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The United States and North Korea are urged to show restraint,


as tension increases around the threat to hit a US airbase


The Trump administration has defended its strong


It says the President had to use language


They will be met with fire and fury the likes of


US Secretary of State has now arrived in Guam.


We'll have the latest from Washington and Seoul.


Six French soldiers have been hurt after a car drove


The local mayor said it was a deliberate act.


Athletics' governing body defends its decision to stop


a medal favourite competing at the World Championships


The runner tells us he's heartbroken.


If this thing had been for Mo Farah like now, I do not think the British


people would allow it. They know that Mo Farah could get a medal with


them. Or anyone, even Usain Bolt. It's exactly ten years since


the start of the biggest financial We ask whether lessons


have been learnt. Sky is struggling to cope with an


influx of tourists. And coming up in the


sport on BBC News. At the World Athletics championships


Mo Farah goes for gold - he starts his campaign for the 5,000


metres later tonight. Good afternoon and welcome


to the BBC News at One. The United States and North Korea


are being urged to show restraint, after a growing war of words


between the two nations. Last night President Trump said


threats from Pyongyang would be met with fire,


fury and power. The communist state says it's


considering a missile strike The US Secretary of State Rex


Tillerson has just arrived on the island.


Guam is a small island in the Pacific Ocean where US


We'll have the latest from Korea in a moment,


but first this report on the increasing tension


US military exercises on Guam. This was earlier in the summer. With


several thousand American troops based here and US bombers, North


Korea has chosen to pinpoint this tiny American island as a potential


target. North Korean state TV said its armed forces are considering


hitting Guam and the American airbase there with medium to long


range ballistic missiles. It came after an uptake in rhetoric from


President Trump last night. It will be met with fire, fury and frankly


power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Thank you.


North Korea threatens... Few US presidents have fused cells in


showing Jerry language against another nation. It echoes President


Truman's warning to Japan when he announced an atomic bomb had fallen


on Hiroshima during World War II. If they do not accept our terms they


may expect rain from the air and the like of which has never been seen on


this earth. But the US Secretary of State, who has just arrived in Guam,


said the President's language was deliberately tough. He is sending a


strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Yong Moon will


understand because he does not seem to understand diplomatic language.


The president wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US


has an unquestionable ability to defend itself and its allies and it


is important that he delivers that message before any escalation on


their part. Guam sits right out in the Pacific ocean. It is closer to


Asia and both South and North Korea and it is to the US mainland. On TV


in Guam the threat is portrayed as real, but the people there are calm.


I am not nervous, I am confident in our military capability. The first


thing that comes to mind immediately is my family, to come up with a plan


if anything happens. The stakes do not come higher than nuclear war.


Even now after North Korea's nuclear missiles test, few see that as a


risk, but the cost of potential warfare for the Korean peninsula and


Well, the bellicose language between the US and North Korea has


The Chinese government has urged both sides to avoid


Our correspondent Yogita Limaye reports from the South


This is what North Korea's threatening to attack.


The island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean that's home


In its latest message Pyongyang says it's a response to drills conducted


by US nuclear bombers stationed in Guam.


For the people in South Korea, a country that has perhaps the most


to lose if a war breaks out, threats from its neighbour


Yet the latest war of words between Pyongyang and Washington


TRANSLATION: If Kim Jong-un miscalculates and fires first,


we will be the ones to face destruction.


TRANSLATION: It's scary, I wonder why Kim Jong-un


I hope everyone lives in peace, but North Korea consistently does


This country has been preparing for the worst.


About 60 kilometres from Seoul is the Osan airbase where American


and South Korean troops work jointly on a defence programme.


It's just one of many such military stations in the country.


But while it's been ramping up its defence capabilities,


South Korea knows that this can't be its only approach


and so it has been trying the diplomatic route as well.


Last month President Moon Jae-in proposed military


And on Wednesday, South Korea once again spoke of mending ties.


TRANSLATION: These comments by North Korea do not help the relationship


between South and North Korea. We will continue to seek peace in the


Korean peninsula and reconciliation between the two countries.


There has been no response to Seoul's offer from


And no indication that these missile tests will stop any time soon.


