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tonight at ten — the much anticipated summit between president trump and north korea's kimjong—un has been cancelled, raising tensions on the korean peninsula. both men were due to hold talks on june 12th in singapore, to end the north's nuclear programme, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. the news comes on the day pyongyang claimed it had destroyed part of a nuclear testing site. if and when kim jong—un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, iam waiting. so what does the cancellation of the summit mean for north korea's nuclear programme? we'll be live in washington and seoul. also tonight. two men have beenjailed for life for the murder of four children, killed in an arson attack in greater manchester. i was a nanna of 11, now i am a nanna of seven. we will never again hear their voices shouting out "nanna" or "grandad". the former hollywood producer harvey weinstein is expected to hand
himself in to police over sexual assault allegations. the government is warned taxes may have to rise if the nhs is to be properly funded, to cope with an ageing population. an army sergeant has has been found guilty of trying to murder his wife, by tampering with her parachute. and, trees as you've never seen them before. the giant bronze and stone sculptures, going on show in yorkshire. coming up on sportsday on bbc news — pakistan's cricketers dominate the first test against england at lord's, bowling them all out for 184. good evening.
the planned summit next month between president trump and the leader of north korea kim jong—un has been cancelled. mr trump said it was because of what he called pyongyang's recent hostility, with north korean officials heavily criticising senior members of the trump administration. the announcement came just hours after foreign journalists were invited to witness what north korea claimed was the destruction of tunnels at its nuclear test site. president trump described the abandonment of the talks as a truly sad moment in history. our north america editor jon sopel has the story. this is cnn breaking news. for once the breaking news strap was worth the breaking news strap was worth the whoops and flashes. the historic would it, wouldn't it happen singapore summit had hit the buffers, as many had predicted. donald trump ‘s expression in his
letter to kim jong—un, in donald trump ‘s expression in his letter to kimjong—un, in it he wrote sadly that tremendous anger and open hostility —— hostility displayed in your latest statement, it's an appropriate to have a long planned meeting. his letter spoke about the power of the us nuclear arsenal and that the meeting was kim's idea, not his. at the white house a sombre president trump had this to say. based on the recent statement of north korea, i have decided to terminate the planned summit in singapore onjune the 12th. while many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, i believe that this is a tremendous setback for north korea andindeed a tremendous setback for north korea and indeed a setback for the world. hopefully positive things will be taking place with respect to the future of north korea, but if they don't we are more ready than we have ever been before. the legwork for it
was being done by the president's secretary of state mike pompeo. there were gasps around the world when it emerged he had travelled to pyongyang in total secrecy to make the north korean leader. today, mr pompeo was giving evidence to the senate foreign relations committee and sought to explain what had changed the president's mind. over the past many days we have endeavoured to do what we had agreed, which was to put preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit and we have received no response to our enquiries from them. the release of the president's letter coincided with the north korean‘s playing host toa group with the north korean‘s playing host to a group of western journalists invited to witness the destruction ofa invited to witness the destruction of a nuclear test site. but there was fury in washington when pyongyang put out a statement last night describing the vice president as ignorant and stupid, and there
seemed to be a threat. we can also make the us taste and appalling tragedy. at the heart of this is the demand for the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula, a phrase that sounds simple but is open to vastly different interpretations. this might have been an historic summit in seeing these two leaders sit down ata in seeing these two leaders sit down at a table together, but as time went on it became increasingly clear thatis went on it became increasingly clear that is all it would be, great expectations have been replaced by a cold dose of reality. we will talk to our correspondent laura bicker, who is in seoul in a moment. but first, let's speak tojohn, who is in washington. are we any closer to understanding what the real reasons for this summit being cancelled? we've had a briefing from a senior white house official and frankly some of the details but emerged word jaw—dropping. i mean we learned that
