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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 8pm. the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s. visa says its services are now operating at full capacity after customers across europe were left unable to make payments. washington says the issue of us troops based in south korea will not be on the agenda at president trump's summit with kim jong—un. the us defence secretary warns china over its deployment of missiles in disputed areas of the south china sea. the new prime minister of spain, pedro sanchez, is officially sworn into office. also in the next hour... a recovery plan to get train services in the north of england back on track. northern rail is to run an emergency timetable until the end of next month to give passengers a degree of certainty. and farewell to a giant of the skies —
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as airlines phase out the iconic jumbo jet, we follow one 7a7 as it make its final flight to a scrapyard in the arizona desert. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the bbc has learned that an investigation is to be reopened into the attempted murder of norman scott — a former lover of the liberal party leader, jeremy thorpe. it follows an admission by police that a hitman allegedly hired to kill scott may not in fact be dead, as previously believed. the story has been brought to life in the bbc one drama a very english scandal, which concludes tomorrow evening. jon donnison reports. where's the head boy? jeremy thorpe, charming,
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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's 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 about thorpe. 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. of course, he was found not guilty, so the documentary couldn't be shown and furthermore i was ordered
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to destroy it by the director—general of the bbc. i declined that offer, i kept it as a tape, i converted it to disk. 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... your turn. ..before his gun jammed as he tried to shoot scott. newton says he was paid to do it. in 2015, gwent police began looking into the case again after fresh claims newton could prove there was a cover—up. but officers stopped when they concluded newton was dead. now, four decades after he made the headlines, gwent police have told the bbc andrew newton might still be alive. they're not saying why they think that, but say they are trying to trace him. norman scott, now in his late 70s,
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has welcomed the news. i don't think anybody‘s 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. and you can see tom mangold's documentary, the jeremy thorpe scandal, on bbc four tomorrow night at 10pm. 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,
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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
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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. the financial writer dominic frisby told me that transactions by cash or cryptocurrencies are more empowering for consumers than relying on third party payment providers. what the episode shows is just how dependent the financial system
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is on payments providers, in particular on two payments providers, visa and mastercard. i think 95% of all credit card transactions in the uk go through visa's network. we have come to use cash less and less in our lives because payment technology is evolved, but it still involves a third party — in this case visa — and whereas cash is direct from one person to another and when you are relying on third parties, there's always the risk of failure. so, do you think that people are going to think of carrying more cash as a result of what happened? they probably will for a bit and then the payment technology will work very well and people will forget, but then we will start... you know, it is very rare that people are that disappointed about having back—up systems.
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a lot of people nowjust go out without any cash at all, i know i do sometimes. bad habits form very quickly. you talked about how reliant we are on third party providers like visa and mastercard. what is the alternative? cash. this is one of the reasons, in fact, why bitcoin and crypto currencies were invented. they wanted to replicate cash for the internet. if you think of a cash transaction, i have the money in my pocket, i hand it directly to you or whoever i'm paying and that transaction, there is no middleman, so the cash transaction empowers its users. as soon as you put a middleman in there the two users are weakened because of dependence on the third—party and this is one of the reasons why bitcoin and crypto currencies were invented. and we'll find out how this
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story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are broadcasterjohn stapleton and kate proctor, political correspondent of the london evening standard. 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 as taking place in singapore onjune 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
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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
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of a longer term peace is now hanging before us all with the summit on the 12th ofjune. i am now joined by professor hazel smith from the centre of korean studies at soas university. how optimistic are you about these talks? compared to the various talks that have gone on since 1993, when we have the first nuclear crisis between north korea and the rest of the world, we have seen more intensive diplomacy at a very high level with all the major parties involved, the us, north and south korea at the hub of this but also china, russia and evenjapan. they are supporting what is going on. in terms of optimism or pessimism, i think it is better to say that we
