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international calls for north korea and america to stop using hostile language towards each other amid fears it could trigger a confrontation. china, russia and south korea warn of dangerous consequences after north korea said america had declared war. we've not declared war on north korea, and frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd. also on the programme this lunchtime: one of the biggest stars of the small screen, liz dawn, the coronation street actress who played vera duckworth for more than 30 years has died at the age of 77. the european council president, donald tusk, arrives for talks with theresa may ahead of a decision next month on whether to begin post—brexit trade talks. preparing for government, labour says its plans include a strategy to deal with a dramatic fall in the pound if it came to power. thousands of children harmed in the womb by the epilepsy drug valproate, some of their mothers begin giving evidence at a public hearing in london. the dangers of school rugby?
researchers call for an end to scrums and tackling to reduce head injuries. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: heather knight prepares to lead england in an ashes series for the first time, with lancashire spinner sophie ecclestone included in the squad. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the united states has dismissed as absurd north korea's claim that america has declared war on them. tensions between the united states and north korea are continuing to escalate, with recriminations and accusations on both sides. the americans have warned pyongyang to stop its provocations after it said it had the right to shoot down us bombers. south korea has called for a level—headed response
and warned that accidental clashes in the region could quickly spiral out of control. from seoul, danny savage reports. american military aircraft preparing for a show of force close to the north korean coast. these planes went on to fly in international airspace near the east of the country, further north in the region than they ever have been. the us says it was a demonstration of their resolve. now, north korea has reacted to donald trump's threats and action by declaring the united states has declared war on them. translation: since the us declared war on our country, we have every right to take countermeasures, including shooting down us strategic bombers, even when they're not yet inside the airspace border of our country. the question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then. the white house, though, says it's absurd to think they're at war with north korea,
and is trying to strike a more diplomatic tone overnight. it's never appropriate for a country to shoot down another country's aircraft when it's over international waters. our goal is still the same, we continue to seek the peaceful denuclearisation of the korean peninsular, that's our focus. doing that through both the most maximum, economic and diplomatic pressures. it was a point echoed by the us defence secretary on a visit to india, jim mattis said diplomatic efforts were continuing. that is our goal, to solve this diplomatically, and i believe president trump has been very clear on this issue. but north korea's interpretation of us actions, and its proposed response is another escalation in this ongoing crisis. this former secretary—general of the united nations, who himself is south korean, says the situation is alarming. even during the height of the cold war, including
soviet union, they have never threatened to use nuclear weapons, unless they are attacked by nuclear weapons. but north korea has blatantly publicly threatened that they will strike the united states with nuclear weapons. so far, this has been and remains a war of words. but if american planes do clash with the north korean military, the risk of tipping into conflict increases dramatically. danny savage, bbc news, seoul. our correspondent gary o'donoghue is in washington. and another tweet from president trump this morning, this time about an american student who was held there. this was a student that returned from north korea after a year in
prison in a coma back injune, and then died. there was a lot of circumspection around the way the american described that. this morning, donald trump said he was unbelievably tortured. that's the first time he's made that accusation, the us has made that accusation. that will ratchet up the pressure, bear in mind that north korea already says america has declared war on it, and has threatened to shoot down any american aircraft flying off its coast, as they did on saturday, when a whole bunch of strategic bombers and warplanes, american warplanes, flew north of the demilitarised zone. this is ratcheting up very seriously now. people are wondering exactly what is going to break the cycle of rhetoric, because now that it's got personal, the north koreans will find it very, very hard to back off, because any insult to their leader is a real problem for them. the coronation street actress liz dawn, who played vera duckworth
in the soap for more than three decades, has died at the age of 77. she first appeared in coronation street in 1974 but after falling ill 10 years ago liz dawn was written out of the soap when vera died in her sleep. herfamily said she had been the "love, light and inspiration" in their lives. our arts correspondent david sillito looks back at her life. all i can say is i hope prince charles never sets eyes on it! admiring my stone cladding? it's certainly striking. some may have been snooty about vera duckworth's taste, but without her, coronation street just wouldn't have been the same. are you trying to be funny or what? are you not going to carry her over the threshold? when liz dawn first arrived, she said she felt like cinderella, her palace, 9 coronation street. and prince charming was jack duckworth, played by bill tarmey. could you make us some chips? you're a right romantic! the art and downs, and laughterfor
fellow cast members, there is much to miss. her kindness, generosity, natural comedy timing and talent, there was not much difference between her and vera in that they we re between her and vera in that they were both very grounded, warm—hearted, generous spirited, working—class women. warm—hearted, generous spirited, working-class women. the marriage was a threesome, vera, jack and the pigeons, and despite the bruises, it lasted because there was something special in the double act. she was born sylvia butterfield, home was the halton moor estate in leeds. i never really felt poor. because we always had love and nobody had anything in them days. she did all sorts ofjobs, from selling wigs to singing in working men's clubs under a new stage name, liz dawn.
