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This is BBC World News Today.
I'm Chris Rogers.
Our top stories:
Saudi Arabia is reported to have
shot down a ballistic missile over
the capital Riyadh -
a loud explosion was heard
near the city's airport.
Lebanon's Prime Minister resigns
saying his life is in danger.
He blames Iran.
President Trump departs Hawaii
is on his way to Japan -
the first stop in his 11 day
tour of Asia.
And saying sorry to "Sue".
An English farmer uses
a tractor and GPS technology
to apologise to his wife.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
Reports from Saudi Arabia say
the military has shot down
a missile over the capital, Riyadh,
close to the international airport.
The authorities say the missile
was fired from neighbouring Yemen,
where Houthi rebels are fighting
the Saudi-backed government.
There are no reports of any damage.
A television station
supported by the Houthis said
the missile had hit its target,
the airport, but there's been no
evidence to support that claim.
The Houthis have fired
a number of missiles
across the two countries' border,
but none have gone so close
to a major population centre.
With me is Mohamed Taha
from BBC Arabic.
The fact that it came so close to
hitting the international airport,
or maybe it has if the Houthis'
claim is correct is why Riyadh have
reacted. They have reacted quickly?
It couldn't be denied, because as
you said, whether the missile or
parts of it hit the airport or a
building, in the airport, whether it
is, it has been intercepted or not,
but you know. At the end of the day,
there is fire and explosion in part
of the airport. So flights are
normally, are happening normally and
movement happening normally. But as
you said, the fact that this missile
managed to get to Riyadh is
Sadly, the war in Yemen
is often described as the forgotten
war. It goes through months without
making the international news. Very
little humanitarian aid. It is
difficult for journalists to find
out what is going on. Do you think
perhaps they have chose the
international airport to get it back
on the international agenda, how
busy is the airport?
international airport is the main
airport in the whole of Saudi
Arabia, there are other busy
airports, but this is the main
airport with the capital and it has
two terminals, north and south.
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh's capital is a
big capital, is a business hub.
There are many international
businesses are going to Saudi Arabia
and companies are in Saudi Arabia at
the moment. The vision of crown
prince is to evolve Saudi Arabia by
2030 to be a financial hub, so what
happened tonight I think will have
lots of thinking from the crown
In many ways it was also
internationals, businessman and
women and even people visiting the
country, being targeted as well?
Yes, that is correct. And this is
the significance as well, that the
Saudi cab Tall, Ree -- capital,
Riyadh, has not under attack from
the beginning of the Saudi Arabia
country more than 60 years ago.
it quite random when the Houthis
fire missiles, how much danger is
there of of the war spilling into
They have threatened
before to hit into the heart of
Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia replied
straightaway by air attacks on the
area. But what happened tonight I'm
sure will have significant effect on
the range of the war in the Middle
Iran has rejected accusations
by the Lebanese Prime Minister that
it's spreading violence
across the region.
Saad Hariri resigned
from his post unexpectedly -
saying he feared for his life.
Iranian officials say his
resignation is a Saudi plot
to create tension in Lebanon
and the region.
BBC Arabic's Carine Torbey has
the latest from Beirut.
It is a resignation that has stunned
Lebanon. Saad al-Hariri said he
holds Hezbollah and Iran
TRANSLATION: I want to
say to Iran and its followers that
they're losing in their interference
in the affairs of the Arab world.
Our nation will rise up as it has in
the past and cut off the hands that
wickedly extend into it in the same
way it was forced back on to you in
Bahrain and Yemen.
On the streets of
Beirut it didn't escape people's
notice that the Prime Minister was
speaking from Saudi Arabia. The
Saudis have backed Saad al-Hariri
and they will be seen as pulling the
strings. President Trump has put all
his cards on Saudi Arabia in its
confrontation with Iran. That
peopled the pressure on Saad
al-Hariri, whose decision to go into
government with Hezbollah last year
will not have pleased the Saudis.
