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Tonight at ten - thousands

of motorists are stranded on roads

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in England and Wales,

as more snow and blizzards sweep in.

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These cars on the A31

in Hampshire haven't moved

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since 5pm this afternoon.

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Conditions on many other

roads are treacherous.

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We live in Devon, where there is a

severe red won warning tonight and

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people are being told not to drive.

-- red warning.

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And what hope for the homeless -

we report on how they're coping

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with the bitterly cold temperatures.

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I've been shivering for about three

weeks, do you know what I mean?

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If it weren't for people coming

along with blankets then

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I would be dead in a doorway.

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The Met Office has weather warnings

in place for most of the UK tonight,

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with up to 50 centimetres of snow

expected in some places.

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Also tonight.

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America First - President Trump says

he'll tax imported foreign

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steel to protect jobs.

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Some fear a trade war.

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One of Russia's new generation

of nuclear weapons unveiled

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by President Putin -

he says they can evade US

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missile defence systems.

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Boko Haram strikes again,

kidnapping over 100 more

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schoolgirls in Nigeria.

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Their parents tell us

of their desperation to find them.

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And hoping for Oscar glory -

the profoundly deaf six-year-old

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from Swindon who'll be joining

the stars on the red

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carpet this weekend.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News -

could Arsenal avenge

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their League Cup final defeat

against Manchester City,

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with the Premier League leaders

tonight's visitors to the Emirates.

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Good evening.

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Hundreds of motorists

are stranded on roads in parts

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of Southern England tonight,

as heavy snow and blizzards continue

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to sweep across the UK.

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The Met Office has issued weather

warnings for almost everywhere

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Many have been stuck for hours on

the M62 near Rochdale, others in

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Hampshire.

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The Met Office has issued weather

warnings for almost everywhere

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tonight, with amber alerts -

the second highest level

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of warning - in place over

large parts of the UK.

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But the worst of the weather

is here, in these parts of southwest

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England and South Wales -

where a red alert is in force,

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meaning there's a risk to life.

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And Jon Kay is in Tiverton

in Devon with the latest.

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Yes, as you join us tonight, the

snow seems to have stopped for a few

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moments, but it's been replaced by

this horrible freezing rain and

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that's going to cause all sorts of

extra problems tomorrow morning on

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the roads. That's why this red

severe alert remains in place into

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tomorrow. It was issued at 8am this

morning. We were told then stay off

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the roads, but it seems a lot of

people have still been called out.

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-- caught out.

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The red warning zone, but tonight

there's only white to be seen.

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Workers abandoning their cars

in Tiverton, hoping

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to get home on foot.

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Horrible.

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It's slippery, it's cold.

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It's just not very nice at all.

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I wouldn't risk going out in it

tonight, there's too much risk

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of having an accident.

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Across the West Country

and South Wales tonight,

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thousands of drivers have been stuck

and not just on remote

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country roads.

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These are some of the main

routes outside Cardiff -

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strangers helping one another out.

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It's a very busy road,

everybody's driving about 20

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to 30 miles an hour,

people are going faster than that

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but we're just stuck.

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Despite all the warnings

and the plans, Holden Hill outside

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Exeter has ground to a halt.

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A dual carriageway now

a shivering car park.

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This is the only route I could go,

this is the only one I thought

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was going to be open,

but what can you do?

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Yeah, it's been chaos.

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We haven't been able

to move anywhere.

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I thought we would

get home, didn't we?

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Certainly did.

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Not be victims.

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They call this the English Riviera.

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Torbay, in South Devon.

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Treacherous.

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But this afternoon

everything suddenly changed.

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Snow from the east mixing

with winds from the south.

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It's very easy in modern cars to be

cocooned from the outside

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environment and to actually lose

touch with the fact that

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it's freezing, the road

surface is becoming more

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and more challenging.

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Other than the main

roads which are gritted,

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but that's proving challenging

for our Highway Authority

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partners, we are saying take

real care on the roads.

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In some areas of Devon

and Cornwall this seemed to be

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the best way to keep moving.

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Or maybe not.

