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good evening and welcome to bbc news. in a moment we'll be joining viewers on bbc one for a full bulletin of news with clive myrie, but first, up to 500 people in salisbury who went to the same pub and restaurant as a poisoned former russian spy and his daughter are being advised to wash their clothes and clean any possessions they handled whilst there. england's chief medical officer, dame sally davies, stressed the risk from the nerve agent was extremely low. the relevant closing times on monday were 9pm for zizzi and ”pm for the mill pub on monday. this means wash clothing you haven't already, ideally in the washing machine. any items which cannot be washed and would normally be dry cleaned should be double bagged in plastic until further information is available.
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wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with baby wipes and dispose of them in plastic bags in the bin. wash hard items such as jewellery and spectacles, which cannot go in the washing machine, with warm water and detergent. more information is now on the website of public health england, and will be made available at key sites in salisbury. i want to reiterate that this is precautionary advice aimed at only those people who were at the venues between these times, which i believe to be less than 500 people. meanwhile, let me repeat that the risk to us, the general public, remains low. and i am confident that none of these customers or staff will have suffered harm. thank you. steve cooper was in the mill pub on sunday afternoon — he gave his reaction to the advice. only became aware of it a few hours
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ago andi only became aware of it a few hours ago and i was wearing this watch, these shoes and with the same phone. chatting to my friends in the pub, they can't remember what they were wearing and we haven't taken that precaution yet. a little outraged, to be honest, that we only find out now having spoken to the police in the last few days and to the squad yesterday, as well. the little concerned that we don't know what the long—term effect is on any others. now, the public health people today were being quite clear, the risk is small. we are worried about repeated contacts over many months so as long as people wash their clothes and other items, it should be fine. are you reassured by that? to be honest, not really. we
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don't know what the facts are. they have suggested rather than telling is the real long—term effects. using baby wipes to wash my phone and watch, i really don't think is going to get rid of a nerve agent. hundreds of people in salisbury, are being advised to wash their clothes and possessions, after last week's nerve agent attack on a former russian spy. as police continue their investigations, it's confirmed traces of the poison, have been found in a local pub and restaurant. i think i've been more worried as the week has gone on and the gravity of the events that took place in our small city has unravelled. but england's chief medical officer says the risk is extremely low, and no one should be alarmed. also on the programme. the water regulator is to investigate, why thousands suffered shortages, following the recent cold weather. china's parliament
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gives president xijinping the right to rule, for life. and at the winter paralympics, millie knight and brett wild win their second silver medal, in the women's downhill super—g for the visually impaired. good evening. hundreds of people in salisbury, who went to the same restaurant and pub visited by a poisoned former russian spy, have been advised to wash their clothes and possessions. england's chief medical officer says anyone who spent time at the zizzi italian restaurant, or the mill pub last sunday or monday, should take precautions, but she stressed the risk is extremely low
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and no one should be alarmed. the bbc has learnt that the table where sergei and yulia scripal ate in the restaurant, has been destroyed. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. wearing gas masks and protective clothing, military personnel were spending mother's day in salisbury loading potentially contaminated ca i’s loading potentially contaminated ca rs onto loading potentially contaminated cars onto trucks. two vauxhall vehicles had been parked behind a church not far from the city centre. bizarre and extraordinary scenes once again. this time in a pay and display car park in this historic cathedral city. it was the attack on sergei skripal that led to the operation. the bbc understands that
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the table in the restaurant used by the table in the restaurant used by the pair was so contaminated that it had to be destroyed. police gave this advice to those in the pub and restau ra nt this advice to those in the pub and restaurant on saturday and sunday. wash clothes, ideally in the washing machine, any items that cannot be washed and normally would be dry cleaned should be double bagged in plastic until further information is available. white personal items with baby wipes and dispose of them in the bins. wash hard items that cannot go in the washing machine in warm water and detergent. steve cook was in the pub on sunday at exactly the same time. he said he is getting worried. they haven't revealed what the nerve agent was and what the effect long—term on anyone's health could be. i'd like to know more about that. i'd like to know what
