hello, and welcome to bbc world news. i'm nkem ifejika. the latest headlines: the british prime minister, theresa may, says her cabinet has reached a collective agreement on the basis of the uk's future relationship with the eu post—brexit. it has set out plans for a "free trade area" between the uk and the eu, which it believes will prevent a hard border in ireland. here's our political editor, laura kuennsburg. look close. then closer. look through the haze. there's the cabinet, deciding theirfuture. and, more importantly, all of ours. the prime minister, in purple, gesturing to boris johnson. what do you think his body
language is saying back? theresa may's allies desperate to get him and the other brexiteers on board. inside there were, and likely still are, profound disagreements about life outside the eu. theresa may argued for a model where we're snugly tied to the eu in many ways, but it seems, at least in her mind, a deal was done. well, in detailed discussions today, the cabinet has agreed our collective position on the future of our negotiations with the eu and our proposal will create a uk—eu free trade area, which establishes a common rule book on industrial goods and agricultural products. this will maintain high standards but we will ensure no changes can take place without the approval of our parliament. as a result, we will avoid friction in trade. that will protect jobs and livelihoods and also meet our commitment to northern ireland. we've also agreed a new business—friendly customs model with freedom to strike trade
deals around the world. but if it was easy, theresa may wouldn't have had to call her ministers to her retreat. suggestions brexiteers might quit after plotting last night, so alarmed atjust how close a relationship number 10 has design. be clear, what theresa may says has been agreed is a tighter rather than a looser relationship with the rest of the eu after we leave. yes, immigration as we know it will come to an end, but she wants to sign the uk up to following many eu rules. so was today the day she faced down her reluctant brexiteers? right now we just don't know if they rolled over or are guarding their angerfor another day. in recent times, the animals here have been better behaved than the political creatures in the tory party. the prime minister's been struggling between eurosceptics and former remainers almost impossible to tame. after the cabinet, she'll have to sell her plan to those grumpy mps and then, on the opposite side of the table, to the rest of the eu. they're likely to suggest everything wholesale but listen, perhaps a tiny chink of light.
let's get some of the day's other news: rescue teams in thailand say an air supply line has been installed in the cave where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for two weeks. there had been concern about falling oxygen levels as rescuers try to work out how to bring the boys to safety. china has retaliated against the us, matching tariffs imposed by washington worth $34 billion. beijing is accusing the trump administration of starting the "largest trade war in economic history." china's commerce ministry says it's lodged a new complaint about the us with the world trade organization. the us and north korea have agreed to set up a joint working group on denuclearization after a meeting in pyongyang between seretary of state mike pompeo and the north korean leader's right—hand man, kim yong chol. mr pompeo is due to meet kim jong—un on saturday. more details have been released about donald trump's visit to the uk next week.
the president and first lady will arrive on thursday. he'll meet the british prime minister, theresa may, and also queen elizabeth, but will largely avoid london. large—scale protests are planned. let's get all the world cup action and we now know the winner of the competition will be a european team, after belgium beat brazil 2—1 to go through to the semi—final. it's a huge blow to one of the tournament favourites. here in britain, investigators wearing protective suits have entered a hostel in salisbury, as they search for the item contaminated with a nerve agent which poisoned a couple. police believe charlie rowley and dawn sturgess were exposed to novichok after handling an unknown object. the pair remain in a critical condition in hospital. june kelly has more. key sites have been sealed
off and this afternoon the decontamination process began. a team in special protective suits arrived at the hostel where dawn sturgess had been living in salisbury. these suits are resistant to nerve agent. eight miles away in amesbury, emergency vehicles moved in en masse to the estate where charlie rowley lived, ahead of the decontamination operation here. residents saw scenes like this in other parts of the county four months ago. now they're faced with disruption on their own doorstep. one week on, dawn sturgess and charlie rowley remain in a critical condition as doctors are once again fighting to save novichok victims. using the couple's movements, police have closed off a number of sites. in salisbury, they're believed to have visited queen elizabeth gardens. at around 10:30 that evening they took a bus to amesbury where charlie lives. at 10:15 the next morning, dawn took ill. at 6:20 that evening, charlie collapsed. during the afternoon he had been to a church event and a branch of boots.
fellow residents from the hostel had described how they had been tested for novichok poisoning. i had a scientist from porton down take a blood test and take information down about what room i was in, or what how close i was, asking me several different questions. it is still not known where the couple came across and handled the abandoned nerve agent. there is still unanswered questions about novichok and its potency. we have previously thought that even in a container it will remain highly toxic for possibly 4—6 months. outside a container that could be less. this is one of the questions we want answered. they do know the details, the russians, they made the stuff. scotland yard is leading the investigation. tonight they describe it as complex and fast moving and they warned it is expected to take months to complete. all the community here thought the poisoning episode was over. meanwhile, the families of the couple who collapsed
here have to endure the torment of the wait for news. as we've been reporting, china has imposed retaliatory tariffs on american goods, after accusing the us government of igniting the biggest trade war in economic history. the chinese commerce ministry said the measures would match $34 billion worth of us tariffs which came into force on friday. nick bryant reports from alabama. these have become the golden battlefields of a trade war that's fast engulfing the world. farmers in the american heartlands sown with soya bean crops are now hit with 25% import duties by beijing in revenge for us tariffs on chinese goods.
