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Our top stories: I'm Tom Donkin.

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President Trump arrives in Texas to witness

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We want to be looked at in ten years from now as this is the way to do

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it. A new flood warning to tens

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of thousands of people in Houston - I live in taxes, whether flooding

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has been devastated. The president is here being briefed on the relief

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efforts. Anger as North Korea

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launches its latest missile, China says US and South Korean

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military exercises are For two decades it's given us

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the best views of Saturn. But now the Cassini mission

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is about to go out with a bang. Hello, and welcome

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to World News Today. President Donald Trump has

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arrived in Texas to assess the damage caused by Storm Harvey,

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as floodwaters across In Houston, more than thirty

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thousand people have been forced from their homes due

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to the tropical storm, which has set a new record

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for rainfall in the state. The rain has been falling

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since last Friday. Some places have seen more

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than a meter of rain. The greatest danger may be yet

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to come, with floodwaters rising in several rivers

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which are expected to flood. A major dam to the west

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of Houston has begun overflowing as Harvey pushes

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the reservoir past capacity. Engineers have tried

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to prevent nearby communities from being inundated

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by releasing some of the water Around 160 kilometers west

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of Houston is the small community of La Grange,

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that's where we can take you live to our North America

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correspondent Laura Trevelyan, Welcome to La Grange in Texas. This

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is a small community that is reeling from the devastating impact on the

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Hurricane Harvey. It is a microcosm of communities across Texas. More

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than 300 homes were evacuated as a Colorado River brokers back. Homes

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are being absolutely devastated. Liz says President Trump comes here to

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the Lone Star State. He landed in the last couple of hours, and right

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now and he has been proved in this situation. -- briefed on the

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situation. He is here to see for himself and as difficult questions

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about whether the kind of relief is being provided as my people need.

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Here is what the president had to stay shortly after landing. We want

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to be looked at in five years and ten years from now as this is the

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way to do it. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, and I'd just

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want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has

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been an honour for us. So, governor, thank you very much, we want sick

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and gradually since we don't want to do that. -- we want to say

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congratulations. President Trump is facing has vast natural disaster as

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president. He will of course be haunted by that of President George

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W Bush. It is a child anniversary of 911. President Trump is clearly

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determined to avoid their flat-footed response to that

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disaster. Houston has seen torrential rainfall and the impact

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of Harvey leading to extraordinary levels of awareness flooding. 9000

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people had to spend the night last night in a convention centre, and

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now the mayoral office and is expecting another 10,000 victims of

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the flood. My colleague James Kate has all the latest.

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The boats have come from all over the United States,

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Police, soldiers and civilians all working together.

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We're trying to get to a safe and dry place.

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From above, they can see the problem,

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A reservoir a few blocks away is overflowing.

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It was built 80 years ago to protect the

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young city of Houston, but no-one then imagined this.

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The level of the reservoir is still rising, so

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flooding is going to continue along the structures and the homes that

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are against the western edge of the pool.

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Streets will be flooding and will continue to flood.

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For the people being rescued here, this is

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clearly a nightmare, but it could yet get worse.

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These floodwaters will eventually make their way downstream

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to Houston, which is already struggling to cope.

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This shelter ran out of beds last night.

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More than 7000 people are here, tens of

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thousands more are looking for a haven.

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Little by little, the human cost is becoming clear.

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We now know that four children and their

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great-grandparents are among the dead, drowning in their car.

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For Houston and for the US, this is a

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The millions of people live around the rivers and swamps

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At Harvey makes landfall again, it's a question for another day.

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The storm no longer packs the power of a

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hurricane but remains dangerous and is heading east.

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Lying in wait is Louisiana, crippled by hurricane

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Back in Texas, those rescues roll on and on as

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There are a lot of people who need help, and I'm thankful for these

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I've never been through anything like this.

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And no wonder - 49 inches of rain has fallen.

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This is now officially a record-breaking disaster.

