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Hundreds of people in Salisbury,

are being advised to wash

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their clothes and possessions,

after last week's nerve agent attack

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on a former Russian spy.

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As police continue their

investigations, it's confirmed

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traces of the poison,

have been found in a local

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pub and restaurant.

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I think I've been more

worried as the week's gone

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on and the gravity of the event that

took place in our small

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city has unravelled.

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But England's Chief Medical Officer

says the risk is extremely low,

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and no one should be alarmed.

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Also on the programme.

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The water regulator

is to investigate, why

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thousands suffered shortages,

following the recent cold weather.

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China's Parliament gives

President Xi Jinping

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the right to rule, for life.

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Brats wild and Millie Knight,

medallists again.

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And at the Winter Paralympics,

Millie Knight and Brett Wild

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win their second silver medal,

in the women's downhill super-G

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for the visually impaired...

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-- Brett wild.

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Good evening.

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Hundreds of people in Salisbury,

who went to the same restaurant

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and pub visited by a poisoned former

Russian spy, have been advised to

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wash their clothes and possessions.

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England's Chief Medical officer says

anyone who spent time

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at the Zizzi Italian restaurant,

or the Mill Pub last Sunday

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or Monday, should take precautions,

but she stressed the risk

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is extremely low and no

one should be alarmed.

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The BBC has learnt that the table

where Sergei and Yulia Skripal

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ate in the restaurant,

has been destroyed.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent

Daniel Sandford reports.

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Wearing gas masks and protective

clothing, military personnel

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were spending Mother's Day

in Salisbury, loading potentially

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contaminated cars onto trucks.

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The two Vauxhall vehicles had been

parked behind a church,

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not far from the city centre.

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Bizarre and extraordinary scenes

once again, this time in a pay

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and display car park in this

historic cathedral city.

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It was the attack on Yulia

and Sergei Skripal, with a rare

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and lethal nerve agent last Sunday

that led to this huge operation.

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Today, police confirmed that

traces of the nerve agent

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were found in The Mill pub,

as well as the Zizzi restaurant,

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where the BBC understands,

the table used by the Skripals

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was so contaminated,

it had to be destroyed.

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Today, the Chief Medical Officer

gave this advice to people

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who were in the pub and restaurant

on Sunday afternoon and Monday.

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Wash clothing, you haven't already.

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Ideally, in the washing machine.

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Any items which cannot be washed

and would normally be dry cleaned,

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should be double bagged in plastic

until further information

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is available.

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Wipe personal items such as phones,

handbags and other electronic items,

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with baby wipes and dispose of them

in plastic bags in the bin.

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Wash hard items, such

as jewellery and spectacles,

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which cannot go into the washing

machine, with warm

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water and detergent.

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Steve Cooper was in the pub

on Sunday at exactly the same time

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as the Skripals and told me

that he is now getting worried.

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Certainly, because they have not

revealed what the nerve agent

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was and exactly what the effect,

long-term on anyone's

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health could be.

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I would like to know more

about that, what measures

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I can personally take,

rather than just washing my clothes,

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if I have already been exposed,

what are the long-term implications

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for me and my wife.

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Using baby wipes to wash my phone

and my watch, I do not really think

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will get rid of a nerve agent.

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So, did the police and other

emergency services respond fast

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enough to last Sunday's events?

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Are you satisfied that you escalated

this incident quickly enough

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at the beginning of last week?

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The machinery, the support, the

national advice, the capability and

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expertise of local and national

partners was mobilised.

For this

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ancient medieval city, it has been a

surreal and at times frightening

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seven days. But if the suspicions

proved right, what happened here,

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the use of a chemical weapon, a

nerve agent, to attack two people,

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is likely to have huge implications

for Britain's relationship with

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Russia.

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Daniel is in Salisbury -

are the community reassured?

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People have been on a journey. First

of all, they were frightened and

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upset by what had happened, what the

Bishop of Salisbury called a

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shocking attack and a violation of

their community and then they had

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become a bit more reassured, they

have got used to the police cordons

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and the men and women in strange

protective clothing and those large

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military vehicles. What happened

today came as a bit of a fresh,

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especially to those people

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especially to those people who had

in the Zizzi restaurant and The Mill

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pub. They had been told there was

little risk to the public and

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suddenly they are being told that

those items they cannot watch, it

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should be sealed in plastic bags and

stored safely away from people. That

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has been a bit of a surprise, Clive.

