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North Korea hails a successful test of a hydrogen bomb,


which it claims can be loaded on an intercontinental


It's provoked international condemnation.


Mr President will you attack North Korea?


President Trump considers his response and threatens to cut trade


to any country doing business with Pyongyang.


We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely


North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so.


A rapturous welcome for Angela Merkel as the German Chancellor


arrives for a TV showdown with her main electoral rival.


Also ahead, all the sports including a perfect weekend for Lewis Hamilton


at the Italian Grand Prix. The UN Security Council is holding


an emergency meeting on Monday, after North Korea claimed it had


successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. International monitors say


it was Pyongyang's most North Korea announced


on state TV that the test detected a powerful tremor,


with a magnitude of 6.3, It's the sixth underground


nuclear test by North Korea There's been widespread


international condemnation. President Trump tweeted the US


is "considering stopping trade with any country doing business


with North Korea". He called his military chiefs


to the White House - in the last hour, the US


Defence Secretary James Mattis gave this update


on what they had discussed: We have many military options and


the president wanted to be briefed on each one of them. We made clear


that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South


Korea and Japan. From any attack. And our commitments among the allies


are iron clad. Any threat to the United States or its Teletubbies,


including Guam, or its allies, will be met with the massive military


response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking


to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as


I said, we have many options to do so.


China has urged North Korea to halt its nuclear programme.


Russia said that the North risked "serious consequences",


while Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said the UN


Security Council should look urgently at imposing new sanctions.


Our correspondent in Seoul, Yogita Limaye reports.


North Korea announcing another nuclear test.


"A perfect success" The newsreader said.


Pyongyang claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb.


The world was alerted when tremors were detected at a known testing


site in the north-east of the country.


Earlier, photos were released of the North Korean leader


Kim Jong-un inspecting what was said to be


The state claims it could be fitted to an intercontinental


If confirmed, it means Pyongyang can arm these long-range missiles -


weapons that put the US mainland within range.


To this latest incident, President Trump responded


"North Korea's words and actions continue to be very dangerous


"South Korea's talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work.


Later, leaving church, the president was asked


Mr President, will you attack North Korea?


For months now, South Korea's president said talking


Today he expressed outrage and disappointment.


TRANSLATION: North Korea has made an absurd tactical mistake,


by committing a series of provocations, such


as launching ICBM missiles, and conducting a nuclear test,


which has heightened tensions on the peninsula


The latest act from North Korea comes just days after the regime


fired this missile which flew over Japan.


In response, America and South Korean jets


conducted bombing drills, with more military measures planned.


But it is hard to see what action can be taken.


Here in Seoul, a city that is home to tens of millions of people,


we are only about 50 kilometres from the border with North Korea,


and at any given time a mass of weapons is pointed


That is why the international community has been trying to put


economic pressure on Pyongyang rather than taking


It has been less than a month since strict sanctions


Nothing appears to deter Kim Jong-un.


After the latest - and most powerful -


evidence of the extent of North Korea's nuclear programme,


what are the options for the international community?


Our Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins has been assessing


Kim Jong-un and his regime are simply refusing to bow


Well, partly because the regime is convinced its survival depends


on having the ultimate weapon, as insurance against outside attack.


But already the North Koreans have such an array of conventional


weapons they could kill hundreds of thousands of people,


and maybe that is why they have ignored Donald Trump's warning


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.


But the fact is North Korea has not been stopped by that fiery rhetoric


and has now made a new threat which raises the question,


The US does have the means, the fire and fury.


They could almost certainly destroy the regime eventually,


but not before retaliation sparked appalling consequences


for South Korea, Japan and the wider region.


So could the world live with a nuclear armed North Korea?


Arguably, it may have to - and that would then mean relying


on Kim Jong-un to be rational, and North Korea to accept


the old Cold War restraint that any use of nuclear weapons guarantees


No wonder North Korea's immediate neighbour China is pushing hard


for international talks with the regime to find


As most options, other option's are fraught with very severe


possible consequences, I think in the end one does come


down to the line that this has got to be solved,


unless you want catastrophe, by negotiation.


But to some leading Republicans an American military response


This was Senator Lindsey Graham speaking hours before


I am 100% certain that if Kim Jong-un continues to develop


missile technology that can hit America, if diplomacy fails


to stop him, there will be an attack by the United States


The stakes with North Korea have never been higher.


The ultimate decision rests with President Trump,


In a sign of the possible foreign relations between China


and its old ally, this test came just a few hours before


President Xi Jinping gave a keynote speech at a summit he is hosting


here, and the government has been quick to react,


saying it condemns the test in the strongest terms.


