this is bbc news. the headlines at one o'clock. north korea has made a failed attempt to test a missile, hours before the us vice—president arrived in south korea. the evacuation of besieged towns in syria has resumed, following yesterday's suicide attack targeting evacuees. more than 100 people were killed. also in the next hour, turkey goes to the polls in a landmark referendum. president erdogan cast his vote this morning in a bid to bring in new sweeping powers that could keep him in office potentially for another 12 years. theresa may urges unity over brexit, as she delivers her first easter message as prime minister. and the queen has beenjoined by several members of the royal family including the duke and duchess of cambridge for an easter service at windsor castle. and coming up at 1.30, the travel show heads to thailand to see the world's first elephant hospital. good afternoon and
welcome to bbc news. the us vice—president, mike pence, has told american servicemen in south korea that the country's resolve to stand by seoul has never been stronger. the us vice—president arrived in south korea just hours after the north tried and failed to launch a ballistic missile. us officials travelling with him dismissed the failed test as unsurprising. the launch, which is in contravention of un resolutions, came a day after pyongyang told the united states that it would not shy away from conflict. speaking at a military base, mr pence said freedom would prevail. this morning's provocation from the north isjust this morning's provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of
the risks each one of you face every day in the defence of the freedom of the people of south korea and the defence of america in this part of the world. your willingness to step forward , the world. your willingness to step forward, to serve, to stand firm without fear inspires our nation and inspires the world, and it is an honourfor inspires the world, and it is an honour for us inspires the world, and it is an honourfor us to share inspires the world, and it is an honour for us to share this meal with you today. thank you for your service. it is a challenging time all over the world but especially here in the asia—pacific, the opportunity for me to be here at such a time as this is a great privilege for me. let me assure you under the leadership of president trump our resolve has never been stronger. 0ur trump our resolve has never been stronger. our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of south korea has never been stronger and with your help and with god's help freedom
will ever prevail on this peninsula. applause us vice president mike pence speaking earlier in south korea. mallory factor is a professor of international politics and american government and speaking to me a little earlier he gave me his thoughts on the current tensions. the real issue is, can north korea be contained? and the meeting between president trump, and the chinese president, was a major meeting, i think president trump is a deal—maker and the deal is, you have some economic issues in your country which could ring down your country, president xi... because the potential problem of north korea collapsing, huge numbers of people flooding across the board into china. i should be interviewing you, you are right on target! you are correct. he says basically you help me with north korea, north
korea depends on you, i will help you with economic policy. you said the test overnight is a small point and it's perfectly true to say there have been many of these tests, some more successful than others, there seems to be a big debate, clearly worrying a lot of people about how quickly north korea can get to the stage can get to the stage where it can deliver something really dangerous that could hit the united states, maybe not washington but hit somewhere a lot closer, is that threat credible or overstated? i think it's overstated, there are missile defences does, they probably have ten in total nuclear weapons.
with the arsenal of the united states, a lot of other countries being far more fast, i think the issue is we don't want to see them continue to grow in their ability because they are a rogue regime but you are also looking at a lot of other rogue regimes around the world, which basically they supply. iran, for one, they are one of the major suppliers there, if you can stop them you can help contain iran as well. that is a big debate for the trump administration because it has a different approach to the 0bama administration in terms of accepting so for the deal but at times donald trump on the campaign trail suggested he might be prepared to terror that up. yes, i think he's going to tear up up a lot of that but you see him making a lot of changes... to what he said on the campaign trail. that's a criticism, he talked the talk but maybe not able to the walk? that's been a problem throughout modern history in america. the conservative movement elects these so—called conservatives and then when they get into office, they change. and the conservative movement is kind of upset. are they giving him more patience, do you think? i think they are.
there was an interesting article in politico, they had an interesting analogy, it's like dating a girl whose father cheated on her mother, she's always going to be suspicious. he's got to constantly provide wins because he gets an emotionally damaged base that's been abused, that sums it up, really. theresa may has used her first easter message as prime minister to say the uk is coming together after the brexit vote. the prime minister said opportunities would emerge from britain's decision to leave the european union thanks to the country's shared ambitions and values. she also stressed her belief in the importance of religious tolerance and freedom of speech. let us come together as a nation, confident in our values and united in our commitment to fulfil the obligations that we have that we have to one another. let us work together to build that brighter future that we want for our country.
