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this is bbc news. i'm nicholas owen. the headlines at seven: the foreign secretary borisjohnson has called off a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria has changed the situation "fundamentally". two people have died and 33 others were rescued after a fire at a care home in hertfordshire. swedish police say a man arrested in stockholm after yesterday's fatal lorry attack is almost certainly the driver. also in the next hour — spain says the decision of the basque separatist group eta, to surrender its arms marks its definitive defeat. french police have located 120 firearms and three tonnes of explosives after the group gave the authorities a list of its weapons dumps. and in sportsday as one for arthur wins the grand national, we'll bring you full details of the race and the rest of today's sporting action. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has pulled out of a planned visit to moscow on monday, in the wake of the suspected chemical weapons attack in syria earlier this week. in a statement he said he deplored russia's continued defence, of the assad regime. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports. this was president trump's message to the syrian government and its russian backers yesterday, delivered with force. the united states and her allies reject syrian denials they used a chemical weapon against civilians, including children. now britain has followed up with a diplomatic rebuke. borisjohnson has called off talks in moscow on monday and issued a written statement instead. developments in syria have changed the situation fundamentally. we deplore russia's continued defence of the assad regime even
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after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. we call on russia to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in syria and ensure the shocking events of last week are never repeated. the planned visit by borisjohnson would be the first by any british foreign secretary for five years, a long gap reflecting the difficult relationship between britain and russia which already existed. but now these events have provoked an even deeper crisis. russia's first response came from a tweet from the embassy in london, accusing boris johnson of theatrics. the 1812 overture or celebrates past russian victory. instead of seeing the russians on monday, boris johnson will be in italy,
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talking to america's secretary of state rex tillerson and other allies including germany. translation: the attack by the united states is understandable, given the extent of the war crime, the suffering of the innocent people and the blockade the un security council. and that message will be reinforced when mr tillotson, not borisjohnson, goes to moscow next week for what will be a very tough between russia and the united states. more now on the foreign secretary's decision not to go to moscow next week, with me is our political correspondent chris mason. while foreign secretary to arrange a meeting somewhere important like moscow and pull out of it, quite significant. it is, as foreign secretary your joys to be significant. it is, as foreign secretary yourjoys to be the country's chief diplomat, conducting politics by making statements and a raging blizzard to then cancel it
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does raging blizzard to then cancel it d oes exa ctly raging blizzard to then cancel it does exactly that. it is quite striking looking at the statement, written statement by the foreign secretary this afternoon thing developments in surrey have change this situation fundamentally. the context of cause of the relationship between london and moscow has been pretty icy for some time going going back all the way to the killing of the man poisoned on the streets of london. it would be the first visit in five years. there was a desire prior to the last few days for the uk to try and build, rebuild a relationship with moscow but clearly given what has happened, there is not that desire and i as well there was a concern from the foreign secretary of the potential given the visit of the secretary of state, the us secretary of state a couple of days later that london dott moscow might try to price us and london apart. that is not something nor london or washington want to see. instead of that, mrjohnson is going
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to be having talks with allies in the g-7. he is going to italy on monday and tuesday to discuss with otherforeign ministers monday and tuesday to discuss with other foreign ministers from the g—7 group of industrial nations, the whole question of syria and this thorny question that is returned to again and again by foreign ministers around the world about what can be done given how long that conflict has been going on. secretary rex tillerson from washington will go still to moscow as james was reflecting, i think there was a recognition that why send both because there can be an advantage from london in washington's perspective in both men going, there had clearly been a conversation between them at how best to react and who to send. i think what is quite interesting has been the reaction from moscow. clearly wanting to react publicly, as we heard there, your man steeped in classical music, you will have heard
