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A former Russian spy is critical

in hospital after a suspected

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poisoning in Salisbury.

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Sergei Skripal, convicted of spying

on Russia for the UK,

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has been living in Britain

for nearly eight years.

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Police in protective clothing have

sealed the area after the Russian

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and a young woman were found

unconscious on a bench.

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There was a couple, an older

guy and a younger girl.

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She was sort of leant

in on him, it looked

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like she had passed out, maybe.

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He was doing some strange hand

movements, looking up to the sky.

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We'll bring you the latest as police

and doctors race to establish

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if this is another example

of a Russian being

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poisoned on UK soil.

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Also tonight....

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Bradley Wiggins tells the BBC he's

not a drugs cheat after MPs

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accuse him of taking medicine

to boost his performance.

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This whole thing has just been,

you know, a complete mess

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of innuendo and rumour and nothing

has been substantiated

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and it is just...

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I am having to deal

with the fallout of that now.

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An aid convoy gets in at last

to the people trapped by bombing

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in Eastern Ghouta in Syria.

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And Gary Oldman wins his first Oscar

at 59 while profoundly deaf

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Maisie Sly is in her first Oscar

winning film aged just six.

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And coming up on Sportsday on BBC

News, find out if Manchester United

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can get a win at Crystal Palace

tonight, which would take them back

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to second in the Premier League.

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Good evening.

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Could this be another

example of a Russian

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being poisoned on UK soil?

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The BBC understands that

a man in hospital tonight

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is Sergei Skripal, a Russian

convicted in Moscow

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for spying for Britain

and now living in the UK,

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is in a critical condition.

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He and a young woman were found

unconscious on a bench in a shopping

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centre in Salisbury.

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She is also critically ill.

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A number of locations in the city

centre have been cordoned off

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and police in full protective gear

have been using hoses

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to decontaminate the street.

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The hospital where the couple

are being treated has

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declared a major incident.

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Tom Symonds has more.

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Whatever happened here is now the

subject of a delicate and

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potentially hazardous investigation.

And so officers in respirators were

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tonight searching bins in the square

where Sergei Skirpal and the

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33-year-old woman he was with were

found slumped and delirious

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yesterday afternoon. Eyewitnesses

said the pair had been sitting on a

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bench now covered with a police ten

when it became clear that something

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was wrong.

There was a couple, an

older guy and a younger girl. She

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was sort of leaning on him, looked

like she had passed out, maybe. He

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was doing some strange hand

movements and looking up to the sky.

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I felt anxious and like I should

step in, but they look so out of it

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and I thought I was not sure how I

could help.

After they went to

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hospital, the square was cordoned...

And teams in full hazardous material

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suits were called in to make the

area safe. A major incident was

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under way. Both victims are in a

critical condition at Salisbury

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District Hospital. Sergei Skirpal is

Russian. He is 66 years old. He was

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arrested by Russian secret service

officers in 2004, accused of handing

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over state secrets to MI6. In 2006,

he was

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convicted by a military court in

Moscow of high treason. But in 2010,

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he was pardoned by the Russian

authorities and came to this country

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in return for the release of ten

spies from the US. Police who were

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at his home in Salisbury today said

they are keeping an open mind.

We

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have access to a wide range of

resources and services that are

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helping us to understand what we are

or are not dealing with at this

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time. The focus at this moment is

trying to establish what cause these

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people have -- to become critically

ill and we are working with partners

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to prioritise this diagnosis.

They

would not discuss the possibility

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that he was targeted because of his

past. If so, there are many

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unanswered questions. Why did it

happen here in the centre of

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Salisbury in such a public area? How

was he targeted? The pair were both

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found with no sign of external

injuries and why and why now? And

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tonight, sections of the city centre

remain closed off while a few miles

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away, two people are fighting for

their lives in hospital. Tom Symons,

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BBC News, Salisbury.

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Our security correspondent

Gordon Corera is here.

