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hello and welcome to bbc news. after days of deadlock, the un security council has unanimously voted for an immediate 30—day ceasefire across syria. it's hoped the truce will allow aid to reach areas including rebel—held eastern ghouta, where more than 500 civilians are said to have been killed in government air strikes in the past week. the vote had been delayed repeatedly to avoid drawing a veto from russia, an ally of the syrian government. french president emmanuel macron and german chancellor angela merkel will speak by phone on sunday with russian president vladimir putin to push for the truce to take hold in the coming days. nick bryant reports. the people of eastern ghouta woke up this morning to continued aerial bombardment and the news from new york that the security council remained deadlocked and still couldn't reach agreement on how to bring about even a temporary halt to the killing. delay in syria always brings more death. at least 120 children have been
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killed since sunday, according to human rights activists. hospitals overwhelmed by the number of casualties have been targets of the government's bombing. on the fringes of the security council, the tensest of negotiations. but always a sense of urgency from the backers of this resolution and always the unresolved question would russia allow it to pass? i would call upon those who are in favour of the draft resolution to raise their hand. when it came to a vote, the russian ambassador held his arm aloft — not to wield a veto, but to finally agree. yet, western diplomats still attacked moscow for delaying its passage for days. as they dragged out the negotiation, the bombs from assad's fighter jets continued to fall. in the three days it took us to adopt this resolution, how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling? while we've been arguing over commas, assad's planes have been
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killing more civilians in their homes and in their hospitals, imposing unbearable suffering. the russian ambassador was pessimistic about the chances of the ceasefire, saying there weren't concrete guarantees from warring parties to abide by. this resolution brings the hope, at least, that aid convoys will soon be driving through the streets and medical evacuations can finally take place. but even after the security council agreed its passage, reports came from eastern ghouta that government war planes were continuing their week—long bombardment. nick bryant, bbc news. nigerian parents who fear their daughters have been abducted by boko haram jihadists have released a list of 105 names. up to now, it had not been clear how many girls were missing following monday's attack on a boarding school. president muhammadu buhari has described it as a national disaster and has promised additional troops and aircraft to help find the girls.
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with more from nigeria, stephanie hegarty reports. it has been a week of conflicting lines and confusing information from nigerian authorities on just how many students were taken from the girls‘ boarding school in dapchi town. the parents of the girls have released a list of those still missing. there are 105 names on the list. earlier, the state government had claimed that only 51 girls were unaccounted for. later, they said 8a. translation: now we have the total number of missing girls that the parents gave us as 105 that are not found till now — 105. it is their parents that gave us the figures themselves. it is neither the government nor the school teachers that gave us this, but their parents. since the girls were taken on monday night, there's been many conflicting lines from authorities on what exactly happened.
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it was a full two days after the attack that they finally admitted that some girls had been taken. translation: when we went to check for those missing and present on the day that they wanted to shut down the school, i found out that my daughter was amongst the missing girls when a friend gave me her belongings. herfriend confirmed to me that she was among those taken away in a vehicle. yesterday, president muhammadu buhari said the kidnapping was a national disaster and the army was doing everything to find the students. the kidnapping's been compared to the abduction of the chibok girls in 2014. over 100 of those girls are still missing. stephanie hegarty, bbc news, northern nigeria. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: one of bollywood's superstar leading ladies, sridevi has died. we'll be talking about her rich legacy. the international olympic committee
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is meeting in south korea after its executive committee recommended that the suspension on russia should not be lifted before the winter games closing ceremony later on sunday. if the full session follows the recommendation, the russian athletes cannot march under their own flag. moscow has asked for the suspension to be lifted, but two russian athletes who were allowed to compete as neutrals failed drug tests. two people have been remanded in custody charged with causing the death of two young brothers by dangerous driving in coventry. the boys, corey and casper platt—may, were six and two years old, and were on a family trip to a park when they were hit by a car on thursday. our reporter in coventry, emma thomas, was in court. proceedings in court this morning lasted around a quarter of an hour. 53—year—old robert brown and 41—year—old gwendoline harrison are both accused underjoint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
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mr brown is also charged with driving while disqualified and uninsured. ms harrison is charged with common assault, as it is alleged that she assaulted a member of the public in the moments after the collision. due to the serious nature of these alleged offences, this case must be dealt with at crown court, so the pair have been told they will reappear here via video link on the 22nd of march. until that date, they will remain in custody. there has been a large community reaction in coventry to the deaths of these two young brothers on thursday afternoon. yesterday, a group of bikers arrived at the scene of the crash to pay their respects. i didn't even know what to say to any of the family when i found out what had happened. it's — it got me. i was in shock the whole last night and today. i couldn't even go to work today, i was just in that bad of a state from it.
