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Boris Johnson accuses Russia
of making and stockpiling deadly
Novichok nerve agents.
Two weeks on from the collapse
in Salisbury of a Russian
spy and his daughter -
the Foreign Secretary
attacks Moscow's attitude.
Their response has been a sort
of mixture of smug sarcasm
and denial, obfuscation and delay.
His comments come as a senior
Russian diplomat suggests the nerve
agent could have come
from the British
facility at Porton Down.
In Russia - Vladimir Putin casts his
vote in the Presidential election -
as he seeks another six
years in power.
A Sunday white-out as driving snow,
biting winds and ice affect
much of the country.
And joy for Britain as the Winter
Paralympics come to an end -
winning gold for the first time.
The Foreign Secretary says
the Government has evidence that
Russia has been creating
and stockpiling the nerve
agents known as Novichok.
Speaking to the BBC,
Boris Johnson accused the Kremlin
of 'smug sarcasm' in its response
to the attack in
Salisbury two weeks ago.
A senior Russian diplomat has
suggested that the substance used
in Salisbury could have come
from the British research
laboratory at Porton Down.
Here's our Home Affairs
Correspondent Daniel Sandford.
Today, despite the bad weather,
troops and police officers continued
the delicate and dangerous work of
decontamination and preserving the
scenes in Salisbury.
It is clear now that the focus
of this investigation
is Sergei Skripal's burgundy BMW
car, with detectives still seeking
more information on its
movements on the day
of the nerve agent attack.
This morning, the Russian ambassador
to the EU, chose to hint that
Britain might have been responsible
for the whole thing.
Porton Down, as we now
all now, is the largest
military facility in the
United Kingdom that has been dealing
with chemical weapons research.
And it's actually only eight
miles from Salisbury.
You're not suggesting that
Porton Down is responsible for
this nerve agent?
I don't know.
I don't know.
on the same programme, this was the
Foreign Secretary's riposte.
This is not the response
of a country that
really believes itself
to be innocent.
Their response has been a sort
of mixture of smug sarcasm and
denial, obfuscation and delay.
And with 23 diplomats
due to leave the
Russian Embassy this week,
after being expelled as spies,
the Foreign Secretary made his most
accusation yet that Russia has been
doing recent nerve agent research.
We actually have evidence
within the last ten years that
Russia has not only been
investigating the delivery
of nerve agents for the purposes
of assassination, but has also been
creating and stockpiling Novichok.
However, the Foreign Secretary then
had to concede that a wife of a
former minister under Vladimir Putin
had paid £160,000 in a Conservative
Party auction to play
tennis with him.
Did the tennis game actually happen?
But the Labour leadership's
position on the
Salisbury attack now seems much
closer to the Government's than it
was in the middle of last week.
Putin has questions to answer
because this is highly likely this
could have been a state execution.
But what we don't do in this country
is that we don't leap to conclusions
without the evidence.
specialists from the
Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons will arrive at
Porton Down to start their own
independent analysis of what left
Yulia and Sergei Skripal
fighting for their lives.
Daniel Sandford, BBC News.
In Russia, polls have closed
in the presidential election,
with President Putin seeking another
six years in power.
Seven other candidates
are also standing.
The indications are that Putin has
won by a significant margin.
Our Moscow Correspondent,
Steve Rosenberg at the Kremlin.
Thank you. According to the latest
results of Vladimir Putin has won
more than 70% of the vote in the
election, not a surprise, many
Russians support him. But crucially
it's the political system Mr Putin
put in place in Russia that
virtually guaranteed he would emerge
It looked more like
a show than an election.
Russian polling stations providing
free entertainment to
boost the turnout.
Inside, you could cast a ballot
and cast an eye at the art.
Pride of place here reserved
for a legendary Russian ruler who
had battled the West.
The current leader is
pressure after Salisbury.
Still, Vladimir Putin
was relaxed as he voted.
"I believe in the programme I'm
offering my country," the
And his supporters agreed.
"He's a genius," he says.
"Putin wants Russia
to prosper and for Russians
to live in happiness."
"It's thanks to Putin," she says,
"That Russia still exists."
But critics of the Kremlin says
the election was fixed.
But critics of the Kremlin say
the election was fixed.
That only those candidates
who stood no chance of
unseating Vladimir Putin
were allowed to run.
The problem with Russia
is there is no such thing as
Politics has been eliminated
in Russia altogether.
There is only one political
institution in Russia and this is
the physical body of Vladimir Putin.
Which is why the results of this
vote was never in doubt.
This election is less
about choosing a
new President and more
about reappointing the old one.
The political system,
which Vladimir Putin has built,
ensures he faces no serious
challenge and he's set for a
fourth term in the Kremlin.
But these images will
embarrass the Kremlin.
Caught on CCTV, a woman stuffs
the ballot box at a polling
station near Moscow.
Suddenly, there are two of them
at it, and something
suspicious in Siberia.
During the vote count,
someone moves a tricolore
of Russian balloons
so they cover over the camera.
Election officials say
they will investigate
But that won't change who will be
running Russia for the
next six years.
You know, there is a joke doing the
rounds in Moscow right now. In
Russia there are two things of which
you can be sure. That the winters
here will always be long and that
Vladimir Putin will always win an
election. STUDIO: Steve Rosenberg,
Much of the UK has been in the midst
of a second significant
snowfall of the winter.
For many areas it's been combined
with bitterly cold winds,
bringing misery to those
travelling this weekend.
Frankie McCamley reports.
As the snow gave no sign of giving
up, neither did those trying to
clear it away and keep
But with strong winds causing
blizzard conditions, here in
Devon driving became treacherous.
