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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: after days of wrangling, the un security council passes a resolution calling for a 30 day ceasefire across syria. a list of 105 names of missing nigerian girls is released by their parents, following their suspected abduction by boko haram jihadists. thousands march in rival demonstrations, just days before italy votes in a general election. speak —— touch me not. and a romanian film about sex and intimacy takes the top prize at the berlin film festival. after days of deadlock, the un security council has unanimously voted for an immediate
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30 day ceasefire across syria. it'll 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. syrian rebel groups have welcomed the vote, which had been delayed repeatedly by russia, an ally of the syrian government. the leaders of france and germany will speak by phone on sunday with president 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 killed since sunday, according to human rights activists. hospitals overwhelmed by the number
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of casualties have been targets of the government's bombing. 0n 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 have been arguing over commas, assad's planes have been killing more civilians in their homes and in their hospitals, imposing unbearable suffering.
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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 these 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. dr ahmad tarakji is the president of the syrian american medical society, a non—profit, non—political, professional and medical relief organisation for syrians in need. link is so much forjoining us. first things first, are you pleased that this resolution has passed? .,. , ,,
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first things first, are you pleased that this i is olution has passed? .,. , ,, first things first, are you pleased that this i is olution has first ed? .,. , ,, civilians . z z: : z; i f: the im-lementation f aid inf—4?» aid and access to medical aid and treatment. 0k, access to medical aid and treatment. ok, so what of those humanitarian needs that are required by the citizens in that part of syria? needs that are required by the citizens in that part of syria ?|i think citizens in that part of syria?” think from suppliers that are required at the moment, the medical capacity of the hospitals has dropped to about 40% of its state a week ago. we're talking about pain medicine, surgical supplies, we have been asking for surgical supplies for three and a half years, and no
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one has been able or allowed to bring surgical supplies to eastern ghouta. pushing the hospitals to the black market, that is unacceptable. as we have seen a few months ago in eastern ghouta, it turned around to become a bargaining chip and we are not going to accept that. we've received actually many phone calls from physicians and doctors from the united states and europe who are willing to borrow and fly to provide consultation for patients, to help them and also to monitor the hospitals, to make sure that those hospitals as transparent and that will be needed. that is a crucial issue because very 2:2’ 7 will be needed. that is a crucial
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ceremony at the winter olympics in south korea later on sunday. that decision now means that the russian athletes, who were allowed to compete as neutrals, cannot march under their own flag. two russian athletes failed drug tests in pyeongchang. and so, that might have contributed to the reasons for them not letting their march under the flag. —— them. meanwhile, a high level delegation from north korea has crossed into south korea to take part in the closing ceremony. a large crowd came to protest the inclusion of a controversial general, kim yong chol.
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he was head of pyongyang's military department and is widely blamed for an attack eight years ago on a south korean warship that killed 46 sailors. 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 he has also promised additional troops and aircraft to help find the girls. with more from nigeria, stephanie hegarty reports. it's 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. but parents of the missing girls, who formed an advoacy group, 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.
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translation: now we have the total number of missing girls that the parents gave us as 105 that have not been 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. 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 my daughter was among the missing girls when a friend gave me her belongings. herfriend confirmed to me she was among those taken away in a vehicle. yesterday, president muhammadu buhari said that the kidnapping was a national disaster and that the army was doing everything to find the students. the kidnapping's been compared to the abduction of the chibok
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girls in 2014. over 100 of those girls are still missing. stephanie hegarty, bbc news, in north—east nigeria. 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. 0ur 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
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for the humanitarian sector as a whole. 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 0xfam. 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. 0rganisations 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 0xfam that loss of public trust is hugely, hugely damaging.
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as aid agencies try to rebuild trust, the government has given them a deadline — 192 british charities 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. 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. in italy, our correspondent james reynolds sent this report 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. translation: our family has told us what it was like.
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the history of fascism is still 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 ended his assaults by giving a fascist salute. italy's prime minister paolo gentiloni, here at the anti—fascism rally, has said that hate and violence will not divide his country. presidente, this has been a dangerous and angry campaign. what's your response? he prefers not to answer. the increase in migration and the response to it have changed life in italy. they've become the central
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issues in this election and both sides in the debate want to get out onto the streets. 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. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. stay with us on bbc news.
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still to come: an ancient tomb, thought to be more than 2000 years old, is uncovered in egypt. are you prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos's sanctuary, malacanang, the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. citizens are trying to come to grips with their new freedom. though there is joy and relief today, the scars are everywhere. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa.
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some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope, very soon for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is bbc news. let's look at the latest headlines. the un security council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a thirty—day humanitarian ceasefire in syria. a list of 105 names of missing nigerian girls is released by their parents following their suspected abduction by boko haram jihadists. 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
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around the world, as our science correspondent, 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 by the stroke and target therapies
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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, into this kind of very unusual platform. that is the uniqueness of what we do. thursday, friday...
