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this is bbc news. the headlines at 3pm... north korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being fitted to an inter—continental missile. there's been worldwide condemnation. experts warn that north korea's nuclear capability is advancing rapidly. president trump tweets that north korea is a "rogue nation" and a "great threat". the foreign secretary borisjohnson has also condemned the test. there is no question that this is another provocation. it is reckless. what they are doing, they seem to be moving closer towards a hydrogen bomb, which is fitted to a successful missile would unquestionably present a new order of threat. the prime minister appeals for unity amongst her pro—eu mps ahead of a debate of the government's brexit repeal bill next week. the brexit secretary said the eu is making itself look "silly" by insisting negotiations with britain aren't making progress. we have said in terms of the era of
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big payments to the european union is coming to an end. we'll still be paying something, i suspect. hospital bosses are warning the nhs in england could suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. also in the next hour — tens of thousands have to leave their homes as frankfurt undergoes its biggest evacuation since the second world war. a 1.4 tonne british bomb found on a building site will be made safe in a controlled explosion later today. and in sport, britain's lewis hamilton finished in pole position at this afternoon's formula one italian grand prix in monza. and in the next hour... click looks at robot nurses, robot rabbits and dancing aliens. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
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the prime minister theresa may has issued a statement describing north korea's latest nuclear test is reckless and says poses an unacceptable further threat to the international community. the statement, issued in the last few minutes from downing street, says the international community has rightly condemned this test and must come together to continue to issue the pressure on north korea's leaders to stop their destabilising actions. this follows condemnation from us president donald trump. he described the test is very hostile and dangerous to the united states. the device used by north korea was many times more powerful than those used in previous tests. the pyongyang regime said it was a step towards completing the country's nuclear programme. the test was also condemned by beijing, pyongyang and
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north korea. the test took place at a site in the north—east of the country. from seoul in south korea, yogita limaye sent this report. state television proudly announcing that the country has conducted another nuclear test. it was a perfect success, the newsreader said. pyongyang claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb at its testing site in the north—east of the country. and hundreds of miles away in china, people say they witnessed tremors caused by the explosion. experts believe it could be the most powerful weapon north korea has tested so far. earlier in the day, these photos were released of north korean leader kim jong—un, inspecting what is claimed to be the bomb. the country says the nuclear device it's tested can be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile test. a serious threat because it means pyongyang can arm these long range rockets it tested injuly, missiles that would put the us mainland within firing range. in south korea, an emergency meeting was held. translation: i can't help but be disappointed and outraged.
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north korea has made an absurd tactical mistake by committing a series of provocations such as launching icbm missiles and conducting a nuclear test, which has heightened tensions on the peninsula and is threatening world peace. it will isolate them further. injapan, the prime minister called the latest test unacceptable. it comes less than a week after north korea launched this rocket that flew over his country. but it's the us that north korea considers its biggest enemy. and the latest test is a step forward in its goal towards making weapons that could strike america. regarding the united states, i think it could be a game changer because a hydrogen bomb is sometimes 1000 more powerful than a nuclear bomb, that means kimjong—un will threaten the united states, that if you do not leave south korea, north korea
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would attack seattle, la or san francisco with a hydrogen bomb. kim jong—un has finally started respecting us, president donald trump has said just in the last fortnight, when it seemed as though the rhetoric from pyongyang had died down. today the north korean leader has shown he has no intention to stop. yogita limaye, bbc news, seoul. earlier today my colleague julian worricker asked yogita about the latest reaction from donald trump. he's called it a rogue nation but also, importantly, said that south korea is finding out that the policy of appeasement will not work with north korea. in his words, he says they understand only one thing, suggesting a stronger response is required. south korea for a long time has said
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they want a diplomatic solution to this situation. donald trump says now that is not possible and indicates that perhaps a stronger response is required. we know that top national security advisers of the us and south korea have spoken to each other and discussed military measures that can be taken, but significantly donald trump has said the test today is an embarrassment for china, which has tried to help but with little success. china is a key player in the region, north korea's top trade partner and many people thought that china implementing sanctions could perhaps pressure north korea to come to the table for dialogue, but that seems not to have happened. 0ur political correspondent chris masonjoins us. 0ur political correspondent chris mason joins us. theresa 0ur political correspondent chris masonjoins us. theresa may 0ur political correspondent chris mason joins us. theresa may is just back from japan, the epicentre of the potential risk from the north
