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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: kim jong—un announces the immediate suspension of north korea's nuclear and missile tests and closes down a test site. remembering columbine. thousands of american students walk out of classes on the anniversary of the high school massacre. north korea has announced the immediate suspension of nuclear and missile tests and a shutdown of its nuclear test site. the announcement comes ahead of planned summits with the leaders of south korea and the united states. president trump welcomed it as very good news, with the south koreans calling it a step forward in the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. japan, however, has called on other countries to maintain pressure on north korea. bill hayton reports.
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in the six years he has been north korean leader, kim jong's nuclear missile programmes have made giant leaps. his regime is now thought to possess both a functioning nuclear weapon and the ability to hit parts of the united states. the region feared some kind of confrontation was coming, so this announcement appears to be good news. president trump certainly sees it that way. the diplomatic choreography leading to this point has been complex. kim jong—un visited beijing. mr trump's cia boss went to north korea. and the winter olympics allowed north korean officials to visit the south. the next step will be a meeting next week between kim jong—un and his south korean counterpart. he has made his own gestures ahead of that encounter, calling for a peace treaty to formally end the korean war, and a new direct telephone line
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between the two leaderships was formally opened on friday. but not everyone is optimistic. despite a meeting between mr trump and japan's prime minister on thursday, the japanese government is cautious, saying this is not the time to ease pressure on north korea. but the fact that pyongyang is telling its people about the progress suggests it is serious about decreasing the tension on the korean peninsula. bill hayton, bbc news. friday marked the 19th anniversary of the columbine shooting in the american state of colorado. in remembrance, students all over the us walked out of school demanding action on gun reform. one high school in atlanta wrote the names of shooting victims on sticky notes and placed them on the window of the school building. and in washington, several hundred students staged a vigil outside the white house before marching to the capitol.
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iam marching i am marching today because i believe adults have failed us. they are sending thoughts and prayers, but that will not do anything. you go to school and you are with your friends. you feel like something will happen. we are marching today to remind politicians this issue is not going away. some of my teachers are having asked practice for lockdown procedures more, but there is not much you can do about it. we are looking for a ban on semiautomatic rifles like the ar—15 and psychological evaluation on background checks. i do not think a teacher having a gun in a classroom is even an option. i constantly lose the remote to my projector and they wa nt the remote to my projector and they want me to be armed. it is not safe.
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let's ta ke want me to be armed. it is not safe. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the us democratic party has filed a lawsuit against russia, president trump's election campaign and wikileaks, accusing them of conspiring to shift the 2016 election in mr trump's favour. it claims his campaign, including two family members, in the party's words, gleefully accepted russian help to win the election. russia and the trump campaign have repeatedly denied collusion. the south african president, cyril ramaphosa, has appealed for calm after flying home from the commonwealth heads of government summit in london. he's trying to quell violent protests against the premier of north west province, and went straight into marathon talks with local members of the governing african national congress. crowds first took to the streets on wednesday, to demand the resignation of the provincial premier amid accusations of corruption.
