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After the latest firing of a North Korean ballistic missile,
the US says it will reinforce its alliances in
Swiss voters decide in a referendum to make it easier for some
A 13th day of protests - tens of thousands of Romanians
demand their government's resignation.
The leadership says it's standing firm.
If we get a nonconfidence vote in the parliament, we go home.
But until that moment, we will do our job.
And the British Academy film awards are underway here in London with
Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Dev Patel winning in some of the acting
categories. A senior advisor to President Trump
says the United States is going to reinforce vital
alliances in the Pacific region in order to deter increasing
hostility from North Korea. That announcement followed
North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that's drawn
harsh international condemnation. It's the first such launch
since Donald Trump took The missile was fired from an air
base in North Pyong-an Province - and flew about 5000 kilometres east
into international waters Our Tokyo correspondent
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports. This is the launch of a Musudan
ballistic missile, the same type that was fired from North Korea
into the Sea of Japan Today's launch was almost
certainly timed so that North Korea's dictator,
Kim Jong-un, could crash a weekend party taking place
on the other side of the world. President Donald Trump
and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, have been spending
the weekend golfing in Florida. Mr Abe was not amused
by the North Korean intrusion. TRANSLATION: North Korea's
recent missile launch North Korea must fully comply
with the relevant United Nations In his response, President Trump
seemed less certain. Even neglecting 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 of America
stands behind Japan, Kim Jong-un recently promised
to test a much more powerful President Trump has vowed
that will not happen, but it's not clear how he intends
to stop it. North Korea already has
short-range missiles capable of hitting South Korea,
and medium-range missiles The Musudan is an intermediate range
missile, which may be able The ultimate goal is a so-called
ICBM, able to hit parts For more than 20 years,
the outside world has been trying to stop North Korea,
with tighter and tighter sanctions. The border with China remains open,
and trade is flourishing. The US and its allies will now move
to tighten sanctions further, and accelerate the deployment
of new anti-missile systems in South Korea and Japan,
but no one seems to have any idea how to stop North Korea
from becoming a fully fledged Rupert Wingfield-Hayes,
BBC News, in Tokyo. David Willis is in
Washington for us now. Thank you for joining us. North
Korea has said some time that it's been threatening to launch a
missile, but do you get the sense that the Trump administration was
expecting this news? Were they prepared for this? It's interesting,
the Trump administration has been at pains to reassure its allies,
particularly Japan, that it has their back as far as North Korea is
concerned. But what precisely the Trump administration plans to do
about North Korea isn't precisely clear. We've had over the last
several presidencies talks, sanctions, we had what was called
under the Obama Administration, strategic patients. None of it has
calmed North Korea's nuclear ambitions. With every likelihood
that North Korea might actually develop a nuclear missile capable of
reaching the United States within the lifetime of this current
presidency, it becomes something of an urgency for Donald Trump to sort
some sort of policy out on this front. He has said on the campaign
trail that he would be willing to sit down and have a burger, as he
put it, with Kim Jong-un and negotiate directly. That's not
something the Obama administration wanted to do. But certainly, that
and all the other potential solutions to this, are being weighed
up now in the light of what's happened over the last few hours. It
was interesting to hear the statement from Stephen Miller today.
It seems to throw out the idea that talks with Kim Jong-un out of the
window. It seemed like they were more talking about reinforcing
alliances in the region. Do you think they are grasping at straws a
little bit? There is the thought that China could be a buttress, if
you like. That its influence over North Korea could be helpful to the
United States, could be leveraged in some way. North Korea relies on
China for most of its energy and food. Despite the fact China has
condemned this and other missile tests by South Korea, it doesn't
seem to have affected anything. North Korea remains committed to its
nuclear programme, no question about that. It really is a difficult
situation and one that has vexed presidents before Donald Trump,
going back several decades. In fact, to the time of George Bush senior. A
difficult situation indeed. Thank you to David Willis in Washington.
Voters in Switzerland have approved a plan to relax
Final results from the national referendum show just over 60%
of voters support measures to make it easier for third
generation immigrants to become Swiss citizens.
Vanja and Vanja, two young women with the same name,
Supporters of simplified citizenship argued this
We asked people, what's the difference between people born
here, went to school together, raised here, why should
they have a different set of rights at birth?
But the Swiss have traditionally been very protective
Opponents of changing the current strict rules tried to exploit fears
of increased immigrants from the Middle East.
Over 60% said yes to easier citizenship for
Now, on paper, this looks like a pretty minor change
in Switzerland's citizenship law, but actually it's very significant.
For around 25,000 people who were born here,
mainly young people, it will make a big difference.
Vanja from the campaign poster is among them.
The granddaughter of Italian immigrants born in Switzerland,
she cannot vote and is barred from some professions,
Because it shows that I'm a part of Switzerland.
But the vote also reflects a change in country.
But the vote also reflects a changing country.
Three previous attempts to relax the rules
Today, Switzerland has signalled a growing acceptance
German politicians have chosen the country's new President.
The former foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier,
was elected at a special assembly of both regional and
The German President has little executive power, but is considered
to have an important role in setting moral leadership for the nation.
