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good afternoon. the united nations security council is due to vote this evening on a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in syria. it was due to be held yesterday, but was delayed by disagreements over the wording. the syrian government is continuing its bombardment of the rebel—held area of eastern ghouta, near the capital, damascus. activists say around 500 civilians have been killed in the last week, as richard galpin reports. the relentless bombing which began a week ago has shattered whole neighbourhoods in eastern ghouta. and shattered the lives of hundreds of people. many of them children. besides those who have been injured, at least 120 children have been killed since last sunday, according to human rights activists. the number of casualties overwhelming hospitals, some of which themselves have been targeted in the air raids.
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and despite all this, the united nations security council in new york is still not been able to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire because of objections from russia. resolution calling for a ceasefire because of objections from russialj because of objections from russia.|j am extremely frustrated with the fa ct am extremely frustrated with the fact the security council, that we have not been able to adopt the resolution to alleviate the suffering of the syrian people. resolution to alleviate the suffering of the syrian peoplelj resolution to alleviate the suffering of the syrian people. i am very frustrated with that. the draft resolution calls for a 30 day ceasefire across the whole country, starting without delay. the extremist organisations al-qaeda and the islamic state group are included —— are excluded from this. the aim of the ceasefire is to get urgently needed aid into eastern ghouta, including medical supplies, and to evacuate the injured. whether this bombing campaign continues can be temporarily halted depends on another attempt at the un security council to hold a vote later today, with russia agreeing not to use its
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veto. with 500 people now reported to have been killed over the past week, the pressure is mounting on russia to stop the bloodshed, at least for a few weeks. two people have appeared in court charged with causing the deaths of two brothers in coventry by dangerous driving. corey and casper platt—may, who were six and two, were on a family trip to a park when they were hit by a car on thursday. robert brown, who's 53—years—old, and gwendoline harrison, who's a1, were remanded in custody. the international committee of the red cross says more than 20 of its staff have been dismissed in the last three years for sexual misconduct. the disclosure is the result of an internal review of the swiss—based organisation which has more than 17,000 staff worldwide. the revelations are the latest to hit the aid sector in recent weeks. 0ur diplomatic correspondent caroline hawleyjoins me. what more can you tell us? well, the red cross is working on
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front lines around the world, it has done for decades. it says that since 2015 21 staff members were either dismissed a resigned for paying for sexual services. this is banned by the red cross even in countries where prostitution is legal. 0f other two members of staff did not have their contracts renewed and the red cross said that they were saddened to report these incidents. he said the cases were not properly handled. the red cross is the latest humanitarian organisation to reveal cases of misconduct in the wake of the 0xfam canada —— the 0xfam scandal. the international development secretary, penny mordaunt, has given the 192 aid agencies that receive uk aid, it —— she has given them until monday to speu she has given them until monday to spell out exactly what steps they are taking to safeguard people around the world and to report
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individual cases to the right authorities, so there is a deadline there. thank you very much. the us government is considering appointing a special envoy to northern ireland in a bid to break the political impasse, and restore the power sharing government. during a meeting with the irish deputy prime minister in washington, the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, said they were considering a list of people for the role. northern ireland has been without devolved government for 13 months after a coalition led by the democratic unionist party and sinn fein collapsed. a former senior adviser to donald trump has admitted charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators who are examining claims of russian political interference in the 2016 presidential election. in a plea deal, rick gates admitted conspiracy to defraud the government and making false statements. he's become the third associate of the president to agree to co—operate with a special investigation. a number of us companies have cut ties with the national rifle association as consumers call for a boycott of firms linked
