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Hello, I'm Philippa Thomas,

this is Outside Source.

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A former Russian spy is found

critically ill in southern England -

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exposed to an unknown substance.

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Decontamination teams

are deployed and major incident

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is declared at a hospital.

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Italy's election proves to be

a victory for anti-establishment

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candidates, the leader of the five

Star movement says he's now

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open to coalition talks.

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President Trump says he's "not

backing down" on his plan

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for swingeing taxes on foreign steel

imports - saying America has been

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ripped off on trade.

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We lost $800 billion a

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We lost $800 billion a year on

trade. Not going to happen, we are

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going to get it back.

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Get in touch on all

our stories at BBCOS.

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Salisbury Hospital here

in the UK declared a major

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incident early Monday -

it's only in the last few

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hours we've got details

as to what's happening.

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It appears to involved

an unknown substance,

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a 33-year-old woman and this Russian

man, Sergei Skripal,

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he was involved in a high profile

prisoner exchange back in 2010.

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Here's the police in Salisbury.

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The pair, who we believe are known

to each other did not have any

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visible injuries and were taken to

Salisbury District Hospital. They

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are being treated for suspected

exposure to an unknown substance.

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The original incident

happened outside a shopping

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mall in Salisbury.

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From there, Leila Nathoo.

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Far back in the distance behind

where these officers are currently

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working there is a team of officers

working in protective suits and

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masks, looking to the contents of a

bin. Behind that there is a police

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tent in place which covers a bench.

It is a shopping precinct in the

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centre of Salisbury. It was on a

bench in this shopping precinct

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whether two were found yesterday

afternoon. They were found

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unconscious, but we have spoken to

eyewitness who said they appeared to

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be out of it, in their words. One

eyewitness said it looked like they

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were on drugs or had been drinking

heavily. Police said the two are

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critically ill in hospital and they

are investigating they have been

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exposed to an unknown substance.

They are refusing to confirm as yet

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what that substance may be. But the

BBC understands that one of the two

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people involved was the former

Russian spy, Sergei Skripal. He had

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been convicted in 2006 of working,

of treason in Russia. He was

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suspected of passing intelligence to

the British. In 2010 he was pardoned

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by the Russian government, released

to Britain as part of a so-called

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spy swap. Along with three other

Russians were released to Britain.

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Now, we understand he is the man

involved in this incident, although

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police are unwilling to confirm the

identity of him, beyond saying a

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66-year-old man and a 33-year-old

woman were found here unconscious

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yesterday. But police are stressing

there is no wider risk to the

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public. The major incident they

declared, at the local hospital here

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in Salisbury where they are being

treated is still functioning and

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people are still going to routine

operations and appointments. The

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police are trying to understand how

the couple fell unconscious and what

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happened to them.

When you hear

those words, a Russian national, it

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does ring set an alarm bells because

it wouldn't be the first Russian to

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have come to Britain or defected to

Britain and be targeted?

Many people

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will be thinking of Alexander

Litvinenko, who died in the UK back

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in 2006. He was alleged to have been

poisoned by the Russian authorities,

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and another Russian intelligence

officer. Many unanswered questions

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yet and we don't know any details of

what happened to Sergei Skripal in

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between the time when he came to

Britain in 2010 and now. We

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understand he has been living in

Salisbury, certainly when we visited

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residents, we believe to be his

house nearby, there was a police car

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stood outside it. Although

neighbours said they hadn't seen him

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for while. Clearly, many unanswered

questions here about what exactly

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has happened to him, what substance

he had been exposed to to leave him

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and his 33-year-old companion in a

critical condition in hospital.

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There is much more on that on the

BBC online.

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Italy is Europe's third largest

economy and in the world's top ten.

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But in political terms,

it's rudderless.

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It looks like there'll be a hung

parliament after its voters gave

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right-wing and populist parties

a boost in Sunday's election.

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With 99% of votes counted,

results show the Euro-sceptic,

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anti-establishment Five Star

Movement as the biggest

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single party with almost

a third of the vote.

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Here's its leader Luigi Di Maio.

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TRANSLATION: For the five Star

Movement, this general election has

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been a triumph.

We are the overall

winners of the selection. So first

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and foremost, a big thank you to be

about 11 million Italians who voted

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for us. They gave us the honour of

giving us their vote. It is an

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honour to have such an endorsement

as the first party of the country.

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Despite Five Star's success,

a coalition of the far-right looks

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set to win the most seats

in the lower house of parliament.

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The League's leader Matteo Salvini

would likely head up that coalition

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and has declared his party has

the "right and duty" to govern.

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TRANSLATION: I keep my word. I keep

the commitments I make with the 6

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million Italians.

This commitment is

a centre-right coalition with which

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we have the right and the duty to

rule and to govern in the next few

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years.

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Our Europe editor

Katya Adler tweets...

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You'll remember last year's French

elections saw the far-right

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candidate Marine Le Pen reach

the presidential run off.

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She has treated happily about what

has happened in Italy.

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One other thing to show you quickly.

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The Italian newspaper La Repubblica

has mapped the election results,

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and you can see how the vote split

the country in half.

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The yellow in the south of

the country is where five Star won.

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The dark blue in the north

is where the centre-right won.

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Let's go back to Karin in Rome.

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If you look at the map of the way

people voted in Italy, you will see

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the political divide and that is

because of the economic divide. The

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North is so much more prosperous

than the south. The South has lower

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productivity. The North has opted

for the centre-right Forza Italia or

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Northern League. The five Star

Movement on its own is the single

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biggest party. Whether the people

who voted for change in terms of

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voting for the five Star Movement,

actually get to see it get its hands

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on big power in government is a big

question, because the centre-right

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coalition has come first as a block

and it may be the one that is

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granted the mandate by the president

to try to form a government. It is

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just short of the 40%, so it does

have to enter into coalition talks.

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But it is a big question whether the

system will simply not allow the

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five Star Movement, as it is, to

actually take power.

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And what about those

who were in government?

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Well the centre-left

Democratic Party did

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worse than expected,

leaving its leader, the former

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Prime Minister Matteo Renzi,

with only one way - out.

