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Good afternoon.

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The United Nations Security Council

is due to vote this evening

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on a resolution calling

for a humanitarian

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ceasefire in Syria.

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It was due to be held

yesterday, but was delayed

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by disagreements over the wording.

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The Syrian government

is continuing its bombardment

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of the rebel-held area

of Eastern Ghouta,

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near the capital Damascus.

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Activists say around 500 civilians

have been killed in the last week,

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as Richard Galpin reports.

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The relentless bombing which began a

week ago has shattered whole

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neighbourhoods in Eastern Ghouta.

And shattered the lives of hundreds

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of people, many of them children.

Besides those who have been injured,

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at least 120 children have been

killed since last Sunday, according

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to human rights activists. The

number of casualties overwhelming

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the hospitals, some of which

themselves have been targeted in the

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air raids. And despite all this, the

United Nations Security Council in

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New York has still not been able to

pass a resolution, calling for a

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ceasefire because of objections from

Russia.

I'm extremely frustrated

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with the fact that the Security

Council, we have been able to adopt

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a resolution to alleviate the

suffering of the Syrian people, very

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frustrated with that.

The draft

resolution calls for a 30 day

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ceasefire across the whole country,

starting without delay. Extremist

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organisations al-Qaeda and the

Islamic State group are excluded

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from this. The aim of the ceasefire

is to get urgently needed aid into

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Eastern Ghouta, including medical

supplies and to evacuate the

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injured.

Whether this bombing campaign

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continues or can be temporarily

halted now depends on another

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attempt at the UN Security Council

to hold a vote later today, with

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Russia agreeing not to use its veto.

With 500 people now reported to have

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been killed over the past week, the

pressure is mounting on Russia to

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stop the bloodshed, at least for a

few weeks. Richard Galpin, BBC News.

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Here, two people have

appeared in court charged

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with causing the deaths

of two brothers in Coventry

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by dangerous driving.

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Corey and Casper Platt-May,

who were six and two,

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were on a family trip to a park

when they were hit

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by a car on Thursday.

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Robert Brown, who's 53-years-old,

and Gwendoline Harrison, who's 41,

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were remanded in custody.

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The International Committee

of the Red Cross says more

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than 20 of its staff have been

dismissed in the last three years

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for sexual misconduct.

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The disclosure is the result

of an internal review

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of the Swiss-based organisation

which has more than

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17,000 staff worldwide.

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The revelations are the latest to

hit the aid sector in recent weeks.

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Our diplomatic correspondent

Caroline Hawley joins me.

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What more can you tell us?

The ICRC

is working on the front lines around

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the world, it has done for decades.

It says since 2015, 21 staff members

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were either dismissed all resigned

for paying for sexual services. This

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is banned by the ICRC, even in

countries where prostitution is

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legal. A further two members of

staff didn't have their contracts

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renewed. The head of the ICRC said

he was deeply saddened to report

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these incidents. He said he was

concerned cases should have been

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reported before that were not all

were not probably handled. The ICRC

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is the latest humanitarian

organisation to reveal cases of

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misconduct in the wake of the Oxfam

scandal. The International

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Development Secretary has given aid

agencies 192 aid agencies who

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receive UK aid, given until Monday

to spell out exactly what steps they

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have taken to safeguard people they

work with around the world, and also

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to report individual cases to the

right authorities. So there is a

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deadline that.

Thank you very much.

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The US government is considering

appointing a special envoy

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to Northern Ireland in a bid

to break the political

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impasse, and restore

the power sharing government.

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During a meeting with the Irish

Deputy Prime Minister in Washington,

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the US Secretary of State,

Rex Tillerson,

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said they were considering a list

of people for the role.

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Northern Ireland has been

without devolved government

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for 13 months, after a coalition

led by the Democratic Unionist Party

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and Sinn Fein collapsed.

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A former senior adviser

to Donald Trump has admitted charges

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of conspiracy and lying

to investigators, who are examining

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Russian political interference

in the 2016 presidential election.

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In a plea deal, Rick Gates admitted

conspiracy to defraud the government

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and making false statements.

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He's become the third associate

of the president to agree

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to co-operate with a special

investigation.

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A number of US companies have cut

ties with the National

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Rifle Association,

as consumers call for

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a boycott of firms linked

to the powerful gun lobby.

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They include the car

rental companies Hertz

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and Enterprise Holdings,

both of which have stopped offering

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discounts to members

of the Association, in the wake

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of the Florida school shooting.

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Our North America correspondent

Peter Bowes reports.

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The aftermath to a school shooting

that could prompt change in America.

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Amidst the grieving, the mood has

been different this time.

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Within hours of a gunman

killing 17 people, anger

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overflowed onto the streets.

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CHANTITNG "NEVER AGAIN"

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Now it's social media

where pressure is being exerted

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on the hugely powerful gun lobby.

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Under the hashtag BoycottNRA,

activists are targeting firms that

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offer special benefits to members

of the National Rifle Association,

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and they include some of the most

familiar corporate names.

