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good afternoon. the north korean leader kimjong—un is reported to have promised to dismantle his country's nuclear test site next month, with international experts invited to ensure "tra nsparency". the north korean leader is said to have made the pledge during friday's historic meeting with the south korean president, moonjae—in. from seoul, laura bicker reports. as they celebrate their past, south koreans are trying to envisage a different future. there once threatening neighbour is now promising peace. but can kimjong un be trusted? translation: are used to think of north korea negatively but now, little by little, i realise we are one people and i'm touched by it. —— are used to think. translation: our country is the only divided one in the world and it hurts me. i hope unification really happens.
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translation: this time kim jong un speaks with conviction. i think that is why this time will be different. north korea has pledged to destroy its nuclear sites before. they even blew up a cooling tower in 2008, a gesture of goodwill. but secretly they continue to build weapons. this time they want to close this — the test site thought to be north korea's main nuclear facility. test site thought to be north korea's main nuclearfacility. the last six nuclear tests were carried out here in a system of tunnels. they are prepared to let experts and the media witness the closure but some fear pyongyang is putting on a show. they are masters of propaganda. now it is time to put aside the emotions and collect ourselves and concentrate on the key concern, which is the dismantling of their weapons. kim jong un is also
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turning back time. literally. in 2015, he changed the pyongyang clocks, and since then they've been half an hour behind seoul. korea would become one time zone again. kimjong un would become one time zone again. kim jong un seems to be saying all the right things and changing the cot is a huge symbolic gesture of unity. he's also told the south koreans his weapons proved no threat to them or the united states. —— changing the clock. but the us doesn't want him to have those weapons in the first place. south koreans have to wait and see if the us president can do a deal on denuclear radiation. there is hope here that this could be the start of a new era. “— here that this could be the start of a new era. —— do a deal on getting rid of nuclear weapons. the former immigration minister brandon lewis is supporting a claim by the home secretary that she didn't know about home office targets for removing illegal immigrants. amber rudd told a commons committee
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earlier this week that she wasn't aware of the targets. then on friday said she hadn't seen an email lastjune which gave details about the policy. she has resisted growing calls for her to resign. 0ur political correspondent peter saull reports. another day, another cabinet minister leaping to the defence of the embattled home secretary. amber rudd denies reading a memo about the deportations of illegal immigrants. that memo was addressed to the then immigration minister. it was a memo to me. and do you remember reading it? yes, i do, actually. brandon lewis went on to say that he and amber rudd discussed an ambition rather than a target to increase the numbers. i was working through, on a weekly basis, to make sure that we were doing everything we could, working with the police, working with local government, and making sure we were doing what we could to help vulnerable people, to crack down on criminals, and to remove more people who are here illegally, and, yes, i did talk to the home secretary about that, and the overall work we were doing, and the overall ambition
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to see increased numbers. last week, amber rudd told a commons committee there were no targets at the home office. we don't have targets for removals. brandon lewis says she was being asked about regionalised, internal targets that she wasn't aware of, but the chair of that committee, yvette cooper, has tweeted that is clearly not true. meanwhile, more than 200 mps have signed a letter calling for assurances given to the windrush generation to be written into law. we've had a lot of nice words from the dispatch box, but it means nothing if there are not rights enshrined in legislation, and the best way to do that is with a quick, statutory instrument in parliament, so people know what compensation they're getting, they know what the burden of proof is, and they know that they won't be deported. the windrush scandal has prompted some awkward questions for the conservative government, but a former liberal democrat minister thinks all the main parties share some responsibility. it goes back to new labour. i think the working assumption
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successive governments have made is that the public out there are pretty bigoted, and they've got to be given red meat in the form of these very restrictive measures. that's done a lot of harm. i think the interesting thing about windrush perhaps for the first time, the public opinion has been ahead of the politicians, seeing that there is a terrible injustice here. the home secretary has apologised several times in recent days. for the moment, she appears safe in herjob. there will be more contrition when she returns to address the commons tomorrow. peter saull, bbc news. police have taken two wanted men back into custody after they were found tied up on a bench in a county armagh village. james white and alexis guesto were wanted for offences including a breach of their licences. images shared on social media appear to show them tied up and covered in paint. live now to our correspondent in belfast, john campbell. what is the latest? the police of
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the protection branch have issued an appealfor information the protection branch have issued an appeal for information about these two men. they have released their pictures and giving details of a car seen pictures and giving details of a car seenin pictures and giving details of a car seen in the south armagh area. this isa seen in the south armagh area. this is a particularly closely knit rural community. police were called there last night and they found these two men tied to the bench, their hands bound with cable ties and paint poured over their heads in what was a p pa re ntly poured over their heads in what was apparently a vigilante attack. local councillors say this incident was u nfortu nate councillors say this incident was unfortunate but understandable given tensions have been running high in the area, and police say it is unacceptable. the two men had to be treated in hospital and they are now investigating the assault. an 18—year—old man has been arrested after four people were taken to hospital — two with potentially life—changing injuries — following a collision in newport. a police cordon has been set up in the city centre after the incident at about 5.30 this morning. the former speaker of the house of commons, lord martin
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of springburn, has died. his son confirmed the 72—year—old passed away this morning after a short illness. he was speaker from 2000 until he was forced to step down following his handling of the mps' expenses scandal in 2009, the first speaker to do so in 300 years. gaming is increasingly big business. it's created a new wave of celebrities, and it's even been tipped as a new olympic sport. now a 13—year—old from kent has become one of the world's youngest professional gamers. kyle jackson has become so good, he could start earning serious money. joe lynam went to meet him. but, for millions of young people, 1l: 4l}. lefieeiee £42}. .:.:.—%:1.— —— ~ — — — —— it's potentially a lucrative future career. kyle jackson is so good at fortnight that he's been signed to play with a team of professional gamers.
