this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at eight. an unreserved apology. the government says sorry for britain's role in the detention of a libyan man and his wife in 200a. abdul hakim belhaj — who was tortured after he was forced to return to libya — says it is an historic moment. this is a historic day, a historic moment that i've been waiting for. i would like to thank the prime minister and especially the attorney general who i've met personally. he showed me that human rights are not to be violated. interest rates on hold, and a cut to the growth forecast, but the bank of england remains optimistic on the economy. a presidential welcome — donald trump greets three us citizens as they return home after release from detention detention in north korea, and reveals his ambitions for a nuclear—free korea. my proudest achievement will be, this is a part of it, but will be
when we de—nuclear rise that entire peninsula. this is what people have been waiting for for a long time. and a date for the historic summit between president trump and north korea's kimjong—un is revealed. the pair will meet in singapore on the 12th ofjune. also in the next hour, bt announces thousands ofjob losses and the closure of its london head office. the company says it will reduce its back office and middle management roles, but plans to boost its network and customer service divisions. and its been revealed that dame barbara windsor — famous for her roles in eastenders and the carry on series — has alzheimers. good evening and welcome to bbc news.
the prime minister has apologised to a libyan dissident after the uk played a part in his detention and torture by colonel gadaffi's forces 14 years ago. theresa may said abdul hakim belhaj and his wife, fatima boo—char who was pregnant at the time, had suffered "appalling treatment". the couple say an mi6 tip—off helped the us kidnap them in thailand. they were then taken to libya, where mr belhaj was tortured. our security correspondent gordon corera has been to meet him in istanbul. just a warning there's flash photography at the start of his report in istanbul a meeting between britain's ambassador and abdul hakim belhadj, a man who says britain colluded in his torture. a letter from the prime minister and a handshake, signals the closing of a dark chapter for the uk government. just moments before, mr belhaj had watched this unprecedented apology in parliament to him and his wife. on behalf or her majesty's government i apologise unreservedly.
we are profoundly sorry. for the ordeal you both suffered and our role in it. the uk government has learned many lessons from this period. in an exclusive tv interview, mr belhadj told me he was grateful, even though it had taken so long. translation: it's been six years of prison and six years of waiting, which was a continuation of the suffering for me and my family. and hopefully today represents the end of all that. the story begins with another handshake — between tony blair and colonel gaddafi in 200a. the libyan leader gave up his nuclear weapons programme. britain promised to help him against his opponents. the same month mr belhadj, who had fought against gaddafi, was detained by the cia in asia, based on a british tip—off. he was flown to libya — with him was his pregnant wife.
he says he was then tortured by colonel gaddafi's regime and also interrogated by british officials. after gaddafi's fall in 2011, letters from mi6 to libyan officials were discovered, detailing britain's involvement. belhadj launched a legal action against the british government, sir mark alan, an mi6 officer named in the files, and jack straw, who was foreign secretary. today jack straw acknowledged he had given verbal approval for some intelligence to be shared, but says he had always sought to act lawfully. after years of damaging revelations, the british government has finally decided to apologise in return for the legal case being dropped. their hope is this will draw a line under the past, a past in which deals with dubious regimes took britain and its spies into difficult places. in london, mr belhadj's wife and son went to parliament to hear the attorney general‘s apology in person.
she received compensation of £500,000. but her husband had not asked for money. all he said he wanted was an apology, and today he got it. gordon corera, bbc news istanbul. and we'll find out how this story —— and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are michael heaver, co—owner of the website, westmonster, and jessica elgot, who's a political correspondent at the guardian. the bank of england says the uk economy has hit a temporary soft patch which means interest rates will remain unchanged at 0.5%. economists had been widely expecting rates to rise this month. an increase is still expected later this year. the bank blamed the bad weather — the beast from the east — for the slowdown which disrupted construction and kept shoppers at home. our economics editor kamal ahmed has this report. time for a different
tune from the bank. three months ago, all the noise was about an interest rate rise. not any more. three months of weak growth dragged down by the beast from the east has left people cautious about the strength of they. -- strength of the economy. here it might be sunnier now, but will it last? cost of living is going up quite significantly, and the wages really aren't. i think it will take quite a bit of time before hopefully it will get easier. i was always hard up when we were young. but now there is me and my husband and we are better off. “ we are -- we are not better off. a lot better off was not true for the rest of the economy as the governor made clear. growth at 0.1% in the first quarter was weaker and inflation at 2.5% in march was notably lower than we had projected in february.
