this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm: dozens of people have been killed in a car bomb attack carrying evacuees in syria. the bomb shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies, including children, as the convoy waited in a rebel—held town. as tensions rise, north korea displays its military hardware in a parade to celebrate the birth of the country's founder. everton football club bans sun journalists from its stadium and training ground following a column by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley. i think it is disgraceful the way he spoke about ross barkley and the way that he described the people of liverpool. what he said about ross barkley was disgraceful, so i think it is only right.
manoeuvring into the 21st century — from december, learners will have to show they can follow a sat nav to pass their driving test. good afternoon. 39 people have been killed in a suspected suicide attack on a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from government—held towns in syria, that's according to state media. the syrian observatory for human rights said the explosion occurred at rashidin, west of aleppo, where buses were waiting to transport thousands of people under an evacuation deal. government—linked sources say it was a suicide attack. earlier, our arab affairs editor sebastian usher told me
what we know about this attack. this was a massive bomb blast, there was a long convoy of buses were several thousands of people had been waiting since yesterday for evacuation just on the outskirts of aleppo. government linked sources are saying it was a suicide bomb. when you look at the images, there we re when you look at the images, there were ten, 11 buses, black and devastated by the buses, bodies lying on the side of the road, children among them, presumably many bodies inside, so i think that we may see much higher level of casualties than we are already seeing. these people were coming from mainly two village throw, mainly shia villages, from an area largely controlled by the rebels.
they were being evacuated as part of a complex deal, which had been tried before on a smaller scale. the deal had stalled since yesterday because, as has happened in the past with this particular deal, but with other deals as well, government soldiers, officials, were concerned about who was coming out of the rebel villages, the rebel towns, either fighters, too many fighters, with weapons they are not supposed to bring? that is why these people where essentially a sitting target. we are hearing from the other evacuation from these two towns, from the people in charge of that, there are huge concern is that now they may be targeted in revenge, and i
think that we need to be concerned, obviously about the horror of what has happened, we do not know who was responsible, one wonders who has most to gain from this and why they would do it. but also to back things. can this deal continue? this was a big, big thing. secondly, will we see an intensification of the syrian government attacks, perhaps backs by russian planes as we have seen already, on idlib, in revenge. because, in theory, as you hand, these small—scale deals were supposed to be a sign of at least some progress? this particular deal has been... there have been many other deals, they are basically given the option of starvation or surrender, forced evacuation. this might more different, quid pro quo. there had been a smaller scale that creation last year of the winded and elderly were taking eight of these areas. that was difficult to do,
that was stalled, and there were attacks on convoys, but nothing of this scale. i think that this is going to have serious repercussions. just an update on the death toll. afp are carrying a figure of 43, quoting the syrian observatory for human rights. that includes the syrian rebels who had been guarding the buses at that point. and the death toll may rise further. donald trump has sent a naval strike force to north korea because of concerns that they are preparing to carry out another nuclear test. our correspondentjohn sudworth
is with a group of foreign journalists invited to the capital pyongyang. his movements are being monitored and tightly controlled. it's an extraordinary sight. you can actually feel the ground shake as thousands upon thousands of goose—stepping soldiers, tanks, rockets and other weaponry have marched and rumbled their way through the capital city. this is a display of unity for the young north korean leader, and it's meant, of course, to send a key message, on the anniversary of his grandfather's birth, that his grip on power is unassailable. but as donald trump threatens to thwart his nuclear ambitions, it also sends a message to the outside world that this country's military, with its nuclear tests and missile launchers, is vital for its survival. and military analysts will, of course, be poring over these pictures for evidence of the latest
state of technological advancement of these forces. there is that speculation that it maybe preparing for another underground nuclear test. i think it's probably unlikely that we'll see a test today, but kimjong—un is making it absolutely clear that he is not prepared to negotiate away his nuclear weapons whilst being threatened and challenged by the united states. and experts believe that with missiles, with weaponry like this, they are just a few small steps away from having a real deliverable nuclear arsenal and, of course, once they reach that stage, it's a game—changer in terms of the regional security situation and the global international diplomatic calculation, about what can be done about north korea's military ambitions. it changes things for good, and the young man sitting up
there in those stands, has learned those lessons from his grandfather and from his father before him. a little earlier i spoke to our washington correspondent, laura bicker who gave us her take on the us view of today's events in pyongyang. i can imagine that various experts in the pentagon are watching that parade and wondering exactly what kind of missiles north korea have. now, there were 56 different kinds of missiles on display, of ten different types. but the one that they will be worried about are those intercontinental ballistic missiles. they have always been suspected, they have always been rumoured, butjust because they are on display, many experts will say, doesn't necessarily mean they are capable of being launched. north korea has always said they want to build a missile, that they want to launch a missile, capable of reaching the united states. but the one thing certainly that they would not tolerate here would be perhaps another
nuclear test, a sixth nuclear test. remember we had that one, back a month ago, where they sent rockets horribly close to japan. at that time, donald trump said that the time for strategic patience is over, he also said he will not tolerate these kinds of missile strikes from north korea, and we have seen from his actions that when he draws a red line he means it. remember, there is that strikeforce, that naval strikeforce in the korean peninsularjust in case. we are hearing that they are on exercises but they are near the region. it will be interesting to see how, if there is any reaction from donald trump, who is in florida at his base in mara lago. the key as well here is china, isn't it, as to whether that country can play a role in trying to take it away from what is clearly a serious situation.
