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this is bbc news. i'm nicholas owen. the headlines at 8pm. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has called off a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria 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 — scotland's long wait for a second grand national winner is over. the 14—1 shot one for arthur, ridden by derek fox and trained by lucinda russell, won the aintree race. and we look at the extraordinary achievements of seven young people from great britain and ireland, winners of this year's rotary young citizen awards.
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good evening and 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 after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. we call on russia to do everything possible to bring about a political
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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 the events of the past week in syria have now provoked an even deeper crisis. russia's response came from a tweet from the embassy in london, accusing boris johnson of theatrics for lack of argument, and inviting people to listen instead to what they call russia's soft power. a link leads to this excerpt of tchaikovsky's patriotic 1812 overture celebrating past russian victory. instead of seeing the russians on monday, borisjohnson will be in italy, talking to america's secretary of state rex tillerson and other allies including germany.
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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 tillerson, not borisjohnson, goes to moscow next week for what will be a very tough encounter between russia and the united states. joining me now from new york via webcam is ian bremmer, the president of the eurasia group. it claims to be the worlds largest political risk consultancy. thank you talking to us. us russia relations are clearly very strained at the moment, how do you reckon those countries are getting on? when trump became president there was a strong intention on the part of his administration to effect a strategic partnership with russia and get
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relations off the back foot, rarely had been at the end of the obama administration that failed well before the attacks and syria because of the investigation is ongoing with the fbi and concerns about collusion and that led to the ousting of the national security adviser, michael flynn, but with these attacks against the syrian air base, you can say that those relations are in freefall and while rex tillerson is still going to moscow to meet with the russians, it is clear that the russians are deeply upset and they have retaliated already in terms of sending military hardware to the region and ripping up the hotline that was the conflicting the air force between the americans and the russians so it is quite tense indeed. what about president trump's backyard? he indeed. what about president trump's backyard 7 he criticised indeed. what about president trump's backyard? he criticised previous administrations for getting into
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foreign adventures. here he is ordering the strike, there will be a lot of people in his party who do not like that? actually, most of the people in his party like this quite a lot, this is the first foreign policy move that he has made since becoming president that both republican and democratic foreign policy establishment strongly support, as does your own government as well as pretty much every us ally around the world. but some of president trump's base, all tried in the united states, they clearly do not want the united states in a war and they do not like the idea of the americans promoting values abroad, the kind of things he was talking about in the inauguration but steve bannon, the architect of that speech, was taken off the principal committee in the national security council just last week. he committee in the national security counciljust last week. he lost committee in the national security council just last week. he lost the fight on syria, jared kushner was the winner and they have been a
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significant role, if i was to bet on anybody, it would be the son in law and not the hired gun. what do you make of mr trump's decision to launch this strike? around the world there was shock and horror at the pictures coming out of syria but this did seem like rather surprising move in view of the things he said before? that is right. there has been shocked by the photos coming out of syria for over six years, angela merkel responded to the last one with the children washing up on the shores of europe by accepting all of those refugees and that did not read very well for her. it is very clear that if united states had not responded these chemical weapons attacks against civilians, no one else was going to go, but the british, the germans, the gulf states, and that is a very good
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reason to bomb and also not to. president obama agonised after —— over that decision for many weeks in the russians were not engaged militarily in the sphere of conflict and the reason he decided to do this, even though he knew this was going to cause problems at home and abroad was because he could not see his way through the next several steps. what the strategy of the us in syria would be? how do you avoid being caught in this? and what winning would look like after those failed wars in afghanistan and iraq. trump saw those photographs and he decided to bomb, but there was no strategy, there is not one for trump in syria, like obama. and there will be more dead kids coming out of syria, you'll see more photos but there is not a lot that trump can do. what about us russian relations?