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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. in egypt, archaeologists have revealed a recently—discovered tomb, which is thought to be more than two thousand years old. it's about 200 kilometres south of cairo and contains dozens of ancient burials. the government is hoping the discovery will give the country's tourism industry a new boost. bill hayton reports. eight metres below ground, buried treasure, centuries old. stone coffins, card sarcophagi, and ancient stones and jewellery. this was a burial place for priest from a nearby city. i think we need at least five more missions to work. but we are going to add very soon a
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very new archaeological attraction in the desert. amongst the many fines were the remains of sacred animals, preserved as offerings to the afterlife. at about 1000 small statues known as ushabti, intended to act as servants to be dead. and one very special piece ofjewellery: and amulet with a message. translation: on the 31st of december, eight colleague alerted me toa december, eight colleague alerted me to a scarab which had the message happy new year on it. it was a wonderful coincidence. the government hopes to discover is like this will provide tourism in egypt. visitor numbers are rising, but they are only half what they were before the arab spring, seven years ago. on its own, this term is unlike to —— unlikely to attract many foreigners. it is in middle egypt, a long way from the pyramids and the ancient
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city of luxor, and tourism facilities are poorly developed. but it isa facilities are poorly developed. but it is a reminder the pharaohs that plenty of other studies behind, and in places that easier to see. hayton, bbc news. —— bill hayton. 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. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. the golden bearfor 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,
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very necessary i think moment when the fear of the other is growing and there is this aggressivity all over the world. 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. 0ther 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.
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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. sridevi kapoor — known simply as sridevi — started as a child actor and featured in more than 275 multilingual indian films. she was a rarity in bollywood filmmaking, capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero. earlier, i spoke with bbc asian network presenters raj and pablo, who'd interviewed sridevi just about five months ago. they described what the legendary indian actress was like off—screen. many times, both for interviews
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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, i'm like this. she was always very eloquent and very kind of grateful. very well read as well. people didn't see it but she was very kind of quiet, reserved and very intelligent. another thing that always surprised us, she always asked about families. she always knew my nephew, my niece, your family as well. she remembered and this is a global superstar, we were humbled. 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. one thing i will never forget, every time we met her, at the end of every interview, she would touch her heart and say thank you, i'm fine. 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
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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. 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. raj and pablo on the life of sridevi. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team
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on twitter — i'm @nkem|fejika. bye bye. hello there. if you were in the sunshine outside the wind yesterday, it didn't feel too bad. but it will get colder — not necessarily today. in fact, it will be pretty much the same as yesterday. we have a stronger wind in the south. but the wind is getting stronger and the air is getting colder as we pull this cold air in from eastern europe into next week. so, yes, a cold start for our sunday morning, —5, —6 in the countryside, so maybe a little bit of hoarfrost around, some frost on the cars, even a little low cloud to clear, but that should clear quickly. the main changes through the day are a little more cloud for eastern parts of england and eastern scotland, so maybe a bit grey and cold here, even the odd snow flurry, but in contrast, we may see more sunshine than yesterday for western scotland, northern ireland and the far south of cornwall.
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but there will be a stronger breeze here, so more of a wind chill. it won't be a warm day anyway, as you can see, and especially so for the eastern side of england and scotland. the wind is stronger for england and wales at the moment but it does pick up in the week further north. and then it gets interesting through the coming night. look at this — the risk of snow showers. and they will be snow showers because look how cold the air is again through the coming night. so as they come into the cold air, they will fall as snow. so it is likely we will see the first of our snow showers. several centimetres in a few places during the course of monday. again, the details will be quite difficult in the coming few days, but perhaps eastern scotland, eastern counties of england, the midlands as well at risk on monday, as well as southern coastal counties of england, possibly the east of northern ireland as well. so those are the the areas most at risk of a few centimetres of snow. it certainly will not be a warm day. we lose the sunshine, so it will feel even colder because the wind is strengthening, especially for england and wales on monday.
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so yes, a notch colder, if you like, that is the way it will feel. and then, the risk of disruption rises through monday night into tuesday with a more widespread area of snow coming in. again, the details are quite elusive as to where this snow is going to fall but there will be several centimetres, even at lower levels, such is the chilliness of the air with plenty of snow showers packing in behind as well. so i think tuesday, wednesday look like we will see significant disruptions of snow. temperatures falling away as well. we're losing the sunshine, the air is getting colder, the winds are getting stronger so the wind chill becomes pretty severe from midweek onwards. as well as that snow — the snow will be blowing around, so you can see how deep and cold that air is. so for the middle of next week onwards, the wind chill becomes quite severe, we could have disruptive snow, of course, before then. bitter winds. yes, there will be sunshine, still best in the west, but the warnings are there are on our website. this is bbc news. the headlines: the united nations security council has unanimously passed a resolution
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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. and there have been clashes in italy during rallies and protests a week before the general election — with immigration at the top of the agenda. in milan, police with batons beat back anti—fascist demonstrators.
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