the deputy chief of staff of the white house flew to singapore last week, with senior officials, for a prearranged meeting with north korean counterparts to discuss the logistics and apparently the north koreans simply didn't turn up. at the nuclear test site, where there we re the nuclear test site, where there were the journalists taken today, a p pa re ntly were the journalists taken today, apparently international nuclear experts were meant to have been taken as well. they didn't go either. given all that it's somewhat surprising that the white house didn't pull the plug on this summit earlier. i think that speaks to donald trump ‘s determination that it should go ahead and he was very keen that it would. and i think that the white house has been very keen to counter to date, now that they have pulled the plug, to counter the charge that donald trump has been naive and he's been played by the north koreans and the chinese. now for all that the president's letter was written more in sorrow than in angen was written more in sorrow than in anger. he holds out the possibility that this meeting could still go ahead at some point in the future. but the issues that derailed it are going to be hard to be put on track
again and it may be that the best chance for progress on this intractable issue has just passed. laura, ifi intractable issue has just passed. laura, if i can turn to you. do we have any idea when the south koreans and president moon was told that the meeting was off? officials here appeared blindsided. it's almost as if their key us ally didn't tell them it was coming. president moon issued a statement, after working so ha rd to issued a statement, after working so hard to get these two sides to the table, he urged them to talk directly to one another to tries to ease the stand off. but there used to this kind of disappointment on this peninsula. it had 70 years in south korea of dealing with an unpredictable neighbour, although they are perhaps not used in an unpredictable us president. but this time to felt —— but this time to them felt different. north korea could say we tried, we blew up our nuclear test site, we released the
us detainees, we released a declaration saying we would denuclearise and we told our people that was something we would do, but the main issue remains. they have nuclear weapons and showed no sign of giving them up easily. the ball is now in kimjong—un‘s court. as this peninsula wakes up to the news the summit is off, they'll wonder what he does next. laura bicker live in seoul and jon sopel, thanks to you in washington. two men have been given life sentences for the murders of four children in an arson attack in greater manchester last december. they were asleep in their beds when zak bolland and david worrall targeted their home with petrol bombs. judith moritz reports from manchester crown court. this is the view from a fire engine racing towards the pearson house. as it turns the corner the scale of the blaze is obvious. flames shooting out of every window. neighbours standing in the street, powerless to help. brandon and lacie pearson were inside with their mother. also inside, their sisters,
teenager demi and toddler lia. all four children were murdered. in daylight the burned out shell of the house shows how fierce the fire had been. it took hold so quickly the family had no chance to get out of their bedrooms and down the stairs. 0ur lives are just not the same without them. i was a nanna of ii, now i'm on nanna of seven. we will never again hear their voices shouting out "nanna" or "grandad". that thought leaves us numb. zak bolland and his friend david worrall threw petrol bombs into the house. bolland's girlfriend courtney brierley encouraged and helped them. the men's murderous journey was all caught on cctv. first they went to buy fuel. then they went to the house and lifted a garden fence panel. moments later you can see the flashes as the petrol bombs were thrown into the kitchen. inside little lia was sleeping in a cot.
her mother picked her up and put her in the bath to try to save her, but the fire was too much. michelle pearson survived to be told that four of her children had not. the court heard that the fire was the ultimate result of a long—running feud between one of michelle pearson's other sons and zak bolland. what started as low—level tit—for—tat crime ended in murder. the family say michelle was let down, having repeatedly warned that she was in danger. are you angry? yes. who with? the police, social services, the council. they could have done more and theyjust failed her. the police watchdog is investigating. we have referred this to the ipcc on the very first day of the enquiry, and a full review is taking place into all the background that led to the fatal fire. the pearson family are still to hold funerals for the children. tonight they visited michelle
in hospital to tell her she now hasjustice for demi, brandon, lacie and lia. judith moritz, bbc news, manchester. the hollywood actor morgan freeman has apologised, after eight women reportedly claimed he subjected them to harassment or inappropriate behaviour. the us network cnn, says the incidents happened on film sets and at freeman's production company. in a statement he says he never intended to make anyone feel uneasy, and he apologised to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected. american media is reporting that the former hollywood producer harvey weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police, to face allegations of sexual assault. he's denied having non—consensual sex with anyone. nick bryant is in new york.
