welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: america's national rifle association takes legal action against new gun legislation in the state of florida. donald trump strikes a positive tone over a potential meeting with kimjong—un, saying a deal is very much in the making. in syria, an aid convoy successfully unloads its food supplies in the rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta. and, embracing the veil. why increasing numbers of young british muslim women are deciding to wear a headscarf. the bitter row over america's gun laws has resurfaced, with the pro lobby group,
the national rifle association, mounting a swift legal challenge to new gun control measures signed into law in florida. the legislation imposes a 21—year—old age limit and a three—day waiting period on all gun purchases. the move follows a school shooting at parkland, in which seventeen students were killed. washington correspondent chris buckler reports. standing side—by—side with the families of some of those killed inside a school. florida's governor signed new laws, legislation designed to try to prevent such shootings and restricting access to guns. the commonsense things that is we need to have law enforcement in oui’ we need to have law enforcement in our schools, we need to harden our schools, more mental health counselling, we need to make sure people who are going to do harm, we
know, . .. people who are going to do harm, we know, . . . the people who are going to do harm, we know, . .. the legislation is people who are going to do harm, we know,... the legislation is named after the marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland. last month 17 people, both staff and students, we re 17 people, both staff and students, were shot dead here as others have fled from classrooms in search of safety. former pupil nikolas cruz is accused of carrying out the killings with an assault rifle he had bought when he was just 18. with an assault rifle he had bought when he wasjust18. the new law raises the age at which somebody can buy a firearm in florida from 18 to 21, and imposes a three—day waiting period for all sales. it allows some staff to be armed subject to training and school district approval, but it doesn't ban the type of semiautomatic weapons that we re type of semiautomatic weapons that were used in the park than shooting. —— parkland. were used in the park than shooting. -- parkland. in florida grief has been coupled with anger, and the pupils who lost friends and teachers have led a campaign for tighter laws. what we want? and control.
window we want it? now. notjust in this state but across america. there are signs donald ...... .. 7 listening lthe.,-.-.-- . lthe—ff lobby . right to bear arms and the gun lobby haze right to bear arms and the gun lobby has:— political right to bear arms and the gun lobby g political sway in the us. has huge political sway in the us. we are done with your agenda to undermine voters' will and individual liberty in america. alongside their abbot, adverts arguing their members' voices are not being heard, the national rifle association is now bringing legal action to try to overturn the new legislation in florida. the lra claims that raising the age at which someone can claims that raising the age at which someone can buy claims that raising the age at which someone can buy a gun claims that raising the age at which someone can buy a gun breaches both the second and 14th amendments of the second and 14th amendments of the us constitution. it's an argument that may end up being fought out in florida's courts, but it's only one part of a wider debate, and before the end of the month students will march in washington to demand new countrywide
restrictions on gun sales. the campaigners say they no longer want just sympathy, they want change. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. we're getting reports from northern california saying three women have been found dead after they were taken hostage after a staff party at aus taken hostage after a staff party at a us veterans facility. the body of a gunman was also found, he is understood to have killed himself. police were called to the veterans home in the napa valley region at around 10:30am friday morning. media reports say he had until recently been a resident at the home, which treats veterans suffering from post traumatic stress. there are mixed messages coming from the white house about what conditions need to be met before president trump can meet the north korean leader, kim jong—un. in a tweet in the last hour mr trump said a deal is very much in the making and would be a very good one for the world. earlier his press secretary said there were conditions. what we know is that the maximum
pressure campaign has clearly been effective, we know that it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on north korea and they have made some major promises — they've made promises to denuclearise, they've made promises to stop nuclear and missile testing, and they've recognised that regular military exercises between the us and its ally south korea will continue. the maximum pressure campaign — we're not letting up, we are not gonna step back or make any changes to that. we're gonna continue in that effort and we're not gonna have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of north korea. the announcement of possible talks follows something of a thaw in relations between north and south korea, that saw them march under a single flag at the winter olympics. the south korean president, moonjae—in, says the planned meeting is like a miracle. but how has the news gone down in the capital,
seoul? laura bicker has been finding out. for months, seoul wondered if it faced the prospect of war once again. today, it woke to better news. the prospect of a stunning trump—kim summit has turned an impending crisis into an opportunity. the horror of the korean war is not forgotten here. the fighting ended with no peace treaty. now, future generations hope these talks will prevent further confrontation. translation: i think this will be a turning point, and through this, our future children will benefit from living in a more free and peaceful world. translation: i think it is a good thing for both countries, and as a south korean citizen, it's good that the threat of war has reduced, even by a little. translation: even if things turn out well, it won't benefit the people in north korea. in the past, when the south korean president provided aid to north korea, i heard almost none of it went to the common people.
