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good afternoon. north korea has warned america that it's ready to react to any provocative action. it comes as the country staged a huge military parade — including what appears to be new, submarine—based ballistic missiles. president trump has sent a naval strike force to the region because of concerns that north korea is preparing to carry out another nuclear test. our correspondentjohn sudworth is with a group of foreign journalists invited to witness the event in pyongyang. his movements are being monitored and tightly controlled. it's an extraordinary sight. you can actually feel the ground shake as thousands upon thousands of goose—stepping soldiers, tanks, rockets and other weaponry have marched and rumbled their way through the capital city. this is a display of unity for the young north korean leader and it's meant, of course, to send a key message on the anniversary of his grandfather's birth that his grip on power is unassailable, but as donald trump threatens to thwart his nuclear
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ambitions, it also sends a message to the outside world that this country's military with its nuclear tests and missile launches is vital for its survival and military analysts will, of course, be pouring over these pictures for evidence of the latest state of technological advancement of these forces. there is that speculation that it maybe preparing for another underground nuclear test. i think it's probably unlikely that we'll see a test today, but kimjong—un is making it absolutely clear that he is not prepared to negotiate away his nuclear weapons whilst being threatened and challenged by the united states. and experts believe that with missiles, with weaponry like this, they are just a few small steps away from having a real deliverable nuclear arsenal and, of course, once they reach that
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stage, it's a game changer in terms of the regional security situation and the global international diplomatic calculation about what can be done about north korea's military ambitions? it changes things for good and the young man sitting up there in those stands has learned those lessons from his grandfather and from his father before him. jon sudworth reporting from north korea. everton football club has banned the sun newspaper from its ground because of the controversial article by its columnist kelvin mackenzie. in it he compared the intelligence of club footballer ross barkley to that of a gorilla. the mayor of liverpool called for the journalist to be sacked for making what he called "racial slurs". mr mackenzie, who denied making racist comments, has been suspended by the sun. richard galpin reports. the controversial article published
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yesterday in the sun has now led to kelvin mackenzie being suspended. the piece about the everton footballer ross barkley, whose grandfather was born in nigeria, compared him to a gorilla, and said the only other people in liverpool earning as much money as ross barkley were drug dealers. the comments, i believe were over the racist. it showed a picture of ross barkley with a gorilla. knowing full well ross‘s heritage and his nigerian aceh street —— ancestry in terms of his grandad. i think it was a despicable comment. kelvin mackenzie and the newspaper must see if the police will take the matter further. in a statement, the some‘s publisher said it apologises for the offence caused, and it was unaware of ross barkley‘s heritage. there was never any slur intended.
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mr mackenzie says it was beyond parody to describe the article as racist. but if the newspaper which he edited for many years now admits the article was offensive, why did it allow it to be published? i would have thought that the new enough to make sure that mckenzie did not refer to liverpool. especially on the anniversary of the hillsborough disaster. so it was a gross editorial oversight. and now everton football club has just announced that journalists from the sudden have been banned from its ground. kelvin mackenzie‘s future as a columnist for the newspaper is very much in question. live now to liverpool, and our correspondent there, frankie mccamley. match day at goodison park, how other remarks going down with the fans? i have been speaking to a lot of
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people arriving here, since an announcement was made that the sun journalists will be banned from the grounds. a lot of them saying that this was a long time coming, and extremely happy with that announcement. to give you a sense of the fans‘ feelings towards the sun newspaper, i was handed this as i was walking in today. a lot of newsa g e nts was walking in today. a lot of newsagents around the area do not sell the newspaper, and a lot of taxis have this slogan on them today. and we cannot forget, a lot of fa ns today. and we cannot forget, a lot of fans coming here to remember those who lost their lives 28 years ago today in the hillsborough disaster. frankie, thanks very much. the parents of a birmingham university student, who was stabbed to death on a tram injerusalem, have said they are ‘devastated' by the ‘senseless attack‘. 20—year—old hannah bladon, from burton upon trent — was in israel as part of an exchange programme. her parents said she was the ‘most caring‘ and ‘compassionate daughter‘ anyone could ever wish for. a palestinian man has been arrested. the driving test is catching up