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see developments here at an intensity and a high level and on a continuing basis in a way we have not seen really in a very long time. even when there was discussions between the us and north korea, particularly between 94 and 2003, when there was the geneva agreement, it was not a treaty but an agreement between both states so that north korea would freeze its weapons programme in return for some aid from the us and south korea and japan. that was never really a relationship which was anything other than mired in distrust and eventually fell apart under the first george bush administration. 0ne first george bush administration. one of the interesting things is with these negotiations between mike pompeo, the new secretary of state, for the us, and pompeo, the new secretary of state, forthe us, and kim pompeo, the new secretary of state, for the us, and kimjong—un's former intelligence chief, one of them,
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there is no ideology here. we see that all sides are engaged in very pragmatic discussions, and again this is different to the past, what we saw if viewers remember during the george bush era was a very strong neo—conservative ideology which shaped a lot of discussions in the bush administration and that ideologically does not change what president trump is doing. he wants to have a deal and for kim jong—un and north korea, he is a third—generation from the days after the japanese colonialism with support from the soviet union, a spicing marxism. kim jong—un support from the soviet union, a spicing marxism. kimjong—un is not a spicing any ideology and he also isa a spicing any ideology and he also is a spicing the need for a deal. a spicing any ideology and he also is a spicing the need for a dealm it not the case that president trump once denuclearisation and kim jong—un might mean something
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different, might view that differently from president trump? there is no doubt because they are different statesman with different interests and they will different things to get out of this. the north koreans know that denuclearisation means getting rid of the nuclear programme. we have heard lots of discussion within the us, particularly from those who are maybe not so enthusiastic about the deal but the north koreans have a different idea of what you need arises in ayres and mainly with the north koreans want and they have said this openly is they want the security deal so they do not think this regime were the families or the important people at the top of the regime are likely to suffer the fates of colonel gaddafi and saddam hussein. we know that because they tell us and it makes all sorts of sense from their perspective. they we re sense from their perspective. they were not simply give away the nuclear programme but they are prepared to contemplate negotiating
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it away with the security deal. the only difference is that some in the us administration want to have immediate dismantlement of all of the programmes and some, and trump and mike pompeo from this perspective, they are prepared to ta ke perspective, they are prepared to take intermediate steps towards that final goal. the north koreans are quite clear about what denuclearisation means to the rest of the world, getting rid of the nuclear programme, and this is because the security council sanctions which involved all the major powers and every state that is a member of the un, they made clear that without denuclearisation, there will be no economic assistance and trade for north korea and they want that. fascinating. if mr smith, we have to leave it there. —— professor smith. 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,
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mariano rajoy, was forced out of office. richard galpin reports. the leader of spain's socialist party taking the formal steps to becoming the country's new prime minister. translation: i promise on my conscience and honour to loyally fulfill the responsibilities of prime minister and to be loyal to the king and to safeguard the constitution, as well as keeping the deliberations of the cabinet secret. king felipe the first to congratulate pedro sanchez, at today's ceremony in the royal palace on the outskirts of madrid. all of this following a parliamentary vote of no—confidence in the long—standing prime minister mariano rajoy on friday. forced out as a result of a corruption scandal within his party. 46—year—old pedro sanchez takes the reins of power without ever having held
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government office before. and his party has only a quarter of the seats in parliament. he need allies urgently. meanwhile, the new leader of catalonia, quim torra, on the left, was also attending a swearing—in ceremony. this in barcelona, for members of his separatist regional government. a move which ends seven months of direct, emergency rule of the region by madrid, and already the catalan leader is saying he will pursue the goal of independence, despite last year's failed attempt to break away following a referendum. translation: this government is committed to advancing in accordance with the referendum of october the 1st. that is to pursue an independent state in the form of a republic — a mandate which was supported by the december 21 elections. it will not be easy, there are powerful
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interests against this. singing. this catalan government wants negotiations with spain's new prime minister about independence. their support in the last few days helped bring him to power. but madrid says the constitution bans any break—up of the nation. the headlines on bbc news... the bbc learns that police have reopened an investigation into one of the central figures in the jeremy thorpe scandal of the 1970s. visa says its systems are working normally after computer problems caused bank card payments to fail yesterday. washington says the issue of us troops based in south korea will not be on the agenda at president trump's summit with kim jong—un. sport now and a full round—up
