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tonight at six — donald trump's warning to north korea — the time for talking is over. the missile launch that's outraged the world — it was shot overjapan sending people into shelters. and there's more to come — that's the message from the north korean dictator. these are illegal tests, and it is outrageous, it is provocation and they should be stopping them. theresa may was speaking injapan where she's hoping to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. also tonight: five days and there are still people in texas to rescue — next in storm harvey's path is neighbouring louisiana. credit card companies underfire — if you're struggling with debt the last thing you need is the chance to borrow even more. princes william and harry on the eve of the 20th anniversary of diana's death. they will mark the day in private tomorrow. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: after turning down chelsea, alex
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oxlade—chamberlain could be on his way to liverpool. the merseyside club is in talks with arsenal over a potential transfer. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. it tookjust hours for north korea to hit back after the un security council condemned it for firing a missile across japan. in a statement the country's leader issued a new warning — describing yesterday's launch as only a first step in a wider military operation aimed at the pacific island of guam where the us has a military base. in an escalating war of words president trump said this morning that the time for talking was over. so what next? here's rupert wingfield hayes from tokyo. the report contains some flash
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photography. these are the first pictures of north korea's latest and most provocative missile launch. as expected, kimjong un was on hand to give his personal guidance. the north korean dictator gazes skywards as the missile flies towards japan. and along with the pictures came this statement from north korea's state media. "the current ballistic rocket drill is the first step of the military operation in the pacific, and a meaningful preview to containing guam." north korea's statement shows the ultimate target of yesterday's test was not here injapan, but the us pacific island of guam, with its huge military bases. and that north korea intends more such tests. so what can be done to stop it? last night in new york the un security council members including china were unanimous in condemning north korea.
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today the cracks have already begun to appear. from president trump came this tweet. "ruling out any prospect of talks." the us has been talking to north korea and paying them extortion money for 25 years, he exclaimed. talking is not the answer. here injapan prime minister theresa may said china must now do something. we want to work with international partners to see what further pressure can be brought on north korea. and of course particularly look at what china can do. in beijing china's foreign ministry spokeswoman had this rather caustic response. translation: some countries dash forward when it comes to imposing sanctions. but hide away when it comes to asking for peace talks. this is not the attitude of a responsible nation. there is growing suspicion that north korea could not have developed this new missile so fast by itself. there is also agreement
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that it must be stopped. but there is none on how to do it. china wants talks, the us, britain and japan, more sanctions. meanwhile north korea is almost certainly preparing for its next test. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. our north america editor jon sopel is in washington. we have had all sorts of warnings from mr trump. we saw another one there in rupert's report. people will want to know what he is actually going to do. george, it is interesting to look at the trajectory of this. we had donald trump talking about the fire and fury that would be unleashed on north korea, that the us military we re north korea, that the us military were locked and loaded. then there seemed to be a suggestion that there would be a pause in activities and last week in arizona, donald trump ata rally kind of welcomed that saying
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it was good that he was being listened to and that was a positive sign. that was a bit premature or because then came that test in japanese airspace of a ballistic missile and the consequences that flowed from that. then we got a tweet from donald trump saying talking was not the answer. within an hourof talking was not the answer. within an hour of saying that, james mattis was asked are we out of diplomatic solutions? and he flatly said no, we are never out of diplomatic solutions. in normal times, are never out of diplomatic solutions. in normaltimes, us defence secretary contradicting his commander—in—chief would cause able to grasp. now it is more of a scientist shrug of the shoulders. donald trump is going to address a rally in missouri. it will be interesting to see if he returns to the subject and what he has to say. but you are right, the war of words is escalating. thank you. as we saw, theresa may
