this is bbc news. the headlines at a:00. the us defence secretary warns china over its deployment of missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea. despite china's claim to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion. 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. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity, after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s. also in the next hour, the latest on the recent disruption on the railways. the industry pledges to get its services in the north back on track as soon as possible. the england football team get ready to take on nigeria in their last
match before the world cup, we'll be live at wembley. and at a30, foreign correspondents based here in the capital give us their views on the week's events in dateline london. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. the united states has accused china of "intimidating" its neighbours by continuing a military build—up in the south china sea. james mattis, the defense secretary, said china was using its military might to coerce other countries in the region to accept its ownership of the disputed waters. he was speaking at a security summit in singapore. president trump is due to meet with north korea's kimjong—un there in ten days‘ time.
from singapore, karishma vaswani has sent this report. the us is here to stay in asia, that's the message us defense secretary james mattis had for his asian counterparts in singapore today. but he also warned of china's increasing influence. china's militarisation of artificial features in the south china sea includes the deployment of anti—ship missiles, surface to air missiles, electronicjammers and the landing of bomber aircraft at woody island. despite their claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion. china says it owns all of the south china sea, a lucrative and strategic shipping zone, even though six other countries lay claim to it. it's been building military installations in the area, and critics say beijing has silenced condemnation of its actions, either by paying off its asian allies or by bullying them, allegations china denies.
translation: it is within china's sovereignty to deploy troops and weapons on islands and reefs in the south china sea. it is allowed by international law. anyone making comments on this is trying to interfere in china's internal affairs. it's not worthy of refuting. but while the us is keen to assert its leadership in asia, president trump's america first policies are sometimes incompatible with those goals. in singapore, security is being stepped up, because in just ten days' time this city plays host to the summit of the century. the meeting between president trump and north korea's leader kim jong—un. the us has said it is committed to denuclearisation, and that pulling us troops out of this region isn't on the table. america is positioning itself as a force to be reckoned with in asia, and the superpower its asian allies should stick to.
karishma vaswani, bbc news, singapore. america says it will not discuss removing thousands of us troops from the korean peninsula, at its summit with north korea. the meeting, which has been confirmed to take place in singapore on june 12th, is expected to focus on the denuclearisation of the peninsula. more from hywell griffith in 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 maybe 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 united states has vetoed a un
security council resolution calling for protection for palestinians in gaza and the west bank, following the deaths of more than 100 people during recent violent protests. the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, said it was because the resolution failed to mention hamas, which israel views as a terrorist organisation. britain abstained in the vote. visa's payment system is now operating at "full capacity", following widespread disruption to card payments across the uk and europe yesterday. the company says the problems were down to a "hardware failure" and has apologised to customers. payments processed through visa's systems account for one third of all uk spending. john mcmanus reports. visa says its high—tech payment system can handle 65,000 transactions per second, but on friday that boast fell flat as cardholders in the uk and across europe found their plastic
simply wouldn't work. the problem began in the afternoon, appearing to largely affect electronic payments rather than cash machine withdrawals. many shoppers took to social media to complain, with the company forced to apologise. these people in droitwich said it wasn't just customers who were caught out. you can tell the staff are on 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 and drew 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 "issue was the result of a hardware failure.
