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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. in syria, dozens of people have been killed and many more injured by a suicide car bomb as they waited to be evacuated to safe areas. the blast near aleppo struck a convoy of buses as thousands of people were being moved from two besieged towns. north korea parades what are thought to be the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles — amid fears it is moving closer to a long—range atomic arsenal. everton football club bans sun journalists from its grounds following a controversial column by kelvin mackenzie about one of its players. i think it is disgraceful, the way he spoke about ross barkley and the way he described the people of liverpool. what he said about ross barkley was shocking. it is what they have done for years, it is disgusting. teachers at the nut‘s conference in cardiff threaten industrial action overfunding.
the union votes in support of a ballot on strike action over the school budgets in england. and in 30 minutes, join us for a weather world, were at belfast international airport, weather world, were at belfast internationalairport, going weather world, were at belfast international airport, going behind the scenes to find outjust international airport, going behind the scenes to find out just what international airport, going behind the scenes to find outjust what it ta kes to the scenes to find outjust what it takes to keep these aeroplanes flying, whatever the weather. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a huge car bomb has hit a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from government—held towns in syria, killing at least 43 people. the powerful explosion caused widespread damage to the convoy on the outskirts of aleppo and dozens more people have been injured. richard galpin reports. a suicide bomber is believed to have
carried out this devastating attack. and this is what remains of buses carrying hundreds of people finally escaping their villages which have been besieged for years. this eyewitness says it's hard to describe what he's seeing — the dead are everywhere, and there are dozens of burned—out vehicles. and amongst the dead in the buses and on the road are women and children. they'd been an easy target. the convoy had been held up on the road near aleppo since friday night — this because of a hitch in the deal agreed between government forces and the rebels. but in the aftermath of this incident, the hope is that the convoys will start moving again as quickly as possible. richard galpin, bbc news. earlier on i spoke to ammar al salmo
from the civil defence organisation white helmets, who is operating in the rebel—held areas of syria. ammar told me he saw several dead bodies when he arrived at the site of the blast. the area, on both sides of the conflict, they were awaiting with buses and they were awaiting every morning for the arrival of the convoy. the convoy was stuck in a regime held area. at exactly three 50 sir ian time, a bomb exploded, and when we arrived to the blaze, we
found human parts on the ground. human parts still burning and most of them women and children and between these victims there were fighters. because all of the cars near the checkpoints were burned and all of the buses, all the people we re all of the buses, all the people were killed. the number has reached 100 victims and a0 people injured. we need to finish this war and right 110w we need to finish this war and right now there must be urgent intervention by the united nations and red cross to protect civilians on both sides because we expect retaliation and revenge from both sides. ammar al salmo there, who witnessed the aftermath of the bomb blast. well, in the last hour our arab affairs editor sebastian usher had this to say about the attack. as swa p
as swap was being done with two times to the west of damascus held by the rebels and they have been under siege by government forces for up under siege by government forces for up to 90 years and originally 30,000 people would be moved from this area is to safer areas being run by rebel areas for the rebels and government areas for the rebels and government areas for the rebels and government areas for people with the government. that deal had stalled, having begun yesterday, so essentially there were around 100 coaches waiting on the outskirts of aleppo in rebel held territory to move into the government area and they presented a sitting target. we we re they presented a sitting target. we were hearing it was a very easy target. still no indication as to who is behind this attack? we have not had any more acclaim, a bit more detail, one eyewitness was describing what happened saying the van driven by the suicide bomber was distributing crisps to children moments before it exploded. and that
shows just how much this attack amongst all of the attacks we have had resonates because these were families waiting, some of them waiting to be able to leave the villages for around 90 years and there are images but they are just too graphic to show, one of them is ofa too graphic to show, one of them is of a child of about three years old who is half out of the window, caught completely and utterly killed in that moment. by the attack. many bodies lying beside the side of the road. what is extraordinary is this exchange which had been stalled has risen since this attack and that might be an indication ofjust how desperate people on that side want to avoid the potential of an attack like this being repeated and the rebels in a coach three miles away on the other side of aleppo waiting to go from a government area into a rebel area had been frightened that they might be suddenly attacked
themselves in revenge attacks and there is every effort being made to get this going again as quickly as possible. has that been the main response from the syrian government? the syrian government says this is a terrorist attack, as they do, and it is what we do not know who carried the side. i would assume the syrian government will hit back hard at england, with the rebels are, seeing the group that carried the site as being part and parcel of that and they will take revenge on the fact that they were finally able to leave. this area is with the chemical weapons attack was earlier but we might see an intensification of that. north korea has warned the united states that it's ready to react to any provocative action. it comes as the country staged a huge military parade — displaying what appeared to be new, long—range ballistic missiles. us president donald trump has sent a naval strike force to the region because of concerns that north korea is preparing to carry out
