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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 10:00. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity, after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. president trump's summit with north korea is back on, confirmation after kim jong—un‘s envoy delivers a large letter to donald trump. the us defence secretary accuses china of trying to intimidate its neighbours by deploying missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea. also coming up, new developments in the jeremy thorpe scandal the bbc learns police are to re—open the investigation into the former liberal leader after discovering a key figure they concluded was dead may actually still be alive. and at 10:30 the travel show visits the museums and sights of the dutch capital amsterdam. good morning and welcome to bbc news.
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visa's payment system is now said to be operating at "full capacity", following widespread disruption to card payments across the uk and europe yesterday. the company says the problems were down to a "hardware failure" and has apologised to customers. payments processed through visa's systems account for one third of all uk spending. john mcmanus reports. visa says its high—tech payment system can handle 65,000 transactions per second, but on friday that boast fell flat as cardholders in the uk and across europe found their plastic simply wouldn't work. the problem began in the afternoon, appearing to largely affect electronic payments rather than cash machine withdrawals. many shoppers took to social media to complain, with the company forced to apologise. these people in droitwich said it wasn't just customers who were caught out. you can tell the staff are on tenter hooks, the manager'sjumping and down.
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he's being a bit firm with his staff because it's territory they're not used to being in i think. there was a couple in front of us, and we hear that all the cashpoints there... all the cards were down, and apparently it was all over the world. so i was, like, panicking. i've just gone on to barclays bank to get some money out. payment processing through visa systems accounts for £1 of every £3 of all uk spending, that adds up to a lot of unhappy customers. by friday night, the company said their cards were now largely working at normal levels and that the... as a nation, we're using cards more than ever. that's why friday's events left so many of us frustrated. but experts say it would be wise to have some back—up payment optionsjust in case, that's cash to you and me. the consumer group which has warned people to be wary of any phone calls
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or e—mails about the visa problems. they mayjust be fraudsters trying to use the event to gain your personal details. john mcmanus, bbc news. with me now is paul lewis, presenter of bbc radio 4's moneybox. i should imagine this is giving you a headache trying to work out what's gone on and. the bank of england was saying nothing except that there was a problem. it was only late last night that visa admitted they had identified a hardware failure. i think what happened is that it reduced capacity so much that some payments got through and most didn't. we heard stories of people ina pub didn't. we heard stories of people in a pub where one got through and the rest didn't. what puzzles me is
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where was the back—up. this was the premier payment system in the world, probably, and certainly in the uk. 95% of debit cards go through these. why is why wasn't there a back—up? is this a problem with the banks in terms of the sustainability of their computer systems? they are dependent on what they call legacy systems. they don't turn off and start again forfear they don't turn off and start again for fear of what they would lose. visa started in the 1960s. there is a danger that they are growing the capacity, so many people use co nta ctless capacity, so many people use contactless now, it all causes strain on the system. it could be that it just collapsed strain on the system. it could be that itjust collapsed at some point because of the capacity. people like me get accused of being dinosaurs because we want to carry on using things like checks. presumably this isa things like checks. presumably this is a reminder about having to have
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more than one option. absolutely. as we heard just then, i'm saying to people don't just have we heard just then, i'm saying to people don'tjust have cards from two different banks, have a visa card, mastercard, american express and cash. i told colleagues i barely carry 20 quid around with me but you've got to have enough to get you through the next few hours just in case something like this happens. there's also an issue of compensation because people have been losing money, going to extra expense. visa has apologised this morning but is that apology going to turn into cash for those who have lost money? which are saying today people should hold onto receipts and proof of any additional expenditure. they think there is the potential of the compensation. absolutely. i'd heard stories that people thought they had paid, it didn't go through, they had paid, it didn't go through, they tried again and now this morning they discovered there are two payments on their card. you'll probably get one of them back, but if you tried them paid with cash, how can you prove the card payment
