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at least ten killed and dozens injured after an explosion on the metro system in st petersburg. fear and confusion on the daily commute, the prime minister says it's an act of terror. the scene moments after, as passengers make their way through a smoke—filled concourse. the entire system is now closed, with extra security. translation: law enforcement and special services are working and will do all they can to try and find the cause of what's happened. we'll be looking at who might be behind the blast. also tonight. seven people, including two sets of siblings, are charged with the attack on a teenage asylum—seeker in south london. jaw—jaw not war—war, theresa may laughs off any suggestion of war with spain over gibraltar. i'm sorry, says sunderland manager david moyes, after he suggests he might slap a female reporter in an interview. and the mysterious grammar vigilante correcting shop signs in bristol. and coming up in sportday later
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in the hour on bbc news. a vote of confidence, mark sampson names his england squad for the euros, three and half months before the start of the tournament. a very good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. an explosion on the underground system in st petersburg is reported to have killed ten people and injured as many as 50 more. the explosion happened in the early afternoon local time, and hit a train that was travelling between two stations. russia's national anti—terrorist committee said an explosive device at a third station was later found and made safe. the russian prime minister called the metro blast an act of terror,
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and president putin said all scenarios were being investigated. here's our correspondent sarah rainsford. are there any children, a woman shouts, as passengers rushed to the wreckage of a train. the blast was just down the line. this is the immediate scene of panic. mobile phone footage from another passing train shows victims still lying on the platform. it was to a0 in the afternoon and this is the heart of the saint petersburg metro in russia's second city. something exploded, a young man says. it was loud, too. it is the next station and he is filming as the tunnel filled with smoke. ambulances, fire engines, even rescue helicopters we re engines, even rescue helicopters were sent to the scene as the
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injured began to emerge from underground. and as they came, officials confirmed that they had been targeted deliberately. within hours a second home made device was discovered at another station and made safe. the entire metro system has now been closed. vladimir putin was insane to be displayed today meeting the president of belarus. he described what has happened is a tragedy. as to what is behind it, and official terrorism investigation has been opened but mr putin said all options are being considered. translation: the investigation will show the cause of this but all explanations are always looked into including an accident or criminal causes and above all terrorism. the investigation will soon provide a nswe i’s investigation will soon provide a nswers to investigation will soon provide answers to what has happened. investigation will soon provide answers to what has happenedm investigation will soon provide answers to what has happened. it is i'iow answers to what has happened. it is now 18 months since president putin authorised air strikes in syria, an operation he said was to fight
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terrorism. he said extremist militants from russia fighting with islamic state had to be stopped from coming back here to mount attacks. weeks later came this, a tourist flight weeks later came this, a tourist flight from egypt brought down on its way to saint petersburg. russia then blamed terrorists. and now the city is suffering again. they will be three days of official mourning here as investigators begin their search to understand who did this and why. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. with me is our security correspondent frank gardner — the russian prime minister says it's an act of terror — if so, who will the russians be looking at? well, this is what the fsb, the su ccesso i’s well, this is what the fsb, the successors to the soviet era kgb have been looking out all afternoon, they have gone through cctv footage, looked at the friends at residue. essentially suspicions fall on two areas, one inspired by so—called islamic state, remember that around
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7000 russian marginals, most from the north caucasus, have gone to join extremist groups in syria. some have been killed, some have stayed, some comeback. the second group ones who have had form in attacking russia before, which is the chechen and north caucus they killed over 30 people in an attack in moscow in 2010 on the underground. it could even be a combination of both. no one has yet claimed responsibility, the russians say they are keeping an open mind on it but that is a suspicions life. thank you. theresa may has laughed off suggestions of a military conflict between the uk and spain over gibraltar. yesterday the former tory leader lord howard suggested the prime minister would defend gibraltar during brexit negotiations in the same way the falklands were defended in 1982. in a moment we'll talk to our deputy political editorjon pienaar, who's with the prime minister in amman, but first tom burridge sent this report from gibraltar. they cross freely. thousands commute