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If this is a poisoning,

too early to say, it has

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uncomfortable echoes

with what happened to another

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Russian living in the UK,

Alexander Litvinienko.

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What are the priorities

for this investigation?

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That is right. The parallels are

striking to the case of Alexander

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living and go. He was a former

Russian intelligence officer who

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came to the UK and fell ill for

reasons initially unclear which

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turned out to be poisoning. Again we

have a former Russian intelligence

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officer falling ill of what is said

to be an unknown substance. The

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police are stressing they do not

know what cause the owners and their

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not saying that they even know of a

crime was committed. While there are

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similarities, it is too early to say

that these are the same. In the case

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of Alexander Litvinenko, it took

days to establish what had happened

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and what the poison was. In that

case, eventually, a judge found that

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the link and the orders for it went

not just to the Kremlin but most

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likely to Vladimir Putin himself.

What are the priorities?

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What are the priorities? The first

is understanding what that unknown

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substance is. That is vital for

treating these people. It is vital

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to establish for sure whether it was

a deliberate poisoning, because if

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it was, it means that the

perpetrators could still be at

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large, perhaps even still in the UK

and beyond that, the question as

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with Alexander Litvinenko is why? Is

this someone who was targeted

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because Russian intelligence but he

was a traitor or is there another

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reason, if it was a deliberate

poisoning? If it was and the trail

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leads back to Moscow, then I think

there will be real pressure on

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the British Government to respond

and real questions asked about

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whether they did enough in the past

to respond to previous incidents to

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deterrent this kind of thing

happening again and again and

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perhaps again.

Thank you.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has told the BBC

that he is categorically

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not a drugs cheat -

after he was accused

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of "crossing an ethical line".

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A report on doping compiled

by a committee of MPs claims

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he took an asthma medicine,

which is permitted for health

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reasons, to boost his performance.

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The findings cast a shadow

on the cyclist's victory

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in the Tour de France in 2012.

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In an exclusive interview

with our Sports Editor Dan Roan,

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Sir Bradley said he had done nothing

wrong - and that his family

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was going through a "living hell".

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He's Britain's most decorated

Olympian, but today

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Sir Bradley Wiggins was effectively

accused of cheating.

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MPs alleging the first Tour de

France winner that he used asthma

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drugs to boost performance and not

just for medical need.

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But today, in his first

interview for 18 months,

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Wiggins came out fighting,

telling me he'd done nothing wrong.

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The report by the DCMS select

committee said you cross

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the ethical line, did you?

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The report by the Select Committee

says that you crossed the ethical

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line, is that fair?

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Did you?

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No, we did not.

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Not at any time during my career

could be crossed the

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ethical line.

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As I said before, I had a medical

condition, that I went

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to a doctor.

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This has been treated

since back in 2003 when I was

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diagnosed with it,

through the doctors

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at British cycling at

that

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time.

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This was the treatment that I had

been prescribed for that

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particular occasion,

which was seven years ago now.

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Under specialist

supervision as well.

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And in place of the rules

of that time, you were

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allowed to apply for use

of this medication.

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This was not a medication

that was abused in order

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to gain an advantage.

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That is not what your

former coach said.

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He said that your use

of that drug was,

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quote, unethical.

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That hurts me, actually.

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Shane knows around that time,

exactly what and why I was

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taking her medication.

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taking that medication.

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The revelations that he used

exemptions for a powerful banned

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steroid before three major races

triggered the saga. MPs have

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suggested he came to rely on it to

shed weight without losing power.

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Only one other time

did you use the drug

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other than the times we know about?

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The report says, they suggest you

may have taken it nine times in four

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years.

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This, I do not know

where that has come from.

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I really would like to know.

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This is an anonymous source,

an anonymous person.

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It does not mean it is wrong.

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You say it is a lie?

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I refute that 100%.

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Yes.

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This is malicious.

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This is a direct...

