welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: three americans released by north korea are on their way home. the white house hails "a positive gesture of goodwill". president trump threatens iran with severe consequences if it restarts its nuclear programme. the us may reimpose sanctions as soon as next week. a shock win for malaysia's opposition and its 92—year—old leader. former prime minister mahathir mohammad makes an extraordinary comeback. and model members of the royal family. waxworks of meghan and harry are unveiled 10 days ahead of the royal wedding. the three americans released by north korea have thanked president trump and his secretary of state, mike pompeo, for securing their release.
they are flying now to andrews airforce base outside washington, where they'll be met within hours by the president. according to the white house, they've been freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the planned summit between mr trump and kimjong—un. this report from lebo diseko. a welcome stop on home soil for the former detainees. their plane refuelling in alaska before making its onward journey. in a statement, the three men thanked their families and friends who'd prayed for their return. no doubt they'll also thank donald trump when he meets their plane in washington. securing the release of the americans who'd been held in north korea is a diplomatic victory for president trump. the men are kim, dong—chul, a pastor detained in 2015 on spying charges, he was sentenced to ten years‘ hard labour. kim sang—duk, known as tony kim, worked at a university in pyongyang. he was detained in april 2017, also charged with espionage. and kim hak—song, detained in may 2017, he's a christian missionary, accused of hostile acts.
signed by 6 world powers in 2015, has been widely condemned. britain, france and germany are all saying they will work to salvage the deal, if possible. this from our diplomatic correspondent, james landale. in iran, there's a ritual way of denouncing the united states. and today, they took it to the floor of their parliament. burning the us flag and shouting ‘death to america'. the country's supreme leader denounced president trump's decision to abandon the deal that iran struck to curb its nuclear deal in return for lifted sanctions. but he warned that iran would leave the deal too, unless european countries guaranteed their trade. translation: if you can get a guarantee that we could put confidence in, then you can continue. if you don't succeed in obtaining a definitive guarantee, and i really doubt that you can,
at that moment, we cannot continue like this. for he knows that many in iran believe the nuclear deal never provided the economic benefits that were promised. and on the streets of tehran, people were worried what the crisis would mean for them. in the commons, the foreign secretary tried to reassure the iranian people, echoing france, germany, and china, promising to stand by the deal. britain has no intention of walking away. instead, we will co—operate with the other parties to ensure that while iran continues to restrict its nuclear programme, then its people will benefit from sanctions relief in accordance with the central bargain of the deal. today, the un watchdog, the international atomic energy agency, confirmed that iran's nuclear facilities were complying with the terms of the deal. but european leaders believe iran must do more to restrict its behaviour in the middle east, and the us must explain how. translation: we know this deal is only finding solutions
for a limited space of time, that's why we must talk to iran about what happens after that. how can we make sure that there just a civil and no military nuclear programme? for this deal to survive, britain and its allies must persuade businesses to keep trading with iran despite, the risks. they must convince iran that that trade is valuable, meaning jobs and investment, and they have to persuade the us not to enforce those sanctions to harshly. none of that will be easy. but that won't stop supporters of the deal from trying. today, the russian president used moscow's victory parade to lobby the israeli prime minister. president macron of france spoke to his iranian counterpart, and there'll be more discussions in london in the coming days. the eu wants to exempt its firms from us sanctions, but few expect president trump to bend, because he believes the financial freedom of the nuclear deal allowed iran to fund its hostile behaviour in syria and yemen.
he told his cabinet iran will have to negotiate, or something will happen. i'd advise iran and not the start their nuclear programme. i'd advise them very strongly. if they do, there'll be very severe consequences. today, president putin used a military parade to make a message. how much to confront the us and engage with iran. malaysia's former prime minister, mahathir mohammad, has made an extraordinary political comeback. the 92—year—old defeated the governing coalition in the general election came out of retirement to take on the party he himself led for years. after their hard fought campaign and before the official results were declared, he told his supporters that their real task was onlyjust beginning. the chief secretary will announce that there will be a holiday tomorrow and the day after. cheering and also saturday and sunday. so you will have four days‘ holiday. but there will be no holiday for the winners. that's the trouble with winning.
