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China approves the removal of term
limits for its leader effect of
allowing the president to remain in
power indefinitely. What has
happened here today is highly
significant. A choreographed
compliant rubber-stamp parliament
has removed the last limitation on
Colombians vote in landmark
with the former FARC rebel group
for the first time.
Wash everything you had with you -
the message to English drinkers
and diners in the area
where a former Russian spy
was poisoned by a nerve agent.
Success for the superhero film
with a largely black cast ,
Black Panther takes more
than a billion US dollars
at cinemas worldwide.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
In an historic move
the National People's Congress
in China has abolished
presidential term limits.
The vote allows the current
president, Xi Jinping,
to stay in office beyond the end
of his second term in 2023.
As expected the amendment
was passed overwhelmingly.
Out of nearly 3000 delegates only
two people voted against.
Critics argue the move gives one
person too much power and moves
China away from a democratic path.
Our correspondent John Sudworth
reports from Beijing.
Xi Jinping was the first
to cast his vote for a change
which could if he wants make him
president for life.
The applause proof, if anyone
needed, that the result
was a foregone conclusion.
Out of almost 3000 delegates,
only two voted against.
Passed, the announcer says.
This man's hold on power is now
complete and indefinite.
The cost of opposition
to his rule can be high.
This woman shows the papers left
behind by her husband,
a lawyer who recently wrote an open
letter calling for
He is now been detained
on subversion charges.
He did everything
within the boundaries of the law
and yet it is not allowed
here and now many people
are afraid of speaking out.
As China enacts its most profound
political change in decades,
all public discussion
is being tightly
The 2-term limit solve a problem
facing all undemocratic
It helps China ensure orderly
and regular leadership succession,
what's happened here today
is highly significant.
A choreographed, complex,
rubber-stamp parliament has
removed the last limitation
on Xi Jinping's power.
The director of the CIA has defended
President Trump's decision to meet
the North Korean leader,
saying that he appreciated
the risks involved.
Speaking on American television,
Mike Pompeo, said the President had
agreed to sit down with Kim Jong Un
to try to solve a problem,
not as a piece of theatre.
What will turn out is not about what
is someone said, this eyes has --
have their eyes wide open and the
whole conversation the pressure will
continue to mount on North Korea.
There is no relief in sight until
the president gets the objectively
has set forth consistently during
his entire time in office. Rest
assured when the president enters
that room if Kim Jong Un lives up to
the four commitments, those major
concessions the president will be
fully prepared for his conversation
with Kim Jong Un.
The polls have closed in an historic
legislative election in Colombia.
For the first time ever,
candidates from the former
rebel group, the FARC,
have run for Congress.
As part of a peace accord
agreed in 2016, Farc,
now a left-wing political party,
is guaranteed ten of
the two-hundred-and-eighty seats.
Live now to Bogota. I understand
with the people of Colombia some
very mixed feelings even though this
is a real historic day.
right, these the first elections to
be held in peace after the peace
process back in 2016. The feeling is
that the government has been
lenient, a lot of these people,
these former soldiers should not be
running for office yet but speak to
others and they think they should be
a role these soldiers should be
playing in the future of Colombia.
It is a very divided country as we
have seen. These elections are a
first Colombia, this country has
worked hard to change direction, the
focus now is on the vote not
violence. It is a day of first after
more than 30 years fighting in the
jungle, the politician is hoping to
win a seat in Congress. It is also
the first time in his life he has
been able to vote. He is a free man
now no longer pursued by the law
come he wants to play a part in
It is the ideal
we fought for, he tells me try to
take part in politics in a legal and
civilised way in a democratic way.
Many Colombians feel the government
has been too lenient and they wanted
the fight is to pay for their crimes
before standing for office. Colombia
I don't support the far
at all, people do not change
It is the ride they have
been given as Colombians to be
reintegrated into society.
challenge they face as it is so
bound up in the country is conflict,
nearly everybody here in Colombia
has spent most of their lives living
in the shadow of violence, it is
hard to take them seriously as
politicians, so accepting the FARC
will take time. They started life as
a Marxist inspired movements
demanding land rights over half a
century of fighting some more than
200,000 people killed and millions
displaced when the peace deal was
signed in 20 16,000 of soldiers lay
down their weapons but their memory
This man was held
hostage by the FARC to seven years,
the six the former senator was
chained to a tree by his neck. He
did not speak to anyone in the
tee-macro years, despite that he
thinks a peace deal was the right
The war can never be won,
I agree with finding a way that
enables people to lay down arms I do
not doubt that but I don't like the
attitude of FARC, they have not
apologised to their victims.
a feeling echoed by many Colombians
by the architect of the deal says
there is no going back.
the first time in nearly 50 years a
peaceful election and this is
exactly what a peace project is
about, changing the bullets for
votes. Changing the violence of
These elections may not
alter the political landscape
immediately but they are in an
important first step towards
legitimising the fighters and
finding a way forward after decades
of war. The right wing parties are
expected to do very well in these
elections, a feeling they are
punishing the current government for
this peace deal that many people
feel is too lenient. It is not plain
sailing for FARC, this is the
beginning and speaking to people
they feel it will take generations
to change, new politicians coming
forward to a less associated with
the conflict and less blood on the
Hundreds of people in the English
city of Salisbury, who visited
the same restaurant and pub
as a poisoned former Russian spy
and his daughter, are being advised
to wash their clothes
and possessions, as a precaution.