the money were good. i had three children under school—age and i really did it for money, singing at weekends. the tv acting work came at a time when directors were looking for talent that was natural, authentic, the sort of person you could truly believe would live on coronation street. you'll laugh on the other side of yourface! get off me! off duty, liz dawn was a keen campaigner for the labour party and became lady mayoress of leeds. say you've never loved anybody else... i've never loved anybody else, shall igo and i've never loved anybody else, shall i go and get your slippers? after the years of laughter and ups and downs, liz dawn had proved she was one of acting's naturals. she admitted she didn't even quite know where liz stopped and vera began. david the actress liz dawn, who's died at the age of 77. donald tusk, the european council president, has just arrived
in downing street for talks with theresa may. next month, the eu is due to decide if it's ready to discuss a new trade relationship with britain. brussels has been demanding more details on citizens' rights, a financial settlement and the future of the irish border. in a moment, we'll speak to chris morris in brussels, but first to downing street and our political correspondent leila nathoo. what the talks today expected to achieve? sophie, donald tusk got a warm welcome from theresa may when he arrived at downing street with 30 minutes ago. this will be a chance to discuss theresa may's florence speech, the major intervention she made last week, when she offered to honour the uk's financial obligations in the current eu budget, and talked about the two year possible transition period. she is hoping to be able to kick—start
those brexit talks, of course, the official round of talks are going on at the moment in brussels. but she is hoping this parallel diplomatic meeting will be able to sort of persuade brussels to move on from the doubles settlement, the rights of eu citizens come onto the crucial issue of our future trading relationship. we heard a few words from theresa may inside, when she sat down for that photo opportunity with donald tusk. she said things have moved on. she wants to discuss the florence speech, and work towards a deep and special partnership. she talked about maintaining a close economic and security relationship. there were a few words we could make out from donald tusk, who did say that we think her speech in france was excellent, and he was optimistic, and he still wanted to talk about things more substantive. that echoes with what michel barnier has said in brussels already yesterday at the start of the latest round of negotiations, that yes, they welcome
the speech, but they want to hear more detail. the crucial test will be at the end of the week to see how that speech and those gestures have translated if at all, into any meaningful progress. thank you. talks taking place in brussels. the latest brexit negotiations. kevin connolly is in brussels now. the talks have been blocked until now, any sign of progress? no sign of anything much at all today. it is there to say the talks take place behind very firmly closed doors, until they come out at the end, probably on thursday. i think what we heard there from donald tusk reflects the general european view that theresa may ‘s speech, they talked about it, its excellence and constructive tone, but they want more detail. they will stick rigidly
to there being no second pathway of talks involving donald tusk, that will be done by michel barnier here in brussels. a difference is starting to emerge, two, whereby the european side sees as discipline, sticking to the three core points at first. the british side is starting to chafe that a little bit. you hear about hoping signals now an flexible and leadership. thank you. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has said labour is preparing for government with "war game type scenario planning" for a dramatic fall in the value of the pound in case investors are alarmed by his party's policies. he was speaking last night at a fringe meeting in brighton organised by the campaign group, momentum. our political correspondent iain watson reports from the conference. is this the day the labour party changed phonetically? the conference is voting to give mps less power,
and members more say in future leadership elections. policy is changing, too. labour is now an anti—austerities party, proposing spending cuts and at a fringe meeting last month, the shadow chancellor seemed to suggest this is creating new enemies. plans will be needed to oppose a tax on a left—wing labour government, including a potential one on the pound. we will face all the challenges that i am sure you discussed before i got here. and we have got a scenario plan for those. that is exactly what we are doing at the moment, bringing the relevant expertise together at every level to talk through what happens if, what happens if there is such and such reaction. what if there is a run on the pound ? reaction. what if there is a run on the pound? what happens if there is this concept of capital flight? i don't think there will, but you never know. we have got a scenario plan for that. and this former shadow minister thinks the threat could be real. if you look at
