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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11: donald trump has called to the end of the war in syria, describing president bashar al—assad as a butcher slaughtering civilians with chemical weapons. following talks in moscow, the us secretary of state and his russian counterpart admit there's work to do if relations are to improve. there is a low level of trust between our two countries. the world's two foremost niggly powers cannot be like this. —— nuclear. the health secretary has ordered a review into the shrewsbury and telford nhs trust after concerns raised over a number of baby deaths. borrusia dortmund have played their rescheduled champions league match, following last night's attack on the team bus. police have detained one man. and coming up on newsnight, the
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education secretary is using the school easter holiday to make a big speech about education in england tomorrow. we will ask if he has a strategy, or just a tomorrow. we will ask if he has a strategy, orjust a few ideas. and are we reading too much into the united airlines saga? good evening, and welcome to bbc news. us president donald trump has tonight described the syrian leader bashar al—assad as a butcher and demanded an end to syria's civil war after the suspected chemical attack in idlib province. meanwhile, the us secretary of state has been in moscow for a round of high level talks on syria.
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he said relations with russia are at a low point and must improve. he was speaking in moscow after talks with president putin and the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov with syria top of the agenda. mr lavrov said the discussions had been substantial and that certain issues were "time bombs" inherited from barack obama's administration. from moscow, our correspondent, steve rosenberg reports. the last time he was in russia, rex tillerson was an oil man, doing multi—million dollar deals with the kremlin, drinking champagne with vladimir putin. he even got an award from him. but in moscow, today, it was a political deal secretary of state tillerson was seeking over syria, not easy with us—russian relations at their worst since the end of the cold war. he met his russian counterpart, sergei lavrov. then behind closed doors in the kremlin, president putin. there was a lot to talk about, including this. last week, america launched cruise missiles, targeting a syrian air base. an act of aggression, said russia, against moscow's ally. washington claimed it was an appropriate response
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to the recent chemical weapons attack in the syrian town of khan sheikhoun. today, america and russia publicly disagreed about who was behind it. the facts that we have are conclusive, that the recent chemical weapons attack carried out in syria was planned and it was directed and executed by syrian regime forces. translation: we saw no evidence of this and from tv pictures and eyewitnesses who were at the base when the planes took off, it's clear there were no signs of any chemical substances present there. there was disagreement too over president assad. moscow appears unwilling to do what america would like it to, stop supporting him. today, donald trump called president assad "truly evil" and criticised russia for backing him.
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clearly, our view is that the reign of the assad family is coming to an end and they have again brought this on themselves with their conduct of the war these past few years. translation: we've been through this before, this obsession with ousting dictators, and we know only too well how it all ends. rex tillerson may in the past have drunk champagne with vladimir putin, he may even have got a medal from him, but that was business, this is geeo—politics. the reality is that russia believes it has nothing to gain and a lot to lose from abandoning president assad, and until that changes, it's not going to do it. later at the un security council, russia vetoed a draft resolution on the chemical attack, one that would have required the syrian government to co—operate with an investigation. tonight, moscow and washington acknowledged that relations must improve. but so deep are the divisions over syria, and other issues too, it's hard to see how that
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improvement is going to happen. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. president trump said he would hope that russia did not know in advance ofan that russia did not know in advance of an attack in syria. he was speaking at a news conference with secretary generaljens stoltenberg. donald trump described the syrian president as a butcher during that conference. the tough talk about syria goes on. that has had a knock—on effect with russia. of course, russia is supporting the syrian regime, and continues to do so syrian regime, and continues to do so despite protestations from america. that has led to people talking about the relationship being atan talking about the relationship being at an all—time low and trust being non—existent. i asked at an all—time low and trust being non—existent. iasked president trump this question. is conceivable,
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was it possible, that syrian forces could have launched that attack in idlib last week without russians knowing? and have you been disappointed by vladimir putin's reactions and then? i think it is certainly possible but unlikely. i know they are doing investigations into that right now. i would like to think that they did not know, but certainly they could have. they were there. so we will find out. general mattis is looking into this with the entire white house group that does that kind of work. so it was very disappointing to see. but when you get on to the gasses, especially that form, it is vicious and violent. everyone that form, it is vicious and viole nt. everyone in that form, it is vicious and violent. everyone in this room has seen it all too many times in the past few days. young children dying,
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babies dying, fathers holding children in theirarms babies dying, fathers holding children in their arms that were dead, dead children. there cannot be a worse side and it should not be allowed. he is a butcher. —— sight. he isa allowed. he is a butcher. —— sight. he is a butcher. ithought allowed. he is a butcher. —— sight. he is a butcher. i thought we had to do something about it and i have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing and it was very, very successfully done, as you well know. president trump speaking out that press c0 nfe re nce a president trump speaking out that press conference a little earlier today. —— at. in the space ofjust over a year and a half, at least nine babies died during or shortly after birth at one nhs trust in shropshire. most of those deaths were avoidable. five of the babies died following failures to monitor their heart rate properly during labour. their deaths have prompted such concern that the health secretary jeremy hunt has now ordered a review of the shrewsbury and telford hospital trust.
