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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. north korea suspends all missile tests and announces it's to shut down a nuclear test site. south korea called the move "meaningful progress", with president trump hailing the announcement as big news. theresa may promises compensation to windrush immigrants who were unfairly threatened with deportation. police arrest a man wanted in connection with a burglary in south—east london, during which one intruder was fatally stabbed. tributes are paid to avicii, one of the world's biggest dance music stars, who has died at the age of 28. also in the next hour: the state pension gender gap is "narrowing too slowly" according to consumer group which? men still receive an average of £28 more a week in state pension than women despite reforms to narrow the gap. and coming up in half
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an hour on dateline london: jane hill and her panel of guests will discuss north korea's decision to suspend nuclear missile tests, and they'll take a look at the purpose and future of the commonwealth. good morning and welcome to bbc news. 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 has tweeted that the announcement is good news for the world and that he is looking forward to meeting the north korean leaderfor talks. bill hayton reports. in his six years as north korean
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leader, kimjong's nuclear missile programmes have made giant leaps. his regime now possesses both a nuclear weapon and the ability to hit parts of the united states. many in the region feared confrontation was coming, so this announcement appears to be good news. president trump certainly sees it that way. "big progress," he declared, "look forward to our summit." however, one former obama administration official says the announcement avoids the big issues. it's not a major change. it says north korea will freeze their testing. but there is really no commitment to denuclearisation or any plans of the trump administration. there has been intense diplomacy to get to this point. 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.
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the next step will be a meeting next week between kim and his south korean counterpart, moonjae—in. a new direct telephone line between the two leaderships was formally opened on friday. however, the fact that pyongyang is telling its people about the progress suggests that it is serious about decreasing the tension on the korean peninsula. our washington correspondent, chris buckler, assesses the latest development. there is no doubt that the last few months have seen huge diplomatic leaps. remember, it was only the latter half of last year with donald trump calling kim jong—un little rocket man and threatening fire and fury for north korea. and in response, they were saying that they had developed intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach north america. so things have changed, but in this statement is not what america wants, which is commitment to denuclearisation.
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certainly a lot will be welcome. there are longer term commitments, for example, getting rid of the testing site in the north of the country. but there will be some inside the white house, inside the trump administration, urging caution. they will say promises and pledges have been made by north korea before and they have been broken and that trust is something to be earned, not just freely given. there are countries like japan who really feel the pressure has to be kept up on pyongyang. nevertheless, you get the feeling a stage is being set for an historic summit between donald trump and kim jong—un. let's speak to professor robert e kelly — he's an expert in the koreas at pusan national university. hejoins me from south korea. good morning to you. how should we greet this announcement, do you think? i think the response globally
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has been correct, which is guarded optimism. they are saying the kind of things you want to say about nuclear weapons, about the south korean alliance with the americans, about nuclear exercises. we don't wa nt to about nuclear exercises. we don't want to get carried away on whether or not they do this, it will have to be verified, which means inspectors which they have been a cost per with in the past. it is better than it was just a few months ago. it is as good as what they say it is, it is not a bad step. how much has it cost them in the sense that some commentators have made the point that they don't need to do all the testing, they have done what they want, there don't lose anything to offer this up. in the short-term, thatis offer this up. in the short-term, that is true. the good news is that the north koreans seem to have stopped with a basic fission device, which is less destructive than a largerfusion device was which is less destructive than a larger fusion device was not bad is
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good news. there was concern about north koreans making that stuff soon. if they will stop, that will limit the amount of destruction they will cause was not they are already pretty big, they have got what they need. it could be worse. they now have a limited arsenal of missiles, they will not have more if they keep what they say. that is progress. we have significant developments, the inter—korean summit coming up, a meeting with donald trump. what will we see now? they will start asking for some concessions. they have rhetorically given us some stuff in the last few weeks. they have stopped objecting to the presence of american forces in south korean. they will be hoarding their testing. they will be hoarding their testing. they will be asking for something. generally the consensus is they will ask for sanction relief and some corporation. they depend on external