the key question is whether this softness will prove temporary or persistent. in other words, was the weakness in the first quarter due to the weather, or the climate? the bank thinks it is mostly snow, others are not so sure. for us there is things that the weather doesn't explain and the statisticians said that today. they said we can't tell what the impact of the weather was, but for things like manufacturing it was minimal, so there is something else goes on as well. later i asked the governor was the sharp growth downgrade a one off? we expect that the uk economy is going to pick back up, not rocket but pick back up, largely driven by those exporters and businesses investing, less so on household spending and a consequence of that we think in the end it will need to do some adjustment, increases in interest rates, over time, but at a pretty gentle pace. you have been described as the unreliable boyfriend, you march us halfway up the hill and back down
again, how do you respond to those criticisms? there is uncertainty in the world, and it is possible of course, that something bad could happen abroad. it is possible that the brexit negotiations slow the economy for a period of time, and it has been reliable to, for the bank to then react to those event, and ajust. i took two big points from my interview with the governor, firstly he does believe that the bad economic news from the start of the year is likely to be reversed, and if the economy does bounce back, and that is an if, then it is likely there will be an interest rate rise before the end of the year. president trump has announced he is meeting north korean leader, kimjong—un in singapore onjune the 12th — saying he would try to make it a very special moment for world peace. it comes after the us president personally welcomed home three americans who had been detained in north korea. nick bryant reports from washington.
in the middle of the night, before the birds or the president had started tweeting, the plane carrying the freed prisoners touched down on american soil. from the trauma of dentention, to a triumphant welcome from donald trump. he didn't want to miss this dramatic homecoming. it offers flesh and blood proof that his unconventional approach to diplomacy is working. my proudest achievement will be — this is a part of it — but will be when we denuclearise that entire peninsula. this is what people have been waiting for for a long time. nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of speed, so i'm very honoured to have helped the three folks. this was a made—for—television moment, but the white house quickly turned it into cinema. slow motion footage, stirring hollywood style music. the former reality tv star said this
must have set the all—time record for ratings at three o'clock in the morning. the north korean state broadcaster doesn't have quite the same panache, but these are remarkable pictures, nonetheless. kim jong—un meeting the new us secretary of state mike pompeo in pyongyang. the leader mocked as little rocket man, enjoying a lighter moment with the americans, head of his summit with mr trump. -- ahead of. vice president mike pence has been talking about us expectations for that meeting. the president senses an opening that may result in a historic agreement. what kim jong—un has said, publicly, and in discussions, is that he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. its now been announced that the north korean leader's
security team will soon be pounding the streets of singapore. that's where the much anticipated summit will be held onjune the 12th. so in a week when donald trump withdrew from a nuclear deal with iran, it's full speed ahead with negotiating a new nuclear deal with north korea. and having alienated his closest european allies, his administration is forging an improbable relationship, with one of america's long—standing enemies. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. let's speak to our correspondent in washington anthony zurcher. donald trump is tweeting this will bea donald trump is tweeting this will be a very special moment for world peace, this meeting with kimjong—un injune, but peace, this meeting with kimjong—un in june, but it's peace, this meeting with kimjong—un injune, but it's a big political gamble for him, isn't it? it is. there's a lot of risk, he is building this up as they possibly historic meeting that could be a
very special moment for world peace. when you give it that kind of billing if you walk away without anything, or if you walk away with anything, or if you walk away with an agreement that critics say this not secure denuclearization, does not secure denuclearization, does not have the sort of verification process necessary , not have the sort of verification process necessary, then it could be a political miscalculation for him. it's going to be a lot of pressure to have the sort of meeting but together with just about a months notice between now and thejune 12 date. that's a lot of pressure to work out the details. these things have to be scripted down to the minute, what they will talk about, how the etiquette will be carried out. these things do not come without fairly big diplomatic risks. this has been quite an extraordinary week. because two days ago the president was pulling the us out of the deal with iran to limit iran's nuclear capability, and yet here he is trying to do a deal with north korea to limit their nuclear
capability. how do you read the apparent contradiction? the way to really look at it is donald trump campaigned as the consummate deal—maker. his book in the 1980s was the art of the deal, when he ran for president he said that the iran deal was poorly crafted, that it was short—changing the united states and it gave away too much. he said he could do a betterjob that would have been really easy too. now here is his chance. he's addressing north korea, saying he will be able to get a good deal that dude —— d nuclear rights of north korea, obviously critics are going to say why take his word when he pulled out of a commitment made by his predecessor with iran. that's going to be very difficult to get any sort of a deal that has the same sort of safeguards and processes that the iran deal had, the surveillance of the iranian nuclear programme, to get that in north korea would be quite and a treatment. it was not easy to do, it was the as as result of years of ha rd was the as as result of years of hard work that he believes in
