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president putin says relations between russia and the us have deteriorated since donald trump became president. his comments come as the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov, met his us counterpart, rex tillerson in moscow for talks about syria. we'll have the latest from moscow and washington. also this lunchtime. german police say the explosions which hit the borussia dortmund team bus were directly targeting the club. the boss of united airlines appears on us television to apologise for a passenger being dragged off an over—booked flight. he describes the incident as a ‘system failure‘. you saw us at a bad moment and this can never, will never happen again on a united airlines flight. that's my premise and that's my promise. tesco sees its first annual sales growth for seven years — but its profits were still down, by nearly a third. and breaking the speed limit — the steam train that's travelled
at more than 100 miles an hour, for the first time in nearly 50 years. and coming up in the sport on bbc news. leicester city prepare for their first champions league quarterfinal, they face atletico madrid in the spanish capital. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the russian president, vladimir putin, has said trust between moscow and washington has deteriorated since donald trump took office. mr putin's comments come as his foreign minister, sergei lavrov, holds talks with his us counterpart, rex tillerson in the russian capital. opening the meeting, mr lavrov said he wanted to clear up what moscow regards as america‘s ‘ambiguous and contradictory‘ position on syria. rex tillerson is hoping to persuade russia to stop supporting syria‘s president assad — after last week‘s chemical attack which killed more than 80 people, including children. barbara plett—usher reports from moscow. she is travelling with mr tillotson. this is not the kind of meeting that
once seemed on the cards. long gone is talk of a grand resettling of relations with russia. that has been replaced over tensions over the chemical weapons attack in syria and russian anger over the american military response. it is important for us to understand your intentions, the intentions of the us aid and the real intentions of this administration. the secretary of state said both sides had some explaining to do. we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interests, even when out areas of common interests, even when our tactical approaches may be different. to further clarify areas of sharp difference so that we can better understand why these differences exist. the trump administration has raised the stakes by so publicly and strongly blaming russia for the actions of its syrian ally. it‘s a major shift in approach but it‘s not clear what the strategy
is. relations have never been easy but moscow says they haven‘t been this low since the end of the cold war. the strike on a syrian air base seemed like a game changer but the americans said they were taking a stand against the use of weapons of mass destruction, not taking sides in the civil war. yet president trump is now pressing the russians to back away from supporting the syrian leader, bashar al—assad. frankly, putin is backing a person thatis frankly, putin is backing a person that is truly an evil person and i think it‘s very bad for russia, i think it‘s very bad for russia, i think it‘s very bad for mankind, it‘s very bad for this world. think it‘s very bad for mankind, it's very bad for this world. that is reinvigorated western allies who met rex tillerson yesterday. they are hoping this means the us will ta ke are hoping this means the us will take a more forceful role in pushing for a political solution. in moscow though, that approach has backfired. president putin has only deepened
his show of solidarity with assad and blames the rebels for the chemical attack. the relationship between the us and russia is as bad as it has been in a very long time. in the aftermath of this air strikes, rex tillerson is going over with the hope that he can somehow persuade russia of the critical importance of the us and russia not coming to conflict in syria. tillotson has a lot of expense of working with the kremlin, but in cutting business deals when he worked for exxon mobil. this is a whole other matter and the trip will bea whole other matter and the trip will be a test of whether he is up to the challenge. ina challenge. in a moment, we will have the latest from gary o‘donoghue in washington, but first, let‘s join sarah ra i nsfo rd but first, let‘s join sarah rainsford in washington —— in moscow, and one can only imagine how i see those initial conversations must have been. certainly it looked