In a moment, we'll get the latest from Yogita Limaye


But first, to Washington and our correspondent Jane O'Brien.


We hear that the US Secretary of State has recently landed in Guam.


What more are we going to be hearing from him there, possibly from the


president as well? The most important thing is the clarification


of what he made of what the president said, this fire and fury


that he was threatening North Korea with, saying this was simply a way


of talking directly to the North Koreans in words they would


understand. But more importantly, he clearly does not think that


diplomacy has been exhausted. In fact, he said it is working,


witnessed by the sanctions imposed unanimously with China at the UN at


the weekend. The object of those is to bring North Korea to talks. He


also said he does not think the situation has changed significantly


over the last 48 hours because it has been pretty much of a given that


North Korea has got nuclear capability. What has rattled


Washington more is the speed at which they have been able to develop


weapons that at some point may be capable of striking mainland US.


Yogita Limaye is in the South Korean capital Seoul.


We have had strong language like this in the past, how serious is it


this time? This aggression from North Korea is not unexpected. In


the month of August, the US and the South Koreans conducted joint


military exercises and analysts say we hear this sharp rhetoric from


Pyongyang every year. That this year you have a US president who is also


talking in fierce language and all of that put together has heightened


tensions beyond what we have seen in recent years. In South Korea they


have been nervous about this war of words going on between the US and


North Korea, so when the South Korean president spoke to Donald


Trump for almost an hour over the phone two days ago, while he did


back the US sanctions, whilst he talked about strengthening defence


capabilities of the US and the US troops here, along with the South


Koreans, what he also said is he believes the diplomatic route is the


only way out and what he hopes is all of this puts pressure on North


Korea to come to the negotiating table. Thank you.


Six French soldiers have been hurt after a car drove


into them near their barracks in a suburb of Paris.


Police say they are still looking for the driver and the car.


The incident happened in Levallois-Perret,


The local mayor says he has no doubt it was a deliberate act.


The immediate aftermath of the attack.


The emergency services at the scene helping the injured.


All of them soldiers, targeted as they left their barracks.


The incident happened just after eight o'clock


this morning in a suburb in the north-west of Paris.


It is believed the car was parked in an alley nearby.


It then accelerated towards a group of six soldiers as


they walked out of their barracks in Levallois-Perret.


One local resident said they see soldiers around all the time.


She told reporters it was a popular area


for families but luckily none of them were around this morning.


There's now an increased security presence in the area.


The major concern is finding the vehicle and


its driver which sped off after hitting a group of soldiers.


TRANSLATION: This attack proves that the terror threat


is still present which requires more and more vigilance and this


counterterrorism operation which is essential.


The soldiers were part of the heightened the counterterrorism


The soldiers were part of the heightened counterterrorism


operation following the high number of attacks in France in


In 2015 militants targeted offices of the satirical magazine


Later that year 130 were killed in the attacks on Paris


And on Bastille Day, in July last year,


a truck was driven through the crowd on the Nice promenade.


There have also been other lower-level incidents.


Today's event, yet another attack on those trying to protect France.


The local mayor has described it as incomprehensible and odious.


The governing body for international athletics has defended its decision


to deny medal contender Isaac Makwala entry


to the World Championships because of concerns


The sprinter says he is heartbroken and feels he has been treated


The Botswanan sprinter tried to get into the London Stadium last night,


but was barred from competing in the 400 metres final.


Our Sports Correspondent Natalie Pirks has the details.


Gold for Wayde Van Niekerk should've been a triumphant moment.


But as he crossed the line it was clear something was missing.


In lane seven, an empty space where major rival Isaac Makwala


This morning in his hotel room, Issac Makwala was still visibly


upset and told me explicitly that he feels something


If this thing had been for Mo Farah like now, I do not think the British


would allow it. They would not allow it. They know Mo Farah is the one


who could get medals for them. Or anyone, even Usain Bolt.


The facts of the Makwala case are very confused.


He was pulled out of the 200 metres heats on Monday after vomiting


on the bus on the way to the stadium.