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input to survive. as some of your correspondence have said, it is the analysis saying that none of this is analysis saying that none of this is a step back. a freeze is not the same as rollback. that is older medley —— that is ultimately what the usa and south korea want. donald trump has been outspoken in his approach to the north korean leader. he has also given out this message of we can achieve something here. trump is the wild card here. his administration is chaotic. it is ha rd to administration is chaotic. it is hard to know what he will be like when he meets them. i will be amazed if north korea gave him full denuclearisation. that would be an astonishing step, given that they spent a0 years going for these weapons. i think the president probably would not object to much do
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sanctions relief. but the reckons have not flooded a lot out there at the moment, we don't know what is under discussion. they're still trying to nail down where the negotiation will be. donald trump will walk in there without a sense of what the deal is and wing it. that is actually... that create a possibility of off the wall outcome that nobody is anticipating. we shall see. that sounds fascinating. thank you ray much for your time this morning. theresa may has promised compensation to long—standing caribbean migrants who have been unfairly threatened with deportation. it is expected to cover any financial losses incurred, and more details are expected to be published within the next week. simonjones reports. a show of solidarity. hundreds gathered in south london last night at the aptly named windrush square demanding compensation for those who had been affected. the message? the windrush generation didn't violate any laws,
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the law violated them. i am a british citizen but they don't recognise that. and there is no way i can prove that. people have been treated beneath contempt and it angers me, because without the windrush generation, iwould not be who i am today. footage: arrivals at tilbury. the empire windrush brings to britain brings 500 jamaicans. it's affected the families of commonwealth citizens who came to britain after the second world war to help rebuild the country caught out by changes to immigration rules in recent years. with a crackdown on illegal immigration, some couldn't produce the paperwork that showed how long they'ed been here and were told they could face deportation. following apologies, there's now, in public, an offer of compensation. i gave an absolute commitment that the uk government will do whatever it takes, including, where appropriate, payment of compensation, to resolve the anxieties and problems that some of the windrush generation have suffered. these people are british, they are part of us, they helped to build britain,
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and we are all the stronger for their contributions. the issue overshadowed the summit of commonwealth leaders which backed prince charles to become the next head of the organisation when he becomes king. downing street declined to give further details about how the compensation scheme will work, but said they would be announced shortly by the home office. 0ur political correspondent, susana mendonca, gave an update on the discovery of new documents in the national archives. it has emerged that the national archives, which stores all sorts of things from the past couple of hundred years or so, has some records in its possession that go back to 1878, up until 1960, taking in the windrush generation, because they came in from 19a8 through two 19505. they came in from 19a8 through two 1950s. these are details of passenger lists of people who have come over, names, dates of birth,
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journeys that they took. these documents were kept for the board of trade at the time. they have got these documents. what we don't know yet is whether the government will be using those documents was by have asked the question and waiting to get a response on that. there potentially is some evidence that could potentially back—up the cases of these people from the windrush generation who came overjerry that period. we understand there is a number of boxes that could be used. unpicking a mess that has become complicated. people who have been badly treated could be compensated. how did we get into this mess? there was a decision made at the home 0ffice was a decision made at the home office to destroy these records, which are cards from the windrush generation that would have been building at the time. they were
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destroyed in 2010, once theresa may was in the home office because they conservative lib dem coalition took overin conservative lib dem coalition took over in 2010. from labour's perspective is the direction of travel in terms of how they began to deal with immigrants. the home 0ffice deal with immigrants. the home office under the coalition decided to be much stricter an immigration. if you are someone living in the uk, you had to prove you are legally here. a lot of these people did not have that proof so they were then denied rights to health care, they lost theirjobs, some people were deported. that is why we got to this point where the home secretary and the prime minister have been apologising in this last week. embarrassing because we have had the commonwealth heads in the country. she has had to apologise for this saga. when it comes to how this
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looks, of course, this whole issue of immigration and people coming into the country and want to stay, it plays into the hands of people who might be looking to criticise the brexit process. one of the key issues in the brexit negotiations with the eu at the moment is about the ec] and whether it needs to have jurisdiction over a use citizens after we leave. what she has agreed is that it would have jurisdiction over eu citizens for a number of yea rs. over eu citizens for a number of years. they are wary as to whether they would be protected. we have heard from a dutch mep today who has been talking about if the british government can't protect the rights of uk citizens, can the eu custom to protect the rights of eu citizens and their children in the years to come? raising that question about whether or not after we leave the eu, people who have emigrated here
