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Hello, I'm Kasia Madera,
this is Outside Source.
The children of Parkland return
to school, two weeks to the day
after a gunman walked
in and killed their friends,
while Donald Trump pins the gun
debate on mental illness.
I'll tell you this, you'd have to
have very strong provisions for the
mentally ill. A lot of people are
saying I shouldn't be saying that. I
tell you what, I don't want mentally
ill people to be having guns.
battle over Brexit, London and
Brussels at odds over the Irish
border as one former prime ministers
has Britain should reconsider its
Nobody can truly know
what the will of the people may then
be, so let Parliament decide, or put
the issue back to the people.
the latest on the beast from the
used, as cold weather is taking its
toll on Europe. Get in touch with us
-- beast from the East.
Welcome to Outside Source.
Gun control in the US has been back
on the agenda since a mass shooting
in Florida two weeks ago.
President Donald Trump is currently
speaking to a diverse mix
of senators and representatives,
urging them to come up
with comprehensive legislation
to prevent school shootings.
Let's cross over live to Washington
and have a listen to this meeting.
Because I want this to be the last
one of these I ever have to have. If
we can do universal background
checks and ban bump stock 's, and
get rid of the Dieke Amendment, and
do it now and show my American
people, that we are actually ready
to act, they will feel better, and
you can get this done, Mr President,
I want to give that to you.
you very much, thank you. So, if I
could just sum up, Chris and John,
Pat, Joe, maybe you could all get
together and you will start at, from
that standpoint. Other people,
Diane, you have some very good
ideas, we all have, Marco, I know
you have a lot, if you could all get
together, we could put in one great
piece of legislation, Chuck, I think
you will have an amazing result in
the vote. Votes are hard to get in
Congress, that is what has been
happening. You will have an amazing
result, people will be shocked to
see the numbers, it is not going to
be 60, it will be way above 60,
maybe even a number that nobody
would even believe. People want to
see something happening, but they
want to say something good happen
too, but just another piece of... I
mean, we didn't pass anything, let
alone some good stuff. We want to
pass something great, and to me,
something great has to be where you
stuff it from happening and I think
there is only one way. But, again,
if you feel not to have that, you
understand, I want a counter, I want
a very strong counterpunch, because
if you have a strong counterpunch,
you're not going in and you are not
go down this problem any more.
Remember the 98% figure, 19% of
these attacks, gun free zones, no
backlash, no death to them, death to
everybody else. But if you four can
do it together and do something and
maybe set the foundation, add to the
foundation with some of the great
things said, we would have a bill,
Steve, it is very hard to the one
thing that you want, I will tell
you, I am a fan. Let's consider it
for a separate bill. But, again, we
also want things that can be
approved. You have to look at the
age of 21 for certain types of
weapons, I mean, certain people
aren't going to like that but you
will have to look at that very
seriously. And I think we will have
a vote, I think we will have a very
successful vote, and I will sign it,
and I will call whoever you want me
to if I like what you are doing, and
I think I like what you are doing
already, but you can add to it. You
have to be very powerful on
background checks, don't be shy.
Very strong on mentally ill. You
have to be very, very strong on
that, and don't worry about bump
stock 's, we are getting rid of it
can be don't have to complicate the
bill by adding another two
paragraphs. We are getting rid of
it. I will do that myself, because I
am able to, fortunately we are able
to do that without going through
Congress. So if the full review
could work together and come up with
some beautiful foundation, add and
subtract to it, put it for a vote,
let's get it done. That is what we
have to do.
Mr President, what do we
do about weapons of war easily
accessible on our street?
will have to do is discuss it with
everybody, no, it is a very complex
solution, you have weapons on the
street, these are black-market
weapons. You know the problem,
Diane, is these aren't where you
walk into a store and buy it, this
is where someone hands you a gun
You go into a store, and you
can buy a AR-15, you can buy all
This is what you're
going to have two discuss, Joe and
Pat. You will sit down with Diane
and everybody else, and you will
come up with something. I really
believe it has to be very strong. I
would rather have you come down on
the strong side, instead of the weak
side. The weak side would be much
easier, I would rather have you come
up with a strong, strong bill, and
really strong on background checks.
With that, I just will end it, but I
just want to thank everybody. I
really believe we are on the road to
something terrific. Thank you all
very much, thank you.
that is the end of the meeting,
Donald Trump meeting various types
of politicians, and here talking
about gun control, putting the onus
on the politicians to come up with
some suggestions. That was the end
of the meeting but Nick Wyatt in
Washington has been monitoring this
farce. What was your reading of what
I think -- of this for us.
