welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. the headlines: after meeting the japanese prime minister, donald trump says next week's summit could end the korean war. i really believe we have the potential to do something incredible for the world and it is my honour to be involved. meanwhile other g7 leaders gather in canada, facing deep divisions with the us on trade. i'm kasia madera, in london. also in the programme: was the red planet always a dead planet? nasa says it's found something which suggests there might really have been life on mars. with organic molecules in rocks, they could have come from life. and peace on a plate — singapore cooks up some korean—american fusion food. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning.
it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 7pm in washington, where president trump has been been meeting the japanese prime minister, ahead of the summit with north korea, that now looks almost certain to take place next week. here in singapore. mr trump promised shinzo abe improved trade links, in a bid to smooth over any worries tokyo might have about a korea peace deal. he expressed optimism about his encounter with kim jong—un, later backed up by his secretary of state who said he believed north korea was ready to denuclearise. jane o'brien reports. with the clock ticking down to choose their‘s summit with kim jong—un donald trump was visibly
excited. i think it is meant to be a fruitful, exciting meeting and we are going to get to know a lot of people our country never got to know. the summit now seems to be more of a getting to know you session rather than complex negotiations. do not thinki have session rather than complex negotiations. do not think i have to prepare very much. it is about attitude and a willingness to get things that much. i have been preparing for this summit for a long time. that is in contrast to the direct approach taken by mike pompeo. when he was asked about the definition of denuclearisation. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the prime minister ofjapan. of the united states and the prime minister of japan. shinzo of the united states and the prime minister ofjapan. shinzo abe here to make sure his voice is heard. the
direct threat remains. these drills are practised for the ballistic missiles that can read the reg tokyo with or without nuclear warheads. —— already reach trachea. mr trump we will is ready thinking of other photo opportunities. will it be here or at the or a lager? he has spent time building a relationship with mr jaap, shinzo abe but friendship does not always come up with benefits. with mr trump so keen for his own success , with mr trump so keen for his own success, shinzo abe might be right to worry. well, that trump—abe meeting was a precursor to both leaders heading to canada for the g7 summit, the gathering which brings together the heads of the world's biggest economies. but it's a meeting that won't be without a few awkward moments. the main reason for disagreement:
tariffs imposed by the trump administration on aluminium and steel imports from g7 allies including france and canada. prime ministerjustin trudeau, is sending a strong message to his us counterpart. translation: we see there is a lot of pressure within the united states to revise this laughable state that canada, france and nato countries could represent a threat to national security when in reality we are the best allies of the us has had for a long time. earlier i wasjoined by gary o'donoghue in quebec, who told us more about what we can expect from the summit. it promises to be an extremely awkward summit between seven country, seven economies, that are meant to be in lockstep and have beenin meant to be in lockstep and have
been in lockstep in terms of their attitude to trade and other international matters for a number of years. so there is a good reason why many people are calling this the g six plus one and this will be the first opportunity these allies have face—to—face to tell donald trump about what they think about those tariffs. the prime minister of canada, the host country, describing them as laughable. he has previously called insulting and unacceptable. the european union and countries in the g7 have also said they are going to retaliate to those tariffs so there will be a lot of pressure on there will be a lot of pressure on the american president when he arrives here on friday at stop there will be some are we in for a agreement between these countries. there have been waking on other initiatives such as the education of girls around the world and progress for women in leadership but on things like trade and economic development and some international
affairs, such as the iran nuclear year, the moving of the us embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem, all these things have created huge tensions between these countries which would normally be allies. also making news today: it's been a chaotic 2a hours over brexit. british ministers have been trying to agree their back—stop position if there isn't a deal when the uk leaves the european union. prime minister theresa may wants a stop gap plan that sees the uk stick closely to eu customs arrangements. some of her pro—brexit ministers weren't happy, wanting a firm date for the temporary arrangement to end. the result, a compromise that's unlikely to be end of the matter. a software bug has meant millions of facebook users may have unknowingly posted private information to the public. the glitch set a user's post to be shared to "everyone", even if that user had chosen a more restricted option, such as the just share with "friends of friends" option. facebook has apologised and says the problem is fixed.
a south korean tourist has been rescued after spending six days lost in the australian wilderness. joohee han fell into a gully in northern queensland, and was only found after search teams heard her calling for help. she survived without any supplies, but is said to be in good health, and good spirits. for six days, surviving is a miracle. it is a miracle that has essentially happen. after i did it myself, i said i would never be going back up there again. the french parliament has voted to ban the use of mobile phones in schools. it's hoped the move will improve concentration in class, while helping to prevent cyber bullying. both teachers and students will be affected by the bill, which, if approved, will come into force later this year. we're less than a week away from the start of the football world cup.