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from there would be protected. a major supplier to the nhs is set to file for protection from its creditors due to what it describes as a highly challenging environment. allied healthcare operates the nhs 111 service and cares for 13,000 elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes. it says no services will be directly affected by the move. business correspondent joe lynam hasjoined me. there have been major cutbacks in public funding. local authorities have had their budgets squeezed in order to get the public finances back on a level footing. that has had a major effect on the spending power of local authorities, and these give out contracts to companies like allied health care to provide these services. their funds
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have been cut back, which means they have been cut back, which means they have less money to give to companies like allied. what they are doing is applying for a voluntary arrangement which shields them from some of their debts while they get their house in order financially. their debts while they get their house in orderfinancially. that includes their landlords, and their pension payments as well. they sit around the table with all the people they owe money to and say, this is our plan to get the company back on a firmerfooting, our plan to get the company back on a firmer footing, can you live without rent for a set another of months? without that, you may get no rent if we go bust. at the same time, pension companies and other creditors. they do a deal and get a firmer footing and hope things will recover on a slimmer basis and stop so this voluntary arrangement, what we know about how successful they tend to be? they have been quite
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successful at giving people breathing space while the market is weak. for example, j breathing space while the market is weak. for example,jgb breathing space while the market is weak. for example, j gb sports applied back in 2012 will stop the market was soft, we were emerging from a deep recession. the market recovered and they have recovered as well. blacks leisure also had one of these voluntary arrangement. house of fraser is also undergoing this. it protect you from undergoing this financial pressure, and you hope that all will be well once you get your house in order. the headlines on bbc news: ahead of south korea talks next week, kim jong—un suspends all north korea's nuclear and missile tests. the prime minister promises to do whatever it takes to help the windrush generation including paying compensation. the superstar swedish dj avicii dies at the age of 28 —
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tributes pour in from the pop world. health ministers are calling on the makers of a drug to treat cystic fibrosis to lower the price, so it can be made available on the nhs. in a statement, vertex pharmaceuticals said it would meet officials from nhs england next week to discuss the use of 0rkambi. the drug has been shown in clinical trials to improve lung function in people with the genetic condition. police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a burglary in south—east london, during which one intruder was fatally stabbed. billyjeeves, who's 28, was detained in kent. he's being questioned about a raid at the home of 78—year—old richard 0sborn—brooks in hither green where a burglar, henry vincent, was stabbed and later died from his wounds. the parents of the terminally—ill toddler alfie evans have lost
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the latest stage of their legal battle over his life support. tom evans and kate james failed to persuade the supreme court that their son was being unlawfully detained at alder hey children's hospital in liverpool. the court also refused permission for the parents to appeal the decision. the couple say they will now make an urgent application to the european court of human rights. tributes have been paid to one of the world's biggest electronic dance music stars, swedish dj avicii, who's 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,
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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, avicii worked with some of the biggest names in the business, from nile rodgers to coldplay, and tributes have poured in. rita 0ra, who he worked with, tweeted: his music has been streamed more than 10 billion times online,
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and he hit number one spots around the world. his latest collection was nominated for a billboard music award just a few days before his death. emergency inspections have been ordered on hundreds of engines similar to the one that failed on a passengerjet in the us, killing a woman on board. the left engine of a southwest airlines plane blew apart during a flight from new york to dallas, sending shrapnel through a window. around 60 airlines are said to use the engines in their boeing 737 aircraft. now, the federal aviation administration has ordered that the engines of 700 aircraft be checked within the next 20 days. the queen turns 92 today, and celebrations including two 21—gun salutes are planned to mark the occasion. her majesty, who has been hosting the commonwealth heads of government meeting, also has an official
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birthday in june. this evening, prince harry will lead the tributes to his grandmother at a birthday concert at the royal albert hall. her majesty has a number of family events to look forward to in coming weeks, with the wedding of prince harry and meghan markle at windsor castle next month and the birth of her sixth great—grandchild, the third child of william and kate, expected any day now. swiss police are on the hunt, after a suspect sped through a quiet village at almost twice the legal limit. given it was a male mallard who set the cameras off, by flying at 52 kilometers an hour, they have good reason to suspect fowl—play. the feathered felon is still at large, amid fears he may have migrated. sport now, and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. many thanks. good morning.
