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this is bbc news. i'm sophie long. the headlines at three... swedish police believe the man they've arrested is the driver of the lorry who carried out yesterday's fatal attack in stockholm. a man with links to the incident was arrested this morning at 1:45am. —— 1:15am. the man arrested is suspected of being the one who drove the car. foreign secretary borisjohnson calls off a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria has changed the situation fundamentally. reports two people have died in a fire at a care home in hertfordshire. the rmt union has defended its decision to stage a 2k hour strike involving merseyrail on the day of the grand national horse race at aintree. also in the next hour... honouring seven young people who've made extraordinary contributions to their communities. we'll speak to 14—year—old abbey booker, who volunteers
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to help children in care. and coming in half an hour... click looks at whether voice—controlled personal assistants live up to the hype. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. we start this hour with breaking news. we are getting very few reports that two people have died at a fire at a care home in hertfordshire. we believe that to be new grange care home in cheshunt in hertfordshire. these are the pictures we have at the moment. we have reporters finding out exactly what has happened there but you can
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see from those images that a fierce fire has taken hold it up emergency services are there, the fire brigade at the scene. we have reports at this stage that two people have been killed in that fire at new grange ca re killed in that fire at new grange care home in hertfordshire. our correspondent andy moore will be here ina correspondent andy moore will be here in a few moments with the latest on the situation there. swedish police say a man arrested in stockholm after yesterday's fatal lorry attack is almost certainly the driver, and a 39—year—old man from uzbekistan. four people were killed and 15 injured when the lorry crashed into the front of a department store. police have also confirmed that a "suspicious device" was found inside the truck. our correpondent dan johnson reports. after yesterday's horror there is calm, stillness and sadness in stockholm. people have come to together — time to reflect, a moment to remember. we were walking in the shop yesterday when it happened.
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patrick and francesca are tourists who were in the basement of the department store when the truck hit. we went up the escalator and saw panic and police with guns and stuff like that. how did people react? everybody was screaming and running to the other side of the building, and we took the side entrance and went out, and we just kept running to the other side of the city. this is the moment terror spread suddenly through the streets of sweden's capital. a hijacked lorry driven deliberately at shoppers. late last night the wreckage was towed away as police questioned the man they think was at the wheel. we have confirmed that he is a subject, a man from uzbekistan, 39 years old, that is what we know. in addition to that we would not like to say anything further
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about his whereabouts and his background. there is a quiet, contemplative mood here today. people are considering what happened yesterday. they know it will take time to sink in, but there's also concern about the deeper impact this may have. it is important now that we just show we are not afraid, that sweden will not change and that we will keep strong and work together for a better sweden. it's going to be a different stockholm from now on. you see the same thing in brussels and paris, and i hope not, but i think people will be more cautious. this morning, politicians and the crown princess paid their respects. everyone here wants to understand more about who attacked the heart of this nation and why. danjohnson, bbc news, stockholm. our reporter maddy savage has the latest from stockholm. this wall of flowers stretches about 100 metres behind me.
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we're right opposite the department store which a truck ploughed into on friday afternoon, killing four people. as well as the flowers, plenty of other tributes. some people have lit candles with the message "saknar dig", which means "miss you" in swedish. others have left cards. one said, "don't pray for sweden, pray for mankind". there have been a number of high—profile visitors here in recent hours. crown princess victoria along with her husband prince daniel, as well as this swedish prime minister, stefan l fven. he said it is impossible to guarantee that incidents like this don't take place but he said he was doing everything he could to keep his country safe. it is worth noting that there have been debates in recent months about sweden's preparedness for this kind of attack but politicians from across the bows of the spectrum have come out today and said this isn't the time to discuss this, it is most important to focus on security right now. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has cancelled his planned trip
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to moscow next monday in response to the chemical attack in syria. in a statement he said, "we deplore russia's continued defence of the assad regime." meanwhile, the united states has expressed disappointment but not surprise at russian criticism of its attack on a syrian government airbase. daniel boettcher reports. the cruise missile strikes on the syrian air base were a sharp departure from a president whose policy on the campaign trail to the white house was one of avoiding overseas conflicts. administration officials are saying the strikes were intended as a one off, not a change in direction, and at an emergency meeting of the un security council, the us insisted its actions were fully justified. it was time to say, enough. but not only say it, it was time to act. bashar al—assad must never use chemical weapons again, ever. syria denies using nerve gas in the attack on the rebel—held town but the us says it has
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crossed a line. it fired almost 60 cruise missiles at the air base outside homs which it says the syrian air force used to launch the chemical weapons attack. but russia, syria's ally, accuses the us of an unprovoked show of force. russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev has said the strikes have brought moscow and washington to the verge of a military clash. britain's un ambassador criticised russia's continuing support for bashar al—assad. russia needs to listen to this council, listen to the arab world, listen to the rest of the international community. above all, listen to the syrian people. and the foreign secretary boris johnson has pulled out of a visit to moscow next week, saying development in syria had changed the situation fundamentally. he said he would instead focus on building coordinated international support to secure a ceasefire and an intensified political process.
