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Hello this is BBC World News today,
I'm Ben Bland. The top stories.
A new war of words between North
Korea and the US on the eve of the
biggest ever US- South Korean air
drills. Crazy to send spouses and
children to South Korea given the
provocation of North Korea, I want
them to stop sending dependence.
Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmad
Shafiq denies being kidnapped after
turning up in the capital. On the
eve of crucial talks in Brussels
domestic pressure mounts on UK Prime
Minister Theresa May to demand
guarantees before any divorce bill
is paid and skywatchers get their
first glimpse of a larger and
brighter looking moon as it reaches
its closest point to earth.
Welcome to BBC World News, North
Korea has accused the United States
of being a warmonger on the eve of
joint military exercises between the
US and South Korea, Monday struggles
of the largest ever involving US and
South Korean troops. President
Trump's National Security adviser
has said the US and its allies are
in a race to tackle the problem of
North Korea before the secretive
state achieves its nuclear
ambitions. This report.
American military might on display
near the Korean peninsula.
Here, a rare sight.
Three US aircraft carriers,
so-called super carriers,
brought together last month
for the first time in a decade.
And now the US decision to hold
another round of air exercises has
raised tensions again.
On Monday five days of air drills
will begin, the largest ever
joint drills with US
and South Korean forces.
They will simulate air strikes
on mock North Korean nuclear
and missile targets.
This comes as President Trump's
national security adviser warns
the possibility of war
with Pyongyang is
increasing by the day.
The greatest immediate threat
to the United States,
and to the world, is the threat
posed by the rogue regime
in North Korea, and his
continued efforts to develop
a long-range nuclear capability.
There are ways to address this
problem, short of armed
conflict, but it is a race,
because he is getting closer
and closer, and there's
not much time left.
In North Korea news of the military
exercises drew dire warnings.
If the Korean peninsula
and the world are embroiled
in the crucible of a nuclear war,
because of the reckless nuclear war
mania of the United States,
the US must take full
responsibility for it.
On Friday North Korea held a mass
event celebrating the success
of recent weapons tests.
The latest one sent a missile
higher than ever before,
putting the continental
United States in striking range.
Now Pyongyang is rushing
to perfect its weapons technology,
including the development
of a nuclear warhead that
can fit on a missile.
Kim Jong-un is getting closer
to his nuclear ambitions.
Here he inspects a factory making
tyres for missile launch vehicles.
Some are quick to brush off
the exchange of threats
between Kim Jong-un and the Trump
them as bluster.
But as the US and North Korea ramp
up their military capabilities,
making no secret the other
is the target, it raises
the prospect that one misstep
and one miscalculation could ignite
a sudden military confrontation,
claiming hundreds of thousands,
if not millions, of lives.
Celia Hatton, BBC News.
Donald Trump has spent a second day
fiercely defending himself
after one of his most senior former
aides pleaded guilty
to lying to the FBI.
Michael Flynn, former national
security adviser, admitted lying
to the intelligence agency
about conversations he'd had
with Russian officials.
In a tweet on Sunday the president
lashed out at the FBI,
saying its reputation
was "in tatters".
And that's not all the US
President tweeted about -
as Laura Bicker explains.
he was tweeting about James Comey,
he denied he had asked the former
head of the FBI to drop an
head of the FBI to drop an
investigation into Michael Flynn.
Why is this important? Because the
tweet sent out yesterday from the
President's account seemed to imply
that President Trump new his
national security adviser had lied
to the FBI. If he had had that
knowledge and pressured the FBI to
let his adviser go that could
consist of an obstruction of
knowledge, then we received more
information on this tale, another
twist. The tweet that was a
controversial was not sent by the
president but by his lawyer, John
Dowd. He sent out a note this
morning saying, I am out of the
tweeting business, I did not mean to
break news. What they are saying is
that it was a mistake. It raises the
question, did President Trump know
that his national security adviser
lied when he tried to pressure James
dropping the investigation. Of
course now President Trump says he
didn't say that at all. This is
becoming very much a game of he
says, she says.
It must be
frustrating for President Trump and
the White House because this should
have been a weekend when they were
celebrating the passage of the tax
reform bill through the Senate yet
they don't seem to be doing
themselves any favours in terms of
moving the agenda on.
