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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: a new ballistic missile launch from north korea — flying overjapan and crashing down into the pacific ocean. questions for malaysia's islamic schools the day after a fire that killed 23 students and teachers in kuala lumpur. amnesty international says it has evidence of the army systematically torching rohingya villages in myanmar as refugees continue to flee the country. winds of 250 kilometres an hour as typhoon talim starts to lash southern japan. good morning. it's eight in the morning in singapore and half past eight in north korea — from where we have breaking news.
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reports say a missile has been launched heading east from the north korean capital pyongyang. japanese media reported that the missile seemed to have been fired over its northern island of hokkaido into the sea 2000 kilometres east of cape erimo. the white house says president trump has been briefed by his chief of staff generaljohn kelly. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes is in tokyo. what has been the reaction from the japanese government? well, we have heard from the chief cabinet secretary who condemned this launch. he called it an extreme altercation. we have not heard yet from the japanese prime minister because he is on japanese prime minister because he isona japanese prime minister because he is on a flight coming back from india. for the japanese government,
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again, this is similar to what happened last month. it makes japan still vulnerable. sirens went off across northern japan this morning and people were told to seek shelter in concrete buildings and basements. it makes japan still vulnerable. at the same time, this was expected. they have been watching the north korean setting up this missile the day is now and north korea has explicitly said after its test last month that it would carry out further tests. everyone has expected this. we saw yesterday a bellicose statement from north korea saying it would turn america to ashes. and there have been fresh sanctions against north korea in the last few days. this will be seen as the north korean response to the un sanctions telling the world that it will not back down and it will carry on with this programme. how does this impact
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the security situation in the region? i think... the big difference is that here injapan and in south korea, people have been living underneath the threat of north korean ballistic missile for ten or 20 years. it does not change the strategic map in this part of the strategic map in this part of the world. what it does, this is pa rt the world. what it does, this is part of north korea's longer goal of developing reliable ballistic missiles that can reach the united states and eventually to have nuclear warheads on those missiles. that does start to change the strategic map here because people will start to fear, and they are already discussing a come is decoupling. will the united states continue to protect its allies in asia when north korea has the ability to strike back at the united states with nuclear missiles. there are reports that donald trump will be visiting the region, especially
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japan, during his asia wide to why this coming november. this could basically help in uniting the region against north korea. —— asia wide tour. it will be an important trip. he is coming to the apec summit and now he will add an important trip ahead of that time to come here to japan, to south korea and beijing. clearly the question for that is what is to be done about north korea. assisting allies in getting china on board. china is still seen by many here as the key to putting further pressure on north korea. thank you so much for that update. stephen mcdonnell is in the south korean capital seoul. stephen, what has been the reaction from the south korean government?
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the south korean military has estimated that this missile travelled for some 3700 kilometres. the national security council is meeting as we speak and so they are taking this quite seriously. 0n the streets, you know, injapan and south korea are ordinary people are used to these missile tests from north korea. people in seoul are just going to work as if it is any other day. this will be ratcheting up other day. this will be ratcheting up pressure on the government here. the south korean president came in in mid—may, promising to open the door to dialogue with north korea. since it came to power, there have been ten missile tests and one underground nuclear test. you can imagine in that meeting that is happening right now what people are thinking in terms of dialogue and the possibility of that was north korea, given that the isolated regime in pyongyang seems determined
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to have a nuclear weapons capability no matter what is thrown at it in terms of sanctions. at this point, you also have the south koreans trying to retaliate, forming a special brigade, an elite unit that will basically put a stop to this threat from the north korean. in pa rt threat from the north korean. in part this is also south korea having to flex its own muscle. they have to have some sort of response to north korea firing off these missiles. really, it is the same of the sanctions. when russia and sanction —— when russia and china went along with the sanctions they did not expect it would make north korea not go ahead, theyjust needs to be a response. the only hope, i think most analysts would think, of getting north korea to do something about it is not a sanctions