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It is the lethal combination

of snow, wind and ice that

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so concerns the authorities,

and there is much more of all

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of those to come in the hours ahead.

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As well as treacherous freezing

rain, which could also be added

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to the list tonight.

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Jon Kay, BBC News, Devon.

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Hundreds of motorists have been

stranded by the snow for at least

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five hours on the A31

in the New Forest

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in Hampshire tonight.

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Our correspondent Duncan

Kennedy is one of them.

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Yes, that's absolutely right. We

arrived here at 5:15pm, and we've

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barely moved an inch since, so

nearly five hours we've been stuck

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here. I'm actually standing on the

A31 as we speak tonight, along with

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dozens, possibly hundreds of other

drivers in their cars. We've seen

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children in cars, we've seen people

coming home from work, who have been

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stranded here for hours and hours

and hours. It's about -10 here with

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the wind chill factor, it's snowing.

We've seen people walking back down

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this dual carriageway here to try

and find an escape route. We've seen

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cars driving against the flow of

traffic on the hard shoulder, add

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then to try and find an escape

route. Why is it happening? We're

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not really sure. We've been told on

the radio there were some accidents

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up ahead but those accidents have

been cleared and yet the traffic is

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still stationary. What's more, these

people are going to be spending

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hours here tonight, because these

haven't moved for hours and hours

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and hours and also it's going to be

snowing right through the night.

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Duncan Kennedy with the latest from

the new Forest, thank you.

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Thousands of schools

across the UK will remain closed

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for a third day tomorrow,

and railways will again

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be severely affected.

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In Lincolnshire many roads have

been impassable today.

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The RAF was drafted in to help

the emergency services,

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and police asked farmers

with tractors to help

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clear the snow.

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Danny Savage reports

on the situation.

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Lincolnshire, one of many counties

battered by the Siberian weather.

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This fan will not be

going anywhere for a

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long time.

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Make sure if the public stop

to speak to you, please engage

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with them, more than happy.

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A critical incident

was declared here

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and the RAF was called in to help

the emergency services.

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In County Durham, many

people woke up to find

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deep snow.

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Behind every frozen door

was a snapshot of life around the UK

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today, children off school,

and parents wondering just how long

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this is all going to go on for.

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Childcare is an issue

for a lot of parents.

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We end up with a house

full of children.

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We've got old people,

vulnerable people that unfortunately

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can't get out.

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It's hard, you know,

to dig each other out.

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A lot of community spirit goes on.

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And they were digging

out from first thing

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with all ages lending a hand

before it snowed again.

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And here in Middleton

in Teesdale the unofficial

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snow depth is 33 centimetres.

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Venturing out into the countryside

around here was a battle with

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the elements.

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What's different today is the wind

and the immense wind-chill

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that comes with it.

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It's whipping the falling

snow and the stuff

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that's going around

into these huge drifts.

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Exposed to the strong easterly

wind, drivers in Norfolk

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ended up in bother too,

and out came the shovels.

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I phoned in to work and said I can't

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make it because I'm stuck

in a drift and I won't be in.

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So I'm just trying to get home.

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It's really deep.

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I'm only just able

to get through in low

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ratio here so this is going to be

tricky and I don't think I've got

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enough traction to pull this car

through the snow drift.

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What are you going to do?

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Go home and have a cup of tea.

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I think that's the answer

to everything, isn't it?

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The A19 near Teesside

saw accidents and

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jackknifed lorries.

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It was conditions

like this which meant

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little Sienna Waring

was delivered nearby on the side

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of the A66 at Stockton.

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Dad Andrew helping his wife Daniela

in the freezing conditions.

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This is what trans-Pennine

A roads looked like

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in North Yorkshire and this wasn't

even on high ground.

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The A65 between Skipton

and Kendal was best avoided.

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In Ireland, a severe weather

warning has been issued for

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the Republic.

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The Siberian freeze

from the East has crept

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further west.

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Tonight, thousands of drivers are

stranded in long delays on the M62,

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which has been closed because of

heavy snow and high winds.

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Conditions are atrocious. Danny

Savage, BBC News.