we have to work. tricia yeoh from the institute for democracy and economic affairs in kuala lumpur says it was an unexpected result for pollsters. it has been a long and sleepless night for myself and many malaysians anxious to look at the results. you basically saw the opposition coalition, pa katan ra kyat, sweep parliamentary seats, state seats throughout the country, defeating the incumbent barisan nasional, that has been in power for more than 60 years. that is a very long time. their dominance over the malaysian political scene has always been seen or considered to be undefeatable. this is the time when the citizens actually rose up and spoke up against what they felt to be a corrupt government, a compromise through many huge scandals, you saw basically 222 parliament being swept by the pakatan harapan. they took more than 120 seats, if you count the various opposition
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this release is. the men themselves and their families, this this release is. the men themselves and theirfamilies, this is extremely significant. these three men have been held in prisonlike conditions, having to do hard labour in north korea,, so they will be very happy to be home and their families as well but it's also a big deal on the diplomatic front because it enables donald trump to claim a much—needed diplomatic victory, especially during a week in which he is coming under criticism for scrapping the iran deal and it also enables kim jong—un to claim the kind of moral high ground in a way and make them appear magnanimous. kind of moral high ground in a way and make them appear magnanimousm it clear why this experience has turned out differently for them than how it did for poor 0tto warmbier.
otto how it did for poor 0tto warmbier. 0tto warmbier‘s situation was a tragic outlier in this situation. north korea has detained in the past decade about 20 american citizens, a lwa ys decade about 20 american citizens, always the things that would not lend you the trouble in any other country in the world but which are considered serious crimes in north korea, having a bible in corian or raising your eyebrows, practically, criticising the regime in any mild kind of way so 0tto warmbier‘s case was different, a terrible incident, he went into a coma and died, we don't know what caused that but all the other detainees who have come out have been relatively 0k considering the circumstances. clearly a goodwill gesture for the summit. more details coming out about that. what is the bet on when
and where? the betting is on singapore. a lot of reports coming out of washington today saying that president trump and kim jong—un have agreed that singapore will bleed location, a nice location, neutral, for kim jong—un. —— location, a nice location, neutral, for kimjong—un. —— will be a location. there is no clear signal on the time, maybe this month or later, but president trump says the details will be announced in the next few days. anna fifield, bureau chief of the washington post, thank you very much. the us geological survey has reported a fairly large explosion in hawaii's erupting kilauea volcano. it said this was likely to be the first of a series of eruptions that could begin to throw rocks from the crater. for the last few days rivers of lava have run through residential areas and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. earlier, i spoke with scott rowland, a volcanologist at the university
of hawaii and i asked him how long these explosions were expected to last. i don't know how much longer this is going to go on. i don't think anyone really does. i will say though that that explosion that happened this morning is almost certainly "not" the first of a series of really explosive eruptions to happen. it is certainly remarkable timing that shortly after the news release was issued that there is the potential for strong explosions there just happened to be an earthquake which knocked a whole bunch of rocks down into the lava lake which caused a small explosion from the lava lake. but it's just not what the usgs press release was talking about it is just funny timing that it happened that way. this is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. i guess volcanoes just build up pressure and they release that pressure.
that's how it goes. i guess that's a very first order way to think about it. but plumbing systems are very complex. and the fact that magma is not only molten rock but gas makes their behaviour really difficult to predict on a very detailed manner. terrifying to be anywhere near. do you expect people to be able to go back to their homes in that area so near the crater? the lava flows that is destroyed their homes are within about 30 miles of where the explosion take place. they are having to watch two different. they are having to watch two different sites. the crater where the explosion took place is up near a national park. the lava flows that have destroyed the homes are down on the flank of the volcano. and as for those folks, i think it's
going to take a while before the activity stops, which it hasn't. it is still going on this afternoon. once it doesn't stop it will take a while before the authorities decided to say for them to come back. thank you very much indeed. syrian state media says israel has fired missiles in retaliation for iranfiring fired missiles in retaliation for iran firing missiles on them but some were shot down. policing alone will not solve the wave of violent crime affecting the streets of london according to the head of the murder squad who said his officers would be "lawfully audacious" in stopping the violence, but that communities also needed to "step up and say enough‘s enough." 0ur correspondent, leila nathoo, reports. you killed my son. who whoever you sign up with.
