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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: a very special relationship — presidents trump and macron hit it off, but while it's been friendly so far, the iran nuclear deal is still up in the air. if iran threatens the us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid. after the toronto van attack and a dramatic arrest, 25—year—old alek minassian appears in court charged with 10 counts of murder. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: malaria is tearing through malaysia, but in the forests of borneo, could technology be the answer? and a look at how two former child militants and enemies, are now making peace in indonesia. it's 7am in singapore,
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midnight in london, and 7pm in washington, where president trump received his first official state visitor with more than the usual handshakes and smiles. the two appeared in their own words, to have a very special relationship. but on policy, perhaps they were not so very close. president macron had come to washington to urge mr trump to preserve the iran deal. but mr trump warned iran of big problems if it restarts its nuclear programme. from washington here's our north america editorjon sopel. the first state visit of the trump era and the french
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were given quite the welcome. these things are about pomp. they're about ceremony. and this one had one added ingredient — bromance. the two men held hands, they kissed, they hugged. and the biggest beast of the politicaljungle even engaged in a bit of interpersonal grooming with his younger colleague. in fact, i will get that little piece of dandruff off. little piece. we have to make him perfect. he is perfect. this most unlikely pairing have forged a close personal relationship. though on many policies, they are miles apart. just listen to emmanuel macron‘s introductory comments. it sounded like a repudiation of trumpism. he says the world must resist aggressive nationalism and work multilaterally.
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it is really great to be with you and you are a special friend. their biggest divide is over the iran nuclear deal. president macron says keep it, donald trump for three years has said it has to go. it's insane, it's ridiculous. it should have never been made. but we will be talking about it. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the president of the french republic. but then, after lengthy talks that overran massively, the french president seemed to offer a new way through on iran. don't scrap the deal which the americans have to renew by may 12th, build on it. in other words, a third way. what we have to work on, obviously with iran, and the different parties, the regime, the p5, our allies, is to find a third deal where we can fix the situation. this is the only way to preserve sovereignty in the region and to build peace on the very long run. and donald trump, significantly, did not rule that out.
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there is a chance, and nobody knows what i'm going to do on the 12th, although mr president, you have a pretty good idea. but we will see. we will see also if i do what some people expect whether or not it will be possible to do a new deal with solid foundations. at that, the french president seemed to nod in agreement. but from outside the white house cocoon, a stark warning from tehran. translation: i'm telling those in the white house that if they do not live up to their commitments, the iranian government will firmly react. if anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they will face severe consequences. and that brought an even more muscular response from the president. if iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid. the news conference ended as the day began with bonhomie, and president macron making a determined effort to pull donald trump in a new political direction. iran wasn't the only subject the two presidents discussed.
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donald trump also turned his attention to the upcoming summit between him and the north korean leader, kim jong—un. he now describes the man he used to call ‘rocket man‘ as very open and very honourable. president trump said that he expects a meeting to happen soon and that it will benefit the whole world. as far as north korea is concerned, we are going to be having a meeting with kim jong—un and that will be, that will be very soon. we have been told directly that they would like told directly that they would like to have the meeting as soon as possible and we think that's a great thing for the world, that's a great thing for the world, that's a great thing for the world, that's a great thing for north korea and south korea and japan and france and everybody so we are having very good
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discussions. kim jong—un was, everybody so we are having very good discussions. kimjong—un was, he really has been very open and i think very honourable from everything we are seeing. in another example of the thawing in relations between north and south korea, north korea has followed the south in suspending its propaganda broadcasts across the border which separates the two countries. seoul said it was halting the broadcasts on monday, as a goodwill gesture ahead of this friday's meeting between the two countries' leaders. officials in pakistan say at least six police officers have been killed and several injured in a suicide attack in the south—western city of quetta. the bomber blew himself up when a police van was travelling along a road near the airport. police with assault rifles have been patrolling entry points to boracay island, just days before a 6—month shutdown and clean—up of one of the philippines‘ top tourist attractions. officials also conducted exercises simulating clashes with protesters, terrorist attacks and a hostage incident, but said there