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tchaikovsky featuring in james's peace. that recognition from moscow that they want to point back to 1812, a foreign policy triumph as moscow would say, seeing off napoleon, western military aggression, if you like. in that sense, there were quite natty, the russian foreign ministry or the end of the i should say here in london in responding in that way and pasting a think that would do very well on social media. the language out of moscow describing it as absurd, boris johnson's justification for not going gives you a sense of how the kremlin sees this. they go on to say the stability and consistency as long. is the hallmark of western foreign policy. chris, thank you very much indeed. joining me now from turkey is massimiliano rebaudengo, head of mission for syria at medecins sans frontieres. i'll will be reflecting now on the terrible events of last week or
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earlier this week. good evening to you. do you have any up—to—date figures for the sort of numbers of casualties in that a strike which so clearly seems to be chemical attack? for the incident that happened at the days ago, the figure of the casualties are variable and difficult to confirm. there are reports telling about 80 casualties, even more, more than 500 injured people. what i can tell you from the reports that we have from our medical staff in the grounds that have been treating patients, patients keep arriving to our hospitals as well as training and supply and medical supply. we have received about a0 patients in the last two days and we treat them. we have seen more than 50 patients in the area and we managed to treat this patient to decontaminate them and treat them. just you a very
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quick comparison, one week that plays as we did in this case and mass casualty blanc, we start from ten patients arriving, ten patients arriving. in this case, we talk about a0 in two days, more than 50 inafew about a0 in two days, more than 50 in a few days. the situation is concerning on the ground. how difficult is it? you talk about people coming to you but obviously it would be better to be able to treat people very close to where they are injured. but that is difficult presumably? yes, it is very complicated. it is very complicated because the medical doctors and the medical staff at hospitals in the area do not have the equipment and the right training to be able to treat these patients properly. it is very complicated to provide health care in such complicated situation as syria. keep in mind that we support more than 115 hospitals in the whole country and we run four of them in the north—west area to. to reach the population, to reach the hospitals,
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we have the risk of being targeted because a common practice in this war is having health facilities targeted. it is very difficult to provide health care to be patient as well as these are greedy of us.|j was going to ask you about your staff. very dangerous for them. strict protocol, it is followed up. tragic events happen and not only to start but all the medical staff in the country, repeatedly targeted by air strikes and notjust in the past month but in the past years as well. 0ne month but in the past years as well. one of our staff died last year in an event of an air strike of a hospital. it is very challenging and difficult to provide health care in these conditions. indeed. very grateful to you. thank you very much. you are very welcome. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers.
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our guests joining me tonight are the broadcasters penny smith and charlie wolf. two people have died in a fire at a ca re two people have died in a fire at a care home in hertfordshire. firefighters were called to the new grange care home in chess and early this morning. another of people were taken to hospital. 0ur correspondent has more details. firefighters were called it at ten to six this morning and they were confronted by a fierce blaze raging in the roof space and end of this fairly modern substantial building. there are 35 residents here, they are elderly and infirm. many of them wheelchair users. firefighters had to manhandle many of those residents onto their shoulders and then down onto their shoulders and then down on mondays. the residents were brought out into the street here, some of them in chairs. they were in
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their nightclothes and they were covered in blankets and clothing, anything to keep them warm. residents say it was a fantastic response by the emergency services. a big fire incident. the rescue team are there. it's... it's an elderly home for the old people. if then challenging this morning to do the rescue. “— challenging this morning to do the rescue. —— it has been challenging. by rescue. —— it has been challenging. by god's grades they have been able to rescue people. you can see from the video. but it's just —— that
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assisted the back. as i said, the emergency services were here very quickly, a lot of firefighters using brute force essentially to rescue the residents from the home and bring them to safety. it was a very challenging operation. let us hear from daryl keane, the chief fire officerfor from daryl keane, the chief fire officer for hertfordshire. the first result arrived when faced with a very severe fire that was primarily contained in the brief space but spreading very rapidly. 0f contained in the brief space but spreading very rapidly. of course this being a residential care home there were over 30 people, some of which were unable to escape themselves and we ended up carrying out a number of rescues, over 30, to remove people both with crews wearing breathing apparatus and firelighters. as you know, 33 were successfully rescued and a0 two residents have died as a result. ——
