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Beyond One Hundred Days.
The facts aren't all in,
but the British Foreign Secretary
is already warning Moscow.
If a former spy was poisoned
by the Kremlin, Boris Johnson
is promising a robust response.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
are still in critical condition
in a hospital in Salisbury,
and counter-terrorism police have
taken over the investigation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry says
accusations that Moscow is behind
this mysterious incident are "wild".
Donald Trump welcomes news that
North Korea is ready to discuss
giving up its nuclear weapons
and says the world is watching.
Also on the programme:
Hurricane Irma destroyed
lives and homes.
Six months on, are rebuilding
efforts on track?
We report from the
British Virgin Islands.
The new star and her statuette.
What's next for the profoundly deaf
six-year-old and Oscar
winner from England who's
the toast of Hollywood?
Get in touch with us using
the hashtag Beyond One Hundred Days.
Hello, and welcome.
I'm Katty Kay in Washington,
and Christian Fraser is in London.
Sergei Skripal used to spy
for Britain for the Kremlin
that made him a traitor.
The question now, raised
today in Parliament, is,
did Moscow's henchmen follow Skripal
to exile in the UK and poison him?
The Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, said today that
Britain would respond "robustly"
if evidence of state
It hasn't been declared
a terrorist incident,
but counter-terrorism police
are leading the investigation.
From Salisbury, Tom Symonds reports.
A father and a daughter apparently
struck down in public on a Sunday
afternoon in Salisbury.
The BBC revealed today that
Yulia Skripal had been
visiting her father,
Sergei, from Russia,
when it happened.
They were left fighting
for their lives.
Her eyes were just completely white,
wide-open, but just white,
and frothing at the mouth.
And then the man went stiff,
his arms stopped moving.
But he was still
looking dead straight.
CCTV images obtained by the BBC
appear to show Mr Skripal
and his daughter walking together
at 15.47 on Sunday afternoon.
They were heading for a small
park surrounded by shops
in the centre of Salisbury,
called the Maltings.
The camera which captured
these pictures is yards
from where they were found.
Police were called at 4:15pm
when people reported the pair
were unconscious on a park bench.
Last night, an Italian
restaurant nearby, Zizzi,
was sealed by police,
followed today by a local
pub, Bishop's Mill.
Did someone slip something
into their food or drink?
For the police, this is a highly
sensitive and potentially
not least for the officers involved.
The key question, of course,
is what was the substance that left
a father and his daughter in such
a terrible condition on the park
bench covered by the tent behind me?
There will be toxicology reports
prepared, but we understand that
several police officers
were admitted to hospital.
One has been kept in.
Symptoms include breathing
difficulties and itchy eyes.
Experts at the research
fertility Porton Down are now
involved, testing for a wide
range of substances.
It's from things that
are chemically toxic to things
that are radiological,
such as what was used
I think people will have an open
mind, they'll be looking
at what's in the environment,
what's on the clothing,
on the skin of the people,
and also what's in blood and urine
and any other samples.
So far, the tiny Wiltshire Police
force has led the investigation,
but that changed today
in a significant development.
This afternoon, the Metropolitan
Police have confirmed that,
due to the unusual circumstances,
the counterterrorism network will be
leading this investigation as it has
the specialist capability
and expertise to do so.
After all, as the Foreign Secretary
made clear in Parliament this
afternoon, this incident could have
implications for Britain's
relationship with Russia.
Should evidence emerge that implies
then Her Majesty's government
will respond appropriately
Sergei Skripal was arrested in 2004,
accused of spying for MI6,
convicted, and in 2010 handed over
to Britain as part of a spy swap.
Sergei Skripal's wife,
elder brother and son have
died in recent years,
the family believe in
He has been living quietly
here for some years,
but under his own name.
He would not have been hard to find.
Tom Symonds, BBC News, Salisbury.
We'll get reaction from Russia
in just a moment, but first,
a look at what we know so far.
Let's speak to Mark Urban,
the Diplomatic Editor
for BBC Newsnight.
Where have we got to with the
investigation? It is significant, as
Tom was reporting, that counter
terrorism command has taken over. It
is not terrorism but
counterterrorism command contains
specialist branch which deals with
these incidents. It is also evident
that the Foreign Secretary would not
have gone this far unless the
government was party to some kind of
intelligence about what had gone on.
We know, as in the case of
Litvinenko, there is a difference
between intelligence and evidence.
They want to show that they have an
idea, but they do not want to
obstruct or prejudice the police
investigation, said the two things
will go on in tandem. Intelligence
and gathering of evidence.
surprised to hear that Mr Skripal
had been living under his own name.
Does that give us some indication of
what kind of like he has been living
for the last seven years in the UK?