Some clearly struggling
to keep control.
In Newcastle, for those just trying
to leave the house, it
wasn't an easy task.
I've been here for an hour
and I've done about a
quarter of this road,
so I'm making headway.
We're not equipped here for
the snow, it's not like if you live
abroad and you have a lot of snow.
I think some of the
biggest problems is
the drivers themselves,
they are not used to driving,
if it looks like two
flakes of snow, they're stuck,
some of the people.
I don't think it's been too bad.
Railway stations across
the country have also seen
In Newbury all trains
were stopped in their tracks.
Staff doing what they can to help.
And as snow hit the South
West, Bristol Airport
stopped flights this
morning with Exeter
cancelling flights for
rest of the day.
Even for those wanting
to brave the weather and
support their local team, football
and rugby fixtures were called off,
including the Anglo Welsh Cup
final at Gloucester.
Throughout the day the snow
gates on the A66 remained
closed between County Durham and
Cumbria, keeping one family apart.
Basically, I'm trying to get a draft
pick my daughter up.
Basically, I'm trying to get
to Brough to pick my daughter up.
She's been stuck there
since last night.
So, it's just a question
of getting round.
With around 11 centimetres of snow
already falling on higher
ground is like here in
West Yorkshire, more snow is still
But the majority tonight
and tomorrow morning will be in the
south-west of England.
With amber weather warnings
in place until 9am
It's not all doom
and gloom, though, the
so-called Mini Beast From The East
has brought some fun with it too
with all sorts heading out
to enjoy the weather.
As for when temperatures
will get back to
normal, things should be
warming up by Tuesday.
Frankie McCamley, BBC
News, West Yorkshire.
The head of Cambridge Analytica,
the data firm used by Donald Trump's
election campaign has been called
back before a committee of MPs.
They believe Alexander Nix has
fresh questions to answer
about the way his company used
the personal details of up
to 50 million Facebook users.
The social media giant
will also be asked to appear.
Both deny any wrong doing.
Here's our business
correspondent Joe Lynam.
The idea that all women should
receive the same message...
Alexander Nix, he is the Eton
educated boss of the data mining
company Cambridge Analytica, which
specialises in something called
That is an
understanding of your personality,
because it's personality that drives
behaviour and behaviour that
obviously influences how you vote.
But now a committee of MPs thinks he
might have given Parliament false
statements about what his company
did with millions of Facebook
profiles. He has been recalled for
more questions. The Facebook boss
Mark Zuckerberg will also be called.
It looks like Facebook were trying
to avoid difficult questions about
this and people will rightly be
concerned, are there other data
breaches we don't know about? How
effective our Facebook actually at
stopping people taking data from
their platform and then using it in
a way that suits them that Facebook
At the heart of this
was an app designed in Britain in
2014 supposed to tell you a lot more
about your own personality, but if
you login using your Facebook
profile it allowed the app and its
owners access to some very personal
data held on Facebook, most
astonishingly, though, it allowed
the app access to all of your
friends' personal data without their
We are going to
make America great again.
been claimed Donald Trump's campaign
used personal data acquired from
Cambridge Analytica to try and
influence the election, something
flatly denied by the company. And it
was also at the top table when the
Leave.eu campaign was launched in
2015. But now denies it did any work
at all on the Brexit referendum. But
it does raise the issue, though, of
what happens when we click OK
We see these quizzes pop up
in our Facebook timelines, we think
it would be a bit of fun to be
matched with which they must start
and I? But what doing is handing
every bit of your profile data onto
a data collection service.
this has come to light because this
former Cambridge Analytica employee
Chris Wiley has now claimed Facebook
knew what data the company held and
how it could be used. Facebook
strongly denies his claims and
suspended his own Facebook account.
-- Christopher Wylie. The social
media giant said it was doing so
because Christopher Wylie exploited
Facebook to harvest millions of
people's profiles. Joe Lynam, BBC
On the final day of the Winter
Paralympics in South Korea,
Britain has won its first and only
gold medal at the Games.
It was thanks to Menna Fitzpatrick
and her guide Jen Kehoe
who triumphed in the women's
Kate Grey reports.
It was the golden moment
they'd been waiting for.
Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide
Jen Kehoe saved their best
till last to win gold in the slalom
on the final day of these games.
The pair were in
silver medal position
going into the second run
and displayed a perfect performance.
The time was unbeatable.
She's in front!
Their fourth medal here
in Pyeongchang to become
Britain's most successful
It's been absolutely astonishing
the way that this week
has gone from quite low
to extremely, extremely high.
To finish on a gold
medal and put in one of
our strongest performances this
week is beyond words.
It hasn't sunk in and I think
probably won't until they
It hasn't sunk in and I think
probably won't until we
get back to the UK and are back
in our own beds and have a lie in.
There was further success as Millie
Knight and her guide Brett Wild
managed to sneak the bronze
in that same race, which
means Paralympics GB have reached
their target of seven medals.
But all dependent on one sport, one
classification and a small number
I'm proud of every single one
of the 17 athletes that came
here to Pyeongchang
to represent Paralympics GB.
Yes, the medals came from snow
but every one of those
athletes did give it their all.
So, these Games drew
to a fitting close
with Britain's golden girls carrying
the union flag, and the
International Paralympic Committee
could also celebrate with more
nations taking part than ever
before, and a record number of
They now call these games
the greatest Winter
Paralympics to date.
Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
Just before we go -
a teacher from London has just
won a $1 million prize.
Andria Zafirakou -
who teaches art and textiles
at Alperton Community School -
was awarded this year's Varkey
Foundation Global Teacher Prize
at a ceremony in Dubai.
The money works out
to more than £700,000.