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is injapan as the north korean crisis unfolds and — not surprisingly — it's high on the agenda in her talks with the japanese prime minister shinzo abe. but the main purpose of mrs may's three—day visit is to pave the way for a trade deal with japan after britain leaves the eu. japanese firms based in the uk employ about 140,000 people. 0ur political correspondent ben wright has travelled with the prime minister. his report contains flashing images. a soft landing is what theresa may is promising on this, her first trip to japan as prime minister. wearing the colours of the country's flag, this visit is a reminder that brexit is not just about fractious talks in brussels, it's about reassuring long—standing allies and investors to britain beyond the eu. and few are as important as this. well, i'm going to be talking to my japanese counterpart prime minister abe this week about the future relationship between the united kingdom and japan, about how we can build on what is already a good, strong relationship. but build on that in the areas of security, defence and yes, trade. and look to the arrangements
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that we can put in place when we've left the european union. japan wants the unpolished truth from theresa may about how she sees britain's new relationship with the eu working out. but there is much, beyond tea, japan and britain have in common. and the japanese prime minister shinzo abe has also indicated his readiness to do a new trade deal with the uk after we have left the eu. theresa may is keen to convey the uk's respect forjapan during this three—day visit to a country that's the world's third largest economy and has been for three decades a huge investor in britain. from car plants through manufacturing and banking. japan has also really valued the uk's position as a gateway into eu markets and now there is real concern here about the disruption that brexit could bring. some ofjapan‘s banks for instance are worried their access to eu markets could suffer if brexit backfires. some financial institutions have
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announced that they are prepared to move a certain number of operations and jobs from london to the european continent to retain the single passport within the eu. this is not good for the uk. what is in the japanese minds at the moment is the relationship between the uk and the eu. they are watching the progress of brexit negotiations nervously. now number ten point out thatjapan owned softbank has committed to the uk after brexit, nissan and toyota have upped their investment too. but japanese companies fear of brexit that breaks down without a deal. do you still think that no deal is better than a bad deal? we could still walk away? yes, i think that is right. but if you talk about the point at which we leave the european union, we want to ensure that at that point we do have a deal and that we have a deal that is the right deal for the united kingdom. after a day injapan‘s former imperial capital kyoto, theresa may boarded a bullet train
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to its new one, tokyo. questions from her host about how the government plans to turn brexit rhetoric into reality will follow the prime minister there. ben wright, bbc news, kyoto. tropical storm harvey, which has caused such devastation in texas, is now heading towards neighbouring louisiana. record amounts of rainfall have fallen across the region. large parts of houston — the country's fourth largest city — are still underwater. more than 20 people have died and nearly 200,000 people have registered for financial help. from houston, our correspondent james cook reports. still dazed, but at least they're dry. the people of houston awoke after a night under curfew to take stock. downtown the waters have receded. the worst appears to be over. but there are still struggles ahead. rodman young is now homeless in his own city after his house
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was flooded when two reservoirs spilled over. it is sad. it is sad and you feel a little bit hopeless. because you're losing all your stuff. and they only gave us from the point we woke up, a couple of hours sleep, and we were fighting the waters at our house. and rodman is farfrom alone. the federal government says nearly 200,000 people here have registered for assistance. for days now these helicopter crews have been putting their lives on the line, performing daring and dangerous rescues. these grainy images capture the narrowest of escapes. not everyone has been so lucky. last night a woman was swept away holding her young daughter. the mother died, her child, still clinging on, survived. heartbreak for houston which faces other troubles as well.
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the fourth largest city in the united states was under curfew last night amid reports of looting. there are too many people from across our city, too many residents that are out of their homes. and they are in shelters. and i do not want them to have to worry about someone breaking into their home or looting or doing anything of that nature while they are away. all of this has paralysed this american energy hub with oil production in many places coming to hope. production in many places coming to a halt. it will take weeks if not months to fully recover. refineries including this one has been shut down because staff cannot get to work to keep them running. that is notjust bad news for the big oilfirms but also for the many thousands of businesses here in texas which rely on the industry. and also for the american economy as a whole. of course nothing matters more than saving lives and that has now been the focus for five days. this baby is just one of 30,000 people forced from their homes. with the storm heading east, louisiana is next.