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was not the one you thought he had made? how can you get that back? there are issues of double payments that people may have made. there will potentially be a problem over the weekend because people will have taken out a lot of money last night because they didn't know if the system would work, and suddenly all those cashpoints are empty. yes, they emptied and there were queues of people. there were some reports of people. there were some reports of cash machines in london that run out of money because people were taking enough for the weekend. there could be problems. i imagine they are trying to fill them up. now of course more people up paying with cash over the weekend. the last point is how confident visa and therefore everybody as customers can be that this isn't going to happen ain? be that this isn't going to happen again? you can't be. if we asked visa 2a hours ago if this could happily would have said no. i don't think we can guarantee it. i'm not
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saying anything about any other system, it could be visa, mastercard, american express, your bank. anything could go wrong and we can't just rely bank. anything could go wrong and we can'tjust rely on one payment system. things we can do to protect ourselves but i guess we now have questions to ask the bank of england about supervision. yes, they do supervised directly, they've not been able to say anything more to me except they are going to get to the bottom of this with the firm. money box today? we'll be looking at this like smart meters and energy meters in your home, are they going to hit their target? there is a large question mark in that question. there's a bit of doubt in your eye. wait for the programme! if you're staying with us, it's on the bbc website after broadcast. donald trump has announced that his summit with the north korean leader, kim jong—un, is back on and will take place later this month in singapore. nine days ago, the president
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abruptly cancelled the meeting, blaming what he described as the "open hostility" displayed by pyongyang. but yesterday diplomatic relations seemed to improve after a letter from the north korean leader was delivered to the white house. speaking after meeting the north korean delegation, president trump said he was now optimistic about the future. i think it's going to be ultimately a successful process, we'll see. remember what i said, we will see what we will see but i think it's going to be a process that we deserve to have. i mean, we really deserve. they want it, we think it's important, and i think we would be making a big mistake if we didn't have it. i think we're going to be having a relationship and it will start on june 12th. 0ur sydney correspondent hywel griffith gave us the latest. the news that the summit is back on again has been welcomed here in seoul. a spokesman for the south korean government saying they await that moment on the 12th of june with excitement. they will also have been reading
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between the lines in terms of what donald trump said in the white house, particularly the idea that this will become a process and not everything will be done on a deal in singapore. and, vitally, he seemed to shy away from the issue of denuclearisation and what exactly that would mean, suggesting may be that the gap between the us‘s demand for clear, irreversible, verifiable denuclearisation is still some way away from what north korea wants as stage by stage. they will, however, have taken heart from the idea that a peace treaty could be part of the summit, an end officially to the war between north and south. the stalemate has lasted 65 years. meanwhile, here in the korean peninsular, south has been talking to north. they have had their own talks about cooperation in the future, about economic ties. one other piece of good news that has come to seoul are the words from america's defence secretary.
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now, he is in a defence summit in singapore already and he said that there will be no move to pull us troops out of this region as a result of the singapore summit. the security of the region, which at the moment depends on the us, is maintained, for the medium term at least, and obviously that prospect of a longer term peace is now hanging before us all with the summit on the 12th ofjune. the us defence secretary, james mattis, has accused china of trying to intimidate and coerce its neighbours by deploying missiles in the south china sea. speaking to south—east asian defence ministers in singapore, general mattis said that whilst the trump administration wanted a constructive working relationship with china, the us would compete vigorously if necessary. we are prepared to support china's choices if they promote long—term peace and prosperity for all in this dynamic region. yet china's policy in the south china sea stands in stark contrast to the openness of our strategy, what our strategy promotes. it calls into question
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china's broader goals. china's militarisation of artificial features in the south china sea include the deployment of any ship missiles, surface—to—air missiles, electronic jammers and, more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at woody island. despite china's claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion. the european union's trade commissioner has warned that the us is "playing a dangerous game" by imposing tariffs on european steel and aluminium. in response, the eu has issued a io—page list of tariffs on us goods ranging from harley—davidson motorcycles to bourbon. canada and mexico are also planning new taxes on us products. police scotland have named the two officers who were stabbed at a house in greenock yesterday.