so i don't think it's going to turn out well. decades of distrust and suspicion divide north and south. people have learned that hope can be a bad thing. i'm told it is hard to tell what is real progress, and what is propaganda. a strong word of caution. the road ahead is very long, very complicated, very complex, and there's no guarantee that the north will ever give up its nuclear weapons easily, if at all. these talks are a huge political gamble. presidents moon and trump could be being played by pyongyang, or this peninsula could be on the verge of something it has been searching forfor nearly seven decades — a peace treaty. this statue portrays two brothers divided by the war, in a last, desperate embrace. there is a sense of cautious optimism that this unresolved
conflict could now have a happier ending. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. let's take a look at some of the other stories we can speak to robin brant in seoul. robin, south korea and the united states on the face of it want one outcome, denuclearisation in theory, but it seems they are approaching it in different ways? i think that's right to an extent. president moonjae—in, south korea's leader, was a man elected to office not too long ago on the pledge to extend an olive branch to the north and he has done that demonstrably over the last couple of weeks. at the same time, though, and he has faced insults from donald trump in office, donald trump called him an appeaser at one point, but at the
same time, though, south korea's leader has sought to reassure people here that their relationship with the united states remains a very strong one. the us's military backing, it has tens of thousands of troops here in south korea, is absolutely crucial, essentially it is south korea's security guarantee. donald trump, let's just set aside if it's possible briefly in this discussion, this stunning, as already described it there, agreement to meet with kim jong—un, has also pursued a policy in terms of dealing with the north which has been to send a very strong military message, possibly military action is an option, but at the same time involving china crucially in trying to step up the sanctions regime, restricting the access to oil that the north has, it gets most of its oilfrom the north has, it gets most of its oil from china and about 90% of that
has now been banned from going into the country. the sanctions regime and the way that has been pursued has been hugely important as well. i think many people think in bringing north korea to the table. 0k, thank you very much, robin brant, our correspondent in seoul. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the eu says it may challenge donald trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium. it claims they are in breach of world trade organization rules. the british government says, as a close ally of the united states, it would seek exemption from the tariffs. a visit to the uk by the saudi crown prince, mohammed bin salman, has ended with the promise of a massive arms deal. the saudis have agreed in principle to buy 48 fighter jets in a controversial deal worth several billion dollars. the saudi airforce is spearheading an air campaign to dislodge yemen's houthi rebels. the un has blamed those air strikes for the majority of civilian
casualties. martin shkreli, the former drug company executive who became infamous in 2015 for increasing the price of life—saving aids medication by 5000% has been found guilty of fraud and sentenced to seven years. martin shkreli, known as pharma bro, became famous when he jacked up the price of daraprim to $750 per dose. he was charged for defrauding investors. an aid convoy has unloaded food supplies in eastern ghouta in syria. was the third attempt this week to get lorries into the area to help trapped civilians. the red cross said it hopes to get medical supplies into the area next week. so far they haven't been allowed. andrew plant reports. food supplies driven into eastern ghouta.