himself and believes he's a different kind of president who has a different style in diplomacy and he's going to show us now how it works. i know the world will be watching. indeed it well. many thanks. israel says it has hit nearly all of iran's military infrastructure in syria —— in response to rocket attacks by iranian forces. around 20 missiles were fired from syria at israeli military positions in the golan heights, which israel has occupied since the 1960s. the israeli military says most of the iranian rockets missed their targets or were intercepted. tonight the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said "we are in a long campaign, and our policy is clear: iran will not be allowed to establish itself militarily in syria. tom bateman reports from the golan heights. israeli missiles in the skies above damascus overnight. it was part of the biggest single strike by israel, against neighbouring syria in a generation. the assault targeted iranian military positions deep in the country, including a battery israel says launched a barrage of 20 rockets
towards its territory. the iranian forces, the units that are deployed all over syria are 1600 kilometres away from iran. the iranians are the aggressors, they are building offensive military infrastructure inside syria, with the clear outspoken goal of being able to menace and terrorise israeli civilians. residents of the golan heights had been urged to open bomb shelters. you can hear everything, the air force, the bombs. syria's military said the israeli strikes killed three people, it claimed its air defences destroyed a large part of the barrage. israel has seen the balance of power change during the years of war in its northern neighbour, it sees a growing threat from iran's presence in syria. but the iranians are staying put, determined to support the syrian regime.
israel and iran have been on a collision course, and last night saw a significant escalation. as calm returned to israeli controlled territory, there was a call from russia and france for restraint. but the us accused iran of reckless action, syria's war still threatened to spill out further into this region. and theresa may has spoken to the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu on the phone today. a downing street spokesperson said "the prime minister condemned the iranian rocket attacks against israeli forces, and said we strongly support israel's right to defend itself against iranian aggression. she noted our statement calling on iran to refrain from any further attacks, and for calm on all sides". it goes on to say "the prime minister reiterated our position on the iran nuclear deal, noting that we and our european partners remain firmly committed to ensuring the deal is upheld." the headlines on bbc news:
the government apologises to abdul hakim belhaj and fatima boudchar for the involvement of british intelligence in the couple's forced return to libya. no interest rate rise this month, as the bank of england says the uk economy has hit a temporary soft patch. and president trump welcomes three freed us citizens on their return home from north korea —— and reveals he'll meet kimjong—un in singapore next month. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sarah. manchester united are in action, away at west ham in the premier league, and a draw would secure a second place finish. about 30 minutes gone at the london stadium. it's goalless. west ham unchanged from their win at leicester at the weekend.
eight changes for manchester utd — sanchez and pogba starting. lied text a bit on the website and we will be back with the news leader on how that goes. —— live text updates on the website. swansea city manager carlos ca rvalhal will leave at the end of the season. they're almost certain to be relegated from the premier league on sunday, after losing to southampton on tuesday. carvalhal is out of contract at the end of the season. he'd been in talks to stay on, but it's understood the swansea board decided not to take up that option, after a run of eight games without a win. ian holloway has left championship side queen's park rangers after 18 months in charge. holloway was in his second spell at loftus road and guided the club to 16th in the table this season. former england manager steve mcclaren, who spent time as a coach at the club in 2013, is one of the names linked with thejob. wayne rooney has agreed a deal in principle that
could see him leave everton for mls side dc united this summer. rooney rejoined everton last year, after 13 years at manchester united. he retired from international football last year as england's leading goal—scorer. the bbc understands nothing has been signed yet but rooney's representatives have been in the usa to negotiate terms — the deal is said to be worth £12.5 million. the owner of leeds united — andrea radrizzani — has told the bbc he doesn't regret taking the club on a controversial visit to myanmar. he's faced criticism for travelling to a country whose military has been accused of ethnic cleansing of the rohingya muslim minority. our reporter nick beake caught up with radrizzani at the team hotel. what do you say to people who say you are more interested in making money than the reputation of your football club? we are not making any money out of this game. you say that business ventures in may and mark. yes, with companies
and i have a good relationship with the guys in the federation and we are starting a contract with the media and we are going to visit our friends and anything else is not related to hear because i am not a politician and we just in football, we played two games and we leave. he beat novak djokovic yesterday — today kyle edmund had a straight sets win over the world number 10, david goffin at the madrid open. he's guaranteed a place in the world's top 20 after his recent run on clay. he'll play denis shapovalov in the next round. i'm ina i'm in a good place. it was good to be novak djokovic yesterday and give you confidence of winning those big matches. it is nice to back it up again and again and notjust have a one off good match so it is good you can play consistently. britain's simon yates is the new leader of the giro d'italia after stage six.