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TRANSLATION: It is obvious that

after this I will leave my post of

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lead to the Democratic Party. I have

already asked the chairman to call a

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national assembly to start the

procedure. This will happen at the

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end of the stage of the new

parliament are forming and the new

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government forming.

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We have an Italian journalist and

she has more on Matty Arendse's

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expected departure.

He said that he wants to resign

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after the parliament has elected the

president of the House of Commons

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and the president of the Senate. But

he has not resigned yet, so this is

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a little bit crazy at the moment.

The Democratic Party, we do not know

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what will happen. Certainly, it will

open up a competition to run the

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secretary back again.

There was a

line used in British politics where

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one politician taunted another and

said, you were the future, once. I

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guess that could be said of Matty

Arendse, and I wonder who is the

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future now?

The future now is the

five Star Movement and the Northern

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League. The Northern League was the

past, but with Mattiello Salvini, is

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the future again. There is no

majority at all. The centre-right

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coalition is the first coalition and

the five star movement is the first

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party but the parliament is divided

into three major forces and the

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fourth is the centre left with the

Democratic Party. It will be

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difficult to elect the president of

the chamber of the House of Commons

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and the president of the Senate.

But, I think the head of state, the

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president of the Republic is waiting

to see what happens in the

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parliament after these elections

coming at the end of March.

Italian

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politics often involves coalitions

and negotiation, but even by Italian

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standards, is this mess?

This is a

mess, also by Italian standards.

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Because we used to have the country

divided into two and centre left.

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Now it is centre-right, centre-left

and the five Star Movement. The

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country itself is divided in two,

between North who voted for the

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centre-right coalition and the

South, which voted for the five Star

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Movement. It is MS, yes.

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President Trump has hit out again

at foreign steel producers

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that he feels dump their products

on the American market.

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See for yourself how strongly

he feels about this.

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People have to understand, our

country on trade has been ripped off

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by virtually every country in the

world, whether it is friend or

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enemy. Everybody. China, Russia...

People we think are wonderful, the

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European Union. We cannot do

business with them, they don't

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allow, they have trade barriers that

are worse than tariffs.

Let's think

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about what he meant when he said

trade wars are good because he might

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be getting one. Let's look at what

might be implicated here. The EU

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said it might slap heavy tariffs on

Levi jeans. And Bourbon products and

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the EU was talking about a 25%

import tax. We want to show you

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about where the US gets its steel

from.

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Canada's at the top.

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Today it joined fellow members

of the World Trade Organisation,

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including the EU, Mexico

and Australia, South Korea and

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India, to warn against the US plans.

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Even members of President Trump's

own party are urging a re-think.

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here's Republican

Senator Mike Lee...

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It is a "huge job-killing tax hike

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on American consumers."

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And here's another Republican

senator Lindsay Graham explaining

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that the tariffs won't tackle

the underlying problem -

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the glut of cheap steel

on the market, that's largely

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produced by China.

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China is winning and we are losing

with this tariff regime. You are

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letting China of the hot, punishing

the American consumer and our

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allies. Go after China, not the rest

of the world.

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Here's Barbara Plett-Usher in

Washington,

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The formal announcement hasn't been

made yet but the rhetoric coming out

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of the White House is pretty tough.

It is actually US allies which would

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suffer the most, which is ironic,

including Mexico and Canada. Today,

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President Trump suggested they might

get a carved out if they play nice

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with these applets to renegotiate

the American free trade agreement,

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which is probably not going to

soothe any tempers, but it might

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suggest it is still a progress. When

Mr Trump made the announcement last

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week, he took everyone by surprise.

He went ahead and did it. According

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to reports, he was having a bad

house at the White House and he got

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fed up saying he could not follow

his instincts on tariffs, so he took

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matters into his own hands. People

are hoping he will reverse it or

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mitigate it in some way.

I will just

bring up a quote from Paul Ryan, who

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says we are extremely worried about

the consequences of a trade war and

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we are urging the White House not to

advance with this plan. But he is

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one of the President's top allies in

Congress?

Yes, there are many more

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people against this move than those

for it. The Republican party is

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against it. It is a strong statement

from Paul Ryan and members of the

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business community have been very

worried about a possible trade war

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and the consequences for American

industry and business, because of

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it. They are lobbying to try to get

Mr Trump to back down, saying this

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is a really bad idea. From what Paul

Ryan was saying coming he is

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prepared to go head-to-head with the

president on this.

We want to talk

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about one more story about President

Trump. He was making those trade

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comments in the White House

alongside Benjamin Netanyahu. When

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Mr Trump had finished, this is what

the Israeli Prime Minister had to

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say.

This is the first time we have

met in Washington, America's capital

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after you declared, Mr President,

Jerusalem as Israel's capital. This

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was an historic proclamation,

followed by your bold decision to

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move the embassy on our up and

coming national Independence Day.

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Why has this been such a very big

deal?

In its context it is good news

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for Benjamin Netanyahu because he is

mired in bribery and corruption

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scandals at home. Abysmally by Mr

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the

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capital of Israel and saying the US

will move it embassy there is

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popular. We expect Benjamin

Netanyahu make a big deal of it in

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his comments and he did. Mr Trump

responded by saying he may go to

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Israel for the opening of the

embassy. But as we know, the

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Palestinians are furious about this

decision because they want East

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Jerusalem as their capital and they

feel Mr Trump has taken that option

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away from them. They are boycotting

his peace efforts. Mr Trump said

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they wanted to come back to the

table, but he provided no evidence

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for that and they haven't provided

any evidence either. We not

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expecting any roll-out of this

long-awaited peace plan during this

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visit.

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Stay with us on Outside

Source - still to come:

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We will show you the future of the

Berg industry. It is not about the

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meet, but the machine doing the

preparation.

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The Prime Minister has

announced reforms to

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planning rules in England.

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Labour called them "feeble."

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but Theresa May says home ownership

"largely unaffordable" to those not

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backed by "the bank of mum and dad".

