bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. the us military drops the "mother of all bombs", seen here in tests, on so—called islamic state hideouts in afghanistan. a show of force in north korea amid fears that pyongyang is about to carry out its sixth nuclear tests. president assad says his —— says that claims his forces carried out a chemical attack ona forces carried out a chemical attack on a rebel town at fabricated to justify an american missile strike. the west — mainly the united states — is hand in glove with the terrorists. they fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. and forget life on mars. nasa is now says that one of saturn's moons might be the best place to look for life outside of earth. hello.
its official name is the gbu—iisb massive ordnance air blast, but most people in the pentagon call it the "mother of all bombs" — america's largest non—nuclear weapon. and today it was dropped on a tunnel network held by islamic state in afghanistan. no—one knows how many militants were killed in the attack on nangarhar province in the country's far east. our north america editor jon sopel has more. this is the gbu—iis, also known as a moab, a massive ordnance air blast, or as it is more commonly known, the mother of all bombs. and today, for the first time ever, it was used in combat, the largest non—nuclear weapon ever deployed. the target — so—called islamic state in afghanistan. we targeted a system of tunnels and caves that isis fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target us military advisers
and afghan forces in the area. the united states takes the fight against isis very seriously, and in order to defeat the group, we must deny them operational space, which we did. it is turning out to be a busy time for the commander—in—chief. we are so proud of our military, and it was another successful event. and no—one can say it is not what he promised during the campaign. i know more about isis than the generals do, believe me. i would bomb the (bleep) out of them. the tunnels and caves that were used by the taliban over 15 years ago are now being used by is. this bomb was dropped on a complex tunnel network in nangarhar province, close to the pakistan border, where a member of us special forces was killed last month. this shows the seriousness with which this administration takes the issue of isis moving from the middle east to afghanistan. it is notjust the dropping of a massive bomb on afghanistan. injust over a week, president trump has ordered the missile strike on syria, a naval battle group to head to the korean peninsula, and he has restated his commitment to nato.
some of donald trump's supporters are asking, whatever happened to the isolationist, america—first president of the inauguration? speculation has been growing that north korea may be ready to carry out its sixth nuclear tests as citizens we can. it would coincide with the birth of the nation's founder, kim il—sung. they poured into central pyongyang in their tens of thousands. of citizens and soldiers alike, north korea has always demanded displays of mass devotion. and, at the front of the crowd,
there was kim jong—un, celebrating not a missile launch or a rocket test, but the construction of pyongyang's newest street. the inauguration of a few tower blocks and shops would, anywhere else, raise barely a murmur. in pyongyang, it is met with rapturous applause. it might seem like an extraordinary celebration to mark the opening of a street, but it is about so much more than that. it is about economic survival, resilience, and sending a message to the outside world of total loyalty to the leader. the country's prime minister, pak pong—ju, told the crowd that the opening of the new street sends a more powerful signal
to the world than any number of nuclear bombs. but in reality, for north korea, bombs are vital. with reports that another nuclear test may be imminent, we are taken on a tour of a school. "the dear marshall, kim jong—un, clothes and feeds us," this nine—year—old girl tells me. and, from an early age, she is told that it is bombs and missiles that guarantee his regime's survival. for a poor and isolated country like north korea, this reasoning has some logic. might it have gone the way of iraq or libya, its leaders ask, if it didn't have its nuclear programme? so foreign journalists are brought here to be shown a friendly face, and there are many of them, but also the willingness to endure. "sanctions don't bother us at all," this man tells me.
