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the two british jihadists captured in syria, families of their victims call for them to be tried in court. the two men belonged to a group within so called is, infamous for executing western hostages. the daughter of one of their victims wants justice. if it goes to trial, i'll certainly be there. i certainly want to look them in the eye and let them know that i am who i am and they have destroyed a big part of my life. we'll be looking at how useful their capture could be and where they're likely to end up. also tonight... the eu's chief negotiator warns the uk will get no transition period without agreement on key issues up front. a spectacular opening to the winter olympics sees a historic handshake between north and south korea. is building on brownfield sites the answer to the uk's housing crisis? commentator: here she is, the first woman to referee a prom professional men's game. and she was told it couldn't happen in her lifetime. joy neville makes history on the rugby pitch.
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coming—up on sportsday on bbc news... we look ahead to tomorrow's big six nations game as england take on wales at twickenham. good evening. the families of some of the victims of two british jihadists, belonging to the so—called islamic state group and captured in syria, have called for them to face justice in court. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh were part of a team of four british is members, who us officials say executed 27 hostages. bethany haines, whose father david was one of those hostages, has told the bbc the men should be forced to look in the eyes of the people whose lives they'd destroyed.
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our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, has more. they became the most infamous gang of foreign fighters in the self—styled islamic state. callous torturers and public executioners of hostages. jihadijohn, his real name, mohammed emwazi — now dead. aine davis — in prison in turkey. and the two men we now know were captured last months, alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh. the gang are suspected of beheading alan henning, a driver and aid workerfrom eccles, and david haines, a long time aid workerfrom perth. his daughter now contemplating what punishment his newly captured suspected killers should face. they should die a long, slow, painful death and i think quite a lot of people will understand that, that they should be allowed to live. but, realistically, that's not going to happen, and you have to come to terms with that. the best thing for them is to be
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locked up and throw away the key. they should never be allowed back in society because they willjust recruit people and they willjust do this again. and for the sake of her father, if they end up in court, she will go to watch. if it goes to trial, i'll certainly be there. i certainly want to look them in the eye and let them know that i am who i am and they have destroyed a big part of my life. and, hopefully, there will be some sort ofjustice. some of the gangs hostages were freed, including former french reporter nicolas henin. he wants them to have the fairest trial possible. i would not be happy if they were just sent to guantanamo bay because this is denial ofjustice. el shafee elsheikh arrived in syria from britain in 2012. alexanda kotey left the uk on an aid convoy to gaza in 2009 and also ended up in syria. their gang is accused by the us of beheading at least 27 hostages, including alan henning, david haines and americans
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james foley, peter kassig and steven sotloff. they're also suspected of waterboarding, mock executions, crucifixions and electric shock torture. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh grew up close to each other in quite a small area of west london, near to the a40 flyover. it became infamous as an is recruiting ground. as well as mohammed emwazi, jihadijohn, some half a dozen other men from these streets died fighting for is in either syria or iraq. elsheikh and kotey had already had their british citizenship removed by the home secretary, now a trial, possibly in the united states, seems the most likely outcome. daniel sandford, bbc news, west london. with is on the run in syria, how useful is the capture of these two british jihadists and what information could they provide? 0ur middle east correspondent, quentin sommerville, reports.
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they called it home and raqqa was their capital, but their caliphate is now a ruin. it's not known yet how long alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh stayed here, but kurdish and arab fighters fought in these streets for months and more than 650 died, freeing the city from the so—called islamic state. the corpses of foreign fighters littered the alleyways, but even then we knew that plenty had escaped. in a ceasefire deal, hundreds of is fighters were allowed to leave the city. across syria, is members began to flee, through kurdish regime and rebel lines. the two british men, part of an is cell from west london, were picked up by kurdish forces trying to flee to turkey. the two are a significant prize, they may be able to answer questions about what happened here.
