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welcome to bbc news. broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: raising the stakes in the us—china trade war. washington announces tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods. south korea's president gets a warm welcome in pyongyang, hoping to restart denuclearisation talks with kim jong—un. rescue workers in the philippines search for dozens of miners and their families buried by landslides during typhoon mangkhut. and the winner is... the emmy awards take place in los angeles. we'll tell you who won what. hello, warm welcome
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to the programme. the us has announced new 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods. they'll be levied on over 5,000 products imported to the united states from next week. they're the biggest round of tariffs imposed by the trump administration over what it calls beijing's unfair business practices. the president's told china it has had plenty of opportunity to address the issue and that any retaliation will see tariffs imposed on even more chinese products. mickey kantor is a former us secretary of commerce. he helped create the world trade organisation and negotiated the north america free trade agreement. i asked him for his assessment of this latest move by the white house. i , ithink , i think it is going to be a negative. it will hurt us consumers,
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it will hurt us businesses who depend on chinese import ‘s to run their business. we have an integrated world economy when it comes to all kinds of businesses, manufacturing services, technology. and it will hurt, there is no doubt about it. and it could possibly lead to what people call a trade war, which would not be good for anyone. we are walking away from the norms we have established for 70 years, excuse me. we have established for 70 years, excuse me. in the world we agree to end here by the trade rules, we should try to co—operate, try to iron out our differences at the negotiating table. those norms that you talk about are the norms that president trump tells his supporters, his voters, that the policies of the last few decades haven't been effective and that he can do something to bring jobs back.
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how do you explain, though, to blue—collar workers in the that actually this might be harmful to them? first of all, these tariffs proposed in the us are very unpopular, in the last 70 years you have seen the greatest growth in all of humankind, that is with united ‘s states with all of these agreements that he says is so devastating. so have other countries as well. what we have other countries as well. what we need is a win—win situation and threatening other countries, or imposing tariffs without justification, or hoping to resolve important issues, and we have important issues, and we have important issues, and we have important issues with china, by the use important issues with china, by the use of holding a trade gun to china's head is not greatly help. it -- is china's head is not greatly help. it —— is not going to be helped. —— helpful.
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had eating china will respond? do you see them softening in the face of this hard stands. i don't think they will and frankly i am concerned. china has the second—largest economy on the earth, the second largest military on earth. the us and china relationship is important for prosperity and resolving political differences and this will not do it. the chinese politically can't do anything but to respond in a tough and difficult manner. i am afraid then much rock will react as well. we need to have some cooler heads prevail here. and i hope that happens. i am afraid then that trump will react as well. —— i am afraid then that trump will react as well. what are the dangers to the global economy, what are the dangers to the global economy, do you think the! well, this could unravel is picked —— do you think? . —— this could unravel.
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the two biggest economies in the world getting in a trade war and it will hurt their economies around the world. we are all integrated. we have been integrated for a while now and even more so in the future and that means anything that happens say, in great britain or in europe, oi’ say, in great britain or in europe, orjapan or korea, a fax china, affects the united states, affects all at in america, africa. we cannot escape these ties. —— effects. people travel around the world at the moment is noticed, information flows in more than a moment ‘s notice. so this is not a good thing. is not the way we thought we were setting up a world space trading system. everybody has got along for 70 years and nobody, republican or
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democrat, all have agreed. is interesting today that six of the nine us gr is got together and they agreed that even these tariffs being imposed would be unfortunate. the south korean president, moonjae—in has arrived in the north korean capital, pyongyang, hoping to restart stalled talks on nuclear disarmament. president moon was met by kim jong un at the airport, becoming the first south korean leader to visit the north korean capital in more than a decade. he's travelling with a delegation of 200 people from seoul including pop stars and business executives. a short while ago i spoke to an academic expert on north and south korea. you know, it is going to be tricky and challenging for him because he has his own presidential and domestic agenda. he wants to be the south korean president that finally brought peace to the
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peninsula, but he also has to make sui’e peninsula, but he also has to make sure that us and north korea nuclear negotiations progress and that there is substance of progress on denuclearisation. so he is really caught between a very difficult situation here because those to genders, his agenda and a clear agenda, they don't always lined up perfectly. so this is where it is going to be a big task for him. —— nuclear. the house has set the bar, set expectations are saying that if president moonjae—in is able to broker us north korea dialogue, then that would be considered success. we will really have to see what the details are of that. i would be very surprised if we heard kimjong—un say something is specific in public. typically we have had the south