we have no reason to believe this was associated with any unauthorised access or malicious event." 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 guy anker, managing editor of moneysavingexpert.com, and began by asking him what he made of the disruption. we were leaving the office yesterday and grasping at each other. we genuinely hadn't seen such a big
outage. luckily it only lasted a few hours. it's shown the importance of having secondary payment methods if you can. for anyone going out tonight, check your wallet. you can. for anyone going out tonight, check yourwallet. if you can. for anyone going out tonight, check your wallet. if you have mastercard, american express cards or cash, make sure you've got them with you. what does it say to you when you see these things happen to such a huge financial institution as visa? were the alarm bells going? u nfortu nately as visa? were the alarm bells going? unfortunately it's the latest incident. we've seen other banks in the past few years suffer outages, sometimes a few hours, sometimes a few weeks. when they say outages, it makes you wonder don't they have back—up systems? makes you wonder don't they have back-up systems? who knows? i'm sure this will come out in the wash in the next few days and weeks. both tsb and visa. it's so important technology works in this day and age. we rely on it. many people don't take cash out with them any
more, it's easy to pay on your phone, contactless cards, chip and pin. it's important the technology works. when not a crisis situation but we do need these big organisations to do better. on the inside, is there an issue with banking technology or companies that install the technology got up and running and now it's just held together with sticking plasters? running and now it's just held together with sticking plasters7m difficult to know exactly. you probably need a software expert. i remember a few years ago when rbs had major problems. a lot of people put that down to not investing in its technology. tsb's problems were due to moving customers from one computer system to another. we don't know what's happened yet with visa. they all seem to be slightly different instances but whatever the reason we need them to work for basic functions, and banks and
payment systems need to be better. if you were affected by this, how easyis if you were affected by this, how easy is it to get compensation if you're a customer or small business? i think the customers is predominantly in the moment issue. yesterday evening people buying petrol, going to the pub buying drinks, they were having problems. there will be people out of pocket. let's say you couldn't get a train and you had to stay in a hotel. we've had examples of people use these cards and have to switch to a more expensive card. i would suggest if you're a customer, contact your bank when the dust has settled. keep your receipt and ask for compensation. it is not the bank's fold but they may hopefully sort something out behind the scenes with visa. what paying options do customers have? by no longer have a cheque—book. do companies still accept cheques? i don't have a visa
card, which is fantastic. a lot of people say get a second card but it's that temptation to debt, and then obviously there's cash. what are the options? i know what you mean about cheques, i can't remember the last time i used one myself. 0ften the last time i used one myself. often people may have a credit card and a debit card, they may have multiple cards. you shouldn't go out and get into debt but it's if you have a second card option, particularly today. although visa say everything is sorted and we aren't seeing many reports of problems, if you have secondary cards always have them with you. that's a general rule anyway. your ca rd that's a general rule anyway. your card could get rejected for any number of reasons. it might be visa, it might be mastercard's fold, it might be yourchip it might be mastercard's fold, it might be your chip and pin simply isn't working. the bbc has learned that an investigation into the attempted murder of norman scott is to be
re—opened, as police concede they may have wrongly concluded that andrew newton, a hit man allegedly hired to kill him, was dead. scott was an ex—lover of former liberal party leader, jeremy thorpe, at a time when homosexuality was illegal. the story has been bought to life in the bbc one drama, a very english scandal, which concludes tomorrow evening. jon donnison reports. jeremy thorpe, charming, ambitious and powerful, was at the heart of one of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. in an old bailey trial, the married liberal party leader was accused but acquitted of masterminding a plot to kill his former lover, norman scott. he was the love of my life. don't be ridiculous. a current bbc drama starring hugh grant as thorpe has renewed interest in the case. safe journey, peter, and i wish you a happy life. and then i wish norman scott to be killed. but what is fiction and what is fact? this weekend a new bbc documentary
will make fresh revelations. it's based on a panorama film made at the time of the trial in 1979, which has never been broadcast until now. it couldn't be shown because we had evidence ofjeremy thorpe's guilt. and, of course, he was found not guilty. so the documentary couldn't be shown, and furthermore i was ordered to destroy it by the director—general of the bbc. i declined that offer. i kept it as a tape, i converted it to disc. my dog tried to eat the disc but i still managed to save it, and that's what's running tomorrow night. the documentary will look at the role of andrew newton, portrayed here in the bbc drama. he's the man who has admitted shooting norman scott's dog, before his gun jammed as he tried to shoot scott. newton said he was paid to do it. in 2015 gwent police began looking into the case again, after fresh claims that newton could prove there was a cover—up.
but officers stopped when they concluded newton was dead. now, gwent police have told the bbc andrew newton might still be alive, and are trying to trace him. norman scott, now in his late 70s, has welcomed the news. i don't think anybody has tried hard enough to look for him. i really don't. there must be people who knew him, and there would surely be a record of him dying. surely. jeremy thorpe died four years ago, but the case continues to fascinate, and the intrigue and the hunt for the truth continues. jon donnison, bbc news. the jeremy thorpe scandal is on bbc four this sunday at 10pm. the headlines on bbc news. the us defence secretary warns china over its deployment of missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea.
