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Dramatic rescues in Texas and Louisiana as Tropical

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of chaos and devastation reaches neighbouring Louisiana.

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Approximately 15 inches of rain have already fallen in the area, and

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there is more to come. As North Korea outrages

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the world by launching a missile over Japan,

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Donald Trump warns the time Angela Merkel fights

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for re-election in Germany - but will she be hit by a backlash

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over the hundreds of thousands of And Britain's Princes William

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and Harry remember their mother on the eve of the 20th

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anniversary of Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. Tropical Storm Harvey has hit

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land again in the US state of Louisiana,

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after causing devastation At least 20 people have died

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in flooding over the last few days, and 30,000 people are

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in emergency shelters. America's fourth-largest

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city, Houston, has borne the brunt of the rainfall,

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with large parts of After hovering over Houston

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for days, the storm moved out into the Gulf of Mexico,

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before hitting the town of Cameron, in south-western Louisiana,

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on Wednesday morning. Harvey is now predicted

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to weaken as it moves inland. from our correspondent

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Laura Trevelyan, who's in Houston. Welcome to Houston, where you can

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see behind me the absolute chaos that the catastrophic flooding have

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caused in the aftermath of hurricane Hardy. As you can see, people have

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had to abandon their homes, they have had to abandon their cars.

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These are extraordinary scenes. And just this morning, I have witnessed

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dramatic rescues. People have come from all over taxes and even out of

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Texas with their boats, just to try and do whatever they can in the face

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of this extraordinary situation. Now, the flooding behind me has been

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worsened by the fact that we are in Houston, where two reservoirs on the

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outskirts are full to capacity and they have been over spelling and so

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the authorities have had to do time to releases of water from the dam to

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stop something even worse from happening and that has increased the

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flooding behind me, if you can believe it. My colleague James Cook

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has this report on the overall situation.

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Still dazed, but at least they're dry.

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The people of Houston awoke after a night under

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Rodman Young is now homeless in his own city after his house

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was flooded when two reservoirs spilled over.

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It is sad and you feel a little bit hopeless.

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Because you're losing all your stuff.

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And they only gave us from the point we woke up,

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a couple of hours sleep, and we were fighting

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The federal government says nearly 200,000 people here have

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For days now, these helicopter crews have been putting their lives

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on the line, performing daring and dangerous rescues.

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These grainy images capture the narrowest of escapes.

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Last night, a woman was swept away holding her young daughter.

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The mother died, her child, still clinging on, survived.

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Heartbreak for Houston which faces other troubles as well.

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The fourth largest city in the United States

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was under curfew last night amid reports of looting.

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There are too many people from across our city,

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too many residents that are out of their homes.

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And I do not want them to have to worry about someone breaking

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into their home or looting or doing anything of that nature

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All of this has paralysed this American energy hub with oil

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production in many places coming to a halt.

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It will take weeks if not months to fully recover.

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Refineries including this one have been shut down because staff cannot

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That is not just bad news for the big oil firms, but also

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for the many thousands of businesses here in Texas which

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And also for the American economy as a whole.

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Of course, nothing matters more than saving lives and that has now

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This baby is just one of 30,000 people forced from their homes.

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With the storm heading east, Louisiana is next.

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Well, behind me, people have been rescuing their belongings all

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morning, and the National Guard deployment in this state of Texas

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has been increased to 14,000. Now, just a little bit earlier, Governor

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Greg Abbott, the governor of the state of Texas give this update on

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the situation here. The rain that was received in the

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greater Harris County area has set Now that rain has moved

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to the Beaumont region in Approximately 15 inches

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of rain have already fallen in the area, and

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there's more to come. The worst is not yet over for

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South East Texas as far as the rain There will be ongoing challenges

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both during the time that rain continues to fall

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as well as for approximately Let me mention specifically flooding

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conditions that will continue to be a challenge

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for people in the area. Now, all Davis flooded road behind

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me has resembled nothing more than a marina. There is yet another boat

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trailer being brought in behind me because what is happening is people

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are coming with their belt, some of them are National Guard boats, some

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of them are Texas police boats, but so many of them are just volunteer

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boats and people have been rescued here. I spoke to one month in the

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last hour who had been rescued, Jill Strong, anti-doping story. The water

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had gotten to the point where it was about two feet into the house and it

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was four or five feet deep on the road. It looked like a river and

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there was no way to cross it. Yesterday, it was still low enough

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that you could walk across, but not today. You needed a boat. That was

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the only safe way to go. Fortunately, some guys can buy this

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morning and we flagged them down and give them a phone number and then

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texted them and said we were ready to come and so they came and picked

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us up. It is five days after the hurricane made landfall. Why is your

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home flooding now? Is that the torrential rainfall or the

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controlled flooding they are doing? It is a little bit of both. There is

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a certain amount of run off that keeps adding to the flow, but they

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opened the floodgates and started letting more water out, plus we were

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informed that somewhat started running over the north side of the

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dam and there might be a break in it today that is causing more water, so

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it is just getting worse all the time. We kept hoping that it would

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received out the rain left up, but it never did. It continued to rise.

