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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC News.

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The United States and Japan have condemned North Korea

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for test-firing a ballistic missile - the first such test

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since Donald Trump took office as US president.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was "intolerable"

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and President Trump said the US stood behind Japan,

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The missile flew for about three hundred miles and landed

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Our Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes has more.

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It is now thought the missile fired from North Korea early this morning

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was one of these, a ballistic missile. It flew about 500

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kilometre, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.

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North Korea's dictator had been promising to test fire a much longer

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range missile, capable of hitting the United States. That has not

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happened. Instead, Mr Kim is almost certainly

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using the launch to crash this weekend party in Florida.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been spending it golfing with

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President Trump. Shinzo Abe was not amused by the

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intrusion. North Korea's most recent missile

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launch is intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant

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United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

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Then in his response, President Trump appeared to forget to condemn

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the North Korean launch. Thank you very much Mr Prime Minister. I just

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want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States

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stands behind Japan. Its great ally 100%. Thank you.

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In South Korea, the military made the normal noises.

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TRANSLATION: Our military is poised to respond immediately to any

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provocations from North Korea, that threaten the security of the

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republic of Korea. Missing from all of this, so far, is

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China. The country that many think holds the key to stopping North

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Korea. China's leaders say they do not want a North Korea armed with

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nuclear missiles but nor do they want the Kim regime to collapse.

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With each new test, North Korea comes a step closer to that goal, of

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becoming a nuclear missile armed state. The prospect makes South

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Korea and Japan extremely nervous. But nobody seems to have any idea

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how to get North Korea's nuclear genie back in the bottle.

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Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson, says the party's leadership

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Speaking to the BBC this morning, Mr Watson played down reports that

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Labour is using focus groups to test out the popularity of alternative

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He said that this was "not the time" for another

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We have had a tough 18 months, we had a damaging second

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So we have got an uphill struggle ahead, the polls

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aren't great for us, but I'm determined, now that we've

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got the leadership settled for this Parliament,

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that we can focus on developing a very positive, clear message

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to the British people in a general election.

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The Royal College of Surgeons, and the organisation that

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represents NHS Trusts, is warning that highly qualified

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surgeons in England are being left "kicking their heels"

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while they wait for hospital beds to become available

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They argue a lack of funding for health and social care means

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patients are not being discharged when they should be.

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NHS England says only 1 percent of operations were cancelled

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The Commons Speaker has been accused of compromising his impartiality

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by telling a group of students he voted to remain

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John Bercow was filmed telling students at Reading University

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it was "better to be part of a big power bloc" than

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One Tory MP has called for him to resign,

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but this morning politicians from both the Conservative

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and Labour parties have come to his defence.

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Our political correspondent is with us, how much of a threat is his

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position under? His critics say he is at threat and certainly, there is

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a motion that has been put, calling for there to be a vote of no

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confidence in him, so far that only has one signature but it is recess

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next week so that might pick up. Today there have been a lot of

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people coming to his defence, his supporters say he wasn't being party

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political, he was expressing a view on the referendum which is an issue

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that the Conservative didn't have a united front on any way and he was

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only making that point, long after the actual vote itself, and so we

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have heard from the Conservative Leader of the House of Commons,

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David Lidington who said in his experience the speaker is someone

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who never shies away from calling Members of Parliament who have

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difficult questions to ask. We heard from John Whittingdale who said it

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is not helpful to express no confidence in the speaker and Labour

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have been supportive, Tom Watson talking about how he has confidence

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in the speaker, so he is somebody who does have support in the House

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but he has a lot of critics and this will no doubt bubble on.

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Protests in a Paris suburb turned violent again overnight,

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at a demonstration in support of a twenty-two year old black man,

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who was allegedly raped by a policeman earlier this month.

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The man, who's known only as Theo, has appealed for calm

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Police fired tear gas during the clashes.

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A policeman has been charged with rape, and three

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others with assault, in connection with the attack.

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Tens of thousand of people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki

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have been moved out of their homes so that an unexploded World War Two

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The forty stone device was discovered under

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a petrol station last week - it's thought to be one

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of the biggest war time bombs ever found in Greece.

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A state of emergency has been declared in the area.

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Hollywood's finest will be out in force in London this evening

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for the annual British Academy Film Awards.

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The modern day musical La La Land leads the field

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has been taking a look at the contenders.

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Welcome to La La Land, the musical homage to Hollywood that

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leads the BAFTA nominations, including one for its

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and its two lead leads - Emma Stone, as a wannabe actress,

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and Ryan Gosling as an aspiring pianist.

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Andrew Garfield finds himself among the best actor

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contenders for his role as a heroic pacifist in Hacksaw Ridge.

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But he will have to see off the hotly-tipped Casey Affleck,

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who is nominated for his portrayal of a broken man in

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Meryl Streep is in the frame once again - this

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time for her performance as the delusional Florence Foster Jenkins

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- for which she has a Best Actress nomination.

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It is a hotly-contested category, with Natalie Portman

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the one to beat for playing the title role in Jackie,

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a biopic that tracks Jackie Kennedy's

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reaction to her husband's assassination.

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It's not easy for me to admit that I have been standing

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Fences, the August Wilson play about America in

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the 1950s, adapted and directed by Denzel Washington, sees his co-star

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Viola Davis get a Best Supporting Actress nod.

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will compete with her for that BAFTA, having been nominated

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for her role as a compassionate mother in Lion, with

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Dav Patel playing her adopted son, for which he gets

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As does Mahershala Ali for his sensitive performance as a drug

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But it is likely to be La La Land's year on a night that could have an

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added dimension with a possibility of politically-pointed

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What we do know is that Stephen Fry will

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host proceedings again, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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will be in attendance and Mel Brooks will be

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From movies in London to the music industry across the Atlantic.

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Los Angeles is gearing up for the Grammy Awards,

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and Adele and Beyonce will go head to head for the top honours.

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Adele is up for five awards - including best song for the single

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Beyonce's also nominated for best song and album and is leading

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She'll make her first public appearance since announcing

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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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The next news on BBC One is at 5.35.

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Good afternoon. Well, some know enoticeable weather changes, after a

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weekend which has been dominated by raw easterly winds, a bit of snow

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here and there across the hills of northern England a temperatures

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which have struggled to reach three or four degrees. The wind changes

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