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this is bbc news. the headlines: the bodies of two climbers who went missing in pakistan have been found. briton tom ballard and italian daniele nardi last made contact two weeks ago. the home secretary, sajid javid, is facing criticism after the death of the baby son of shamima begum — the british teenager whose citizenship he revoked forjoining the islamic state group. a man charged with murdering jodie chesney has been remanded in custody. the 17—year—old was stabbed to death in a park in east london last friday. also this hour — the brexit secretary accuses michel barnier of trying "to rerun old arguments". he's been urged to agree to a "balanced solution" by stephen barclay, as talks continue between the uk and eu. increased activity at a missile site in north korea.
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satellite images of a facility near pyongyang suggest the country may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. rescuers have found the bodies of two climbers who had been missing for almost a fortnight on a mountain in pakistan. the british mountaineer tom ballard was climbing nanga parbat with daniele nardi, who's italian, when they lost contact. a search operation had been under way this week after four spanish rescuers were flown to the area by military helicopter. the deaths were confirmed by the italian ambassador to pakistan on twitter. let's speak now to alan hinkes, a british mountaineer who has climbed all of the world's 14 highest mountains. alan knew tom ballard's mother, alison hargreaves,
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who died on k2 in 1995. thank you forjoining us, very sad news today. it is. iwas thank you forjoining us, very sad news today. it is. i was prepared for it, i was despondent last week realising they were dead and very sad, tom was a fine young man can he had developed into one of the world's best climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and obviously daniele was a good mountaineer as well. we have seen silhouettes and they think they are the bodies. we are slightly having a bit of a break—up on the line but we will continue speaking to you, you said you had known him since he was six and you also climb with his mother. it's tragic to
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think that both mother and son have lost their lives like this. they we re lost their lives like this. they were on the mountain are very close tok were on the mountain are very close to k two, it is known as the savage mountain, nanga parbat is known as the killer manton, but tom was doing what he wanted to do, he would have known the dangers but i feel for his sister and his dad and i haven't really known tom since he was six but i have been following his career and he was a fine young man. we know that they went missing around the time the tensions were building up between india and pakistan. was there a delay to the rescue because of that? apparently the helicopters couldn't take off, but i don't think it mattered too much. they were
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lucky they were just below the altitude, if they had been above 6500 altitude, if they had been above 650 0 m etres altitude, if they had been above 6500 metres it would have been too high. the delay does make a difference but on a mountain like nanga parbat in winter, one of the most dangerous mountains in the world and if anything goes wrong it happens pretty quickly and if you are at last out for any length of time, temperatures are a0 below, you will die pretty quickly. i don't think it would have made too much difference. thank you very much for your thoughts on this sad news, and sorry about the break—up on that line. the home secretary sajid javid is facing fresh criticism after shamima begum's baby son died in a syrian refugee camp. last month, he stripped miss begum of her british citizenship. it meant she was not allowed to return to the uk, where she was born and lived untilfour years ago. the shadow home secretary,
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diane abbott, said the child was "innocent" and described the government's decision as "callous and inhumane". our correspondent chi chi izundu reports. babyjarrah, born in a camp used to hold isis fighters, their wives and children, pictured with his mum, 19—year—old shamima begum, less than three weeks old, now dead from pneumonia and buried at the same camp. more than 65,000, mostly women and children, call this home. both a refuge and detention centre, those who chose to join isis and are now fleeing the fighting have ended up here. conditions at the camp mean little food a little warmth. food and little warmth. last month, the home secretary, sajid javid, confirmed the boy was a british citizen and said he had considered the child's interest when deciding to revoke shamima begum's citizenship. criticism now at the uk government's door that the life of that child could have been saved. it cannot be right that this mother was stripped of her citizenship,
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when she was so vulnerable, she herself groomed as a child and left britain, where she had been radicalised. she was british until stripped of her citizenship, which we think was completely the wrong approach. but crucially, whatever you think about the behaviour and choices of that mother, this is a newborn, the third child that this mother has lost. this child is clearlyjust one more innocent victim of war. labour's shadow home secretary, diane abbott, joined the criticism, calling the baby's death morally reprehensible and a stain on the conscience of this government. but the conservative party chairman, brandon lewis, said on radio a this morning that the decision to keep shamima begum out of the uk was in the national interest. as somebody who has served in the home office, i can tell you factually the home secretary will have made a decision based on what he believes is the best interest of the security of the people of the united kingdom. the duty of the home secretary in this country is to keep british people safe and he made a decision based on the advice he had about keeping british people safe. meanwhile, shamima's family are still fighting for her to be allowed back into the uk.