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pc kenny mackenzie has a serious neck injury whilst his colleague pc laura sayer was stabbed in the arm. a 43—year—old man arrested after the incident is also being treated in hospital. a man is due in court this morning charged with the murders of two well—known criminals in the north—west of england. paul massey, who was known by the nickname "mr big", was shot dead outside his home in salford in 2015. john kinsella was killed while walking his dog near st helens last month. 37—year—old mark fellows will appear before south sefton magistrates‘ court charged with two counts of murder. tomorrow evening, millions of us will tune into bbc one to see hugh grant and ben whishaw in the final part of a very english scandal. the drama tells the story of former liberal leaderjeremy thorpe, accused of conspiring to murder his former gay lover norman scott. now in a timely exclusive, the bbc‘s panorama has learnt that a police investigation into the attempted murder is to be re—opened. former panorama journalist tom mangold covered the case in 1979
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for a programme that never made it to air, but he returns to the story in a documentary this weekend, which includes some of his originalfootage. today, norman scott lives in a rented cottage on the edge of dartmoor. he has retained a lot of horses. in fact, it was through horses that he first metjeremy thorpe. scott was then living in 0xfordshire, training as what's known as a working pupil at the stables of a professional showjumper. one day, 18 years ago, thorpe was on a visit to the stables and met scott at the stable door. the two men started to talk. well, i was a very naive and a shy person who was reallyjust involved with horses. i can't really say how i felt. he wasjust a person above me in every way, socially and in every way. i was just a person working in a stables, so... i was a bit in awe of him, i suppose. i'm very pleased to say panorama reporter tom mangold joins us now.
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this is your programme going out tomorrow night. what's at the heart of the new evidence? the new evidence is from a man called dennis me who told me he was part of the original conspiracy to murder norman scott. and that he, andrew newton who shot rinka scott's dog and a member of the liberal party is conspired together to murder norman scott. and that he was the first person hired as a hit man. he went down and lost his nerve and gave begun to andrew newton. he made a full confession to scotland yard detectives. that full confession was subsequently disappeared. in its
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place, meighan was invited to sign a more anodyne statement that happened not to mention jeremy thorpe more anodyne statement that happened not to mentionjeremy thorpe or the fa ct not to mentionjeremy thorpe or the fact that he had gone down to kill norman. meighan was anxious to sign it. as a result of my revelation on that, went police were invited to conduct an investigation into these allegations. the investigation lasted a year and i'm afraid it's been a bit ineffectual, because they said we can't proceed with this because andrew newton, the third member, is dead. sadly they've now had to revise their opinion because they don't think he is dead. the revelation itself therefore is not just that andrew newton may well be alive but more importantly that that was the thing that stopped the investigation, and therefore if he is still alive the investigation could start against. absolutely. it seems to me the investigation must
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start again because my guess is that... i mean, when i knew newton, when i interviewed him he was a fit young man and i wouldn't be surprised if he is still alive. 0f course, this investigation must now be taken a bit more seriously. let's establish whether he is alive or not. it's not that hard. let's see what comes of it. do you have a sense that perhaps people would rather this went away? yes. on the one hand, i have felt vibrations of that. on the other hand, i went to see norman scott during the week and we had a long conversation. he too wa nts we had a long conversation. he too wants an end to this, but he would like the conspiracy revealed. in the film i made in 1979 which is being shown tomorrow night on bbc four, we came up with extraordinary details
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of the conspiracy notjust came up with extraordinary details of the conspiracy not just to came up with extraordinary details of the conspiracy notjust to murder norman scott but the conspiracy to cover up norman scott but the conspiracy to cover upjeremy norman scott but the conspiracy to cover up jeremy thorpe's homosexuality, his relationship with school and finally the attempt to murder him. that was a conspiracy and will show it tomorrow night, a conspiracy involving the police, the security service and elements in the political establishment including one home secretary. all of this leaves a bad taste in the mouth in terms of what happened at the time, but there will be those who say all the key figures are dead. all the people accused went to court and we re people accused went to court and were found not guilty and they are gone. is there any purpose served by pursuing this as an investigation by the police? i think you could argue that justice wasn't done. the police? i think you could argue thatjustice wasn't done. jeremy thorpe and his co—conspirators walked free. i think all the evidence indicates that they were guilty. although the jury said not.