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precautions i personally can take. rather thanjust washing precautions i personally can take. rather than just washing my clothes, having potentially already been exposed, what precautions can me and my wife tape. i don't think washing my wife tape. i don't think washing my phone and my watch with baby wipes is going to get rid of a nerve agent. did the emergency services respond quickly enough? are you satisfied that you escalated this incident quickly enough at the beginning of last week? the machinery, the support, the national advice, the capability and expertise was mobilised. for this ancient medieval city it has been a surreal and frightening seven days. if the suspicions proved right, what happened here, the use of a chemical weapon, nerve agent, to attack to people is likely to have huge implications with britain's relations with russia. daniel is in salisbury —
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are the community reassured? people have been on a bit of a journey this week. first of all, they were frightened and upset by what happened, what the bishop of salisbury called a violation of their community and they have become more reassured and used to the police cordon and men and women in the strange protective clothing in large military vehicles. what happened today came as a fresh shock particularly to the people who had beenin particularly to the people who had been in the zizzi restaurant and the mill pub. they said there was very little risk. they have now been told that the items they cannot wash should be sealed in two plastic bags and stowed away from people. that has been a bit of a surprise. daniel, thank you. the chancellor philip hammond, has rejected calls to announce the end of austerity. speaking two days before he delivers his spring economic statement, he said the country was still heavily in debt,
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but there was "light at the end of the tunnel". labour has accused the government, of holding back growth. our political correspondent jonathan blake has more. morning, chancellor. there was little disguising philip hammond's smile this morning and perhaps even a spring in his step as he arrived to deliver his message that the economy is looking up. there is light at the end of the tunnel. what we are about to see is debt starting to fall after it's been growing for i7 continuous years. that's a very important moment for us. but we are still in the tunnel at the moment and we have to get let down. that debt, the chancellor talked about looks like this. dig by historic standards but forecasts suggest the amount that the uk owes relative to the size of the economy could have peaked. labour gathering this
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weekend in dundee for their scottish conference claimed there is little to celebrate and want to turn on the spending taps. lives have been destroyed and millions left in despair. it is thanks to the failed economic dogma of neoliberalism and austerity. posterity was a political choice, not an economic necessity. we choose socialism. on thursday a report highlighted the pressure on councils with squeezed budgets and cuts in services from central funding. philip hammond is also under pressure from the health service and defence for extra spending. the statement on tuesday will be a low—key affair. he won't appear brandishing a red box. significant changes will be reserved for the budget in the autumn. today's political skirmishes serve asa today's political skirmishes serve as a reminderjust how different the instincts are of the conservatives
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and labour over the economy. the liberal democrat leader vince cable, says too many older people who voted for brexit, were "driven by nostalgia" for a world where "faces were white." speaking at his party's spring conference in southport, he said the voting of the older generation, had "crushed the hopes and aspirations of young people, for years to come." the water regulator, ofwat, is to investigate why thousands of people suffered water shortages, after the recent cold weather. homes and businesses faced days without running water, when pipes burst during the thaw, which followed freezing weather conditions. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. jonathan lewis in balham had no water at all for three days last week. he couldn't wash himself or his clothes. to make matters worse, he heard nothing from his water provider thames water. there was very little information coming
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through from the water company. total inconvenience. you used to just turning on the tapper but not having water to flush the toilets, have a shower, do you washing. he was one of at least 20,000 homes in london that had no water last week. thames water apologised and provided many customers with bottled water. after the beast from the east first many pipes. the watchdog says its review will examine what caused the water shortages. and whether water firms had the proper contingency plans for such eventualities. after all, the icy blast had been forecast well in advance. also, how well did companies communicate with their customers. what a company said that only i% of customers lost supply and that teams worked around the clock to make sure that water was available as soon as possible. if
