good afternoon. north korea's leader says he is suspending nuclear missile tests and shutting down a key test site. kim jong—un made the announcement ahead of a summit due to take place over the coming months with the united states and south korea. president trump has hailed the news as "big progress" and here the foreign office have called it "a positive step". our correspondent laura bicker reports from the south korean capital, seoul. north korea's favourite news anchor is back. usually she would be announcing the state's latest
missile test, but today was different. kim jong—un kimjong—un an has kim jong—un an has declared there will be no more nuclear or ballistic missile tests. he is also going to shut down an atomic test site to focus on building north korea's economy. in a tweet, the us president said, this is very good news for north korea and the world. big progress. look forward to our summit. these students have defected from north to south korea. they are sceptical of their former leader's claims. translation: there are three nuclear facilities, and they are only closing one. it isjust a show action, to negotiate with the us. it doesn't mean they're going to give up doesn't mean they're going to give up their nuclear weapons. we need to be wary of this announcement. translation: to develop nuclear weapons, they have killed tens of
thousands of people by starving them. ithink thousands of people by starving them. i think north korea is trying to get a reward because they have been pressured by sanctions. insole macro, a hotline has been set up insole macro, a hotline has been set up to pyongyang to allow the leaders of the divided peninsula to talk to one another. ahead of a summit meeting between the two sides next week. it is worth noting what kim jong—un did not say. he's not handing over his nuclear weapons, he's simply going to stop testing them. this is not the nuclear and as ordered by the united states. nevertheless, it is a significant step. it really signals he's all in, and we need to catch up, i think, in terms of our analysis of where kim jong—un is. he is ready for the summit with the south koreans in the summer summit with the south koreans in the summerand with summit with the south koreans in the summer and with donald trump. it is a measure of his seriousness that he is doing this before the meetings. pyongyang has broken nearly every promise it has made to the
international community. but there is some hope that this time maybe it will be different. laura is live in the south korean capital seoul. so some scepticism, but cautious optimism too. what kind of effect do you think this will have on those upcoming talks? here is the optimistic part. kim jong—un didn't have to do this week before the summit with moonjae—in of south korea. he didn't have to say that he was going to stop nuclear test. he has. say that he was going to stop nucleartest. he has. he say that he was going to stop nuclear test. he has. he has given them a starting point. he has also given a hint at what you might want. he is talking about building his nation's economy. that could be a little hint to the international community that he is ready to have those sanctions lifted, and he is ready to negotiate to have those sanctions lifted. here's the cautious part. these
concessions that he is making our easy to make. he is already a nuclear power, he has declared himself one, they have had six successful nuclear test. sophie kinsella ai have got the weapons to his people. and when it comes to the cautious part, the closure of the atomic test site, it was badly damaged during the last nuclear test, so it might well be that it is not able to be used anyway. but when it comes to those two together, what we are seeing here in seoul, it is a starting point, and it is certainly farfrom starting point, and it is certainly far from where we were last year when we had the us president and kim jong—un on exchanging insults. laura bicker, thank you very much. here, documents recording the arrival of thousands of the so—called windrush generation, who came to the uk from the caribbean in the 1950s, are being stored at the national archives at kew in west london. they could include, name, birth date and details of the journey taken of anyone arriving by ship. here's our political correspondent susana mendonca. what is the significance of this?