It is interesting. He came here
after this exchange for the illegal
network that was arrested in the
United States in 2010. We know he
had been doing things like lecturing
at military colleges, intelligence
consulting with other agencies that
MI6 asked to get in touch with. The
family arrangements, his daughter
and son spent most of the time in
Russia but worth visiting
occasionally. And he was there under
his own name, his kids were
travelling back and forth, and some
people would argue that he felt
there was a kind of modus vivendi
there had been reached with the
Russian authorities, he would not
put his head above the parapet and
they would leave him and his family
Stay with us because we will
look at the Russian reaction,
authority saying they will
incorporate with the police
investigation but insist they have
no information at this moment to
The Russian Embassy
in London says the reporting
of the incident has led
to the demonisation of Russia.
From Moscow, here's Steve Rosenberg.
It sounds chillingly familiar.
Russia under suspicion of planning
and executing an attack 2,000
miles away in Britain.
In 2006, the target was former
Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko,
murdered in London.
The man Britain believes
poisoned him is Andrei Lugovoy.
Today, he dismissed claims
that Moscow had attacked
Sergei Skripal as propaganda.
they say he was poisoned?
Perhaps he poisoned himself
or had a heart attack.
You talk about propaganda,
but what about Alexander Litvinenko?
The enquiry in Britain
into his death found that
you had poisoned him,
probably on the orders
of Vladimir Putin.
There was no
into Litvinenko's death.
There was an attempt to accuse
Russia and a Russian citizen,
me, of poisoning him
in Britain with polonium.
As for the Kremlin, well,
it's been saying very little today
about Sergei Skripal.
President Putin's spokesman told me
earlier, "We have no information
"about what happened.
"We cannot comment."
Although he did add
it was a tragic situation.
But catching spies has become one
of Vladimir Putin's priorities.
Yesterday, he congratulated Russia's
security service, the FSB.
It uncovered 397 spies last year.
Spy-mania, and now a former double
agent collapsing in Britain.
Moscow denies any connection,
but it can only add
to the chill in relations
between the UK and Russia.
Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.
The Foreign Secretary chose to
threaten Russia with retribution.
Looks like another anti-Russian
campaign has already been written.
Strong words from the Russians. Why
would the pardon someone and then
height in the UK? It is not make any
Going back to that Russian
statement, clearly, the Foreign
Secretary would have to have certain
information. He must've been briefed
on the certain way about this
because it is an enormous hostage to
fortune if the Russian embassy is
right and these denials from Moscow
right. The only thing one can say is
a convincing alternative explanation
would have the urge pretty quickly
in the police investigation for them
to be vindicated on this. On the
assumption your question carries,
that this was indeed the Russians,
this has always been seen as a way
of sending a message. The choice of
Skripal might be a combination of
who was available to all who was
easily findable and a desire to send
a message at a particular time,
elections coming up in Russia, who
saw in that report the emphasis on
catching foreign spies, retribution,
it has always been a team of
Vladimir Putin, and it may be it was
politically convenient for him to
have this at this time. That is all
one can say, but clearly one expects
further evidence to merge if indeed
the implicit point the Foreign
Secretary made today is to be
validated and proven that this was a
So, Mark, say
this ends up with that evidence
pointing to Moscow, what would
Russia actually respond to, in terms
of retaliation? It is hard to
believe Boris Johnson saying, I will
not turn up at the World Cup will
make much difference.
I think,... I
have been talking to people today,
if this is proven, and some have
said, this is like Litvinenko only
worse, and Litvinenko has defined UK
Russian relations for more than
decade now, so if proof emerges or
significant evidence emerges that
Russian state operatives did this,
it will be an enormous factor in
relations. We can also see some
interesting possible tensions
between the UK and its European
allies. Some of them have never been
that keen on sanctions or measures
against Russia in the context of the
Ukraine. Imagine now, as the UK is
on its way out of the EU, asking for
solidarity and back-up for some
possible new measures against
Russia, it could be diplomatically
very tough situation.
Thank you very
much for coming in, interesting to
hear your thoughts. I have heard
people who have been intelligence in
the US in the last day or two,
talking about this case and saying,
this is a very British situation
that Britain seems to be in at
ground zero in this tussle between
intelligence factions in Moscow and
London, why is that?
Part of that
will be the money that is here in
London. It is no secret that there
are oligarchs here and there has
been an investment in Mayfair and
Belgravia, and there is a strong
link between Russia and the UK
through, in this case, MI6, soaked
former operatives come kid. But that
doesn't mean that other Russians in
Europe do not feel concerned as
well. We know Litvinenko's brother
in Rome feels equally uncertain
about his future more scared about
what has happened here today. There
is a reason I think White happens
So if money is part of
the reason, do you think money might
be part of the response?