Since he took on his father's
political mantle after his
assassination in 2005, Saad
al-Hariri have never stepped out of
the shadow of his father and
establish his own identity. His
reference to a threat to kill him
has raised the political temperature
in Lebanon. Many there will be
concerned that his decision will
plunge the country into new
uncertainty as the Middle East
recalibrates in the wake of the
Islamic State group's defeat,
putting Lebanon in the cross fire of
the tension between Iran and Saudi
Arabia. Let's direct to the director
of the Middle East centre, who joins
us from Italy. Very unusual for the
Lebanese leader to announce his
resignation in Riyadh?
Hello and it is good to be with you.
Yes, it is very unusual for him to
announce his resignation from
Riyadh. There are multiple messages
here, one is reinforces his claim
that there was a threat to his life
that was thwarted a few days ago.
That it is also a message to say
Riyadh is back on the scene in
Lebanon. One wonders if this is also
a reaction to the apparent, I don't
want to say win, but the apparent...
The fact that Iran and... PROBLEMS
So this could signal something
actually we are back with a heavy
It is a little bit of a dodgy
line, we are going to try and stick
with it. This comes just a few hours
before a missile, we presume from
Houthi rebels, lands in Riyadh. This
whole region has a complicated
history, so without going into that,
can you try and explain something of
the significance of what we are
seeing, the tensions that seem to be
developing in the region. Are we in
danger of an all out Middle East war
to be frank?
Not immediately, but
definitely the tensions are boiling
above, I mean, they're at an
all-time high. We haven't seen
things this unstable and this
precarious in a very long time. I
can't remember the last time when
things were this precarious.
Particularly when you put this in
the context of Saudi/ist Iranian
tension. The missile was claimed by
the Houthis. It is obviously coming
in direct, in the context of Saad
al-Hariri resignation and his
announcement that Saudi Arabia and
other gulf countries will deal with
Hezbollah in the same way that they
dealt with, the same way they went
into Yemen and into Bahrain. In
other words, he is hinting at a
military intervention or some sort
of a military strike. My sense is
that the Qatar scenario might be
more likely and we may see sanctions
in place against the country or
against specific Hezbollah members.
It is not clear yet. But I think
over the next 24 hours hour we will
have a better picture. But these are
dangerous times and for Lebanon it
is plunging us into again the
Thank you very much for
speaking to the BBC. Apologies for
the bad sound quality there. But I
think you get a accepts. Things are
-- sense things are not good in the
region and the BBC will keep you
President Trump has left Hawaii
to begin his marathon tour of Asia -
the longest by a US president
in 25 years.
This was Donald Trump boarding
Air Force One with First
Lady, Melania, earlier.
They will arrive in Tokyo on Sunday,
then it's on to South Korea,
followed by China, Vietnam
and the Philippines.
reports, from Tokyo.
Here in Tokyo, people are expecting
Donald Trump's visit to be
completely dominated by security
issues emanating from
the North Korean nuclear threat.
Now, in theory, the United States
and Japan do have a lot to talk
about - trade for example -
but everyone knows all of these
other issues are going to be
completely swamped by North Korea.
On his way to Asia,
Donald Trump also travelled
to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii,
where other side of the sunken ship
USS Arizona they had
a wreath laying ceremony.
But perhaps more crucially
in Hawaii, he also had a briefing
from the generals at the US
Pacific Command, speaking
about regional security.
No prizes for guessing
what they would have
been talking about -
again, North Korea.
When Donald Trump arrives
in Japan he'll be meeting
US troops based here.
The same in South Korea.
Perhaps this is a way of sending
a message in terms of American
capabilities in this part
of the world.
He'll also be trying to build
a coalition of Asian governments
in an attempt to pile even more
pressure on the North Korea
to get them to give up
their nuclear weapons.
That includes Beijing.
Now, some analysts have said
that China hasn't done
enough in this regard,
but Donald Trump says of his Chinese
counterpart Xi Jinping
that his effort so far has been
Stay with us. Still to come: Netflix
cuts ties with the star of one of
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This is BBC World News Today.
The latest headlines:
State media in Saudi Arabia say
a missile fired from Yemen has been
shot down close to the international
airport in the capital Riyadh.