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from spain onto rock of gibraltar every morning. with britain exiting the european union the arrangement of this border will be central to what brexit here. it's important for me and other spanish workers, says maria, that things stay the same. that is probably what our prime minister wants as well. today on a visit to jordan, she minister wants as well. today on a visit tojordan, she said, despite strong words at the weekend she was keen to reach an amicable solution in the brexit negotiation. we are focusing on talking with the rest of the eu, starting the formal negotiations and ensuring that at the end of those negotiations we see a result that will be in the interests of the uk and of gibraltar but i think we'll be in the interests of the 27 member states of the european union as well. back on the european union as well. back on the other side of gibraltar‘s border
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spain lives in the shadow of gibraltar. the economy here, stagnant. it is a tale of two towns. take an employment, in gibraltar, 196, take an employment, in gibraltar, 1%, no one out of work. next door in the spanish term it is 35%. gibraltar is known for its low taxes. standard corporation tax is a standard 10%, and spain is 25%. gibraltar ‘s moneymaking economy is a source of grievance for spain. so madrid might use brexit to try to negotiate a better economic deal was gibraltar but london might tell brussels and gibraltar must have the same deal as the rest of britain. 0ne same deal as the rest of britain. one thing that is clear after the colourful rhetoric this weekend britain will not but the rock's sovereignty on the table. today spain ‘s foreign minister criticised the former tory leader lord howard,
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who drew a parallel between gibraltar now and the war in the falklands. translation: to bring back past episodes like the falklands is a bit out of context. i frankly think that someone in the uk is losing their temper and there's no reason for that. this evening they headed home to spain. the end of the day's work at the beginning of the day's work at the beginning ofa of the day's work at the beginning of a hard political negotiation that will have some impact on a way of life on either side. tom burridge, bbc news, in gibraltar. let's go to our deputy political editorjon pienaar who's with the prime minister in amman. so,jon, so, jon, theresa may laughs off the idea of a gibraltar war, what does this episode tell us about the wider brexit negotiations?” this episode tell us about the wider brexit negotiations? i think that today the prime minister has calmed the tone of a dispute which had tipped well over the line into files. look at objectively any
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suggestion that this century's old est suggestion that this century's oldest dispute over sovereignty could end with the spanish invasion and warp sat on a scale of probability between wildly implausible and completely bonkers. with a sharp laugh, speaking to me and journalists on the flight into jordan the prime minister has added some useful perspective. it still leaves a problem for britain. and that's telling spain that they will have no decisive say in the future of gibraltar after brexit. and remember that spain like all the other members of the european union will have a vote and a veto over the final brexit steel. and looking further ahead i think it's a warning for the future because you can bet there will be more awkward noises off, and comfortable side issues before we get to the end of this game over brexit. jon, many thanks. jon p&l. five people have been charged with an attack on a teenage asylum—seeker in south london.
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reker ahmed wrote, wrote, who's kurdish—iranian — was approached at a bus stop in croydon, and then chased and attacked by up to 30 people. he was left with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain. here's our home affairs correspondent tom symonds. the suspects all live close to the attack happened on charged with violent disorder, jac wilder hiding his face, his brother george alone facing a charge of aggravated wounded. daniel davies and his sister danielle, and a fifth man, barry potts. it started outside this pub. two young asylum seekers allegedly confronted by a group of up allegedly confronted by a group of up to 30, one third waiting at a nearby bus stop was dragged in and police say what followed was a horrendous attack. i think this is powered by numbers. so there has been an incident outside the pub, they have obviously picked on three young men. and there was no reason for this attack. and i believe that because of the numbers involved,
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people have just jumped on because of the numbers involved, people havejustjumped on the back of it and it has turned into this violent brawl where somebody has been viciously beaten and is very lucky not to have lost his life. reker ahmed's friends escaped, he was chased by the group, he got as far as this street corner where he was found with serious injuries. neighbours came to help, unlike, said police, some of his attackers, who may not have struck any blows but did nothing to stop this happening. please have gathered cctv footage and released pictures of two more men they want to speak to. 16 have been arrested and this evening and two more people charged. there isa and two more people charged. there is a constant police presence here and an airof is a constant police presence here and an air of tension. tom symonds, bbc news, croydon. a man has admitted causing the deaths of two young cousins by careless driving in a hit—and—run crash on new year's eve. twelve—year—old helina kotlarova and zaneta krokova, who wasjust11, were holding hands when they were struck crossing a road in 0ldham.