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korea test. we have had these comments from downing street and the last few minutes? downing street clearly very aware of what is happening on the korean peninsular and very conscious of the regional politics after the talks the prime minister had visions of rb, herjapanese opposite, just the other day. there is an awareness from downing street that while they we re from downing street that while they were going to japan to talk about trade in the context of a post—brexit trade deal, regional politics, completely dominated by the situation in north korea after the situation in north korea after the test which fell through japanese airspace before crashing into the sea last week. some words from the prime minister published by downing street describing the latest action by north korea is reckless, saying it poses an unacceptable further threat to the international community. in a statement, mrs may reflects on her talks with prime minister rb in japana talks with prime minister rb in japan a couple of days ago and the conversations that have gone on at roughly the same time at the un security council. she adds in the
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context of sanctions and the un looking at new measures, this is even more pressing now. international community has universally condemned this test and must come together to continue to increase the pressure on north korean leaders to stop their destabilising actions. the tricky thing from the prime minister's perspective is that when she had pretty strong words to say on the plane on the way to japan just the other day, there were some pretty strong words that came out in reaction to that from beijing, from the chinese government, where she suggested china could be doing much, much more regionally, the chinese suggested that theresa may was offering commentary from the sidelines that was not necessarily particularly useful. that is the context of the reaction from downing street, i suspect there will be more international reaction as the hours continue. we expect a meeting between vladimir putin and president xi in china later, i guess that might give a sign of whether there is more
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agreement and disagreement on this between britain and the other lies, particularly the members of the security council? yes. i guess we are getting a cranking up of the rhetoric of condemnation throughout the world, but at the same time a real scratching of heads, which you can see in the subtext of some of these statements about, bluntly, what on earth they do next. the sanctions until now have not worked, president trump has tweeted to suggest that as he sees at the reaction of south korea has amounted to egging the north koreans on, south korea incredibly vulnerable to any kind of military action that would take place involving hitting north korea. very, very tricky. the international community at the moment is seemingly struggling to find a solution. ranks very much, chris mason. let's talk more about what chris was referring to, the reaction in washington. i also got the view from washington from our correspondent richard lister —
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i asked him whether president trump's latest tweets indicated any shift in us policy. i don't think there is any great change in direction indicated by these tweets. in some ways they are fairly neutral for a president who has talked about unleashing fire and fury on north korea, who has tweeted about the us being locked and loaded, said talking is not the answer. there is not quite that same extreme tone in these tweets, but there are some interesting things. he talks in one of the tweets about south korean appeasement not working with north korea. that is a fairly tough comment against your main ally in the region. especially given that the south koreans have in fact bended to american will in terms of the militarisation of their part of the peninsula in recent weeks. donald trump says very clearly that that kind of approach will not work on the north koreans only understand one thing. that is as bellicose as he gets, but he is also putting pressure on china. in an earlier tweet he said what has happened in north korea has become a threat and embarrassment to china, which he is trying to help
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but with little success. the one consistent policy line we have heard from the trump administration over the past six months is that china has to do more to rein in north korea, and just in the last few minutes the treasury secretary has said on american tv that he will say to president trump that what is required in another round of sanctions is a total trade ban on north korea. the only people who can carry that kind of approach through are the chinese, and they will not want to do that. it will be interesting to see what comes out of the meeting later today between president putin and president xi of china. in terms of american options, the white house says mr trump will be talking to his national security team today, what are the options? borisjohnson the foreign secretary here has said there is really not a serious military option they can consider, so is it just more sanctions? the options are as they always have been, the military option would be