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i want to tell everyone we will act speedily on this matter. we cannot give an exact timeframe now, but we will act as speedily as possible to address each of the issues that have been raised with us. officials in gaza say that two palestinian men have been shot dead by israeli forces during the fourth consecutive friday of mass protests on the border with israel. 36 palestinians have been killed by the israeli army since the demonstrations began. the former deputy leader of peru's shining path rebel movement has been moved to house arrest, after 30 years behind bars for terrorism. osman morote should have been released five years ago but faced legal challenges. thousands of shining path rebels have been released from prison in the last two decades. police in armenia have detained more than 230 people during the eighth day of protests calling for the long—standing leader of the country, serzh sargsyan, to step down. on tuesday, mr sargsyan took over the newly—enhanced role of prime minister, having just stepped down after two previous terms as president. britain's prime minister says
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long—settled immigrants from the caribbean, who have been treated unfairly will be compensated. the government has apologised after some children of immigrants who settled in the uk before the 1970s had been declared as being in the country illegally and threatened with deportation. they're known as the windrush generation after the ship that brought many to the uk in 1948. adina campbell has been speaking to some of those affected. file: injamaica, they couldn't find work. discouraged but full of hope, they sailed for britain. they were invited over to help rebuild britain after the war. their right to remain was supposed to be legally guaranteed. why have you come to england? to seek a job. how many have been detained as prisoners in their own country? can she tell the house...? problems with paperwork have dominated politics all week. this is a day of national shame! theresa may has tonight
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confirmed that the government will make compensation payments. the uk government will do whatever it takes, including, where appropriate, payment of compensation to resolve the anxieties and problems which some of the windrush generation have suffered. if a human being wants to move from one place to another to feed their family... and some of them were here today in south london, along with campaigners to show their support. many felt action was long overdue. it's not good enough. sorry doesn't make it ok. sorry doesn't bring backjobs. sorry doesn't take away the pain and suffering that people have gone through. so sorry is not enough. those personally affected also shared their stories. i've never left the country, so i'm definitely suffering. but compensation would be really useful, you know, because we've suffered a lot of anxiety, of stress, you know, and right now, i just feel like i've suffered so much. despite numerous apologies
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by the government and measures in place to tackle this issue, here, there still is very much a sense of anger and discontent and injustice. and one man still suffering is whitfield francis, who came to the uk from jamaica in the 1950s. unable to prove his legal status, he's been unemployed for the last four years and can't look after his family. i'm walking with a begging bowl, and i'm begging from my mother because she is a pensioner, and i'm begging from my sisters and begging from friends. after a while, as i said, you know, people get bored of it. for the first time, he is now calling a new government helpline for commonwealth citizens worried about their right to remain
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in the uk. i've lived here since i was seven. the home office says it's changing its process to speed up these cases. so there we go, that's it. so it says your whole name, and it's until 202a. some have had their cases solved. michael braithwaite finally got the news he was hoping for. fantastic, you know? it has given me a sense of freedom. no more nightmares. but this is only the beginning. it is thought to tens of thousands of people could still be in limbo. adina campbell, bbc news. the federal aviation administration in the united states has ordered emergency inspections of aircraft engines similar to the one that ruptured during a recent southwest airlines flight, leaving one passenger dead. the left engine of the southwest airlines flight suddenly blew apart during a flight from new york to dallas on tuesday. a first inspection of the boeing 737‘s damaged engine showed that an engine fan blade was missing, apparently broken due to metalfatigue. one of the world's biggest
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electronic dance music stars, swedish dj, avicii, has died in oman at the age of 28. he was best known for his million selling uk number one single "wake me up." avicii had retired from touring in 2016 due to health problems. here's andrew plant. # so wake me up when it's all over. ..# the dance music dj avicii, whose club anthems made him famous worldwide. tim bergling began making music in his bedroom in sweden, before his talent caught hold, taking him on a ten year career that saw him filling hundreds of venues with thousands of fans. there are very few genuine megastars from my world, and avicii was one of the handful of them, with a really distinctive melodic sound, a classicjourney up from the underground through to the extreme mainstream, and very much responsible for the breaking actually of dance music in the one territory where it simply could not get a foothold prior to avicii's success, and that is north america. avicii worked with some
