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this is bbc news. i'm andrew plant. our top stories: the us investigates how people in hawaii were mistakenly warned of an imminent ballistic missile attack. french dairy firm lactalis admits it has exported baby milk that may be contaminated with salmonella to 83 countries. after a wave of anti—austerity protests, tunisia's government announces a $70 million package to help the poor. and queues at the zoo for a wobbly debut — hundreds see the first french—born panda finding his feet in a public enclosure. welcome to the programme. an official alert has provoked alarm in the us state of hawaii after mistakenly warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack. the text message was sent to everyone on the island
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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. bill hayton reports. for around half an hour on saturday, the people of hawaii looked anxiously to the skies. on the university campus, students ran to the emergency shelters. an official text warned residents to prepare for the worst, people cowered in bathrooms or talk what cover they could. we alljust huddled together and thought well, you know, this is going to be the end i guess we are ina going to be the end i guess we are in a beautiful place to bring something we love but it was pretty scary, and you start hearing stories about what was happening down in waikiki beach, they were evacuating hotels and children pushed into drainpipes to get them elected. with
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the north korean nuclear missile about to hit honolulu? actually, no. the whole thing was the result of a stunningly simple mistake. this test started, at 0807 is when the trigger was pulled on the chest. the wrong button was pushed on the test. in actual event versus our test. there is fury on hawaii that the click of a single button could be responsible for so much panic. and the anger is direct it towards the state government. i know first hand that what happened today is totally unacceptable. and many in our community were deeply affected by this and i'm sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone may have experienced. last month, in response
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to north korea's missile and nuclear tests, hawaii reinstated its warring sirens for the first time since the end of the cold war. unless everyone now knows the system works. but it is small comfort to the millions who thought their world was about to end on saturday. the head of the french baby food manufacturer lactalis, which is at the centre of a tainted milk scandal, says it has affected 83 countries across europe, africa and asia. it's now scrambling to recall all the contaminated products and has vowed to compensate those affected. shuba krishnan reports. but —— lactalis is one of the world's largest reduces off dairy products and in early december discovered salmonella bacteria at one of the is in north—west france. it issued a recall of all of its products, including its powdered baby milk formula. but many major supermarkets continued to sell the product. its ceo spoke today for the
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first time. he says more than 12 million boxes of powdered baby for —— milk to be contaminated and has vowed to compensate all of the families affect it. so far, french officials have reported 35 cases of infa nt officials have reported 35 cases of infant getting film another from the power while one case has been reported in spain and another is being investigated in greece. many families are unhappy with the response from lactalis and have already launched lawsuits. the ceo says it was never the company's intention to hide anything and he will fully co—operate with the families affected. the french government has responded strongly to the scandal. they threatened to levy sanctions on the supermarket and have warned that lactalis should expect penalties over its handling of the affair. after almost a week of anti—austerity protests, tunisia is marking the anniversary of the revolution that sparked the arab spring in 2011.
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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. all chant. there is a bittersweet mood as tunisians mark the seventh anniversary of their revolution — pride that they ushered in a parliamentary democracy of some sort, but frustration, too, that the dreams in 2011 for a better life for all have faded. seven years on, from the revolution till now, we think, alongside with the tunisian people themselves, that politicians have done nothing. nine governments later, they've seen waves of social unrest, terror attacks, and a sharp drop in tourism. this week's protests were was sparked by an austerity—filled budget to satisfy tunisia's lenders. around 800 people were arrested as violence flared. we're protesting against
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the new budget for the country. it's too much — they're raising the prices way too much, and we can't afford anything anymore. they're living in castles and we're living under the line of poverty. it's too much. the government has now announced a $70 million package of reforms to help poorer families, hoping it will stave off more demonstrations. translation: firstly, providing a minimum amount for tunisian families. secondly, guaranteeing healthca re for all tunisians with no exception, and providing, or helping to provide, appropriate housing to all tunisian families. there's 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's compared to the failed state of libya and return to military rule in egypt. for many here, the overwhelming hope of 2011 feels increasingly like a distant memory.
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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 a little earlier. well, our colleagues in syria are getting these reports from early this morning — reports from eastern ghouta that after one particular attack, there was a very strong smell of chlorine hanging in the air. people immediately having problems with breathing, itching of the eyes and so on — classic classic symptoms of a gas attack. reports that something like 50 people were affected, but health workers suggesting later
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that only a handful of them seemed to need brief hospital treatment before going home — only minor respiratory problems. a chlorine gas attack would be absolutely terrifying, but the fact is chlorine is not as dangerous, as 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, and the syrian government always denies that it uses chemical weapons of any kind. 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
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president, jacob zuma. our africa editor fergal keane was at the rally. if you want to know how the wind has 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 and turn around the economy of south africa.