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The conditions have also had

a big impact on the NHS,

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with many non-urgent operations

and appointments cancelled.

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In Scotland, troops have been

drafted in tonight to help get

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hundreds of hospital staff to work.

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Some stranded passengers

are spending a second

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night at Glasgow Airport,

while hundreds of motorists spent

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last night on the M80.

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Our Scotland correspondent

Lorna Gordon sent this report.

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Scotland's road to nowhere.

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Hundreds of drivers stuck in miles

of stationary traffic

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on what is usually one

of the country's busiest roads.

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I left Stirling at about eight

o'clock and I've been

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here since, unfortunately.

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That is a good 17 hours,

maybe, at the moment?

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Just knocking on that, yeah.

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I think I've moved about 100

metres in that time.

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Last night, there was some old boys

came out with biscuits

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and crisps and this morning,

it was all the schoolkids that came

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out, so we're getting looked after.

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I've got two biscuits.

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The worst of circumstances bringing

out the best in people.

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Volunteers handing out

food and water to those

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stranded in their cars.

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This storm was forecast well ahead

of time, but despite the warnings,

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people did still venture out.

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Now, after waiting nearly 18 hours

on this stretch of motorway,

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it looks as if, finally,

the traffic might just be

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about to start moving again.

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Police officers clearing

the way ahead, one by one.

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We've been coming up and down

the northbound carriageway,

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because of the queueing vehicles

and the vehicles stuck

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most of the night.

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Hard work, I've seen

the guys digging it out.

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Very much so, very much so.

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Giving the public reassurance to say

we're getting to them

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albeit, yes, it's slowly.

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But the appalling weather saw even

the emergency services

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struggling at times.

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No worries, thank you.

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Cheers.

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Those though who have experience

of working in these extreme

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conditions have been

putting their knowledge to good use.

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We're picking up a prescription

for somebody out in the countryside

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near Hawick who has not been able

to get their essential medication,

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so we're going to take it to them.

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For much of the day,

trains in the affected areas have

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been off and the vast majority

of flights were cancelled from

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Edinburgh and Glasgow once again.

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There was fun for some...

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But with blizzards, freezing

temperatures and drifting snow,

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there are serious concerns for those

out in these conditions,

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even as those who could heeded

the warnings to stay at home.

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Lorna Gordon, BBC News, Denny.

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The conditions this week have been

particularly harsh for the homeless.

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In some big cities, hundreds

of extra beds have been made

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available in shelters,

hostels and churches.

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But in others, it's

a different picture.

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Our social affairs correspondent

Michael Buchanan has spent the past

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two nights talking to homeless

people on the streets

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and has sent this report.

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It's bad enough being

homeless, but in this?

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Staying warm, never easy,

has been almost impossible.

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Some have turned to

alcohol, lots of it.

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Well, I'm going to be

helpful if you'll

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let me.

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In big cities like London

outreach workers have been

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encouraging rough sleepers to use

emergency hostels, and offer that

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some have readily taken.

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But in other towns support

is less available.

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By the coast in Eastbourne

the increasing numbers of

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rough sleepers have

a particular enemy.

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A biting wind has frozen

Kevin to his core.

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Time passes slowly when

the temperature feels

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like 12 below zero.

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A warm drink donated does

help, but only for a

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short time.

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I've been shivering for about three

weeks and if it weren't

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for people, along with blankets,

do you know what I mean, I would be

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dead in a doorway.

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What are you doing tonight?

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Sleeping in a doorway.

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Like I did last night and the night

before, and for weeks

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before that.

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There are few services for rough

sleepers in Eastbourne,

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the town struggling to cope

with its rapidly rising

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homeless population.

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Part of the reason

a town like Eastbourne

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has a growing number

of

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rough sleepers is that homeless

people from elsewhere in the UK have

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moved here because the weather

tends to be warmer.

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It hasn't been this week.

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Local churches are

taking the strain.

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Each evening throughout winter

a different parish hosts a

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homeless shelter.

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A welcome respite for

those that can make it.

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Refugee in my own country, I am.

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That's the best way

of explaining it.