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in bangladesh, just before it was revealed that her child had died, shamima's father, ahmed ali, begged for his daughter to be forgiven. translation: shamima was a teenager. she has done wrong and as her father, i apologise to everyone in britain. i'm asking the british people to forgive her and take her back. in a statement, the government says the death of a child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family, but gave no indication that there were any plans to even consider its stance on giving shamima begum back her british citizenship. chi chi izundu, bbc news. i'm nowjoined by mp and former justice minister, philip lee. very sad news to hear that an innocent child has lost its life like this but the government this morning site they had no choice, it was a decision by the home secretary to keep this girl out of the uk for
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the sake of national security and that must come first. it does, my argument would be that if we are going to try to address long—term security in this country, try to understand why a child who left these shores was motivated to join and a pawn organisation and felt that was the right thing to do and i think by not understanding that we make our country less secure. do you think diane abbott goes too far in the amount of blame she portions and the amount of blame she portions and the language she uses?” the amount of blame she portions and the language she uses? i think it's tragic that the government has caused this loss of the child i think is taking it too far, conditions in this camp were reported to be awful, the international red cross said up to 100 children have died in the
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vicinity or within the camp itself so vicinity or within the camp itself so there is clearly a problem with conditions but i don't want to get into the sort of language diane abbott has used but i think this was a british baby and we had a moral responsibility to this child, it has sadly been lost, we also had it for the other children caught up in this dreadful civil war. but with shamim a big herself, when she was found by the times journalist originally she said she had no regrets about joining eis. if she came back to the british justice system there would bea british justice system there would be a cot and a danger she could radicalise others given that she hasn't expressed full regret. none of this is easy but if she came back here she could be subjected to that full force of the criminaljustice system, the idea is she would be a
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danger radicalising people in bangladesh or globally. extremism doesn't ignore borders, it is transferred across the internet and britain has to take responsibility to deal with extremism wherever it has a responsibility and this child, 110w has a responsibility and this child, now an adult woman, is a product of british society and a member of our community and for some reason she has become radicalised and decided to support the most abhorrent of organisations. although this is true and we don't understand it, i would argue the mature decision for democracy is to take this responsibility and try to work out why she feels she cannot apologise for what everyone knows were abhorrent acts. how far do you think sajid javid should have this baby's
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life on his own conscience?” sajid javid should have this baby's life on his own conscience? i think the difficulty here is that apportioning blame to one person doesn't get us any further. when the decision was made i didn't think it was appropriate or right for national security in the longer term, undoubtedly by making that decision this child was born into circumstances which may have contributed to the baby's death. i don't know the details but i know that newborn babies born into difficult circumstances of refugee camps have less chance than if they are born into a fully staffed units in britain, that is a statement of fa ct in britain, that is a statement of fact and we have to reflect upon this decision and the consequences and make sure we don't repeat the same decisions again. at the risk of sounding callous when we have just heard about the baby's death, do you
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think the fact the home secretary is a muslim himself and has been talked about as a potential leadership candidate, there are concerns of perhaps trying to convince a conservative membership that he is a strong home secretary, a british home secretary, do you think that might have influenced his decision? if you'll allow me i don't want to get stuck into the inner workings of conservative party politics but what concerns me more as a principle is i have a fear that decisions are being made across the board that are more populist in nature and unprincipled and ultimately in these difficult circumstances we have to follow the evidence and adhere to core principles of being in a free liberal democracy and the responsibilities we have two the rest of the world and i think in this instance, as i said last week,
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not because i thought the baby would die because i thought we should take responsibility for this situation, however abhorrent the action she appears to support, she is a product of british society and we should own this and try to understand it and tried to make sure it doesn't happen again. this week crucial votes are due on brexit with the current deadline now just three weeks away. but both the government and the eu are still struggling to agree on changes to the prime minister's brexit deal, because of mps objections to the irish backstop. yesterday, the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said the britain would be free to pull out of the proposed single customs territory, designed to avoid physical checks on the irish border, as long as northern ireland remained within it. the government has rejected this. let's take a closer look at events in the commons this week. on tuesday, mps are due to vote for a second time on theresa may's withdrawal agreement — including any changes she has agreed with the eu.