history, you will see that history has shown that sometimes big is this corporations don't always look favourably on a labour double in —— a labour government. trying to make it more equitable. so what has been going on in the labour party? why would it be potentially facing such threats? momentum has been credited with shifting the party to the left. two years ago, this group didn't even exist. it was set up to keep the spirit ofjeremy corbyn‘s first leadership campaign alive. but now, it is increasingly influential, no longerjust on the fringes of the labour party but taking a place on the conference floor. but at the activists insist it is about democracy. it is significant. if you look at the tory party, they don't let members choose the candidates. it only goes down to two. as a
measure of how labour has changed, many mps opposed jeremy corbyn‘s leadership, and even trying to resist further reductions in the power. so labour is changing, and its leadership is now saying openly that they need to plan for potentially more hostile opposition than any recent government has faced. our assistant political editor norman smith is in brighton. does labour really think a dramatic fall in the pound could happen if they came to power? it's an extraordinarily thought but yes, senior labour figures it's an extraordinarily thought but yes, senior labourfigures believe if there was a jeremy corbyn government then the banks, the bond markets, business could take fright, they could be alarmed by some of his radical policies about nationalisation and taxation and is back might lead to a fall in the pound, flight of capital and in normal times under previously but leaders that would probably be
enough to prompt a rethink on such policies would be modified, they would be jumped, everything policies would be modified, they would bejumped, everything would be done not to split the city, not so under thejeremy done not to split the city, not so under the jeremy corbyn team done not to split the city, not so under thejeremy corbyn team and that reflects the fact this is a different labour party. indeed john mcdonnell said last night thejeremy corbyn government would be unlike anything seen before and that coincides with a vote we are expecting this afternoon at conference. it's a technical vote on changes to the rules but the impact of that will be to consolidate the position of mr corbyn and mr mcdonnell and you are left with a sense that this is notjust a changed labour party but these are long—standing changes, this is not a passing phase, this is not a blip, this is a fundamental change to the labour party and these changes may well outlive us to corbyn‘s leadership. norman smith, thank you. the actor tony booth, the father of cherie blair, has died at the age of 85. known for his role as the "scouse
git" mike, in the 19605 sitcom till death us do part, tony booth became better known in later life when tony blair was elected prime minister. he also served as president of the acting union equity. women from across europe whose children have been harmed by an epilepsy drug after they took it during pregnancy will give evidence at a public hearing in london which has just got underway. it's thought that tens of thousands of children around the world have physical abnormalities or learning difficulties after being exposed to valproate in the womb. many women who were prescribed the drug for epilepsy or mood disorders say they were never told it could harm their unborn babies. our health correspondent jenny walrond is there. lillias and ian's son was diagnosed with severe learning difficulties when he was three years old. it was caused by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate, that lillias took when she was pregnant. the couple say they'd asked doctors whether it was safe to take the drug while expecting, and later were horrified to discover they'd been wrongly reassured.
devastated, upset, angry. just... i felt i was let down by the health service. it's estimated tens of thousands of children across the world have been harmed after being exposed to valproate medicines in the womb. it carries a 10% risk of physical problems, and a 40% risk of developmental disorders. today, a safety review by the european medicines agency will look at whether new warnings on pillboxes in the uk, and a range of other strengthened measures, are actually reaching women of childbearing age. the uk's medicines watchdog, the mhra, said it supports the review, and stressed it's important that women don't stop taking valproate without first discussing it with their doctor. parents from across europe, like lillias and ian, with children harmed by sodium valproate, will give evidence to the public hearing, amid concerns that babies are still being damaged by the drug. sophie huthinson, bbc news.