this will no doubt give hope to members of the windrush generation that there is some documentation out there that can prove when they arrived and that they came here legally. this is an issue that has really embarrassed the government over the past week. theresa may having to apologise to the heads of government from the commonwealth about this issue, having to apologise to members of the windrush generation about them being effectively stripped of british citizenship in a way, not being allowed to work in the uk, being denied the right to health care, being denied the right to pensions, some being deported, because documents proving they were here legally have been destroyed, so when immigration rules tightened up they call themselves prove that they were here legally. and so this, i suppose, could be a way to prove that. we don't know yet whether not the home office is going to be using this documents, we have yet to hear from them on that, but we know that the home office is reviewing all of those cases and reviewing them quite crucially over the next few days,
trying to give some reassurance to those people who have been affected, and also the prime minister has said that there will be compensation for people who i yet to hear what that compensation will entail. 0k, susana i compensation will entail. 0k, susana , thank you very much. susana mendonca. one of the uk's biggest providers of home care visits is understood to be in financial difficulties. allied healthcare, which employs around 12,000 people who look after elderly and vulnerable patients, says it will continue to provide them with care. allied healthcare is seeking a repayment plan with its creditors. it says there will be no redundancies. police are continuing to hold a man in connection with the burglary in southeast london during which an intruder was fatally stabbed. billyjeeves, who's 28, was detained in kent yesterday. he's being questioned about the raid at the home of 78—year—old richard osborn—brooks, in hither green, on april 4th, when burglar henry vincent was stabbed and later died from his wounds. tributes have been paid to one of the world's biggest
electronic dance music stars, swedish dj avicii, who's died in oman at the age of 28. he was best known for his million selling uk number one single "wake me up". avicii had retired from touring in 2016 due to health problems. here's andrew plant. # wake me up when it's all over... the dance music dj avicii, whose club anthems made him famous worldwide. tim bergling began making music in his bedroom in sweden before his talent caught hold, taking him on a ten—year career that saw him filling hundreds of venues with thousands of fans. there are very few genuine megastars from my world, and avicii was one of a handful of them, with a really distinctive melodic sound. a classicjourney up from the underground through to the extreme mainstream. # oh, oh, sometimes... avicii worked with some of the biggest names
in the business, from nile rodgers to coldplay, and tributes have poured in. rita ora, who he worked with on the hit track lonely together, tweeted, "i have no words, may he rest in peace. i'm devastated, heartbroken." madonna said, "so sad, so tragic. goodbye, dear sweet tim. gone too soon." and calvin harris called it "devastating news", describing him as a "beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented, with so much more to do." his music has been streamed more than 10 billion times online, and he hit number one spots around the world. his latest collection was nominated for a billboard music award just a few days before his death. the dj avicii, who's died at the age of 28. royal gun salutes have been taking place to mark the queen's 92nd birthday. soldiers from the king's troop the royal horse artillery
fired 41 times in hyde park in london at midday. this evening, prince harry will lead the tributes to his grandmother at a birthday concert at the royal albert hall, which will be shown live on bbc one. with all the sport, here'sjohn watson at the bbc sport centre. rachel, many thanks indeed. good afternoon. it's fa cup semifinal weekend with manchester united taking on tottenham later. for both sides, it's their only chance of finishing season with some silverware. david ornstein is at wembley for us, and do spurs have an advantage as they've been playing home games their all season? they will certainly hope so, and they beat manchester united here in january emphatically. today, however, jose mourinho, the united manager, has said they will have no advantage. the stadium will be split 50/50 between the two sets of fans,
and tottenham will have the away dressing room for a change, so a bit ofa dressing room for a change, so a bit of a difference there. more interestingly perhaps will be how totte n ha m interestingly perhaps will be how tottenham and manchester united cope with these blistering weather conditions. let's look at their records. manchester united are so successful in this competition, a record equalling 29 fa cup semifinal. tottenham have lost their last seven fa cup semifinals, the worst record in the entire country. they haven't won the competition since 1981. manchester united may come into it as favourites, but that home advantage, we will see how that plays out. the matches live on the bbc, kick—off 5:15pm. plays out. the matches live on the bbc, kick-off 5:15pm. david on stea m, bbc, kick-off 5:15pm. david on steam, live in wembley for us, thank you very much indeed. looking forward to it. third—placed liverpool are playing bottom side west bromwich albion in the premier league's lunchtime kick—off. mindful of next week's champions league semifinal, jurgen klopp made five changes to his side and one of them, danny ings, put the reds ahead
after three minutes. west brom could be relegated this weekend if results go against them. celtic can seal a seventh straight scottish title if they beat hibernian today. but hibs are threatening to delay the celebrations, afterjamie maclaren gave them the lead at easter road. great britain's fed cup tie with japan is finely poised at one rubber apiece. british number one johanna konta got her side back into the tie but had to work hard to beat kurumi nara, 6—4, 6—2. that made it 1—1 after heather watson lost to naomi osaka. the reverse singles and doubles take place tomorrow. mark selby has made a disastrous start to the defence of his world snooker title in sheffield. selby is looking for a fourth title in five years. he's playing joe perry but lost the first four frames. perry had to play three qualifiers to make the first round. he leads selby by five frames to two. and that's all the sport for now. john, thank you very much. you can see more on all of today's stories
on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at a:35pm. bye for now. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. a police investigation has been launched after a three—year—old boy died in a swimming pool at a leisure centre in leeds. officers were called to a david lloyd club in leeds at about 9:45am this morning following a report that a child had entered the pool and drowned. the boy was taken to leeds general infirmary, but later died. police are treating the incident as an accident, but are appealing for anyone who was in the pool at the time to contact them. let's return to our main story this afternoon.
