this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 11.00. 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 comes 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 thejeremy thorpe affair. the bbc learns police are to re—open the investigation into the former liberal leader, after discovering a key figure they concluded was dead, could actually still be alive. and at 11.30, foreign correspondents based here in the capital give us their views on the weeks events in dateline london. good morning and welcome to bbc news.
visa's payment system is now operating at "full ca pacity" — following widespread disruption to card payments across the uk and europe yesterday. the company says the problems were down to a "hardware failure2 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 tenterhooks,
the manager'sjumping and down. 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 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. earlier i spoke to paul lewis, presenter of bbc radio 4's moneybox, about what visa has been saying this morning and whether card holders could be eligible for compensation. 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 in a pub where one got through and the rest didn't. what puzzles me is where was the back—up. this is the premier payment system
in the world, probably, and certainly in the uk. 95% of debit cards go through visa. 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 daren‘t turn them 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 contactless now, it all causes 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 cheques. presumably this is a reminder about having to have more than one option. absolutely.
as 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 talk to 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 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 and then paid with cash, how can you prove the card
payment 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 did empty and there were queues 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 there will be more people 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 again? you can't be. if we asked visa 2a hours ago if this could happen, they would have said no. i don't think we can guarantee it. i'm not 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 on one payment system. let me bring you some breaking news. this is a statement from british transport police about a fatality in west bromwich in the early hours of this morning. it says officers were called to trinity way tram stop in west bromwich this morning after reports that someone had been hit by a tram. the police said they attended alongside west midlands ambulance personnel but sadly the person died at the scene. 0fficers are now investigating how the person came to be on the tram tracks at the time where apparently the fatality took place. that is at the trinity way tram stop. someone was pronounced dead at the scene just
before five o'clock this morning. british transport police are trying to identify their next of kin. donald trump has announced that his summit with the north korean leader, kimjong—un, is back on — and will take place later this month in singapore. nine days ago, the president 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 correspondent hywel griffith gave us the latest from seoul.
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 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 peninsula, 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. 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 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 new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, has officially been sworn into office today by king felipe in madrid. the ceremony comes less than 2a hours after forcing out his predecessor, mariano rajoy. mr 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. a 43—year—old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers who were stabbed in inverclyde yesterday. pc kenny mackenzie has a serious neck injury whilst his colleague pc laura sayer was stabbed in the arm whilst attending the routine visit to a house in greenock. the man will appear in court on monday. detectives have launched a murder inquiry following a hit and run incident in glasgow in the early hours of this morning. police say a white transit van was driven deliberately at two men and a woman in rutherglen. a 27—year—old man was taken to the queen elizabeth university hospital where he died. 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. 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 a bit hard for us, being a bit disabled. a long journey ahead of us, we can do without the extra hour that 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, something needs to be done about it. businesses in the lake district rely on visitors coming back time and time again. anything which affects that, like a poor rail connection, is worrying. if people aren't having
the type of quality visitor experience that they deserve, then that's going to be the legacy. that's what they're going to remember. not the fantastic scenery, not the great visitor attractions, all let down by something outside our control. tourism leaders fear poor rail services could do long—term damage to the lake district's 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 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're 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. 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. venezuela has released almost a0 opposition activists who'd spent months in detention. but many of them are still banned from giving interviews, posting material on social media and from leaving the country. the opposition, which boycotted last month's presidential election, has demanded the release of all political prisoners. lebo diseko has more.
an invitation for dialogue, says venezuela's government. a token gesture from a dictatorship, says its critics. this is the third of 39 activists to be released at a press conference organised by the state shortly before being allowed to go home. translation: we formally announce the beginning of this process and will continue working and we will gradually and we will gradually announce more methods. one person not released is leopold lopez, one of president madeira's most vocal critics. he was kept under house arrest before being taken to detention. last month there we re taken to detention. last month there were months of running street battles between police and opposition protesters, angry about changes to the constitution. —— last year. it is facing tough sanctions
from the eu and canada, as well as neighbouring countries who say they are concerned about democracy. and its economy is on its knees, meaning queueing forfood its economy is on its knees, meaning queueing for food and basic missa cities is a daily reality. the opposition boycotted the recent election which saw mr madeira voted infor election which saw mr madeira voted in for another six years. he promised to freeze some political opponents to overcome the wounds left by last yea r‘s opponents to overcome the wounds left by last year's protests —— mr maduro. but as the country teeters on the brink of collapse, more work may need to be done to hear that divides. 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. 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 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 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. earlier he came into the studio. 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 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. that is an extract from tom mangold's originalfilm that is an extract from tom mangold's original film made that is an extract from tom mangold's originalfilm made in 1979, but not broadcast because of the verdict. tom mangold joined me earlier and explained what the investigation had discovered. the new evidence we have uncovered is from a man called dennis nian who told me he was part of the original conspiracy to murder norman scott, and he, and andrew newton, the man who shot rinka, scott's dog, conspired in the rich cafe and shepherd bush to murder norman