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from the bbc sport centre. thank you. let's start at wembley where england have won their world cup warm—up match against nigeria 2—1. captain harry kane scored their second and said, "he is feeling at his best" ahead of the tournament, which starts in just under a fortnight. gary cahill was the other goalscorer for england before nigeria, who are also heading to russia, hit back after the break. claire thornton reports. finally, the tight end come for the talk of tattoos and timekeeping to turn to football. there is a sense of anticipation about gareth southgate's squad without the usual weight of expectation and seven minutes in, gary cahill put the hosts ahead from the corner from kieran trippier. the world cup build—up seems to be going to plan. while england continued to show plenty of promise, the only truly
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eye—catching thing about nigeria was their kit. captain harry kane was only too delighted to take advantage. nigeria has some catching up advantage. nigeria has some catching up to do and they did not waste any time after the break. arsenal's alex rossi led the comeback as the super eagles soared back into the game. they continue to testjordan pickford while england did their best to create opportunities of their own. as substitutions made the spark went out of the match but england held on to win 2—1. one more stop before russia as face costa rica in elland road on thursday. to the second day of the second test between england and pakistan at headlingley. it was a wet start in leeds with the morning session lost but england closed on 302—7, a first innings lead of 128. nightwatchman dom bess made 49, captain joe root 45 and jos buttler ended unbeaten on 34. buttler benefitted from being dropped on four by pakistan's hasan ali. kyle edmund's french open
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is over, the british number one was knocked out of the tournament earlier today — losing in five sets to the italian 18th seed, fabio fognini. edmund reached his first grand slam semi—final and broke into the world's top 20 for the first time this year. but he couldn't go any further in paris on his preferred surface. fognini will play croatian third seed marin cilic in the next round. it was not my day. i had my chances and he had his chances but hejust got them today. it was one of those things where it is over. i will reflect a bit and go again. for the grass court season. there will be a rematch of the 2013 women's final in the fourth round, after serena williams continued her comeback. the returning triple champion is playing her first grand slam since giving birth. she beat germany's 11th seed julia gorges in straight sets.
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that set up the rematch on monday with double french open champion russia's maria sharapova, who beat sixth seed karolina pliskova in straight sets. warrington are into the semi—finals of the challenge cup after a 24 points to nil victory over wigan — the first time they've beaten them at home in the competition since 1936. warrington scored three first—half tries to beat last season's challenge cup finalists. kevin brown opened the scoring after a frenetic first 10 minutes. they went on to lead 16—0 at half—time as ben murdoch—masila crashed over and josh charnley ran in against his old club. wigan had tommy sin—binned after half time and declan patton's late try gave them the win. now to racing and with the queen in attendance it was masar who came home in front to win the derby at epsom. charlie appleby‘s colt denied the odds—on favourite saxon warrior for a first classic winner for his trainer. masar, ridden by william buick,
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dominated the 239th running of the race to scoop the £920,000 in prize money. that's all the sport for now. thanks very much. a war of words has broken out between america and china after the us accused the chinese of using military build—up in the south china sea to intimidate its neighbours. china said the comments by us defence secretary james mattis were irresponsible and not worthy of rebuke. mr mattis was speaking at a security summit in singapore. from there, karishma vaswani has sent this report. singapore is playing host to the dialogue this week, and is taking no chances with security. after all, defence ministers and representatives from all over the world are attending the event — including from the united states and china. and whenever the two sides are in the same room, they usually argue about the same thing — china's
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power in the region and the impact on its neighbours. china's militarization of artificial features in the south china sea includes the deployment of anti—ship missiles, surface to air missiles, electronic jammers and more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at woody island. despite china's claims to the contrary the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion. 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. tanslation: it's within china's sovereignty to deploy troops and weapons on islands and reefs in the south china sea, and it's allowed by
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international law. anyone who makes comments on this is trying to interfere in china's internal affairs. it's not worthy of refuting. the us and china are also battling over trade. an american delegation, led by the us commerce secretary, is in beijing this weekend to address what the united states says are unfair trade terms set by china. tonight american and chinese defence delegations are just departing from their dinner at the singapore presidential palace. on the menu: trade, security and the jostling of the two superpowers for regional influence in the very heart of asia. delays and cancellations have continued today on northern rail ahead of the introduction of an emergency timetable on monday. the company says it'll mean 165 services being cancelled every day. from rochdale, olivia richwald reports. after almost two weeks of commuter misery across northern england, today was a weekend reprieve.