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to the powerful gun lobby. they include the car rental companies hertz and enterprise holdings, both of which have stopped offering discounts to members of the association in the wake of the florida school shooting. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. the aftermath to a school shooting that could prompt change in america. amidst the grieving, the mood has been different this time. within hours of a gunman killing 17 people, anger overflowed onto the streets. now it's social media where pressure is being exerted on the hugely powerful gun lobby. under the hashtag "boycott nra", activists are targeting firms that offer special benefits to members of the national rifle association. and they include some of the most familiar corporate names. the car rental companies hertz and enterprise, which also owns alamo and national. they're ending discounts offered to members of the gun lobby group from next month. met life insurance and the software
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company symantec are taking similar action. there has been no word in response from the nra. it is unclear whether these actions will hurt an organisation that boasts 5 million members. during the week, its chief executive hit out at the protesters. their goal is to eliminate the second amendment and our firearms freedoms. so they can eradicate all individual freedoms. donald trump says he is open to new ideas but the one he seems to like best is giving guns to teachers. it's concealed. so this crazy man who walked in wouldn't even know who it is that has it. that's good. that's not bad, that's good. and a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened. the debate over what to do next will be highly charged and intensely political. peter bowes, bbc news. a uk ticket holder has won nearly £78 million in the euromillions draw after sharing the jackpot
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with a winner from spain. the jackpot has been growing since the turn of the year and was the third biggest in the draw‘s history. with all the sport, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. it's been a day of rollercoaster emotions for great britain on the penultimate day of the winter 0lympics. in the early hours, billy morgan's bronze medal made it britain's best winter games ever, but a sixth medal proved out of reach of the women's curlers. andy swiss reports. and he needs to go absolutely stratospheric. he is a former acrobat with a dodgy knee, but billy morgan was about to leap into history. yes. add 28, billy morgan isa history. yes. add 28, billy morgan is a snowboarding veteran, this is lastjump and is a snowboarding veteran, this is last jump and surely is a snowboarding veteran, this is lastjump and surely his last 0lympics. lastjump and surely his last olympics. what a way to finish. that is absolutely massive. it propelled
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morgan into bronze medal position and one by one his rivals' hopes came tumbling down. when the last one crashed, morgan, to his utter disbelief, had his medal. it is pretty radical. if everyone landed the runs i would not be in this position. it is the luck of the draw and it came down to me on the deysel happy days. morgan's joy was also tea m happy days. morgan's joy was also team gbs. a record—breaking fifth medal of these games. the british tea m medal of these games. the british team have had their ups and downs but billy morgan has ensured they have hit their target of making this there are more successful winter olympics in history. they have had £30 million of funding, double vilas games, but those in charge insist it is worth it. we knew it was going to bea is worth it. we knew it was going to be a theatre ofjeopardy, high—risk, high reward, consistency required, lots of delivery under pressure so the athletes did phenomenally well. take
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the athletes did phenomenally well. ta ke tea m the athletes did phenomenally well. take team gb add one more to their tally? the women's curlers and a bronze medal play—off againstjapan, which proved predictably edgy. that is unlikely. the british team with a slender 2—1 lead at the halfway point, but by the final of the game, japan had a 1—point advantage. britain were closest, extra time back in, but eve may went for broke with calamitous results. in going for glory, she knocked out on stone, handingjapan for glory, she knocked out on stone, handing japan the bronze and bitter disappointment for britain. we are going home with nothing, it is to say. we have battled so hard. i am devastated it did not turn out our way tonight. no doubting today's most extraordinary feed. she's going to make history. after winning gold in skis last weekend, it was called ona in skis last weekend, it was called on a snowboard for the czech republic's ester ledecka. two
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titles, two sports, one extraordinary athlete. so with the curling over, rugby union's six nations takes centre stage. ireland take on wales in dublin this afternoon, and then live here on bbc one from 4:16, it's scotland against england. 0ur man in place at murrayfield is 0lly foster. hello. this is the oldest fixture in international rugby. scotland against england, always plenty of neagle, so much history down the yea rs, neagle, so much history down the years, but in recent years, england have hoovered up the calcutta cup, they have won the last state, they have not lost to the scots since 2008, but the scots coming to these matches with hope that they can scupper another title push from the english. it is so tight at the top of the table. ireland top of the six nations table as we head to the halfway stage of the championship. what a match in the next couple of