I think I used
the phrase "Snatching defeat from
the jaws of victory". President
Trump could have the tax reform
bill, getting over the roadblock
that has halted the Republicans in
the last vision like months, is a
promise he made to his supporters
and it looks very much on the path
to becoming law. It could have been
a weekend when he was making the
most of that. Yet instead the focus
has been switched back to the rushed
investigation. But it is worth
pointing out that with these tweets
talking about the FBI in tatters and
trying to discredit James Comey he
also mentions Hillary Clinton. This
is fodder for his supporters, who
believe the FBI should have done
more to prosecute Hillary Clinton
for the misuse of the e-mails. They
also wonder if they didn't go after
Hillary Clinton why are they going
after the president. Donald Trump
has repeatedly called the
investigation into alleged Russian
meddling during the election
campaign a witchhunt. By undermining
the FBI in these tweets and saying
it needs to get better that is
something his supporters will take
to heart. Laura Bicker.
Egypt's former Prime Minister Ahmed
Shafik has given a phone interview
on television denying speculation
that he was kidnapped.
He went missing after arriving
in Cairo at the weekend.
Mr Shafik was deported
from the United Arab Emirates
to Egypt on Saturday,
just days after he announced he
intended to run for the Presidency.
His family raised the alarm
when they couldn't contact
him after he landed.
Sahar Aziz is a Law Professor
who was born in Egypt
and now Senior Fellow for the Centre
for Global Policy.
She joins me from Boston.
Good to see you. Take us back to
basics, and why was he in self
imposed exile and while Berger
concerns when his family could not
Your viewers may know
that he was a finalist in the 2012
presidential elections and barely
lost to Mohammed Morsi who was
ousted in a military coup in July 20
13. So when he was no longer going
to be president there were fears he
would be prosecuted along with all
the other former Mubarak regime is
and he did have charges against him.
He fled to the United Arab Emirates
so he would not be subject to the
same fate as many of the Mubarak
officials because he used to be
minister of aviation and was a
former military general.
think his announcing his intention
to run for the presidency would have
been unsettling for the current
president? Would he have been a real
Yes, I think it is a
serious contender. For one reason.
In the last six years a growing
number of Egyptians are starting to
reminisce and have nostalgia for the
Mubarak era. They feel they are
poorer now, under much more economic
hardship. They don't see democracy,
they seek more political repression
rather than less and any of the
business elite would like to go back
to doing big business with the
borough officials and we don't know
how the military feels about the
president, on the outside they seem
to be in agreement but on the inside
there will be a camp that was more
aligned with the Mubarak regime and
major feat is part of that camp. So
there may well be people in the
military in the business elite who
have signalled or maybe explicitly
told Shafik, you should run and you
might have a real job of beating the
current leader as his presidency
wanes in the light of the economic
and security problems that Egypt is
facing as we saw with the massacre
of 300 Muslims at a mosque after
Given that are
snared Shafik has given an interview
disputing that he was kidnapped, it
looks as if he may be able to fulfil
his intention of running for the
presidency. Does that mean any cause
for concern has now gone away?
taking on a dangerous endeavour. In
Egypt the stakes are high and it's
hard to predict the future. It is
possible that new charges could be
filed against Ahmed Shafik, criminal
charges. Already two lawyers have
filed charges against him on the
basis of one statement and another
kernel has said he wanted to run and
he has been jailed. So he is taking
a high risk path. However I think
he's betting on his allies in the
Gulf, his allies in the West and his
allies within the deep state to
protect him from the fate of a
serious contender. It'll be
interesting to see how this next
plays out, because the president
wants to create an appearance that
he was democratically elected,
particularly to his people who are
increasingly frustrated with the
lack of economic results produced.
But he doesn't want anyone who will
be a serious contender and Ahmed
Shafik could certainly be that
indeed for the analysis.
Here in Britain the Prime Minister
is coming under increasing pressure
to adopt a tougher line
during Brexit negotiations.
Theresa May is preparing to travel
to Brussels on Monday,
for talks with the President
of the European Commission.
An influential group of Brexit
supporters is urging
the Prime Minister to refuse
to settle the UK's so-called
'divorce bill,' unless Brussels
agrees to a series of new demands.
Here's our political
correspondent, Alex Forsyth.
They have met plenty of times
before, always appearing friendly,
but there is a lot riding
on their get-together tomorrow.
Whether EU leaders can
be persuaded to move
Brexit talks on later this month.
While back home, some of her MPs
have upped the pressure.
A handful of Brexit backing
Tories have written
to the Prime Minister,
laying down conditions they want
met, including a promise
that the European Court of
Justice will cease to have any
jurisdiction over the UK.
For some, this goes
to the heart of the Brexit
The European Court of Justice
is there to rule on all
matters to do with
the European Union.
