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The army on the streets
of Salisbury, as specialist troops
arrive to deal with the scene
of the nerve agent attack.
Military equipment and personnel
trained in chemical warfare
make an unusual sight
in the cathedral city.
They have the detection equipment
that will allow them to properly,
safely a very detail
survey of those areas.
And if there is any contamination,
they can then safely remove
that and have it destroyed.
A forensic team examine the grave
of the son of Sergei Skripal,
the former Russian spy
who was targeted in the attack.
Tonight, he and his daughter
are still critically ill.
The people of Salisbury
are urged to stay calm.
After the insults, a surprise
meeting is to take place
between President Trump
and the leader of North Korea.
A court sees the contents
of the bomb that partially exploded
in a Tube carriage in London last
Why increasing numbers of young
British Muslim women are deciding
to wear a headscarf.
And banging the drum
for Great Britain -
our athletes arrive in South Korea
for the biggest ever
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News.
We'll preview the penultimate
weekend of the Six Nations,
which could prove pivotal
to Ireland as they attempt
to win the title again.
These are the scenes that greeted
the people of Salisbury today
as just under 200 military personnel
arrived in the city
and onto the streets.
Specialist troops, with training
in chemical warfare,
will be working in the area
where the former Russian agent
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia collapsed on Sunday.
Forensic examinations are also
taking place at the cemetery
at the gravestone of Skripal's son,
Alexander, who reportedly died
of liver problems at the age of 43.
The Home Secretary will chair
another meeting of the Government's
emergency Cobra committee tomorrow.
Our home affairs correspondent,
Tom Symonds, reports from Salisbury.
It began with unprotected police
officers dealing with
an unexplained medical emergency.
This evening, the military
was called in at Salisbury Hospital.
Troops, trained to tackle chemical
warfare, supporting a British
Their mission includes securing
possibly contaminated evidence -
The stakes are high.
As Ministry of Defence we have been
supporting the police
in their investigations
through the work of military
scientists at Porton Down.
We will continue to do that.
Another task - dealing
with contaminated vehicles.
This police car may have been driven
to the hospital after the incident.
180 troops will be involved in this
phase of the investigation.
They have all the chemical agent
monitors, the personal
respirators etc that allow them
to safely, and they will probably
take this kit to Porton Down
or perhaps Winterbourne Gunner,
where it can be
They're also expected to secure
Sergei Skripal's car
and there are ambulances which may
have traces of the nerve agent.
Across the city, scenes that might
have come from a disaster movie.
This is just a graveyard,
but it contains the graves
of Sergei Skripal's wife and his son
He died last year.
Again, no official
explanation for all this.
The dates on Alexander's
grave may be relevant.
Last week, before
the nerve agent attack,
was the anniversary of his birth.
Did his father and sister visit
the grave at some point?
The Home Secretary was the first
senior government representative
to come to Salisbury this morning.
Ministers have stressed
the importance of getting
to the bottom of the alleged plot
before pointing fingers.
She met and praised those
who've helped the victims
and decontaminated the area,
including these firefighters.
I am in awe of their sympathetic
approach and professionalism
as they engage with these people.
And now as they reflect,
they are quite concerned sometimes
for themselves and their families,
but they've all said to me
that they wouldn't have done
Then to the hospital,
continuing to provide the highest
level of care to three victims.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey,
exposed to nerve agent
during the incident,
is now making good progress.
He's an officer who has
been widely praised.
Always really easy to speak
to and he delivers effectively
and efficiently and he's always got
this sense of humour around him,
so he does it easily and nothing
is ever too much trouble for him.
Sergei Skripal remains
in a critical condition.
His daughter Yulia the same,
but she is responding
better to treatment.
Salisbury has become
a multi-location crime scene,
a city of disturbing images
and unanswered questions.
Who wanted to kill them?
Why? How did they do it?
What will happen next?
Tonight the evidence
is being gathered.
Tom Symonds, BBC News, Salisbury.
Sergei Skripal is still fighting
for his life in hospital
alongside his daughter Yulia.
He came to the UK in 2008 as part
of a spy swap with Russia.
But what led him to betray his
country and seek refuge here?
