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This is BBC World News Today.

I'm Chris Rogers.

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Our top stories:

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Saudi Arabia is reported to have

shot down a ballistic missile over

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the capital Riyadh -

a loud explosion was heard

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near the city's airport.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister resigns

saying his life is in danger.

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He blames Iran.

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President Trump departs Hawaii

is on his way to Japan -

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the first stop in his 11 day

tour of Asia.

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And saying sorry to "Sue".

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An English farmer uses

a tractor and GPS technology

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to apologise to his wife.

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Hello and welcome

to World News Today.

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Reports from Saudi Arabia say

the military has shot down

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a missile over the capital, Riyadh,

close to the international airport.

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The authorities say the missile

was fired from neighbouring Yemen,

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where Houthi rebels are fighting

the Saudi-backed government.

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There are no reports of any damage.

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A television station

supported by the Houthis said

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the missile had hit its target,

the airport, but there's been no

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evidence to support that claim.

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The Houthis have fired

a number of missiles

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across the two countries' border,

but none have gone so close

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to a major population centre.

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With me is Mohamed Taha

from BBC Arabic.

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The fact that it came so close to

hitting the international airport,

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or maybe it has if the Houthis'

claim is correct is why Riyadh have

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reacted. They have reacted quickly?

It couldn't be denied, because as

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you said, whether the missile or

parts of it hit the airport or a

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building, in the airport, whether it

is, it has been intercepted or not,

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but you know. At the end of the day,

there is fire and explosion in part

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of the airport. So flights are

normally, are happening normally and

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movement happening normally. But as

you said, the fact that this missile

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managed to get to Riyadh is

significant.

Sadly, the war in Yemen

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is often described as the forgotten

war. It goes through months without

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making the international news. Very

little humanitarian aid. It is

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difficult for journalists to find

out what is going on. Do you think

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perhaps they have chose the

international airport to get it back

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on the international agenda, how

busy is the airport?

Yes the

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international airport is the main

airport in the whole of Saudi

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Arabia, there are other busy

airports, but this is the main

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airport with the capital and it has

two terminals, north and south.

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Saudi Arabia, Riyadh's capital is a

big capital, is a business hub.

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There are many international

businesses are going to Saudi Arabia

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and companies are in Saudi Arabia at

the moment. The vision of crown

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prince is to evolve Saudi Arabia by

2030 to be a financial hub, so what

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happened tonight I think will have

lots of thinking from the crown

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prince.

In many ways it was also

internationals, businessman and

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women and even people visiting the

country, being targeted as well?

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Yes, that is correct. And this is

the significance as well, that the

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Saudi cab Tall, Ree -- capital,

Riyadh, has not under attack from

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the beginning of the Saudi Arabia

country more than 60 years ago.

Is

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it quite random when the Houthis

fire missiles, how much danger is

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there of of the war spilling into

Audi Arabia?

They have threatened

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before to hit into the heart of

Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia replied

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straightaway by air attacks on the

area. But what happened tonight I'm

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sure will have significant effect on

the range of the war in the Middle

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East.

Thank you.

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Iran has rejected accusations

by the Lebanese Prime Minister that

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it's spreading violence

across the region.

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Saad Hariri resigned

from his post unexpectedly -

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saying he feared for his life.

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Iranian officials say his

resignation is a Saudi plot

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to create tension in Lebanon

and the region.

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BBC Arabic's Carine Torbey has

the latest from Beirut.

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It is a resignation that has stunned

Lebanon. Saad al-Hariri said he

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holds Hezbollah and Iran

responsible.

TRANSLATION: I want to

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say to Iran and its followers that

they're losing in their interference

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in the affairs of the Arab world.

Our nation will rise up as it has in

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the past and cut off the hands that

wickedly extend into it in the same

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way it was forced back on to you in

Bahrain and Yemen.

On the streets of

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Beirut it didn't escape people's

notice that the Prime Minister was

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speaking from Saudi Arabia. The

Saudis have backed Saad al-Hariri

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and they will be seen as pulling the

strings. President Trump has put all

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his cards on Saudi Arabia in its

confrontation with Iran. That

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peopled the pressure on Saad

al-Hariri, whose decision to go into

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government with Hezbollah last year

will not have pleased the Saudis.

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Since he took on his father's

political mantle after his

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assassination in 2005, Saad

al-Hariri have never stepped out of

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the shadow of his father and

establish his own identity. His

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reference to a threat to kill him

has raised the political temperature

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in Lebanon. Many there will be

concerned that his decision will

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plunge the country into new

uncertainty as the Middle East

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recalibrates in the wake of the

Islamic State group's defeat,

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putting Lebanon in the cross fire of

the tension between Iran and Saudi

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Arabia. Let's direct to the director

of the Middle East centre, who joins

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us from Italy. Very unusual for the

Lebanese leader to announce his

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resignation in Riyadh?

