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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm: this could be at least silver lizzy yarnold. team gb have their most successful day in winter olympics history. gold for lizzy yarnold and bronze for laura deas in the women's skeleton — to the delight of yarnold's parents. she has done it. and it isjust mind blowing. she said she would do this for our country and she has. it has not signed in at all. —— sunk in. earlier izzy atkin won bronze in the women's ski slopestyle — a first ever medal for britain on skis. in the last half an hour, ukip has dismissed their party leader henry bolton, after party members backed a no theresa may warns the eu not to put lives at risk — by refusing to co—operate on security after brexit. president trump has met survivors of wednesday's high school shooting in florida, as the fbi comes under pressure after they fail to act on a tip—off about the gunman nikolas cruz. and in half an hour,
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sportsday has the latest action from the fa cup weekend fifth round ties, along with the highlights from today's winter olympics. good evening and welcome to bbc news. team gb is celebrating its most successful day in winter olympic history. lizzy yarnold won gold in the women's skeleton — becoming the first briton ever to defend a winter olympic title. there was a bronze too in the event for her team—mate laura deas, and a bronze in the ski slopestyle for izzy atkin. but there was disappointment for the medalfavourite elise christie — who crashed in the semi—final of the 1500 metre speed skating — and was taken to hospital.
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david ornstein reports from pyeongchang. guiding great britain to unprecedented glory, lizzy yarnold and laura deas turning dreams into reality, rewriting the record books. commentator: lizzy yarnold next, the olympic champion, can she make history and win it again? yarnold went into her final slide in second place, but conjured an imperious display and the fastest time any woman has produced on this track to enter sporting folklore. that is a gold medal winning run, i'm sure of it. so it's gold for lizzy yarnold. she's defended her title and become the most decorated british winter olympian in history. she was joined on the podium by team—mate laura deas. the pair rounding off the most successful day their nation has ever seen at a winter games. as yarnold jumped into the crowd to join the celebrations, how did she feel? exhausted!
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now a back—to—back champion, the 29—year—old couldn't hide her delight. i'm just so relieved that i've done the race, been consistent and laura and i are on the podium together. for her parents, judith and clive, another moment to savour. from the mixed season she's had to win the gold medal here today and we have a bronze medal as well through laura, is absolutely mind—boggling. a success story was started by the youngest member of team gb, 19—year—old izzy atkin saving her best until last to take bronze in the slopestyle and become britain's first official olympic skiing medallist. great britain's izzy atkin takes a bronze. i'm still kind of speechless. ican't... i'm really excited, really happy, i'm stoked with how i skied and also stoked to win the bronze. the day was however tinged with disappointment as elise christie crashed out of the 1500 metres short track speed
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skating and was later disqualified. commentator: christie has crashed again now in the semifinal. she went to hospital as a precaution but was given the all clear and may get race in the 1000 metres as she bids to avoid a repeat of her nightmare in sochi four years ago. but that will do little to dampen the british euphoria as they delivered on snow and ice a super saturday to live long in the memory. david ornstein, bbc news, in pyeongchang. in the last hour — ukip have voted to remove their leader henry bolton. 63% of party members supported the motion of no confidence, following the controversy over racist messages sent by his then partner. the announcement was made by ukip's chairman paul oakden. we have received back 1,3078 ballot papers. 11 of those ballot papers were spoiled.