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manchester united face tottenham later in the first of the fa cup semifinals. that is live on bbc one later. for both sides, their only chance of finishing this seasoned with some silverware. chance of finishing this seasoned with some silverwarelj chance of finishing this seasoned with some silverware. i played one cup final with some silverware. i played one cupfinal in with some silverware. i played one cup final in rome stadium against roma, andi cup final in rome stadium against roma, and i won. they play a cup final in my stadium and i lost. i think when you go to these big moments with these big decisions, semifinals, finals, i don't think it an advantage. fulham remain on course to put themselves against the likes of tottenham and manchester united next season. they are back into the automatic promotion places after beating millwall last night. they could expect to worry the best
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in the top tier. for them two points ahead of cardiff. cardiff have two games in hand. great britain's match againstjapan, games in hand. great britain's match against japan, the first games in hand. great britain's match againstjapan, the first up was heather watson. the hosts were one up. these are the players to get to the world group two. the next level of competition. the team haven't played at that level for 25 years. the british 11, johanna konta, fought back for her side. but levelled the tie. all the action can be caught on the bbc sport website. i think throughout the whole match she did an incrediblejob of rising to the occasion and she definitely used the energy of the crowd, who
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have been great for them. adding she did a greatjob of using that and made it hard for me out there. i knew it was not going to be an easy match. i knewi knew it was not going to be an easy match. i knew i would have to earn my way to get an opportunity to come through as the winner today. lost after to the final of the european challenge cup. they beat newcastle 33-12, challenge cup. they beat newcastle 33—12, scoring four tries. gloucester will play cardiff blues for the french side for the final in bill bauer. in superleague, saint helens beat huddersfield while wigan beat castleford to keep the pressure in second. 0liver gilder scored two of their five tries while sam tompkins pushed through. he is playing joe perry, but lost
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the first three frames of his first—round match. perry hit 56. we can take you to live pictures from the crucible now, where perry is at the crucible now, where perry is at the table. it looks like he is in again here, possibly taking a full frame lead in what is the best of 19 in this opening match. mark selby certainly with his work cut out. this one is live on bbc two at the moment. hong kong's marco fu is up as well. he is currently at the table, lining up the red. it has been a good start as well there for him, his opponent has the great experience. still plenty of frames remaining there in that match will stop that is all the sport.
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next up, time for the weather. hello. thank you forjoining me. our latest thoughts on how the rest of the weekend will pan out where ever you may be. still a lot of fine, warm weather throughout the rest of today. it is not quite like that everywhere, even though we have still got a high pressure dominant which has brought this extraordinary speu which has brought this extraordinary spell of weather, and there is no disguising this weather front not1 million miles away. there are other changes available as well. we have already seen a massive cloud moving through the western channel bringing the threat of a shower into the west country in the first part of the day. certainly by mid—afternoon, that threat could extend to parts of wales, into the midlands and southern england. they are well spaced, you may miss them altogether. more cloud perhaps over on the eastern shores, tempering the feel of the afternoon, but some will
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still make 2a or 25, with the warmth percolating evermore towards the north and east. we'll have the threat of thunderstorms across the north of england, joint was the east perhaps. all the while, on a warm night, we have the weather front just beginning to assert itself through northern ireland and the western fringes of scotland. sunday the great day for the london marathon, which will be conducted ahead of the weather front for the most part. think heat and he won't go far wrong. at sunshine as well. take all necessary precautions. that weather front will make a huge difference to the feel of the day across northern and western britain, gradually working its way down. it will still be warm in that south—eastern quarter. following on behind, look at the contrast in the temperatures. we will lose several degrees on recent days. monday, this
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all looks a great deal more like april with low pressure not1 million miles from the north of scotland. showers, cloud and rain there. and another set of weather fronts coming from the atlantic. more cloud and breeze and moderate worst of rain for northern ireland, then spreading into western fringes of northern ireland. no more the 28, we are closer at best to around 80 degrees. —— 18 degrees. hello and a warm welcome to dateline london. this week, we're discussing the surprise announcement from north korea of the suspension of nuclear missile tests. and we consider the purpose and future of the commonwealth, at the end of its biannual leaders gathering in london. with me is polly toynbee, columnist with the guardian newspaper. the american commentator jef mcallister. ashis ray, the indian writer and broadcaster. and the british—sudanese writer — also now a columnist
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with the guardian — nesrine malik. welcome to all of you. we go to airjust a few hours after a surprise announcement from north korea's leader, kimjong—un, who says he has suspended all missile tests and will close a nuclear test site in his country. it comes as the north prepares for historic talks with the south, and the us. mr kim is due to meet his south korean counterpart, moon jae—in, next week for the first inter—korean summit
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