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I want to seek planning permission

going to people who will build

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houses, not just sit on the land and

watch its value rise. The councils

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are allocating sufficient lands for

the home people need and a new

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planning rule book. Developers

building on large sites that aren't

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allocated in the plan. Something

that is not fair on residents who

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agree to a plan, only to see it

ignored. By ending abuse of the

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viability assessment process, we

will make it much harder for

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unscrupulous developers to dodge

their obligation to build homes

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local people can afford. The

government will make sure land is

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available for homes and make sure

young people have the skills needed

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to build the homes are country

needs.

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This is Outside Source live

from the BBC Newsroom.

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Our lead story is:

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A former Russian spy is found

critically ill in southern England,

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exposed to an unknown substance.

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Decontamination teams

are deployed and major incident

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is declared at a hospital.

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Some of our other stories making

news around the world...

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BBC Arabic reports on the Iraqi

government ordering the seizure

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of assets that belonged to the late

dictator Saddam Hussein.

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Also targeted are his extended

family and thousands

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of former officials.

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Their assets will be confiscated

and sold, with all revenues

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going to the Ministry of Finance.

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BBC Vietnamese reports

that the United States has sent

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an aircraft carrier to the country

for the first time,

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since the end of the Vietnam War.

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The USS Carl Vinson is coming 53

years after US forces first arrived

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to fight communist forces.

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Online a lot of people

are watching this footage

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of Brazil striker Neymar -

that's him on crutches.

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If you're a Brazil supporter,

it's not what you want to see 100

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days before the World Cup kicks

off in Russia.

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He'll be assessed by club doctors

at Paris Saint-Germain

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in the next couple of weeks.

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Shale oil output in the US is set

to surge over the next five years,

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moving the United States,

once the world's top oil importer,

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closer to self sufficiency.

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That's according to

the International Energy Agency.

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Joe Miller joins me

now from New York.

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This has been the story over the

last few years, the boom in shale?

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It has been an incredible story. One

of the fundamental truths of the

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energy market and the political

reality for decades in the past has

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always been that the US imports its

oil and the biggest oil producers at

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the Opec cartel countries, mainly

the middle east, including Nigeria

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and what we have seen in the last

few years, is this reversing. In

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2014 when the oil price started to

drop, there was talk about Opec

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countries cutting their supply to

boost the price. They did that and

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they got shot in the foot, because

what happened was, US shale

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producers in New Mexico and Texas

managed to cut costs and become even

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more competitive and now the

International energy agency is

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saying 80% of the increased demand

over the next couple of years will

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be met by American shale. So that is

cutting Opec and the measures Opec

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can take to affect the oil price,

out of the picture. So they are

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extraordinary times.

The change in

the oil and energy industry always

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revert through politics. Venezuela,

which could ride high on its oil for

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so long and prices have been

slipping?

Absolutely, this is linked

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to politics and what we might soon

see is politicians in the US begin

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to talk about this as a major win.

It has been happening quietly in the

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background, but many before

President Trump, would have given

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their left hand to have energy

self-sufficiency. Depending what the

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market does, they will give it a

little while to see if the price

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stabilises and how long this boom

lasts. But towards the end of the

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year we expect the US to become the

world's largest oil producer and

0:22:570:23:05

then we will hear US politicians and

beyond talking about that and that

0:23:050:23:09

will feed into a lot of diplomatic

relations across the globe.

Good to

0:23:090:23:14

hear from you.

0:23:140:23:15

China has set its 2018 growth

target at around 6.5%,

0:23:150:23:18

a faster expansion than any western

economy could dream of.

0:23:180:23:20

But behind the strong figures

there are concerns China's economy

0:23:200:23:23

is too reliant on debt.

0:23:230:23:24

Here's Celia Hatton our Asia Pacific

Editor with her take on the story.

0:23:240:23:33

The Chinese economy is like one of

those inkblot tests. You see what

0:23:330:23:37

you want to see. If you want to go

with what the Chinese government is

0:23:370:23:43

telling you, 6.5%, I am sure they

will hit that target. The economy

0:23:430:23:46

will try to remain at a stable pace,

growth will be a bit slower, but

0:23:460:23:51

they will try to manage that. But if

you are one of the economists who

0:23:510:23:55

are worrying and want to question

those numbers, there is a lot to

0:23:550:23:58

question. The main thing that hasn't

been achieved is economic reform.

0:23:580:24:07

The president pledged early on they

would try to retract the

0:24:070:24:11

government's role in the economy and

let market forces take over. But he

0:24:110:24:15

has committed more money to

infrastructure spending. He has

0:24:150:24:19

invested more government money in

the economy and that is what

0:24:190:24:21

economists have been saying all

along that he has got to stop doing.

0:24:210:24:28

Burger-flipping - its hot,

smelly and repetitive.

0:24:280:24:29

So is this the perfect

task for a machine?

0:24:290:24:31

Today, a burger flipping robot

debuts at the California-based

0:24:310:24:34

chain Caliburger.

0:24:340:24:39

This is the robot that can replace

one of life's Basic unskilled jobs.

0:24:390:24:45

It uses image recognition and heat

sensing technology to know which

0:24:450:24:51

burgers can Billy macaroni flipping.

They can handle 12 burgers I once.

0:24:510:24:55

But there is little doubt what the

eventual impact will be.

There will

0:24:550:25:02

be changes in the way workers are

hired.

What does that mean a typical

0:25:020:25:08

restaurant in the future will have

fewer human employees than it does

0:25:080:25:12

now?

Back could be possible.

It

costs $6,000 and $12,000 a year to

0:25:120:25:21

run. The first one can be found in

Pasadena near Los Angeles.

It is not

0:25:210:25:28

a nice job. We train them for a few

weeks and then they leave.

It still

0:25:280:25:36

needs a bit of a helping hand,

however and it made regular mistakes

0:25:360:25:41

that no human ever would.

If I to

anybody in behind the grill tomorrow

0:25:410:25:47

and ask them to start cooking, would

you forget to flip the burgers. This

0:25:470:25:55

will get smarter, we're just getting

started.

The robot made this

0:25:550:26:05

burgers. I have had a few burgers in

my time and that is very good.

