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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7:00pm: after months of trading insults, president trump and the north korean leader kim jong—un agree to meet face to face. almost 200 military personnel, trained in chemical warfare, are deployed in salisbury after the nerve agent attack on a former russian spy and his daughter. they have the detection equipment that will allow them to properly, safely and very detailed survey of those areas and if there is any contamination, they can safely remove that and have it destroyed. britain seeks an exemption from america's tough new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. also in the next hour... a former hospital consultant in north lanarkshire has been convicted of possessing firearms with intent to endanger life. dr martin watt, seen here talking to bbc panarama, was found to have a huge cache of weapons and a list of people he was thinking of killing.
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§e eee £35154?ng the military will go in the area,
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safely do a detailed survey of the areas and if there is any contamination they can safely remove that and have it destroyed. tonight, there was renewed police activity at the grave of sergei skripal‘s son, alexander, who died last year. it has been suggested his body may be exhumed. the home secretary was the first senior government representative to visit salisbury this morning. ministers have stressed the importance of getting to the bottom of the alleged plot before pointing fingers. i am in awe of their sympathetic approach and professionalism as they engage with these people. and now as they reflect, they are concerned sometimes for themselves and their families but they have all said to me that they would not have done anything differently.
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and then to the hospital continuing to provide the highest level of care to the victims. detective sergeant nick bailey, exposed to nerve agent during the incident, is making good progress. his friends await news. always really easy to speak to, to get hold of, always delivers. and he delivers it effectively and efficiently. he always has a sense of humouraround him. he does it easily and nothing is ever too much trouble for him. sergei skripal remains in critical condition, his daughter, yulia, the same, but responding better to treatment. the investigation has become part of life in central salisbury. everybody is scared a little bit. hopefully everything is all right in the next couple of days. your t—shirt says it all. calm is exactly how people have remained. do you feel concerned?
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no, otherwise i wouldn't be here and i certainly would not bring my son. some worry that salisbury will become known for this shocking event, but life will move on. it will always be there but the town, the city, there is so much loved here, i don't think that would happen. there is so much love here, i don't think that would happen. for now, at least, central salisbury remains the scene of a crime reverberating around the world. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani is in salisbury. the military have been deployed, what is their task going to be in the next coming weeks? there has been a flurry of activity at the hospital. we arrived herejust before nightfall, to see two large military lorries arrived, giant military lorries arrived, giant military pick—ups. the first thing
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they did carefully was remove a police car and take it away. that all happened over the course of about an hour. that is believed to be one of the vehicles which may have been involved in the initial emergency response and burkle could potentially be contaminated, or has had somebody in it he was possibly at risk. these military personnel, 180 of them drawn from a range of regiment, they are trained in chemical warfare and decontamination and the initial role is to assist the police. the counter—terrorism detectives in this removal exercise. 0nce detectives in this removal exercise. once they have done that they will be removing a number of items to the police. we don't know if the police will look at it later, because they are keeping their cards close to their chests. there was an interesting developments at the graveyard on the outskirts of the city where sergei skripal‘s wife
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died some years ago and his son alexander, died in uncertain circumstances about a year, lay buried. there was a police forensics tend to put up in the graveyard and others as arrived in protective clothing and they took items away, possibly flowers and that is the speculation, from the graveside, obviously taking them away if that is the case, for analysis. so over the course of this evening and into the course of this evening and into the weekend there will be a flurry of this military activity. every now and again they will pop up in the city and get on with their work. it is an investigation which has an awful long way to go. the people that are reassured by the presence of the military or do they find it alarming there is this activity going on and the potential buyer might be contamination and it is pretty widespread?” might be contamination and it is pretty widespread? i think from my experience here over the last couple of days, everybody is taking it in
