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it happened on the city's underground system, as a train carriage passed through a tunnel. officials quickly closed the entire underground network, and an explosive device was found at a different station, and made safe. translation: there was a huge bang. it was deafening. i was sitting next to a metal railing and i think it saved my life. everyone was knocked in one direction by the blast. we'll have the latest from st petersburg, where some reports suggest a suicide bomber was responsible. also tonight... talk of a military conflict over the future of gibraltar is dismissed by downing street, amid talk of getting a good brexit deal. we will be working closely with the gibraltar government, as we have been over recent months. we will continue to do that to ensure we get a result from these talks. it is in both our interests. following the savage beating of a young asylum seeker in croydon, four men and a woman have appeared in court. the football association is investigating after sunderland manager david moyes talked
about slapping a female reporter. i deeply regret the comments i made. that's certainly not the person who i am. and why china is experiencing a baby boom, driven partly by older mothers. coming up in sportsday later in the hour on bbc news: a vote of confidence over three months before the start of the women's european championship, england name theirfinal squad. good evening. at least ten people have died in a suspected suicide bombing on the metro system in st petersburg. president putin, who was in the city at the time, said all causes, including terrorism, were being investigated. the explosion happened in a train
carriage as it travelled between two stations. within minutes the entire network was closed and police later found and defused a device at another station. our correspondent, steve rosenberg, is in st petersberg with the latest. 2 million people use the saint petersburg metro every day. this city relies on this underground. earlier today metro train left the station behind me, entered the tunnel and was rocked by an explosion. the blast shocked not just the city but this country as well. a woman shouting, are there any children? a train carriage torn to shreds and a desperate effort to pull people from the wreckage. from the safety of a passing train, a hint of the devastation it is leaving behind. at
least ten passengers were killed today and dozens more wounded. the blast occurred in the tunnel but the wrecked train sped on a managed to reach the next station but this was the scene one stop behind, the platform filled with thick, choking smoke and the stench of explosives. translation: there was a huge bang, it was deafening. was sitting next toa it was deafening. was sitting next to a metal railing i think it saved my life. everyone was knocked in one direction by the blast. emergency services were on the scene fast. from this underground hell, the wounded were helped to the service and to safety. adding to physical injuries was a deep sense of shock as to what happened. a spokesman for russia's and heat is an committee said the train had been blown up by an unknown explosive device. special
unit of the security. where being dispatched. the saint petersburg metro went into emergency lockdown. all passengers evacuated. all stations closed and searched. later it was revealed an explosive device had been discovered at another metro station in saint petersburg. this one was made safe. it was confirmation that today's explosion had been a deliberate attack. vladimir putin was in saint petersburg today. his meeting with another president overshadowed by the tragedy across town. the police and special services would do all they could to find the cause of what happened, president putin said. and he promised support to the families of the victims. russia says this was an act of terror. you carried it out? russia made enemies with its bombing campaign in syria. in recent
yea rs, bombing campaign in syria. in recent years, the country has been targeted by islamist terrorists. in 2015, a plane carrying russian holiday—makers was blown up over sinai, killing 217 passengers and crew for the so—called islamic state said it planted the bomb. the russian president, vladimir putin, visited the metro station whether bond train had ended itsjourney and paid his respects. for victims of this attack saint petersburg declared three days of mourning. the metro is alive blood of this city. this has left people here fearing more violence. —— the life blood. that you putin has been meeting security officials here in saint petersburg as the investigation gets under way. tonight there are reports in russian media that this attack may have been carried out by a suicide bomber. i
can confirm that security has been tightened in saint petersburg and across russia tonight. thank you again. our security correspondent, frank gardner, is here. frank, are there any more indications tonight can you shed more light on the picture? there are two macro groups. terrorism from the caucasus or international terrorism from syria. one report has put the number of russian nationals who have gone to fight in syria up to 7000. some have been killed, some have stayed and some have come home. russia has already been fighting two wars in the north caucasus. it has reduced that to a simmering status. people are angry. a lot of the fear fiercest fighters who have joined
