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>> national presentation of bbc world has is madeossible by contributions to your pbs station from yours like you. ythank. anchor: this is bbc news. r oup stories, the french president describes a french officer who swapped himself for a hostage as a hero. three people died, the attackers shot dead, and the policeman remains in hospital fighting for his life. british officials search the london headquarters at the firm at the center of the firm involving privacy.
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russian suggestions it might have linked -- it is back to school for prince harry and meghan northern ireland.t to ♪ duncan: hello, welcome to the program. curity forces in souther france have shot dead a man claiming allegiance to the of isla state for -- the islamic state group after he wounded 60 people in separate locations. emmanuel macron says it was another terror attack on his country. he has prais the heroism of a police officer who swapped himself for some hostages during a siege at the supermarket. [sirens] reporter: it was not a ttmbol that wasked today, a localid
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supermarket pr the only target necessary. people. special forces surrounded this provinci branch after a gunman worst in, shouting his allegiance to the jihadist group. >> people were running everywhere. lots of them we wounded on the ground. a butcher was shot. >> i took cover, but he saw me. he ran after me. i don't know ife n out of bullets. i managed to escape through an reporter: the gunman was a man who was moroccan born, known as a petty ug dealer but not the violent jihadist. the motive, th release of the suspect of the paris attacks, currently in jail in france. he began by hijacking a france -- a car, killing a passenger d injuring its passenger
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then he shot and wounded a policeman, the bullet passing three centimeters from the victim's heart. then he took several people hostage inside a supermarket, shooting two of them debt3 with hundreds of policerr nding the building, one senior officer swapped himself for the hostages. unknown to the attacker, his mobile phone was connected to hisin colleagues, list outside. when they began firing at him, special forces stngmed the buil the officer is fighting for his life. france's interior minister called him a hero. president mccrone says he did -- president macron says he did honor to hisou cry and france have was again been a victim of terrorism. i invite all citizens to be aware of the seriousness of the terrorism threat, but also rsunnd the strength and resilience of our people who have been attacked.
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tonight, police hav raided the flat where the suspect lived. ate close assohas been taken into custody. this investigation raising unanswered questions about how to spot everyone at risk of radicalization, ad how to tack threat that strikes at random in every corner of france. president macron said today the threat against france had changed. wwhere once the attace planned from iraq or syria, the risk was now what he called dangerous individcels inside fr the challenge is how to spot ndthemow to tackle a threat that strikes at random in every corner ofnc f duncan: and for more on the french supermarket siege, head to oebsite. you will find plenty of background information on the gendarme being ha asiled --
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after being hailed as hero. the u.s. attorney general has announced plans to change gun laws, which will effectively ban bump stocks. the devices can modify a semi automatic rifle to fire like a machine gun. the tve is in response to las october's mass shooting at a hotel in las vegas, which left 58 people dead and more than 100 injured. iran has condemned the appointment by president of john bolton as his new national security adviser. in the past, mr. bolton has advocated for military action against iran and northpo korea. his tment does not require senate confirmation, and he will take up the job in april. ve cattle and --ive catalan separatists have been detained, pending
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eir trial for the crime of rebellion. among those detain was jordi turull, who is campaigning to lead the region. if found guilty, they could face up to 30 years in prison. tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in cities across: against plans to further -- ac r ossoland. it would outlaw abortions on the grounds of fetal at mortality -- fetal abnormality. a search operation is continun g at the lonfices of cambridge analytica, the company at the sner -- at the center of the facebk privacy scandal. the commissioner is investigating allegations that the firm illegally harvested personal data from 50 million facebook users to influence the last u.s. presidential election. reporter: research of cambridge
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-- a search of cambridge analytica, officers working for the uk's information commissioner, looking for documents, computers, and anything else relating to information gained in the profilesf facebook users. this is where it all began, the british ademic app which invited users to take a 300,000 downloaded it, and it collected personal information on them and their facebook friends, harvesting data on 50 million users. wathat datobtained by cambridge analytica in 2014. it says it deletedat the infon years ago, but it has been claimed it has been used in the trump election, an allegation the company strenuously denies. it has called the media frenzy distressing and says it no way resembles the politically motivated and unethica companies some have sought to betray it. -- to portray it.
