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This is BBC world News today. Rare unity in condemning North Korea's
fifth and most powerful nuclear test to date. The country's leader is
described The US Congress backs legislation
allowing families of 9-11 victims to sue the Saudi government
for damages, despite the threat Success for hosts Brazil
on the track on day two The ground-breaking surgery
restoring sight where it The United Nations security council
has begun an emergency meeting following North Korea's latest
and largest nuclear test. World leaders have reacted
with anger to the test, which created a blast so large
it was initially thought Even China, a long-time ally
of the isolated communist nation, The North Korean newsreader says
the nuclear test will protect On the main square, the thought was
echoed, as if through a script. In South Korea, they
monitor the tremors. Each test has been bigger
than the one before. The device detonated this time
is just short of the power From Japan today, planes took off
to gather air samples to try to determine what kind
of device was exploded. We try to still to monitor to find
out to find out what has taken place.
We are very much concerned and the resolutions
of the Security Council must be implemented and they will send this
The underground blast happened at this site in North Korea,
only nine months after the last nuclear test.
Kim Jong Un is in a rush to fulfil his nuclear ambition.
Yesterday in Pyongyang, the regime's leaders clapped
in unison as the country celebrated the anniversary
For them, the bomb is the icing on the cake.
Here tonight in Seoul in South Korea, life goes on.
People assume Kim Jong Un's bloodthirsty threats to turn
the place into a heap of ashes will not happen.
Even though he's appeared alongside what he claimed was a nuclear
warhead small enough to go on a rocket.
North Korea is just 50 kilometres from here, 30 miles,
The regime there is celebrating a great triumph tonight.
But there is no sign of that regime being close to collapse.
In recent months, North Korea has been launching missiles every ten
days, in defiance of the United Nations.
North Korea does not have nuclear-tipped missiles yet.
But it's working steadily towards getting them.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned North Korea's
nuclear test and described it as a brazen breach of
Speaking ahead of the emergency meeting of the Security Council
I would strongly appreciate the Security Council to unite and take
urgent action. The Security Council has met eight times this year only
on DPRK issues. We are deeply concerned by continuing acts of
provocation by the regime, this time, the fifth, the biggest nuclear
test. And I sincerely hope that the United Nations Security Council will
act in solidarity and unity for the international peace and security and
give a strong warning to the DPRK authorities.
Long time Korea watcher Aidan Foster Carter says
South Korea's description of Kim Jong-Un as uncontrollable
and a reckless maniac may not be a fair analysis.
Uncontrollable may well be true, the bit about being a maniac, I would
dispute. The North Koreans know exactly what they are doing and Kim
Jong-un, as under his father and his grandfather, they have played what
we might think of objectively as a weak hand very well. What are they
doing now? Kim Jong-un is both boosting himself at home, as a young
and untried leader, showing that he can do the stuff that his father
did. He is also taking advantage of the electoral window, there is a
social paralysis in the United States, nothing much will be done
now until the next president and Donald Trump said he would talk to
Kim Jong-un! And South Korea has an election coming up. I do see this as
merely defensive although the rhetoric is offensive. They saw the
fate of Iraq, they will put on an axis of evil by George W bush and
they want to make sure that will never happen and they have
succeeded. What about the role of China? Again, I think it is naive
that sometimes people in Washington and the West expect China to do our
bidding and see things our way. There is overlap between how they
see it and Western powers, but not identical. China, this is how I see
the -- China see that there is something worse than North Korea
setting off bombs on their doorstep and that is then collapsing. They
would hate the consequences of a unified Korea with US bases. That is
worse, as seen from China. I do know why simply -- some people in the
West don't grasp that. I want to take you over to Geneva.
We have been expecting a news conference. It is between John Kerry
and Sergei Lavrov. They have been in long talks on Syria. And in the last
few minutes, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, appeared
in the room journalists have been waiting and urged them to be
patient. He said that the process had been dragged out because of
Washington, saying that the Russians had been waiting for five hours for
a response from Washington, DC to the latest text. He said that things
moved slowly in the vertical power of democracy and added that he was
thinking about calling it a day and continuing with the talks next week.
So the Russian Foreign Minister suggesting that there has been
progress but they are waiting, he said. He said, I don't know where
our friends are, but it is important for them to check with Washington.
The US administration have been asked about those comments and they
say that John Kerry is continuing to discuss the proposals with
colleagues in Washington. Those discussions are ongoing and when
they have more, they will tell us. I wanted to let you know that was
happening. We saw a flurry of activity in Geneva, and we will go
back there when we know not what -- when we know more.
