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to end its support for syria's president. he arrived after meeting western foreign ministers in the wake of the chemical attack in syria. he'll urge president putin to abandon assad. we want to create a future for syria that is stable and secure, and so russia can be a part of that future. we'll be asking whether president putin is likely to listen. also on the programme tonight, the parents of a seriously ill eight—month—old baby say they're devastated after the high court decides doctors can withdraw their son's life support. screaming shares in united airlines fall dramatically after this footage emerged of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight. good morning. good morning. the crisis in adult care — every day almost a thousand care workers in england are leaving theirjobs breathtaking britain — snowdon comes out on top in a poll of our favourite views in the uk. and coming up in the sport on bbc news,
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sam warburton is ruled out for six weeks, but the man favourite to be lions captain is expected to be fit for this summer's tour to new zealand. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the american secretary of state, rex tillerson, has arrived in russia ahead of tomorrow's talks as tensions between the two countries continue to grow. he's urging president putin to withdraw his support for the assad regime in the wake of last week's chemical attack on a rebel town in syria. he flew out from italy, where g7 foreign ministers had been meeting. they rejected a british call for new sanctions to be imposed on syria and russia. meanwhile, president putin has claimed that enemies of the syrian president are planning
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future chemical weapons attacks to discredit the syrian government. this report from our diplomatic correspondent james robbins contains some distressing images. america's top diplomat, arriving in moscow, doesn't accept this is mission impossible. rex tillerson still hopes he can somehow persuade the russians to ditch syria's president assad, and he isn't mincing his words. moscow, he said earlier, bears a heavy responsibility for last week's chemical attack. it is unclear whether russia failed to take this obligation seriously or russia has been incompetent. but this distinction doesn't much matter to the dead. russia's president, vladimir putin, is sending mixed signals. meeting the italian president today, the russian leader is apparently hoping for constructive co—operation with washington, but he is still talking up the risk of confrontation, saying he had information america was planning further strikes on syria.
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translation: we have information from various sources that similar provocations, i can't call them any differently, are being prepared in other parts of syria too, including the southern suburbs of damascus, where they're preparing to release some sort of substance again. moscow and washington do seem to agree on one thing about last week's gas attack — that there should be a full investigation. but there's plenty of room to dispute who carries it out and when and how. and the g7 meeting in italy of america's allies ended today without giving rex tillerson much of a stick to carry to moscow. ministers failed to agree any threat of future targeted sanctions on top russian and syrian military officials. borisjohnson had pressed hard for it but insisted afterwards no consensus was not defeat. i'm not going to pretend to you that this is going to be easy,
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but there are very few or better routes forward that i can see for the russians. this is a way forward for russia and for syria, and in going to make this offer, i think that rex tillerson has, as you can see, overwhelming support. the last family photo in italy for america and her allies was not quite as happy as the hawks in this line—up would have liked. rex tillerson did get universal endorsement of president trump's missile strike on syria, but he's left here for moscow without the sort of stick to threaten russia that borisjohnson, at least, would have liked. james robbins, bbc news. let's go to moscow and our correspondent steve rosenberg. and how likely is it that he will be able to persuade president putin to abandon his support for syria's president? you know, back in the day
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when he was an oil executive, doing deals with the russians, rex tillerson once got an award from blood amir putin, the russian order of friendship, but i think it will be much harderfor him to secure of friendship, but i think it will be much harder for him to secure the political pricey six now, a kremlin u—turn on syria, and that is because president assad is russia's key military ally in the middle east. the russians have invested heavily in — militarily, politically, financially — to keep him in power, and in the eyes of moscow, he is the guarantor not only against an islamist takeover of syria but of russian interest in syria. russian military bases, for example. so i think rex tillerson will have to have something very special indeed in his briefcase, a really sweet deal to offer the russians if he is going to convince the kremlin to rethink that support. steve rosenberg, thank you. the parents of an eight—month—old baby boy say they are devastated after the high court ruled that doctors at great ormond street hospital can