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can they come back from this when some of the heat has died down? in the end, when they have two rub along together with all of those differences over syria? it would be easier to rub along over syria and ukraine, it'll be harder because trump himself and members of his tea m trump himself and members of his team have been copper mines on the russia issues. there is an active fbi investigation going on because of suspected collusion between members of the trump administration and his advisers and the russian government being involved in hacking the democratic national committee and delegitimising the election. american intelligence knows that there are kremlin hats —— hacks of there are kremlin hats —— hacks of the republican committee but no information was given out. given us relations are under trump, but what russia expected, the likelihood that some of this will come out is very
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high. it is clear that trump cannot affect this with the russians, the potential for this to get dicey and for trump to become vulnerable because of this and are kremlin is significant. i think that us russia relations will be considerably more challenging and right now those relations are probably as bad as they have been at any point since they have been at any point since the early 80s. thank you very much. joining me now from jordan is alun mcdonald, a regional manager for save the children. good evening. going back to the situation on the ground in syria, the suffering, how difficult is the situation when people like yourself are trying to bring help? the attack that we saw this week, terrible as it was, did not come out of the blue, we have seen the situation getting worse for the past few
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months, particularly in the midwest, the bombing has intensified. since the bombing has intensified. since the turn of the year. we have seen thousands of families having to flee their homes and many are living in quite basic camps or shelters in bombed out buildings. the humanitarian situation is worsening and it does make things extremely difficult for agencies and local syrian aid agencies to deliver food, medicine, water and the kind of things these people need. we are talking about a large number, despite the people who have left syria, a large number have a very tough time? there are huge numbers inside syria who have fled their homes. most of them are still trapped inside, they are moving from place to place, trying to find some kind of safety in ed ling, when the
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bombing has been recently, and they are now about 2 million people in the population has actually gone up in the last few years because people have gone there from aleppo and other areas where there has been heavy fighting. people are milling around to find safety but u nfortu nately around to find safety but unfortunately they are rarely able to find that. we work with families who have fled unimaginable violence and bombing in places like aleppo and bombing in places like aleppo and they have tried to come to idlib but it is following them. your organisation's priorities, we think of so many children involved, children died in that chemical attack but so many are living in very difficult conditions? extremely difficult. as well as the day—to—day challenges of the bombing at the lack of aid, nearly 2 million children inside syria or out of school and have been for several
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yea rs, school and have been for several years, many other schools have been bombed or taken over by armed groups. that prevents children getting an education. they are also incredibly scarred by the emotional and psychological trauma they have been through over the past six years of incredible violence. and that is really going to have potentially a very long—term impact on the next generation of syrian youths have to rebuild the country after the war. we are seeing the devastating consequences right now but the potential long—term consequences could be greater unless we can bring an end to this conflict once and for all very soon. you mention the war being over but there is no sign of that at the moment. there is not. if anything, it has been getting worse recently. there was a ceasefire agreed and at the end of 2016, but really, for people on the ground and
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in the areas we work in, it has not delivered anything, it has been an illusion. they are still getting bombed and being denied eight, so far this year there are about 4 million people in some of the worst affected areas of syria who have not received a single aid convoy because parties to the conflict are blocking aid. for peace, we need an end to the bombing but we also need humanitarian supplies and aid to be allowed in, food and medicine to be allowed in, food and medicine to be allowed to reach the children and families who desperately need it. thank you. we're grateful to you. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the broadcasters penny smith and charlie wolf. two people have died in a fire at a care home in hertfordshire.