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with technology after the driving and vehicle standards agency announced that learners with have to demonstrate they can safely use a sat nav. the agency says it‘s vital that the practical test keeps up to date, as our correspondent, judith moritz, reports. every motorist has been through it, the rite of passage of taking a driving test, but in future learners will be examined on new things. the first driving test was taken in 1935. clearly today‘s drivers are used to a very different road experience. more than half of them use satnav and so the test has been updated to reflect that. so it‘s turning right out of gate and then continuing to follow the signs. i went for a drive with graham o‘brien who helped develop the new test. satnav: turn right and then at the end of the road, turn left. drivers will have to follow satnav directions. so if we can incorporate it into the test that will drive the training and get people more familiar with dealing with that level of distraction as well
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which we know is one of the biggest causes of accidents in the first six months with new drivers. learners will also be asked to show they can cope with real life scenarios such as parking within a bay. we were often taking people down into housing estates where they would be reversing around a corner and perhaps using up half a test doing some of these set piece manoeuvres. the point is to change all of that, to get people far greater experience of roads. the new tests have been trialled in some areas and will be introduced for everyone by the end of this year. candidates will be asked to drive independently for longer, but the cost and length of the exam will stay the same as no doubt will the nerves of those going through the process. with all the sport, here‘s mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. the tottenham manager might not want
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his players to think about the title race, but his men are definitely in one, they are on course to trim chelsea‘s lead to four points this lunchtime. with chelsea not playing until tomorrow, spurs are seizing the chance with both hands. they have broken bournemouth‘s resistance. harry kane is back in the starting line—up, but he is leaving the scoring to others. it is 2-0, with 38 leaving the scoring to others. it is 2—0, with 38 minutes gone. final practice for the bahrain grand prix has just got underway. ferrari‘s sebastian vettel has been the man to beat so far this weekend. he was quickest in both sessions yesterday. after two races, vettel is joint leader of the championship, alongside lewis hamilton. the three—time champion struggled yesterday, with mercedes teammate valtteri bottas providing the challenge to ferrari. qualifying starts at lipm. snooker‘s world championship is underway today. this year‘s tournament marks a0 years at the famous crucible venue. british players have traditonally dominated the event,
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but is that about to change? jamie broughton has been from essex to beijing to find out. for nearly half a century, places like this have helped britain produce a steady stream of world snooker championship. but now, inspired by the success, there is a new snooker inspired by the success, there is a new snooker power on inspired by the success, there is a new snooker power on the rise that threatens to sweep away the old guard. the growth in china over the last ten yea rs the growth in china over the last ten years has been staggering. if we do not professional eyes the junior and amateur games do not professional eyes the junior and amateurgames in do not professional eyes the junior and amateur games in europe and great britain, we‘re going to fall away. more than 70 million people play cue sports here in china every week, and this is where the top young snooker players train. in the four years since this academy opened, three players have qualified for the main snooker tor. —— tour. this player
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beat the world champion mark selby at the welsh open this year. china is doing lots and they streets ahead in terms of development conference —— development, infrastructure and investment. we have got to do something similar if we have the appetite for it. murphy thinks the answer lies in having a feeder tour, where amateur players could learn their trade before progressing onto a new reduced main tour of 64 players. £1 million would, in my opinion, sustain a complete challenge tour of ten sustain a complete challenge tour of te n eve nts sustain a complete challenge tour of ten events where the winner receives by, and at the end of it, some of them get it tour guard. people say, the games going backwards, but you must emphasise the importance of a tour. britain faces a fight to remain the
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sport‘s world superpower. and you can see the full documentary on bbc iplayer. live coverage of the snooker follows this bulletin on bbc1. and there‘s a full round—up of all the day‘s sporting action in sportsday on the bbc news channel at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. that‘s all from me. thanks very much, mike. you can see more on all of today‘s stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6.10pm. good afternoon. hello, you‘re watching the bbc news channel. let‘s get more on the changes to the driving test that have been unveiled today and are due to come in from december. earlier i spoke to carly brookfield, ceo of the driving instructors association, about the changes. she explained what learner drivers will do differently. the main changes to the new driving