He was talking about a big con
brands of bill that would be
beautiful, actually it doesn't mesh
with quite what is on the table at
the moment. Donald Trump saying they
have to be very strong on background
checks, yes, there is a bill before
the Senate that would do just that,
but it is quite small reforms. In
the meeting, although he did not
omit to it, was possibly raising the
age that you have to be to 21 to buy
the semiautomatic rifles. An
interesting intervention from Dianne
Feinstein, the senior Democrat from
California, and he said you need to
talk to her and maybe we can get her
ideas incorporated as well. What she
is calling for is a ban on
semiautomatic weapons, and that is
very unlikely that the Republican
party would agree to that. But
Donald Trump was happy for raising
the age, in favour of getting
background checks, but the biggest
idea he had in this meeting, and
isn't worth stressing this, this pet
project he has had ever since the
parkland shootings, to put more guns
in schools, in the hands of school
staff, who could provide firepower,
as he put it, if eight gunmen walked
into a school and started shooting.
How -- if a gunman walked into a
school and started shooting. How was
There was a bid of a
pushback from the Democrats. The
meeting was interesting, most of the
Democrats in their work pretty
deferential. They saw this as a
chance to try and get from Donald
Trump a few public promises without
his aides or the NRA saying, hang on
a minute, you can't do that, you are
going to far. Sometimes Donald Trump
doesn't have a great command of all
the sort of granular detail of this
sort of stuff, and doesn't quite
fully understand, you sometimes
think, what precisely he is emitting
himself too. For instance, the
Democratic senator from West
Virginia try to get him to commit to
close what are called the gun show
loopholes in the background checks,
and he came very close to doing it
but he just stopped short. So it was
a very interesting meeting, but one
of the headlines to come from it, I
think, is that his favourite project
is to arm more teachers. But I think
one thing that was really into
during about that meeting was what
Donald Trump were saying about the
NRA. He says you are petrified of
the NRA, you are fearful of them,
more fearful of them than I am, and
I think that is absolutely true. And
publicly chiselling away at the
power of the NRA as Donald Trump was
doing there was something very rare
for a Republican president to do in
public. I think the NRA would have
been watching that, very nervous
about what he would commit to, and
also nervous about the sort of
public challenge he put two senators
and house members in that room at
the White House, to push back
against the NRA. It is very rare the
NRA hears that from a Republican
Good overview to some
that up for us. Thank you. It is
particularly pertinent, this
meeting, because we had a feud of
elements, earlier today a major gun
retailer said they would stop
selling that type of rival that was
used by a teenage gunman to kill 17
people at the school in Florida we
have been talking about. It was my
called Dick's Cass sporting Goes, it
has about 300 stores across the US,
and it says they will no longer sell
that assault rifle or the firearms
of any kind to anyone under the age
of 21. Of course this comes as
students in Parkland, Florida,
returned to the school for the first
time since that shooting in February
14, a very poignant day to them. One
of the survivors has shared her
feelings with us.
I am scared it will happen again. I
will have that feeling for the first
week or two. I think eventually it
will be normal again but not the
same normal it was before. They will
probably be a new type of normal.
Though 17 people will not be there.
They will be weird.
It is not going to be the
same, but it will be OK.
Let's talk to our correspondence in
Parkland in Florida. This has been a
particularly poignant day for the
students returning back to school.
Yes, absolutely. The walkway to the
school behind me, there are still a
makeshift memorial there with
posters from schools across the
country really honouring the 14
students and three staff members who
were killed. Earlier, this walkway
was lined with members of the
community, police officers, staff,
students from surrounding schools,
giving the students high fives,
hiding them, religious greeting them
and saying welcome back to show them
support. A lot of the students had
mixed reactions going in, mixed
feelings. They wanted to reconnect
with teachers on one hand, but they
didn't want to have to face the
memories from that traumatic day.
And we had from that student, I
spoke with Lyle Dawson when she came
out, and she said in school they
focused on playing board games and
having fun and trying to forget
about that day. But she said it was
also a very loving environment, and
so she felt like it did make her
heel, because as she said, life goes
on and this was just a necessary
step for them on their path to
This return to school comes
as Florida's lawmakers are also
preparing a package of gun-control
bills. They will consider raising
the legal age of buying rifles from
18 to 21 and giving police more
control to seize weapons from
mentally ill people. Something we
heard Donald Trump speaking about.