Our security correspondent,
Gordon Corera, has been given
exclusive access to details
and photos from his past.
The man behind the story. Friend of
Sergei Skripal have provided the BBC
with the first detailed account of
his life, including these personal
pictures. Here Skripal is in the
centre with his daughter Yulia, just
after her birth in 1984. Both are
now fighting for their lives.
Skripal was grew up listening to the
world service on the radio. He
joined the eairborne troop and
became a charm beyondship army
boxer. This was him a few years
later with colleagues serving in
central Asia. When Soviet troops
went into Afghanistan in 1979, he
was among the first to go in. Soon
after he was talented spotted by the
GRU military intelligence. He served
undercover in Europe twice in the
80s and the 90s. It's during that
time it's thought hes with
approached by British intelligence
to spy for them. In 2004 he was
arrested, friends say his shoulder
was wrenched out of its socket in
the process. He was sentenced to 13
years in a labour camp but in 2010
he was released as part of a spy
swap. He had dreamed of ice-cream
and it was the first thing he asked
for on his release. He was reunited
with his wife and they began to
rebuild a life in Salisbury shech
grew roses while he liked to
barbecue sausages. It was short
lived. In 2012 she died of cancer.
Friends told the BBC he spent his
time playing World War II tank games
on his computer and visiting local
military museums. The BBC
understands from friends that during
his time in the labour camp Skripal
would imagine being a home in his
mind. They say they hope he'll be
using the same trick now as he
fights for his life. Gordon Corera,
Our home affairs correspondent, Tom
Symonds, is in Salisbury for us now.
An extraordinary week in Salisbury,
what can people expect to see
in the next few days or weeks?
Well here more evidence gathering.
That's going to take days and
possibly weeks. I think we can
expect that this process will go on
and on. There are going to be no
quick, easy answers. The Litvinenko
case took years to get to the bottom
of. I don't think we can expect the
police to give what they often call
a "running commentary" on their
progress. Ministers will be watching
them every step of the way. There is
a meeting of the Government's Cobra
emergency committee tomorrow.
Ministers say we can expect tough
action once they get to the bottom
of what this was all about. Of
course the big question is - will
the finger be pointed at Russia?
Tom Symonds in Salisbury.
The Old Dotard is to
meet Little Rocket Man.
President Trump has agreed to meet
the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
in a surprise move after months
of tension and name calling.
But the White House added tonight
that no meeting could take
place until North Korea
takes concrete action.
South Korea claims that Kim Jong-un
is committed to denuclearisation
and an end to nuclear
and missile tests.
Our North America correspondent,
Nick Bryant, reports.
Like the kid who couldn't keep the
secret. Donald Trump slipped into
the White House press room and told
reporters to expect a huge statement
on a big subject.
Here we go, here
Sure enough, a delegation
from South Korea soon stepped before
the microphones to make one of the
most jaw dropping diplomatic
announcements in decades. After
delivering to the President a
personal message from Kim Jong-un.
He expressed his eagerness to meet
President Trump as soon as possible.
President Trump appreciated the
briefing and said he would meet Kim
Jong-un by May to achieve permanent
Prior to arriving
in Washington, they had held a
meeting in Pyongyang with Kim
Jong-un offering a warm hand of
friendship rather than rattling his
usual sabre. On state TV the
soundtrack doubled as diplomatic
mood music because the North Korean
leader offered to abandon his
nuclear arsenal in return for if
security guarantees in the United
States. Kim Jong-un sent them off
not just with a wave, but an
invitation to Mr Trump the most
improbable of overtures. Donald
Trump abreed to the invitation
instantly, apparently without
pre-conditions, without even con
youing aides. Perhaps that explains
the confusion at the White House
with aides playing catch-up and
demanding actions by North Korea
before the summit can take place.
President will not have the meeting
without seeing concrete steps and
concrete actions take place by North
Korea. So the President would
actually be getting something.
Frankly, the world would be getting
North Korea's nuclear and
missile capability has posed the
toughest foreign policy dilemma for
successive administrations. US
presidents have turned down offers
of face-to-face meetings. Only
yesterday America's top diplomat
ruled out directing talks with any
In terms of direct
talks with the United States and US
negotiations, we're a long way from
What the White House
is certain is about that the
President's tough talk has exerted
maximum pressure on Pyongyang.
will be met with fire and fury like
the world has never seen. Rocket Man
is on a suicide mission for himself
and for his regime.
