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Tonight at ten - no agreement
in the UN Security Council
on establishing a humanitarian
ceasefire in Syria.
For a fifth consecutive day
in the rebel enclave
of Eastern Ghouta, the intense
bombardment by Syrian government
forces has continued,
as the UN warns of a massacre.
A number of hospitals and medical
centres have been hit,
making it almost impossible to treat
the many wounded.
What we're seeing
everyday has caused us to collapse,
both humanely and psychologically.
We don't have anything
more to offer.
We're being bled out.
We'll have the latest
on the diplomatic efforts
to establish a ceasefire so that aid
supplies can be delivered.
An away day at Chequers for
Theresa May and senior ministers -
as they try to agree a collective
position on Britain's future
relationship with the EU.
As American students
demand tougher gun laws,
the powerful gun lobby backs
the president's idea for some
teachers to be armed.
To stop a bad guy with a gun,
it takes a good guy with a gun.
No ifs, no buts,
no USS pension cuts.
Thousands of university lecturers
have started strike action over
planned changes to their pensions.
And Tracey Emin talks to us
about art, equality, and her legacy.
Later in the hour, we'll have
Sportsday on the BBC News channel,
with all the latest reports,
results, interviews and features
from the BBC Sports Centre.
The United Nations has warned
of a massacre in the rebel
enclave of Eastern Ghouta
on the outskirts of Damascus.
Syrian government forces have been
pounding the suburb for a fifth
consecutive day amid reports that
more than 350 people have been
killed since Sunday night,
including 150 children.
Russia has said there is no
agreement in the UN Security Council
on establishing a humanitarian
ceasefire in the region.
This report by our Middle East
editor Jeremy Bowen contains some
More air strikes, more bombs
and more casualties.
It is not letting up.
Across eastern Ghouta,
rescue workers sprint into broken
and burning buildings before
the dust of their
This was another attack
a few miles away.
A temporary ceasefire
is under negotiation,
brokered by Russia,
Egypt and Turkey.
Even if it happens, the horror
of these days will stay
with the survivors for a lifetime.
Two sisters, Alaa, aged
eight and Noor, eleven,
were in their home when it was hit.
Warplanes bombed our building.
Look at home.
This was sent to us by their mother.
Please help us.
Please save our children
here in East Ghouta.
Where is the humanity?
I ask you in the name
of motherhood, please help us.
Getting on for 400,000 people,
terrified by the sight
and sound of aircraft,
are thought to be in eastern Ghouta,
which is the size of Manchester.
The Syrian regime insists it's
but it's clear many children
are among the wounded and the dead.
Improvised hospitals have been set
up in cellars and basements
during the years of war.
Now, though, the medics
are at full stretch.
Dr Amani Ballour wanted to send
a message to the people of Britain.
We never wanted the war
and we don't want to live under it.
For the sake of our children who've
been blown to pieces,
for the sake of our children
who died of hunger, what we're
seeing every day has
caused us to collapse,
both humanely and psychologically.
We don't have anything more
to offer, we're being bled out.
Dr Amani was treating 12-year-old
Mohammed, who was dying.
His mother had been cooking
breakfast for her family when three
air strikes came in.
I am here,
waiting for my son to die.
At least he'll be free of pain.
I pray to God to end his suffering.
But where are the Arabs,
where are the Muslims?
Do we have to appeal to Israel?
When my boy dies, he will go
to heaven, where at least
he'll be able to eat.
I'd like to die with him
so I can look after him.
Syrians have cried so many tears
in the seven years of war.
The killing is
escalating, not ending.
And once again, the world
is watching from a safe distance.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC News.
Live to the UN in New York
and our correspondent, Nick Bryant.
Bring us up-to-date on the
diplomatic efforts Saturday.
the Russians are using their
military power to help the Assad
regime in eastern Ghouta, and here
at the United Nations Security
Council in New York they are using
their veto power to help the Assad
regime. Today, all it took was the
mere threat of a veto to block a
draft resolution which would have
called for a 30 day ceasefire, which
would have allowed humanitarian
convoys into places like eastern
Ghouta ran for medical evacuations
to take place. The Russians are
proposing amendments, but these
negotiations have been going on for
two weeks. The Russians have already
been granted Major concessions and
the Western powers are saying this
is yet another delaying tactic by
Moscow to grab more time for the
Assad regime to continue its
military offensive and to kill more
people. Britain and America today,
again, as they have for many years,
bemoaned Russian obstruction but
what they've never been prepared to
do is back at those words with
meaningful action in Syria to
counteract Russia's influence, so
they get to call the shots there and
increasingly here. I do think there
will be another attempt to pass a
ceasefire resolution tomorrow, and
the French ambassador but its
darkest night. He said a failure to
get that through would be a
devastating loss of credibility for
the Security Council and could sound
the death knell of the United
Nick Bryant, many
thanks for the latest from New York.