you are exactly right, and that is why those talks last week with the chinese prime minister wwere so important to donald trump. it is worth remembering that when he was sitting down to dinner, and over remarks about how delicious the chocolate cake is, he mentioned that he'd sent 59 cruise missiles into syria. now, that casual remark, that show of strength, will have had an impact, notjust on the chinese premier, but when they take that message back to pyongyang, it is a clear message that this is a new sheriff in town, so to speak, that is prepared to use the military muscle that he has in his capabilities. everton football club has banned the sun newspaper from its ground because of an article by columnist kelvin mackenzie. in it, he compared the intelligence of club footballer ross barkley
to that of a gorilla. the mayor of liverpool has called for the newspaper to sack him for making what he called racial slurs. mr mackenzie, who denies the article was racist, has been suspended by the sun. richard galpin reports. the controversial article published yesterday in the sun has now led to kelvin mackenzie being suspended. the piece about the everton footballer ross barkley, whose grandfather was born in nigeria, compared him to a gorilla, and said the only other people in liverpool earning as much money as barkley were drug dealers. the comments, i believe, were overtly racist, showing a picture of ross barkley with a gorilla knowing full well ross' heritage and his nigerian ancestry in terms of his grandad. i think it was a despicable comment. so now, mackenzie and the newspaper
must wait to see if the police take the matter further. in a statement, the sun's publisher, news uk, said it apologises for the offence caused and it was unaware of ross barkley‘s heritage and there was never any slur intended. mr mackenzie said it was "beyond parody" to describe the article as racist. but if the newspaper, which he edited for many years, now admits the article was offensive, why did it allow it to be published? i would've thought that, at the sun, they knew enough to make sure that mackenzie didn't refer to liverpool. especially on the anniversary of the hillsborough disaster. so it was a gross editorial oversight. and now everton football club has just announced that sun journalists have been banned from its football ground.
filly behind banning them from everton, the football club, and a very else on merseyside. it is terrible what they say, i never buy it. i terrible what they say, i never buy it. lam pleased. kelvin mackenzie's future as a columnist for the newspaper is very much in question. richard galpin, bbc news. officials in afghanistan now say that 90 islamic state fighters were killed by a powerful bomb launched by the united states on thursday — that's more than double the original estimate. ies has denied that it suffered any casualties in the attack. the turkish president has been speaking to supporters ahead of tomorrow's referendum on major constitutional changes that could see him gain significant new powers. he's hoping to secure a yes vote, which would see the country shift from a parliamentary to a presidential republic.
my colleague nuala mcgovern is in istanbul, where president erdogan is holding his final rally. she explained the significance of tomorrow's vote. they feel a huge amount is at stake. some are calling it the most significant moment in this country, its history, since the founding of the state after the collapse of the ottoman empire. to put it in shorter terms, basically, they are turning from a parliamentary republic to a presidential republic. mr erdogan, if he gets the yes vote that he wants, will dismiss the prime minister and appoint a number of vice presidents. it will also change the three bodies — the judicial, the legislative and the executive branch. the detractors say it is too much powerfor mr erdogan. giving sufficient power, the yes voters would say, to the country's leader going forward.