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. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity, after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. in sport, kyle edmund is out of the french open. he went down in five sets to fabio fognini. he was the last british player in the main singles draw. players resumed in the second test against pakistan. captainjoe second test against pakistan. captain joe root second test against pakistan. captainjoe root is out, england 179-3 in captainjoe root is out, england 179—3 in reply to pakistan's174. warrington 179—3 in reply to pakistan's 174. warrington in command 179—3 in reply to pakistan's174. warrington in command of their challenge cup quarterfinal, they are 16-0 challenge cup quarterfinal, they are 16—0 up against wigan. i'll be back with a full update in the next hour.
in around an hour's time, england play nigeria at wembley as they continue their preparations for the world cup in russia. england's first game of the tournament is in 16 days' time when they play tunisia in volgograd. let's go to david 0rnstein who's at wembley for us. with the world cup just around the corner, how will gareth southgate line up his team today? with two weeks to go until the world cup kick—off, i think there will a lwa ys cup kick—off, i think there will always be a bit of scope, competition for places you could say. i feel gareth southgate competition for places you could say. ifeel gareth southgate has settled on his team privately and now is about getting minutes into the legs of his entire squad. that is surely what will see today, because he doesn't have the entire
squad available. there are still a couple of players involved in the champions league final with liverpool still to join up with the squad. after today there is one more friendly before the world cup gets going against costa rica in leeds on thursday. england will also play a behind closed doors match among themselves to junot finally said that tournament. nigeria presented very real proposition because they are going to the world cup themselves. the atmosphere is fantastic, partly because there are so many nigeria fancier. it should bea so many nigeria fancier. it should be a really good test for gareth southgate. let's hearfrom some be a really good test for gareth southgate. let's hear from some of the fans we spoke to. everyone is buzzing. you're seeing england team shirts everywhere, aren't we? i think it's really buzzing about it. you can't wait, can you? are you excited about the world cup? yes, this is my first england match in my whole life.
world cup? yes, this is my first england match in my whole lifelj think england will do pretty well. i can see semifinal, winning the final. i think we're probably underdogs. i think there is a lot of pressure from the media so i think it's going to be a good work—out. there's not a lot of expectation, to be honest. relatively were doing quite well, we've got a young team and nothing to lose. i think we'll go out there and give it our good. gareth southgate has had quite a few things to deal with in the build—up. how likely is it that the controversy around raheem sterling will continue? i think you'll want that to be put to bed. many people feel every tournament that comes around, that england are involved m, around, that england are involved in, a player is targeted. there and wa nted in, a player is targeted. there and wanted stories around the squad. this involved a tattoo that raheem sterling has on his right leg of an assault rifle. he explained in quite
an emotional post on social media but it his father who died when he was two, shot dead, that the tattoo is incomplete and has a deeper meaning. there will also stories he was late tojoin meaning. there will also stories he was late to join up for the camp and forced apologised to his team—mates. hopefully today the focus can be an football. england start their campaign against tunisia on monday the 18th of june. campaign against tunisia on monday the 18th ofjune. when i saw them in training yesterday they were in high spirits. it's a squad that doesn't have many of the scars of past tournament failures with england, but it's also an inexperienced squad lacking caps. no england player in this squad has won a match at a world cup and they'll be hoping to put that right. kick—off is 5:15pm. follow the action on radio 5 live and the bbc sport website. thank you. 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 new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, has officially been sworn into office today by king felipe in madrid. the ceremony comes less than 24 hours after his predecessor, mariano rajoy, was forced out of office. gavin lee has been following events in madrid. the new spanish prime minister pedro sanchez has brought about a political first in the past 24 hours, engineering a motion of no—confidence against mariano rajoy, the man who seemed unshakeable, even a week ago. the fact he survived as the people's party prime minister, attempts for his resignation, people calling for it, a no—confidence motionjust a year ago, and he got enough, pedro sanchez, enough people
