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this is bbc world news. the headlines at 11: after days of wrangling, the un security council passes a resolution calling for a 30 day ceasefire across syria. remanded in custody, charged with causing the death by dangerous driving at two young brothers in coventry. —— and man and woman are in custody. the death of emma chambers, best known for playing alice in the vicar of dibley. she has died. scotland stun england in the six nations at murrayfield to lift the cup for the first time in a decade. and we will be taking a look at the myer‘s front pages, including the sunday telegraph, which says the reason they's deputy is warning that
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the snp could ruin the uk's ability to strike trade deals after brexit. good evening and welcome to bbc world news. after days of deadlock, the united nations security council has unanimously agreed on a ceasefire in syria. the hope is the resolution will allow some respite for civilians in the rebel enclave of eastern ghouta, who have been bombarded by russian—backed syrian forces. the resolution calls for the ceasefire to last 30 days and to begin without delay. western diplomats accused moscow of stalling for time. nick bryant reports.
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the people of eastern ghouta woke up this morning to continued aerial bombardment and the news from new york that the security council remained deadlocked. and still couldn't reach agreement on how to bring about even a temporary halt to the killing. delay in syria always brings more death. at least 120 children have been killed since sunday, according to human rights activists. hospitals overwhelmed by the number of casualties have been targets of the government's bombing. on the fringes of the security council, the tensest of negotiations. but always a sense of urgency from the backers of this resolution and always the unresolved question, would russia allow it to pass? i would call upon those who are in favour of the draft resolution to raise their hand. when it came to a vote, the russian ambassador held his arm aloft not to wield a veto, but to finally agree. yet western diplomats still attacked moscow for delaying its passage for days. as they dragged out the negotiation,
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the bombs from assad's fighter jets continued to fall. in the three days it took us to adopt this resolution, how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling? while we have been arguing over commas, assad's planes have been killing more civilians in their homes and in their hospitals. imposing unbearable suffering. the russian ambassador was pessimistic about the chances of the ceasefire, saying there weren't concrete guarantees from warring parties to abide by. this resolution brings the hope, at least, that aid convoys will soon be driving through these streets and medical evacuations can finally take place. but even after the security council agreed its passage, reports came from eastern ghouta that government warplanes were continuing their week—long bombardment. ealrier i spoke to panos moumtzis,
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the un regional humanitarian co—ordinator for the syria crisis. i asked him about his reaction to that plan for the 30 day truce. finally, really, after days of deliberation of the security council, finally the resolution has passed unanimously. this is very much welcome. of course, the most important part now is the implementation of the resolution, of course. and we want to see immediate cessation of hostilities. on our side, as humanitarian actors, united nation, ngos, we are all ready to roll out assistance to be able to cover the needs of people who have been besieged for a long time and bring them much needed life—saving assistance. when do you expect you will be allowed to move in? we hope to be able, immediately. i mean, the resolution is with immediate effect. and what is interesting about the resolution
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is that it covers countrywide. this is about helping people in different locations of the country with hostilities that have gone for too long. what are your priorities once you get the go—ahead? what is your plan? so, the plan is to deliver immediately food assistance, to take in medical supplies, to be able to take out people who need medical evacuation for hospital, and to roll out, really, an important and significant response to reach the most vulnerable of the people. we all know that it is the besieged people in east ghouta who have been living in a desperate situation for days and days now. the procedure and that really took place in eastern ghouta in particular, finally i hope to be able immediately to take in the march and desperately needed assistance of the people there. ——
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beseigement. it needs to take place now. finally i hope to be able to, with this being implemented immediately, to be able to take in the much and desperately needed assistance for the people there. most importantly, the protection of civilians is another worry that we have. civilians, infrastructure, hospitals, schools, facilities have been systematically receiving bombs. so, again, bringing a relief to the people will be very important. the resolution is for 30 days. of course, we hope that this will allow us to go to all areas, and we hope that it will go beyond the 30 days, we hope that there will be peace and stability for syria, which is really long overdue after seven years of war in the country. just how bad are...? we know that there are medical cases that are waiting to come out, that need to come out of eastern ghouta. just how desperately does this enclave need a cessation in hostilities? how bad are things?
