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tonight at 10pm, deepening tension on the korean peninsula, as the americans say they'll bring north korea to its senses. in south korea, the us takes part injoint exercises, and says that an advanced missile defence system will be operational within days. in washington, as senators were taken to the white house for a briefing on north korea's missile programme, the us military delivered this warning. all options are on the table. we want to bring kim jong—un to his senses, not to his knees. we'll have the latest from washington, where the state department has just said it is still open to negotiations to resolve the crisis. also tonight. speaker: prime minister. at the final session of prime minister's questions before polling day, theresa may refuses to guarantee the so—called triple—lock, on pension rises. a glimpse of the raids by tax officers, at newcastle and west ham, as they investigate allegations of fraud in football.
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british scientists develop a blood test, which can detect the return of lung cancer, before it shows on conventional scans. and, the concert hall in bristol, soon to be renamed, because of associations with the slave trade. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: tottenham needed a win tonight at crystal palace to reduce chelsea's lead at the top of the premier league to four points — find out how they got on at selhurst park. good evening. all members of the us senate, have been at the white house this evening, to be briefed on the deepening crisis, involving north korea. the americans have started installing an anti—missile defence system, in neighbouring south korea, in response to the
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weapons programmes being developed by the north. china has accused the americans of destabilising the entire region. but the us state department said tonight it was still open to negotiations to try to resolve the crisis, as our north america editorjon sopel reports. this isn't for real but it looks terrifyingly like it. this life i exercise conducted by 2000 us and south korean troops just miles from the north korean border at a time of extraordinary tension. it's a show of force, a show of unity, a military exercise with an unmistakable message to the south‘s unpredictable northern neighbour. we wa nt unpredictable northern neighbour. we want peace but we're ready for all eventualities. in washington this morning the head of us pacific command put it like this. as president trump and secretary matters have made clear all options are on the table. we want to bring
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kim jong—un to his senses, not to his knees. —— mattis. we must look at north korea as if kimjong and will do what he says and when he threatens the united states that is one level but when he threatens the united states with the capability of realising that threat that's a different place. and from the capital today and exceptional and unprecedented event, the whole senate decamping to the white house, though some seemed a little lost on where to go. to be given a classified briefing on the north korean situation from the president and all of his key national security staff, a fleet of tour buses taking the republican and democrat senators on their day—tripper. the republican and democrat senators on their day—tripperlj the republican and democrat senators on their day-tripper. i think the symbolism of going to the white house where the commander—in—chief lives, to hear from house where the commander—in—chief lives, to hearfrom the commander—in—chief and his team about what we need to do, or be prepared to do over north korea, is
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an appropriate sense of how serious this is. and just after the briefing there was this reaction. it was a sobering briefing in which it was clearjust sobering briefing in which it was clear just how sobering briefing in which it was clearjust how much thought and planning is going into preparing military options, if called for, and a diplomatic strategy that strikes me as clear our a diplomatic strategy that strikes me as clearourend a diplomatic strategy that strikes me as clear our end and well proportioned to the threat. 0vernight the us moved in a missile defence system which will be operational in the next few days, something that has not only caused unease in the north but in china too. for the military exercises a grandstand was built so that south koreans could watch. this woman says that kim jong—un will see in these drills how strong we are and he will never dare to attack us. but this man comments i'm certainly more worried than before. kimjong—un is not the type of person to be pushed around. and the north korean leader has also
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awarded military exercises. nervousness seems to be the one thing that is shared on both sides of the border and in the region as a whole. live to the white house and jon sopel is there. can we talk about the purpose of the briefing? is it really to prepare senators for more extensive action? i've heard it characterised into microwaves, one that it was just a theatrical flourish on donald trump's part as he approaches his 100th day in office right through to the could be warand atany office right through to the could be war and at any time. now, i think it isafar war and at any time. now, i think it is a far more nuanced picture. yes, there could be a military conflict but i think the administration is looking at all sorts of options. it has tried to recruit china to put north dummett pressure on north korea, there is talk about making north korea a state sponsor of terrorism which it was years ago. that would have the impact of allowing america to impose much tougher sanctions on the north korean regime. right the way through to if donald trump thought there was