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solution. it has to be some sort of dialogue. the problem is how you open a dialogue, given that i cannot imagine what you could offer north korea or what sort of threat anyone could make it to north korea to make them give up these weapons. what they want is a nuclear capability which means they will no longer have to worry about the united states ever again and no—one will ever be able to threaten that regime. it is really ha rd to able to threaten that regime. it is really hard to see where the path to dialogue is. i'm joined now from washington by lieutenant colonel daniel l davis, a military expert and senior fellow at the defence priorities thinktank. great to have you back again. the pentagon hasjust great to have you back again. the pentagon has just released a statement saying that this latest
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missile launch of by pyongyang did not have the capability of reaching guam for even the mainland united states. so what did kim jong—un have to prove you? from what the pentagon sendsit to prove you? from what the pentagon sends it was an intermediate range which does not have the ability to reach the united states. we need to understand more clearly what the regime is trying to do. what their intent is is to make sure that all of their missiles are effective to a degree that they can use them as needed. the icbm is one but not the only one we need to worry about. what they are trying to do is show that they have relevance. what we need to be careful of here is to not blow the thread out of proportion or make them seem like a big military threat because what they really are is quite scared. their capabilities are tiny in comparison to ask. we
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need to reinforce that we will deter them through overwhelming military capability if it comes to that. but just as we were able to successfully deter china when they had an aggressive attempt to spread communism through the world. they we re communism through the world. they were deterred. and so can kim jong—un be deterred. were deterred. and so can kim jong-un be deterred. it has been reported that donald trump has been briefed by his military advisers about this latest development. how do you think he will respond?” expect him to use rough language and show he is in charge. pyongyang would suffer greatly if they use their nuclear weapons and i don't think that is the wrong thing to do. but we need to make sure this does
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not transfer into military provocation because many people here in washington as saying north korea cannot be deterred so we need to use military force. that is absolutely the wrong thing to do. you cannot possibly knock out all of their ability with a military strike. all you will do is encourage them to use the weapons were trying to prevent. we need to use and be patient. —— used a deterrent and be patient. 0ver used a deterrent and be patient. over the last few minutes it has been announced that the un security council will meet at 1900 gmt on friday to discuss this latest crisis. families in the malaysian capital kuala lumpur are in mourning, after 23 people died in a fire that swept through a religious school on thursday. most of them were pupils aged between 13 and 17. investigators have ruled out an electric fault.
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what does seem clear is that once the fire started, many of the victims were trapped behind barred windows. 0ne survivor said there was just one window that the boys managed to open. the disaster has renewed calls for more scrutiny of unregulated private religious schools. the bbc‘s anna hutton has more. the dormitory of the darul quran ittifaqiyah school had just one way in and out. many of the bodies of the schoolboys were found paths on top of each other, indicating a possible stampede as they tried to escape the blaze, blocked by bars on some of the windows. and unfortunately this morning i had bad news. and then even the warden, it was the warden i met him last night, he's also dead, gone. a number of schoolboys managed to escape the blaze byjumping
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from the burning building. we escaped through the window. we dismantled the window grille, opened the window and climbed down a water pipe. we forced the window grille open. at that time we couldn't think much. this woman's son is being treated in hospitals. she says that his face was burned so black she didn't recognise him. she is one of dozens of parents asking how this could have happened. officials say that the fire was probably caused by a short circuit, but that safety checks hadn't been carried out recently because the school's request was still being processed. the disaster has renewed calls for greater scrutiny of so—called tahfiz schools, where students learn to memorise the koran, regulated by the government's religious department,
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and not by the religious sector. malaysia's prime minister visited the area, where he urged islamic schools to comply with safety regulations. fire safety authorities have even come up with special training so that tahfiz schools have a volunteer firefighting group. but some schools feel that we are meddling or trying to take over their administration. but we are only looking after the safety aspect. for the grieving families who have lost their sons and brothers, there is only one message, safety must come first. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. it's feared the entire rohingya population could be forced to leave myanmar if a political solution isn't found soon. nearly 400,000 rohingya muslims are now in camps in bangladesh, and the 300,000 still left in myanmar mightjoin them. 0ur south asia correspondent justin rowlatt has sent this report from the refugee camps