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i started playing competitively when i was around nine or ten. i got into, like, halo, call of duty, games like that, and i realised that i could probably go to a pro level if i keep playing at the level that i am at that age. gaming is no joke. it's a big business. thousands of people pay to watch experts at play around the world. they're even celebrities. it's becoming a multi—billion—dollar industry. just games, production of games, publishing of games, and the e—sports scene, so it's notjust one thing now. it's a whole industry that's wrapped in it. you need materials to build. kyle hasn't been paid anything yet, and can't of course have a job until he's 16 at least — and to those parents at school i'm doing very well
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in pretty much every subject, so they're not really worried about me playing as much as i do. i still have time to study, revise, stuff like that, i still have time to do. for now, kyle is doing what millions of boys dream of — playing games and potentially making money for doing so. joe lynam, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.35pm. bye for now. i'm ben brown.
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the time is1.10pm. the competition watchdog is being urged to begin an immediate investigation into plans for a merger of two of the uk's biggest supermarkets. the lib dem leader and former business secretary vince cable has warned that a deal between asda and sainsbury‘s threatened to create another monopoly in a market already dominated by a few big players. simon clemison has more. two may become one, but it's whether the big four becomes the big three which is now the key question. for years, having at least four separate supermarket giants has been seen as important, meaning customers can shop around. so what if sainsbury‘s and asda come together, still as separate brands but one company? as well as tesco and morrison's, there are now other players — the discounters aldi and lidl. amazon also has a growing presence. it could mean there is enough choice. a shifting landscape which experts say is already recognised by the cma. i spoke to the cma a few years ago, they said talk to us, we are not wedded to the idea
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of a before, tesco had a market share of 33%, now it's 28%. you could see if we had asda and sainsbury‘s together they would have a lower share than tesco once had. but labour says shoppers would sufferfrom rising prices and some staff could be out of a job. the lib dems say an investigation should start immediately. it's competition which has led to pressure on the main players and while that and the need to act has been known for a while, news of the talks between sainsbury‘s and asda has onlyjust surfaced, and yet what would be a huge deal could be put forward as early as tomorrow. simon clemison, bbc news. on his first visit to the middle east as the new us secretary of state, mike pompeo has condemned what he called iran's efforts to destabilise the region. after talks in saudi arabia,
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mr pompeo reiterated america's determination to prevent the iranians ever getting a nuclear weapon. he blamed tehran for supplying weapons to the houthi rebels in neighbouring yemen, who fire missiles into saudi. but he also called for a political settlement to yemen's war, in which the saudi's have sided with the government against the rebels. in a news conference the us secretary of state said saudi leaders gulf unity is vital and must be achieved. we all must honestly confront the crisis of islamist extremism. and the islamist terror groups that it inspires. and this does indeed mean standing to gather against the murder of innocent muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of jews and the slaughter of christians. saudi arabia's vision for 2030 are inspiring initiatives, they promote tolerance and expect and they empower women. we strongly support this important work in the leadership that the crown prince has shown to advance our shared
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economic interests. i also stress that gulf unity is necessary. we need to achieve it. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said the time has come for the uk to "resolve the contradictions" in its irish border policy. mr barnier was writing in ireland's sunday independent newspaper, ahead of a visit to the country tomorrow. he said there needed to be "substantial progress" on the issue by the next meeting of eu leaders, injune. members of the united nations security council have travelled to bangladesh to visit refugee camps in cox's bazaar. the area is home to nearly 700,000 rohingya muslims fleeing violence in neighbouring myanmar. on monday, they will meet the country's leader, aung san suu kyi, before visiting rakhine state, the centre of what the un has described as ethnic cleansing. 0ur myanmar correspondent nick beake has more details on the visit. this is a significant moment,
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what we have here is leading members of the international community deciding that the situation in bangladesh, the rohingya crisis, poses a potential threat to the stability of this part of the world, it's not every day we see the likes of china and russia agree with western powers that they should join forces to go and see what is actually happening on the ground, there are two key aspects to this visit, members of the un delegation talking to some of the 700,000 rohingya people who fled from the military crack down in myanmar. the second part of the visit will be tomorrow, they will talk to aung san suu kyi, the de facto leader, who has come under criticism for failing to speak up against the military. the un says there is no way
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at the moment that conditions in myanmar are ready for the safe and in myanmar are ready for the safe and dignified return of rohingya refugees, if of course they want to come back because when we listened to the stories of murder, sexual assault and other persecution they speak about, many people are far too frightened to go back. the un drawing attention to 450,000 rohingya still in rakhine state, trapped without citizenship, access to education, health care, that sort of thing. as for the repatriations deal, the big problem is the un and international community is not involved, it is a deal between myanmar and bangladesh and so far we have seen no movement, people have not been willing or put in a position where they could come back if they wanted. the headlines on bbc news: labour backbencher david lammy leads 200 mps who've signed a letter calling for for government promises to windrush migrants to be written into law.