0:26:050:26:09

Please stay with us.

0:26:090:26:12

It is nowhere near as cold as it was

last week a milder conditions have

0:26:150:26:19

spread to most parts of the UK.

Still colder northern areas,

0:26:190:26:24

particularly in Scotland where we

have had more snow falling today.

0:26:240:26:28

Wintry looking scene here in

contrast that with something that

0:26:280:26:31

looks more like spring and we had

some sunshine at Walton on Thames in

0:26:310:26:36

Surrey. We have lost the beast from

the east, the bitterly cold Siberian

0:26:360:26:42

winds and the air is coming from the

south and that has been drawing in

0:26:420:26:46

milder air across most of the UK.

You can clearly see where it is

0:26:460:26:50

still cold. Low pressure dominating

the weather at the moment. Within

0:26:500:26:53

that area of low pressure we have

this weather system here and it is

0:26:530:26:57

tracking its way northwards and it

is that that has been producing the

0:26:570:27:00

rain. The rain is heavy and moving

northwards into the colder air so we

0:27:000:27:04

will get a bit of snow over the tops

of the Pennines, the

0:27:040:27:18

Cumbrian back into Scotland over the

hills. As it turns drier to the

0:27:190:27:22

south with no wind, it will turn

misty with low cloud. Typical

0:27:220:27:24

temperatures overnight, two or three

degrees. The risk of some frost. The

0:27:240:27:26

wettest weather over the north of

the UK tomorrow morning. In

0:27:260:27:31

Scotland, sleet and snow over the

hills. It should brighten up across

0:27:310:27:34

northern England and Northern

Ireland. In the middle it could be

0:27:340:27:40

cloudy. A range of temperatures.

Still low pressure in charge as we

0:27:400:27:50

head into the middle part of the

week. Nothing much is moving at all,

0:27:500:27:54

the weather from bringing some

showers. It keeps the wetter weather

0:27:540:27:59

going. More towards the Highlands

and Islands and there will be some

0:27:590:28:02

snow over the hills. Further south

across England and Wales, a bit of a

0:28:020:28:08

breeze picking up and that will

break up the clouds some more and

0:28:080:28:11

the chance of some sunshine. But

that could be some sharp showers

0:28:110:28:14

around. Lighter winds. A

disappointing temperature on

0:28:140:28:23

Wednesday. But there should be more

sunshine around on Thursday. But

0:28:230:28:29

whether this is clinging to

Scotland. Some of the showers could

0:28:290:28:33

be heavy.

0:28:330:28:36

Versus Outside Source, these are the

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A former Russian spy is found

critically ill in southern England -

0:30:160:30:18

exposed to an unknown substance.

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Decontamination teams have been

deployed and major incident

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declared at a hospital.

0:30:220:30:24

Italy's election proves

to be a victory for

0:30:240:30:26

anti-establishment candidates -

the leader of the Five Star

0:30:260:30:28

movement says he's now

open to coalition talks.

0:30:280:30:32

President Trump says he's "not

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0:30:320:30:34

for swingeing taxes on foreign steel

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ripped off on trade.

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Welcome to Outside Source.

0:31:130:31:17

Salisbury Hospital here

in the UK declared a 'major

0:31:170:31:21

incident' early Monday -

it's only in the last few

0:31:210:31:23

hours we've got details

as to what's happening.

0:31:230:31:26

It appears to involved

an unknown substance,

0:31:260:31:30

a 33 year-old woman and this Russian

man - Sergei Skripal -

0:31:300:31:33

he was involved in a high profile

prisoner exchange back in 2010.

0:31:330:31:39

Here's the police in Salisbury.

0:31:390:31:46

The pair, who we believe are known

to each other, did not have any

0:31:460:31:50

visible injuries, and were taken to

Salisbury District Hospital. They

0:31:500:31:54

are currently being treated for

suspected exposure to an unknown

0:31:540:31:57

substance.

0:31:570:32:03

Joining me now in the studio

is the UK investigations

0:32:030:32:05

editor for BuzzFeed

News, Heidi Blake.

0:32:050:32:09

This southern illness of Mr Skripal,

does it suggest you that Russian

0:32:090:32:14

intelligence is involved or is it

taking it too far -- sudden illness.

0:32:140:32:19

Certainly this apparent poisoning

there is some other hallmarks of the

0:32:190:32:22

Russian state linked investigation

we have investigated over at

0:32:220:32:25

Buzzfeed news over the last couple

of years. Know that the Russians

0:32:250:32:30

Secret Service uses a sophisticated

array of poisons to eliminate

0:32:300:32:34

enemies outside Russian borders. We

know that Vladimir Putin has passed

0:32:340:32:41

a law authorising the FSB, the

successors to the KGB, to go outside

0:32:410:32:44

Russia and terminate enemies of the

Kremlin. And Sergei Skripal fits pro

0:32:440:32:52

much the standard description of the

sort of person who is likely to be a

0:32:520:32:55

target. He is a former try -- a

former spy, seen as a traitor in

0:32:550:33:02

Russia, and Vladimir Putin is a

former KGB man himself, so a spy who

0:33:020:33:08

defects and betrays mother Russia is

highly vulnerable.

And seen as the

0:33:080:33:14

lowest of the low from the Kremlin's

point of view. When you hear the

0:33:140:33:19

word former spy involved commute

into the about Alexander Lydon

0:33:190:33:21

Janko.

That is right, he was the

most famous Russian assassination in

0:33:210:33:31

Britain -- Alexander Livinenko. He

died of polonium poisoning after two

0:33:310:33:35

FSB assassins came over to

assassinate him, and a public

0:33:350:33:41

enquiry found out it was a hit

probably carried out on the orders

0:33:410:33:46

of Vladimir Putin himself will stop

we have completed 14 cases where

0:33:460:33:52

evidence points to Russia, and we

know MI6 has evidence connected to a

0:33:520:33:58

total of 14 deaths in Britain with

Russia.

You investigated it, people

0:33:580:34:04

have looked at this but it has not

been front-page news in the way that

0:34:040:34:08

this is, almost immediately.