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minutes in dublin as ireland take on the welsh. with teams have described that as there cup final. 0lly foster at murrayfield. 0ne early kick—off in the premier league this lunchtime with strugglers stoke city the visitors to leicester. not many clear—cut chances in the first half, leicester's matty james firing over in the opening moments. but it was stoke who took the lead just before half—time, xherdan shaqiri continuing his great recent form. leicester were gifted a way back into. this was a horrendous goalkeeping errorfrom jack into. this was a horrendous goalkeeping error from jack butland, fumbling the ball into his own net. it isi-i, fumbling the ball into his own net. it is 1—1, with six minutes to go. that's all the sport for now. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 7. bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. the aid charity plan international has revealed there have been six
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recent cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children involving its staff, volunteers or partner organisations. it says five of the cases were reported to the authorities in the countries involved. plan international says it's tightened its procedures to prevent abuse, as adina campbell reports. another charity mired in sexual misconduct making the front pages. this time, plan international uk, which works in more than 50 countries to improve children's rights and promote equality for girls. in its latest online blog it has confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children between july 2016 and june last year. 0ne involved a member of staff. the others were by volunteers or associates. plan international says the staff member was not from the uk and was dismissed without a reference.
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and it says it ended the contracts with the other volunteers and organisations involved. the charity also says there were nine cases of sexual misconduct and harassment by staff against other adults which led to seven dismissals. in the past, plan international uk has received millions of pounds of funding from the government. it is the latest major charity to admit cases of sexual misconduct and follows investigations into aid organisations including 0xfam and save the children. in an open letter the three charities and many others have now promised a series of urgent and immediate measures to protect the vulnerable. britain is set for its coldest february week in five years, as freezing air, dubbed the beast from the east, arrives from russia. the cold snap will affect the whole of the uk from sunday night, with temperatures expected to drop
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to minus—eight in some areas. simonjones reports. the gritters are gearing up as britain braces itself for a big freeze. the so—called beast from the east is sweeping in from siberia. the met office, in conjunction with nhs england, has issued a level three cold weather alert for the whole of the country, the second most serious level. that means there is a 99% chance of severe weather, icy conditions or heavy snow, between now and thursday. there are additional yellow severe warnings for snow early next week covering most of eastern britain. that could cause travel problems and power cuts. it is certainly not the first snow we will have this winter. but what makes this cold snap different is it is expected to affect the whole of the uk. temperatures could fall as low as —8, but it will feel much chillier because of the wind. there could be increased pressure on already stretched nhs services and councils are providing extra emergency beds for rough sleepers. in ipswich it is being done
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in partnership with the local housing association. the main aim is always to get people off the street and to stop people from dying in the cold weather. and to date we have been pretty successful. next thursday is the meteorological start of spring. but that appears to be on hold as winter continues to bite. joining us from oxford is mike rowley, labour councillor and housing board member at oxford city council. so the severe weather emergency protocol has been triggered for your area. tell us exactly what that involves. well, we triggered the protocol on thursday and it will run in the end of this period of very cold weather that. . that means all
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rough sleepers will be able to access shelter in one of the locations where our partners provide it. also we have... sorry. that is 0k. take your time. it. also we have... sorry. that is ok. take your time. there is a problem with the equipment here. but there isn't problem with the way our shelters are running. we have been in conjunction with local churches to provide extra bed spaces and a rolling shelter open all the way through the winter for the first time. it is beginning to work. the rough sleeper count in oxford is down by more than a third from november to this month before we triggered the protocol. there is still a lot more to be done. how many people can you accommodate and how many do you anticipate arriving to ta ke how many do you anticipate arriving to take this offer of shelter over the womaning week? —— coming week.