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their stride, inasmuch as accepting it and getting on with it. salisbury isa it and getting on with it. salisbury is a town steeped in tradition and links with the military. not far from here is porton down, the key military defence laboratory has been involved in military chemical wa rfa re involved in military chemical warfare for years. military life is pa rt warfare for years. military life is part of life in wiltshire. clearly people have been worried about this nerve agent attack on sergei skripal and his daughter. they have asked people if they had symptoms, which led to false reports of 21 people having been treated. the big concern for salisbury is when can get back to business? there are businesses still closed because of police cordons, particularly around the park bench, which is underneath a forensic tents, where the couple we re forensic tents, where the couple were found slumped and barely
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conscious, if conscious at all on sunday. those businesses are still closed and the city is trying to put a recovery plan in place for them to make sure they get insurance pay—outs and advertising and this city will be open for business again very city will be open for business again very soon. city will be open for business again very soon. dominic, thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are historian and daily telegraph writer, tim stanley and daily mirror columnist susie boniface. president trump has announced he'll hold talks with north korea's kimjong—un. the surprise decision comes after months of growing tension, in which the two men have traded insults. south korean officials, who have brokered the talks, describe it as a miracle, and say the north is now committed to denuclearisation and has promised to halt all nuclear yulia and missile tests. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant has more. last night, the white house felt more like the twilight zone,
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donald trump slipping into the press briefing room unannounced to tell reporters to expect a major announcement. and then out from the west wing came a delegation from south korea, to make one of the most stunning diplomatic statements in decades, after delivering to donald trump a message from kimjong un. he expressed his eagerness to meet president trump as soon as possible. president trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet kim jong—un by may. to achieve permanent denuclearisation. prior to arriving in washington, they held a meeting in pyongyang, with kim jong—un offering a warm hand of friendship, rather than rattling his usual sabre.
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and on state tv, the schmaltzy soundtrack doubled as diplomatic mood music as the north korean leader offered to abandon his nuclear arsenal in return for security guarantees from the united states. then came the sentimental farewell, kim jong—un sending them off not just with a wave but an invitation to mr trump, the most improbable overture. donald trump gave his response on twitter. the white house claims his tough talk has worked. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. washington has been in a whirlwind, taken by surprise. shortly before the shock announcement, america's chief diplomat ruled out direct talks with pyongyang. in terms of direct talks with the united states and us negotiations, we are a long way from negotiations. this gamble offers pyongyang
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a propaganda coup without much the dramatic groundwork and without a guarantee of success. but president trump's predecessors have failed to hold predecessors have failed to halt north korea's nuclear programme, so perhaps it is worth this dramatic new gesture. two combustible leaders dealing with potentially the world's most combustible problem. diplomacy like a las vegas title fight, the international summit of the century. as we heard there, today's announcement follows something of thawing of relations between north and south korea, that saw them march under a single flag at the winter olympics. the south korean president, moonjae—in, described the planned meeting with its unpredictable and heavily armed neighbour as a milestone for peace, but how has the news gone down in the capital, seoul?
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laura bicker has been finding out. for months, seoul wondered if it faced the prospect of war once again. today, it woke to better news. translation: the prospect of a stunning trump/kim summit has turned an impending crisis into an opportunity. the horror of the korean war is not forgotten here. the fighting ended with no peace treaty. now future generations hope these talks will prevent further confrontation. translation: i think this will be a turning point, and through this our future children will benefit from living in a more free and peaceful world. translation: i think it is a good thing for both countries, and as a south korean citizen, it's good that the threat of war has reduced, even by a little. translation: even if things turn out well, it won't benefit the people in north korea.
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in the past, when the south korean president provided aid to north korea, i heard almost none of it went to the common people. so i don't think it's going to turn out well. decades of distrust and suspicion divide north and south. people have learned that hope can be a bad thing. i'm told it's hard to tell what is real progress and what is propaganda. a strong word of caution. the road ahead is very long, very complicated, very complex, and there's no guarantee that the north will ever give up its nuclear weapons easily, if at all. these talks are a huge political gamble. presidents moon and trump could be being played by pyongyang, or this peninsula could be on the verge of something it's been searching for for nearly seven decades, a peace treaty. this statue portrays two brothers divided by the war, in a last, desperate embrace. there's a sense of cautious optimism that this unresolved conflict could now have a happy ending.