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On the line is Jeff Linder he's the Hydraulic operations

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Manager with the Harris County Flood Control District.

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Thank you for joining us. Can you let is not what the latest age as

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but those reservoirs? They continued to rise as water continues to move

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down. We do have releases going on right now by the army engineers.

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However on the northern side of addicts, we have a small amount of

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water going over this ballet, and that is expected to increase over

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the next 24 246 hours, and that will additional subdivisions along the

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side of the Addicks Reservoir. And side the reservoir, there are

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thousands of homes now flooding, some of them up to five feet deep of

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water. And on the north-east part of our county, we have water that is up

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to the rooftops or higher in some homes. Is that something you have

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ever seen before, one of the reservoir is fighting? Or is it a

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function of the trillions of gallons of water that have fallen on Texas?

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It is absolutely a function of the rainfall. We have never seen these

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reservoirs at this level. We have never been to this level since the

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1940s. Their previous record was actually said last year. We

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surpassed that by six feet already, and it is now rising. We have never

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engaged these belly before, so this is something that has never

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happened. We are in uncharted territory right now. We are not even

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sure how all the systems are going to behave as it the water continues

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to flow. The resulting damage is simply staggering. We know that

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Houston has more rainfall forecast. That the tropical storm is going to

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combat this city again. Presumably that just makes your job even more

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difficult. The centre of Hurricane Harvey is located just off of

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Galveston this morning. It is over the gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Harvey

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is beginning to move back to the north-east, and make by far just to

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the north-east. Heavy rain forced us to -- we have recorded almost 50

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inches of rain and alas four days, and we have some experts looking at

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right now, what kind of record that is. We think it maybe a US rainfall

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record. Thank you so much for taking the time away from your very

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difficult and important work to update us at BBC News about the

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situation there with those reservoirs. Thank you very much. He

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just said that that one area in his jurisdiction has received almost 50

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entries of rain, which they think is the US record, so the flooding that

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happens here and La Grange taxes, whether Colorado River also rose to

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as direct high of 55 feet, if ever that is nominally as five feet, once

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again if function of this extraordinary rainfall. We are not

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on the coast. People here were not expecting flooding, but what the

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flooding has done is that they work for mobile homes just a little bit

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away from where I was talking to you now. They got picked up by that

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flooding is it what went down the main streets. The bangs into one

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another, destroying people's homes, their belongings. One of those

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people who lost a home was that women who I talk to a little area. I

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began by asking Hunt what happened. It is devastating. I have not had a

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chance to take anything out, I was not able to go in there. There was

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close, and then you just go back this morning, and you can see the 80

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over at house is. It is still standing, but as far as water

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damage, pretty much everything is rain. The think there is any

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possibility you could live there again? Definitely. This is where I

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grew up, and there is no doubt that we will be starting all over and we

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will get another house right there. There is no way. This is our little

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place. Did you have any idea that this was going to happen? Did you

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feel you got enough warning that the flooding was on its way? No. We all

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know each other. Half of these people didn't think it would be this

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bad, so most of them just got some close just for the night so they

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could come back, but we never thought it would be a rabbi that

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would take most of these homes out. It is hard. -- a river that would

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take. Like so many thousands of victims of this tropical storm

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across the of Texas, she is trying to put her life back together back

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at the moment. President Trump is here in Texas. He has promised a

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full response to this disaster. Meanwhile, the tropical storm is out

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there lingering in the Gulf of Mexico, heading east to Louisiana.

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Back to you in this video. As you can see, the bottle has

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receded, but this stance is far from over. Let's move to another story.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country is facing

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an unprecedented threat after North Korea fired

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The missile was fired eastward from Pyongyang at six

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It potentially has the power to carry a nuclear warhead, and it

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fell into the North Pacific Ocean 700 miles off the Japanese coast.

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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.

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This is how people in northern Japan were awoken at just

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A missile is passing, the announcer says,

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At City Hall, there are frantic phone calls.

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A North Korean missile has just flown overhead.