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if they reject the deal again, mps have been promised a further vote on wednesday, on whether they support leaving the eu without a deal. and if that fails, then mps have been promised another vote on thursday, on requesting an extension to the two—year article 50 process, thereby delaying brexit beyond the 29th of march. earlier i spoke to henry newman, the director of open europe, a think tank working on britain s relationship with the eu and the world. he's also former government adviser to ministers including michael gove. i started by asking him what he made of michel barnier‘s comments yesterday. yesterday we saw a misstep from brussels, we are used to the government being clumsy and mishandling its presentation but i thought brussels misstepped because in their announcement they said the exchange of letters, commitments had been made by donald tusk and jean—claude juncker
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they had made commitments to the uk about how the backstop would work and these were rejected by people who said they were not legally binding enough and the eu said we will make those commitments legally binding, that was a significant move but that got overshadowed by an announcement that they would offer to get rid of the uk—wide bit of the backstop if you went back to the northern ireland bits and without getting confused in the details, they have been discussing this for months and it was rejected a year ago by the prime minister who said we would never accept a customs border down the irish sea. every mp in parliament agrees with that, last summer all mps opposed this border and it is a total nonstarter. and i don't understand why brussels have reintroduced it. they are trying to show that they are being
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flexible. the government cannot even negotiate within its own side, we are days away from theresa may potentially losing a vote again. i think she is likely to lose the vote again been able to persuade enough labour mps, 80% of parliament voted for article 50. including labour mps. you are not blaming the labour party? both sides have a responsibility. the policy was brought about by the conservative party. labour voted to trigger article 50, they didn't have to vote that way, they could have said... most labour members and momentum members do not want this form of brexit. we had a tantric dance from jeremy corbyn towards the referendum.
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we still haven't got a clear policy from labour but they voted for article 50 two years ago, coming up to the deadline now, what do they expect will happen? article 50 set in train a process where we would leave the eu with or without a deal. people will find it farcical for you to say this is the labour party's problem because the conservatives cannot agree amongst themselves and we saw from philip hammond today, he set aside additional money for a no deal exit which isjust three weeks away and if conservative mps come around to the government deal that money will be available for public services but doesn't that seem like a threat? i don't think it is a threat. it's a statement of fact that if we manage to move on from this impasse, he's right to say there will be some money to loosen up public spending but i'm not trying to blame labour, i'm just saying parliamentarians on both sides who oppose the deal are pursuing different fantasy versions, that applies to conservative eurosceptics
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but also to every labour mp who voted for article 50. this is the deal. there is no other deal, you might be able to tweak it but there are three choices, stop brexit, leave with no deal or leave with our version of the deal. henry newman speaking to me earlier. the headlines on bbc news: the bodies of two climbers who went missing in pakistan have been found — briton tom ballard and italian daniele nardi last made contact two weeks ago. the home secretary, sajid javid, is facing criticism after the death of the baby son of shamima begum — the british teenager whose citizenship he revoked forjoining the islamic state group. a man charged with murdering jodie chesney has been remanded in custody. the 17—year—old was stabbed to death in a park in east london last friday. and in sport, wales remain on course for the six nations grand slam, they lead scotland 15—6, josh adams among
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the try scorers, the second half under way now live on bbc one. england thumped italy 55—0 in the women's six nations. the men plate their fixture this afternoon and this stunner helped brighton to beat crystal palace 2—1 at selhurst park, moving his site eight points clear of the premier league relegation zone. but for now it is all from the bbc sports centre. plenty more to come ina bbc sports centre. plenty more to come in a little bit. more now on the murder of 17—year—old jodie szczesny. a man has appeared in court after being charged with her murder —— chesney. jodie was stabbed in a park in east london last friday. 20—year—old manuel petrovic was