Almost 15 years after the 9/11 attacks in New York,
families of the victims have won the right to sue the Saudi Arabian
The House of Representatives has passed the bill -
the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act -
despite a threat by President Obama to veto the measure.
15 of the 19 hijackers were 9/11 nationals.
With me now from Washington is our reporter Laura Bicker.
What does this mean? As you heard, 15 of the attackers were Saudi
citizens and the Saudi government has always denied any involvement.
No links have been found. But this bill would allow the victim's --
victims' families to do is to sue any member of the Saudi government
for any element of the attack, even if they believe it was funded by the
Saudi Arabian government. President Obama has in the past as concerns.
He believes that this would overturn a long-standing international law
which grants nations immunity from prosecution 's, criminal
prosecutions and several cases. The White House has also voiced concern
it would put further strain on US - Saudi Arabia relations and they say
it could prompt a backlash, Saudi Arabia might decide to take out
suits against US National 's or US companies. So that is where the
concern of the White House lies. And when it comes to President Obama,
that Bill is not his desk and he has a different -- that Bill is on his
desk and he has a typical decision to make. There has been growing
pressure and concern about the funding. He well have this difficult
decision to make. He doesn't have to make a decision before he leaves
office, but the pressure is on him to make some kind of response, some
kind of decision because it's not just coming from the victims
families, it is coming from within own party. Presidential candidate
Hillary Clinton is for this bill. Leading Democrats for this bill. It
has broad support across Congress and that is very rare. If he decides
to veto it, he could find on some quite isolated in politics in this
country and Congress could override it. A two thirds vote in Congress is
required to overturn a presidential veto and that is quite likely to
happen. So he have to weigh up the consequences of politics in his
country against the geopolitics with Saudi Arabia.
Now a look at some of the days other news.
At least four people have been killed in a train crash
49 others were injured when the passenger service
Spain's Acting Prime Minister expressed his condolences and
thanked the emergency services on a visit to the scene.
Facebook has reversed its decision to censor one of the most famous
images of the Vietnam War - a naked girl escaping
a napalm attack - after the move caused outrage.
The 1972 image was removed after a Norwegian newspaper,
Aftenposten, published the photograph as part
Facebook originally said the photo violated its nudity rules.
But it's now decided to allow users to share it.
US prosecutors have charged a Volkswagen engineer
over his role in developing illegal emissions-cheating software.
A year ago, VW admitted installing pollution-control software in some
diesel cars and vans to falsify emissions test results.
The engineer, James Liang, pleaded guilty to conspiring to
The second day of the Paralympic Games in Rio is underway in Rio
and there are fifty gold medals up for grabs.
And hosts Brazil got off to winning start -
How is it going today, Julia? In a lot of action. Not good weather but
the shine is coming from inside the athletic Stadium. Lots of medals
were given out this morning. Goldman to Ireland, Tunisia and Argentina
and also Brazil. The third goal for Brazil in the 400 metres T20 race.
That is the race for athletes with intellectual impairment. He not only
won the race, but beaches own world record, coming in at 47.23 seconds.
And right now, the fans are streaming in for the night's round
of finals that are just starting. I can hear the sound from inside the
stadium. Lots of excitement. We had strong emotions earlier in the
morning with some unexpected terms. I would like to mention what
happened in the women's T11 100 metre race where Jeannie's Libby
Clegg got disqualified. She had had her best result ever in her life,
racing at 91 seconds. But the judges disqualified her on the
understanding that the guide accompanying her had pulled her. She
appealed that decision and was successful in that. So she will take
part in the finals of the T11100 metres race that will happen here
later tonight. And we will have lots of action here tonight including the
participation of one of the Paralympic stars from the US team,
Tatyana McFadden. She got three goals in London back in 2012 and she
is now trying to get a total of seven golds here in Rio. She will
try to snatch the first one in the 254 100 metres final. -- T54. Lots
of action in the field of. While sprinting on blades, the T51 final.
Jonnie Peacock will defend his gold that he won in London. Lots of
action in Rio with the athletic stadium filling up quickly. Thanks
very much. I know you will keep us across it all.
Let's take a look at the medal table as it stands on day two.
China has top spot with eight golds, ten silvers and four bronzes -
Great Britain is in second place - and hosts Brazil have also had
a successful start - currently in fourth.