"united around our leader, nothing can harm us." the message is clear. north korea is marching towards its nuclear future, and no amount of threat or coercion from a us president will get in its way. let's quickly round up some of the other menus. more anti—government and venezuela. more clashes between police and demonstrators. police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to
disperse crowds in the capital, caracas. a fifth person has died in the protests sparked by the decision to ban the opposition leader, henrique capriles. the libyan coastguard is reporting at least 90 migrants, including women and children, feared drowned off the coast of libya. 23 people have been rescued. it's believed the inflata ble rescued. it's believed the inflatable sank with about 120 passengers on board, most from sub—saharan africa. german police say the man being questioned about the bomb attack targeting a football coach on tuesday was a commander for the extremist group, the so—called islamic state in iraq. he's 26, known so far only as abdul beset a. two people were hurt when three explosions hit the borussia dortmund tea m explosions hit the borussia dortmund team bus ahead of their game against monaco. the lawyer for the passenger forcibly dragged off a united airlines plane earlier this week says he's likely to sue the us carrier. david dao was carried away by security guards, screaming, when there were no volunteers to leave sarah corker
reports. screaming. it this footage of doctor david dao being dragged off a united airlines flight, bloodied and injured, that will be the centre of any legal case. oh, my god! look at what you did to him! the 69—year—old's lawyer says chicago aviation police used unreasonable force and violence to remove him from the kentucky—bound plane. at a press conference in chicago, his daughter said it has been a difficult time for the family. what happened to my dad should have never happened to any human being, regardless of the circumstance. we were horrified, and shocked and sickened, to learn what had happened to him, and to see what had happened to him. another video shows david dao dazed and confused, having somehow run back onto the plane. the doctor was forcibly removed from the overbooked flight on sunday to make room forfour crewmembers. the incident sparked outrage across the globe. dr dao was discharged
from hospital on wednesday. he lost two teeth, and will need reconstructive surgery on a broken nose. he said that he left vietnam in 1975, when saigon fell. and he was on a boat, and he said he was terrified. he said that being dragged down the aisle was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving vietnam. it has turned into a pr disaster for united. initially, its ceo described the passenger as disruptive and belligerent. it was only days later that he offered a full apology. this image of a bloodied, paying customer may prove difficult for united to live down. the website and app airbnb says it is improving its security
after a bbc investigation found people's homes had been burgled by scammers using stolen accounts. the scammers hijacked profiles with verified badges and changed some of personal details to pull off the thefts. chris foxx reports. i walked the police into this room, which you can see is full of things. it was completely anti—. which you can see is full of things. it was completely anti-. like millions of people, christian had let out his home on airbnb is a convenient way to make some extra money. he had done so for years without problem, but on his birthday, his home was burble.|j without problem, but on his birthday, his home was burble. i was in the hotel enjoying practice, and returned to the room to relax and i got the horrible text message saying somebody was in the flat. —— burgled. 0bviously, my birthday was over. that was my first reaction. christian thought he had let out his
flat to a verified profile. but the account had been stolen. the attacker had changed the name, photograph, and contact details on the profile, but kept airbnb's verified batch. in question is not alone. the bbc has spoken to two other people who were robbed this way, and three others who had their accou nts way, and three others who had their accounts stolen. and airbnb's facebook page has thousands of some —— similar complaints. there are ways airbnb could have defended against us. google, facebook, and twitter, among others, offer 2—step verification. that requires entering a code sent to your phone as well as your password to get into your account. we put our security concerns to airbnb. the company said... —— airbnb. —— the company.
those changes include 2—step verification if somebody logs in from a different device, and message alerts if so be changes your information. but the question, he says it is too late. he said he has been left with a bad feeling and might not use the system again. chris foxx, bbc news. nigeria's anti—corruption body says it's seized more than $40 million in cash, following a raid in lagos. the economic and financial crimes commission said it found the money including us dollars, pounds sterling and naira notes stacked in sealed wrappers in two rooms of an apartment. the efcc says a whistle blower alerted them to the suspicious movement of bags in and out of the apartment. it's believed to have come from an unlawful activity. much more to come for you on bbc news, including this: on the campaign trail in turkey as it prepares to go to the polls for a referendum on its future direction.
pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock and as for a sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear. glad to have you
with us on bbc news. the latest headlines: the us military has dropped the world's largest non—nuclear bomb on so—called islamic state hideouts in afghanistan. the first time it's been used in combat. speculation is mounting that pyongyang may be preparing its sixth nuclear test to coincide with the country's most important national holiday. the syrian president bashar al—assad has denied reports that his forces carried out a chemical weapons attack earlier this month, calling them "100% fabrication". the attack killed a large number of civilians and prompted a us air strike on a government airbase in return. 0ur middle east editor jeremy bowen has this report. it contains distressing images. the attack on khan sheikhoun produced terrible images of children poisoned by nerve gas,
and rescue workers struggling to help, hosing victims down to try to wash it away. president trump said he was so shocked by what he saw that he went from being prepared to deal with the assad regime to calling the syrian president a butcher. bashar al—assad denies every accusation against him. there was no order to make any attack. we don't have any chemical weapons. we gave up our arsenal three years ago. even if we had them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history. there is credible evidence, samples, not just pictures, that chemical weapons were used in khan sheikhoun, according to the organisation that supervises the international ban on them. but these scenes, president assad insisted, could have been staged to discredit his government. we don't know whether those dead, the children, were they killed in khan sheikhoun? were they dead at all? who committed the attack, if there was an attack? what material — you have no information at all,
nothing at all, not investigated. the fakery, he said, included the white helmets rescue teams, al-qaeda men disguised as heroes. we have the proof those videos were fake, like the white helments, for example. they are al-qaeda, they are al—nusra front, who shaved their beard, wore white hats, and appeared as humanitarian heroes, which is not the case. the same people were killing syrian soldiers, and you have the proof on the internet anyway. the american cruise missile attack a week ago has changed a great deal for the regime. for the first time, it has been hit by the us. america's next moves are not clear, but the rhetoric has switched to regime change in syria. the american attack, president assad said, played into the hands of al-qaeda. 0ur impression that the west,
mainly the united states, is hand in glove with the terrorists. they fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack. britain's prime minister was inspecting newly commissioned officers at sandhurst, and keeping up the pressure. british scientists have analysed material from the site of the attack. they're very clear that sarin, or a sarin—like substance, was used. and, as our ambassador to the united nations made clear yesterday, like the united states, we believe it's highly likely that that attack was carried out by the assad regime. president assad insists he has nothing to gain by attacking syrian civilians. he will be relieved if all he faces in the next few months are more words of condemnation. turkey goes to the polls on sunday for a referendum that has polarised the nation.