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My phone was by my bed, says this woman.

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Suddenly it started ringing with alerts.

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We have nowhere to escape to, says this man.

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The missile that flew over Japan is thought to be one of these.

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It was first seen at this huge parade in Pyongyang in April.

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A month later, North Korea shocked the world by successfully firing

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Today, it has gone much further, forcing a grim-faced

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Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to address the nation.

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TRANSLATION: This missile flown over Japan is an outrageous act,

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and a critical threat that we have not seen before.

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They will be many who say this North Korean missile launch

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is all about politics, that it is North Korean

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brinkmanship, and they are probably right.

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But it's not much consolation if you live here underneath it.

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This was an extremely aggressive act by Pyongyang,

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and it sends a very disturbing message to people here in Japan.

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He can now hit Tokyo with nuclear weapons, he can hit Okinawa

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You know, if you don't want to keep this game of escalation,

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we might want to sit down and start talking to each other.

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But right now, talking is the last thing on anyone's mind here.

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Today, South Korea sent F-15 fighter jets to bomb targets just south

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American heavy bombers could follow next.

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Each side now feels compelled to flex its military might,

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and so the spiral of tension is wound up yet again.

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The owner of the Rana Plaza garment

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factory in Bangladesh, which collapsed killing more

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than eleven hundred people in 2013, has been jailed for three

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Sohel Rana faces further charges, including murder.

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If he's found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

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Concern is growing over the fate of a nine-year-old girl

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who disappeared at a wedding in eastern France.

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The girl, Maylis de Araowjo, was last seen

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Extensive searches of the area around the wedding hall

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using a helicopter and police dogs have so far failed to find

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A kidnapping investigation has opened and police have issued

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Heavy rain has brought India's financial capital Mumbai

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to a virtual standstill, flooding streets and

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Dozens of flights and local train services were cancelled as rains

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lashed the coastal city of nearly 20 million people.

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British actor Ed Skrein has pulled out of a Hollywood movie role

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after he was cast as a character of Asian heritage,

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The initial casting of the Deadpool star prompted accusations

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Mr Skrein said he wasn't aware of the character's mixed-Asian

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heritage when he accepted the role in the comic book

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a professor of Sociology at Biola University in California.

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Thank you for joining us. I just want to get your thoughts about how

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significant you think this pool out by Mr Skrein is, given the

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controversy do we had some years ago. Haven't begun beyond this?

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Apparently we haven't, because whitewashing is still endemic in

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industry. I think it is really significant that Mr Skrein, who is

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not as well-known as an actor as some others, has courageously gone

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about declining this role after finding out that it should be cast

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as a Japanese American actor. Indeed. Many people saying it could

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be likened to career suicide at this stage, but obviously he has had lots

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of support already. What is your take on this? How do you think that

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we got to this point that there aren't the right act has been cast

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in the Rye", there has been a lot of excuses, like there aren't actors

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with the financial bill are the right colour. But Mr Skrein is not

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that well known, and a has-been actors who don't necessarily carry

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star power and Thames are being cast in these characters of colour, and I

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think that is why it is so significant that he has taken this

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step towards remedying this. Thinking about that recent movie

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with Matt Damon, The Great While, where he plays a role by an actor of

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easy heritage, that is a huge example of what we are talking

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about. As countries like China get into the movie business even more,

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and we naturally going to see odd pieces from these parts of the

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world? I think the ACE is that Hollywood style isn't there yet.

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They are really risk averse, so they want to cast what has worked before,

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and I think that they are hesitant to cast an Asian American actor in

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starring roles, but it is part of the problem is that they are not

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recognising the demographic changes, and that people are growing up in

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more diverse worlds, and so they want to see people on screen that I

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like themselves are like their friends, and Hollywood is Jess not

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dead yet in terms of film. In television, it is a little bit

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better. Thank you very much forgiving us your thoughts. It will

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be entered arresting to see who they cast in natural for Hellboy. This

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gets more the situation in North Korea.