on board, enough to feed 12,000 people in an area where 400,000 have been under siege since 2013. humanitarian groups say it is not nearly enough. many like abu kassem are fleeing their homes, taking only what they can. translation: our situation is catastrophic. have no clothes, no underwear, no food. we just have these sheep. we left everything behind. the aid is meant to reach civilians in eastern ghouta, a rebel enclave outside the capital damascus. estimates are that around 940 people have died here since intense bombing began last month, 200 of them children. translation: we heard this aid convoy will arrive. this is not a solution. the solution is to stop the air strikes. we are bringing in food to eat but if people are dying, what use is that? some militants have been given permission to leave, syrian state tv here showing what it said were rebels and their families being driven away. hospitals and health centres have been destroyed in the bombing. doctors say a mass resupply
of medicine is urgent. but the convoys can take in only food to prevent rebel fighters from accessing treatment. meanwhile, it is thought there are around 700 civilians who are injured. a daily five—hour pause in fighting was agreed in principle last week but isn't sticking. translation: every day we liberate new areas, every day enemy fighters are collapsing. they don't have what it takes to face the men of the syrian arab army. there are reports that shelling resumed even as these aid trucks delivered theirfood on friday, the third time they have tried this week. the hope is more can get through in the coming days but only a break in the bombing will allow that to happen. andrew plant, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: britain deploys its military onto the streets of salisbury to help investigate the suspected the numbers of dead
and wounded defied belief. this the worst terrorist atrocity on european soil in modern times. in less than 2a hours then the soviet union lost an elderly sick leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years his junior. we heard these gunshots in the gym. then he came out through a fire exit and started firing at our huts. god, we were all petrified. james earl ray, aged 41, sentenced to 99 years and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail to nashville state prison in an eight—car convoy. paul, what's it feel like to be married at last? it feels fine, thank you. what are you going to do now? is it going to change your
life much do you think? i don't know really. i've never been married before. this is bbc news. the latest headline: america's national rifle association is taking legal action against a gun safety bill in the state of florida which was signed into law earlier. britain has drafted in the military, following the nerve agent attack on a former russian spy and his daughter in the city of salisbury. they'll help remove vehicles and objects from the scene which may have been contaminated. sergei and yulia skripal are still critically ill in hospital, while the policeman who tried to help them remains in a serious condition. tom symonds reports. it began with unprotected police officers dealing with an unexplained
medical emergency. this evening, the military was called in at salisbury hospital. troops, trained to tackle chemical warfare, supporting a british police investigation. their mission includes securing possibly contaminated evidence — painstaking work. the stakes are high. as ministry of defence, we've been supporting the police in their investigations, through the work of military scientists at porton down. we'll continue to do that. another task — dealing with contaminated vehicles. this police car may have been driven to the hospital after the incident. 180 troops will be involved in this phase of the investigation. they have all the chemical agent monitors. they have the personal protective equipment, respirators etc, that allow them to safely. and they'll probably take this kit to porton down, or perhaps winterbourne gunner, where it can be decontaminated effectively. they are also expected to secure sergei skripal‘s car, and there are ambulances which may have traces of the nerve agent.
across the city, scenes that might have come from a disaster movie. this isjust a graveyard, but it contains the graves of sergei skripal‘s wife, and his son alexander. he died last year. again, no official explanation for all this. the dates on alexander's grave may be relevant. last week, before the nerve agent attack, was the anniversary of his birth. did his father and sister visit the grave at some point? sergei skripal remains in a critical condition, his daughter yulia the same, but she is responding better to treatment. salisbury has become a multi—location crime scene, a city of disturbing images, and unanswered questions. who wanted to kill them? why? how did they do it? what will happen next? tonight, the evidence is being gathered. tom symonds, bbc news, salisbury. increasing numbers of young british muslim women are choosing