a mother in mourning. 17 years old, yeah? 17! my boy, my son, my son! furious her child child was murdered because of a feud between rival gangs. pretana morgan has led a march in memory of rhyhiem nto a neighbouring part of london two miles from her home. it's the territory of the group she thinks are responsible for her son's death. i want lamb donner and chips, innit? rhyhiem also went by the name gb. he was in a rap crew called moscow17. their rivals are known as zone two. they've been warring, and notjust with words. rhyhiem was shot dead on saturday on the estate he lived in. it's heartbreaking and my son's cut up... violence has been circling this community.
shelley's son was stabbed two years ago when he was 15. he survived but she says she still fears for his life every time he leaves the house. you can only do so much, you know? what happens on the outside, you can go outside, you can try and stop your child from going outside but if there's nothing for them practical to do, the devil makes work for idle hands. they're putting themselves and they're putting other lives at risk and it doesn't need to be like that. there was a whole scoreboard, like, catching points on each other. it was all crap. like, scoring points of, like, trying to hurt each other. like, success is the best form of revenge in my eyes. like, they could have just been successful with the music and not had to take it there but it was that... i don't know. the ripples of rhyhiem's killing are reaching across this area. families traumatised by what is happening in their midst. we're losing a generation. i'm not saying they're lost yet, but we're losing them if we don't intervene in the right way. stefan is one of those working to make the streets safer. the communities are scared
to go out at nighttime. the kids are scared to go to school. kids have to take taxis home from school. you've got to get from the grassroots, the people who are in the battlefield, doing the work and taking the guns and knives off the street themselves without the police and making the work happen, it works! any change that comes will be too late for rhyhiem, and all the mothers and families dealing with death and violence, but the hope that her son's murder will be the last her community sees brings at least some comfort. leila nathoo, bbc news. imagine a future where intelligent robots help with your laundry and provide company in our often
isolated worlds and cryogenics is a reality. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, went to explore the future at a new exhibition at london's v&a museum. this is brett, a robot at the cutting edge of artificial intelligence research. the idea is he's supposed to do all those household chores that we can't be bothered to do, except he's not very good at them, and that is the opening message of this exhibition. that intelligent robots are coming, but they're still a long way off. but that's not stopping designers from making technology that they hope will elicit from us a human type emotional response. meetjibo. hey, jibo. i want to give you this flower. will you tell me a joke? sure, i've got one. what did the zero say to the eight? nice belt. that's an old joke. will you take my photograph, please? here we go. three, two, one. jibo's designed not just to give you information but to manipulate your feelings, whereas this piece of technology over here is designed to manipulate your body. you strap on these muscles into an area where maybe you're feeling a bit weaker and it actually gives you extra strength. and so this exhibition asks, as we integrate technology more and more into our daily lives, does it change what it actually
means to be human? in fact, this show asks more questions about the future than it provides answers. take this state—of—the—art driverless car, for example. are we happy to delegate those life—and—death decisions, which have to be made on the road, to what is basically a computer? and maybe even bigger than that, are we happy to give away liberties which we have fought for for generations to technology? and then, of course, there is the biggest question of them all, what chance is there of eternal life? that's a question this part of the exhibition seeks to explore, with anti—ageing pills and brain scanners. all hopeful and optimistic, but perhaps this is the most realistic option, at least at the moment, the cryonics institute. this is the kit of parts you need for a shot at immortality. it has to be applied by someone else, obviously. there's a drug which gets placed in the heart, there's an ice bath, there's a cpr machine and then you get put into this white casket and sent off to deep freeze. and then, at some moment, maybe a millennia away, this body can come out, be thawed and who knows, be a sentient human being, when all the future that is described in this exhibition is the past.