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firefighters were called to the newgrange care home in cheshunt early this morning. a number of people were taken to hospital. our correspondent andy moore has more details. firefighters were called here at 5.50am this morning and they were confronted by a fierce blaze, raging in the roof space from end to end of this fairly modern, substantial building. there are 35 residents here, they are elderly and infirm. many of them are wheelchair users. firefighters had to manhandle many of those residents onto their shoulders and then down on ladders. the residents were brought out into the street here, some of them in chairs, they were in 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 close to my house. the rescue team are near. it's been challenging this morning,
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trying to do the rescue work. they have managed to recue about ten people. a lot more, i think, in there. the fire has got up to four buildings, as you can see from the video. that is just at the back of my building, at the back of my residents. i'm taking this picture from my house. 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's hearfrom darryl keen, the chief fire officer for hertfordshire. the first crews that arrived were faced with a very severe fire, that was primarily contained in the roof space, but spreading very rapidly. of course, this being a residential care home,
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there were over 30 people, some of which were unable to escape themselves. we ended up carrying out a number of rescues, over 30, to remove people, both with crews wearing breathing apparatus and via ladders. as you know, 33 were successfully rescued, and unfortunately two residents died as a result of the fire. there is a thorough investigation going on. in fact, even while the fire was still burning, we'd pulled together a team to start the investigation, as you would expect. fire investigation officers from hertfordshire fire and rescue service are working very closely with hertfordshire constabulary and obviously we will be here until we identify the cause of the fire. so, 35 residents were living here. about 30 of them have been found now alternative accommodation. two sadly died. three were taken to hospital with minor burns and the effects of breathing in smoke. one of them has been moved to a community hospital. the condition of the other two isn't known at the moment. the headlines on bbc news:
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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 we re 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. the grand national and lots of other events going on! sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. we will start with the grand national. the grand national at aintree was won by the 14—1 shot one for arthur, ridden by derek fox and trained by lucinda russell. one for arthur came from way back to lead cause of causes at the finish, with saint are finishing third,
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ahead of the favourite blaklion. it's only the second time in the race's history there's been a scottish trained winner — and jockey fox only returned to the saddle this week after injury. all a0 horses came back unharmed. it is unbelievable, i could not believe coming up to the line, to be out in front, it is hard to put in towards, the best feeling he will ever get. as anyjockey, you want to win the grand national and ifeel lucky. so early in my career, my first time riding in it. unbelievable. well, we're getting closer to the culmination of the premier league season and it's chelsea who remain in the driving seat. after a few hours with their lead cut to 4 points, they're back up to 7 points clear with a 3—1victory over bournemouth. here's a round up of the match action with nick parrott. it has been almost numb months since chelsea's lead at the top was as
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slim as the four points going into this match against bournemouth. good antonio conte's men be getting nervous? david luiz would have given boreham wood the lead, and his goalkeeper not been warmed up and ready. fortunately for chelsea, the own goal came at the other end. although adam smith could not be blamed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time when diego costa miskicked. if that was fortunate, the second from chelsea was anything but. n'golo ka nte the second from chelsea was anything but. n'golo kante showed vision to show eden hazard on his way, his pace and touch did the rest, doubling the lead for chelsea. bournemouth do not like thatjosh king earned them a point in that match and luck came his way here, courtois unable to save the blushes of david luiz. bournemouth in most rejuvenated for the second half but comeback hopes will rear end when steve cook brought down costa. fifth goal of the season from alonso put the game beyond bournemouth. winning
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when not at your best is the mark of champions. she will doubt that is what chelsea will be. tottenham thrashed watford 4—0 in the lunchtime kick—off, briefly cutting chelsea's lead to 4 points. manchester city stay 11th with a win over hull. middlesbrough drew with burnley. liverpool came from behind to beat stoke 2—. west brom lost at home to southampton, and west ham beat swansea. let's take a look at today's scottish premiership results... champions celtic eased past kilmarnock 3—1. hamilton drew with ross county. hearts beat dundee. bottom side inverness were well beaten at home by stjohnstone, and partick were 1—0 winners at home to motherwell. we are well underway in the third round of the masters, with three players tied for the lead. england's justin rose is the leading british player. this is how it looks at augusta. charley hoffman, remained in front from the opening round. sharing the lead with garcia and rickie fowler. those selected