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u nfortu nately to to kai unfortunately to tokai university two. fire investigation officers are working very closely with hertfordshire constabulary and 0dyssey will be here until we identified the cause of the fire.‘ residents were living here. about 30 of them have been found out alternative commendation, to mark sadly died. three were taken to hospital with minor burns and the effects of breathing and spoke. 0ne of the mood took immediate hospital. the condition of the other two is not known at the moment. —— one has been moved to a community hospital. swedish police say a man arrested in stockholm after yesterday's fatal lorry attack is almost certainly the driver — 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. 0ur correpondent dan johnson reports. late last night, a glimpse of the ordinary delivery truck that was turned against people
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in a moment of terror. it was towed away to be examined and police made a worrying discovery. we have found something in the truck in the driver's seat. a technical device which should not be there. i cannot at this stage say that this is a bomb. the man they think was at the wheel has connections here, a poor suburb north of the city. he hasn't been named but he's a 39—year—old from uzbekistan. we understand he was registered at one of the addresses in this block, although we don't know if he actually lived here. people have told us the police will here in number until the early hours of the morning and they've taken some people away for questioning. in the city, after yesterday's horror, time to think and to reflect on chance decisions that determined death or injury for some, a lucky escape for others.
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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 we saw panic and we saw police with guns and stuff like that, so... how did people react? everybody was screaming and running to the other side of the building and we took the side entrance and we went out. and we just kept running to the other side of the city. and you wanted to come back today? yeah, yeah, just to show that we care. sweden's crown princess came to pay her respects, and the king said the entire country had been shaken but that the response had shown the strength and resilience of swedish society. it's a society which is open, proud to embrace all, but some are now asking,
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at what cost? workers at three rail companies are taking part in a 2a—hour strike on the day at the grand national race near liverpool. three rail companies are in dispute over the role of conductors. grand national day is also the busiest day of the year of the year in liverpool, passengers pouring off trains on their way to aintree. today, those arriving at lime street station were met by a picket line, manned by train conductors belonging to the rmt union, striking over the introduction of driver only trains. the fact that there is strike action on today is only down to the employers and their intransigent attitude for refusing to negotiate a sensible solution with the trade union. during the course of the whole grand national festival, one in three race goers gets to and from aintree by merseyrail train. and today, on grand national day
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itself, the company carries an extra 20,000 passengers. as long as they're still running, that's fine. they shouldn't take guards of the train and just have drivers. i totally agree with the strike. i think they deserve a medal actually. the strikes, fair play, they need to get a better deal for their jobs, then fair enough, quite right. are you concerned enough about getting home? no, i'll be fine, i'll get a bus or a taxi. merseyrail managers stepped in to operate extra trains at peak times, but on focusing all their efforts on transport for the race, they admit other routes have not been able to run. one of the things we'll be doing on monday is reflecting internally on whether in fact we engaged with the rmt. this dispute needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. not everyone uses the train to get to the races. merseyrail said staging the strike today would damage liverpool's reputation. the rmt said it wanted to make the biggest impact possible. at 18 minutes past seven, the
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headlines on bbc news: foreign secretary borisjohnson has called off a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria has changed the situation "fundamentally". two people have died and 33 others were rescued after a fire at a care home in hertfordshire. swedish police say certain that the uzbek man they've arrested is the one who carried out yesterday's attack in stockholm. a 1a—year—old boy has appeared in court in northern ireland accused of trying to buy as machine gun and 100 rounds of ammunition for the dark web. the boy appeared in the magistrates' court. the schoolboy who cannot be identified because of his age was arrested here at the riverside retail park on thursday. his detention came after several