As Mark was
just saying, they will look at
companies that are floated here
through the City of London and the
sort of money swilling around in the
sort of people who come here.
Sanctions might be one of the
issues. But if I threw this back at
you, there are all sorts of people
here saying, we need strong action,
but would the Americans think? They
have an American president who will
not even introduce sanctions passed
We have talked about
that a lot, this President's
attitude to Russia. This story has
not got a huge amount of attention
here in America and that is
interesting. Let's see if it makes
any material difference in terms of
the White House's response to
US intelligence officials
are clearly wary of North Korea's
offer to talk about denuclearising,
saying they'd have to know a lot
more before they can assess
whether Kim Jong-un is serious.
The North said it was open
to talking with the United States
if the safety of the regime
President Trump naturally
took to Twitter.
It may all be false hope, he said,
but the US is ready to go
hard in either direction!
Meanwhile, Trump's Director
of National Intelligence said the US
would have to know far more before
assessing whether North korea
was serious about getting rid
of its nuclear weapons programme.
We saw the news this morning
relative to North Korea.
Hope springs eternal,
but we need to learn a lot more
relative to these talks,
and we will.
And the IC will continue to do every
possible collection and assessment
we can relative to the situation
that exists in North Korea.
Let's get some reaction
to this with the former
US Defense Secretary,
William Cohen, who joins me.
I wanted to get your reaction to
this offer from North Korea, how
seriously do you take it?
been here before. This is the same
language they have used before, we
are prepared to talk about nuclear
issues provided our security is
ensured. That means that we cease
and desist from having training
exercises that we carry on each
year, said that would be the first
demand they make. They will be
postponed due to the Winter
Olympics, and now the schedule will
be started again, and be postponed
that will have a negative impact. We
have been there before. The North
Koreans have cheated before on
agreements. We have to remember they
have been supplying allegedly
chemical weapons to Syria, selling
weapons to Egypt, in violation of
all the sanctions. So we are
prepared to hear what they have to
say. But watch what President Trump
does not what he says and the same
thing applies to the North Koreans.
But this could potentially be a
diplomatic success story for
President Trump if it turns out that
all this tough rhetoric, the
military preparing nurse, everyone
is talking about here in Washington,
if that is pushed to the North
Koreans to say, we do need to talk
If it does, it will be a
good thing. We will have to wait and
see, so watch what they do not what
I want to talk about
tariffs for president is dancing on
aluminium and steel. We have talked
about in the context of trade war
but what about security? By the
sitting in on these particular
This is almost tantamount
to firing a warning shot to the
temple. The United States is looking
to hit China, but if we impose this
trade barrier or tariff, it will hit
the Europeans, the Mexicans, the
Canadians are far more than the
Chinese. This is something that most
of those in national security say is
not a policy of development, it will
mean there will be retaliation
against Boeing and other major
industries, agriculture. When the
president says, trade wars are easy,
they are not. For every complex
problem, there is an answer that is
simple, in terms of dealing with it.
Trade sanctions at this time, the
secretary of defence understands
that this is a bad thing for the
United States and we will have to
wait to see whether the president
follows through. He changes his mind
from day-to-day, maybe he will
change between now and next week.
must talk to you about the suspected
poisoning of the former Russian spy
here in Britain. A member of the
Foreign Affairs Committee said we
are entering a new era, second Cold
War when the Russians have a new and
sophisticated toolkit to interfere
in the West. Do you worry your own
president is not taking this as
seriously as he showed?
I do. The
president has done nothing in
response to the allegations and
universal conclusion that the
Russians interfered in elections.
Congress has passed more sanctions.
But the person has refused to
implement them. It is very curious
as to why the president is such a
pacifist in the face of what is
clearly an assault on the American
integrity and sovereignty. It is
something we will have to wait on,
but there is something wrong, why is
this dog not barking? When you see
so much evidence, not only new
tricks, but old tricks. The poisoned
thing was what the Russians
perfected and sometimes you need to
trace the footprints of guilt with
the searchlight probability, and
here the footprints will lead right
to Russian spy agencies, the
President Putin himself.
certainly watching this on both
sides of the Atlantic.
Six months ago, Hurricane Irma
crossed the Caribbean.
It killed dozens of people and left
many more without homes.
One of the worst hit was Tortola
in the British Virgin Islands.
More than 80% of the buildings
were either damaged
or completely destroyed.
And so, six months on,
Aleem Maqbool has been back to find
out how the community is recovering.
It is shocking that,
so long after the storm,
there are still those
living in shelters.
They are among the thousands whose
homes were torn apart by Irma.
We've been here, like, five,
six months and nothing.