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others, justin rose is one under and rory mcilroy in the chasing pack as well. great britain are out of the davis cup. they were beaten in the quarter—finals by france with a day to spare. after losing both singles rubbers in rouen yesterday, it was left to doubles partners jamie murray and dom inglot to keep the tie alive. but nicolas mahut and julien benneteau took the first set in a tie—break. the brits did manage to win the next set — keeping their slim hopes alive. however, it proved to be britain's only set of the weekend. losing 3—1. but for britain, it's a first davis cup whitewash since 2009. that is all the sport. thank you. 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. our 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 were 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. patrick and francesca are tourists
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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, at what cost? workers at three rail companies have
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been on strike today, affecting racegoers heading to the grand national. members of the rmt union at merseyrail, arriva rail north and southern or 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 solely 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 itself, the company carries an extra 20,000 passengers. as long as they're still
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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. and finally the bbc radio 2 broadcaster brian matthew has
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died at the age of 88. his broadcasting career spanned almost 70 years, and for many listeners he will always be synonymous with the programme the sounds of the 60s, which he presented from 1990 until last autumn. let's ta ke let's take a look at the prospects for the weather. very nice today. but what about the next few days? here is darren bett. it really has been a super start to the weekend, temperature is widely at 20 or 21 and for some it could get even warmer. killing off under clear skies, mist and fog later in southern england and cloud towards north—west scotland and northern ireland. we can take some degrees away from those temperatures for the areas but warming up quickly in the
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sunshine, the fog does not last and lots of sunshine in the morning for england and wales and eastern in scotla nd england and wales and eastern in scotland but a change from the north—west, cloud increasing and some rain coming into scotland and northern ireland, light and patchy, clouding overfor northern ireland, light and patchy, clouding over for wales and west and england so temperatures dropping but it stays very warm and sunny for the midlands, eastern england could see a top temperature of 25 degrees. monday will feel very different, north—westerly wind, most places dry, a little sunshine but showers and those could be wintry over higher ground in northern scotland. for all of us will feel much cooler. hello, this is bbc news with nicholas owen. the headlines at 8.27pm: 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. he said the uk deplored russia's continued defence
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of the assad regime. firefighters in hertfordshire have launched an investigation into what caused a fatal blaze at a residential care home. two people died and 33 others has to be rescued at the newgrange care home in cheshunt this morning. police in sweden say they're increasingly certain that the uzbek man they've arrested is the one who carried out yesterday's attack in stockholm, but they believe others may also have been involved. workers at three rail companies have been taking part in a 24—hour strike on the day of the grand national race. the action, involving southern, merseyrail and arriva rail north, is part of a dispute over staffing and the role of conductors. now on bbc news, the extraordinary achievements, compassion and bravery of seven young people from great britain and ireland, in the 10th anniversary rotary young citizen awards. good morning.
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i'm ellie crisell and i'm delighted to be here in manchester to celebrate the rotary young citizen awards 2017. this year is the 10th anniversary of the awards to celebrate the achievements of a very special group of young people. i presented the awards when they first began back in 2007. since then, hundreds of young people have been recognised for the amazing work they do. each year, rotary clubs across britain and ireland nominate youngsters for the awards. the eventual winners for 2017 are with us me on stage, so let's find out more about this year's award winners. ourfirst award goes to teenager abbey booker. abbey is in care but works tirelessly and selflessly to ensure other children have the best experience that they can. she spends her time volunteering, helping out with a number of schemes, and tries to change the way adults deal with other young people in care.
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she was nominated for the award by the rotary clubs of doncaster and doncaster st leger. this is her story. hi. may i have two cadbury's cream eggs. have you signed in yet? my name is abbey. i'm 15 and i'm from doncaster. i've been in care forfour years. i remember the first few years was a major struggle for me emotionally, because i had so many different people and so many things going on in my life. i knew what i wanted. i knew what i wanted to say. i knew i had my own opinions on things, but i was never really given that chance. i was just dismissed. when i found the courage to speak out myself, ijust thought, right, that's it. i now know that i can say this, so i'm going to let other children have that opportunity. i've just give it them.


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