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hungarian driver gabor hegedus pleaded guilty at manchester's crown court. train drivers belonging to the aslef union have narrowly rejected a deal intended to settle a dispute with southern railway, the other union in the dispute about the role of conductors, the rmt, is due to strike again on saturday. the parent company of southern rail said it was hugely disappointing outcome. credit card companies have been told to do more to help millions of customers in long—term debt. the financial regulator has published proposals that could mean credit card companies cancelling any interest or charges in extreme cases. figures suggest credit card debt is growing at its fastest rate for more than 11 years. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertzjoins me now. so why is the watchdog calling for this? the financial conduct authority is very concerned about more than 3 million people who have what they call persistent credit ca rd what they call persistent credit card debt. that is where they have
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gone for 18 months paying high charges and interest but not whittling away at the underlying borrowing. 2 million of those people have gone for three years like that and of course the costs just mount so for each £1 of persistent credit ca rd so for each £1 of persistent credit card debt, typically people will be paying £2 50 in charges and interest. so here and other measures the sca would like to see. first, after 18 months, more effort to encourage people to repay faster, prompting them, and if it goes on for three years, a debt formal repayment plan should be in place. and if people genuinely cannot afford that, that is the point at which they might have their interest or their charges cancelled, and of course the card cancelled at the same time. now the fca is saying that if that happens customers will see a reduction in yearly of £1.3 billion in charges. so a colossal
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sum. but debt experts are warning that this doesn't go to the heart of the matter. they say the fact that people are allowed just to have minimum repayments every month for more than a few month and the debt just goes on and on, the most expensive form of debt that there is should not probably be allowed. thank you. our top story this evening. at least ten people have been killed, and dozens injured, after an explosion on the metro system in st petersburg. and still to come... a heart charity warns one in three need more exercise, and less sofa to improve health. coming up in sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news... caught on camera. how a tv viewer cost the american golfer lexi thompson the first major of the year. disabled people are still being treated like second—class citizens, according to a report
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by the equality and human rights commission. it says that although laws were introduced 20 years ago banning discrimination, life chances for disabled people remain very poor and public attitudes haven't changed enough. 0ur disabilities correspondent, nikki fox, reports. cha ntelle has to take each day as it comes. have you had a good day? 1a years ago, she owned a house and ran her own successful business. but everything changed when her son, harry, was born. there we are. harry has multiple life—limiting conditions. he needed two liver transplants as a baby. both went wrong. now he needs round—the—clock care. lovely boots. there we are. single mum chantelle feels she isn't receiving enough support to make harry's life better. i cashed in the last of my pension pot five years ago, to get replacement equipment i needed for harry. wheelchairs, stairlift, specialist buggies.
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and now he's come to the point where all of that needs replacing. i now have debts which i'll never be able to clear, and i feel ashamed to say that. and with reforms to social security, charities have warned the changes have hit disabled people the hardest, and impacted on their independence and standard of living. the report takes an in depth look at what it's like to be disabled in britain. it covers six key areas. one of those is poverty. it shows that disabled people are significantly more likely to go without the very basics — with many having to turn to food banks just to get by. in the uk, nearly 20% of disabled people can't afford a nutritious diet, compared to 7% of the rest of the population. and almost 60% of british families with a disabled child struggle to pay for the essentials — like food, rent and heating — compared with an average deprivation rate of 20%. the lack of support and services
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available to families to help care for their disabled child can make it very difficult for them to balance their caring responsibilities with holding down a job. 0n the other hand, the additional costs associated with raising a disabled child can be significantly higher. those disadvantages are being experienced right across the board, from education, to health and social care justice. everybody assumes that the disability discrimination act really move things forward. there's been a missed opportunity in relation to making progress since that period 20 years ago. that's a huge period of time. and, i think, in many ways, progress has either stalled or, in some cases, has gone backwards. the government says it is committed to ensuring that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life. it says it's proud of the work it does to support people with disabilities and health conditions. what's your dream for the future, cha ntelle? for me, just to be able to say i've
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got the freedom to be able to go out there and work my socks off. if i could do that, i'd be happy. the commission says society needs to stop ignoring the rights of disabled people so that britain can be a fair and inclusive country. nicky fox, bbc news. the manager of sunderland football club, david moyes, says he deeply regrets threatening to "slap" a female reporter in a post—match interview. the comment was made to bbc 5live's vicki sparks after a game last month. both the club and the bbc say the matter has been resolved, but there have been calls for the football association to take action. here's our sports news correspondent, richard conway. it was a routine post match question and answer following sunderland's draw against burnley. and the owner, ellis short, was here today. does it put any extra pressure on you as a manager when you know the owner is in the stands watching on?