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potentially disastrous for potentially hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in seoul but also american troops in that region. but also, of course, now with the successful icbm tests that north korea has carried out a potentially the militarisation of a warhead, although we do not know how far that is advanced, the threat is also on the american mainland. the military option is even more risky than ever. probably most cool heads in washington continue to discount the military option, it was not good before and it is even worse now. well, what does that leave you? it leaves you some kind of covert action which has been relatively successful in disrupting some north korean activities, that almost certainly continues and we won't really hear about that. the other main public option is sanctions. the sanctions are pretty extreme as they stand and the chinese have made quite clear that they would rather see
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a nuclear armed north korea than a destabilised and chaotic north korea with tens of thousands, probably even millions, of people flooding past the border into china. richard lister in washington. the brexit secretary david davis says the european commission is making itself look silly by saying that talks with britain aren't making progress. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, says he doesn't want to punish or blackmail the uk, but the british people need to understand the extremely serious consequences of leaving. all this as theresa may later this week faces a parliamentary battle with the first commons vote on brexit legislation. emma vardy reports. after three rounds of talks, the two sides still appear some way apart. there's disagreement over the size of the so—called divorce bill and eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said this week that no decisive progress had been made on key issues. today, a defiant david davis said the uk would not be
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pressured into paying more than its fair share. we are basically going through this very systematically, very british way, very pragmatic way of doing it, and of course he's finding it difficult and he wants to put pressure on us which is why the stance this week in the press conference. bluntly, i think it looked a bit silly because there plainly were that things we had achieved... meanwhile michel barnier has said he does not want to punish or blackmail the uk, but that he will use the opportunity to teach british people and others what leaving the eu means. his remarks were made in an off—camera briefing in which he said there were extremely serious consequences to leaving the single market, and that it could never be better than being a member of the club. on thursday, mps will debate the withdrawal bill, which will convert thousands of eu regulations into british laws but labour has said it will vote against the bill unless substantial
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changes are made, warning it could erode rights and freedoms that workers currently enjoy. i flagged these points up at the beginning of the summer and said if you don't address them we will vote against it. i haven't reached that stage yet but i've been very clear — whilst we accept the result of the referendum, we are not giving a blank cheque to the government to do it in whatever way it wants because it's not in the public interest. theresa may has appealed for unity. any potential rebellion from just a handful of tory mps could derail it. there is a crucial week for brexit ahead, marked by division in westminster and in brussels. emma vardy, bbc news. hospital managers in england have called for an emergency financial bail—out, saying they are bracing themselves for the worst winter in recent years. nhs providers — which represents the vast majority of health trusts — says at least £200 million of extra funding is needed to pay for more staff and beds. but the department of health says the nhs is better prepared for winter this year than ever
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before, as angus crawford reports. winter puts hospitals under pressure. each year there is an increase in demand, more patients needing a wider range of treatments in an already stretched service. after serious problems last winter there's been intensive planning to deal with this one. but nhs providers representing 90% of nhs trusts says more money is needed for this year may be worse than last. current performance in a&e departments at the moment is no better than it was last year despite huge amounts of effort being put in to improve the performance, it's staying stubbornly stuck, quite a long way below the official target and we know therefore that there is a real risk that patient safety could be put at even greater risk this coming winter than it was last winter. the organisation says the service needs 200—£350 million extra now. nhs england rejects criticism
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and in a statement says: ‘planning is more advanced than it was last year.‘ it estimates that more than 3000 extra beds will be available. the government has put a billion more into social care funding to free up beds and 100 million to relieve the pressure on a&e. but will all this be enough? over the coming months, patients will find out. angus crawford, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... north korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto a long—range missile. the regime said its test of the bomb — which is many times more powerful than an atomic bomb — was a perfect success. the prime minister has called for tougher action against the pyongyang regime, saying the test was an
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unacceptable further threat. the prime minister appeals for unity amongst her pro—eu backbench mps ahead of a debate of the government's brexit repeal bill next week. the brexit secretary david davis said the era of big payments to eu is coming to an end, but the uk will honour its international obligations. hospital chiefs warn that the nhs in england may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. they want up to £350 million to pay for extra staff and more hospital beds to reduce waiting times. in sport, lewis hamilton has won the italian grand prix and in doing so has taken the outright lead in the world championship standings. title rival sebastian vettel finish in third place. it is stage 15 and chris froome leads the overall standings by 55 seconds. the contestants are beginning to climb up the sierra nevada. defending champion rory mcilroy says