Theresa May and 11 of her senior
ministers are at Chequers tonight -
the Prime Minister's country home -
to try to unite behind a single
government strategy on Brexit.
They've spend several hours
there today, ahead of the next phase
of the Brexit negotiations
with the EU.
From Chequers, our political editor
Laura Kuenssberg reports.
What could break the
calm of the country?
across the Home Counties Valley?
Spring's plucky early buds
bravely making their way?
The zooming arrival of the Cabinet's
cars - that's what.
Darting into Chequers,
hoping perhaps the rural peace might
For more than a year,
this group have been attempting
to hammer out a compromise.
But for decades, arguably,
the Tory party has been trying
and not always succeeding.
So, can they find one today?
They were at it for eight hours.
The Prime Minister,
surrounded by her close
colleagues and advisers -
some who were pitted against each
other during the referendum.
Next week she wants to tell
the rest of the world
more of her Brexit plan.
But the inner cabinet has struggled
to agree how closely we should stick
to the EU after Brexit.
Some compromise perhaps today,
but not a dramatic breakthrough.
If you look at what happened back
before the December European summit
there was a lot of speculation
that the Cabinet would
not reach agreement.
We all agreed a position
that the Prime Minster took
to Brussels, and got
a successful outcome.
And all of us in the Cabinet
are determined to get the best
possible deal for every part
of the United Kingdom.
Every modern Tory Prime Minister
who has had the run of this country
pile has had to deal
with splits over Europe.
Yet Government insiders suggest
it was only Boris Johnson
that was likely to dig in furiously.
One minister told me
the Brexiteers would be reminded
firmly of the consequences
of failing to agree.
But there are nerves and suspicion
on both sides in the Tory
party and their outside
rivals are sceptical.
It won't last and what our problem
is, is that in trying to deal
with the Government and be
responsible as an opposition,
work with them as necessary,
we never know from day to day
who is in charge and
what the policy is.
But Theresa May's Brexit plans have
always emerged gradually,
rather than sudden changes.
And next she must
persuade the EU, too.
Any negotiation is compromise.
The choice for the Prime Minister
is who will take and who must give.
Just in the last few minutes,
ministers have been speeding out of
the gates here at Chequers, after
talking for eight hours. About all
of this. Now, you might wonder why
they have to talk still for such a
long time when they've been talking
about it for more than a year. The
answer to that is that in the
Cabinet, as through the Tory party,
there's a of opinion about how
closely we should stick to the EU
after Brexit, or how much we should
make a dramatic break. There has
been some optimism at the top levels
of government in recent days that a
compromise here today, the sort, was
looking more, not less likely. But
Theresa May will still have to get
whatever has been agreed through the
whole Cabinet on Tuesday, through
her party, where some elements don't
want her to give up anything at all,
and then, of course, through 27
other European countries. This was
an important date and she will hope
she's made a step forward, but a
step, not a leap, not abound, to
what happens next.
Laura Kuenssberg with the latest
light at Chequers.
The latest official figures
on immigration appear to confirm
that the vote to leave the EU has
had an impact.
More EU citizens left Britain
in the year to last September
than at any time for a decade.
But overall nearly 250,000 more
people from the EU and the rest
of the world arrived
here than went abroad.
Our home affairs correspondent
Daniel Sandford is here
to look at the figures.
Yes, Huw, ever since the Brexit
and politicians have been tracking
the number of EU citizens
coming to and from the UK
with great interest.
And in today's release
of immigration figures we have
reached a bit of a milestone.
In the year to last September,
an estimated 130,000 EU nationals
have left and no longer live
in the UK.
That is the highest number for ten
years, the highest in fact
since the financial crash.
However, in that same time -
despite Brexit - around 220,000 EU
citizens moved here.
Which means that still, overall,
90,000 more EU citizens moved
to the UK than left in the year
to September - though that is
the lowest figure since 2012.
What about migration
from outside the EU?
Well, in the same period,
205,000 more non-EU foreign
nationals arrived to live
here than left.
Making their contribution
to the growing population more
than twice that of the EU citizens.
And wrapping all the figures up
together, along with the tens
of thousands of UK citizens
who leave Britain each year,
overall 244,000 more people arrived
in the UK in the year
to September than left.
So today's immigration figures
continue to show what appears to be
a Brexit effect on the EU
population of Britain.