and let us together build a stronger, fairer britain that truly does work for everyone. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn used his easter message to urge people not to stand by in the face of society's problems. he said easter should be a time to reflect on the current challenges both at home and abroad. it would be easy to retreat into our private lives because of challenges that seem overwhelming, or allow ourselves to be divided and blame others. but we need to respond to these problems head on, through action and support for socialjustice, peace and reconciliation. the queen has attended an easter service at windsor castle. she was joined in st george's chapel by senior members of the royal family, including the duke of edinburgh and the duke and duchess of cambridge. dozens of people waited outside for the royal arrival, and clapped as the monarch entered the church through the galilee porch. on leaving the chapel, the queen was presented with flowers before being driven back to windsor.
pope francis has urged an end to the "horror and death" in syria. the pope was speaking whilst leading easter celebrations in front of thousands who gathered in st peter's square in the vatican. at an earlier vigil, he spoke of migrants' pain, and he criticised the "paralysing and barren bureaucracies that stand in the way of change". the evacuation of syrian residents from towns under siege has resumed, after more than 100 people were killed in a suicide car bomb yesterday on the outskirts of aleppo. the attack happened at a checkpoint where thousands of civilians were waiting on buses to be moved to safety. the bbc‘s lina sinjab is monitoring events from neighbouring lebanon. she gave me this update earlier. as you rightly said the death toll has risen, agencies reporting around 112 killed in this blast yesterday. however, there were fears of retaliation on some buses waiting to be evacuated from the opposition side besieged by
the government but so far, what we hear, there was no retaliation, the evacuation went smoothly, and in fact, i spoke to some activists who made it to northern syria in the town of idlib. this is the town in idlib province, the province held by the rebels. this is where most of the opposition that are evacuated not only from these two towns yesterday but elsewhere, they are evacuated too, what happened yesterday showed solidarity between both sides after the blast that happened where many children and women, mainly civilians, were targeted. we have seen evacuations happening from opposition activists as well as loyalists, who ran to help women and children
who were targeted. we describe it as an evacuation but it also seems to be a swap of competence. people are going from a dangerous place but are they going anywhere safe? that's a very important question. for the loyalists to the government, that have been evacuated, around 5,000 of them were evacuated yesterday, between civilians and militants, going to safe areas because they are going to be under government control but for the opposition who left around 2200 mixed between civilians and militants, they are basically going to idlib, the rebel—held area as i mentioned. and idlib is constantly under government attack. the government always justifies its attacks by saying it is targeting terrorists but you know, there are lots of civilians in idlib and they have been constantly attacked by the government and the fear that we are going to see another level in idlib, you know,
off—targeting civilians there. thank you very much for that update. the number of people killed following the collapse of a rubbish dump in the sri lankan capital colombo has increased to 23. hopes are fading that anyone else will be found alive. a local resident told the bbc he believed another 20 people were still missing. tonnes of rubbish fell on to more than a hundred homes on friday after the dump became unstable following heavy rain. we will shortly bejoined we will shortly be joined by viewers of bbc one for an update on the headlines. before that. but first, tens of thousands of people across the united states have marched in more than a hundred cities this weekend to demand that president trump releases his tax returns, something he has so far refused to do. some protesters carried huge inflatable chickens, suggesting the president was scared to release the data. president trump's predecessors for the last a0 years have all released their tax returns.