what are we expecting? we understand harvey weinstein will surrender himself to nypd tomorrow morning, close to his home and close to the office from which he used to run his movie empire. this was his fiefdom, this was his power base, and after being processed by the police we understand that he'll be taken to a criminal court in lower manhattan, where charges will be laid. now, more than 100 women have accused tiger win stein of sexually molesting them —— accused harvey weinstein of sexually molesting them and it's believed one accuser, a wa ltz and it's believed one accuser, a waltz time aspiring actress called lucy waltz time aspiring actress called lu cy eva ns waltz time aspiring actress called lucy evans claimed harvey weinstein sexually assaulted her in 200a. he has denied these allegations. we've beenin has denied these allegations. we've been in touch with his team tonight and they are not giving any comment. he has faced a number of civil suits. his company has filed for bankruptcy. his reputation obviously
is in tatters. but this will be the first time that he has faced criminal charges. nick bryant, thank you, live in new york. the health secretaryjeremy hunt says he's "encouraged" that the prime minister "completely understands" the need for a long—term funding settlement for the nhs. his comments come as a major new report suggests taxes will have to rise to pay for the health service, if the uk is to avoid "a decade of misery" in which older and more vulnerable people are let down. this report from our political editor laura kuenssberg contains some flashing images. ca re costs. more and more. hospitals in the red, waiting lists at record levels. the prime minister has promised to fix it, but will it really happen? will you get the money you need for the nhs? i'm not going to talk about that this evening. will the health secretary win the argument for as much as another 4%? are you confident the government will learn the lessons of the past, and the one that the nhs needs
about 4% every year — year after year — in order to be healthy in the long term? i'm, you know, very encouraged. i think the prime minister completely understands this. she's absolutely passionate about the nhs and she wants the nhs to have a multi—year settlement. does that mean we, the public, pay? i think poll after poll shows that they do recognise that through the tax system we will end up having to contribute more, and there's a willingness to do that providing they can see the money going to the nhs and providing they can see that it's not being wasted. an independent verdict shows what those costs might be. next year's spending already is set at £154 billion. to keep up, the verdict is the nhs will need an extra 3.3% every year, a huge £95 billion over 15 years. but for the service to improve, the price tag is at least 4% extra each year, £124 billion more
over that time. that's a hypothetical extra £2000 in tax for every household. so if evidence piles up that the nhs needs more cash, surely it's simple? they have to act. but writing big cheques with taxpayers' money is anything but. the prime minister has already made a big promise — to find more money for the nhs and to guarantee it for a decent length of time. but ministers are a long way from agreeing how much, for how long, and how to pay. the prime minister has agreed in theory with the health secretary, that the nhs in england needs not only extra money — but year after year after year. yet where can the chancellor find it? extra tax, more cuts, or borrowing? insiders have told me it might only be 2% extra. things are tense.
how much more money should the nhs get? are taxes going to have to rise? very nice to see you. nothing to see here of course. the nhs has to do reform as well as get results in. i think there is a very ferocious argument going on in whitehall. the prime minister basically seems to have made her mind up that the nhs has now become a political issue and that something has to be done. the chancellor may well be in the same position, but he doesn't want to really open the cheque—book. the health secretary knows the situation and is demanding more cash. the prime minister wants a deal in time for the nhs‘s 70th anniversary in july. but there's no guarantee it will be ready, orfeel anything like a gift. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. well, one of the main reasons the nhs will need so much more money in the coming years is the uk's ageing population. as our health editor hugh pym
explains, living longer can fundamentally affect society's ability to provide adequate health and social care. the pressure on the front line is as intense as ever. here at hull royal infirmary today, the message has gone out to the local community to use local facilities with minor injuries like walk—in centres, to take the pressure off a&e. today's report makes clear there will be growing strain on the health service in the years ahead. retirement years are extending as people live longer. a happy time for many but a potential long—term burden for the nhs and social care. the total population is predicted to rise with older people making up the vast majority of the increases. the number aged 85 and over in 15 years' time, is set to almost double to 3 million people, contributing to an increase of old people in society, with predictions that 23%, more than one in five of us, will be over 65 in 15 years' time. this local health leader told me
what this means for the nhs. people are having longer active lives, but they are also having longer lives living with more than one medical condition, and we are going to get increasing numbers. that is a challenge for any health service. today, health officials were at the launch of a new dementia initiative in hull, using archive pictures to help patients enjoy and discuss memories of earlier years. schemes like this can play a part but today's report says more funding is vital. the ageing of our population, and the rising burden of long—term health conditions means we cannot go on with the historically low funding that we have had for the last eight years. the overall share of public spending in the economy has been broadly stable since the 1950s, but within that, health has increased significantly. that has been at the expense of education and defence which has fallen sharply.