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This is someone trying to smear me.

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Sitting here now, you can

categorically say that you did not

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cheat?

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100%.

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Never throughout my career.

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No.

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I worked and had the passion I had

for this sport for 15

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or 20 years.

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Jerseys, I am doing a book,

I have been writing a book,

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about my love of the sport.

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To do that to the sport...

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I mean, it is just absurd.

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These allegations, it is the worst

thing to be accused of,

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I said that before.

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It is also the hardest thing

to prove you have not

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done.

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We are not dealing

in the legal system.

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I would have more rights

if I had murdered someone in

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this process.

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I have been gagged for the last 18

months because there was a

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legal investigation going

on and I could not say anything.

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We were still waiting

on this report.

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These allegations had

never been put to me

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until now.

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I have only found out today

what I am being accused of.

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The whole jiffy bag

thing was a shambles.

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The Geoffrey Bible is a mystery

medical delivery in 2011, and lack

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of record-keeping adding to the

suspicion, Bradley Wiggins insist he

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only had a legal decongestant that

they -- the Jiffy bag.

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What was in it?

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God knows!

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Your guess is as good as mine.

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That package, as we

have been told in the

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houses of Parliament,

contain the drug.

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At the end of the day, the buck

stops with me. We travelled six

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hours later on a train with the

doctor came and I was treated that

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evening.

The report's criticism has

raised questions over the future of

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Sir David Aylesford who launched

Team Sky promising to be whiter than

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white but despite denials of

wrongdoing, he is now embroiled in

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the grey areas -- Sir David

Brailsford.

If proven, maybe he

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should go, but until that is, we

cannot take this report as that is

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it, set in concrete.

How much of the

toll has this taken on a Bradley

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Wiggins?

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I am trying to do

other things with my

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life and the effect it

has had, the widespread

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effect it has had on

the

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family, it is horrific and I do not

know how I will pick up the pieces

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with the kids and stuff and I am

left to do that as well as try and

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salvage my reputation from this.

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I would not wish it upon anyone.

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But the MPs report as gone way

beyond cycling. Record-keeping

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around the injection of a substance

for Mo Farah has seen athletics

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criticise. The most powerful figure

in track and field, Lord Coe accused

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of misleading Parliament about when

he first knew about corruption

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allegations, claim he denied. This

is a chastening day for some of

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Britain's biggest sporting

reputations.

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An aid convoy has delivered

supplies to people trapped

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in Syria's Eastern Ghouta -

for the first time since a major

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bombardment by pro-government forces

began two weeks ago.

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But it was forced to cut its mission

short as shelling began.

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Dozens of people are reported

to have been killed today.

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Forty six lorries carried

provisions intended to feed

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around 27,000 people.

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The region has a population

of around 400 thousand -

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and bombing and artillery fire have

continued , despite

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a UN backed ceasefire.

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Our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen

was there as the convoy set off

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into Eastern Ghouta -

heading for the town of Douma -

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and sent this report.

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46 lorries moved through some

of the most dangerous territory

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around Damascus to get

into Eastern Ghouta.

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The Syrians refused

to let them take in 70%

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of their surgical and trauma kits,

but they carried food and medical

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supplies for 27,500 people.

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It was a start.

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We need to be sending convoys

at least three times a week

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to a besieged area such

as Eastern Ghouta,

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where there are serious shortages

of medical equipment,

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medical supplies, food and nutrition

for nearly 400,000 people

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trapped on the inside.

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The lorries moved through the final

Syrian army checkpoint

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on the edge of Eastern Ghouta.

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The fact this convoy

is moving at all is a sign

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of President Assad's confidence.

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Syrian armed forces are pressing

ahead into Eastern Ghouta

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that way, of course,

with their Russian allies.

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And if they win, and at the moment

that's the way it appears to be,

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President Assad will have scored

a significant victory,

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because, for the first time

since the war started,

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he will have secured his capital.

