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The United Nations Security Council
is due to vote this evening
on a resolution calling
for a humanitarian
ceasefire in Syria.
It was due to be held
yesterday, but was delayed
by disagreements over the wording.
The Syrian government
is continuing its bombardment
of the rebel-held area
of Eastern Ghouta,
near the capital Damascus.
Activists say around 500 civilians
have been killed in the last week,
as Richard Galpin reports.
The relentless bombing which began a
week ago has shattered whole
neighbourhoods in Eastern Ghouta.
And shattered the lives of hundreds
of people, many of them children.
Besides those who have been injured,
at least 120 children have been
killed since last Sunday, according
to human rights activists. The
number of casualties overwhelming
the hospitals, some of which
themselves have been targeted in the
air raids. And despite all this, the
United Nations Security Council in
New York has still not been able to
pass a resolution, calling for a
ceasefire because of objections from
I'm extremely frustrated
with the fact that the Security
Council, we have been able to adopt
a resolution to alleviate the
suffering of the Syrian people, very
frustrated with that.
resolution calls for a 30 day
ceasefire across the whole country,
starting without delay. Extremist
organisations al-Qaeda and the
Islamic State group are excluded
from this. The aim of the ceasefire
is to get urgently needed aid into
Eastern Ghouta, including medical
supplies and to evacuate the
Whether this bombing campaign
continues or can be temporarily
halted now depends on another
attempt at the UN Security Council
to hold a vote later today, with
Russia agreeing not to use its veto.
With 500 people now reported to have
been killed over the past week, the
pressure is mounting on Russia to
stop the bloodshed, at least for a
few weeks. Richard Galpin, BBC News.
Here, two people have
appeared in court charged
with causing the deaths
of two brothers in Coventry
by dangerous driving.
Corey and Casper Platt-May,
who were six and two,
were on a family trip to a park
when they were hit
by a car on Thursday.
Robert Brown, who's 53-years-old,
and Gwendoline Harrison, who's 41,
were remanded in custody.
The International Committee
of the Red Cross says more
than 20 of its staff have been
dismissed in the last three years
for sexual misconduct.
The disclosure is the result
of an internal review
of the Swiss-based organisation
which has more than
17,000 staff worldwide.
The revelations are the latest to
hit the aid sector in recent weeks.
Our diplomatic correspondent
Caroline Hawley joins me.
What more can you tell us?
is working on the front lines around
the world, it has done for decades.
It says since 2015, 21 staff members
were either dismissed all resigned
for paying for sexual services. This
is banned by the ICRC, even in
countries where prostitution is
legal. A further two members of
staff didn't have their contracts
renewed. The head of the ICRC said
he was deeply saddened to report
these incidents. He said he was
concerned cases should have been
reported before that were not all
were not probably handled. The ICRC
is the latest humanitarian
organisation to reveal cases of
misconduct in the wake of the Oxfam
scandal. The International
Development Secretary has given aid
agencies 192 aid agencies who
receive UK aid, given until Monday
to spell out exactly what steps they
have taken to safeguard people they
work with around the world, and also
to report individual cases to the
right authorities. So there is a
Thank you very much.
The US government is considering
appointing a special envoy
to Northern Ireland in a bid
to break the political
impasse, and restore
the power sharing government.
During a meeting with the Irish
Deputy Prime Minister in Washington,
the US Secretary of State,
said they were considering a list
of people for the role.
Northern Ireland has been
without devolved government
for 13 months, after a coalition
led by the Democratic Unionist Party
and Sinn Fein collapsed.
A former senior adviser
to Donald Trump has admitted charges
of conspiracy and lying
to investigators, who are examining
Russian political interference
in the 2016 presidential election.
In a plea deal, Rick Gates admitted
conspiracy to defraud the government
and making false statements.
He's become the third associate
of the president to agree
to co-operate with a special
A number of US companies have cut
ties with the National
as consumers call for
a boycott of firms linked
to the powerful gun lobby.
They include the car
rental companies Hertz
and Enterprise Holdings,
both of which have stopped offering
discounts to members
of the Association, in the wake
of the Florida school shooting.
Our North America correspondent
Peter Bowes reports.
The aftermath to a school shooting
that could prompt change in America.
Amidst the grieving, the mood has
been different this time.
Within hours of a gunman
killing 17 people, anger
overflowed onto the streets.
CHANTITNG "NEVER AGAIN"
Now it's social media
where pressure is being exerted
on the hugely powerful gun lobby.
Under the hashtag BoycottNRA,
activists are targeting firms that
offer special benefits to members
of the National Rifle Association,
and they include some of the most
familiar corporate names.