Daniel, thank you.

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond,

has rejected calls to announce

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the end of austerity.

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Speaking two days before he delivers

his Spring Economic Statement,

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he said the country was still

heavily in debt, but there was

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"light at the end of the tunnel".

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Labour has accused the government,

of holding back growth.

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Our Political Correspondent

Jonathan Blake has more.

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Morning Chancellor!

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Morning.

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There was little disguising...

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Phillip Hammond's smile this morning

and perhaps there was even a spring

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in his step as he arrived

to deliver his message

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that the economy is looking up.

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There is light at the end

of the tunnel, because what we are

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about to see is debt starting

to fall, after it has been growing

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for 17 continuous years.

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That is a very important

moment for us.

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But we are still in

the tunnel at the moment.

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We have to get debt down.

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That debt the Chancellor talked

about looks like this.

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Big, by historic standards.

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But, forecasts suggest

the amount the UK owes,

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relative to the size of the economy,

could have peaked.

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Labour, gathering this weekend

in Dundee for their Scottish

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conference, claim there

is little to celebrate.

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They want to turn

on the spending taps.

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Lives have been destroyed and

millions have been left in despair.

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And it is thanks to the failed

economic policy of neo-

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liberalism and austerity.

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Austerity was a political choice,

it was not an economic necessity.

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We choose socialism.

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On Thursday, a report highlighted

the pressure on many councils

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in England with squeezed budgets

and reduced services,

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after cuts in central government

funding and Phillip Hammond

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is already under pressure

for extra spending on defence

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and the health service.

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But, Tuesday's Spring Statement

will be a low-key affair.

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He will not appear on the step

there, for instance,

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brandishing his red box.

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Significant changes

will instead be reserved

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for the Budget, in the autumn.

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But, today's political skirmishes

serve as a reminder of just how

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different the instincts

are between Conservatives

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and Labour over the economy.

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Chris Mason, BBC News,

in Downing Street.

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The Liberal Democrat leader

Vince Cable, says too many older

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people who voted for Brexit,

were "driven by nostalgia" for

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a world where "faces were white."

Speaking at his party's spring

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conference in Southport,

he said the voting of the older

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generation, had "crushed the hopes

and aspirations of young people,

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for years to come."

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The water regulator, Ofwat,

is to investigate why thousands

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of people suffered water shortages,

after the recent cold weather.

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Homes and businesses faced days

without running water,

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when pipes burst during the thaw,

which followed freezing

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weather conditions.

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Our Business Correspondent

Joe Lynam reports.

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Jonathan Lewis in Balham

had no water at all for

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three days last week.

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He couldn't wash either

himself or his clothes.

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To make matters worse,

he heard nothing from his water

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provider, Thames Water.

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There was very very

little information coming

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in from the water company.

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Total inconvenience,

you know, you are so used

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to just turning on a tap,

but not having any water

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to flush the toilet,

have a shower, do your washing...

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Jonathan was one of at least 20,000

homes in London that

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had no water last week.

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Thames Water apologised and provided

many customers with bottled water.

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After The Beast from the East

had burst many pipes.

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The water watchdog, Ofwat,

says its review will examine

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what caused the water shortages

and whether water firms

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have the proper contingency plans

for such eventualities.

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After all, the icy blast had been

forecast well in advance.

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Finally, how well did water

companies communicate

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with their customers?

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Water UK which represents water

providers said that only 1%

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of customers had lost supply

and that special teams had worked

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around the clock to make sure

that people had water

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as soon as possible.

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If the review finds that

water suppliers had

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breached their license,

they could be fined up to 10%

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of their annual turnover.

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That is cold comfort, though,

for Jonathan and many others

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who had no water for days.

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Despite living in a country

with no shortage of rain.

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Joe Lynam, BBC News.

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A charity co-founded

by the U2 singer Bono,

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has apologised, after bullying,

harassment and abuse

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claims, made by staff.

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The ONE organisation,

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says employees in South Africa,

have alleged they were belittled

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and subjected to sexist comments.