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of the biggest names in the business, from madonna to coldplay, and tributes have poured in. rita ora, who he worked with, tweeted: his music has been streamed more than 10 billion times online, and he hit number one spots around the world. he retired from touring in 2016, but continued to make music, saying his lifelong passion had come with a price. "i know i am blessed to be able
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to travel all around the world", he said at the time, "but i have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist." his latest collection was nominated for a billboard music award just a few days before his death. a reminder of the top story at this hour: north korea says it is suspending all nuclear and missile tests with immediate effect. let's get more on that story now. the bbc‘s chris buckler in washington has been following the recent diplomatic ups and downs between pyeongyang and washington. in diplomatic leaps in the past two months, we have seen some remarkable things. it was the latter half of last year when we had donald trump threatening fire ant theory and north korea are saying they had a missile which could reach america. —— fire and fury. donald trump
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called him little rocket man. it is remarkable it has come to this point. we are seeing the chances of this summit between donald trump and kim jong—un as possible. certainly, some of these announcements we have seen here if you the sense they are laying the groundwork for that. there is always a push towards denuclearisation. if you look at things like shutting the missile test site down in the north of the country, that is a longer term commitment and is something america will welcome. because we have a meeting between north and south korea in a week's time and the potential between donald trump and kim jong—un to meet, it feels like there will be a difference in the korean peninsula. of course, promises and pledges have been made
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in the past and have been broken by north korea. however, at this stage, you can see from what donald trump has been saying on twitter, he believes this is a step forward and it does have potential. ring us up to speed with what has been going on. the last few weeks has been a flurry of activity in terms of diplomacy between the us and north korea. it is astonishing. you have to look back to when this idea of a summit between donald trump and kim jong—un was announced, it was only at the start of last month, something like six weeks ago. it came from an invitation passed on by south to read to the white house and immediately donald trump said he was ready to meet around the end of may —— south korea. that might slip a little as we still do not have timing ora little as we still do not have timing or a location. but one of the key things is conversations have continued, and a direct conversation between mike pompeo, the incoming
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secretary of state for the us, he went to meet kim jong—un. somebody of that level meeting kim jong—un for the american administration has not happened for a huge number of yea rs. not happened for a huge number of years. there is the potential of the first serving president meeting kim jong—un still on the table. abraham denmark is former deputy secretary of defence for east asia under president obama, and now director of the asia program at the wilson centre. it isa it is a good sign, that north korea is giving space for diplomacy to move forward without interruption. but it is not a major change. they say they are going to freeze their testing, they made no statement about a commitment to denuclearisation or any of the requirements that the trump administration has put forward in what they are looking for in this negotiation. so, really, this is setting the stage for the summit kim
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jong—un has coming up, as well as putting out an image that kim jong—un is a statesman and is ready to conduct diplomacy and is open to that discussion. and also, i mean, i have just asked you how significant this is, but what could the sticking point b in the future? because i suspect there will be some things which need to be negotiated, some things which could pull beside the past. this is incredibly complex, this negotiation. it is a negotiation which has stymied administrations for decades. north korea has in the past said that it will not be nuclear. —— said that it will not be nuclear. —— said that it will be nuclear rise, it has said it will be nuclear rise, it has said it will sign a peace treaty with south korea, and all the while it has continued to build these capabilities. —— denuclearise. so when trump meets with kim, it is about cutting that deal, figuring out how it is going to work. it will be difficult and complex. but the
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very difficult part, the real work, that will begin after the deal is made. two sides will need to figure out how to implement what they are going to come to, and how to verify that the other side is following through on that agreement. so this is incredibly difficult. it has stymied administrations in the past. it is unclear if they will be able to come to an agreement, and unclear weather that agreement will hold up over time. is it possible for an denuclearisation to be conditional, in other words, for north korea to say, we will denuclearise if you can give us x? yes, and that is generally how these negotiations go. in the past north korea has said they would you willing to denuclearise as part of a broader denuclearisation of the korean peninsula, which for them means an end to the american and south korean alliance, the removal of us protection commitments to south korea, as well as other security assurances, including potentially the removal of us troops from the korean peninsula, in addition to