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The car rental companies

Hertz and Enterprise,

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which also owns Alamo and National.

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They're ending discounts offered

to members of the gun lobby

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group from next month.

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MetLife Insurance and the software

company Symantec are

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taking similar action.

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There's been no word

in response from the NRA.

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It's unclear whether these actions

will hurt an organisation that

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boasts 5 million members.

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During the week, its chief executive

hit out at the protesters.

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Their goal is to eliminate

the Second Amendment

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and our firearms freedoms,

so they can eradicate

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all individual freedoms.

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Donald Trump says he's open

to new ideas, but the one he seems

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to like best is giving

guns to teachers.

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It's concealed.

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So this crazy man who walked

in wouldn't even know

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who it is that has it.

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That's good.

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That's not bad, that's good.

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And a teacher would have shot

the hell out of him before

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he knew what happened.

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The debate over what to do next

will be highly charged

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and intensely political.

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Peter Bowes, BBC News.

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A UK ticket holder has won nearly

£78 million in the EuroMillions draw

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after sharing the jackpot

with a winner from Spain.

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The jackpot has been growing

since the turn of the year

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and was the third biggest

in the draw's history.

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With Winter Olympics news on the

rest of the sport, here is Mike

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Bushell at the BBC Sports Centre.

Thank you.

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It's been a day of roller-coaster

emotions for Great Britain,

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on the penultimate day

of the Winter Olympics.

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In the early hours, Billy Morgan's

bronze medal made it Britain's

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best winter games ever,

but a sixth medal proved out

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of reach of the women's curlers.

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Andy Swiss reports.

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And he needs to go absolutely

stratospheric.

He's a former acrobat

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with a dodgy knee but Billy Morgan

was about to leap into history.

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Billy Morgan, yes!

At 28, Morgan is

a snowboarding veteran, this is his

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last jump at surely his last

Olympics, what a way to finish.

That

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is absolutely huge!

It propelled

Morgan into bronze medal position

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and one by one, his rivals' hopes

came tumbling down.

He's gone!

When

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the last one crashed, Morgan to his

utter disbelief, had his medal.

It's

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pretty mad. If everybody landed

their runs I wouldn't be in this

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position. It's a bit of luck, luck

of the draw, it came down to me on

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the day, happy days.

Morgenpost

Majoli was also Team GB's. A

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record-breaking fifth medal of these

Games.

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The British team have had their ups

and downs here but Billy Morgan has

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ensured they hit their target of

making this their most successful

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Winter Olympics in history.

They have had £30 million of

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funding, double bid last Games but

those in charge insist it's worth

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it.

We knew it was going to be a

theatre of jeopardy, high-risk, high

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reward, consistency required, lots

of delivery under pressure, so the

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athletes phenomenally well.

But

could Team GB add one more to their

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tally? The women's curlers in a

bronze medal play-off against Japan,

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which proved predictably edgy.

That's unlucky.

The British team

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with a slender 2-1 lead at the

halfway point but by the final end

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it was Japan that had a 1-point

advantage. But Britain were closest,

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extra time beckoned but Eve Muirhead

went for broke with calamitous

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results. In going for glory, she

knocked out her own stone, handing

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Japan the bronze and Britain only

bitter disappointment.

It's hard to

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say we're going home with nothing.

We battled so hard, and as I say,

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I'm devastated that it didn't turn

out well for us.

No doubting the

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day's mixed extraordinary feat.

After winning gold on skis last

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weekend, it was gold on a snowboard

for the Czech Republic rider. Two

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titles, two sports, one quite

extraordinary athlete.

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So with the curling over,

rugby union's Six Nations

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takes centre stage.

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Ireland take on Wales

in Dublin this afternoon,

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and then live here on BBC one

from 4:45, it's Scotland

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against England.

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Our man in place at

Murrayfield is Olly Foster.

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Keeping warm. Hello.

Hello. This is the oldest fixture in

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international rugby. Scotland

against England. Always plenty of

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needle, so much history down the

years but in recent years, England

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have just hoovered up the Calcutta

Cup. They have won the last eight,

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haven't lost the Scot since 2008 the

Scots always come into these matches

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with hope, hope they can scupper

another title push from the English.

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It is so tight at the top of the

table, Ireland are top of that Six

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Nations table as we head to the

halfway stage of this championship.

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In the next couple of minutes, what

a match that is going to be in

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Dublin, as Ireland take on the

Welsh. Both teams have described

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that as their cup final.

Ollie

Foster at Murrayfield.

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One early kick off in

the Premier League this lunchtime

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with strugglers Stoke City

the visitors to Leicester.

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Stoke took the lead just before

half-time. Shaqiri continuing his

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great recent form and a brilliant

goal. Leicester were gifted a way

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back into it. How about this for a

horrendous goalkeeping error from

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Jack Butland? Fumbling the ball into

his own net. 1-1 it remained with

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just six minutes to go.

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That is all be sporting out, back to

you.

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Thank you.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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The next news on BBC One

is at 7 - bye for now.

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