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he is waiting for the golf season to end after missing the cut at the dell championship. i will have details on that story is in around one hour. —— on those stories in around half an hour —— one hour. 1a people, 12 of them british, have been arrested in spain by police investigating a drug dealing ring which was targeting the resort of magaluf on the island of majorca. officers say they seized three kilograms of cocaine and 100,000 euros in cash. simon clemison reports. dawn, and one of a number of armed armed raids, both in majorca and on mainland spain. during 0peration tatum, officers say they seized three kilograms of cocaine, wrapped in cling film and stashed in a shoebox. it was said to be of high purity. law enforcers claim to have come across other drugs as well and about £100,000 in cash. four vehicles have been taken away. a total of 1a people have been arrested, a dozen from the uk. the others, a spaniard
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and dominican. some have begun appearing in court. the civil guard alleges the group was selling to tourists out partying in magaluf. british authorities were also involved in the work leading up to the arrest. the foreign office said it was providing support for those arrested. the operation follows another drug raid lastjuly in which four people, british and spanish, were held after nearly five kilograms of cocaine was seized. simon clemison, bbc news. tens of thousands of people in the german city of frankfurt have been forced to leave their homes for the day, so that a huge unexploded second world war bomb can be defused. the total was more than 60,000 people. the area included includes —— the area involved includes hospitals, nursing homes and germany's central bank. the evacuation is one of the biggest since the war, and police used heat—detection technology to make sure everyone was out. the operation to defuse the bomb is expected to be completed this afternoon.
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0ur correspondent damian mcguinness is in berlin and has this update. police are unsure so far if everyone has, in fact, evacuated the area. so it seems that most residents have left, and that was carried out pretty smoothly over the past day. some people left at the beginning of the weekend. but police have said now they have found a few more people within this evacuation area who were not aware of what was going on, didn't understand, partly because of language difficulties. it seems some non—german—speakers didn't really understand what was happening. so police had to escort some people out of the one mile radius around where the bomb has been found, and some people apparently did not want to even leave the area so police had to escort those people out using force, effectively. the next stage, though, is the bomb disposal experts will start diffusing the bomb, and that should take about four hours. and if that goes smoothly, then by the end of today local residents should be able to return to this area. but, of course, it's a very dangerous operation because the bomb itself is huge, it's 1.5 tonnes of explosive material, so if that were to go off accidentally that could really have a massive impact across a very wide area of the city centre. a man has been arrested after four
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people were injured, three of them seriously, when a car smashed through the side of a house in york. a white vw golf crashed into the living room of the property at about 1:20 this morning. the driver, two passengers in the vehicle and a man on a sofa inside the house were hurt. a woman and child managed to escape the house uninjured. north yorkshire police are appealing for information about the vehicle in the moments before the crash. several hundred volunteers have joined the search for a nine—year—old girl who vanished during a wedding in the alps a week ago. two magistrates have opened a case into the suspected kidnapping of a child in south eastern france. prosecutors say the priority remains finding the girl. sarah corker reports. police divers search a pond in the french alps, looking for any clues about what happened to missing nine—year—old maelys de araujo. she was last seen at 3am on sunday
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the 27th of august at a family wedding in this hall at pont—de—beauvoisin, a village some 50 kilometres north of grenoble. on saturday, hundreds of volunteers combed nearby woodland. this citizens' search was organised via social media and co—ordinated by the police. translation: i'm a father of three children. my eldest daughter is nine, so it really resonates with me. i live 60 kilometres away, but i had to do it. it was important for me. the authorities describe the community response as "staggering". investigators suspect that the little girl, who was at the wedding with her parents, was kidnapped and taken away by car. two suspects, both 34—year—old men, were detained for questioning but have been released without charge. translation: important work has already been carried
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out by the gendarmes. more than 200 people were interviewed in a very short period in the few days following the disappearance, and a0 searches have already been carried out. police are also examining photos and videos taken on the day of the wedding, as the search for maelys, who has been missing for a week now, is stepped up. angela merkel is arguably the most powerful person in europe now and is hoping to secure a fourth term as german chancellor in the general election that takes place there next month. tonight she faces her main rival, martin schultz, in a live debate on german television. is mrs merkel likely to prevail? jenny hill has been trying to find out. it is 12 years since she debated her way into the chancellery.