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yes. andrew newton, who pointed the gun at norman's head to kill him and itjammed, itjammed gun at norman's head to kill him and it jammed, it jammed because gun at norman's head to kill him and itjammed, itjammed because newton kept the gun in his pocket which was full of fluff. none of these people has actually been charged with the right offence. norman scott, he feels a bit aggrieved by that. my own feeling is i will be delighted to see this film running at last, because it really does... it was broadcast in 1979 because of the not guilty verdict. yes, it couldn't be run because the film showed only thatjeremy thorpe was guilty. but the film concerned itself much more with the cover—up, the conspiracy to protectjeremy thorpe, at a time when the establishment felt it really didn't need another scandal.
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we had kim philby, the cambridge five, christine keeler, john vassal. the americans were putting pressure on us the americans were putting pressure on us about the sex and spy scandals. the last thing we wanted wasjeremy four, scandals. the last thing we wanted was jeremy four, leader of the liberal party, potential foreign secretary, the last thing we wanted was to expose him as a covert gaze. thank you. the jeremy thorpe scandal is on bbc four this sunday at 10pm. breaking news. this is as a result ofa breaking news. this is as a result of a case we were talking about earlier, the two police officers attacked yesterday in scotland. a 43—year—old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers. they were stabbed as they
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attended a routine visit at a house in green —— greenock. a man is due to appear in court on monday. the headlines on bbc news. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity, after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. president trump's summit with north korea is is back on, confirmed by a large letter from kim jong—un's envoy. the us defence secretary accuses china of trying to intimidate its neighbours by deploying missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea. sport now, and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre here'sjohn watson. (1015 nc bulletin) good morning. let's start at the french open where it's a big day for kyle edmund, the only british player still in the singles draw the british number one in third round action, equalling his best performance at roland garros. he's just taken to the court now for his match against the italian
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18th seed fabio fognini, who's a fiery character and no slouch on clay, having ebaten rafa nadal on the surface before. ——beaten. kyle edmund made a great start with an early break in the first set. to headingley, and day two of the second test between england and pakistan. england had it all their own way on day one, but the rain may slow them down in leeds today. 0ur cricket reporter henry morean is there for us. what's the latest as to how things are looking at headingley? what chance of play getting under way on time? it's looking pretty unlikely at the moment. the ground staff have been busy getting the enormous cover sheets out, there is no prospect of plays starting at 11am i wouldn't have thought. that's frustrating to england, after they had such a good day yesterday. inaudible after
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bowling the tourists out early on in the first day for 174. really good work from england after the disappointment at lord's. there will be at delay to this second day. absolutely. a good day for england yesterday. interesting hearing the comments about stuart broad, he was having his say in response to the comments from michael vaughan saying he felt he should have been dropped for the second test. it's clearly fired him up because he played brilliantly yesterday's. he did, 3-38 his brilliantly yesterday's. he did, 3—38 his figures. along with james anderson and chris woakes... inaudible it clearly did fire him up, michael vaughan inaudible it clearly did fire him up, michaelvaughan england needed their feathers ruffled a bit to make sure they came out firing. stuart broad hasn't been shy of making his comments known about how
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he felt about the criticism he received. last night he said he felt the criticisms were unfair from the likes of michael vaughan. he said he was the pick of the bowlers during england's final test match against new zealand in christchurch. inaudible in terms of who should be dropped from the england side. yesterday the intensity with which he bowled and the effectiveness of the england bowling unit suggested they felt the criticism they got was something they could respond positively to. the question now really is whether the batting unit can do the same. frustrating the england to lose alastair cook yesterday. as days go, compared to what they've had recently as a test unit, they couldn't have asked for much more and certainly stuart broad was leading things. thank you. let's hope the batsman can keep their end
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up. england manager gareth southgate will no doubt relish the chance for football to become the focus rather than talking about tattoos when his team play the first of two friendlies later, before departing for the world cup. nigeria the opponents at wembley. david 0rnstein is with the team. england's path to the world cup has been smooth, but with the tournament now fast approaching, the scrutiny has intensified. this week, raheem sterling moved to defend himself after revealing a tattoo of an assault rifle on his right leg. amid criticism from anti—gun campaigners, sterling said the artwork had a deeper meaning, that his father was shot dead when the player was just two years old and he made a promise never to touch a gun in his life. he understands how some people have perceived the tattoo, but in my view a tattoo is like any work of art, it's a very individual medium. he's not somebody that supports or wants to promote guns. this is a youthful england squad.