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no, none at all. that's brilliant. thank you very much. but then came this. just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so, just watch yourself. you still might get a slap, even though you're a woman. careful the next time you come in. today, david moyes apologised, having already said sorry to the bbc‘s reporter vicki sparks, who did not make a complaint and did not want to speak further about the incident. it was in the heat of the moment and i deeply regret the comments i made. it's certainly not the person who i am. i accept it was a mistake. david moyes had hoped his apology would mark the end of this matter but the fa, here at wembley, say they will write to him to ask for his observations and it comes amidst calls for action to be taken. the shadow sports minister, dr rosena allin—khan, has labelled the comments disgraceful, saying moyes cannot get away with these sexist threats. bottom of the table sunderland's season is on the brink. an fa inquiry into their manager
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is therefore an unhelpful distraction from their efforts to escape the drop. richard conway, bbc news, wembley. shares in british technology company has plummeted by 60% after apple said it was no longer be using its products. imagination technologies make graphic chips for iphones and ipads. apple says it is designing its own graphics platform. one in three adults in the uk is physically inactive and at risk from coronary heart disease according to a new report. the british heart foundation says an average person spends the equivalent of more than 70 days a year sitting down. the most inactive part of the uk is the north west of england, followed by northern ireland, wales and the north—east. danny savage reports from chorley in lancashire. along the leeds/liverpool canal this afternoon, a health walk was taking place. not enough people in this part of the country do enough exercise, so this group is trying to do
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something about it. you're getting the exercise, you're getting the fresh air. you're seeing the countryside. and you just feel better. it kick—starts your day. yourjoints do seize up and i think you become mentally sad and miserable. when you're out and enjoying the weather, whatever kind of weather, even if it's raining, it's good to be out. but that's all very well for this group of people who were either retired or full—time students. what about those who are working? on a nearby business park, the only exercise some people might take is a walk to the sandwich van. that's borne out by the staff in this marketing firm. one girl started here a few months ago. she said, i'm going to walk. i'm going to bring my trainers and i'm going to start walking. just because of the demands of the job, you just get caught up in the daytime. it's very difficult to get out. they do keep fit but say
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determination is needed. there's more of a trend for people getting into exercise now. people are a bit more aware and health—conscious, so they try and really fit it in. i still think it's difficult. there's not enough hours in the day. the british heart foundation says adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, every week, plus strength workouts. there's a running club at this tech company in manchester, where they positively encourage people to exercise during the working day. we sleep a third of our lives and we have a third of it at home. i think the third you have at work, you need to try and make as pleasant for people as possible. north—west england may have a problem with an lack of exercise but gps are formally recommending things like these walks, and little steps go a long way to hitting those exercise targets. danny savage, bbc news, chorley. does misuse of the apostrophe get you mad? if so, you're not alone.
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a "grammar vigilante" has been prowling the streets of bristol at night, correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts. the man wants to remain anonymous but he did agree to speak tojon kay. good evening. this is herbert's ba kery good evening. this is herbert's bakery in bristol. a bakery that belongs to herbert. there we go, herbert ‘s. that might look like an original‘. it is the right colour and font it has been added in the middle of the night by somebody who deeply cares about such things. it has been rumoured for years there is a gorilla grammarian working on the streets here. now he is come forward and admitted it is true. he is the banksy of bad punctuation. roaming the streets of bristol writing wrongs. i‘m a grammarvigilante.