Absolutely.

Hello and it is good to be with you.

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Yes, it is very unusual for him to

announce his resignation from

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Riyadh. There are multiple messages

here, one is reinforces his claim

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that there was a threat to his life

that was thwarted a few days ago.

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That it is also a message to say

Riyadh is back on the scene in

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Lebanon. One wonders if this is also

a reaction to the apparent, I don't

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want to say win, but the apparent...

The fact that Iran and... PROBLEMS

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WITH SOUND.

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So this could signal something

actually we are back with a heavy

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hand.

It is a little bit of a dodgy

line, we are going to try and stick

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with it. This comes just a few hours

before a missile, we presume from

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Houthi rebels, lands in Riyadh. This

whole region has a complicated

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history, so without going into that,

can you try and explain something of

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the significance of what we are

seeing, the tensions that seem to be

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developing in the region. Are we in

danger of an all out Middle East war

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to be frank?

Not immediately, but

definitely the tensions are boiling

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above, I mean, they're at an

all-time high. We haven't seen

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things this unstable and this

precarious in a very long time. I

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can't remember the last time when

things were this precarious.

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Particularly when you put this in

the context of Saudi/ist Iranian

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tension. The missile was claimed by

the Houthis. It is obviously coming

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in direct, in the context of Saad

al-Hariri resignation and his

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announcement that Saudi Arabia and

other gulf countries will deal with

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Hezbollah in the same way that they

dealt with, the same way they went

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into Yemen and into Bahrain. In

other words, he is hinting at a

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military intervention or some sort

of a military strike. My sense is

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that the Qatar scenario might be

more likely and we may see sanctions

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in place against the country or

against specific Hezbollah members.

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It is not clear yet. But I think

over the next 24 hours hour we will

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have a better picture. But these are

dangerous times and for Lebanon it

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is plunging us into again the

unknown.

Thank you very much for

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speaking to the BBC. Apologies for

the bad sound quality there. But I

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think you get a accepts. Things are

-- sense things are not good in the

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region and the BBC will keep you

up-to-date.

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President Trump has left Hawaii

to begin his marathon tour of Asia -

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the longest by a US president

in 25 years.

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This was Donald Trump boarding

Air Force One with First

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Lady, Melania, earlier.

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They will arrive in Tokyo on Sunday,

then it's on to South Korea,

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followed by China, Vietnam

and the Philippines.

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Steven McDonnell

reports, from Tokyo.

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Here in Tokyo, people are expecting

Donald Trump's visit to be

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completely dominated by security

issues emanating from

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the North Korean nuclear threat.

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Now, in theory, the United States

and Japan do have a lot to talk

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about - trade for example -

but everyone knows all of these

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other issues are going to be

completely swamped by North Korea.

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On his way to Asia,

Donald Trump also travelled

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to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii,

where other side of the sunken ship

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USS Arizona they had

a wreath laying ceremony.

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But perhaps more crucially

in Hawaii, he also had a briefing

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from the generals at the US

Pacific Command, speaking

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about regional security.

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No prizes for guessing

what they would have

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been talking about -

again, North Korea.

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When Donald Trump arrives

in Japan he'll be meeting

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US troops based here.

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The same in South Korea.

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Perhaps this is a way of sending

a message in terms of American

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capabilities in this part

of the world.

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He'll also be trying to build

a coalition of Asian governments

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in an attempt to pile even more

pressure on the North Korea

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to get them to give up

their nuclear weapons.

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That includes Beijing.

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Now, some analysts have said

that China hasn't done

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enough in this regard,

but Donald Trump says of his Chinese

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counterpart Xi Jinping

that his effort so far has been

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"Pretty terrific."

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Stay with us. Still to come: Netflix

cuts ties with the star of one of

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its biggest shows. We will hear more

about Kevin Spacey's fall from

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grace.

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At polling booths they voted on an

historic day for Australia. As the

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results came in, it was clear the

monarchy could survive.

Of the

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American hostages there was no sign.

They're being held in the compound

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and student leaders have threatened

should the Americans attempt rescue,

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they will all die.

The mission has

surpassed all expectations. Voyager

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one is the most distant man made

object in the universe.

This comes

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from the enduring power of our

ideals.

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This is BBC World News Today.

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The latest headlines:

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State media in Saudi Arabia say

a missile fired from Yemen has been

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shot down close to the international

airport in the capital Riyadh.

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There are no reports of any damage.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister

has resigned, saying

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he fears for his life.

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He's accused Iran of sowing

"fear and destruction".

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Netflix has cut all ties

with Kevin Spacey -

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who plays the lead role in one

of its most successful

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programmes, 'House of Cards'.

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The company said it would no longer

be involved in the series

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if the actor continued to be

part of it.