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withdraw his life support. they shouted no and broke down in tea rs they shouted no and broke down in tears as they heard the decision. charlie gard has a very rare genetic condition and brain damage. his parents have raised more than £1 million to take him to america for experimental treatment. but the judge said it was not in charlie's best interests. the boy's parents say they want to appeal. this is charlie gard — unable to move, he is fed through a tube and breathes through a machine. there is no cure for his rare muscle wasting condition. but his parents, connie yates and chris gard, refuse to accept the advice of doctors at great ormond street hospital that further treatment is futile. they arrived at the high court to hear a judge decide the fate of their only child, and it was the outcome they were dreading. thejudge ruled there could be no benefit to taking charlie abroad. given the overwhelming medical evidence, there was only one possible outcome
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to this tragic case. the judge said it was with the heaviest of hearts, but with complete conviction, that he ruled that all treatment except palliative care be withdrawn to permit charlie to die with dignity. charlie's parents are back by their son's bed side, their legal team say they're devastated. connie and chris are facing every parent's worse nightmare, they're struggling to understand why the court has not at least given charlie the chance of treatment in america. the medical evidence is complex and the treatment offered potentially groundbreaking. these are not easy issues, and they remain utterly committed, like any parent, to wanting to do their utmost for their child. we just wanted to be given a chance because, you know, you're never going to find treatments or cures for these things if you never try anything. and the public responded. 82,000 people made online donations
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totalling more £1.2 million. it was to pay for treatment in the united states so experimental it's never been tried on humans or animals with the rare genetic disorder. the court would have many things to take into consideration here. one would be whether continued existence for the child, whether in america or in england, would have been burdensome to the child himself, would have involved pain and suffering. crucially, charlie's doctors think he can experience pain and the treatment proposed could not reverse his brain damage. the judge said this was the darkest day for charlie's parents but he hoped they would come to accept he should be allowed to slip away peacefully. fergus walsh, bbc news. shares in united airlines fell sharply today afterfootage emerged of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight in chicago.
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the man was dragged by his arms along the aisle and injured as he was taken off the plane. the airline's boss has been heavily criticised after describing the man as disruptive and belligerent, saying that staff had followed established procedures. jane 0'brien has the story. it's the world's leading airline — flyer—friendly. screaming hardly the friendly skies, as a 69—year—old doctor is dragged screaming from his seat. named locally as david dow, he was forcefully removed because he would not give up his place to accommodate airline employees. they pulled him out of the plane as if he was less than human. 0h,
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pulled him out of the plane as if he was less than human. oh, my god, look at what you did to him! ten minutes later, he returned, clearly dazed, as shocked passengers continued recording. global backlash over this video... the incident has become a pr disaster for the airline, compounded by statements from its chief executive. scum you not said he regrets the situation but that staff followed established procedures. he described the passenger as disruptive and belligerent. in an e—mail to employees, he repeated his regrets but added that he emphatically stood behind them and commended them for going above and beyond to ensure we fly right. but millions of people on social media say united airlines is farfrom social media say united airlines is far from flying right. social media say united airlines is farfrom flying right. not social media say united airlines is far from flying right. not enough seating? time for a beating, said one tweet, a theme that quickly became fodderfor one tweet, a theme that quickly became fodder for late—night television. united didn't even admit
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they did anything wrong, in fact, if anything, they seemed to be doubling down on this. on united airlines, you do what we say when we say and there won't be a problem. but the incident is nojoke there won't be a problem. but the incident is no joke for united and could cost the airline a lot more than the goodwill of its customers. shares opened down 3% on tuesday, and forecasters predict more turbulence ahead. jane 0'brien, bbc news, washington. the man suspected of carrying out last week's stockholm truck attack has told a court that he committed a terrorist crime. rakhmat akilov, an uzbek national, appeared in court for the first time today and confessed to driving a lorry into a department store in the swedish capital. four people died in friday's incident. the 39—year—old is the only suspect. the japanese electronics giant toshiba is warning that it may collapse after reporting losses of around £4 billion. the compa ny‘s financial update hasn't yet been signed off by its auditors.
