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Labour says the UK should

stay in a customs union

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after Brexit, because of trade

and the Northern Irish border.

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The shadow Brexit Secretary says the

new deal will be better for trade

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and the Northern Irish border and

will have the backing of MPs.

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The time is now coming

for the Prime Minister,

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because the majority in Parliament

does not back her approach

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to a customs union.

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Will assess the shift is the

government maintains leaving the

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customs union is vital for future

trade deals.

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Reports from Eastern Ghouta

says Syria government

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airstrikes are continuing,

despite a ceasefire

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plan agreed at the UN.

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And tributes to one of Bollywood's

leading ladies, Sridevi,

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who's died at the age of 54.

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And song and celebration bring

the Pyeongchang Games,

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Britain's best Winter Olympics yet,

to a close.

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Good evening.

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The Shadow Brexit Secretary has

confirmed that Labour wants the UK

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to remain in a customs union

with the EU after Brexit.

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Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC's

Andrew Marr Show that a new treaty,

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replicating the existing customs

arrangement, would be best

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for the economy and would respect

the referendum result.

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The Prime Minister is committed

to leaving both the single market

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and the customs union.

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She's expected to outline

the Government's position

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in more detail this week.

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Our political correspondent,

Ben Wright, reports.

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For the first time there

is clear-blue policy water

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between Labour and the Tories over

Brexit.

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In a speech tomorrow,

Jeremy Corbyn will confirm his party

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would keep the UK in a customs union

with the EU after Brexit.

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Crunch time is now coming

for the Prime Minister

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because the majority in Parliament

does not back her approach

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to a customs union.

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Labour's Brexit spokesman said

the UK would be better off teaming

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up with the EU to reach new trade

deals with other countries.

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Obviously, it's the only way

realistically to get

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tariff-free access.

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It's really important

for our manufacturing base

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and nobody can answer the question

how you keep your commitment to no

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hard border in Northern Ireland

without a customs union.

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As an EU member, we are currently

in the European customs

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union and the idea behind

it is pretty simple.

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A single set of tariffs

is imposed on goods imported

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from outside the EU.

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Goods can then move freely

without tariffs around the bloc.

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But members cannot do

their own trade deals.

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Some Labour MPs want their party

to go further and commit to joining

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the single market, too.

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It's a massive hit on our economy

if we leave the single market,

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if we leave the customs union.

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It's a massive hit to peace

in Northern Ireland

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if we leave the customs union.

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These are core Labour values.

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But Brexit-supporting Labour MPs

argue the party risks

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betraying their own voters.

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You're talking about...

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Come on, Stella!

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There are all these things -

we'll stay in a customs union,

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we'll stay in a single market.

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The decision was quite clear

to leave and there in the North,

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Labour voters voted

very, very clear...

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Are you going to rat on them or not?

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The Brexit negotiation is not only

a haggle between the UK

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Government and the EU.

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Parliament's role is critical, too.

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Theresa May does not have an overall

majority in the Commons and a number

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of Tory MPs also argue that the UK

should have a customs

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union with the EU.

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So a vote, when it comes,

could force the Government

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to change its position.

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The Government insists the UK must

be free to have an independent trade

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policy after Brexit outside

the customs union.

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Labour say they want

to join a customs union.

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What does that mean?

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Is it like Turkey, which has

a customs union but only in goods,

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but not in agriculture,

not in services, not in finance?

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Is that what we want for Britain?

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Will we take rules in certain

sectors but not in others?

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Liam Fox also said the Government

would try to persuade all Tory MPs

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about the Government's position

before putting a trade bill before

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MPs, which, at the moment,

looks like it could be defeated

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if Labour joined Tory rebels

in calling for a new customs union.

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Ben is here now.

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How significant is this

shift from Labour

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on a post-Brexit customs union?

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Potentially, very. The government

view is that it wants to see

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frictionless trade with the EU after

Brexit. It's talked about having a

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customs agreement of some sort, but

not a customs union, because

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ministers say it's imperative to

Brexit that the UK can pull anchor

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and go out into the world and do its

own trade deals, but Labour has been

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moving slowly in the other

direction, and now its commitment to

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a customs union is hugely

significant, because you have a

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trade deal that will be put in front

of MPs in the next few weeks or

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months, and a handful of MPs, Tory

MPs, insist that should be used to

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try and persuade the government to

commit to a customs union, and if

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Labour as a block vote with those

Tory MPs, a government defeat is

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possible, and that could take us

into vote of confidence to retreat,

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so it could be very significant. May

is a huge speech to make on Friday,

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and that will be watched very

carefully to see how that clarifies

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the government position.