he took the pinkjersey from australian rohan dennis after making his move a mile from the finish on mount etna. he could have won the stage, but allowed his team mate esteban chaves to take victory. yates now leads the race by 16 seconds from defending champion tom dumoulin. chris froome is eighth overall, more than a minute off the lead. golf's so called "fifth major", the players championship, is underway at tpc sawgrass in florida, and the world number one dustinjohnson is among those leading on six under par after his first round. not such a good start for his countrymanjordan spieth. the multiple major winnerfinding the water here on the 16th and ending three over par for a round of 75. butjohnson is doing really well. he and fellow american webb simpson shot 66s in florida and are looking good. england'sjustin rose isjust two behind though — on 4 under par. that's all the sport for now. you can find more
on all those stories along with the latest from the player's championship at sawgrass on the bbc sport website. we will be back a little bit later. thank you, sarah. when it comes to cancer, you want to be diagnosed and treated fast. but doctors say that tens of thousands of people across the uk are having to wait too long to be seen and that's putting their lives at risk. the latest figures show england, scotland, wales and northern ireland have all failed to hit their targets on waiting times for cancer treatment. patients who are urgently referred with suspected cancer should be treated within two months. in england, 85% of people should be seen within that time. elsewhere the target is 95%. but the number right across the uk having to wait longer than that has risen by nearly 80% in the past five years. our health editor hugh pym has been talking to people about their experiences. i lost my father 22 years ago. i had breast cancer ten years ago, but
fortunately i'm a survivor. once you get used to it you learn to take it on, but it's the most frightening thing to ever get diagnosed with. it affects so many of us in different ways, personally and friends and family. half the population will develop a cancer at some stage in their lives. my grandfather died unfortunately of lung cancer. it upsets me the most when i see kids with cancer. ron is losing his battle with liver cancer. he was diagnosed in january last year but had to wait until october for any specialist care near his home in cardiff. far longer than the two month nhs target for the start of cancer treatment. they have well exceeded their 30—60 days. during that time he says the tumour got larger and doctors then admitted there was no chance of chemotherapy working. -- any therapy working. it's annoying to think they might have given you the 3—4 years if it would have been treated when it was only five cm.
it was a fast growing malignant cancer. death comes lawless. we just crack on, keep smiling and do all we can do. across the uk the number being treated for cancer has increased over five years, but so also have those facing long waits. in wales, for every ten waiting more than two months to start treatment there are now two more. in england, there's been an increase of more than seven in ten. in northern ireland the number is more than doubled. in scotland, long waits have gone up by even more over five yea rs. cancer experts make the point that people are living longer, so they are more likely to develop cancer and that's a challenge for the nhs. we're diagnosing more patients and because our workload is extremely high we are under pressure with regards to treating patients with even aggressive disease, so we do need more resources. in england, cancer treatment waiting times did improve in march, though some other areas
of the nhs struggle. the number of operations cancelled at the last minute was the highest since records began. we put our lives as it were in their hands, we think they are doing the right thing and all this time we are being misled. ron and his wife anne can only reflect on their experience. the local health board said it had apologise for breakdowns in communication and said the cancer was difficult to diagnose, but they feel the system has let them down. let's speak to peterjohnson, cancer research uk's professor professor of oncology at the university of southampton. thank you very much forjoining us here on bbc news. i don't know how much of that report you are able to catch but there was a very distressing case study there, a person who has cancer and who had to wait a long time for treatment. and who is now untreatable. he thinks because of the time he had to wait.