Last night though the governing body said there was a strict 48-hour


quarantine in place and the IAAF medical chiefs confirmed a doctor


said Makwala was suffering from the same virulent Norovirus


that has swept through one of the athletes' hotel.


We had taken him, examined him, his pulse, and his history was clear


that he had similar symptoms to all the other athletes that have also


been classed as having this gastrointestinal disease.


But today Makwala reiterated that he had only been sick once,


not twice, and that he was not only fit to run in the 200 metres heats


but also ready to run last night in the 400 metres final.


If they came to meet with the result and the test and they said, here is


the result, I would not have that problem. But they just assumed I was


sick because others in the hotel were sick.


In Britain elite athletes receive government and lottery funding,


He expected to wake up today with a medal by his side


and to be receiving calls about sponsorship deal.


Instead he had to watch the race on TV, pondering


My emotion came when they crossed the line. I looked at that time.


That time was the normal time that I can do. I was in shape to do that


Even Van Niekerk himself felt sympathy for his stricken rival.


It is disappointing, I would love him to have his opportunity, he was


in great form. I believe he would have done very well at these


championships. Like I said, I have so much sympathy for him. I really


wish I could give him my middle to be honest with you.


Issac Makwala told me Issac Makwala told me he wants


to leave Britain now but will stay to race again with his


team-mates in the four by 400 m relay on Saturday.


For that he must find reserves of mental strength he never


Our Sports Correspondent Andy Swiss is at the London Stadium now.


Where does it go from here? Well Issac Makwala clearly feels he has


been harshly treated. There is still the relay at the weekend with his


quarantine period over and he is hopeful he can compete in that. But


really little consolation. He came here with such high hopes of a medal


in the 200 and 400 metres and he feels that those hopes have been


snatched away from him. He has also suggested the hopes were sabotaged


by the eye WRAF. And in the last few minutes they responded to those


claims saying there's nothing that they want more than extraordinary


competition in these championships. -- IAAF. That they are freed up the


competition allowing these athletes to double up a 200 and 400 metres.


Well we cannot forget the championship as well of course, what


else in store for the rest of the day? Later today Mo Farah returns to


the track in the heats of the 5000 metres. He was a gold medal winner


in the 10,000 metres and this is his last major track Championships. Also


the semifinals of the 200 metres for the men, and of course Issac Makwala


was meant to be competing in that. Three British people involved in


that. Still no sign of an end to the medal drought being suffered by a


British team, still the only gold medal by Mo Farah and another near


miss last night with Kyle Langford finishing fourth in the 800 metres.


A lot of fourth, fifth and sixth places. They need to convert those


into medals, and fast. Many thanks. The United States and North Korea


are urged to show restraint, as tension increases around


the threat to hit a US airbase The Women's rugby World Cup starts


today with England looking They take on underdogs Spain


in Dublin in the opening match. Today is the tenth anniversary


of the start of the biggest financial crash since


the great depression. The French bank BNP Paribas


announced that it couldn't pay investors who wanted


to withdraw their money - sparking a crisis which spread


around the world, as banks revealed they had racked up billions


of pounds of toxic debts. Our economics correspondent


Andy Verity looks at what's changed a decade on,


and whether lessons It was a quiet summer holiday


Thursday when the markets began to panic. And we're still living with


the consequences. Down 242... The French bank called BNP Paribas


announced it had hundreds of millions invested in mortgage-backed


investments and now had no idea how little they were worth. Banks and


hedge funds should have put trillions into similar investments


without checking whether the mortgage borrowers whose payments


they depended on could afford to keep up the repayments. Now they


were defaulting in ever greater numbers. There is going to be a soft


landing in housing. He has no clue about the economy. What more do you


need to know. Housing is going to be a disaster. That warning was given


in March 2000 seven, five months before the crisis was foreseen by


some. No one was listening then? They all thought I was crazy and I


had some good comments. I was called chicken on social media. Pretty


scary times. The credit crunch happened because banks have that


trillions on mortgage-backed investments in the US housing


market. They now had no idea how much they or their competitors have


lost. They normally lend money to each other every day and now the


banks they were lending to, they will not sure if they would still be


in business so they stopped lending and start hoarding cash, forcing up


the cost of borrowing. The European Central Bank immediately intervened


offering to lend up to 95 billion euros to banks are now could not


borrow from anyone else. Then the Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord


