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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore, the headlines. pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif cuts short a visit to london, after the oil tanker disaster in punjab which has left at least 150 dead. a massive relief effort continues in china, after a landslide engulfs a mountain village in sichuan province. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: in england, sixty high—rise buildings fail safety tests carried out after the london tower block blaze. and the unifying power of sport: why south korea is proposing a joint entry with the north for next year's winter olympics. good morning.
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it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london, and 4am in islamabad. pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif has cut short a visit to london, after an oil tanker explosion killed at least 150 people in punjab province. more than 100 others are in a critical condition in hospital. the incident also cast a shadow over the muslim festival of eid al fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of ramadan. secunder kermani reports. hundreds of local villagers flocked to the scene of the overturned tanker this morning, despite being warned not to. in this impoverished area, they collected fuel in buckets, jerry cans, and even empty water bottles. but moments later, grief and anguish — thousands of litres of petrol went up in flames,
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engulfing those nearby. early reports suggest the blaze began when someone lit a cigarette. translation: the oil tanker capsized, people shouted, "oil, oil!" the local traffic police asked people to leave, warning it may explode, then suddenly there was fire. translation: i had already taken some petrol, i was about to fill another can but felt dizzy due to the fumes so decided not to go back for more. dozens of the injured had to be airlifted to hospital. the nearest burns unit is around 100 miles away from the site. medical teams worked flat out to assist the injured and console the bereaved. some in pakistan have blamed the big is for rushing towards the scene of the accident, but there is also a sense of anger that people here are not educated enough about basic
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safety issues, and that poverty forces them to risk their lives for a few litres of free petrol. the tragedy casts a shadow over preparations for the muslim festival of eid al—fitr, due to take place here tomorrow. instead of celebrations, there'll be funerals. secunder kermani, bbc news, karachi. we are getting more details of a passenger boat carrying at least 150 tourists which has sunk in a reservoir in colombia. officials say three people have died. there are reports that dozens more are missing. more than 20 people were taken to hospital. the vessel began to rapidly take on water while cruising in an artificial lake. it is about 80 kilometres from the city of medellin. we will keep you updated. another devastating story is making the news today as hopes fade
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of finding anymore survivors in the china landslide disaster, attention is now turning to relief efforts. these drone pictures show the scale of the disaster in the country's sichuan province. so far, 15 bodies have been found along with three survivors. but around 100 people are missing. and this shows just how difficult the situation is for rescue teams, trying to remove giant boulders by hand. watching on as all of this happens are the relatives of those missing. some are now coming to terms with the fact their loved ones will not be found. i was so shocked and heartbroken. we all went over to look at the scene and came to this sport. a lot of people came and were standing here. looking at it, they were all crying, heartbroken. it was a whole chunk of the mountain that slid down. my uncle built his house right in the middle, so he —— we didn't have much
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hope that he would have survived. even still, we had to comment see what happened. well let's remind ourselves of some other details. around 100 people are missing as we mentioned. as many as a0 homes have been destroyed. and 3,000 people are involved in the rescue effort. there's more on this story online — also making news today, at least seven people died when the world's second highest cable car crashed in the tourist resort of gulmarg in indian—administered kashmir. police say the cable that operates the six—seater cabins snapped due to strong winds. hundreds were stranded in the dangling cabins but were later rescued. police have intervened on the streets of istanbul to stop the annual gay pride march from going ahead. it's the third year in a row the march has been banned, authorities say it's because of security concerns after threats from far—right groups.
