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the latest headlines for you now from bbc news: the white house says further meetings could be held between the us and north korea, following the failed summit in vienam. a very warm welcome to bbc news, a disagreement about lifting economic sanctions dashed hopes broadcasting to viewers for progress on denuclearising in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: the korean peninsular. after the collapse of the us—north korea summit, president trump points the finger, saying pyongyang wanted despite washington's optimism, all sanctions lifted — pyongyang insists its position won't change. on his way home from vietnam, president trump told troops something he could not accept. in alaska that us—backed forces have now retaken100% of the so—called caliphate, once held by the militant you always have to be prepared to walk. i could have signed an agreement group known as islamic state. today, and then you people would have said, "oh, the us is offering a reward of up what a terrible deal, what a terrible thing he did." to $1 million for information no, you have to be prepared to walk. leading them to hamza bin laden, but that's been flatly son of osama bin laden. contradicted by north korea. officials believe he was groomed it says it was only asking for some as his father's successor and is emerging as a key leader of the sanctions to be lifted. of the islamist militant group al qaeda. it's thought he's on the translation: if the united states removes partial sanctions, we will permanently and completely dismantle all the nuclear material afg han—pakistan border. production facilities in the yongbyon area. as the so—called islamic state extremists face defeat on the ground it's about 2:30am.
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in syria, there's growing concern for the fate of thousands of women and children. pakistan says it will release a captured indian fighter pilot to try to calm tensions over kashmir. india welcomes the move. and tributes to andre previn, the oscar—winning conductor, composer and pianist has died at the age of 89. hello to you. white house officials are insisting there could still be more meetings with the north korean leadership, despite the failure of this week's summit between president trump and kimjong—un. there were some hopes for progress on denuclearising the korean peninsular, but the summit collapsed over a disagreement about lifting economic sanctions. north korea's foreign minister has said their position will not change even if the us seeks more talks. kim gittleson reports.
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in hanoi was he said, he said story with the us and north korea offering different explanations as to what led to the startling collapse of the second historic summit between the two nations. here is president donald trump's version. basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that. if they were willing to de—nuc a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn't give up all of the sanctions for that. so we continue to work and we will see. but we had to walk away from that particular suggestion. we have to walk away from that. but in an impromptu late—night press conference, the north korean delegation disputed mr trump, saying and kimjong—un delegation disputed mr trump, saying and kim jong—un would close down a key nuclear site in return for some
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sanctions relief. translation: key nuclear site in return for some sanctions relief. translatiosz the united states removes partial sanctions, namely removes the articles of sanctions that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people in particular, we will permanently and com pletely particular, we will permanently and completely dismantle all the nuclear material production facilities, including plutonium and uranium, in the presence of us experts and by the presence of us experts and by thejoint work of the presence of us experts and by the joint work of technicians from both countries. president trump assured the leaders of south korea andjapan assured the leaders of south korea and japan that this didn't spell the end of all talks between the two countries. it was a sentiment echoed by north korea's state newsagency. for now donald trump's desire to broker and agreement is that a breach and instead both leaders are heading home empty—handed, leading one news site to suggest that it was time for the trump— kim move to end. our south—east asia correspondent jonathan head is in hanoi. i have seen this summer described as
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oversold and underprepa red, i have seen this summer described as oversold and underprepared, do you think that is fair? probably. i mean, the problem is that there is a lwa ys mean, the problem is that there is always an element of unpredictability. we knew there was a gap between the two sides in terms of the areas they could have agreed and clearly the american site hoped that when they arrived at the summit that when they arrived at the summit that perhaps the personal chemistry between mr trump and mr kim, perhaps the fact mr kim might even have something extra to get in his back pocket might close that gap. it didn't. now we have these slightly conflicting accounts. it is worth noting mr trump is wrong. apparently the north koreans were not asking for all of the sanctions. even the sanctions they wanted are very significant, far more than the americans could have supported in return. in yongbyon and missile testing. one way or another it was hastily organised. it was a gamble. the gamble didn't pay. more importantly for mr trump, perhaps two things, positive and negative.