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it means plans for a new nuclear power station in cumbria, which toshiba is supposed to build, are in serious doubt. almost 1000 care workers who look after the elderly and the vulnerable left theirjobs every day in england last year, mostly because of low pay and long hours, according to new figures. some moved on to otherjobs, but more than half of them left the profession entirely. the uk care association claims the system is close to collapse. the government says an extra £2 billion is being invested in social care. carla fowler reports. good morning. good morning... the start of the morning shift at st cecilia's nursing home in scarborough. it's a mid—sized, 42—bed home, and it's full. call bells ring constantly here. the residents' conditions range from dementia sufferers to stroke survivors and those needing end—of—life care. it's a constant battle for health—care assistants to meet everyone's needs quickly. there should also be two nurses on shift today,
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but sue gregory is on her own. winnie, what's the matter? what's the matter? oh, i'm so dry. you're dry? right, let me put your head up. i think the hardest thing is keeping the consistency, because it does have a knock—on effect of having a great turnover of staff. it doesn't make for a happy home. 1.3 million people work in adult social care in england, but last year more than 900 a day left theirjobs. of those, 60% left social care completely. ah, i'm falling! you're not falling, you're all right. i'm falling! it's high—pressure, demanding and stressful work, and most care workers are paid just above the minimum wage. you're rushing round, you can't always get to everyone on time, and then it's quite like upsetting and disheartening when you find out that people earn more just like stacking shelves and you're looking after people. 0n the 12—hour night shift,
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the bedridden need moving at least once every two hours. banda is from portugal. we still have all this to wash up, laundry, washing, drying and start putting people in bed. so if we get late, got late now, we are finish really late putting them in bed, and it's not good for them as well. banda's worked here for a year. there are concerns eu carers like her will become increasingly scarce as brexit progresses. every resident here is somebody‘s mother, father, loved one, but often those closest to them are the workers who care. carla fowler, bbc news. viewers in yorkshire can see more on this story on bbc look north, which follows this programme. our top story this evening: america's secretary of state, rex
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tillerson, has arrived in moscow to try to persuade russia to end its support for syria's president. coming up, i'll be reporting from cornwall, where this has been voted one of the best views in britain. find out if your favourite beauty spot is among the top ten. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: a tie to savour kicks off the champions league quarterfinals tonight with juventus and barcelona meeting in a repeat of the 2015 final, which was won by the spanish side. british scientists are calling it an "astonishing" discovery. deep under the waves of the atlantic ocean, near the ca nary islands, they've found some of the richest deposits of rare minerals anywhere on earth, in an underwater mountain. this natural treasure trove contains elements that are vital for everything from solar panels, to wind turbines and electronics.
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with this exclusive report, here's our science editor, david shukman. deep in the atlantic, a remotely controlled arm grabs a chunk of the seabed. the rocks look pretty ordinary but, in a surprising revelation, it turns out they're laden with some of the most precious minerals on the planet. working from a british research ship, the james cook, scientists deployed robot submarines and they discovered that an underwater mountain, not far from tenerife, is entirely covered in a highly unusual crust. it's made up of rocks that are unlike anything seen on dry land because they hold exceptional quantities of important elements. what's astonishing about these rocks, brought up from deep underwater, is how incredibly rich they are in valuable minerals, especially the kind of things needed for renewable energy, which raises a really difficult question — if the world's going to go green, we may have to start mining rocks like these from the deep ocean. analysis reveals what are called
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rare earth elements, which are used in wind turbines, and a substance called tellurium. tellurim is used in a type of highly efficient solar panel. the element is hard to extract on land, but far greater concentrations of it have been found in rocks underwater. nothing comes without a cost. so if we need these green energy supplies, then we need the raw materials to make the devices that will produce the energy. so, yes, the raw materials have to come from somewhere. we either dig them up for the ground, and make a very large hole, or we dig them from the seabed and make a comparatively smaller hole. 0ne mining company has already built giant robotic machines ready to advance over the seabed, breaking it up to get at the rocks. we're on the brink of mines opening deep underwater. it's part of a new goldrush, searching for minerals. each of the coloured dots represents an area being explored. the pacific is attracting most attention with exploration of the seabed stretching over