so—called islamic state have come from the north caucasus bout with the latter is where the focus of the fx—— the latter is where the focus of the f x -- fsb's the latter is where the focus of the f x —— fsb's attentions have been focused. they are the successes of the kgb for that they had been looking at the evidence and parental residue, examining the bomb and questioning suspects and looking at cctv. they have been commendably reticent, and name the suspect that those are the areas they are looking at. the prime minister has dismissed suggestions of a possible military conflict between britain and spain, over the future of gibraltar. yesterday, the former conservative leader michael howard drew parallels with the battle over the falklands in 1982. it follows a suggestion by the eu that any brexit deal will apply to gibraltar only if spain agrees. theresa may was speaking on a visit to the middle east. our deputy political editor john pienaar is travelling with her. theresa may is out to show britain will still be a big, global
player after brexit. standing by friends, old allies like jordan, and confronting enemies. she came here with promises of military training but today she also had to scotch any suggestion those enemies might include spain — which claims gibraltar as its own. negotiation, not war, was the answer. 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 in the interests of gibraltar. actually i think it will be in the interests of the 27 member states of the european union as well. being the face of british power is serious work but mrs may had laughed out loud earlier when reporters asked her to rule out war with spain over gibraltar. another prime minister, churchill, famously preferred jaw—jaw to war—war. did she? definitely, jaw—jaw, she said.
but gibraltar, famous ape population and all, has been coveted by spain for centuries. the rock's freedom to levy lower taxes is resented by madrid, which wants a say in gibraltar‘s future after brexit, not if those in charge now have any say in it. gibraltar is not a bargaining chip in these negotiations. gibraltar belongs to the gibraltarians and we want to stay british. nothing is going to change that. nobody is going to gut our soul by taking away our british sovereignty. the row over the rock is another brexit complication. every eu state has to approve the brexit deal but spain was taken aback after a senior tory compared the row to the falklands war in the 1980s. translation: it is obvious that in this case — europe and gibraltar — the traditional, british phlegm has been noteable for its absence. today, theresa may calmed the tone of a dispute which had tilted into farce.
the notion of a war with spain was always wildly implausible but that dispute goes on and britain will need all the goodwill it can get if it is to get a good deal on brexit. the mission of developing relations outside the european union is vital. the prime minister will carry on with that mission tomorrow. there will be more cash to help jordan's rulers to cope with a massive influx of refugees fleeing syria. the next stop is saudi arabia. it has a human rights record that makes for a far less co mforta ble that makes for a far less comfortable relationship. as mrs may heads tonight to saudi arabia, a senior saudi general has defended his country's actions in the brutal conflict in yemen. major—general ahmed al—asiri told the bbc that lessons had been learned, where civilian casualties had been inflicted. the fighting in yemen has claimed more than 10,000, and displaced more than three million people.
in march 2015, a saudi—led coalition, supported by the us and the uk, intervened against houthi rebels, who were backed by iran. the prolonged fighting has led to a humanitarian crisis. the saudi general was speaking to our correspondent nawal al maghafi, who's travelled widely in yemen during the war, she sent this report. these are the faces of yemen's star thing children. an aerial and naval blockade imposed by the saudi coalition under who the rebels slowing down the distribution of aid has meant the hungry here have seen no relief. all five cranes have been destroyed and food is trickling in. leading a government campaign in
yemen is this general brigadier. we wa nt to yemen is this general brigadier. we want to know by cranes that could be providing life—saving aid and fuel for the yemeni people have been sent back. we do not want the houthis to generate money by smuggling women. there is no starvation in the area controlled by the government will you should have the other international committee interest to see this war end. if we continue to sustain the militias with fuel and money and the women, they will not come to the table for negotiation. the saudi led coalition has been accused by human rights groups of using clustered —— cluster bombs. the uk side are treaty to stop the use of its cluster munitions. until
recently, the saudi government had repeatedly denied using cluster bombs at all. i want to know why it took so long to tell the truth. let me tell you something. is it a chemical weapon? no, it me tell you something. is it a chemicalweapon? no, it isn't. it is manufactured by different countries. it is bound to use cluster munitions in civilian areas. it is bound by international law. you are giving the wrong information. you are allowed to use cluster bombs on farmland? there is no military ill effect used. you did lose it. vella
macro no, no. since the war in yemen began, the uk has sold £3 billion worth of arms to saudi arabia. pressure on the british government is and human rights groups calling for the transfer of weapons to be suspended. we signed a contract to a country to country. we pay money. it goesin country to country. we pay money. it goes in the uk economy and we enhance our military capability. the perception that people have that the uk gives us free weapons, no. if the uk gives us free weapons, no. if the uk decides tomorrow to stop selling weapons to the kingdom, we will find another supplier. two years into this war, neither side has made concessions. for the people of yemen, the suffering continues. live to amman injordan, and john pienaar is there. the prime minister heading to saudi
