welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: president trump gets the red carpet treatment in china, but can he get the support he needs from president xi over north korea? the british government loses its second cabinet minister in a week. priti patel quits over unofficial meetings in israel. the mother of a teenager accuses the actor kevin spacey of sexually assaulting her son last year. and the louvre comes to the middle east. the french president opens a new museum in abu dhabi. in the last hour, china's president xijinping has welcomed president trump and first lady melania to the great hall of the people in tiananmen square beijing. following yesterday's lavish welcome
and red carpet treatment, today is when the two leaders hold face to face talks on north korea and trade. president trump has threatened action over china's wide trade surplus with the united states, and called on beijing to do more to reign in its ally and neighbour north korea. our correspondent, steve mcdonnell, is in beijing. steve, what chance of movement on any of this? well, that is a good question. if we unpack those issues one at a time, for example, on trade. donald trump and xijinping have a difference of opinion on the way trade should he played out between vote countries, —— should be played out between their countries, especially in terms of what access china should have to the us market. i don't know if we will get a big
announcement that changes the way the two countries to trade with one another, but we are expecting a whole series of specific deals. so thatis, whole series of specific deals. so that is, chinese and american companies, deals which will possibly also be signed i xijinping and donald trump themselves to put their stamp on it. —— signed by. whether oi’ stamp on it. —— signed by. whether or not these deals are substantial, again, that will be for people to burrow into and judge, but it is kind of symbolic of the two leaders trying to strengthen their relationship and strengthen the ties of the two most powerful and important economies in the world. of the two most powerful and important economies in the worldlj guess, really, president trump is the supplica nt here, guess, really, president trump is the supplicant here, the one who needs help. china is not seeking much, except perhaps parity of esteem, and major power relationship? —— a major power? esteem, and major power relationship? -- a major power? yes, well, for the rest of us, we need
these two leaders to be getting on, we need these two superpowers to be finding ways through the problems that the global economy faces, and also these geostrategic problems, like north korea. now, on that front, they are both in agreement that north korea needs to give up its nuclear weapons. but the real question is, how do you force them to do that, or can you force them to do that? there is no way that president xi is going to see the regime collapsed in north korea, so they are not going to put the type of pressure on them that might see that happen. but donald trump wants them to do much more. donald trump is calling a xijinping to cut oil supplies to north korea. —— calling on. i don't think we can expect in a joint statement in the next few hours that oil supplies will be cut to north korea. but i suppose they will be reasserting theirjoint
willingness to try to bring some sort of pressure to bear on north korea to get them to the negotiating table, to get them to give up their nuclear weapons, although i would have to say it is hard to see what the way forward is, given that it is pretty much a stalemate and that north korea is showing no indication they want to give up those weapons. and we will be carrying thatjoint address live in a couple of hours. for the moment, steve, thank you. and to remind you that you can keep up to date on president trump's journey through asia on the bbc‘s website. there's lots of analysis and guides. that's at bb.com/news. it's been another eventful day in british politics. the international development secretary, priti patel, has resigned following the disclosure of further unauthorised contact with israeli politicians. vicky young has more on the resignation, and what it means for the british government. in the letter from priti patel it is clear that she acknowledges what she has done wrong, saying her actions were meant
with the best of intentions but they've fell below the standards of transparency and openness that she advocated. she offers a full apology to the prime minister and to the government and offers her resignation. i guess, having had so long to think about it on the aeroplane, maybe she decided that was what she was going to do. what is interesting is the response from theresa may in which she talks about the uk and israel being close allies, but pointing out that work has to be done formally. there are ways of doing this. that is why you have a system in place and that is why you have the civil service and that's why meetings like this are documented so they are transparent and everyone knows who has access to. interestingly she says that i accept your apology and i welcome your clarification about your trip to israel over the summer. now that further details have come to light it is right that you have decided to resign. clear from theresa may that if she had not resigned she would have been sacked. the mother of a teenager has
publicly accused the hollywood actor and theatre director kevin spacey of sexually assaulting her son last year. the us news presenter heather unruh told a press conference that mr spacey had plied her son with alcohol and assaulted him ina bar. it's another allegation added to a growing list against mr spacey. and the actors union equity in the uk has told the bbc that the problems of sexual harassment are endemic in the industry at all levels. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. injuly 2016, actor kevin spacey sexually assaulted my son. the tears of a mother in boston today, revealing what she claimed happened to her son. the victim, my son, was a starstruck straight 18—year—old young man, who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim. journalist heather unruh‘s tweet
