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The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
is to chair a second meeting
of the government's emergency
committee, Cobra, as
the investigation into the poisoning
of a former Russian spy continues.
trained in chemical warfare,
have been sent to Salisbury
in Wiltshire, where Sergei
and Yulia Skripal were
exposed to a nerve agent.
Both remain in a serious
condition in hospital.
Sarah Corker reports.
Nearly 200 military personnel have
been drafted in to help recover and
gather evidence in Salisbury.
Some of the soldiers specially
trained in chemical warfare.
There has been a flurry
of activity at the cemetery
where Sergei Skripal's
wife is buried.
Full protective suits and gas masks
an unnerving sight here.
A police car is among the vehicles
that have been taken away
by the Army for decontamination.
And we're learning more
about the Skripal family.
This is the voice of Irina Petrova,
a childhood friend of Yulia
Skripal, who knew her family well.
She talked to the BBC.
She always had the best
grades at school in everything.
She was perfect.
That's why she so easily adjusted
to Britain, she speaks
Better than an English person.
I can only say good things
about Yulia Skripal.
She hasn't done anything
to deserve to die like this.
I hope everything
will be good with her.
I will be praying and will
be going to church.
The former Russian spy
and his daughter remains
critically ill in intensive care.
Detective Sergeant Nick
Bailey was the first
on the scene on Sunday
is in a serious
but stable condition.
This investigation is becoming part
of daily life here in Salisbury.
Sites around the city centre
remained cordoned off
as investigators tried to piece
together a timeline of events,
the places that Sergei Skripal
and his daughter, Yulia,
visited, before they were found
in this park on Sunday unresponsive.
After her visit to the city
yesterday, the Home Secretary,
Amber Rudd, will chair an emergency
Cobra meeting later,
the second in a week,
to review the progress
of the investigation.
Major questions remain.
Where the chemical agent came from,
who administered it and why.
Sarah Corker, BBC News, in
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Dominic Casciani is in Salisbury.
The military was very much a visible
presence yesterday and throughout
last night. What has the picture
being this morning?
You may ask,
actually, that's a question on
everybody's lips in Salisbury. Where
is the military but not one joker in
the market this morning said they
must be in stealth uniform because
they couldn't be seen. We had a
presence at the hospital last night
to remove the first police car. We
are told they will remove other
items such as ambulances that could
be potentially contaminated as part
of the incident, and other objects
relevant to the investigation,
perhaps the park bench behind me
where the Skripals collapsed last
Sunday. But none of that seems to be
going on in public bust up not
perhaps surprising when you think
about the bigger picture. In an
investigation like this you have a
lot of public activity early on but
very quickly the whole thing moves
behind closed doors as the
investigative detectives start to
use all the electronic tools to try
to chase whoever is behind this.
Dominic Casciani, thank you.
The Education Secretary says
he wants to resolve a recruitment
crisis in England's schools,
by cutting teachers' workloads.
Damian Hinds told a head teachers'
conference in Birmingham
that the government would "strip
away" pointless tasks
to allow teachers to "focus
on what actually matters".
Elaine Dunkley reports.
This is Passmores Academy in Essex.
And like so many schools,
it's struggling to recruit teachers.
Classrooms around the country
are now relying on agency supply
teachers to cover permanent
The government keeps missing
targets about recruitment
into the profession.
We have 4000 less
teachers than we need.
And especially in the shortage
subjects, key subjects
in the curriculum, English,
maths, science, all
those sorts of things.
The issue isn't just
about recruiting new staff,
but stopping existing teachers
from leaving the profession.
Over the next five years in England,
pupil numbers are expected
to increase, along with pressures
and demands on teachers.
Jake Rusby left the profession
after three years.
I would work 65 or 70-hour weeks.
With planning, marking,
the assessments you're doing.
The actual teaching part
probably took up the least
time of everything!
So that was one major factor,
but for me, I got out
of the education system thinking
and feeling that the whole thing
needed to be turned on its head.
Today at a conference
for headteachers, the government
promised to address these issues.
For the rest of this Parliament,
there will be no new additional
statutory tests or assessments
for primary schools.
No further changes to the national
curriculum, and no more reform
of GCSEs and A-levels.
Stability in schools
was the message.
The government accepting it needed
to work harder to relieve
pressures in the classroom.
Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.
The nephew of the actress Liz Hurley
has been stabbed repeatedly
in a street in South London
by a group of men.
Miles Hurley - a 21-year-old model -
was one of two men injured
in the knife attack on Thursday.
He remains in hospital,
but police say his condition
is not life-threatening.
Talks are going on in Brussels
between the EU and US trade
President Trump's plans
to introduce import tariffs
on steel and aluminium.
President Trump has suggested US
allies might not be affected
by the move and Britain has said it
will seek an exemption.