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weeks of what was described as a proactive police investigation link to the online dark web. it's alleged the 1a—year—old had used the dark web in an attempt to buy a gun and bullets which were to be used to intimidate a third party. he had gone to the retail park to meet someone gone to the retail park to meet someone about this, however, his contact turned out to be a police operative and he was arrested. a detective told the court the schoolboy was arrested as part as an investigation into the online dark web. this involved an attempt to buy a submachine gun and 100 rounds of ammunition. the schoolboy appeared in court backed by a police officer and his father. he spoke only to confirm his identity and that he understood the charge. the police oppose bail, thejudge scheduled to his age, he was reminding him on bail on strict conditions. he would have no access to a mobile phone or the internet. he will appear in court again at the end of the month. french police have found weapons
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and explosives at eta arms dumps after the basque separatist group handed over a file containing the details of its remaining arsenal. supporters of the group held a rally in the french basque city of bayonne this afternoon —— where police were told the location of the weapons in a ceremony. the spanish government has described the event as a ‘decisive defeat‘ for the separatists. eta killed more than 850 people in its attempt to create an independent state in northern spain and south—west france. it declared a ceasefire in 2011, but until now had not give up its weapons. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet was watching the ceremony. she spoke to one of the political leaders who is explained about the political backdrop. two years ago, a bit and enter its campaign. six years later, it has four stillbirths the spanish government instead of acting with responsibility and being
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pa rt of acting with responsibility and being part of this process, they have tried to prevent it from happening. at this point, the basque society, including people from every political constituency has engaged in this process, together with the help of the international community as you have mentioned. what you have witnessed here today in the basque country is a major step towards lasting peace in the basque country. there are still important issues that need to be addressed, that need resolution but today is a day on which we can say that the basque country is moving in the right direction. your party is headed by, what do they call the gerry adams of eta, he used a head eta's political wing, it is banned, he is now a prominent basque politician. you are fighting for independence. do you think you can achieve it through political means? he has played a major role in this process. could you imagine that gerry adams would have been sent to britain after the
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republican movement to the good friday agreement? i do not think so. that is what happened to our man. we are people considers that the right to be knowledge. we want to decide what kind of relation we are going to have with spain and with france and this is the democratic exercise. no more no less than that. what we do not understand is spanish government is doing all they can to prevent the people from having a say. that, if you can benefit not only to ireland but to scotland, for example, where they have had the chance to decide whether they want independence or not, it is something that we do not understand. do you understand the deep wound in spanish and french society, more than 800 victims, so many injured, the sense of injustice and and our loss is still very raw? this has been a dramatic conflict with a lot of consequences and it has been going
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on for more than 50 years. there are many things on the way towards peace that need to be in dress, including prisoners, we have more than 300 prisoners, we have more than 300 prisoners in french and spanish jail. and the victims. every victim of this conflict needs to be acknowledged. we think that this is acknowledged. we think that this is a part we need to walk. police searching for the missing airmen have extended their shirts, they have been searching for five weeks. they considers father martyrdom says he will continue his vigil by the landfill intel corrie mckeague is found. they are a devoted couple. devoted to one another and determine to find out what happened to martin's sun corrie mckeague is the search for the missing airmen at the nearby landfill enters its sixth week. i've watched the excavator, the operators
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that are doing it, it is ready done without a care and stop it is just something that i have not seen before. if he is here, then i am sure these guys are going to find him. -- it sure these guys are going to find him. —— it is done with care. sure these guys are going to find him. -- it is done with care. his last moments were captured on cctv last moments were captured on cctv last september. moments after these images were taken, it is believed the 23—year—old ended up in a commercial bin which was later hinted at this landfill near cambridge. but the search only began last month after the waste management company revealed the bin's contents where heavy enough to carry a body. it is a sunny day here in milton big yards from where i am standing, up to 12 specialist officers in full protective bodysuits are sifting up to 80 to 90 tonnes of material every day. many more are working on the investigation. the work is detailed and exhaustive. anything to leave