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There has been fighting

around the rebel-held area

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of Eastern Ghouta in Syria,

despite a ceasefire resolution

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passed at the UN Security Council.

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Clashes on the ground

and airstrikes have continued,

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but at a much reduced rate.

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French and German leaders have

appealed to President Putin to make

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the Syrian government

honour the ceasefire.

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Caroline Hawley reports.

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In Eastern Ghouta today, a measure

of calm after a week-long storm of

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air strikes. In small numbers,

people ventured out from underground

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shelters to assess the damage, but

there were reports of air strikes

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continuing in some parts of the

rebel held enclave.

Today is the

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first day of the ceasefire

resolution. Still there is a warlike

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atmosphere, still shelling, but it

is less bad than before.

The vote

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last night for a month-long

ceasefire didn't specify exactly

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when it would start or how it would

implemented, and there's another

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problem. In Eastern Ghouta, it's a

disparate group of rebels fighting

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the regime, including some extremist

elements that have been linked to

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Al-Qaeda leader, and the ceasefire

doesn't cover them. Government

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forces are massed around the edge of

the enclave, with reports of clashes

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as they try and advance. Tonight, we

spoke to the most powerful group on

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the ground, Jaysh Al Islam, which

claims to have killed and kidnapped

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dozens of government troops today.

TRANSLATION:

When the regime is not

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abiding by the UN resolution, I

cannot stand still and watch and not

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defend myself and our families in

Ghouta.

If there's one thing all

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sides agree on is that the conflict,

the agony of Syrian civilians, is

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very far from over.

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China's state news agency says

the ruling Communist Party

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has proposed a change

to the constitution that would allow

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the President and Vice-President

to stay in power for more

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than two terms.

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The current President,

Xi Jinping, is due to step down

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from his role in 2023.

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He could now stay on in the role

indefinitely.

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The closing ceremony

of the Winter Olympics has taken

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place in South Korea,

bringing to an end to 16 days

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of sporting and political drama.

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The head of the International

Olympic Committee has praised the

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bridges built between north and

South Korea at the games. Laura

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Bicker is in Pyeongchang.

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This is the confident side of South

Korea. Modern, dynamic. And edgy.

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Korea. Modern, dynamic. And edgy. In

the stands, just one row behind the

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US President's daughter is a North

Korean general, more used to seeing

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military parades. Even though he

didn't talk to Ivanka Trump, it

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seems his country is ready to hold

discussions with the US at some

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point, a victory for the South

Korean leader. Unlike the opening

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ceremony, athletes from the two

Koreas flew their own country's

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colours, highlighting division

despite diplomacy. Critics fear that

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the north has been given too much of

a platform at the games, but the

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minister responsible for talks

between the two countries says

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Pyongyang is being pushed on nuclear

weapons.

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TRANSLATION:

We conveyed the message

to North Korea multiple times. It is

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necessary that North Korea and the

United States talk to each other to

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solve this peacefully.

Before the

ceremony, dozens of protesters tried

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to stop the North Korean general

stopping the border to reach

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Pyeongchang. He is thought to be

responsible for deadly attacks on

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South Koreans. It's a reminder that,

after this Olympic revelry, there

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could be a dose of reality. This

show of harmony has given South

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Korea some breathing space, but

tensions still lurks in the

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background.

Unfortunately it isn't

going to last. North Koreans are

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entirely separating. They stated

from the first meeting that the

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nuclear issue has nothing to do with

the cooperation between the two

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Koreas or the Olympics.

Absent

again, the Russian flag, the Olympic

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committee deciding not to lift a ban

imposed after years of drug

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scandals. Culturally, these games

have allowed regions to see what

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happens when they're divided people

come together. Politically, there

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are so many issues to overcome. --

these games have allowed Koreans.

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But this is the first progress made

on this peninsula for years.

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The Indian actress Sridevi,

who starred in nearly

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300 Bollywood films,

has died of a heart

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attack at the age of 54.

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A former child star,

her films had huge box office

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success from the 1970s

to the late 1990s.

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Rajini Vaidyanathan

looks back at her life.

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For decades, she was

Bollywood's leading lady.

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Sridevi's combination of charisma

and comic timing won her fans

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all around the world and,

in a male dominated film industry,

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she was one of the first women

to become a megastar

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in her own right.

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You know, the audience

just want a good film,

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that's what matters.