north korea's leader says he is suspending nuclear missile tests, and shutting down a key test site. kim jong—un made the announcement ahead of a summit due to take place over the coming months with the united states and south korea. the un secretary general, antonio gutteres, said it's possible that north korea could one day be fully de—nuclearised. i think there is hope, i believe that if things go well, and i think they will go well, they will prove that the security council can be effective when it is united. the problem is that in many aspects, namely syria, we have not been able to have a united security council. when it is united and adopt imported measures, they can effect change. today i believe that the park is open for the peaceful nuclear rise
—— new nuclear rise asian of the korean peninsular. diplomacy is the path to peace, not war. earlier, i spoke to aidan foster—carter, honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern korea at leeds university and asked him about the significance of the development in north korea. it's good, but i'm with the commentators you have already quoted. the mood is in the right direction, we are in a better place than all the threats and insults of la st than all the threats and insults of last year. however, it is important not to oversell this. the north korean statement, which i'm sure viewers will see online, it is over 2000 words long, it is not messing about. it is the words of someone who is satisfied and perhaps complacent. we are not testing any more because we have got a good enough nuclear defence that we feel
safe and secure, there is no talk of giving up anything. although without nuclear site they are talking about, they have blown up the mountain, it is probably an usable now. there was talk about transparency, and people looking at that. it is the process, but it is a start. indeed, it suggests that we are on a pathway somewhere. what do we know about what north korea might ultimately want? this has long been difficult. kimjong—un is the want? this has long been difficult. kim jong—un is the third of his name, but some of the phrases are recognisable, some of these have been around for a long time and we have a 20 year history of diplomacy where the us, under bill clinton particularly, try to give those guarantees. but given the level of historical distrust, there was a korean war after all, it is difficult to know what form of words
will be accepted. you can replace the armistice with a peace treaty, this has been talked about. but would that create trust? i don't think so unless north korea gives up nuclear weapons. we have had no word about that at all. with these periods of talks coming up, with south korea and a meeting with resident trump, is there going to be some sort ofjoint strategy internationally, or a multilateral approach from various countries, or will each country have a different set of things they want to achieve? a good question and the answer is a little bit of both. areas countries have different interests, and it is not easy for the left—leaning president of south korea, who would like to be nice to north korea if you can, and donald trump, a republican firebrand bull in a china
shop, they have managed to keep online. they have been scrupulous in making this happen. i can imagine situations, for example, further down the road if the korean summit goes well, i'm sure this government would like more economic: operation, which is illegal under un sanctions was i don't think the or japan would approve. aidan foster carter speaking to me a while ago. the headlines on bbc news: ahead of south korea talks next week, kim jong—un suspends all north korea's nuclear and missile tests. the prime minister promises to do whatever it takes to help the windrush generation including paying compensation. and tributes are paid to the swedish dj avicii, who has died at the age of 28. the us aviation regulator has joined european authorities
by ordering emergency inspections ofjet engines, like the one which exploded during a flight on tuesday, killing a passenger. tests must take place within 20 days. here's russell trott. it's every airline passenger's nightmare, the port side engine of this south—west airlines boeing 737 exploded at 32,000 feet, with debris smashing a window and a passenger almost being sucked out of the cabin. she died from injuries. she was 43, a mother of two and a banking executive. early indications pointed to a fan blade breaking off due to metalfatigue. the pointed to a fan blade breaking off due to metal fatigue. the first fatal us airline incident in was lesser decade. now almost 700 boeing 737 engines will need to be inspected worldwide over the next 20