a very divided city. a lot of the posters i am seeing are for yes, a lot of the people i am meeting are saying no. it is expected to be incredibly close. mr erdogan is giving a rally in that last push for votes in this referendum that is considered the eve today of one of the most significant moments in this country's history. you mention the rally. we are showing pictures of mr erdogan. just a word about the response internationally to this. clearly, there has been a lot of international interest because there have disputes in other european countries about various protests and demonstrations and rallies. how closely is this being watched abroad, do you think? incredibly so. the turkish diaspora is huge. in the netherlands, we are talking about 250,000 voters. a man i met who was voting no felt it was very much that his country
is at stake and also turkey's place in the world. they are involved in so many issues. in syria, in the refugee crisis, in russia, turkey and mr erdogan is bang in the centre. if we speak to yes voters, they feel that mr erdogan having more power will make him have a bigger bargaining chip with other world powers and he will be able to push through some more issues in this country, make it safer, particularly when it comes to terror attacks. this is a city that has been through terror attacks, an attempted coup, an ongoing purge of many of the citizens in this country. really, an extraordinary time for the country. at least 43 people have been killed in a car
bomb attack carrying evacuees in syria. as tensions rise, north korea displays its military hardware in a parade to celebrate the birth of the country's founder. everton football club bans sun journalists from its stadium and training ground following a column by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley. the driving test is catching up with technology after the driving and vehicle standards agency announced that learners with have to demonstrate they can safely use a sat nav. the agency says it's vital that the practical test keeps up to date, as our correspondent judith moritz reports. every motorist has been through it, the rite of passage of taking a driving test, but in future learners will be examined on new things. the first driving test was taken in 1935. clearly today's drivers are used to a very different road experience. more than half of them use satnav, and so the test has been
updated to reflect that. so it's turning right out of gate and then continuing to follow the signs. i went for a drive with graham o'brien, who helped develop the new test. satnav: turn right and then, at the end of the road, turn left. drivers will have to follow satnav directions. so if we can incorporate it into the test, that will drive the training and get people more familiar with dealing with that level of distraction as well, which we know is one of the biggest causes of accidents in the first six months with new drivers. learners will also be asked to show they can cope with real—life scenarios, such as parking within a bay. we were often taking people down into housing estates where they would be reversing around a corner and perhaps using up half a test doing some of these set—piece manoeuvres. the point is to change all of that, to get people a far greater experience of roads. the new tests have been trialled
in some areas and will be introduced for everyone by the end of this year. candidates will be asked to drive independently for longer, but the cost and length of the exam will stay the same, as no doubt will the nerves of those going through the process. a short time ago i spoke to the motoring journalist maria mccarthy, who told what she thought about the proposals. i think it is a good move. technology is playing more of a party in our lives and all sorts of ways. the introduction of a sap snap,in ways. the introduction of a sap snap, infourout ways. the introduction of a sap snap, in four out of five driving tests, is a positive move. increasing the amount of time for independent driving in the test is a positive move, because when you drive in your driving test and the examiner is telling you when to turn left and right, that is not really like everyday driving. so all of these changes are trying to make the
test more like a real—life drive would be. will you are being tested on that, and then hopefully when you pass and you call to drive on the road to self, will be more confident. and vehicle safety questions as you are driving along rather than when you are stopped in a lay—by, for example. rather than when you are stopped in a lay-by, for example. exactly. there will be one before the test and then one as you're driving along. i remember in my driving test isaid to along. i remember in my driving test i said to me examiner, please do not talk to me, because i wanted to concentrate on the road. but when you are driving, people will top q. so it is good to have those questions when you are driving and taking your test. i think that it replicates real—life experience. taking your test. i think that it replicates real-life experience. how much research has gone into arriving in the areas changes that we are talking about? lots. ithink it is something like 4000 learners and 860
driving examiners have been consulted. the trials had been extensive. this is not something that has just been casually worked out. i think that this is really a positive step, and a lot of motoring groups are supporting it, including disabled motrin uk. they think that woods will be —— road will be safer, do you agree? we will have to see how effective the changes have been, but they are a step in the right direction. and you will not miss reversing around the corner?|j direction. and you will not miss reversing around the corner? i will miss the town on the road. it was the first manoeuvre i got the hang of and the first manoeuvre i got the hang ofandi the first manoeuvre i got the hang of and i was so proud of myself. but people will carry on doing the turn in the road. theyjust will not do it in their test. instructors. teach
it in their test. instructors. teach it in their test. instructors. teach it in your lessons. nasa scientists have released new global maps of the earth at night which they say give us the clearest view yet of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. the maps are created by stitching together thousands of cloud—free satellite images, taken over many months. sarah corker has been taking a closer look. these images of the world in darkness have been dubbed the black marble. cameras on board a nasa satellite are so sensitive they can detect light from just a single fishing boat or isolated street lamp. these pictures were taken in 2016. the satellite data creates beautiful images, but also shows how humans have shaped the planet. this image shows europe at night and, if you look more closely, you can see the boot—shaped peninsula of italy and lights coming from its towns and cities. and if we move over to africa, this is the river nile. it clearly shows how people have built their homes along its banks. this is a day—time image of the area, showing green fertile
land, and this is it lit up at night. the images have become a useful tool for scientists and researchers. they helped to detect power cuts after hurricane matthew struck parts of the caribbean and us in 2016. and in syria, the un has used the data to monitor the movement of people displaced by war. while the most recent mount etna eruption was also caught on camera from space. next, nasa plans to release daily night images. they should help scientists to reduce light pollution, monitor unregulated fishing and even track sea ice movements across the world's oceans. britain's creative companies are urging the government to overhaul its approach to the sector, as ministers draw up a national industrial strategy. they say british creativity is a big export—earner, and should be taken just