That is in response to a movement
that has been led by students and
those survivors of the Parkland
shooting. Students have been
releasing a series of videos, like
What if instead of
thoughts and prayers you had policy
Our thoughts and
prayers, our thoughts and prayers.
What if civilians could not access
finger is getting tired.
What if we
voted our lawmakers who accepted
donation money from the NRA out of
They have so many rifles and
so many guns, sometimes even I get a
politicians actually listened to the
concerns of my generation?
That video released by some
of the survivors...
Neda, we've spoken about US
gun laws many times
after these types of events.
Is this different?
Are we seeing a change?
Well, look, I think this is the
first time we've had survivors of a
mass shooting Beavis Vogel. You have
politicians in the past have said
let us not politicise this issue,
but here you have students wanting
to challenge politicians, to
challenge the NRA and speak about
this. One student, Dimitri
Foulquier, wears a red ribbon
everyday now, and he says he does
that showed able persevere, they
will continue to push this issue.
They were in the state capital in
Florida, specifically saying they
are against arming teachers, but
they want the age range raised there
to 21, and a ban on assault rifles.
They are really demanding
politicians to act and they are
trying to turn this into a voter
lead issue. In the past, we really
haven't seen people decide their
vote based on a politician's stance
on gun control, and that is what the
students here are trying to change.
Their next major push is actually a
march for our lives, they are
calling it, on Washington, to make
this a national campaign and
maintain this momentum.
very much is always. We will have
much more reaction on what Donald
Trump is saying. Stay with us here
on Outside Source. Lots more still
to come on the programme.
Three men have been arrested this
evening in connection with an
explosion in Leicester. Five people
including three members of the same
family, other litre have died when a
flat and shop were destroyed on
Sunday. Police are yet to formally
identify them. Emergency services
said before search will take days.
Now we have this use, brief press
release from Leicestershire police
saying that three people are
arrested on suspicion of
manslaughter. They say they were
arrested between five and six this
evening. One man comes from East
Anglia, the second is from the
north-west and the third is from the
East Midlands. They say they would
be giving any more details about the
men at this stage, but they go on to
stress once more that there remains
no evidence that the explosion was
in any way terrorist related. Police
don't say what actually caused the
blast, so we still don't know.
This is Outside Source, live from
the BBC newsroom. Our lead story is
that the children of Parkland have
returned to school, two weeks to the
day after a gunman killed 17 people
at the school, and Donald Trump has
been meeting lawmakers to try to
push new legislation to combat
school shootings. From around the
BBC Newsroom Live, thousands of fans
have been paying their last respects
to the Bollywood star in India for
stop crowds lined the streets as a
specially decorated truck carrying
her body was taken to a cemetery in
Mumbai. The 54-year-old was cremated
with state honours. She died in them
by at the Wigan. BBC Arabic reports
that a South African born
construction worker who fell to his
death in Qatar was using potentially
lethal equivalent -- at the weekend.
They coroner's in quest into Zachary
Cox's death is hearing how he
plummeted 40 kilometres at Doha's
Khalifa International Stadium. Work
practices were described as
inherently unsafe. This is something
a lot of people are watching online.
As the heavy snow started to fall
across Scotland, these deer were
spotted walking down a street. Alan
Taylor filmed them from his home in
We have been reporting about the
gun-control, America's uncontrolled
discussion, of course this effect
the business news as well. The most
prominent gun retailer, Dick's
Sporting Goods, so they will
permanently stop selling assault
style rifles, that is the type of
weapon used in the mass shooting at
the school in Florida two weeks ago.
Let's cross over to Joe Miller who
joins us from New York. How is the
business community? Of course the
NRA is conscious of this, how is the
business community looking at this
I think it is a landmark
moment from the business community.
What we have seen after previous
shootings, previous tragedies, is
that after the backlash is against
politicians. And there have been
attempts to turn the eye of
campaigners against corporations but
they have generally fizzled out.
This time seems to be different. We
are now two weeks, from the event,
and momentum against corporations
that have involvement with the NRA
just keeps on going. So we saw
companies that give certain perks to
NRA members, like Hertz car rental,
ending their association with the
NRA, and now we have a big gun
retailer saying they would no longer
stock assault rifles. One very
important thing about this retailer,
Dick's, is that it sold a gun to
Nikolas Cruz in Florida, not the gun
used in the shooting but a gun
nonetheless, so it feels personally
involved in this story, and its CEO
came out today and said they could
no longer consciously do this and
they will be starting to sell us all
rifles in its stores, and raising
the age limit Howard 21.