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james cook, bbc news, houston. 0ur correspondent nada tawfik is at an emergency shelter in houston. i suppose the people in these shelters cannot have any idea how long they will be homeless? absolutely not, george. evacuees continue to stream into this convention centre here, each with their own tragic story of how they ultimately surrendered their home to the floods. nobody i spoke to had a sense of when they will be in a position to leave here. each person i spoke to was in a different stage of grief. some too numb to think beyond their next meal, others certain they have lost their home to the floodwaters. inside there is a line of people seeking federal assistance. this is just line of people seeking federal assistance. this isjust one line of people seeking federal assistance. this is just one shelter and the rescue operation is still ongoing. the
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water is receding will give no relief to emergency responders who have been brought to their knees by this epic national leave natural disaster. for them, there is an overwhelming sense of fear ahead. the county sheriffs said he was afraid to see how many bodies will be released from the floodwaters. thank you. america's gulf coast is no stranger to hurricanes and tropical storms. but why has harvey had such a devastating impact compared to other storms that have hit the region? 0ur weather presenter nick miller is making an early appearance to explain. george, the most significant factor is how little harvey has moved since making landfall. that means it's dumped most of its rain on the same part of texas. 0ften hurricanes pick up speed as they head inland before dissipating. let me take you back to 2005, the year of course of katrina and hurricane rita — the last major hurricane to affect texas. just two days after hitting the coastline, look how
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far inland had it got. yes, it produced flooding rain but not in any one place for any long period of time. now compare that with harvey — from landfall last friday night to now — it's merely meandered along the coastline towards louisiana. why? because the wider weather pattern across north america has served to keep it there rather than move it inland. some people will say it is climate change in action? you can't point at one storm and say that's down to climate change, but climate scientists do say that a warming world increases the likelihood of extreme rainfall events and warmer ocean waters also favour stronger hurricanes, but there are other factors too and no simple answer here. nick, thank you. our top story this evening...
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donald trump warns that the time for talking is over after north korea says there are more missile launches to come. and still to come... we visit the lough between northern ireland and the republic, as talks to resolve questions about the border after brexit resume. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: chris froome has a very good day at the vuelta a espana. he's increased his lead toi minute and 19 seconds by coming second on today's gruelling iith stage. if you're struggling with debt, surely the last thing you need is for credit card companies to give you the opportunity to borrow even more. it sounds logical but the citizens advice charity has found that nearly one in five customers who are struggling financially have had their credit limit raised without asking for it. the finding comes on a day when official figures on long term personal debt have been published.
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here's our economics correspondent andy verity. borrowing on credit cards has been growing by 9%, farfaster than wages. citizens advice says irresponsible practices are keeping people in debts they can't get out. tracy bannon ran into trouble when her small—business hit difficulties. she and her partner used credit cards to plug the financial holes. then sickness struck, then separation, and it was all too easy to find a temporary solution by borrowing more. she racked up debts of £37,000. it got to the point where i was just paying off interest, basically. at one point on one credit card i was paying £700 a month. probably £60 of that was just coming off the debt. that was just one of the credit cards. figures published today by the bank of england confirmed consumers have borrowed £201 billion of unsecured loans, with a third of that on credit cards. yet, one in five borrowers had been given higher credit limit
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without asking for them. 0n 2.2 million credit card accounts, borrowers spent more on charges and fees than repayments, pushing them further into debt. what is perhaps surprising is that ten years after the crisis caused by loose lending, all you need is a credit card and you can borrow money you haven't asked for without anyone checking if you can afford to repay it. lenders are not required to carry out affordability checks before they raise your lending limits. citizens advice says if borrowers have not reduced their debts for two years, lenders should be expected to get in touch and offer help, like suspending interest payments. we would like credit card companies to stop, if you like, unilaterally raising these credit limits. we also think the regulator can play a bit more of a role. when credit limits are extended, and this is done in agreement with the customer and the company, there should be more of an affordability check to make sure people can afford to pay back the money they are borrowing. the body that represents the most