as seriously as other industrial sectors such as car—making. here's our business correspondent, rob young. advertising, film—making, music and video games. britain's creative industries are well known around the world, and financially successful too. more people work in the sector than in uk oil and gas or car—making. areas which tend to get a lot of government attention. the trade body the creative industries federation is demanding the government put creativity at the heart of the new industrial strategy. it recommends creative enterprise zones be set up, offering tax breaks and advice for start—ups on things like selling their services and products abroad. the organisation also wants careers advice in schools to be overhauled. it says current guidance is inadequate and misleading. the jobs of the future are going to require a combination of creative and technical skills. that needs to be hard—wired into the workforce, it will certainly go some
way to meet some of the skills shortages in the sector from the domestic workforce. but also, we will always, i think, be an international hub for creativity. the business secretary, greg clark, says he wants to build on the sector's strengths and is committed to doing a deal with the creative industries soon. as britain heads towards the european union exit door, cultural and creative companies are keen to push their case that british books, plays, and tv programmes could also help britain define its role in the world. rob young bbc news. for more than 70 years, clowns international has been painting the faces of its members on ceramic eggs. each one is a record of a clown‘s unique identity and every one is different. now the clown egg register is being published for the first time, as andrew plant reports. 250 unique clown faces painted and preserved
in this somerset museum, ensuring no clown is ever copied. it's a register... now carefully looked after by its curator. so, once you've had your face established, you'd have your egg made. are you up there? iam. look, there i am. also known as matty the clown. that's my egg. ok, right. joined on this clown parade in bognor by some old friends, like ginger nut and kooky. crowds have loved clowns for hundreds of years. 'a circus without them is unimaginable.‘ they are still a circus—tent staple, but horror fiction and the recent craze of sinister clown sightings, alongside stiff competition from other entertainment, means earning a living as a clown is nojoke. at one time the only person doing
parties were clowns, and you don't get much with the characters from frozen because they don't do party games and balloons and things like that that make a party. could the clown egg register reinvent the ancient art? a new record of every entertainer. i think that there's a great deal of fun in the costumes and the make—up. i think that it is alive and there is a time and place. it's always good to smell the theatre chairs and the smoke, and anticipate them coming on stage. # if you're happy and you know it clap your hands #. many of the clowns on this parade started in the 60s and 70s, the plate—spinning, juggling and magic tricks come as standard alongside the squirting flowers and honking noses. their circus skills, though, still loved it seems
by a new generation, despite the easy entertainment they have at their fingers. people say they are creepy, but they are not. they are really funny. i've been learning how to do this with the stilts. how is it going? pretty well. i'm getting better. are you going to be a clown when you're older? no. clowns are the funniest thing i've seen in my life. the funniest thing you've seen in your life? yes. no? yeah. would you become a clown when you're older? yes. as these professionals near retirement, a new generation of clown faces is needed. any who decide to make a new name for themselves, though, will have some big shoes to fill. andrew plant, bbc news, bognor regis. tone for the weather. plenty of dry weather around as we in the afternoon, some showers but they will ease overnight. under
clear skies it will turn chilly with a touch of frost. for the first part of easter day, things changing in the west, some rain in northern ireland in south—west scotland. the rain will move eastwards, uncertainty about how quickly it will move, but there will be some wet weather as well as for southern scotland, kruger could be some snow mixed and over high ground, also over the pennines. the first set of england and wales should stay largely dry. easter monday should stay largely dry again. feeling on the cool side. pretty cool week ahead, sunny spells by day but the nights will be cold and frosty. that is all from me for now. enjoy the rest of your weekend. hello.
this is bbc news with me, julian worricker. the headlines at 5.30. at least 39 people have been killed in syria after an explosion hit a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees on the outskirts of aleppo. north korea warns the us not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks". the comments came as north korea marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, kim il—sung. everton bans sun journalists from its stadium and training ground following a column by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley. mr mackenzie compared the midfielder, whose grandfather was born in nigeria, to a "gorilla". jim broadbent and charlotte rampling
star in this film adaptation of julian barnes's the sense of an ending. we will have james king's fa u lts ending. we will have james king's faults on that and the rest of the releases in the film review. that's coming up soon. first, the sport. thank you. good evening. neutrals will want to see the race to win the premier league title go down to the last few matches and spurs have done their bit to make sure it does. they beat bournemouth 4-0 sure it does. they beat bournemouth 4—0 in the early kick—off to move to just four points behind leaders chelsea couldn't play until tomorrow. this special report. it is at this point of the season that totte n ha m at this point of the season that tottenham are used to seeing their hopes fade but this year seems different. if chelsea falter spurs are waiting in the wings. where once the gap at the top looked insurmountable, now there is a glimmer of light and that light
shone even brighter when moussa dembele drilled them ahead against bournemouth. in the recent absence of harry kane through injury son heung—min proved an able deputy, reunited, they combined for spurs to make it two. spurs have turned white hart lane into something of a fortress. no premier league team has a home and kane, as he showed again, is one of the main reasons why, 25 goals in all competitions. goals could prove crucial if tottenham pushed chelsea all the way. the gloss was provided by vincent janssen. the importance of this when all too clear to manager mauricio pochettino. david ormiston, bbc news. and so happy and proud of the players, how they showed their belief, where they played, it's fantastic. now we have to wait. there was a minute's applause in
memory of the 20th anniversary of the hillsborough disaster before everton ‘s game against burnley today. the match itself saw the top scorer in the premier league, romelu lukaku, add to his tally in everton‘s 3—1win. lukaku has now scored 24 goals this season. ross barkley in the centre of media reports this week contributed to the decisive goal his shot deflected into his own net by ben mee. everton move ahead of both manchester united and arsenal in the second half, 2—1 was an important goal in the game. the boy was really focused on the football side. and not about all the stuff that came out after last sunday and it is a big compliment for still a young boy by everton.
