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of north and south korea. after a lengthy handshake on the border, kimjong un and president moon promise a new era of lasting peace. as a symbol of unity, the men planted a tree with soil from the north and south. translation: we are one nation. when we met we realised we cannot be parted, we are one nation. translation: we declare there will be no war in korea and a new age of peace has begun. we'll have the latest from korea on a momentous day and ask whether the new spirit of co—operation will last. also on the programme. a fall in consumer confidence — the economy grows at its slowest pace for more than five years. the two young brothers killed in a hit and run crash in coventry — the driver is sentenced to nine years in prison. and, four days after his birth, a name for the royal baby — he's prince louis of cambridge. and coming up on bbc news,
liverpool have held talks with uefa and the italian police ahead of wednesday's champions league tie with roma, after violence at anfield this week. after an historic face to face meeting, the leaders of north the korean peninsula. kim jong—un and president moon jae—in shook hands on the border — in the demilitarized zone, at panmunjom where an armistice was signed in 1953 pausing the korean war. in a joint statement at the end of their talks, the leaders said there would be no more war on the korean peninsula.
laura bicker reports from south korea. this one outstretched hand could offer the korean together, the two leaders crossed back and forth... over a border that has separated them for 65 years. mr kim announced he felt a swell of emotion. an upbeat honour guard seemed to capture the mood as they headed for talks. a new chapter of history is being written, he said. i came here as if standing at the starting line,
firing the starting signal. it's an emotional moment in this class, as nearly half of the children are from north korea. we can't show their faces, to keep their loved ones safe. a peace treaty may be the only chance they have of seeing them again. when was the last time you saw your mum? translation: i last saw herjanuary 21st, 2011. i hope from this meeting we can live in a world where there is no war and no more nuclear weapons. after lunch, mr kim was running a bit late, which meant a good work—out for his security detail. and then, in a day of extraordinary moments, came this.
they simply went for a stroll in the most heavily fortified border in the world. and then sat for a chat while the world tried to lip—read in korean. they didn't keep us waiting long for their declaration. translation: facing each other, i wholeheartedly feel once again that north and south are the same people, the same blood and we cannot be separated. translation: chairman kim and i reaffirm today that a korean peninsula without nuclear weapons is the shared goal for complete denuclearisation. so longed for peace treaty and denuclearisation. on the face of it, strong words of ambition and hope, but amidst the lofty language,
there is very little detail. there was more political theatre as the two said farewell. and more signs of a burgeoning bromance. this is a very good start, but as they both go home, the way ahead is still not clear. when it comes to today, it was heavy on symbolism and heavy on ceremony. but when it came to the words the new colouration, nothing was explained, there was no details, no framework. this agreement signed is like previous agreements, certainly the language is very similar and
those agreements, the north has broken before. the south says this is all about building trust, little by little, stage by stage. but trust isa by little, stage by stage. but trust is a difficult thing to build with a neighbour who has broken its promise before. laura, thank you. it's not the first time the prospect of peace between the north and the south has been presented to the world. so how different is today's summit — and what lies ahead in the months to come. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. these are genuinely historic scenes from the inter—korean summit, but is there actually a prospect for peace oi’ there actually a prospect for peace or is this a ploy by the north korean leader? let's not forget these divisions go back many years. the korean peninsula was carved and by the united states and the soviet union at the end of the second world war. in 1950 the communist north invaded the south with the help of
its soviet allies and other forces fought back and the war lasted three yea rs fought back and the war lasted three years claiming more than 2 million lives, ending in armistice, but not peace. if these scenes look familiar, here is why. there was another historic summit in 2000 when the leaders of north and south met for the first time to try to normalise relations between both countries. seven years later there was another summit when the north agreed to freeze its nuclear programme for economic aid. but neither agreed peace, let alone disarmament. since taking power, kim jong—un has worked hard on his nuclear capability, repeatedly testing ballistic missiles which he claims can deliver warheads to the united states. is he is sincere about denuclearisation and what does he mean? the international response
has been cautious. double trump says, but things are happening but only time will tell if one they both sides can live in harmony and peace. when i began, people were saying it was an impossibility, they said there were two alternatives. let them have what they have go to war. and now we have a much korean peninsulas possible when the leader in the north sees him as crucial to his status, security and survival. so this summit does mark a de—escalation of tension but it is the start of a long process and there aren't no guarantees that at some point, one side won't walk away. joining me is our north america