big decisions are needed on health and social care funding. there is a widespread sense this is a turning point. hugh pym, bbc news, hull. the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, says a bad brexit deal could mean the uk economy requiring further economic stimulus. he says while the bank did expect a smooth transition, a "disorderly" withdrawal from the eu might mean interest rates staying at historic lows. well, our economics editor kamal ahmed is with me. mr carney has made similar kinds of predictions before, but this warning seems to raise the stakes.|j predictions before, but this warning seems to raise the stakes. i think he has, clive. if anyone was expecting him to stay quiet on brexit, they have another think coming. if we remember early in the year, the bank of england was much more bullish on growth and suggested interest rates would rise more quickly this year. i think today's
speech has put off any imminent rises pretty much. the bank is most concerned it says by a disorderly brexit. if there were one, that would mean the bank would want to keep the economy on emergency measures, these very low interest rates, so putting off interest rates. also, another lengthy warning about the effects of the brexit referendum already on the economy, something that got a rebuke from borisjohnson two days ago which said —— who said the country is not suffering. the bank of england disagrees with that analysis from the foreign secretary. and there is the foreign secretary. and there is the tit—for—tat between the european union and britain on the negotiations. the eu is saying britain's position as a fantasy. britain's position as a fantasy. britain is fighting back saying the eu is laughable for saying we're not putting detail on the table. i think the big point is this. as long as there is no direct agreement on the trade relationship or it is not
clear between britain and the european union, the governor will keep warning about the economic consequences. thank you. two 15—year—old boys have been convicted of plotting to murder fellow students and teachers at a school in north yorkshire. during the trial the court heard how they were inspired by the columbine school massacre in america, and prepared a hit list of people they wanted to kill. a couple have been found guilty of murdering their french au pair, and burning her body in their garden in south—west london. the court heard that 0uissem medouni and sabrina kouider beat and starved sophie lionnet who was 21, as part of a paranoid obsession. jeremy corbyn says his party will oppose any hard border with ireland as part a brexit deal. speaking on his first trip to northern ireland as labour leader, he said uncertainty over the irish border was threatening to undermine peace. an army sergeant has been found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute. victoria cilliers survived
the 4,000 foot fall, at an airfield three years ago. the court heard that emile cilliers stood to receive an insurance pay—out on the death of his wife. today, police called him cold and calculating. duncan kennedy reports from winchester crown court. emile and victoria cilliers, a couple where he wanted her to die. an experienced skydiver, this was victoria during one of herflights. a flight exactly like this one over the same airfield in wiltshire where she had her accident. but both her main and reserve chutes failed. she fell 4000 feet. and only lived because she hit this newly ploughed field. wiltshire police were called in and discovered that emile cilliers was the last to handle victoria's parachute the day before her accident. it was in this toilet that emile cilliers brought
victoria cilliers' parachute to tamper with. he moved strings on the main chute and cut pieces off the reserve chute, all to sabotage it. what he hoped for was when she leapt out of the aircraft, she would jump to her death. this police demonstration in the same toilet showed the jury there was space to sabotage the parachute. after his arrest, cilliers refused to speak about it. but it became clear he wanted victoria dead to claim an insurance policy. his act of sabotage stunned the parachuting world. nobody would want to believe that somebody could do that to somebody else, because we are all bonded by the sport together. but incredibly there was more. a week before the parachute incident, cilliers undid this gas valve in a separate attempt to kill victoria. his children were
upstairs at the time. nicky shepherd has known cilliers for 20 years. she does not want her face shown. this is her with cilliers who fathered two children with her. in her first television interview, she spoke of his controlling character. i would describe him as, if i can use the word, psychopathic. to start with it is the charm. this is why people like him, and then deceiving, manipulative. everything else you don't find out until you have been hurt by it. emile cilliers will be sentenced next month, seven years after his marriage to victoria, the woman he tried to kill in their own home and doing the sport she had once loved. duncan kennedy, bbc news. now, the email inboxes of many people have been clogged in recent days, with messages from companies about their privacy policies and how