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enough grounds for it, possibly face to face talks. the one option that is off the table is the existing policy which is called strategic patients. another was, hoping that something will happen and north korea will play along —— strategic patience. there is a greater sense of urgency and i think this administration has decided that the status quo is not an option. but everything else within that is up for grabs. thank you for the latest, jon sopel on that briefing there has been taking place at the white house. the prime minister has refused to guarantee, that the so—called triple—lock on pensions, will continue if the conservatives are re—elected at the general election. the triple—lock guarantees that pensions will increase in line with wages, or inflation or by 2.5%, whichever is highest. at the final session of prime minister's questions before polling day, theresa may said that pensioner incomes would continue to rise, but labour says it would keep the lock in place. 0ur political editor
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laura kuenssberg reports. will this be your last prime minister's questions, prime minister? once more, with feeling. for the last time, this time round at least, theresa may sped off to the commons. while in the leader of the 0pposition's lair, jeremy corbyn swotted up for what could be their last weekly showdown. speaker: questions to the prime minister. not really questions and answers today, more a slanging match of slogans. who will be prime minister of this great country? and he says the choice is clear. and the choice is clear. every vote for him is a vote for a chaotic brexit. every vote for me is a vote to strengthen our hand in negotiating the best dealfor britain. just in case you missed it, she mentioned the word strong 38 times. the word stable, 11.
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not so many answers. but he had his own mantra. they are strong against the weak, and weak against the strong. the election on the 8th ofjune is a choice between a conser... yeah. between a conservative government for the few and a labour government that will stand up for all of our people. anyone would think there's a campaign on. the snp in snap happy mode and attacking the tories for refusing to promise to keep the guarantee where state pensions always go up. the tories now won't even guarantee the pensions triple lock and the only reason that they will not guarantee it is because they want to cut pensions. is not the message to pensioners, you cannot trust this prime minister? not an easy day for the lib dems, though, tim farron had to sack one of his candidates today,
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out for what the lib dems themselves have described as anti—semitic remarks. yet they have high hopes, not for government, but at least for opposition. the legacy of this parliament is the utter, abject failure of her majesty's official opposition to effectively held her government to effectively hold her government to account for any of it. is it not time britain had a strong, decent, new opposition? forget campaigns, it felt a bit like the commons leaving do. of course, a few mps have chosen to go. but many more must wait to see if they are asked back or booted out by you. so take a last look. those green benches will not be the same again. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. labour says that if it wins the election, it will get rid of the 1% cap, on pay increases for nhs staff in england, and will end tuition fees for student nurses and midwives.
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the plan would be partly funded through an increase to corporation tax, but the details haven't yet been published. 0ur health editor hugh pym has been examining the policy. there've been protests about cuts to funding of student nurses and midwives in england and there've been threats of industrial action by one union over pay. many nurses say they feel overworked and undervalued. years of pay cuts, being stretched too thinly on the shop floor, and there's a real concern that the nhs isn't being properly invested in, and it makes us angry when we see mps getting 10% pay rises when we can't even staff wards properly. labour says it wants to address staffing problems in the nhs. a commons committee report says there was a 6% shortfall of all clinical staff in england. that amounts to around 50,000 people. labour says, if elected, it'll restore bursaries for nurses
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and midwife training which are being cut by the government in england. in scotland, wales and northern ireland, the bursaries haven't been dropped, and the party wants to scrap a limit on pay increases for health staff in england. we think it's deeply unfair that our nhs staff have had to suffer from a 1% pay cap continually under this conservative government. we're saying we're going to scrap that cap. we're going to give our nhs staff the pay they deserve. labour's plan to lift the 1% pay cap imposed by the government will allow higher wage rises, but it has a price tag — an extra 1% pay rise for health workers will cost £500 million a year. the party says it'll fund this and the bursaries by reversing government corporation tax cuts. but independent analysts say more detail is needed. it's important to be clear about two things. first, what are the proposals on corporation tax because this is not a bottomless pit of money?
