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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11:00 — the us secretary of state is in moscow for crunch talks on syria, after g7 foreign ministers failed to reach agreement on targeted sanctions. back in washington — the white house press secretary sean spicer is criticised after saying hitler didn't sink to using chemical weapons. we didn't use chemical weapons in world war two. you know, you had a... someone as despicable as hitler who didn't even think to using chemical weapons. police say blasts were a ‘targeted attack against‘ the borussia dortmund team ahead of their champions league match earlier this evening. police do not know who was behind it. the parents of charlie gard say they're "devastated," and may appeal, after a judge gave doctors the right to withdraw life support, from their son. and coming up on newsnight, boris johnson didn't get his way at the g7
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in italy. we will ask if this episode says anything about the state of rajesh foreign policy. do we imagine ourselves to be more important than we really are in international affair which are marked —— british foreign policy. —— international affair? good evening and welcome to bbc news. there've been three explosions tonight near the bus carrying the german team borussia dortmund to their champions league match. one player has been injured and taken to hospital. the police say ‘serious explosives‘ were used but they've warned against assuming it was a terrorist attack. the match against monaco was postponed. our correspondentjenny hill has the story. an apparent attack on the heart of the national game. three devices using what police described as serious explosives, detonated as the players left the hotel. tonight, germany‘s largest stadium deserted.
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65,000 fans told to leave. confusion and fear. translation: shortly after seven o‘clock this evening, there were three explosions near the borussia dortmund bus. the bath had just left the hotel. two panes of glass were damaged. because of that, we‘re not sure how, one person on the bus was injured. that is what we know at the moment. the devices exploded here, ten kilometres from the stadium. police believe they may have been left in a hedge at the side of the road. in shock, players were helped from the bus or though only one was taken to hospital. marc bartra, a spanish defender, joined the team last year. one of his hands was injured by broken glass. elsewhere, police were taking no chances, extra security
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for leicester city ahead of their game in madrid. tonight, a match postponed, questions unanswered. what appears to have been a deliberate attack has left players, fans and a country shaken. we can now speak to our correspondent damian mcguinness, who‘s following this story from berlin. the president of uefa has put out a statement. the decision taken to postpone the match was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, tea m the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players. i would like to present my sincere gratitude to the local authorities and supporters. that is the latest from
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the president of uefa, alexander sarasin. now let‘s talk to damian maginness. police are saying they are treating this as a deliberate attack on this football team, bruce gib dortmund because they are saying that now they found the explosives and they we re they found the explosives and they were serious. —— borrusia dortmund. there were also reports that thanks to reinforced glass in the bus, a catastrophe was over to it because it seems the glass was very, very strong indeed. 0nly it seems the glass was very, very strong indeed. only two of the window panes were smashed which is why only one player was injured but now it transpires that the player‘s injuries are worse than was originally thought. he is now being operated on. he has a broken rib and glass in his arms. his arm is being operated on right now so his injuries are worse than were
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originally reported. of course, the whole team is in shock. this appears to have been quite a serious attack, even though serious injuries and deaths were averted, thankfully. thank you. 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 will urge 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. this report from our diplomatic correspondent james robbins contains some distressing images. america‘s top diplomat arriving in moscow does not accept that this is a mission impossible. rex tillerson still hopes he can somehow persuade the russians to ditch syria‘s president assad but he is not mincing his words. moscow he said there is a heavy responsibility after last week‘s chemical attack.
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it is unclear whether russia failed to take this obligation seriously or russia has been incompetent, but this distinction does not much matter to the dead. president vladimir putin is sending mixed signals, meeting the italian president today, the russian leader is apparently hoping for constructive cooperation with washington. but he is still talking up the risk of confrontation, accusing both america and opposition forces of planning further attacks. translation: we have information from various sources, that similar provocations, i can‘t call them differently, are being prepared in other parts of syria as well, including the southern suburbs of damascus, where they are preparing to release some sort of substance again. one leading kremlin watcher says mr tillerson must tread brake heavily to do a deal with the russian leader. we know putin well.
