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tonight at ten: another plunge in relations between britain and russia, as borisjohnson compares president putin to adolf hitler. in moscow, foreign diplomats are summoned to hear an official denial of any involvement in the chemical attack which happened in salisbury. during the day, as inspectors continued their investigation in the salisbury area, the foreign secretary suggested that russia would use the forthcoming world cup like adolf hitler had used the olympics in 1936. what is going to happen in moscow, in the world cup, in all the venues, yes, i think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. we'll have reaction from moscow and from washington, where president trump has congratulated mr putin on his re—election. also tonight: more than a million nhs workers in england are set to get pay rises worth at least 6.5% over three years. it's nice for us to be recognised for all that hard work. but, obviously, it doesn't detract away from the last few years, where we actually haven't had anything.
mark zuckerberg has admitted that facebook made mistakes in mishandling data belonging to some 50 million of its users. a senior police officer says the rise in people killed and injured by knife crime should be causing far more public concern. and a family from bristol is set a challenge — to see if they can live without single—use plastic for ten days. coming up on bbc news. fresh from his first tournament victory in 18 months, rory mcilroy struggles in his first match since at the world matchplay in texas. good evening. the tensions between britain and russia have deepened
following borisjohnson‘s latest reflections on the chemical attack in salisbury, when a former russian spy and his daughter were poisoned. the foreign secretary — answering questions from a parliamentary committee — drew parallels between president putin and adolf hitler, and suggested that mr putin would try to use the forthcoming football world cup in russia in much the same way that adolf hitler used the 1936 olympic games in berlin. moscow said that mrjohnson was "poisoned with hatred and malice." our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg, has more details. it was an invitation that some had refused. reporter: ambassador, why are you taking part in this meeting? but these foreign diplomats had accepted, to come and hear moscow's side of the story on the nerve agent attack. britain sent a diplomat to the foreign ministry, but the british ambassador stayed away. this is what he missed. translation: the british authorities are either unable to ensure
protection from such a terrorist act on their territory or they themselves, directly or indirectly, i'm not accusing anyone, have directed this attack against a russian citizen. hello my name is emma nottingham, i'm from the british embassy. off camera, the british diplomat hits back. sergei skripal and his daughter yulia were poisoned with a military grade novichok nerve agent of a type developed by russia, in what we see as an attempted assassination attempt. "what's going on in their heads", he replies. "take a break from your russophobia and your island mentality." archive: berlin's great day dawns with the arrival of the olympic flame... in britain, a labour mp suggested that vladimir putin would use the world cup like adolf hitler had
used the 1936 olympics — to cover up, as he put it, a brutal, corrupt regime. the foreign secretary agreed. i think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right and i think it's an emetic prospect, frankly, to think of putin glorying in this sporting event. tonight, moscow reacted to boris johnson's comments with fury. the russian foreign ministry said the foreign secretary was "poisoned with hatred and malice, incompetence and loutishness. " meanwhile, russia's propaganda machine tries to discredit sergei skripal. we witnessed this bizarre webcast, where two convicted murderers claimed to be ex—cellmates of the former double agent. on air they accused him of drug addiction, even paedophilia. but after the show, one of them admits to me he saw nothing. "it was just empty gossip."