days. in a statement, the us federal aviation administration said fan blade failure due to cracking could result in an engine in—flight shutdown. uncontained release of debris and possible aeroplane compression. any fan blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced. it's not the first time metalfatigue has replaced. it's not the first time metal fatigue has caused a fan blade to break off an engine. in 2016, a southwest airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in florida, but investigators are hoping that flight 1380 will be the last. health ministers are calling on the makers of a drug to treat cystic fibrosis to lower the price, so it can be made available on the nhs. vertex pharmaceuticals said it would meet officials from nhs england next week to discuss the use of orkambi. the drug has been shown in clinical trials to improve lung function in people with the condition. the parents of the terminally ill toddler alfie evans have lost
the consumer group, which? , has warned that reforms to the pension system, introduced two years ago, have failed to address a gender gap. it says women receive state pensions which are £28 a week less than men's on average, partly because they have patchy national insurance records after caring for children and the elderly. here's our personal finance correspondent, simon gompertz. nearly 13 million pensioners, but they're not all the same. on average, women get less than men out of the state pension. until recently, there were two different bits. the basic pension, how much get of that, depends on how many years you've been working and paying national insurance. and the state second pension, linked to how much you earned. what which has found is that men receive £154 per week on average while the typical women's pension is £126, hence the gap of £28, the result of patchy national insurance records and lower pay while working. for people retiring now and in the future, there's a new state pension. it gets rid of the state's second pension, which men do best from, and makes the most of allowances
for caring, which go mainly to women. only those who have retired since 2016 get it. but which says amongst them, men have been getting £152 per week on average, while women are getting £1114. so there's still an £8 gap. many women are already having to deal with the fact that their pension age is being raised from 60 to 65. how long will it take for the pension gap to close? some say it could be a decade. the indian government has approved the introduction of the death penalty for child rapists. protests have been held across the country, following a series of high profile cases of child rape, some involving members from one of india's largest political parties, the bjp. the executive order was cleared at a special cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister, narendra modi. voters in england will head to the polls on the 3rd of may for the first test
of electoral opinion since last year's dramatic general election result. with seats on 150 councils upforgrabs, john maguire is looking at the issues affecting voters. he's been to plymouth, a council which is hotly disputed between labour and the conservatives. that's one thing you can't change, is the weather. only mad dogs and plymouthians would be out on a day like this. but members of this community running and walking group, aptly named storm, is made of tough stuff. but not me. so we have taken shelter in a cafe to get down to chatting about the local elections. we put them into power, but they do not even ask sometimes what we can spend on. we pay council rates and taxes and everything else, but it would be nice to say what would you like to spend this £27 million on? i have lived here all my life. plymouth is a beautiful city. sometimes we do not appreciate it. all that seems to be happening is new student accommodation.
i know student accommodation is important, it is a lifeline in plymouth, but there are other things as well i would put as a priority. history and social changes in the dna of this seafaring city. there is also a rich political heritage. nancy astor, the first woman to take her seat in the commons, was a plymouth mp. as was the former labour leader, michael foot. and with right honourable mentions for david owen, who went on to form the sdp, and alan clarke, whose famous diaries transcended the world of westminster. well, plymouth has, economically and socially, in many respects, has a lot more in common with cities further north than with other industrial cities, and its pattern of politics reflects that. adrian leigh, a former head of politics at plymouth university, has analysed elections for more than a0 years here. the electoral landscape has changed significantly, or appears to have done, but still, the contest this time will be between labour and conservatives, particularly
as ukip has declined significantly. but we ought to mention the fact the liberal democrats are fielding a full slate of candidates in the city for the first time for a number of years. but if a ward is deemed to be a safe seat, then margaret tells me ca nvassers are scarce. we never get anybody coming down our way. general elections, local elections, you never see anybody. in terms of the wider issues, defence is a vital industry here, but transport links are often criticised. the city's ambition is to grow from 260,000 people to 300,000. but as the population ages, the challenge here will be to take care of the elderly while providing enough opportunity for a workforce to pay the bills. and you can find out more about the local elections in england on the bbc news website.