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the positive is, despite his desperate eagerness for a deal he was willing to walk and that clearly surprised and possibly shocked the north korean side. kim jong—un surprised and possibly shocked the north korean side. kimjong—un has come a very long way for this and didn't get much for it. on the negative side mr trump said it was his dealmaking skills and his personal rapport with mr kim that enabled him to achieve things that his predecessors could. but neither side is offering any hope of yet another summit anytime soon. we go back to routine diplomacy now which was exactly what was happening under previous administrations, the famed trump magic touch just hasn't worked this time. and what scope do you think there is for further movement? the yongbyon offer from north korea, how significant is that? because of course nuclear weapons are existential for them, they are the reason they are at the summit, the reason they are at the summit, the reason they are at the summit, the reason they were taken seriously enough as a threat. yongbyon is very significant, it is a significant producer of plutonium, which is a critical ingredient in nuclear
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weapons. apparently there are other as we understand it listed nuclear sites which the us raised at the talks and perhaps slightly surprised their north korean counterparts. yongbyon has been shot before and reopen. if it were to be reopened this time i think the us would have insisted it was final and irrevocable destruction. all those details, within even get there. the summit can get going. the language from both sides is not encouraging. but mrdrum was from both sides is not encouraging. but mr drum was not angry or negative. he was quite matter of fa ct negative. he was quite matter of fact in his press conference —— mr trump. he wanted to keep open the idea that they have a rapport, they have something that they can still build on. the north korean side i think area build on. the north korean side i think are a bit more negative, saying that they are not going to change their position and they don't see any chance of a breakthrough at the moment. i think for kimjong—un, he has given unusual publicity to this visit in his own media. it is rare for him to make a visit overseas like this, he's going back empty—handed, that is tough for him andi empty—handed, that is tough for him and i wonder at what stage the north
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koreans might be ready to come back to the table and restart this process. jonathan, thank you very much for that. on his way back from hanoi, president trump stopped in alaska to visit american troops. he thanked them for their service and claimed that us—backed forces had now retaken ioo% of the territory, the so—called caliphate, once held by the militant group that calls itself islamic state. we just took over, you know, you kept hearing it was 90%, 92%, the caliphate in syria. now it's ioo%. we just took over 100% caliphate. this is not the first time mr trump has made such claims. in december, he tweeted that is had been defeated, and used that as a justification to propose pulling american troops out of syria. kurdish forces, backed by the us, are saying they have surrounded the remaining is fighters in a tiny patch of territory at baghuz in south—east syria. they say they are a week away from claiming victory. this from our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville.
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out of the darkness and into the light. the islamic state group makes a slow and miserable surrender, carrying everything they own. these are the last of the true believers. and now their orders are to submit to their enemies, the kurds. many of their husbands are still inside their baghuz holdout. even the children are searched. young and old, they are dazed by defeat. a group that showed no mercy now pleads for it. "a lot of children died in airstrikes. a lot of men and old people, too. you are human. we are human as well. do you not feel my pain, brother?" thousands have arrived this week. some, barefoot and lost.
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and in the cold desert light, injured male fighters surrender. the truth dawns on them. their caliphate is dead. abuba kar al—ansari tells me if we had met only a week ago, is would have killed me. why did you get out now? he says, "because there is no islamic state left. it collapsed". free now, these yazidi boys were kept as slaves. is taught them to hate their own kind. but what of the children of is fighters? they don't belong here, either. this family is from russia. this group of indonesian boys gave their names. aysa. erdoan. chamil. they are innocents, but told me they missed is. rahman.