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sfacebos it has made changes to stop data breaches in the future. butritain's information commissioner wants to know if the personal informati was gained in an unauthorized way, if there was enough consent to share it, and what was done to safeguard the information. mbridge analytica says it is committed to helping the investigation. duncan: the director of britain's military research boratory has dismissed russi suggestions that his facility was the source of the nerve agent thateft a former russian spy and his daughter in a critical condition. scientists at the chemical defense unit have been analyzing samples taken after the attack on sergei and yulia skripal. we were given access to the data. reporter: it issene of the most itive and secretive sites in
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the country. it is the home of the dense, science, and technology lab, and now at the heart of the saliury poisoning investigation. in the lab, scientists demonstrated one of the many ways to attack a presence of chemical agents. a ll came to porton down on march 5, and a specialist response team was deployed down the road to southbury. they connected samples that were setback to tsi latter at the , which identified a military grade nerve agent. based on that and other information, the government has said it is likely that russia was responsible for poisoning skripalnd yulia security is tight. russian diplomat have raised questions as to whether somehow a nerve agent from here could have gotten out. gthat is someth officials say is impossible. >> we have got the highest levels of controls, of security
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around the work we do here. we would not be allowed to had lack ofe control that could result in anything leaving theour walls of our facility here. so we have got complete confidence that there was nothing thatfrould have come here and the wider world. its a coincidence that it was down the road this happen. it is frustrating because everyone knows it is not true. reporter: they emphasize their work here is purely defensive. chemical agents are pumped into this chamber to e st how well emical suits even to soldiers stand up -- given to folders stand up. there have been allegations in russia that weapons factories have been built. but they say what is being built isa actually going to b facility for the analysis of the explosives. >> that is just nonsense.
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this is a defense organization, and we know the russians have been suggestg certain buildings are for making chemical warfare, and that is complete rubbish. reporter: this afternoon, the park bench in salisbury where sergei and yulia skripal wkee found was away. inspectors are now taking samples from the scene. they are also working inside portonn d itself to independently confirm its analysis, including the conclusion that point to russian involvement. duncan: public health authorities have issued new advice for members of the public who were in the two locations visited by sergei and yulia tskripal days of the attack. reporter: you will remember just over two weeks ago, public health england were telling people who had been to this restaurant and pub to either wash their clothes,th tak to
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the dry cleaner, or back them. what they are saying now is those people who have gone to those establishments who have not already washed their close, you should do so immediately. that is the word they people with dry cleaner, they say take it -- call the council. the council will take the close away -- will take thelothes away and destroy them. people will be compensated for that. while there is no immediate health risk, it is possible but unlikely that any substance which has come into contact with clothing or belongings could still be present in minute amounts duncan: and therefore -- my needed amnts, and therefore contaminate your skin. public health england are still advising deal with this if they were in those establishments. ncan: european union leaders meeting in brussels say they are preparing coordinated measures
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against russia over that south very attack. in a separate talks -- the southbury attacked. in separate talks, they talk about trade and security. with more, here is our political editor. reporter: they don't always look so pleased to see each other. the eu'shief negotiator grasping the prime minister's hand. when formally, finally, the stage right after brexit,he transition, was agreed. >> i welcome the fact that the eu council agreed the details of the implementation period. this gives certainty to people and businesses. it gives them the clarity to plan for their future. i believe we are approaching this with a spirit of cooperation and opportunity for the future as well. rerter: not much will change for two years after we lclve, but how ely with the u.k. hug the continent
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afterward? ? those are details to be worked out. time is of the essence. if the u.k. wantsea to the customs union and the single e market, that means a freade agreement. germany's angela merkel said agreeing a buffer zone between ngleaving the eu and cuttiff allies was not in doubt today. but the argument swayed eu leaders to turn up the pressure on russia, the union pulling back its own ambassador to rcs -- to brussels. is on thestock he up it is not just the eu ambassador leaving mosco other european countries say they willss send n diplomat's back year in -- back in coordinated mes nexteek. but leaders here have been willing alongside britain,er matching thesa may's stance.
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in contrast to an awkward pause yesterday. >> we agree with the european union assessment that it is highly likely that the russian federation was responsible for this attk, and that there is no other plausible explanation. despite a tough brexit negotiation, the european union has demonstrated unanimous unity with the u.k. in the face of ts attack. >> we have decided to call back in european ambassador moscow. this is an externa remeasuer.we have nevaken it before .. reporter: the continent still stands together. neth 12 months could fray those alliances. make this departure for the final time. duncan: stay with us here on bbc
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news. there's plenty still to come, including meeting f the gire from captivity. nigeria's president pledges the return of all of those still held bamboko h ♪ >> let the be no more wars or bloodshed between arabs and israelis. [applause] [applause] >> with great regret,he committee has decided that south africa beth excluded fro1970 competition.
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[singig in foreignl anguage] >> streaking across the sky, the ♪ duncan: welcome back. you are watching bbc news, the latest headlines. era police officho swapped himself for hostages is in critical condition in hospital. the 25-year-old gunman who said he was acting on behalf of the islamic state group killed three sepeople in rate attacks before he was killed. officers for the u.k. information watchdog have been searching the firm at the center of the facebook data sndal. president trump has signed a massiv bill into law just hours before the third government
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ueutdown of the year waso start. earlier this year, he tweeted he was unha bill and threatened to veto it. >> as a matter of national security, i have signed this omnibus bill. there are a lot of things i am unhappy about in this bill. arthera lot of things that we should not have had in this bill, but were in essence forced -- were in a sense, forced. there are some things we should have in the bill. but i say to congress, i will never sign another bill like this again. i will not do itgain. nc: at least 15 people are reported to have been killed and many more injured in a suicide attack in an afghan province. it took place at a sports event. reporter: the aftermath of a deadly attack in afghanistan's helmand province.