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laura baker, bbc news, seoul. well, we can speak now to professor hazel smith from the centre of korean studies at soas, the school of oriental and african studies. she's also the author of north korea, markets and military rule and joins us via webcam from sheffield. thank you forjoining us this evening. some are describing this as a miracle. were you surprised and how has this come about, apparently so how has this come about, apparently so suddenly? i wasn't surprised and i don't think it has come about suddenly. despite the bluster, of course this is what is reported in the media when we see president trump's tweets or the north korean news agency making bizarre claims, what we have seen behind—the—scenes since the escalating tensions of the last year is a steady progress in
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diplomacy behind the scenes. mainly led by south korea, which has been involved in some sophisticated diplomacy. but with north korea, behind—the—scenes. not in order to engage in substantive talks on the nuclear issue yet, but to open up communications. they kept the united states firmly on board and this is different from the so—called sunshine policy when south korea went ahead, but this was not done in conjunction with the united states. now we see a difference international context and the south koreans are being very astute. this chief negotiator who went to pyongyang came back and then immediately went to washington. at every level, the officials in the state department previously, but rex
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tillerson yesterday was kept informed about what the south koreans had been doing. president trump has said since he was a candidate, he didn't rule out meeting with kim jong—un candidate, he didn't rule out meeting with kimjong—un if candidate, he didn't rule out meeting with kim jong—un if this would progress the issue. so i think we have seen all the various stars in place, and now perhaps they have become aligned. as some of your commentary said, there is still a long way to go. we're talking about talks about negotiations now, not about any final products. why is north korea doing this now, what is in itfor north korea doing this now, what is in it for them, given we have had the tough talk, if you like? is it because sanctions are kicking in in a way that they now need to do something about? it is a number of different things. strategically they have said since the end of the cold war when they began to develop their own nuclear programme after the soviet union and russia said they would not protect north korea to its
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nuclear programme. so north korea said we don't feel safe so we will develop our own and we think it will deter any potential military intervention from abroad. we might not agree with their rationale, but thatis not agree with their rationale, but that is what they said. what they want, what they have make clear over the past 20 years, is a security guarantee against military intervention but also, they want to, in what ever way it can be arranged inaform in what ever way it can be arranged in a form of a treaty, protection against any support for any domestic opposition at home. that will be tricky for the united states to handle. of course, north korea is affected by economic sanctions but not as much as one might think. its trade is very low. north korea's dependence on trade is not high at all, it is a very poor country, it is one of the poorest countries in the world. at the same time, north
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korean policy is to economically developed the country and it cannot do that without foreign investment. you cannot get foreign investment until the nuclear crisis is sorted out. no investor will transfer funds into north korea as loans or grants, without the nuclear tension being resolved. so for them to appease their young people, who see consumers benefiting in south korea and china, they want to improve the standard of living for their people, because they think it will help them guard of political discontents, they cannot do that without a security deal. for them, their motivation is clear, security guarantees and the possibility of moving towards some kind of economic development after that. professor hazel smith, thank you forjoining us this evening. the headlines on bbc news: president trump and kim jong—un
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agree to meet face—to—face. the meeting is due to take place by may. nearly 200 military personnel are deployed to salisbury as the grave of say gay scruple's white become the latest place to be sealed off by the latest place to be sealed off by the authorities. britain seeks an exemption from america's tough new tariffs on imports of steel and the million as the eu says it may go to the world trade organisation. —— aluminium. britain is close to agreeing a multi billion pound deal to supply saudi arabia with 48 typhoon fighterjets. it coincides with the last day of a visit by the new saudi leader crown prince mohammed bin salman. it's a welcome shot in the arm for uk industry but has already attracted criticism. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner explained that with saudi waging war in yemen, it was always going to