sunderland came from behind to earn one point out to west. parini scored in the 90th minute to make it 2—2. sunderland are still bottom, nine points from safety but the late goal gave fans something to cheer at the stadium of light. we need to win games. today we had a couple of games. today we had a couple of games at home recently, burnley at home when i have to get three points but it has not been for want of trying. i thought they played well, we had a great chance when it was 2-1 but we had a great chance when it was 2—1 but when we got back to 2—2, we do everything we can to get the winning goal but it wasn't to be. but the players have done well today. swansea have now lost five of their last six and two points from safety after losing 1—0 at watford. the result all but confirms another season in the premier league for watford, the only goal of the game was in the first half, from etienne capoue. more pressure on swansea
manageable clement, the boost he brought to them injanuary is a distant memory now and they are fighting to stay in the premier league. the supporters have been fantastic. they travelled in the numbers today and really got behind the team from the first whistle until the last. we are very sad for them that we couldn't get a better result today but we need them to stick with us because with the three home games getting back to the liberty stadium, that can give us that little advantage that hopefully can help us get important results in the last five games. blank bo stoke city made sure of three points today thanks to an excellent performance from xherdan shaqiri and a 3—1win over hull city. he's got an excellent goal from 30 yards to get the win, stokes third. hull still two points above the relegation zone, only thanks to results elsewhere. when i feel like we start a game like we stop sometimes it's
not easy to change the situation. you need to change the situation. crystal palace have moved further away from the relegation zone, coming from 2—0 down against leicester city to draw 2—2. robert firth andjamie leicester city to draw 2—2. robert firth and jamie vardy gave the visitors the lead but second—half goals from cabaye and christian benteke means palace have only lost once in their last seven league games and they are now seven points clear at the bottom three. the fightback was tremendous. i think today's point feels like a win, 2—0 down, coming back to 2—2, could have made it 3—2, tried to force the winner in the end. it is a tremendous fightback by the players and something that would not have happened when i first arrived. confirmation of today's results. one game has just kicked
one game hasjust kicked off, they are almost nine minutes into the game between southampton and manchester city. city are looking to go third with a win. it's still goalless after nine minutes. one promotion spot has been settled today, sheffield united are back in the championship without even taking a ball because their closest rivals bolton lost 1—0 to oldham athletic. these are the scenes in the dressing room at the club's training ground as the players celebrated returning to the championship after a six—year absence. there's a full championship fixture on monday, so just one game today, aston villa beaten 3—1 at home to reading, a result that is reading moved to fourth in the table. scottish premiership title was wrapped up by celtic a couple of weeks ago that saw interest to the teams below them. dundee still deep in trouble after losing 2—0 at until hamilton, they are 12 points from safety. motherwell beat inverness 4-2. safety. motherwell beat inverness 4—2. rangers beat partick 2—0 and second placed aberdeen beat saint
johnson 2—1. hibs have taken the championship title by beating queen of the south. away from football, great britain have a fourth medal at the world track cycling championships in hong kong, taking silver in the women's madison. as the first time women's madison. as the first time women have taken part in this event with elinor barker and emily nelson finishing behind the belgian gold medallists. the second silver of the championships for elinor barker. you get it general idea of how it goes but we haven't raced all the girls in the field in this event. it's really fu n, in the field in this event. it's really fun, not surprised by the belgians being fantastic, it is kind of bread into them. hats off to them. qualifying for the bahrain grand prix has just them. qualifying for the bahrain grand prix hasjust finished and both mercedes will be on the front row tomorrow, their first 1—2 both mercedes will be on the front row tomorrow, theirfirst1—2 in qualifying this season. valtteri bottas will have poll rather than hamilton. the first time the finnish
driver is qualified in first place as nick powell and reports. in the desert sebastian vettel looked to end at .com it's been over 18 months since he came on top qualifying because mercedes have dominated and taking pole position for all except one race since vettel was last in front. ferrari the fastest on friday practised in bahrain, hamilton restored the natural order in the first qualifying session. things got better still than assaidi is after the break, valtteri bottas adding his temple to trail hamilton—brown only two hundredths of a second. the british drive increased that gap in the final session as he set the benchmark time in the battle for pole. vettel on the first race this season but another one will be difficult if you can start from the front. yet it was valtteri bottas who ended hamilton's run of six consecutive polls to come out on topping qualifying for the first time in his career. with vettel of a second it looks like mercedes's dominance has been restored with no
end in sight for the ferrari drought. leicester tigers have strengthened their hold on fourth place in rugby union premiership with a points to the bonus point win over newcastle at welford road. england scrum—half ben young scored the vital fourth try ten minutes from time to make his side emphatic winners, 30—3. leicester are in pole position to secure the last play—off spot after nearest rivals bath lost at worcester. in the pro 12 munster warmed up for next week and's european champions semifinal with saracens, beating ulster 22—20. hasta's place in the play—off places was less likely than munster‘s and they were straight out of the blocks and with a try by rory best. but angus lloyd replied straightaway for munster. 10—10 at half—time. both sides then scored one try each before dave o'callaghan gave munster a narrow lead, it finished 22—22 confirmed their play—off place,