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where are the residents seeking refuge? this decision of the security council on the cessation of hostilities is desperately needed. the residents of east ghouta, in particular, during the last six days, they have endured daily bombing, they have really had no water, no food, no electricity. more than 20 health facilities were attacked. several of them were not functioning. people were hiding in basements. everybody tried to go to wherever they could to survive. more than 500 people were killed, including more than 120 children. so, this is a situation that really was every day, we thought that the day was really terrible, and the next day would be even worse. so now we hope that this has to be implemented immediately to be able to, first of all, have clear skies in ghouta, rather than planes dropping bombs and the terror that people live, not knowing if the bomb was going to fall in their house. it will be finding out how this
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story and many others will be covered in the papers. —— we will be. i hope you canjoin me. the head of the international committee of the red cross has said that recent revelations of misconduct by aid workers is a watershed moment for the charity sector. his comments came as he revealed that more than 20 of his staff had him dismissed in the last three years for sexual misconduct. 0ur diplomatic correspondent reports. the red cross emblem is seen as a symbol of protection around the world. like here in south sudan. and most of the time, it is. but the icrc has now revealed behaviour it says was a betrayal of the people it was set up to serve. since 2015, 21 members of staff either resigned or were dismissed for paying for sex.
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the head of the icrc spoke of the silence around sexual misconduct being shattered and called this a watershed moment for the humanitarian sector as a whole. yesterday, 22 british aid organisations came together to write a joint letter promising to root out staff who have abused their power, and saying they were truly sorry. among them was 0xfam. revelations about the behaviour of seven of its workers in haiti put the whole aid sector under scrutiny, with all aid agencies now under pressure for transparency, plan international has just confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children. organisations dedicated to saving and improving lives are now also trying to rescue reputations. it's clear that we have a particular challenge within the charity sector in that some people in some charities have been concerned that if they report this kind of behaviour, it will harm the work that they so passionately believe in. and we've seen from the case of 0xfam that loss of public trust
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is hugely, hugely damaging. as aid agencies try to rebuild trust, the government has given them a deadline. 192 british charities working abroad have until monday to come clean on past allegations of sexual misconduct. they must also show what they're doing now to protect the people they help from future abuse. caroline hawley, bbc news. two people have been remanded in custody charged with causing the death of two young brothers by dangerous driving in coventry. the boys were six and two years old and we re boys were six and two years old and were on a family trip to a park when they were hit by a car on thursday. are we put in coventry, emma thomas, was in court. proceedings in court this morning lasted around a quarter ofan this morning lasted around a quarter of an hour. a this morning lasted around a quarter ofan hour. a man this morning lasted around a quarter of an hour. a man and woman are both underjoint enterprise
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of an hour. a man and woman are both under joint enterprise under two cou nts under joint enterprise under two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. mr brown has also charged with driving while disqualified and uninsured. it was alleged that woman assaulted a member of the public in the moments after the collision. due to the serious nature of the offences, this case must be dealt with at crown court. the two had been told they will reappear here by video link on the 27th of march. until that date, they will remain in custody. there has been a large community reaction in coventry to the deaths of these two others on thursday afternoon. yesterday, of bikers arrived at the scene of the crash to pay their tributes.|j bikers arrived at the scene of the crash to pay their tributes. i did not what is that any of the family when i heard what happened, i was in shock last night and today. i could not even work today, i was just in that much of the state, it. a online
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fundraising page was set up to help the family find at the funerals, just a day later, donations from the public have already surpassed £15,000 and today, players for coventry city chose to wear black armbands as a mark of respect their way it fixture at mansfield. police continue to appeal for any witnesses to come forward or anyone who may have information that may help the investigation. the actress emma chambers has died at the age of 53. she was best known for playing alice in the vicar of dibley. i cannot believe in the stuff that is not, but if it is not, i can't believe that it but if it is not, i can't believe thatitis but if it is not, i can't believe that it is not, and i can't believe that it is not, and i can't believe that both, that it is not around the stuff that i cannot believe it is not butter are not in fact butter,
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andi not butter are not in fact butter, and i believe they both might in fa ct and i believe they both might in fact be butter. a character who was both as humourous as she was naive. he was ever so sweet and carried her case to customs. this is emma, she is my baby sister. just as loved as honey in the hit hong kong, notting hill. hugh grant today called her hilarious and brilliant actress, while dawn french led the two bits in the vicar of dibley cast, saying she had lost the most loyalfriend anyone could wish for. fans are mourning the woman behind the comedy character who was loved by millions. the actress emma chambers there, who has died at the age of 53. the actress emma chambers there, who
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has died at tiifi is geifiss’m: e e president trump blocked the memo's ! warning that the document contained classified material. 0ur washington correspondent has
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been explaining the significance of this new information. well, he really is. it is a ten page memo released by the democrats, refuting an earlier memo put out by a republican members of the house intelligence committee and that republican memo, just to take you back to that so that we can set the current one in some context, it describes a politically biased justice department and fbi. in particular, it claimed that the fbi relied on a dossier compiled by a former british spy, a man called christopher steele, and in order to convince a court to grant a surveillance warrants regarding a former donald trump campaign aide, a man called carter page, without revealing that the dossier in question was paid for by the hillary clinton campaign. president trump
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said that the page republican memo vindicated him as - the
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