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the number of members in support of the motion of no—confidence, therefore, asking that henry bolton be removed as leader, is 867. applause. that is 63% of the vote. applause. there were 500 votes cast by those wishing to reject the motion, that is 37% of the vote. therefore, henry bolton has been removed by the democratic decision of the membership. henry bolton has been giving his reaction to the result to our reporter kathryn stanczyszyn. a little bit disappointed, of
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course. you don't go into something like this without hoping you will be successful. my fear now is that we don't really have a political entity ona don't really have a political entity on a national entity in this country, that is really going to be effective in delivering the voice of 17.4 million people devoted to lead the eu. and in influencing the trajectory this country comes out of the eu. i think that is a shame. nigel farage suggested that if you no longer in charge, it is likely that you —— ukip would fade into irrelevance. i think that's very likely. if you look at the challenging events that they have embarked upon, the agm, interim leadership, then another leadership contest, mighty days down the road, thatis contest, mighty days down the road, that is just about exactly the same time as the local government elections. in between they still have to hold a national executive committee election, which they have
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postponed twice for whatever reason. it isa postponed twice for whatever reason. it is a hugely challenging time for the party. a time when it should be on the battlefield, delivering m essa 9 es on the battlefield, delivering messages on getting out of the eu. why do you think you lost?l messages on getting out of the eu. why do you think you lost? a range of reasons. the main reason, i think, was that the nec does hold a huge amount of power in the party. one of the things i wanted to do was reduced that and put some checks and bala nces reduced that and put some checks and balances in so we the party, we organise it and make it fit for purpose. whenever you change, some people but michael interests are threatened by that. —— some people's own interests. changes and always easy for people to accept. some of yourformer easy for people to accept. some of your former front bench have suggested that far be it from solely to do with the incident withjoe marney, it is actually your leadership wasn't good enough and that's why the nec at a motion of no confidence. i hear somebody laughing
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in the background and i rather agree with that. nobody on the nec voted for me in the leadership election. none of them have supported me since. they have rolled out this idea that i have not been doing anything. in the hall today i describe some of the things i have been doing. i have embarked on a nationwide tour of this country on a timescale that has not been equalled by any leader outside a general election. i have introduced a digital transformation strategy to revolutionise our internal communications. i have produced now, after about three months as leader, after about three months as leader, a new draft constitution. i have beenin a new draft constitution. i have been in the media quite a lot. for all sorts of reasons. the point being that in that time, the national executive committee, which has all the authority in this party, constitutionally, for all aspects of finance, administration, organisation, personnel and policy, a lot that rest with the nec and it
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is met three times in the time i have been in my position. who has not been working? if you had cut ties with joe not been working? if you had cut ties withjoe marney quicker or handled it differently, you would not be in this position? that whole episode has been a hell of an experience. one that's very few people in this country have ever been through. i have learned from that experience, and with hindsight i would have dealt with certain aspects differently. but we are all human. i tried aspects differently. but we are all human. itried my aspects differently. but we are all human. i tried my best and what i wa nt human. i tried my best and what i want i didn't understand of my effort has been involved in is getting the party fighting fit so it can influence the trajectory this country comes out of when it leaves the eu. that has to be the priority and that is still my priority. who should read ukip next?|j and that is still my priority. who should read ukip next? i have been doing media interviews while this has been going on, and i understand that gerard batten has been appointed as interim leader. the interim leader cannot stand in the
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leadership contest, so we will have somebody else after that. do i don't know. what next for you? i have another —— a number of options. i have already discussed with my team. we will continue looking at those over the next... i'm not going to talk about what those options may be. but there are some options. henry bolton, former leader of ukip. theresa may has said cooperation on security with the european union after brexit calls for a new "deep and special partnership." in a speech in germany, the prime minister warned that failing to work together would put everyone at risk. in response, the president of the european commission said he'd welcome a close security alliance — but it must be negotiated separately from other brexit issues. our political correspondent, vicki young, reports from munich. in defence and security the uk is a significant player and the prime minister hopes that will get her a special deal. she arrived in munich keen to lay out britain's contribution. generous spending on defence and expertise it wants to share even after brexit.