another nuclear test. 0ur correspondentjohn sudworth is with a group of foreign journalists invited to the capital, pyongyang. his movements are being monitored and tightly controlled. as the parade began, the ground shook, and a city at the centre of a mounting crisis echoed to the sound of marching feet. presiding over it all was kim jong—un, apparently untroubled by the international pressure over the now realistic prospect of this most totalitarian of states becoming a fully fledged nuclear power. and while president donald trump may be promising to stop it, north korea has other ideas. it's an extraordinary sight. this is state power expressed as mass unity, and it's meant
to send two key messages — to the north korean people that their young leader's grip on power is unassailable, and to the outside world that he commands massive military might. "we will respond to nuclear war with nuclear war," a senior official told the crowds — a statement given extra force by the rolling out of these weapons, which analysts say may be north korea's first intercontinental ballistic missiles. but while it may be isolated, it's resilient and often rational too — it wants nuclear weapons — not to use them but as a security guarantee. what message does this send to the outside world? "it shows the great strength of korea," this woman tells me. "we are the most proud
people in the world." the periodic crises have so far always blown over, but each time north korea emerges one step closer to its nuclear goal. after decades of trying, no—one has yet worked out how to stop its advance. john sudworth, bbc news, pyongyang. and we'll find out how that and many other stories are covered on sunday's front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening. joining me to review the papers are nigel nelson, political editor of the sunday mirror and sunday people and the political commentator, jo phillips. we can go back to north korea.
joining me now is professor hazel smith from the school of oriental and asian studies in london. thank you for speaking to me. many people say that we are used to a lot of this sabre rattling by north korea, word of red lines from the us but everybody says this time things seem different. why? in many ways it is still the same because we still have these annual parades, you still have these annual parades, you still have propaganda coming out of north korea but what is different is that in north korea and the united states, in north korea we have a very untested leader who does not seem to be in control of the entire state, there are different security apparatus and evidence indicates he
has not controlled everything that has not controlled everything that has gone on. that is very worrying, because you have this developing nuclear programme and it is bad enough having an authoritarian leader but one who cannot control a nuclear programme, there are all sorts of risks, not least the possibility of this material not being looked after properly. never mind the issue of weapons. and in the united states you have a president who seems to be talking about using military instruments, having a pre—emptive strike, as he calls it, to try to resolve the situation, and this would be very risky indeed because there is an indication that north korea would sit back and accept having a strike without retaliating. so in south korea is only miles from the north
korean border, with a population of millions, even if north korea lost, which they probably would, within a matter of weeks there would still be damage done if the conflict, which is ongoing, being done to seoul, thatis is ongoing, being done to seoul, that is why it is different. there has been a lot of activity around unknown nuclear test site. —— a known nuclear test site. what do we expect about the expected six nuclear test. do we still expect that? yes, they are specifically developing a nuclear programme and when all countries develop nuclear weapons, they are about finessing the nuclear weapons programme so they have to do tests, for technical reasons. at some point there will be a test and the issue will be, whenever it takes place, tomorrow or next week or in six months, what
will be the reaction from the united states ? will be the reaction from the united states? will push things into diplomacy, as happened before during the bush administration? 0r diplomacy, as happened before during the bush administration? or will react by saying, we don't think we're getting very far, we strongly going to consider a pre—emptive strike. that would cause problems not just for its strike. that would cause problems notjust for its adverse arenas or the states does not get on with very well in the area like china and russia, but japan and well in the area like china and russia, butjapan and south korea, you have a developed nation, a very vulnerable nation, with large numbers of people, without having to be clairvoyant, they would die, even if there was a relatively short war. there are all sorts of problems there. if president trump was to decide that his reaction was going to be some form of military strike, evenif to be some form of military strike, even if that strike was going to be
ata even if that strike was going to be at a remote area in north korea. nobody knows but it is unlikely that he would not be some form of retaliation. professor smith, china has been saying that things need to calm down. can north korea risk upsetting china ? calm down. can north korea risk upsetting china? it is their only ally. what should china be doing more? it is notjust china saying things should calm down, if you talk to officials within the united states and south korea and everywhere else, there is quite a feeling that things should come down, there should be some de—escalation of the rhetoric and some calmness brought to this debate. in terms of china can do, it sounds strange because it is very important, major, risk country these days compared to north korea but it does not have political influence over north korea. china fought for north korea in the korean war and