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The enclave has been controlled

by Islamist militias since 2012.

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Some militias are negotiating,

and there's talk of a deal,

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but not yet.

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The Syrian army says it is fighting

terrorists in Eastern Gouta,

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who fired hundreds of mortars

into Damascus this year,

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killing many civilians.

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Even so, Damascus, a few miles away,

has suffered much less destruction

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and death than Eastern Ghouta.

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But, as I found in a small basement

flat, statistics don't

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matter when an attack has

changed your family's life for ever.

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Everyone in this family was wounded

by a mortar ten days ago. They were

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out together, picking up the

children from school when the mortar

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hit.

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hit. This man lost three toes.

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His wife has a serious leg mood and

-- leg wound. I asked them what they

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would take to the man who fired? "I

Would tell him, when you fire the

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mortar at innocent people, imagine

if these were your kids. Would you

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want this to happen to your kids?

Your blood is on your hands until

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Judgment Day."

. I would tell him he was an evil

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coward, if he wasn't a coward he

wouldn't fire on us.

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President Bashar al-Assad is the

strongest he has been since the war

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started. He says the West is lying

about the humanitarian crisis in

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Eastern Ghouta. Inside the siege,

heavy shelling and air strikes

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continued throughout the day.

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A white helmet civil defence rescue

team was caught up in an attack.

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Into this came the aid convoy.

Carrying a limited amount of relief,

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for a place the UN Secretary General

calls "Hell on earth". They ran out

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of time, leaving before they could

unload all beaten tracks, because of

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more shelling. -- all the trucks.

Eastern Ghouta's underground clinics

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have been working at full stretch

for weeks. More casualties were

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coming in, and for this doctor it

was almost nonstop.

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This was filmed for the BBC. The

Syrian government won't allow us

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into Eastern Ghouta. The doctor

doesn't flinch any more when shells,

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in. She didn't think the convoy

would change anything.

How can a

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small convoy help us, including some

food and materials? It isn't enough

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even for a few days.

People live close together in

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Eastern Ghouta. There is nowhere to

hide, and plenty of places to die.

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The grown-ups war is spending and

breaking another generation. --

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bending and breaking another

generation.

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Three men have appeared in court

in Leicester in connection

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with an explosion that killed five

people in the city.

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They are all charged

with manslaughter and arson

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and remanded in custody.

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The blast, in the Hinkley Road

area, destroyed a shop

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and the flat above it.

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After the big freeze

has come the big thaw -

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and it's causing problems

with thousands of people

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losing their water supply

because of burst pipes.

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Water companies in London,

the Midlands and South Wales

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are urging people to use as little

as possible to conserve supplies.

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Bottled water has been distributed

to people in parts of the capital.

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But in Cumbria, remote households

remain cut off by snow

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and helicopters have been making

drops of food and firewood,

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as Danny Savage reports.

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Getting to the cut-off communities

of the Pennines can only be done

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on foot or quad bike.

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The 'Farmy Army' are

still doing their bit.

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The snow was up to the top

of the door here, with the window.

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We had snow all over

the front window.

0:19:090:19:17

It just stuck, it's

like living in an igloo.

0:19:180:19:19

Gill and her husband have

been cut-off for a week.

0:19:190:19:22

So this RAF Chinook over their home

was a welcome sight.

0:19:220:19:24

It's been doing the rounds

in Cumbria today, going

0:19:240:19:29

from isolated hamlets to cut off

farms, offering help.

0:19:290:19:34

They've run out of heating oil here,

so a delivery of logs

0:19:340:19:37

for the burner was very welcome.

0:19:370:19:39

What is their reaction

when you drop in?

0:19:390:19:41

I think they're quite

surprised, but I think

0:19:410:19:43

they are pleased to see us.

0:19:430:19:45

We are here to assure them

that help is on its way.