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signing peace treaties, diplomatic recognition, economic inducements. there are lots of concessions which have been attached to this, and in the past there have been concessions which have been either unacceptable 01’ even which have been either unacceptable or even when they have remained, when they said they would denuclearise, they did not follow through. at the end of their uk summit, commonwealth leaders have agreed that prince charles will succeed his mother, queen elizabeth, as the head of the organisation. our diplomatic correspondent, james landale, was in windsor for the summit. he sent this report. changing the guard at windsor castle. only today, it wasn't just the soldiers. world leaders gathered beneath the battlements to decide who should replace their host as head of the commonwealth when her reign ends — a role that's never been hereditary. last night, the queen treated her guests and herself to a much—needed drink and gently reminded them she had a son who could take on the job
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when the time came. but today, she stepped back and gave them the run of her castle for their private deliberations without advisers or even a table. and they decided the prince of wales would, one day, be their next symbolic leader — a decision by consensus, according to one president, but by unanimity, according to the prime minister. his royal highness has been a proud supporter of the commonwealth for more than four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation's unique diversity. and it is fitting that one day he will continue the work of his mother, her majesty the queen. and in a statement, prince charles said he was deeply touched and honoured by the decision. but this summit wasn't just about agreeing the future leadership of the commonwealth, it was also about agreeing its future role. so, amid all the grandeur, the leaders also agreed plans to boost trade and cyber security, protect the world's oceans
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and support the international rules—based order. and zimbabwe's foreign minister was told by borisjohnson that britain would support his country rejoining the commonwealth if it embraces free and fair elections. so, a picture of the commonwealth's future is emerging. the task will be to keep it in focus. james landale, bbc news, at the commonwealth summit. arsene wenger is to leave arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22—year reign as manager. his decision to stand down brings to an end one of the longest tenures at the head of a top—flight club. david ornstein reports. cheering and applause. he was the man who brought glory to the gunners, transformed arsenal, revolutionised english football, established himself among the greats of the game. commentator: without defeat,
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without equal, without doubt, the best team in the land is arsenal. but in more recent years, arsene wenger has tasted a different side of the sport — intense criticism. all chant: we want wenger out! say we want wenger out! three fa cups in four years have failed to satisfy many arsenal supporters, their team no longer keeping pace with their biggest rivals, nor challenging for the biggest trophies, though even yesterday, the frenchman was underlining his commitment to the team. my personal situation is not so much my worry at the moment. you have to give me some credit. if you look back at my career, you would have to accept that my priority was always the interest of arsenal football club. players and staff arrived at arsenal's training ground this morning unaware of what was about to unfold. the 68—year—old saying the decision followed careful consideration and that he was grateful having had the privilege to serve the club. it marks the end of an iconic era that saw wenger introduce new training methods,
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a thrilling style of play with plenty to show for it — three premier league titles, a record seven fa cups, and perhaps his greatest achievement, an entire league season unbeaten. was a dominating guy mid ‘90s, maybe early 2000 when he was really winning pretty much everything, played wonderful football, so i admired his work always. the subject of wenger‘s future has long divided arsenal fans, yet today they were united. a couple of cup wins have been glossed over the cracks but i think it's the right time. i'm very sad that he's going. i wonder who we are going to get next. so the speculation which has come to engulf this club and its manager is finally put to rest. however, that only makes way for even greater uncertainty at arsenal — that of life without wenger. david ornstein reporting. let's cross now to newjersey and
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speak to the new york post's sportswriter, brian lewis. the favourite, according to the bookies, to succeed arsene wenger, is in your neck of the woods, patrick vieira, who is manager of new york city fc? well, i can certainly understand why he would be somebody that the bookies would look at is a favourite 01’ bookies would look at is a favourite ora bookies would look at is a favourite 01’ a c0— bookies would look at is a favourite or a co— favourite. brendan rodgers is mentioned. i can certainly see why he would be somebody that the book makers would put up as a likely successor. he certainly has the connection. my goodness. go ahead, keep talking, because we can hear you. 0k. keep talking, because we can hear you. ok. my video went out of air. don't worry, we can hear you, keep going. perfect. in patrick vieira's case, when he has been asked about