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the household names of the past are gone, so too perhaps the shackles of previous tournament failures. the nation will be behind us no matter what. the group of lads we've got now, you know, it's a high—profile group. many talents in the group. i think we've got a good chance of going far this year. the focus is clear — to succeed where so many have fallen short. expectations may be low, but spirits are high as england attempt to close in on football's greatest prize. david 0rnstein, bbc news, hertfordshire. that's all the sport for now. the rail industry has pledged to get train services in the north of england back on track as quickly as possible following days of disruption.
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northern has announced it will be running an emergency timetable until the end ofjuly, with 165 services scrapped. peter marshall has been speaking to passengers in the lake district. replacement buses have been doing brisk service at the start of the lakes line, 0xenholme station near kendall, because trains are few and far between. it's hard for us being a bit disabled. we can do without the extra hour it's cost us. the majority of services between 0xenholme and windermere were cancelled yesterday. for passengers like nick hay, trying to get home to liverpool after a family break in windermere, it's frustrating. i think it's absolutely scandalous. you can see there people here with prams, dogs, we're not getting all the help. anybody here? nowhere. and this could go on for weeks on this line in particular? i believe so, yes. i think it's scandalous,
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something needs to be done about it. businesses in the lake district rely on visitors coming back time and time again. if people aren't having the type of quality visitor experience they deserve, then that's going to be the legacy. that's what they are going to remember, not the fantastic scenery, to remember, not the fantastic scenery, not the great visitor attractions, or let down by something outside our control. tourism leaders fear poor rail services could do long—term damage to the lake district reputation around the world. to be let down at that very first point of contact with the county, to come out of that station and to not be able to have that smooth onward journey is just unacceptable. and now there's confirmation from northern that for an initial two—week period from monday, all lake line services are to be removed and replaced with a bus service as it struggles to cope with timetable changes and driver shortages. those who rely on the rail link have
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another suggestion.|j those who rely on the rail link have another suggestion. i would like to see this line taken out of the northern franchise, and operated by a prudent operator. whether that's initially the government as they are doing on the east coast mainline. northern has apologised for the disruption and says it's doing all it can to improve the situation quickly. peter marshall, bbc news, 0xenholme. five people have died in a major food poisoning outbreak in the united states. almost 200 cases of e.coli linked to romaine lettuce have been reported across 35 states. it is the largest us outbreak of it's kind in more than a decade. the new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, has officially been sworn into office today by king felipe in madrid. the ceremony comes less than 24 hours after forcing out his predecessor, mariano rajoy. sanchez, the head of the socialist party, won the backing of several other parties to win his motion of no confidence after mr rajoy‘s conservative party became implicated in a corruption scandal. the german state of
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bavaria has introduced a controversial new law which requires all public buildings to display a christian cross in their foyer. the man at the centre of the law, regional premier markus soder, says the crucifix is at the heart of bavaria. but critics have slammed him for politicising a religious symbol to woo far—right, anti—islamists. tiffany wertheimer‘s report contains flash photography. this will be a common sight in bavaria from now on. as of friday morning, nearly all government buildings in the south—eastern german state must display a crucifix. as the law came into effect, its mastermind, premier markus soder, wasn't even in bavaria. he was at the vatican enjoying a private audience with the pope. soder says the cross is at the heart of bavaria's identity. but the new law has left germans divided. translation: i think it's
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a good thing, because it's a part of our tradition, and i'm a religious person. i don't need to hang one on the wall. sometimes i even feel a bit uneasy about the cross. but i am of the opinion that everyone should be able to decide for themselves. markus soder is the leader of bavaria's conservative christian social union. it's the sister party of angela merkel‘s christian democratic union. with state elections looming, critics say the crucifix law is designed to claw back votes from germany's afd party, whose supporters are typically right—wing and anti—islamic. translation: it's a move by the election campaign. the afd talks a lot about christian values, and i think markus soder had


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