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koreans come back and say that kim jong—un has committed himself to denuclearisation in very broad terms. perhaps the specifics will come behind closed doors and that is important to do. again, specifics and details are really keep to this summer. we cannot afford to have another debrief where the south koreans just another debrief where the south koreansjust come another debrief where the south koreans just come back with some vague statement on some commitment towards denuclearisation. there are many questions. the other thing that we many questions. the other thing that we will be looking out for today and tomorrow, especially when any agreement comes out, is what types of inter— korean cooperation projects and exchanges will a resume? will any of these run up against sanctions, international sanctions? also, in terms of reducing military tensions, we expect them to make some sort of announcement on an agreement. what does that mean? of course we all
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wa nt does that mean? of course we all want the two koreas to reduce tensions, but any co—ordination involved with the us, especially because they have the un command on the korean peninsula and we have got us forces stationed in south korea. the us and north korea themselves have their work cut out for them. it is not clear that the two sides have evei'i is not clear that the two sides have even agreed on what denuclearisation means that. so the fundamentals of that need to be squared away. also, it has become trickier because the north is demanding that washington declared the end of the korean war with south korea before it takes any denuclearisation measures and now that has gotten a lot trickier because what does that mean? what is this mean? what does the end of war declaration mean? really, the road ahead is going to be a lot of twists, it is going to be long, it is going to be bumpy, the key question is not only is whose side
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is time on, but i think the key question will be whose patients will run out first? will it see president trump, president moon jae—in, run out first? will it see president trump, president moonjae—in, or president kim jong—un? —— will it be. 29 people, mostly miners and their families, —— let's get some of the day's other news. russia and turkey have announced they've reached agreement over the last major rebel—held area in syria, idlib province. president putin said he and president erdogan would create a demilitarised zone in the province to separate syrian government troops from rebel forces. british and french fishermen have reached a deal to end the dispute over scallop fishing in parts of the english channel. last month, boats collided and fishermen threw stones at each other as the french accused british boats of depleting stocks. the agreement will see larger british boats withdrawing from a disputed area off the normandy coast for six weeks. a british diver who helped rescue i2 thai boys trapped in a flooded cave is suing the tech billionaire elon musk, for defamation. vernon unsworth alleges the tesla founder falsely accused him of being a paedophile.
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he is seeking $75,000 in compensation and an injunction to stop further allegations. 29 people, mostly miners and their families, are still missing after a landslide buried their shelter in the northern phillippines during a typhoon. some bodies have already been retrieved from the mud in the town of itogon but experts on the ground say there is no hope of finding any others alive. the storm is now weakening across southern china, as our correspondent jonathan head reports. in the end, it wasn't the wind, but the rain that was the real killer. that huge brown gash in the mountain is where an entire waterlogged hillside slid down and buried a building where dozens of miners had taken shelter from the typhoon. for two days, rescuers have
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battled to find survivors, clambering over the treacherous mud. they have been unable to bring up heavier excavation equipment because of the damaged roads. so far, only bodies have been recovered. dozens more are believed to be trapped under the mud. they aren't sure exactly how many. relatives have come up to wait for news, clinging to the hope that there may yet be survivors. translation: this is the first time i've seen a landslide this massive. almost everyone here is affected. even the miners are helping the rescuers, the police, everyone is giving their best. small—scale illegal mining is a long—standing problem in the philippines, where poverty is high and jobs are scarce. president duterte has now vowed to stamp it out, but such promises have been made before by filipino leaders to little effect. further north, in areas which bore the brunt of the storm, they are starting to count the cost.
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in places, it has been very high, not so much in lives lost, but in damage to homes, crops and infrastructure. the lessons learned from previous typhoons have certainly cut the death toll in this one. filipinos now know to heed official advice to evacuate their homes when a storm is on the way, but the tragedy of the buried miners underlines just how vulnerable this country is to natural disasters. its eroded and deforested hillsides are all too prone to collapse under the weight of heavy rainfall, and they get that all the time during the typhoon season. jonathan head, bbc news, northern philippines. the cost of the damage of hurricane
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florence is still being calculated. many will have to be rescued as the war to rise. chris back was sent us this report. —— buckler. in north carolina, they need boats to race down many of the streets in this state. water levels continue to rise, leaving more people trapped in their homes. they had to do a swift—water rescue for someone who refused to leave and that... there is no way short of handcuffing someone that you can make someone leave during an evacuation. the decision to leave behind pets and possessions is always difficult, but storm florence has taken away any choice — and so much more. this house here, i lost everything, all the appliances. i never even dreamed something like this would happen. how do you recover from this? going to take a long time.