although we do not the numbers, estimates are up to 1 million people we re estimates are up to 1 million people were lost and that did not bring influence over north korean politics. north korean ‘s present china trying to tell them what to do. it is true that paddy % of north korean trade goes through china and china implements the un sanctions but it does not stop all trade. the reason is most of the trade in comparison to world trade is very petty, overall. things like fuel and food. and the population of north korea is 25 million, there was a majorfamine in korea is 25 million, there was a major famine in the 1990s when nearly 1 major famine in the 1990s when nearly1 million major famine in the 1990s when nearly 1 million people major famine in the 1990s when nearly1 million people died. to cut back any further honours trade links might force a further famine, which would have problems for china because that would spill over perhaps enter china. and they would see the government not reacting and falling within the 1990s, when there
was a falling within the 1990s, when there wasafamine, falling within the 1990s, when there was a famine, that would also react. if something similar happened again and there was a bigger economic squeeze so there are few is there should be diplo busy to try to come to something more political. —— —— there should basically trying to be something more political. there should basically trying to be something more politicalm there should basically trying to be something more political. it is very conjugated indeed. professor smith, thank you very much for that. the headlines on bbc news. dozens of people have been killed in syria after a suicide car bomb hits a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees on the outskirts of aleppo. north korea stages a huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the birth of the country's founder — amid warnings over rising tensions with the us. everton bans sun journalists from its stadium and training ground following a column by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley. sport now and a full round—up
from the bbc sport centre. good evening. spurs are doing their best to keep the pressure on chelsea at the top of the premier league. they narrowed the gap to four points, with a commanding a—0 win over bournemouth. early goals from moussa dembele and son heung—min put the game beyond bournemouth inside the first 20 minutes. harry kane scored in the second half — this was added to in injury time by vincent janssen. chelsea play manchester united tomorrow. iamso i am so happy and proud of our players. and while they showed their belief in the manner they played. it is fantastic. we have to wait until thejob is done. manchester city moved into third place, after their 3—0 win at southampton this evening. pep guardiola's men are looking to qualify for the champions league
for a seventh successive season. adam wild watched this one. not too many smiles from pep guardiola. still, the manchester city manager can perhaps be forgiven for having more pressing matters on his mind. victory at southampton will take them into third. they still have most of the top teams to play and they might still have their say on where they will finish. perhaps here he should have made his mark but he was not the only one struggling. david silva but the best chance of the first half, man city frustrated. jesus navas did get his shot on target after the break. it was not enough to beat fraser forster. but from the corner, city find a way through. after a frustrating season, the relief for vincent kompa ny was frustrating season, the relief for vincent kompany was pretty clear for all to see. having failed the net
once, city were in no mood to stop. leroy sane added a second to put the result beyond doubt. sergio aguero added a third, pep guardiola's side into third. finally, a little smile. in terms of relegation battle, not much change today. sunderland came from behind to earn a point at home to west ham. fabio borini scored in the 90th minute to make the final score 2—2. sunderland are still bottom and nine points from safety. swansea's slump in form continues. it's five defeats in their last six, now after they were beaten 1—0 at watford. etienne capoue scored the only goal. swansea remain two points from safety. hull city are one place above them still in 17th, beaten 3—1 at stoke. shaqiri's goal definitely worth watching on match of the day later. crystal palace moved a little bit closer to safety. they came from 2—0 down against leicester to draw 2—2. palace have only lost once
in their last seven league games and are now seven points clear of the bottom three. and plenty of emotion at goodison park today. merseyside remembered the 28th anniversary of the hillsborough disaster before everton's match against burnley. it was a game everton won 3—1. romelu lukaku scoring his 2a league goal to stay the league's top goal—scorer. everton move ahead of both manchester united and arsenal into fifth place in the league and manager ronald koeman praised ross barkley‘s response to a testing week. iam i am really pleased. there were difficulties in the beginning of the game but he was showing those qualities, he created difficulty in the second half and scoring at 2—1 was very important. the boy was focused on the football. and not about all of the staff that came out after last sunday and that is a big continent for a young boy. —— a big
compliment. in the scottish premiership the title was of course wrapped up by celtic a couple of weeks ago. still plenty of interest though for the teams below them. dundee are falling deeper in trouble after a 2—0 defeat at home to hamilton. they are now two points from safety. motherwell leapfrogged them by beating inverness a—2, rangers were 2—0 winners over partick and second placed aberdeen were 2—1winners at saintjohnstone. while hibernian have taken the championship title with victory over queen of the south. it's the evening session on day one of the world snooker championship in sheffield ronnie 0'sullivan had a testing afternoon against qualifier gary wilson. mark selby has beaten fergal 0'brien 10-2. the five time world champion scored the first century break of this year's world championship and was leading 5—1 at one point. but wilson battled back, winning three frames in a row and now trails by only one — 5—a the score to 0'sullivan at the moment.