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the second is, what are the proposals on pay and other spending on the nhs because that can cost an awful lot of money? labour's opponents argued that the nhs would only thrive with the right policies to encourage a strong economy. the big question here is how we get more money into the nhs and social care systems by protecting our economy through a good brexit deal and theresa may is the only person who can credibly deliver that. it's really important that we stand behind student nurses and midwives. it's very important as well that we make sure we can afford to support them. that's why making sure we have a strong economy, that we're in the single market, that we've got enough money to be able to fund those services with is absolutely vital. governments in scotland, wales and northern ireland make their own decisions on nhs pay. labour's pledge is for the government at westminster, which runs health in england. with the clock ticking on the general election timetable, it may not be long before the nhs returns to the campaign agenda. hugh pym, bbc news.
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live to westminster and our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. several themes were raised today. what can we draw from this about the election campaign? it was a preview of the performance to come, no subtlety, it presented the choices facing voters in primary colours and raucous notes and maybe thatis colours and raucous notes and maybe that is appropriate because there has been no more stark choice in recent times. theresa may's symphony ona recent times. theresa may's symphony on a string, strong and stable leadership, is meant to win the trust of voters in her dominant personality and classically conservative instincts in a way not seen conservative instincts in a way not seen since margaret thatcher. you only have to look at tory mps to believe they believe the woman can lead in the way the woman led the party then succeeded. you only had to look at the faces of labour mps
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to look at the faces of labour mps to look at the faces of labour mps to look at the low expectations of labour mps but not on the face of jeremy corbyn. he believes he can beat the polls and the pundits and maybe that optimism is also appropriate because his mission to upend the social and economic order of britain is rooted in deep faith. he believes that can happen. let's remember, this election will not be decided by polls or pundits but by millions of crosses on millions of ballot papers. yes, there may be a bit of voterfatigue ballot papers. yes, there may be a bit of voter fatigue out there but if the antidote is a genuinely nation defining choice, that is what we have on june nation defining choice, that is what we have onjune the 8th. nation defining choice, that is what we have on june the 8th. john pienaar, thank you, john pienaar with the latest thoughts from westminster. and you can find out more about today's election pledges, and the latest on the campaign, on our website — that's bbc.co.uk/news. officers from revenue and customs have raided the offices of west ham united and newcastle united,
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as part of an investigation into suspected tax fraud within professional football. it's understood that newcastle's managing director was among those detained. raids also took place at several other locations, as our sports editor dan roan reports. it was the day the taxman came calling on english football. london's iconic olympic stadium, now the home of west ham united, raided. these some of the dozens of revenue and customs officials who swooped on the club's offices this morning, seizing financial documents, computers and mobile phones. here at newcastle united, a member of the public captured a similar scene at stjames' park. the players left stunned meanwhile as investigators also paid a surprise visit to the club's training ground. in a statement, hmrc said it'd arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected £5 million income tax and national insurance fraud. this criminal investigation, it said, sent a clear message that whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud, you can
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expect to face the consequences. what's happened today, both here in newcastle and at west ham, is part of a wider investigation that's seen 180 revenue and customs officials deployed across both the uk and france, and this afternoon the premier league leaders, chelsea, were drawn into the controversy, saying that they had been questioned in connection with the raids. one of those arrested was newcastle united's managing director, lee charnley, released tonight without charge. there are a lot of people in the business of football who believe that non—disclosed payments is endemic in the game and i think also, for her majesty's revenue and customs to deploy quite so many officers, on what's clearly quite a far—reaching investigation, i'm not inclined to believe they're doing that on flippant grounds. so i think it's pretty serious. france has provided plenty of footballing talent to the english game, there's no suggestion these players have been involved in any wrong—doing,