why, in your view, because of the time he had to wait. why, in yourview, is because of the time he had to wait. why, in your view, is this happening? a few years ago, we were meeting these targets, but at around 2013 when the health service was reorganised things started to go wrong. and there are different factors for this. one of the things is that our colleagues in primary care, the gps, have been referring many more patients than previously and we wanted them to do that because we've had a problem historically of diagnosing cancer too late and if we can catch it early, of course we can cure it. we're very pleased to see more people being referred and we have an ageing population and cancer is becoming more common and a few pointed out one and two of us will get cancer during our lives but the system has not kept pace. we did not plan adequately for the numbers of people that need to have diagnostic test, treatment and we are now in a situation where we are deftly trying to catch up. i think this is largely down to inadequate planning of the capacity to meet the demand. another aspect of what has come out today is
the increase in the number of last—minute cancellations, which of course are very distressing for patients. yes, i'm afraid that the winter seems to come as a surprise to the nhs over the year. this is not unfamiliar territory. we have been going around this cycle for many years now and it really is lamentable that we cannot seem to get the capacity in the system. we need to train more doctors. there seems to be an idea somewhere in the department of health that if we don't train to many doctors on the ones that are already here will work harder and productivity will go up and it will save money. this is not the case. because we diagnose cancer too late in many cases that cost the nhs more money, not to mention the human misery of waiting two months for somebody to sort out your cancer treatment. so eight in old terms it will be more cost—effective to see people earlier. absolutely. what can be done, given where we are? of course we should have started planning this properly five or ten yea rs planning this properly five or ten years ago, but we are where we are, there are no very quick solutions to
our workforce problems. we have around 10% of vacancies in things like our diagnostic services, ct scans and endoscopies and so forth. we need to urgently get our workforce plan in place and we need to increase the number of people both diagnosing and treating cancer, otherwise this problem willjust get worse and worse. 0k, we will have to leave it there. peterjohnson from the university of southampton thank you very much indeed for your time. a woman has been arrested at stansted airport on suspicion of possessing a terrorist document. the 41—year—old was stopped by counter—terrorism officers from scotland yard as she attempted to board a flight from stansted airport to sweden. she is being held in custody at a south london police station. at least 47 people have died after heavy rains caused a dam to burst in kenya, destroying two villages. the dam burst near near the town of solai,120 miles north—west of the capital, nairobi. more than 2,000 people have been left homeless. the authorities there have warned that the number of fatalities could rise. an imam has been
killed in an attack at a mosque in south africa. three men armed with guns and knives entered a mosque near the city of durban. they fatally stabbed the imam and seriously injured two worshippers. the attackers set some rooms attached to the mosque alight. police say the motive of the attack is still unknown. it's been revealed that the eastenders actress, dame barbara windsor has alzheimer's disease. her husband says the 80—year—old was diagnosed four years ago, but he has decided to make it public now because her condition is worsening. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. oh, my dear friend. you won't never leave me, will you? dame barbara windsor in herfinal appearance in eastenders in 2016, two years after being diagnosed with alzheimer's disease, the degenerative brain condition. increasing difficulty remembering her lines is one reason why she decided to leave the soap. her career on tv and in nine
carry on films has made dame barbara entertainment royalty. seen here with her husband scott mitchell in 2000 collecting an mbe, scott said the couple had kept her dementia diagnosis private for the past four years. but since barbara's 80th birthday last august, "a definite continual confusion has set in, so it is becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide". he added, "i want us to be able to go out and if something isn't quite right, it will be ok because people will now know she has alzheimer's, and will accept it for what it is". look at these tadpoles. 850,000 people in the uk have dementia, among them brenda, who is 75. alzheimer's affects her short—term memory and balance. married for 56 years, her husband steven says being open
about the condition has helped both of them. we've had the diagnosis for three years now, we've carried on living as best we can, overcoming all of the difficulties. we have come to terms with it. we're living with it and living through it. we're making the best of it, so please don't be sad for us. so, brenda, what's your philosophy in life? ijust go with the flow. what happens happens, what doesn't happen doesn't matter. alzheimer's charities say overcoming the stigma surrounding dementia is vital, and they have praised dame barbara and her husband for speaking out. fergus walsh, bbc news. time for a look at the weather with darren bett. details for the weekend looked uncertain but before then, we have
cloud that will bring rain into western areas, but we have had a good deal of sunshine today and showers are fading in scotland and generally clear skies overnight tonight. away from northern ireland where later the cloud will increase. cold ahead of the rain with the clear skies, particularly in eastern scotla nd clear skies, particularly in eastern scotland and north east england. many places starting dry and quite sunny but then we will get wind and rain in northern ireland. running into western parts of wales, south—west england and up into western scotland. further east, the midlands, warmer than today. it should be dry with sunshine. sunshine around this weekend but there may be rain in eastern england and lingering in scotland and heavy thundery showers. it's this is bbc news — our latest headlines. the government apologises