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be controversial. i think it is a punch on the nose for the hundreds of protesters who came out to demonstrate outside downing street against both the visit and the arms trade between britain and saudi arabia. plus, all those who are sitting at home probably shaking their heads at this. but for the government and for the defence industry and for those who think that saudi arabia is the right ally to have, then it is certainly, as you say, a shot in the arm. over 5000 jobs in the uk depend on this, many more in saudi arabia. this is a man, the crown prince who is shaking up that country. he's seen as a bull work against iranian expansionism, against its missile programme, against its whole aggressive stance, as it's perceived, in parts of the middle east. and saudi arabia cooperates on counterterrorism. they passed a tip—off that stopped an attack in 2012 just ahead of the london olympics. so, the government has taken the view that despite its concerns, that were raised last night at chequers by the prime minister over dinner, they are going to go ahead with these defence sales. that's not going to be popular with some people, because of yemen. the first aid convoy since monday
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has crossed into the besieged syrian rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta. the international red cross has sent 13 trucks loaded with food to hundreds of thousands of civilians there. the organisation said the convoy was not allowed to take in medical supplies and the amount of food is nowhere near enough. the government says it will seek a british exemption from new tariffs on steel and aluminium exports to the united states. president trump says the tariffs are to defend america from what he's called an ‘assault on our country'. but employers and unions in the uk steel industry say the measures could have "devastating" consequences. iam i am defending america's national security by placing tariffs on
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imports of steel and the lumia. he said he would do it and now he has. what does it mean to britain now it's steel exports to the us will be significantly tax? that is what bosses and unions british steel in scunthorpe have bosses and unions british steel in scu nthorpe have been bosses and unions british steel in scunthorpe have been discussing today, on behalf of the 4000 people who work here. it's not often a piece of paper signed on the other side of the atlantic by an american president could such significant consequences for scunthorpe. but in the town today, president trump has become a major topic of conversation. we have had such a ha rd conversation. we have had such a hard time trying to get back to normal. then for him to do that and i don't think it will do his industry any good either. it is punishing us, british steel. creme de la creme it is going to be a setback for scunthorpe, let's hope he changes his mind as he does on a lot of things. he shouldn't have got in in the first place, he's not a
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politician. he is a businessman. things had been looking up for this plant in scu nthorpe things had been looking up for this plant in scunthorpe after being on the brink of collapse in 2015, it was bought for just the brink of collapse in 2015, it was bought forjust £1 by british steel and is now turning a profit. but for a company that makes one of the strongest products in the world, its fortune is fragile and losing the us market could have a significant, negative impact. but the government says it has a strategy. we understandings i about steel production that the united states has, but we believe there are other ways to tackle that on a multilateral braces. we want to look at these proposals in detail and once we have done so, set up the government's response to the house of commons and i will travel to the united states to make a response known to the authorities. whether this will go through, is a good question. the probability of them going through without a significant amount of negotiation between now and two weeks is very low. the hope
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now is the government can negotiate reduced tariff the british steel putting that so—called special relationship to the test. a former hospital consultants in north lanarkshire has been charged with possessing firearms to endanger life. dr martin watt had submachine guns, two pistols and the list of people he was thinking of killing. a raid on the house he was living and revealed the extent of martin watt‘s collection of weapons. among them, three submachineguns, two self loading pistols and over 1500 live rounds of ammunition. and this envelope with the title, bad guys on it. inside, he had lists of names and addresses of people he said were involved in his dismissalfrom east lanarkshire. he said he had bad thoughts and made plans to
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assassinate these people. he told the court making his own gunpowder was easy and he adapted some ammunition which would make it more lethal and create maximum damage. he said he took inspiration from this film, killer elite a violent film about mercenaries. but he told the court he had no intention of carrying out the assassination plans. playing out the retribution game on paper gave me some sort of comfort, he said. it is difficult to give precise figures. this was dr martin watt working the night shift in airdrie. he was talking to bbc‘s panorama about sectarian violence and the horror he had seen. at least three people had been slashed across the face. a barmaid who was injured who got caught in the crossfire. dr