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nearly 3,000 miles. more than a dozen different countries, including britain, are involved in this process. so how damaging will this underwater mining be? the british expedition did an experiment, pumping out huge volumes of dust to mimick the effects of mining. 0ne fear is that plumes og dust could kill sealife for miles around. it's difficult to predict and, you know, like everything in the deep sea, everything connected by the effects of mining, we need to learn more. we still know so little about what's going on down there. we're discovering how there's more life in the deep than anyone thought, but also how there's a treasure trove of critically important elements and the more valuable they are, the more likely it is the first mines will open on the ocean floor. david shukman, bbc news. a brief look at some
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of the day's other news stories. the father—in—law of the chef gordon ramsay has pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack into his son—in—law‘s computer system, six years ago. christopher hutcheson and his two sons entered their pleas at the old bailey in london. they could face up to two years in jail. they'll be sentenced injune. a scottish author, peter logan, has been jailed for 11 years for raping a woman and her daughter. the rapes occurred in glasgow and carnoustie. logan, who wrote the science fiction novel, pen, has always denied the charges. the driver of a car that crashed killing a five—year—old, has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. dean collins, who denied all the charges, was involved in a head—on crash in cardiff in which his stepson, joseph smith, died. the little boy was not sitting on a booster seat. an inquest has opened into the death of a jewellery expert on the bbc‘s antiques roadshow, who died five weeks after giving birth to her first child.
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34—year—old alice gibson—watt was taken to hospital because of a psychotic episode. her husband has been giving evidence at west london coroner's court, from where daniela relph reports. alex gibson—watt, described in court as energetic, enthusiastic and kind. she was a jewellery specialist for sotherby‘s and her expertise had won her a slot on the bbc‘s antiques roadshow where she worked under her maiden name. it's always very thrilling when you see a piece ofjewellery, you know that it's fine. but everything changed after the birth of her daughter, chiara, in 2012. today, her husband anthony told the inquest of the deeply traumatic evening he believed his wife was overtaken by the condition postpartum psychosis. at her home in fulham, in west london, four weeks after her daughter's birth, alice suddenly became hysterical. anthony gibson—watt said she began wailing, screaming and crawling around the bedroom. she then picked up chiara and started shaking her, shouting that her baby was dead.
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she was eventually taken to a specialist mental health unit at west middlesex hospital, but she suffered a cardiac arrest and an injury to her liver. she died a few days later. speaking about the tragic sequence of events, her husband told the court: the inquest will look at how alice gibson—watt was treated. in particular, how she was restrained and if that caused any injury. the inquest is expected to last until the end of the month. daniella relph, bbc news, west london. the queen and prince phillip have been feeding elephants today
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during a visit to whipsnade zoo in bedfordshire. the queen, who's patron of the zoological society of london, met donna, who is one of a nine—strong asian elephant herd as she officially opened a new £2million centre of elephant care at the zoo. loch ness in the scottish highlands, st ives bay in cornwall, the palace of westminster — they're just some of the places that have been named among the best views in britain. 2,500 people were asked to choose their favourites and here are the top three. in third pace was stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in wiltshire. the three sisters mountains in glen coe came second. in first place, chosen as britain's best view, is what you see from the summit of snowden, the highest mountain in wales. jon kay is at another good view. jon. yes, absolutely gorgeous here. we head towards sunset this evening. you can see why this place was among the top ten. when you look at this list, selected by thousands of people, what struck me was that it's not all the most calm, tranquil most
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peaceful of places. many of these most popular views are quite the opposite. you need a head for heights, and it can be one of the wettest spots in the uk, but on a clear day the summit of mount snowdon has been voted britain's best view. in the april sunshine you can see why loch lomond also made the list and visitors today agreed, it is one of our most magnificent sights. the way that you can see out along the loch, up the loch, and you can see the islands, it's just fantastic. it doesn't take too long to get up and then you just get this amazing view from the top. you're on the edge of the central belt of scotland and when you look north it's like the fjordic landscape, you've got water, mountains. to me, that is scotland in a nutshell. 2,500 people were surveyed by the phone company samsung and apart
