this is bbc world news. our top stories: north korea has launched another ballistic missile. the us military says the test failed, and did not pose a threat to america. it comesjust did not pose a threat to america. it comes just hours after the united states warned of dire repercussions of the world doesn't persuade north korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. right now the most significant security issue in the world, might bring catastrophic consequences. on the eve of donald trump's100th day in office, we are ohio. pope trump's 100th day in office, we are ohio. pope francis visits egypt, hoping to improve relations between christians and muslims. welcome to bbc news. we start with
breaking news from north korea. in the last couple of hours, the us military and south korean officials have confirmed north korea has fired a ballistic missile which exploded shortly after liftoff. the launch camejust hours shortly after liftoff. the launch came just hours after a special session of the un security council in which the us pushed for tougher sanctions on the pyongyang regime. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, chaired the session. let's have a look at some of the state to make statements. with each successful missile test, north korea pushes asia and the world closer to instability and conflict. the threat of a north korean nuclear attack on seoul or tokyo is real and it is likely only a matter of time before north korea develops the capability to strike the us mainland. indeed, the dprk has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike. given that
rhetoric, the united states cannot stand idly by, nor can other nations which are in striking distance of north korean missiles. china is not a focal point of problems on the peninsula, and the key to solving the problem on the peninsula does not lie in chinese hands. that said, asa not lie in chinese hands. that said, as a close neighbour to the korean peninsula and with a responsibility for peace on the peninsula and in the region, china has overthe for peace on the peninsula and in the region, china has over the years played a unique role in promoting a negotiated solution of the issue. i wa nt negotiated solution of the issue. i want to reiterate china's firm opposition against the us deployment of thaad anti—missile systems in the dprk. it is a move which seriously undermines the security of china and other countries in the region and damages the trust of other parties in the region. it is detrimental to achieving the on the peninsula. i spoke a short while ago to my
colleague in new york and she gave us colleague in new york and she gave us the latest on this latest missile test. what we have unofficially as us officials reporting on the circumstances of the test. they have a p pa re ntly circumstances of the test. they have apparently been tracking it. they haven't identified the type of missile that it was, but the early indications are that the missile test failed, and that is corroborated by reports from the south korean news agency, which said it looks as though that missile blew up it looks as though that missile blew up inflight. it looks as though that missile blew up in flight. the south korean military seems to think it was a ballistic missile fired north of the capital. but they are also still looking into the path of it, and how long it was in the air, and what exactly happened. and of course this comes in the context of tensions having risen quite significantly between the us and north korea in recent days. well, yes. in fact, in the recent weeks, the tension has sparked considerably because of increased missile tests, but also
because it seemed that the north koreans were repairing for a nuclear test. and the americans responded to all of this activity by deploying warships to the area and upping their rhetoric, their rhetoric came much tougher, they said the military option was on the table. and so there had been a lot of concern that this might escalate into something further. since then they have backed away a bit and talked about a diplomatic and economic approach, but still about pressure. and that is what secretary of state rex tillerson was talking about here at the security council today. he said the security council today. he said the current approach wasn't working. witness the continued test that we see. and wejust witness the continued test that we see. and we just saw another one as he spoke. un sanctions is what the approaches, but they are not stopping him from doing this kind of thing, so the americans laid out their plan which they said would be a new campaign of pressure to much more strictly enforced existing sanctions, imposed new ones, and also take steps to isolate the korean, the north korean regime diplomatically, further than it has been already. and they signalled
real resolve about this. the secretary of state said that at the end of the day the reason they wa nted end of the day the reason they wanted to step up his campaign is that they viewed this as a national security threat to america, and therefore they couldn't let it pass. and so he said to the security council they want a diplomatic solution, and they will pursue one, but they stand ready to take military action if they feel that becomes necessary. let me bring you some more breaking news. the reuters newsagency reports that a us official says the trump administration could possibly speed up administration could possibly speed up new economic sanctions on north korea in response to this latest test. the us also says that would have additional naval drills and aircraft or ship deployment as a show of force. us officials also saying that sanctions could target specific north korean and possibly chinese entities. they also say they had expected some kind of north
korean provocation ahead of the elections in south korea that are happening on the ninth of may. we will keep across any developments on that story and bring them to you as we get them. on saturday us president donald trump marks 100 days in office. he will spend the actual anniversary at a big rally in pennsylvania. coincidentally the rally is being held at the same time as the white house correspondents' dinner, which is traditionally attended by the incumbent president. today mr trump met possibly some of his staunchest supporters, at a meeting of the gun lobby group, the national rifle association. but we have news that you have been waiting for a long time. the eight—year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. applause you have a true friend and champion
in the white house. no longer will federal agencies be coming after law—abiding gun owners. applause no longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as americans. instead, we will work with you, by your side. we will work with the nra to promote responsible gun ownership, to protect our wonderful hunters, and their access to the very beautiful outdoors. you met my son, i can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. frankly, ithink you, both sons, they love the outdoors. frankly, i think they love the outdoors more than they love, by a long shot, fifth ave, but that's 0k. and a long shot, fifth ave, but that's ok. and we want to assure you of the sacred right of self—defence for all of our citizens.