It seems to me that everybody
just gave up on us.
We're just here.
Irma was the most devastating
hurricane ever to be
recorded in this region,
barely a building on this
island was left untouched,
boats were lifted clean into the air
and dumped on the land.
Tortola now still has the signs
everywhere you look that a massive
storm came this way.
Well, even though it is desperately
needed, tourism here has suffered
immensely over the last six months
and they've suffered a huge blow
just in recent weeks,
with two of the biggest cruise
companies serving this area saying,
for this season, they won't be
bringing their ships
to the British Virgin Islands.
Peak season a couple of years ago,
sometimes it looks like there's
more boats than water.
You can't see the water
for the yachts.
It's not a good feeling, you know,
back then to compare it now.
It's not a good feeling.
The window went in.
The window went in and went out.
But light has been hard to come
by in the last six months here,
just ask Rita, whose home was badly
damaged by Irma and who says,
in this UK territory,
that she saw little aid from the UK.
Me have no aid, apart from the six
bottles of water I get.
That was it.
I don't have no aid.
It was a common perception we heard
here, that apart from the work done
by British troops immediately
after the storm, more
could have been done.
When we did need them to show
that we are truly a child
of the United Kingdom,
I think they disappointed us.
So it changed our view,
in terms of the relationship.
The governor of these islands says
he's proud of the UK's contribution.
We've got the electricity back on.
We've got businesses back open.
We've got all children
So we won't under estimate the scale
of the challenge still ahead of us,
but we've made good progress
after the last six months.
It's been a massive effort by people
here just to get this far,
but they're worried again,
the next hurricane season
is less than 100 days away.
Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, on Tortola,
in the British Virgin Islands.
She swapped the town of Swindon
in England for Los Angeles
and became one of the stars
of the Oscars.
Six-year-old Maisie Sly, who's deaf,
played the lead role
in The Silent Girl that won
the award for Best Live
Action Short Film.
Picking up the award,
writer and co-star Rachel Shenton
delivered her speech in sign
language as Maisie watched on.
Now they're planning
to make a full-length film,
as Colin Patterson reports.
A star is born.
Six years old and profoundly deaf,
Maisie Sly has now played the main
role in an Oscar-winning film,
and seems to be pretty unfazed
by all the attention.
Just tell me about your
day at the Oscars?
I feel happy, I felt really happy.
I want her to speak...
The Silent Child is about a deaf
girl struggling to communicate
as her family don't want her
to learn sign language.
It was made by two former stars
of the show Hollyoaks.
The Silent Child, Chris Overton
and Rachel Shenton.
It won Best Live Action Short.
Maisie was up on the balcony
at the Oscars with her mum,
while her dad watched nearby
with family and friends,
and this was their reaction.
The Silent Child...
After midnight, the winner
made her entrance.
And as for what's next -
well, Maisie could return
to the role, there are plans
to adapt The Silent Child
into a full length feature.
Absolutely extending the film's
what we would like to do next.
We asked Maisie what she wants to do
next and she said she wants
to do some colouring.
Which I think is
a much better answer.
Gold, gold colouring?
She'll be drawing a lot
of pictures of Oscars, I think.
I bet she will.
Colin Patterson, BBC
News, Los Angeles.
Now, take a look at this.
Michelle Obama dancing
with two-year-old Parker Curry.
Who is she?
Well, she was the little girl
photographed staring up in awe
at the former First Lady's
new portrait in the National
Portrait Gallery here in Washington
DC in this famous photo
which was captured by
a tourist at the gallery.
At the time, the toddler
was refusing to turn
round and have her photo taken
by her mother because she seemed
so starstruck by the portrait.
It was tweeted and then retweeted
so many times it went viral quickly,
and now this video has
done the same.
That was Taylor Swift, if you didn't
know. You think I'm really that old?
This is Beyond 100
Days from the BBC.
Coming up for viewers on the BBC
News Channel and BBC World News:
We've more on the apparent poisoning
of a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
And what the Italian
election result tells us
about the country's feelings
on the EU.
Should Brussels be worried?
That's still to come.
