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The UN Security Council unanimously

approved a resolution demanding a 30

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day ceasefire in Syria.

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It follows a week of intense

bombardment of rebel held eastern

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Ghouta by government forces -

activists say hundreds

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have been killed.

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The vote, to allow for aid

deliveries, was repeatedly delayed -

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Syria's ally Russia was accused

of stalling for time.

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In the three days it took us to

adopt this resolution, how many

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mothers lost their kids to the

bombing and shelling? How many more

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images did we need to see of fathers

holding their dead children?

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We'll have the latest

live from the UN.

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Also tonight:

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Hi

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Hi. Well hello...

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The actress Emma

Chambers, best known

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for The Vicar Of Dibley,

has died at the age of 53.

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The International Committee

of the Red Cross reveals more

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than 20 staff have been dismissed

in the last three years

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for sexual misconduct.

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And Billy Morgan's bronze

in the snowboarding gives Team

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GB their biggest-ever medal haul

in a Winter Olympics.

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Good evening.

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After days of deadlock,

the UN Security Council has

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unanimously voted for an immediate

30-day ceasefire across Syria.

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It's hoped the truce will allow aid

to reach areas including

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rebel-held eastern Ghouta,

where more than 500 civilians

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are said to have been killed

in government air strikes

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in the past week.

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The vote had been delayed repeatedly

to avoid drawing a veto from Russia,

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an ally of the Syrian government.

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Western diplomats accused Moscow

of stalling for time.

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Nick Bryant reports.

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The people of eastern Ghouta woke up

this morning to continued aerial

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bombardment and the news

from New York that the Security

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Council remained deadlocked.

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And still couldn't reach agreement

on how to bring about even

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a temporary halt to the killing.

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Delay in Syria always

brings more death.

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At least 120 children have been

killed since Sunday according

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to human rights activists.

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Hospitals overwhelmed by the number

of casualties have been targets

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of the government's bombing.

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On the fringes of

the Security Council,

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the tensest of negotiations.

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But always a sense of urgency

from the backers of this resolution

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and always the unresolved question,

would Russia allow it to pass?

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I would call upon those

who are in favour of the draft

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resolution to raise their hand.

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When it came to a vote the Russian

ambassador held his arm

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aloft not to wield a veto

but to finally agree.

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Yet Western diplomats

still attacked Moscow

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for delaying its passage for days.

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As they dragged out the negotiation,

the bombs from Assad's fighter

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jets continued to fall.

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In the three days it took us

to adopt this resolution,

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how many mothers lost their kids

to the bombing and the shelling?

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While we've been arguing over

commas, Assad's planes have been

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killing more civilians

in their homes and

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in their hospitals.

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Imposing unbearable suffering.

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The Russian ambassador

was pessimistic about the chances

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of the ceasefire, saying

there weren't concrete guarantees

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from warring parties to abide by.

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This resolution brings the hope,

at least, that aid convoys will soon

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be driving through the streets

and medical evacuations

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can finally take place.

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But even after the Security Council

agreed its passage, reports came

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from eastern Ghouta that government

warplanes were continuing

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their week-long bombardment.

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Let's speak to Nick in New York.

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Even getting this far has been

tricky, Nick. Implementing this far

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harder potentially.

It is, ceasefire

is turned to unravel very quickly.

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The Russian ambassador very

pessimistic even that this truce

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would come into effect. Even some

Western diplomats are saying tonight

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that they think the Syrian regime

will ignore a lot of this

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resolution. There is no enforcement

mechanism, no penalties to make sure

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they abide by its terms. This does

create this problem of

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implementation. But the feeling here

is even a week resolution is better

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than no resolution. Russia didn't

wield its veto, it's done at 11

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times over Syria. There is this

small glimmer of hope that they can

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get some humanitarian aid into

eastern Ghouta and get some of those

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medical casualties out.

Nick Bryant

in New York.

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Two people have appeared in court

charged with causing the death

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of two young brothers

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

in Coventry when they were hit

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by a car on Thursday.

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Robert Brown, who's 53,

and Gwendoline Harrison,

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who's 41, were remanded

in custody by magistrates.

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The actress Emma Chambers has

died at the age of 53.

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She was best known for playing Alice

in the long-running BBC comedy

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The Vicar Of Dibley.

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Lizo Mzimba looks

back at her career.

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Well, I can't believe this stuff

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that is not

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

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is not

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

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LAUGHTER.