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but it says its mortality levels are in line with the national average. our correspondent, michael buchanan, has this exclusive report. basic errors at this trust have caused healthy babies to die. i don't want another mum to feel this. i don't want another dad to have to put the lid on his daughter's coffin. promises to learn lessons have not been kept. they were interpreting my heart rate as hers. they missed the opportunity to see that there was any distress. but now a family long denied justice themselves have prompted the health secretary to act. how many more babies need to die at this trust before somebody says enough is enough? "we need now to investigate." that's all i've got left. bits of hair is not enough. a memory box is all that kellyjones has of her twin girls ella and lola. her daughters were stillborn in 2014.
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the trust admitted the deaths were avoidable, but failed to spot their heart rates were deteriorating, so the twins suffered fatal brain injuries. that midwife come in crying, saying, oh, i'm so sorry, i'm so sorry. too late, damage is done. my girls are gone. hospital staff ignored kelly's repeated calls for them to deliver the twins, leaving her now utterly bereft. they had four missed opportunities to deliver my girls and they didn't. so now i get to spend the rest of my life going what if, what if, what if? following the twins' deaths, the shrewsbury and telford hospital trust promised kelly they'd improve how they monitored babies' heart rates during labour
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but the mistakes continued. errors with foetal heart monitoring contributed to the deaths of five healthy babies between september 2014 and may 2016. the most recent of which was ivy morris. i never saw her smile. it was just something that she couldn't do. ivy died last may, aged just four months. a brain injury at birth gave her little quality of life. the hospital had mistaken her mother's heartbeat for ivy's and failed to spot the baby was in distress. i've had an apology from the hospital. i've had assurances that this won't happen again and i accept those but otherfamilies have had those assurances and those apologies and if they were followed up in the way that they said that they would, and in the way they had assured those families,
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then i wouldn't be sat here talking to you and i would have my daughter. foetal heart monitors are commonly used in women in labour to ensure the baby isn't in distress. mistakes are made but the repeated errors at the shrewsbury and telford trust have prompted the health secretary into taking action. jeremy hunt has ordered a review of deaths and other maternity errors, a move prompted by the tireless campaigning of one family. richard and rhiannon have fought the trust for years following the avoidable death of a daughter, kate. isabella's big sister died in 2009 following numerous mistakes during labour. after seven years of fighting, their determination eventually got them a full apology but they say the trust could have avoided more deaths if they hadn't been ignored.
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they haven'tjust killed my daughter, but they have disregarded the value of her life, her memory. her life had value and meaning because there was so much from it that they could have learned and improved from. the shrewsbury and telford trust have promised they'll co—operate fully with the upcoming review. their medical director admitted to me they'd made mistakes. sadly, there are cases where losses occur. what families expect when a loss occurs, at an absolute minimum, is that lessons are learned. i would acknowledge that in the case of foetal heart rate monitoring we've identified a number of cases where that hasn't been fully implemented and where we have learned both in terms of human error and in terms of analysis of monitoring. too many families have been failed by this trust. the upcoming review will hopefully stop such unnecessary heartache. michael buchanan reporting. police in germany say they have detained a suspected islamist
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after three explosions hit a bus carrying the borussia dortmund football team last night. the match against monaco was finally played this evening and there were shows of defiance from both sets of fans. our correspondent, jenny hill, reports from dortmund. # you'll never walk alone #. after an attack on home ground, this is how the world of football responded. dortmund's fans and their monaco rivals in unison. # you're never walk alone #. # you'll never walk alone #. security fears put aside for a match which mattered. we want to show that we don't care for the terrorism, we want to see football. we want to see a good match and that's important, i think. this was, police believe, a targeted attack on the dortmund team. three explosive devices, packed with metal pins,
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planted along their route to the stadium. explosives with a range of 100 metres. investigators have yet to establish a motive, but they're examining letters found at the scene. translation: three letters were found at the site, they suggest a possible islamist background. among others things, they demand the withdrawal of german tornados from syria and the closure of ramstein air base in germany. these letter are being investigated by islamic experts. the dortmund team arrived earlier tonight without one of their defenders. marc bartra posted this picture earlier following surgery on his wrist. a policeman was also injured in the attack, although not seriously. translation: we were all appalled yesterday when we heard about the attack on the bus of the bvb players in dortmund.
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we sincerely wish the injured, the player marc bartra, and also the policeman full recovery and we all agree that we are dealing here with a disgusting deed. dortmund's defeat tonight may have disappointed some, that the match was played at all was, for most here, the real victory. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight with evan davies. free schools... grammar schools... academies... the government is talking a lot about schools this week. but does it have a strategy for good schools? the education secretary is setting out her approach tomorrow — but money's tight and pupil numbers are growing. we'll ask whether there's a plan, or a few sketchy ideas.


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