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but moscow has said it will strengthen syria's anti—aircraft defences. it has also suspended a deal which is designed to prevent incidents between us and russian warplanes over the country, while washington says it is preparing further economic sanctions against syria. earlier i spoke to our correspondent rajini vaidya nathan at president trump's residence in florida, and i asked how the trump administration is responding to international reaction to the strike on syria. i think at the moment there is a question of whether syria will respond at all and what we've been hearing from officials at the un and the secretary of state is that this was a targeted attack, an act of retaliation, so any further steps or measures it might take will depend on what syria's response is to that. but one thing that is important to
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stress is that we have been told... officials at mar—a—lago said last night that the us is preparing further sanctions against syria. it is unclear when they will be announced but the us treasury secretary did say that there will be further sanctions. it is worth noting that in 2013, after the red line that president obama set after a chemical weapons attack in syria happened back then, the us did impose sanctions against syria, against certain assets and individuals they felt were involved in that chemical weapons attack back then but many would say that didn't make much of a difference. even russia has been criticised roundly by the us for being complicit in this recent chemical weapons attack, for failing to get rid of those chemical weapons in syria, having promised the international community that it would. i should just say that the focus now, certainly in the pentagon, is investigating whether russia played a role in the chemical attack last tuesday.
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the pentagon is looking at intelligence and specifically it is looking at the movements of a drone which flew over a hospital shortly after the chemical weapons attack and then later bombed the hospital. the pentagon is investigating whether that was a russian drone that may have been trying to cover up evidence of the chemical weapons. interestingly, some indication from nikki haley that they would, although this was a one—off, we are told, be prepared to do the same again if they needed to. how is this all playing out politically for donald trump there? that is an interesting one because, actually, politically, president trump has had support for this targeted strike across the political spectrum so even democrats in congress have been saying that it was a good thing that he did that. there has been some comparison with president obama's progress to take action against syria back in 2013 and his failure
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to actually follow through. so you had people from both sides of the political lines saying they support that. interestingly, i've been reading about what some supporters of donald trump think of this, too. we've spoken to people in palm beach who say it was a good thing that he did that but there are other people who voted for president trump who backed his idea that he was going to put america first and wasn't going to get involved in conflicts around the world. so there are some people who voted for president trump who are disappointed that he did this because they don't believe he should be getting involved in things like this. of course, it is worth pointing out that a week ago if i was talking to you, i would be telling you that us officials didn't have a strategy in terms of trying to oust president assad or even
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trying to take any action against his government. their focus, and it still is their focus, was to try to take out islamic state, so even six days ago we were hearing from senior officials that dealing with the assad regime will not a priority. of course, all of that changed after president trump saw those images of the chemical attack on tuesday. some have said, is this emotional, was this an emotional response? does this show that the us doesn't have a clear strategy? certainly, those close to president trump say that is not the case, it wasn't an emotional response. but going forward, it is still not very clear what the next steps are in terms of america's overall strategy when it comes to syria. we're getting more international reaction to the situation syria in a few moments. first, more on the breaking news closer to home that two people have died at a fire ann inafire two people have died at a fire ann in a fire at a care home in hertfordshire. andy moore has all the details as far as we know them
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at the moment. i have spoken to the fire service and they have confirmed that two people sadly died in this via. 33 residents were evacuated from the residential care home, which is on cad or in hertfordshire. the fire service say several people we re the fire service say several people were taken to hospital from the effects of breathing in smoke. we don't know the condition of those injured people. we can see from some of the images that it was a very fierce fire. they were called at 5:50am this morning and found, according to the fire service, and extremely fierce fire that was well established on the first floor and the roof of the building, which has collapsed since then. those residents who were evacuated have been taken to an emergency reception centre and the county council is working with other agencies to look after those evacuated residents. a very fierce fire, a lot of resources we re very fierce fire, a lot of resources were sent to it but the information were sent to it but the information we have is that two people have sadly died. thank you for that