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on the bangladeshi side of the border. the un secretary general has described what is happening here as a humanitarian catastrophe. and just look around. that is exactly what it is. so a food truck has just turned up. this is bangladeshis, well—meaning bangladeshis throwing food and clothes out vehicles, and you can see an absolutely huge crowd has developed here. and look over here, these are new arrivals, people in makeshift homes they have built themselves. the materials you have all been bought by the refugees. there is very little help given to these people by the official aid agencies. the world food programme has begun a significant push to distribute food outside of the capital of registered camps, where about 70,000 people are. it says by the end of the week it hopes to have reached 120,000 people. but we know 400,000 people have
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crossed over in this latest wave. there were already 400,000 rohingya refugees here. so nowhere near meeting the needs of the people. now, we are actually standing on the road to the border. the border is about five kilometres away up this road. as you can see there there are thousands of people gathered here. so how many people are there and what condition are they in? so what he says is there are thousands of people on the other side of the border. many of them are hiding in the jungle. the soldiers shoot at them if they come out. he says they have no food and they are desperate to come over here. so what we have seen here is an absolutely enormous refugee problem. as i say, 400,000 new arrivals, more coming in. 400,000 already here. and the world food programme say that it has only reached at the end of this week, it will only have reached 120,000 of them. it hopes to roll out next week to 400,000. but still huge, huge
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need here in bangladesh. also making news today: suicide bombers and gunmen have carried out attacks on a highway near the southern iraqi city of nassiriya, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more. 0ne attacker detonated an explosive vest in a restaurant as his accomplices opened fire at people inside. a nearby police checkpoint was targeted with a car bomb. president trump has announced that he will visit asia in november. his trip will take injapan, south korea and china. he said he may also go to vietnam for the asia—pacific economic cooperation, orapec, conference. the catholic church in the philippines rang bells right across the country to signal opposition to what it describes as president rodrigo duterte's reign of terror as he fights his
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war on drugs. meanwhile, philippine law makers have voted to slash the budget of the country's human rights commission. the pop superstar selena gomez has revealed that she's recently had a kidney transplant. the singer posted this photo to her instagram account, showing her and her friend, actress francia raisa, who donated the kidney. the 25—year—old has lupus and explained this was why she was laying low over the past few months. lupus is a disease that affects the body's immune system. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the crew of the indian—owned malaviya 7, unpaid and abandoned in scotland for more than a year, are a step closer to going home. freedom itself was attacked this
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morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here — of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites, in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears — enough! translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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i'm rico hizon in singapore. our top stories: north korea has fired a ballistic missile overjapan from the vicinity of its capital, pyongyang. it flew over the island of hokkaido and fell into the sea. malaysian authorities say the islamic school where 23 students and staff died in a fire was not supposed to have pupils boarding there. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. 0n the front page of the japan times, prime minister abe's trip to india is still making headlines. mr abe and his indian counterpart narendra modi condemned north korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. they also called for international efforts to maximise pressure on pyongyang. the south china morning post
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is featuring a new school lunch initiative in hong kong. the voluntary programme wants to reduce salt levels in hong kong pupils' lunches by half in a decade. officials say they've already seen reductions in the first month of this academic year. and the china daily has a tribute to basi on the front page. the oldest panda in captivity has died at the age of 37, almost 100 in people years, according to experts. basi was the inspiration for panpan, the mascot for the beijing asian games in 1990. mainland japan is bracing itself for typhoon talim. the strong storm system packing gusts of up to 250 kilometres per hour has already lashed
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japan's southern islands. some areas have recorded level of rains not seen in the last 50 years and many thousands of homes are without power. ben rich from bbc weather has more. rico, we've been watching this storm for several days now, and it has been developing quite rapidly. you can see here on our satellite picture this mass of cloud, and i want you to look at the eye of the centre of the storm. look how clear that eye became. when we see a tightly defined eye like this, with very clear edges, that always shows us that we have a powerful storm, which really means business. now, the sustained winds a short time ago were around 175 km/h. that is the steady winds — the gusts a little bit stronger than that. and the forecast track of this storm over the next few days takes it towards japan, moving in during saturday, and then moving north and east, bringing some heavy rain and strong winds, even into tokyo, as we get on through sunday.
