hello, you're watching bbc news. i'm chris rogers. our top story this hour: funerals begin for the victims of two bomb attacks in egypt. more than a0 people were killed at coptic christian churches near cairo and alexandria. a state of emergency is declared. welcome to the programme. our other main stories this hour: presenting a united front. g7 foreign ministers are meeting in italy, russia's support of syria tops the agenda. and glory in augusta. spain's sergio garcia wins the masters, finally picking up his first golf major. i'm aaron heslehurst. in business: fighting protectionism! or so they say... the foreign ministers of the world's seven biggest economies begin to arrrive in lucca, italy and free trade is high on the agenda. the highway code in the sky.
we look at singapore's efforts to regulate the airspace for drones. in egypt, funerals have begun for the more than a0 people killed in two attacks on coptic christian churches. the president has announced a three—month state of emergency after the bombings in alexandria, and the city of tanta near cairo. greg dawson has more. this is the moment a suicide bomber approaches the cathedral in alexandria. a security guard turns away at the gate and directs him to a metal detector. seconds later, he detonates his explosive device. a day for christian celebration, transformed into a scene of horror. the head of egypt's coptic church, pope tawadros, had been inside,
but was unharmed. this was a co—ordinated attack. the first target was the church of st george, in the city of tanta, also filled with worshippers. translation: the situation is painful. it's not fair. the authorities have received warnings, before, that the church has been targeted. why weren't measures being taken to protect people? hours later, this response from egypt's president: translation: several steps are to be taken, the first of which will be the declaration of a state of emergency, for three months, after the necessary legal procedures are complete. we are announcing the state of emergency only to protect our country and secure it. the measure means the army will be deployed to help police guard important buildings, and security forces will be able to make arrests without warrants. it's a significant announcement —
egypt had been ruled for almost two decades under a state of emergency. its unpopularity was a contributing factor in 2011's revolution. but it comes after the islamic state group warned it was going to intensify its targeting of christians in egypt. on sunday evening, the first funerals were held for victims. egypt's copts have endured decades of discrimination. but after another day of grieving, a community known for its resilience is demanding greater protection in its own country. greg dawson, bbc news. to find out more about the attacks in egypt, including an explanation on the coptic church, head to our website. that's at the usual address bbc.com/news. us secretary of state, rex tillerson, will meet his g7 counterparts in italy today as they try to present a united front, forcing russia to back down over its support for syrian president
bashar al—assad. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports. the next two days in the tuscan walled city of a crow one will be dominated by a collective search for arguments to persuade vladimir putin that he must know n russia's military support for syria's bashar al—assad and help to accelerate a negotiated political transition —— luca/ must end. rex tillerson wants to go on from here to moscow, able to go on from here to moscow, able to co nfro nt to go on from here to moscow, able to confront the russians with a strong set of demands backed by america's key allies —— luca —— must end. our first priority is defeating ices and removing them from the caliphate, that's where the threat is emanating from. once we can eliminate the battle against isis,
to conclude that, and it's going quite well, then we have to turn our attention to achieving ceasefire agreements between the regime and opposition forces. russia and iran, president assad's key military backers, are threatening retaliation if there are any further american strikes. moscow's attitude has shifted years of effort trying to find a negotiated settlement have failed and so the task here in italy of trying to find a new way of breaking the deadlock still looks enormous. james robbins, bbc news, luca. also expected to be on the g7 agenda, north korea. president trump has told his advisers to prepare a full range of options to deal with the nuclear threat coming from pyongyang. a us navy strike group capable of intercepting ballistic missiles is already sailing towards the korean peninsula. president trump's national security adviser said the deployment was prudent and criticised north korea as a rogue, nuclear—armed nation.
