17/02/2018 BBC Weekend News


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Good evening.

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Team GB is celebrating

its most successful day

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in Winter Olympic history.

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Lizzy Yarnold won gold

in the women's skeleton -

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becoming the first Briton ever

to defend a Winter Olympic title.

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There was a bronze too in the event

for her team-mate Laura Deas,

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and a bronze in the ski

slopestyle for Izzy Atkin.

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But there was disappointment for

the medal favourite Elise Christie -

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who crashed in the semi-final

of the 1500 metre speed skating -

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and was taken to hospital.

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David Ornstein reports

from Pyeongchang.

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Guiding Great Britain to

unprecedented glory, Lizzy Yarnold

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and Laura Deas turning dreams into

reality, rewriting the record books.

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COMMENTATOR:

Lizzy Yarnold next, the Olympic

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champion, can she make history and

win it again?

Yarnold went into her

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final slide in second place but

conjured an imperious display and

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the fastest time any woman has

produced on this track to enter

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sporting folklore.

That is a gold

medal winning run, I'm sure of it.

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So it's gold for Lizzy Yarnold.

She's defended her title and become

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the most decorated British Winter

Olympian in history. She was joined

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on the podium by team-mate Laura

Deas. The pair rounding off the most

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successful day their nation has ever

seen at a Winter Games. As Yarnold

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jumped into the crowd to join the

celebrations, how did she feel?

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Exhausted!

Now a back-to-back

champion, the 29-year-old couldn't

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hide her delight.

I'm just so

relieved that I've done the race,

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been consistent and Laura and I are

on the podium together.

For her

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parents, Judith and Clive, another

moment to savour.

From the mixed

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season she's had to win the gold

medal here

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medal here today and we have a

bronze medal as well through Laura,

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is absolutely mind-boggling.

A

success story was started by the

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youngest member of Team GB,

19-year-old Izzy Atkin saving her

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best until last to take bronze in

the slopestyle and become Britain's

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first official Olympic skiing

medallist. Great Britain's Izzy

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Atkin takes a bronze.

I'm still kind

of speechless. I can't... I'm really

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excited, really happy, I'm stoked

with how I skied and also stoked to

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win the bronze.

The day was however

tinged with disappointment as Elise

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Christie crashed out of the 1500

metres short track speed skating and

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was later disqualified.

COMMENTATOR:

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Christie has crashed again now in

the semifinal.

She went to hospital

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as a precaution but was given the

all clear and may get race in the

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1000 metres as she bids to avoid a

repeat of her nightmare in Sochi

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four years ago. But that will do

little to dampen the British

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euphoria as they delivered on snow

and ice Super Saturday to live long

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in the memory. David Ornstein, BBC

News, in Pyeongchang.

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Theresa May has said

cooperation on security

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with the European Union after Brexit

calls for a new "deep

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and special partnership".

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In a speech in Germany,

the Prime Minister warned that

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failing to work together would put

everyone at risk.

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In response, the President

of the European Commission said he'd

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welcome a close security alliance -

but that it must be negotiated

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separately from other Brexit issues.

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Our political correspondent

Vicki Young reports from Munich.

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In defence and security the UK

is a significant player

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and the Prime Minister hopes that

will get her a special deal.

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She arrived in Munich keen to lay

out Britain's contribution.

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Generous spending on defence

and expertise it wants

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to share even after Brexit.

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Theresa May urged the EU to take

a practical approach.

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This cannot be a time when any of us

allow competition between partners,

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rigid institutional restrictions,

or deep-seated ideology,

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to inhibit our cooperation

and jeopardise the security

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of our citizens.

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She's calling for a new security

treaty so that the close

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partnership can continue.

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Failure to agree one would have

damaging consequences, she said.

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We must do whatever is most

practical and pragmatic

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in ensuring our collective security.

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Those who threaten our security

would like nothing more

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than to see us fractured.

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Some listening to this

were left bewildered.

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Te Brexit decision from the point

of view of us inside the EU

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is extremely regretable.

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Things would be so much

easier if you stayed,

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so here comes the question.

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APPLAUSE.

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Mrs May pointed out that Brexit

was a democratic decision

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politicians should respect.