behind him to support that motion. what happened today? a short while ago, there was a brief formal ceremony, the swearing—in process at the royal palace on the outskirts of madrid. the victor stood side by side with the ousted former prime minister in that formal passing over of the role. and another political first, while pedro sanchez swore an oath on the constitution, he asked for a bible and a crucifix not to be present. he is an atheist prime minister. the first that spain has had in its history. he has spoken about the importance of not having religion in education. he will announce his government in the next few days. there are six other parties who have made demands on the prime minister, saying they have supported his motion and they want something in return, including catalan and basque nationalists. it has been dubbed the frankenstein coalition by critics. he wants to rule for two years
and bringing in sweeping changes, keeping to the budget but there are questions about how long this government will last. a 43—year—old man has been charged in connection with the attempted murder of police officers. constables kenny mckenzie and laura sayers were stabbed as they attended a routine visit at a house in greenock yesterday. they're due to be discharged from hospital today. google is reported to be pulling out of a contract to do artificial intelligence work for the us defense department, following opposition within the technology giant's own workforce. some employees resigned and thousands of others signed a protest petition saying it was the first step towards using artificial intelligence for lethal purposes. google's work is said to have involved helping the military identify people from drone footage. five people have now died in an e.coli outbreak in the us.
a total of 197 cases across 35 states have been reported in the largest us outbreak since 2006. the contaminated food is believed to be romaine lettuce, but an investigation is still ongoing as to its source. earlier we spoke to andrew skinner, fellow of the society of food hygiene & technology. the investigation has been going on for around two of months and there are still uncertainties in terms of the causes of it. we will come back to that in a moment. let's not forget this is a very nasty bacteria. whilst there are many types of e.coli, this particular one, it produces a very nasty toxin and once ingested it can have some fairly serious effects on the person. it's notjust diarrhoea but stomach cramps and it can result in very watery diarrhoea and it can result
in blood in the diarrhoea. in very extreme cases it can result in kidney failure so this is pretty nasty. they need to get back to the source and the cause so they can be absolutely certain they have eliminated it and also they can take action to make sure it doesn't happen again. the cult comedy father ted is set to return as a musical. its co—creator graham linehan said the show is almost written, and will be the "real final episode" of the sitcom. father ted ran on channel 4 from 1995 to 1998 for three series. footage has emerged of the moment a plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a busy street. a student pilot dodged power lines and traffic to bring the cessna down safely. local media in los angeles said the pilot was the only person on board at the time. the plane was reportedly heading
towardsjohn wayne airport in santa ana, when it began to experience engine troubles. luckily there are no reports of injuries or damage. it's going to be a lovely sunny end to the day across much of wales, the midlands and southern england. further north more cloud with showers and longer spells of rain. a thunderstorm during this evening. most of the storms will fade away but will keep a few showers going across northern england and southern scotland. clearer skies to the south once again and a pretty mild night. tomorrow could be quite cloudy across central and southern scotland and northern england. sunshine in northern scotland and northern ireland but if you late storms. the odd thundery shower possible elsewhere in england and wales but many places to the south likely to
be dry and sunny. fewer showers than today, more places will be dry and it may feel warmer away from those eastern coasts with the wind dragging in more cloud. more of that at the beginning of next week with fewer thundery showers, most places dry with sunshine but probably a little bit cooler. this is bbc news — our latest headlines. the us defence secretary accuses china of trying to intimidate its neighbours by deploying missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea. president trump's summit with north korea is back on — confirmation after kim jong—un's envoy delivers a large letter to donald trump. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity — after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. the rail industry pledges to get train services in the north of england back on track as quickly as possible following days of disruption.