and as you can see fans are making their way to russia in all sorts of different ways. hubolt wirth, from germany, is using his tractor. he's currently in belarus slowly towing his caravan to the border, with a top speed ofjust 20 kilometres per hour. despite that, he says he's still confident of reaching moscow in time to take in some matches. it isa it is a great shot! more now on oui’ main news this hour — the build—up to the summit between donald trump and kimjong—un, which begins on tuesday right here in singapore. it will of course be a face—to—face meeting between the leaders of america and north korea, but several other countries will be watching events very closely. we asked our correspondents in three of the most interested nations to give us the view where they are. japan is rather worried about the
kim jong—un donald trump summit and the reason is about location. north korea has hundreds of short and medium—range missiles that can hit any city injapan. president trump is really only concerned about north korea's long—range missiles that can maybe hit the us. the worry is that he might do a deal with kim jong—un to get rid of the long—range and forget about the ones that can hit japan. reduction is also an issue. shinzo abe has promised to get back alljapanese shinzo abe has promised to get back all japanese citizens abducted shinzo abe has promised to get back alljapanese citizens abducted by north korea. president trump has promised to help but does he really care? is this really a big issue for the us? almost certainly not. this summit is south korea's charted
peace in decades. they believe their president moon jae—in has peace in decades. they believe their president moonjae—in has been best mental in diplomatically bring in these two leaders together. now south koreans have the step back and watch the seat if a deal can be done to try to end nearly 70 years of war. of course, they have been here before, only to be disappointed. the north has made offers of peace only to walk away and continue with its nuclear weapons programme but there isa nuclear weapons programme but there is a feeling here that this time things may be different and they are oi'i things may be different and they are on the first tentatively but historic step of forming a new relationship with their neighbour. when it comes to north korea, china matters. every us administration has been aware of that fact and none more so been aware of that fact and none more so than this one which has been badgering beijing to do more to enforce sanctions. has that been the crucial thing that has forced north korea to the negotiating table? it
seems unlikely. china has been doing more but it has made it clear it is not one to bring about north korea's collapse. beijing may be more realistic in washington about the prospect of north korea giving up its nuclear arsenal and if this summitfails to its nuclear arsenal and if this summit fails to deliver then beijing may be less likely to blame its old ally and a neighbour and more likely to point a finger at america. that is the view from our correspondence. let's bring you the view from america now. i spoke earlier to andray abrahamian, from the griffith asia institute, in our los angeles studio. he says there's a lot at stake for everyone involved. well, it is difficult to tell exactly what will be decided, given how quickly he has been put together. it is clear the south korean like to see a peace treaty in match and i think donald trump is also quite keen on doing something grand on the world stage that can leave a legacy. the question is, with such a short compressed time on
putting it together, can they get to an agreement in time and i suspect they may not but they will probably lay out a process way which a peace treaty could be reached. we also heard from the us secretary of state that kim jong—un has heard from the us secretary of state that kimjong—un has indicated to him personally that north korea is keen to be nuclear or is an bayside work approaching a common interpretation of the term denuclearisation. is it potentially being naive given the sobering talks with the parties involved?” being naive given the sobering talks with the parties involved? i do not think there is much labour tea on the american side —— naive, normalisation and security guarantees and possibly an adjustment of us forces in south
korea. removing forces completely or ending the alliance with south korea, that is not on the table. but beneath that, what is the us able to offer the north koreans? and indeed what will they accept from them? the us dream is perhaps a two—year rapid deforestation time but i do not think that is possible. aside from the nuclear issue, much speculation that this meeting might also bring about a packed to formally end the korean war. is that likely? what else is likely from the meeting?” am not sure if that is on the cards just yet although the rumours are that moonjae—in is interested in going just after the summit. if that is so, it is possible they would
have reached a peace deal but the americans need to see some movement on denuclearisation before they can get to putting signatures on paper. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: organic molecules on mars. nasa announces a tantalising new discovery on the red planet. also on the programme: singapore's chefs cook up special fusion dishes ahead of the trump—kim summit. the day the british liberated the falklands, and by the night, british troops had begun the task of
disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was many at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who for them has raised great hopes for an end for the division of europe. michael jackson was not guilty on all charges. the screams of the crowd testament to his popularity and their faith testament to his popularity and theirfaith in his testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick them down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: after meeting the japanese prime minister, donald trump says next week's summit with north korea could finally end the war on the peninsula. meanwhile, other g7 leaders are gathering in canada