and our health correspondent is at the hearing in east london. what will happen this afternoon? this is the first—ever public hearing by the medicines agency and we will hear from some of those families, it's their first official public forum to express the sense of anger at being left. there will also from neurologists, drug manufacturers who will say that they are deeply touched by the distress of the families and it's an important drug in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. this hearing will feed into a review into the adequacy of those safety warnings which is due out later this year. thank you. the time is very nearly 20 past one. our top story this lunchtime. calls for america and north korea to
stop using hostile language amid fears it could cause international term one. and coming up — talking about our generation — we hear from a group of young people about how they want to be perceived by society. coming up in sport, a second british bobsledder has taken to crowdfunding in a bid to make the winter olympics. former skeleton slider donna crichton has been inspired by the success of misha mcneill. are young people obsessed with the internet and social media? well it seems it depends who you ask. a bbc survey has found that's exactly how many older people see 16 to 22 year olds — known as generation z. but the young people themselves want to fight back against preconceptions of their age group. they want people to know it's family and education rather than facebook which they see as important. the survey has been compiled by radio 1's newsbeat, as nick rotherham explains. today, teenagers are often told
they'll struggle for work and should give up on the hope of ever owning their own home, but a survey by ipsos mori which spoke to 1,000 16—to—22—year—olds and 2,000 from older generations suggests a quarter of generation z are optimistic about their future. i spoke to this group in birmingham. success, ithink, is measured in a different way for our generation. it is almost like if you are able to make a living or survive off something that you want to do and you enjoy, i think that is labelled as success. the older generation not being optimistic toward us, what kind of effect does that have on the younger generation? like, if you are constantly told you are the doomed generation, you're not going to do very well, what kind of message or energy is that passing towards you? austerity has been a big part of this generation's upbringing. in spite of this, though, they are accused of being lazy. i think people stereotype and think teenagers in 2017 are lazy or always on the phone, but if you look and go to colleges, the people who want to succeed will succeed and if some people arent bothered
to work, i mean, that is their loss. one of the biggest differences between generation z and those that came before it is the changing attitude towards sexuality. two—thirds of 16—to—22—year—olds say they are only attracted to people of the opposite sex. that's a big drop when compared to the 88% of baby boomers. i think our generation genuinelyjust does not care. they don't see couples and go, that's a straight couple, that's a gay couple, we just think, that's a couple, those two people are in love and it doesn't matter. no one cares. it's like, you just want to be who you are. if someone's happy, who cares? there is some agreement on the issues that are most important to britain, though, with all generations putting the nhs and making the economy work after brexit top of their list. and there's a special live debate tonight, as an audience of 16 to 22—year—olds discuss whether the world has got ‘generation z‘ wrong. that's newsbeat debates:
generation misunderstood ? with tina daheley and nick rotherham at 9pm on the bbc news channel and radio 1. the authorities in the united states are expected to publish a report later threatening thousands of jobs in belfast. it will say that one body received state subsidies. somebody ploys around 4000 staff at sites across northern ireland. our business editor is in belfast for us, they are a huge employer, what is expected of these findings today? it is widely expect and not later this afternoon the us department of commerce will find in boeing's favour and find against on bardy andrew they did indeed sell planes ata andrew they did indeed sell planes at a lower the cost of production, something called dumping. that is a major step, only a preliminary ruling but it could become with
potential punitive fines of aircraft sales whose wings are made in the building behind me, back in the world's largest aviation market. widespread expectation that setback could jeopardise the future of the plant because success of this facility is designed around the success of that c series aircraft. 20% of workers working on it, due to go 20% of workers working on it, due to 9° up 20% of workers working on it, due to go up to over half within the next 3-4 go up to over half within the next 3—4 years, any set act to the programme is an existential threat tojobs here, interesting politically, this is a dup constituency, the uk government aligned on the dup for its slender parliamentary majority, theresa may already been on the phone to donald trump to try and resolve this, not the final result but that looks like round one boeing, we are expecting a decision later. simon jack, thank you. the leaders of a us congressional committee have demanded details