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watt was a consultant at monklands hospitalfor watt was a consultant at monklands hospital for 18 watt was a consultant at monklands hospitalfor 18 years. he watt was a consultant at monklands hospital for 18 years. he worked for the health service for over 30 yea rs. the health service for over 30 years. he was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing in 2012. he subsequently took early retirement. previously, a keen climber. after losing hisjob, previously, a keen climber. after losing his job, guns previously, a keen climber. after losing hisjob, guns and shooting became his focus. his internet searches shows how he had invested how to make a home—made gun silencer, make explosives, how to kill someone and in the months leading up to his arrest, he said he would practice shooting one of the machine guns on rough ground near where he lived. it took the jury just under an hour and a quarter to find dr watt guilty of possessing firearms and ammunition with the intent of endangering life. dr watt waved at supporters in the public gallery as he was led away. our priority to rock the process as to ensure our staff have been supported
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andi ensure our staff have been supported and i know they are all relieved the trial is now over. i would like to thank the offices of police scotland who secured this conviction and ends your no one came to any harm. a man who devoted his professional life to saving lives in the health service, then made plans which could have seen then made plans which could have seen others lose theirs. the man accused of carrying out the london tube bombing at parsons green made no attempt to deny he was responsible when he was arrested the day after the attack, a court heard today. the prosecution claims ahmed hassan, who denies attempted murder, told a detective that he made the bomb. 30 people were injured in september last year when the bomb partially exploded in a tube carriage. june kelly was in court. ahmed hassan on his way to brighton, hours after leaving a bomb on an underground train in london. two years on from his arrival in the uk, the teenage asylum seeker caused mayhem in its capital city. hassan later headed for dover,
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where he made for the port area. the jury at his trial has seen this cctv footage of his movements. 0n the run, he hung around this area until the following morning. and it was here, 24 hours after the tube attack, the police identified him as a wanted man. in an initial interview with counter—terrorism detectives from scotland yard, hassan was asked, "who made the device?" and he replied, "i did." in response to further questions, he said there might be a few grams of the explosive, tatp, at his home address. hassan's device created a fireball when it partially exploded on an underground train at parsons green station in west london. the jury was told today the bomb was packed with shrapnel, including nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits and knives. and it contained 400 grams of the explosive tatp. it would have been lethal if it
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had fully detonated. this was the evidence from an explosives expert, who went on to the train. the prosecution evidence at his trial is now drawing to a close and hassan's defence case is due to start next week. june kelly, bbc news, at the old bailey. sirjohn sulston, who won the nobel prize for medicine for his work on the human genome project, has died. sirjohn's work in decoding the sequence of human dna, the building blocks of life saw him awarded the prize in 2002. time foran time for an update on the weather with ben rich. good evening, friday brought sunshine for many but things have been changing, down in the south cloud and rain has been spreading in and will continue to push northwards through the night. a bit of wet snow on the high ground in the pennines. scotland, dry with
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clear spells. down to the south by the end of the night, temperatures around 10—11d. that is the theme for the weekend. very mild indeed. spells of rain at times, not all the time but will often be quite cloudy. you can see during saturday, the wet weather continues to slide northwards. as it gets to scotland, could give some snow over high ground. in the south across england, wales and northern ireland, further bands of rain passing west to east. but when we get some breaks in the crowd and sunshine, temperatures into double digits, 15—16. sunday, the mist and fog to start and then spells of sun shine, scattered showers and still feeling mild. this is bbc news — our latest headlines: north korea's leader kim jong—un offers to meet donald trump face to face — the us president accepts. the south koreans say it's nothing short of a miracle. almost 200 military personnel are deployed in salisbury, as the grave of sergei skripal‘s
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wife is the latest place to be sealed off by the authorities. britain is closing in on a major deal to sell almost 50 warplanes to saudi arabia, despite growing criticism of the saudis‘ military campaign in yemen. the old bailey hears from passengers who were on board this tube when a bomb partially exploded at london's parsons green. and on newswatch, the attempted murder of a double agent on british soil... did bbc news report it proportionately and fairly? join us at 7:45, here on bbc news. bones discovered on a pacific island in 1940 are "likely" to be those of famed pilot amelia earhart, according to a new study. earhart was one of the most famous women in the world when she disappeared during her attempt to fly around the globe. the pioneering pilot vanished without trace in 1937.