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gay rights activists have dismissed this as an excuse. chinese president xi jinping will go to hong kong this week, for a ceremony marking the twentieth anniversary of hong kong's return to china. state media confirmed the visit, which will be xi's first trip to hong kong since he became president in 2013. let's bring you the latest from formula 1, and australia's daniel ricciardo has won an action—packed azerbaijan grand prix. the red bull driver came from tenth on the grid to record his first win of the season and the fifth of his career. mercedes‘ valterri bottas was second and williams‘ lance stroll was third. the victory sees ricciardo jump to forth in the championship. more than 2,000 people in south—west spain have been evacuated from the path of a huge forest fire. the fire broke out in a pine forest near the city of huelva on saturday night. it's being treated as a level one — maximum threat —
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by emergency services. windy conditions are making it difficult to bring the flames under control. there's now been more than five weeks of fighting in the southern philippine city of marawi between the military and fighters from the so—called is. the government had declared a temporary humanitarian truce in the offensive to recapture the city from the militants, for the muslim festival of eid. but any hopes that fighting would conclude by the end of ramadan have faded. earlier i spoke with carmela fonbuena, a writer with the online philippine newspaper rappler who was on the ground in marawi for the first three weeks of the fighting. i asked her why the government forces had been unable to stick to their deadline. the deadline to finish the clashes before the celebration is not
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exactly a categorical deadline. the military has started issuing those deadlines because they already missed so many. it is something they really aspired to. in the first week, generals were telling people that they wanted them to be able to go back to their homes. for the celebration. but that did not happen. people called it the saddest celebration they had seen. they were in the homes of their relatives in nearby cities. we are in week five and the clashes continue. and there was a bit of a truce during that celebration? but unfortunately, that truce has been lifted? what do we know about the main figures in this fight? reports are saying that malaysia's most wanted terrorist may have fled from marawi, along with the leader of the militant outfits
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on america's most wanted list. what does it say about the ability of the philippine military to keep things under control? there have been a lot of statements like that, the group behind the clashes and the brothers have been killed. the malaysian finance has been killed and another fighter has fled marawi. but the generals would not give you categorical statements. they would issue reports saying things, but they did not really verify this categorically. obviously, the fighting on the ground is still difficult for the military. they are 110w difficult for the military. they are now dealing with terrorists in about one square kilometre, it is a urban wa rfa re one square kilometre, it is a urban warfare that has really challenge them. we are now on the fifth week. todayis them. we are now on the fifth week. today is day 35 of the clashes. they do say that what is most challenging
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is protecting the hostages. they are talking of at least 100 hostages. civilians are trapped in the main battle area. they say that they cannot really add vans because of these hostages. -- advance. south korea's president has proposed that north and south korea form a joint olympic team to take part in the 2018 winter games. he made his comments at the world taekwondo championships in south korea. moonjae—in said he hoped the two countries could return to submitting joint teams at international sporting events. our correspondent has said that the new president is taking a different approach than his predecessor with relations in the north. his approach is that you need dialogue, as opposed to isolation and tighter sanctions. his argument is that the
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sanctions, this tough approach simply has not worked. there are two proposals from south korea. one from the president and another from the government. one is a joint team. some events taking place in north korea. north korea is already pouring cold water on these ideas, saying that the time is not right. the winter olympics starts in south korea in february. but you are right, there is a broader context to this. outside korea, outside this peninsula, this conflict, this non— hot war conflict is seen as a battle of good versus evil. in korea, it is often seen as a rift within a family. the perspective is com pletely family. the perspective is completely different. what we are now seeing is that one bit of a family is saying to the other part, let's try and work our way forward.
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obvious difficulties such as the american student who had been in a coma and died last week, widespread criticism of otto warmbier‘s treatment by north korea. the brother of kim jong—un was murdered. a lot of people said that was done by north korean agents. the regime is brutal, there are lots of independent estimates. there are obvious logistical and political difficulties. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the indian prime minister narendra modi heads to the us, but will he be able to keep the cordial relationship he developed with the obama administration? also on the programme: as iraqi forces close in on so—called islamic state in the heart of mosul, the militants launch a counter attack. we report from the front line. the fight is extremely close
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quarters. this is the most foord position that the iraqi troops have. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with shotguns. we believe we have a right to claim certain parts of this country as our land. i take pride in the words, ich bin ein berliner. prison pale and slightly chubby, he said no words in court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to the murder ofjohn lennon. we have advise the government that the