the poisoning in salisbury has spawned an information war, one moscow is determined to win. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. in a moment we'll speak to our north america editor, jon sopel, but first to our diplomatic correspondent, james landale, at the foreign office. james, what is your reading of relations between london and moscow right now? well, huw, in recent days there have been harare shall words between russian and british politicians. comparing vladimir putin to adolf hitler probably tops the list. to realisejust putin to adolf hitler probably tops the list. to realise just how incendiary the comparison is you have to remember millions upon millions of russians died fighting adolf hitler's nazis. now the foreign office here has been keen to keep this an international confrontation, they have been marshalling allies against what they see as russia's international
pattern of aggressive material. that is why the british government hasn't retaliated against russia's decision to expel 23 british diplomats. they wa nt to to expel 23 british diplomats. they want to keep it from being seen as some kind of bilateral spat between london and moscow. the problem, is mrjohnson‘s remarks risk doing exactly that. tomorrow, when theresa may goes to brussels, she will have just a little bit more work to do to reassure european allies who might be feeling a bit fearful now of getting caught up in an increasingly diplomatic cross fire between london and moscow. james many thanks, james landale at the foreign office for us. straight to washington and jon sopel is there. jon, is it fair to say the signals from the white house towards moscow are slightly conle conning? if i was allowed to scratch my head on the ten o'clock news i would. frankly, it's bewildering the mixed messages we are getting. donald trump in the past couple
hoursals tweeted —— hours has tweeted. forget the fake news media we know as a result of a leak from the white house that his own briefing document counselling against congratulating putin put because there are questions marks over whether it was a free and fair election. many republicans are furious with the president over this. but then the president had a conversation with emmanuel macron today. this is the official readout from the white house, "the president reiterated their solidarity with the united kingdom in the wake of russia's use of chemical weapons against private citizens on british soil and agreed on the need to take action to hold russia accountable." one interpretation is that you have donald trump looking both ways in regard to russia policy. the other way of looking at it is that he's not critical of vladimir putin at all. jon, many thanks again. jon sopel all. jon, many thanks again. jon sopel, our north america editor there in washington. more than a million nhs workers
in england can expect pay rises if they agree to a deal agreed between most trades unions and the government. the past five years have seen a pay cap and a pay freeze. the deal would see wages increase between 6.5% and 29% over the next three years with the exception of doctors, dentists and senior leaders. the biggest rises would go to those on the lowest end of the scale — cleaners, porters and catering staff — who will see an immediate £2,000 added to their pay packets this year. the salary increases are expected to cost around £4 billion, but won't come out of the nhs budget, they will come from treasury funds. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, has more details. porters, paramedics, nurses, who care for millions of patients. the staff who keep the nhs going are finally to have a bigger pay rise. it's nice for us to be recognised for all that hard work. but obviously, it doesn't detract
away from the last few years, where we actually haven't had anything. most of us live on a strict budget. that can ease off a bit and the future will look better and brighter. i have two young children, so having this pay rise will help out even more with childcare, things like that. i'll be able to do more things. scrap the cap! forfive years, there have been calls to do just that. aside from some automatic rises, the limit on public—sector pay increases, of 1%, meant wages fell behind. the speaker: the secretary of state for health and social care, secretary jeremy hunt. and the election left the tories in no doubt about the irritation. so... today's agreement on a new pay deal reflects public appreciation forjust how much they have done and continue to do. rarely has a pay raise been so well—deserved for nhs staff, who have never worked harder. when a nurse pleaded with the prime minister for a pay rise on national television, she was told there was no magic money tree.
so, can he tell us how this pay rise will be paid for? has the prime minister's horticultural skills grown said magic money tree? taxpayers' money for the rises will come from the treasury to start with, not out of existing health budgets, so the big unions are on board. it's not solved the problems, it's a start, and we would expect it to be the start of a new process that recognises the hard work of our nurses and our people who work in our health service, that recognises the value and that we value those people for what we do. but staff still have to approve the deal. and with inflation, it might not make up the difference. i think the devil is in the detail, and our members that met yesterday were absolutely going through the details and couldn't see how this was going to claw back years of pay cuts. perhaps for nhs staff in england, these rises can't come fast enough. remember, limits on pay have been