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test will be the introduction of satellite navigation. that is intended to enable a situation where the people can be self—directed, and give the examiner is a better chance to examine their ability to drive independently. the main manoeuvres that used to be examined, the turn in the road, predominately, those have been removed. we will focus instead on manoeuvres which cause more real risk in real driving. pooling on the right—hand side and reversing in, and they parking. i have to confess, having passed my driving test a long time ago, i may have been responsible for some damage. but in terms of making the test more practical and avoiding the risks that drivers can experience, dangerous particularly to young drivers, horrendous statistics on the number of young people killed at the number of young people killed at the wheel, have the government looked at things like, for example,
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driving on motorways, as part of the test or the training so that actually drivers get real experience ofa actually drivers get real experience of a situation they could suddenly be thrown into, maybe weeks and days after they have passed ? iam glad after they have passed ? i am glad to say that a number of these measures are being looked into. we are taking a more pragmatic look. i am into. we are taking a more pragmatic look. iam not into. we are taking a more pragmatic look. i am not breaking any massive confidences, but later this year it is not that we will have the introduction of learners on motorways. a public consultation on that has just closed, and there is overwhelming support from the public and from trainers. your professionals are the people who encounter learner drivers, from only some of them quite scary, right from the start. they actually think that kind of change would be sensible? yes, because exposure builds experience and decreases risk. the more chances we can have for young people to be exposed to more elements of risk in the training process , elements of risk in the training process, the better.
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and we‘re talking about dual control of the car. if a trainee freaks out, there is some idiot here... exactly, mum and dad will not be allowed onto the motorway to do this. it will be done with a qualified professional approved driving instructor, and i think that is the right way to do it. we should have more emphasis on training properly trained and qualified professionals. and in terms of these changes coming in this year, should people be worried about them, people who are starting to learn to drive, should they think this is going to be even harder? there were 4500 individuals involved in the trials. it has been a very thorough trial. we have notjust thought let‘s make a change to make a change, it has been thoroughly evaluated. and the trial tests proved itself, both the trainers and the pupils have felt that they were more aware of the risks in
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independent driving and more aware of the reasons that they had to better prepare. i think it will up people‘s game. and i think that is a good thing. it is quarter past one, let‘s take a look at the headlines column: north korea stages a huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the birth of the country‘s founder amid warnings over rising tensions with the us. everton football club has banned journalists from the sun from its grounds following an article by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley. from december, learner drivers will have to show they can safely follow directions from a sat nav as part of an update of the practical test. more now on the suspension of kelvin mackenzie. he compared the intelligence of the everton football ross barkley to that of a gorilla. the mayor of liverpool, joe anderson, reported him to merseyside police for what he called "racial slurs". earlier, mr anderson gave his
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reaction to the article. i think it was a despicable comment and a despicable lark —— article. it has been reported to the police, but we also make the complaint to the press complaints commission because of the content, notjust press complaints commission because of the content, not just about press complaints commission because of the content, notjust about ross, but attacking liverpool and liverpool people. this from a man who has been attacking liverpool 28 yea rs. what are you asking people to do during the match today? everton have made the announcement that they are now banning reporters from the sun from finch farm, and also from press conferences, so the job is done, there is no need for anybody to make any demonstration today because the club have banned the sun from the ground and from finch farm, and i think that is what the fans were calling for. so there will not be demonstrate in question mark? no demonstration today, they have put out a statement saying they have
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banned the sun and the sun‘s journalists. and what is your reaction to that announcement? iam announcement? i am delighted because it shows, as the people‘s club, they have listened to the people. they support liverpool and the fight for justice for the 96, and the attacks that the sun have made liverpool and the people of liverpool, it is like everton have done what they have done and i applaud that. and i think the fans will applaud that decision. the merit liverpool talking to our reporter at goodison park —— mayor of liverpool. the national union of teachers annual spring conference continues in cardiff today. it comes as a survey ofjust over 3,000 staff carried out by the union found that almost half of young teachers expect to quit the profession within five years. increasing paperwork, longer hours and concerns over mental health were just some of the reasons cited. 0ur education correspondent, gillian hargreaves, is in cardiff. this entire conference and its