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was no specific threat. a man accused of deliberately driving a van into pedestrians in the canadian city of toronto has been charged with ten counts of murder and 13 of attempted murder. alek minassian made his first appearance in court. officials say the 25—year—old has no known links to any terror groups. our correspondent nick bryant reports. on this street in toronto this morning, the length of the police tape became yet another gruesome measure of how long this killing spree went on. it stretched for over half a mile. a suburban neighbourhood enjoying the warmth of the canadian spring, turned with manic suddenness
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into a place of death and horror. a white rental van became a guided weapon. get down! kill me. no, get down, get down. i've got a gun in my pocket. i don't care, get down. this is how the killing came to an end, in a stand—off with police. the driver urges the officer to shoot him, it looks like he's brandishing a gun. it was actually a mobile phone. but the police officer remains calm and moves in to take him alive. 25—year—old alek minassian has now been charged with ten counts of murder, but this isn't being treated as a terrorist incident. while the motive isn't clear, this facebook post, just before the killings, might be a clue. it notes "the incel rebellion has already begun", that's shorthand for involuntary celibacy. he also praised an american, who in 2014 killed six people in revenge against women who'd spurned him. a question for the police then — was this an attack against women? reporter: can you explain to us the number of men and the number of women who were in the victims,
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to give us a sense? i mean, looking at the list, the names seem to be predominantly female. yes, that's fair to say, predominantly female. you were down here? yes, i was right down over here... local resident steve saw the van swerve to hit the first victim and then carry on driving. as i was coming up the street, i was literally running by bodies all over the sidewalk, some of them were in pools of blood. people were doing cpr, people were injured. it was just pandemonium. just everybody was going crazy over here yesterday afternoon. here you can see the tyre marks where the rental van slalomed through various bollards and obstacles. and just further up, a sign of how fast that vehicle was travelling, this road sign simply knocked out of the way. the victims of canada's worst mass killing in decades are being memorialised at the roadside, and they're starting to be named. anne marie d'amico worked at the headquarters
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of an investment firm nearby. the entire community of toronto has shown strength and determination in the face of this tragedy. all canadians stand united with toronto today. with the suspect now charged, the police won't discuss possible motives. they're also stressing their investigation still has weeks to run. nick bryant, bbc news, toronto. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the fight against malaria has stalled for the first time in a decade. we take a look at why, and what's being done to beat the disease. also on the programme: while relations between north and south korea seem to be warming up, some young south korean‘s are less enthusiastic about reunification. the stars and stripes at half—mast outside columbine high,
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the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would actually go through with it. some places have already had nearly as much rain as they'd normally expect in an entire year. for millions of americans, the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has meant conflicting emotions, a national day of mourning next wednesday sitting somehow uneasily with the abiding memories of the shame of watergate. and lift—off of the space shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope, our window on the universe. this is newsday on the bbc.
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i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm sharanjit leyl/babita sharma in london. our top stories: president trump hosts his first official state visit and ties with france look stronger than ever. the suspect is alive but his motive is unknown. the driver who killed ten people in toronto on monday appears in court. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. firstly the japan times, tokyo has won broad international support to address past abductions of its citizens by north korea. the g7 nations have backed the bid and south korean leader moonjae—in says he will raise the issue with pyongyang during talks. the philippine star reports on how the country has apologised to kuwait for aiding distressed filipino workers in the gulf state. kuwait accused the philippines
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of violation of diplomatic norms and infringing on its sovereignty. and in the china daily beijing's space authority has announced it plans to build a manned scientific research outpost on the moon. no time frame has been given for when the outpost will be ready as china continues to develop its ambitious space programme. now, kasia, what stories are sparking discussions online? a bromance? rico, a certain high power bromance has got the attention of people online. president trump and his french counterpart president macron have made no secret of their mutual appreciation. but this rather bizarre moment when donald trump brushed some dandruff off emmanuel macron‘s jacket has raised some eyebrows. mr trump told gathered reporters that he was trying to make mr macron perfect. even mr macron seemed a little bemused. taiwan's fishing industry has found