like a very cool atmosphere and the words coming from the russian side we re words coming from the russian side were fairly strong. i think sergey lavrov wa nted were fairly strong. i think sergey lavrov wanted to make clear that russia is this all sorts of ambiguities and contradictions coming from america and it wants america to make its position clear. of course, rex tillerson have come here with one clear demand. he had been calling on russia to top in support of bashar al—assad but we have heard from the kremlin, mr putin himself and the foreign minister that that is not going to happen. russia has invested a huge amount in supporting bashar al—assad in syria and it has made the point again today that that‘s because it sees him as a bulwark against terrorism. it believes that its fighting international terrorism alongside president assad in syria and we heard from the kremlin today that it would be absurd to stop that support. i think it‘s going to be a very testy round of talks. we still don‘t know whether rex tillerson will meet president putin, that might take place later today, but i
think the atmosphere will be very different now between those two men and it was a view years back when mr putin gave an award to rex tillerson and called him a friend of russia for his work in the oil industry. so a very different mood now. thank you. we had to washington. what is their next move by the trump administration? we haven‘t heard really on what they think should happen to bashar al—assad. one point is that they wa nt al—assad. one point is that they want him to go straightaway and another is that they seem to be prepared to see his removal as less ofa prepared to see his removal as less of a priority. russia, not surprisingly, has latched onto this lack of consistency about america‘s approach to syria and said, what are you up to? during the election campaign, donald trump, there was a lot of support for the idea that russia was taking on terrorism, as sarah mentioned there, terrorism
inside syria and that they could be more coordination between russia —— between russia and the us are met. this has also been hamstrung slightly by the failure of the g—7 to agree further sanctions on russia. it‘s not clear that rex tillerson turns up in moscow with much in the way of trump cards in his hand. thank you gary o'donoghue and sarah raynsford. the manager of borussia dortmund had urged his players not to give into terror. he was speaking after the tea m terror. he was speaking after the team bus was hit by three explosions last night. both sides agreed a short while ago that they would
still play tonight and federal investigators are investigating. that means this is a serious crime and terrorism is being looked at. letters have been sent claiming responsibility and it seems the investigation is moving fast. a narrow escape from a targeted attack on the borussia dortmund football team. three roadside explosions triggered at the same time last night as the coach left its hotel in the south of dortmund. the spanish international marc bartra was sitting close to the window. he is being treated for a broken wrist. translation: marc bartra is being operated on right now for a broken bone in his right hand. and he has various glass shards that had been blasted into his arm. the team through their captain just rang me. they are still very shocked and thinking about marc. we hope he recovers quickly. also injured was a police officer escorting the team to the stadium. federal investigators are focusing on two letters, one received at the scene and one posted online. both claiming responsibility for the attack. no more details have been given but german
state media reports that a note left in the road claims that islamist extremists are behind the attack. a far left antifascist activist group is also claiming responsibility on the internet. translation: i can say a letter was found near the blast scene. at the momentjudy the ongoing investigation i cannot give more information about the content. —— due to the ongoing investigation, i cannot give more information on the content. the authenticity is being investigated. monaco are the other team due to play tonight and are staying here at a hotel near the stadium. i have spoken to some of the players, some of the stuff inside. they say they‘re worried, they say they‘re checking developments on their mobile phones but that they trust german security and there is an extra police presence here especially checking the other coach throughout the day. the kindness of strangers in the aftermath of the explosions overnight was evident. in hundreds of germans offering through social media to take in french fans for the night. fabien dubois and his friends took up the offer. we had the possibility to rest in dortmund today.