We will have left the European Union
and therefore the
simple point is that we should not
therefore have to look to the
European Court of Justice or to have
judgments made by them,
bound directly back
here into the UK.
When it comes to the European Court
of Justice, Theresa May has
signalled it will have a role
during any transition
period, but not after.
Though some ardent Brexiteers
fear there could be
compromise as the EU wants
it to keep overseeing
Today the Government insisted
European law would not hold
sway over British law and had
a warning for backbenchers.
The Supreme Court
will decide what the
law of the country is in this
country, as voted on by Parliament.
That is the big thing that
Theresa May has achieved.
I think there is an even
bigger point here.
The choice we face now is not
between this Brexit or that
If we don't back Theresa May
we will have no Brexit.
But there are competing
views over several
aspects of these talks.
The island of Ireland will be
where the UK meets the EU.
All agree there should
be no hard border.
But today the Irish government
still was not convinced
as to how that can be achieved.
The Irish government
is not being unreasonable,
we are simply asking
questions that need
more credible answers
before we can allow
process to move on to phase two.
So tonight there is no
agreement in key areas
on the issues the EU said
wanted progress before
moving on to talk trade.
Tomorrow's meeting is a crucial
step in deciding whether
enough has been done.
The outcome is vital,
but far from certain.
Alex Forsyth, BBC News, Westminster.
Stay with us. Still to come. 20
years after an international ban on
landmines White is the number of
their victims on the rise? -- why?
It is clear that the main victims of
the poor people living in the slums
that have sprung up around the
Children are dying in front
of me and I can't do anything.
Half a metre of rock separated
Britain from France, and then they
were shaking hands and exchanging
flags with their opposite numbers.
This is BBC World News Today.
I'm Ben Bland.
The latest headlines.
A new war of words has broken out
between North Korea and the US
on the eve of the biggest-ever
US-South Korean air drills.
Egyptian presidential hopeful
Ahmed Shafik denies being kidnapped,
after turning up in
the capital, Cairo.
People living in the Yemeni capital,
Sanaa, are reporting fierce
fighting as Houthi rebels
try to defeat their former allies,
supporters of the ex-president
Ali Abdullah Saleh.
There are reports that the houses
of prominent figures connected
to Mr Saleh have been attacked
and blown up.
The Houthis say they've regained
most of the territory they had
earlier lost to Mr Saleh's
supporters, despite air strikes
by the Saudi-led coalition
targeting Houthi positions.
We asked the MSF head of Mission
to Yemen, June Besselink,
whether he'd witnessed
the coalition air strikes.
So far it is difficult to know
because I have been here one year
and these air strikes have been
continuous so to know if they are in
response to what is happening, I
don't know. For this moment we have
more than ten projects and we have
coordination teams in the capital.
At this moment we are not looking
into evacuation because it is not
safe to go outside your house. We
are continuously running programmes
on supporting hospitals here in the
capital, although these hospitals
are massively struggling patients
are having trouble getting to the
hospitals, ambulances can't move on
streets because they get shot at, we
had several supplies in warehouses
but we can't get to the hospitals
because it's too dangerous to go
Today marks 20 years
since the international convention
banning anti-personnel landmines
was signed in Ottawa, Canada.
The convention has been
ratified by 162 countries.
But aid agencies warn that landmines
still pose a huge danger.
Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.
Landmines need an instant to cause a
lifetime of damage. Landmine
injuries stop adults from being able
to work and children from being able
to go to school or able to play. The
ban on landmines, signed with such
hope 20 years ago, means that
Freddie few countries still use
them. Deaths and injuries have
fallen from 20,000 a year in 1997 to
6500 today. But now that figure is
rising again. Armies may not use
land mines, but armed groups do.
When Islamic State fighters were
driven out of Raqqa and Mosul, they
left home made devices behind.
big problem today is non-state
actors, which is, many of these
conflicts that we see on the news
and in the newspapers every day, we
see that much more improvised
landmines, home made minds are being
used that we are able to clear.
millions of landmines deployed
decades ago still contaminate
countries from Bosnia to Cambodia to
Zimbabwe. Many will miss the 2025
target set for clearance despite
overwhelming support for the band,
the deadly legacy of landmines will
be with us for many years to come.
Imogen Foulkes, BBC News, Geneva.
Now time to check on today's sport.
Thank you Ben. Starting with
Manchester City have a chance
to break new ground
against their rivals
Manchester United at
Old Trafford next Sunday.