the american television actress allison mack, best known as a star of the series smallville, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking at a court in new york. prosecutors allege she helped recruit women into a cult—like organisation led by a man who used them as sex slaves. the group's leader was arrested last month. if the recent spell of good weather has had you reaching for a long cool drink you may not be surprised to hear that there's been a huge increase in the production of craft gins, whiskies and rums by small scale producers. there are now more than 300 distilleries, double the number there were just five years ago. we sent sarah corker to meet some of the new companies who are enjoying success with spirits. there is a real thirst for british craft spirits, artesan gins, vodkas, whiskies and liqueurs and entrepreneurs are tapping into this small but lucrative market
for handmade and locally produced drinks. boutique distillers are competing with the big brands and they use a creative mix of ingredients that are made in small batches by hand and the story behind the product is a selling point as well. welcome to the distillery. this is lincolnshire's first gin distillery in a garage in louth. start—up costs are minimal. the biggest outlay is the copper still. in this is what we distilled last night. last year alan bottomley quit hisjob, got a licence to produce spirits and set up his business with his partner, amy. i learned from my father how to produce spirits because he made whiskey. i have spent the last 17 years as an engineer and one day i decided i had had enough, let's start producing alcohol. do you get funny looks from people wondering what is going on in the garage? yes, i do.
12 months on, they now produce 200 bottles a week. it was when we realised there were no other distilleries in lincolnshire that i stopped telling him off and thought there might be something in this and that is when it turned serious. in five years the number of distilleries has more than doubled and there are 315 across the uk and with well over 100 british gin brands on the market, domestic gin sales hit £1.2 billion last year. one check we do is to test the strength of the alcohol. jamie baxter set up 17 of the uk's new distilleries and now he is helping to make gin in hull. it is 85.5% avb. it is pretty strong. 85% alcohol? roughly twice as strong as the finished gin. small—scale distilling was not allowed before 2006. it was only at that time customs and excise started to license small—scale distilleries. it is still a very young industry. and in the adjoining
bar the owner explained what is driving this craft trend. people want something that is local or they know it has been lovingly made by hand and not by one of the big producers. and so, whatever your tipple, this explosion of new brands shows no sign of slowing down. prince harry and his fiancee, meghan markle, have been welcomed by the australian prime minister at a reception for the next invictus games. prince harry and meghan met servicemen and women from britain and australia at the event in london. sydney is hosting the next invictus games in october and more than 500 sick and injured military and veterans are scheduled to compete. prince harry. who is patron , time for a look at the weather
prospects. good afternoon. a lovely day for a wedding so far. more warm sunshine so wedding so far. more warm sunshine so far. this evening, things could go with a bang. we have seen some showers to the west country which may well drift into wales and part of the midlands, towards hampshire. quite hit and miss. many places will be dry with some sunshine. more cloud arriving from scotland. widely temperatures into the height teens, low 20s, up to 25 in london. another batch of rain in a the south—east. they band of rain coming to western scotla nd they band of rain coming to western scotland and northern ireland. that will push slowly eastwards through the day, the wet weather clearing northern ireland, some heavy rain for a while in western scotland, a bad show was pushing in across england and wales was up every once
in the south—east and east anglia as we hit the last of the warm air. things turned cool and fresh from the west. this is bbc news — our latest headlines... north korea suspends all missile tests and announces its to shut down a nuclear test site. president trump welcomes the move, calling it good news for the world. theresa may says members of the windrush generation — treated unfairly by the home office — are to be compensated "where appropriate". police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a burglary in south east london, during which one intruder was fatally stabbed.