But despite all of Donald Trump's urging, the question is,


It has toughened up sanctions on some goods, but the reality


Normal trade continues, textile and tourism. The calculation for China


all along has been this, that whilst it doesn't like the idea of a


nuclear armed North Korea it appears much, much more at the prospect of


economic collapse. Because that would bring chaos and instability


right up against its border. Each stage North Korea gets closer and


closer to having a deliverable nuclear weapon but it doesn't for


most analysts look as if that calculation will have changed all


that much for China. Joining me now from Notre Dame


University in Indiana He is the Director of Policy Studies


at the Kroc Institute Thank you for your time. Should the


US withdraw militarily from the region to get China to help? Not


necessarily, we need to engage diplomatically, everyone is talking


about a range of actions but the most important and perhaps only


option is to engage diplomatically. For that the United States needs to


partner with China, China has much more leverage on North Korea than we


do. It has the potential to offer significant incentives in terms of


greater trade investment and security assurances so the option is


for the United States to stay involved, be more committed that use


the tools of diplomacy, political dialogue, not military threats. Do


not think Beijing must have already tried that level of diplomatic


pressure on the north? Certainly Beijing has engaged diplomatically


but the US also needs to be involved because the United States is


technically still at war with North Korea, we are the ones with massive


military power in the neighbourhood. We are seen as the greatest threat


to North Korea and its because of that threat and their insecurity


that they seem to feel the need for all this weaponry so we have to be


engaged. But we also need to have a partnership with China that enables


us to offer a diplomatic package. China and the US share the concern


to avoid further nuclear realisation of the Korean Peninsula. I think


it's a possibility we could work together. The goal of a diplomatic


engagement is likely to be not complete demutualisation but a


freeze, can we get them to halt testing and to then begin to work on


a package of incentives and sanctions which can be part of the


package, to move North Korea towards a firm agreement. Do you think there


will be any kind of agreement on the Security Council meeting on Monday?


China has not gone the way other members wanted and there are many in


the US who fear a action is the only way forward. I think the council can


agree, if you think about the Iran nuclear deal, it was the Security


Council, the European states and the United States working together with


their consent and support of Russia and China that offered to Iran a


package of incentives as well sanctions and especially the offer


to lift sanctions if Iran agreed to nuclear freeze. I think a similar


formula could be offered to North Korea. Let's go with a further


sanctions package, I think the council is ready for that and the


European states have been supporting it but it should be tied to an offer


to lift sanctions if North Korea will agree to a significant package,


a freeze on its nuclear programme, nuclear inspections like we have in


Iran. We would probably not get the kind of intrusive monitoring we have


in the and North Korea butlers get back to some kind of more rigorous


monitoring in North Korea. Diplomacy worked before and it can work again.


Sorry to cut you off, we are out of time, thank you.


We will, of course, keep you updated on this developing story


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With just three weeks to go until Germany votes


in the country's general election - Chancellor Angela Merkel -


who is seeking a fourth term - has been facing her main rival


Much of the sparring focussed on immigration with Mrs Merkel


Jenny Hill has been watching the debate interesting line and emerging


on Turkey and the EU from her opponent? Yes, Martin Schulz was


keen to talk turkey because relations between Germany and Turkey


have deteriorated over the last months, if not longer. Martin Schulz


said if he was the Chancellor he would halt any kind of EU accession


talks with Turkey. What is ironic about that is that Angela Merkel


herself has never wanted Turkey to join the EU but in that debate she


fell short of calling for that particular demand herself saying


instead she would be prepared to speak to other EU members to see if


they could try to stop prepayments to Turkey before any kind of EU


accession. Angela Merkel has been the key architect of the migrant


deal between Turkey and the EU and takes the view it's better to keep


your enemies closer. This was an interesting debate, primarily


because I think many in advance thought that Angela Merkel who was


not known for her particularly powerful rhetoric, is not known for


enjoying this kind of debate, actually I think came out on top.


She's been in the job 12 years and to make it showed. Her experience


came through, she was able to score points against her main rival Martin


Schulz. Pointing out for example very detailed arguments about for


example the refugee crisis, Martin Schulz try to attack on the way


refugees who have arrived in Germany are being integrated in his view not


fast enough. She countered with some detailed statistics about how many


applications are being processed and how many people are still going


through the system for example. This was a very wide-ranging debate as


you would expect, we heard about policing and pensions but also a lot


of talk about foreign policy. In particular North Korea. Martin


Schulz taking a fairly bullish view on Donald Trump pointing out that in


his view Donald Trump was bringing the world to the verge of


destruction with just a few tweets and saying that Europe and the rest


of the world should try to push on and organiser solution over North


Korea without the US president. Angela Merkel taking a softer view


saying she could not see a way forward for diplomatic solutions to


that crisis which did not involve the US president. So I wide-ranging


debate, looking as though Angela Merkel is coming out on top. The


German newspapers saying that as far as they are concerned she did a


better job, polling already suggesting she has come out on top.


Angela Merkel and her Conservative Party are set to win the election if


the polling is to be leaved and I think tonight she was victorious as


well. Thank you Jenny Hill. Much more coming up, all this board


including celebrations for Lewis Hamilton as he takes the race and


the Formula 1 championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix.


She received the Nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the


dying in India's slums. The head of the Catholic Church said mother


Teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. We have


to identify the bodies and then arrange the options and take them


back home. Parents are waiting and whites are waiting. Hostages


appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the


nightmare behind them. Britain lost the Princess today.