But the government's manifesto
commitment to get net immigration
down below 100,000 a year
is still out of reach.
Daniel Sandford, our home affairs
correspondent, many thanks.
America's all-powerful gun lobby,
the National Rifle Association,
has backed the president's call
to provide teachers with guns -
after they've been trained
to carry concealed weapons.
The head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre,
also accused politicians
of exploiting the school shooting
in Florida, in which 17 were killed,
to try to impose tighter gun
restrictions, as our North America
editor Jon Sopel reports.
Will the Florida school
shooting come to be seen
as a landmark moment,
when impotence gave way to rage,
and rage led to action?
The vociferous students who have
taken to the streets
are bringing change.
But not always in
the way they wanted.
The President, making clear
that he thinks the way to make
schools more secure is to train
and arm more teachers.
Tweeting today, "If a potential
sicko shooter knows that a school
has a large number of very
weapon-talented teachers and others
who will be instantly shooting,
the sicko will never
attack at school.
Cowards won't go there.
He first floated the idea
at an emotional White House meeting
last night, with victims' families.
One of those in attendance
was a pupil at the Parklands
school, Sam Zeif.
How is it that easy to buy
this type of weapon?
Afterwards, he was dismissive
about the President's plan.
Arming teachers is just
not what we need.
This is a problem because guns
were brought into our school.
Why would it make sense to bring
more guns into school?
And the President has held another
White House meeting today
to discuss the issue,
promising action that will win
the support of many of the students.
I think we are making a lot
of progress, and I can tell
you it is a tremendous feeling
that we want to get something done.
He wants increased background
checks on those seeking
to purchase weapons
and to ban bump stocks -
this is the device that
turns a semiautomatic
rifle into a machine gun.
And he backs raising the minimum age
for buying a rifle to 21.
To those arguing for comprehensive
gun control measures,
what Donald Trump is proposing might
seem like teeny-weeny baby steps.
But any measure will have to get
and doing that is never achieved
without a fight.
And no-one fights for gun rights
like the National Rifle Association.
Today, in a rare public appearance,
the leader of the NRA spoke
out, and he was in no
mood for compromise.
Lean in, listen to me now,
and never forget these words.
To stop a bad guy with a gun,
it takes a good guy with a gun.
Thank you very much.
In other words, what America needs
is more guns, not fewer.
The President is being pulled in one
direction by the NRA,
another by the students.
If past form is a guide,
there will only be one winner -
and it won't be the students.
Jon Sopel, BBC News, Washington.
Justin Forsyth, a prominent figure
in the world of international aid,
has resigned as deputy executive
director of Unicef.
Mr Forsyth, who was appointed two
years ago, used to work
for Save the Children,
during which time he was accused
of inappropriate behaviour
towards female staff.
My colleague Manveen Rana,
who uncovered the story
earlier this week, is here.
How did we get to this resignation?
When the investigation came out, we
revealed that three several women
have complained about Justin Forsyth
while he was running Save the
Children UK. The allegations
involved streams of inappropriate
text messages, e-mails, all of which
the women said had made them feel
Biglia uncomfortable. They were the
most junior members of staff, he was
the CEO. But in a statement today,
Justin Forsyth said he wasn't
resigning because of the mistakes he
had made at Save the Children. He
said he had apologised unreservedly
at the time and he apologised again
to the three women involved. He said
he was resigning because he didn't
want to cause any more damage to
Unicef, Save the Children and the
charity sector as a whole. Questions
are being asked about how much
Unicef knew about these allegations
before they appointed Mr Forsyth to
one of the most senior roles in the
organisation. They say nothing. They
have been conversations in the last
few days with the children and Mr
Forsyth. They have been told the
allegations were hidden from them
because they had been in formal
complaint and had gone three
confidential process of mediation.
Manveen Rana, thank you.
Haiti has suspended Oxfam's
operations in the country for two
months while it investigates
allegations of sexual misconduct
by some of the charity's staff.
Seven Oxfam workers in Haiti
were dismissed or resigned in 2011,
while working in the country
following the earthquake.
Haiti's government said the charity
had made a "serious error"
in failing to inform them
at the time.
Thousands of university lecturers
have started strike action over
planned changes to their pensions,
which they say could leave them
thousands of pounds a year
worse off in retirement.
Students' studies could be
disrupted for up to a month
if all the planned strikes go ahead.
Our education correspondent
Elaine Dunkley reports from Leeds.
At Leeds University,
lecturers out on the picket line.
Thousands of lectures have been
cancelled on campuses across the UK,
the message - "Give us
the pensions we paid into,
or there will be mass disruption".
We're expecting things
to grind to a halt, really.