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the islamic state's victims aren't just among its enemies. they lie among its own, too. they brutalised, traumatised and corrupted their own children, and that hateful ideology will live on long after the caliphate's ended. is wrought chaos here and left a trail of broken families and orphans. in a dusty tent, i met 12—year—old hamza from iraq. he can't walk. he stood on a mine. his family, all is, were killed in an air strike. he's all alone. "life inside was good", he says, "but there was less food and water and a lot of heavy fighting." as we leave, he stops me and asks, "what will happen to me?" there is no easy answer. the women and children are sent
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to displacement camps. more than 80, mostly babies, have died making this journey from baghuz. the men left behind won't go so peacefully. like the caliphate itself, their days are numbered. but even when this is over, they will leave behind a legacy of pain. quentin somerville, bbc news, deir ez—zour, syria. the us is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information that leads them to hamza bin laden, son of osama bin laden, who ran the islamist militant group al-qaeda and approved the 9/11 terror attacks. american officials believe hamza was groomed as his father's successor and is emerging as a key leader. it's thought he's on the afg han—pakistan border. let's get more on this from our washington correspondent chris buckler. chris, i think they believe he is on the afg han— pakistan chris, i think they believe he is on the afghan— pakistan border, don't they? gas, but they cannot be sure
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at this stage —— yes. that's why they are offering such a large reward for information for him. they believe he could be in afghanistan, he could be in pakistan, they have also talked about iran, but what is very clear from what they are saying is that they believe he is a threat and he is someone of concern to the united states. and, certainly, since his father's death back in 2011, when osama bin laden was killed in that operation in pakistan, he is someone that operation in pakistan, he is someone who has made threats against the us, both audio and video threats that have been posted on the internet, and there seems to be this concern for the al-qaeda group that is perhaps growing. that might be as the is group is basically put down to the smaller and smaller strip of territory in syria that there is now a focus on other groups as well. but they make the point that while al-qaeda has been quiet, it is what they regard as a strategic pause. they believe they are still dangerous and they believe that
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hamza bin laden is now emerging as one of their key leaders. and, chris, i think some of these intelligence assessment is based on documents that were seized from the compound where hamza's father was killed? yeah comment those writings, which osama bin laden left behind after he was killed, they went through a lot of them and they found in those writings information that suggested he was specifically grooming hamza bin laden to succeed him as an al-qaeda leader, but i think beyond that it also goes to some of the concerns that they have about the information they have about the information they have about hamza bin laden over the last couple of years. specifically, he does want revenge on the united states, that is something the state department said today for the killing of his father back in 2011. but it is also about the capability of the group. they believe he is someone of the group. they believe he is someone who could emerge as the face of al-qaeda, but it is also a sense that al-qaeda could also become a group that becomes of great concern
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to the united states in the months and potentially years to come. chris, thank you very much format. —— for that. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: fresh claims of sexual abuse against pop star michaeljackson. two men tell the bbc they were targeted hundreds of times. first, the plates slid gently off the restaurant tables. then, suddenly, the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downwards, and it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans had successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i had heard the news earlier, and so my heart went bang and bang. the constitutional rights of these marchers are their rights
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as citizens of the united states, and they should be protected even in the right to test them out, so that they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital. this religious controversy, i know you don't want to say too much about it, but does it worry you it's going to boil up when you get to the states? well, it worries me, yeah. i hope everything will be all right at the end of the day. this is bbc news. our main story: the white house says further meetings could be held between the us and north korea, following the failed summit in vienam. pyongyang insisting their position won't change. pakistan's prime minister has offered to return an indian pilot on friday.