in place for years — part of the conservatives' efforts to balance the nation's books. but public money will still be tight. this is an easing of a squeeze, not the end. scotland and wales are likely to follow the westminster move, and it adds volume to calls for rises in other parts of the public sector. money round here's still tight, but the cap no longer fits. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. facebook has admitted making mistakes in midhandling data belonging to some 50 million of its users. chief executive mark zuckerberg, in his first response to the controversy over the use of data, has promised tougher steps to prevent what he called "bad actors" from getting access to people's private information. facebook, the world's biggest social media network, is facing growing pressure in europe and the united states about allegations that a british
firm, cambridge analytica, accessed users' information for political purposes, notably to help donald trump's presidential campaign. our business editor, simonjack, has the latest. facebook founder mark zuckerberg broke his silence tonight on a scandal that has engulfed the social media giant. in a facebook post, he said the company had a responsibility to protect your data and admitted the company had made mistakes. he described how a british academic had invented an app inviting facebook users to do a personality test. 300,000 people downloaded it, it collected personal information on them and also all of their facebook friends, harvesting data on 50 million users. that data was obtained by a british consultancy, cambridge analytica, in 2014 — a move zuckerberg described tonight as "a breach of trust" — and it was later allegedly used in the trump
election campaign. a campaign the company's executive took a lot of credit for when secretly filmed, an apparent shock to the original app designer. never in our wildest dreams did we think anything we did would be used in the donald trump campaign. this is 2014, well before anybody would think mr trump would be a serious candidate. so, at the time, like, i didn't know who their clients were going to be, i didn't really know the specific use case. i did know it was going to be used for political purposes, but beyond that, you know, it was well above my pay grade. should have asked! could this small consultancy really have altered the course of us history? unlikely, says a man who worked on barack obama's 2008 election. data can be misused to increase divisions and stoke fears as they themselves have said, and that is why it needs to be regulated more carefully, and ethical behaviour needs to be enforced. but elections are decided by a whole range of factors and i think cambridge analytica over
claimed their impact. zuckerberg says facebook will conduct a full audit of apps with suspicious activity, ban apps that break the rules or refuse to be audited and make it harder for developers to access data in the future. perhaps the biggest change will be our awareness of what we're agreeing to when we hit "i agree." the conversation we should be having is, what happens to our data? how much are we comfortable to share? who are we comfortable to share it with? and what do we think about how that's done? so this feels like it's been a real light bulb moment, where people are understanding that it's notjust clicking "like" on facebook, what you are doing there is giving data away. facebook‘s value has fallen by $50 billion since monday, and today's announcement didn't see that reverse. evidence, perhaps, of lasting damage on facebook‘s brand and its users' trust. simon jack, bbc news. in a moment, we'll be speaking to our economics editor, kamal ahmed, who's in brussels to talk about the tax that big technology companies pay. but first our media editor, amol rajan, is at facebook headquarters in california.
what do you make of the response we got from facebook this evening?m was long overdue. in fairness to mark zuckerberg, his reputation has taken a hammering over the last few days when he remained silent. i have been tough on him. today he announced substantial changes like the restriction on data for apt development and the fact it will be easierfor development and the fact it will be easier for users to work out what data will be vulnerable. those are significant changes. i spoke to chris cox, the chief product officer he said he was clear there had been a big breach of trust. what mark zuckerberg said in his blog post had three audiences. there was a staff audience, they look to mark zuckerberg as a deity and they are reassured. over the atlantic,
questions are any beginning to be answered. then there is the public. the public at large feel that the reputation of facebook for safety with personal data has taken a hammering and it will take more than a blog post to fix that. let's go now to brussels. on the theme of these big companies under pressure, there is another dimension to this tonight. absolutely. controversy is for big, digital, global giants like facebook and google are not just global giants like facebook and google are notjust about data, the other big issue is tax. today the european commission here in brussels announced really radical plans to make these big, digital companies that operate around the world and here in europe, of course, pay more tax. they want them to pay tax the amount of users they have, the amount of users they have, the amount of users they have, the amount of revenues they gain. the
claim is, under these proposals, they could be paid up to £4 billion more tax across europe and a chunk of that could come to britain. traditional businesses effective tax rate is about 23% with digital businesses effective tax rate is 9.5%. that is the issue the european commission wants to solve. will it happen? the commission i spoke to today said he wanted agreement by the end of the year and the uk will be ably participant. the treasury has said it wants to go down this route. this is the big test. on data we have heard what governments and regulators want and contacts we have heard what governments and regulators want to do. the question now, by the end of the year, will anything really of substance change? many thanks. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. more than 30 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the afghan capital, kabul. at least 65 others were injured.