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this is dabiq, where mohammed emwazi, jihadi john, murdered aid worker peter abdul—rahman kassig. the same cell killed britain's alan henning and david haines, their bodies have never been recovered. the west london cell were seen as the worst of the worst. is superstars, who had an air of invulnerability, but no more, now all are dead or in captivity. they may also have information on the missing british journalist, john cantlie. kidnapped by is, he's fronted some their propaganda videos. this was his last appearance, from mosul, before it too was taken from is group. and do they know the whereabouts of abu bakr al—baghdadi, the is leader? despite repeated claims that he is dead, he was last heard from in september last year. the captured men have served one
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significant purpose, though. a new front has opened in syria, turkey is attacking kurdish forces, it calls them terrorists. but the coalition sees the kurds as vital and effective allies against is and it wants the world to know those allies have just captured two of the caliphates most wanted. quentin sommerville, bbc news, beirut. 0ur security correspondent, gordon corera, is here. whatris = what—is . happen to what—is - happen to these next in | white two men next in a white house official ff .- two men next in a white house - - 425; i two men next in a white house off|c|al;;éz me the us was still official told me the us was still considering options. kurdish forces ca ptu red considering options. kurdish forces captured them weeks ago. they may still technically have custody although us intelligence and perhaps also british intelligence has had access to them they may have wanted to keep that as secret as possible for as long as possible so they could gather . much for as long as possible so they could gather. much men. now
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john pienaar reports. brexit is coming and time is running short. just 13 months before britain is officially out of the european union, and today the eu had a sharp warning — sort out key sticking points, or there will be no deal and no transition. britain's brexit secretary met the eu chief negotiator in downing street on monday. friendly enough, but there's just weeks to thrash out the shape of a brexit transition. today, in brussels, with a big eu summit next month, michel barnier had a blunt message, in terms easy to understand. if these disagreements persist, the transition is not a given. so much to sort out, and talks are getting prickly. 0n the rights of migrants who arrive after brexit day, will brussels block trade if britain breaks eu rules? the brexit secretary called that discourteous. oh, no, it isn't, said mr barnier.
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"my attitude hasn't been in the least discourteous "or vindictive", he said. "we never wished to punish the uk. "it's foreign to my state of mind". and how to leave the eu without bringing back a hard north/south irish border. no one wants that but... it is important to tell the truth. a uk decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable. it's notjust a political problem at this shoe shop in newry, northern ireland. these shoes are meant for walking, on both sides of the border. customs and tariffs could mean a business like this running into trouble. what we need is easy access from the factory to our shop floor. if there is a hard border, then there will be hold—ups all the way along that we cannot predict. the government wants
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to keep allies on side. brexiteers who say stand up to brussels, and unionists who say britain and northern ireland must leave the customs union as one. the bottom line is this, that northern ireland will leave the european union with the rest of the united kingdom. we would not countenance a situation where there would either be political constitutional barriers within the united kingdom, and economic barriers within the united kingdom internal market would be catastrophic for northern ireland. we're not prepared to accept that we become rule—takers from the eu when we have no say over it. that would be the worst of all worlds. yes, business wants certainty and to know they have time to get ready for things like customs changes. that is what the implementation period is about. it is not about having the eu try and dictate to us in a way that would be unacceptable to us and to businesses as well. tonight, the brexit secretary is saying he is surprised mr barnier
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is not clear that britain just wants to go on trading as now during a transition. the government is hoping for compromise in negotiations, but if there is no transition deal next month, ministers will have to prepare britain and british business for the real possibility of a cliff—edge brexit. every month, every week, every day a new problem. if there's a transition deal, then comes deciding ambitions for brexit, which split mps and ministers. the next date with potential crisis always closer and closer. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. an elaborate opening ceremony for the winter olympics in south korea has also marked a political first. a handshake between the south korean president and the sister of the north korean leader, kim jong—un. she is there as part of the most senior north korean delegation ever to visit the south. laura bicker reports from pyeongchang. the vibrant beat of the jangu drum took the audience on a fairytale adventure. a celebration of south korea's past, and its hopes for the future. but there was a yearning, too,
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as the ceremony highlighted this country's quest for peace. korea! these athletes have been divided by a war that never truly ended. they carry the flag of a unified korea, and in one stadium, for one night, decades of rising tension and suspicion ebbed away. in the vip box, a moment most thought they'd never see, a member of the kim dynasty, the sister of the north korean leader, shaking hands with the south korean president. the arrival of kim yo—jong has surprised this tiny town, just miles from the militarised border. translation: it's nice to have the high level delegates from the north and it also feels strange and wondrous. translation: of course i welcome them but i don't know why the south korean government is bending over backwards to appease them.
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i don't like to see the south serving the north. translation: my heart is melting. the south and north have been divided and now it feels peace is coming to us. but america is beginning to wonder whose side south korea is on. the only moment the us vice president looked comfortable was as he welcomed his team. he refused to acknowledge the north korean guests behind him. it's a note of caution many in the diplomatic community share. there's a real sense of pragmatism. nobody‘s over optimistic because we've seen too many false starts before. but of course, we all hope that this will turn out for the good and the pyeongchang olympics will be membered as the peace olympics. the political drama has loomed over these mountains but soon attention will turn to the sport and the medal hopes of thousands. and we welcome great britain. team gb is aiming for its most successful winter games with a medal target of five or more, a challenge in this frigid climate.