although ulster will also feature. judgment day for the welsh sides in the pro 12 today, all four teams in action in back—to—back matches in cardiff. first cardiff blues beat the ospreys for the first time in seven yea rs, the ospreys for the first time in seven years, gareth anscombe scored their fifth and final try and kicked ten points with the boot as they won 35-17. ten points with the boot as they won 35—17. blues move up to seventh in the table, ospreys are hanging on in the table, ospreys are hanging on in the top four. that's all for now, much more in sports day at 6:30pm. keep up—to—date on the bbc website which has details of the world snooker championships. ronnie o'sullivan is in action at the moment. see you later. thank you. more now on our top story. north korea has unveiled what appear to be new missiles at its annual military parade, which celebrates the birth of the communist state's founder. pyongyang repeated its warning to the united states not to take any provocative actions. robert fox is the evening standard defence editor and a little earlier he gave me his thoughts on rising
tensions between north korea and the west. it's feeling pretty dangerous. we haven't got to this level for quite some time, we are a slight way off, i think, the cuban missile crisis of 1962, but we are edging closer to it, i think for one reason particularly. both sides have been talking about a first strike, exercising the first strike option, and that's really dangerous. and there could be another nuclear test within a few days. it seems that this is what the trump administration has said, if they are not using expressions like red lines, because they genuinely have taken on board where that went terribly wrong for obama in 2013, with chemical weapons and bashir al—assad. but i think that, as laura was just saying, they've made it clear through the chinese, they are not going to tolerate a nuclear armed north korea, and they've got nuclear weapons, i think they've got
about 30 warheads at the moment but with delivery systems. and this is the thing that's not quite ready or right, whatever word you choose to express this, to have a weapon with an intermediate and an intercontinental range to hit allies like japan, philippines, and possibly even the longer range, the intercontinental western seaboard of the united states, los angeles. and once there is a threat of that, then we go to another level. and what is potentially that other level? well, this is what is quite worrying, but there are also some reassuring signs, is that the current defence and security team which really revolves around two people, and they work very closely together, former 4—star general us marine general james mattis, the defence secretary, and the national security adviser. very, very important figure, as the world has come to recognise
within weeks of his appointment, h r mcmaster, who i think is still a serving lieutenant general. we could put it that way. the fact is that there is an a team of military thinkers behind this. because if you've got jim mattis and you've got hr, you'll have david petraeus, for whom hr worked for a long time, and probably the most innovative and thoughtful of the lot, absolutely at the same level of james mattis, is stan mcchrystal. and what is so interesting about them is that they see the synergies which the obama administration at least publicly refused to. they see there is a connection and there is a discrete connection between syria, between what is going on in yemen, between what is going on in afghanistan, very much the hub of iran and north korea. and that is why they are thinking very, very carefully and in fact when they've struck the 59 tomahawks, it was,
won't use the expression "surgical" but it was very precise. and it was within the precept of this kind of operational law, it has to be appropriate, and it has to be proportionate, and it was not instructed but in conformity to a very important united nations security council resolution. now it is very interesting that we are seeing a laggard in china in this, and we are seeing almost absentee, but under very, very skilful leadership, the united nations. and i would see after the weekend, the un comes into it more and this very cautious, calculatedly cautious regime in china of mr xi will now i think be asked to step up with america because i think everything that trump has indicated so far is that he wants to work with the chinese on this. robert fox of the london evening
standard. now on bbc news it's time for the film review. hello and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is james king. what do we have this week? first up, fast cars and tight t—shirts. it is the return of vin diesel in the fast and the furious 8. from the ridiculous to the sublime, park chan—wook‘s glamorous and amorous the handmaiden. and broadbent and rampling re—live their teenage years in the pensive sense of an ending. so, fast & furious 8. have you seen the other seven? a couple. so we are on to number eight but still an impressive cast? impressive cast, impressive box office returns. this is such a huge franchise,
we will have more of them, this one will be huge. the interesting thing about the franchise is where they go with it. they have to give audiences what they want, which generally speaking are the big action scenes which is the car chases. yet each film has to be slightly different. the big point of difference this time round, is that vin diesel who plays dominic toretto, the lead character has gone rogue. he has gone to the dark side. he is hooked up with a superb criminal called cipher played by charlize theron, who is a hacker extroadinaire. he is playing the bad guy again. that's the big difference. we have a clip of them. this is what vin diesel does for most of the movie, which is look puzzled. here he is. let me ask you something, dom, what is the best thing in your life? family. no, it is not. not if you are being honest.