And you can get the latest from the Paralympics
For detailed analysis and a sport by sport guide just go
Stay with us, surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the eye in
what is a real world first. A British-Iranian woman who has been
detained in Iran for more than 150 days has now been jailed for five
years, according to I think she's a political football
in internal battles and battles with Britain as well. We have had
messages saying if the British government agrees, we will release
her but different messages contradict that and now she has been
sentenced to five years. They have not released any charges. If there
was a crime there, they have not said what it was. When we have X --
explored all the possibilities bring them together, then we are looking
at do I find a way to get Gabriella back. It is difficult and dangerous,
but this can't go on for ever. Global condemnation as North Korea
carries out a fifth nuclear test - The US Congress backs legislation
allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government
for damages, despite the threat Techie's E, Mick Vista is said that
Turkey is willing -- Turkey's economic minister said that Turkey
is willing to negotiate a quick trade deal with Britain it is
Britain's biggest export partner and said that Britain must be ready. He
said that working on the deal it would set -- would work on the same
time as Turkey seeks to improve its current deal with the EU. In the
same time, while we are discussing this with the European Union. It's a
case, it's in SSSC now. We need to start the bigger stations with the
UK -- it's a necessity now. In two years because time, Brexit will be
completed. Everything must be ready in the same time, simultaneously. We
cannot lose time, we cannot lose the opportunities. We cannot miss this
season. When the season of the European Union finishes, then a new
rule between Turkey and the UK must be ready there.
Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes has all the sport.
Novak Djokovic has taken the first set of his US open semifinal against
Gayle Monfils. He started but still won 6-3. He is up in the second set
and he is fresh after having only played two matches after his
opponents retired. The serving as going for a 13th grand slam title.
-- the Serbian player. Froome is trying to become the first
man for 38 years to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta
in the same season. The countdown is on to tomorrow's
much awaited Manchester derby. It's being billed as the highest
profile game in British league history where Jose Mourinho
and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head. David Ornstein looks ahead to the
match. Manchester, home to some of
football, is fiercest rivals. Red versus blue, United versus city, now
Jose Mourinho against pep Guardiola. Now the battles will be as tents in
the dugout as on the pitch. Before the match comes the media. This is
where many of their fights have been fought. But on the eve of the first
derby, it was best behaviour. To me, it is just a game against a very
good opponent. If you want to be successful, if you want to win the
game, we have to be at the top of our qualities. The last game Real
Madrid, Barcelona, was not easy for either or both. But we met each
other a few weeks ago at the managers Premier League meeting and
we spoke fluently. Their relationship dates back to 1996 when
Guardiola was playing for Barcelona and Mourinho joined the closing step
-- coaching staff. But years later, Mourinho lost out to Guardiola for
the coaching job and friends became foes. And then Mourinho was
appointed to Real Madrid manager and his mission was to not Guardiola of
its perch. That poisoned season. The relationship was very poisonous --
aggressive at the end because they were the two best teams managed by
the two best coaches. United and city have been led by many great
managers and tomorrow, two more will take centre stage. But what makes it
significant is that it could be the most expensive match in football
history. The previous record was set in last season's El Classico with
Real Madrid against first -- Barcelona. It is estimated that the
players starting at Old Trafford was cost ?600 million. Among them is
Paul Pogba, at a world ?89 million. The last derby was settled by eight
moment of brilliance from Marcus Rashford. But that was a sideshow as
Leicester City stole the limelight. But the limelight is firmly back on
Manchester City thanks to Guardiola. That all the sport for now.
Surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the eye in a world
first. The robot means that surgeons can do more delicate procedures and
could otherwise have been done. Fergus Walsh reports.
Deterioration of sight in my right eye is progressive.
Bill Beaver is going blind in one eye.
If, for example, I take a book, and I cover my left eye,
which is still good, all I see is mush.
His central vision is completely gone.
In theatre, the surgeon uses a joystick to move to the robot arm,
Robot assisted surgery is now commonplace, especially
Never before has a robot been used to operate inside the eye.
This is delicate surgery, involving tiny, precise movements
to remove a membrane which is causing sight loss.
Crucially, the robot can filter out the surgeon's hand tremors.
The robot has to pivot around a tiny hole in the wall of the eye.
Inside, it removes a membrane just 100th of a millimetre thick,
shown in blue, which is covering the retina.
That allows the hole in the retina to close.
A few days later, the results are clear.
Before long, his distance vision will return to normal.
It is almost the world of fairy tales but it is true.
It is the difference between being active and doing
the things I need to do and enjoying art and enjoying life.
The surgeon says that the robot was more accurate than the human hand.
We are going into a new era of eye surgery where we will be placing
things at the back of the eye, under the retina, very much more
accurately and with greater precision than at the moment.
We can certainly improve on current operations but I hope we can do
new operations that currently we cannot do with a human hand,
Retinal disease is the main cause of blindness in the developed world.
Robots should allow many more patients to have their site saved.
President Obama has been honoured by scientists, they have named a
parasite after him! The professor responsible say it reminds them of
President Obama because it is long, thin, and cool as hell!