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but some didn't seem to mind the cold. as many in the crowd bundled up in their heated seats, they gave a warm welcome to the bare—chested flag bearer from tonga. and so to the moment of truth. as ice—skating gold medallist yuna kim lights the flame, south korea has challenges ahead, including fears that it's falling victim to a fake charm offensive from the north. this is a public relations coup for north korea, to have its athletes appear on this global stage. it gives what's been an isolated regime a human face. but critics also fear it will allow them to portray this image of a normal, peace—loving nuclear power. as with all shows, this one must come to an end. the olympic flame will only burn in pyeongchang for two weeks. it will take more than warm sporting gestures to lead to permanent change
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on this korean peninsula. laura bicker, bbc news, pyeongchang. we'll be back with more on what's expected in the first day of sporting action, but first to washington where president trump has sparked controversy by praising a former white house aide who resigned earlier this week amid allegations he abused two former wives. mr trump said rob porter maintained his innocence and had done a good job. jon sopel has more. he was the clean cut, chiseljawed, harvard law, oxford—educated rising star of this white house, in charge of controlling the flow of paper across the president's desk. but after three days of confusion and chaos, he has quit amid a swirl of domestic abuse allegations. but today, the president seemed to be more concerned about porter than his victims. it's a tough time for him. he did a very good job when he was in the white house.
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and we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. that, despite this photo emerging of one of his ex—wives with a black eye after allegedly being punched by porter, and reports that senior staff in the white house have been aware of these allegations for months. generaljon kay, the chief of staff, when this story erupted in the middle of the week, initially said that porter was "a man of true integrity and honour. by last night that had changed, sending a memo to white house staff all of this is made more complicated by the role of hope hicks, the white house communications director. she drafted the initial statement supportive of porter, even though she's reported to be romantically involved with him. and that, yesterday,
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brought a rare concession from the white house podium. i think it's fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few hours, the last few days, in dealing with this situation. donald trump is angry on two counts. angry about the way this has all been handled, but angrier still that his press spokesman admitted as much. this hasn't been the best couple of days for the white house. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the united nations has called for an investigation into violence against rohingya muslims in myanmar‘s rakhine state. it comes after the news agency reuters revealed details of an investigation into a mass execution of rohingyas by soldiers and villagers. the two journalists who investigated the story have been detained in myanmar. can the uk build the houses it needs without developing on the green belt? in greater manchester, where there have been numerous protests against green belt development, the mayor has announced he'll use his powers to encourage
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building on brownfield sites, land that's been used for construction before. but is it the answer? mark easton reports. could the old mill towns of greater manchester hold the answer to the housing crisis? places like stalybridge, where the industrial revolution took root along the banks of the river tain. instead of building on precious green belt, why not use brownfield sites in struggling town centres? greater manchester's mayor, andy burnham, was elected on a promise to protect the green belt and now plans to promote brownfield hotspots in six rundown towns. we have had an approach where it has been developer led greenfield first, because it has been easier for developers to go over there and i am saying, no, let's come back to our town centres, breathe new life into them and build higher density residential development there. among sites identified
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in stalybridge, the former police station, an old pub, the pineapple inn and what was once a local shop. the plan is to turn these plots into luxury flats aimed at young professionals who can afford market prices. some are already under construction, build—to—rent apartments with a coffee shop and gym, friends—style loft living on the site of what was once an 18th—century woollen mill. jasmine and josh will be moving in this summer. it is our first home together, so... this is the perfect thing. it is brand—new, it is modern, it is a big step for us. and we are really excited. in some cases, housing associations will sell the luxury homes and use the profits for building social and affordable homes elsewhere. not everyone is convinced. i will believe it when i see it. at the end of the day,
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it is basically a slap in the face. i mean, on average, they want about £600 per calendar month. i am on half that. working—class mill town, no one can afford things like that. the focus on brownfield sites is politically popular, but small projects in run down town centres are not going to be that attractive to investors and even if every scrap of land was used to its full potential, the brownfield land register shows there is not nearly enough of it to fulfil greater manchester's housing needs. the brownfield register has identified a number of sites in stalybridge and almost 1250 in greater manchester, which could be used for housing, with a maximum capacity ofjust over 100,000 homes. but, greater manchester needs more than 227,000 homes to meet demand. brownfield does not even get halfway there. are you not deluding people, though, who believe that we can solve the housing crisis simply using brownfield ? you can't.