0:19:450:19:48

Obviously working with the police

and the Mountain rescue and they are

0:19:480:19:51

doing their bit as well.

0:19:510:19:52

A few minutes later, they were away

to their next cut-off location.

0:19:520:19:56

Further south, rising temperatures

have seen a sudden spike

0:19:560:19:59

in burst water pipes.

0:19:590:20:02

Supplies have been cut off

in London, Kent, Scotland and Wales.

0:20:020:20:06

In Carmarthenshire, Darren has

been without running

0:20:060:20:08

water since Thursday.

0:20:080:20:11

Getting rainwater from outside

and from my neighbour,

0:20:110:20:13

so it's not been impossible.

0:20:130:20:15

But I would say the worst thing

is not being able to keep

0:20:150:20:19

the washing up in the kitchen clean

and also keep myself clean,

0:20:190:20:22

having a shower everyday.

0:20:220:20:24

Just a very basic wash

in a basin with cold water.

0:20:240:20:27

As people queued for bottled

water in south London,

0:20:270:20:32

frustration grew at the lack

of a basic service.

0:20:320:20:36

7:30 in the morning they sent me

a message the water was fixed.

0:20:360:20:39

Nothing was fixed.

0:20:390:20:40

I think this is

absolutely appalling.

0:20:400:20:47

It's shocking that

there is such poor...

0:20:470:20:49

Well, there is zero communication.

0:20:490:20:51

In the Midlands, big companies

like Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury,

0:20:510:20:54

halted production so Severn Trent

could sustain supplies

0:20:540:20:55

to households.

0:20:550:20:56

The cold weather

devastated wildlife too.

0:20:560:20:58

The storms killed millions

of sea creatures.

0:20:580:21:03

In East Yorkshire, they have been

rescuing lobsters and reviving them

0:21:030:21:05

in salt water at fish markets.

0:21:050:21:08

I think the industry will be fine,

but from an natural perspective,

0:21:080:21:12

it's quite shocking what mother

nature can do.

0:21:120:21:17

Back in the hills of northern

England, people living

0:21:170:21:21

beyond the snowdrifts hope to be

reached by road, rather than air

0:21:210:21:24

over the next couple of days.

0:21:240:21:25

Danny Savage, BBC News, Cumbria.

0:21:250:21:27

Two anti-establishment parties

in Italy have each claimed they have

0:21:300:21:33

won the right to govern the country

following yesterday's

0:21:330:21:35

general election.

0:21:350:21:39

Support for the far-right anti

immigration League party also

0:21:390:21:41

surged to record levels.

0:21:410:21:49

The Eurosceptic Five Star

Movement became Italy's

0:21:560:21:58

largest single party -

which has won almost

0:21:580:22:00

a third of the vote.

0:22:000:22:01

A hung parliament is the most likely

outcome with weeks of negotiation

0:22:010:22:04

and coalition building ahead..Our

Europe Editor Katya Adler reports.

0:22:040:22:06

Her report contains

flash photography.

0:22:060:22:07

Luigi Di Maio's Populist Party has

turned Italian politics on its head.

0:22:070:22:10

Now, he can't walk up on stage

without getting crushed.

0:22:100:22:13

What a scrum, the press

are hungry for him.

0:22:130:22:20

Before the elections, Luigi Di Maio

and the Five Star Movement

0:22:200:22:23

were dismissed by the Italian

establishment as naive,

0:22:230:22:25

populist shambles.

0:22:250:22:26

Now he's the man and they are

the party of the moment.

0:22:260:22:29

Looking like he couldn't quite

believe what's just happened,

0:22:290:22:37

the 31 year-old declared

a new Italian republic -

0:22:370:22:40

of the people, for the people.

0:22:400:22:42

Five Star's leaders have holed

up in this Rome hotel,

0:22:420:22:44

planning their next move.

0:22:440:22:47

But are they really ready to govern?

0:22:470:22:49

TRANSLATION:

This is a revolution.