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In a statement, the charity admitted

to "institutional failures,"

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and promised to improve its systems.

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China's parliament, has voted

to abolish the two-term limit

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for the country's president.

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The move allows Xi Jinping,

to stay in office beyond the end

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of his second term in

2023, possibly indefinitely.

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Our China Correspondent

John Sudworth reports.

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Xi Jinping was the first

to cast his vote for a change

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that could, if he wants,

make him President for life.

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The applause proof if any

were needed that the result

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was a foregone conclusion.

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Out of almost 3000 delegates,

only two voted against.

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Passed, the announcer says and this

man's hold on power is now both

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complete and indefinite.

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The cost of opposition to the rule

of Xi Jinping can be high.

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This woman shows me the papers left

behind by her husband, a lawyer,

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who recently wrote an open letter

calling for democratic elections.

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He has now been detained

on subversion charges.

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TRANSLATION: He did everything

within the boundaries of the law,

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yet it is not allowed here.

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Now, many people are

afraid of speaking up.

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As China enacts its most profound

political change in decades,

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all public discussion

is being tightly

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controlled and censored.

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The two term limit solved a problem

facing all undemocratic,

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authoritarian states.

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It helped China ensure orderly

and regular leadership successions.

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What has happened here today, then,

is highly significant.

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A choreographed, compliant

rubber-stamped Parliament has

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removed the last limitation

on Xi Jinping's power.

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John Sudworth, BBC News, Beijing.

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With all the sport,

here's Olly Foster at

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the BBC Sport Centre...

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We saw one of the great old firm

matches today, Celtic came from

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behind twice against Rangers and

they also had a man sent off by

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winning 3-2 to stretch their

Premiership lead to nine points. A

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familiar noise and the usual colour

but for the first time in years, a

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resurgent Rangers fancied their

chances. With fewer than three

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minutes gone, they showed why. 1-0,

cue mayhem. When the equaliser came,

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it was special. The reminder of

Celtic's quality. Rangers came

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again. 2-1, but Dembele cancelled it

out to round off a breathless first

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half. Was this a red card? The

assistant thought so and Celtic were

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down to ten men. The fighting spirit

remained. On came the champions in

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what was a titanic struggle and they

got their reward. A delightful

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finish, deserving of a double fist

pump. There was drama to come, a

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great save lead to a terrible miss.

It was not to be for the home side

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and Celtic edge closer to seven in a

row. There were two games in the

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Premier League, Spurs are up to

third after they came from behind to

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beat Bournemouth 4-1 away. After

three league defeats in a row,

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Arsenal beat Watford 3-0. They are

still 12 points off the top four and

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the Champions League places. There

have been more British medals in the

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Paralympics including a second

silver medal for Millie Knight. No

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time to celebrate yesterday's silver

medal, Millie Knight and her guide

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Brett Wild were first on the slopes

today, this time in the super G. A

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more technical course, but it did

not slow them down. Brimming with

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confidence, the standard was set.

Could their team-mates do any

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better? They crashed out of the

downhill yesterday but there were no

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signs of holding back in their

favourite event. Already super G

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World Cup champions, this was their

best medal chance and they

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delivered, not quite enough to beat

Millie Knight and Brett Wild, but a

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podium finish. The winner of the

race yesterday followed them down

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and she outperformed the British

competitors, so it was a silver

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medal and a bronze medal.

A massive

dream come true for us both. I am so

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glad we have done it together.

Elsewhere, Britain's first

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representative in Nordic ski for 20

years went in the 15 kilometre

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cross-country. A gruelling course

and he finished a long way down the

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field in 17th place. But the second

day done and dusted, the attention

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turns to snowboarding and for the

first time ever, Great Britain have

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athletes taking part, all three

going for gold. Kate Grey, the BC

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news. Our labour the 6 Nations

yesterday but Wales are up to second

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in the table after a bonus point win

in Cardiff. George North scored two

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tries. They face France in the final

weekend. The Italians defeat means

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they will claim the wooden spoon for

a third year in a row. The sports

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website have highlights of all the 6

Nations rugby but that is all the

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sport for now.

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That's it.

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There's more throughout the evening

on the BBC News Channel,

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and I'll be back with the late

news at Ten.

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