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That was a survivor comment was rescued from this neighbourhood

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where I am talking to you from now, just in the past hour. That was one

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of 30,000 people in Houston and the surrounding areas who have been

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rescued in the past five days. So just extraordinary scenes here, and

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even though the storm has passed by, it is now moving inland in

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Louisiana. The National Weather Service warned today that

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catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in Houston

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for the rest of this week. So that is the situation here now. Back to

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you in London. And every national disaster at some point becomes

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political. Has that point been reached? Not here in Texas, I

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wouldn't say. People who are immediately affected have focused on

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picking up their lives, going back into the properties when they can,

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when the flood recede. Of course, Texas is a red state, the governor

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is a supporter of President Donald Trump. Donald Trump was here

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visiting yesterday and he will be back at the weekend and he may go to

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Louisiana as well. People I spoke about the President's visit said

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they want the Government to give them all of the assistance that it

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possibly. There are hard questions that have been asked about whether

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or not there should have been an evacuation of Houston, but the

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greater Houston area, more than 6 million people live there, and where

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would they have gone exactly? As it is, over 30,000 rescues have been

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carried out. Undoubtedly and tragically the death toll will rise

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as the flood water recedes and people who were trapped in their

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homes and could not escape our sound. But I would say, speaking to

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you from here in Texas, no, it does not feel at this point as though it

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has become politicised, the rescue effort. Laura, thank you very much

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for all of your updates. We appreciated.

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Pastor Omar Garcia are coordinating water rescues

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near Katy, Texas and he joins us now to tell us more.

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Thank you very much for your time. Give us an idea of the kind of work

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you have been doing. Well, we are doing a number of things. As you

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mention, we have participated in some water rescues. We have over

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5200 homes that are to some degree under water right now and the only

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way for people to get out is by boat. We have also taken in the

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homeless to feed them and shelter them. This has been pretty hard on

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that population of people here in the community. In addition to that,

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we are servicing through partnership with all of the area churches all of

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the shelters, we are providing host homes. We have hundreds of people

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who stepped up and opened up their homes to invite total strangers to

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come in until they are able to get back on their feet. It has just been

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an amazing display of kindness here. So tell us more about that. That is

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individual families inviting a family they would not have known a

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few days ago into their home indefinitely, or how are you

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organising it? Well, we have a point of contact for our host homes. It

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has been a beautiful thing. I was with a family yesterday. We rescued

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them by boat. We got them back to one of the schools that is serving

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as a point of contact for connecting evacuees with host homes, and they

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connected with the family that they did not know yesterday I received a

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text message with a picture of both families around the dinner table,

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saying that they had become the best of friends. This is the beautiful

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thing that we are seeing happen here in our community. We appreciate you

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telling us about it. Thank you very much for your time. There are some

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amazing rescue stories from Texas and you can see them on our website,

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plus detailed mapping on how far the waters have risen.

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It took just hours for North Korea to hit back

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after the UN Security Council condemned it for firing

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In a statement, the country's leader issued a new warning,

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describing yesterday's launch as only a first step in a wider

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military operation aimed at the Pacific island of Guam,

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In an escalating war of words, President Trump said that the time

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Here's Rupert Wingfield Hayes from Tokyo.

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These are the first pictures of North Korea's latest and most

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As expected, Kim Jong Un was on hand to give his personal guidance.

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The North Korean dictator gazes skywards as the missile

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And along with the pictures came this statement

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The current ballistic rocket drill is the first step of the military

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operation in the Pacific and a meaningful preview

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North Korea's statement shows the ultimate target of yesterday's

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test was not here in Japan, but the US Pacific island of Guam.

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And that North Korea intends more such tests.

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Last night in New York, the UN Security Council members including

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China were unanimous in condemning North Korea.

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Today the cracks have already begun to appear.

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The US has been talking to North Korea and paying them

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extortion money for 25 years, he exclaimed.

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Here in Japan, Prime Minister Theresa May said China

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We want to work with international partners to see what further

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pressure can be brought on North Korea.

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And of course, particularly look at what China can do.

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In Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman had this

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TRANSLATION: Some countries dash forward when it comes

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But hide away when it comes to asking for peace talks.

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This is not the attitude of a responsible nation.

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There is growing suspicion that North Korea could not have developed

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There is also agreement that it must be stopped.

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China wants talks, the US, Britain and Japan, more sanctions.

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Meanwhile North Korea is almost certainly

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Rupert Wingfield Hayes, BBC News, in Tokyo.

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An update on this - and despite President Trump's

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statement that talking is not the answer to North Korea,

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his Defence Secretary has insisted there is still room for diplomacy.

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No, we are never out of diplomatic solutions.

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We continue to work together and the Minister and I share a

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responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations

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and our populations and our interests, which

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is what we are here to discuss today.

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And look for all the areas where we can collaborate.

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We have already had very strong collaboration.

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Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged China

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to do more to help end North Korea's weapons tests.