unreservedly to a libyan man and his wife — after british intelligence contributed to their detention in 200a. the bank of england keeps interest rates on hold and downgrades this year's growth — but it remains optimistic about the uk economic outlook. president trump has revealed the time and place of his historic meeting with north korea's kimjong—un. the two leaders will meet in singapore on 12th ofjune. bt announces plans to cut 13,000 jobs — most of them back office and middle management roles in the uk — as part of a billion—pound cost cutting drive. on meet the author, my guest is the novelist diana evans with a book called ordinary people, which shows that if you can write as she can a normal life can become truly extraordinary. more now on the news that a libyan
dissident who was kidnapped with the help of the british security services in 2004 has said he's grateful that the government has formally apologised. abdul hakim belhaj, and his wife, fatima boudchar, say they were abducted by the cia in thailand after a british tip—off and were flown to libya, and then tortured. ms boudchar was pregnant at the time. she'll receive half a million pounds in an out of court settlement. the attorney general, jeremy wright, formally apologised to the pair in a commons statement this afternoon. on behalf of her majesty's government i apologise unreservedly. we are profoundly sorry for the ordeal you both suffered and our role in it. the uk government has learned many lessons from this period. we should have understood much sooner the unacceptable practices of some of our international partners and we sincerely regret our failures. mr
speaker, i hope the government's acknowledgement of these events in these unequivocal terms and the apology they have each been given will be of some comfort to mr belhaj and fatima boudchar. as the prime minister observed in her letter to them both, the government has learned lessons from this period. jack straw, who was foreign secretary at the time of their abduction, issued this statement. he said.... this was the reaction of sapna malik — the lawyer representing, and speaking on behalf of abdul hakim belhaj and fatima boudchar, this afternoon, to the settlement of their case.
you have heard the words of the apology delivered by the attorney general today. the uk government believes our clients' accounts of their brutal treatment and accepts they should never have been treated in this way. their torture was not and could never bejustified. i have represented many survivors of torture and abuse over the years and the resilience and determination of this couple in their quest for justice is admirable. it isn't easy to persist for years and insist on fair treatment, yet they did exactly that. we can speak now to kartik raj from human rights watch, who've been following this case throughout. what is your reaction to the apology from the government?” what is your reaction to the apology from the government? i think it is worth noting that an open and full apology of this nature is fairly
unusual in the context of renditions that took place in the us led secret detention programme while at the same time acknowledging a couple derive satisfaction from this. it is worth noting at no point in this apology was the word torture used and it is worth remembering that is what happened to people who fell into the rendition and secret detention programmes, they suffered torture. why is the word not used? we are not privy to the discussions and negotiations that took place between the lawyers for these two victims of the government. i imagine there is a semantic exercise but if wiest drifted away and think about what happened to real people, —— if we stretch that way we will see there is a significant part of the
story that remains to be uncovered. it remains to be seen about the broader systemic picture of the role the uk played in facilitating or indeed helping or perhaps providing information that allowed other people to be subject to rendition and secret detention. how big do you suspect that is, how many might this have happened to, or something similar? the scope of the secret detention programme, secret detention programme, secret detention is secret and while the apology has been piecemeal in other countries the real gap is in the us where there has been no accountability and so the actual extent of the programme is not clear. if you recall the senate report into these matters released a couple of years ago was only released in part because the public
could not know the extent of that entire programme. what is happening very soon entire programme. what is happening very soon we entire programme. what is happening very soon we understand is that the intelligence security committee of parliament is due to report on its follow—up to allegations of uk complicity in torture and secret detention and it will be interesting to see what they say and to what extent there is more accounting for the torture and ill—treatment like people like the couple suffered. one thing in this case which is that documents were found several years ago during the fall of the gaddafi regime in libya that meant potentially this case, we could end up potentially this case, we could end up where we are with this apology from the uk government. is that what single assert? my human rights watch collea g u es single assert? my human rights watch colleagues were on the ground at the fall of tripoli and went through
documents and found documents, a telegram from a senior british official to the then head of libyan intelligence saying, we have delivered, what you wanted, this is what we can do for you and this is a sign of our relationship. i do not quote directly but along those lines. we have delivered for you. that is an appalling realisation. the fact there is an apology for it todayis the fact there is an apology for it today is an important step but there isa today is an important step but there is a wider public —— as a wider public we should wonder why something committees, a crime under international law, nobody is in the dock for. thank you. an 18—year—old woman accused of planning a terror attack on the british museum has gone on trial at the old bailey. safaa boular is also accused of planning to travel to syria to join her fiance who was fighting with the islamic state group. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports.