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initially as a hurricane, florence tore down the coast. now, having dumped months of rainfall in days, it's flooding, which is threatening lives and causing such destruction inland. the crisis in north carolina continues. catastrophic flooding and tornadoes are still claiming lives and property. the grey skies have started to lift in this part of north carolina — we've even seei'i some sun. but the problems caused by florence are not going away. well, yeah, this ain't nojoke, this ain't nothing to play with, no. i didn't expect it to get as bad as this, but it's proved me wrong. lovely day for music on the water! and people were trying to remain positive — even as they grabbed what they could from their flooded homes. losing everything, that's what it feels like, i mean... hard to describe, but tear—jerking, i mean, pulls it right out of you. towns like this have been changed
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forever by the storm, and for the moment it's difficult to see a way back to normality. chris buckler, bbc news, pollocksville in north carolina. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: an allegation of sexual abuse haunts president trump's nominee for the supreme court, throwing his confirmation into turmoil. 30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just how many people have died. there is people alive, and there is people not alive. we just can help and give them whatever we've got. it looked as though they had come to fight a war, but their mission is to bring
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peace to east timor, and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case is being forcefully presented by monsieur badinter, the justice minister. he's campaigned vigorously for abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed. elizabeth seton spent much of her time at this grotto, and every year, hundreds of pilgrimages are made here. now that she's become a saint, it's expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businessmen regard the anticipated boom as yet another blessing of st elizabeth. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: president trump has announced a new round of trade tariffs on imported chinese goods, worth $200 billion. the south korean president moon jae—in has arrived in pyongyang. he's there to try and revive stalled denuclearisation talks between north korea
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and the united states. president trump's supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh, and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, christine blasey ford, will both testify at a us congressional hearing next monday. mr kavanaugh has strongly denied assaulting her when they were at high school. several republican senators have joined democrats in calling for a delay in a vote on mr kavanaugh's confirmation, following the allegations. jon sopel reports from washington. brett kavanaugh, until last week, was gliding effortlessly to his seat on the all—powerful supreme court. conservative, charming, popular, and well—connected, he seemed the perfect pick to fill the vacant seat. do you swear that the testimony that you're about to give... but now a woman's come forward — a psychology professor from california — to say that she was sexually assaulted by mr kavanaugh when they were teenagers
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some 35 years ago. christine blasey ford told the washington post that she'd been pinned down on a bed by him and that he'd covered her mouth when she tried to scream. "i thought he might inadvertently kill me," she said. judge kavanaugh has issued a statement emphatically denying the charge. "this is a completely false allegation," he says, "i have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone." the white house is still pushing his nomination, but they'll be watching anxiously in case anything else emerges. judge kavanaugh is one of the finest people that i've ever known. he's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody, never had even a little blemish on his record. i want him to go in at the absolute highest level, and i think to do that, you have to go through this. if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay. we've been here before. when clarence thomas was nominated by george hw bush to the supreme court in 1991, he seemed a shoo—in
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until one of his colleagues, anita hill, came forward to testify that she'd been sexually assaulted by him. thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess... in the end, mr thomas was confirmed and still sits on the supreme court. but this is 2018 and metoo. the white house and republican leadership have some delicate judgments to make. elected politicians may come and go, but a supreme court justice is for life, and for republicans the dream of a clear conservative majority on the court is almost within touching distance. the chances are that brett kavanaugh will still be confirmed, but everything is now fluid, and if he does fall by the wayside, that will be a blow for donald trump as well. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. a british mp has described how he fought to save the life of a police officer who had been stabbed outside parliament. tobias ellwood was speaking
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at the inquests into the the victims of the westminster bridge attack. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. the photographs of the minister, tobias ellwood, helping in the desperate efforts to save pc keith palmer's life became some of the defining images of last year's westminster attack. today he arrived at pc palmer's inquest to give his official account of that traumatic day. he described the panic inside parliament, with people shouting "go back" as he went forward, and how he walked past a line of armed police officers pointing their guns to go and help their unarmed colleague who had been stabbed by khalid masood. when he got there, he found pc palmer with, among other injuries, a serious knife wound under his left arm pit. "he had lost a lot of blood and he was unconscious," tobias ellwood told the court.