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and it looks as though angela merkel is about to do it again. her political longevity no surprise for this cartoonist, who has been drawing her since the start of her career. what i concentrated on was her eyes, half—closed eyes. i'm still drawing her with half—closed eyes, but now i know it's a sign for rationality. you can't look into her mind. that's still my problem and my situation after 12 years of merkel, that i still don't know what the woman is thinking. but we do know she is unrivalled. martin schulz, her social democrat opponent, trails behind in the polls. he could win tonight's debate, but he almost certainly won't beat her at the ballot box. but on the campaign trail, the real story of this election. mrs merkel‘s refugee policy is still a source of discontent.
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these are afd supporters, the anti—migrant party that is likely to enter parliament. it will be the first time the far right will be represented here since world war ii. afd is unlikely to yield real political power here. germany is traditionally governed by a coalition, and the established parties refuse to do business with its members. it may be months before we know what the new german government looks like, but you can be sure of one thing. this country's future direction, its relationship with donald trump, its approach to the brexit negotiations, will most likely lie in the hands of one woman. translation: there's an old advertising slogan here which everyone knows, and it applies to angela merkel. it's better to stick with what she's got. she is not extreme. people are impressed
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with her personal conduct. i remember when president hollande was pictured on a scooter going to see his mistress. you would never see angela merkel going to meet her lover. stability and security. angela merkel, it could be argued, is the boring candidate, but what resonates with german voters is a safe bet. now take a look at these images of the soyuz ms—oii spacecraft arriving back to earth in the early hours of this morning after a three—hour journey from the international space station. it entered the earth's atmosphere at a speed of more than 1700 miles per hour, with temperatures outside the spacecraft reaching a scorching 2,500 degrees celsius. i have no idea how hard that is but
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it sounds very hot! parachutes were deployed to slow it down shortly before it safely landed in a remote area of kazakhstan, with two nasa astronauts and one russian on board. one of the returning nasa astronauts, peggy whitson, now holds the us record for time spent in space — a total of 665 days. imagine that! let's look at the weather with darren bett. the best of the weather today was probably in the north—east of scotland. it stayed dry across eastern areas of england too, but the rain and drizzle is moving slowly eastwards. at the same time it is becoming light and patchy but we will be left with lots of low cloud, hence all the fog around the hills and perhaps over some coasts. a warm night, 1a, 15, 16 degrees. grey, misty and murky to begin with, some drizzle around and the north—west will see rain coming into
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northern ireland and particularly scotland, drizzly showers for england and wales, it might break through the midlands and central and southern england. even with all the cloud, warm and maggie air, 19 and 20 degrees. with the sunshine, 20 to 123 not out of the question. rain overnight, the heaviest will move from northern england into the north sea on tuesday morning. some rain sweeping towards the south—east, but turning cooler and fresher with sunshine and just a few showers. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto a long—range missile. the regime said its test of the bomb — which is many times more powerful than an atomic bomb — was a "perfect success". the international atomic energy agency called the test ‘matter of grave concern'. president trump tweeted that north korea's ‘words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the united states'.
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the prime minister has called for "tougher action" against the regime, saying the test was a "reckless and unacceptable further threat". the prime minister appeals for unity amongst her pro—eu mps ahead of a debate over the government's brexit repeal bill next week. if passed, the bill would transfer eu law into uk legislation. david davis said the uk will continue to meet its international obligations. we have said the era of big payments to the european union is coming to an end. we will still be paying something i suspect. the nhs in england may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout, hospital chiefs are warning. they want up to £350 million to pay for extra staff and more hospital beds to reduce waiting times.


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