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Refugee in my own country.

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The breakdown of his marriage

has met Graham has been

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homeless for the past fortnight,

the first time he's ever

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had to sleep outside.

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There's lots of dangers

you have to watch out for.

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Like not making yourself sweat.

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Things like that.

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Because hyperthermia's

just around the corner.

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Are you frightened?

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Yeah, wouldn't you be?

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I'm 56 years old.

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I'm not a young man.

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Not a young man at all.

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I'm sorry, but I'm

finding it impossible.

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He's no idea what he'll do when this

shelter closes on Monday.

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For others, perhaps suffering

with psychiatric problems,

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they prefer to remain outdoors,

prepared to dice

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daily with nature's wrath.

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Michael Buchanan,

BBC News, Eastbourne.

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You can keep up to date with

the weather and travel situation

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wherever you are by visiting the BBC

News Live page.

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That's at bbc.co.uk/news.

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You can also get updates

from the BBC news teams

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where you are after this programme.

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President Trump has announced he's

going to impose hefty tariffs

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on imported steel and aluminium next

week to safeguard American jobs.

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He said the industries had been

unfairly treated by other

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countries for decades.

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But his plans have already drawn

international criticism tonight

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amid fears of a trade war,

as our Washington correspondent

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Nick Bryant reports.

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The derelict steel mills of

America's old industrial heartland

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provided the seedbed

for the rise of Donald Trump.

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He wouldn't have won

the presidency had it not been for

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the support he received

from the rust belt.

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The promise he gave to protect US

manufacturers from cheap

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imports, even if it meant sparking

a global trade war, echoed through

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these empty plants.

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During his first year

in office he didn't erect the

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kind of protectionist

barriers he'd promised.

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But today came his most

controversial trade move yet.

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Meeting with industry leaders

he announced big tariffs on foreign

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steel and aluminium.

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What's been allowed to go

on for decades is disgraceful.

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It's disgraceful.

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And when it comes to

a time when our country

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can't make aluminium

and

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steel, and somebody said it before,

and I will tell you, you almost

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don't have much of a country because

without steel and aluminium your

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country's not the same.

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Chinese steel only

accounts for a small

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proportion of US imports but the

massive expansion of its industry

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has produced a global glut

driving down prices,

0:17:220:17:24

which has angered the President.

0:17:240:17:25

ANNOUNCER:

Mr Donald J Trump!

0:17:250:17:26

Much of his America

First rhetoric has

0:17:260:17:28

been directed against Beijing.

0:17:280:17:32

Because we can't continue to allow

China to rape our country, and

0:17:320:17:35

that's what they are doing.

0:17:350:17:36

It's the greatest theft

in the history of the world.

0:17:360:17:44

There's already been a fierce

international reaction.

0:17:440:17:46

The European Commission

warning tonight

0:17:460:17:49

of countermeasures in response

to what it called a blatant

0:17:490:17:51

intervention to protect US industry.

0:17:510:17:59

On Capitol Hill too, senior

Republicans are urging a rethink.

0:18:050:18:06

Free traders who have long believed

liberalised global commerce is good

0:18:060:18:09

for the American economy.

0:18:090:18:10

Fears of a trade war

helped trigger a large

0:18:100:18:12

sell-off on Wall Street.

0:18:120:18:13

Donald Trump is invoking

a Cold War era

0:18:130:18:15

measure not used since the Reagan

years, which allows US presidents to

0:18:150:18:18

impose tariffs in the interests

of national security.

0:18:180:18:20

But the fear is it could spark

a 21st-century global

0:18:200:18:22

trade war, which damages

every economy.

0:18:220:18:24

Nick Bryant, BBC News, Washington.

0:18:240:18:26

Theresa May is expected to set

out her plans tomorrow for the next

0:18:260:18:29

stage of negotiations

with the European Union over Brexit.

0:18:290:18:33

The speech, in London, comes

at the end of a week in which the EU

0:18:330:18:36

unveiled its negotiating strategy,

leading to tensions over issues

0:18:360:18:39

like the Irish border.