We have had contrasting conditions
across the country today. If you
were lucky enough to see the cloud
breaking and sunshine coming
through, it felt springlike at
times, but that was not the case for
all. Further north called story and
still further snow. The snow fairly
frequent across central and northern
Scotland, rain along the coast, but
still not particularly pleasant and
feeling quite roll out there as
well. We still have a combination of
snow and rain gradually drifting its
way northwards through the end of
the day. Elsewhere, overnight, we
will continue to see sky is clear,
patchy mist and fog forming, the
exception and the south-east where
we could see a scattering of
showers. Overnight lows, just below
freezing in a few places. Pockets of
frost here and there, we start of
tomorrow on a quieter note. A
combination of rain and sleet moving
its way through the Northern Isles
potentially, scattered showers
across western Scotland and Northern
Ireland. Some of these heavy at
times and a few scattered showers
across south-west and south-east
England, but generally speaking the
further inland to come, decent
spells of sunshine and temperatures
getting into double digits in some
places. As we move out of Wednesday
towards Thursday, we will start to
see this area of low pressure
threatening the south-west under the
influence of pressure in the north
which means showers never too far
away and cold here. Showers will be
of rain, sleet and snow with any
elevation. Elsewhere, quite quiet
story on Thursday, dry with
sunshine, a bit of rain moving its
way through the Channel Isles. As we
move out of the Channel Isles. As we
move out of Thursday into Friday, we
will start to notice a change. That
area of low pressure is likely to
squeeze up from the south-west and
bring a spell of wet weather. It
will stay with us as we head into
the weekend, but marked down to the
south, and it looks as though that
mild there will follow that low,
gradually pushing into the cold air.
However, weather fronts it's means
could see a spell of more snow as we
move into the weekend, but it is
likely to only be for the North and,
for a time, turning milder and
hopefully sunny spells.
This is Beyond One
Hundred Days, with me
Katty Kay in Washington -
Christian Fraser's in London.
Our top stories.
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leading the investigation
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of a former Russian
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Whatever substance was used
to poison the Russian spy,
Sergei Skripal, the police response
tells us it was highly toxic.
So toxic, first responders
were themselves admitted to hospital
suffering the effects.
at a meeting of the national
Our correspondent Olga Ivshina is at
the scene in Salisbury.
We have areas still sealed off today
and that substance has been sent off
to nearby Porton Down, the chemical
There are still areas
cordoned off by police and we can
still seeing some locals quite
worried and asking questions both to
journalists and police trying to
find out what is going on and
whether their account is safe. The
police have reassured them the town
is safe for the people are still
worried because of what happened
here, definitely was something off
the scale for the locals. And both
of the victims remain in critical
condition in hospital and fighting
for their lives.
Thank you for that.
Well in Russia yesterday
President Putin praised the FSB
for their diligence in tracking down
almost 400 spies.
Sergei Skripal served
as an officer in Russian military
intelligence in the 90s,
and the early 2000s,
where he helped run personnel
operations in Moscow.
He was a high value MI6 asset.
Russia did pardon him in 2010,
but was he the kind of double agent
they could never really forgive?
Here's our security
correspondent Gordon Correra.
Does the long arm of the Kremlin
reach all the way from Moscow to
Salisbury in Wiltshire?
And if the attack on Sergei Skripal
did come from Russia, why?
After being released
from jail, Skripal had spent
the last eight years
living quietly in Salisbury,
but he still had enemies.
Sergei Skripal had been
imprisoned in Russia
for selling secrets to British
intelligence here at MI6.
It was claimed he
provided the identity
of hundreds of Russians operating
undercover in Europe.
Even though he had been
pardoned as part of a spy
swap his former colleagues
would still have regarded him as a
The fact that he blew a whole range
of Russian agents, there
may be personal animosity there.
The fact that he was a British spy,
a former member of the Russian
military, in most Russians' minds,
it will categorise him as a traitor
so there will be people
who are delighted to see him dead.
Nobody is yet confirming
Moscow was involved, but
there have been other incidents
involving Russians in the UK.
As we have heard, most
Litvinenko, another former Russian
spy poisoned in London's Mayfair.
And other figures have
One died suddenly jogging in Surrey.
One study revealed traces
of a rare toxin in
his stomach and a businessman
campaigning over his death said not
enough has been done
to deter Russia.
Based on the reaction of the British
government to the murder in
Mayfair using nuclear material
of Alexander Litvinenko, which was
nothing, it basically gave the green
light to Vladimir Putin that he can
do whatever he wants
here and he has been
doing whatever he wants
for quite a while.
It's still too early to be sure
where this investigation
will go, but if the trail does
connect Salisbury to Moscow, then
the pressure will be on the British
government to respond.
Bob Seely is a member
of the Foreign Affairs Select
He has said before he believes
poisonous becoming the weapon of
choice for Moscow.
We asked him why.
They've used these weapons before
the United Kingdom and used them
elsewhere and they used them often
enough to become a significant part
of their armoury for what used to be
known as wet jobs, assassinations.
So radiation poisoning but also done
elsewhere as well, several cases in
Russia dioxins, Ukrainian
presidential candidate back in 2004
but others have also died from
dioxin poisoning. I've been talking
to people this afternoon about this
case and some speculate if poisoner
was used then we could be looking at
Italian, heavy metal which is
difficult to detect and highly
It has been reporting
today about the number of these hits
in London, I think a huge
investigation carried out by both
lead and they said 14. Do you
I'm not sure every single
one of those 14 is a strong case. I
think there are between nine and a
dozen probably that should've
investigated and why not.