That's

right, and the difference is that

0:34:080:34:13

the British police have come out and

made a statement saying this is a

0:34:130:34:16

major incident, and that they are

treating this very seriously. Now

0:34:160:34:20

that is very different from the

other 14 cases we have looked at.

0:34:200:34:25

Saint Litvinenko, they have not been

a Russian suspected assassination

0:34:250:34:28

that the Blues have made any

statement about at all, and in the

0:34:280:34:32

14 cases we have looked at those

overwhelming evidence pointing at

0:34:320:34:35

Russia, that in all those cases the

police have publicly said they are

0:34:350:34:39

not suspicious, despite what we know

of existing evidence connecting back

0:34:390:34:43

to Russia. There has been a change

in Steptoe, the authorities have

0:34:430:34:48

come out and confronted the Russian

link.

What we can say is that the

0:34:480:34:54

relationship between the UK and

Russia is it a pretty low Ebright

0:34:540:34:56

now.

There is growing concern in

British governance circles on both

0:34:560:35:00

sides of the Atlantic about the

surgeons of Russia, Russian

0:35:000:35:04

interference in Western democracies,

and increasingly bold moves by

0:35:040:35:07

Russian state actors in the West. We

know from our intelligence sources

0:35:070:35:11

there is mounting alarm about that,

and this very public statement by

0:35:110:35:15

the police is a marker of the degree

of concern the British government is

0:35:150:35:19

currently feeling about Russian

activities in the UK.

Coming back to

0:35:190:35:22

where we are here and now, this man

is critically ill in hospital in

0:35:220:35:27

Salisbury, and what is being looked

at now is what is in his system.

0:35:270:35:31

That's right, early indications are

that it may be connected to the

0:35:310:35:36

drug, fentanyl, a very strong form

of heroin, but it is very unclear at

0:35:360:35:40

this point as to what the substance

itself is. What we do know about the

0:35:400:35:45

Russian state is that the FSB has a

factory outside Moscow, where they

0:35:450:35:50

develop poisons specifically in

order to use in targeted

0:35:500:35:54

assassinations Nari 's, so the state

has a vast array of poisons, some of

0:35:540:35:58

which are undetectable, some of

which might trigger cardiac arrest

0:35:580:36:01

or other apparently natural

illnesses. So it is very early days,

0:36:010:36:05

we don't know what this is yet, and

of course it may be that this is not

0:36:050:36:08

a poisoning, we don't know. That is

all under investigation.

Enough

0:36:080:36:13

alarm bells seemed to be ringing,

Heidi Blake, thank you but talking

0:36:130:36:16

to us. Something we have been

covering, their national elections

0:36:160:36:22

are just around the corner.

0:36:220:36:25

One of Vladimir Putin's first moves

on coming to power 18 years ago

0:36:250:36:28

was to bring TV channels

under state control.

0:36:280:36:30

Since then Russia has

been accused of taking

0:36:300:36:32

the information war abroad -

using trolls to manipulate public

0:36:320:36:34

opinion on social media.

0:36:340:36:36

In the first of her series ahead

of Russia's presidential elections,

0:36:360:36:38

our correspondent Sarah Rainsford

reports from Tomsk in Siberia.

0:36:380:36:48

This was Viktor's life

for over 20 years.

0:36:530:36:55

Here in Siberia, he created

a popular independent TV channel,

0:36:550:36:58

but three years ago,

TV2 was taken off air.

0:36:580:37:00

Officially, it was a license

dispute, but Viktor

0:37:000:37:02

is sure it was political.

0:37:020:37:05

The channel annoyed

everyone in power locally.

0:37:050:37:07

The team saw that as their job.

0:37:070:37:12

But reining in the free

press was one

0:37:120:37:17

of Vladimir Putin's first

moves as president.

0:37:170:37:20

Far from Moscow, TV2 was

one of the last survivors.

0:37:200:37:23

TRANSLATION:

It's obvious we were no

threat here in Tomsk.

0:37:230:37:26

But the authorities

are constantly afraid.

0:37:260:37:30

Afraid of revolution or losing

control, they want to control

0:37:300:37:32

everything, but that's impossible.

0:37:320:37:34

And they don't trust anyone.

0:37:340:37:40

Now Russia's information war

has moved onto the internet,

0:37:400:37:43

so we travel to one

of the key battle grounds.

0:37:430:37:48

From St Petersburg,

the Kremlin's been accused

0:37:480:37:55

of using the internet

to manipulate opinion

0:37:550:37:57

not just at home but abroad.

0:37:570:37:58

This place has become notorious

as Russia's troll factory.

0:37:580:38:01

It's mostly empty now, up for rent,

but a criminal indictment

0:38:010:38:04

in the United States claims staff

here were deployed as an online army

0:38:040:38:08

to sow discord, and influence

voters in America.

0:38:080:38:14

Ludmilla shows me the blog of one

of the fake characters

0:38:140:38:17

she helped to create.

0:38:170:38:19

She leaked information

from inside the troll factory

0:38:190:38:21

that exposed how it worked.

0:38:210:38:25

Her focus was Russian language

content,

0:38:250:38:27

and she tells me the trolls

operated in shifts,

0:38:270:38:29

ordered to produce up to 80 posts

on social media every single day.

0:38:290:38:33

TRANSLATION:

It's a huge machine.

0:38:340:38:38

I'd see thousands of posts

appearing under every news story

0:38:380:38:41

right before my eyes.

0:38:410:38:44

If a troll spoke about America

or Ukraine, it had to be negative.

0:38:440:38:49

If it was Putin or Russia's

military, it was positive.

0:38:490:38:52

Bloggers got written instructions

what to present

0:38:520:38:53

and the conclusions

that people should draw.

0:38:530:39:00

And it seems the trolls

are still operating.

0:39:000:39:03

We've been told that the troll

factory has moved here to this

0:39:030:39:06

premises, so I'm just going to see

if any of these people in

0:39:060:39:09

the smoking shelter opposite

actually work there

0:39:090:39:11

and what they can tell me.

0:39:110:39:14

This man tells me

he's seen them here

0:39:190:39:21

and he doesn't like what they do.