This is a huge
gamble which offers Pyongyang a
propaganda coup without much ground
work and wouft a guarantee of
success. All of Donald Trump's
presidential predecessors have
failed to halt North Korea's nuclear
programme, so perhaps it's worth
this dramatic new gesture. Two
leaders dealing with what is
potentially the world's most
combustible problem. Diplomacy akin
to a Las Vegas title fight. The
international summit of the century.
Nick Bryant, BBC News, Washington.
Today's announcement follows
something of a thaw in relations
between North and South Korea,
that saw them march under a single
flag at the Winter Olympics.
The South Korean President,
Moon Jae-in says the planned meeting
is "like a miracle."
But how has the news gone down
in the capital, Seoul?
Laura Bicker has been finding out.
For months, Seoul wondered
if it faced the prospect
of war once again.
Today, it woke to better news.
The prospect of a stunning Trump/Kim
summit has turned an impending
crisis into an opportunity.
The horror of the Korean War
is not forgotten here.
The fighting ended
with no peace treaty.
Now future generations hope
these talks will prevent
I think this
will be a turning point,
and through this our future children
will benefit from living in a more
free and peaceful world.
I think it is a good
thing for both countries,
and as a South Korean citizen,
it's good that the threat of war has
reduced, even by a little.
Even if things turn out
well, it won't benefit
the people in North Korea.
In the past, when the South Korean
President provided aid
to North Korea, I heard almost none
of it went to the common people.
So I don't think it's
going to turn out well.
Decades of distrust and suspicion
divide North and South.
People have learned that
hope can be a bad thing.
I'm told it's hard to tell
what is real progress
and what is propaganda.
A strong word of caution.
The road ahead is very long,
very complicated, very complex,
and there's no guarantee
that the North will ever
give up its nuclear
weapons easily, if at all.
These talks are a huge
Presidents Moon and Trump could be
being played by Pyongyang,
or this peninsula could be
on the verge of something it's been
searching for for nearly seven
decades, a peace treaty.
This statue portrays two
brothers divided by the war,
in a last, desperate embrace.
There's a sense of cautious optimism
that this unresolved conflict
could now have a happier ending.
Laura Bicker, BBC News, Seoul.
In a moment, we'll speak
to Nick Bryant at the White House,
but first Laura Bicker joins
us from Seoul.
It's an extraordinary diplomatic
turnaround to move the US
and North Korea from trading insults
to having a meeting.
How did South Korea pull this off?
I think we have lost Laura in Seoul.
We will go back to her if we can.
Nick, first we heard that Mr Trump
was going to meet Kim Jong-un,
now he's putting
preconditions on any meeting.
Is it likely to happen?
Fiona, listening to the White House
briefing, we wondered whether
President Trump was getting cold
feet, but according to senior aides,
they say he really wants this to
happen. It is impulsive, the way he
likes to conduct foreign policy. It
gives him a reality TV moment for
the ages, his version of Nixon goes
to China. Another reason he finds it
attractive is that no President has
ever done this before and he loves
flying in the face of residential
orthodoxy. When it comes to North
Korea, he believes with some
justification that his
unconventional approach has worked
Laura, we have got you back.
How has South Korea pull this off,
if it happens?
if it happens?
President Moon saw an
opportunity and grabbed it. He heard
Kim Jong Un's speech on New Year's
Day, peaceful overtures, invited the
north to take part in the Winter
Olympics, which has seen a dizzying
level of visits and diplomacy
between North and South,
commentating in this moment. But
critics believe that President Moon
is too close to the north. He is the
son of North Korean refugees and he
has family based in the North. When
it comes to failed talks, he has
been part of those before. So when
it comes to what he has to gain,
that is obvious, that elusive peace
treaty and end to hostilities and
perhaps a place in the history
books. But he has a lot to lose.
Where does he go if this fails? And
when it comes to an end to
diplomacy, what options will the US
put on the table if they decide
diplomacy will not work? Those
military options will be back, and
people here do not want to see that.