correspondent, jon sopel. is donald trump claiming much of the credit for this? i think donald trump could justifiably say, i have done this and no other president could probably have brought this about. he inherited a policy of strategic containment and that was going nowhere. then north korea were showing these tests that were more technical advance. donald trump ramped the language up to volume ten, weapons being locked and loaded, there would be fire and fury and he talked to the un about the total destruction of north korea. it made north korea realised they were dealing with a different us leader and it made the chinese worry as well about what could happen to the peninsula. the chinese have played a key role in this and donald trump has acknowledged that. all these talks could go wrong. they may not happen, but at the moment it looks
certain talks will happen with donald trump and kim jong—un, certain talks will happen with donald trump and kimjong—un, and six months ago we were talking about the possibility of a nuclear confrontation. now we are talking about the possibility of peace. in anyone ‘s language, that must be seen anyone ‘s language, that must be seen as progress anyone ‘s language, that must be seen as progress thank you. the economy grew at its slowest pace for more than five years, in the first three months of this year. figures from the office for national statistics show it grew by 0.1% — less than many analysts had predicted. bad weather and the beast from the east had some impact — but experts say that wasn't entirely to blame, because construction and manufacturing in particular were already struggling. more details from our economics editor kamal ahmed. the big freeze. snow and ice are rarely good for the economy, and the last three months have seen plenty of both. whether you build houses or drive trucks, it's been a tough opening to the year. it took us the best part of six weeks to clear up the backlog we had from a couple of days' snow.
we know it's certainly hit our business dramatically, and i'll be honest with you, financially very very hard. and it was the best part of £250,000 or so, bottom line. it all seemed so different in march. iamat iam at my i am at my most tigger like. now a more cautious treasury on the economy, and it's not just the weather. there are underlying weaknesses. this is the worst growth since 2012, auntie worried people will think you are complacent? i'm not complacent at all. we are doing all we can, whether it's listing our skills, investing infrastructure, whether it is making sure that we have the land for housing to do what we can. we've got record levels of employment, and now some of those challenges that we've had for years and years, whether it's about our skills, whether it's about infrastructure investment,
those now need to be dealt with. and quickly. poor figures on construction, weak figures on manufacturing. bad figures on house—building. the government's economic record is in the dock. the issue is, lack of investment in our economy, which is being held back, still lower than they were in 2010, and people in significant debt. this is an economy that needs investing in, the whole of the economic policies that the government have pursued for the last eight years have brought us to the state where our economy is grinding to a halt. why is the economy performing so poorly? there is the bad weather, that has an effect, there's brexit, and many economists believe that is a big negative for britain. and there is the fundamental issue, and that's about us, the consumer, struggling with the squeeze, and that has brought real gloom to the high street. firms have closed, jobs have been lost, carpetright the latest high street name to feel the pain. with a weaker economy, all attention
is now turning to the bank of england. will they really raise interest rates next month? if the trends that we are seeing at the moment of a slightly weaker growth continues throughout this year, then interest rates are likely to remain lower than otherwise. the consumer drives 60% of that growth, if we are too worried to spend then the whole economy feels the negative effects. kamal ahmed, bbc news. the home secretary amber rudd is facing fresh calls to resign tonight, after leaked documents suggest she may have been told about immigration removal targets. on wednesday, the home secretary gave evidence to mps saying she had no knowledge of them. but an internal memo that refers to targets was sent to her in 2017. alex forsyth is at westminster for us. it was the wind ross scandal and on
wednesday the home secretary told mps there were no targets for deportation of illegal image and is. yesterday she had to clarify in the house of come and is. she said that it are local targets but she said she wasn't aware of them. now the government has this mellow and it was sent to the home secretary. that shows amber rudd isn't across the detail in her department or in fact she deliberately misled parliament and either way, they say she has to resign. we haven't had any response from the home office and number ten said the prime minister had confidence in the home secretary. it is worth saying, the home secretary and the prime minister have said while those targets are scrapped, it is right the government takes action against illegal in ‘s. there are some who criticise the approach, but the problem isn't the policy, it is the problem isn't the policy, it is the way the home secretary is
handling this affair and it has increased the pressure on her. alex, thank you. our top story this evening. an historic meeting between north and south promises a new era of peace on the korean peninsula. and still to come. out on the doorsteps one week before the local elections in england — we're asking voters what's concerning them. definitely parking in my area. a local incinerator that's being builtjust down there. everything. absolutely everything. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, guess who's claiming the credit for signing super striker mo salah? more than’éiitrozeatsarisgp conservative—run swindon is one