and aaron is here with all the business news. g7 of course one of your top stories because it's not just g7 of course one of your top stories because it's notjust global stability, its financial stability. free trade their keeping on calling for, but where is india, where is china? it's meant to be the top seven biggest economies. hello. we start in italy where the foreign ministers of the world's biggest economies meeting in the historic city of luca. this year italy holds the presidency of the g7 group and rome has already made it clear that one of it's priorities is fighting all forms of protectionism. but hang on, why does it matter to all of us? well it's important because the g7 accounts for just over 46%
of the world's wealth. this meeting is important because it's preparation for next month's leaders summit. last month the host, italian prime minister paolo gentiloni, laid out his g7 plan by saying, "we need to keep betting on the free market and on free trade, the biggest economic engine of history." one of the questions they'll have to tackle is how they grow their economies amidst a political desire for protectionism. the latest imf forecasts show reasonable growth this year for the us, germany and the uk with others struggling. other topics on the agenda include climate change, immigration and energy security, in fact g7 energy ministers are currently holding a seperate meeting in rome. a hugo. more on this. bet you can't wake. —— there you go. —— bet you
can't wait. the sky's the limit for the number of drones expected to hit singapore's airspace in the next ten years. but the heavy traffic will present some real dangers. to prevent crashes, experts at nanyang technological university and the civil aviation authority of singapore are working on a system of air lanes to keep drones on a safe path. don't miss that, coming up on world business report in around 25 minutes. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm @bbcaaron. see you soon. very exciting. see you ina see you soon. very exciting. see you in a moment. stockholm's central square has been flooded with people remembering the victims of friday's deadly lorry attack. around 20,000 people are taking part in a vigil against terrorism, known as lovefest. four people are confirmed to have died in friday's attack, two were swedish, one was a british national and one was from belgium. people cannot stop one person from doing something horrible like this,
but what we can do is what people are doing today. this isn't going to change the open society here, this isn't going to change the love people have for each other. it's only going to strengthen it.|j people have for each other. it's only going to strengthen it. i think it's very important to stay strong together against anything which in dangers our society, which is based on democracy. we talk, we don't fight. in other news: the funeral will take place later of pc keith palmer, who was killed in the westminster attack last month. in a unusual step, his coffin has been allowed to rest ahead of the service in the houses of parliament. the 48—year—old was stabbed to death as he stuttgart outside the palace of westminster by khalid massoud. us president donald trump's supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch, will be officially sworn later on monday. the move will restore a conservative majority on the highestjudical body in the united states and has been supported by staunch republicans. tens of thousands of people have
protested in budapest over legislation that could force the closure of one of hungary's most prestigious universities. the new rules mean the central european university would be prevented from awarding diplomas because it's registered in the united states. police in the nigerian city of lagos have reportedly evicted hundreds of people from their homes in a waterfront area. eyewitnesses say police fired tear gas and set fire to houses in one of the city's biggest slums, forcing residents to flee. it's the latest in a series of demolitions that are thought to have left thousands homeless. scientists claim two—thirds of australia's great barrier reef has now been devastated by severe coral bleaching. they say aerial surveys of the world's largest living structure have shown damage in the central section of the reef, which stretches more than 2,000 kilometres down queensland's coast. phil mercer is in sydney.
phil, you been reporting on the bleaching of the coral reef for some time now, but this bleaching that's been discovered from this latest survey has been described as unprecedented? well, that's right. for the very first time, scientists have witnessed a mass coral bleaching on the great barrier reef in consecutive years. when they conducted aerial surveys last year, they found a large northern part of they found a large northern part of the reef had been affected by this phenomenon and now aerial surveys have revealed that the middle part has suffered a similar fate. now, bleaching is caused by heat stress, which is the result of warmer ocean temperatures and scientists in australia believed the cause of that is global warming tom and they
believe that australia and other countries must act soon to prevent the great barrier reef from suffering repeated mass bleachings, which stops it being able to heal itself. phil, what can actually be done other than the ongoing effort to try and beat climate change itself? well, when you look at the threats being faced by the great barrier reef, there are macro threats, such as the threats of global warming increasing water temperatures that caused the bleaching of the coral. there are also more localised threats, such as the industrialisation along the queensland coast, the effect of crown of thorns starfish, overfishing and also water quality. the state and federal government in australia, the queensland state government and the federal authority, is working very hard to reduce the run—off of pesticides and fertilisers that damage the great barrier reef. they flow of from
farms on the mainland. while localised threats are being addressed, and conservationists believe global warming is the biggest threat to the reef and they believe urgent action must be taken. what kind of life are we toting about, what damage to the ecosystem are we seeing? -- talking about. when the coral bleaches it begins to starve. it means the audi that lives inside the coral goes away. initially when the coral bleaches, it doesn't automatically die, it becomes weakened and fragile. —— algae. that can lead it to perish further down the track. what scientists are worried about is the frequency of these mass bleaching events and has the ability of the coral to regenerate itself and recover, and arguably the great barrier reef is australia's greatest natural treasure, attracting 2
million visitors each year and generates around 60,000 jobs and is home to a wonderful array of wildlife. it's roughly the size of italy and japan and many australians have a deep affinity with the great barrier reef that stretches for all of those hundreds of kilometres down australia's north—eastern coastline. australia's north—eastern coastline. ashame, australia's north—eastern coastline. a shame, phil. thanks for that update. much more on phil's story on the great barrier reef in australia on the bbc news website, including maps and graphs showing you the damage that has been done. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: finally! at the 74th time of asking, spain's sergio garcia wins one of golf‘s majors. and putting your best foot forward, the form of dancing that began in the gold mines of south africa and is now helping
the children of cape town. 25 years of hatred and rage, as theyjump up on the statue. this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, the power to influence. today is about the promise of a bright future, a day when we hope a line can be drawn under the bloody past. i think that picasso's works were beautiful, they were intelligent, and it's a sad loss to everybody who loves art. this is bbc news.