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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. the challenges are immense. fergal keane, bbc news, east london. the actor mark wahlberg has agreed to donate his fee for reshooting scenes in a film to the legal defence fund of the time's up initiative. he'd been paid $1.5 million for reshoots for the film all the money in the world — that's because christopher plummer was brought in to replace kevin spacey, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. the time's up movement was recently launched against inequality, 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
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the story of the kidnapping of paul getty. kevin spacey in the original filming of the movie played his grandfather, j paul getty, but when the news of the allegations of sexual harassment came out against kevin spacey, 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 refilm the scenes they'd previously done with spacey and now with christopher plummer. mark wahlberg it seems was paid $1.5 million to do that and michelle williams was paid nothing apart from a very tiny amount to cover her expenses. much has been made of that over the last week or so, people saying this highlights the pay disparity between actresses and actors in hollywood. mark wahlberg has now released a statement saying over the last few
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days, the reshoot fee for all the money in the world has become an important topic of conversation. he says, "i100% support the fight forfair pay and i'm donating my $1.5 million to the time's up legal defence fund in michelle williams‘ name." peter bowes in los angeles. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: you might call it a wobbly debut, but hundreds turn out to see france's baby panda finding his feet in public. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes.
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there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black children in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's new multiracial government, and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,610th performance of her long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard about her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. are this is bbc news. our main headline: the us government announces a full investigation after a state worker accidentally issues an alert — warning residents of hawaii
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of an incoming ballistic missile. let's get more on that now. emma hine is with her daughter jessica and son lewis who's disabled and is in hawaii to collect an award for his children's charity. thank you very much forjoining us. mr, can you tell us about the moment when you received the alert? what happened? it was quarter past eight this morning and we were at first with a group of people. it was a text m essa g e with a group of people. it was a text message we all received saying there was a missile alert and to seek shelter immediately. it said it was not a drill. at the same time, an alarm sounded in the hotel. there was the sound of the siren and the text m essa g e was the sound of the siren and the text message and everyone was in a
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com plete text message and everyone was in a complete panic. presumably you sort the. what to do next do? jessica was in her hotel room so my reaction was to run to get her. as far as we were aware, nobody knew what was going on. everyone thought it was real. the message clearly said it was not a drill. the hotel staff did not know what was going on. people in the lobby were shouting that it was a tsunami warning. it was complete panic. so i ran through the hotel to get tojessica panic. so i ran through the hotel to get to jessica because all panic. so i ran through the hotel to get tojessica because all i could think was she was in her room on her own and all i knew was that we were about to be hit by a missile. so for 20 minutes you were expecting to see 01’ 20 minutes you were expecting to see or heara 20 minutes you were expecting to see or hear a missile impacting? definitely. people were saying all thought of things. they were saying
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it takes 20 minutes to get to hawaii from korea. they were speculating. nobody knew what was going on. the hotel did not know what was going on. everyone's imaginations were running wild. as that subsided and you slowly began to realise that this was a drill, what was the feeling? was there any anger was to relief, anger and... it was one of the worst experiences because i actually thought we were going to die. i have my daughter at home, chloe, in the uk, and i thought i would not have a chance to say good buy. everybody was genuinely terrified. and it was a drill for the people there to counteract what isa the people there to counteract what is a real threat for the people who live there. do they now think it has been a good thing, a way to go
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through it and test it out?” been a good thing, a way to go through it and test it out? i guess so through it and test it out? i guess so because it definitely worked. people did take shelter and take notice of the message. the question is if they got the message again, would be question if it were real? we're glad you are saved. thank you very much for speaking with us. police in south africa have used rubber bullets to disperse gangs of protesters who were ransacking shops in johannesburg belonging to the swedish clothing company, h&m. the attacks were co—ordinated by a militant political group in retaliation for what it said were racist adverts run by the company. russell trott reports. inside a shopping mall in johannesburg. a south african store paying the price of a marketing decision in london. h&m has apologised. that these activists were not placated. video footage showed freedom fighters knocking over mannequins and wrecking displays.
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police say items were stolen and they fired rubber bullets to drive out the demonstrators. there were several demonstrations on saturday from cape town to pretoria. in most places, they were peaceful. the economic freedom fighters are angry about the choice of h&m to have a black child with the slogan "coolest monkey in thejungle" on her t—shirt. one of the elected members of parliament called for the chain to be closed in south africa. there is no sign of that happening, but the troubles of the companies seem far from over. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news... opponents of austria's far—right freedom party have held a large demonstration in vienna in protest at their inclusion in government. police say 20,000 people took part. organisers put the number at double that. families with children walked alongside marchers chanting "nazis out!"