so it is fantastic because we really want to see the match. earlier today football‘s governing body uefa confirmed the game will go ahead this evening with heightened security. and amid an ongoing police operation to find those responsible. while we are on air, the german federal prosecutor has said one arrest has been made and that there are two suspects. one of those suspects has islamist links and they are now rolling out this claim by a far left organisation. also inside there were metal fragments, far left organisation. also inside there were metalfragments, so it seems the investigation in the past few minutes is moving quickly. unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in a decade. the number of people out of work fell by 45,000, to 1.56 million — the unemployment rate remained at 4.7%. our economics correspondent jonty bloom is with me. you have been looking at the numbers
and that is a positive headline story with unemployment but we should also be looking at earnings? it is unusual at this point in a cycle where we have unemployment at its lowest level in ten years, the number of people in work at the highest level since records began and yet average earnings only increasing by 2.2% each year. you would expect it to be more as employers have do pay more to find the best workers. it is only 2.2%. inflation is very nearly at that level, meaning anyone who got a pay rise in the last year has seen that virtually wiped out by increases in prices in the shops. and that is indicative of living costs? yes, some people such as civil servants have seen their wages frozen, so they are worse off last year than this year. we are expecting inflation to increased an average
earnings not to go up. inflation will increase because of the wea kness will increase because of the weakness in the pound, higher energy prices, higher travel prices, which we know are in the pipeline, so that will push up inflation and people will push up inflation and people will feel the squeeze. they will not have as much money to spend as they did last year as those prices wipe out their salaries and to put that in context, it has been going on a very long time. people are still paid slightly less than they were ten yea rs paid slightly less than they were ten years ago and that is unprecedented. because of the credit crunch, the recession and the squeeze on salaries and spending we have seen ever since then. thank you very much, jonty bloom. tesco has reported its first annual sales growth in seven years. but the supermarket giant‘s pre—tax profits fell by nearly a third, to £145 million, because of fines and compensation related to its accounting scandal. our business correspondent emma simpson explains. tesco is still paying the costs of its past mistakes,
but things are moving in the right direction for britain‘s biggest retailer. fresh food has done especially well. the boss also told me he had detected a shift in spending by shoppers. what we see our customers doing is being, as they have always been, very savvy about what they buy and when they buy it. so there‘s a subtle move back to more fresh food, back to more sort of everyday essentials and some subtle savings on what might have been luxuries in the past, being things they have chosen in the first part of this year not to buy. after years of falling prices, the cost of food is now on the rise. all retailers are having to cope with the fall in the pound, putting pressure on costs. tesco says it is passing on less inflation than its competitors. the question is, where? the current trend we‘re seeing
from the supermarkets are that they are putting up prices of nonessential items, so for example items like candles and light bulbs. we have seen a 13% increase since last october. the reason they are putting up the price of the nonessentials is that customers are less likely to notice these price increases. but if the retailer was to put up the price of the essential everyday items like milk or bread, customers will notice straightaway and they might take their shop elsewhere. are you using stealth tactics to pass on price rises? absolutely not. i'm familiar with the claim, that is not at all how we look at it. we measure all of our price basket and what we have been trying to do over the past two and a half years that i have been here is to lower prices, make them more stable, make them more predictable, not to be playing with promotions in a way which actually skews the way that people buy. so our intention is to keep inflation away as best we possibly can across the whole basket. but can he do that and also keep improving tesco‘s profits? this is a business that still has an awful lot of hard work ahead.
emma simpson, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime. high level talks in moscow get underway — as president putin says relations between russia and the us have deteriorated since donald trump was elected. still to come, can the fairy tale continues for leicester city against the pro—madrid tonight in the quarterfinals of the champions league? coming up in sport. johanna konta will lead great britain‘s fed cup team in their qualifier against romania next week, aiming to return to the top level of the competition for the first time since 1993. the chief executive of united airlines has apologised again — for what he‘s described as the truly horrific removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight.
he promised it would never happen again. oscar munoz had been under growing pressure — after initially defending what happened. the family of the passenger say he‘s being treated in hospital — and they‘re grateful for the outpouring of support they‘ve received. simonjones reports. no! it‘s the footage that has gone viral, caused widespread revulsion, and led to shares in united airlines falling. david dao is dragged from a plane in chicago after he refuses to obey officials who tell him he must give up his seat. united insisted it needed four seats for crew members. there has been condemnation on social media. the video clips have now been viewed more than 100 million times. oh, my god! look at what you did to him! and people have protested outside chicago airport calling for a boycott of united.
the boss had at first defended what happened, saying the passenger had been disrupted and belligerent. but now a shift in tone. the first thing i think is important to say is to apologise to doctor david dao. his family, the passengers on that flight. our customers, our employees. that is not who are family at united is. and you saw us at a bad moment and this can never, will never happen again. on a united airlines flight. that is my promise, that is my promise. the family of david dao have issued a statement expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support. he is undergoing treatment at a chicago hospital. but some passengers want convincing that the airline really will learn lessons. i hope this never happens again to anyone. and i will continue to fly united, i will continue to also check on other airlines as well.