Our Europe Correspondent Adam
Fleming is in Brussels.
These meetings are ongoing. What do
we expect to hear later?
described as an meeting rather than
the meeting. I think it may not be
described as conclusive. Talks
between the EU trade commissioner,
had Japanese counterpart and the US
trader sensitive has taken on added
significance. The EU wants to know
if it will escape potential tariffs
like Canada and Mexico appear to be
doing. If they don't escape than the
European Commission is planning its
own levies on iconic American
products like Harley-Davidsons and
Florida orange juice. If they do
escape, they will still be pretty
worried about what all this means
for the future of the global trading
The National Rifle Association
is suing the state of Florida,
after it passed a gun control law
in the wake of a school shooting
last month that left 17 people dead.
The bill raises the legal age
for buying rifles in the state
to 21, and also allows training
and arming of some school staff.
But the NRA says it's a violation
of the US Constitution.
And the right to bear arms.
With all the sport,
here's Mike Bushell
at the BBC Sport Centre.
With news of the UK's first medal at
the Winter Paralympics.
Great Britain have their first
medal of the Winter
Paralympics in Pyeongchang,
and it's gone to the visually
imparied skier Millie Knight,
who only last year wondered,
if she'd be fit, in time
to make the Games.
Kate Grey reports from South Korea.
The opening run of the Paralympics.
Their moment in the spotlight didn't
last long, the unpredictable adhere
of the downhill proving too much,
and they crashed out on the first
bend. Luckily, no harm done. Over to
the reigning world champions. Millie
Knight, who only has 5% vision, and
her guide Brett Wild, have had their
own experience of crashing on the
Pyeongchang slopes last year. But
those demons were clearly put to
rest today as they negotiated the
course and safely cross the line to
win silver, Britain's first medal of
We're just so excited
to have a Paralympic medal under our
belts. It's also our best results
this season, so we are peaking at
the right time.
You have a busy
programme, the super G tomorrow.
are back up tomorrow at 4am to go
again. So we will be leaving the
celebrating until the last evening.
The British action wasn't just
confined to the snow. As we moved
into the afternoon, there was a
fiercely contested match on the ice
on folding with the wheelchair
curling team. Up against the world
champions, Norway, it was no easy
task. Just over an hour of play, and
it all came down to the final stone.
Norway had to score two points to
take it to a deciding end.
campaign off to a winning start.
Kate Gray, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
There's a huge day ahead
in the Six Nations Championship,
with Ireland, England and Scotland
all in with a chance
of taking the title.
Our sports correspondent,
Joe Wilson, is in Dublin,
where Ireland take on Scotland.
And Joe, both teams have reason
to feel confident, don't they?
I think so. At this stage on
Saturday it's tempting to delve into
these statistics to see what will
happen. Ireland have such a strong
record in Dublin and looking for
their 11th consecutive victory. What
has been so impressive from them is
the way they have brought in new
players to the team but have still
retained the know-how and ability to
get over the line in games. We saw
that especially against France.
Scotland, in contrast, with a dismal
record away from home anywhere
except Italy. But what do they have?
The memory of what they did against
England, the knowledge they can play
their style of rugby and beat a big
team. If they do go that fast and
loose style of rugby again today, I
think it will open up the
possibility of Ireland scoring tries
as well. Who knows how crucial a
bonus point might be by the end of
And whatever goes on in
Dublin will have a big knock on
effect for England in Paris. How
would you rate their confidence?
you look at what Eddie Jones has
done in the build-up to this game,
making big changes in the team, you
would suggest there is a sudden lack
of confidence in at him.
Interestingly, the players he hasn't
changed, especially in the back row
and forwards, people some wanted
changing. Owen Farrell the captain
with the injury to Dylan Hartley.
It'll be interesting to see how he
goes about that, especially how he
reacts to the referee. Owen Farrell
likes to play on the edge. Eddie
Jones has said he wants leadership
in every kind of position, to change
the style of play if the referees
officiating in a certain way and if
the game is not going to plan.
Fascinating to see how England get
on in Paris today. It wouldn't
surprise me to be speaking here at
around 7pm this evening reflecting
on Ireland being six Nations
And there would be some
party there, I'm sure if that were
Jonny Bairstow hit a century
as England beat New Zealand by seven
wickets in Christchurch,
to win the series 3-2.
There were three wickets
apiece for Chris Woakes
and Adil Rashid as New Zealand,
were bowled out for 223, before
England cruised to their target.
And back in form Marcus Rashford has
scored twice for Manchester United
in their Premier League
match against Liverpool.
It's approaching half
time at Old Trafford -
2-0 still the score.
41 minutes played. Marcus Rashford
with both goals. All over Liverpool
like a rash!
You can see more on all of today's
stories on the BBC News Channel.
The next news on BBC
One is at 7:00pm.
Bye for now.