0:18:390:18:41

Our political editor

Laura Kuenssberg is in Westminster.

0:18:410:18:44

How much detail are we going to get

from the Prime Minister

0:18:440:18:47

about her plans?

0:18:470:18:53

You can see why the Prime Minister

had to move her speech from the

0:18:530:18:56

north-east to London but I'm not

sure the climate will be much more

0:18:560:19:00

hospitable here for her. I'm told by

ministers who saw the draft today

0:19:000:19:03

and disgust at around the Cabinet

table it is a long speech chock full

0:19:030:19:08

of details, in part in answer to

some of Theresa May pop critics who

0:19:080:19:12

for months have said she's being too

vague, greedy and she wants

0:19:120:19:17

everything and is not being

realistic. She's going to try and do

0:19:170:19:19

two jobs, the first to send a clear

message to the EU. She will say, we

0:19:190:19:24

know what we want and we understand

your principles too. Essentially

0:19:240:19:29

saying, I'm not unsure, not clear, I

know what I'm trying to get for the

0:19:290:19:33

UK and also implying that she is

willing to compromise, that she

0:19:330:19:37

doesn't even realise that the UK

cannot have its cake and eat it. One

0:19:370:19:41

of her colleagues in Cabinet said to

me today Theresa May will feel like

0:19:410:19:46

she's being honest with the public

tomorrow and that message could come

0:19:460:19:49

with some hard truths to use their

phrase. But the second thing she's

0:19:490:19:54

going to try and do tomorrow after

such a brutal time of debate in

0:19:540:19:59

Westminster since the referendum

that frankly in recent months it has

0:19:590:20:03

become very ugly, not just inside

the Tory party but also to call for

0:20:030:20:06

the country to come together, to say

that it is time to move on from the

0:20:060:20:11

referendum, to try to pull together

and create a sense of unity. Now, of

0:20:110:20:16

course, this is a complicated

process, politically very

0:20:160:20:19

controversial and one speech is not

going to answer one of the very many

0:20:190:20:25

questions that there are. But there

is hoping government that while this

0:20:250:20:28

might be an incremental step rather

than a giant leap, it does allow the

0:20:280:20:34

negotiations to get some momentum

again and to proceed to the next

0:20:340:20:37

stage.

Laura Kuenssberg, thank you.

0:20:370:20:39

Russia's President Putin has

unveiled a new range of nuclear

0:20:390:20:41

weapons, which he says could evade

American missile defence shields

0:20:410:20:45

and hit targets around the world.

0:20:450:20:47

He said the arms, which include

an underwater drone and a missile

0:20:470:20:50

capable of travelling at five times

the speed of sound, were either

0:20:500:20:53

ready or being developed.

0:20:530:20:55

He made the unexpected

announcement during his state

0:20:550:20:57

of the nation speech,

ahead of the Russian

0:20:570:20:59

presidential elections in March.

0:20:590:21:00

From Moscow, Steve

Rosenberg reports.

0:21:000:21:03

ANNOUNCER:

Vladimir

Vladimirovich Putin.

0:21:030:21:06

He never slips into a room quietly.

0:21:060:21:13

Vladimir Putin took the stage

for his annual State of the

0:21:130:21:16

Nation address.

0:21:160:21:18

The audience was expecting to hear

about the economy, social

0:21:180:21:21

issues and there was some of that,

but then the Kremlin leader took

0:21:210:21:24

everyone by surprise.

0:21:240:21:26

On a video screen he

showcased the very latest

0:21:260:21:31

Russian nuclear weapons.

0:21:310:21:36

200-tonne intercontinental

ballistic missiles.

0:21:360:21:41

Cruise missiles

with nuclear engines.

0:21:410:21:45

He claimed they could hit any target

and dodge any defence.

0:21:450:21:49

"And there's more," he said.

0:21:490:21:53

And the show continued.

0:21:530:21:57

The missiles kept

coming and with them a

0:21:570:21:59

warning to the West.

0:21:590:22:05

"Those who tried to

contain Russia have

0:22:050:22:06

failed," President Putin said.