0:39:210:39:25

Inside, we met a representative

of one firm named in

0:39:250:39:26

the US indictment, but he wouldn't

comment on camera about its work.

0:39:260:39:33

Back in Siberia,

Viktor and his wife show me

0:39:330:39:35

how easily the traditional

media have been tamed.

0:39:350:39:38

When there were mass protests

against closing TV2,

0:39:380:39:40

state-run channels

ignored them completely.

0:39:400:39:45

Information is being controlled now,

even weaponised, and

0:39:450:39:47

under Vladimir Putin, this couple

see no chance of that changing.

0:39:470:39:51

Don't forget you can get much more

detail on our top stories

0:40:010:40:07

on our website.

0:40:070:40:10

There's plenty of

background on the former

0:40:100:40:12

Russian spy found poisoned

in southern england.

0:40:120:40:16

The Irish Prime Minister has ruled

out formal three-way

0:40:160:40:18

talks between the UK,

Ireland and the EU over

0:40:180:40:20

avoiding a hard border

on the island of Ireland.

0:40:200:40:23

Leo Varadkar said such a debate

would not be in Ireland's

0:40:230:40:25

interests and that Ireland

was stronger negotiating

0:40:250:40:27

as part of the EU 27.

0:40:270:40:28

Let's just remind you

of the issue at stake.

0:40:280:40:33

Once the UK leaves the EU,

Northern Ireland,

0:40:330:40:35

which is part of the UK,

will be outside the

0:40:350:40:37

EU's customs union.

0:40:380:40:39

But it's feared that a physical

customs border could become a magnet

0:40:390:40:42

for sectarian violence and all sides

have vowed to avoid it.

0:40:420:40:47

On that subject, the Irish

Republican party Sinn Fein

0:40:480:40:50

has been holding talks with the EU's

chief Brexit negotiator today.

0:40:500:40:53

Party President Mary Lou McDonald,

who you can see in the middle here,

0:40:530:40:56

said they'd shared a meeting

of minds and there could be

0:40:560:40:59

no overall agreement

on Brexit unless the issue

0:40:590:41:00

of the border was solved.

0:41:010:41:04

Meanwhile, the British Prime

Minister has been updating

0:41:060:41:08

Parliament on the talks' progress

following her speech on Friday.

0:41:080:41:17

We cannot escape the complexity

of the task ahead.

0:41:190:41:22

We must build a new and lasting

relationship while preparing

0:41:220:41:24

for every scenario.

0:41:240:41:25

But with pragmatism,

calm and patient discussion,

0:41:250:41:27

I am confident...

0:41:270:41:34

JEERING

0:41:340:41:35

I am confident we can set

an example to the world.

0:41:350:41:38

Yes...

0:41:380:41:40

Yes, there will be ups and downs

over the months ahead.

0:41:400:41:43

But we will not...

0:41:430:41:45

JEERING

0:41:450:41:47

We will not be buffeted by demands

to talk tough or threaten a walkout.

0:41:470:41:50

And we will not give

into the of despair,

0:41:500:41:55

And we will not give

into the councils of despair,

0:41:550:41:58

that they simply cannot be done.

0:41:580:41:59

Hear, hear!

0:41:590:42:00

For this is in both the UK

and EU's interests.

0:42:000:42:09

But the leader of

the Opposition Jeremy

0:42:090:42:11

Corbyn was dismissive.

0:42:110:42:15

20 months have passed

since the referendum.

0:42:150:42:17

A year has passed since

the triggering of Article 50.

0:42:170:42:19

20 wasted months, in

which the arrogance of some

0:42:190:42:22

of the cabinet who said it would be

the easiest deal in history has

0:42:220:42:25

turned into debilitating infighting.

0:42:250:42:30

We've seen set-piece speech

after set piece-speech.

0:42:300:42:33

Yet the Prime Minister still cannot

bring clarity to these negotiations,

0:42:330:42:35

and still cannot bring certainty

to British businesses or workers.

0:42:350:42:43

The Prime Minister's

speech on Friday promised

0:42:430:42:45

to unite the nation.

0:42:450:42:48

Yet it barely papered over

the cracks in her own party.

0:42:480:42:50

Hear, hear!

0:42:500:42:59

Opponents of Brexit have

criticised the government's

0:42:590:43:02

approach to Brexit as trying

to "have your cake and eat it" -

0:43:020:43:07

a reference to wanting the EU's

benefits without its obligations.

0:43:070:43:08

But former Conservative party leader

Iain Duncan Smith was unapologetic.

0:43:080:43:13

Bringing these decisions back to a

British parliament in future to make

0:43:130:43:17

all the shows and is about our

arrangement is exactly about

0:43:170:43:20

delivering on that, and when she

gets into negotiations with their

0:43:200:43:24

European counterparts about trade

arrangements, could she remind them

0:43:240:43:31

that cake exists to be eaten and

Cherries exist to be picked.

0:43:310:43:37

So far in the programme we've

talked Italy's election,

0:43:370:43:38

Russia's upcoming election.

0:43:390:43:40

Now we turn to Sierra Leone.

0:43:400:43:41

The country goes to

the polls this week -

0:43:410:43:43

it's the first time since that

devastating Ebola outbreak that left

0:43:430:43:46

nearly 4,000 people dead.

0:43:460:43:47

And after Ebola, there

was a mudslide that took the lives

0:43:470:43:50

of another 1,000 people.

0:43:500:43:53

After 10 years at

the helm - this man,

0:43:530:44:00

President Ernest Bai Koorooma -

is standing down, as mandated

0:44:000:44:03

by the constitution.

0:44:030:44:04

But he leaves behind

a feeble economy.

0:44:040:44:05

From the capital, Freetown,

Umaru Fofana reports.

0:44:050:44:15

It is more than 300 years since

slaves were brought to Freetown

0:44:170:44:22

through the sport, but some traders

feel economically enslaved. Many of

0:44:220:44:26

the traders here are women, often

widows. They take goods on credit,

0:44:260:44:33

sell them, pay back the suppliers,

and take their small profits home.

