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A Pacific Island paradise becomes a ballistic missile target
for North Korea as the war of words with the US escalates.
TRANSLATION: The Korean peoples Army strategic force is carefully
examining the operational plan for making and enveloping fire for the
area around Guam. The American Defence Secretary warns
Pyongyang that it is grossly outmatched in an arms race
with the US. French police shoot and arrest a man
suspected of deliberately driving a car at a group
of soldiers in Paris. A network of 17 men and a woman
in the English city of Newcastle are found guilty of grooming,
drugging and raping Once the largest restaurant chains
in the United States, Hello and welcome
to World News Today. The war of words between
the United States and North The American Secretary of Defence
has now weighed in, warning that Pyongyang is grossly
overmatched and will lose any His comments come after the North
announced that it is considering a missile strike on the US territory
of Guam, in the western Pacific. Here's our North America
correspondent, Nick Bryant. A far-off American air post
in the tropical waters of the western Pacific now finds
itself at the centre This is Guam, the site this summer
of US military exercises, American territory, that North Korea
says now could be The warning was delivered
on North Korean state TV. The chilling headline,
Guam could be targeted by its medium It came hours after President Trump
had threatened Pyongyang with some of the most incendiary rhetoric used
by an American president in decades. North Korea best not make any more
threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury
like the world has never seen. And more tough talk
on Twitter this morning. My first order was to renovate our
nuclear arms strength and it is now stronger and more powerful
than ever before. Hopefully we will never have to use
it, but they will never be a time that we are not the most powerful
nation in the world. The US Secretary of State,
Rex Tillerson, used He said the island faced no imminent
threat and Americans should The president is sending a message
to North Korea in language they will understand
because they do not understand It is over 2000 miles
away from Pyongyang, but is a strategic hub for the US
military in the Pacific. Home to 6000 troops on two military
bases with a population of 160,000. This American paradise
is being disturbed. The first thing that comes to mind
immediately first word is my family. I am not nervous, I am confident
in our military capability. With the rhetoric at such a perilous
pitch, there is a danger most sides become captive to their own tough
words, that they'd talk themselves I'm joined from Washington
by Eric Gomez. He's a policy analyst for defence
and foreign policy studies Welcome to the programme. What do
you make of, first, the kind of rhetoric being deployed by the chief
of the Pentagon? I think it's pretty standard rhetoric coming from the
Pentagon, and I think that is correct in some ways, the United
States does have an ability to limit damage from North Korea, but I think
the worry that I have and that many share is that, in North Korea right
now, you have a situation where everybody is scrambling to get their
hands on the trigger as fast as they possibly can, so the situation is
ripe for escalation, which makes Trump's statements, even if they
were not meant to be taking incredibly seriously, as very
dangerous. I suppose it's also worth considering the mindset of the North
Korean people, who are taught from birth that America is their enemy
and is waiting to invade and destroy them. In that sense, you could say
the rhetoric plays into the hands of the North Korean leadership. Yes, I
think the idea of threatening North Korea with fire and theory will
further increase the value that the North Korean leadership places on
nuclear weapons and, in terms of targeting Guam, that is an excellent
target in North Korean terms, the bombs that are based there that
could deliver nuclear weapons to North Korea. They are concerned
about there being one in particular which makes repeated flybys of the
Korean peninsula whenever there is an escalation or a missile test.
Those can't carry nuclear weapons, but the Koreans think they can. From
a Korean point of view, do you think there is a justified concern about
Guam, and perhaps also a concern about the anti-missile defence is
now situated in South Korea? Yes, I think the United States put those
defences place in order to reduce or limit the damage that a North Korean
strike could inflict. I also think that, from the US perspective, the
perverse incentive that is offered in missile defence systems is that,
if you can use them to successfully absorbed a relatively small North
Korean attack, if you try to take out North Korean military forces on
the ground before they can be launched, fewer would survive to get
to test the missile defence system, increasing the chances of the
defence system intercepting all the targets. I know you are an expert on
military strategy in this region. Do you think there is any good literary
strategy? Looked at all. At this point, the Trump in demonstration,
instead of just ratcheting up pressure, should be considering ways
to approach the North Koreans with some sort of negotiated path to
getting what the United States wants. I don't know what exactly the
United States can offer all what the starting point for such negotiations
would be, but the current problem with US spectrum -- humour strategy
if it is so focused on costs, no diplomatic language, that it is
backing North Korea into record and, the further you do that, the hope is
that they will eventually break and give in to our demands, but what is
far more likely is that they will cling even tighter to their nuclear
arsenal and be incentivised to make escalate Tory sentence -- escalating
sentence. A final thought, is there any way of getting North Korea to
the negotiating table with the precondition that they have to give
up their nuclear aspirations, perhaps with massive economic aid?
No, I don't believe they would agree to that. Nuclear weapons are the
policy. Without them, the North Koreans feared that the United
States would be able to roll over them and depose Kim Jong-un
effectively, and the US history, especially the North Koreans are
fond of citing Getafe, who did give up a nuclear weapons programme to
the United States and was then deposed with US support in 2011.