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yesterday, an online fundraising page was set up to help the grieving family pay for the funerals of 2—year—old casper and 6—year—old corey. just a day later, donations from the public have already surpassed £15,000. today, players from coventry city chose to wear black armbands as a mark of respect at their away fixture at mansfield. west midlands police continue to appeal for any witnesses to come forward or anyone who may have information who could help the investigation. that was emma thomas. eight days before italy votes in a general election, thousands of italians have marched in rival demonstrations focusing on differing views of migration. in recent years, 600,000 migrants, many from africa, have landed on the country's shores. our italy correspondent james reynolds reports from rome. these demonstrators have a simple message — we reject fascism. the fact that they feel compelled to say this more than seven decades after italy's fascist government fell says a lot about the atmosphere in this country right now.
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translation: our family has told us what it was like. the history of fascism still is to close to us. we can't remain indifferent in front of the new fascism of 2017 and 2018. translation: above all in this electoral campaign, hate is increasingly invading our society. and that hate has turned to violence. at the start of february, a far right campaigner drove through a central italian town, shooting at migrants from africa. the gunman entered his assaults by giving a fascist salute. italy's prime minister paolo gentiloni, here at anti—fascism rally, has said that hate and violence will not divide his country. presidente, this has been a dangerous and angry campaign. what is your response?
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he prefers not to answer. the increase in migration and the response to it have changed life in italy. they have become the central issues in this election. and both sides in the debate want to get out onto the street. on saturday, anti—migration campaigners demonstrated in milan and scuffled with the police. this movement, increasing in number, is led by the far right league party. its leader, matteo salvini, has promised the mass deportation of illegal migrants. earlier in the week in rome, i asked him why he thought migrants were so dangerous. translation: too many illegal migrants are dangerous for italy and all of europe. think of the foreign fighters that return to italy from wars in islamic regions. they are a real danger. in a week's time, italy will decide whether or not it agrees with him or with those who believe that this country still has room for new arrivals.
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james reynolds, bbc news, rome. the head of the international committee of the red cross has said the recent revelations of sexual misconduct by aid agency workers is a watershed moment for the charity sector. yves daccord's comments came as he revealed that more than 20 of his staff have been dismissed in the last three years for sexual misconduct. our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley reports. the red cross emblem is seen as a symbol of protection around the world, like here in south sudan. and, most of the time, it is. but the icrc has now revealed behaviour it says was a betrayal of the people it was set up to serve. since 2015, 21 members of staff either resigned or were dismissed for paying for sex. the head of the icrc spoke of the silence around sexual misconduct being shattered and called this a watershed moment for the humanitarian sector as a whole.