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we will accommodate everybody who comes. usually it is 30 people an top of 150 accommodated in other ways. this isn't a long-term. .. i will just wait until you ways. this isn't a long-term. .. i willjust wait until you have your ear piece back in! sorry you're having problems with the ear piece. i was just saying that this isn't a long—term plan, what work is being done to deliver a longer term sloougs for those rough sleeping? we have committed in our latest budget another £5 million to buy homes for people coming out of homelessness and we are building a thousand new social rented houses for general needs for local people in oxford, including people who have been homeless. thank you for your time
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today. the headlines on bbc news: syrian government attacks on the rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta are said to have killed five hundred people this week. the un is still to vote on a ceasefire resolution. the international committee of the red cross becomes the latest aid charity to admit staff have been let go due to sexual misconduct. a man and a woman have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following the death of two brothers — in coventry. when america announced last september that its embassy in havana would no longer be issuing visas, it marked a serious cooling of relations with cuba. it also meant cubans would have to travel to the embassy in colombia instead.
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andrew plant reports. this man has come come from cuba to try to get a visa to enter the us and visit his family he hasn't seen for almost six years. translation: i'm looking forward to this moment, all the effort will be worth it to be with my family is my one and only wish. cuban used to get us visas through an embassy in havana. but they must travel to columbia. last year president trump announced the us was suspending visa processing in havana. the number of immigrant visas has since crashed. the extra
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travel cost simply too much for many. pedro, a pastry salesman is one of lucky once finally getting the paperwork he needs. translation: today i have got what i most desired —to today i have got what i most desired — to reunite with their family in the united states and see my children, my grandchildren, all my family. now, united after so many yea rs family. now, united after so many years with his daughter, over coming the extra difficulties that are now stopping so many cubans from setting foot on american soil. police in calais have told the bbc they fear there'll be another camp in the region within 6 months, because of the rate at which migrants are returning to the area. french authorities cleared the so—called jungle camp in 2016, where up to 8 thousand migrants were living, trying to smuggle themselves onto lorries bound for the uk. at the moment, it's estimated that around 800 migrants are there, 200 having arrived injust the past 2 weeks. the bbc‘s europe reporter, gavin lee, has visited the area again. the calaisjungle
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the calais jungle camp as it was — population 8,000, until it was closed by french authorities in 2016. this is thejungle now — empty, closed off with police watching. but there are migrants still in the area though. a few hundred metre from the old jungle a group show us where they have set up camp, living among the rubble. ali is 20 and has been here for six months. on the morning when we wake up, every hourour months. on the morning when we wake up, every hour our blanket is wet, because the water is in. and also on the top is become white ice. how many people are sleeping in here with you? yeah, some... with me
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three, but most of the people they are sleeping with four. 0n the morning we collect it. we roll it. we hide from the police. at the night maybe if you come later you will see there is a lot of houses here. a lot of, i mean a lot of tents is here. do you end up fighting for your space, are people arguing about who has the best space? no, there is no best place in here. near by on the street charity groups hand out food. police officers look on, they're tolerating the migrant, but under orders to break up camps. they're monitoring the situation of a a fight broke out. this is my place here. in a forest clearing the cameroon quarter. 0ne forest clearing the cameroon quarter. one of men here has been in hiding for a year. so many people
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they from english—speaking countries. that is why everybody is here. you don't want to apply for asylu m here. you don't want to apply for asylum in france because? oh, somebody like me i cannot apply for asylu m somebody like me i cannot apply for asylum in france, because i have beenin asylum in france, because i have been ina asylum in france, because i have been in a country like germany, which my fingerprints is there. you we re which my fingerprints is there. you were rejected there. yes. do you know anybody who has made it to the uk century? finally entered the uk last week. from cameroon? from ethiopia. how did he do it? through lorries. if one way is blocked, one way is open. we wit create another strategy. they cannot stop immigration. the french president has promised to stop anotherjungle camp appearing. the british government is also spending £40 million to improve security at the border. numbers are slowly growing