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a skeleton and some bones were discovered on a pacific island in 1940. a researcher determined in 1941 that those remains belonged to a man. as recently as 2015, the techniques employed in that study were said to be sound and therefore the remains were likely to have been from a man, but now a new study claims they are in fact a 99% match to the missing pilot. richard gillespie is the author of finding amelia. he is also the executive director of the international group for historic aircraft recovery. hejoins me now, via webcam. richard gillespie, thank you for joining us this evening. it is an incredible story. tell us briefly about the story final journey. incredible story. tell us briefly about the story finaljourney. well, amelia's final journey now appears to have ended on an uninhabited
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gardner island, still one of the most gardner island, still one of the m ost re m ote gardner island, still one of the most remote places on earth. she made a safe landing on the reef that surrounds the island which dries at low tide, smooth and flat. she made distress calls for nearly a week before the aeroplane was washed by rising tides and surf into the ocean, so rising tides and surf into the ocean, so when the us navy search the island from the air a week later, they didn't see her plane and they said the radio distress calls had somehow been understandings. amelia earhart and her navigator we re amelia earhart and her navigator were left literally marooned on a desert island, where they survived for a time. she died. three years later, a british colonial service officer came to the island. he found a partial skeleton, and a waste
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campsite, campfire, dead birds, a dead turtle, parts of a woman shoot, parts of a man's shoe and a box that once contained a navigational instrument. he looked at this. pastore, woman's shoe, this might be amelia earhart. he notified his superiors in fiji 1000 miles away and they told him to send the bones there and keep his mouth shut. both of which he did. the bones arrived in fiji in1941. of which he did. the bones arrived in fiji in 1941. the high commissioner of the western pacific in fiji decided to keep the entire investigation of this incident inside fiji. they did not contact the americans, nor the university of syd ney the americans, nor the university of sydney and anatomical department. the bones were given to a local doctor, who ran the school for the native medical practitioners. the doctor determined, based on the formulas available to him at the time, that these were bones of a
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short, stocky european man. the british administration said ok, it's not amelia earhart and they closed the file. the whole incident disappeared like the... why did the study go back, given it was deemed to be so certain these were male bones, why go back and look at it ain? bones, why go back and look at it again? why go back and look at it ain? again? why go back and look at it again? riaz, why? will and suspected these bones that had been rumoured, very few people believed, when we did locate the original file very few people believed, when we did locate the originalfile in 1998, we said, well this is a determination made in 1941 by a doctor who had no particular training in forensic medicine. we've come a long way in science since 1941, let's let modern forensic anthropologist look at these bones,
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welbeck and that the bones, the bones have been lost, but look at the measurements and see if they come to the same conclusion. we did that and the scientists said, no, this looks more likely that these we re this looks more likely that these were the bones of a female of northern european extraction who was roughly her height in stature. but that was in 1998. we took another look at it all these years later, 17 yea rs later look at it all these years later, 17 years later when we started looking at it again, and the science has advanced. we could get much more data about amelia earhart‘s physique, compared to the bone measurements in the file, and the doctor concluded that there is a 99% match that this does appear to have been amelia earhart. so how does it feel, do you feel like you have solved a great mystery? i've felt like we solved this great mystery for several years. this is the crowning jewel in... 30 years of
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investigation, scientific testing, analysis, artefact recovery. we've been quite sure we had this nailed for a long time, but this is the first time that an outside scientist, applying quantifiable techniques to the original data has reached a conclusion like this, that appears ina reached a conclusion like this, that appears in a peer reviewed journal of forensic anthropology. so this is great. it doesn't surprise me. it pleases me greatly, but i'm also under no illusions that this will solve the amelia earhart mystery for most people. this mystery has gone on for too long. there are too many people who are invested emotionally in other explanations for amelia earhart‘s fate, and they will cling to that remaining 1% with great dedication, i'm sure. this is an over. it is a fascinating story.