safaa boular, on the left, growing up with her older sister, rizlaine, and their mother. today the old bailey heard that by the time she was 17, her mother and sister were encouraging her on a suicide mission so she could join her dead jihadi fiance in paradise. the teenager was brought to court to stand trial for planning to travel to syria to be with herfiance, an is fighter. she is also accused of planning terror attacks in the uk. a terror attack in the uk. she denies the charges. the court heard that safaa boular had never met the man she wanted to marry and their relationship was conducted via social media. but it is claimed that she and naweed hussain were intending to be together, and then planned to don suicide belts and then leave the world holding hands, taking others with them. but safaa boular was thwarted in her plans to get to syria, and naweed hussain was killed in the city of raqqa. after his death, the jury heard, she was back on social media talking about mounting an attack in the uk.
she didn't realise she was communicating with undercover agents from the british security services. she talked about using a car and a knife. she had previously discussed an ambush with grenades or firearms. safaa boular allegedly planned to launch an attack here in the area around the british museum in central london — described in court as a culturaljewel and a popular tourist attraction. the jury was told this would have been an attack that at the very least would have caused widespread panic, but was intended to inflict serious injury and death. her barrister told the court she had been sexually groomed to be radicalised by a man twice her age and herfamily had encouraged and celebrated her radicalisation. it can now be reported that her older sister rizlaine has admitted planning a separate knife attack in the area around the houses of parliament. their mother, mina dich, provided support and assistance.
june kelly, bbc news, at the old bailey. shares in bt have dropped by more than 8 per cent, after the firm announced it's cutting 13,000 jobs around the world. bt said it's part of moves to create what it's called a lean and agile organisation, and respond to intense competition in the telecoms sector. deputy editor at independent telecoms news and analysis website telecoms.com.. we were chatting earlier and you said ina we were chatting earlier and you said in a way this is not unexpected although it is a significant number ofjobs. it is never although it is a significant number of jobs. it is never pleasant dealing with redundancy but bt dug itself into a hole over the past 18 months when you look at the italian scandal when it comes to accountancy misrepresentations, the pension
deficit, and underperforming tv business. it got itself into this situation and has had to restructure to look like a business that can move forward into the digital era. is it doing that, looking at their plans today, are these plans to modern convincing? it is promising. by modern convincing? it is promising. by no means it is a given. when you look at the work done so far in terms of the fibre to the home, penetration across the uk is only at 496. penetration across the uk is only at 4%. when you compare it to countries in europe, that is incredibly low. but with a commitment of an extra 2 million per year over the next two yea rs bt million per year over the next two years bt is committing roughly around 15% of 15% to cap—ex. to
spend on the network, upgrades in future proofing. capital expenditure. is that enough? it could be. over the next two years, maybe. as an absolute figure, 100% not. this will evolve over the next 10-15 not. this will evolve over the next 10—15 years. 5g is something we have been talking about a long time but it will not be a reality for between let's say ten years. 4g will coexist with sg let's say ten years. 4g will coexist with 5g networks until the mid 20205. it is a good starting point but it is plain catch up. you have telecoms on the continent who have been investing a long time, such as spain which has fibre roll—out to 33% of households. a big difference.