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again though and attempts to stowaway on lorries continue with authorities here suggesting that every week at least one migrant manages to make it across the water. the united states has unveiled a raft of new sanctions aimed at north korea — a closed country we know little about. but a new exhibition opening in london is aiming to change that — as tim allman explains. when you think of north korea, these are the sort of images that probably come to mind. military parades, precision marching — a closed off country. a mystery to the rest of the world. that is why this exhibition is such an eye—opener. it is trying to provide some insight into what life is really like for the people in north korea. we don't
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understand north korea. we understand north korea. we understand elements of it, but we tend to have a black and white viewpoint. so i think this is one of these elements that is going to improve our knowledge. there are propaganda posters, packaging for sweets and drinks and even pacts of sugar. a collection of stamps with princess diana made to commemorate the birth of prince william. i would be worried if somebody saw this and decided to defect the noshg. i think it is more likely they will see something and want to understand more, because it is this lack of knowledge in the world that is creating worry. for so many people, north korea has become an enigma. its people unknowable. its future uncertain. this exhibition will runs until may, could change that — just
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a little. it's the time of year when snowdrops are appearing in our gardens, a welcome sign that, believe it or not, spring is on its way. but did you know that the current world record for the sale of a snowdrop bulb is 14—hundred pounds? graham satchell has been to meet a couple of experts to find out if you could have a goldmine in your garden. they are a cheery little flower, something which sort of helps remind you that spring is just round the corner. michael myers suffers from a little—known condition. gala nthamania. it has quite particular symptoms. i often refer to a thing called dirty knees syndrome. and that involves people getting down on their knees and looking at the minute details of snowdrops. galanthamania derives from tulip mania, which took place in holland in the 1630s. where tulips would exchange
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prices for the equivalent of the price of a house, maybe even more. and thankfully at the moment gala nthamania has not quite got that silly. franklin gardens, a national trust property in perth. head gardenerjimjermyn is a fellow sufferer. a true galanthaphile. once you have started down the road of collecting snowdrops, it becomes totally infectious. it becomes must have. you just desire to have something better and better each time. what am i looking out for? something that stands out in the crowd. so you have hundreds of snowdrops that look very similar and then suddenly your eye can pick out one with a broadleaf or larger flower. good markings. it is all about the markings. if you find something more different, and you are excited about it, you need to seek out the owner of the land and ask if you might be able to collect a small part of the bulb from a clump.
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snowdrops are a magical burst of life in the depths of winter. and very common. surprising then that there might be a gold mine on your doorstep. you may be lucky enough to find a new variety in your own garden. the current world record for a single snowdrop isjust under £1400. and i would not be surprised to see a new snowdrop go for £2000 in the nearfuture. so get your knees muddy, look out for unusual green and yellow markings. there will definitely be a galanthaphile or two who will want to know. a uk ticket holder has won nearly 78 million in the euromillions draw, after sharing the jackpot with a winner from spain.
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the jackpot has been growing since the turn of the year and was the third biggest in the draw‘s history. definitely a time to keep a close eye on the weather. hi, not much has changed in the forecast in recent hours, it is still going to stay beautiful for the rest of today and tomorrow. we have do days of fine weather and then after that things are set to turn a lot colder and snow will be pushing in from the east. at the moment the cold air has reached central and western parts of europe. temperatures have remained below freezing on the continent. today clear skies, temperature will dip away to minus 2 or 3 in the middle of city centres. 0ut dip away to minus 2 or 3 in the middle of city centres. out of town minus5or 6. middle of city centres. out of town minus 5 or 6. a harsh frost
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tomorrow. probably sunday the last day when the weather will be decent every where, because from monday, these clouds you can see in the north sea will be edging closing and they‘ re snow—bearing and north sea will be edging closing and they're snow—bearing and we will get snow in eastern areas, by tuesday they will become widespread and settling.

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