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Pointing the finger at Moscow, the
Prime Minister says a nerve agent
was used to poison a former Russian
spy in the UK.
White House backs away from raising
the age limit for buying guns,
Democrats accuse the president of
caving in to the NRA. His clothes
were the stuff of movie magic and
fashion show fantasies, French
designer Givenchy has died at the
age of 91.
Welcome to our viewers on public
television here in the US and around
the globe. The UK Prime Minister
says it is highly likely that Russia
was behind the poisoning of a former
spy in Britain, speaking in
parliament, Theresa May said that
Sergei Skripal and his daughter were
attacked with a nerve agent,
irrelevant by the Soviet military.
Moscow denies any involvement. The
White House called the attack
reckless. The dramatic correspondent
James Landau has more.
Today, police continued to examines
all three home of Sergei Skripal,
more than one week after the former
Russian intelligence officer and his
daughter were attacked with a nerve
So, this morning
ministers gathered for a
meeting of the National Security
Council, looking for answers.
An update on the
investigation from the
police and intelligence services
that would allow them and the Prime
Minister to decide
what steps to take next.
For some days ministers have been
pushing Theresa May for
This afternoon she was clear
who she thought was
what they should do.
It is now clear that Mr Skripal
and his daughter were poisoned with
a military grade nerve agent
of a type developed by Russia.
It is part of a group of nerve
agents known as Novichok.
Based on the analysis
of world leading experts
at Porton Down,
our knowledge that Russia has
previously produced this agent
and would still be
capable of doing so,
the Government has concluded that it
is highly likely that Russia
was responsible for the act against
Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
She said the Foreign
Secretary had summoned
the Russian ambassador
and told him he had
until the end of tomorrow to
explain whether this was a direct
act by the Russian state or by
others who now control
the nerve agent.
Mr Speaker, this attempted murder
using a weapons grade nerve agent
in a British town was not just
a crime against the Skripals,
it was an indiscriminate
and reckless act against
the United Kingdom,
putting the lives of
innocent civilians at risk.
And we will not tolerate such
a brazen attempt to murder
in innocent civilians on our soil.
The Labour leader called
for tougher sanctions
on oligarchs living in London.
We need to continue seeking a robust
dialogue with Russia
on all the issues currently
dividing our country is,
both domestic and international.
Rather than simply cutting off
contact and letting the tensions
and divisions get worse.
and divisions get worse.
Earlier today, before the statement,
President Putin was visiting
an agricultural centre
in southern Russia
and dismissed a question
from the BBC's Steve Rosenberg.
President Putin, BBC News,
is Russia behind the poisoning
of Sergei Skripal?
We are dealing
with agriculture here, as you see,
to create conditions for people's
lives, and you talk to me
about some tragedies.
First get to the bottom of it
there and then we will discuss this.
But now that Russia has
been blamed officially
for what happened in Salisbury,
it has 24 hours to
decide how to respond.
Earlier, Moscow correspondent Steve
Rosenberg explained why officials in
Moscow don't seem too concerned
about the Prime Minister's
Biggest problem the
British government faces here is the
way it is perceived by the Kremlin,
it is perceived as pretty weak.
Britain is perceived as quite weak.
Here, politicians criticising
Russia, huffing and puffing, but the
politicians do not believe that
Britain will blow the house down and
take strong measures against Moscow
so the key question is, if, come
Wednesday, Britain and improve this
was an act of state-sponsored force
by Russia, what kind of measures
will Britain, together with our
allies, take against Moscow?
reporting from Moscow.
Another twist in the debate over gun
regulation here in the US, with
President Trump putting off action
on raising the minimum age for
buying guns. This was an idea that
he championed after the school
shooting in Florida. Now the one
White House wants to fund programmes
to train school staff to use
firearms, encourage military
veterans and retired police to
become teachers and improved
background and mental health checks.