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theresa may urged the eu to take a practical approach. this cannot be a time when any of us allow competition between partners, rigid institutional restrictions, or deep—seated ideology, to inhibit our cooperation and jeopardise the security of our citizens. she's calling for a new security treaty so that the close partnership can continue. failure to agree one would have damaging consequences, she said. we must do whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security. those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured. some listening to this were left bewildered. te brexit decision from the point of view of us inside the eu is extremely regretable. things would be so much easier if you stayed,
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so here comes the question. applause. mrs may pointed out that brexit was a democratic decision politicians should respect. one senior brussels figure seemed to agree. the commission presidentjean—claude juncker said the eu wasn't at war with the uk and didn't want to take revenge on the british people. he said the security bridge would be maintained but you couldn't mix it up with other issues. so it's a pretty familiar message from theresa may. the uk is leaving the european union but that doesn't mean that close cooperation needs to end and it's a blunt message too, saying to europe's leaders, don't let your ideology get in the way of the safety of our citizens. the government hopes today's speech will show it's acting responsibly, not wanting to drag the important issue of security into fraught brexit negotiations. president trump has met survivors
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of wednesday's high school shooting in florida, in which 17 people died. it comes as pressure mounts on the fbi over the agency's failure to act on a tip—off that nikolas cruz, the suspected gunman, might carry out an attack. aleem maqbool reports. some survivors of the school attack are still being treated in hospital. as he promised, the president visited here, albeit very briefly. reporter: did you see some victims, mr president? yes, i did, i did indeed and it was very sad, something like that could happen, but the jobs the doctors do, the nurses, the hospital, first responders, law enforcement, really incredible. donald trump also met officials from the emergency services. what he didn't do though was answer any questions about the need to tighten gun laws. more funerals are being held for the 17 people who died. most of them teenagers shot
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in their classrooms. this gun show was advertised close to the very school where the shooting took place. we weren't allowed in but spoke to people as they left. is it worth sacrificing guns if it means there will not be any mass shootings or school shootings? i don't think it would make a difference, that's my honest opinion. if it was proven to me, sure, but unfortunately that's not the case. life is delicate, you could kill somebody with a pencil. barking up the wrong tree. and with more than 300 million firearms in circulation in this country, how do you change a gun culture that's become such an integral part of american life? aleem maqbool, bbc news, in florida. a mini—earthquake has shaken wales and parts of west england. you can see the large red lines here from the british geological survey — they show the tremor which was a magnitude of 4.4. the epicentre was around 12 miles outside swansea.
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tremors of this scale are only felt in the uk every two to three years. earlier, i spoke to donna johnson, who felt the earthquake at home in caerphilly, south wales, i actually thought my house was falling down. the blinds were moving, the table was rocking. iran outside, thinking the house was falling. only to find my neighbour out there asking if i felt the house moving. we realised it must have been an earthquake. how long did it last? about ten seconds, i think. it feels a lot longer when it's happening? definitely. was itjust you at home? just me and the cat.
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i'm horrified that i ran out. i thought i'd left her in there! she ran, too? she ran outside which is rare because she is elderly. i was quite shocked that she was outside. when you got outside, what was going on in the streets? my neighbour opposite was out, he told me his tv and chair were shaking. the neighbours up the street were out. "did you feel that?" my other neighbour had missed it, he wasn't in. you have been back in, is there any damage? no, my husband has come home and checked. the house is still standing! the headlines on bbc news: lizzy yarnold becomes the first
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british athlete title... ukip party members have voted to sack their leader, henry bolton, less than six months after he took on the role. theresa may warns european union leaders not to put lives at risk by blocking a security deal after brexit because of deeper seated ideology. a court in pakistan has handed down four death sentences to a man who raped and murdered a six—year—old girl, the trial of imran ali inside a prison in lahore lasted a matter of days. the girl's family has called for her killer our correspondent secunder kermani has been following the case from islamabad. these are the last images of zainab ansari alive, being led away by the man who was rape and kill her. body was found on a rubbish dump five days later. her attacker was 24—year—old imran ali, an
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acquaintance of her family. 24—year—old imran ali, an acquaintance of herfamily. he 24—year—old imran ali, an acquaintance of her family. he was identified on the basis of dna evidence. after a trial lasting just four days, today he was sentenced to death. he has been convicted on four different counts and has been sentenced to death. the discovery of her body led to angry protests in her body led to angry protests in her hometown. at the trial, her killer admitted to having assaulted 01’ killer admitted to having assaulted or murdered eight other young girls here over the past two years. many believed he could have been stopped sooner. herfamily believed he could have been stopped sooner. her family welcomed today's verdict. we are satisfied with this verdict. we are satisfied with this verdict of the death sentence, but oui’ verdict of the death sentence, but our next demand is that he should be punished and hanged publicly. the murder of zainab ansari has sparked unprecedented discussion of child abuse. normally a taboo topic in pakistan. but campaigners believe more needs to be done to educate
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both children and parents about the dangers, and to ensure the authorities properly investigate cases. the families of these victims now have some semblance ofjustice. but for many it may feel too little too late. the president of haiti has called for an investigation into the activities of aid agencies working in his country, saying that the sex scandal involving some oxfam workers after the 2010 earthquake was just the tip of the iceberg. jovenel moise told the reuters news agency that one charity, medecins sans frontiers, had repatriated some its staff from haiti without any explanation. john mcmanus reports. the charity says it takes allegations of misconduct seriously. a convicted serial killer is understood to have confessed to the murder of a 21—year old british student in france in1990. bbc news has been told that michel fourniret has admitted to killing joanna parrish, from gloucestershire.