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arrested in leicester on tuesday. another man, who was also arrested, remains in custody. our correspondent jane—frances kelly gave us an update from outside court. well, manuel petrovic appeared before magistrates. he confirmed his name, his age, which is 20, his address, which is highfield road in romford. and he is charged with the murder ofjodie chesney, who died on the 1st of march. she was stabbed in a park while listening to music with friends. police say that she died about an hour later. a postmortem has revealed the cause of death to be trauma and haemorrhage. mr petrovic, who confirmed that he is a croatian national, is to appear at the old bailey on the 11th of march. a second man also remains in custody, on suspicion ofjodie's murder. a 15—year—old boy has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was fatally stabbed in west london. ayub hassan, aged 17, was found with wounds to his chest in lanfrey place in west kensington on thursday afternoon. he died later in hospital.
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scotland yard said the 15—year—old boy is due to appear before westminster magistrates' court today. the supermarket chain asda has said it will remove all single kitchen knives from sale because of concern over the use of knives in violent attacks. a1 people have been fatally stabbed so far this year and asda says the most frequently stolen knives are the single—use style. the company says it has a responsibilty to try to help in the work to bring violent crime under control. for the second time this week, us analysts have reported activity at a military site in north korea. commercial satellite images of a facility near the north korean capital, pyongyang, suggest there are preparations to launch a missile or a satellite. a summit between the north korean leader, kim jong—un, and president trump to discuss pyongyang's nuclear weapons ended last week without agreement. the bbc‘s correspondent in seoul, laura bicker, has been explaining what had raised
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analysts' suspicions. the latest activity is at a site known as sanum dong, just outside pyongyang. it is where north korea makes most of its intercontinental ballistic missiles and most of its rockets for satellite launches. the activity is large trucks, which they have seen going in and out. doesn't sound like much, but it is activity that many believe is consistent with that of preparing for either a missile or a rocket launch. this goes in conjunction with the satellite images which suggest their main rocket launch site, called sohae, is now fully operational. work stopped there last year but now seems to have been started again and in fact it seems to have been rebuilt at a rapid pace. all eyes will now be on that site. it seems that trucks have now left sanum dong, and a train.
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all eyes will now be on sohae to see if it arrives there for launch. it is unlikely, i'm told by analysts, at this stage that it may be a missile. they believe it is more likely to be a satellite. but that would still breach the agreement reached between donald trump and kimjong—un, according to the us state department spokesman who gave a briefing this week. they would see that as a violation, even if it is a satellite launch. so this is a tense time and one of those times where both kimjong—un and donald trump have difficult decisions to make. if they launch a satellite in north korea it could break all agreements and cause a breakdown of the talks between the united states and north korea. the united states may turn a blind eye and just say it's a satellite, or they may also say that this is a breach of the trust reached between donald trump and kimjong—un. so it is a tense time and everyone is wondering exactly what is going on. i think the best thing we can do is keep an eye on the situation. officers of the venezuelan
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government have fired the toxic substance pepper gas at opposition demonstrators during protests in ca rca ras. it's been reported officers were equipped with riot shields and helmets against angry protestors. some of the demonstrators were affected by the gas with local media saying some people were on the floor amid the commotion. opposition leaderjuan guaido called for nationwide demonstrations against the current president, nicolas maduro. supporters of the french yellow vest protest movement have been protesting at charles de gaulle airport in paris. organisers were in high spirits taking part in the 17th consecutive weekend of demonstrations, despite declining participation. the two—month—long nationwide debate, launched by president macron, over the issues raised by the protests, will conclude next week. the us actorjussie smollett is facing a series of new charges following claims he falsely reported that he was a victim of a hate crime. he has consistently denied the charges. the former star of the tv show empire has been indicted by a grand jury in chicago.