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there are calls for an investigation by the competition and markets authority into a potential merger between british supermarket chains sainsbury‘s and asda. south korea says kimjong—un has promised to close north korea's nuclear test site next month and has invited the world to watch. a bbc radio 5 live investigation has uncovered a boom in fake online breaking news in football. sunderland have sacked their manager, chris coleman. he had left his role as wales national team coach. he succeeded simon grayson at the stadium of light in november, but he could not stop sunderland being relegated. he was only in charge for five months. being relegated. he was only in charge forfive months. he has now
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been sacked. a statement on the website says that sunderland afc announced that chris coleman has been released from his contract. they want to put on record their thanks for their tireless efforts in what has been a hugely disappointing season. the club's not commenting further at the moment. chris coleman sacked after sunderland got relegated from the championship. a bbc radio 5 live investigation has uncovered a boom in fake online reviews despite official warnings three years ago that they needed to be curbed. the competitions and markets authority has estimated that around £23 billions spent every year is influenced by feedback on review sites. earlier i spoke to 5 live investigates presenter adrian goldberg, who told me more about theirfindings. this is big business, we are talking about £23 billion worth of influence, £23 billion worth of goods, that are bought following
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the reading of online reviews. as you say, three years ago, the competition annd markets authority announced needed to be a crackdown, so we decided to look atjust how successful the crackdown on the abuse of online reviews has been. forjust $1.99, you could buy a positive review on ebay. that is a review that we wrote which was then posted on the trust pilot website. we discovered, for example, that amazon, which in 2017, cracked down on freedom products in return to positive reviews, you could go to closed facebook groups, and if you went on to them, you would be contacted by people who say to you, if you write us a positive review, we will refund what you paid for the product in the first place. so, although amazon were trying
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to crackdown on free reviews, that is effectively what is still going on by these closed facebook groups. in developing countries, there are review farms where people will write you bulk positive reviews for a relatively small amounts of money. that is adrian goldberg. you can get more on that story from the 5live website. and you can get more on that story via the 5live website. that's at it's eight weeks since a nerve agent attack left a former russian spy and his daughter in a critical condition in hospital in salisbury. yulia skripal has been released but her father sergei is still receiving treatment. the events of the 11th of march have had a lasting impact not only on them, but on salisbury, with businesses and tourist attractions across the city continuing to report a fall in takings of as much as 70%. simon jones has more. most of salisbury may
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be open for business, but the police cordons remain. a reminder of what happened here eight weeks ago. at this shop overlooking the spot where sergei skripal and his daughter yulia were found poisoned on a park bench, they say some weeks' takings have been down by 70%. i've been here 18 years and to suddenly go from a busy walkway, having a very busy shop to having almost no one coming, i can go three hours with no one walking past, it's a shock and i think everybody has found that difficult. we've actually come together and supported each other. here at salisbury cathedral visitor numbers have fallen by up to 30% this month, compared with the same period last year. some of that is being put down to the weather, they are hopeful that reassurances by government officials that salisbury is safe for visitors will finally start to get through. the start of a pub crawl. if you want to go on an
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historic tour, see ed. put your hand up, ed... the latest event to try to persuade people back to the city, but some want reassurance. it's a scary world at the moment. i think anywhere you go, you didn't expect it in salisbury, definitely not. hopefully it will pick up. i'm a little bit concerned about the children. my son walks through the town centre every day, but not unduly. no concerns whatsoever. the decontamination process is beginning slowly. yulia skripal has been released from hospital but her father remains there. at this shop they hope some good can come from the traumatic events. i believe we could look back in years to come, and whilst this has been a difficult time in salisbury‘s history, we could see this as a turning point. financial support is being made available for badly affected businesses, but many fear a return to normality could be a long way off. australia is promising to spend £290 million
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to help restore and protect the great barrier reef. the world's largest reef system has been damaged by warming sea temperatures, which has bleached large swathes of coral in recent years, as well as pollution and run—off of pesticides and fertilisers from farms. phil mercer reports from sydney. the great barrier reef is australia's greatest national treasure. but it is under siege. for two years running, it was hit by major coral bleaching, which scientists blame on warmer sea temperatures. then there was an assault by coral—eating crown of thorn starfish. these ferocious predators will be targeted by the new multi—million dollar plan to revive
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and restore the reef. farmers near the queensland coast will be encouraged to change their ways, to reduce the flow of fertilisers and pesticides into the sea. it is part of a pledge that the australian government says is the single largest investment ever in the great barrier reef. we will also be providing money for scientific research to build more resilient coral to deal with heat stress and light stress. this is $100 million for these activities. we will be putting money towards better data management, so that we understand better what is happening in the reef, so that we can deal with the challenges. we will be spending money, in terms of working with local indigenous communities, the traditional owners who have such a big role to play. ministers say there will be efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, but they gave no specific details. critics accuse them of being hopelessly unable of tackling the climate emergency facing this underwater paradise that snakes down north eastern australia.