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yesterday, 22 british aid organisations came together to write a joint letter, promising to root out staff who have abused their power and saying they were truly sorry. among them was oxfam. revelations about the behaviour of seven of its workers in haiti put the whole aid sector under scrutiny. with all aid agencies now under pressure for transparency, plan international has just confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children. organisations dedicated to saving and improving lives are now also trying to rescue reputations. it's clear that we have a particular challenge within the charity sector in that some people in some charities have been concerned that if they report this kind of behaviour, it will harm the work that they so passionately believe in. and we've seen from the case of oxfam that loss of public trust is hugely, hugely damaging. as aid agencies try to rebuild trust, the government has given them a deadline — 192 british charities
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working abroad have until monday to come clean on past allegations of sexual misconduct. they must also show what they're doing now to protect the people they help from future abuse. caroline hawley, bbc news. more now on our top story. earlier, i spoke to dr kamran bokhari. he is the director of strategy and programmes at the centre for global policy and a fellow with the programme on extremism at george washington university's centre for cyber and homeland security. i said many doubt the ceasefire and may not be worth the paper it is written on. the intent of the great powers of the security council is to let the world know that this is not easy and we are working on it. this resolution is kind of like a placeholder,
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saying that, right now, we do not have the means to implement a ceasefire, but we are working on it, and be patient. so what hope do the people of eastern ghouta, for example, have? is that something which they should hear and feel that relief is at hand? i mean, relief and a sense of fear are relative. and for the people of eastern ghouta, there has been no let—up. so if they are not hopeful, then it's only natural. i think it could take a long time for the powers to work out a ceasefire that is meaningful, in which relief can be actually provided to this particular area. it is a complicated situation. you have the syrian regime backed by the russians and the iranians on one side, bombing the area. and then rebel forces reportedly not allowing people to leave. i mean, to the extent that these reports can be believed. could you expand on that little, because i am curious about why it has been difficult. if people are suffering
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to the extent that they are, it should be able to come to some agreement that lets aid agencies in, for example. all things being equal, that should be very easy. but to dealing with geopolitical interests. eastern ghouta is very close to the capital damascus, the seat of the assad regime, and it has its interest in not letting up, in terms of its onslaught against the rebels. likewise, the rebels do not want a situation where they are weakened and they lose this critical space so close to the capital. there is no other major rebel, you know, stronghold, anywhere near the regime's pub, which is damascus. —— anywhere near the regime's hub, which is damascus. so these are interests that are preventing any ceasefire so far. and we may we have a ceasefire, but the question is how long last,
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how many people will benefit from it, and what happens next? and i suppose, crucially for the people of eastern ghouta, this is a chance for them to have some temporary relief? it would be a respite, it would be temporary. how many people benefit from it, you know, is anybody‘s guess, because this place has been bombed for some time now. we still do not even know the full scale of the carnage, and what sort of undertaking will be required to provide the people some form of temporary respite. this is bbc news. the un security council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a 30—day humanitarian ceasefire in syria. scientists in the united states are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of people who've had a stroke. the sensors send information to doctors continuously — allowing them to monitor the effectiveness of their therapies. wearable technology is now being developed by researchers around the world — as our science correspondent,
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pallab ghosh reports from austin, texas. technology you can wear. skin displays developed by japanese researchers that show your vital signs. it's to put on patients so that doctors can monitor their progress. the displays are among a new wave of wearable electronics finding medical applications. and we're going horizontal with this one, correct? in the us, lizzy mcaninch had a stroke two years ago. she couldn't move or speak or swallow for several weeks. lizzy is testing out wearable sensors that might speed her recovery. they send information wirelessly to the medical team. she's a doctor and she can see how it would help her. this technology, to be able to put sensors on the body and really assess what muscle groups are working or not can really pinpoint the areas affected
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by the stroke and target therapies to specifically improve those issues. the doctors here can continuously monitor lizzy wherever she goes using these devices. they can follow her muscle activity, her heart rate, even her speech. may i please have two tacos and a hi—c? yeah, absolutely. the idea is they can closely track whether she is showing signs of improvement. do we see that they're walking more at home or do we see that they're engaging in conversations? those are the types of things i can get feedback from the sensors, where currently i only have their report. the challenge for the scientists was to pack a lot of electronics into a small, flexible material. it's almost mechanically sort of imperceptible to the patient who's wearing the device. and you can embed all sorts of advanced sensor functionality, microprocessor computing capability, radios, power supplies,
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into this kind of very unusual platform. that is the uniqueness of what we do. thursday, friday... by the end of this year, the team will have more information than anyone has ever had before about recovery from stroke. push all the way up. they believe that their study could transform the way patients are treated in the future. pallab ghosh, bbc news, austin, texas. the british actress emma chambers has died at the age of 53. she was best known for playing alice in the long—running bbc comedy the vicar of dibley. lizo mzimba looks back at her career. well, i can't believe this stuff that is not i can't believe it's not butter is not i can't believe it's not butter. laughter. and i can't believe that both i can't believe it's not butter and the stuff that i can't believe is not i can't believe it's not butter are both, in fact, not butter. and i believe they both might be butter. emma chambers‘ alice tinker, a character as humourous as she was naive.