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so how does it look on our forecast graphics? you can see the bright colours — torrential downpours of rain, very strong winds, which will only start to weaken as this storm moves its way in over the land. now, this is not the first major storm we have had hitting the headlines recently, because of course, just last week, hurricane irma. this was another storm that had a very clearly defined eye. again, a sign of a storm that clearly meant business, and it hit the caribbean with sustained winds around 125 mph, around 300 km/h. a little bit weaker as it hit the florida keys, but it was still a category 4 hurricane. we measure typhoons in a slightly different way, but if talim was a hurricane, it would probably be categorised as category three. so not quite as strong as irma, but still, forjapan we are expecting about 300 mm of rain, damaging winds,
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and the risk of some significant travel disruption. ajudge in scotland has ruled that an indian supply ship, the malaviya 7, which has been stuck in aberdeen harbour in scotland for more than a year, will be sold in order to pay the wages of the crew members. they have not been paid for several months but now the crew of the malaviya 7 are another step closer to going home. rebecca curran has been on board the ship and has the story. the crew of the malaviya 7 can finally celebrate. they have been stuck on board for more than a year. thousands of miles from home with no money. at port today they heard a sheriff ordered the ship be sold so they can be paid. they should get they can be paid. they should get the £600,000 owed to them. very, very excited to go home and see our
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family also. they are waiting and what for us. from 18 months now. so this is a long time for us. the supply ship was first detained last june. in all, 24 crew members are owed money. the ships owner has gone into liquidation.” owed money. the ships owner has gone into liquidation. i do believe that it gone into liquidation. i do believe thatitis gone into liquidation. i do believe that it is valued in excess of what the crew are owed and it could be just enough to make sure that everybody and all of the costs spent on the boat, maintaining the crew, will be recovered. we need to make sure that it is advertised far and wide so as we get the best possible interest out there. the location would be peak here locally in aberdeen where a local auction will ta ke aberdeen where a local auction will take place and as i said we are hoping to make good money. with the waiting game almost over, the men say they are now looking forward to getting back to their families.” say they are now looking forward to getting back to their families. i am feeling on top of the world. after
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hearing that we were lucky to go to the court and witness the proceedings. and after hearing the judge has given the order for the sale of this vessel, we are feeling very happy, extremely happy that our ordeal has come to an end and very soon ordeal has come to an end and very soon the vessel will be sold. hopefully it is a faster procedure, it will take one month or maybe one and a half months. but eventually we are going home with our salary, that is the best part and we are all waiting, we are all feeling, we are all feeling happy today. a reminder of our breaking news: south korea's military is reporting that north korea has fired an unidentified missile from pyongyang towards the east early on friday. the south korean and us militaries are analysing details of the launch. in a statementjapan confirmed that the missile fell into the sea 2,000 kilometres east of hokkaido. japan is up slightly by about 0.1%.
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thank you so much. hello there. 0ur weather has taken on a decidedly cool and, dare i say it, quite autumnal feel as we head on through friday. it will remain cool, after quite a chilly start, and we will see a mixture of sunshine and showers. showers from the word go across northern england, into wales and the south—west. these gradually drifting further south and east, and as the showers arrive in east anglia and south—east england, they will turn very heavy indeed, with some hail and some thunder. all the while, showers keep going across northern ireland and a good part of scotland. so let's take a closer look, then, at 4:00pm in the afternoon. a mixture of sunny spells and hefty showers to the south—west of england. 15 degrees there in plymouth. could get to 16 in southampton, in the dry spells. but bear in mind, as the showers drift through, the temperatures will drop away by a good few degrees. maybe just 12 or 13 degrees in some of the showers across the south—east and east anglia — very heavy, with hail and thunder.
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a mixture of sunshine and showers for northern england. quite a few showers across north—east scotland, a fair old breeze blowing here, as well. but south—west scotland a better chance of seeing more in the way of dry weather, and some spells of sunshine. sunny spells and hefty downpours for northern ireland, and a similar story for wales, and particularly close to the west coast it will be fairly windy. now, as we go on through friday night, many of the showers will fade away. but some will continue, most likely across north—east england, into wales, the south—west, some showers continuing across north—east scotland, as well. many other places will turn dry, with some clear spells. maybe the odd mist patch, and temperatures easily down to eight, nine, or 10 degrees, but some spots in the countryside cold enough for a touch of grass frost. so we begin the weekend between this area of low pressure to the east and this area of high pressure trying to push in from the west. it leaves us with a northerly wind — never a warm wind direction. yes, there will be some spells of sunshine, but again, some showers, some of them heavy, and those temperatures around 13 degrees for aberdeen and glasgow.
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12 in belfast, maybe 15 for cardiff, and 16 for london. but as we go through saturday night, as the showers fade, we see clear skies and light winds, it is going to turn very chilly indeed. 0ur towns and cities perhaps down into single digits. but, out in the countryside, particularly out west, we're looking at lows of one, two, three degrees. there could well be a touch of grass frost to start sunday morning, but sunday should see some improvements, certainly in terms of the showers. fewer showers, more dry weather, more sunshine. 15 to 18 degrees. and that is the story for the weekend. the showers, slowly but surely, will ease. there will be some sunny spells, but the nights will be decidedly chilly.
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