That is an
extraordinary number of top we do
not hear a lot about it. Do you
think that the British Government is
covering up assassinations for
I think covering
up is too strong a word. I think it
is difficult to accept what is
happening even after Crimea, even
after the events in eastern Ukraine.
There is a reluctance to accept that
Russia is embarked on a new Cold War
with the West and probably has been
doing so since 2007 and maybe
before. They want to undermine our
values, reliance and institutions.
And confronting that is difficult
because it means getting your head
around these new forms of war. A lot
of these tools in fact have been
used against us and they are old
active measures warfare, espionage,
for the gander, assassination. This
was the tool and trade of the KGB
back in the 1970s and 1980s. They
had almost invented a new strategic
part of undermining countries that
they are opposed to. It is a very
significant development and I do not
think we have got our heads around
that and frankly have not wanted to
put up the longer we hold our heads
in the sand the West it will get.
worse. You heard Ross Johnson in
Parliament today saying if this was
proved to be Russian meddling there
could be some form of retaliation
perhaps scaling back UK
representation at the World Cup.
That does not sound so serious as
the counterattack. What could the UK
I wrote last week
to the select committee chairman who
are doing investigations into the
malign Russian influence and said we
need a common framework and common
definition and to understand these
spectrum of tools that the Russians
are using. From that we can have a
better idea of what do. I do not
think pulling out a few
representatives from going to the
World Cup will make a blind bit of
difference. I do a think sticking
another 500 troops in the Baltic
republics will make a difference. We
need to work out how to counter
malign Russian activity. Much of
that could be in terms of
anti-corruption measures in the UK,
pressuring Russian money in the UK,
using some new powers under
corruption laws. Soft power tools
that could be effective. But we need
to think through a strategy and have
not been doing that and neither has
the West. The US was cost - was
caught off-guard badly two years
ago. We should not be waving
fingers, we need to understand and
to think through the options and,
with some serious deterrence.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince will be
here in the UK tomorrow.
Mohammed Bin Salman will meet
Prime Minister Theresa May
and the Royal family
during his three-day visit.
At home he's pushing through social
and economic reforms -
but abroad he's been criticised over
the Kingdom's role
in the war in Yemen.
The BBC's Chief
Lyse Doucet sat down
with Saudi's Foreign
Minister Adel Al-Jubeir
about the Crown Prince's trip.
And started by asking him
about his country's
military campaign in Yemen.
The war in Yemen was a war
that was imposed on us.
It was not a war that we chose.
It was a war to support a legitimate
government and it was a war
that was fought in accord with UN
principles and UN Security
We did not ask for this war,
it was a war to stop a radical
militia, allied with Iran
and Hezbollah, composed of 50,000
people from taking over
a strategically important country
of 28 million.
What would you say to
Prime Minister Theresa May
when she says you have to find a way
to end this war and to stop
the civilian casualties?
We have been looking for a way
to end this war from day one.
We have always said the solution
is a political solution.
We have supported
the UN special envoy.
The military campaign is continuing
including aerial bombardment.
Because the coup continues.
Because the Houthi lay siege
to towns and villages
and starve people.
Because the Houthi recruit
child soldiers, nine,
ten, 11-year-old boys,
and put them in battle.
Because the Houthi launch ballistic
missiles at civilians in Yemen
as well as in Saudi Arabia.
Will there be any new announcements
while you are here, any talks
between the Crown Prince
and the Prime Minister about finding
a way to end the war?
You talk about it,
but it never happens.
Because there were more
than 17 understandings made
and every single one of them,
the Houthi reneged on.
The UN appointed a new special envoy
after the resignation of the man
who did a great job and Mr Griffiths
is coming to the region
to talk to us.
The British have put pressure
on you so you must be expecting
the Prime Minster to put pressure
on you again?
I don't know that I
would call it pressure.
Britain is our ally,
we deal with Britain and we deal
with United States and the Emirates
and what is called the quartet.
And we are partners and allies
and we look for ways to come up
with solutions that would bring
peace and stability back to Yemen
and prevent Iran from having
a foothold in Yemen.
And prevent the Houthi
from taking over the country.
Britain was trying to send a message
that it is becoming global
as it proceeds to leave
the European Union.
Is Saudi Arabia going to come
with offers of investment?
Britain is a global power.
And Britain is an advanced
Britain in the EU we believe very
strongly in, Britain outside the EU
we believe very strongly in.