more now on donald trump's first 100 days in power. if you follow the trail of support for mr trump, you'll find he enjoys popularity in the so—called rust belt, a region suffering from economic decline, population loss and urban decay. the bbc‘s nick bryant travelled to the state of ohio, one of the key swing states of last november's election, to see what voters there make of donald trump's first 100 days. when we visited the ohio river valley last summer, this stretch of water was suffering a slow and agonising death. but, since donald trump became president, locals have seen a dramatic and instant turnaround, a rust belt revival. coal barges are full again, partly because of the relaxation of environmental regulations. iso boats now work this part of the river, compared to just 25 last year. back then, bob harrison told us america needed a businessman as president, and in 25 years, he has never seen such a turnaround. like the switch was turned on.
we're busy. we've got more stuff going on, and our business has dramatically picked up. and you think that's the trump effect? yes, i talked to lots of different people, we call it the trump bump, so it's been good for us. last summer, in the town of clinton, pennsylvania, we came across this huge trump sign erected by one—time democrat mike leber. now, it has been put away in the barn, but not through embarrassment. if anything, his admiration for donald trump has grown. just speaking with people, they‘ re more upbeat. they feel like the government isn't on their back. feels like the jackboot of the government's off their neck. so it gives them a chance to thrive. he promised to revive regions like this. do you think he's doing that? yes, i do. it was trump's hothead temperament that put off american football coach bill timko, when we spoke
to him last year. he's bombastic, he's obscene, and i don't like the guy. now, not only a change of sport, but a change of opinion. in these first 100 days, trump has won him over. well, i've changed my mind because he made campaign promises and he came through. and that's what you want. you want to see that the guy is going to do what he said he was going to do. what about twitter? he needs to stay off of that. you know, that gets him in a lot of trouble. a republican who voted for hillary clinton, amber thompson, was a staunch trump critic, and remains so, but nonetheless applauds his decision to strike syria. even a blind squirrel finds the nut sometimes. i believe that trump's response to the chemical attack in syria was 100% correct, and i hope that putting pressure on the russians and the assad regime will help to bring an end to this war. i hope that syria will be donald trump's nut. donald trump has been suffering from historically low approval ratings, but in this run—down
region, we did not find much evidence of buyer's remorse. president trump has been much like candidate trump, and while that has horrified liberals in america's major cities, who regard him as a national embarrassment, here in the rust belt, he is still widely viewed as a potential national saviour. two trumps, two americas. but the region that won him the presidency remains a stronghold. nick bryant, bbc news, ohio. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: the president has signed an executive order aimed at reducing restrictions on oil drilling in the arctic. the directive could enable offshore oil and gas drilling in areas that are currently off limits. it is the latest in a series of executive orders that reduce environmental protections introduced by the obama administration. the us economy slowed dramatically in the first three months of the year, according to official data. gdp expanded at an annual rate
of 0.7% in the first quarter, which was a sharp slowdown from the 2.1% growth rate in the last three months of last year. brazil's first general strike in more than 20 years has paralysed public transport, and closed schools and banks across the country. there have also been reports of striking workers blocking roads, and police using tear gas to disperse the crowds. trade unions called for the stoppage, to protest against president michel temer‘s pension reforms. pope francis wants funding to be cut off from groups that promote violence. he says such acts can't be committed in the name of god. the pope's appeal comes just weeks after egypt's coptic christian community was targeted with two deadly church bombings on palm sunday. during a speech in cairo, the pope said religious leaders were duty—bound to unmask such violence. our religious affairs correspondent martin bashir reports.