Forms won't be signed,
classes won't be taught,
research deadlines won't be met.
We're likely to lose
about £10,000 a year.
Now, vice chancellors are earning
about £250,000 to £280,000 a year,
so I have questions about why
the money shouldn't be coming out
of their salaries and not
out of our pensions.
The universities say
a £6 billion deficit in the scheme
means it's unsustainable,
and could only be maintained
by making cuts to jobs and research.
Universities say they have
offered a good deal,
but lecturers are not convinced.
Currently, we have what is called
a defined benefit scheme,
which means we put money
in and we will definitely
get a certain amount
back when we retire.
The defined contribution scheme
which is being offered means that
what we end up with in the pot
will depend on the vagaries
of the market and other things,
and it means we can't be
certain of what we'll have.
Left unresolved, more lectures could
be cancelled and exams affected.
You pay over £9,000 in fees.
Do you feel short-changed
by all of this?
The students support their
lecturers, but are also worried
These students support their
lecturers, but are also worried
about their future.
More than 80,000 students have
calling for fees to be reimbursed.
When we signed up to university,
it was specified in the curriculum
that we would have a certain number
of hours of contact time
with our lecturers.
Anything short of that is
essentially a breach of contract.
We worked out that it works out
at about £1,150 worth
of lost contact time.
But we fully support our lecturers
in going on strike.
This dispute is being fought
on university campuses
across the UK, which included
marches in Cardiff...
Belfast, and Glasgow.
How it's resolved will have
a significant impact
on the retirement of thousands
of lecturers, and the future
of millions of students.
Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.
In Venezuela, hundreds
if not thousands of people
with transplanted kidneys
are at risk of losing the organs
due to the country's chronic
shortage of medicines.
The Venezuelan Federation
of Pharmacies says 85%
of the medicines they need
are not available.
The UN has warned that people
are dying of treatable illnesses.
Venezuela, which has the largest oil
reserves in the world,
is nonetheless in the grip
of an economic crisis.
In the second of two exclusive
reports from inside the country,
Vladimir Hernandez reports
from the capital Caracas.
Her fate is out of her hands.
For more than a decade, Judith has
had a transplanted kidney,
but due to the severe shortage
of medicines, for four months
she's been unable to get the drugs
to keep the kidney going.
Her doctor says he has about 700
more patients in hospital,
also facing the imminent loss
of a transplanted kidney.
For Venezuelans, the hunt
for medicines is desperate.
Most drugs are out of stock,
and even when you find them,
there's another problem.
This person was looking for several
types of medicines here,
but she could only find this one.
These are two boxes
she needs per month,
but it costed her 12 million
bolivars, which means about a third
of what she makes in a whole year.
I've met other people around this
pharmacy and they are saying there's
no chance they could afford
something like this.
Critics say this is an example
of the failure of the so-called
but the Venezuelan president says
US-led sanctions prevent him
from importing medicines.
Things are worse away
from big cities.
This is Apure in the south,
near the Amazon forest,
and one of the poorest states
in the country.
Here, I gained very rare access
to a public hospital,
a place where the government does
not allow the media in.
This baby is seven months
old and malnourished.
The scabs on his head and body
were caused by an illness
related to malnutrition.
His mother cannot afford his
medicines once she leaves hospital.
Children like these are having
to get, for instance,
antibiotics for a price
which could be ten times
the monthly minimum wage.
And the people who live in poor
communities like these
are unable, absolutely unable
to buy these medicines.
Little Oriana has
an uncertain future.
She needs surgery to
treat her lung failure.
But her family can't
afford the antibiotics
to get her ready for it.
A simple drug, out of the hands
of many Venezuelans.
For Oriana, as for many
Venezuelans, lack of medicine
is an almost certain death.
BBC News, Caracas.
Let's have a brief look
at some of the day's
other other news stories.
Two brothers, aged six and two,
have died after a suspected
hit-and-run crash in Coventry.
A black Ford Focus was found
abandoned a short time
after the crash, and a man
and a woman have been arrested.
Britain's biggest energy supplier
Centrica, which owns British Gas,
says it's cutting 4,000 jobs over
the next two years.
The company saw a sharp fall
in profits last year.
It says political interference
in the energy market
was partly to blame.
A letter reportedly addressed
to Prince Harry and his fiancee
Meghan Markle is being treated
by police as a racist hate crime.
Scotland Yard say it was delivered
along with a package
containing a substance,
which they tested and found
not to be harmful.
The big tech companies,
such as Google, Amazon and Facebook,
could face much higher tax bills
in the UK if ministers go ahead
with some new policy options.