0:22:490:22:52

Italians understood they can't trust

the old politicians.

0:22:520:22:54

It's time for us to work

on serious issues.

0:22:540:22:58

But here is the dampener on those

plans - Five Star hasn't won

0:22:580:23:01

an absolute majority.

0:23:010:23:04

Just look at this map.

0:23:040:23:06

Italy is divided.

0:23:060:23:08

Five Star supporters in the south,

highlighted in orange,

0:23:080:23:14

while a group of right-wing parties

dominates the North,

0:23:140:23:18

led now by this man,

another Italian Populist,

0:23:180:23:22

but this time of the

anti-immigration Eurosceptic kind.

0:23:220:23:28

TRANSLATION:

In Brussels,

some people are worried.

0:23:280:23:30

They are wrong.

0:23:300:23:33

With the Italian vote,

the people of Europe have taken

0:23:330:23:37

a step towards liberation from rules

and regulation that bring

0:23:370:23:39

about poverty and insecurity.

0:23:390:23:42

Now, behind guarded doors,

the political horse trading begins.

0:23:420:23:44

It will be weeks before Italians

know which Populist politicians

0:23:440:23:47

make it into government

and whether they keep

0:23:470:23:49

their promises.

0:23:490:23:57

The EU is watching events unfold

here carefully. Brussels is jumpy.

0:24:010:24:05

The two main Populist parties are

sceptical in nature, they don't want

0:24:050:24:12

to leave the EU but want to change

and are much less likely to keep to

0:24:120:24:16

its rules. That could put Rome on

collision course with Paris and

0:24:160:24:19

Berlin just as they are trying to

deepen European integration. And

0:24:190:24:24

when it comes to Brexit, political

turmoil in Italy means yet another

0:24:240:24:28

EU country could be distracted from

negotiations with the UK.

0:24:280:24:32

Thank you.

0:24:320:24:34

One of the most significant

political gatherings

0:24:340:24:35

for a generation has

opened in China.

0:24:350:24:40

The National People's Congress

will consider a proposal to abolish

0:24:400:24:45

presidential term limits,

which would hand the current

0:24:450:24:48

President, Xi Jinping,

a mandate for life.

0:24:480:24:51

The idea was welcomed

with applause at today's meeting.

0:24:510:24:57

The Prime Minister is urging

developers to do their duty

0:24:570:25:00

and build the homes

the country needs.

0:25:000:25:01

She says owning a property is now

largely unaffordable to young people

0:25:010:25:04

without "the bank of mum and dad".

0:25:040:25:06

Theresa May claims changes

to planning rules -

0:25:060:25:10

which would penalise developers

who delay building on their land -

0:25:100:25:13

should help to deal

with the shortage of properties.

0:25:130:25:15

Labour described the proposed

changes as 'feeble.'

0:25:150:25:17

Here's our Home Editor Mark Easton.

0:25:170:25:20

The Prime Minister donned the hi-vis

today, determined to show she's

0:25:220:25:25

tackling what she describes

as a national housing crisis.

0:25:250:25:29

But Theresa May's not the first

senior Tory to get her shoes

0:25:290:25:33

muddy on a building site.

0:25:330:25:34

Remember him?

0:25:340:25:35

And him?

0:25:350:25:36

And him?

0:25:360:25:38

Today, the PM had the big builders

and developers in her sights,

0:25:380:25:42

blaming some of them for putting

profit before their patriotic duty

0:25:420:25:45

to restore the dream

of home ownership.

0:25:450:25:49

The bonuses paid to the heads

of some of our biggest developers

0:25:490:25:54

are based not on the number of homes

they build but on their

0:25:540:25:58

profits or share price.

0:25:580:25:59

I expect developers to do their duty

for Britain and build

0:25:590:26:01

the homes our country needs.