Traces of the nerve agent have been
found in both locations.
But England's Chief Medical Officer
says she's confident there's been no
harm to the health of any members
of the public.
Daniel Sandford reports
Wearing gas masks and protective
clothing, military personnel
were spending Mother's Day
in Salisbury loading potentially
contaminated cars onto trucks.
Two Vauxhall vehicles had been
parked behind a church not far
from the city centre.
Bizarre and extraordinary
scenes once again.
This time in a pay and
display car park in this
historic cathedral city.
It was the attack on Sergei Skripal
that led to the operation.
Police confirmed traces of the nerve
agent were found in the Mill pub as
well as this easy restaurant where
the BBC understands a table used by
the power was so contaminated it had
to be destroyed. The Chief Medical
Officer gave his advice to those in
the pub and restaurant on Sunday
afternoon and Monday.
Wash clothes, ideally
in the washing machine,
any items that cannot be washed
and normally would be dry cleaned
should be double bagged
in plastic until further
information is available.
Wipe personal items with baby wipes
and dispose of them in the bins.
Wash hard items that cannot go
in the washing machine in warm
water and detergent.
Steve Cooper was in the pub
on Sunday at exactly the same time.
He said he is getting worried.
They haven't revealed what the nerve
agent was and what the effect
long-term on anyone's
health could be.
I'd like to know more about that.
I'd like to know what precautions
I personally can take.
Rather than just washing my clothes,
having potentially already been
exposed, what precautions can me
and my wife tape.
I don't think washing my phone
and my watch with baby
wipes is going to get rid
of a nerve agent.
Did the emergency services
respond quickly enough?
Are you satisfied that you escalated
this incident quickly enough
at the beginning of last week?
The machinery, the support,
the national advice, the capability
and expertise was mobilised.
For this ancient medieval city
it has been a surreal
and frightening seven days.
If the suspicions proved right,
what happened here, the use
of a chemical weapon,
nerve agent, to attack to people
is likely to have huge
implications with Britain's
relations with Russia.
Daniel Sandford reporting there.
More details on the BBC News website
regarding that story. Still to
come... Black Panther is breaking
records, the superhero snaps up over
$1 billion in ticket sales.
The numbers of dead and wounded
defied belief, this is the worst
terrorist atrocity on European soil
in modern times. In less than 24
hours the soviet Union lost an
elderly Sikh leader and replaced him
with a dynamic figure 20 years his
junior. We heard gunshots, he fired
and it was petrifying. James Earl
Ray aged 41 sentenced to 99 years
and you for parole when 90 travelled
to Nashville State prison in an
eight car convoy. What is it fear
like to be narrowed at last? Fine,
thank you. Will it change your life
much? I don't know, really, I have
never been married before.
This is BBC World News. The main
story on the programme, China has
removed presidential term limits
from its constitution allowing the
current leader to remain in power
indefinitely. More on this, joining
me is an associate professor at Yale
Law School. Thank you for joining us
on the BBC. I think we know why
President Xie Jin Ping would like to
remain in power indefinitely, he
wants to keep clinging on to power
but why now, why has this been voted
Well, there are a few
different layers to that question.
The timing is one thing. Probably
the best reason for the timing is
that I would imagine it caused most
people off guard. If you're going to
consolidate power against the status
quo and entrenched status quo you
don't want to give the opposition
warning about this. The fact this
came as a surprise to all outside
observers suggest it likely was in
January when it came as a surprise
to most insiders as well. Plus,
honestly, he has enough power and if
you can do it right now, why wait
five more years?
I will ask you
about international relations and
what it means that but before that,
I want to show you our viewers how
President Donald Trump reacted to
the news before it was
rubber-stamped and voted through.
President for life. That was another
one, he is president of life, it
happened two days ago. And I was
joking, I was at a railway station
but I was joking and said, president
of life, that sounds good, maybe we
will have to try that.
Americans might be pleased about
that idea, others won't be. He was
joking, he was criticised as saying
that but Donald Trump said I was
just joking. Is that not an issue,
that the rest of the world may now
look at China that was becoming
increasingly democratic and
increasingly co-operative with the
outside world as going backwards
rather than forwards?
I have no
doubt this is soft power. It arouses
suspicion especially amongst western
European and American societies,
that said over the short to medium
term I think foreign countries may
find that China will become a more
stable and more predictable global
player. The reason for this is that
now he has consolidated power he has
less incentive to play international
tensions for domestic political
Will not put President Trump
and Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron
in a difficult position when it
comes to doing business with China
that effectively has in the eyes of
some, if you look at social media, a
dictator in charge now?