just nine days out from the royal wedding of prince harry and actress meghan markle, the couple have managed to find themselves in three places at the same time. they had a bit of help from the madame tussaud museum and even came for a trip to the bbc. virginia langeberg has the story. for a bride only days out from her wedding, she appears pretty composed. the happy couple side—by—side for eternity captured here posing in london. they've already mastered the act
of being in two places at one time. here they are in new york. prince harry and meghan markle's wax doubles were unveiled at the madame tussaud's museums in their respective home countries ahead of their wedding day on may 19th. the pair even went on tour, visiting the bbc london studios and kindly posing for pictures. the life—like london meghan wears a replica of her green engagement dress, and on her left hand, a copy of her diamond engagement ring. while prince harry already had a wax figure here in london, it was made for his 30th birthday, but he's now been — how to put this — restyled to include his beard. you can get right up close to them, i think people think we have, you know, ropes and so on but you can get right up, do selfies, put your arm around them. exactly, all of that. mind if i do that? that's perfectly fine. very few people get away with that. well, yes! meghan's waxwork took six months to make working from photos and video footage. the figures will be put on display on the eve of the couple's wedding.
0n the day of the ceremony, anyone named meghan or harry will gain free entry to the museum. then we're all invited to the honeymoon. well, sort of. virginia langeveldt, bbc news. there is more on that on the internet. and you can reach me and the rest of the team on twitter. i am mike embley. thank you for watching. hello. 0nce any early rain clears easternmost parts of england as thursday begins, what follows will be a lot of fine, dry weather. here's the weather front, it's going to drag its heels for a little while on thursday morning across eastern england and elsewhere you can see some fine weather, but a hint of showers following towards the north—west. so whilst many will have a fine day with some sunshine,
there is the chance of catching a shower. more especially into parts of scotland, maybe one or two for northern ireland, northern england and north wales. now, for early risers, these are the temperatures. so double figures for the cloud and rain into eastern england. elsewhere into mid—single figures for some spots to begin the day but again, away from eastern england, a fair amount of sunshine and dry weather to begin with. but those showers will be pushing into scotland on through the morning and if you catch one it could be heavy, maybe a rumble of thunder, one or two for northern ireland, northern england, north wales. by the end of the morning, the last of the rain has cleared away from eastern parts of england, so looking dry for the rest of england. some cloud around, some holes in the cloud allowing sunshine to come through and these temperatures across—the—board now are pretty close to the average for the time of year, so there's a particular warmth out there. heading out and about on thursday evening or coming back from wherever you've been, still a few showers
in north—eastern area of scotland and into the northern isles, but they will continue to fade. elsewhere, what showers have built up are continuing to fade away, and the cloud that's developed is going as well, so a lot of dry and sunny weather to end the day. it does mean under clear skies thursday night into friday morning with a ridge of high pressure temperatures drop away even further, low single figures for some on friday morning. the ridge of high pressure not staying around too long as this weather front starts to push it out of the way on friday, and it means strengthening wind across the uk, particularly close to this rain band coming into northern ireland and feeding outbreaks of rain into west of scotland, parts of wales and south—west england. very slow—moving weather system, though. ahead of that, although some cloud's going to increase, there will be sunny spells but there will be that strengthening south south—easterly wind. the weather front does push on through friday night into saturday, by saturday maybe lingering into north—east scotland with rain at times and maybe showers in eastern england. dry weather elsewhere but further showers pushing into the south and south—west and south—west england, wales and maybe into northern england.
catch one of these and it could be heavy and possibly thundery. temperatures haven't changed much but if anything by the time we get into sunday they could go down a little bit further. bye bye. in the this is bbc news — the headlines: three americans released by north korea — are on their way home. a short while ago they arrived in alaska next they fly to washington. the white house hailed the move a "positive gesture of goodwill" ahead of a planned summit between president trump and the north's leader, kimjong—un. president trump has warned iran of severe consequences if it restarts its nuclear programme. tougher sanctions could start as soon as next week. european signatories have been trying to salvage the agreement, but iran says there's only a limited opportunity to do so. the former malaysian prime minister mahathir mohamad has made a stunning political comeback winning a general election against the party that has held power for more than 60 years. he said he now wanted to restore the rule of law. the result is being described as a political earthquake. now on bbc news,