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update. you're watching bbc news. let's bring you up—to—date with our latest headline... swedish police believe the man they have arrested is the driver of the lorry who carried out yesterday's fatal attack on stockholm. foreign secretary borisjohnson cause of a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria has changed the situation fundamentally. hertfordshire fire service confirms two people have died and 33 have been rescued after a fire at a care home in cheshunt. in sport, tottenham thrasher watford to keep the pressure on chelsea at the top of the premier league. dele alli opened the scoring in their 4—0 victory at white hart lane. spurs are now only a few points behind chelsea. lewis hamilton takes pole at the grand prix. he will start at the front of the grid just ahead of sebastian vettel with valtteri bottas third. great britain are fighting to stay
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in their davis cup quarterfinal against france. they are on— on in the doubles today. and it is two hours to go until the world's richest steeplechase gets under way, the grand national. definitely read and another horse are among the favourites. i will have more sport in an hour. workers at three rail companies are taking part in a 24—hour strike on the day of the grand national race at aintree, near liverpool. the action, involving southern, merseyrail and arriva rail north, is part of an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors. merseyrail said choosing to strike on the day of the race meeting would damage liverpool's reputation. we have a strong relationship with the rmt and we have engaged in previous discussions and we would welcome further discussions. we made it quite clear that should a dispute take place on grand national day it would not change our stance. however we are willing to negotiate because
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we need to resolve this for the benefit of customers. new trains is a fantastic opportunity for the city region and is something we should all grasp with both hands and make it happen. survey after survey indicates massive support from the public to retain guards on services. we had no issues with racegoers today. they're supportive of the trade union stance. passengers are paying for this level of safety in their ticket prices, so why, as a passenger, would you want to pay even more on your ticket price for less safety solely to benefit the profits of the private train operators? we think, as a trade union, it is unacceptable and passengers deserve a safe railway and a second safety critical conductor on every service. more now on the news that boris johnson, the foreign secretary, has cancelled a planned trip to moscow following the recent chemical attack on syria. with me in the studio is matt cole, our political correspondent. he has released a statement. what's the thinking behind this decision? this would've
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been quite a historic visit. five yea rs been quite a historic visit. five years or more been quite a historic visit. five years oi’ more since a been quite a historic visit. five years or more since a british foreign secretary has been to moscow. he had been invited by his russian counterpart but boris johnson is now not going. in a statement, of which i have a copy here, he makes it very clear, the foreign secretary, that it is the development in syria that have fundamentally changed the situation leading borisjohnson to cancel triptych dog in a statement he says, "we deplore russia's continues defence of the assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians," and calls upon russia to do everything they can define dramatic solution. he makes it very clear that the attack, which british and american authorities say was carried out by assad ‘s regime, that chemical attack is what is behind this. yet rex tillerson, the us secretary of state, is still going to go to moscow. is that right? that is right. what we
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understand from the foreign secretary's team is that boris johnson was due to go tomorrow, monday, rather. rex tillerson would goa monday, rather. rex tillerson would go a couple of days later. in between those two event is a meeting of the g7 foreign ministers in italy. boris johnson of the g7 foreign ministers in italy. borisjohnson will now go to that and we understand he will lead the discussions on the g7‘s response to all that is going on in syria. people close to borisjohnson so the thinking is this — it would not have been a good idea for borisjohnson to go before this meeting and rex tillerson to go afterwards because it would allow the russians to play the two men off against each other. by the two men off against each other. by having one visit, by rex tillerson, they can have one strong, coordinated response to try and deal with the issue. in the meantime, that g7 meeting in italy will try and deal with the issue of how to remove and deal with the issue of how to re m ove assa d and deal with the issue of how to remove assad and to plan for life after him, how planning can take place for peace and rebuilding in syria afterwards, and look at how
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they might get russia to demilitarise. the chief executive of ford has said he cannot guarantee the company will keep manufacturing in the uk after brexit. mark fields told bbc news it was "really important" for the uk to secure a free trade deal with the european union. he said ford was "going to be in the uk for quite some time", but that "nothing could be guaranteed over many years." he's been speaking to our correspondent robin brant. we need to make sure that all of our facilities around the world are globally competitive. listen, we are very proud to be in the uk and we're going to be in the uk for quite some time but it's going to be really important, particularly as article 50 is now triggered, that, from our standpoint, there needs to be free trade between the uk and the continent and that's really important to us. i think it is important to our business, important to our customers. are ford going to stay irrespective or is there always a chance that, you know, you are a big global company, that maybe one day ford is not there?