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And I can't believe that both

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

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and the stuff that I can't believe

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is not

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

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are both, in fact, not butter.

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And I believe they both

might be butter.

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Emma Chambers' Alice Tinker,

a character as humorous

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as she was naive.

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Oh, and this is a nice woman

we met on the flight.

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She was a bit tired

when we got to Turkey,

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so Hugo was ever so sweet

and carried her case

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through Customs.

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This is Honey.

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She's my baby sister.

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This is one of those

key moments in life.

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Just as loved was Honey in hit

romcom Notting Hill.

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Her co-star, Hugh Grant,

today called her a hilarious

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and brilliant actress.

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While Dawn French led the tributes

from the Vicar Of Dibley cast,

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saying she'd lost the most loyal

and loving friend

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anyone could wish for.

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And fans are mourning the woman

behind a comedy character

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who was loved by millions.

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The actress Emma Chambers,

who has died at the age of 53.

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The Head of the International

Committee of the Red Cross has said

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the recent revelations of sexual

misconduct by aid agency workers

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is a watershed moment

for the charity sector.

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Yves Daccord's comments came

as he revealed that more than 20

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of his staff have been dismissed

in the last three years

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for sexual misconduct.

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Our Diplomatic Correspondent,

Caroline Hawley, reports.

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The Red Cross emblem

is seen as a symbol

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of protection around the world.

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Like here in South Sudan.

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And most of the time it is.

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But the ICRC has now revealed

behaviour it says was a betrayal

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of the people it was set

up to serve.

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Since 2015, 21 members of staff

either resigned or were dismissed

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for paying for sex.

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The head of the ICRC spoke

of the silence around sexual

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misconduct being shattered and

called this a watershed moment for

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the humanitarian sector as a whole.

Yesterday, 22 British aid

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organisations came together to write

a joint letter promising to root out

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staff who have abused their power,

and saying they were truly sorry.

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Among them was Oxfam.

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Revelations about the behaviour

of seven of its workers in Haiti put

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the whole aid sector under scrutiny

with all aid agencies now under

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pressure for transparency,

Plan International has just

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confirmed six cases of sexual abuse

and exploitation of children.

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Organisations dedicated to saving

and improving lives are now also

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trying to rescue reputations.

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It's clear that we have a particular

challenge within the charity sector

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in that some people in some

charities have been concerned that

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if they report this kind

of behaviour it will harm the work

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that they so passionately

believe in.

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And we've seen from the case

of Oxfam that loss of public trust

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is hugely, hugely damaging.

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As aid agencies try to rebuild

trust, the government has

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given them a deadline.

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192 British charities working abroad

have until Monday to come

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clean on past allegations

of sexual misconduct.

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They must also show what they're

doing now to protect the people

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they help from future abuse.

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Caroline Hawley, BBC News.

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Scientists in the United States

are developing wearable sensors

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to speed up the recovery of people

who've had a stroke.

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The sensors are able to send

information to doctors continuously,

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allowing them to monitor

the effectiveness

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of their therapies.

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Wearable technology

is now being developed

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by researchers around the world -

as our Science Correspondent,

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Pallab Ghosh, reports

from Austin, Texas.

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Technology you can wear.

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Skin displays developed

by Japanese researchers that

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show your vital signs.

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It's to put on patients so that

doctors can monitor their progress.

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The displays are among a new wave

of wearable electronics finding

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medical applications.

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And we're going horizontal

with this one, correct?

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In the US, Lizzie had

a stroke two years ago.

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She couldn't move or speak

or swallow for several weeks.

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Lizzie is testing out

wearable sensors that

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might speed her recovery.

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They send information wirelessly

to the medical team.

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She's a doctor and she can see

how it would help her.

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This technology, to be able to put

sensors on the body and really

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assess what muscle groups

are working or not can really

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pinpoint the areas affected

by the stroke and target therapies

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to specifically

improve those issues.

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The doctors here can continuously

monitor Lizzie wherever she goes

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using these devices.

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They can follow her muscle activity,

her heart rate, even her speech.

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May I please have two tacos?

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Sure.

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The idea is they can closely track

whether she is showing

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signs of improvement.

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Do we see that they're walking more

at home or do we see that they're

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engaging in conversations?

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Those are the types of things I can

get feedback from the sensors

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where currently I only

have their report.

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The challenge for the scientist

was to pack a lot of electronics

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into a small, flexible material.