about kevin spacey last month triggered all the allegations against him. today, she went public and the police are now investigating. to kevin spacey, i want to say this — shame on you for what you did to my son. the bbc has interviewed more alleged victims. kris nixon didn't have to speak out but wanted to make clear kevin spacey‘s behaviour was part of a pattern. it's not just sleazy, it's predatorial, it's... he did what he did because he knew he'd get away with it. the one—time barman met kevin spacey in london in 2007, when he alleges the actor groped him. kevin spacey sat down on the sofa next to me, asked if that was my girlfriend, then reached over, grabbed... he then describes a sexually explicit action and words. a couple of weeks after the party
at his place, he was in the bar, reached forward, grabbed my waistband and said something to the effect of, "i can make it up to you," or, "let me make it up to you." so i went back upstairs, i was standing behind the bar thinking, "what the hell just happened again?" i was in work so i couldn't make a scene about it. and told him in no uncertain terms where he could go. the bbc also spoke to an american film—maker who didn't want to be fully identified. in the 1990s, he was a junior crew member on a film kevin spacey directed. he claims the actor sexually harassed him, something he mentioned to another man working on the film. he said, "you too, huh?" and i was like, "what do you mean, ‘you too'? what do you mean?" and he goes, "he was touching you and flirting with you?" i said, "yeah, it was awful!" and he said, "yeah, he did that to me." in the first week we were all out at a bar, and he grabbed my butt, and i turned round, and i said to him, "kevin,
if you ever do that again, i will kick your ass, so leave me alone." in the uk, the actors' union says sexual harassment in the industry is endemic. i think it was every place you could imagine in our industry. every woman i have spoken to, female actor i've spoken to, can tell you a story, absolutely. and many, many of the men, both straight and gay, can also tell you stories. can those at the old vic theatre, where kevin spacey worked for ii years, really have been in the dark? the theatre initially said it had no complaints against him, but it has now appointed external advisers to investigate. kevin spacey has not responded to any of the latest allegations. previously, he said he needed to examine his own behaviour. lucy manning, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. democrats in america have scored two big victories in the first state—wide elections since president trump won the presidency a year ago.
in virginia, ralph northam defeated his republican rival in a governorship race. and phil murphy was victorious in new jersey. the results will boost democrat hopes of winning back congress next year. the trial of two women accused of murdering the half—brother of kimjong—un has heard that the car used to drive them to the scene of the killing, was bought by one of north korea's embassy officials. the north korean leader's half—brother kim jong—nam died after being smeared with a nerve agent at kuala lumpur airport in february. the women have pleaded not guilty. the white house has announced new measures that will make it harder for americans to visit cuba and do business there. it wants to stop the cuban military, intelligence and security services benefiting from us tourists and trade. from havana, our cuba correspondent, will grant, what a difference a year makes. in november 2016 the bilateral relationship tween cuba and the
united states was at its best point in decades. —— between. now with this latest announcement from the trump administration, things are almost on a cold war footing. a list has been published by the departments of state and treasury, which essentially lays out 180 different state—owned and military owned entities in cuba with which americans can no longer do business. they include 83 hotels on the island where american citizens may not stay, according to the us government. they range from big 5—star resorts to small state can't —— state—owned boutique hotels like this one in havana. as well as that, a key pa rt this one in havana. as well as that, a key part of the 0bama administration policy, something called people exchanges, have been made much more complicated. —— people to people exchanges. americans must come here with organised tours which have
jurisdiction in the us. no longer can they come here simply of their own accord in quite the numbers and in the ways they used to. essentially, though, this is about a new relationship of hostility rather than engagement, and when we add it to what has been happening with the supposed health attacks on us diplomats in cuba, things are already on a much more frosty footing than they were a few months ago. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, the growing plight of the homeless in england. we met some of the people affected in london. berliners from both east and west sing and dance throughout the liberated territory. with nobody to stop them, it was not long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. it is keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine
work by women volunteers. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning for the leader who symbolise the hopes of his people for an independent state. in the wake of the colombian volcano disaster, rescue teams are trying to reach thousands of survivors who clambered onto rooftops and trees. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: day two of his trip to china and president trump has been welcomed into beijing's great hall of the people ahead of talks with president xi. a senior member of the british government has resigned.
