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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm andrew plant. our top stories: the us investigates how people in hawaii were mistakenly warned of an imminent ballistic missile attack. after a wave of anti—austerity protests, tunisia's government announces a $70 million package to help the poor. a vow to weed out corruption and rescue the economy — hope in south africa as the head of the ruling party gives his first speech since being elected. after a fair pay outcry, mark wahlberg donates his $1.5 million film fee to the times up initiative. welcome to the programme. an official alert has provoked alarm in the us state of hawaii after mistakenly warning
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of an imminent ballistic missile attack. the text message was sent to everyone on the island and interrupted tv and radio broadcasts. it told people to seek shelter, before adding "this is not a drill". the state's governor has apologised for the error. he said an employee had pressed the wrong button. this report from richard galpin. it's just after 8 o'clock in the morning local time and suddenly, the broadcast of this basketball match is interrupted with a chilling alert that a missile strike on hawaii was apparently just minutes away. and the same message was also sent out to everyone's mobile phones. when we got the alarm, we were actually terrified. we were on the 36th floor of our hotel and we didn't know what to do. i was just sleeping, my friend just woke me up. he says, "hey, let's go, there's a bomb coming in hawaii". i didn't take it serious, but, you know, i started running. we went to this other place,
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a concrete building. people were just running on the street. but it turns out it was all a mistake. the us pacific command confirming in a tweet there was no missile threat. what happened today was totally unacceptable and many in our community were deeply affected by this, and i'm sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced. i, too, am very angry and disappointed that this happened. we are doing everything that we can immediately to ensure that it never happens again. just last month, the hawaiian authorities decided to resume testing of the nuclear warning system for the first time since the cold war. these islands are the closest part of the united states to north korea and, over the past year, north korea has carried out a series
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of tests, proving it does now have nuclear weapons. so no wonder people in hawaii were panicking today. richard galpin, bbc news. after almost a week of anti—austerity protests, tunisia is marking the anniversary of the revolution that sparked the arab spring in 2011. commemorating the overthrow of the old regime of president ben ali comes amidst social unrest over the past few days regarding tax rises and price hikes, some of which turned violent. from the capital tunis, mark lowen reports. there is a bittersweet mood as tunisians marked the seventh anniversary of their revolution — pride they brought in a democracy of a sort, but also frustration that the dreams in 2011 of a better life for all have faded. seven years on, from revolution until now, we think alongside
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with the tunisians themselves that politicians have done nothing. nine governments later, they have seen waves of social unrest, terror attacks, and a sharp drop in tourism. this week's protesting was sparked by austerity. around 800 people were arrested for protesting. protest against the budget. they are bringing up the prices too much. we cannot afford anything. they live in castles and we live under the line of poverty. the government has now announced a $70 million package of reforms to help poor families, hoping it will stave off more demonstrations. translation: firstly providing a
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minimum amountfor minimum amount forfamilies, guaranteeing healthcare for all tunisians had no exception, and providing or to provide appropriate housing to all tunisian families. there is talk of raising the minimum wage and universal healthcare. the plans will reportedly be discussed in parliament within a week. seven years on, tunisia is held up as a success of the arab spring but that is compared to the failed state of libya and the return to military rule in egypt. for many here, the overwhelming hope of 2011 feels like it has disappeared. mark lowen reporting there from the tunisian capital, tunis. there are reports of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel—held area on the outskirts of damascus besieged by syrian government forces. residents of eastern ghouta reported smelling gas shortly after coming under attack. the area has been under sustained attack with air strikes and ground attacks reportedly killing at least 85 civilians in recent weeks. for more on this, we spoke to bbc middle east analyst alan johnston
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a little earlier. 0ur colleagues in syria are getting these reports from early this morning — reports from eastern ghouta that there was a strong smell of chlorine hanging in the air after one of the attacks. people immediately had itchy eyes and problems breathing — classic symptoms of a gas attack. something like 50 people were affected, but health workers said later that only a handful needed brief hospital treatment. 0nly minor respiratory problems. a chlorine gas attack would be absolutely terrifying but the fact is that chlorine is not as dangerous nor harmful as other forms of chemical weapons. we have heard of chlorine gas attacks a number of times down through the years of the syrian civil war, but not so much in recent months. the syrian government always denies
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that it uses chemical weapons ofany kind. a salmonella scandal at french dairy group lactalis has affected 83 countries with 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk being recalled. so far, french officials have reported 35 cases of infants getting salmonella from the powder, while one case has been reported in spain and another is being investigated in greece. lactalis says it will pay damages to families affected by the salmonella contamination. in south africa, the new leader of the ruling anc party has given his first speech since being elected last month. cyril ramaphosa gave a damning assessment of the ruling party, saying it's been beset by infighting and corruption. he called for a change of culture in the party, a thinly veiled attack on the man he replaced, the country's discredited president, jacob zuma. 0ur africa editor fergal keane was at the rally. if you want to know how the wind has
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changed in south africa, then listen to this. jacob zuma... booing. ..and... booing continues. booed by his own party, jacob zuma is increasingly isolated. even supporters acknowledge his days as the country's president are numbered. the crowds have a different hero now — the new anc leader cyril ramaphosa — businessman, skilled negotiator, who's promised to end the capture of the state by a corrupt elite. we are going to confront corruption and state capture in all its forms. the investigation and prosecution of those who are responsible will be given top priority. we are resolute in our commitment to make this the year in which we build our movement
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and turn around the economy of south africa. not since the end of apartheid in 1994 have i seen such a hunger for change in south africa. we've heard a lot of promises from politicians. do you believe him? yeah, we have to believe him, he's our president, our new president. hopefully, they can fix everything is broken. that's a big, big hope. yeah, it's my hope, and the hope of all south africans. hope springs, in part, from desperation. the corruption of the zuma era dragged the economy intojunk status. not far from the stadium, this woman washes cars to earn cash. she's ten years out of school and unemployed. we have voted for anc but we don't see any changes. we want cyril ramaphosa, we wantjobs. if cyril ramaphosa can root out corruption and rescue this country's economy, he will be seen
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as a worthy inheritor of nelson mandela's legacy. but more than that, given the importance of south africa on this continent, he could emerge as one of the most important politicalfigures in the history of post—colonial africa. that is the prize. sexual harassment, and abuse in response to the harvey weinstein scandal. with more, here's the bbc‘s peter bowes in los angeles. all the money in the world tells the story of the kidnapping of paul
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he was dropped pretty quickly from this film even though they had actually completed it. as you say, christopher plummer was brought into play his part. that also meant that michelle williams and mark wahlberg had to be brought back as well to re—film their scenes they'd previously done with spacey and now with christopher plummer. and actors in hollywood. mark wahlberg has now released a statement saying over the last few
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days, the re—shoot fee for all the money in the world has become an important topic of conversation.
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