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"i checked for a pulse. there was a pulse." the minister described how he tried to stem the bleeding but pc palmer's heart soon stopped, so they started cpr. at one point he was close to tears in court, saying, "forgive me, it's sometimes easier to do the helping than to talk about it afterwards." when a doctor arrived on the airambulance, there still seemed to be a chance, but even surgery on the spot could not save the police officer and he died. the doctor moved on to help other patients, leaving the minister and one other person behind. "we both tidied up the body as best we could," tobias ellwood said. "closed the eyes and i said i'm sorry." this afternoon the inquest started at looking at where the armed officers who were on duty were when khalid masood burst through the then open gates to parliament and stabbed pc keith palmer. his family wept as the court watched cctv footage clearly showing
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two armed officers here at the gate at a quarter to two, but then patrolling elsewhere until after the attack almost an hour later. pc palmer's family then heard one of those armed officers, lee ashby, say that on wednesdays they were encouraged to patrol near where ministers are dropped off in their cars for prime minister's questions, rather than by the open gates of parliament where pc palmer was left undefended. he said he'd not agreed with those instructions. daniel stanford, bbc news, at the old bailey. british actors are celebrating a good night at the 70th annual emmy awards in los angeles. peter bowes is watching it all in la. are the big winners? as you say, a very good night for british talent here in hollywood. claire foy winning for best actress in a drama
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for the crown. this was the last opportunity to win that award. she has been nominated before, playing queen elizabeth, the young years of the queen. the show shows the queen moving through her life. the revenue actress is cast for future series. a great accolade for claire for it. this has been a very popular show in america. ——. stephen daldry a winner for best director. matthew rees is another winner, john oliver has won for his american satirical show,
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last week tonight. among all the gushing and thinking, there was quite an unusual acceptance speech? you are thinking of glen white, the 57—year—old direct, one of several emmys before during his career. this time winnie for directing the 0scars, the biggest awards show of the hollywood calendar. that is a nice story in itself winning an emmy but then he revealed that that his partner, he did not want to call her his girlfriend because he would prefer his girlfriend because he would p refer to his girlfriend because he would prefer to call her his wife and he was about to ask her to marry him. she came onto the stage. he knelt down and proposed. it was one of those very heartwarming moments. thank goodness she said yes. my fun fa ct thank goodness she said yes. my fun fact from the night, is that henry
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winkler, the fonz, won an award as well. hello. the jet stream targets the uk with a proper taste of autumn over next few days. several areas of low pressure moving through. the first on tuesday, the remnants of ex—hurricane helene. so storm helene is coming in and the winds at the south and centre of this will be strengthening as tuesday begins. another area of low pressure into wednesday too so voer the next few days, some strong, possibly disruptive wids as well so keep in touch with the situation in your part of the world through bbc local radio because there could well be some impact on travel, for example. the yellow, a met office warning area here, you need to be aware of some impacts during tuesday. some of the strongest winds through coastal and hilly areas to the west of wales and western england but it is going to be a very blowy we start off the day in that part of the world. some rain, heavy rain around parts of scotland in particular as tuesday
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begins with a mild, even warm start for some because the air is coming in from the south, south—west and there is some warmth associated with that. outbreaks of rain clearing northwards into the morning and then things are drierfor a time, broken cloud and sunny spells and heavy showers arriving from the west towards the end of the afternoon and going into the evening. we've established it's a very blustery day across the uk but some warmth again, we get to see some sunshine, particularly through the east and south—east of england, 2a, 25 celsius could be yours but many of us are in the high teens, even low 20s. the winds strengthen into tuesday evening and night across northern ireland and scotland. as we see this weather front moving east across the uk, not much in the far south of england but further north, heavier and maybe thundery downpours out of that. becoming dry during the second half of the night and again, temperatures are holding up into double figures as wednesday begins. so the next area of low pressure on wednesday,
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the concern about this is that it will produce even stronger winds. it will be a very windy day across the uk on wednesday, widely some gusts around 40, 50mph or so but some of them will be strongest through parts of wales, northern england, northern ireland and scotland and into western scotland, we could well see some up to 75mph so again, that risk of disruption on wednesday and associated with that, another spell of rain pushing north and east across the uk though again, not very much the further south you are — still some warmth here. elsewhere, it will be turning cooler. winds ease later in the week. this is bbc news — the headlines: the us is imposing new tariffs on two—hundred—billion —— $200 billion worth of chinese goods. the higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items. the taxes will take effect from the 24th september, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of 2019 unless the two countries agree a deal.
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the south korean president — moonjae—in — has arrived in pyongyang. he's there for three days to try and revive stalled denuclearisation talks between north korea and the united states. he was met at the airport by kimjong—un — as well as large crowds — waving flags. rescuers in the philippines are digging through mud with their bare hands — to retrieve the bodies of those buried by a landslide that's killed at least thirty—two people in the town of itogon. they took shelter from typhoon mangkhut in a temporary structure on the side of a mountain. now on bbc news its hardtalk with stephen sackur.
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