The car rental companies
Hertz and Enterprise,
which also owns Alamo and National.
They're ending discounts offered
to members of the gun lobby
group from next month.
MetLife Insurance and the software
company Symantec are
taking similar action.
There's been no word
in response from the NRA.
It's unclear whether these actions
will hurt an organisation that
boasts 5 million members.
During the week, its chief executive
hit out at the protesters.
Their goal is to eliminate
the Second Amendment
and our firearms freedoms,
so they can eradicate
all individual freedoms.
Donald Trump says he's open
to new ideas, but the one he seems
to like best is giving
guns to teachers.
So this crazy man who walked
in wouldn't even know
who it is that has it.
That's not bad, that's good.
And a teacher would have shot
the hell out of him before
he knew what happened.
The debate over what to do next
will be highly charged
and intensely political.
Peter Bowes, BBC News.
A UK ticket holder has won nearly
£78 million in the EuroMillions draw
after sharing the jackpot
with a winner from Spain.
The jackpot has been growing
since the turn of the year
and was the third biggest
in the draw's history.
With Winter Olympics news on the
rest of the sport, here is Mike
Bushell at the BBC Sports Centre.
It's been a day of roller-coaster
emotions for Great Britain,
on the penultimate day
of the Winter Olympics.
In the early hours, Billy Morgan's
bronze medal made it Britain's
best winter games ever,
but a sixth medal proved out
of reach of the women's curlers.
Andy Swiss reports.
And he needs to go absolutely
He's a former acrobat
with a dodgy knee but Billy Morgan
was about to leap into history.
Billy Morgan, yes!
At 28, Morgan is
a snowboarding veteran, this is his
last jump at surely his last
Olympics, what a way to finish.
is absolutely huge!
Morgan into bronze medal position
and one by one, his rivals' hopes
came tumbling down.
the last one crashed, Morgan to his
utter disbelief, had his medal.
pretty mad. If everybody landed
their runs I wouldn't be in this
position. It's a bit of luck, luck
of the draw, it came down to me on
the day, happy days.
Majoli was also Team GB's. A
record-breaking fifth medal of these
The British team have had their ups
and downs here but Billy Morgan has
ensured they hit their target of
making this their most successful
Winter Olympics in history.
They have had £30 million of
funding, double bid last Games but
those in charge insist it's worth
We knew it was going to be a
theatre of jeopardy, high-risk, high
reward, consistency required, lots
of delivery under pressure, so the
athletes phenomenally well.
could Team GB add one more to their
tally? The women's curlers in a
bronze medal play-off against Japan,
which proved predictably edgy.
The British team
with a slender 2-1 lead at the
halfway point but by the final end
it was Japan that had a 1-point
advantage. But Britain were closest,
extra time beckoned but Eve Muirhead
went for broke with calamitous
results. In going for glory, she
knocked out her own stone, handing
Japan the bronze and Britain only
It's hard to
say we're going home with nothing.
We battled so hard, and as I say,
I'm devastated that it didn't turn
out well for us.
No doubting the
day's mixed extraordinary feat.
After winning gold on skis last
weekend, it was gold on a snowboard
for the Czech Republic rider. Two
titles, two sports, one quite
So with the curling over,
rugby union's Six Nations
takes centre stage.
Ireland take on Wales
in Dublin this afternoon,
and then live here on BBC one
from 4:45, it's Scotland
Our man in place at
Murrayfield is Olly Foster.
Keeping warm. Hello.
Hello. This is the oldest fixture in
international rugby. Scotland
against England. Always plenty of
needle, so much history down the
years but in recent years, England
have just hoovered up the Calcutta
Cup. They have won the last eight,
haven't lost the Scot since 2008 the
Scots always come into these matches
with hope, hope they can scupper
another title push from the English.
It is so tight at the top of the
table, Ireland are top of that Six
Nations table as we head to the
halfway stage of this championship.
In the next couple of minutes, what
a match that is going to be in
Dublin, as Ireland take on the
Welsh. Both teams have described
that as their cup final.
Foster at Murrayfield.
One early kick off in
the Premier League this lunchtime
with strugglers Stoke City
the visitors to Leicester.
Stoke took the lead just before
half-time. Shaqiri continuing his
great recent form and a brilliant
goal. Leicester were gifted a way
back into it. How about this for a
horrendous goalkeeping error from
Jack Butland? Fumbling the ball into
his own net. 1-1 it remained with
just six minutes to go.
That is all be sporting out, back to
You can see more on all of today's
stories on the BBC News Channel.
The next news on BBC One
is at 7 - bye for now.