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she was found dead in a river in the burgundy region. the family's lawyer said fourniret had appeared in court "two to three times" in the past week and admitted the killing on each occasion. charlotte gallagher reports. joanna parrish had gone to france to teach english as part of a university course, but she disappeared after placing an advert in a local newspaper offering lessons. her body was later found in a river. she had been raped, beaten and strangled. now, almost three decades on, the prime suspect in her murder, serial killer michel fourniret, has reportedly confessed. he is known as the ogre of the ardennes, and was jailed in 2008 for murdering seven young women. his wife, monique, was his accomplice. we had been hoping to get closure from the french authorities for quite some time. but it was still quite a shock when we heard from france that he had admitted to being involved in the murder. joanna parrish's parents have spent the last decades fighting
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forjustice for their daughter, and pressing the french authorities to keep investigating the case. we had suspected michel fourniret for many years. and that was based on a number of things, quite a lot as a matter of fact, but we have always recognised that those things had been circumstantial, and probably not evidence that can be supported through a legal case. michel fourniret has yet to be charged with the murder ofjoanna parrish and will be questioned further. butjoanna's family hope their long search for answers is finally over. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. two members of the same family — a 15—year—old boy and a 72—year—old man — were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a train at a level crossing in west sussex. no—one on the train was hurt. the emergency services were called to barns green near horsham, shortly after half past eight this morning. center parcs has ceased advertising
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with the daily mail after one of its adverts appeared near an online article some readers deemed homophobic. richard littlejohn criticised tom daley and his husband dustin lance black after they shared on social media an ultrasound photo of their unborn baby. the columnist says he thinks children benefit most from being raised by a man and woman. center pa rcs called the placement of the advert ‘completely unacceptable'. friends a missing scottish man have said there have been further possible sightings of him in hamburg. 29 year old liam colgan disappeared while on his brother's stag do in the german city last weekend. there has been a reported sighting of a man matching his description in hamburg's buxtehude area. mr colgan's friends said there had been further similar sightings in the same area since then. 13 people, including three children, were killed when a mexican cabinet minister's helicopter crash—landed on the way to the epicentre of an earthquake interior minister alfonso navarrete was unharmed.
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southern and central parts of mexico were shaken by the powerful earthquake which caused buildings to sway in the capital, mexico city, hundreds of kilometres away. virginia langeberg has more: in mexico city, journalists of a local newspaper film the moment the quake struck, as light fittings swing violently above their heads. panic at this school in oaxaca city, where the students are directed by their teachers to evacuate, after a sustained rumble which lasted around a minute. translation: security protocols were followed. the students have been placed in the safe area and, from there, after about 20 minutes, the protocol stipulates that they be sent to a safer area. for even the most frail, outside the streets was the safest place, hospital wards forced onto footpaths as medical staff continued to tend to their patients.