the second in a week. for a second day the indian capital delhi is enveloped in a blanket of thick grey smog. it's forced all schools in delhi to shut with pollution at 70 times the world health organisation's safe level, in some areas. air quality is worsening because of stubble burning by farmers and coal fired power plants. sarah corker reports. just imagine trying to drive to work through this. for days now toxic smog has choked the indian capital delhi. in some areas air—pollution has topped a maximum reading of 999, that's the equivalent of smoking 50 cigarettes a day. it has been declared a public health emergency. pollution is a problem for everyone, you know? everyone is breathing. we have some problems, you know. all
schools have shut, affecting 5 million students. and the demand for facemasks and air purifiers is so high, some shops have sold out. delhi is one of the most polluted cities on the planet and conditions worsen every winter when farmers in nearby states byrne left over crops. a report by the lancet medical journal found that pollution had claimed as many as to .5 million lives in india in 2015 —— burn. pollution affects everybody, like urban air pollution, affects everybody, but the poor are less able to protect themselves —— 2.5 million. and they walk, bike or ride the bus to work. polluting industries are never in wealthy neighbourhoods, they are almost all a lwa ys neighbourhoods, they are almost all always located in poor localities. in neighbouring pakistan trains and flights were disrupted in lahore, and the number of patients in hospital with breathing problems has quadrupled. the authorities warned the situation is unlikely to improve
in the next few days. security forces in colombia have made the largest seizure of drugs in the country's history. the record 12 tons of cocaine was found buried in four banana plantations, close to routes commonly used to smuggle cocaine to north america. authorities claim the drugs belong to the leader of the colombia's most powerful criminal organisations, the gulf clan. across the spanish region of catalonia, thousands of protesters have blocked roads and train lines over the continued imprisonment of the region's separatist leaders. it comes as the spanish foreign minister suggested that catalonia could have a legal referendum on independence, following last month's disputed one, but only if the necessary constitutional changes are approved by the rest of spain. 0ur europe correspondent gavin lee reports. the streets of catalonia tonight. after a day where separatist supporters have controlled the rhythm of the traffic, blocking every major route across the region. and the railways, too.
in madrid, i met spain's foreign minister, who recently claimed it was fake news to suggest there was police violence against voters during last months band independence referendum. now he seems to have softened his position. i'm sorry if some of them got injured, but this was not... i don't think it was a disproportionate use of force. i am not denying that there were some ugly images that we would not like to see repeated, but by all means, and with all due respect, this was no bloody sunday. you think it might be a better system to actually have a referendum to change the constitution for the spanish people? we have created a committee in the parliament to explore the possibility of amending the constitution. i think we are ready. we acknowledge that there is a political situation that deserves to be looked at. but, in any case, it is clear a decision will have be taken by all spaniards. this proposal from the spanish government appears to offer an olive
branch to separatist supporters, but it means that 47 million people across spain will decide whether to legally make it possible or not to have the right to self—determination, and, if so, once again it will be down to the entire spanish population to decide if they want to see independence. i think catalonia have to decide the referendum, not spain. spain does not have anything to say. a new constitution may be a good thing for catalonia. maybe. it was only days ago separatist ministers were declaring independence here in the catalan parliament. their seats are empty now. some are in prison, or on the run. there are more in court tomorrow. gavin lee, bbc news, barcelona. the worsening plight of the homeless in england has been revealed in a new report by the charity shelter. it says the number of people rough sleeping, staying in hostels or temporary accommodation is more than quarter of a million. 0ur social affairs correspondent
michael buchanan has been to one industrial estate in london that is now housing dozens of families. in the world's sixth richest nation, increasingly, people cannot afford a home. in newham in east london, one in every 25 people is homeless, according to today's report. rising levels of rough—sleeping are the most obvious sign. but homelessness is not always apparent. this is the willow lane trading estate in south london. it's busy and noisy — and home to dozens of young families. they live here, connect house, a former office block — scores of families sent by nearby councils. for victoria and her daughter daisy, this cramped room is home. do you want some soup, darling? they've been here since april — seven months of sheer hell. all i have to do to electrocute myself here is turn the tap on fully.