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it's a peace gesture, after days of rising tensions involving the territory of kashmir, which both nations claim as their own. pakistan shot down the pilot's jet on wednesday, after india had launched a series of airstrikes against a militant training camp in pakistan. our correspondents yogita limaye and secunder kermani sent these reports from both sides of the line of control in kashmir. a mortar shell has hit this mountaintop, india and pakistan exchanging fire. in the fields and the forests, the bombs land thick and fast. people watch anxiously. this is one of the last villages on the indian side. here, they're used to hearing these explosions, but the past few days have been scary. translation: there has been so much shelling. we don't sleep at all at night. we worry that a bomb will hit our house. since india launched air strikes across the border on what it says was a terror camp, there's barely been a quiet hour here. it's too risky to go
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any further from here. we've been hearing these sounds continuously now for the past one hour. you can't see any military installations there, this just looks like any other regular village. but those sounds tell you that you are very close to the border with pakistan. this village in pakistani—administered kashmir was hit by indian shells on tuesday. you can see the absolute devastation that's been done to the house, and look — here is part of the mortar that struck it. whenever tensions rise between the two countries, it's people living in places like this that are the first to suffer. translation: when the shelling started, a bomb fell here. it's caused so much damage. i was hurt too. where can we find a safe place? if i can find one, sure. but who will give it to me?
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even before this latest spate of violence, cross—borderfiring had been increasing over the past few years, and the family's home has been hit before. 16—year—old aksar had her leg amputated after a strike last year. hospitals in pakistani—administered kashmir have been placed on emergency alert. tensions might now be easing, but it's of little use to this seven—year—old. he and his two brothers are recovering after their home close to the border was struck earlier this week. another brother and sister were killed, as was their mother, but none of them know that yet. translation: she was their world. what can i do? they wanted to talk to her. i told them she's on another ward, so you can't right now. dozens of families here have left their homes. some may feel confident enough to return for now, but this border is likely to remain
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a source of conflict. benjamin netanyahu benjamin neta nyahu has benjamin netanyahu has dismissed as a political witch—hunt the news that israel's attorney general plans to bring corruption charges against him just weeks ahead of national elections. it is the first time a sitting prime minister has faced prosecution. tesla has announced the closure of many of its retail shops worldwide. the company says the movies to maintain affordability, then you car model will only be available online. sales for the previous model did reach more than 500,000. 85 people died in the bombing of a jewish cochrane centre in 1984 in the centre of manassero is. ——
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cultural centre. in an interview with the bbc, two men have accused the pop star michaeljackson of sexually abusing them hundreds of times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. wade robson and james safechuck say from the age of seven and ten they were abused at his neverland ranch in california. michaeljackson's family deny the claims. dan johnson has this report from los angeles. # ‘cause this is thriller — thriller night. # and no—one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike... he was the king of pop, a global icon and one of the most successful singers of all time. allegations of child abuse overshadowed his later career. in 2005, he was cleared in court, but now, there are new claims. i was seven years old. michael asked, "do you and the family want to come to neverland?" two men have told a documentary maker they were groomed at the star's fairytale theme park, neverland. michael sexually abused me from the age of seven years old until 14 years old.
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and the sexual abuse included fondling, touching my entire body and my penis. hello, wade. today's your birthday, so congratulations. i love you, goodbye. wade originally testified that michaeljackson never harmed him. the idea of being pulled away from michael now, this man, this otherworldly figure, this god to me, who had now become my best friend — no way was i ever going to do anything that would pull me away from him. mrjackson? james safechuck was in a commercial with jackson. he says he was abused from the age of ten. he grooms the children, and he grooms the parents as well. so it's a meticulous sort of build—up for him to be able to do that, and it takes him a while to build the trust. michael groomed the world as well.
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michaeljackson's music is still loved, and generates millions of pounds every year. he himself always maintained that he'd never hurt any child, and some of his family members have continued to defend his reputation. why do you think they're coming forward now? money. you think it's all about money? it's all about money. it's always been about money. i hate to say it — when it's my uncle, it's all most like they see a blank cheque. —— almost. this documentary is not telling the truth. almost a decade after his death, michaeljackson's character remains under the spotlight. his true legacy is still being questioned. danjohnson, bbc news, los angeles. andre previn, one of the most distinguished musicians of the past century, has died at the age of 89.