Described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. An


early-morning car crash ending a life with more than its share of


pain and courage, warmth and compassion.


North Korea hails a successful test of a hydrogen bomb,


which it claims can be loaded on an intercontinental


Donald Trump has been briefed by his military chiefs, his Defence


Secretary said America did not want to annihilate North Korea but also


had the option to do so if threatened.


The United Nations refugee agency says 73,000 Rohingya Muslims


have now fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since the army


there began a campaign against militants less


Fresh plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the area as the armies


lodged a complaint against militants. It comes after attacks


and killings carried out by the militants amid warnings about


radicalisation. The UN refugee agency says more than 70,000 people


have fled the Bangladesh. It is now a massive influx,


the sheer number of Rohingya refugees coming into Bangladesh from


Myanmar. The border is just a short


distance that way. They are coming from every


direction, men, women, children. Some very young and some


incredibly old and finding Earlier today we saw plumes of smoke


from inside Rakhine state, presumably villages that


were burning there. Refugees we have spoken to have come


with dramatic testimony of how they were allegedly driven out


of their homes. Some have seen people


killed at close range. They are all heading now towards one


of several temporary refugee camps which are set up on this side


but already these camps are teeming with people and agencies are really


concerned about the sheer numbers of people they have to take care


of with supplies Let's look at some of the other


stories making the news. South Africa's deputy president,


Cyril Ramaphosa, has admitted having But he claims reports


of multiple affairs, which he denies, are part


of a political smear campaign. Mr Ramaphosa said he believed people


were trying to stop him from contesting the leadership


of the governing ANC German explosives experts have


successfully defused a massive World War two bomb in the financial


capital of Frankfurt. More than 60,000 people had to be


evacuated from their homes The bomb was capable


of flattening a city block. Let's get the sport.


The US Open is underway, the fourth round, 18-year-old Danish pop love,


the youngest man to get to this stage since 1989, but unfortunately


it as far as he is going, the Canadian teenager was first up


against Pablo Carreno and he did well to match the Spaniard but lost


all three sets on tie-breaks. Maria Sharapova is playing right now, she


is one set up, it's been tough going in the second set. Lewis Hamilton


took the outright championship lead for the first time this Formula 1


season with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix. A day after


breaking the all-time record for pole position he was in total


control leading Valtteri Bottas D1 - to finish. Sebastian Vettel was


third and is now three points behind, the victory was his sixth of


the season. Sebastian Vettel only has four. The next Grand Prix is in


Singapore in two weeks. A century from Virat Kohli helped his side to


another win in Sri Lanka and it completes a 5-0 whitewash in the


one-day series, his unbeaten 110 guided his side to the target of 239


with six wickets and 21 balls to spare. Earlier the hosts were bowled


out for 238. Kumar took five wickets for 42, MS Dhoni became the first


wicketkeeper to reach 100 stumpings in one-day internationals surpassing


Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lost all three tests against


India as well and now have just one T20 match on Wednesday to try to


salvage some pride. Australia are desperate to draw level in their


Test series with Bangladesh after they received intense criticism from


media down under. Defeat in the opening match was their first ever


to Bangladesh. Here is Steve Smith. Bangladesh will be full of


confidence with how they played last week, we are going to have to play a


lot better. We are down 1-0 in the series and we need to win the


series. I think the inclusion of Steven O'Keefe in the squad is a


good one, it gives us the option to play three spinners. There is a


possibility we go with that. Are more confident smile from Chris


Froome as he has extended his lead in the welter is banned, he now


leads Vincenzo Nibali by one minute and one seconds. Andy Lopez won the


129 kilometre 15 stage, his second stage win of the race, Chris Froome


finished fifth and gained six seconds over his nearest rival.


There are six stages to go. Ewan sprinted to victory on the opening


stage of the Tour of Britain, 193 pedal from Edinburgh to Kelso in the


Scottish Borders. He just edged out Edvald Boasson Hagen. Joachim Loew


has condemned fans who sang Nazi era chants during the win over the Czech


Republic, it came on the anniversary of the German invasion of Poland in


1939 which triggered World War II. TRANSLATION: I'm not upset or sad,


but I am angry, this is maybe the best description of my feelings. I


am really, really upset about what happened. The fact that some


so-called fans used football and the stage of an international game to


bring great shame and disgrace to our country with their behaviour, I


think every single one of those people should not be allowed to


enter the stadium. That would be an absolute win. That's all the sport,


see you soon. Slightly happy journey story


It's probably fair to say that when it comes to handling your beer,


This is Oliver Struempfel from Abersberg in Bavaria -


and he's carrying 31 steins full of German beer.


Oliver spent the afternoon breaking his own world record


He dropped one and spilt another - setting a new record at 29.


just a lucky few across eastern parts of the UK which have seen


sunshine, much easier compared to yesterday, for many of us are cloudy


story and wet for some of us, very wet for a time across


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