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We are going to talk about what else is left to do in North Korea. No

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country should have mass is flying over them like those 130 million

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people in Japan. It is unacceptable. They have violated every single US

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security issue that we have had. Let's get the latest from Barbara

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who is at Washington monitoring the events that are happening in the UN.

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When a provocation like this happens, the attention of the world

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just to the UN to see what the response is going to be. We have had

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plenty of these responses before, but nothing has really carved North

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Korea's actions. At the UN out of options when it comes in North

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Korea's it Kevin De Bruyne sadly, because they recently passed quite

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tough sanctions Elia in the month. -- it kind of looks that way. They

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slashed many experts, which could cost the country up to $1 billion.

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The response was more defiance, not less defined. If the UN wants to

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make a difference, it has two apply eight fill an economic embargo. I

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think the Chinese are just not ready for that. They have surely a

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willingness to put the squeeze on North Korea, but they do not want to

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rebel village in to the extent that there might be if all of the regime.

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Absent that, there might be an attempt that another round of

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sanctions, particularly cutting of hard currency to North Korea. That

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is a strategy at the moment, being led by the US. They are doing it

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through the United Nations but also separately with them on at

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sanctions, so we might see more of that. You detonate in China there.

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They are the gatekeeper when it comes to North Korea, and terms of

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economic sanctions and diplomatic channels. Yes, that is true. It is

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the only major ally that North Korea has, although it has to be said it

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is a very difficult relationship, the leader has really floated all of

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China's concerns and has an even vetted the country since he took

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office. Certainly, the Chinese feel they will support the sanctions and

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negotiations alongside, even now, with this latest test, they have

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said we are reaching a critical juncture, but perhaps this will open

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the door to negotiations. That is something that seems not likely to

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happen, at least in the short-term, because the Americans, the secretary

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of state, although he has said the US is open to talks with North

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Korea, they have to be done on the basis that North Korea will be

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willing to give up its nuclear weapons, and more and more experts

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and observers are saying that it doesn't like it is going to happen.

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The only realistic option might be to have talks based on a freeze of

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these weapons, and that is something the US is not ready to do so far.

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For the moment, thank you very much. The countdown has

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started for the end The spacecraft - which has spent

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two decades in space - has performed its lowest orbit

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before it's destroyed Scientists say they're hoping this

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final phase of close-up exploration will solve

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some long-standing mysteries. Our science correspondent

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Rebecca Morelle has more. Instantly recognisable,

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Saturn and its spectacular rings. The Cassini spacecraft's revealed

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this planet in incredible detail and these are some of its latest

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close-up images, from its hexagonal North Pole to its ring

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system and even an aurora. But this mission's very

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nearly at its end. Cassini's been in

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space for 20 years. It's set down a probe,

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spotted plumes on one of Saturn's moons and discovered colossal

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storms, but now it's It's final days, though,

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will be crucial. We've learnt so much,

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but in that process we've also One of the things that we still

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don't understand about Saturn Over the last few months,

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Cassini's been exploring a region where no spacecraft's been before,

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swooping between Saturn and its rings and, in its final

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days, it will get closer still, giving us our best ever

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view of the planet, revealing its atmosphere

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and what lies beneath its thick clouds, but these last dives

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could also show us what's hidden within its rings,

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including a mysterious We noticed this smudge

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right at the edge... The blurry speck was spotted

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by Carl Murray in 2013 on his mother-in-law Peggy's

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birthday ,and the name stuck. The ball of dust, more than a mile

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wide, is either a moon being born or one in its death throes,

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and this is his last We need to understand

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what object Peggy really is. We've only got, literally,

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now a matter of days. Our last look at Peggy will be

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on September 14th abd I can't wait Our last look at Peggy will be

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on September 14th and I can't wait Time's running out, but this

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spacecraft will go out with a bang. Its last manoeuvre will be a death

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dive into Saturn's atmosphere, bringing this blockbuster mission

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to a close. Don't forget you can get

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