it is the ten seconds between start and finish when you're not thinking about anything, no family, no obligations, just you, being free. i got to tell you, this whole saving the world, robin hood nonsense you have been doing recently, it is not you. be who you are. why live only a quarter of a mile at a time when you can live your whole life that way. i think we get a sense there. i'm just looking at the cast list, helen mirren? helen mirren playing jason statham's mum, who would have thought it? i don't think helen mirren ever thought it, judging by her performance! she is actually funny in it. it is a deliberately over the top cockney sparrow performance from her. jason statham provides the best moment of the film. it is a scene where he is fighting the bad guys on a plane, at the same time as trying to save a baby in a carrying cot, so he has to punch people one second
and the next second look after the baby. it is like something jackie chan would have done. it is almost like ballet. it is a really funny, entertaining scene in the movie. a lot of it is car chases. that is fine, that is what people want. is it doing anything that different to the other ones? i am not sure. there is a formula and it is sticking closely to it. what will number nine look like? i hope number nine will shock us. i hope it will take more risks. i enjoyed number eight, it did a good job but the problem i had is, it was occasionally treading water and i wanted more surprises. although this will be massive, i hope the next one will take more risks. let's talk about the handmaiden. this is a film you really like? this is great. it is inspired by the book fingersmith by sarah waters. that came out in 2002.
there was a bbc adaptation of it. a victorian english setting. now it is directed by park chan—wook who is south korea's most respected film director. he has moved the action from victorian england to 1930s japanese—occupied korea. but the story is generally the same. a young girl from a criminal background goes to work for the lady of the manor but she is actually there to swindle her out of her fortune. unlike the book, it really relishes the power of storytelling, in other words, it is the twists and the turns, it is the horror, the comedy, the romance, it throws everything into the mix and does it in a really luxurious and lush way. i want to call it a romp but that sounds throwaway and it is not. it is a costume drama? a costume drama but heartfelt. although it is so much fun to watch because there is so much going on, it is intelligent and heartfelt and tender.
ultimately, it is a romance. it is a beautiful, tender love story. absolutely beautiful to watch, highly recommended. and a major twist? at least one? at least one. i had read the book so i knew the twists. the end of the handmaiden, the movie is slightly different to fingersmith. even though i knew the twists, it was still a joy to watch. let's move on to the sense of an ending. another literary adaptation. julian barnes wrote the book, which won the booker prize. in 2011. now we have the movie with jim broadbent. he plays tony webster, south london, in his sixties, who is semi retired and works in a camera shop. out of the blue he gets a letter saying the mother of his ex—girlfriend from when he was a teenager has died and he has been left something in her will. this gets him reminiscing and thinking back to
his teenage years when he was at school and college and that girlfriend and her mother. in the present day, that ex—girlfriend is played by charlotte rampling so here isjim and charlotte getting to know one another again. let's take a look. are you married, itake it? not married. never? mysterious to a fault. i'm divorced, in case you were wondering. i wasn't, but i am sorry to hear that. on the contrary, very happily so. the best decision we ever undertook. in fact, she recently accused me of having built a shrine to you, no less. a shop, when i told her that it was you who gave me my first leica. and what did you say? a remarkable cast. the only criticism i have read about the sense of an ending is a criticism of the ending! it is certainly a story that deals with quite subtle and nuanced arguments about memory and the past
and subjectivity, so in a way it can never have a big punch of an ending. in a way, the ending had to be slightly anti—climactic, because that is sort of what it is about, but when you have performers like jim broadbent, charlotte rampling who does stern and mysterious better than anyone else, when you have that calibre of performers in a movie, however subtle and nuanced and slow the story is, and it is slow, you are automatically drawn in. i liked that it dealt with quite abstract subjects. and it goes back to the ‘60s? that is an easy transition? it takes a while to get to know the story if you have not read the book already, so it takes awhile for the penny to drop but for me that is part of the joy of the film that you have to work a bit to get into it.