the blast happened as crowds were leaving a shrine. a man charged with a series of bombings in austin, texas has died after blowing himself up in his car following a police chase. he's been named as 23—year—old mark conditt. two people were killed in six parcel bomb attacks during the past month. more than 100 nigerian schoolgirls abducted by islamist militants last month in the town of dapchi have been freed. five girls are said to have died in captivity and another, the only christian in the group, has not been released. the government denies paying boko haram a ransom. the archbishop of canterbury has told an inquiry into child abuse that he is ashamed of the church of england's handling of the issue. justin welby said listening to three weeks of evidence about abuse in the church had left him horrified. the inquiry is looking at abuse that took place in the diocese of chichester. a senior police officer has told bbc news that the rise in people killed and injured by knife crime should be causing far more public concern.
he says that because many victims are black, not enough is being done to prevent it. this year, there have been 26 fatal stabbings in london. the bbc has also seen new figures from the nhs showing a significant increase in those being treated in hospital for stabbing injuries. our special correspondent lucy manning has the story. seven days, six murders, all by knives. police in east london investigate another last night. knives now being used too often, killing too many. just a few miles away, this bedroom was full of life, but that life is gone. they are parents who lost their son last month. now it's empty. nothing is here. he died for nothing. when i come into this room,
hasan's smell comes in my nose. everywhere, it has that smell. hasan's mother, amina, can now only stroke his picture. everyone is lost too much, hasan. a lot of people loved him. he was handsome. he was very honest. and he was 19 years old. he had a plan for the future. hasan was a student, studying criminology, when he was stabbed. it's two minutes that changed hasan's life, my life, my family's life. police! stay where you are! police! 5am, west london, police burst through the doors. officers are stepping up trying to stop knives being used, but admit they haven't been able to stop knife crime rising. knuckle—dusters and drugs are removed from the house and a sword is recovered. there has been a significant increase of knife crime and that's what we are tackling and have been tackling over the last year or so.
so it's gone up, and i think we should all be concerned about that. 26 people murdered by knives in london so far this year, including six teenagers, prompting this frank admission. i do fear sometimes that because the majority of those that are injured or killed are coming from certain communities — and very often, the black communities in london — it doesn't get the sense of collective outrage that it ought to do and really get everyone to a place where we all are doing everything we can to prevent this from happening. the bbc‘s obtained the latest provisional nhs figures for england, showing more than 4,000 stabbing victims treated in the ten months until the end of january this year. that's 520 more people and a 14% increase on the same period the year before. london hospitals like barts, imperial and king's college treated the most. 213 were treated in birmingham, 181 in manchester and 133 in liverpool.
what would you like to see the police and the government doing to stop so much knife crime? they're not doing good enough. this is a serious problem, honestly. there's a lot of people that are dying that's 17 years old, 18 years old, 20 years old. they're dying for nothing. after the stabbings, the flowers, but they don't last, and everyone — but the families — move on. i don't want anyone else hurt any more. i don't want... any mothers and fathers crying any more. lucy manning, bbc news. it is six months since hurricane maria devastated puerto rico. aid agencies say life for many of the residents remains a day—to—day struggle. many of them i get to have
their electricity reconnected. our correspondent reports from the central town for that there is resentment towards the us government for what is seen by many puerto rico ricans as a lack of urgency to the response. imagine having to depend on a generator to keep your mother alive. that's the way carmen has been living for six months. she, like so many here, all american citizens, has had no electricity since hurricane maria. every time the generator fails, her mother's respirator shuts down. translation: i've been crying all the time. i thought my mother would die because i couldn't help her. it's horrible. me and her are struggling so much to fight this situation. it was the most devastating hurricane to hit puerto rico in living memory, plunging more than 3 million people into darkness, and into a humanitarian crisis. maria obliterated infrastructure right across this island.
people are crossing a river in the way they have not done for years here because the bridge was totally destroyed. for so many people, in so many ways across puerto rico, life has been set back decades. this bridge is being rebuilt. but the pace of recovery across what is an american territory has been painfully slow. puerto ricans expected far more help from the us. and it's hard not to wonder, if this school had been in texas or florida, whether the children would have gone this long without electricity. unable to use computers as they used to, often in unwashed uniforms, and unable to work at home after dark. this teacher, maria isabel santana, told us she was upset by the impact it was having on her students, saying there were already months behind in their learning. but the misery is not just about power.