Hamburg airport in Germany was temporarily evacuated
and flights stopped after an irritant gas caused
passengers to suffer breathing and eye problems.
Firefighters later said they had found an empty cartridge that had
likely contained pepper spray or tear gas, which is sold
Nine people have been taken to hospital.
In Greece, military bomb disposal experts have removed a huge second
world war bomb after it was found during construction work
Around 75,000 people were moved to safety
The device is now being taken to a military base,
Tens of thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets for a 13th day,
to demand the resignation of the government.
This was the scene outside the government's offices
The demonstrations have forced the government to revoke
a controversial decree that would have weakened the powers
of anti-corruption prosecutors, and caused the justice
The country's foreign minister has admitted that the government had
made mistakes in its handling of the corruption issue.
But he told our correspondent Nick Thorpe that ministers
If we get the nonconfidence vote in the parliament, we will go home.
But until that moment, we will do our job.
And let the others express their opinions.
And try to take into account, to the best of our abilities,
the opinions of those who are demonstrating.
Do you plan to introduce any similar legislation in future?
We decided to abbrogate the ordinance and to come back
to the previous situation, which does not mean
It will be solved in the parliament in the period to come.
And with a larger consultation, transparency and so on and so forth.
That's why, from my point of view, practically there are no reasons
And the second thing in which we were wrong,
was the way in which we communicated with the population,
How uncomfortable has it been for you and your government to face
these massive protests over the last weeks.
Of course it's an uncomfortable position when people
But at the same time, I have to tell you very bluntly,
we have the feeling that we did our best, whatever was in our power,
The biggest awards night for British film - the Baftas -
Guests have been gathering at the Royal Albert Hall.
The romantic musical, La La Land, leads the
The films Nocturnal Animals and Arrival both follow closely
We can go live to the BBC's Jane Hill.
Jane, who has been picking up Baftas so far?
The ceremony is continuing at the Royal Albert Hall. Until just a few
minutes ago, it really was looking like an evening of all must have
prizes. Almost every film nominated tonight was picking up something
along the way. A real scatter-gun affair. In the last little while
we've had a few more of the major categories through. Certainly La La
Land has done pretty well. Damien Chazelle's film has done well with
Emma Stone picking up the award for Best actress and Damien Chazelle for
best director. Also on award for cinematography. Certainly not
running away in terms of pure numbers. We wait still to find out
whether it picks up the award for best film. The film Lion, based on
the true story of a young boy adopted from India and taken to live
with a family in Australia aspect up a couple of awards including one for
its screenplay by Luke Davies and a big cheer for the British actor Dev
Patel, who picked up the acting award in that category. A couple of
awards that perhaps were expected, Casey Affleck has taken the award in
the last few minutes for his performance in Manchester by the
Sea, quite a bleak New England 's tale, but a very strong performance
from him. He won the Golden Globe for that award and has picked up the
Bafta here tonight in London. And best supporting actress went to the
very popular American actress Viola Davis for her searing role in
Fences, directed by Denzel Washington and based on a play by
August Wilson, who adapted the screenplay for Fences from his own
play. That was quite some years ago because he died in 2005. We wait
here at the Albert Hall to find out what has been selected as best film
and the Bafta Fellowship is still to come as well. There is more to come
tonight. Thank you, Jane. Stay with us on BBC
world news. Still to come... Catastrophic fire conditions in
parts of Australia. Bushfires take hold in dozens of places in New
South Wales. Nelson Mandela taking his first
three steps in a new South Africa. A death sentence has been passed on
Salman Rushdie, the writer of a book many Muslims say it is blasphemous.
The people of Haiti say thank you for the asking of their former
president, Doctor Valley. Shergar was kept in a special box in the
stud farm block. He was driven away in a horse box the thieves had
brought with them. Stepping down from the plane, a figure in
mourning. Elizabeth II, Queen of this realm and of all her other
realms and territories, head of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith.
The latest headlines... After the latest firing of a North Korean
ballistic missile out, the US says it will reinforce its alliances in
the Pacific region. Back to our top story and that
North Korean missile test that took It's received strong
condemnation from across Joining us is Professor David Kang
at the university of Thank you so much for joining us. My
pleasure. Off in the North Korean leadership and Kim Jong-un in
particular, is painted as this kind of insane figure who is building up
a missile programme with no real goal. Is that true, is that the
case, or does he have a real strategy and goal in mind? I think
that's one of the biggest misconceptions, is that it's random
and unpredictable. But in fact, the North Korean regime under numerous
leaders including his father and grandfather, have tested new
American presidents. We all expected some type of response from North
Korea to Trump, especially given how Trump is outspoken. In many ways the
missile test was carefully chosen, and the nuclear programme is very
deliberate in its planning in North Korea. What does North Korea
actually want? What does it help to achieve with its nuclear ambitions?