Also Saddam Hussein, who had a nuclear weapons programme, might
have had one, but was eventually destroyed and later was deposed by
the United States. So there is good reason, I don't think the North
Koreans are irrational and fulfilled I think they have a very rational
calculus between the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and I think frankly
it works. Take a look at our website for more
on this fast-developing story. We've more context and analysis
including this piece from a former senior US diplomat
on the likely next moves Police in France have shot
and wounded a man suspected of deliberately driving a car
into a group of soldiers Six soldiers were injured
in the incident in the Parisian The man was arrested
on a French motorway, 260 kilometres north
of the French capital. Paramedics swarm around
injured soldiers. Just moments after a car ploughed
into a military patrol. Six soldiers were injured,
three seriously, after the car, waiting for the men, accelerated
sharply and knocked them down. Residents looked on as the emergency
services went to work. TRANSLATION: I heard a loud noise
and I looked out my window, I saw the ambulance and the fire
engine arriving and I didn't go out. It was a truly odious attack,
said the neighbourhood mayor. To target soldiers who were here
to protect the French people. After a morning of intense
investigation, the operation This is a quiet suburb,
some distance from the bright lights This morning's attack a reminder,
if one were needed, that France TRANSLATION: It's a problem
for us French people Even foreigners do not
feel safe in France. It ended with a hail of gunfire,
the suspect's car brought The country's long struggle
with terror continues. Let's take a look at some
of the other stories It's been confirmed that FBI agents
raided the home of President Trump's former campaign manager
Paul Manafort two weeks ago, seizing It's reported that the FBI agents
were working with special counsel Robert Mueller who is
investigating claims of Russian interference in the 2016
presidential election. More than 200 villagers held
by the Taliban in northern They were taken after an attack
earlier this week where as many Good news for Botswana
sprinter Isaac Makwala. On Tuesday he was withdrawn
from the World Athletic Championships here in London,
apparently because Well in the last hour he's qualified
to compete in the 200 On the previous two night of action,
he was barred from competing. So that's good news at the world
athletics championships. Seventeen men and one woman have
been convicted of sexual exploitation and drugs offences
in the northern English Most of the men were from Pakistani,
Indian or Bangladeshi backgrounds. Controversially, police paid $13
to a convicted child rapist for information that helped
to expose this network of abuse. Our correspondent Fiona Trott has
been following this case. Guilty of causing girls and women
serious harm, court as part of Operation Sanctuary,
one of the biggest sexual exploitation investigations
in the north of England. Almost 100 perpetrators have
already been convicted. One 17-year-old was raped at a party
session organised by local men. I woke up in the morning,
the wardrobe was pushed Her police interview
was played to the court. To protect her identity we have
asked actors to read what she said. He had had sex with us
while I was asleep. How did you feel when he told
you he had done that to you? It is in houses like these
where the sessions took place. Victims were given drink and drugs
and were unable to defend themselves But in 2013 two
of them came forward. One had been trafficked
from a children's home, It started a long and
complex investigation. Controversially, officers
recruited a convicted child It is not an easy decision,
it is a decision we have had What I can categorically
state sitting here today, there are dangerous men behind bars
now and vulnerable people protected that would not have been the case
had we not used that informant. What beggars belief is the decision
to cross this child protection line Most of the perpetrators
were from Pakistani, This city councillor says leaders
from all faiths should re-educate local men to stop similar
exploitation in the future. People should not be telling
the Asian community had It is like saying to the white
community we should be talking However, there is an opportunity
to talk about issues on a regular basis about the rights of women
and it is important to use religion, like Islam, to educate
some of these people. The chief executive
of Newcastle City Council says a serious case review
is being carried out but it is not the only authority
with problems of this kind. We do not believe that what we have
uncovered in Newcastle is unique. There has been evidence
of similar offending in many We believe that any area that says
it does not have a problem It has been a long and traumatic
journey for the victims, but their evidence has helped
jail the perpetrators. The rest are due to be
sentenced next month. Millions of eggs have been taken
from the shelves in Belgium. The Belgian government has accused
Dutch officials of failing to pass on information about a scare
involving eggs contaminated The Belgian agriculture minister
also told members of his country's parliament that the authorities
in the Netherlands became aware of the problem much
earlier than thought. Belgian MPs interrupted their summer
holidays today to quiz the head of the Food Standards Agency and the
agriculture and public health minister in Belgium, and the Belgian
government is fighting against this allegation that they knew for quite
some time there could be a problem with these contaminated eggs but
they failed to pass the information on to their European neighbours.
They are fighting back against that allegation by saying, hang on, we
asked the Dutch authorities for information in June and it took them
a month to provide it. I Belgian minister also suggested the Dutch
may have first become aware of a potential problem as early as last
November, much earlier than people thought. The priority is still
protecting public health. The health minister saying there is very little
risk to the public's health because you would have to consume vast
quantities of contaminated eggs to feel any ill effects. Nonetheless, a
third of Dutch poultry farms are still closed as a precaution and
last week the German government removed 3 million eggs from the
shelves. But it does seem that the real effects here will not be felt
in people's health but diplomatically and economically.