0:26:010:26:02

Some builders will tell

you their first responsibility

0:26:020:26:06

is to their shareholders,

and it is unusual for

0:26:060:26:08

a Conservative Prime Minister

to tell private companies she's

0:26:080:26:12

considering changing the rules

to make it more difficult

0:26:120:26:14

for them to make a profit.

0:26:140:26:18

Among possible planning reforms

is the idea that developers

0:26:180:26:22

with a reputation for not building

homes fast enough, might be denied

0:26:220:26:25

planning permission by councils.

0:26:250:26:29

Not only do house-builders make

returns to their shareholders,

0:26:290:26:34

we're also cross subsidising almost

half of the affordable housing

0:26:340:26:36

in this country every single year.

0:26:360:26:38

So we're doing the job

of government.

0:26:380:26:41

Mrs May wants lots more

houses but doesn't want

0:26:410:26:44

to upset her core vote.

0:26:440:26:47

Hello, do you know about...

0:26:470:26:49

People like these residents

in true blue Surrey,

0:26:490:26:55

who are supported by their MP,

Environment Secretary Michael Gove,

0:26:550:26:59

in their opposition

to a new garden village.

0:26:590:27:02

Planning reform worries

these campaigners.

0:27:020:27:04

I think this is going to be

a backward step and we are really

0:27:040:27:08

worried that these sort

of developments, which are really

0:27:080:27:10

damaging to the environment

and the community as a whole,

0:27:100:27:13

will be pushed forward,

against the peoples' wishes.

0:27:130:27:17

Some Conservatives want the Treasury

to relax borrowing rules so councils

0:27:170:27:19

and housing associations can build

many more genuinely

0:27:190:27:21

affordable homes.

0:27:210:27:26

Others see the priority

as protecting England's

0:27:260:27:29

precious green landscape.

0:27:290:27:30

It's a surprise, perhaps,

the Prime Minister didn't think it

0:27:300:27:34

wise to wear a hard hat today.

0:27:340:27:35

Mark Easton, BBC News.

0:27:350:27:42

The inventor Trevor Baylis -

best known for developing

0:27:420:27:43

the wind-up radio -

has died at the age of 80.

0:27:430:27:51

And to make it work,

you simply wind this and now...

0:27:530:27:56

Mr Baylis was inspired to design

the radio after watching

0:27:560:27:58

a documentary about Aids in Africa.

0:27:580:28:00

He believed the invention would help

halt the disease by making

0:28:000:28:02

educational radio broadcasts

accessible to more people.

0:28:020:28:04

He died this morning

at his home on Eel Pie Island,

0:28:040:28:06

in south-west London,

after a long illness.

0:28:060:28:09

The British actor Gary Oldman

is celebrating after

0:28:110:28:13

winning his first Oscar.

0:28:130:28:16

He picked up the award

for his portrayal of

0:28:160:28:18

Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest

Hour.

0:28:180:28:20

The British short film -

The Silent Child -

0:28:200:28:23

starring six-year-old Maisie Sly

from Swindon who's deaf -

0:28:230:28:25

also won an Oscar.

0:28:250:28:27

But the night belonged to The Shape

of Water which won four awards,

0:28:270:28:31

including best film.

0:28:310:28:32

Our Arts Editor Will

Gompertz was there.

0:28:320:28:36

The night began with host

Jimmy Kimmel using his opening

0:28:360:28:39

monologue to round up some

of the elephants in the room.

0:28:390:28:42

Black Panther and Wonder Woman

were massive hits, which is almost

0:28:420:28:47

miraculous, because I remember

a time when the major studios didn't

0:28:470:28:49

believe a woman or a minority

could open a superhero movie.

0:28:490:28:53

And the reason I remember

that time is because it

0:28:530:28:56

was March of last year.

0:28:560:28:57

LAUGHTER

0:28:570:28:58

That joke set the agenda

for the evening.

0:28:580:29:02

In the year of the 90th

Academy Awards, it was Time's Up

0:29:020:29:05

for a monocultural male

dominated movie business.