president tayyip erdogan and his supporters argue that sweeping presidential powers are needed to avoid instability, while critics fear greater erosion of modern turkey's democracy and secular foundations. our world affairs editor john simpson has been following the campaigns and sent this report from istanbul. chora, in anatolia, mostly agricultural and conservative, its solid from a man who wants to strengthen his power as their president. cheering. mr erdogan knows just how to please them. he used to be a footballer, so he turns up wearing the local team's scarf. he understands how humiliated many turks feel at being cold shouldered by europe and he stirs them up against western countries. applause. afterwards, the crowd's still pumped up. "they don't want turkey to be strong", she says. this man says, "the west will have to treat turkey better
now its powerful. we don't hate europeans, we hate their leaders", he goes on. this is the mood which president erdogan has created. explosions. it the was the attempted coup last july which gave mr erdogan the impetuous to pitch for much greater powers, even though it was a complete failure. one of those who was injured was jan jimidu, the mayor of a districtin istanbul where there was fighting. he's a passionate supporter of president erdogan. if turkey votes yes on sunday, will it become a dictatorship? translation: absolutely not. some people are trying to make it looked like that. but if our president wanted to use the powers he already has, turkey already locks up more
journalists than any other country, this is the flat of one of them, murat aksoy. axsoy‘s wife, sehriban, is reading a letterfrom him. he was supposed to have been freed two weeks ago, but it didn't happen. "my dear, my love, we'll see each other in a few hours", he ' ' but it wasn't, and the judges who'd ordered his release were suspended. translation: i told our daughter very clearly that we were going to bring her dad home, but it would be late, she would be asleep. when she woke up, he wasn't there. she checked all the rooms, she asked where he was. i tried to explain to her, but i couldn't. president erdogan is pulling out
all the stops to get new powers to deal with people like that. even if he loses on sunday, he'll probably be able to do pretty much what he wants anyway. and, if he wins, he'll have the chance of staying in power until 2029. john simpson, bbc news, istanbul. in other news: at least 2a people have been killed and nine others injured in a crash in southern mexico. it happened when a bus carrying tourists collided with a petrol tanker, sparking an explosion on a highway in guerrero state. some of the bus passengers managed to flee the scene before the tanker caught fire. the injured were airlifted to hospital. police in pakistan say a university student has been murdered on campus by a group of fellow students who accused him of blasphemy. they reportedly said he posted material online that was offensive to muslims. the russian television station, channel one, has announced that it will not broadcast the eurovision song contest next month.