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oh, and this is a nice woman we met on the flight. she was a bit tired when we got to turkey, so hugo was ever so sweet and carried her case through customs. this is honey. she's my baby sister. this is one of those key moments in life. just as loved was honey in hit romcom just as loved was honey in hit romcom notting hill. her co—star, hugh grant, today called her a hilarious and brilliant actress. while dawn french led the tributes from the vicar of dibley cast, saying she'd lost the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for. and fans are mourning the woman behind a comedy character who was loved by millions. a debut feature from romania has won the prestigious golden bear at the berlin film festival. ‘touch me not‘ tells the story of an english woman coming to terms with her sexuality. also celebrating was the american wes anderson — who was named best director. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. the golden bearfor
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best film goes to... touch me not, by adina pintilie. you could tell from the look on their faces, they weren‘t expecting this. a small low—budget film that has become a big success. open your eyes and just look at each other. touch me not is about intimacy and sex, shocking some viewers with its explicit scenes. some of main protagonists were non—actors, including christian bayerlein who is severely disabled. the film‘s director believes her work has met its moment. this comes in a very, very necessary i think moment when the fear of the other is growing and there is this aggressivity all over the world.
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so i think it‘s very important that the amazing people that have been part of this project managed to have this platform to express themselves. other winners include french actor anthony bajon who was named best actorfor his role in the prayer. he plays a drug addict who tries to kick his habit with the help of religion. get outta here and don‘t come back. best director was wes anderson for his animated film isle of dogs although he had to send one of his voice actors to accept on his behalf. i never thought i would go to work as a dog and come home with a bear. much to celebrate for many but it was the romanian film about human relations that won the night. one of bollywood‘s greatest leading ladies has died at the age of 5a.
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sridevi kapoor — known simply as sridevi — was at a family wedding in dubai when she‘s thought to have suffered a heart attack. she started as a child actor and featured in multilingualfilms in languages including tamil, malayalam, telugu and hindi. she made her debut in bollywood in 1978 and became the leading female star of the 1980‘s. she appeared in more than 275 films and won various awards and honours. she‘s considered one of the very few indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero. earlier and it is raj and pablo. —— earlier, i spoke with raj and pablo.
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we were talking about her, we were talking about her music and just generally how inspirational she has been to me on a personal level. also the fact that she‘s launching her daughter in films as well. she‘s just made a comeback in one last year and she‘s making another film as well. it‘s just shocking. we were kind of like, 0k, this has not really happened. i grew up partly in niger and in niger bollywood is huge. i‘m just looking at niger on twitter and people are talking about this because she was such a huge star. sridevi started off at the age of four as a child artist, she made her debut at the age of 13 as a heroine. then she made her bollywood debut with a film that flopped and then she was written off. four years later, and in the 80s, she had... so many films. hit after hit. she was one of the actresses who kind of could pave the way for people, bollywood accepted the fact you didn't need to be with a big hero to make a big hit. think of the golden age of hollywood.