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They are very hero oriented,

or the hero oriented films,

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for them, I think it's only

the subject that matters.

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Sridevi was attending a family

wedding with her husband

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and daughter in Dubai

when she suffered a heart attack

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late on Saturday night.

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After news of her death broke,

fans gathered outside

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her house in Mumbai,

as the world paid tribute.

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India is mourning the loss of one

of its brightest stars.

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One film producer described

the impact of Sridevi's death,

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saying that she was a pioneer

who put the early cracks

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in the glass ceiling of Bollywood

and paved the way for today's

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female film stars.

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Her death is a loss to our country

to the film industry.

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She was such a role model

to all women across the country,

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so I'm sure it's going

to have an impact on all of us.

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Of course, now, you've got

a lot of famous leading

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ladies in Bollywood,

but think back to the '80s

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and the early '90s,

there weren't too many of them

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and she was one of the first.

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Sridevi will be remembered

for the way she lit up the screen.

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She left the world of

Bollywood way too soon,

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but her legacy is enduring.

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Sridevi, who has died aged 54.

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More on the last day

at the Winter Olympics,

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and the rest of the sport.

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Over to Karthi Gnanasegaram.

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Good evening.

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The final day of the Winter Olympics

didn't end with more

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medals for Great Britain

and Northern Ireland

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but they are "going in the right

direction", according to the team's

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chef de mission, Mike Hay.

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Andy Swiss reports from a colourful

closing ceremony in Pyeongchang.

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Britain's Olympic journey here

hasn't always been the smoothest.

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17th and 18th for the much touted

bobsleighers, a disappointing

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finish, but their misses have been

matched by medals.

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matched by medals.

She has won

Bronze!

A record five in total...

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Billy Morgan!

After £30 million of

funding, they haven't come cheap,

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but the team believe they are worth

it.

We are happy, a historic games,

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our best ever, three medals on

Saturday, back-to-back gold medals

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with Lizzy Yarnold.

The final day

drama came in the men's ice hockey,

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won with a golden goal. The Olympic

athletes from Russia beating

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Germany, and they certainly enjoyed

it. But the greatest feat came in

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the cross-country skiing.

A very

special moment for all of us to

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witness.

As Norway sealed their

place at the top of the medals

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table, thanks to the most decorated

winter Olympian of all time. Bjorgen

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winning her 15th medal, a glorious

finale to a glittering career. And

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so, a spectacular end to a games

which has seen some stunning global

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stories, and for the British team,

with a record winter medal tally, an

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impressive success.

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Manchester United are back in second

place in the Premier League

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after a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

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The United manager, Jose Mourinho,

described it as an important result

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because they beat the champions,

not because they beat Chelsea.

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And Tottenham hold on to

a Champions League place

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after their 1-0 win over

Crystal Palace today.

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Ade Adedoyin reports.

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A matchup as much about the rivalry

between the teams as that between

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the two managers. A brief handshake,

but Jose Mourinho and Antonio

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Conte's relationship has been a bit

like the weather lately, frostily. A

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lively start, Alvaro Morata rattling

the bar. Eden Hazard data combined

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with the inform Willian to put

Chelsea ahead. Come take macro's

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celebrated, but he wouldn't have

been happy with what happened next,

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as Romelu Lukaku scored his first

goal against the toxic site to make

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it 1-1 at the break, nearly making

it two with this. If you minutes

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later, Jesse Lingard with the

perfect header to put United ahead,

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a fine cross and a fine finish.

Mourinho's men hung on for the win,

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a day to savour the United manager,

with victory against his old club

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and old adversary. In the day's

early kick-off, Harry Kane scored a

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late winner against Crystal Palace,

an important win in the race for the

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Champions League spots.

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There are just a few minutes

remaining in the League Cup final,

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and it is Manchester City

who have a 3-0 lead over Arsenal.

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David Silva with City's that goal.

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If City win, it would be their first

trophy under Pep Guardiola.

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England have lost the first

One Day International

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against New Zealand by three

wickets in Hamilton.

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Ben Stokes returned to play

in his first England match

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since September and took two

wickets for 43 runs.

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But New Zealand won

with four balls to spare.

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Mitchell Santner sealing

the win with a six.

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All of the day's sports headlines

are on the BBC website,

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including Celtic's 2-0 win over

Aberdeen to take a nine-point lead

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in the Scottish Premiership.

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And the latest from the women's Six

Nations.

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There's more throughout the evening

on the BBC News Channel.

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