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lesser jobs case, when he has been asked about lesserjobs in the past, he has a lwa ys lesserjobs in the past, he has always said, well, i'm not ready for that yet. i am happy where i am. but this time, when he was asked about thejob, even this time, when he was asked about the job, even though this time, when he was asked about thejob, even though he this time, when he was asked about the job, even though he says, this time, when he was asked about thejob, even though he says, well, we will see, i am happy where i am, we will see, i am happy where i am, we will see what happens in the next few years, we will see what happens in the next few yea rs, you we will see what happens in the next few years, you have to think this job is a bit different. this is near and dearto job is a bit different. this is near and dear to his heart. he spoke about that today, he talked about how the nine years he spent at arsenal was special, how he cherished that time, how he made lifelong friendships there. you get the feeling that this one might be a little bit different. it is arsenal, after all. it is indeed. nobody says no toa after all. it is indeed. nobody says no to a club like that, especially given the history. how that has vieira been at new york city fc, because there is a new generation of managers in the premier league, with guardian role and pochettino, the manager at liverpool. —— with pep
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guardiola. would he be able to slot into that new generation?” guardiola. would he be able to slot into that new generation? i think he will, by nature, take a few of arsene wenger‘s qualities. i don't think that is shocking, that you would have him take a few things from a mentor. he certainly is a believer in analytics. he certainly isa believer in analytics. he certainly is a believer in player performance, in terms of, you know, having a performance team around that would help the players' individual conditioning. now, if you ask me, how has he done since he has been in new york, i mean, he took over a tea m new york, i mean, he took over a team which frankly, as an expansion team, finished eighth in the league. in his first year he took them up to fourth. in his second year he took them to the second—best record in them to the second—best record in the league. and so far this year they have the best team in the league. and they look the part. they'd pass the eye test. they plan
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entertaining style of soccer. at nobody would accuse them of being physically soft, which is what the word on them was before he took over. “— word on them was before he took over. —— but nobody. he has quickly learned how to adapt to this league. i think all things being said, he has done an outstanding job here. now, the difference is, it all comes down to the play—offs in the mls. so after losing the semifinals in the first two years, this time he will be measured by winning the mls cup. that is probably the glaring difference, the american fan will judge him based on how he does in the post— season, as opposed to how he does in standings. thank you so much. that was brian lewis from the new york post. a mexican court has barred sales of a controversial frida kahlo barbie doll, ruling that members of her family owned the sole rights to her image. the doll was launched in march, but provoked anger from some of kahlo's relatives, who say the manufacturer, mattel, used her image
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without permission. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. this isn't so much a home but a shrine to the artist frida kahlo. the walls are adorned with photographs of a woman now considered to be one of the great painters of the 20th century. for years, her relatives have insisted they own the rights to her image and her legacy. now a court in mexico seems to agree. translation: based on the documents that prove our rights, the judge ordered the company mattel in this specific case not to market the image of the brand frida kahlo. the frida kahlo barbie doll is part of mattel‘s inspiring women range, where the company says it celebrates female role models. she is described as an artist, activist, and feminist icon.
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but the family says the doll does not represent the real frida kahlo. the skin tone is too light, for instance, her famous monobrow is missing. translation: i am really delighted because i believe thatjustice has been served. i think that what's yours will always be yours. this is a victory for the kahlo family, but it is only a first step — the court verdict applies in mexico and only mexico. her relatives say pending any appeal, they will launch a similar lawsuit in barbie's own country, the united states. tim allman, bbc news.
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a barbie doll with a mono brow would have been historic. don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. hello again. it was another glorious day of weather yesterday, wasn't it? for most of us, we had the sunshine, and the hot spot was in kent, 27 degrees celsius recorded underneath skies like these. and just as we were getting used to all that heat, it looks like temperatures are going to come crashing down as we look at the forecast into next week. so take a look at london this weekend — about 26 celsius. we'll come down to about 17 degrees on monday, the weather turning much more unsettled as well. before we get there, a few mist patches to watch out for this morning. quite chilly air in the north. not too cold further south. and this is what the weather has got in store for us this weekend. we'll all see spells of warm sunshine but temperatures will be easing through the weekend and we will start to see thunderstorms breaking out. now, the initial batch of storms will be with us this afternoon and will continue to rumble away as we head through the this evening and overnight as well.
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so, here's the forecast. a dry start to the day for most of us. a few mist patches towards south—east england, around the chilterns, there are a few for sussex and kent as well, but these should tend will clear away.


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