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It's almost mechanically sort

of imperceptible to the patient

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who's wearing the device.

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And you can embed all sorts

of advanced sensor functionality,

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microprocessor computing capability,

radios, power supplies, into this

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kind of very unusual platform.

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That is the uniqueness

of what we do.

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Thursday, Friday...

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By the end of this year the team

will have more information

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than anyone has ever had before

about recovery from stroke.

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They believe that their study

could transform the way patients

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are treated in the future.

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Pallab Ghosh, BBC

News, Austin, Texas.

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A busy day in the world of sport.

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A busy day in the world of sport.

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With all the sport,

here's Karthi Gnanasegaram

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Good evening.

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Scotland have beaten England

for the first time in ten years

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to win the Calcutta Cup.

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Ireland are now the only side

to maintain an unbeaten record

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in rugby union's Six Nations

after their victory over Wales.

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Olly Foster reports

from Murrayfield.

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# Flower of Scotland #.

England are always out some at

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Murrayfield, rarely are they

outplayed. Proud Eddie Jones's team

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have been sent home to think again.

Hugh Jones's early score was the

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first against them at Murrayfield

for 14 years.

Hugh Jones.

Two more

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brilliant Scottish tries by

half-time. Sean Maitland went over

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in the corner, Jones dragged two

investment across the line. They

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were 16 points up.

What a score.

Hugh Jones, who can stop him?

Owen

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Farrell scored all of England's

points, his sole try giving them

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some belief. They gave away too many

penalties. When Sam Underhill was

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sin binned for a dangerous tackle

there was no way back. Just joy for

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Scotland.

A win for Scotland for

Murrayfield to celebrate.

Scotland

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have waited ten years for this and

it is all the sweeter because

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they've scuppered England's hopes of

the grand slam. But there is still

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one team left in the championship

still unbeaten. Ireland remain top

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of the table with three winds out of

three, though they tried to throw it

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away against Wales in Dublin. They

came from behind to go 14 clear in

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the second half as they easily

punched holes in the Welsh defence.

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Wales came back off the ropes and

when Steff Evans's late try was

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converted there were just three

points between them until they steal

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from Jacob Stockdale, his second try

of the match. Ireland had stolen a

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march in the six Nations

championship. Olly Foster, BBC News.

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A bronze medal for Billy Morgan

in snowboarding's Big Air

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competition has given Great Britain

and Northern Ireland

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their highest medal tally

in Winter Olympics history.

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Morgan won Team GB's

fifth medal of the Games.

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Andy Swiss reports from PyeongChang.

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And he needs to go

absolutely stratospheric.

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He's a former acrobat with a dodgy

knee, but Billy Morgan

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was about to leap into history.

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Double grab...

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Yes, yes!

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At 28, Morgan is a

snowboarding veteran.

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This, his last jump,

but surely his last Olympics.

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What a way to finish.

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That is absolutely huge!

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It propelled Morgan into bronze

medal position and one

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by one his rivals' hopes

came tumbling down.

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When the last one crashed,

Morgan, to his utter

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disbelief, had his medal.

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It's a bit of luck, luck

of the draw, it came

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down to me on the day.

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So happy days.

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And Morgan's joy was also Team GB's.

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A 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've hit their target

making this the most successful

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Winter Olympics in history.

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But there have been

bitter disappointments.

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None more so than the women's

curlers set to take their bronze

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medal match to an extra end,

Captain Eve Muirhead went for broke.

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A shot for victory.

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But instead, calamity.

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It's got to just sit right.

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It's not.

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Instead of knocking out Japan's

stone she knocked out her own,

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handing her opponents the bronze

and Britain a desperate defeat.

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For another woman, though,

a day of extraordinary achievement.

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After winning gold on skis last

weekend, it was gold on a snowboard

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for the Czech Republic's Ester

Ledecka.

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Two titles, two sports, one quite

extraordinary athlete.

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It's time to pop out

of the room if you don't

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want to know today's results,

as Match of the Day

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follows soon on BBC One.

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Liverpool have moved up to second

place in the Premier League

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after a 4-1 win over West Ham.

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While Swansea dropped

in to the relegation zone,

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and Southampton moved up

to 16th place.

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All of the day's sports headlines,

including the Scottish Premiership

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results, are on the BBC

Sport website.

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Jane.

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That is all from us here on BBC One

for tonight. Good night.

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