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great increase in lung cancer is mainly due to smoking tobacco. checkpoint charlie stood on the borderfor 29 years as checkpoint charlie stood on the border for 29 years as a mark of determination to defend the city. look back, you're watching newsday. the prime minister of pakistan cut short a visit to london after the oil tanker disaster which has left at least 150 people dead. in columbia, a rescue operation is under way after a boat sinks in a reservoir with at least 150 people on board. officials say three people have died. and shaking like a washing machine. that is how passengers described this airasia flight passengers described this airasia
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flight which had to turn back to perth in australia after 90 minutes in the air. the plane was bound to kuala lumpur or the had to turn back due to engine trouble. let's take a look at some of the front pages from around the world. we start with the china daily which is focusing on recovery efforts following that devastating landslide. survivors have described their ordeal and some locals had to be carried to safety by soldiers as you can see in this photograph and that is after being stranded on the mountain. the south china learning post has more on that story. it brought you information on president xi's visit to hong kong. it will be the president's first visit since he was elected in 2013. the newspaper mentions he will not be visiting a local family or neighbourhoods during his visit as
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his predecessors have done before him. the gulf news concentrates on how eid is being celebrated around the world, including in mosul. the front picture shows the president of the uae exchanging greetings with his counterparts. that brings you up—to—date with the papers. kasia, what is sparking conversation on line? you talk about the papers showing eid al—fitr celebrations, there are lots of pictures on line. it is the islamic festival celebrated all over the globe and this is the scene in mecca. eid al—fitr marks the end of ramadan where muslims fast for one month and they come together to break their fast with family and friends. very popular on line. reports from the
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iraqi city of mosul say fighters from so—called islamic state have mounted a counter—attack in districts to the worst of the old city. that is the last islamic state conclave there. the army has told the bbc that british fighters are among the militants. earlier, the iraqi military said it had captured almost all of the area. our correspondence and cameraman have sent us this report from the front line. heading to the front line in mosul. you have to run. and beware of snipers. but troops from iraq's emergency response division are advancing every day. the target here — a hospital complex. we move deeper into the battle. getting a chance to see how the fight is being taken to the so—called islamic state.
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urban warfare at its most intimate. near enough to throw a hand grenade. then this. well, the fight here is at extremely close quarters, this is the most forward position the iraqi troops have. they tell us that the nearest is position is just 15 metres away, and when they are firing here, the distance is so small that sometimes they can see the faces of the is militants. the troops here, mostly young, determined to end a reign of terror. "daesh came and killed civilians," says ali mahdi, "they destroyed life in the city, our duty is to bring mosul back to life." here is the hospital building where commanders say about 200 foreign militants are holed up, including some britons.
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"that is what our intelligence tells us," says colonel falah al—abdan, "and also we heard them speaking on the radio — we can tell their nationality from that." now their caliphate is turning to ash, their positions being pounded from above with a series of air strikes. we counted three in an hour. part of the final push to eliminate an enemy that once controlled a third of iraq. orla guerin, bbc news, mosul. here in the uk, more tower blocks across england have failed safety checks on cladding in the way of the g re nfell checks on cladding in the way of the grenfell disaster in west london. 60
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high—rise buildings in 25 authority areas have been checked and all of them so far have failed to meet fire safety sta nda rds. pendleton in salford, the latest location where tower—block cladding is being removed. it's unsettling sight for another group of residents who've lived here many years. it's left us, as residents, very confused and very concerned about the safety of where we live. tonight, the government released new figures showing the latest number of buildings to have tests on cladding. they show a 100% failure rate on samples. 60 buildings have now failed those tests. the buildings stretch across 25 local authorities. the immediacy is to give advice to the residents, to reassure the residents, and ensure those buildings that are high—rise buildings are as safe as possibly can as quickly as possible.
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the government says it can test around 100 cladding samples in any 24—hour period, but at the moment it's only testing eight or nine a day, so with up to 600 tower blocks in need of testing, unless those samples start arriving much more quickly, this is going to take a very long time. arnold tarling has been a fire—safety expert for 20 years. he says cladding currently only has to withstand flame tests from the front, but he says this simply isn't enough. make the tests more robust. test everything, test every angle, then you'll know it works. are you moving out? in camden, entire families have today been hauling their possessions away from four tower blocks while safety measures are being put in. the room will be ready... we went with maureen urquhart and 87—year—old father edward to check out a hotel, unsure if they should leave their tower.