What you do with Brexit
is really your decision
and we support whatever
decision you make.
It will not impact our
relationship with you.
Interesting though is mixed reviews
with Bin Salman. Clearly what he's
doing at home in three months' time,
Saudi women will be able to drive
for the first time in the kingdom.
There are remarkable social and
cultural changes and even economic
changes. Trying to diversify the
It is a crucially
important partner for the UK.
President Trump and Jared Kushner
spent a lot of time in Saudi Arabia
and invested in them relationship.
It is an important relationships
this way as well so they will invest
time and it especially given that
they're looking to the post Wrexham
future and given the fact that Saudi
Arabia is moving away from oil.
There is focus now on services and
the new economy in Saudi Arabia and
the UK will want of that. So aside
from what they want to talk about
with Yemen, the economy will also be
important for the British side.
is certainly getting a red carpet
Six months ago the European
Jean Claude Junker was breathing
a huge sigh of relief.
In Holland and in France the far
right had been defeated.
Angela Merkel was back in power,
albeit with a reduced majority.
"The wind is back in
Europe's sails," he said.
But is it?
In Italy the success this weekend
of the anti-establishment Five Star
Movement and the Eurosceptic
Lega, poses yet another challenge
to the European project.
Since September there's been far
right success in Austria.
And in Germany the far right
AFD is now the official
opposition in the Bundestag.
SO how will Germany,
how will the EU now respond?
I've been speaking
to the German Chair
of the European Parliament's Foreign
Affairs Select Committee,
I was thinking back to the State of
the Union by Jean Claude Juncker is
that the wind is back Europe's
sales. Now we have the five Star
Movement in Italy. So are you
listening or is the solution more of
We are listening to the
people and I would remind you more
than 85% of the votes in the general
election went to pro-European
political parties. Of course the
Italian election result is not easy
and a lot will now depend on the
Italian president. He is a key
figure. But I remain optimistic that
it will also, we will also be able
to form a stable government in Italy
but it may take a few months as we
have seen in Germany.
But I'm sure
you've seen many common pieces today
in the European press about the
European project is under strain
again. Do you think that there was
commentary pieces are fair?
course the election result in Italy
was not what we hope for or
expected. I think it is a matter of
concern that such a high percentage
of members of the Italian parliament
are openly anti-European or at least
sceptic. On the other hand we must
understand in the 21st-century and
in a globalised world that we as
Europeans are stronger and better
off together. We have to explain to
our citizens why is it so important
that we keep the European Union and
strengthen it. This is the only
possibility to find eyelevel with
other global powers like the United
States, China or Russia.
European Parliament chief exit
negotiator has been in London today
and talking about an association
agreement for people who do not
understand it, what would it mean?
We're all in Brussels deeply regret
that the UK is turning to leave the
EU. But we have to move on after I
do hope that preparations will be
successful in the next week so we
can start the second phase of the
British withdrawal negotiations at
the European Council on the 22nd
23rd March. We all listen carefully
to the speech made by the Prime
Minister last Friday, she is
obviously going for a tailor-made
agreement. A new kind of
relationship between the EU one hand
and the United Kingdom on the other.
It is a very ambitious plan but we
all agree that we want to have good
and close neighbourly relations with
the UK because this country will
remain an important trade partner
for us and also important data ally.
Given illustrations in Europe about
the way the EU is run and the
directions is taking, do you think
it was a smart political move to put
your fellow German into a top civil
service job without full
transparency of how he was appointed
to that job?
I have read the reports
in the newspapers but this is an
internal matter of the European
Commission. It has not been dealt
with yet in the European Parliament.
One political group has asked for a
debate on the European Parliament
and we will have an exchange of
views. But at the moment I would not
comment because it is an internal
matter of the European Commission.
Thank you very much for your time.
This is Beyond One Hundred Days.
Still to come.
Taking her protests
against the President
all the way to Capitol Hill -
we speak to the woman
who could become the first
Muslim American woman in Congress.
Here in the UK, thousands of people
are without water for a third day
after frozen pipes burst in
the recent thaw from cold weather.
Homes and businesses
in London, Kent, Sussex
and Wales are affected -
as Emma Simpson explains.
A Sussex country pub with lots
of beer, but no running water.
I'm really sorry.
That's all right.
They've been saying sorry
to customers since Saturday,
200 lost bookings and counting.
How much is this all
going to cost you?
Probably £6,000, £7,000 so far.
We can't open and we've lost food.
We've lost our revenue, you know.
Down the road, yet more emergency
supplies for households in need.
Oh, we're managing.
You know, we're British, aren't we!
They were helping themselves in west
Wales, and there are still thousands
without water in London.
Here's the problem, just one of many
burst pipes still being repaired.