there was so much damage done to homes as well. many though have been given little more than blue tarpaulin to repair them. so many who can have just left the island, scrawling their contact details on the buildings they abandoned. evelyn cruz knows more than anyone the psychological impact of staying here. her brother, julio, took his life just last month. she says it's because he was overwhelmed by the conditions since the hurricane. translation: all the disasters in real life, it affected him. seeing so much need. —— maria left. knowing all the bad news. being without electricity. seeing all the desolation and all the people leaving. it affected him mentally. and there has been a massive spike in puerto ricans attempting suicide since the storm. in many ways, people here can accept the devastation of a force of
nature like hurricane maria much more than they can understand the suffering they are still going through now. aleem maqbool, bbc news, morovis, puerto rico. the pilot of the jet that crashed at the shoreham air show in 2015 is to be charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of the 11 people who died on the ground. andrew hill is also accused of endangering an aircraft and is due to appear before magistrates next month. for the latest, let's join our correspondent, duncan kennedy at east sussex police headquarters in lewes. yes. it is nearly three years since the air crash yes. it is nearly three years since the aircrash in yes. it is nearly three years since the air crash in shoreham. tonight the air crash in shoreham. tonight the families came to the sussex police headquarters for a private meeting with the crown prosecution service. they were told the pilot, andy hill, who survived the crash is
to be prosecuted for manslaughter by gross negligence. this was the worst airshow disaster in britain since 1952. a vintagejet taking part in an air display crashed next to the a27 in shoreham. 11 men on the ground were killed. at least 11 other people were injured. tonight, the families of those who died came to sussex police headquarters to meet the crown prosecution service. they were told that andy hill, the pilot, would now be prosecuted. i have found there is sufficient evidence to charge mr hill with manslaughter by gross negligence of the 11 men who died. i have also authorised a further charge against mr hill of endangering an aircraft contrary to article 137 of the air navigation order 2009. lawyers for the families involved say the decision by the cps to prosecute comes after nearly three years of grief and loss. the decision by the crown prosecution service is very much welcomed and the families now hope that this criminal procedure
and process can progress as swiftly as possible. this memorial to the 11 men who died has been placed on this bridge near the crash site. tonight, the crown prosecution service said that andy hill, the pilot, would be charged and appear in court in due course. the inquest into the men's deaths is now likely to be postponed until after any court case. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in sussex. a major new study has warned that the quantity of plastic in the world's oceans will treble within a decade, unless urgent action is taken. so, in the first of a three—part series, we've set one family from bristol a challenge — to see if they can live without single—use plastic for ten days. our correspondent, jon kay, has been to visit them. so, what's for tea in the evans household tonight? plastic, and plastic, and plastic.
and more plastic. liz, andy and their girls want to live with less of this. but how? plastic, plastic, plastic... plastic, plastic, plastic. they're going to try living without single—use plastic for ten days. we're up for it, but... i can't see how you can do it, as a modern family. and look at the bottles of lemonade that we like. milk! tomorrow is bin day. we're doing well at recycling, but where does it go from us? they were inspired by watching blue planet 2. it will take years, and years, and years. it'll probably still be that same bottle when you're mummy and daddy's age. shower gel for chloe. shower gel for ella. shampoo for the puppy. going plastic—free. .. moisturisers... ..is going to mean some big changes.
we're just plastic weirdos! i don't think you are weird. i think this is pretty typical of most households. yeah, but when you start to think about it, that's when you realise how reliant on it we are. we make our own toothpaste. how do you do that? to get some tips, they've come to meet the williams family, who've been living without plastic for two years. we're so used to being told we need a spray for this and a bottle for that... they use bars of shampoo, home—made deodorant. they have a little wooden stick in the middle. even special earbuds. it just keeps anything fresh. and waxed paper, instead of clingfilm. andrew and i do work on a fairly tight budget. liz wants reassurance that it won't break the bank when they try doing this. well, we think it's probably a bit cheaper, don't we?