Jo Konta --
You mentioned this backlash against
the NRA, how corporations moving
this forward, then?
have an economic calculation to make
here and there are two elements to
it. Number one is generally the gun
industry is suffering under Donald
Trump. It is something called the
tramps slump, and basically what
happens is when you have a president
who is in favour of gun rights or
perceived to be, fewer people go out
and buy guns because they are less
worried about the guns being taken
away. So the gun industry as a whole
is to colliding. And then you have
this rising movement for
gun-control, that doesn't want to
have anything to do with companies
that are seen as having links to the
gun industry. So if you are a big
company, like Dick's for example,
that sells in 700 stores across the
US, you have a calculation to make,
who is more reported than the small
number of Americans that own guns,
or the rest of your consumers who
may take exception to the fact that
you have connections to this
industry? And market forces, put
simply, are beginning to play into
these decisions and some companies
are saying that tens of millions of
gun owners competitive hundred
million consumers, we will stick
with the 200 million consumers.
Konta thank you for putting that
into context for us.
UK business news now.
Our changing shopping habits behnd
the collapse of two major British
high street chains -
Toys R Us and the electrical
This is what Natalie Berg says for
Toys "R" Us's demise.
They are too
reliant on these large, out-of-town
stores, but a lot of their problems
are self-inflicted. They overlook
the importance of online, where
about 40% of toy sales take place,
and perhaps more importantly they
have neglected their stores.
Shopping for toys should be fun, it
should be interactive, it should be
a really exciting experience, but I
think a lot of shoppers left Toys
"R" Us feeling quite underwhelmed.
It is known as China's Netflix iQiyi
is one of China's biggest
streaming services and is to list
on the US stock market in a share
sale could raise more
than $1.5 billion dollars.
It is owned by the Chinese
technology giant Baidu, and has 15
million -- has 50 million
subscribers. It recently signed a
deal with Netflix. While revenues
have grown in recent years, it has
never posted a profit since it
launched eight years ago. But
investors believe there is huge
potential in a country where more
and more media is being consumed
online. The competition is big too
with Alibaba and 10 cents vying for
a share of what they believe is a
multi-billion dollar market.
business to weather.
Much of Europe has been blanketed
in snow as cold weather
spreads as far south
as the Mediterranean coast.
These pictures are from the UK,
where the cold spell has been
nicknamed "the Beast from the East".
Dozens of roads were closed
and trains and flights cancelled.
Hundreds of schools suspended
classes too, with some businesses
telling workers to stay at home.
Scotland has been most seriously
affected in the UK, and BBC
weather's Carol Kirkwood has been
saying the Met office has just
issued a red, a top-level severe
weather warning for central
Scotland, which is valid until ten
o'clock tomorrow morning.
At the tail end of winter, the
highest alert for snow. Driving
treacherous, the disruption
widespread. Heading out in these
conditions, not advised. This, the
first time Scotland has had a red
weather warning of this kind,
enforced for a large swathe of the
country's most heavily populated
areas, frequent showers, drifting
snow and the extremely low
temperatures means there's fear some
rural communities could become cut
Marjorie? Is it OK to come in?
How are you doing?
In the village of
Bishopton on the outskirts of
Glasgow, the local minister has been
looking in on the elderly and
vulnerable. In this kind of whether
it is good for everyone to counter
the neighbours isn't it?
indeed, and even the smallest
gesture, just checking in on
everyone is important. We wouldn't
be advocating people going out in
this kind of weather, stay warm,
stay safe and let someone come to
you for stop
the weather is brutal,
there are freezing temperatures
across pretty much the whole of
Scotland, and when the wind blows,
it feels much colder than that. The
school here in Bishopton shut for
the day for stop across Scotland,
more than 450,000 children have been
I was meant to be
working but he is off school, so he
came with me.
Take your child to
work Day, but for weather-related
I wouldn't normally be
off but the school was closed, so my
boss told me to stay at home, work
from home if I could, but we ended
In Perthshire, these
deer coming down from the hills in
search of shelter or food, one
measure, perhaps, of just how
extreme this weather has been.
pretty unusual for us here in
Scotland, we have some severe
weather, while it is not
unprecedented, it would have to be
At least one skier took to
the streets, not the slopes, to get
about, and with condition so
difficult, tonight there are
warnings drivers could be stuck on
some roads for several hours, with
even the gritters struggling to get
Yes, brutal weather, and the weather
team says there is biting cold and
it is expected to continue. Stay
with us on Outside Source.