arabia but she's been talking about the conflict in yemen. what has she been saying? this has been an often uncomfortable relationship for successive british leaders over decades. now the famine continues in yemen, the number of casualties continue to rise and theresa may sees this relationship, among others, as being so important to britain's relationship and punching power in the world after brexit. she's been arguing here that britain relies on intelligence from saudi arabia, that it saved british lives, that britain donated money to humanitarian relief in yemen. but those are not satisfied you say it makes most sense to support a blockade and seek to relieve the suffering it causes at the same time. others say britain is selling its principles for profit. thank you. john penile, travelling with the prime minister and injordan smiler.
——john —— john pineear. four men and a woman have appeared in court, charged in connection with an attack on a teenage asylum seeker in croydon in south london. this evening, two more people have been charged. seven people, who have been arrested, remain in custody. police say up to 30 people were involved in the incident on friday night. reker ahmed, who is 17 and a kurdish iranian, suffered a fractured spine, a fractured eye socket and bleeding on the brain. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, has the story. the suspects all live close to where the attack happened. police have asked us not to show theirfaces. daryl and da nyelle davis, barry potts, jack and george walder, appeared in court charged with violent disorder. jack walder alone with racially aggravated wounding. it started outside this pub. a group of up to 30, allegedly confronted two young asylum seekers — a third waiting at a bus stop was dragged in and police said what followed was a horrendous attack. i think this is power by numbers. so there's 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, people havejustjumped on the back of it, and this 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. this is where the attack ended, leaving reker ahmed bleeding in the gutter. police said that neighbours did come and help. of his pursuers, they said some did not strike any blows but equally they did nothing to stop it happening. police have gathered cctv footage and released pictures of two more men they want to speak to. 16 have now been arrested and this evening two more people charged. there is a constant police presence here and an air of tension. tom symonds, bbc news, croydon. a brief look at some of the day's
other news stories now. the driver admitted killing the death of two young cousins by dangerous driving. they were killed as they cross the road in old on new year's eve. train drivers have narrowly rejected the deal to resolve the long—running dispute with southern railway. it's the second time aslef members have voted against the recommendations of their own union leaders. both sides said they will resume talks. aslef says it will not be calling more strikes. shares in a british company, imagination technologies, have plunged in value, after its biggest customer, apple, said it would end a deal to use its products within two years. apple's phones, laptops and watches all contain computer chips designed by imagination, but the us giant says it wants to develop its own versions of the technology. officials in colombia have started to release the bodies of some
of the victims of the weekend flooding and landslides in the south of the country. more than 250 people are now confirmed to have died in the city of mocoa. many families spent all night digging through the debris to try to locate missing relatives. residents are still without water and electricity. our correspondent laura bicker is at the scene. laura the rescue operation is continuing, but what's the likelihood of finding survivors? with every passing hour the hopes of finding someone alive is incredibly slim. you mentioned the rescue effort. rescuers have been working with people here in mocoa, sometimes with people here in mocoa, sometimes with their bare hands, wading through the torrents to try and find eve ryo ne through the torrents to try and find everyone left alive. there are still 100 people who are unaccounted for. meanwhile, the process of trying to
identify those who have been found has started. as we were coming into the town, there was a huge queue outside the cemetery, almost a mile long, as they wait to go in and perhaps look for someone that they have lost. the first of the funerals has also happened, just within the last few moments. there was a funeral procession around the square, very silent procession that went with their heads bowed. a single flower in each hand. this, as they are coming to terms with the death, there is another threat on the horizon, and that is disease. president santos is coming here in the next few minutes, and trying to hand out sanitation kits, to try and prevent hand out sanitation kits, to try and p reve nt a ny hand out sanitation kits, to try and prevent any outbreaks after this catastrophe. laura, thank you for the update. laura bicker with the latest on the situation in colombia. disabled people are still being treated like second—class citizens, according to a report
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. our 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. the wheelchairs, stairlift, specialist buggies.