they handle personal data. it's all to do with a new data protection law coming into force across europe tomorrow. as you can see, the law — called general data protection regulation or gdpr — has been causing confusion, bemusement and exasperation among twitter users. amol rajan looks at what's happening, why it matters — and what it says about our changing times. look familiar? over the past week millions of us have been inundated with e—mails seeking consent for our data to be retained and used. how clear are you about what gdpr is? i'm not at all. gdpr? what is that? i've no idea. gdpr, what is that exactly? gdpr gives consumers much more control over their data. they can now expect to be told who their data has been shared with. they can opt out of profiling and they can challenge automated decisions about issues such as whether or not they should
be offered a loan. and beyond that, consumers can now demand free access to data about them held by a company within a month. but for many businesses, even small ones like this aquatics firm near birmingham, complying with gdpr is onerous. all firms must now appoint a data protection officer, seek explicit consent, and allow customers to delete, inspect and correct records. many think their mailing lists are now redundant. in today's busy society i'm exactly the same. you get bombarded with e—mails and i can quite easily see that mailing list shrinking from 3500 down to less than 1000, which we've then got to build back up again. i think that message has been lost to some extent. 0ne leading lawyer says many of the e—mails sent in the past week weren't needed. a lot of individuals are being bombarded by e—mails. are these e—mails actually necessary? in many cases they're not necessary. there is a rule that if you are sending unsolicited
direct marketing by e—mail or text to an individual you do need their consent to do so. however, in many cases individuals will have already given that consent, and also businesses can rely on something called the soft opt in, and that means they can continue to send marketing messages to existing customers in respect of similar goods and services, provided they give them the opportunity to opt out. economic history is infinitely complex, but it does display clear patterns. the agrarian economy was based on land and the cultivation of crops. the industrial revolution created an economy driven by manufacturing. that in turn was followed by the growth of services and the knowledge economy, which places a premium on information. capital today is shifting towards a new type of economy — one in which the most precious resource isn't something we can touch, smell or hear. this is the data economy. today, the most powerful companies in the world are those
who hoard almost unimaginable quantities of data. these companies are a new kind of media and technology giant, powered by algorithms that allow them to monetise information about all of us. demand for information caused the regulator's website to crash briefly today. it's now up and running again — and just as well. the world is watching this european attempt to take back control of our data. amol rajan, bbc news. the government has begun an investigation into how a hoax caller was able to speak to the foreign secretary, boris johnson, for 18 minutes, and then post the recording online. british officials accused the kremlin of being behind the telephone call, in which a man pretended to be the newly elected prime minister of armenia. a foreign office spokesman says mrjohnson realised it was a hoax, and eventually ended the call. as you know, i have a meeting with president putin in sochi. next week, i know.
i need to be prepared. i hope he will not poison me with novichok! well, it is very important i think, prime minister, that we do not have a new cold war. "a tree is a spectacular creation, a perfect sculpture." these are the words of the renowned italian artist, giuseppe penone, who for 50 years has been creating sculptures of trees. now his works, many never seen in the uk before, go on show in the natural setting of the yorkshire sculpture park, in wakefield. he's been talking about his passion for trees to our arts editor, will gompertz. music: jerusalem as views go, this is not a bad one. it is the green and pleasant land of the yorkshire sculpture park, where mother nature provides a gallery for the modern art of barbara hepworth, henry moore and james turrell‘s skypace. this is a place where even the trees look like sculptures. hang on.
this one is a sculpture. by the world renowned italian artist giuseppe penone. so, giuseppe, tell me about the rock in the tree. the tree is related to the idea of growing of the tree, that is attracted by light, and the rock is related to the idea of gravity force. penone is like the david attenborough of art. he spends his life observing nature to make work that heightens our awareness of its beauty and power. the tree, he says, is the perfect sculpture, because it balances the weight of life as all living things must do, with a poetic fluidity. a tree is between two worlds. the underground and the upper. so i have done this piece that is horizontal and in this