greg dawson has more. with little chance of the president himself discussing his taxes, protesters in the nation's capital opted for the next best thing, this was an example where imitation wasn't intended to flatter. what's the big deal about my taxes, 0k? since you guys are my supporters, releasing my taxes... piles of shredded mock tax returns were launched into the crowd, organisers claim the protests have been taking place across 150 locations in the us. in chicago, crowds took part in a chicken dance, suggesting donald trump is too scared to release his returns. the president broke a long—held tradition by not releasing his paperwork during his campaign, and these protests were timed to coincide with the mid—april deadline for americans to file their tax returns. if taxation without representation is tyranny, the representation without taxation is authoritarianism, we deserve democracy. in manhattan, several thousand lined
sixth avenue, marching towards one of donald trump's new york hotels, these people say without his tax returns it's difficult to know who the billionaire president has had dealings with as a businessman, and if there are any conflict—of—interests. mr trump says he can't supply his returns because they are being audited, something federal tax authorities say is no bar. we are living in a time when honesty has no currency. and i think because of that it's kind of all we have. and the only way to really penetrate this administration is to take to the streets. the president's supporters point to a recently leaked 2005 return showing donald trump paying $38 million to the taxman, and many say the issue simply doesn't matter to them. in berkeley, california, rival pro and anti trump
rallies descended into a brawl with more than a dozen arrested as fistfights broke out. another reminder how donald trump continues to be a president that polarises his country. greg dawson, bbc news. hello. good afternoon. north korea has made a failed attempt to launch a missile — a day after warning america that it was ready to hit back with nuclear attacks, amid rising tensions in the region. the us military said the missile blew up almost immediately after launch, as the us vice president, mike pence, headed to south korea. after arriving, mr pence said the united states' commitment to its alliance with south korea had never been stronger. from seoul, stephen evans sent this report. the american vice president visited south korea's national cemetery where the names of 104,000 soldiers who died fighting north korea nearly 70 years ago are listed.
mr pence knows this history because his father served in the war. his big message now — the alliance remains. this morning's provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defence of the freedom of the people of south korea and the defence of america in this part of the world. he landed a day after a fearsome display of weaponry, 100 miles to the north in pyongyang. but as though to undermine that image, north korea today tried and failed to fire off a missile. us officials said the launch came from the sinpo region, the second such launch from land in that area which also has a submarine base. talk of war is now ramping up. it's not clear though if mr trump has decided on attacking
north korean nuclear facilities. south koreans are watching developments closely. 25 million south koreans live within range of north korean artillery. all the same, south koreans tend to assume war will not happen, life goes on, all mr trump's predecessors from clinton onwards have contemplated military action. mr clinton contemplated bombing north korea's nuclear facilities and pulled back. because the threat of retaliation would probably bring on a second korean war. mr trump may or may not be like the presidents before him, he says he's not. in a complex situation of great danger, he is the new unknown factor. his attitude to risk and military action is hard to gauge. stephen evans, bbc news, seoul. 0ur correspondentjohn sudworth is in the north korean
capital pyongyang, and earlier gave us his assessment of the situation. his movements are being monitored and tightly controlled. in many regards this is business as usualfor north korea. it in many regards this is business as usual for north korea. it has long used when friendship and tension to the anti and when business and economic concessions as it steps back from the brink but with each cycle moving one step closer towards its goal of becoming a fully fledged nuclear power. but it's not what's happening in this capital but in washington of course and it seems the actions of north korea believes it is confident that president trump will like his predecessors before him, eventually conclude that the cost of military action is simply too great. more than a hundred people, many of them children, are now thought to have died in yesterday's suicide
bomb attack in syria. a convoy of coaches was carrying evacuees in a pre—arranged exchange between the syrian government and some rebel groups when the car bomb exploded. the blast, on the outskirts of aleppo, tore through coaches that had left two pro—government towns surrounded by rebels. the people of turkey are voting in a referendum on constitutional change that could see sweeping new powers given to president recep tayyip erdogan. his opponents fear the proposed changes would lead to a more authoritarian country, but mr erdogan says they'll provide stability and more efficient government. live now to the capital ankara and our correspondent there, mark lowen. it is clearly important for the president but why are people describing this as a potential revolutionary change in terms of the impact on the country itself? quite
frankly because turkey is so important in itself. rarely has this country is so central to world affairs, key to resolving the conflict in syria. crucial to the fight against so—called islamic state, hub of the migrant route going to europe and a hugely important western and nato ally in a volatile region. that's why it's so important to the outside world and this but will determine turkey's future and the future of its divisive and powerful president, will he be given sweeping new powers to choose ministers, appoint the most seniorjudges, dissolve parliament, potentially stay here in power until 2029 with president erdogan be dealt the most serious blow of his political career? it is a hugely important choice they think this country, and this polling station yesterday, 90% turnout so far, that could be decisive as turkey faces the most crucial vote of its modern history. thank you. the prime minister theresa may
and the labour leaderjeremy corbyn have issued their messages for easter. mrs may urged people to "unite" as britain prepares to leave the european union. she also said easter was a time to think of shared values and to treasure our traditions of religious tolerance. let us come together as a nation, confident in our values and united in our commitment to the obligations that we have towards one another. let us work together to build that brighter future that we want for our country. and let us together build a stronger, fairer britain that truly does work for everyone. it would be easy to retreat into our private lives because of challenges that seem overwhelming, or allow ourselves to be divided and blame others. but we need to respond to these problems head on, through action and support for socialjustice, peace and reconciliation. the pope has used his easter sunday vatican address to condemn attacks on civilians caught up in the war in syria.