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the regulator finds that the companies have breached their licence they could be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover. that is little comfort to those who had no water for days, despite living in a country that had plenty of rain. a charity co—founded by the u2 singer bono, has apologised, after bullying, harassment and abuse claims, made by staff. the one organisation, says employees in south africa, have alleged they were belittled and subjected to sexist comments. in a statement, the charity admitted to "institutional failures," and promised to improve its systems. china's parliament, has voted to abolish the two—term limit for the country's president. the move allows xi jinping, to stay in office beyond the end of his second term in 2023, possibly indefinitely. our china correspondent john sudworth reports. xijinping was the xi jinping was the first to cast his vote for a change which could if he
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wa nts vote for a change which could if he wants make him president for life. the applause proved, if anyone needed, that the result was a foregone conclusion. out of almost 3000 delegates, only to voted against. past, the announcer says. this man's hold on power is now com plete this man's hold on power is now complete and indefinite. the cost of opposition to his rule can be high. this woman shows the papers left behind by her husband, a lawyer who recently wrote an open letter calling for democratic elections. he is now been detained on subversion charges. translation: he did everything within the boundaries of the law and yet it is not allowed here and now many people are afraid
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of speaking out. as china enacts its most profound political change in decades, all public discussion is being tightly controlled and some sort. the 2—term limit solve a problem facing all undemocratic authoritarian states. it helps china ensure orderly and regular leadership succession, what's happened here today is highly significant. a choreographed, complex, rubber—stamp parliament has removed the last limitation on xi jinping's power. with all the sport, here's olly foster at the bbc sport centre. we saw one of the great old firm matches today. celtic came from behind twice against rangers and they also had a man sent off before winning 3—2 at ibrox to stretch their premiership lead to nine points. here's our scotland football correspondent chris mclaughlin. afamiliar a familiar noise and the usual
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colour but for the first time in yea rs, colour but for the first time in years, a resurgent rangers fancied their chances. with fewer than three minutes gone, they showed why. windass i—0, cue mayhem. when the equaliser came, it showed celtic‘s quality. there was another for rangers but dembele cancelled it out. was this a red card? the assistant thought so. simunovic off but celtic showed fighting spirit. ina but celtic showed fighting spirit. in a titanic struggle, they got their reward. a delightfulfinish, deserving a double fist pump. drama to come, minutes left, great save left a terrible mess. it wasn't to be for the home side and celtic edge closer to seven in a row. there were two games in the premier league today, tottenham are up to third in the table after they came
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from behind to beat bournemouth 4—1. heung—min son scored twice. after three league defeats in a row arsenal beat watford 3—0. pierre emerick aubameyang with the best of their goals but they are 12 points off the top four. there have been more british medals on the second day of the winter paralympics in south korea including a second silver for teenager millie knight. kate grey reports from pyeongchang. no to ii; wild were back on guide brett wild were back on course, this time a more technical one. could they do any better? no signs of holding back in the favourite event for this pair. this
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was their best medal chance. and they delivered, not quite enough to beat their team—mates but a podium finish nonetheless. the winner of yesterday's race followed them down the hill and outperformed the brits. so it was silver and bronze. massive dream come true for both others. so glad that we've done it together. elsewhere, on the snow britain's first representative in nordic skiing finished a long way down the field in 17th place. with day to finished, tomorrow attention turns to snowboarding and great britain have athletes taking part for the first time. all three going for the first time. all three going for gold. ireland won the six nations championship yesterday but wales are up to second after a bonus point win against italy in cardiff. george north scored two of their five tries to win 38—14. they face france on the final weekend italy's defeat means
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that they will claim the wooden spoon for the third year in a row. the bbc sport website has highlights of all the weekends six nations rugby, but that's all for now. that's it. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel, and i'll be back with the late news at ten. now on bbc1, its time for the news where you are. bye for now. hello there. this is bbc news. let's get more now on the news that china's people's congress has voted to approve a constitutional amendment, abolishing two—term limits for the country's president. the move will allow xi jinping to stay in office beyond the end of his second term in 2023 and possibly rule indefinitely. the bbc‘s world service asia pacific editor celia hattonjoined me earlier with her assessment. he isa