Hello, this week has got ever
colder, ever snowy, and it is parts
of Scotland bearing the brunt as the
heaviest snow going through the
night and into the morning. Met
Office warnings, you can see the red
area that covers much of the central
belt, the highest level of warning,
the snow piling up, very dangerous
situation for anyone still
travelling, though the advice is not
to. Then you have this amber area
through the rest of the North East
England and Scotland, where further
show -- snow showers will add to the
accumulations we already have.
Elsewhere, scattered snow showers
around, a further few centimetres in
places, but as we take a closer look
at the snow running into Scotland
and North East England, and we put
some totals on it. Some spots will
get even more than this by the time
it is all said and done. That very
dangerous situation continues into
the South across the UK will get
increasing cloud, perhaps
numerically temperatures not as low
as they were overnight, but bitterly
cold overnight, and other severe
frost and it feels colder in the
wind. We start to see outbreaks is
now rather than just snow showers
reaching in across parts of southern
England initially during Thursday,
and then into parts of Wales as
well. The wind picks up this as
well, so the wind chill becomes even
more of a factor. Look at that in
Cardiff, feeling like -11 at times.
Things could get quite dangerous as
we run on through Thursday evening
and night into south-west England
and Wales. You can see a swirl of
wind pushing moisture northwards.
This is Storm Emma. The snow turning
heavier, drifting in the wind as
well across south-west England into
Wales with a Met Office amber
warning on through Thursday evening
and night, so the situation could
well go downhill quite quickly here,
and quite icy too, sunspots going
into Friday, the further south you
are, somewhat less cold air moves in
but that brings a risk of freezing
rain. On through Friday, an area of
snow affecting parts of England and
Wales, so quite widely we will be
seeing a few centimetres in places
with an impact on travel of course,
and we still have snow showers
running into eastern Scotland. It is
still bitterly cold, and colder in
Hello, I'm Kasia Madera.
This is Outside Source,
and these are the main stories
here in the BBC Newsroom.
The children of Parkland
have returned to school,
two weeks to the day after a gunman
walked in and killed their friends.
Donald Trump has been
meeting lawmakers to try
to push new legislation
to combat school shootings.
I'll tell you this, you have to have
I'll tell you this, you have to have
very strong provisions for the
mentally ill. A lot of people say I
shouldn't be saying that but I don't
want mentally ill people having
The battle over Brexit,
London and Brussels at odds
over the Irish border,
as one former Prime Minister
says Britain should
reconsider its current path.
Nobody can truly know what the will
of the people may then be. So, let
parliament decide or put the issue
back to the people.
Everyday we featured BBC journalists
working in 30 languages. Your
questions always welcome.
Welcome to Outside Source.
A leaked United Nations report says
North Korea has been shipping
supplies to Syria that could be used
to make chemical weapons.
The report, which has
been seen by the BBC,
found some 40 previously unreported
shipments were made
between 2012 and 2017.
Materials included acid-resistant
tiles, valves and pipes.
North Korean missile experts
were also seen at Syrian
We've had some American reaction
already to the report.
Robert Wood is the US representative
on issues of disarmament at the UN.
You know, I'm not going to comment
on the actual UN report because it's
confidential. Clearly there is a
history of a relationship between
North Korea and Syria with regard to
missile activity, chemical weapons
components. Let me just leave it
there at this point but we are
concerned about that history between
those two countries.
Our Washington correspondent,
Barbara Plett Usher, joins us.
Shipments are meant
to have taken place
over past five years.
What more detail do
we get in this report?
Details of recent transactions which
appeared to be aimed at building a
chemical weapons factory. The report
cites the interception of shipments
of acid resistance tiles, which
happened in January, 2017. Things
that can be used to build a chemical
weapons factory. It also cited that
there have been sightings of various
places in Syria of North Korean
missile technicians at facilities
that were known to have chemical
weapons and missiles before. The
report isn't definitive proof that
there is an ongoing collaboration
between them but it's the most
detailed information so far of what
exists, which is something experts
have long suspected was the case and
they have long suspected that Syria
did not give up all of its chemical
weapons in 2013, especially given
the recent attacks.