Darling spent the rest of his time in office dealing with the financial


crisis the like of which had not been seen for 80 years. MPs lament


the lack of personal responsibility from bankers who helped to cause the


calamity. When just one bank, Barings bank, there were more


prosecutions and finds and misconduct charges as a result of


that one bank going down them with RBS, HBOS, Northern Rock. So instead


of going forwards, we have gone backwards. The underlying reason for


the credit crunch was a massive build-up of private-sector debt and


according to the Bank of England numbers for today we still have not


lost that habit. Take a look at this, the consumer credit numbers.


That purple line showing how much we're borrowing. Growing up more


than 10% per year, far faster than wages. And borrowing to buy cars is


growing by more than 15% a year. Reforms since the crisis are meant


to allow banks to fail without breaking the financial system but


the Bank of England recently said that will not be achieved until


2022, 15 years after the credit crunch began.


More details have been given about the 500 new medical school


places which are being made available in England


in the next academic year, as the government attempts to boost


The target is to increase the total number of training places


by a quarter by 2020 - but the British Medical Association


says it won't address the immediate shortage of medics.


The government has given more details today on what it says


will be the biggest ever expansion of the medical workforce in England.


What we are doing is ensuring that we train enough home-grown


doctors so the NHS becomes self-sufficient in doctors over the


And we think that's the best way to ensure we have the doctors


Next year an extra 500 medical School places


By 2020 the number will grow to 1500.


Representing a 25% increase in yearly intake over all.


And medical schools will have to win many of those extra places


by showing that they can get graduates to work in rural


or coastal areas where recruitment is more of a struggle.


And by bringing trainees from diverse


We welcome the government's approach looking at how they can get more


people from poorer backgrounds to study medicine, it is something


the BMA has been talking about for many years.


