull of everest means people will continue to push for the summit and continue to die doing so. the highest mountain, the highest risk. gareth barlow, bbc news.
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the power of dance will be on display this week in charleston, south carolina — where a trilogy by the choreographer bill tjones will be performed. the dance ensemble, which bears his name alongside arnie zane, has created the pieces in collaboration with the company's janet wong. we sat down withjones in washington, dc after the premiere to talk about the importance of the arts. it demands your attention and your heart. yeah! good! the way the stage comes together, the way themes are repeated. yes, that's what we're looking for. that's what i'm trying to do in these works. singing. this
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work is called analogy, a trilogy. three stories from contrasting individuals raises the question, what is a meaningful life? what is fear? what is triumphant? and what is perseverance? that what is triumph. —— what is triumph. as my young days as a choreographer, we have a prejudice against narrative. we thought there was too much storytelling, too much linear storytelling, too much linear storytelling, we wanted to free the form. as i have aged, i have become more literary in my interests and at the same time trying not to abandon that freedom of form and gesture. how did you get sick? now, be honest with me. i believe you did something that you are ashamed of stop, things you can't talk about. that's not true! that's not true! i keep saying
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to those who fund the arts, those who come to the arts, come, give, this is really good for us. and i put these elements together of time, space and gesture, lighting, costu mes, space and gesture, lighting, costumes, my wonderful performers, and there is something happening thatis and there is something happening that is very difficult to describe and people are moved by it or excited by it. then, that's like the taste buds. tasting a well—prepared meal. singing. what's believed to be the clearest remaining footage of queen victoria has been discovered in a film archive in new york. the images were taken during the queen's visit to dublin, nine months before her death in 1901. our royal correspondent, sarah campbell, has been looking at the footage. queen victoria in a sharper focus than ever seen before. this was her last trip to ireland in 1900 and is believed to be the last time she was filmed before her death less than a year later. it's the best view you will ever get of queen victoria in moving pictures.
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the footage had been stored for decades in new york's museum of modern art. but it was only when bryony dixon — a curator with the british film institute — was shown it, that its historical significance was truly realised. i nearly fell off my chair because i'd never seen queen victoria in close—up before. it's completely unique because you can see the queen's face for the first time, probably since 1900, since this was shown. it's close up, you can see expressions, you can see her in movement rather than just as a stiff portrait or a still photograph. queen victoria embraced the new medium of film. she and tsar nicholas ii were filled at balmoral in 1896 and the following year, a0 cameras were used to capture the queen's diamond jubilee. very much film was an extension of a whole series of image making about queen victoria. it makes her seem real. it makes her seem real and she is real.
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but what sets this film apart is the level of detail and that's largely down to the film's size. 68 millimetres on the left and on the right, the footage was filmed in 35 millimetres, a cheaperformat which became the industry standard despite the loss of detail. the result, very few films of such high quality were made and no others capture so clearly this living, breathing, moving monarch. sarah campbell, bbc news. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @duncangolestani. good morning. our final bank holiday of may has been and gone now. it was a tale of two halves, really. the best of the weather was down into the south—east corner on monday — in the london area where we saw 20 degrees, 68 fahrenheit. further north, a beautiful weather watcher picture was sent in. but it was a cold, grey, slightly disappointing story in parts of aberdeenshire with just a daytime maximum of 11 degrees. this is important because the cold air that has been
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sat across scotland throughout the weekend will push its way steadily southwards, taking the milder air back into the near continent as the northerly winds are set to win out for a couple of days at least. but hopefully only a short, sharp shock. more on that in a moment. the north—westerly direction will drive in some showers across the western isles and running down through the north sea we could see a rush of showers being driven in along the east coast during tuesday. sheltered western areas perhaps seeing the best of the drier, brighter weather but it will be a degree or so cooler than it has been, 10—19 as the daytime maximum. moving out of tuesday, the winds will start to fall light and skies will clear. so a chilly start to wednesday morning before another series of weather fronts push in from the atlantic. during the early hours of wednesday, we will start to see it clouding over from the west but with clearer skies further east, the temperatures are likely to fall away and it could be a chilly start for one or two of us with low single figures first thing on wednesday morning. but the cloud and the rain continues to gather and here it will sit
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across south—west england and wales. so eight degrees as a minimum. three or four along the east coast. we start off on a chilly note but with some sunshine around first thing on wednesday. the cloud and the rain gathers and continues to push its way steadily east as we go through the day. there is a level of uncertainty as to just where this rain is going to be sitting by the middle part of the week but it looks as though it will light and patchy as it continues to push in across the country. further north, a largely dry affair but not particularly warm, 11—18 degrees. as we move out of wednesday, we see that weather front and area of low pressure continuing to drift steadily north and high pressure builds from the south. but more importantly, the winds change direction again and swing back to more of a south—westerly direction, driving milder air once again back across the country. so it's half term for many this week and it does look as though the silver lining is — as we head towards the weekend, for many of us, it will be sunnier and warmer again. the only exception again, the far north of scotland. that's it, whatever you're
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doing, enjoy if you can.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: at least 16 people have been stabbed, three of them fatally, in an attack in the japanese city of kawasaki. eight of the victims are believed to be children. police say they have a man in custody. there is no apparent motive for the attack. president trump is ending his four—day visit to japan, where he was the first head of state to meet the new emperor. on the agenda with prime minister abe have been north korea and trade deals. he is due to visit a naval base before he leaves the country. the austrian parliament has forced the chancellor and his centre—right government from office.

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