David Silva's 83rd-minute finish
against West Ham saw City win
a record-equalling 13th
Premier League match in a row
with victory over West Ham
at the Etihad Stadium.
They could be the first ever
Premier League team to win 14
in a row if they beat
Jose Mourinho's side next weekend.
Angelo Ogbonna put West Ham ahead
but Nicolas Otamendi equalised
before Silva pounced
with seven minutes left.
West Ham boss David Moyes has now
overseen three defeats and a draw
since taking over from Slaven Bilic.
His team sit 19th in the table.
In the second half it was quite
similar, when we were in the second
half I thought we were going to
school and win, but today it was a
little bit different, so it was
massive, no chances, because they
played ten players inside the box!
So it's almost impossible but we
didn't concede too much, and got the
For long periods I thought it would
be our day. We did not limit their
possession but we did limit their
chances, the keeper made a few
saves, but I always thought we were
a threat on the break and the
Pacific and score. We may be
arguably had the best chances in the
Was at a game plan that
in the first half worked spot-on?
was. Manchester City's positions
that they take up often change that
and we didn't do well enough when we
had the ball at times. But we stuck
at it and saw it through, the boys
did a really good job.
In Italy's Serie A, Benevento -
who've not won a league
game this season -
took their "first ever
Thanks to an extraordinary moment
too - their goalkeeper -
Alberto Brignoli, on loan
from Juventus, scored
with a flying header -
deep into stoppage time -
to give them a 2-2 draw with Milan.
The visitors spent
more than $200 million
in the last transfer window -
compared to Benvento's
total of $20 million.
Milan "twice took the lead" -
but were pegged back
after Alessio Romagnoli was sent
off; a second booking
in the 75th minute.
The result was another
embarassment for Milan -
playing their first match under
new coach Gennaro Gattuso -
after sacking Vincenzo
Montella on Monday.
Now to cricket and Australia will be
hoping to continue their good form
when play starts on the third day
of their second Ashes Test
against England in Adelaide.
England will resume on 29-1
in their first innings -
still 413 runs behind the hosts -
who declared on 442 for eight.
Shaun Marsh made
an unbeaten century.
There were very few moments there,
probably when I got to 90 I began to
get a bit nervous but obviously
extremely happy to get a hundred for
my country and get a hundred in an
Ashes Test is pretty special.
American Rickie Fowler
has won Golf's HERO
World Challenge in the Bahamas
by four shots finishing on 18 under
with a destructive final round of 11
under sweeping away all others.
It set a new course and tournament
record in what was the lowest
round of his career.
Next best was his compatriot
Charley Hoffman on 14 under
while Tiger Woods, who hosted
the event in his latest comeback,
from injury fired a final
round of four under to finish tied
for ninth, ten shots behind Fowler.
Ronnie O'Sullivan seems
to be the man to beat
at snooker's UK Championship.
The defending champion Mark Selby
was knocked out on Saturday in York.
But there was no problem
for O'Sullivan, who's aiming
for a record-equalling
sixth UK title.
He wasn't at his best
against Michael Georgiou -
but still won by six frames to one.
The world number four
goes into round three.
He'll face either Michael White
or Matthew Selt in the third round.
And that's all the sport for now.
Thank you, see you soon.
Skygazers around the world
have been treated to
a spectacular sight -
with the moon appearing far bigger
and brighter than usual.
The supermoon - or "cold moon"
as it's traditionally named
in December, happens when the Earth
is closer than usual in its orbit.
While for some, the skies are too
cloudy to enjoy the phenomenon -
it has been spectacular in places
like Myanmar and Uganda.
Earlier I spoke to astronomer
Tom Kerss at the Royal
Observatory in Greenwich -
he says it's actually
all a trick of the eye.
The moon doesn't appear much bigger
than usual, that's the strange
thing. The changes actually subtle
but because the man's close approach
to the Earth, a point in the orbit
with the moon and the earth comes
closest each month, when that
happens to coincide with the full
moon we call this a supermoon. Not a
rigid term in the astronomical
community but a colloquial term for
what happens when the moon is
unusually close to the earth like
tonight and tomorrow morning. So we
will seek a supermoon and there is
some game in the apparent size and
brightness of the moon said makes
that approach and is fully
eliminated from our perspective by
the sun. Actually the differences
marginal. If you really want a
dramatic effect, if you go outside
and that any full moon rising or
setting your mind produces an
illusion which recalled the Moon
illusion, it makes the moon look
larger when it's on the horizon and
that fact can be more dramatic than
the so-called supermoon. So you
could see a supermoon almost every
time when the moon is rising if you
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