No quick-fix, but
progress is being made.
The big freeze has put an enormous
strain on the water network,
but critics say the water companies
should be investing much
more in improving ageing
infrastructure and making
the system more resilient.
South East Water will invest
£450 million into its infrastructure
from 2015 to 2020.
We're dealing with an unprecedented
event here due to the weather,
where we've seen a 25% increase
in burst and water demand
over a couple of days.
Back at the pub, the chef's
cleaning, not cooking.
They just want to know
when they can re-open.
This ale won't keep
if it's not soon, yet more
money being poured away.
Emma Simpson, BBC News, Wadhurst.
Beyond One Hundred Days.
A record number of American
women are running
for Congress this year -
one of them could become the first
Muslim American woman ever to be
a US lawmaker.
Her name is Rashida Tlaib -
she's of Palestinian origin.
In 2016 she was thrown
out of a speech by then
candidate Donald Trump
because she was
protesting against him.
Now Rashida is running
to represent a district
in Detroit, Michigan
in the House of Representatives.
I spoke to her just
a short time ago.
Rashida, it's pretty clear
from the fact that you got thrown
out of one of Donald Trump's rallies
when he was campaigning,
that you don't like
the president very much.
Now, I was wondering to what extent
does the fact that Donald Trump
is President of the United States
mean that you are
running for Congress?
Well, you know, I'm
a mother, I started Mums
against Trump in Detroit.
And it's not just me
being an American Muslim
Arab American woman that is running
for Congress, but also me being seen
as a bully out there,
how my children feel
growing up in America.
I tell a lot of people, a lot
of the families across my district,
that this is about electing a jury
that will impeach this president
and I make one heck of a juror
especially as someone with a stake,
with two young boys at home.
Trump has ignited a fire within me
that I just cant stand by silently
or stand outside the ring,
I need to be in the ring fighting
back on his un-American
policies and rhetoric.
You spoke there about your two sons.
What tangible impact has
Donald Trump becoming president
had on your two sons?
As Muslims in America?
You know my eldest,
who is 12 years old,
knowing that I'm so worried
about his safety, worried about just
the increase in the number
of violent acts towards people,
Latinos, Muslim Americans.
And you know, I remember him coming
into my bedroom one time
when I was expressing concern
to his father and he said you know,
don't worry, if anyone ever asks
if I am Muslim I'll lie and tell
them I'm not.
And that alone, this is probably
the first time I haven't cried
when I told that story.
But that alone, of everything I've
worked as as an attorney,
as someone that works for civil
rights, for equality,
that was the most heartbreaking
moment for me as a mother.
I don't ever want my
child to feel he is less
than or that he has to hide
who he is.
And right now Adam understands why
I'm doing this, he jokingly says mum
is going to Congress to give
Donald Trump a time-out.
And that is exactly
what I'm trying to do.
Europeans have always admired
the fact that Muslims in America see
themselves as Americans first
and Muslims in
conjunction with that.
But I wanted to ask you why do
you think it is that there has never
been a Muslim American woman
in the United States Congress?
I think there are American Muslim
woman that are running for office
at local level more than ever.
I don't know the answer.
Just like I don't know why it took
I don't know how many years to get
an African-American man elected
to the White House.
But this seems to be the time.
I was talking to other not only
Muslim mums but Latino mums,
grandmothers, every one of us
when we look at this issue of having
someone like him in the White House,
it means so much more to us
than just Democrat
For us it is about humanity,
about how our children are feeling
right now having someone that
attacks them every single day.
Thanks so much for joining me.
Thank you for having me.
In these midterms I get the
impression that women will play
quite a significant role, candidates
Women have decided that
they vote more than men in this
country and have a disproportionate
influence on the results of
elections. There are more women
running in a selection than ever
before in an American election
cycle, twice as many as during the
last election cycle so hard to think
that some of those women will not be
elected to Congress. There still
disproportionately outnumbered in
both houses. We will see if she
makes it. Hard being a woman and a
Muslim woman in this country to make
your voice heard and get a leg it
into government, I suspect.
A woman from Western
Australia has found
the world's oldest known message
in a bottle, almost 132 years
after it was thrown into the sea.
Tonya Illman picked up the bottle
while going for a walk around sand
dunes on a remote beach.
Experts have confirmed
it is an authentic
message from a German ship.
The note in the bottle,
which was dated 12 June 1886,
was thrown from the German ship
Paula, as part of an experiment
into ocean and shipping routes
by the German Naval Observatory.
And she found out it had come from
there because she converted to
handwriting samples the captain had
put any major logical blog. It was a
69 year experiment so German ships
were selling around the world
touring bottles of the and marking
their notes with the name of the
ship and coordinate.