0:22:060:22:08

"Believe me, I am not bluffing."

0:22:080:22:12

I think we're entering,

if not already

0:22:120:22:16

in, a new Cold War and that's not

just because of Putin's statements

0:22:160:22:19

this morning.

0:22:190:22:20

You hear President Trump also

thumping his chest and

0:22:200:22:22

talking about having

the best nuclear systems.

0:22:220:22:24

But in Moscow the reaction

from the hall - Russia is

0:22:240:22:27

acting in self defence.

0:22:270:22:31

It's reminiscent of

the Cold War, is it not?

0:22:310:22:34

We're talking about

an arms race here.

0:22:340:22:40

I don't believe - at least,

the statement of my President

0:22:400:22:43

isn't a Cold War rhetoric.

0:22:430:22:47

And if you are looking for the roots

of the next edition of the Cold War,

0:22:470:22:50

look to the West.

0:22:500:22:51

The Kremlin was delivering two

messages today with this speech.

0:22:510:22:54

The first message was to the West.

0:22:540:22:56

Russia will not be pushed around.

0:22:560:22:59

The second message, ahead

of elections here, was to

0:22:590:23:02

the people of Russia.

0:23:020:23:03

Vote for Putin and you will

have security at home.

0:23:030:23:07

That's how the Kremlin

wants Russians to

0:23:070:23:09

see their President,

as

0:23:090:23:16

the embodiment of Russia,

as the protector of their country.

0:23:160:23:19

Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.

0:23:190:23:21

Four years after hundreds

of Nigerian schoolgirls

0:23:230:23:26

were kidnapped by the jihadist group

Boko Haram, the militants

0:23:260:23:29

have struck again.

0:23:290:23:35

They've taken over 100 more

in what Nigeria's president

0:23:350:23:38

is calling a national disaster.

0:23:380:23:40

The girls were kidnapped

from their school in the town

0:23:400:23:42

of Dapchi, in north eastern Nigeria,

ten days ago.

0:23:420:23:44

Boko Haram wants to establish

a hard line Islamic State

0:23:440:23:47

in the region, and opposes

Western teaching methods.

0:23:470:23:49

Our reporter Stephanie Hegarty has

been talking to some of the families

0:23:490:23:51

of the missing girls in Dapchi.

0:23:510:23:56

This is where Fatima

ran when the militants

0:23:560:24:01

attacked her school.

0:24:010:24:02

It was 7pm, she was in her dorm

with her best friend Zara.

0:24:020:24:06

They were just about to eat their

dinner when they heard gunshots.

0:24:060:24:09

TRANSLATION:

One of our teachers

told us to come out.

0:24:090:24:17

When we came out we saw bullets

flying in the air like fire.

0:24:170:24:20

There was confusion

all over the school.

0:24:200:24:23

Students screaming and

rushing towards the gate.

0:24:230:24:27

But the gate was locked.

0:24:270:24:28

This is the path that

many of the girls took

0:24:280:24:31

to try and get away.

0:24:310:24:33

The main exit is down that way

and you can see some

0:24:330:24:36

of their discarded sandals.

0:24:360:24:37

They're littered all

along this path here.

0:24:370:24:40

TRANSLATION:

Then we saw

the militants' trucks

0:24:400:24:43

and they were shooting and calling

us to get into the trucks.

0:24:430:24:45

They were pretending

they would help us.

0:24:450:24:52

During the attack Fatima managed

to run away from the militants twice

0:24:520:24:55

but she was with her best friend

Zara when they were attacked

0:24:550:24:58

and they got separated.

0:24:580:24:59

She said altogether five

of her closest friends are missing.

0:24:590:25:02

This is Zara.

0:25:020:25:03

She's 14.

0:25:030:25:07

Her friend Fatima said business

was her favourite subject.

0:25:070:25:09

Yes, business.

0:25:090:25:15

Her sister Falmata is 25 and went

to the same school as the girls.

0:25:150:25:20

TRANSLATION:

She was close to Zara.

0:25:200:25:27

It was three days before

the government admitted

0:25:270:25:29

that there had been a kidnapping.