china is the biggest export market for american soya beans and josh 0gle has seen the price plunge to a nine—year low. but he voted for donald trump and backs the president's protectionist fight. he's a businessman and he knows how to negotiate and do things. i've got faith in what he's doing's going to work. now, is it going to work in the end? time will tell. but this trade war is going to hurt your business? it could, it's very possible it could hurt our business. it's according to how long it lasts and how long it takes to negotiate it out. nearby huntsville, alabama is the fastest—growing tech hub in america, a silicon valley of the south. and the home to high technology campuses now caught in the no man's land of this tit—for—tat conflict. this company manufactures communications equipment and its product lines use 1300 components imported from china that have now been hit by us tariffs.
its costs have increased, its global supply chains have been disrupted and its ceo says they are being punished for manufacturing in america. if i buy the individual pieces, the individual chips and components and resistors and bring them into the us so i can manufacture here, we're slapped with a 25% tariff so i think that's going against what we want to have done. that policy is penalising american companies? those that actually manufacture here in the us, yes it's a problem. the us economy is thriving, many talk of a trump bump. and a recent poll suggested for the first time in his presidency, a majority of americans approve of his handling of the economy. a trade war could jeopardise all of that. this america first protectionism is already hitting american commerce. supporters likejosh believe the trade war will be short and sharp and america will end up on top. but that faith in the president could easily turn into frustration, even fury, if this summer of tariffs
turns into an autumn and winter of economic pain. nick bryant, bbc news, alabama. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has wrapped up his "make—or—break" meeting with the north korean leader's right hand man, kim yong chol. this is his third trip to pyongyang, and the first since the historic summit between president trump and kimjong un. mr pompeo is expected to meet the north korean leader on saturday before he leaves for tokyo. here's the bbc‘s mariko 0i in seoul. as you mentioned, mike pompeo arrived on friday afternoon and he met with kim jong—un‘s right—hand man. that was the only meeting as far as we know that took place late yesterday. it wrapped up around 7:30pm local time and they spoke about three hours before breaking for dinner. apparently the mood appeared relaxed. mike pompeo joked that this was his third time and that if he came another time he would have to start to pay taxes. to which the right—hand man suggested that the more he came the more trust could be built. this morning his first meeting was scheduled at 9am local time, about one hour ago. we still do not know who he is meeting with.
as you can imagine, the information is only trickling in. i'm basically following some journalists who are accompanying mike pompeo to pyongyang — as far as i could tell they are not updating regularly. yesterday, all of a sudden, just as the meeting wrapped up we started to get a lot of tweets from mike pompeo and the journalists but as far as we know they have now set up a working group to nail down some of the details of the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula which was agreed between president trump and kimjong—un in singapore last month. that is all we know for now. let's get all the world cup action and we now know the winner
of the competition will be a european team, after belgium beat brazil 2—1 to go through to the semi—final. it's a huge blow to one of the tournament favourites. richard conway reports. the scars from brazil's 7—1 semifinal defeat to germany four years ago might never truly heal. this world cup was supposed to provide redemption. but belgium reopened that old wound, early pressure leading to a fernandinho own goal inside the opening quarter. soon, it was two. scored in russia, made in manchester. united's lu ka ku feeding city's de bruyne. with their place in the tournament on the line, brazil emerged in the second half like a swarm of angry bees. the belgian defence was eventually bridged, coutinho‘s unlikely chip to augusto making it 2—1. that set up a frantic final 15 minutes. belgium survives and will now meet france for a place in the final. for brazil, heartbreak once more. four years on from humiliation on home soil, there is disbelief over a team that promised so much and delivered so little. in the day's other quarterfinal, two teams with strong world cup pedigrees. only one of france and uruguay could advance, and it was le bleu who struck first.
raphael verane with a glancing header. uruguay fought back, forcing this wondrous save from hugo lloris. second half, and from the sublime to the ridiculous. fernando muslera attempted to parry antoine griezmann‘s shot, directing it into his own net. 2—0, and french hopes of winning a second world cup are still very much alive. and, of course, there's plenty more world cup action on saturday, when sweden take on england before the hosts, russia, meet croatia in their quarter—final matches to decide who else will advance to next week's semi—finals. england's players have been told by their manager that their chance may not come again.