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thank you very much for your insight this evening. richard gillespie, author of finding amelia. . returning to president trump's announcement he will hold talks with north korea's kim jong—un. announcement he will hold talks with north korea's kimjong—un. in the last few minutes the us press secretary has been explaining to journalist why donald trump has agreed to the first face—to—face meeting with the north korean leader bya meeting with the north korean leader by a sitting american president. i hope we can make some continued progress. what we know is the maximum pressure campaign has clearly been effective. we know it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on north korea and they have made some major promises. they have made some major promises. they have made some major promises. they have made promises to denuclearise and to stop nuclear and missile testing and have recognised that regulate military exercises between the us and its ally, south korea, will continue. the maximum pressure campaign, when not letting up. we won't step back or make any changes
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to that. we will continue in that effort. when going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions which match the words of of north korea. can kim jong—un be trusted as a negotiating partner customer we're not in the negotiation right now that we have accepted the invitation to talk. based on their promises they have made. that the latest update from the press secretary at the white house. a proposal to impose a so—called latte levy on throwaway coffee cups has been rejected by the government. mps on the environmental audit committee had suggested a charge of 25p for disposable coffee cups to reduce their use. but ministers say it is better for shops to offer voluntary discounts to customers bringing their own cups. roger harrabin reports. what do you do with your used cappachino cup? should you throw it
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in the rubbish or recycle it? mps on the environmental audit committee say coffee shops should be charged 25p for every cup they sell that cannot be fully recycled. the government does not like the idea. ministers say they are not convinced the recycling industry can handle supposedly recyclable cups that are covered in cold cappuccino froth. they said it is better for shops to offer discounts to people bringing their own mugs. we need a variety of solutions. it is great to see retailers starting to take action but that should not be at the expense of the government also showing leadership. the mps say this suggests the government is not serious about tackling the problem of waste. the arduous task of building stonehenge may have been part of a ceremonial celebration, according to historians studying the ancient site. the stone circle in wiltshire was built over 4,000 years ago using stones from south wales — a fact that has long baffled
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experts, but english heritage now says selecting, moving and setting up the stones on salisbury plain, may have been a way of bringing people from all over the country together. duncan kennedy reports. one, two, three, pull. heaving for history. volunteers at stonehenge today trying to repeat what neolithic people did around four and a half thousand years ago. do you currently feel like neolithic woman doing this? that is an interesting concept, yes. yes, i do. the aim of the experiment was to see how this ancient monument was built. historians now say it was the construction process itself as much as the end result that mattered. we know it was a prehistoric temple aligned with the movements of the sun. it was used as such.
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the building process and alterations, changes coming together as a community might have been more important factor. taken 100 years ago, helped to prove their point. the images show how moving great rocks has long been accompanied by dancing and dressing up in costumes. they say it was probably the same spirit that helped to build stonehenge, with people drawn from across britain to come and feast and make building a festival. we need to come back literally four inches. in old money! in other words, a celebration of construction. recreated today. the stone is so heavy, we have asked for more volunteers.
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it weighs about four tonnes. this is hard work. this is the first time an official rock pull like this has ever taken place at stonehenge. do we have success here? it is partial success, not exactly vertical, but it has been raised. afairfew a fair few people pulling. it shows the effort required just for a four tonne stone. 0k, are we ready? it does not always go to plan. whoa! stop! yet even with the odds tumble, the experiment shows what can be achieved when strangers come together for a common good. and in doing so, help inform our preconceptions of prehistory. the headlines on bbc news: president trump and north
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korea's kim jong—un agree to meet face to face — it's due to take place by may. nearly 200 military personnel are deployed to salisbury,
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