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While on a three day visit to Japan, May says the UK is also looking

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at ways on how it will play its part on putting further

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But she's not just there to discuss North Korea,

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she's also trying to ease concerns about Brexit and pave the way

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The Kremlin has confirmed receiving an email asking

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for help in building a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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A spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the email was sent

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The US President's ties with Russia are already the subject

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of investigations by multiple congressional committees

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as well as the US Department of Justice.

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And doctors in India have completed the first part

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of a historic surgery to separate 27 month old conjoined twins.

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The procedure to separate brothers Jaga and Baliya took 22 hours.

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The operation was complicated as the boys share the vein that

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returns blood to the heart from the brain, but doctors say

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The International Organisation for Migration

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in Bangladesh has told the BBC that more than 18,000

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Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border

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from Myanmar's Rakhine state in less than a week.

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Aid workers giving emergency shelter and food say about a dozen

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of the new arrivals have recent bullet wounds.

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It's estimated that thousands of people

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are still trapped in an unoccupied zone between the two countries.

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Meer Sabbir of BBC Bengali reports from the district of Cox's Bazar

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The flow of Rohingya started here since last

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Friday, but despite the high alert of the border guards in Bangladesh,

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thousands of Rohingyas are coming in every day

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from the Rakhine estate in

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I have seen in the refugee camps in different parts

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of Cox's Bazar many Rohingyas are sitting just in front

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of the campus, waiting for

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their relatives, holding onto their small sacks with all of their

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belongings, holding onto their small children.

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The vast majority of them women and children, and I have heard

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Some of them are very similar - the security forces came to their

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villages, shooting at people, searching for young men, and burning

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So they just grabbed anything they can and rushed to the

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border, and many of them have relatives in the area who came here

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Meer Sabbir on the plight of the Rohinyga.

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In a month's time, German voters will deliver

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their verdict on Angela Merkel and her refugee policy.

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If, as polls suggest, Mrs Merkel's conservative party wins

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the general election, it will mean a fourth term in office

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Our Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill reports from Germany's north coast.

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Don't be fooled by the political calm.

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Germany has survived a turbulent year.

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It's heading in a predictable direction.

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The likely winner of next month's election is not as secure

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TRANSLATION: I think she abandoned us fishermen,

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She only cares about the big industry and what's

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She should look after her own country.

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This international stateswoman must please the home crowd now.

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"She is the perfect Chancellor," he says.

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In truth, Mrs Merkel knows she barely survived

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perhaps only because there was no one to replace her.

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No real challenge from Social Democrat Martin Schultz,

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nor from the anti-immigrant party, AfD.

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Even so, they're fielding a candidate in her own constituency.

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TRANSLATION: We want to send Mrs Merkel back

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It's a challenge, we admit that, but things are turning our way.

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He hopes to reel in voters like Enis and Silka.

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They will not be voting for Angela Merkel.

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TRANSLATION: The refugee policy hasn't changed.

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She doesn't really address all these terror attacks.

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She should speak up for the German people.

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TRANSLATION: This party, that party, they're all the same.

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Angela Merkel has been in the job for 12 years.

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She has survived crisis after crisis, and that's due

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Take, for example, Brexit, and Donald Trump's election.

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For many German voters, Mrs Merkel now represents security,

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stability, in a shifting and uncertain world.

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She will need to find coalition partners.

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But in reality, one hand alone is likely to steer

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I will be joining Jenny in September along with her colleagues as we

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bring you full coverage of the German election.

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What's yours, could also be ours, these days.

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That's the thinking behind the sharing economy that's taking

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off in various parts of the world, including China.

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John Sudworth has been investigating in Beijing.

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The company behind this venture plan to make 20 million

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footballs and basketballs available for hire right across

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Princes William and Harry have visited a memorial garden

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for their mother at her old home at Kensington palace.

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Tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's

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They met representatives from charities supported by Diana -

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as our royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell reports.

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The flowers and the tributes are back at the gates

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A very small echo of how it was 20 years ago but a reminder of feelings

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And this afternoon William and Harry came to view the tributes.

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They took their time, they looked, and they read.

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And they laughed at some of the photographs showing them as

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It was impossible not to be reminded of

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how it was 20 years ago when, aged 15 and 12, on their return to

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London, they'd come out still numb and bewildered to meet the people

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who'd gathered there and to see for themselves the many thousands of

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Diana's boys are both in their 30s now.

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William's settled and about to begin full-time royal duty.

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He was accompanied by Catherine this afternoon to view a memorial garden

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And Harry, not quite so settled yet, but not far

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And both at this anniversary, one must assume,

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reassured by the enduring regard people feel for their mother.

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She meant same much to so many people.

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That shows by how many people are here today.

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William and Harry took some of the flowers

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people had brought and placed them at the Palace gates, replaying some

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of the moments from two decades ago and acknowledging the desire that

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many still have to hold onto Diana's memory.

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Today, briefly, they put on their public, princely faces, to

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Tomorrow, though, William and Harry will

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remain in private, remembering the mother they lost in such tragic

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Nicolas Witchell, BBC News, at Kensington Palace.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some

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Hello. After the contrast of Wednesday, all pretty much in the

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same boat going into Thursday. As the pressure

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