i'm chris rogers. the latest headlines — in egypt, funerals have begun for the more than a0 people killed in two attacks on coptic christian churches. the president has announced a three—month state of emergency. foreign ministers from the g7 group of nations are meeting in italy. russia's support of syria is likely to top the agenda. south sudan is one of the toughest places in the world to be a woman. the maternal mortality rate is one of the world's highest. in fact, a 15—year—old girl is more likely to die in childbirth than she is to finish school. our africa correspondent alastair leithead has been speaking to three women in south sudan about their lives. ina in a town run by soldiers from where most people have fled, janifa poni earns a little money making alcohol
out of grain. she explained the process. it's a bit like percolating coffee, using a few adapted pots and pans. she left school at 12, had her first for children at 13 and is now trapped by war, making enough money to survive but not enough to get her family out. and they want to get out. translation: are so many things that happen here. i saw a pregnant woman had been killed, they cut the baby out of her womb and left it there. when you go to big vegetables you might live, you might die. so many things happen. —— don't eat vegetables. 3 million people have been forced from their homes in south sedan, ended up in sprawling un protected. mother rita came here
wendy fighting came because she thought she was going to be killed if cause of her ethnicity. —— because. translation: life in the camp isn't good, there isn't enough food medication. buti camp isn't good, there isn't enough food medication. but i cannot go back to my house because it was dismantled. we were displaced by other people. now she and her team help keep the camp community together and protect people. many things happen to women. there a production and also rape. sometimes the women, if they go outside to buy greens, they can be taken by the government. nearly half the women in south sedan are married before the age of 18. and it's one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. a 15—year—old girl in south sedan is more likely to die in childbirth bencic is to finish her education. very few make it to secondary
school. in south sedan here, they don't take much interest in education. achol majur is 19, she is head girland education. achol majur is 19, she is head girl and this is a mentoring session. she has made it her mission to stop girls from dropping out. the benefit of education, i want my girls to know where it and we talk to them every time because i don't wa nt to to them every time because i don't want to be the one benefiting alone, i want others to benefit. she persuades parents to keep the girls in school. if you get an education, it if you educate boys and abandoned girl that doesn't make sense, both boys and girls have to go to school. some golf news for you now, but notjust any update — fans, family and friends have paid their final respects to rock and roll legend chuck berry, who died last month. they gathered in chuck berry's home town of st. louis to pay tribute at the blueberry hill, where he performed more than two—hundred consecutive monthly concerts.
a memorial service was held where the 90—year—old's body lay in an open coffin with his signature red gibson guitar bolted to the lid. among those attending was kiss frontman, gene simmons. the greatness is unequalled by anybody, in any form of music. and maybe chuck said it best. "roll over, beethoven. tell tchaikovsky the news. buckle your knees, bow your head. the great chuck berry is passing by." applause. some golf news for you now, but notjust any update — sergio garcia has won the masters in augusta — his first ever major title. but he did have to do it the hard way. going into the last round, he shared the lead with england'sjustin rose. nothing could separate them over 18 holes and they went to a sudden—death play—off where garcia was finally able to sink the winning putt. his victory — and that famous green jacket —
comes on what would've been the 60th birthday of his fellow countryman and idol seve ballesteros. so garcia finally a major winner. he's taken part in 73 major tournaments before the masters without success, so did he think his time would ever come? it did cross my mind but lately, you know, i've been getting some good help and i've been thinking a little bit, a little bit different, a little bit more positive and kind of accepting, too, that if it, for whatever reason, didn't happen, my life will still go on, it's not going to be a disaster. but it's happened! so garcia naturally delighted
to have finally achieved a major title, but what of the man he beat to the title? wasjustin rose put off by the huge amount of support his opponent was getting? it was encouraging to see the crowd get behind him. i think they realised he had paid his dues and realised he had paid his dues and realised that he has been close many times and they probably were appalling for him to pull through on this occasion. i get my fair share of love and support out there in the pga tour and on tournaments most of the times are obviously people felt strongly that it was his time. in the english premier league, arsenal face a difficult game against crystal palace on monday evening as they try to make the champions league places again this season. they weren't helped by results at the weekend when all five of the teams above them won, including manchester united who are now unbeaten in 21 league matches. their 3—0 win over sunderland on sunday included another goal for zlatan ibrahimovich — his 17th league goal of the season. gumboot dancing is a form of art that originated years ago