To be honest
it is not like Western countries do
not have lots of experiences dealing
with dictatorships. And China was
not much of a democracy in the first
place, it was an autocracy. Even if
you do away with the regular
tournaments, it is still the quality
of the same autocracy was before.
I'm not sure this would add any
massive domestic political issues
for western countries. You guys are
used to dealing with bad countries.
So business as usual but with the
same person for a lot longer. Many
thanks for speaking to us. Now, the
sport. Harry Kane ankle injury is a
concern that on a manager Mauricio
Pochettino after he was taken off
during their 4-1 win away to
Bournemouth. The England striker was
injured in a first-half collision
with the Bournemouth keeper but did
not stop this time coming from a
goal down to move up to place.
Arsenal with a 31 win over Watford.
The new signings go on the score
sheet as they begin their mini
It was important for us to
win today after Milan. And it was a
difficult game like you get in the
Premier League and we had to battle
and we did. We had maybe jaded legs
at some stage but overall the desire
and spirit in the team was good.
Italy, Cerri AA, Fiorentina return
to play after the sudden death of
their captain. The game was stopped
on the 13th minute to pay tribute to
the former Italian international who
wore the number 13. The man who took
the place scored the game is only
goal in the 25th minute as the home
side won 1-0. That win took
Fiorentina up to ninth in the table.
Athletico Madrid cut the lead on
Barcelona to eight points after a
win over Celta Vigo.
Today it was all about the Super G
in the Alpine skiing and it was a
second gold for Henrietta from
Slovakia beating the Britain. These
games will know the name very well,
she is a French star and she has a
number of titles to her name and
today she won her second gold of
these Paralympics and seems
unbeatable as it stands. There was
an interesting race unfolding as
curt oak-wood from Canada denied
America Andrew Kirk from winning his
second gold. He finished eighth
yesterday in the downhill but
thrived on the Super G course. There
was also Nordic skiing taking place
and it was the 12.5 kilometre
cross-country race and this was the
race that saw North Korea competing
in its first Paralympic games. An
historic moment for them but also
the race that South Korea won their
first medal of these games. The
bronze so they'll be over the moon
to be finally on the medals table. A
busy day and more still to come in
Pyeongchang. The hosts started
strongly and despite seat
sin-binning is an being reduced to
13 players at one point Warren
Gatland Er... Site had too much and
reserve the Italians who have lost
16 in a row. Novak Djokovic is
uncorked in Indian Wells. He has
lost a first set. Some of the
stories coming in, we are hearing
the Syrian government assault on the
rebel held on clove of East and
Ginter is continuing as our strikes
and fierce fighting on the ground
and the Red Cross say conditions the
civilians are dire with the bodies
of the dead left to rot under the
rubble as the army tightens its grip
on the region. A private Turkish
plane flying from United Arab
Emirates to Istanbul bus crashed
near the Arabian city. All eight
passengers and three crew on board
have been killed. Turkish media are
reporting the passengers were a
group of friends returning from a
hen party in Dubai. The French far
right leader Marine Le Pen has
proposed a new name for our National
front party as she seeks to distance
it from its racist past. She wants
to change it to national you in.
Party members have agreed by a slim
margin to ditch the name.
The superhero film Black Panther has
now taken more than a billion US
dollars at cinemas worldwide.
The Marvel Film by Disney has been
widely praised as game-changing -
including by Michelle Obama -
for having a largely black cast
and a black director.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman,
who plays the crime-fighting ruler
of a fictional African nation
with the most advanced
technology on earth.
The film became a sensation
on social media, with
fans using the hashtag
'What Black Panther Means to Me'
to highlight its significance
for black audiences.
To talk about the huge
impact it's had I've been
speaking to Sylvia Obell,
reporter from New York.
She first told me why it's
considered to be so ground breaking.
It definitely broken into the top
ten domestic gross, global grossing
films period. It is one of 16 Disney
films to break a billion. It is one
of the four from Marvel, so it has
really done well beyond the fact of
just the category of movies with
predominantly large black casts.
do you think though this has caused
such a huge following, is it because
it is a good film or is it because
it is breakthrough particularly
because it has a predominantly black
cast involves weighing less
traditionally find black actors and
At its core it is a good
movie, it is a great movie. Whether
it is a black cast or any other race
of caste, the movie is well made, he
did an amazing job directing the
movie. Everybody brought their
A-game and it has universal truths
that go beyond the black race. It is
really just about a great superhero
movie with a lot of universal truth
that connects with people across the
world and everybody did a great job
and that is what the point is that
these movies can hold their own just
like most other superhero movies
regardless of what race the main
The issue is that
the kind of roles the black actors
tend to get our victims and
gangsters and small roles as well
and that is why so many people are
excited about this film but do you
think this is just a one-off or do
think we will see films that don't
actually require a black cast having
a mainly black cast?
Only time can
tell for sure. I think this movie
absolutely should show that these
are the kind of black characters and
actors can play bigger wider
selection of roles like any other
actor and definitely it should lead
to more superhero films, especially
more Black Panther films.
so. Thank you for watching and don't
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