at the start of this trip, a papal greeting on the plane. i asked the pope would he hope to accomplish. he responded with a smile, knowing that words would come later. the warmth of the official welcome from president sissi for this first papal visit in 20 years contrast with the treatment of egypt's 9 million christians, io% treatment of egypt's 9 million christians, 10% of the population. three weeks ago, on palm sunday, so—called islamic state says it was behind the bombing of two coptic churches that killed dozens and injured more than 100 people. interreligious dialogue was therefore centrestage at pope francis's most important event of
this two day visit. sharing a podium with the grand you ma'am of this mosque, the historic centre of sunni is long, pope francis offered a traditional greeting in arabic. and then launched into an unequivocal condemnation of religious brutality. let us say once more a firm and clear no to every form of violence, vengeance clear no to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of god. an audience of christians and muslims responded positively to the pope's message. so we need the message of peace now. for the middle eastis message of peace now. for the middle east is suffering a lot. translation: his visit has been long—awaited. it it was coexistence
among religions. it was an honour. while the visit to cairo was unlikely to reform relations between is larman catholic church, pope francis has said that engagement and encounter must be given the opportunity to triumph over conflict. the day concluded with the pope visiting his coptic counterpart, incident marked's cathedral, where they prayed for peace. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: we'll have more on donald trump's 100th day in office as we travel to america's border with mexico to find out what happened to that wall? nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government to build better government housing. internationally, there have
already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they've taken the capital, which they've been fighting for for so long. it was 7:00am in the morning, the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: north korea has launched another ballistic
missile from a region north of its capital, pyongyang. but the us government says the test failed. earlier, the us secretary of state called for a new approach to force north korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. speaking at the un, he said failure to act could bring catastrophic consequences. at his speech to the national rifle association today, president trump hammered home the point that he would build a wall with mexico. that's despite recent signs of backing down over funding the barrier. so what can we expect in the next 100 days on this issue? the bbc‘s james cook explained how things now stand along the us—mexico border. there is a fence across quite a significant stretch of the border at the moment. caps a third of the border, perhaps slightly less, is fenced at the moment —— perhaps. we are the pacific end. the pacific
ocean isjust are the pacific end. the pacific ocean is just over there, are the pacific end. the pacific ocean isjust over there, that's mexico over that direction. the border itself goes some 2000 miles 01’ border itself goes some 2000 miles or 3000 kilometres towards the gulf of mexico. building a wall all the way along it, almost everyone you speak to on the border itself tells you is just not really practical or necessarily desirable. nonetheless there is plenty of support amongst border agents for beefing up security and spending more money on the border and building some new barriers. i've been speaking to one of those border agents. a union representative joshua of those border agents. a union representativejoshua wilson of those border agents. a union representative joshua wilson from the border council. during the obama administration there was no consequence for crossing the border illegally and it only invited people to come with this newfound will to enforce the law has been a real deterrent and agents are finally glad to have a negative the white house has bought us and our mission. would a wall work? is just one layer in our defence posture. it allows us
to more easily allow those who are crossing illegally and interdict them. but of course people who work with immigrants, some people who have crossed from mexico, say they have crossed from mexico, say they have a very different view. they are very concerned about the trump administration and are concerned about the direction it is heading in and concerned about the attitude of some of these agents under the new administration. i spoke to someone who founded an organisation called border angels, that looks after some of those migrants. i was born in san diego and have been here all my life. we really hope donald trump doesn't go through without war. there continues to be less people crossing. we hope he will use his rhetoric and say, i am president i don't need to build the wall now. we never needed it. we should be building bridges of communication, working with my neighbours to the south. we are friendly nations. let's treat each other with dignity and respect. in terms of whether that wall is actually going to be
built, there is going to be, says president trump and his team, what some people are calling a beauty contest for the wall in california. —— for the wall. in california and number of companies have expressed interest. it could happen as soon as the summer. but the funding to actually build it has not yet by any means been agreed. john waters is a boundary pushing director best known for his cult movie hairspray. the writer and film maker was dubbed the ‘prince of puke', so he might not seem the most obvious person to give a university commencement speech. but he did just that in 2015, and his advice to the graduates went viral. it lead to a book called make trouble. the bbc‘s laura trevellyan spoke to him about what he meant by that title, and the message it sends. well, make trouble in a good way. that's youth responsibility, to shake things up. don't get on your
pa rents‘ shake things up. don't get on your parents‘ moves, get on the nerves of the kids two years ahead of you. 0k, i'm supposed to inspire you. how of this? somehow i've been able to make a living doing what i love best for 50 yea rs a living doing what i love best for 50 years without ever having to get a realjob. use a in your life teachers discouraged you from every single tree view ever had. how did you end up like this? with anger. what happens is if they discourage your dreams what happens is if they discourage yourdreams in what happens is if they discourage your dreams in school buttons to angen your dreams in school buttons to anger, drugs, lunacy and that turned to my career! are basically i was lucky because i always knew what i wa nted lucky because i always knew what i wanted to do. i always wanted to be in show business, since i was 12, so i knew where i was going to end up. when you look at your career as the subversive filmmaker, what inspiration do you think today's stu d e nts inspiration do you think today's students could draw from? nobody said you can make those kinds of movies when i did it. today you can. today every college ago to would let you make... they are looking for the
next kid who is making a film on their cellphone. i keep asking. do not fear rejection in show business because people will always say no. it's like hitchhiking. you just need one person to stop. you say in the book that the only truly devious move “— book that the only truly devious move —— movie that you ever made was hairspray. in what way? to me cold was a word you never said in hollywood. hairspray is playing everywhere in the world. every high school is doing musical, so it is still a musical... baby stuff that america wasn't comfortable with and maybe it didn't notice because he is great —— because hairspray is infectious. you say with technology, use it for transgression, not for lazy social living will stop pretty poignant advice. everybody is on technology today and it can be lazy.