What is the
significance of this given the two
Well, this is a
long-standing relationship according
to experts. The North Koreans have
been supplying training and support
for chemical weapons programmes
since the 1990s. But given the
stringent sanctions on North Korea,
arms sales have become more
important as a source of income so
they are able to get around the
sanctions to fuel their own
programmes and this is the sale of
conventional and nonconventional
weapons to Syria and other countries
as well. The UN report cites
ballistic missile technology to
Myanmar and other countries are
mentioned as well. The Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson has talked about
proliferation, he was asked why the
US can't accept North Korea as a
nuclear armed state and then work to
contain it like it did with the
Soviet Union but he said it is
selling this stuff and can't be
I want to ask you about
this man, the South Korean born
American special envoy for North
Korea, who has been a strong
advocate for engagement with Fillon
Yang. -- with Yong Yang. He is
planning to retire this week. What
impact does it have on the situation
between the countries?
It is a
significant setback, he has contacts
and my one has more experience than
him and there is no other point man
waiting to replace him. It is a
critical time because North Korea
says it will talk to Washington,
South Korea wants the dialogue and
he would like to take part in it but
he says he's leaving for personal
reasons. Reports suggest he feels he
doesn't have the support of the
administration to advanced diplomacy
and there have been differences
between the White House and State
Department on the value of
conducting diplomacy with North
Korea. The White House is more
Thank you for joining us.
We've had a dramatic
day of developments
in the ongoing debate on Brexit.
These two have clashed on a solution
to the Irish border issue.
Michel Barnier released
a draft EU legal framework
for the UK's departure.
In no uncertain terms,
Theresa May rejected it.
It's on this document, on the
European Commission website. All 120
The most controversial part
is about the island of Ireland.
Here's the issue it's
trying to solve.
Northern Ireland is part of the UK
and will leave the EU after Brexit.
The Republic of Ireland
will stay within the EU.
Currently there is no physical
border between the two countries.
The EU says common regulations
on both sides of the border
would allow the status quo
to continue, if no other
solution can be found.
Here's its chief Brexit
negotiatior Michel Barnier.
Our approach is focused on those
areas where it is needed to avoid
border checks. The border should
continue as today. As I've said
before, already today Northern
Ireland has rules in place which are
different from the rest of the UK.
The British government has said such
a solution isn't acceptable. Michel
Barnier's proposal means that the
Irish Sea would effectively become a
border and Theresa May isn't happy
about that idea.
The draft legal text the commission
has published, if admitted, would
undermine the UK, market and
threatens the constitutional
integrity of the UK by creating a
customs and regulatory border the
Irish Sea. No UK Prime Minister
could ever agree to it and I'll be
making that absolutely clear.
Former British Prime Minister John
Major also made a dramatic
intervention in the Brexit debate.
Those of us who warned of the risks
that Brexit would bring to the still
fragile peace process were told at
the time that we didn't understand
Irish politics. It now seems we
understood it better than our
critics. We need their policy
urgently to protect the Good Friday
Agreement and we need one without
delay. And it is our British
responsibility to find one. We
created the problem, not the
European Union. We need to offer a
solution and not simply oppose what
other people suggest.
Brexit supporters have hit back,
calling the intervention cheap
comments and propaganda and it
hasn't been welcomed by the
government. Let's have an update
from Laura Kuenssberg.
In some quarters there was
frustration at the intervention by
John Major, just when Theresa May is
striving to hold together an uneasy
truce in the Tory party. But from
his point of view he chooses his
interventions and words carefully
and rarely and clearly for those
inside the Tory party and around the
country who don't think this battle
is over, it may well give some
You've got a lot more detail on this
and full coverage on President
Tran's discussion with Democrats and
Republicans about gun control on our
website -- president Trump.
Russia's Olympic suspension
has been fully lifted
by the International Olympic
It means Russia will be
able to fully compete
in future Olympic Games.
Russia was banned from
February's Games by the IOC over
Despite that, 168 athletes
who proved they were clean
ahead of the competition,
did compete as neutral
athletes under the banner,
Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Two of them failed drug tests.
Here's what the President
of the Russian Olympic Committee
said about their athletes.
The letter we received
today says the International Olympic
Committee can confirm that all the
remaining samples from the Olympic
athletes in Russia were negative,
that all of the tests our athletes
took gave a negative result.