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this site with corrie. and that is because the investigation into what happened to the eye upon it in ghana is still a missing persons inquiry. the expectation is that the body will be found but corrie's father is not ruling anything out. pelle had his phone. he had his keys and his wallet. —— corrie. because we do not know what has happened to them, they're possibly could be a murder weapon, there could be anything. we just do not know. the land. but corrie continues and is likely to continue for another month. whether the family will get the answers they desperately need, remains to be seen. 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
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nominated across the uk and the republic of ireland. the awards are now in their tenth year — and previous winners also travelled to manchester for this year's celebrations. earlier today we caught up with our reporter noel edwards who has been meeting winners past and present. people who've overcome great challenges, being disabled, losing a loved one, we have seen them become stronger and ready to take on the wild. it makes it more incredible when you hear what they have achieved. like 1a—year—old adrian jackson, here's one abroad or raising money for charity. it is brilliant. it is knowing that the people can finally see what you have done all around the uk, even in some parts of the world. it isjust brilliant. it is brilliant that someone brilliant. it is brilliant that someone like you has been recognised because your story is quite remarkable. remind us why you have been recognised today.|j
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remarkable. remind us why you have been recognised today. i have raised, over the past two years, over £16,000 for the 0livia foundation and other charities. the you did so because 0livia was a good friend of yours who passed away in 201a and you did something quite remarkable with one of these, a teddy bear. i filled the stadium with over 10,500 teddy bears, one on every single seat in the stadium. lot of people will be watching and will be asking where on earth did you get so many teddy bears? they we re you get so many teddy bears? they were mainly donators. we collected them from houses, different charity said they could help as well. it was every teddy bear that week, we wa nted every teddy bear that week, we wanted at least £8 donation. even if you can, it was getting one teddy bear least. —— £1 donation. we ended up bear least. —— £1 donation. we ended up with about £5,000 from that one event. ron teddy bears to a former
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winner, kerry is with me as well. you won 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 started firefighting. i went to garneras part ofa started firefighting. i went to garner as part of a gap year and i got so involved with the girls that i worked with the and the girls that we re i worked with the and the girls that were not getting the educational opportunities that the boys were getting a lot of time so i got quite involved in getting them involved with this education opportunities. how has winning change your life?m was amazing. the opportunities that are opened up to me, especially for fundraising for the project, it is something i was involved in the ten years and it was an incredible 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? don't give up. keep fighting for it and you will get there. what is next? i do not know at the moment because i've got an appointment next
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week to find out if i need surgery for my legs are not. after that, and ifind out, for my legs are not. after that, and i find out, take for my legs are not. after that, and ifind out, take a break but eventually once we find out what we are going to do next, you will be kept informed. don't worry. well done to all. and there's another chance to see the award ceremony at 8:30 this evening, and again at half past four tomorrow afternoon here on bbc news. it seems that the weather has been pretty good in most places. is it going to continue. let's get the latest from darren. it could get even warmerfor latest from darren. it could get even warmer for some parts of the country tomorrow. today we had wiped the 20 celsius, if not higher across england and wales. it will turn chilly overnight with clear skies. 0ne chilly overnight with clear skies. one to mr patches later. there is more cloud in the north west, it is going to start pushing to north—west scotla nd going to start pushing to north—west scotland and northern ireland. 80 degrees of those numbers for rural areas. it will quickly warm up. lots
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of sunshine in the money for england, wales, eastern scotland. change from the north—west where we have more cars coming into scotland and northern ireland to bring some rain and the cloud will filter into western parts of england and wales in the afternoon. here it will cool down quite a bit during the afternoon but we will keep the sunshine and the heat across central and eastern england well we did the temperatures of 2a or even 25 celsius. all change on monday. north—westerly wind this time. there will be some censure iran, a few showers, maybe a touch wintry over the hills of scotland and it will feel significantly cooler. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has cancelled a planned trip to moscow on monday, in the wake of this week's chemical weapons attack in syria.


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