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 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. on 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 moved things forward. but 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 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. president trump has said the united states will "solve" the threat posed by north korea's nuclear programme. in an interview with the financial times, the president said the us would act alone if china wouldn't intervene. he made his comments ahead of a visit to the us by the chinese president later this week. our north america editorjon sopel joins us from washington — what does this tell us about the president's approach to this upcoming visit? for all the talk of surveillance and phone tapping and wiretaps and russia, this is the major strategic,
national security issue, at least as far as this white house is concerned. what to do about north korea and their growing ability, it seems, to launch a nuclear missile that could hit the west coast of america. eight years ago barack obama, he launched a very similar attempt to try to get the chinese on board. he said and a mystery in secret to beijing to speak to the chinese leadership. donald trump is doing the same thing but rather more loudly. it's worth reading what he had to say. he said china has great influence over north korea and china will decide to help us or they won't. if they do it will be very good, and if they don't it will be very bad for everyone. what donald trump hasn't spelled—out is what that might be, but a military option has not been taken off the table and i think that is an attempt to say to the chinese, you could have military action with all the instability that would bring, or you could help us do something to rein in north korea. thank you very much. david moyes, the manager
of sunderland football club, says he deeply regrets threatening to "slap" a female reporter in a post—match interview. the comment was made to bbc 5 live'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. our sports news correspondent richard conway has the story. 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's in the stands, watching on? 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 sparkes, 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, and 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 are going to write to him to ask for his observations, and it comes amidst calls for action to be taken. someone has to step in and take some action. i'd like to think it was the fa. of course, football's very passionate, but people have to learn that this behaviour‘s not acceptable. the shadow sports minister, dr rosena allin—khan, labelled the comments as disgraceful. however some on social media, believing the words were said in jest, called for restraint in any condemnation. bottom of the table, sunderland's season has been defined by failure; an fa inquiry into their manager is, then, an unwanted distraction, as they try to avoid the drop. richard conway, bbc news, wembley.
it's been just over a year since china abandoned its controversial one—child policy, because of concerns about its increasingly elderly population, and the decline in numbers of those of working age. it appears to be having the desired effect, with nearly 18 million births last year. that's an increase of nearly 8% on 2015 — the last year before the policy changed. and nearly half of those births were to mothers who already have at least one child. as our china editor carrie gracie reports, there has been a notable rush of older mothers who had stored their embryos after fertility treatment heartbeat of an imminent arrival, a last ultrasound scan for a 48—year—old mother—to—be. she had herfirst child through fertility treatment — 16 years ago. the hospital kept her frozen
embryos, and now that china's one child policy has become a two child policy, she's about to have her second miracle baby. more good news — it's a boy. she tells me she's thrilled. she's got a daughter already and would be happy with another, but the in—laws want a grandson. a two child family is still a great novelty here, so a big fuss at the clinic for a special visitor. especially as this miracle was conceived here in a petri dish, and frozen as an embryo for years, until china's policy changed and she could become somebody‘s little sister. translation: as soon as i heard
about the policy change, i was terribly excited. i ran to the hospital immediately. my second child had been frozen there for too long. i couldn't wait to take her home. not everyone is so lucky. this lady is desperate to have a second child, but there are questions over whether her embryos are viable. translation: i only have three embryos left and the doctor says one is good, one is average and one is poor, but i'm staying optimistic. i hope heaven will give me this gift.