There are no reports of any damage.
Lebanon's Prime Minister
has resigned, saying
he fears for his life.
He's accused Iran of sowing
"fear and destruction".
Netflix has cut all ties
with Kevin Spacey -
who plays the lead role in one
of its most successful
programmes, 'House of Cards'.
The company said it would no longer
be involved in the series
if the actor continued to be
part of it.
It comes as police in New York
say they have a viable
case against the Hollywood
producer, Harvey Weinstein,
who is also accused
of sexual misconduct.
Ben Ando reports.
The TV company Netflix said it will
no longer work with the actor Kevin
Spacey as allegations against him
mount up. A number of men have said
the actor assaulted him. One said he
was attacked while Mr Spacey was
working at the Old Vic theatre. A
claim being investigated by the
police. A film about the writer Gore
Vidal made by Mr Spacey will not be
released. And police say they may
arrest Harvey Weinstein on suspicion
of rape. This may be the most
serious of the accusations so far.
The police say the woman they have
spoken to has given a credible
account of how the woman attacked
her twice in 2010.
We have an actual
case here. We are happy with with
the investigation is. Mr Weinstein
is out of state. We would need an
arrest warrant to arrest him. Now,
we are gathering our evidence and we
continue to do so every day.
Weinstein's accusers include
household names. He has issued a
statement denying any suggestion of
nonconsensual sex, but each day sees
now investigation and police
investigations on both sides of the
Atlantic into the allegedly corrupt
behaviour of some of show business's
most powerful men.
For more on the situation
I was joined a short time ago by BBC
Arabic Hollywood reporter,
He's met and interviewed
Kevin Spacey numerous times and says
the star's fall from grace has been
swift and brutal.
This show put Netflix's original
programming on the map.
It was the first show
they started original
His publicist left him,
his agent left him.
Now, even his Oscar campaign
has been cancelled by
Sony for All the Money in the World,
where he plays J Paul Getty and
everybody thought he would be
a very strong candidate to
win another Oscar this year.
So the damage is immense,
it's almost like
the end of his career,
if it's not the end already.
Many people say it should be
the end of his career, but
Netflix have made these decisions
about him and his future and other
studios without a proper police
investigation, without even
That was the case with
Harvey Weinstein, that was the case
with all of them.
This is a question I posed
to some of Hollywood stars,
including Matt Damon
and Ben Affleck this morning.
You've just interviewed Ben Affleck.
Yes, he said that the
public has the right to
judge these people,
because they harm members
of the public and that somehow
the reaction of the public
has awakened the authorities
to these issues.
Because now they are
investigating, at least they're
opening some investigations.
But there is, I appreciate
what Ben Affleck is
saying, and that is
power of social media as well,
but what we have got to remind
ourselves there is a huge argument
shouldn't be named by people
who accuse them of things until they
have been charged.
I also asked Matt Damon,
who was nearly dragged
into this quagmire, if you recall,
when it started when a journalist
falsely accused him
of trying to kill a story
about Harvey Weinstein.
And he said, no,
this is not about me.
This is about the victims.
I know who I am, I'm a decent guy,
everybody knows that.
And it is true, Matt
Damon is one of most
decent stars in Hollywood.
But you know the risk,
it could happen even
to somebody like Matt Damon.
Why do you think it's
been an open secret
for so long?
What have people like
Ben Affleck had to say?
Did they know that,
I mean we all know there
is some kind of a casting couch
culture in Hollywood, but why do you
think it has been such an open
secret, why haven't people like Ben
Affleck, who say that,
come forward and said
social media, why are actors
so scared to speak out?
I don't think, when you ask
them this question,
they mostly say, yes, we knew that
Harvey for instance was a womaniser.
Everybody was aware
of the casting couch.
But I don't think, when you ask them
that question, they also
say, we never imagined
it to be that brutal.
Nobody imagined rape.
Or such systematic, systemic sexual
harassment and abuses.
Do you think some people
are too scared to come out
and say anything?