I am glad we managed to get hold of
you. Thank you both.
Let's take a brief look at some
of the day's other news stories.
The first aid convoy since Monday
has crossed into the besieged Syrian
rebel-held enclave of Eastern
The Red Cross sent 13 trucks loaded
with food but says it's not nearly
enough to feed the thousands
of civilians there.
They were also prevented from taking
in medical supplies.
Britain is close to agreeing
a multi-billion pound deal to supply
Saudi Arabia with 48
Typhoon fighter jets.
The announcement coincided
with the last day of a visit
by the new Saudi leader
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
The trip has attracted criticism
because of the Saudi's role
in the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
The EU has said it may challenge
Donald Trump's decision to impose
tariffs on steel and aluminium.
It claims they are in breach
of World Trade Organisation rules.
The British government said
that, as a close ally
of the United States,
it would seek exemption
from the tariffs.
A leaked internal email
from the medical director
of Northampton General Hospital
claims an elderly man waiting to be
seen in A&E died "due entirely
to dangerous overcrowding
in the department".
Our correspondent James
Waterhouse is here.
James, what more can you tell us?
At 4pm on Wednesday, an 85-year-old
man went to Northampton General
Hospital with stomach pains. He was
seen an hour and a half later and
told he would have to stick around
because blood tests suggest a heart
problem. He was put in a chair where
he would remain for seven hours
before suffering cardiac arrest at
1am. And now you have this leaked
e-mail from the medical director of
the trust which reads, last night a
patient died, due entirely to the
dangerous overcrowding of the
department. The risk we have all
been aware of but may have felt
hypothetical, has just happened. The
trust has apologised to the family
and called the outcome unacceptable.
Ideally the patient would not have
waited so long, it goes on, we do
not know what difference this might
have made to the final outcome. This
A&E unit has had 400 patients each
day for the last few months, an
increase of 30% compared with the
same period in the year before.
The man accused of carrying out
the London Tube bombing
at Parsons Green made no attempt
to deny he was responsible
when he was arrested
the day after the attack,
a court heard today.
The prosecution claims Ahmed Hassan,
who denies attempted murder,
told a detective
that he made the bomb.
30 people were injured in September
last year when the bomb partially
exploded in a Tube carriage.
June Kelly was in court.
Ahmed Hassan on his way to Brighton,
hours after leaving a bomb
on an underground train in London.
Two years on from his arrival
in the UK, the teenage asylum seeker
had caused mayhem
in its capital city.
Hassan later headed for Dover,
where he made for the port area.
The jury at his trial has seen this
CCTV footage of his movements.
On the run, he hung around this area
until the following morning.
And it was here, 24 hours
after the Tube attack,
the police identified him
as a wanted man.
In an initial interview
detectives from Scotland Yard,
Hassan was asked,
"Who made the device?"
And he replied, "I did."
In response to further questions,
he said there might be a few
grams of the explosive,
TATP, at his home address.
Hassan's device created a fireball
when it partially exploded
on an Underground train at Parsons
Green station in west London.
The jury was told today the bomb
was packed with shrapnel,
including nuts, bolts,
screws, drill bits and knives.
And it contained 400 grams
of the explosive TATP.
It would have been lethal if it
had fully detonated.
This was the evidence
from an explosives expert,
who went on to the train.
The prosecution evidence at this
trial is now drawing to a close
and Hassan's defence case is due
to start next week.
June Kelly, BBC News,
at the Old Bailey.
Increasing numbers of young
British Muslim women are choosing
to wear a hijab or headscarf.
It's not without controversy.
Women in some Muslim
countries, like Iran,
are campaigning against it
as a symbol of oppression.
But here some women
are taking the opposite view,
seeing it as empowering,
even a feminist statement.
It's increasingly evident in the
world of fashion and social media.
And a major modelling agency has
just signed its first British
catwalk model who wears a hijab.
Nomia Iqbal investigates.
The spotlight is on the hijab.
Many Muslim women choose
to wear it proudly.
For some, it's an act of modesty.
For others, in countries like Iran,
forced to wear it, it's a symbol
to remove in protest.
It may divide opinion,
but hijab is going high fashion.