local authority facing the polls. 0ur deputy political editorjohn pienaar has been there, to test the mood amongst voters. your turn, will you try for me? whichever way you read it... much better... ...just giving our children a decent education is costing more and getting harder. this school gets high marks from inspectors, but it's also in one of the country's poorest areas and on top of a tight school budget, it's feeling the squeeze on local council social services and childcare. though this school gets great results, those results are now in jeopardy, because we are not able to put all our teachers into teaching time, we have to provide a great deal of time to support social work. we have children's centres in swindon, these are being closed and ours is being closed. that means we're not intervening with young children at a time when they are very vulnerable and they need support. let's just look at the nationalfigures. the government put in an extra £1.3 billion last year. but with pay rises and inflation, that really just amounted
to a cash freeze. and now, an education body is saying we need another £2 billionjust to keep up with pupil numbers and rising costs. we are gathering messages to parties, to voters to anyone who'll listen, tell us yours? i'm proud of the results our children get in this school and the teachers are doing a fabulousjob. however, i'm going to lose teachers with the financial squeeze and now the local authority needs to step up so that we get improved services to schools and that we don't have to use our teachers as social workers. the election is also about who can best manage tight budgets and convince parents who are feeling the pinch. my main concern is the contributions that are required within schools. you know, these children need these school trips but the money isjust not there for them. we don't have the money ourselves, that's what we rely on the school to take care of. we feel like our children are missing out because we can't afford to pay the monetary contribution. street by street, door by door, people are deciding what they see as the issues that matter most.
what's a big issue for you at the local elections? definitely parking in my area. it's very hard with a child. it's a local incinerator that's being builtjust down there and there's lots of things we don't understand of what's going on. don't tell me. 0k. your message to anyone who is listening about these elections, what is the big one for you? ijust want to say it's potholes. they are a damn nuisance, they damage your vehicles and if you are a keen cyclist like i am, driving around in potholes isjust horrendous. home comforts cost money, social care is about making a little go a long way. while national parties and politicians play politics with long—term reform. what's the daily reality? the key challenges for us are the levels of funding we receive from the local authority and the nhs and difficulties in getting staff recruited and trained into the home. we would like to do more with our residents, we'd like to get
them out to the garden centre every week, to the cinema, activities which they've enjoyed before. we just can't do as much as we want to. so the government has promised an extra £2 billion by next year and allowed authorities to put up the council tax by 2%. but experts say there's still a £2.5 billion funding gap and that's what councils are going to have to deal with when they are chosen next week. what's your message to anyone who's listening? the national politicians need to get on with the reform, but locally, we need help now. among voters here, anywhere, parties have to show they'll manage the available cash well. not everyone is bothered with local elections, some seem to care a lot. what's the issue for you? what isn't the issue? everything. absolutely everything is the issue. john pienaar reporting from swindon on some of the issues facing voters in next thursday's local elections. and more details about the vote can be found
on our website at bbc.co.uk/elections 2018. a serial criminal who killed two young brothers in a hit—and—run, less than a week after being released from prison, has been jailed for nine years. robert brown had admitted causing the death of corey and casper platt—may, who were aged 6 and 2, in coventry in february. the court was told brown had a cocktail of drugs in his system at the time of the crash. sima kotecha reports. just days after being released from prison, 53—year—old robert brown got into a car and ran over two boys in coventry. casper and corey were rushed to hospital with severe injuries, but neither of them survived. every time i go past ijust say a little prayer... people living close to where it happened are still in shock. two young boys going about their everyday lives, going to the park like every little boy should.
it's horrible. back in february corey and casper were on their way to the park with their mother and nine other children. around two o'clock they were hit by a black ford focus. behind the wheel was robert brown. today he was sentenced to nine years in jail after admitting two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence, and driving whilst disqualified. corey and casper‘s parents called on the government for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers. they spoke outside the court through their solicitor. we don't blame the judges for the sentence he imposed, but what today has highlighted is that those who rip families apart seem to be the ones who get off more likely. robert brown showed a total disregard for the law when he got behind the wheel that day. because of him we are living a life sentence, knowing we will never see our boys grow up.
the court heard how brown had a cocktail of drugs in his system at the time of the crash, including cocaine and antidepressants. he had previously been convicted of 30 driving offences and had never passed a test. the 53—year—old showed no emotion in the dock. in coventry, the pain goes on. two lives lost so young and so suddenly. sima kotecha, bbc news. the labour party has expelled an activist for bringing the party into disrepute. labour's national constitutional committee found marc wadsworth breached the party's rules when he verbally attacked the mp ruth smeeth, at the launch of a report about anti—semitism two years ago. now, 35 years after they last worked together, the swedish supergroup abba announced today that they've recorded two new songs. # mamma mia, now i really know... #.