it comes after russia's contestant, julia samoylova, was barred from the host country, ukraine, because she toured in crimea two years ago. the decision means that russia will no longer be able to take part in the competition. it's 750 million miles from us but the american space agency nasa says one of saturn's moons, known as enceladus, may now be the single best place to look for life beyond earth. samples of the waters erupting from the moon's surface suggest it has all the conditions needed for life. the discovery was made by the cassini spacecraft, which is coming to the end of a 13—year mission to saturn. our science editor david shukman reports. for over a decade, cassini has shared the wonders of saturn, and its family of icy moons. a nasa video promoting a mission that keeps making astonishing discoveries about saturn. a spacecraft called cassini has focused on one of saturn's moons, enceladus. beneath its icy surface is a deep ocean. and greatjets of water, blasting out of it, contain ingredients needed for life. in fact, nasa scientists now say that on the floor of the ocean
there may be hydrothermal vents, like these, on earth, making hydrogen that can feed microbes. so, conceivably, there could be life on enceladus. this is a very significant finding, because the hydrogen could be a potential source of chemical energy for any microbes that might be in enceladus's ocean. so this is a very exciting finding for the cassini team. saturn, with its rings, is perhaps the most striking of the planets, and this mission by nasa and the european space agency has been incredibly revealing. the spacecraft itself, cassini, is one of the largest ever sent into deep space. it stands nearly seven meters tall, and it has been on an epicjourney. it left earth back in 1997, flying out beyond mars, weaving past jupiter, before arriving at saturn in 2004,
and it has been studying the planet ever since. but now comes the most spectacular stage of all, as the spacecraft orbits inside the famous rings. we now know they are made of pieces of ice and rock, ranging from tiny specs to lumps the size of houses, and flying this close will give us unprecedented views of the rings, and of saturn itself. this journey of discovery will get closer to the rings than ever before. but the instruments were built back in the early i990s, and the scientists aren't sure they will work. the reason that i'm a bit nervous is that it was — the final orbits were designed with my instruments in mind, and with the gravity instrument in mind. and so, there's a lot of pressure on us to produce really good science. and the instruments are getting old, just like we are. so i'm very excited about it, but i'm rather unsettled by it as well. cassini will skim the clouds of saturn for the next few months, before burning up.
the idea is to make sure the spacecraft does not crash on to any of saturn's moons, and contaminate them, especially the icy world of enceladus. we have no idea if anything is actually alive on it. that won't be known until a future mission, maybe decades away. but with tonight's new findings, this becomes one of the likeliest places in the solar system to find life beyond earth. david shukman, bbc news. and in case you spot the deliberate mistake, it is 700 million miles from us — you can blame the presenter. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcmikeembley. thanks for watching. hello. we have made it to the long easter weekend. this forecast should set you up for most of what you need to know about the weather as the weekend goes on. none of the warmth we had last weekend —
it is on the cool side. there will be some occasional sunshine. some areas of rain at times, especially for good friday and easter day on sunday. now, this is how good friday begins, already with some damp weather affecting northern ireland, south—west scotland, north—west england and northwest wales. cooler and showery weather into northern scotland. those showers will continue as the day goes on. some of us starting with a touch of frost. cloudy and damp weather, as i mentioned, northern ireland, south—west scotland, north—west england and the north—west of wales. maybe the odd spot extending into the midlands and elsewhere in northern england to begin the day. to the south of that, though, variable cloud. but some breaks in that cloud allowing sunny spells to come through occasionally. and actually for southern parts of the uk the temperatures will be a degree or so higher compared to where they were on thursday. so we continue with the feed of showers running into northern scotland on good friday. some of those could be heavy,
perhaps with hail as well. they take outbreaks of rain and they beef them up in the north—west england and into wales. and going through the evening, heavier in western parts of wales as the weather system sinks its way southwards. look at that, though, 16 degrees in london compared to nine in stornaway, increasingly cooler air. into the evening we have increasingly light rain across some southern parts of the uk. that's not as much as gardeners would want. it's been so dry. cooler air following behind. showers turning wintry over the hills in scotland. frost around for some of us as saturday begins. it will be a chilly start. looks like saturday is the coolest day of the weekend. and this run of north—westerly winds in the uk. but there will be some sunny spells. so, yes, a cooler day, but there'll be some blue sky around. but there will also be showers occasionally too. by no means everybody will see them. they ought to be most frequent in northern scotland. some will be heavy, with hail, maybe even with the rumble of thunder and initially at the start of the day wintry on the hills. those temperatures, yeah, down compared with good friday. 14 in london, nine in glasgow. and then jumping forward to sunday, easter day, it looks like we'll
have a weather system producing some outbreaks of rain. at the moment we think from northern ireland, northern england, parts of wales, dividing cooler air to the north, not so chilly to the south. that system may not be in place, so we will keep you updated on that. for easter monday some showers in the east. it will be quite breezy, lighter winds elsewhere. enjoy your weekend. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm mike embley. the us military has dropped the world's largest non—nuclear bomb in a remote area of eastern afghanistan — the first time it's been used in combat. the pentagon says it was trying to destroy a network of caves and tunnels used by the extremist group that calls itself islamic state. president trump described the drop as "very successful." speculation is growing that north korea may be ready to carry out its sixth nuclear test as soon as this weekend to coincide with the country's most important national holiday — the anniversary of the birth of its founder kim il—sung. syria's president has dismissed reports that his forces carried out a chemical weapons attack