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the government in canberra has previously said an ambitious target to cut the nation's emissions by 2030, but this is a country heavily dependent on cheap supplies of coal for its power. conservationists argue that until this reliance on fossilfuels is broken, there can be no real hope of preserving the great barrier reef. for the second year running president trump snubbed the white house correspondents' dinner last night. mr trump — well known for his turbulent relationship with the mainstream media — decided to spend time instead with supporters in michigan. andrew plant has more. a glamorous a—list extravaganza. a fixture of the washington calendar. but this year's white house correspondents' dinner had one notable absentee — the president, who left in helicopter marine 0ne earlier in the day, snubbing
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the event for the second year running, holding a rally in michigan instead. you know, you may have heard i was invited to another event tonight, the white house correspondents' dinner. booing. but i'd much rather be in washington, michigan a glamorous a—list extravaganza, than in washington, dc right now, that i can tell you. mr trump was stung here seven years ago — before his presidency — by barack 0bama, who mockingly called mr trump ‘the donald' and ridiculed his alleged belief in in conspiracy theories. mr trump has said it is due to fake news stories that he chooses to forego the event, often arguing he receives unfair media coverage. the correspondents' association dinner now attracts the biggest names in american entertainment, but after around 100 a fixture of the washington calendar. years of evenings with
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the president, the biggest name in american politics has clearly decided he won't be continuing the tradition. andrew plant, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. let's have a look at the forecast. here is lucy. thank you very much, some wet and windy weather flays angrier. the further north and west, some good spells of sunshine. some scattering of showers. bit cloudier for central and eastern parts of england, through the end of today, we will see that heavy and persistent rain pushing in. south—east england and east anglia, some strong gale force winds, as well. temperatures falling below freezing, a touch of frost possible to start the day, tomorrow. we will see the best of the rain as the scotland and northern ireland, parts of wales and some parts of england. bust of up to 50 mph as we
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move through the day. that rain, started to move its way north and west into parts of east midlands, and into new part of yorkshire, as well. away from the wet and windy weather, as well. some try and write weather. sunny spells and has a 1k celsius. —— dry and bright weather. this is bbc news. our latest headlines... more than 200 mps have signed a letter coordinated by labour backbencher david lammy, sent to the prime minister calling for government promises to windrush migrants to be written into law. there are demands for an investigation by the competition and markets authority into a potential merger between british supermarket chains sainsbury‘s and asda. south korea says kimjong—un has promised to close north korea's nuclear test site next month — and has invited the world to watch. on his first visit to the middle east as the new us
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secretary of state, mike pompeo has bitterly condemned what he called iran's efforts to destabilise the region. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. celtic are crusing to victory in the old firm derby against rangers, which will mean they will be crowned champions of the scottish premiership for a seventh season in a row. with a 15 minutes left at celtic park they are leading 5—0. 0dsonne edouard with a couple of goals for brendan rodgers' side. not sure how rangers manager—in—waiting steven gerrard will be feeling. bbc scotland understands rangers are confident gerrard will take over in the next few days, with talks between the club and the former liverpool and england captain said to have gone well. it's another big day in the premier league,
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as champions manchester city travel to west ham with a record points haul in their sights. pep guardiola's side are currently on 90, and with four games left to play, chelsea's record total of 95 is well within their reach. as for west ham, they're not yet safe from relegation. steve wilson is at the london stadium for match of the day two.
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