0:29:050:29:07

It's a new day in Hollywood...

0:29:070:29:08

Said Jennifer Lawrence,

before announcing that the winner

0:29:080:29:10

of Actress in a Leading Role was...

0:29:100:29:12

Francis McDormand, Three billboards

Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

0:29:120:29:16

So, I'm hyperventilating

a little bit.

0:29:160:29:19

If I fall over, pick me up,

because I've got some things to say.

0:29:190:29:23

If I may be so honoured to have

all the female nominees in every

0:29:230:29:28

category stand with me in this room

tonight, the actors...

0:29:280:29:33

Meryl, if you do it,

everyone else will, come on.

0:29:330:29:35

The film-makers...

0:29:350:29:37

Look around everybody,

look around ladies and gentlemen,

0:29:370:29:40

because we all have stories to tell

and projects we need financed.

0:29:400:29:45

The call for equality and tolerance

was made time and again

0:29:450:29:49

and was perhaps best captured

by Guillermo del Toro,

0:29:490:29:51

whose film The Shape Of Water,

a story of misfits and outcasts,

0:29:510:29:55

won Best Picture

and he Best Director.

0:29:550:30:00

I am an immigrant,

and like many, many of you,

0:30:000:30:03

the greatest our art does

and our industry does is to erase

0:30:030:30:06

the lines in the sand.

0:30:060:30:07

We should continue doing that

when the world tells us

0:30:070:30:10

to make them deeper.

0:30:100:30:11

Roger A Deakins...

0:30:110:30:14

There were long-awaited wins

for two British veterans.

0:30:140:30:17

After 13 failed attempts,

the cinematographer Roger Deakins

0:30:170:30:20

finally converted a nomination

into a golden statue for his work

0:30:200:30:22

on Blade Runner 2049.

0:30:220:30:23

And for his portrayal

of Winston Churchill

0:30:230:30:28

in The Darkest Hour,

Gary Oldman won his first Oscar.

0:30:280:30:31

I say to my mother, thank

you for your love and support.

0:30:310:30:35

Put the kettle on, I'm

bringing Oscar home!

0:30:350:30:40

The Silent Child, a British film

about a deaf four-year-old,

0:30:400:30:44

played by Maisie Sly,

won the Short Film Category.

0:30:440:30:47

I made a promise to our

six-year-old lead actress that

0:30:470:30:51

I'd sign this speech.

0:30:510:30:52

My hands are shaking a little

bit, so I apologise.

0:30:520:30:57

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:30:580:30:59

Maisie, who is deaf in real life,

had friends and family

0:30:590:31:02

watching the ceremony nearby

when the announcement was made.

0:31:020:31:05

The Silent Child, Chris Overton

and Rachel Shenton...

0:31:050:31:07

CHEERING

0:31:070:31:10

Our daughter is the face

of change, let's hope.

0:31:100:31:12

You know, it's just...

0:31:120:31:16

I don't know what to say.

0:31:160:31:23

A lot of the reaction from last

night's Oscars were they were a bit

0:31:240:31:28

boring, there were no real

surprises. Indeed, the early viewing

0:31:280:31:32

figures show that to be the fact,

down about 15%. That would be to

0:31:320:31:36

ignore the fact that a line was

drawn last night between the past,

0:31:360:31:39

the present and the future, where

diversity is more than just rhetoric

0:31:390:31:43

and talk, it's a real thing and I

think it will change the shape of

0:31:430:31:47

Hollywood in the future.

Will in Los Angeles, thank you. Back

0:31:470:31:53

to our top story, in the last few

minutes Wiltshire Police say a

0:31:530:31:56

restaurant in Surrey has been closed

as a precaution after a former

0:31:560:31:58

Russian spy on the woman he was with

were left critically ill in hospital

0:31:580:32:03

with suspected poisoning.

0:32:030:32:04

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