For more on this we spoke with a
national political correspondent for
The president seems to have backed
away from the idea of raising the
minimum age at which you can
purchase a gun, how does the White
House explain this evolving
Great question, almost a
month since the mass shooting in
Parkland, Florida, president
initially talked about tough
measures he wanted to take to defy
the NRA, the White House today were
stepping back and saying, the
president has not given up on any of
those initiatives but he just wants
to study them.
president himself a few weeks ago
was accusing politicians of running
scared from the NRA. He himself has
had several meetings with the NRA
recently, have they had an impact?
They definitely had an impact, the
president has met at least twice
with representatives of the NRA,
initially publicly was saying wanted
to be tough and take a leadership
role on guns, they talked with him
privately about the politics of
this, their own positions on this
and gun control, and Republicans on
Capitol Hill also were very
instrumental in discouraging the
president from thinking in a
mid-term election year that this
would be in any way profitable for
Republicans running for re-election.
The fact is now, we don't have a
discussion about restrictions on gun
ownership, it is all about mental
health and school safety.
hardening schools, hardening the
actual infrastructure of schools, as
you pointed out, by saying, that was
the lead item from the White House
today, the United States need to
make schools much more guarded and
at guns to the school setting, where
students are learning. We know that
is very controversial and yet the
president is very supportive and not
surprisingly the NRA is too.
the Florida School shooting
survivors planning a huge march on
Washington next week, they have
called for gun restrictions, also
something that polling suggests
Americans back too, so this is going
to be a political issue in the
run-up to the mid-term.
Yes, but we
know there is some Democrats running
in states that President Trump won
in 2016 who are nervous about the
idea of being tough on guns, both
parties have hesitations about this.
The young people who have been very
affected and motivated by the mass
shooting in Florida are mobilising.
The other element that is
interesting, the White House is
referring to states. Borrowed acted
on legislation can signed by a
conservative Republican governor.
Background checks, how much stronger
with baby, would they cover gun
shows under what the White House is
No, the legislation
talked about on Capitol Hill will be
voluntary on the state of -- part of
states, to add additional
information to the testing database,
does not come close to being
universal background checks.
you very much for joining us.
Guns are not such a divisive issue
in western Pennsylvania, voters head
to the polls are a special election
on Tuesday, both candidates are in
favour of the second Amendment, and
wary of gun control. This should be
a safe Republican seat but polls
suggest Democrats may be rose
closing the gap late in the race.
It is not even close to November but
you would not know in this
Pennsylvania district, campaigning
in full swing. With President Trump
just the latest to add his power to
the race. -- stump power.
is watching, they are all watching
because I won this district by 22
points, that's a lot. Look at all
those red hats. Look at all those.
Meanwhile, at this rally, for the
Go out and
make sure he wins!
The former vice
president, and Pennsylvania native,
trying to rally his troops.
awesome that he was here, and I
loved what he said, that is exactly
what everybody here feels.
President Joe Biden speaks to the
working class, he speaks to this
region, it is a blue-collar region
and he is a blue-collar guy.
final days of the race, a toss-up,
between the Republican and the
33-year-old Democrat, in and of
itself, that is quite a surprise.
Donald Trump won this district by 20
points, it should be safe
Republican. What is really animated
these people, the single issue,
resident tram, if you were
dissatisfied with the course, the
direction that this government has
been taking the country, this is
your opportunity to stand up against
Su means is a councilwoman in
the area, and a long-time supporter.
The eyes of the world are on this
race, the eyes of the nation,
because people do see this as a
referendum on Donald Trump.
doing a good job? I hope and pray
that the voters realise it is not
about one seat, it is about the
wave, for the whole mid-term
election. -- Sue Means. This is the
first congressional race since the
Parkland shooting, surprisingly, gun
control is not the driving factor.
Neither candidate supports measures
like banning assault rifles, and the
Democratic candidate played up his
programming David -- his
as American as apple pie.
a cop, and he teaches self defence.
People are afraid guns will be taken
away. My goodness, I have eczema of
money, I had better buy a gun before
the politicians take it away from
us. -- by amount of money.
be a popular past time here, but
whoever wins, it is more about
money. Jobs and money.