of everyone in the trump administration who has used private e—mail accounts to discuss government business. during his election campaign, donald trump repeatedly called for the imprisonment of his rival hillary clinton for using her personal email when she was secretary of state. richard galpin reports. jared kushner. stephen miller. stephen bannon and rants creepers, the biggest names to have reportedly used private e—mail accounts while working in the donald trump administration. mr kushner one of the most powerful advisers in the white house allegedly using a private account to send and receive 100 work—related e—mails in the months after esther trump became president. if anchor trump, the president's daughter is also implicated. and all those after donald trump and his team had made the use of private e—mail accounts
by his rival hillary clinton a huge issue during last year's election campaign. hillary set up an illegal serverfor campaign. hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her criminal conduct from public disclosure and exposure. his supporters shouting lock her up became a familiar chant on the campaign trail. but now it's mr trump's team in the white house which is under fire. trump's team in the white house which is underfire. the administration is trying to play down the scale of what has happened. very limited white house counsel has instructed all white house staff to use the government e—mail for official business and only use that e—mail. official business and only use that e-mail. hillary clinton has accused the trump administration of the height of hypocrisy. her chances of becoming president were badly damaged by mr trump's focus on the revelations about her private e—mail accounts. richard galpin, bbc news.
a man in france has regained some degree of consciousness, after being in a vegetative state for 15 years. doctors treated the 35—year—old, who was injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved implanting a nerve stimulator into his chest. our medical correspondent fergus walsh is here. how successful has it been? fascinating research, the boot and implant on the vegus nerve which connects the brain and vital organs, stimulated at for a month, found increased electrical activity in his brain, on the left—hand side we can see before, on the right after and the black dots are electrodes, it measures electrical activity and what you should focus on or the yellow and orange areas on the right, showing what more connectivity, parts of the brain seem connectivity, parts of the brain seem to be connecting watmore afterwards. in reality what this meant was for the first time in 15
yea rs meant was for the first time in 15 years this man was able to respond to simple instructions, able to turn his head and appeared more alert. he's still paralysed, he cannot talk, he's in what is known as a minimally conscious state and it's just one patient so intriguing but it would need to be repeated before we really know how significant this is. fergus walsh, thank you. ben stokes will miss the match against the west indies after it was urged he was arrested in bristol in the early hours of monday morning. he was held overnight and released under investigation without charge stop england played the west indies in the city and sunday, his team—mate alex hales is also unavailable for selection, he returned to bristol to help the lease with enquiries. schools should ban what‘s being called ‘harmful contact‘ in rugby for children under the age of 16 — that‘s according to researchers at newcastle university. they say all schools should ban tackling and scrums to make it saferfor children.
last year, the four most senior doctors in england, wales, scotland and northern ireland ruled out a ban, but this latest research says the risk of head injuries and concussion are not adequately reduced by safety equipment such as scrum caps or mouth guards. here‘s our sports correspondent katie gornall. he took a fearsome front. it's a fundamental sparked —— part of the sport but doesn‘t belong in schools? today there are fresh calls to remove contact from school rugby training is ban would reduce injuries such as concussion. we are finding children have anything from our one finding children have anything from ourone in 828 finding children have anything from our one in 828 one in four chance of injury and these injuries can often be very serious, they can be fractures, ligament tears, dislocated shoulders that need operating and of course concussion. the analysis found rugby had much higher concussion rates in children compared to american football and ice hockey but world rugby has issued a robust response saying the claims from professor pollock are
not based on like—for—like injury statistics and her extreme and alarmist conclusions are simply not supported by the data. the risk for preteens is not an acceptably high compared to other sports. opinion on this issue is clearly divided. last year chief medical officer is rejected a call for a ban on tackling in youth rugby seen the benefits of playing the sport outweighed the risks of injury. there‘s nothing really scary about it if you do it well. i like tackling and getting in all the rocks and scrums. but concerns about player welfare are being raised at all levels of the game in the following another injury set back at the weekend, and england international said he would take a pay cut to play bath rugby. the impact on all players is an issue for all players. time for a look at the weather...