in the south african gold mines but today, the rhythmic act has become a haven for many children in the township of langa in cape town. the bbc‘s glenn middleton went to find out more. we are dancing our way out of poverty. we are down thing and away out of crime, we are down thing alleway out of prostitution. i am the founder of happy feet. here, what we do, we used and to attract kids and the kind of dance for use, we used gumboots dance. through the dance, what we do is we promote education and also good education. it started in 2007 and
the reason i started the programme, the reason i started the programme, the children here live in barracks and hostels with two families in one room, small rooms, and they play outside all the time and end up playing in rubbish bins and the problems i saw whimpering up here, because i live here as well, was there was no guidance for children. when i started working, i needed to do something and looked at the children, what can i do that they will not go down the same route? tourists plays a huge role, not only in supporting us financially but for them, to be exposed to someone from new york, for them to touch and smile and talk to someone from paris, for them to talk to someone from south korea, it makes them to understand that there is a world.
the idea around this was to expose them to life outside the township. we are saying to the tourist, adopt a child. they fit his school fees, uniform. and transport for them. and for me to see that happening here, i don't know, it's going to blow my mind away! harry potter and the cursed child has won a record breaking nine olivier awards, which celebrate the best in theatre. they include best actor forjamie parker, who plays the wizard, and best new play. the stage show has now become the most decorated production in the history of the olivier awards. coming up injust a couple of minutes, aaron has all the latest business news in world business report. first a look at the weather where you are. good morning.
warm spring sunshine at the weekend saw an early outing of the summer wardrobe. and it is not surprising when we had clear blue skies, lots of sunshine and lots of heat — highs of 25 in parts of cambridgeshire, and generally in the south—east on sunday, glorious. but thicker cloud further north and west, here a bit fresher, and there was some rain in the far north of scotland by the end of the day. now, this weather front is significant, because as it continues to go south, it won't bring rain, more cloud overnight, but introducing a north—westerly wind and a colder air source so it will feel noticeably different as we go into tomorrow morning. quite a lot of cloud around, so not a cold start in the south. but one or two of these showers up into the far north of scotland will be wintry to the tops of the mountains. breezy with the showers continuing here, we could see a few showers in north—east england through the day with a little more cloud developing into the afternoon. now, for one or two of us, for instance wales and the south—west, there will be more sunshine than yesterday. but temperatures a bit more subdued
generally across england and wales, 8—10 down compared to sunday, and the risk of showers in lincolnshire and east yorkshire. not a bad afternoon, in terms of dry, with sunshine in northern ireland, and a scattering of showers in scotland, perhaps more organised showers moving to the western isles by the end of the day. and that will continue to move in across the far north of scotland overnight monday and into tuesday. at the same time, high pressure just drifts a little bit further west, but it is still keeping its influence across much of england and wales, and so that basically means there will be a good deal of dry weather in the story again on tuesday. chilly start, but sunshine coming through, cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain into the far north of scotland. again that north—westerly flow with the strengthening wind becomes a feature on wednesday. gales likely on exposed coasts here, and there will be a little bit more cloud around from weakening weather fronts, but no significant rainfall in the story across england and wales in particular.
top temperatures around ten to 15 degrees. what's in store for easter weekend? pretty much more of the same actually, staying predominantly dry. sunshine, with a few scattered showers, but the wind direction stays pretty cool. take care. this is bbc news. the headlines: president sisi has declared a three—month state of emergency throughout egypt after bomb attacks killed more than a0 people at two coptic christian churches. the first funerals for some of the victims began on sunday. a meeting of foreign ministers from the g7 group of nations is beginning in italy on monday. the talks are expected to focus on how to increase pressure on russia to distance itself from the syrian president bashar al—assad. australian scientists say two—thirds of the great barrier reef has now been devastated by severe coral bleaching caused by rising water temperatures. researchers say aerial surveys also show an accelerated rate of damage. the spanish golfer sergio garcia has won the masters, his first success in one of the sport's big four tournaments.