if you are on facebook or time you have to get dressed and go out. you need interaction with real people. sometimes i think it is lazy social living, but at the same time you've got to know how to use it. it's crazy people my age who say they aren't into all that. i'm not on facebook because i want to be harder to reach. the people i'm interested m, to reach. the people i'm interested in, i already stalked their houses. you have advised the perrins too and use your own parents made you feel safe. is that what gave you the courage to be creative? my parents we re courage to be creative? my parents were horrified by what i did, but i figured, what else can i do? you have to work with what your kids like. your daughter comes home, she tattooed for all —— whole face, maybe she will open a tattoo shop! you've got to work with what you've got. but with your parents, give them some time. if you have on implants, abb will take some time. thus president trump embody the creative chaos? the making trouble
you have talked about? he is an outsider. i and trying to be an insider these days. i think we need to get in and screw it up from inside, ina to get in and screw it up from inside, in a good way. i'm not a trump supporter and i don't think he has ever said much funny. to me, if you ever want to get anybody to listen you have to make them laugh first. john waters, thank you so much. there are plenty of things los angeles is famous for but maybe calorie filled sweet treats aren't part of its usual image. but a new pop up museum has opened there, dedicated to. . . ice cream. it's pretty fantastic. it's been nice. just to remind you of the breaking
news, the us military has confirmed that north korea has fired a ballistic missile. it is understood the launch was unsuccessful. the reuters newsagency is reporting that us officials say the trump administration could speed up economic sanctions on north korea in response and it could have additional naval drills and aircraft ora ship additional naval drills and aircraft or a ship deployment. japan has also condemned the launch. we will bring you more as we get it. see you soon. the bank holiday weekend is upon us.
let's see what the weather is up to. it is looking a bit mixed. breezy, but reasonably warm for most of us and there is some rain on the way, but not everybody will get the rain. this is the weather map in the short term. weather fronts are fairly close to the uk, but far enough to give us a dry start to the day. this is what it looks like go—around 11—5 in the morning. lots of clear spells around. temperatures in towns and cities around 6—9 celsius, so not an especially chilly start to the day. saturday morning dawns on a bright if not sunny note for most of us. there will be a bit of cloud here and there, but it breaks up through the morning and the best of the sunshine on saturday is expected across the southern half of the uk, especially the south coast. clear blue skies. temperatures at lunchtime 15 degrees in london. for most of us around 12— 13 degrees and
just maybe one or two light showers a roundabout, but nice enough in inverness as well, about 12 degrees with sunshine. the afternoon won't change much. it will turn breezy across some of these western areas. maybe later in the day in northern ireland around the coast. it could touch gale force. compared to the rest of europe on saturday, fairly similar. 17 in paris. we are doing better than madrid. madrid about a0 degrees. rome will be sunny, 22. real heat at the moment is in greece. into their 30s. at the uk, saturday and into sunday, low pressure still out in the atlantic. starting to push weather fronts ever closer. already on sunday the weather will be going downhill across south—western parts of the uk. quite strong winds as well. not just in the south—west but these sunny spots. along the north sea coast, really blustery winds. ahead
of this weather front it could get up of this weather front it could get up to 18 in london and possibly permit or it is in scotland as well. through the course of the evening, this is sunday, the rain will push further north and east. by the time we get the monday you can see the weather front in the north and the chance of catching some showers across southern areas. a bit of a mix. the best day of the weekend looks as if will be sunday, with dry weather across the uk. this is what the actual temperature is. 60 minutes outcome of 1a in the north. -- 16 minutes outcome of 1a in the north. —— 16 in the south and 1a in the north. that's what we will be getting. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: north korea has launched another ballistic missile from the region north of its capital, pyongyang. a us government source has told reuters that the test failed but the us might speed up sanctions against pyongyang. it came hours after the us secretary of
state called for a tougher international approach towards the government in pyongyang. at the un security council, rex tillerson warned of potentially catastrophic consequences of the world failed to deal with north korea's nuclear programme. pope francis is on a visit to egypt to preach tolerance. a5 people were killed there earlier this month in a bombing. and donald trump has delivered a speech to the national rifle association, the first us president to do that since ronald reagan. now on bbc news, it is time for