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The United States and Japan have condemned North Korea
for test-firing a ballistic missile - the first such test
since Donald Trump took office as US president.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was "intolerable"
and President Trump said the US stood behind Japan,
The missile flew for about three hundred miles and landed
Our Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes has more.
It is now thought the missile fired from North Korea early this morning
was one of these, a ballistic missile. It flew about 500
kilometre, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.
North Korea's dictator had been promising to test fire a much longer
range missile, capable of hitting the United States. That has not
happened. Instead, Mr Kim is almost certainly
using the launch to crash this weekend party in Florida.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been spending it golfing with
President Trump. Shinzo Abe was not amused by the
intrusion. North Korea's most recent missile
launch is intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant
United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
Then in his response, President Trump appeared to forget to condemn
the North Korean launch. Thank you very much Mr Prime Minister. I just
want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States
stands behind Japan. Its great ally 100%. Thank you.
In South Korea, the military made the normal noises.
TRANSLATION: Our military is poised to respond immediately to any
provocations from North Korea, that threaten the security of the
republic of Korea. Missing from all of this, so far, is
China. The country that many think holds the key to stopping North
Korea. China's leaders say they do not want a North Korea armed with
nuclear missiles but nor do they want the Kim regime to collapse.
With each new test, North Korea comes a step closer to that goal, of
becoming a nuclear missile armed state. The prospect makes South
Korea and Japan extremely nervous. But nobody seems to have any idea
how to get North Korea's nuclear genie back in the bottle.
Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson, says the party's leadership
Speaking to the BBC this morning, Mr Watson played down reports that
Labour is using focus groups to test out the popularity of alternative
He said that this was "not the time" for another
We have had a tough 18 months, we had a damaging second
So we have got an uphill struggle ahead, the polls
aren't great for us, but I'm determined, now that we've
got the leadership settled for this Parliament,
that we can focus on developing a very positive, clear message
to the British people in a general election.
The Royal College of Surgeons, and the organisation that
represents NHS Trusts, is warning that highly qualified
surgeons in England are being left "kicking their heels"
while they wait for hospital beds to become available
They argue a lack of funding for health and social care means
patients are not being discharged when they should be.
NHS England says only 1 percent of operations were cancelled
The Commons Speaker has been accused of compromising his impartiality
by telling a group of students he voted to remain
John Bercow was filmed telling students at Reading University
it was "better to be part of a big power bloc" than
One Tory MP has called for him to resign,
but this morning politicians from both the Conservative
and Labour parties have come to his defence.
Our political correspondent is with us, how much of a threat is his
position under? His critics say he is at threat and certainly, there is
a motion that has been put, calling for there to be a vote of no
confidence in him, so far that only has one signature but it is recess
next week so that might pick up. Today there have been a lot of
people coming to his defence, his supporters say he wasn't being party
political, he was expressing a view on the referendum which is an issue
that the Conservative didn't have a united front on any way and he was
only making that point, long after the actual vote itself, and so we
have heard from the Conservative Leader of the House of Commons,
David Lidington who said in his experience the speaker is someone
who never shies away from calling Members of Parliament who have
difficult questions to ask. We heard from John Whittingdale who said it
is not helpful to express no confidence in the speaker and Labour
have been supportive, Tom Watson talking about how he has confidence
in the speaker, so he is somebody who does have support in the House
but he has a lot of critics and this will no doubt bubble on.
Protests in a Paris suburb turned violent again overnight,
at a demonstration in support of a twenty-two year old black man,
who was allegedly raped by a policeman earlier this month.
The man, who's known only as Theo, has appealed for calm
Police fired tear gas during the clashes.
A policeman has been charged with rape, and three
others with assault, in connection with the attack.
Tens of thousand of people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki
have been moved out of their homes so that an unexploded World War Two
The forty stone device was discovered under
a petrol station last week - it's thought to be one
of the biggest war time bombs ever found in Greece.
A state of emergency has been declared in the area.
Hollywood's finest will be out in force in London this evening
for the annual British Academy Film Awards.
The modern day musical La La Land leads the field
has been taking a look at the contenders.
Welcome to La La Land, the musical homage to Hollywood that
leads the BAFTA nominations, including one for its
and its two lead leads - Emma Stone, as a wannabe actress,
and Ryan Gosling as an aspiring pianist.
Andrew Garfield finds himself among the best actor
contenders for his role as a heroic pacifist in Hacksaw Ridge.
But he will have to see off the hotly-tipped Casey Affleck,
who is nominated for his portrayal of a broken man in
Meryl Streep is in the frame once again - this
time for her performance as the delusional Florence Foster Jenkins
- for which she has a Best Actress nomination.
It is a hotly-contested category, with Natalie Portman
the one to beat for playing the title role in Jackie,
a biopic that tracks Jackie Kennedy's
reaction to her husband's assassination.
It's not easy for me to admit that I have been standing
Fences, the August Wilson play about America in
the 1950s, adapted and directed by Denzel Washington, sees his co-star
Viola Davis get a Best Supporting Actress nod.
will compete with her for that BAFTA, having been nominated
for her role as a compassionate mother in Lion, with
Dav Patel playing her adopted son, for which he gets
As does Mahershala Ali for his sensitive performance as a drug
But it is likely to be La La Land's year on a night that could have an
added dimension with a possibility of politically-pointed
What we do know is that Stephen Fry will
host proceedings again, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
will be in attendance and Mel Brooks will be
From movies in London to the music industry across the Atlantic.
Los Angeles is gearing up for the Grammy Awards,
and Adele and Beyonce will go head to head for the top honours.
Adele is up for five awards - including best song for the single
Beyonce's also nominated for best song and album and is leading
She'll make her first public appearance since announcing
You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.
The next news on BBC One is at 5.35.
Good afternoon. Well, some know enoticeable weather changes, after a
weekend which has been dominated by raw easterly winds, a bit of snow
here and there across the hills of northern England a temperatures
which have struggled to reach three or four degrees. The wind changes