to wear a hijab or headscarf. it's not without controversy. women in some muslim countries, like iran, are campaigning against it as a symbol of oppression. but here, some women are taking the opposite view, seeing it as empowering — even a feminist statement. it's increasingly evident in the world of fashion and social media. is campaigning draws to a close, it is time for celebration. and this is the end of a very long journey, the people he hope it is also a newsta rt. every people he hope it is also a newstart. every chapter in colombian politics at the spending most allies in the country at war. it is the same name, but a different game. the fa rc have same name, but a different game. the farc have laid down their weapons, stopping violence follows. their objective still stands: tried to buy
policy. translation: 53 years, we have been fighting for changes in this country. we were not allowed to be pa rt country. we were not allowed to be part of the political system, so we had no choice but to take up arms. with the peace agreement, we left left behind. some of the farc supporters have travelled hours to watch them speak. translation: most of us peasant farmers that live in poverty. we do not have a house or stable job, so we're here to support peace. the driving rain did not stop the party. the farc legally used to the jungle, it was not a threat. the word farc is so associated with conflict, few would imagine seeing former guerrilla fighter standing a station setting as politicians. it shows how much colombia has changed in the past two years. the peace deal brought to the end —— to an end a long conflict. 0ver brought to the end —— to an end a long conflict. over half a century of fighting saw more than 200,000
people killed and millions displaced. the bombing of el nogel social club in 2006 was a terrible attack. this man was a chef at the social club. he is still in constant pain. he says he can't turn his back on what happened. his leg is a permanent reminder of the country prostate problems. and so the farc still has work to do is to convince people they have changed. in the mind of the common colombian, the fa rc mind of the common colombian, the farc is still a terrorist group will stop it is not even a guerrilla group. they are part of a terrorist organisation, they are members of a terrorist organisation. many people that will be willing to reward the fa rc that will be willing to reward the farc for having laid down their weapons. they are not going to vote for them. because they are not seeing that justice has for them. because they are not seeing thatjustice has been served. in one of the poorest slums of bogota, reinvention would be easy.
the farc have plenty of doubters. their role in colombia's future is still uncertain. katie watson, bbc news, bogota. —— increasing numbers of young british muslim women are choosing to wear a hijab or headscarf. it's not without controversy. women in some muslim countries, like iran, are campaigning against it as a symbol of oppression. but here, some women are taking the opposite view, seeing it as empowering — even a feminist statement. it's increasingly evident in the world of fashion and social media. and a major modelling agency has just signed its first british catwalk model who wears a hijab. nomia iqbal investigates. the spotlight is on the hijab. many muslim women choose to wear it proudly. for some, it is an act of modesty. for others, in countries like iran, forced to wear it, it is a symbol to remove in protest. it may divide opinion, but the hijab is going high—fashion. 20—year—old model shahira yusuf has
been signed up by storm, the agency that found supermodel kate moss. shahira is one of the first british models with a hijab taking to the catwalk. yeah, i definitely don't want to be considered a token girl. i don't want these models, like ethnic models, or models from different religious backgrounds, to just pave the way. i want the way to stay there, you know, to become the norm within society. because it is the norm outside of the modelling sphere. shahira is becoming the face of modest fashion. at this show in london, muslim designers have come from all over the world to promote their clothes. the market for modest fashion is on course to be worth billions. i grew up in a muslim family and none of the women in my family wore the hijab. none of my muslim
friends wore it either. but now, more and more young women are wearing it. the reason why i wear it is to, number one, cover my hair. and number two, to be honest, i actually really enjoy wearing. the hijab. i enjoy covering my hair, i enjoy — like, the head—wraps i have today, i feel like it makes a statement. it's part of who i am, it's my crown. the hijab to me is empowerment and it's feminism, and it's taking control and ownership of what i choose to show to the world. being online has given some women a powerful platform. social media star mariah idrissi has a huge following on instagram. the hijab is a part of me, it's a part of my career, and it's representation. you know, we shouldn't be ashamed or shy to represent who we are. if you're a model wearing a hijab, and you're on instagram and you're having thousands of people following you, aren't you doing the opposite of what the hijab is supposed to be about? the mainstream media, the western media, isn't