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a bomb blew up outside a sports complex after fans were leaving a match. the bomber tempted to go inside the stadium but was stopped by police and detonated his explosives. >> the blast was very intense. the bomber and the bombing of this has not yet claimed responsibility. reporter: the wrestling match was part of celebrations for the persian new year holiday, considered bfusome amentalist muslims as unislamic. it cap's a bloody week in afghanistan. there was a suide bombing in kabul. the group calling itself the islamic state has claimed responsibility. there were fears the snluation will oy get worse as both is and the taliban ramp up attacks
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at the start of what has been known as the spring fighting season. afghanistan's president has condemned this latest attack against innocent people. ce again, it is they who are paying the heaviest price for the country's unrest. duncan: the nigerian president has told schoolgirls released i the islamic group but by the islamic group boko haram they should pure their dreams without fear. reporter: set and cleaned up -- fed and cleaned up, these girls have come along way ins. few short d the scene is reminiscent of the release of 82 girls almost a year ago. that release in may 2017 also caused controversy as tocommen speculated on how the government was able to secure their liberation. the president had a message for
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>> i want to appeal to the community never to lose hope or to despair. are determined as never before to bring back our remaining daughters, and this we must accomplish. duncan: but there are --er repo but there are still girls missing. one of the girls is still in custody after refusing to renounce her faith. back home, her relatives are anxious for her return. >> among the girls who were of ducted, she w -- who were abducted, she was the only one that was left behind. e i ue federal government to please do something. reporter: but there is also
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defiance, refusing to be cowed by those who have adopted their daughter. >>ag i have a mefor her. keep on being faithful. never, never denounce it, no matter the suffering. reporter: the president has said he is as committed to bring the girls who remain in captivity as wa hto her peers. heke has also asd that no future abductions take place. sut after two major mass kidnappings, itnclear how they will prevent another one from happening. duncan: eht rescue operation to save age lar group of australia has then abandon. mo of them have died despite the efforts of conservation officers. it came nine years to the day after the last mass stran sng at the sat. >> at the moment, we have
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officers and volunteers down there, and they are stabilizing the whales. for us, the biggest concern is them being out of the water and sunburned, so we have been covered and we are trying to keep them as moist as we can. tothe plan iet activated and-- xcavated and move the live ones closest where we are. and hopefullyd refloat them send them out. duncan: the president of pe has been replaced. he was forced to resign amid allegations of corruption, which he denies. his successor is the former vice president, an eleineer with liolitical experience. he is expected to serve out the former preside's term, which ends in 2021. prince harry his fiancee, meghan markle, have spent the day in northern ireland. pea were showed the announcement.
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the trip is one of a seriesf o engagements ahead of their wedding. report: the audienccouldn't ite believe who was walking in. prince harry and meghan markle surprised thousands of youngsters gathered at the site of the former prison, there to helpromote peace between their communities. and then to lunch in o of belfast's best known pubs. >> thank [laughter] reporter: on the men irish stew and liquid refreshment. >> megan had a half guinness and half of the bold ale to sample with lunch. >> kerry -- harry. reporter: the couple brought
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their familiar hands-on approach to the royal walkabout. these visits have partly been about introducing miss markel to the people, but also giving rsr a greater nding of the u.k., the place she has chosen to call home. cardiff in january, when they gave their namesakes welshove spoons. they took part in a broadcast in a community radio station, and a close encounter with a shetland pony. rain today in belfast, the final u.k. capital city lt for meghan to visit in her antion. duncan: and finally, visitors to a dinosaur the park in colorado literally saw a giant model to run a source wrecks blow its tyrannosaurus rex blow its top. it smoldered before being destroyed by flames. the fire was caused by an
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electrical fault. no one was injured in the incident. that is the way it is looking this hour. t n't forget, you can touch with me on twitter. you are watching bbc world news. do stay with us. katty: make sure to join me and my cohostnd for "be00 days" on monday. we will focus onhe biggest issues impacting both sides of the atlantic, and provide analysis on how they are shaping our world. it over to seeing you then on pbs. >> national esentation for bbc world news is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> you are watching pbs
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♪ tonight on kqed newsroom, jackie speier weighs in on the latest news from washington. facebook under fire following a tamassive breach and growing questions aboutwhether the company has done enough to protect user privacy. plus, judy woodruff on the role of media in today's political environment. we begin with a white house shakeup and intensifying concerns over data manipulation. yesterday the h committee voted to release the republican majority report on its russia .investigation that report found no evidence of collusion during the 2016 elections. democrats contend the committee overlooked mostlin links betwee president trump's campaign and moscow. they

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