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in the uk? in the uk, after brexit. well, i think overall, it depends... that's a very sweeping statement. i can't guarantee anything. nobody can guarantee anything over many, many years but i think our intent is making sure that our uk business remains very strong and that's why we're engaging with the governments to be able to say, "here's what we think we need to make sure that that remains a possibility and we stay across the continent and in the uk and we have a healthy business in europe." a teenage boy has appeared in court in northern ireland charged with attempting to obtain a machine gun and a hundred rounds of ammunition. the 14—year—old was arrested at a shopping centre in coleraine in country londonderry on thursday. our correspondentjohn campbell was in court for the hearing this morning. well, the boy was arrested at riverside retail park in coleraine on thursday. a police officer gave some details
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about what led up to that arrest. she said there had been a proactive police investigation for a number of weeks involving the dark web. she alleged the boy had reached out across the dark web in an attempt to buy a russian—made submachine gun and 100 rounds of ammunition. she said that as part of that he came to the retail park and when he attempted to buy the ammunition, he was arrested by what she referred to as an operative. he has been released on bail. there are strict bail conditions, which include the fact that he's not able to possess a computer or mobile phone and he will appear in court again later this month. the basque militant group eta has handed over a file containing the details of its remaining arsenal of weapons and explosives. the information was given to french judicial authorities through a group of intermediaries. eta — which has killed more than 850 people in its attempt to create an independent state in northern spain and south—west france — declared a ceasefire in 2011, but did not give up its arms. today, french police began the
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process of uncovering the locations of eta's hidden weapons. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet is in the basque city of bayonne in southern france. she has been speaking to the authorities about the disarmament. first of all, this is one of the longest surviving armed groups in the world, more than 50 years. it is the last autonomous armed group in western europe europe and it is historic because of the way it was done. it was done on you could call it a basque model of disarmament and verification, where statesmen have been able to get involved and basque organisations, governments, regional governments, civil society actors, trade unions, church and others, worked together with a nonofficial international team to get this job done. are you sceptical that eta is handing over all of its weapons? are you convinced? i'm convinced that eta is handing over the weapons it has its control. and not sceptical because it declared a ceasefire
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and anti—violence six years ago and we monitored that ceasefire and the declaration, there have not been any incidents of violence by eta so i believe that violence is no longer something that may be a part of their life and this is simply the next phase. how worried are you by the members of eta who want nothing to do with this process? there are said to be about 100 who reject the disarmament. the question you raise is an important one and one of the reasons for the length of time between the declaration of ceasefire and the act of disarmament was the need to keep the organisation on board with this decision and make sure that there are no splits. as you know from the northern ireland experience, one of the worst bomb attacks took place after the good friday agreement and that has been an issue that has worried us constantly, of making sure that this is something that is done with the support of the whole
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organisation and i believe that has been the case. but it does mean the absence of broader political leadership to bring the rest of society along, including the many victims. i would not say it is the absence of political leadership because we've had political leadership from the regional leaders in both the basque country and spain and also in the basque country in the french region. with regard to victims, it is tragic that when we negotiate an end to these conflicts that will lead to disarmament, we cannot address the claims of all... the work we do is about ending the violence. we hope that at least in the work we do, we can ensure that there are no war victims of any violence and that gives me a great sense of fulfilment that these guns that were used to kill people, used to assassinate leaders of different physical parties and trade unions and also opponents, will no longer be used to do that.