I think the nuclear ambitions more generally are a way to survive as a
country, as a regime, without the nuclear programme, I think the
leadership of North Korea would be very vulnerable. With the nuclear
programme, it makes people anxious about attacking them. It makes sense
for them to have one. It makes it harder for us to imagine the
denuclearisation of North Korea. Our sanctions having any effect? It's
hard to see the effect they have had. The latest UN sanctions from
last year when there were two nuclear tests were ostensibly the
strongest ever. And in response North Korea has still tested
Intercontinental ballistic missile Isles, and now the shorter missile
it tested yesterday. It's not clear that more pressure makes North Korea
back down. Pretty clearly, and pretty consistently, North Korea
meets pressure with pressure of its own. We always run into the problem
of, will we start a war? And then all sides decide, we don't want to
do that. We are stuck in a cycle of provocation and backing down. Thank
you, David, from the University of Southern California.
A bit of breaking news coming into us at the BBC. La La Land has won
best film at the Baftas. It was widely expected.
The emergency services in the Australian state
of New South Wales say a record-breaking heatwave has
produced the worst conditions ever seen for local firefighters.
The extent of damage inflicted remains unclear,
but the authorities say homes and livestock have been
As David Campanale now reports, the biggest blaze has been
near the town of Dunedoo in the centre of the state,
Ideal conditions are in place for these bushfires.
Temperatures in New South Wales have soared to record levels
Fanned by strong winds, the fires raging across the state,
and here in Dunedoo are threatening homes and closing roads.
More than 2000 firefighters, many of them volunteers,
The authorities have had to order the evacuation of some sparsely
And they admit many of the fires are uncontained.
Yeah, just there's nothing you can do.
The rural Fire Service in the state has issued a warning
of catastrophic fire conditions, declaring this to be the worst
day seen in the history of New South Wales.
Firefighters at the front line say conditions
We have got reports across a number of the fire grounds,
particularly those that are subject of emergency warning,
that we are seeing property impacted and we are expecting
The areas hit by fires are a long way from Sydney, the state capital,
where thousands of people have flocked to the beaches to cool off.
The heatwave and need for air conditioning in homes has put
Some businesses have reduced or halted operations
Wild bushfires are not uncommon in Australia's arid summer,
climate change has pushed up average land and sea temperatures
Australians are seeing a rising number of extremely hot days
But for this week at least, they are hoping that new cold
weather fronts will give some urgent relief.
Premier League champions Leicester City are facing a battle to remain
in the Premier League, one season on from lifting
the title, after being beaten 2-0 by Swansea City.
Claudio Ranieri's side are now just one point above the relegation zone
after slipping to their fifth straight league defeat.
Defender Alfie Mawson produced a striker's finish to volley
in the home side's first before Martin Olsson doubled their lead.
The result moves Swansea up to 15th, four points clear of danger.
It's unbelievable. We start well. We wanted to make a good result today
against our, another team in the battle of relegation. We start well,
we make something good. But at their first shot at goal, they scored. The
second action, they scored again. From that, it was very difficult to
go back. We had a chance at the beginning of the second half and
lost the chance, and then we tried to do our best, but it was very,
very difficult. League leaders Chelsea missed
the chance to extend their lead at the top to 12 points,
as they were held to a 1-1 They looked con course
for their 20th league win of the season after Pedro put
them in front. But the Republic of Ireland
international Robbie Brady produced a stunning equaliser,
his free-kick levellling Chelsea still have a sizable ten
point advantage over second placed Tottenham and remain on course
to win their sixth league title. Graf we all know that against
Burnley at home is not easy. They have taken 20 points before this
game, now 29 points. Now it's important to continue to work. There
are 13 games before the end of the league. We must be concentrated and
start again on Tuesday. In rugby union's Six
Nations Championship, Scotland were beaten 22-16
by France in Paris. It was a fiercely contested
encounter at the Stade de France and despite the Scots outscoring
France by two tries to one, five penalties and a conversion
from Camille Lopez gave France their first win
of the tournament. That result though leaves England
as the only unbeaten side It was a physical encounter and
quite a few times we came off second best. But I thought the boys stuck
in really well defensively, defended our line well and scored a couple of
tries, but we just at critical times, perhaps we were not accurate
enough. We will have a good look at that before moving to the next game.
Jordan Spieth took a six shot lead in the Pro-am
The two-time major winner was 16 under going into the final round,
which is now underway and he's currently on 18-under par -
four shots ahead of his nearest rival Brandt Schnedeker.
Earlier on, an eagle on the last hole gave Fabrizio Zanotti a one
shot win in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on Sunday.
Zanotti had been eighth going into the final round,
but the Paraguayan, who has missed three
cuts in a row, produced an incredible final round of 63.
Seven birdies put him contention before a eagle at the 18th
9-under for the day and 19-under overall - one shot clear
of American David Lipsky for his second win
The US Tennis Association has apologised after a Nazi-era version
of Germany's national anthem was sung ahead
The soloist's version here included the words "Deutschland uber alles" -
which translates as "Germany above all else."
It's a version banned since the end of the Second World War.
While the singer continued, fans and players began a loud
rendition of the correct lyrics, to the same tune, when they realised
The latest news from the Baftas, best film has gone to La La Land.
From me and the rest of the team goodbye.
After the weekend which many of us have endured, I'm sure you watch
crying out for something more like spring.