to address their deep divisions with the us on trade. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post has a nice picture of coffee art of the korean leaders, as it reports on china possibly sending fighterjets to escort kimjong—un to his summit with president trump in singapore on tuesday. the japan times is looking at a new law on short—term rentals causing problems for tourists ahead of a busy summer season. rules coming in next week require hosts to register and meet new regulations, meaning about 40,000 properties might be taken off airbnb. and the philippine daily inquirer says a drug war in bangladesh is becoming increasingly bloody. it reports that the un human rights commissioner has criticised dhaka for the killing of 130 people. the government denies extra—judicial killings. now, the row which broke
out when donald trump cancelled his invitation to the philadelphia eagles to celebrate their super bowl win at the white house has turned into a war of words with a difference. yes, it certainly has, sharanjit. one of those eagles players who had actually said they weren't going to the white house anyway, malcolm jenkins, held a news conference using only handwritten signs. lets have a look. are you upset with the white house and the president for cancelling the trip? malcolm, who isn't listening? all of us? jenkins also held up cards defending players who mr trump had implied
were unpatriotic because of their protests against social injustice during the national anthem. he chose not to reply out loud to any of the questions, letting his cards speak for themselves. and you can see more of that on bbc.com. nasa says it has found evidence that there might once have been life on mars. the discovery was made by the curiosity rover, which discovered what nasa says were organic molecules in rocks dating back 3 billion years. their conclusion — while it is not necessarily evidence of life itself, it can't be ruled out. we found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lakebed. those organic molecules could have come from life. we don't know that there was never life on mars. there is... the organic molecules that we found not specifically evidence of life,
because there are other sources of making those molecules, including things that are nonbiological in nature, things like or even rock processes . nature, things like or even rock processes. we can attribute geology all by itself, without life, to making organic molecules. and the information we have doesn't tell us which sources responsible for what we have. the deputy director of the royal astronomical society, dr robert massey, explained why we shouldn't get too excited just yet. it's an intriguing discovery, but as the scientist said in your report, it's not hard evidence of life on mars. what it is as part of that incredibly, you know, sometimes painful process of scientific discovery, where you have to send probes, extract data, you are looking for those tentative clues. but this is a big clue, because it is the discovery of organic materials which in some ways you would think would be quite fragile, they are an allergist to some of the things you find in gas deposits on
earth, and they are associated on earth with ancient life. that doesn't mean that the same is true on mars. it is really intriguing. so the fact that these organic compounds and this methane gas has survived, is that the big deal? well, the methane gas is intriguing to, because that's fluctuating in the present day on a six monthly timescale, so it has a sort of seasonal change, and that is intriguing. obviously you can wildly speculate and say there were bacteria, that they are somehow, i don't know, breeding in this ring and dying off in the autumn. it is not quite like that, probably, but it is fascinating. it says, look, this is a hostile world, it is not a place where you or i could simply get out of a station and walk around. the air is poisonous, and there is an much of an atmosphere anyway. it is a harsh radiation environment as well, so not an easy place to live but it is still possible there is some primitive
life sitting somewhere deep beneath the surface, and that is why there is more of an imperative than ever to send more advanced missions to advance that mission. now, the curiosity back in 2014, how does that compare? well, i think this is very significant. it is just really intriguing to find is more fragile compounds, and these things that are more associated with life than we have seen before. we've seen plenty of evidence on mars of the action of water, that is beyond dispute now, but we have seen things that look like ancient riverbeds, and close—up, fragmented masses of stones, and the landscape the rover is exploring is thought to be somewhere where there was once quite a lot of water, that may be flowed back on the martian ancient history, actually a long time before advance life was established on earth. so it isa life was established on earth. so it is a very significant discovery. i'd be really intrigued to see a development, notjust in this mission, but doing more tests, it
carries an on—board laboratory, it can drill into rocks and extract samples. also missions that we will see in the next few years, there is a european one, there is nasa's mars 2020 mission, these will be even more advanced roving laboratories, and then i guess someday in the future we get astronaut then, they can do even more advanced work to a nswer can do even more advanced work to answer some of the fundamental questions, are we alone in the universe? is there even primitive life in our solar system ? here in singapore, we are crazy about food, so it is no surprise our chefs have been creating special fusion dishes ahead of the trump—kim summit. but are they worth their place on the menu? we sent ourfoodie reporters to find out. the much anticipated meeting between