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One senior Brussels

figure seemed to agree.

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The Commission President Jean-Claude

Juncker said the EU wasn't at war

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with the UK and didn't want to take

revenge on the British people.

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He said the security bridge would be

maintained but you couldn't mix it

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up with other issues.

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So it's a pretty familiar

message from Theresa May.

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The UK is leaving the European Union

but that doesn't mean that close

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cooperation needs to end and it's

a blunt message too,

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saying to Europe's leaders,

don't let your ideology get

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in the way of the safety

of our citizens.

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The government hopes today's speech

will show it's acting responsibly,

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not wanting to drag the important

issue of security into fraught

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Brexit negotiations.

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Downing Street has left Germany

pretty encouraged by the warm words

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from Angela Merkel, the German

leader, yesterday, and then the warm

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reception to the speech today. They

feel that it shows the Prime

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Minister really seizing the

initiative. Now of course there is

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no guarantee the EU will accept what

she wants on security and some will

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look further ahead into next week,

where may be an even bigger

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challenge has Theresa May gets her

senior cabinet members around her

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and they try to thrash out a deal to

agree what their future relationship

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with the EU will look like.

Vicki Young, thank you.

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In the last hour, Ukip have voted

to remove their leader Henry Bolton.

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63% of party members supported

the motion of no confidence,

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following the controversy over

racist messages sent

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by his then partner.

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Our political correspondent

Alex Forsyth is in Birmingham.

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Where does this leave Ukip?

Well, in

the short term there is an interim

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leader, the MEP Gerard Batten but

beyond that another leadership

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contest. This will be the party's

fourth in just over 18 months, since

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Nigel Farage stepped down. There are

some here who fear Ukip simply won't

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survive another divisive contest.

There are others though, in fact the

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majority, who thought it was the

right decision for Henry Bolton to

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because they said his personal life

had become too much of a distraction

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from the job. So he has now stepped

aside. Either way you look at this

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Ukip was a party that was riding

high after the Brexit referendum,

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but since then it has struggled with

internal infighting, to find

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direction, search for leadership and

there's a danger now that while

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today has passed with no high drama

there is broad acceptance of this

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result, in the long term this will

only deepen, not heal, the party's

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divisions.

Alex, thank you.

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President Trump has met survivors

of Wednesday's high school

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shooting in Florida,

in which 17 people died.

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It comes as pressure mounts

on the FBI over the agency's failure

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to act on a tip-off that

Nikolas Cruz, the suspected gunman,

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might carry out an attack.

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Aleem Maqbool reports.

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Some survivors of the school attack

are still being treated in hospital.

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As he promised, the president

visited here, albeit very briefly.

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REPORTER:

Did you see some

victims, Mr President?

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Yes, I did, I did indeed

and it was very sad,

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something like that could happen,

but the jobs the doctors do,

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the nurses, the hospital,

first responders, law

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enforcement, really incredible.

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Donald Trump also met officials

from the emergency services.

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What he didn't do though was answer

any questions about the need

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to tighten gun laws.

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More funerals are being held

for the 17 people who died.

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Most of them teenagers shot

in their classrooms.

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This gun show was advertised

close to the very school

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where the shooting took place.

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We weren't allowed in but spoke

to people as they left.

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Is it worth sacrificing guns if it

means there will not be any mass

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shootings or school shootings?

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I don't think it would

make a difference,

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that's my honest opinion.

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If it was proven to me,

sure, but unfortunately

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that's not the case.

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Life is delicate, you could kill

somebody with a pencil.

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Barking up the wrong tree.

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And with more than 300 million

firearms in circulation in this

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country, how do you change a gun

culture that's become such

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an integral part of American life?

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Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, in Florida.

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A mini-earthquake has shaken Wales

and parts of west England.

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You can see the large red lines here

from The British Geological Survey.

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They show the tremor,

which was a magnitude of 4.4.

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The epicentre was around 12

miles outside Swansea.

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Tremors of this scale are only felt

in the UK every two to three years.

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There's more throughout the evening

on the BBC News Channel.

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We're back with the late

news just after ten.

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Now on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Goodbye.

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