scott. and meehan was the person who was hired to kill norman scott. he lost his nerve, gave the gun to andrew newton, and the rest is history. meehan made a full confession to scotland yard detectives about this. this is back in the 70s? way back in the 70s. and that full confession has subsequently disappeared. and in his place, meehan was invited to sign a much more anodyne statement which happened not to mentionjeremy thorpe or the fact that he, meehan, had gone down to kill norman. and so meehan was anxious to sign it. as a result of my investigation, gwent police were invited to conduct an investigation into these allegations. the investigation lasted a year and i am afraid it has been a bit ineffectual. because they said, we cannot proceed with this because andrew newton, the third
member is dead. sadly, they have now had to revise their opinion because they think andrew newton is not dead. and so the revelation itself is notjust that andrew newton may be alive when they thought he was dead, but more importantly that stopped the investigation, and if he is alive, the investigation could start again? absolutely. i think the investigation must start again. when i knew newton, when i interviewed him, he was a fit young man. i would not be as a price that all if he is still alive. tom mangold talking to me earlier. and his programme... the jeremy thorpe scandal is on bbc four this sunday at 10pm. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. good morning. let's start at the french open where kyle edmund is in action, the only british player remaining
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 18th seed fabio fognini, who's a fiery character he's lost the first set to the italian 18th seed england's batsmen will look to build on an impressive performance from their bowlers when play gets under way on day two when the rain subsides engalnd will resume on 106 for hoping to build upon an impressive performance from the bowlers
when play gets under way on day two of the second test at headingly.. three wickets from stuart broad yesterday saw pakistan bowled out for 174. fomrer captain michael vaughan had suggested broad should have been dropped for the second test to shake things up, something he felt was unfair. i have always been open to punditry. this week did disappoint me slightly. i picked up only eight wickets in christchurch. it was disappointing to read those comments but that is the world we live in. gareth southgate will provide an indication of who will start england's opening match of the world cup, as they play the first of two friendlies later, before the squad departs for russia. nigeria the opponents at wembley later. these two matches are an opportunity for us to look at one or two players in certain positions. combinations of players. there is a physical aspect to the two games that certain players need minutes more than others. 12—macro who have missed bits of training, either this week 01’ over a bits of training, either this week or over a longer period —— one or
two players. there are a lot of things we've been to how we will use the two games. the kit worn by nigeria is so popular that fans have queued for four hours in the hope of buying one. it isjust eight o'clock, the shop does not open until ten? cumin four hours to buy a jersey? i got a lot of calls about how expensive it is. it is about £64. is that too expensive? in nigeria, yes. but not in london, no. you'llagree expensive? in nigeria, yes. but not in london, no. you'll agree you have got your. is it what you guys
imagine it would be —— you have got your jerseys now, imagine it would be —— you have got yourjerseys now, is it what imagine it would be —— you have got y0urjerseys now, is it what you imagined it would be? can i touch it?! couple of results to bring you, and leeds rhinos thrashed leigh centurions in the quarterfinals of rugby league's challenge cup. leigh took the lead in the game but they then had a man sent off, and it all went wrong. leeds ran riot scoring nine tries in total. 18—year—old jack walker with the pick of them, 52—22 the final score. warrington play wigan later. rugby union heads across the atlantic once again tonight, with wales facing south africa in washington. but the head of the premiership rugby is not happy about it. and as a result, warren gatland will be missing his english—based players for the game in the united states. premiership rugby boss mark mccafferty says the game places an "unnecessary burden" on the clubs and players involved. the five time paralympic champion ellie simmonds has criticised british swimming after she returned to elite action in sheffield last night. simmonds put in a
european championship qualification standard performance at the british pa ra—swimming international meet. she'd taken time away after the rio games saying she hated'the sport, and says that the governing body hasn't been there to support her. that's all the sport for now. now for the weather wit hmatt taylor. hello. we have seen clouds spilling off across the near continent today. that has bought cloud spreading northwards and westwards. a few storms dotted around. they will continue to develop, mainly across northern and eastern parts of the country. a fair bit of sunshine across scotland and northern ireland as well. it is here inland. we could see some severe and fairly slow—moving storm is set up. one or
two isolated showers and northern ireland. a greater amount of cloud here. not a huge amount of sunshine. with a showers and thunderstorms possible, it extends across the east midlands and east anglia as well. many of us will stay dry. with blue skies continue across england and wales this afternoon, we could see highs of 25 or 26 degrees. into this evening and overnight, the storms gradually drift away. most will be dry. very misty across the north. a very muggy night. 15 degrees in glasgow. a bit fresher across the south. a blue sky day for many tomorrow. 0ne south. a blue sky day for many tomorrow. one or two isolated showers close to cornwall and the isles of scilly. a little bit cooler than recent days in scotland and northern ireland. not as many showers as today. temperatures are bit closer to where they should be
for the time of year. 26 or 27 in the south is not out of the question. a quick look into next week. we have high pressure dominating the weather charts. high—pressure dominates on monday. a rather great start to monday. there could be the odd spot of drizzle. isolated showers later. sunny spells breaking through and temperatures closer to where they should be for the time of year, mid—to high teens 01’ the time of year, mid—to high teens or low 20s. it may get a little bit warmer at times next week. the chance of a few storms across the south. a lot of dry weather to come. bye— bye south. a lot of dry weather to come. bye — bye for south. a lot of dry weather to come. bye—bye for now. hello and welcome to dateline london, where each week some of the uk's best known columnists debate the week's big stories with journalists whose dateline is london, as they report those events to the world beyond. this week, donald trump declares war, but don't panicjust yet, it's a trade war.
italy pulls back from the brink. spain topples over the edge. in the uk the conservatives look for compromise over brexit and donald trump marshals his diplomatic forces for peace. to discuss all that, with me are, greg katz, of the news agency the associated press. stefanie bolzen from the german newspaper, die welt the. iranian writer nazenin ansari and iain martin, columnist with the british ‘paper, the times. there's an old joke that the united kingdom and the united states are two nations divided by a common language. but whether you say ‘a—loo—min—um' and i say aluminium, a 10% tariff on imports of that and 25% on imports of steel, is not a friendly gesture. on friday, donald trump's administration imposed the duties, saying negotiations with the european union, canada and mexico hadn't made enough progress in the two months since he first threatened tariffs on foreign metals. the french said it was "illegal", the british called it "absurd", and justin trudeau, canada's pm, looked hurt. stephanie, the european commissioner