dan roan reports. the opportunity of samara's cosmos stadium is a tantalising one — to boldly go where only two other england teams have gone before. but despite the prospect of a first world cup semifinal in a generation, manager gareth southgate is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. we want to keep making that history and we know that it's not since 1990 that we were in a world cup semifinal, so we are hugely ambitious and want to do that, but we know that there's nothing in our mind other than tomorrow's game. commentator: dier does it, england win. after finally overcoming their penaltyjinx and winning a first world cup shoot out to overcome colombia, this young squad have exceeded expectations. and while the players appeared remarkably calm at training this morning, there's growing confidence
that they really could go all the way. i think we're going to go to the final, i'm a believer, i'm a believer. right now they've made me believe, the first time in years, to boldly go where only two other england teams have gone before. that i've believed this england team can do it, because i think we've got the right mentality and i think when you've got your goal—scorer is bang in form scoring goals, you've got a chance. the last time england played a world cup quarterfinal 12 years ago they were managed by a swede, and sven—goran eriksson believes his countrymen should not be underestimated. we don't have messi, we don't have a ronaldo, we don't have a neymar, we don't have a sterling or whatever you say, but getting those swedish players together, the teamwork is incredible and there i think it's one of the best in the world. a closed city up until the end of the soviet era, samara has opened its doors to the few england fans to have made it here close to the kazakhstan border. some of them, staying on this flotel
moored on the volga river. i've only booked a one—way ticket and i'm not going home until we get beat, and i don't think i'm going back until a week on monday. southgate's brought that together. they've been together as youngsters as well. manager gareth southgate is keeping his feet he's brought them through and i think it shows. there's a togetherness and friendliness with the whole thing which i haven't seen in past world cups. this city is best known for being home to russia's space programme. win here tomorrow and who knows where england's world cup adventure will end. following a day of intensive talks, the prime minster says cabinet ministers have reached agreement on uk relations with the eu after brexit. emergency workers in thailand have set up a supply of air to a group of boys trapped in a flooded cave, but they say they're not yet ready to begin a rescue operation. well, let's get more on that story now. jonathan head is at the entrance to the caves in northern thailand. throughout this week since they found those boys, there's been a debate here among thai officials about what they should do with them. now, many of the divers who've been going in to see them have said
the route out is just too dangerous to risk, they should be left where they are. that thinking is clearly changing, the impending monsoon makes staying where they are unviable, they could be there for months, they might even lose their only dry spot. we're hearing very much today about preparations to take them out. the kids can't swim, they're being taught now, they are practising wearing masks. lots of consultations are going on in particular with the british cave divers, who are still playing a leading role in this rescue and it seems now it's not imminent, but the authorities have decided at some point they're going to have to take a chance on the perilous route out with the divers. diver: how many of you? their discovery on monday seemed miraculous, but their rescue has confounded those trying to help them. now the authorities believe they have no choice. tonight, the local governor said they would have to risk taking
the boys out the same way as the divers, and soon, because of expected rain next week. we will try. if it's heavy rain, and the situation is not good, we will try. supplying the boys is a long and exhausting job, involving dozens of thai and foreign divers. this is the easy part of the route. the last part takes six hours and needs six heavy air tanks for each diver to get there and back. it was while returning from laying down those extra tanks that saman kunan, a 38—year—old former navy diver, became unconscious and died. this is him a week ago as he boarded the plane to come here and help. now he's being flown back to his hometown to a hero's funeral.
his commander acknowledged that time was running out. translation: we had thought the children could survive there for a long time, but everything has changed. we have quite limited time. and that's because the torrential rain that drove the divers out of the caves last week is expected to return and could go on for weeks or months. the death of this diver has brought home just how difficult it will be to try to pull these 12 weakened boys and their coach through flooded passages which one diver describes as like being in a darkened water tub and being battered by water. but the agonising truth confronting the thai authorities is that leaving them where they are through a rainy season that may cut off their supply line could be much riskier. the past week of little rainfall has given the authorities a window.
they've used it to pump as much water as possible out of the caves and to try to stop more waterfrom going in. but that window is closing. from now, it will only get harder to attempt a rescue. jonathan head, bbc news, tham luang caves, northern thailand. rescue teams say the chances of finding survivors are slim from a campsite. 33 confirmed who have died off the resort island of to get. the bodies of more than ten people are feared to be in the sunken hull. the boat, the phoenix, was carrying 105 people who got into trouble during a violent storm on thursday. lebo diseko has more. there are distressing images from the start.