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but tonight the french authorities said they were looking into suspected secret payments during transfers between the two countries. the afa wants to see the harshest possible penalties and sanctions handed down to anyone in football who engages in illegal or any actions which are against the regulations of the fa or fifa, both for the good of the game and also so that agents know they can practice their trade on a level playing field. tonight, the french authorities confirmed they'd conducted ten searches with four people placed in police custody as part of an inquiry involving 32 investigators. just two—days ago, newcastle united enjoyed promotion back to the riches of the premier league. rather than looking forward towards a brighterfuture, however, today's dramatic events ensure they're facing questions about the past. this amounts to a serious warning,
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not just for newcastle this amounts to a serious warning, notjust for newcastle united and west ham, but for the game as a whole. it's increasingly apparent that the taxman is taking a keener interest in football's finances. whether that amounts to the threat of winding up petitions for indebted clu bs of winding up petitions for indebted clubs or the chasing down of individual players over their sometimes tax affairs and the use of image rights or as we now know is the case, cross—border transfer payments involving players and of course their agents. the game continues to generate unbelievable amounts of revenue and it enjoys huge power, too. today's serious investigation, by the tax authorities, only serves to underline once again that football's finances are under the microscope like rarely before. dan, thank you very much again. dan roan there for us very much again. dan roan there for us in newcastle. the us treasury secretary has announced what he says is the "biggest tax cut",
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in the country's history. steve mnuchin confirmed that the trump administration wants to reduce corporation tax from 35% to 15%. he said the change was designed to help small businesses and to boost the economy. the authorities in turkey have detained more than 1,000 stored at —80 celsius, thousands of samples from cancer patients here at the crick institute in london. dna analysis has revealed what drives lung cancer to spread. lung cancer is by far the biggest cancer killer of men and women and this is the most detailed genetic analysis ever made of how it evolves. researchers analysed tumours removed from around 100 patients and found that those with the most unstable chromosomes, the most abnormal dna, were four times more likely to see their lung cancer return. armed with this discovery, they then analysed blood taken
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from the patients and were able to find tiny amounts of tumour dna circulating in the blood stream. they spotted 13 out of 1a patients whose cancer was going to come back, up to a year before the tumour was detectable on a scan. in future, that should mean earlier drug therapy for patients. we hope that by treating the disease, when there are very few cells in the body, that are beginning to show their signs and mutations in blood, we will be able to increase the chance of curing a patient, and we can now go on to set up clinical trials where we can test that hypothesis. janet maitland lost her husband to lung cancer and was diagnosed with it herself last year. but now, after surgery and chemotherapy, she's feeling positive. i'm extremely optimistic. ifeel great, to be honest, because i don'tjust feel better than i did since the diagnosis, i feel better than i have done for quite a long time. janet is part of the trial and so will have regular blood tests to monitor her health. dna analysis will eventually be the norm for cancer and this study shows the great potential of genetics to change the way cancer is both diagnosed and treated. fergus walsh, bbc news. more than 10,000 human organs are sold illegally every year,
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according to the world health 0rganisation. billions of pounds are tied up in the trade, with the middle east now considered the global hub, driven partly by desperate refugees eager to make money by selling their organs. the largest number of illegal operations happens in egypt. in the second of our series on organ trafficking, our correspondent, nawal al—maghafi, reports from cairo. cairo, one of the middle east's main business hubs, but now a darker trade is thriving. the network is wide, from migrant smugglers to some of egypt's leading doctors. a crumbling health system and shortage of organs has meant that people wait for years, so turn to the black market where profits are huge. translation: if you've got money, anything is possible. this man matches up those wanting to buy with those desperate enough to want to sell their organs. conflict in the middle east has made hisjob easier. what he is doing is illegal, but but he now claims to feel
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remorse, so explains the trade to us. translation: people came to me wanting to sell their organ to pay to be smuggled abroad. money never lasts long, but the promise of a safe life and opportunities overseas are a pretty good incentive. 0rgan donation is complicated here, no money can change hands and you can only donate to someone from the same nationality, but there are always ways to get around the law. translation: if someone's got dark skin, for example, they could pass as sudanese, the brokers just make him a fake passport. you can buy the passports from the streets, it's really not a big deal. authorities claim they're trying to crackdown on this trade. last year, they conducted a raid of multiple clinics, resulting in the arrest of 45 people, among them doctors and nurses. millions of pounds were recovered,