the water comes out and drips everywhere, all over electrical stuff. they became homeless when their landlord sold their property and they could not find another home. i have malnutrition. and it's a struggle. i need to eat protein. and i need an oven. they do have a microwave. but it's no substitute for home cooking and quite dangerous to use. it's heartbreaking. i have never seen her so sad in herentire life. sometimes if she's really tired, i lift her legs into bed and tuck her in. this building is a damning indictment of britain's housing crisis. more than 80 families, easily more than a hundred children, are living here, and each family is paying hundreds of pounds each week to live in a converted office. the landlord here gets almost £1 million a year in housing benefit. they say they have costs such as maintenance and that no—one is forced to stay here.
but still, some are desperate to leave. was he able to breathe on his own? no. angellie facey shows me the prized photos of her son kilani. he died, aged a0 days, of several complications. among his mum's regrets is that the ambulance couldn't find this obscure office block when her labour started, forcing her to have the child in the car park. when i came back from the hospital, when i came back to the estate, i still saw all the blood on the floor. every time i come here, i just feel so weird at being here, you know. sometimes i think i've seen my little one in the bed next to me, cos i was meant to to bring him home to this address. following our enquiries, angellie says has been offered a move. but her room will be quickly filled — the councils who send people here say they've few other options. ministers say they're determined to end all homelessness, though no—one expects it to happen any time soon. michael buchanan, bbc news.
the world famous name of the louvre now has a second home in the middle east. the louvre abu dhabi has been formally opened which allows the loan of the name for 30 years. the new museum will show hundreds of works from every culture and era, half on loan from france's most prestigious museum collections. 0ur arts editor will gompertz has been to see it. the hit and miss architecture of abu dhabi's recently built high—rise skyline, which sits alongside the impressive sheikh zayed grand mosque, perhaps the emirate's most famous landmark. well, it was, but now there's this, the brand—new louvre abu dhabi with its 180 metres, 7.5 tonne domed roof, designed a longer with the 55 individual buildings it spans, by the prize—winning french architect jean nouvel. i wanted also, when you look at the building, that you understand it is a spiritual building.
the symbol of spirituality here is the cupola. for me, it is cosmographic. it is kind of a sky under the sky. and when you have the light through, because by perforated this dome, i thought that we could play with the movement of the sun and the ray of light has to go through eight layers and, of course, with the movement of the sun, one spot disappears. but at the same time, two others appear. the project is a collaboration between abu dhabi and the louvre in paris, which is being paid around 1 billion euros for lending its name, expertise and collection to the new museum. masterpieces such as leonardo da vinci's la belle ferronier sit alongside works lent by other french institutions. monet, from the musee d'0rsay. giacometti from the pompidou and this sculpture, horses of the sun, from versailles. did you need to do the deal with the louvre?
couldn't you just have borrowed works from museums around the world? we have a saying in arabic, which is start where other civilisations end, instead of starting all the way from scratch, instead of going through all the learning curves of thousands of years of their experience. the partnership is about getting their experience, learning from them, but also working together to create something that is new for abu dhabi, but also new for franz and new for the world. the emirate says its louvre will be joined by a national museum and a guggenheim abu dhabi in due course, creating, it hopes, a new global cultural hub. will gompertz, bbc news, abu dhabi. look who's turned up forjury duty? president 0bama arrived at a chicago courthouse on wednesday after answering a summons. mr 0bama joined other prospective jurors waiting to see if they would be chosen to serve a trial. but after shaking a few hands and signing his autograph, the former president was dismissed.