searching for more survivors, but hope is fading. 49 people were found alive on thursday, but the fear is the time for rescue may fast be running out. now many of those polled from the water have lost their battle for life. for loved ones anxiously waiting, it's the worst kind of news. those who did make it and were treated in hospital spoke of traumatic scenes. translation: the ship started swaying very badly. it must have been shaking for about 30 minutes. on the second floor there were a lot of mothers carrying babies. they were very scared. everyone was shouting for help but the boat was shaking too much, it was impossible. an investigation has been ordered to find out why a severe weather warnings was ignored. there were waves of up to five metres high, making the phoenix overturn and sync. it was one of two
tourist boats that capsized off the coast of peru kept on thursday evening. authorities say the search will resume on saturday morning to dry and fine the 23 people still missing. but the longer that takes them or hopes fade that they will be found alive. lobo the second, bbc news. —— lebo diseko. one of the possible answers for the nhs in england as it struggles to cope with increased demand and an ageing population is to integrate healthcare and social care. two years ago, the government in scotland merged the nhs and social budgets to try to improve services. our scotland editor, sarah smith, has been looking at the changes made and challenges ahead. tom bailey used to have a chronic
lung condition, he used to be out of hospital all the time, now he can be monitored from home. the day goes straight into the tablet and straight into the tablet and straight to the ward? any change in this condition and this healthcare tea m this condition and this healthcare team will phone or visit him at home. they are able to help older people. the fact i'm not going into hospital frees up a bit. people. the fact i'm not going into hospitalfrees up a bit. i can be treated here much simpler, much easier and more cost—effective. treated here much simpler, much easier and more cost-effective. and that makes a difference to you? aru, yeah. tom's day arrives here at big at hospital where they looked after hundreds of patients virtually askou, yeah. around the table, nurses said care workers, physiotherapists and pharmacists co—ordinate the needs —— yeah. this is meant to be the future. it has reduced emergency admissions by a quarter but it's not happening everywhere. i think there are some really good example is, some really good pockets of practice but we're suffering still from this disease of
pilot items, where a pilot or a project happens, it comes to an end but we're still not able to transfer it over to the mainstream. elsie ca rswell will it over to the mainstream. elsie carswell will be 101 next week. she's relieved to be getting out of hospital in time for her birthday. often patients who are well enough to be discharged are delayed in hospital because the social care isn't available to look after them at home. the scottish government have rather ambitiously promised to eliminate the latest charge and they haven't said how they are going to do that yet but they have improved the annual statistics, even though last month of the numbers shot up. elsie has come to an intermediate ca re elsie has come to an intermediate care unit, a facility the glasgow health board used to keep patients out of hospital until available care is available at home. you were a bit worried about going straight home from hospital? i thought so. i was
glad to know i wasn't. you don't wa nt to glad to know i wasn't. you don't want to see that, you just want to be attended to, you know? merging health and social care budgets in scotla nd health and social care budgets in scotland has produced significant results, but it's not working everywhere. time and muggy will be required to achieve a real transformation. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. —— money. now to wimbledon, and with most of the top women's seeds out of the tournament, serena williams remains in with a chance of an eighth singles title — and the defending men's champion roger federer is also through. joe wilson was following all the action. at wimbledon, does time misbehave? could things really be going backwards? on centre court we get that impression. 36 going on 16 — serena williams. serena is seeded 25 this year. she beat kristina mladenovic today, and who will stand in her way? most of the top seeds are already out, including venus williams, who fell today. as we see in this tournament so many
top players have lost and technically i'm not a top player, i do have the wins of one. well only one player matches serena's stature, roger federer, who sometimes just tries things to keep it interesting. 36 and finding new tricks. jan—lennard struff was brushed off today, in just one hour and 3a minutes. and talking of time, well, there's a match going on on court 1a which seems almost endless. british doubles pair cameron norrie and jay clarke won 20 games of their final set. the trouble was their opponents won 22. what a way to spend a hot afternoon. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. let's get the weather now with tomasz schafernaker. for many of us it will be another hot day with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees across the south
and temperatures reaching 31 on friday and we will easily make that on saturday. having said that, there will be a little more cloud around during the course of the weekend. some areas may be overcast from time to time. the atlantic weather system is away to the north of us, still closer to iceland so that is why we are still dry. there is no change as far as the eye can see, at least through the weekend into most of next week indeed the whole of next week. bad news for gardens and parks. a lot of scorched grass out there at the moment. these temperatures first thing in the morning. 17 in london, 13 in newcastle. and then the temperatures shoot up rapidly. a lot of sun around but it will be cloudy from time to time, particularly around north—western and eastern areas, picking up cloud, and cloud is also developing across midland. 30 degrees of least in london, i suspect temperatures could reach 31 also. still mostly in the 20s,
we're not talking about it necessarily cooling off a great deal. on monday it is still in the high 20s across the south. it is only when we reach tuesday or wednesday that we get back down to the mid—20s. in the north we are closer to the teens. that is it for me. bye— bye. this is bbc world news. the headlines: the british prime minister, theresa may, says a day of intensive talks with cabinet ministers has produced an agreement on future