All eyes on that special election
tomorrow. In other news, in Nepal,
at least 49 people have been killed
a plane crash in the capital,
Kathmandu, the aircraft belonging to
a private Bangladeshi carrier
careered off the runway at the
International Airport and burst into
flames, the airline has blamed air
traffic control but the airport says
the plane approached from the wrong
direction. 71 people on board, 20
Meghan Markle has made her first
official appearance alongside Queen
Elizabeth, Prince Harry joined other
members of the Royal family
including the monitor at the
Commonwealth Day service
held at Westminster Abbey. The
former US ambassador to Panama
decided to step down from his post
over the Charlottesville riots last
August because of the President's
failure to speak out against
neo-Nazis, now he has written a
piece for the Washington post
saying, why I can no longer serve as
president. He says the unilateral
and isolationist path is making
America less welkin in the world,
you joined me earlier from Miami. --
welcome in the world. You say you
resign because traditional values
have been warped and betrayed, how
It is clear to see in the
rhetoric of the campaign, that the
president ran, and in the reality of
trying to build a wall which is more
of a metaphysical wall, to keep
people out, than to actually work on
border security. The language that
demonises the Latin migrants is the
same kind of language that was used
over 100 years ago to demonise the
Italians and the Irish, and the
Russians and the jury is -- and the
Jewish who came to the United
States, I felt we had overcome that
and established a post-world order
with allies like Great Britain that
focused on human rights, tolerance,
inclusion. I'm an old Marine, I
believe that we are strongest when
we are compassionate, I didn't see
any of that coming out after about a
year with this administration.
immigration, you write that the
President's policies are foolish,
delusional, anti-American, apart
from building the wall, where else
do you feel that to be evident?
Well, I think in the way in which
the administration has treated
traditional allies. Look, the world
is a dangerous place, and nobody
wants to go at it alone. Going it
alone in today's world when you are
talking about security, talking
about commerce, means making
yourself weaker, that unfortunately
is what we have done. We have not
continue to build the relationships
that got us to the very good
position we were in.
would you say as a career diplomat,
all these resignations from the
State Department and the vacancies
are having on the important work of
diplomacy, preparing for a summit
with the North leader, for example.
Absolutely, the effect has been
quite frankly very difficult, I left
because I felt a line was crushed,
my colleagues stay because they
still want to serve. One of the
things I think a lot of people don't
realise is just how patriotically
most diplomats are, from any
country, you voluntarily
circumscribe your own first
Amendment rights, you work
independently of partisan conflict,
and what you do is you dedicate
yourself to learning a region,
learning and issue. Right now, as we
possibly get ready for North Korea,
or looking at Nafta discussions, you
have people who are experts in Nafta
for over 25 years, and we had the
President's son-in-law leading
discussions with the Mexican Foreign
Minister... I just felt, and many
feel like I do, that we are walking
off the field of competence, and
into a realm where we sort of how to
decipher the tweets to figure out
what policy will be! That does not
make America safe.
Thank you very
much for joining us.
Coming up: anticipating a trade war,
the UN Ambassador to Washington
tells us Europe is ready to respond
to President Trump's steel tariffs.
The world-famous dog show Crufts has
been disrupted by animal rights
protesters, the climax of this years
event was temporarily halted, after
demonstrators stormed the venue from
a group that has condemned the event
for in courage in some types of dog
This year's winner was a two and a
half year old with Pitt, called
Tease but as she headed to the
podium, this happen, two protest is
emerged from the audience at the
national exhibition Centre in
Birmingham, very quickly they were
chased down and subdued by security
staff, no animals or owners were
harmed. It's believed they were
demonstrating on behalf of the
animal rights group, Peta, which
condemns Crufts for what it called
extreme dog breeding. A statement
Crufts issued a statement:
the response on social media was
almost instantaneous, CJ joiner
as for Tease, she seemed entirely
unfazed by the whole thing, best and
calmest in show.
Earlier we were talking about Donald
Trump's trip to western Pennsylvania
where he talked up his tariffs on
imported steel and aluminium, in
response, the EU has pushed back,
reckoning tariffs of their own on
American product. Katty Kay has been
speaking with David O'Sullivan, for
her programme beyond 100 days. The
ambassador has said that the
European Union will stand up to
trade the bullies, is the Trump
administration becoming a trade
bully? -- stand up to trade bullies.