meanwhile, here, the queen and the duke of edinburgh attended the traditional easter service at windsor castle. laura tra nt reports. rain didn't dampen the easter message in rome, where thousands of pilgrims gathered to see pope francis celebrate easter mass and lead the blessings in st peter's square in the vatican. mass took place amidst tight security, a week after attacks on two coptic churches in egypt left more than a0 people dead. pope francis used his message to also condemn yesterday's bomb attack on a crowded syrian bus convoy, that killed at least 112 people. translation: may sustain the efforts of all who are actively engaged in bringing comfort and relief to the civil population in syria. pray to a war that continues to sow horror and death.
and yesterday the latest horrible attack on refugees, which provoked many deaths and many wounded. may he grant peace to the entire middle east. as the skies cleared, the pope's message resonated with the thousands who travelled from far and wide for his easter blessing. the archbishop of canterbury delivered his easter message from canterbury cathedral. he said today's terror, pain and despair should not be allowed to triumph. do not be afraid. these things, these grim events overshadow our lives because we fear that they may have the last word. these things lie. they deceive. they pretend to have power that they do not have when they say that they are final. the royal family gathered at st george's chapel in windsor. the queen, who wore a springlike
shade of turquoise, was joined by the duke of edinburgh and her children and grandchildren for the traditional easter sunday service. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6.35pm this evening. until then have a very good afternoon. hello and good afternoon. high pressure will never be too far from oui’ pressure will never be too far from our shores in the week ahead hello, thanks forjoining me. let me update you on the weather prospects across the british isles. that does not look particularly cheery, does it? and after such a decent start for some parts of the british isles as well. the weather watchers have been out in force.
the south of wales and south—west of england, in fact, some of the areas that will see somewhat improved conditions on what i am showing you here. but there's no doubt about it, things will be cloudier. they will be wetter, too, for the great heart of the british isles, as this great tumble of cloud works its way in from the atlantic, all tied in with weather fronts which will gradually chug their way ever further towards the eastern side of the british isles. it really won't be very long into the afternoon before we see wet weather getting into the eastern side of the pennines, down towards east anglia, flirting with the southeast. different kettle of fish across the far north of scotland. it will stay dry and bright for the most part and then come back towards the mainland, some spotty showers, the rain will be in the central belt for a time but i think it will quit the scene and after a wet start for northern ireland, an improving picture through the afternoon. some wet weather to be had on the western slopes of the pennines, top end of wales, and the rain gradually percolating ever further towards the east. the southern parts of wales, the southern and south—western parts of england likely to see little in the way of rain, especially where you really need it, don't you? some of the fields looking very cracked at the moment. 0vernight, a fair bit of cloud around, keeping the frost at bay
for many although you may see a bit across the northern parts of scotland. all of today's weather is driven by a west—north—west breeze. easter monday, the breeze is coming from the north and there is a pool of cold airjust waiting to get at us and that change in wind direction will draw it towards us over the next 24—36 hours. bright skies across the north of scotland, but some showers falling, quite wintry to quite low levels, if the truth be known. further south, a mixture of sunny spells and showers, for the greater part of the british isles, no signs of the cold air by day across the south, but as we drag this little weather feature ever further south and the skies begin to clear, that is the temperature profile in towns and cities but look at this, hard frost in the heart of scotland. if you are prone further south, you may see a bit of frost as well. that is the theme of the first part of next week, frosty nights and sunny spells by day. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. north korea has made a failed attempt to test a missile, hours before the us vice—president
arrived in south korea. this morning's provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defence of the freedom of the people of south korea and the defence of america. theresa may has used her easter message to urge people to "unite" as britain prepares to leave the european union. reports from syria say the number of people who died in yesterday's bomb attack on a convoy of buses has risen to more than 100. people in turkey are voting in a referendum which could lead to radical changes to the country's constitution. thank you for your company this morning. julian worricker is standing by to take on the challenge