0:25:290:25:34

Last week the authorities claimed

girls had been rescued.

0:25:340:25:35

Then they said that claim was false.

0:25:350:25:38

For Zara's mum that was

the hardest moment.

0:25:380:25:44

Nigeria's President has said

that the military and air force

0:25:440:25:46

are searching for the girls.

0:25:460:25:51

But parents aren't reassured.

0:25:510:25:53

TRANSLATION:

In this school

there are no children

0:25:530:25:55

of government officials.

0:25:550:25:56

All the students are

the daughters of poor people.

0:25:560:25:59

Now the school is eerily quiet.

0:25:590:26:03

The scene is chillingly similar

to the aftermath of the kidnapping

0:26:030:26:06

of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.

0:26:060:26:09

It was three years before most

of those girls were released,

0:26:090:26:12

and over 100 of them

are still missing.

0:26:120:26:16

The parents of Dapchi are afraid

that they will also wait years

0:26:160:26:20

to see their children again.

0:26:200:26:22

Stefanie Hegarty, BBC News, Dapchi.

0:26:220:26:27

The Government has scrapped plans

to hold the second stage

0:26:270:26:30

of the Leveson Inquiry,

which was due to look

0:26:300:26:33

into unlawful conduct

within media organisations,

0:26:330:26:35

and relations between

police and journalists.

0:26:350:26:40

Lord Justice Leveson accused

ministers of breaking their promise

0:26:400:26:42

to phone hacking victims.

0:26:420:26:43

But the Culture Secretary said it

wouldn't be in the national interest

0:26:430:26:51

They were dubbed Britain's lost

children - thousands of them

0:26:520:26:54

forcibly sent abroad to countries

such as Australia and Canada

0:26:540:26:57

after World War II.

0:26:570:26:58

They were promised new lives,

but instead many suffered

0:26:580:27:00

physical and sexual abuse.

0:27:000:27:02

Now an independent inquiry

into the scandal has urged

0:27:020:27:05

the British government to pay

compensation to all the survivors,

0:27:050:27:08

as Tom Symonds reports.

0:27:080:27:09

A dark history.

0:27:090:27:13

British children lied to, deported,

sexually abused, and even tortured.

0:27:130:27:16

The pain has not gone even now.

0:27:160:27:23

All we did was do as we were told

and suffered immensely for it.

0:27:230:27:27

The child migrants

from poor backgrounds

0:27:270:27:29

were promised a better future.

0:27:290:27:32

When visitors came,

especially from Britain,

0:27:320:27:34

that's how it seemed.

0:27:340:27:39

But last year the now-elderly

migrants gave hours of chilling

0:27:390:27:44

evidence of what their carers said.

0:27:440:27:46

You're from the gutter,

you're nobody.

0:27:460:27:47

You've got nobody.

0:27:470:27:48

You've got no parents.

0:27:480:27:49

They're all dead.

0:27:490:27:50

And even worse, did.

0:27:500:27:59

The verdict today, even

by 1940's standards,

0:28:010:28:02

what was indefensible.

0:28:020:28:05

And the official archives show

the government didn't stop it

0:28:050:28:07

for fear of upsetting the charities

and religious groups involved,

0:28:070:28:10

or the Australians.

0:28:100:28:11

Politics put before children.

0:28:110:28:12

They ignored our plight.

0:28:120:28:14

They encouraged paedophilia

to a degree because they were made

0:28:140:28:17

aware of problems in Australia

where they were sending us to come

0:28:170:28:20

and yet they continued sending us.

0:28:200:28:25

Now, what does that tell you?

0:28:250:28:28

That tells me that they didn't

give a rat's backside,

0:28:280:28:32

if you'll pardon the vernacular,

about the British children.

0:28:320:28:36

Campaigners were delighted today

that the British government has

0:28:360:28:39

been held responsible.

0:28:390:28:40

At last, a measure of truth

and a measure of responsibility.

0:28:400:28:43

The buck stops with the government.

0:28:430:28:49

She uncovered all of

this in the 1980s.