0:44:330:44:36

It is a hand to mouth existence.

TRANSLATION:

I came here to find my

0:44:360:44:44

living, my husband has died, leaving

me with five children, so right now

0:44:440:44:47

there was no one to help us out. I

am all alone. That is why I came

0:44:470:44:52

here, to eke out a living.

The trade

here in the rain under the scorching

0:44:520:44:58

heat. Their representative says

successive presidents have promised

0:44:580:45:01

reform and failed them. TRANSLATION:

Probably because they used to bring

0:45:010:45:07

slaves to this market area, that is

why we still suffer from slavery to

0:45:070:45:10

this day. The leaders have failed to

help us. We are praying to God so

0:45:100:45:14

that the candidate who will redeem

us from the slavery will emerge

0:45:140:45:18

victorious.

Over the last ten years,

the Sierra Leone government has

0:45:180:45:24

banned hundreds of millions of

dollars through tax concessions and

0:45:240:45:27

waivers to attract big businesses,

mainly mining companies. Economists

0:45:270:45:34

are small businesses have not been a

priority.

It is not merely a problem

0:45:340:45:38

for these, I mean it is a problem

but it is symptomatic of the wider

0:45:380:45:42

problem we face of poverty. As many

women activists will tell you, women

0:45:420:45:48

bear the brunt of it. So we must

have policies that are proper, a

0:45:480:45:54

deliberate choice made that

resources will go to areas that will

0:45:540:45:57

generate jobs for the poor. As

distinct from resources going to

0:45:570:46:03

areas where the benefits are more

likely to go to the rich. And lead.

0:46:030:46:10

16 candidates are running for

president. The three frontrunners

0:46:100:46:13

are an interesting mix. A former

leader of a military junto. A

0:46:130:46:19

finance minister. And this former UN

executive also served in the

0:46:190:46:25

military cabinet. The government has

made strides in infrastructure,

0:46:250:46:30

mainly thanks to donor funds, but

the education system is in decline.

0:46:300:46:36

Poorly trained teachers and

overcrowded classrooms with too few

0:46:360:46:39

basic materials. The ten years, the

president has occupied this office.

0:46:390:46:44

He says these elections are about

protecting his legacy, a legacy

0:46:440:46:47

which he says has brought about a

massive infrastructural expansion.

0:46:470:46:51

The opposition say they want an end

to that period, a period which they

0:46:510:46:55

say has brought about the erosion of

the constitutional fabric and has

0:46:550:46:58

entrenched corruption and poverty.

0:46:580:47:05

Supermarkets in South Africa have

been clearing a popular sausage

0:47:050:47:08

from the shelves after it was blamed

for a food poisoning

0:47:080:47:10

outbreak behind 180 deaths.

0:47:100:47:11

The government identified THIS cold

meat - called polony -

0:47:110:47:14

as the source of listeria poisoning.

0:47:140:47:16

The Department of Health tweeted...

0:47:160:47:19

These customers

in Johannesburg queued up

0:47:310:47:34

at factories that produce polony

today to demand a refund.

0:47:340:47:38

The contamination is thought to have

come from an Enterprise Food

0:47:380:47:41

factory in the northern

city of Polokwane.

0:47:410:47:48

It's taken more than a year to

identify the source of the outbreak.

0:47:480:47:51

Since January 2017,

there have been 948 cases

0:47:510:47:53

of listeria poisoning reported.

0:47:530:47:58

The disease - known

as listeriosis - causes fever,

0:47:580:48:00

vomiting and diarrhoea.

0:48:010:48:02

Some 180 of those

infected have died.

0:48:020:48:03

The United Nations and

World Health Organization

0:48:030:48:05

says it's the largest

outbreak ever, worldwide.

0:48:050:48:07

Several countries, including

Botswana, Mozambique,

0:48:070:48:08

Namibia, Malawi and Zambia have

banned imports of South African

0:48:080:48:10

processed meat following the crisis.

0:48:100:48:20

Dr Lucia Analic

is from a food safety

0:48:360:48:38

consulting firm in Pretoria.

0:48:380:48:40

She explains that one of the reasons

the disease has spread so far

0:48:400:48:43

is because it can be

tricky to identify.

0:48:430:48:48

That is probably one of the reasons.

That is not as difficult to diagnose

0:48:510:48:56

if the patient presents with

symptoms early enough to a medical

0:48:560:49:02

doctor or a clinic, and the person

taking care of the patient suspect

0:49:020:49:07

listeriosis. Some of the symptoms

that cause listeriosis, however, are

0:49:070:49:12

similar to other illnesses, and that

is one of the reasons why it is

0:49:120:49:17

possibly a little difficult to

diagnose it. Once a blood test has

0:49:170:49:21

been taken, and that has been sent

away for testing, it exactly quite

0:49:210:49:26

quick from there onwards. There are

some more vulnerable groups than

0:49:260:49:29

others, for example pregnant women,

they can transmit the organism via

0:49:290:49:35

their placenta to the unborn child.

The child can miscarry. They can be

0:49:350:49:41

stillborn, or they are born with

meningitis, which of course creates

0:49:410:49:44

a lot of complications. Elderly

people over the age of 65, and

0:49:440:49:51

people with weakened immune systems

are particularly vulnerable,

0:49:510:49:55

typically people with HIV

infections, undergoing cancer

0:49:550:49:59

treatment, persons with diabetes,

autoimmune diseases and so forth.

0:49:590:50:05

Thousands of delegates at

China's National People's Congress

0:50:050:50:07

in Beijing have applauded plans

to abolish term limits

0:50:070:50:09

for the country's president.

0:50:090:50:10

The proposal would mean

that this man, Xi Jinping,

0:50:100:50:13

can remain in power indefinitely.

0:50:130:50:16

It will be put to a formal vote

on the 11th of March.

0:50:160:50:19

Let's hear how one senior Communist

Party official described it.

0:50:190:50:27

TRANSLATION:

This is a major event

in the political life of the party

0:50:270:50:32

and the nation. It means persevering

in the new era with comrades shoe

0:50:320:50:37

during thing as the core of the

central party committee, and from

0:50:370:50:41

the overall strategy of developing

0:50:410:50:44

socialism with Chinese

characteristics.