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credit card lenders, uk finance, says it is taking steps to prevent struggling borrowers being offered more credit and that it's working with regulators to help people manage their debts. andy verity, bbc news. the chair of the independent inquiry into building regulations following the disaster at grenfell tower says she believes it is inevitable there are failings in the system. damejudith hackitt has promised to produce an interim report by christmas, and her final conclusions in the spring next year. she'll investigate how the regulations operate — in theory and in practice. a judge has ordered that an english—speaking child placed in foster care with a mixed—race family should be moved to live permanently with her grandmother. tower hamlets has raised concerns
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about the handling of the affair. brexit talks are under way again — and one of the key issues negotiators are grappling with is what to do about the border between northern ireland and the republic, which will remain in the eu. when it comes to the loughs that separate the two countries the argument about where the border falls has been running for nearly a hundred years. 0ur ireland correspondent chris buckler reports now from the border at carlingford lough. these waters are becoming even more of a dividing line. the shore on the southern side of this lough will remain part of the european union, the other is on its way out. and, forfishermen leaving ports in both northern ireland and the republic, that will have an impact. the uk has already announced that it is ending one arrangement that allows other countries to fish in its waters. and many fishermen believe that brexit could offer new opportunities because they could be freed from eu fishing quotas. but trading deals and other agreements have still to be negotiated. when brexit comes,
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there may be a situation if you are a northern—registered boat might you'll not be able to fish in the south side of the lock. if you are a southern—registered boat, you may not be able to fish in the northern side of the lough. where does that leave us? the border on land might be agreed but that's not the case on the water. the british government has insisted it owns all of lough foyle on the north coast but that's fiercely disputed by ministers in dublin. here on carlingford lough, there are some competing jurisdictional claims, too. it's almost a century since the republic of ireland was formed but it's still a matter of dispute who got what in that divorce. perhaps it mattered a little less when the uk and ireland were inside the european union. but with a brexit break—up coming, these issues could be important again. in places like warrenpoint, people have become very used to living without any sign of borders. in their recently published proposals, the british government
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made clear that it does not want that to change. eu leaders share that desire but they have concerns about how practically that is possible if the uk is outside of the customs union. from this point, negotiations are expected to heat up. but until there is some agreement on issues like the border, there will continue to be a certain uncertainty here. just being so close to the border, a lot of people travel to the south every day for work. so if they're putting the border back—up, it will be mayhem, won't it? it does worry me because my son is in farming and i think, with the brexit, there will be a big, big change for the farming community. but the uk believes it has started to plot a course for brexit in its published proposals. while that will mean change, here at the irish, and what will be the eu border, they are encouraging people to see opportunity. chris buckler, bbc
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news, warrenpoint. the scottish labour party is looking for its fourth leader in less than three years, after kezia dugdale announced her resignation. the lothians msp says the party is in a much better state than when she came to office — and insists she wasn't pushed out of the job because of past comments aboutjeremy corbyn‘s leadership. i refute that completely. what i'm trying to do is something politicians rarely do, to leave my head held high, without any sort of crisis. i've made it clear to you that i've been in this leadership role at a very difficult time in my party's history, a very challenging time in scottish politics. a lot has happened in two and a half years but there's four years ahead until the next election. i want to give the next person space and time to do the right thing by the party. bbc scotland's political editor, brian taylor, is in edinburgh. brian, how quickly will they be able to find a new leader? well, they will hold a leadership