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i‘ve been doing it for quite a lot of years now. i think it‘s a cause worth pursuing. at home, he makes sticky punctuation marks. i‘m trying to match the colour of the apostrophe that‘s needed on the shop. he‘s even invented a tool which he calls his apostrophiser — to reach the highest signs. look at that! that‘s worked perfectly. a quick demo on the dining room wall. applied a really pooly end here. by day, he‘s a highly—qualified professional. 0nly his family know what he gets up to after dark. i have felt extremely nervous. my heart has been thumping. he started his campaign 30 years ago. this was the first sign he tackled. amy‘s nail‘s. apostrophe deleted. elsewhere, he‘s added them, leaving his mark all over bristol. there will be some people, maybe the owners of these shops, who say, "hang on a minute, you haven‘t got permission.
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we haven‘t asked you to do this. what you‘re doing is a crime. it‘s vandalism." what would you say to them? i‘d say it‘s more of a crime to have the apostophes wrong in the first place. there‘s one sign he‘s been desperate to correct for years. cambridge motor‘s. motors with an ‘s. this is just wrong. it‘s not meant to be like this. it really does need sorting out. it‘s right outside bristol prison. but using a purpose—built trestle, he climbs up, cut a piece of yellow sticky back plastic to size, and covers the rogue apostrophe. notice anything? not really, no. so, what do businesses think? i thank him for what he‘s done. it‘s good to see people still caring about english grammar, isn‘t it? when you go past a sign that you‘ve corrected... the word you‘re looking for is pride. it makes my heart swell slightly when i
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see the correct apostrophe. jon kay, bbc news, bristol. well, you can hear more on the apostrophiser from jon on bbc radio a tonight at 8 o‘clock. time for a look at the weather. good evening. 18 degreesjust to good evening. 18 degrees just to the east of london this afternoon. a high tree pollen count. both temperatures and the tree pollen count will be coming down in the next couple of days because we have is whether front moving in from the west. the series of whether france are bringing in rain. eventually we will see atlantic air coming in behind them. the rain comes in from scotla nd behind them. the rain comes in from scotland and northern ireland. it will turned chilly. with all the cloud and patchy rain across england and wales, to bridge are holding up to around eight, 9 degrees. it will bea to around eight, 9 degrees. it will be a great start in the south west of england. not much rain. quite a bit of cloud, particularly over
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higher ground. a doll and damp start to the day in the south—east of england. north, there is still a lot of cloud. it would be quite low over the hills. some brighter weather in northern ireland in southern and eastern scotland where there will be morning sunshine. elsewhere there will be a breeze and showers early on. we will continue to see the showers on the western side of scotla nd showers on the western side of scotland into the afternoon. it will brighten up across wales and into the south—west with sunshine coming through but it was a pretty grey across east anglia and the south east. temperatures down on today‘s values. closer to 11, 12 for glasgow and belfast. as you go through tuesday night into wednesday, high pressure is building in all the while. it will be with us for a good few days. there are a few isobars in the chart. ill be quite breezy. there will be quite a bit of cloud
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anthony the high. —— it will be quite breezy. temperatures again went about 11—15. quite breezy. temperatures again went about 11—15 . thank you. at least ten people have been killed and dozens injured after an explosion on the metro system in saint petersburg. this was the scene after passengers made their way smoke—filled concourse. that‘s all from the bbc news at six. so, it‘s goodbye from me. and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news at five, the headlines: russian officials say at least nine people are dead, after an explosion on the st petersburg metro. dozens were also injured in the blast, which hit a train travelling between two stations. five people have appeared in court in south london, charged in connection with an attack on a 17—year—old asylum seeker, who suffered serious injuries
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including a fractured spine. us president donald trump has said the united states will solve the nuclear threat from north korea, with or without china‘s help. theresa may‘s laughed off journalists‘ questions about going to war with spain following a row over the future of gibraltar after brexit. it comes after the eu said any brexit decisions affecting the territory would be run past madrid. the financial watchdog says credit card firms must do more to help millions of customers unable to clear their debts.
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