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It comes as police in New York

say they have a viable

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case against the Hollywood

producer, Harvey Weinstein,

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who is also accused

of sexual misconduct.

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Ben Ando reports.

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The TV company Netflix said it will

no longer work with the actor Kevin

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Spacey as allegations against him

mount up. A number of men have said

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the actor assaulted him. One said he

was attacked while Mr Spacey was

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working at the Old Vic theatre. A

claim being investigated by the

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police. A film about the writer Gore

Vidal made by Mr Spacey will not be

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released. And police say they may

arrest Harvey Weinstein on suspicion

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of rape. This may be the most

serious of the accusations so far.

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The police say the woman they have

spoken to has given a credible

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account of how the woman attacked

her twice in 2010.

We have an actual

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case here. We are happy with with

the investigation is. Mr Weinstein

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is out of state. We would need an

arrest warrant to arrest him. Now,

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we are gathering our evidence and we

continue to do so every day.

Harvey

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Weinstein's accusers include

household names. He has issued a

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statement denying any suggestion of

nonconsensual sex, but each day sees

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now investigation and police

investigations on both sides of the

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Atlantic into the allegedly corrupt

behaviour of some of show business's

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most powerful men.

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For more on the situation

I was joined a short time ago by BBC

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Arabic Hollywood reporter,

Sam Asi.

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He's met and interviewed

Kevin Spacey numerous times and says

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the star's fall from grace has been

swift and brutal.

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This show put Netflix's original

programming on the map.

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It was the first show

they started original

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programming.

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His publicist left him,

his agent left him.

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Now, even his Oscar campaign

has been cancelled by

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Sony for All the Money in the World,

where he plays J Paul Getty and

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everybody thought he would be

a very strong candidate to

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win another Oscar this year.

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So the damage is immense,

it's almost like

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the end of his career,

if it's not the end already.

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Many people say it should be

the end of his career, but

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Netflix have made these decisions

about him and his future and other

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studios without a proper police

investigation, without even

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being charged.

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That was the case with

Harvey Weinstein, that was the case

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with all of them.

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This is a question I posed

to some of Hollywood stars,

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including Matt Damon

and Ben Affleck this morning.

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You've just interviewed Ben Affleck.

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Yes, he said that the

public has the right to

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judge these people,

because they harm members

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of the public and that somehow

the reaction of the public

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has awakened the authorities

to these issues.

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Because now they are

investigating, at least they're

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opening some investigations.

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But there is, I appreciate

what Ben Affleck is

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saying, and that is

the

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power of social media as well,

but what we have got to remind

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ourselves there is a huge argument

that people

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shouldn't be named by people

who accuse them of things until they

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have been charged.

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I also asked Matt Damon,

who was nearly dragged

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into this quagmire, if you recall,

when it started when a journalist

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falsely accused him

of trying to kill a story

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about Harvey Weinstein.

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And he said, no,

this is not about me.

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This is about the victims.

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I know who I am, I'm a decent guy,

everybody knows that.

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And it is true, Matt

Damon is one of most

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decent stars in Hollywood.

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But you know the risk,

it could happen even

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to somebody like Matt Damon.

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Why do you think it's

been an open secret

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for so long?

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What have people like

Ben Affleck had to say?

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Did they know that,

I mean we all know there

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is some kind of a casting couch

culture in Hollywood, but why do you

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think it has been such an open

secret, why haven't people like Ben

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Affleck, who say that,

come forward and said

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something themselves

on

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social media, why are actors

so scared to speak out?

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I don't think, when you ask

them this question,

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they mostly say, yes, we knew that

Harvey for instance was a womaniser.

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Everybody was aware

of the casting couch.

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But I don't think, when you ask them

that question, they also

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say, we never imagined

it to be that brutal.

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Nobody imagined rape.

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Or such systematic, systemic sexual

harassment and abuses.

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Do you think some people

are too scared to come out

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and say anything?

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Absolutely.

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Absolutely, because these victims,

these women were too

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scared to speak up and

you know pay attention

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to the

victims.

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Even the stars of today,

they were all abused when they

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were powerless.

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When they were just on the brink

of starting their careers.

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None get harassed or abused

when they are in a

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powerful position.

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So this is the abuse

of the powerful over the powerless.

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Once they're powerful,

these women when

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they're powerful,

they're untouchable.

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Now the sport.

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In the Premier League,

Liverpool have piled the pressure

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on West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

with a 4-1 win at the London

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Stadium.

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West Ham were made to regret

missing an early chance,

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as two Liverpool goals in two

and a half minutes put

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Jurgen Klopp's side in charge.

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The Hammers did pull one

back after the break,

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but Liverpool replied

57 seconds later -

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

with his first goal for the club.

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Mohamed Salah added the fourth

14 minutes from time.

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Elsewhere in the Premier League,

the early kick off between Stoke

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and Leicester ended in the draw.