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from london's westminster bridge, all the top views were coastal or rural, like here in somerset‘s cheddar gorge. you can see so much. yes, such an expanse and variety. at the top of the gorge today we met members of the sedgemoor‘s ramblers club, who told me what they think makes the best kind of views. on a sunny day it always looks very, sort of, clean and pure. it's just beautiful. and it changes, doesn't it? you could come up here every season and get something different out of it. in cornwall, it felt like the summer season has already arrived. the south—west of england has three of the top five views in today's poll, among them st ives bay. this afternoon, easter holiday—makers and locals were not surprised. wonderful colours, you get the blue of the sky and the sea. there's something about the light here, i think, that makes it really amazing. we live here and it's
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on our doorstep and when we get the odd day like this, not often, but when it does at this time of year, it's got something, it'sjust beautiful. when you look at that view, what does it make you feel inside? it makes you feel alive, it makes you feel alive. calm today but, according to this poll, britain's best views aren't always the most tranquil. many are craggy and wild and just filled with stories. jon kay, bbc news, cornwall. time for a look at the weather, here's matt taylor. . hello. hi. 0urweatherwatchers catch the best views. even loch lomond this afternoon. western scotla nd lomond this afternoon. western scotland has been a grey day and in the highlands a wet one. the rain will move southwards tonight. it will move southwards tonight. it will produce more cloud to northern england. england and wales will have more cloud and a breeze. not as
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chilly as last night. isolated showers to the south first thing. the rain will clear away. weakening weather front. a wet morning to the west of the pennines for a time. the east of the pennines not too much rain. when the rain reaches wales and east anglia nothing more than a bit of drizzle. further north cool and breezy. sunshine more abuntant to scotland and northern ireland but showers to affect things now and again. there will be high pressure into thursday. a chilly start. frost around first thing on thursday morning. more cloud in the west, one or two passing showers, many will spend the bulk of the day dry, feeling cooler. into the easter weekend. temperatures 10—15 degrees. cloud for england and wales with showers pushing eastwards. the not eve ryo ne showers pushing eastwards. the not everyone will see them. sunshine and odd showers for scotland and
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northern ireland. that will sum up this easter weekend. some showers around. dryer weather to get out and enjoy and feel the benefit of the strengthening sunshine. here is saturday, a few bits of rain initially in the south. later sunday will have the greatest chance of rain. into monday, high pressure will build in. a mix over the weekend. details will change, but we will keep you updated throughout the rest of this week. thank you. a reminder of our main story: the us secretary of state has arrived in moscow ahead of tomorrow's talks when he will try to persuade russia to end its support of syria's president. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: foreign ministers from the g7 countries, have rejected britain's countries have rejected britain's call for new sanctions on syria and russia. but borisjohnson insists they do agree that last week's suspected chemical weapons attack means moscow must end its support for president assad. they have a choice now, because he's been exposed of gas and chemical weapons. they have a choice of sticking with him like glue, or work with us for a new political solution. the parents of charles gard — a desperately ill eight—month old baby — say they may appeal
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a decision by the high court, to allow doctors to withdraw life—support from their son, against their wishes. 0h, oh, my god, look at what you did to him! oh, my god, look at what you did to him! united airlines has begun an inquiry, after this footage emerged of a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight. the airline says he was "disru ptive and belligerent". the social care system is close to collapse, according to care providers. they say new figures show around 900 workers left the industry, every day last year. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday, but first, a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. a former us statement department adviser, who'll tell us why the g7 can't agree a united response to claims that the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people. we'll hear about the controversy raging in america following suggestions that president trump could set up a committee to address already disproved claims that vaccines harm children.
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