Here's the medal table from the 2014
Winter Games in Sochi,
where Russia topped the standings.
But their athletes dropped to 13th
place in Pyeongchang.
Here's Olga Ivshina from BBC Russia,
on how their performance
is seen in Russia.
If we look and the stats, Russia's
performance is worse compared to the
Sochi Olympics of 2014 but actually
in Russia, especially the media, it
is portrayed as a huge success
against the odds, that's how most
Russians see it. Most of the Russian
sports media were not participating
in the Korea games because some of
them... Some are not allowed to
participate and others were not
invited by the IOC. Basically this
was a team of young and the most
inexperienced sportspeople who
managed to win a few unexpected
medals. And a gold medal for the
hockey team was the most important
event I guess for most Russians
watching these Olympics and all
those sports men were today greeted
personally by the Russian president
Buddy Miku ten, which tells you how
open sport is nowadays in Russia and
that the main message they are
trying to spread, that -- the
Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Despite all that, Russian sports men
managed to succeed, that's the
message they spread. Many experts
doubt it but that's what Russia
wants to show.
Yemen has been devastated by a civil
war the UN describes
as the world's worst
man-made humanitarian disaster.
It's been almost three years
since the Saudi-led coalition
launched its first air strikes
against the Houthi rebels,
sparking an all-out armed conflict.
With the first in a series
of special reports, here's the BBC's
Chief International Correspondent,
High above the Arabian Peninsular,
just off the coast of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and its allies
have ruled these skies
since the war began.
And they control the seas below.
These shipping lanes
are a vital gateway
for the world's energy supplies.
And a smuggling route
for illicit goods.
Among them, the Saudis say,
weapons that Iran supplies
to Yemen's Houthi fighters.
We land on board a Saudi warship.
bound for the port.
Most of Yemen's imports flow through
there but it is in Houthi hands.
Saudis are on the look out
for suspicious vessels.
We meet the captain,
whose mission is a crucial
front line in this war.
Operational rules are to treat
all vessels as suspicious?
A Naval blockade has
been lifted for now.
It had obstructed vital medicine,
food and fuel from reaching
Yemenis in desperate need.
But this war grinds on.
And on the ground,
it is Yemen's army who are
battling Houthi fighters.
Advancing slowly on hostile terrain.
Mountain by mountain.
Seizing strategic heights
of the approach to the capital.
Only about ten miles from here,
this area is in their sights
but still out of reach.
The general knows that
a tough battle lies ahead.
He tells me his men know
how to fight on this
harsh mountain terrain.
It'll take time and he says it
will not stop the advance.
The capital, Sanaa,
is the prize in this war.
The Houthis want to keep it and
the ousted government wants it back.
To take the fight into
the heart of this historic,
densely populated city,
it would be a bloody urban battle.
All roads in this war
lead to this capital.
Yemeni forces and their allies
have an ambitious plan.
Surround Sanaa and force
the Houthis to surrender.
But their enemy is well entrenched.
Supported by Iran, the Houthis
are well trained and well supplied.
Their ballistic missiles
have reached the heart
of the Saudi kingdom.
And fear is part
of their arsenal also.
Hundreds of journalists
and political opponents have been
Many have fled.
In a government-controlled area,
we meet 27-year-old Abbas.
Posting comments on social media.
He tells us, "they hung me
up, tortured me until
I fell unconscious."
When he woke up he couldn't move.
Imagine, he says, in
a second you cannot walk.
"What can I be now?"
But Yemenis live with other fears.
This is the impact of the Saudi air
strike in a neighbourhood close
to the Defence Ministry.
The Saudi-led coalition has been
pounding enemy positions.
Armed with the most sophisticated
weaponry from allies
like Britain, the US and France.
The Saudis insist civilians
are not a target.
But they are being hit.
This family, like many
others, lost their home
in a coalition bombing.
They have taken refuge here.
"We are begging for
help," cries this woman.
"Yesterday my three
children did not eat."
"I am ill, always ill."
"Neither dead nor alive."
It is hard to escape from this war.
It has pushed these families
from place to place.
At this temporary settlement
they are digging in.
Trying to make a new home
from the little they now have.
The Arab world's poorest nation now
a battle ground for regional powers
in a Middle East which grows
ever more combustible.
Saudi Arabia and Iran know
they are playing with fire.
New data from Africa shows that not
a single country on the continent
is set to end childhood
malnutrition by 2030.
That target and date was set
by the UN as a Sustainable
Development Goal and is published
here on their website.