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the magnitude 7.2 triggered earthquake alarm systems to go off across mexico city, where residents flooded into the middle of roads, their eyes glued to the tall apartment buildings. fear on many of their faces, this was an all—too—real reminder of the two quakes last september, which caused buildings to collapse and killed a total of 465 people. the epicentre of friday's quake was about 145km from the pacific coast surfer resort of puerto escondido in the southern state of oaxaca. officials say the quake caused some minor damage to buildings in oaxaca, but no deaths have been reported. virginia langeberg, bbc news. british soldiers are to be deployed to africa to boost the fight against illegal wildlife poaching. they will train rangers in malawi to find and stop poachers, in an expansion of a successful pilot scheme that was
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trialled last year. the defence secretary, gavin williamson, said poaching puts ‘majestic‘ animals at risk. animals under threat include elephants, rhinos and lions. four senior west bromwich albion players have apologised after breaking a curfew and allegedly stealing a taxi from outside a fast—food restaurant in barcelona. the team were on a mid—season training break in spain. jonny evans, jake livermore, boaz myhill and gareth barry have released a joint statement apologising for the incident. catalonia police interviewed but didn't arrest the four men. the club say the players will be "subject to the full rigours of internal disciplinary procedures." a new scanning system has revealed a painting underneath picasso's picture — "a crouching woman" the picture underneath is of the catalan landscape probably painted by one of his assistants. it seems that picasso turned it 90 degrees and used the shape of the landscape to create the woman's crouching pose. the discovery has been unveiled
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today at an international science conference in austin texas from where our science correspondent pallab ghosh reports. picasso's crouching woman — worth millions. a painting from his blue period. but there's more to it than meets the eye. the conservators at the gallery analysed it with a new type of scanner, and this is they discovered. underneath it is a painting of the barcelona landscape by a fellow artist. but turn it 90 degrees and bring back the crouching woman, and you can see that picasso has used the landscape as the basis of his painting. it helps date the painting, it helps determine where the painting was made. but it also gives us a sense of the artist with whom a particular painter was engaging. and i think these insights do
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help ask us new and more interesting and more scientifically accurate questions. the contour of the hills in the background becomes the crouching woman's back, and she takes on the shape and form of the catalan countryside. until now, only the wealthiest galleries could afford to scan, and even then, it was only for great works of art. but the new system is cheaper and portable, and so can be used by anyone to find the secrets behind any painting they want. here at the harry ransom center, the curator has questions about this portrait of the american composer, george gershwin. in particular, whether a friend in the front row was painted out and seated further back because he fell out of favour. this figure here is oscar levant, who was a friend of george gershwin, but also a rival. so stories have circulated for years that perhaps he, as the only recognisable figure in the second row, was perhaps moved — demoted, as it were — and seated further back because he fell out of favour. this figure here is oscar levant, who was a friend of george gershwin, but also a rival. so stories have circulated for years that perhaps he, as the only recognisable figure in the second row, was perhaps moved — demoted, as it were — from appearing in the first row. so that is one of the questions we can potentially find out with this technology.
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can i take a look? tracy has asked the team that developed the scanning system to help her answer that question. they scan each stroke of the brush, millimetre by millimetre. it's a collaboration that the team wants to extend to more galleries. many of these paintings are waiting to tell their secrets, so with the x—ray flourescent spectrometer, we can help them talk to us more. the team hopes the widespread use of their scanners will increase our understanding of artists, their thought processes and the way they worked. time for the weather forecast. hello. a different sort of day tomorrow. a different sort of day tomorrow.
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more cloud around. this cloud will be pushing eastwards and already making its presence felt across south east england, cloudy and damp end to the day at the back elsewhere, aside from some showers, mainly dry through the evening and overnight, some dense patches of fog forming, especially across northern england through the night. and widespread frosts as temperatures get close to or below freezing. cloud increasing from the west, bringing outbreaks of rain into wales in south—west england. driest and brightest are further east you had. some rain later in the day. highs between seven and 11 celsius. good evening. this is bbc news. this
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could be silverfor good evening. this is bbc news. this could be silver for busyjournals. she goes to the france. lizzy yarnold becomes the first british winter athlete to defend and title after winning gold in the women's skeleton. christ earlier, izzy atkin won bronze in the women's christ ski slopestyle, a first—ever medal for britain on skis. members of ukip have voted overwhelmingly to sack their leader, henry bolton, after less than six months in the job. you get their faces as fourth leadership election in less than 18 months. theresa may warns european union leaders not to put lives at risk by blocking a security deal after brexit. the prime minister said britain would no longer be able to help europol as it does or extradite suspects quickly.


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