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he is a popularfigure he is a popular figure who he is a popularfigure who many think has restored china or is in the process of to what chinese people believe is their right place in the world. he has grand projects which have visited national pride, new global trading routes, he has vowed to abolish poverty, even the fa ct vowed to abolish poverty, even the fact that china is hosting the winter olympics is seen as an important step to take. there is that. however, the fact that he has abolished term limits has had an interesting reaction. we've seen internet censorship go into overdrive. comments that were made we re overdrive. comments that were made were quickly wiped away. we've also seen were quickly wiped away. we've also seen the chinese state media really try to downplay this news. i have chinese friends who live in the centre of china and i ask what they thought about this. these were educated people and they didn't know anything about it three days ago. i
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had friends checking the internet to check what i was saying was true and we re check what i was saying was true and were shocked to learn this from me. it goes to show that really this has been really shuffled under the carpet in china. i think because the government knows it is a sensitive issue in a country that has been through a lot of political turmoil in the last 50 years and they are trying to push the idea that stability is what the country needs at the moment. this is something that really could bring in a lot of emotions if people knew what was happening. how does this tie in with ambitions that we are not aware of? what is your assessment? xi jinping has huge projects which he wants to push. the party has been saying this will allow our strong leader to go ahead and really keep going and to achieve success with these big projects. term limits come with problems for any government. they
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create a lame duck out of a leader inafinalterm. create a lame duck out of a leader in a final term. this would allow him to escape that. he's done away with a lot of his opponents. they are ina with a lot of his opponents. they are in a weak position. he felt he was in the power position right now and could push this through. we haven't heard anything really in terms of criticism from other international leaders. could this backfire for xijinping? international leaders. could this backfire for xi jinping7|j international leaders. could this backfire for xi jinping? i think so. i think he is in a tricky position. the chinese economy is on a knife edge and is carrying a lot of corporate and local debt. it also has a huge demographic problem. a rapidly ageing society. the government expected to deliver social services for many ageing people and isn't in a position to do so. people and isn't in a position to do so. china has problems. xijinping has tied himself to china's future for way over five years,
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indefinitely. he could be taking a huge risk with this move. people living near a volcano injapan have been urged to wear hard—hats as its eruptions get more violent. mount shinmodake is ejecting rocks and smoke several kilometres into the air. it's the volcano's fourth eruption this century. andrew plant reports. night—time in south—western japan. high above these houses the red glow of one of the country's most active falque knows. —— volcanos. it is now being watched very carefully as smoke rises more than 3000 metres into the air. high winds growing ash across the town, schoolchildren wearing protective hard hats with the authorities warning of the risk
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of flying rocks up to four kilometres around the volcano. deep in the south of japan, it's part of a long volcanic range in a country with more than 100 active volcanoes. in 1967 it was made famous on the big screen in the james bond film you only live twice as the headquarters of the spectre organisation. it has been spitting ash and rocks and with more than ten eruptions everyday experts are watching to see how more violent they become. time for a look at the weather. here is nick. after a look at some rain and sunshine, a look ahead. temperatures heading up into
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double figures for some of ours. for england and wales, low pressure has been close by. from this area of low pressure abandoned spreading northwards. here is the picture going into tonight. rain for much of south—west england, edging its way northwards. at the end of the night, fringing into southernmost parts of scotland. elsewhere, a lot of cloud around. with all that whether going on, or temperatures not dropping too far. monday's weather still dominated by low pressure. outbreaks of rain showers. some drier and brighter interludes. still affecting southernmost parts of scotland. elsewhere in scotland it's mainly dry. it is quite windy through the
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channel. gusty winds through the channel. gusty winds through the channel islands. temperatures are little lower compared with what we had through the weekend. some more of us have highs in single figures. a ridge of high pressure coming in on tuesday so quieter weather on the way. low pressure towards the south—west will take over on wednesday feeding bands of wet weather north—east across the uk. not all plain sailing on tuesday. a lot of cloud to begin the day. increasing sunshine into the afternoon particularly across the western side of the uk. a ridge of high pressure starts to take control. after that, low pressure ta kes control. after that, low pressure takes over. temperatures close to normalfor takes over. temperatures close to normal for the takes over. temperatures close to normalfor the time of takes over. temperatures close to normal for the time of year. for the rest of the week... a break on tuesday but after that, the impact of low pressure starts to be felt. temperatures close to normal for the
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