representing muslims on tv, in fashion, anywhere. and the only time we are represented is for something bad. so i just saw this as, you know what? i'm going on the news, and i'm talking about something that's not about terrorism, not about women being oppressed. i'm talking about fashion. some campaigners for muslim women's rights think the hijab's popularity is a political statement. they feel uneasy about its use as an expression of identity. modest does not mean you need to wear the hijab. modesty goes beyond that, in your behaviour and your way of dressing, and your... and i don't need to prove to anybody what i am. but, in the hijab, you are singling yourself out, and proving something unnecessary, especially in the western world. the hijab means different things to different people. shahira believes you can wear it and be a successful model. her dream — the cover of british vogue, wearing her hijab. nomia iqbal, bbc news. let's just show you these pictures of a massive fireworks
display in mexico. the town of tultepec was celebrating the local saint. thousands of locals and visitors took to the streets for the celebration and danced among the fireworks even though dozens of people were killed here, last december, in an explosion at a fireworks market. pyrotechnics are very important to the city's economy. now, what toshiba ‘s. from california, you may remember this picture from earlier in the week, a burger flipping picture from earlier in the week, a burgerflipping robot flipping burgers in pasadena will stop after one day on the job, he has burgers in pasadena will stop after one day on thejob, he has been forced to take a break because he was too slow. his human helpers are now getting more time and training so now getting more time and training so that the robot can keep up with a burger demands. they can get in touch with me and most of the team
on twitter. goodbye. hello there. very different feel to the weather this coming weekend. looks like we'll see some very mild conditions for most of us, compared to what we had last weekend. a big area of low pressure moving up from the south—west, feeding in this mild air, but also a lot of cloud, and also quite a lot of rain, too. rains continuing to move northwards during the overnight period, not really reaching the northern half of scotland, so here it will remain quite chilly. but much milder airfeeding into england and wales, and by saturday morning, we're looking at 10—11 degrees the overnight low here. whereas further north, again, cold across central and northern scotland, with some frost to start to the day. the weekend is looking mild, both saturday and sunday, for all of us, that mild air spreading to scotland as well. there will be a lot of rain at times, and it will be quite cloudy. but, given some sunshine, then that's where you really will feel the mild weather. 0ne weather front moving northwards will be followed by another one
which will arrive later on in the day. so quite a messy picture to start saturday. the rain will be lying across northern ireland, northern england, pushing north into scotland. a little bit of snow over high ground there, as it encounters the cold air. central parts of the country will see a slice of dry weather, before this next band of showery rain pushes up from the south. some of this could be quite heavy. for 0rkney and shetland here, it will be a cool day. temperatures in single figures, with some sunshine. same, too, across the far north of scotland. but through the afternoon, it will be turning much wetter for the scottish mainland, into northern ireland, and for northern england as well. this showery band of rain will continue to move north. but notice the temperatures — 14—15 degrees, we could even see 16 celsius, given some prolonged sunny spells. now, the drier weather across the south—west will continue to advance northwards during saturday night, so actually not a bad end to the night on saturday. into sunday, though, it looks like it'll be a bit of a cloudy, damp start. but there will be some brightness across the northern half of the country. further south, we'll start to see some showers developing. some of them could be quite heavy,
maybe even thundery. again, it's going to be mild. 12 or 13 degrees in the south, but even for scotland, double—figure values there, ten or 11 celsius. for lerwick, though, still in low single figures. this is the pressure chart into monday. this area of low pressure will bring some showery rain to the southern half of the country, fairly strong winds at times, too. so some heavy rain for england and wales. showery bursts of rain. a little bit of brightness moving into the afternoon. the best of the dry and brighter weather will be for northern ireland and also for parts of scotland. temperature—wise, again on the mild side, double figures for most, with a high of 12 or 13 across the south. set to stay mild for most of the week. this is bbc news, the headlines: the american pro—gun lobby group, the national rifle association, has filed a federal lawsuit over gun control legislation that had just been signed into law in florida. the nra says the law, which raises the legal age to buy guns, violates the second amendment, the right to bear arms. president trump has tweeted that a deal with north korea is, as he put it, very much in the making.
earlier his spokeswoman said a proposed meeting between the president and the north korean leader, kimjong—un, would not happen unless washington saw concrete steps or actions by pyongyang. an aid convoy has successfully unloaded its food supplies in the rebel held enclave of eastern ghouta in syria. it was the third attempt this week to get lorries into the area to help trapped civilians. now on bbc news, time for the travel show.