Absolutely, because these victims,
these women were too
scared to speak up and
you know pay attention
Even the stars of today,
they were all abused when they
When they were just on the brink
of starting their careers.
None get harassed or abused
when they are in a
So this is the abuse
of the powerful over the powerless.
Once they're powerful,
these women when
Now the sport.
In the Premier League,
Liverpool have piled the pressure
on West Ham manager Slaven Bilic
with a 4-1 win at the London
West Ham were made to regret
missing an early chance,
as two Liverpool goals in two
and a half minutes put
Jurgen Klopp's side in charge.
The Hammers did pull one
back after the break,
but Liverpool replied
57 seconds later -
with his first goal for the club.
Mohamed Salah added the fourth
14 minutes from time.
Elsewhere in the Premier League,
the early kick off between Stoke
and Leicester ended in the draw.
A home win for Huddersfield
against West Brom.
Bournemouth scored in stoppage time
to beat Newcastle at St James Park -
which mean they climb out
of the relegation zone.
Another away win for Burnley.
They beat Southampton
1-0 at St Mary's.
Brighton are up to eighth in
the table after beating Swansea 1-0.
The Swans have dropped
into the bottom three.
Celtic's unbeaten run
in domestic matches now stands
at a British record 63.
That beats their old mark that had
stood for 100 years.
In his 50th league game in charge
Rodgers named an unchanged team
for only the second time.
credited his players.
It means everything. It is an
incredible feat by the players and a
wonderful example of
professionalism, of playing and
creating high standards every day.
And we have faced everything, going
behind in games, playing in dodgy
surfaces, playing on AstroTurf
pitches, being tired in games, going
behind, semi-finals, finals. They
deserve all the credit they get for
Bayern Munich made it seven wins
in seven winning away at Borussia
Dortmund. A goal from Robbens set
them on their way. In Spain there
were wins for Valencia and Atletico
Madrid. Espanyol lost.
England have bounced back
from their opening weekend defeat
at the rugby league world cup
defeating Lebanon 29-10 in Sydney.
They made tough work of it
considering the Lebanese,
with a strong australian influence,
are the lowest ranked
team at the tournament.
But prop James Graham was just
pleased with the win.
We got the victory this week, which
was important to us. It is a
tournament that I think we are going
to build into. There was patches
today where I thought we were good
and sometimes a bit indifferent. But
you have got to give credit for
Lebanon. This is their first World
Cup. So I think it has got to be a
celebration of where Rugby League's
going to get to in my opinion.
Jack Sock remains on course to take
the final place at the season ending
ATP World Tour Finals after making
the final of the Paris Masters.
The American who's ranked 22nd
in the world found it a hard
fought opening set against the home
favourite with the crowd
support but gradually
wore his opponent down to take
a 7-5, 6-2 win as he keeps alive
hopes of a date at the O2 Arena
in London looking to oust
Pablo Carreno Busta
from the 8th and final place.
He will play the Serbian qualifier
Filip Krajinovic who caused a shock
when he beat ninth seed John Isner
in three sets.
Felipe Massa says this
season will definitely
be his last in Formual One.
The Brazilian intended to retire
at the end of last year,
but returned to Williams
after Valtteri Bottas moved
to Mercedes following the retirement
of world champion Nico Rosberg.
Massa won 11 races over his 15-year
career and says this
time his decision is final.
That's all the sport for now.
We'll have more for you on BBC News
throughout the evening.
There are many ways to send
a message these days,
but a mysterious one the size
of a field in Oxfordshire,
to the west of London,
has caused some bafflement.
The name "Sue" with a kiss
in giant letters was spotted
by a police helicopter.
A farmer, Murray Graham, has now
admitted he used his GPS-operated
tractor to spray the crops
in the shape of his wife's name -
to apologise for being moody.
Fs spraying down there and I had
some chemical left and I thought I
would spray it out and see whether I
could write my wife's names. It did
it over two week ago.
Sue is your
other half, what were you trying to
say to her by the medium of
Just that I'm not
quite as grumpy and old as perhaps
as I make out occasionally!
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