ijust got asked to volunteer to give up, but travelling with two kids, i said no. so i'm hoping it is a better situation today. pr experts believe the belated apology should have come much sooner. they have done all the wrong things really, really well. and i think, you know, people in pr will be looking back at this for many years as the perfect way to explain what not to do in the social media. performing together with a single, united purpose. the slick adverts seemed a world away from what was caught on camera phones. the company now needs to unite to limit damage. simon jones, bbc news. america‘s first lady melania trump is to receive damages and a public apology from the daily mail after it published a story questioning the nature of her work when she was a professional model. the newspaper ran an article including allegations
that she provided services beyond simply modelling. it later retracted the story and apologised. the sum of damages has not been disclosed. with me is our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba. blarney and trampled proceedings at the high court in london over claims made in the daily mail newspaper, the print edition, in august 2016, over two pages. as you said the newspaper claimed, make claims about her modelling work in the 19905 especially that she provided 5ervice5 beyond modelling. it also made allegations that she may have met donald trump three years earlier than has previously been reported. and that their actual meeting was a ru5e. this morning the high court in london, associated newspapers which publishes the daily mail a5 london, associated newspapers which publishes the daily mail as well as printing the online edition, 5aid they wished to apologise to melania trump. that now accept that those allegations were untrue and they
wished to stay sorry to her in open court, and they regret any embarrassment the articles may have caused her. and similar allegations in the united states? yes because the high court in london has no jurisdiction over the united states but the daily mail online also publi5h similar allegations in the united states and it appears simultaneously the daily mail online 5aid simultaneously the daily mail online said they wanted to attract tho5e allegations. so she‘s had an apology in the high court in london, the daily mail print edition will print an apology and in the united states the mail online will also print an apology retracting tho5e allegations. the mail online and daily mail also agreed to pay legal costs for her and pay her an undisclosed sum in damages bringing the story to an end. thank you very much. president trump‘5 spokesman, sean spicer, has apologised — after saying that hitler didn‘t use chemical weapons. sean spicer made the remark during a white house press briefing, as he answered questions
about the war in syria. journalists pointed out to him that gas was used to murder million5 ofjewi5h people, and others, during the holocaust. david willis report5 from washington. asked about the syrian government u5e asked about the syrian government use of chemical weapons the president pre55 5pokesman made the 5urpri5ing assertion. we didn‘t use chemical weapons in world war two. you know, you had a... you know, someone as despicable a5 hitler who didn‘t even sink to the... ..to using chemical weapons. asked to clarify tho5e remarks, sean spicer dug himself in even deeper. he brought them into, um... to the holocaust centre, i understand that. but what i‘m saying, in the way that assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent... ..into the middle of towns, it was brought. so the use of it, i appreciate the clarification.
ina in a statement the anne frank centre on mutual respect accused sean spicer of engaging in what it called the most offensive form of fake news imaginable by denying hitler gassed million5 imaginable by denying hitler gassed millions of imaginable by denying hitler gassed million5 ofjewi5h people to death. call5 mounting for his dismi55al, the spokesman went back in front of the spokesman went back in front of the cameras to offer this apology. i was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas. and frankly, i mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the holocaust for which, frankly, there is no comparison and for that, i apologise. on monday sean spicer suggested the u5e on monday sean spicer suggested the use of barrel bombs by the syrian regime could merit renewed military action on the part of the united state5. action on the part of the united states. only for the white house to deny its policy had changed. now the tramp administration is facing further unflattering headlines amid 5ugge5tion5 further unflattering headlines amid suggestions that this man but days of the lecture and could now numbered. a terminally—ill man has won
the right to bring a high court challenge over the law on assisted dying. retired college lecturer noel conway who has motor neurone disea5e took his case to the court of appeal after he was refused permission to bring a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing a person with assistance to die. he told judges he feared becoming entombed inside his body. the ruling means there will be a full hearing of the case in the next few weeks. pauline cafferkey, the british nurse who survived a bowler i5 pauline cafferkey, the british nurse who survived a bowler is returning to sierra leone. she contracted the disea5e there in 2014 while volunteering. she said she hopes the trip will give closure after what 5he trip will give closure after what she described as a pretty tough couple of years. i think psychologically it‘5 important as well that i go back.