I think we have a disagreement over
the issue of steel and aluminium
tariffs, we think the proposed
imposition of the tariffs on
European companies is unfair, and
unjustified, and if the tariffs are
eventually imposed, we will react as
we feel appropriate. We hope this
will not happen, possibility of an
exemption for certain countries and
that is the channel we are going to
work in the immediate future.
European Union has not been
mentioned in those, the president on
Saturday and again this morning
tweeted in ways that made it sound
like he was not happy with the
European Union, he says the European
Union has large tariffs and barriers
against the United States, if you
don't get an exemption, will be you
retaliate against American products?
If the proposed steel and aluminium
tariffs are imposed on European
exports, then yes, we will use our
rights under the World Trade
Organisation to impose rebalancing
tariffs on American exports. We hope
that will not be the case, I know
that the president has made some
critical remarks about the European
Union, we don't share that
perspective. I don't think it is
fair to characterise the European
Union as protectionist or posing
barriers to exports, we are one of
the largest trading economies in the
world and one of the most open and
we trade enormously with the United
States, but if that is a
conversation the president wants to
have, he should hold it with his
European Intel occurred tos, and we
can continue his conversation but on
the immediate issue of tariffs, we
are looking down the avenue of
intervention. Failing which, we will
preserve rights under the WTO. --
European steel and aluminium exports
to America, would that have a
material impact on European
producers, Germany is only 3% of the
total import of steel.
actually the largest exporter of
steel to the United States,
second-largest by volume and the
largest by value, so total European
Union exports of steel are quite
important, the total value of those
exports is around $8 billion, and
that is the value of the European
export which will be affected by
these tariffs if they are imposed.
So it would have an impact on
Very much, and
we of course feel obliged to protect
Going through the
list of things that the EU has
talked about in terms of retaliatory
measures, bourbon from Kentucky,
Harley-Davidsons from Wisconsin,
orange juice from Florida, all very
important states in American
politics, is this a political
gesture that the EU is proposing?
The commission has proposed an
indicative list, this has been
discussed with member states, in
choosing the products you always
look at those which will have a
maximum impact, in terms of the
Also economically, because
the desire is to is to send a
message that the damage inflicted on
European exports will be
reciprocated in terms of having an
impact on American exports. I want
to emphasise, this is not where we
want to be and we hope we will not
take this forward.
If there is going
to be a trade war, to be clear, the
European Union will fight back?
really don't think it would be right
to characterise this as a trade war,
we sincerely hope that it is
possible to have a dialogue and come
out of this situation without
tariffs being imposed on either
side, that is the objective, if
tariffs are imposed, then indeed, we
will have to protect the interests
of our industry in the where we best
Thank you very much for
You are very welcome.
One of the great names in French
fashion, the designer Givenchy, has
died, he was 91, among his clients,
first Lady Jackie Kennedy and film
star, Audrey Hepburn.
It is one of the most famous dresses
in cinema history, designed by
Hubert de Givenchy four Audrey
Hepburn, to show off what he said
was her very good shoulders and long
neck and to hide her skinny
collarbone. Givenchy was fated
throughout his career for mixing
innovation with timeless simplicity,
is fashion house founded in the
1950s showcased the concept of
separates, skirts and blouses,
designed to give women more freedom
in the way they dressed.
The dresses must be
well on a woman's body, too many
decorations onto a garment will
contradict the piece itself. The
material has a life of its own, one
should never contradict it if you
want the fabric to speak.
creations were worn by the Duchess
of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, and the
former American first Lady, Jackie
Kennedy, something that had to be
kept secret from the American press,
to preserve a sense of national
loyalty. He sold his fashion house
to the luxury French brand 30 years
ago but his views on haute couture
were sought right up until his
death, at an exhibition to celebrate
his work last year he told one
interviewer, the perfect dress can
make many things happen in a woman's
life, it can bring happiness.
A fashion legend there are, and
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