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more than 200 works of art belonging to the singer george michael will go on auction and exhibition in london this week. the performer, who died in 2016, had a huge personal collection including works by tracey emin and damien hirst. estimates on the paintings being auctioned at christies range from £a00 to £1.5 million — with the money raised going to charity. she's controversial but also something of a cultural icon of the 20th century, and she turns 60 today. barbara millicent roberts, or barbie, was unveiled to the new york toy fair on the 9th of march 1959. laura miller reports. # barbie, you're beautiful... despite her image as the all—american girl, barbie was actually inspired by a rather saucy german adult doll called bild lilli, based on a comic book character of the same name. when toymaker mattel acquired the rights to the doll, production of the german version stopped. # barbie's small and
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so petite, the clothes and figure look so neat... barbie's vital statistics have been the source of much debate, her proportions seen as unrealistic. in real life she would be five feet nine inches — that's about six inches taller than the average british woman — but her waist would be a tiny 20 inches, the average being around 35. style barbie's hair instantly with a curler or brush it into a flip and it stays. so in 2016 mattel finally gave barbie's image an overhaul. she got three new body types, seven different skin tones and 2a hairstyles. later this year they're releasing a barbie which uses a wheelchair and one with a prosthetic leg. crystal barbie, you're so beautiful! she'll shine at the dance. barbie, as you might expect, is high maintenance. a team of 100 people including
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make—up artist and couturiers designs each doll and the whole process can take up to 18 months. in her 60 years barbie has had a fairfewjobs. in fact she's had more than 200 professions, from builder to astronaut to hip hop singer to even presidential candidate, and with a cv like that there's bound to have been some controversy. # let's get in trouble, trouble... she's been banned at different times in a number of countries including malaysia, iran and saudi arabia. barbie has also encountered the wrath of the kremlin. in 2002 president putin placed her on a watch list, claiming she was awakening sexual impulses and encouraging consumerism among russian children. sales of barbie dolls have struggled a bit in recent times but after some soul—searching and a new marketing strategy, last year
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profits took a jump. around 58 million barbie dolls are sold annually in 115 different countries. in 1959 you would have paid £1 for a barbie doll, but now an original first edition could fetch you up to £20,000 at auction. though she's a child of the ‘50s she has moved with the times and she's now been styled as something of a social media influencer. she has 1.3 million followers on instagram, 1a million on facebook and is a vlogger with her own youtube channel. so at 60, barbie's not slowing down. will her reinvention as a modern role model keep her relevant to future generations of children? that is the question. laura miller reporting there. barbie still controversial, i think.
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let's get the weather. three things to talk about, rain wind and snow, rain pushing in from the southwest this evening, later tonight some snout for northern ireland and the west of scotland, we will see a frost as temperatures get well below freezing, rain slowly pulling away east tomorrow morning, meanwhile we have snout working east across northern ireland, parts of scotla nd across northern ireland, parts of scotland and northern england, a couple of centimetres in places, more over higher ground, more showery in the afternoon with sunshine elsewhere but another windy day. that will take the edge of the temperatures come just 3 or a or five celsius across scotland or northern england, still into double figures, for the rest of the weekend windy, feeling cold with some snout
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but also some spells of sunshine. —— some snow.

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