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you had marlene dietrich, greta garbo, you had people who could open box office. she was, by herself, a box office star in such a male dominated industry and society. she transcended. and notjust hindi films. about four years ago she made a comeback after 15 years in a film called english vinglish, about an indian housewife who goes to america, doesn‘t speak a word of english and then the family gets against her but she goes to image classes. she is great. recommend that film. i have seen that film and it‘s a very funny film, hilarious. you feel for her. you do feel for her and something you mentioned, curiously, pablo, you talked about her music as well. so it is notjust about film but the music that transcends film.
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i have to say, as i was growing up, in terms of the liberation she gave, in terms of when she was dancing, in terms of how she transcended any of the playback singers who were singing for her. she could be camp as christmas, don‘t get me wrong, and then a tragedy and a hero. she could be all the villains. but she was always happy, always happy. what was she like off screen? because you guys spoke to her a few times. many times, both for interviews and parties, she was one of the most reserved, reticent bollywood stars. very shy. very private. she was very private, she was never kind of, you know, oh, i'm pushing myself. she was always very eloquent and very kind of grateful. very well read as well. she was very kind of quiet, reserved and very intelligent. one thing i will never forget, every time we met her,
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at the end of every interview, she would touch her heart and say thank you, i'm fine. another thing that always surprised us, she always asked about families. she always asked about nephews, my niece. she always remembered. this is a global superstar, we were humbled. in a sense, she cared. she did. she didn‘t talk to many people but when she did, she opened. everybody in the industry is shocked. it‘s like... how? why? at this young age. i was looking at the tributes. it‘s incredible. what have people been saying? people arejust like, i mean, she was in glowing health. it was a big bollywood wedding that was happening in dubai, of all places. she was at the fashion week with her daughter. with her daughter who she has been promoting, who she was launching in movies and her husband
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but she was at a big bollywood wedding where all the other bollywood stars were. her husband is boney kapoor, one of the stalwarts of the industry. he comes from a big bollywood family. many will know her brother in law from slumdog millionaire. a heart attack. when you have spent time with sridevi, we have hung out with boney, hung out and talked. he has talked about how proud he is of his wife. your heart goes out to him, what much the family going through. she lights up the screen. she‘s mesmerising.
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she made so many people so happy. rest in peace, sridevi. the international olympic committee has decided that russia‘s suspension from doping should not be lifted ahead of the closing ceremony of the winter olympics in south korea. the decision means the russian athletes cannot march under their own flag. another cold day for most but with plenty of sunshine. it will get colder as we get into the new week. with the risk of disrupted snow, warnings out on the website. windsor strengthening from the east and cold air. it is colder air already with a widespread, hard frost around, a bit of mist and low cloud to but that should clear quite readily. the main change is competitive yesterday could be with coastal counties of eastern scotland, more cloud so quite grey. contrasted with more sunshine with yesterday in northern ireland and the far south of
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cornwall but it certainly won‘t be a warm day. the mercury reaches a bout 3- warm day. the mercury reaches a bout 3— four celsius and then falls away rapidly over the evening. the risk of snow showers increase overnight and they will fall as snow and coming into cold air with another widespread frost through the coming night. then an increasing risk of snow as we go through monday, monday night and into tuesday. goodbye for 110w. this is bbc news. the headlines: the un security council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a 30—day humanitarian ceasefire across syria. it follows a week of intense bombardment of the rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta in the suburbs of damascus. the truce would allow for aid and medical evacuations. parents who fear their daughters have been abducted by boko haram jihadists in nigeria have released a list of more than 100 names. up to now, it hadn‘t been clear how many girls were missing following the attack on a boarding school. president muhammadu buhari has called it a national disaster. there have been clashes in italy during rallies and protests a week
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before the general election, with immigration at the top of the agenda. in milan, police with batons beat back anti—fascist demonstrators who tried to break through their lines. in rome, the prime ministerjoined an anti—fascist rally. now on bbc news, dateline london.

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