that‘s where things kind of standard from e and i had a terrible couple of years since then so it would be good to go back, just for things to come full circle for me and a little bit of closure. and end up with something good, something positive as well. the leicester city fairytale continues — with probably the biggest night in the club‘s history to come, as they face atletico madrid in the champions league. but there were some ugly scenes involving leicester fans overnight, leading to eight arre5t5, and with last night‘s attack in dortmund, there will be extra police on duty. our sports correspondentjoe wilson is in madrid. into madrid stride the outsiders. here we are, lads, just eight teams left in the european champions league and leicester, yes, leicester, are one of them. the club‘s captain, currently unfit, filmed his own entrance into the stadium last night,
as if to be sure it was really happening. a5 leicester trained here, other events were unfolding in dortmund. nobody stayed oblivious for long. as the training session concluded, police guarded and searched the leicester team bus outside the grounds before the players boarded it to return to their hotel. security is stepped up. football goes on. and so atletico madrid twice recently finalists in the champions league, welcome a man who was once a star player for walsall. craig shakespeare. in charge ofjust his eighth game a5 leicester manager. well, i think in terms of life experiences, you use them as you go along and you know, sometimes you have new experiences of which this season is for us in the champions league. but we have enjoyed it, but make no mistake, we are there to compete and not there just to make the numbers up. and i think that‘s important, these players have de5erved this opportunity. playing in the quarterfinals of the champions league still seems almost 5urreal for leicester city but you know, they have
been here before. 20 years ago they lost to atletico madrid in the uefa cup. did manage a goal on this ground, and the goal—scorer wa5 immortalised in the next match day programme, there he is. what could be more spanish than ian marshall, with paella? remember him? maybe not. but the current leicester team is famous in britain, in madrid, do you know this team? leicester. vardy. vardy is his favourite player. the leicester effect i5 cro55ing europe. slowly. no, i don‘t know what is this. the champions of england, it‘s called leicester city. ah, leicester city, ok. yeah, yeah, it‘s a good team. we all became leicester fans for one day last season, it was amazing. it's a team we want to play against because we think it's
going to be a great game for the fans. madrid is europe‘5 football capital. this city has dominated the champions league in recent years. leicester are not touri5ts, they are contenders and tonight europe is shakespeare‘s globe. joe wil5on, bbc news, in madrid. a steam locomotive has been driven at 100 miles an hour — for the first time since steam power was abandoned by british rail, nearly 50 year ago. the new steam locomotive, tornado, reached the speed as part of an experiment, to assess whether steam train5 can 5afely run faster than the current limit of 75 miles an hour. judith moritz reports. it may look like something from a bygone era but the tornado steam locomotive i5 bygone era but the tornado steam locomotive is a very modern train. to run competitively on the railways
todayit to run competitively on the railways today it must hit top 5peed5. which i5 today it must hit top 5peed5. which is why in the middle of the night, its volunteer crew did something that has not been done since 1966. on the line between newcastle and doncaster, they took the train to the maximum, past the normal running 5peed, past 90 miles an hour and beyond. right up to the top of the dial. we did what we set out to do. we need to see, we have not got it home yet so it really only counts when you get a terrible. but the guys had an inspection and we seem to be all right. it is all about gathering data, that is the difference with this, then we will ta ke difference with this, then we will take the engine to the shed and put to bed and put ourselves to bed. this class of steam train was common throughout the 19505 until the end of the 19605 when it was scrapped in favour of diesel. the tornado wa5 built in 2008 at a cost of £3 million and it runs a charter
service. but to fit into the modern railway network timetable the crew had to show that it could cope at more than 90 miles an hour. a lucky few were on board last night as the train hit the 100 mile an hour mark. i have every confidence and faith in them to be honest, they're wonderful people and they have done us proud. absolutely incredible. she's the only locomotive that could have done it. brilliant. if there was any problem they would have backed off immediately and they were just cruising in the high 905. immediately and they were just cruising in the high 90s. as smooth a5 cruising in the high 90s. as smooth as silk, amazing. it is an achievement built on soot, steam and sweat and for the group huge cau5e for celebration. rather than champagne though they were gasping for a champagne though they were gasping fora cup of champagne though they were gasping for a cup of tea. the tornado wa5 the first steam locomotive to reintroduce a timetabled 5ervice the first steam locomotive to reintroduce a timetabled service to england. now it has shown what it