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contest. they have got rather good at them. they have had plenty of practice in recent years, as you mentioned. it will be expedited as speedily as possible. the scottish executive of the party will meet to set up the timetable. as two contenders, the existing deputy has said he will happily act as interim leader but does not want the top job. jeremy corbyn‘s number one fan is ruling himself out. the corbyn night left are now looking to a relatively new msp with a strong grounding in the trade unions. those of other names being mentioned. 0ne name perhaps floating above some of the others, a former mp now msp, reckoned to have done reasonably well in the hell three met. 0n the question of timetabling, unite, one of the largest unions, is saying,
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slow down. no need to rush. they set is more important to have a debate about what scottish labour is for rather than to identify in hurry to the next leader will be. wipe macro brian, thank you very much. --, brian, thank you very much. --, brian, thank you ray much. princes william and prince have visited a memorial garden for their mother at her old home at kensington palace. tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash in paris. they met representatives from charities supported by the late princess of wales, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the flowers and the tributes are back at the gates of kensington palace. a very small echo of how it was 20 years ago but a reminder of feelings which the years have not erased. and this afternoon william and harry came to view the tributes. they took their time, they looked, and they read. and they laughed at some of the photographs showing them as small children with their mother. it was impossible not to be reminded of how it was 20 years ago when,
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aged 15 and 12, on their return to london, they'd come out still numb and bewildered to meet the people who'd gathered there and to see for themselves the many thousands of bouquets which had been left. diana's boys are both in their 30s now. william's settled and about to begin full—time royal duty. he was accompanied by catherine this afternoon to view a memorial garden to diana. and harry, not quite so settled yet, but not far off, one suspects. and both at this anniversary, one must assume, reassured by the enduring regard people feel for their mother. she was just so wonderful. she made our lives. she gave us so much. we were so privileged to have her. she'sjust a legend, isn't she? she meant same much to so many people. she touched everybody. that shows by how many people are here today. william and harry took some of the flowers people had brought and placed them at the palace gates, replaying some of the moments from two decades ago and acknowledging the desire that
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many still have to hold onto diana's memory. today, briefly, they put on their public, princely faces, to view some of the tributes. tomorrow though, william and harry will remain in private, remembering the mother they lost in such tragic circumstances 20 years ago. nicolas witchell, bbc news, at kensington palace. nick was here a few moments ago talking about storm harvey. he is here again to talk about our weather. nothing quite so dramatic. it has been a wetter than average summer. it has been a wetter than average summer. look how green the grass is! 30 celsius in some places in the south of england and i3 30 celsius in some places in the south of england and 13 today. we have had heavy showers, especially northern ireland for the still some
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out there. eventually into tonight the rainbows and showers fade. we keep a feed coming into western coastal areas tonight. later tonight heavy ones develop in north wales and north—west england. elsewhere you'll become dry, clear with maybe the odd mist and fog patch. chile are away from this. the countryside, widely single figures. some of us, north wales and the north—west of england there are intense downpours from the word go. they're that in mind as you head out. an afternoon of sunshine and showers. —— bear that in mind. it could be slow—moving, heavy and bantry with hail. warm sunny spells in between and a warmer day for east anglia and south east england compared with today forced heading out tomorrow evening still some of the showers out there which will fade. another chilly night on thursday night. still the risk of a heavy shower.
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natural and eastern parts of england. then saturday not clear blue skies, not hugely warm but most places will have a dry stop to the weekend. look to the atlantic. we have an area of low pressure getting closer. the weather goes downhill saturday night and into sunday with rain spreading east. still some uncertainty about the timing. we will keep you updated with forecasts online and on the app. a reminder of our main story. donald trump's warns that the time for talking is over — after north korea says there are more missile launches to come. that's all from the bbc news at six. so, it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... tropical storm harvey has made landfall for a third time in the us, as the country's south—eastern region grapples with an ongoing natural disaster which has left more than 20 dead so far. residents of the texan city
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of port arthur were forced to take refuge in a bowling alley after more than 20 inches of rain fell overnight. the first section, three babies also lost their lives. three babies in the building?
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