0:50:440:50:46

The annual National

People's Congress

0:50:460:50:49

is largely a rubber-stamp parliament

- endorsing decisions already made

0:50:490:50:51

by the Communist Party.

0:50:510:50:52

There are 3,000 delegates

from all over the country.

0:50:520:50:55

Here's how some of them reacted.

0:50:550:50:58

So will there be any

sign of dissent over

0:51:140:51:17

Xi Jinping's indefinite rule?

0:51:170:51:18

Let's hear from Emily Feng

in Beijing who covers Chinese

0:51:180:51:20

politics for the Financial Times.

0:51:200:51:26

It will be very interesting to see

the constitutional amendments coming

0:51:260:51:30

up this Sunday. In previous times,

there have been dissenting

0:51:300:51:35

extensions, and I suspect that very

few people if at all will vote

0:51:350:51:38

against it. That being said, there

has been no open discussion and when

0:51:380:51:42

I went to the great hall today for

the ceremony for the two sessions,

0:51:420:51:48

meetings, the responses from

delegates was extremely measured.

0:51:480:51:51

They were very, very cautious about

repeating the same stock phrases

0:51:510:51:56

they now are safe to say so the

message about what kind of

0:51:560:51:59

discussion and any kind of

dissension about these

0:51:590:52:02

constitutional limits is being kept

under wraps, I would say more

0:52:020:52:07

tightly than in previous sessions

about other constitutional

0:52:070:52:10

amendments.

0:52:100:52:14

The 90th Oscars has

been run and won.

0:52:140:52:16

The big winner - The Shape of Water.

0:52:160:52:18

But Hollywood's night of nights

reflected what's been happening

0:52:180:52:20

off-screen as much as what dazzled

on-screen - including the way

0:52:200:52:23

the Me Too movement is driving

cultural change on sexual

0:52:230:52:25

politics and inclusion.

0:52:250:52:26

Our Arts Editor Will

Gompertz was there.

0:52:260:52:36

The night began with host

Jimmy Kimmel using his

0:52:420:52:44

opening monologue to round up some

of the elephants in the room.

0:52:440:52:47

Black Panther and Wonder Woman

were massive hits,

0:52:470:52:48

which is almost miraculous,

0:52:480:52:50

because I remember a time

when the major studios didn't

0:52:500:52:52

believe a woman or a minority

could open a superhero movie,

0:52:520:52:55

and the reason I remember that time

was because it was March

0:52:550:52:57

of last year.

0:52:570:52:58

That joke set the agenda

for the evening.

0:52:580:53:00

In the year of the 90th

Academy Awards,

0:53:000:53:02

it was Time's Up for a monocultural,

male-dominated movie business.

0:53:020:53:05

It's a new day in Hollywood...

0:53:050:53:06

..said Jennifer Lawrence,

before announcing that the winner

0:53:060:53:08

of actress in a leading role was...

0:53:080:53:10

Frances McDormand - Three Billboards

Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

0:53:100:53:12

So I'm hyperventilating

a little bit.

0:53:120:53:16

If I fall over, pick me up,

'cos I've got some things to say.

0:53:160:53:21

If I may be so honoured to have

all the female nominees in every

0:53:210:53:24

category stand with me

in this room tonight.

0:53:240:53:26

The actors...

0:53:260:53:27

Meryl, if you do it,

everybody else will.

0:53:270:53:29

Come on.

0:53:290:53:31

The film-makers...

0:53:310:53:32

Look around, everybody.

0:53:320:53:34

Look around, ladies and gentlemen,

because we all have stories to tell

0:53:340:53:37

and projects we need to finance.

0:53:370:53:41

The call for equality and tolerance

was made time and again,

0:53:410:53:43

and was perhaps best captured

by Guillermo del Toro,

0:53:430:53:45

whose film The Shape Of Water,

a story of misfits and outcasts,

0:53:450:53:48

won best picture,

and he best director.

0:53:480:53:52

I am an immigrant

like many, many of you.

0:53:520:53:54

The greatest thing our art does

and our industry does is to

0:53:540:53:57

erase the lines in the sand.

0:53:570:54:00

We should continue doing that

when the world tells us

0:54:000:54:02

to make them deeper.

0:54:020:54:05

Roger A Deakins, Blade Runner...

0:54:050:54:07

There were long-awaited wins

for two British veterans.

0:54:070:54:10

After 13 failed attempts,

the cinematographer Roger Deakins

0:54:100:54:12

finally converted a nomination

into a golden statue for his work

0:54:120:54:14

on Blade Runner 2049.

0:54:140:54:19

And for his portrayal

of Winston Churchill

0:54:190:54:21

in The Darkest Hour,

Gary Oldman won his first Oscar.

0:54:210:54:25

I say to my mother, thank

you for your love and support.

0:54:250:54:29

Put the kettle on.

0:54:290:54:33

I'm bringing Oscar home.

0:54:330:54:37

The Silent Child, a British film

about a deaf four-year-old

0:54:370:54:39

played by Maisie Sly,

won the short film category.

0:54:390:54:44

I made a promise to our six-year-old

lead actress that I'd sign this

0:54:440:54:48

speech, but my hands are shaking

a little bit, so I apologise.

0:54:480:54:53

Deafness is a silent disability.

0:54:530:54:55

You can't see it and it's

not life-threatening,

0:54:550:54:58

so I want to say the biggest thank

yous to the Academy for allowing us

0:54:580:55:02

to put this in front

of a mainstream audience.

0:55:020:55:10

Congratulations to Maisie. Coming up

on BBC News, the ten o'clock news,

0:55:100:55:14

much more on this story, which has

been breaking and developing in the

0:55:140:55:16

last hour or so about the spy swap.

The BBC's Gordon Corera broke the

0:55:160:55:21

news that the man who fell ill in

Salisbury appears to be Sergei

0:55:210:55:28

Skripal, a former Russian

intelligence officer. Lots more

0:55:280:55:30

still to come,

0:55:300:55:32

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