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putin is a person who can make unexpected moves towards partners and even concessions, but he never does it under pressure, just the opposite. about last week‘s gas attack, moscow and washington do seem to agree on one thing, there should be a full investigation, but there is plenty of room to dispute who carries it out and when and how. the g—7 meeting of america‘s allies ended today without giving rex tillerson much extra political ammunition. ministers agree any further threat to sanctions. borisjohnson had pressed hard for it but insisted no consensus was not defeat. i am not going to pretend to you that this is going to be easy, but there are very few or better routes forward that i can
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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 come as you can see, overwhelming support. so looking at borisjohnson‘s performance, what is a former conservative foreign secretary make of his gamble over sanctions? putin will be pleased that the g—7 was unable to reach agreement but he still has a problem. putin is an opportunist. in the obama years he was able to say i can do what i like militarily in syria because the americans will not intervene. the americans have now intervened. they have done so once and they could do so again. rex tillerson did get from g—7 allies universal endorsement of trump‘s missile strikes on syria but he left here without the sort of stick to threaten russia that borisjohnson would have liked. there have been calls tonight for donald trump
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to fire his white house press secretary, sean spicer, after he said adolf hitler did not use chemical weapons during world war two. mr spicer made the comments while discussing russia‘s support for the syrian regime. when asked to clarify the remarks, he said hitler did not use gas on his own people in the same way as president assad. here‘s our north america editorjon sopel. the president‘s spokesman sean spicer came to the daily briefing determined to talk about the seriousness of last leg‘s sarin attack in syria, which the administration holds bashar al—assad responsible. —— last week‘s. but then he drew on history to make this point. we did not use chemical weapons in world war ii. you know, you had someone as despicable as hitler, who did not even sync to using chemical weapons. —— sink. but that statement drew an incredulous response from journalists
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attending the briefing. i want to give you an opportunity to clarify using chemical weapons." what did you mean by that? when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people, the same way that assad is doing. millions of germanjews were gassed in the second world war, in the network of concentration camps, built in what was called the final solution. the director of the anne frank centre condemned the spokesman‘s remarks. and on capitol hill, congressmen and women, and women, both republican and democrat were disturbed by what they heard.
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last night, president trump put out a tweet wishing jews here in america and around the world a happy passover. today, his press secretary has will have caused offence to millions of people with his comments. sean spicer put out a clarification saying, "in no way was i trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the holocaust." but perhaps the lesson is, don‘t make comparisons with hitler. the parents of an 8—month—old baby boy say they are devastated after the high court ruled that doctors at great ormond street hospital can withdraw his life support. charlie gard has a very rare genetic condition and brain damage. his parents have raised more than a 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. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. 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
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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 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 bedside, 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
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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 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
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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. let‘s have a quick look at some of the front pages. the financial times leads on syria, saying vladimir putin believes america is being duped into attacks against the syrian regime. the guardian also reports on russo/us relations, arguing president putin‘s stance on syria has hardened, as the us secretary of state rex tillerson arrives in moscow. the i focuses on the diplomatic moves to attempt to punish the russian leader for his backing of president assad, and the vetoing of borisjohnson‘s plans, which were rejected by the g7. that‘s also the top story in the times. it says the foreign secretary has
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been left embarrassed by the failed diplomatic move. the metro‘s lead story is today‘s ruling at the high court that the gravely ill baby, charlie gard, should have his life—support machine turned off as soon as possible — against the wishes of his parents. that same story is in the mail, which says charlie‘s parents are vowing to fight on to save charlie. the mirror also has the story of charlie gard and features a photo of westminster attacker khalid masood‘s home. and finally, the express quotes an oxford university study, which says eating fresh fruit every day cuts the risk of diabetes, despite its sugar content. that‘s a summary of the news; now it‘s time for newsnight. that‘s a summary of the news. now it‘s time for newsnight. we‘ve become used to seeing ourselves among the big players


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