But these are just two of a series
of new detailed maps studying child
growth and education that conclude
that's just not happening.
Orange and red show where
children are moderately
Our science correspondent
Victoria Gill explains.
This is the most detailed study of
child health and education across
Africa ever carried out. It's a huge
international study, carried out by
specialists and the University of
Washington. They've gathered data
and the community level, zooming in
and gathering data about child
health, growth rates, whether
children are retaining healthy
weights, which is a good measure of
malnutrition, and education. Buys
evening in to the -- by zooming into
the communities they can see where
things are going well and where
targets are not being met and where
progress isn't good. The idea is to
map out how Africa how individual
communities in Africa are on their
journey towards meeting the
sustainable development goals of the
United Nations. The bigger picture
story is that no single nation is on
track to meet the goal of ending
hunger by 2030, that's the bad news
but the good news is that there has
been a huge amount of progress
especially in southern areas, Saha
and Africa, towards meeting those
targets, children getting nutrition
in a way that they weren't before.
Also these maps are just so very
detailed, they are incredibly
powerful. Scientists say that this
data is a call to action really for
policymakers and that by seeing on
the seat maps where things are going
wrong and where they are going
right, then they can learn lessons,
target resources and funding and do
a much more efficient job of driving
African communities towards those
Let's turn now to Slovakia
and the murder of an
This is 27-year-old Jan Kuciak.
And his girlfriend
They were found with a single
gunshot wound to the head
here in Velka Maca, a village around
65 kilometres east of
the capital Bratislava.
There's been speculation over why
Kuciak's was killed.
Yesterday the Prime Minister offered
a reward for more information.
Ladies and gentlemen,
there are 1 million euros
lying in front of me.
This amount is for a person
who takes courage and comes
to the police or otherwise tells
the police that he or she knows
something about this crime.
I will be meeting
with editors-in-chiefs of the most
important Slovak media
companies to discuss the fact
that the protection of the freedom
of speech and the safety
of journalists is our common
priority and that it is extremely
important to my government.
It is a huge reward but people are
focusing on Jan Kuciak's last final,
unfinished article, published
overnight by his former employer,
Actuality. S K, and the headline is
about the Italian Mafia extending
into politics in Slovakia. Other
outlets have published the article
in a show of solidarity like this
one with a damning headline, you can
kill a journalist but you can't kill
his story. What was Jan Kuciak
alleging? Here's a bit about his
article, he says Italians with ties
to the Mafia have found a second
home in Slovakia. They have received
subsidies and EU funds, but
especially building relationships
with influential people in politics,
even in the government. Jan Kuciak's
colleagues are urging the government
to look -- the police to look at his
article and the links between it and
Earlier I spoke to the editor in
chief of the Slovakian daily
newspaper, the SNE and I asked her
why her paper published the article.
We ran this story and it was really
a strong... And we repeated the
questions for the government, which
remain unanswered so far. It
implicated people close to the
government, having links to the
Mafia. They resigned today. Also the
culture minister resigned today,
saying that the murder of a
journalist was something too much to
absorb politically and he offered
his resignation. It truly shows that
the original line... The Prime
Minister's first response is that he
doesn't see any reason for calling
for political responsibility but now
it's changing. This story seems to
be a game changer. The government
must their lives that these murders
and out -- sent out a shock to
society because this is the first
murder of a journalist in this
country so we are asking the
question, are we becoming a Mafia
state? Are we getting too close --
closer to countries like Russia,
Turkey and elsewhere where it is
normal to kill journalists.
is a member of the EU, and Nato,
there is a lot of surprise about
what's happening. Are you concerned
about the safety of journalists in
It depends on how the
course of the investigation is going
and whether this government will
actually investigate this crime. If
Wheeler and the region, Slovakia is
still enjoying pretty wide freedom
of the press compared to Hungary, or
Poland where the ruling elite
completely suffocate the critical
media. In Slovakia, journalists can
write freely but what happened
shocked the journalists and scared a
lot of my colleagues because they
started asking questions, like
whether they are really safe if they
continue working on this or that
story. Before Monday they didn't
have to think about this question.
A little bit of breaking news from
Washington. We are getting news that
Hope Hicks, one of Donald Trump's
longest Irving H, has resigned from
her job as a White House
communications director -- longest
serving aides. According to the New
York Times, Miss Hicks says she's
accomplished what she can do in her
job in the White House. That is