The latest on the Belgian egg scandal.
In Kenya, results in the presidential election
are still coming in - and so far indicate a steady
lead for the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The opposition leader Raila Odinga has claimed the computer system used
But the electoral commission says the system has
NOT been compromised - and ballots will be checked be hand.
Just hours after Kenya held a peaceful voting process, the veteran
opposition leader questioned the validity of the incoming results.
Raila Odinga claimed the electoral database systems had been hacked and
the results distorted in order to keep him from winning. A senior IT
manager from the Electoral Commission was murdered a week ago.
The opposition claim his login was used to access the main database.
This attack on our democracy affecting the presidential elections
in all 47 counties. But the Electoral Commission is posted as a
result of the presidential election is a fraud. Initial results put Mr
Odinya well behind the incumbent, president Uhuru Kenyatta, who has
promised to respect the outcome. Allegations of vote fraud are not
unusual here. Kenyans continue to watch and wait, anxious to avoid a
repeat of the post-election violence of ten years ago. In isolated cases,
police fired tear gas at protesters in an opposition stronghold in the
west. Kenya's electoral authority has called for calm, adding that the
early results. The verified, and it denies claims of foul play. --
adding that the early result will still be verified. In the past half
hour, the head of Kenya's Electoral Commission appeared before reporters
to deny the voting system was compromised. I wish to take this
opportunity to confirm that our election management system is
secure. There were no external or internal errors to the system at any
point before, during and after the voting.
Anne Soy is at the national count centre there.
Tell us more about the Electoral Commission reassuring the public.
The chief executive made that statement in this hall, where the
final announcement will be made, and they said that no informal complaint
was filed, but they got the reports from the media, did their own
investigation and discovered that the system has not been compromised.
We have had international observers coming to look at what has been
going on, the validation of results. The former Secretary of State of the
United States, John Kerry, was here that we asked him about his
observations, and he said he had a lot of confidence in the system and
he has appealed to political parties to exercise patience and let the
electoral process run its course. Then you are talking about counting
the votes, there is a paper trail back to the polling stations, isn't
there? That's right. It is a hybrid system. These are new electronic
systems, which many people have put hopes on, and which the opposition
party... Once the votes are counted in polling stations, those results
are put electronically to the constituency officers and here at
the national tallying centre, and people followed these results in
real time through a portal. But there are also forms that are signed
at polling stations. The count was established and they were signed by
party agents, and those are the documents Electoral Commission is
going through to make sure that this tallies with what they were sent
through the electronic system before they can announce the result.
Now for Americans of a certain generation - simply the mention
of a Howard Johnson's brings back memories of countless meals consumed
Today just one remains and you'll have to go to Lake George
So what happened to the once booming franchise?
Our correspondent with a certain connection went to find out.
It is 1950s America, and Howard Johnson's roadside
As more Americans buy cars and take the highways,
there is a growing need to feed weary travellers.
And, by the early 1970s, Howard Johnson's becomes the largest
food chain in America, with more than 1000 restaurants.
But fast forward to 2017, and there is only one left.
Before we explore the reasons why, I should declare I have a personal
interest in the story as my name is also Howard Johnson.
Growing up in the UK, visiting Americans would laugh
This would be my first visit to a Howard Johnson's restaurant.
I had arranged a meeting with 90-year-old Carl DeSantis,
In 1953, Carl agreed a franchise deal with Howard Johnson's to build
this restaurant in the tourist area of Lake George.
It was so successful that we went from one restaurant
You could almost put one anywhere and it would go in its heyday.
And also the competition, the chains, were not there.
Cutbacks after the company went public where one
But Ben and Jerry's also muscled in on the ice cream business,
while McDonald's became king of the road.
We could have made it go, but we did not.
But, you know, that is history and nothing is forever.
How likely is it that the last Howard Johnson's will still be open
I think what will really happen is Lake George, every year,
It has gotten to be where it could be a 60-40 kind of deal.
60% maybe not, 40% maybe still having it open.
That is sad news for HoJo fans who grew up with the brand.
When I was young, there were lots of Howard Johnson's.
This is the last one standing, so we are going to try to plug it
out and give it for as long as we can.
No way! That is not true.
Are you serious? That is so cool.
The decline of a once great American hotel chain.
Now before we go, have a look at this video from off
of the water off the coast of St John's in Newfoundland.
It's fair to say it caught the three people out fishing by surprise.
We don't know if they had any luck on the fishing line but a perfect
Just time to remind you of the top stories. The US Defence Secretary
has warned that North Korea will lose any arms race it initiates,
finding himself, as they put it, grossly outmatched by the United
States. He urged them to abandon their nuclear weapons programme and
cease making threats against US territories. Thank you for being
Dry and bright weather for many but some very heavy rain