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itself in hot water with eu regulators over illegal and unreported fishing. with one of the biggest industries in the world, the country was put on a warning list in 2015 for not doing enough to stop illegal fishing and for failing to combat marine life depletion. and unless it changes its ways, taiwan could soon face a ban on all fishing products to the eu. joining us now from taipei is our taiwan reporter cindy sui. why did taiwan receive this yellow ca rd why did taiwan receive this yellow card from the eu and is it at risk of getting the red card? yes, taiwan received a yellow card back in 2015 because the eu said that many of taiwan's vessels practised illegal fishing, fishing in areas they are not supposed to, breaking coastal
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nations and regional fisheries regulations. they said many taiwanese vessels don't report their catches or don't purport them accurately and many of the vessels are not regulated at all, that taiwan lacks an effective monitoring and control system for a large fleet of at least 1200 distant sea vessels so of at least 1200 distant sea vessels so that is why the eu imposed the yellow card on taiwan. what is the explanation of the taiwan government? the taiwanese fishing agency said it has made a lot of effort since being put under warning, mandating laws making it tougherfor warning, mandating laws making it tougher for violators, and it warning, mandating laws making it tougherfor violators, and it has imposed $1 million in fines for fishing companies violating the law. on top of that it has sent inspectors to 30 major ports around the world to inspect taiwanese fishing vessels, but that might not be enough for the eu and definitely
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not for environmental protection groups, like greenpeace, because they say the key issue is many taiwanese owned vessels are not even registered at all in taiwan, they use a loophole by registering in small countries, like vanuatu, that have no capacity to monitor them. it remains to be seen whether the will hold taiwan responsible for these unregistered taiwanese owned vessels. if the inevitable happens and taiwan's fisheries exports are banned from the eu, could this have a major impact on the industry and bring wider implications to the economy? yes, definitely. if the eu finds taiwan's progress u nsatisfa ctory finds taiwan's progress unsatisfactory it will impose a red ca rd unsatisfactory it will impose a red card on taiwan, which could lead to sanctions on exports, meaning exports will be banned from the eu and it's a huge market, the eu is the biggest seafood importer in the world and taiwan exports $250 million of seafood to the eu each
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year so that's a big loss for the industry. on top of that, other countries, like the us and japan, may follow in the footsteps of the eu and punish taiwanese fishing exports. cindy sue, joining us from taipei, thank you for that update. this week the bbc is looking at stories about ways that people connect in an increasingly polarised world. the series is called crossing divides. today we go to indonesia, where at the end of the last century, hundreds of children took up arms in the maluku islands. the conflict was divided along religious lines, pitting christians against muslims. thousands were killed and half a million displaced. this is the story of two child militants who used to be enemies, but who are now working together to try and keep the fragile peace. the patchwork of christian and
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muslim communities on the island set about destroying each other and businesses and properties were put to the torch. while malaria is well—known as one of the world's deadliest diseases, most commonly spread by mosquitoes, in malaysia they are battling a very particular strain. the parasite is moving at an alarming rate across the country due to human contact with monkeys. and in the forests of borneo they are using technology to combat the disease. kimberly fornace from the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine explained how technology is being used to fight malaria. what we're really interested in doing is actually mapping the habitats where the mosquitoes and monkeys are living, so we're using german satellite data to create really fine scale maps of the
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different habitats and monitor environmental changes. so this data, along with other data on malaria, allows us to really identify the places that have the highest risk. or have you been? i think we've learned a lot, we come a long way to understanding the epidemiology of this type of malaria. we have a much better idea of who is at the highest risk and which places are most likely to have outbreaks of this type of malaria. javier been able to reduce the outbreaks of malaria in the borneo area? we have a much better idea now of how we can control these kinds of... we've learned for example this type of malaria is primarily... transmission occu i’s malaria is primarily... transmission occurs outdoors early evening, so we know now we should really target our control measures to insecticides and prevent people from people being bitten after 6—8 pm. we have made progress and we have more work to do still.