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sister conference in manchester both dominated by rows over funding cuts because teachers say that there is not enough money to run the classroom services in the way that they have been running the past. the government says funding has increased in cash terms to £40 billion this year, the highest figure ever. but teachers say there simply is not enough money to go around. and that is having all sorts of impact. 0n teachers multi—mac workload, enthusiasm for the job even. so that is the frame in which all of the debate in this conference is being held. but a few moments ago the national union of teachers voted to increase industrial action against the government because of what it perceives as the funding crisis. 0ne what it perceives as the funding crisis. one thing that it may consider in the future, if it is not happy with the settlement the government comes up happy with the settlement the government comes up with, is
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industrial action including one day of national strikes. that is something they have just voted on here. but the government is in negotiations, it is holding a consultation on what is called a nationalfunding consultation on what is called a national funding formula, the allocation of money that schools get across england. and that consultation will continue for a while yet. it is not set in stone, but there is real anger here about the cuts that schools are facing. in terms of that funding formula, it appears that actually the teachers on this issue have quite a lot of support among some conservative backbenchers. do they think they have a potential way of having perhaps more impact than they have in recent years on the government policy? certainly, i have not seen anger like this for some time. schools are facing the biggest real terms cuts for 20 years. to be fair, school funding has been relatively generous in the past 30 years. what we‘re
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seeing now is a sort of recalibration, because public finances are so tight, but there is real anger because there is a whole generation of teachers who have worked in an atmosphere of relatively well funded schools, who are now facing significant cuts. the national audit office reckons that savings are going to have to be made, something in the region of £3 billion by 2020. that same report said that much of that saving could be done in things like procurement, the buying of things like computers and textbooks. if teachers are a bit more savvy and textbooks. if teachers are a bit more savvy about the way in which they do that, that should not affect things like class sizes or teachers not being replaced when they leave. but headteachers say that is not possible, we are having to do this now. we can see class sizes rising. so there is an incredible amount of anger in the profession about this. competitors in england who take part in weekend fun runs will no longer be charged, under new rules proposed
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by the government. the changes would make it illegal for councils to charge parkrun, whose events aim to encourage people to exercise. thousands of runners compete in five kilometre course is, and it comes after a backlash against the parish council in bristol which last year proposed in £i charge on participants. sweet manufacturers are facing demands from local councils in england and wales to help pay for the cost of cleaning up chewing gum. the local government association says around £60 million a year is spent removing gum from roads and pavements. frankie mccamley reports. in attractive packaging, it is a staple on the shelves inside most shops and supermarkets, but once the chewing gum leaves the store and makes it way onto the high street, that‘s when it becomes an unattractive problem. councils in england and wales are now calling on the manufacturers to contribute to the huge bills they face to clean it up. we have over a number of years asked the industry to try and find
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a solution using the chemistry and science that they have at their disposal. they have been really slow to act and this is another call to say, actually, this £60 million a year that councils are spending to clear up their product could be better spent on other services to the public. the call comes after one charity found almost every main shopping street in the country is stained by gum. along with around two—thirds of all roads and pavements. and here on one of britain‘s busiest high streets, oxford street in london, it‘s not difficult to spot chewing gum stuck to the floor and it‘s not surprising considering it only costs us around 3p per piece. however councils say it cost 50 times that to remove it at £1.50 per square metre of pavement. it‘s estimated assistance from chewing gum companies would allow local authorities to fill more than a million potholes but the message from the brands is drop it in the bin,
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not the floor. nasa scientists have released new global maps of the earth at night — which they say give us the clearest view yet of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. the maps are created by stitching together thousands of cloud free satellite images, taken over many months. sarah corker has been taking a closer look. these images of the world in darkness have been dubbed the black marble. cameras on board a nasa satellite are so sensitive they can detect light from just a single fishing boat or isolated street lamp. these pictures were taken in 2016. the satellite data creates beautiful images, but also shows how humans have shaped the planet. this image shows europe at night and if you look more closely, you can see the boot—shaped peninsula of italy and lights coming from its towns and cities. and if we move over to africa,