They've told the BBC that they're
considering proposals to tax
those companies on their sales
revenue, rather than their profits.
But the Government has been warned
against taking action that isn't
as our economics editor
Kamal Ahmed explains.
They are some of the biggest
companies in the world,
and many of them count their profits
in the billions of pounds,
if not their tax bills.
That could be about to change,
as the Government signals it
will launch a new attempt at raising
more tax from these
global tech giants.
The minister driving
the move told me
that these successful companies,
used by millions of people,
would pay higher bills.
We recognise that there
are businesses generating
substantial value within the UK,
who we don't believe are currently
paying a fair rate of tax.
But that is quite different
from saying they're not
paying the taxation
that they should be paying.
And fair tax means,
in your mind, higher tax?
It will in the case of a number
of those businesses, absolutely.
The companies make clear
that they play by the rules,
but the fact is that the Treasury
wants to change them.
Let's take Google as one example.
It has sales or revenues
in the UK of over £1 billion.
It makes profits in the UK
of £149 million, and pays tax
on those profits of £38 million.
But if it paid tax on its sales,
a much larger number,
its tax bill would rise.
The Government has certainly opened
the door to new taxes for those
big global technology companies,
but this is not just
a debate raging in Britain.
Here in France, the Government wants
to increase taxes on those
global digital giants.
There's a similar
argument in Germany.
It's a race, but it's
a race with risks.
If every country follows
their own path on taxes,
might there be the start
of a tax war?
And the organisation charged
with stopping that
is based right here in Paris.
The OECD is concerned
and other countries' proposals.
A tax on turnover
is not a great idea.
It may be the last resort,
a political measure or stopgap
measure, but it's not a great idea.
Apple's HQ in America,
and here's the point.
Most of these companies
are American, and that is where
they pay the bulk of their taxes.
This would be a fundamental change.
They're certainly willing
to pay their fair share
or their responsible share of tax.
The risk of the UK behaving
or acting in a unilateral fashion
would be that there could be
the risk of double taxation
for some of these companies,
and then I think you would see
a lot of money spent on lobbying
to protest against that.
It has been a tortuous battle.
What does fair tax look like?
This is the latest Government
to answer that
Kamal Ahmed, BBC News.
The artist Tracey Emin,
famous for her autobiographical
an embroidered tent naming previous
lovers, and her own unmade bed,
is being honoured by MTV's
Staying Alive Foundation
for her long-standing support
of HIV and Aids charities.
The former Turner Prize nominee has
been discussing art,
gender equality and her legacy
with our arts editor Will Gompertz.
Your subject is you.
You, your life, your experiences.
Has that over the years become
something which you feel
is an endless seam which you can
mine, or something that you think,
"God, it's become a bit of a cage,
I want to get out of it
and explore something else"?
Well, if I was to think like that,
I'd be dead, wouldn't I?
I don't know, would you?
Yeah, or I'd just stop making art.
I don't have to make art.
No one made me make art,
but I do have a physical
compulsion to do it.
It's within me.
I've done nothing else all my life.
Looking at the subjects you've
explored about yourself,
there's the rapes and the abortion
and the sexual abuse.
Do you feel, looking at what's
going on now and all the Me Too
and Time's Up and Harvey Weinstein
and all the rest of it,
do you feel that you were incredibly
prescient and that in fact,
you were trying to say something
but no one was listening
to you 20 or 30 years ago?
Yeah, but no one was listening
to anyone, was they?
So I wasn't the only woman that
wasn't being listened to.
It takes women en masse to be
able to say something.
But this was something
you were speaking out
about and getting criticised for.
Yeah, I was, a lot.
But I was also being criticised
for being vivacious,
precocious, quite sexual.
But at the same time,
I was saying "I'm allowed to be
like this and I'm also allowed
to say it's not on to rape someone,
it's not on to abuse someone.
Listen to what women are saying".
But no one did.
But now what is good is that
lots of people are listening.
I think, being the most
optimistic I possibly can,
I think a lot of men have changed.
There's a younger generation of men
out there that would find it, like,
unbelievable to be abusive
or sexually prevalent
towards a woman, especially someone
in their place of employment.
They'd find it horrific.
If you could pick one work,
and you've made thousands,
if you could pick one work,
which is the most important work
you feel you've created for you?
Well, I might not have said
this a few years ago,
but I think I've got to go
with the bed.
Because it's so me.
It's like a three-dimensional
version of my paintings.
Tracey Emin talking to our arts
editor, Will Gompertz.
Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.
Here's Emily Maitlis.
Tonight, one of the most powerful
men in the charity sector, Unicef's
Justin Forsyth, has quit. We will
here from a colleague who said