BBC News Daily: Thursday 27 April

By Justin Parkinson
BBC News


Hello. Here's your morning briefing:

  • North Korea to face tougher US sanctions
  • Could a 1960s drug save thousands of new mothers?
  • Boris Johnson calls Jeremy Corbyn a "mugwump"
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Donald Trump has been saying for several weeks that he will do something to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile-testing programme, including possible military action. Now the president is promising to toughen up diplomacy and impose more sanctions.

The US has also defended the deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying it wants "peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula". But his country remains "prepared to defend ourselves and our allies", he adds.

Other top stories

Analysis: France says City at risk post-Brexit

Nearly 80% of foreign exchange trading and 30% of all bank lending in the European Union flows through the UK. How much that will change after Britain leaves the EU is a matter of increasingly tense debate.

What the papers say

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It's a mixed selection of front-page stories today. The Times reports that a squeeze on NHS spending is leading pharmaceutical companies to leave the UK. The Guardian says large numbers of foreign fighters are abandoning so-called Islamic State, while several papers focus on an investigation launched by HM Revenue and Customs into alleged income tax and National Insurance fraud at Newcastle United and West Ham. And the Mail highlights a report by MPs saying that patients are losing out on appointments because of an "early closing culture" among GPs.

Daily digest

Turkey crackdown - 9,000 police officers suspended over alleged links to preacher

69 years together - Married couple die within an hour of each other

Smoking deterrent? - Plain cigarette packaging "could cut UK smokers by 300,000 in a year"

UK holidays - Is Midsomer Murders boosting bookings from abroad?

If you watch one thing today

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If you listen to one thing today

If you read one thing today

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Thursday lookahead

09:30 Crime statistics for England and Wales for the year ending December 2016 are published.

13:00 The semi-finals of the World Snooker championship begin at Sheffield's Crucible theatre.

On this day

1984 The siege of the Libyan embassy in London ends, 11 days after the shooting of WPC Yvonne Fetcher outside the building.

1992 Labour MP Betty Boothroyd becomes Speaker of the House of Commons, the first woman to take the role in its 700-year history.

2011 US President Barack Obama releases a copy of his birth certificate, following rumours he was born abroad.

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