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i have actually heard they are quite hot... oh, lovely, ok. maureen went in and filmed on her mobile phone, looking for reassurance. oh, there's flies in here! afterwards, she seemed satisfied with what was being offered. so how was it? how was the hotel? yeah, it was ok, yeah, it's not too bad. good enough? uh. . .yeah, good enough. will you move in? yes, we will. tonight, residents in camden who've moved out of their tower blocks have been with muslims celebrating the end of ramadan, a small moment of relaxation amid the uncertainties their lives now face. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in north london. the indian prime minister and narendra modi is due to hold his first meeting with donald trump. ties between india and the united
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states were excellent under barack obama but differences have surfaced since. the two leaders have a lot in common, but powerful bulletin —— politicians who have courted controversy but ahead of the trip, there are rumblings under the surface. donald trump recently attacked india over climate change, identifying it as one of the world's biggest polluters at the cost of countries such as the united states. india makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. indie hits back, saying it is committed to protecting the environment but will continue to use coal for its energy needs. there are
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other concerns. immigration, for instance. this woman has reason to celebrate. she has just instance. this woman has reason to celebrate. she hasjust been instance. this woman has reason to celebrate. she has just been granted a visa to study computer science at a visa to study computer science at a major american university. a visa to study computer science at a major american universitylj a visa to study computer science at a major american university. i was anxious. i know someone who got their visa rejected as well so that gave me a lot of tension. like the thousands of indian students headed to the us each year, she is hoping to the us each year, she is hoping to find a job there after graduating but under a trump administration, she is apprehensive. i'm not sure how it is going to be because i'm not going to start working this you, it's up to two years and so much has changed, i'm not sure how it will be two years changed, i'm not sure how it will be two yea rs into changed, i'm not sure how it will be two years into the future so that is a concern. and there is more. as pa rt a concern. and there is more. as part of his america first campaign, mrtrump wants us part of his america first campaign, mr trump wants us firms to stop investing overseas and instead boost jobs at home. it is at odds with narendra modi's make in india drive, depress foreign countries to set up
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factories in his country. the way is to make america first and made in india more compatible. you can do that. particularly in the defence sector where big us defence firms are trying to convince the white house that moving some of the manufacturing to india because the wages are competitive will also create jobs in the wages are competitive will also createjobs in the us. wages are competitive will also create jobs in the us. relations between india and the united states blossomed under the obama presidency. the question now is whether narendra modi can repeat the magic with his successor. you've been watching newsday. stay with us because all this week we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the asian financial crisis. we will be looking at those who lost everything and had to be built their businesses from scratch. and i kasia madera in london. goodbye to now. good morning. the week that lies
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ahead will be very different from the week just ahead will be very different from the weekjust gone because the next few days are looking very unsettled which means we will see spells a brain which will be quite heavy. quite windy and you will notice things cooler, on a downward trend. it's a reasonable start to the day. lighter winds that we are seeing through the weekend but we are looking out west for this low pressure to bring rain in from the west. a pretty reasonable start, much lighter winds and could spells of sunshine but a start to the day, but in more rural spots, dipping into single figures. a bright start the many. could spells of sunshine. out west at low pressure system pushing its way into the west of ireland. that is making progress north and east and will continue to do so. a lovely start in many places with a good deal of sunshine. that
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will turn cloudier are dashed across wales and the south—west of england. there will be some crap —— cloud rain working its way into northern ireland. barring a shower but the eastern side of england, lengthy spells of sunshine. only 1a degrees in aberdeenshire. that rainmaking slope progress northwards and eastwards. quite wet and by the end of the night, quite windy as well in scotla nd of the night, quite windy as well in scotland and dribs and drabs over northern england and possibly north wales. tuesday, the south, another area of low pressure drifting in from the continent. this may bring some thundery downpours to southern counties. quite wet and windy in northern ireland which eases away to the east proving here maybe a few showers in the afternoon quite wet and windy for much of scotland. further south potentially some thundery showers and a messy picture on tuesday afternoon. 21 degrees on
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monday —— london but only 12 degrees in aberdeen. tuesday and wednesday, thundery rain moving northward in a broad area across england and wales up broad area across england and wales up into southern scotland. by the middle of the week, this huge area of low pressure and it's affecting much of central and western europe. things will be cooling down here. a pretty tricky forecast trying to get the detail right but at the moment, it looks as if we are going to see some wetter, windy weather across much of northern england and with the breeze coming in, the north sea coastal areas will be on the cool side, that is for sure. this is bbc world news. our top story. at least 150 people have died after an oil tanker overturned and exploded on a main road in pakistan. another 100 people are in a critical condition, many are thought to have been trying to take petrol from the tanker when it burst into flames. pakistan's president has cut
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short a visit to london following the accident. more details now of a passenger boat carrying at least 150 tourists which has sunk in a reservoir in colombia. officials say three people died and there are reports that dozens more are missing. more than 20 people were taken to hospital. an airasia x flight was forced to turn back to perth — because of an engine problem which left it "shaking like a washing machine". the plane — bound for kuala lumpur — landed safely, though the passengers were very upset. that story is popular on that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk
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