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from the winter olympics to k—pop concerts, we're seeing a thawing in relations between north and south korea. there's even been some speculation that the two countries may unite. but as young south koreans would potentially bare the biggest burden of a possible reunification, some have been telling the bbc that they're simply too busy to contemplate a united korea. people actually realise that there are also human beings. —— they are. through the olympics, people actually realised that they are also human beings and we could be all friends. i made this animation video about the contrast between a south korean student's life and a north korean student's life and a north korean student's life and a north korean student's life there. i put it on the internet. it shows how restrictive life in north korea must be underan restrictive life in north korea must be under an authoritarian state. there's not a lot of mainstream media focus on the people that are
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under that oppressive regime. media focus on the people that are underthat oppressive regime. i think every korean kid kind of has a distant relative that's been taken away to north korea, so it's always beena away to north korea, so it's always been a close conflict. we actually have no interest in reunification. we'rejust we actually have no interest in reunification. we're just too we actually have no interest in reunification. we'rejust too busy trying to earn money, build our status in the social system. reunification is, right now, pretty unrealistic. two very homogenous nations that split off in, like, the 19505 nations that split off in, like, the 1950s and it's been developing like that. there's like 25 million people there so it's going to be half the population lumped onto our half so it's obviously going to be very complicated and very difficult. the south korean youth on the
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reunification issue with north korea. you have been watching newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. three bear cubs have been rescued in bulgaria after villagers found them roaming alone on a road in the country's south—west. the cubs are about three months old and have been taken to a sanctuary while officials keep searching for traces of their mother. hello there. temperatures continued to creep down day by day now, closer to creep down day by day now, closer to the april norm, by the end of the
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week it looks like it could be a little bit cooler than the seasonal average. the last 2a hours have been pretty cloudy but again quite mild, top temperature of 18 in the south—east. the cloud thicken up, though, in the west we saw outbreaks of rain associated with this area of low pressure continuing its journey east, tending to fragment as the night wears on but eventually it will clear south—east, maybe one or two showers packing into western scotland, the west of northern ireland and elsewhere it's going to bea ireland and elsewhere it's going to be a clearer and drier start to wednesday. quite a chilly start as well, chillier than the last few nights we've had. across the north—east of scotland, not that far off from freezing. a chilly start to wednesday, but it is going to be a day of sunshine and heavy april showers, some even could be quite intense with some hail and thunder mixed in. we start on a fine note, lots of sunshine around and the showers across western areas from the word go will continue to spread east, becoming more widespread and into the afternoon this is when they
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will become complete with hail and thunder, like i mentioned. not all areas could get them, where you have the sunshine you could get temperatures around 1a or 15 and when the showers arrive, which will be quite blustery, feeling quite cool be quite blustery, feeling quite cool. those showers continue on into wednesday evening and to some extent during wednesday night but the early hours of thursday it looks like most of the showers will be confined to western areas, and another cool night to come, temperatures in‘ as for most of us. for thursday, i think it's a better looking day, much cooler, winds coming from a west to north west durham action and most of the showers will be in northern and western areas, again heavy with hail and thunder mixed m, heavy with hail and thunder mixed in, best of the brightness in the south—east although we could see 1a 01’ south—east although we could see 1a or 15 south—east although we could see 1a or15 in one south—east although we could see 1a or 15 in one or two places. into friday, we look to the south—west and this area of low pressure, some on uncertainty as to the intensity of this area of low pressure and how far north it's going to get but it looks like england and wales will of
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the rain and the strongest of the winds. scotland and northern ireland, a day again of sunshine and heavy showers. a cooler days still, temperatures of nine or maybe 12 or 13 celsius and that's the trend into the weekend. low pressure will a lwa ys the weekend. low pressure will always be nearby, so remaining quite u nsettled, always be nearby, so remaining quite unsettled, with outbreaks of rain, showers, sunny spells too and noticed the blue colours associated with the area of low pressure, a little bit cooler. this is bbc world news. on his state visit to the us, president macron of france has said that a new deal must be negotiated with iran but said that the current nuclear deal did provide some control over tehran‘s nuclear activities. donald trump standing alongside him wouldn't say whether he would abandon the deal. turning his attention to north korea — donald trump spoke about his upcoming summit with the leader kim jong—un. he described the man he used to call "rocket—man" as "very open"
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and "very honourable". president trump said that he expects a meeting to happen soon and that it will benefit the whole world. in toronto, 25 year old alek minassian has appeared in court charged with 10 counts of murder. 15 people were also injured when the vehicle mounted the pavement and travelled for more than half a mile before it was stopped. the authorities say he has no known links to any terror groups. that's all from me now.
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