0:28:490:28:55

Britain apologised in 2010 but this

report has called for all surviving

0:28:550:28:58

migrants to receive compensation

within a year.

0:28:580:29:01

The Government's

considering its response.

0:29:010:29:06

It's the first time this

much-criticised inquiry

0:29:060:29:08

has bared its teeth.

0:29:080:29:10

But the evidence heard in this room

was never really in doubt and this

0:29:100:29:13

was a scandal very much in the past.

0:29:130:29:20

The inquiry's other investigations

may not be as straightforward.

0:29:200:29:27

But this work had to come first

because half of those who have been

0:29:270:29:31

called Britain's lost children have

already passed away.

0:29:310:29:33

Tom Symonds, BBC News.

0:29:330:29:34

A six-year-old girl from Swindon -

who is profoundly deaf -

0:29:340:29:36

will be joining the stars on the red

carpet at the Oscars on Sunday.

0:29:360:29:41

Maisie Sly stars in the British

drama The Silent Child,

0:29:410:29:42

which has been nominated

for best short film.

0:29:420:29:47

Colin Paterson reports.

0:29:470:29:53

It's a story so happy it could be

the plot of a Hollywood film.

0:29:570:30:00

Maisie Sly had never even acted

before her parents were told

0:30:000:30:04

about film-makers looking

for a profoundly deaf girl to star

0:30:040:30:07

in their film, The Silent Child.

0:30:070:30:13

And now, here are the nominees

for Best Live Action Short Film.

0:30:150:30:18

This is the moment in January

when the team gathered to find out

0:30:210:30:24

if they had been nominated

for an Oscar.

0:30:240:30:26

My Nephew Emmett.

0:30:260:30:28

The Silent Child.

0:30:280:30:29

CHEERING

0:30:290:30:30

Yes!

0:30:300:30:37

And so, this week,

they reunited at Heathrow...

0:30:370:30:39

Hello, welcome on board.

0:30:390:30:42

And headed to Los Angeles.

0:30:420:30:50

Most people prepare for the Oscars

by meeting stylists and planning

0:30:510:30:55

acceptance speeches.

0:30:550:30:56

Maisie's schedule has

been rather different.

0:30:560:30:59

Welcome to Hollywood!

0:31:080:31:11

Although she is having to get used

to people recognising her.

0:31:110:31:14

I saw her on television,

just last week.

0:31:140:31:16

They say she's nominated.

0:31:160:31:19

Do you think she'll be able

to get a job one day?

0:31:190:31:21

Rachel Shenton wrote and stars

in The Silent Child.

0:31:210:31:23

She learned sign language after her

own father lost his hearing.

0:31:230:31:26

The nomination means

that ultimately, now,

0:31:260:31:27

we are in over 600 cinemas

in the US, which is huge

0:31:270:31:30

for us as a short film.

0:31:300:31:34

And really important

for the subject, which is obviously

0:31:340:31:36

deafness, and shining a much-needed

light on access to education

0:31:360:31:39

for deaf children.

0:31:390:31:40

There's Meryl Streep.

0:31:400:31:42

Her former Hollyoaks co-star

Chris Overton directed the film and,

0:31:420:31:45

at a lunch for all the nominees,

they got to meet one of his heroes.

0:31:450:31:49

Steven Spielberg was in

between me and Rachel.

0:31:490:31:52

And the person taking the photo

said, oh, can we move,

0:31:520:31:55

because the light's not good.

0:31:550:31:57

So we were ordering

Spielberg around!

0:31:570:31:58

Oh, an Oscar!

0:31:580:32:00

Now all that remains is to find

out if there will be

0:32:000:32:03

a Hollywood happy ending.

0:32:030:32:04

On Sunday night, Maisie could get

her hands on a real one of these.

0:32:040:32:07

Colin Paterson, BBC

News, Los Angeles.

0:32:070:32:15

And finally a quick update

on those stranded motorists

0:32:150:32:17

on the A31 in Hampshire -

the police now say it's a major

0:32:170:32:20

incident and the military

are being called into help.

0:32:200:32:23

That's all from us -

now the news where you are.

0:32:230:32:35

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