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a gifted conductor, composer and pianist, he won four oscars and ten grammies, and turned his back on hollywood to pursue his love ofjazz and classical music. our arts editor will gompertz looks back at his life. andre previn was an extraordinary musical polymath, who blurred the boundaries between genres. he excelled as a conductor of many of the world's leading orchestras, conjuring from them a thrilling sound. he was a world—class jazz pianist... working with the greats, including ella fitzgerald. and at the start of his career, a hugely successful composer of film scores, including my fair lady... # i could have danced all night, i could have danced all night...#. for which he received one of his four oscars. good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another television concert by the london symphony orchestra. he was also a tv star, recognising the small screen's potential to broaden the appeal of classical music.
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well, he was an amazing person, a great talent, a wonderful pianist, a wonderful composer. he always pushed you so you could do your very, very best. andre previn was born in berlin, before moving with his family to paris in the late ‘30s to escape the nazis, and then onto america and hollywood. his wit and charm and enthusiasm made him attractive to studios hiring musicians, and to women. the film star mia farrow was the third of his five wives. tonight, she tweeted... eric, say hello to mr preview. ah, mr preview, how are you? he achieved celebrity status in 1971 with a now legendary appearance on the morecambe and wise show. you're playing all the wrong notes. laughter i'm playing all the right notes.
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but not necessarily in the right order. i'll give you that. i'll give you that, sunshine. he was furious when soon—yi, the daughter he'd adopted with mia farrow, married woody allen, previously her mother's boyfriend. "soon—yi does not exist", he said. it was a sour note for a man who loved life, people and music. i'm just very happy that i'm a musician. which branch of the music is actually immaterial. i'm just very pleased to be a musician. a wonderful thing to be. andre previn, who has died at the age of 89. what a life. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcmikeembley.
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thank you for watching. well, we're just into march and the weather has turned a little bit colder, after that very warm spell in february. now, the atlantic is looking very turbulent at the moment, look at those clouds swirling around. these are low pressure weather systems and here are weatherfronts, one here — in fact, there's multiple weather fronts around. there's another one coming in from the south as well. all of that is heading in our direction and as promised, the coming days will be very changeable. some days will be wetter than others, but we'll all experience that changeable weather. so first thing in the morning, pretty mild, nine degrees in london first thing on friday. around five degrees expected in aberdeen and in edinburgh, a really murky, misty sort of start to the day, with a bit of drizzle, but it's not all bad because some of us on friday will actually get at least little bit of sunshine, particularly across the western areas, so cardiff, birmingham,
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the north—west of england, for example, around liverpool, could get some sunshine. the further east you are, the cloudier it'll be. now, a weather front is approaching, you saw the satellite image there. here's the first one, it moves into northern ireland friday night, also the south—west of england and eventually wales, and other parts of the country will get that rain through the early hours of saturday. so early on saturday, again, a lot of mild weather, when we get cloud and weather systems coming off the atlantic, it does tend to be quite mild. so the weekend is looking very blustery across many parts of the uk. we will see a low pressure moving off the atlantic. here it is, friday night into saturday, as it moves in, a lot of isobars there, those white lines, those pressure lines, that basically means very strong winds. so the low pressure comes in, moves across ireland, the rain reaches belfast eventually. ahead of it for a time in the morning, it could actually be quite bright. and one place where we could keep the dry weather for most of the day
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and it may actually be really decent, that's london and norwich, temperatures here up to around 14 or 15 degrees. however, the weather will turn in the south because one this area —— once this area of low pressure moves away, another one further south swings into southern areas of the country, so here we are expecting some pretty wet weather for cornwall, devon, parts of wales, the midlands, southern counties, east anglia and the south—east, so many of us in southern parts of the uk will need our brollies on sunday. it's likely to be quite windy too. but northern areas, aberdeen there, enjoying some sunshine on sunday, with temperatures of around about 10 celsius. so it is all change, that warm weather we had in february will soon be a distant memory as this much cooler, showery weather continues into next week and it may last for quite some time. that's the latest.
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