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—— political parties. some extraordinary acts by young people have been celebrated at the rotary young citizen awards in manchester today. there are seven winners, chosen from hundreds of people nominated across the uk and the republic of ireland. the awards are now in their tenth year — and winners from the past decade also travelled to manchester for this year's celebrations. live now to noel phillips, who is in manchesterfor us. he has been speaking to the winners throughout the day and we can join him again now. hello, sophie. no shortage of inspirational young people, who have ove 1120 m e inspirational young people, who have overcome great challenges, such as losing a loved one, being bullied or even being disabled but we see them today emerging stronger and ready to ta ke today emerging stronger and ready to take on the world, which makes it all the more incredible when you hear what they have achieved, like 14—year—old aidenjackson. hear what they have achieved, like 14—year—old aiden jackson. he hear what they have achieved, like 14—year—old aidenjackson. he has won an award for raising lots and lots of money for charity. how are you feeling? it isjust brilliant,
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isn't it, knowing that people can finally see what you have done all around the uk, even in some parts of ireland, even across the world. it is just brilliant. ireland, even across the world. it isjust brilliant. and it is brilliant but somebody like you has been recognised because your story is quite remarkable. reminders of why you have been recognised today. well, i've raised more from the past two years, well, i've raised more from the past two yea rs, over well, i've raised more from the past two years, over £16,000 for charity. you did so because olivia, who foundation is named after, was a friend of yours who passed away in 2014 and you did something quite remarkable with a teddy bear.|j filled the widnes stadium with 10,500 teddy bears, one on every single seat in the stadium. a lot of people will be watching and will be asking, where on earth did you get so asking, where on earth did you get so many teddy bears? they were
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mainly donated. we went round to collect them from people's houses, different charities that they could help, and every teddy bear that we got, we want to that list a £1 donation. even if you couldn't, it was getting on teddy bear or even just a £1 donation. so in total we ended up with about £5,000 just from that one event. from teddy bears to a former winner. kerry cochrane is with me. you won a young citizen award in 2011 for doing some quite remarkable things because you are a firefighter by day and a bit of a superhero by night. it was before i started firefighting. i went to garner as part of my started firefighting. i went to garneras part of my gap started firefighting. i went to garner as part of my gap year and got so involved with the girls that i worked with there and the girls that were not getting the education opportunities that the boys were getting a lot of the time and so i got quite involved in providing them with those opportunities. how has winning changed your life? with those opportunities. how has winning changed your life ?m with those opportunities. how has winning changed your life? it was amazing. the opportunities that it opened for especially fundraising for the project... it
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opened for especially fundraising forthe project... it is opened for especially fundraising for the project... it is something i was involved with for ten years and it was an incredible ten years of my life and changed everything that i am now. any advice for aidan moving forward ? am now. any advice for aidan moving forward? just don't give up. know what you believe in and keep fighting for it and you will get there. aidan, what is next? i don't know at the moment because i have my appointment next week to find out whether i need surgery for my legs. but once i find out and take a break... but once we find out what we are doing next, you will be kept informed, don't worry! thank you so much, aidan and ceri, for reminding us much, aidan and ceri, for reminding us of the good that there is the world. i will be back in the next hour. prisoner the chance to see the award ceremony at 8:30pm this evening and again at 4:30pm tomorrow afternoon, all here on bbc news. now time for a look at the weather and apparently
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it is beautiful. tomasz has the details. we have a beautiful evening on the way after a stunning day with lots of sunshine. it has felt really warm, inland especially. coastal areas a bit nippy. let's have a look at the evening temperatures. this is at the evening temperatures. this is at 7pm. in the high teens across southern and central parts of the uk, coastal areas a bit fresher. across scotland, close to 13. tonight, it is going to be quite nippy, like last night. last night we had some grass frost in some areas so we had some grass frost in some areas so this coming night it will fall down to three or four degrees outside of towns, so another chilly start to the day tomorrow, then plenty of sunshine on offer, particularly across england, but notice what happens across the south western areas of england and wales and particularly northern ireland and particularly northern ireland and scotland. you've got a weather front coming in, which means cloud and rain later in the day and a lot fresher. but highs may peak at 25 in
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the south—east and east anglia.

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