donald trump and kim jong—un the much anticipated meeting between donald trump and kimjong—un is about to take place right here in singapore. one of the most food obsessed countries in the world. so it is no surprise that the singaporeans are marking this special occasion with some fancy fusion food. what are these dishes good enough to bring about world peace? were about to find out. —— we are about to find out. as you can see here, we arejoined by our special guests. we have president donald trump over here and kim jong—un over here. and these are pinatas. we are in a mexican restau ra nt, pinatas. we are in a mexican restaurant, and right now we are about to test two different tacos. one right here is called the el trumpo, it is a deconstructed cheeseburger, and then we have the rocket man, with a spicy korean sourced. that has got some kick. you can see how they arrived at the
rocket man. it's a little bit fiery. you would expect this in a cheeseburger. but this is an unexpected match, but i quite like it. so do you think these are dishes worthy of bringing world peace? there is certainly a lot of conflict in it, but i am leaning more towards yes and no. this is a burger with minced chicken, can she, and seaweed seasoning on top of it —— kimchi. and you also see korean rice rolls. this is not the usual kimchi. growing up, it was different, with more vegetables in it. ok. it is just something different. it is definitely not a burger in the traditional sense, but i am a lot of
really lovely flavours out of it. i think the kimchi, banh, it works. do you think this is good enough to bring about world peace?” you think this is good enough to bring about world peace? i am going to say yes. i think this is a winner. actually, me too. this is a winner. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will be taking a more in—depth look at that other summit, the g7 meeting in canada. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures, to give you an idea of what shinzo abe's wife, akie, has been doing while accompanying her husband on his visit to washington. she was invited to a school to play the japanese version of rock—paper—scissors, the rules of which are the same the world over. rock beats scissors, which beat paper, which beats rock. as you can see, she was good enough to see off most of her challengers, and everyone seemed to have fun. hello there. good morning. in wales, it has just been the warmest day of
the year so far. here, 27 degrees. in scotland we had some slow—moving, thundery downpours yesterday, bringing some flash flooding. and across the southern half of the uk, much more cloud. and there is division cloud over the next few days to bring the chance of one or two heavy and perhaps thundery showers. again, the worst of the storms, the more widespread storms, are likely to stay over the near continent. but we are looking at a few home—grown downpours in the next couple of days or so. difficult to pick out exactly where they will be, but we got this zone of weakness on friday from wales up towards the humberand friday from wales up towards the humber and north yorkshire, where we could see a few more showers developing, perhaps towards the south—west of england as well, hence
the odd slow—moving downpour across western parts of northern ireland, and particularly central scotland, some thunderstorms here. large parts of the uk will be dry, best of the sun shines up with scotland, north—west england and later in the south—east of england. those storms in the north will tend to fade away. most of the showers in england and wales fading away as well but a fair bit of low cloud coming into eastern scotla nd bit of low cloud coming into eastern scotland and eastern england over night, and a chilly night, actually, across eastern scotland and north—east that low cloud, misty weather, will tend to burn. we will see sunny weather, will tend to burn. we will see sunny spells developing more widely. very few quite a grey start here as well. a lot of that low cloud, misty weather, will tend to burn. we will see sunny spells developing more widely. very on saturday. the bulk of them are going to be in scotland. and these again will be heavy and thundery, not all. so if you but it seems to be all or nothing again and most places will have a dry day. now, with you will
know about it, but it seems to be all or nothing again and most places will have a dry day. now, we got this low pressure towards biscay threatens to bring some thunderstorms our way. at the moment it looks like on sunday they are more likely to be through the english channel, affecting the channel islands. the odd shower further north but again the bulk of the showers will be in scotland. probably more widespread showers on sunday and again more heavy and thundery, but large parts of the uk dry and temperatures into the low 20s. now, at one stage it looked like this weather front will bring all these downpours into the south—east of the uk. but now, we have got sufficient high pressure to just keep at bay, and it is not far away from kent on monday. otherwise, some good spells of sunshine. again, no wind at all. a few showers, not quite as heavy this time for scotland, but one through the pennines as well. and temperatures 22, maybe even 23 degrees. and looking ahead to tuesday and wednesday, not a great deal changes. most wednesday, not a great deal changes. m ost pla ces wednesday, not a great deal changes. most places will be dry. temperatures in the low 20s in the sunshine. mid week, though, things may change. i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: donald trump has met japan's prime minister shinzo abe,
to discuss his upcoming summit with kim jong—un. mr trump said there was the potential to do something incredible for the world. later his secretary said the north korean leader had suggested he was now willing to denuclearise. mr trump will now head to the g7 summit in canada, where he's expected to face opposition to his decision to impose new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium to america. and this story is trending on bbc.com nasa says tests on the soil and atmosphere of mars have given the strongest indication yet that there was once life on the red planet. the curiosity rover has found organic material in three billion year old rocks. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.