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there were fewer passengers on the railways, but still more than 120 cancelled northern rail trains. tell us what's going on. don't wait two minutes before a train is going and say, "i'm sorry, it's been cancelled." they kept changing platforms. we are told, "go to this platform, the next one is coming." then they say again it's been cancelled or going somewhere else. the new timetables were designed to make things better for passengers. here in the north—west, it actually made things considerably worse, with people late for work, late home, fed up and frustrated. so from monday, a new emergency timetable kicks in and that means 165 fewer trains every day. northern rail apologised again for the problems, but said even under the emergency timetable, it would still be running more trains than before. that's not good enough, say mps. the north has been disproportionately affected by the timetable disruption. people in the north
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have had an evening peak introduced on their rail fares in 2014. they are paying more for dirty, overcrowded, under heated, overpriced trains and these trains sometimes don't even turn up. although there have been calls for transport secretary, chris grayling, to resign, mary cray said she'd rather he kept his job and sorted the problem out. olivia richwald, bbc news, rochdale. let's return to spain and socialist pedro sanchez has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister by king felipe after the ousting of conservative mariano rajoy. one of the first issues for mr sanchez to deal with is catalonia, which is calling for him to take risks on the issue of catalan independence. well, let's join the madrid correspondent for the new york times, raphael minder in spain now. thank you forjoining us. let us talk about catalonia, it is the big
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issue in the entry for mr sanchez, what can he do? the first thing is actually start talking again. there has been a policy of stonewalling by the previous prime minister, mariano rajoy, who has basically not sat together with the catalan separatist leaderfor a very long together with the catalan separatist leader for a very long time and has relied on the rule of law, on courts, to take action against cata la n courts, to take action against catalan politicians who are violating the constitution of spain andi violating the constitution of spain and i think pedro sanchez, even if he does not do anything more, just the fact that he is talking about this as a political problem that needs political solutions and not just legal ones, that is a step forward. as you mentioned, today we coincidentally had both leaders coming in and that has been good news. but they are both talking and willing to sit down again. mr
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sanchez does not have much room for manoeuvre, darcy? politically. his party is not strong in parliament? he has almost no room for manoeuvre, his party controls just under a quarter of the seats in parliament but having said that, he also has a situation where no other party has any immediate incentive to make his new government crumble. it is a very delicate situation but one in which you can perhaps move things a little bit forward. but yes, it is not a situation where he can make bold, affirmative steps forward but as i said, ithink affirmative steps forward but as i said, i think we need to see both sides at least talking because we have not seen that for a long time. and then let us see what the talks will bring. two new leaders might have new ideas to bring to the table. briefly, a fascinating fact that pedro sanchez is not himself a
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mp? that is right. he is a first in many levels, the first two when power through parliament rather than the ballot box and he is not a mp. he took this step back in 2016 when he was ousted by his own party and he was ousted by his own party and he said he would not allow mariano rajoy to get re—elected and in order to do that you said i am going to resign my seat so we don't have to ta ke resign my seat so we don't have to take part in what the rest of my party wa nts. take part in what the rest of my party wants. it is not actually a huge issue in terms of the logistics and as the head of government he can attend sessions of parliament but it isa attend sessions of parliament but it is a weird and unusual situation. fascinating. thank you for speaking to us, raphael minder from fascinating. thank you for speaking to us, raphael minderfrom the new york times. now the weather with nick miller.


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