0:21:290:21:30

A home win for Huddersfield

against West Brom.

0:21:300:21:32

Bournemouth scored in stoppage time

to beat Newcastle at St James Park -

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which mean they climb out

of the relegation zone.

0:21:350:21:38

Another away win for Burnley.

0:21:380:21:40

They beat Southampton

1-0 at St Mary's.

0:21:400:21:43

Brighton are up to eighth in

the table after beating Swansea 1-0.

0:21:430:21:47

The Swans have dropped

into the bottom three.

0:21:470:21:56

Celtic's unbeaten run

0:21:590:22:00

in domestic matches now stands

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at a British record 63.

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That beats their old mark that had

stood for 100 years.

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In his 50th league game in charge

Rodgers named an unchanged team

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for only the second time.

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Afterwards Rodgers

credited his players.

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It means everything. It is an

incredible feat by the players and a

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wonderful example of

professionalism, of playing and

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creating high standards every day.

And we have faced everything, going

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behind in games, playing in dodgy

surfaces, playing on AstroTurf

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pitches, being tired in games, going

behind, semi-finals, finals. They

0:22:350:22:40

deserve all the credit they get for

it.

Bayern Munich made it seven wins

0:22:400:22:46

in seven winning away at Borussia

Dortmund. A goal from Robbens set

0:22:460:22:58

them on their way. In Spain there

were wins for Valencia and Atletico

0:22:580:23:03

Madrid. Espanyol lost.

0:23:030:23:06

England have bounced back

from their opening weekend defeat

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at the rugby league world cup

defeating Lebanon 29-10 in Sydney.

0:23:140:23:17

They made tough work of it

considering the Lebanese,

0:23:170:23:19

with a strong australian influence,

are the lowest ranked

0:23:190:23:21

team at the tournament.

0:23:210:23:22

But prop James Graham was just

pleased with the win.

0:23:220:23:28

We got the victory this week, which

was important to us. It is a

0:23:280:23:33

tournament that I think we are going

to build into. There was patches

0:23:330:23:36

today where I thought we were good

and sometimes a bit indifferent. But

0:23:360:23:41

you have got to give credit for

Lebanon. This is their first World

0:23:410:23:44

Cup. So I think it has got to be a

celebration of where Rugby League's

0:23:440:23:50

going to get to in my opinion.

0:23:500:23:54

Jack Sock remains on course to take

the final place at the season ending

0:23:540:23:57

ATP World Tour Finals after making

the final of the Paris Masters.

0:23:570:24:00

The American who's ranked 22nd

in the world found it a hard

0:24:000:24:03

fought opening set against the home

favourite with the crowd

0:24:030:24:06

support but gradually

wore his opponent down to take

0:24:060:24:08

a 7-5, 6-2 win as he keeps alive

hopes of a date at the O2 Arena

0:24:080:24:12

in London looking to oust

Pablo Carreno Busta

0:24:120:24:14

from the 8th and final place.

0:24:140:24:15

He will play the Serbian qualifier

Filip Krajinovic who caused a shock

0:24:150:24:18

when he beat ninth seed John Isner

in three sets.

0:24:180:24:20

Felipe Massa says this

season will definitely

0:24:200:24:22

be his last in Formual One.

0:24:220:24:23

The Brazilian intended to retire

at the end of last year,

0:24:230:24:26

but returned to Williams

after Valtteri Bottas moved

0:24:260:24:28

to Mercedes following the retirement

of world champion Nico Rosberg.

0:24:280:24:30

Massa won 11 races over his 15-year

career and says this

0:24:300:24:33

time his decision is final.

0:24:330:24:38

That's all the sport for now.

0:24:380:24:39

We'll have more for you on BBC News

throughout the evening.

0:24:390:24:47

There are many ways to send

a message these days,

0:24:470:24:50

but a mysterious one the size

of a field in Oxfordshire,

0:24:500:24:52

to the west of London,

has caused some bafflement.

0:24:520:24:54

The name "Sue" with a kiss

in giant letters was spotted

0:24:560:24:58

by a police helicopter.

0:24:580:25:01

A farmer, Murray Graham, has now

admitted he used his GPS-operated

0:25:010:25:03

tractor to spray the crops

in the shape of his wife's name -

0:25:030:25:06

to apologise for being moody.

0:25:060:25:15

Fs spraying down there and I had

some chemical left and I thought I

0:25:150:25:19

would spray it out and see whether I

could write my wife's names. It did

0:25:190:25:25

it over two week ago.

Sue is your

other half, what were you trying to

0:25:250:25:30

say to her by the medium of

crop-spraying?

Just that I'm not

0:25:300:25:35

quite as grumpy and old as perhaps

as I make out occasionally!

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You can get in touch with us on

Twitter and keep up to date on the

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BBC news web-site. From me and all

the team, this afternoons for

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watching. -- thanks for watching.

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