this, of course, isn't the new work — no release date has been set for that, but one of the tracks, titled i still have faith in you, will be performed in december, on a tv special to be broadcast by the bbc. the group said that when they went back into the recording studio it was as if they had just been away ona it was as if they had just been away on a short holiday. the name of the latest addition to the royal family has been revealed — four days after he was shown off to the world's media. the duke and duchess of cambridge's third child is louis arthur charles — he'll be known as prince louis of cambridge. here's our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell. it's taken four days, twice the time it took to decide the names of george and charlotte, but finally the cambridges' new baby has a name. louis. it's a departure from the anglo—saxon names the royals normally choose, for something which is french and german in origin. so what's going on? is this a subtle message of solidarity with europe? or is it simply that william
and catherine like the name? the evidence suggests the latter. after william's birth in 1982, he was named by his parents william arthur philip louis. it was a tribute by prince charles to his beloved great—uncle lord louis mountbatten. earl mountbatten of burma, who'd been murdered by the ira three years before william's birth. five years ago, william and catherine named their first—born son george alexander louis. so the name has threaded its way through the generations. now, with the arrival of the latest royal baby, the british royal family has a prince whose name has family links and a cross—channel connection. louis is a name with strong european associations in royal terms. most particularly with france. france had 18 kings called louis, including louis xiv, who reigned for 72 years.
so what do people make of the name louis? we are french so we kind of like it, obviously. i love it, i love the name louis. i'm so pleased it's not going to be arthur, so pleased that's a middle name. louis arthur charles. four days old and little louis is already creating his own entente cordiale. nicholas witchell, bbc news at kensington palace. time for a look at the weather. here's helen willetts. not the best day to end the week, pretty miserable on the roads, this was sent in from lyme regis earlier, a pleasant view, despite the rain here. not all rain because we've had a bit of sunshine further north, quite striking photograph with snow on the hills, and it is still april, sharp showers and parts of scotland and rumbles of thunder. the brain is easing from west wales now but overnight and clearing skies it will be chilly why we keep a lot of murky
low cloud whether here in the south—east that a touch of frost widely in northern ireland, it should be beaded recently to start tomorrow before the showers start again and we saw more showers developing with hail and thunder, moving into wales still the legacy of the cloudy weather today, not as wet and this some brightness on the web but that will trigger some sharp showers in the south and east, it should be warm, 910 and that rain which will gradually ease through tomorrow night. again it will be cold and the clearing skies, again a risk of frost if you're planning to plant a delicate plants be aware that this weekend. sunday is the better day of the weekend, fewer showers, longer spells of sunshine, dry dryer but not warm and we have all rain coming into the 70s so disappointing temperature wise, eight and nine given last weekend they are below average for this time
of year. it will get colder still on monday. the wet and windy weather is clearly a concern for england and wales but it will also feel quite bitterfor wales but it will also feel quite bitter for this wales but it will also feel quite bitterfor this time of wales but it will also feel quite bitter for this time of year, there could even be sleet and snow over the hills, that is how cold it will be sold in the morning rush looks particularly nasty at the moment. this is bbc news, our latest headlines: the leaders of north and south korea have declared their commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the british economy grew at its slowest pace for more than five years in the first three months of the year. a man has beenjailed for nine years for causing the deaths by dangerous driving of two young brothers in a hit—and—run collision. the duke and duchess of cambridge have named their new son
louis arthur charles. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday, but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. as the leaders of north and south korea agree to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, we'll find out what's behind the change of direction — and if the promises will hold. as amber rudd comes under increasing pressure to resign, we'll ask whether she can hold onto her post as home secretary. and as abba reunite to record two new songs, their first in over 35 years, we'll find out what's behind their reunion. that's all ahead on bbc news. now on bbc news, it's time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday, i'm katherine downes. it's only football —
liverpool managerjurgen klopp condemns violence at matches, as the club holds meetings with police in italy ahead of wednesday‘s champions league tie with roma. steven gerrard will be the next manager of rangers, if he wants the job. he's the favourite at ibrox, and the decision is in his hands. and the rocket fails to launch — its a slow start for ronnie 0'sullivan, he trails ali carter at the crucible.