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this is the river nile. it clearly shows how people have built their homes along its banks. this is a day—time image of the area, showing green fertile land and this is it lit up at night. the images have become a useful tool for scientists and researchers. they helped to detect power cuts after hurricane matthew struck parts of the caribbean and us in 2016. and in syria, the un has used the data to monitor the movement of people displaced by war. while the most recent mount etna eruption was also caught on camera from space. next, nasa plans to release daily night images. they should help scientists to reduce light pollution, monitor unregulated fishing and even track sea ice movements across the world‘s oceans. the blue bell has in the past been
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voted britain‘s favourite wildflower. this spring it seems the blue—violet carpets have arrived later than in previous years. catriona renton is in hertfordshire for us this morning to find out why... well, look at this. for as far as the eye can see, there is this beautiful carpet of bluebells. now, they only come once a year. they‘ll be around for three orfour weeks. we are at langley woods in hertfordshire. now they are a sign that spring has sprung, but they‘ve come a little bit later this year. to explain that to us is steve marsh from the woodland trust. why have they come later? they are later this year because we‘ve got a colder spring. last year was a bit warmer so the bluebells came out earlier. it‘s nothing to worry about, they are coming, but later this year. now, you want the public‘s help to map these beautiful flowers. tell us what you want them to do. so through the woodland trust‘s big bluebell watch campaign, we want people to map and tell us where the bluebells are and whether they are native or non—native. can you explain that?
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so this is a native bluebell. it droops over. a non—native is very upright and stiff. it has flowers that are one side of the stem, the non—native all the way round. the native has a white pollen, the non—native has blue and the petals on the native curl back and they don‘t on the non—native. they look incredibly fragile when you see them close up, but are they under threat? to look at this, you wouldn‘t think so, but are they under threat? in our ancient woodlands, bluebells are an indicator of ancient woodland and they are under threat from climate change and development. and also people trampling on them. so we ask people not to trample and don‘t pick them, but enjoy them. so you can go on to the woodland trust website and put in your postcode and it will bring up the nearest bluebell wood to you to go out and enjoy this easter. the sea of blue is something to behold, if you don‘t believe in magic or the fairies that live underneath them, you might once
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you come and see this! where else could we go after that but across the newsroom upto the weather map to see ben. is it going to bea weather map to see ben. is it going to be a good weekend? probably, if you pick your moment and you are in the right area of the country. it is not a bad weekend of weather, at last weekend 25 degrees, we‘re not going to anything like that. decent but not spectacular is how i would sum it up. this is a spectacular shot from one of our weather watchers in shetland. we start of cloudy, this was kent earlier on. that cloud is bidding to roll away into the channel. some sunny breaks behind it, but speckled clouds bringing showers especially across northern and western areas. these showers will continue for the
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rest of the afternoon, some quite heavy ones with highlands thunder for northern scotland. but the further south you are, the more dry the weather. some sunshine, and purge is about where they should be for this time of year, 9—15 —— temperatures. 0nce for this time of year, 9—15 —— temperatures. once it gets dark spells, cold enough attach a frost in places. but later in the night, across northern ireland southern scotland, things will cloud over. that is courtesy of what will be a troublesome weather front into tomorrow. this will move in across central parts of the country during easter day. uncertainty about how quickly this weather front will move m, quickly this weather front will move in, but we will see cloud and outbreaks of rain, and even hill snow across parts of the pennines. there is some quite chilly air pushing in from the north. the northern half of scotland not too bad, some sunshine and showers, but things improving across northern ireland after a disappointing start. but things very slow to improve
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across northern england, into east anglia and the south—east. this is how it will look at lunchtime. the weather probably not in grey shape, but it will feel chilly as well. southwest, south west of england should stay largely dry. some spells of sunshine and we should lose the rain as we go through the rest of easter day into the evening. to move out of easter day into easter monday, high—pressure to the west, low pressure to the east, leaving us with a northerly airflow. the wind is not particularly strong, but coming from a cold place. really quite cold air coming southwards across just about all parts of the british isles. a chilly start to easter monday, frost in places. through the day, rather cloudy start, sunny breaks appearing, the odd shower, butjust six in aberdeen, may be struggling up to 14 in london. that takes us into what will be quite a chilly week, sunny spells by day, but cold and frosty nights to come. all the details for the week ahead online.
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