and with jim broadbent and charlotte rampling you will not go far wrong? jim broadbent is more of a curmudgeon in this movie but he does it row well. now, you have chosen raw. mark waxed lyrical about this last week. it is an arthouse cannibal movie! he would be upset if i did not mention it again this week! i really liked it. it does have this unwavering commitment to unsettling the audience. it is set in a veterinary college about a teenage girl who discovers her taste for flesh, her taste for cannibalism, and it is genuinely creepy and weird. the lighting, the music, the performances, it has this sort of industrial brutalist backdrop and surreal moments, and it is not often with horror films you can say ijust haven't seen anything like it before, and it genuinely disturbed me. but raw did that and did it in a beautiful way. it is an elegant film.
she starts as a vegetarian! she starts as a vegetarian but things happen at college which make her realise she is perhaps not quite as vegetarian as she thought. on the squeamish scale, it sounds like something, where would you pitch it in taste? that is the wrong phrase! it is squeamish because it is beautifully done. because of the elegance that makes it more horrific. sometimes if it is a straight out blood and guts slasher movie it is so in your face that there is nothing to it. when it is more subtle, that is actually creepier. let's move on, please! to dvd. this is sully, the story of the pilot who managed to land his plane on the hudson river. it is directed by clint eastwood. it was raved about at the time. and i will still rave about it. tom hanks stars as sully. although you expect it to be about that crash landing in 2009,
it is in there, you see that, you experience that, but it also shows you what happened before. it also shows you sully afterwards. it shows you the investigation which happened afterwards. he has to prove that he did the right thing, that he is a hero, and of course tom hanks can do the everyday down—to—earth reasonable hero probably better than anyone else. so it is not perhaps the movie you would expect but i think that makes it all the better, because it does delve a lot deeper. and it is that quiet unfussy... unfussy is a great word for it. clint eastwood does that very well. producers like him because he brings movies in on budget and on time. he does the job intelligently and you see all of that in this movie. james, always a pleasure.
thank you. james king there. that is it for this week, thanks for watching. goodbye. time for a look at the weather. decent but unspectacular is how this saturday will be remembered, there was fine weather, a lovely start to the day for one weather watcher in weymouth, through the day it became a mixture, patchy cloud and sunny spells, this is the scene over parts of wales. there were showers as well, particularly for northern ireland, scotland and parts of northern england and these showers will continue into the first part of the evening, heavy and sundry over the evening, heavy and sundry over the far north of scotland, and generate through the evening into overnight most of the showers will fade and we will see dry weather and clear spells, called enough for frost in some places and then a change to the early hours, northern ireland, north—west england sliding over with rain. this wet weather for tomorrow will come courtesy of this
bending weather front. this tomorrow will come courtesy of this bending weatherfront. this is tomorrow will come courtesy of this bending weather front. this is a tomorrow will come courtesy of this bending weatherfront. this is a bit ofa bending weatherfront. this is a bit of a troublemaker, headaches, uncertainty about how far north or south the wet weather will be and how quickly this lump of rain will fling its way east, certainly a zone of miserable weather through central areas through mr beast today, to the northern half of scotland a decent day to go out, perhaps for a stroll, sunshine, showers, cheering up a bit by this stage across northern ireland, through northern england, 5°99y ireland, through northern england, soggy and cold, 8 degrees the likes of leeds and sheffield, snow over the pennines, the rain pushing across east anglia and the south—east, for south wales and south—west england avoiding the wet weather for the most part, south—west england avoiding the wet weatherfor the most part, some sunny spells and relatively mild. we should lose that rain pushing to the south—east as we go into the evening on easter day. as we move to easter monday high pressure to the west of britain, low pressure to the east, that gives a northerly wind, for most areas not strong, breezy
towards the north—east, all that northerly wind will bring this cold air south across the country, quite air south across the country, quite a chilly feel on easter monday, a fairamount of a chilly feel on easter monday, a fair amount of cloud, some spells of sunshine, summer showers as well, feeling called up to the north—east, six in aberdeen, maybe 14 in london. that takes us into what will be a fairly chilly week, sunny spells by day, but cold and frosty nights. this is bbc news.
the headlines at 6pm: north korea parade is what is thought to be its first intercontinental ballistic missiles. dozens of people have been killed in a car bomb attack on a convoy carrying evacuees in syria. the bomb shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies, including children, as the convoy waited in rebel—held territory on the outskirts of aleppo. everton football club bans sun journalists from its stadium and training ground following a column by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley. i think it's disgraceful the way he spoke about ross barkley and the way that he described the people of liverpool. what he said about ross barkley i think is shocking, so i think it's only right. what they've done for years, notjust in the last