20-year-old model, Shahira Yusuf,
has been signed up by Storm,
the agency that found supermodel,
Shahira is one of the first
British models with a hijab
taking to the catwalk.
Yeah, definitely don't want to be
considered a token girl.
I don't want these models
like ethnic models or models
from different religious backgrounds
to just pave the way,
I want the way to stay there,
become the norm within society.
Because it is the norm outside
of the modelling sphere.
Shahira is becoming
the face of Modest Fashion.
At the show in London,
Muslim designers have come
from all over the world
to promote their clothes.
The market for Modest Fashion
is on course to be worth billions.
I grew up in a Muslim family
and none of the the women
in my family wore the hijab.
None of my Muslim
friends wore it either.
But now, more and more young
women are wearing it.
The reason why I wear
it is to number one, cover my hair.
And number two, to be honest,
I actually enjoy wearing the hijab,
I enjoy covering my hair,
I enjoy the Hijabs I have today
I feel like it makes a statement.
It's part of who I am,
it's my crown.
The hijab to me is empowerment
and it's feminism and it's taking
control and ownership
of what I choose
to show to the world.
Being online has given some women
a powerful platform.
Social media star, Mariah Idrissi,
has a huge following on Instagram.
The hijab is a part of me,
it's part of my career
and its representation.
You know, we shouldn't be ashamed
or shy to represent who we are.
If you are a model wearing a hijab,
and you're on Instagram and having
thousands of people following you,
aren't you doing the opposite
of what the hijab is
supposed to be about?
The mainstream media,
western media isn't
representing Muslims on TV,
in fashion, anywhere.
The only time we are represented
is for something bad.
I just saw this as, you know I'm
going on the news and I'm talking
about something that's not
about terrorism, not
about women being oppressed,
I'm talking about fashion.
Some campaigners for Muslim womens'
rights think the hijab's popularity
is a political statement.
They feel uneasy about its use
as an expression of identity.
Modest does not mean
you need to wear the hijab.
Modesty goes beyond that in your
behaviour and your way of dressing.
I don't need to prove to anybody
what I am, but in the hijab,
you are singling yourself
and proving something unnecessary,
especially in the Western world.
The hijab means different things
to different people.
Shahira believes you can wear it
and be a successful model.
The cover of British Vogue,
wearing her hijab.
Nomia Iqbal, BBC News.
Sir John Sawers then has died. His
work in decoding the sequence of
human DNA, the building blocks of
life, saw him awarded the prize back
The Winter Paralympics
are under way in South Korea.
North and South Korea didn't march
together under a unified flag
in the opening ceremony as they did
at last month's Winter Olympics
because they failed to agree
on which version to use.
Britain is being represented by 17
athletes, as Kate Grey
reports from Pyeongchang.
The biggest Winter
Paralympics to date.
Drummers and dancers,
the traditional charms
of Korea opening the show.
The weather playing its part too -
nothing could be done
about the fog-covered fireworks.
And heavy snow had prevented a full
rehearsal so a slight flag
hiccup could be forgiven.
But the flags were in full flight
when it came to the parade,
some more than others.
And here they come, Great Britain.
Owen Pick leading the way,
a great honour for the soldier
And the British team certainly
enjoying the party atmosphere.
The International Paralympic
Committee had wanted North Korea
and South Korea to march out under
a unified flag but these Games
will be North Korea's debut
Winter Paralympics so the team
preferred to walk out separately.
The host nation completed
the procession but the cold
temperature meant no hanging around,
with all teams snaking
in and out of the stadium.
The crowd were treated
to an eclectic mix -
a snowboarding bear,
weird and wonderful contraptions
on wheels, and the floor putting
on its own dazzling show
with the help of performers.
Paralympics GB have a target of six
to 12 medals here in South Korea
and their best chances could come
from the ski slopes.
Rising stars Menna Fitzpatrick
and her guide, Jen Kehoe,
will compete across the five Alpine
skiing events and could be two
the big names of these Games.
There's a really good buzz
in the camp, the mood
is really, really positive.
It feels like a real family.
There's a real identity,
there's a real cohesion,
you can feel the support.
With the cauldron lit
and the fog finally clearing
for the firework finale,
organisers will hope it
will now be about the sport
and not the weather.
Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
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