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around a thousand anti—capitalist protesters have marched through the centre of the swiss capital, bern, in opposition to president trump's planned visit to the world economic forum in davos later this month. demonstrators carried banners with communist symbols and slogans such as ‘eat the rich‘ and ‘smash the wef.‘ the chilean government says pope francis will not be in danger during his upcoming visit despite attacks on friday on a number of churches in santiago. the interior minister, mario fernandez, said small incendiary devices were involved, co—ordinated by tiny groups with a limited capability for action. here in the uk, at 25—year—old model has died after being stabbed in west london. he had recently completed a photo shoot with g0 magazine. he has been described as an inspiration to
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young black men. two young men, 27 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. the french president has thrown his support behind a push to protect the humble baguette by making it a unesco cultural treasure. emmanuel macron said the "baguette is the envy of the whole world" — and agrees with master bakers that it should follow in the footsteps of naples pizza in italy, which became unesco listed last year. it is a national symbol and a huge part of french life. now master bakers are pushing for baguettes to be officially recognised as a cultural treasure, and its traditional recipe and iconic shape, and world—famous name legally protected. translation: we speak of a french person with a baguette under his arm. artisan bread makers are worried about mass produced copies flooding into supermarkets. frozen bread with imported ingredients but still bearing the name baguette all the same. translation: there are a lot of imitations but here,
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the baguettes are home—made. we wake up at two or three o'clock in the morning to make bread. the traditional banquette is already protected by french law. to meet the criteria, it must only be made from four ingredients — wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. it cannot be frozen or contain added preservatives. translation: if we lose this tradition, in 50 years there will be no real bakery. we will not be able to do the bread properly, and the bread is a little of france. the bakers have been inspired by the success of naples pizza in italy, which became unesco protected last year. also making the list, spanish flamenco dancing, yoga, and belgian beer culture, just to name a few. they're all deemed so significant, they must be preserved forfuture generations.
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tiffany wertheimer, bbc news. before we go, let me tell you about this story from france and the latest addition to one of the country's premier zoos. the animal in question attracted a large crowd, no doubt because he is the first of his kind, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. yuan meng has all the usual baby panda credentials, furry, cute, completely irresistible. but he is not any old baby panda. he's french. the first—ever panda born in france making his public debut. climbing, exploring, cuddling with mum, putting on a good show. translation: i am going to welcome the people who come, our visitors, ourfans, and i am going to introduce them
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to our adorable ball of fur who is especially cute right now. it is a big moment. it is very moving. and they did come, hundreds of them. they queued up for this ball of fur and charm. it was born in august last year. his tiny sibling died moments after birth. for some, it was emotional. translation: is it touching? it is a joy. ajoy. it really makes us happy yes. it made me cry. translation: we absolutely wanted to be here to see this ball of fur. a little ball of happiness and peace. there is also symbolism behind the panda, so we were happy to be here. yuan meng and his parents will return to china in the next few years.
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hopefully by then he has a better sense of balance. tim allman, bbc news. a reminder of our top story. an official alert provoked alarm in the us state of hawaii after mistakenly warning ofan us state of hawaii after mistakenly warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack on the text message was sent to everyone on the island and even interrupted television and radio broadcast. it told everyone to seek shelter before adding this is not a drill. the state governor has apologised. don't forget you can get more on all the stories we are covering and much more on the bbc news website. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, that is it from all of us for now. thank you for watching and we will see you very soon. hello.
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the recent run of cloudy days continue for many during saturday, although there were some notable exceptions to the rule. the north—east of scotland has fared quite nicely lately and that was been the way of again, although go too far north and you end up with shower activities. out west, it really was one of those days — a frontal system stalled there with a lot of cloud and rain and the remnants of that are still there as we start the new day on sunday. far less in the way of rainfall across many areas, southern highlands of scotland, the cumbrian fells could see more than theirfair share for a time during the morning, and as the front weakens and the cloud against to break, there will be some sunny spells around, but you get the sense there is an awful lot of cloud still to be had across england and wales, the eastern side of scotland. temperatures perhaps a degree or two back on where we have been of late for many, save for the north—western quarter. the football shouldn't be interrupted by the weather at all, although it will get quite breezy as the afternoon goes on into the early evening in the vicinity of anfield.
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quite a match there, i'm sure. talking of winds, a lot of it as this frontal system comes in across scotland, northern ireland and even a little bit further south. we are expecting significant gusts of wind. they could cause some disruption to your travel plans. certainly come monday morning, we may well find some very wet weather and some windy weather across the south. the last of the mild air is swept away by that frontal system as the week ahead is very much about cold air, plenty of it, and some pretty strong winds as well. it is mild air and wet and windy fare to start off the day across the south—eastern quarter, so watch out for the commute there. then the combination works its way slowly but surely towards the near continent. following immediately on behind it could be some thunderstorms for a time. then you will notice a great raft of showers rattling in on a noticeable west to north—westerly wind, the temperatures beginning to fall away, initially across the northern and western parts of the british isles, but come tuesday, more widely across the british isles. it really will feel much colder.
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and the snow showers becoming ever more prevalent across many of these northern and western areas as those temperatures fall away. into wednesday, not a great deal of change, but what is this? late on wednesday into thursday that low pressure, some very windy weather in the south with some rain on its northern flank, though, it there could well be a significant spell of snow. next week, certainly colder, really quite windy at times as well, and there will be snow in the forecast. this is bbc news. the headlines: the us government is launching an investigation after an employee mistakenly issued an alert warning residents of hawaii of an incoming ballistic missile. it took over half an hour to be declared a false alarm. the situation on the islands was described as "full—blown panic". french dairy company lactalis has admitted it has exported baby milk that may be contaminated with salmonella to 83 countries. more than 12 million boxes of powered milk have been recalled.
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at least 36 children in france have fallen ill from its products. the actor mark wahlberg has donated his $1.5 million fee for reshooting scenes in all the money in the world to the time's up initiative, helping sexual harassment victims. now on bbc news, it's the week in parliament.
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