But there are lots of questions about how these medical school


places are going to be funded and how the government


is going to tackle the immediate recruitment and retention crisis


Barts and the London School of medicine will get 23 you places next


year and is likely to bid for war. It is understood news because


medical schools are oversubscribed but we want to see government when


they allocate places looking at making sure each medical School


provides a comprehensive average starting as a young age with


schoolchildren. The government also wants universities to encourage


students to take up jobs in rural coastal communities where there has


been more of a struggle to graduates. All part of a wider NHS


recruitment drive. The Labour Party says it


doesn't add up to any But ultimately it will be patients


who decide whether this extra dose of doctors proves to be


an effective medicine. The Women's World Cup begins


in Dublin is less than an hour. England - the defending champions -


are first up, before Wales It's already been a great summer


of sport for Britain's women, and with England the favourites


to retain their title, Our sports correspondent Katherine


Downes reports from Dublin. Defending champions,


Six Nations Grand Slam winners, It's no wonder England


are favourites here. But they're not resting


on their laurels. What has gone before has gone before


and everyone is proud of it Everyone is fighting and vying


for that trophy come England may be the defending


champions, but it was Ireland who pulled off the biggest shock


of the tournament last time round, knocking out the four-time world


champions New Zealand. As hosts this year they're looking


for more glory on home soil. Ireland play Australia this evening,


a perfectly timed kick-off for home I'm just excited, I suppose


it is like Christmas Eve. We have been waiting


three years for this. So it is a really long


Christmas Eve, really! As opening matches go it


doesn't get much tougher Rowland Phillips is the Welsh coach,


his daughter Charis A family of Dragons hoping to take


down the Black Ferns. There is enough things to do


here without worrying too much Only when no-one


laughs at his jokes! And have you got to meet


any of your heroes yet? It's been a summer


for heroes so far. Johanna Konta blazing a trail


to the Wimbledon semifinals, the first British woman to do


so in 39 years. Then England won a thriller


at Lord's to win the women's The Euros followed,


no trophy for England, only the eventual champions


could stop them in the semis. The Rugby World Cup


completes the set. The end of a summer of sport that


has seen Britain's women send a message to the rest of the world,


we are the ones to beat. Catherine Downes,


BBC News, in Dublin. With its rugged mountains


and pristine lochs, it's no surprise that the Isle of Skye attracts large


numbers of tourists. But the island has now become


so popular that its services are being stretched to the limit -


and Police Scotland is warning visitors to stay away


unless they already James Shaw is in Portree,


the largest town on the island. It is a stunning location, you have


the main town, the harbour over there and often the distance the


mountains, one of the main draws. This is a busy day on the island,


the busiest perhaps of the year with the Highland games happening behind


us. And there is no question at all the infrastructure is creaking under


the pressure of mass tourism. Skye has a unique and stunning


combination of rivers, But now under it's under increasing


pressure from drive-through tourism. Some of Skye's most stunning


locations are victims Suffering increasing


road and path erosion, but still visitors are


drawn to them. What do you think of


what you've seen so far? I mean, just the landscape,


the colours are beautiful. Something you don't


see anywhere else. I didn't imagine it was so many


people, but yeah, I think But you know, you have the vast


landscape and you know, you just Not so much space on Skye's


single-track roads. Incidents like this


are surprisingly common. And more people are coming to Skye


because they've seen it on film. The problem at the moment


is the car parking. And yeah, people come


to where the films were made, jump out of the car or the coach,


take a quick picture, And you know, nothing coming


into the island economy from some Who wouldn't want to come


to Skye to be surrounded But it's clear that the pressures


are growing and some people on the island believe that they need


to be solutions, sooner The biggest challenge


on the single-track roads... Shirley Spear runs one of Skye's


most famous restaurants. She's also setting up


an organisation which will pitch for government grants to improve


the island's infrastructure. We need the Scottish Government


to get right behind tourism, which is now recognised


as being a major economic driver We need to get them onside


and perhaps supporting us with extra funding for the development


of tourism as an industry. Or even making all or part


of the island a national park. But the consensus is that there


should be action soon. We know the Scottish Government in


fact is not in favour of a tourism tax but they have said they are very


keen to talk to local business leaders here on Skyw. The question


really I suppose is whether action will happen quickly. Will it happen


quickly enough for the summer season next year.


If the weather is not looking quite as bright as this today then hold


fire as things should improve by tomorrow. But for some especially


towards the south-east there is a lot of cloud around. This was in


Hertfordshire. And from that cloud we have some heavy bursts of rain.


You can see those bright colours on the radar picture, intense downpours


moving painstakingly slowly south and east. So through East Anglia and


much of the south-east it will stay wet right through the afternoon.


Some heavy bursts of rain and the odd flash of lightning and thunder.


That could cause some transport disruption or even localised


flooding. Further west and north a different story. A fair amount of


cloud but dry through this afternoon and up to 19, 20 degrees in places.


Also Scotland and Northern Ireland enjoying some spells of sunshine.


For the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, looking good for the rest of today


and tomorrow. Temperatures in the high teens. And through this evening


many places fine but the rain clinging on for a good part of the


night across the south-east with some very soggy conditions. But as


the rain clears away and the sky is clear turning into quite chilly


night especially out in the countryside. Even cold enough for


some grass frost in some of the lens of Scotland. But a promising day


tomorrow because high pressure is building in from the south-west


meaning a fairly light wind. Some good spells of sunshine, more cloud


bubbling up as the day goes on. Some early rain in the south-east corner


which should clear quickly and some patchy rain in the far north of


Scotland. In the sunshine, 19, 20 degrees, feeling quite pleasant. But


notice wet weather beginning to push into the north-west on Friday.


Another band of rain working in from the West. Some heavy bursts in


western areas, patchy across eastern parts. Quite windy as well, girls


for a time in the north-west. But the prospects for the weekend better


than you might expect because we lose the wet France on Saturday and


the story for the weekend is a largely dry one with some spells of


sunshine. So the weather not too bright at the moment but hold fire


and it should improve. A reminder of our main


story this lunchtime. The United States and North Korea


are urged to show restraint, as tension increases around


the threat to hit a US airbase Steve Alker and reports that French


security forces have shot and arrested a man suspected of being


behind that attack on soldiers near Paris.


That's all from the BBC News at One - so it's goodbye from me -