that match concludes tomorrow afternoon, it's first to ten. leicester tigers have strengthened their hold on fourth place in rugby union's premiership with a bonus point win over newcastle at welford road. england scrum half ben youngs scored the crucial fourth try ten minutes from time to ensure his side ran out emphatic winners — 30 points to three the final score. leicester are in pole position now to secure the last playoff spot after nearest rivals bath were beaten at worcester. munster have moved back to the top of the pro12 and made sure of their place in the play—offs with a narrow win over ulster. dave 0'callaghan scored the decisive try ten minutes from time. everton football club has banned sun newspaper journalists from its ground following an article written by the paper's columnist and former editor, kelvin mackenzie. in it, he compared the intelligence of everton footballer ross barkley to that of a gorilla.
the mayor of liverpool has called for the newspaper to sack mr mackenzie for making what he called "racial slurs". 0ur correspondent frankie mccamley is at goodison park. eight, ross barkley! the footballer in the centre of it all — everton midfielder ross barkley, whose grandfather was nigerian, compared here to a gorilla. and the man who wrote it, kelvin mackenzie, now suspended. he also claims the only other people in liverpool earning as much money were drug dealers. i've reported it to merseyside police, and they're investigating the complaint. i've also written to the press complaints commission. the comments, i believe, were overtly racist. but the club reacted quickly, banning the sun, stating the newspaper has to know any attack on this city is not acceptable. it follows a long—running hatred towards the newspaper, who blamed fans for the hillsborough disaster that left 96 dead,
with applause at today's match to mark the 28th anniversary. the sun's publisher, news uk, has apologised for the offence caused, saying it was unaware of ross barkley‘s heritage and there was never any slur intended. mr mackenzie says it was beyond parody to describe the article as racist. outside the stadium, fans welcomed the news. what he said about ross barkley, it's shocking, so i think it's only right. i think it's disgraceful, the way that he spoke about ross barkley, and the way that he described the people of liverpool, and he should be ashamed. his article should be proofread anyway, it should be read by the editors, so for them to let that go to press, i think it's quite poor. but many will question why the paper, which he edited for many years, allowed the column to be published. the sun, they knew enough to make sure that mackenzie didn't refer to liverpool, it's...
especially on the anniversary of the hillsborough disaster, so it was a gross editorial oversight. it's understood rupert murdoch will be consulted before a decision is made about mr mackenzie's future, which may depend on a police investigation. frankie mccamley, bbc news, at goodison park. strike action over funding cuts in england's schools has been backed by the national union of teachers. the nut voted on the measure at its annual spring conference in cardiff today. it comes as a survey ofjust over 3,000 staff carried out by the union found that almost half of young teachers expect to quit the profession within 5 years. increasing paperwork, longer hours and concerns over mental health were just some of the reasons cited. 0ur education correspondent gillian hargreaves was at the conference. there is a strong undercurrent to this four—day conference, and that is anger at what teachers perceive
to be significant cuts to funding in england's schools. as you have just said, they have now balloted to increase the pressure on the government with further industrial action, and they have not ruled out the possibility of a one—day strike, a national protest against what they regard as significant funding cuts. they have had delegate after delegate after delegate talking this morning. one was a parent, a mother who described how, in her area, some schools have had to even limit the amount they are spending on central heating. over the winter, children were being taught with their hats and gloves onjust to keep warm in the classroom. the government, on the other hand, says that record numbers... a record amount of cash is going into england schools this year, £a0 billion, the biggest sum ever, money follows the pupil and there should be enough money to go around. there do have to be savings, something in the order of £3 billion over the next three
years, but the government has said that money should be able to be saved in the way in which schools buy goods, things like computers and books and so on. if headteachers are savvy in the way that they buy those things they should be able to make savings. without it affecting the quality of teaching for children. but the unions say that is nonsense — class sizes are going up and teachers are not being replaced when they leave a school. the world's oldest person has died in italy at the age of 117. emma morano was born on 29 november 1899 in the piedmont region of italy. she was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living. ms morano had attributed her longevity to her genetics and a diet of three eggs a day — two of them raw. let's find out how the weather is one or two showers still around but
for most tonight, clear and increasingly cold, southern eastern areas could have some frost in the countryside but frost free car parts of north—west england and south—west scotla nd of north—west england and south—west scotland and northern ireland, cloud increasing through the night with patchy rain and drizzle for the morning. eastern sunday. northern ireland and southern scotland, cloudy outbreaks, scotland may be brighter and outbreaks of rain spreading southwards and eastwards across england and wales but there the devon and cornwall police south wales applauding the wet weather and staying with brightness. temperatures around 15 on the south but cold across central and eastern england with the raiders with you and brighter but not as chilly across parts of scotland. chilly into monday, a few showers around but predominantly driver most and through the week ahead, other than rain and northern scotland, sally from many but gardeners take note that some frosty nights also. more updates in 30 minutes.
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