mr0bama, a harvard law school graduate, is not the first former president to be summoned forjury duty. george w bush was called to serve in 2015, but he too was not selected. a reminder of our top story: president trump is meeting the chinese president xi jinping for talks at the great hall of the people in beijing on the second day of his visit. he is expected to try to persuade his chinese counterpart to put more pressure on north korea to abandon its nuclear programme — the main purpose of his asia trip. the two leaders are also expected to address the thorny issue of trade. that's it for now, thanks for watching.
hello, again. there's some colder weather on the way for this weekend. but overnight, it's not going to be quite as cold, because this area of cloud is moving down from the north—west, bringing with it a bit of rain and drizzle. as the cloud clears away from northern scotland, it will turn chilly later. perhaps the lowest temperatures for a while, ahead of that cloud, more towards the south—east. but here, those numbers will be a bit higher by the morning, as we start the day with cloudy skies and some light rain or drizzle, and temperatures six or seven. for much of southern england, wales, the midlands, perhaps up into yorkshire and lincolnshire, it'll be a bit of a dull start on thursday. a lot of low cloud. a little rain or drizzle here and there, no great amounts. already, it's brightening in northern england, and some sunshine to greet the day in northern ireland, and particularly scotland, where there will be a chill in the air here. and we've got some sharp showers to run into northern scotland. they'll continue pretty much all day, and it will be quite windy here, too. much further south, some slow
improvements through the day, as we see the brighter skies and sunshine filtering southwards, pushing away the dull and damp weather eventually into the english channel. it will take a while to get the sunshine out significantly across southern england in the afternoon. further north, in the sunshine, temperatures about 10—12 degrees. those showers continue, though, for northern scotland. still quite windy here, as well. clear skies in the evening will see the temperatures dipping. but then we get another spell of rain and cloud, and some stronger winds this time, pushing that wetter weather down quickly across the uk on thursday night into friday morning. the skies clear to the north, again the temperatures will dip away, and it's cold enough in northern scotland for the showers to be wintry in the hills. quickly, we'll see some sunshine developing further south, one or two showers, perhaps, but then later in the day we'll see the cloud increasing again. and we've got some rain on the way, that's going to be particularly evident in northern ireland. quite a cold day in scotland, seven or eight degrees. that rain that's coming in is coming
from what's left of tropical storm rina, and that will move its way quickly to bring some rain mainly for england and wales. some stronger winds through the english channel, but it doesn't last long. by the time we get to the weekend, the wind direction is changing, we're going to draw down a northerly wind as the weekend goes on and it will be turning colder, day and night. so this is saturday — some spells of sunshine. some showers, though, for northern ireland, running through the irish sea, into wales, wintry showers for northern scotland, some showers down the north sea coasts, and it will be feeling cold in the wind. strongest winds again around coastal areas, both in the west, the north and the east, and that's where we'll see the showers. for many inland, yes, it's going to be a cold day, but it should be dry and quite sunny. this is bbc news. the headlines: china's president xijinping has welcomed president trump to the great hall of the people in tiananmen square beijing for talks. president trump is expected to push for greater pressure from on north korea to abandon its nuclear programme. the two leaders will also oversee
a signing ceremony for billions of dollars of trade deals. britain's international development secretary, priti patel, has resigned, the second cabinet minister to do so in the past week. she'd held unauthorised meetings with israeli leaders while on holiday in israel. ms patel said that her actions were meant with the best of intentions. the actor and director kevin spacey is facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct. the us journalist heather unruh has told reporters that her son was sexually assaulted by mr spacey last year. the hollywood star has not responded to any of the allegations. the actors union equity told the bbc that the problems of sexual harrassment were endemic in the industry. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.