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and i would accept that. this is not about saying, no, we will never build on anywhere green again, but it is about saying, look, start with our towns, so that we minimise the take from the green belt. there are controversial plans to build homes on sidebottom fold, green belt on the edge of stalybridge, but when it comes to the general claim that brown should be the new green, here, as elsewhere, the numbers do not quite add up. mark easton, bbc news, stalybridge. history has been made on the rugby pitch tonight, as irish refereejoy neville became the first woman to take charge of a pro14 game. the former irish international also won the world rugby referee of the year award last year. here's natalie pirks. joy neville is in charge tonight, the 2017 world referee of the year. joy neville is well used to making history. tonight was yet another accolade for her cv. the first woman to referee a pro14 match, a top—level professional
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game, as ulster took on south africa's southern kings. today is a very historic day that makes it all so worthwhile. neville won the grand slam with ireland in 2013 as a player, but after retirement she made a phone call which changed her life. i rang a gentleman very high up in the rugby circles and i said, "look, i want your opinion on something, one question. "do you think it's possible for a female to referee division 1a in ireland, the top level in ireland"? he said, "joy, not in my lifetime". and that, for me, i was in. since then, she's taken charge of the women's 2017 world cup final, officiated the european challenge cup, the first woman to do that, and was named world rugby‘s referee of the year. tonight was another step up. her ambitions, though, don't end here. to be involved in the six nations men's fixture as an official on the line would be a dream come true. six nations teams are a little busy
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right now but they will no doubt be watching her career with interest. natalie pirks, bbc news. well, you may be thinking about heading for bed reasonably soon, but in south korea it's already saturday morning and a full day of olympic events beckons. our correspondent andy swiss is in pyeongchang. andy, so much to look out for, and some exciting prospects for team gb? yes, fiona. welcome to pyeongchang. nearly 7:30am. not long until the action gets under way. team gb have high hopes of success at these games. they are targeting their best winter olympics ever, and their best hope is speed skater elise christie, a triple world champion, who goes in her first race later today. also competing, lizzy yarnold, who won
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gold in sochi four years ago, looking to retain her title. also keep an eye on out for 19—year—old izzy atkins, the youngest member of tea m izzy atkins, the youngest member of team gb, with a real chance in the slopestyle skiing. the big talking point ahead of these games has been russia's athletes. russia is banned from the games because of doping but 168 of their athletes had co ntroversially 168 of their athletes had controversially been allowed to compete as neutrals. 45 or had their appeals rejected yesterday. it has caused a lot of confusion and criticism for the olympic authorities, who will be hoping that the sport can now take centre stage. that's it. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes, the headlines tonight. lizzie yarnold flies the flag for team gb in pyeongchang hoping to become the first briton to win back to back winter olympic titles. he's at it again.
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eddiejones stirs things up ahead of england v wales on week two of the six nations. and northern ireland manager michael o'neill signs the longest and most lucractive contract in the irish fa's history. hello and good evening. let's start in south korea where the winter olympics are officially under way after a glittering opening ceremony. in a mark of unity, north and south korean athletes entered the stadium as one team — while lizzy yarnold led the british team hoping for their most successful winter games in history. the bbc‘s sports correspondent andy swiss is in pyeongchang. music opening ceremonies are always a spectacle, but few have seemed quite so spectacle, but few have seemed quite so significant. on a freezing night
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although not as cold as it has been, pyeongchang welcome to the world. the theme of the ceremony was a releva nt the theme of the ceremony was a relevant one. peace and harmony seen through the eyes of five children exploring a winter landscape. a celebration of the nation's culture. tea m celebration of the nation's culture. team gb led in by their only gold medallist from the last games you see an old —— lizzy yarnold. it is the biggest team gb winter olympics tea m the biggest team gb winter olympics team ever. and then entering under a neutral flag, team ever. and then entering under a neutralflag, olympic team ever. and then entering under a neutral flag, olympic athletes from russia. their presence here is highly contentious. no russian collars because russia is banned after their recent doping scandal and yet 168 of their athletes have been allowed to compete as neutrals. finally, the moment they had all been waiting for. under a flag
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representing the peninsular, north and south korea parading as one. joint flag—bearers from each country, the sudden boring of tensions expressed in a remarkable show of unity. it was left to the south korean president to officially open the games. there was no doubting the sentiment of the night. a dove of peace eliminating the stadium before a fitting climax, as two ice hockey players won from the north and one from the south took the olympic torch on its final journey and the lighting of the call driven. —— call —— cauldron. a memorable day for the olympics, a historic one for korea. it's weak two of the six nations championship with the second round of matches and a huge game at
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twickenham between england and wales. eddiejones twickenham between england and wales. eddie jones has twickenham between england and wales. eddiejones has been up to his usual mind games, this time questioning the courage of rhys patchell, asking if he has the bottle for the match. we will see whether or not the wales number ten rhys patchell will have the bottle as he contends with what will be a fierce cauldron in twickenham tomorrow. 82,000 fans will be here. england against wales. it could go some way to determining who will win this trophy this year. with england back in 2014 and
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