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yet for many the profits outweigh the risks. we're on our way to meet a doctor who we've been told works as a surgeon within the organ trade. we're going in undercover and our story is that my father is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, but can't find a donor. medical costs for illegal transplant are around $3,000, but we've been told to say we'll pay whatever‘s necessary. this is illegal. dr akhmed mustafa works for the police, he reassures us that he can help. people come from across
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the middle east to buy kidneys. this man was on the government waiting list for months, until his health deteriorated to the point that the family decided to buy a kidney. i ask him, what if something happens to the donor, will i not be held responsible? during our investigation
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we learnt of a man who died after selling his kidney. the risks are huge, but so is the desperation for a better life. and with no control in place, there'll be no stopping the organ trade. nawalal—maghafi, bbc news, cairo. the uk is to take in an extra 130 unaccompanied child refugees from europe after ministers said an accounting error had been found. the home office faced strong criticism in february when it announced only 350 children would be brought here. the chief executive of barclays has said he believes the biggest concern for the city of london about brexit is immigration. jes staley said having access to talented workers after britain leaves the eu was "tremendously importa nt" for the uk's
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financial sector. surrey police have been strongly criticised for returning a collection of shotguns to a man who went on to kill his partner and her daughter. 82—year—old john lowe shot christine and lucy lee at his puppy farm in farnham in 2014. a report by the independent police complaints commission has found serious failings at the surrey force as our correspondent, duncan kennedy, reports. this wasjohn lowe moments after he shot dead christine and lucy lee at his puppy farm in surrey. christine, who was his partner, and her daughter, lucy, were killed with a shotgun. this shotgun, one of several returned to lowe by surrey police after they'd earlier seized them. lowe, seen here in custody, was jailed for life. today's official report says surrey police's gun licensing team failed. their training wasn't sufficient, how they were supervised wasn't as we would have expected,
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and how those crucial decisions, when it comes to returning firearms, did not have the sign off appropriately higher up the organisations. just after lowe's trial, stacy banner, christine's daughter and lucy's sister, also told me the police were wrong to return his guns. the police should have never have given an 82—year—old man seven loaded shotguns back. what was the reason? why didn't they do theirjob? john lowe's puppy farm was once investigated by the bbc. today, surrey police admitted mistakes were made when his guns were returned. do you accept that if those guns hadn't been returned, christine and lucy could still be alive? well, clearly, he used those shotguns in a double murder, a horrific case, seven months after they were returned. i don't think we can ever be asked to foresee into the future, but clearly what should have
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happened in this case is that better risk assessments should have been done, and those guns should not have been returned. one member of surrey police was sacked over this case, another retired. but today's report about the shootings here atjohn lowe's farm doesn'tjust call on surrey to make changes, it says there are lessons for all of britain's police forces about the way gun licences are issued, and who they're issued to. but for the family of christine and lucy lee, any tighter gun controls have come too late. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in surrey. the former world tennis number one, maria sharapova, has won herfirst competitive tennis match since she was banned for doping 15 months ago. the five—time grand slam champion beat italy's roberta vinci in straight sets in the stuttgart 0pen. sharapova tested positive for meldonium in 2016 and had her original two year ban reduced on appeal. one of the most famous landmarks
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in the city of bristol, colston hall, is to be renamed because of the building's associations with the slave trade. the concert hall, which over the years has seen performances by louis armstrong, the beatles and bob marley, was named after edward colston, a bristol merchant whose fortune was partly built on slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries. 0ur correspondent, jon kay, takes up the story. 300 years on, he still divides opinion. edward colston, philanthropist and slave trader. only this month, his statue in bristol was defaced.
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