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Almost 200 military personnel

are deployed to Salisbury

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after the nerve-agent

attack on a former Russian

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spy and his daughter.

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It comes as the Home Secretary

visits the city and calls

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the attack "outrageous".

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Our priority is going to be

the incident, which is why I'm

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here in Salisbury today,

making sure that everybody

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is protected around here,

around the incident,

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making sure the emergency services

have had the support

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that they need...

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We'll have the very latest

from our correspondent in Salisbury.

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Also this lunchtime...

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After months of exchanging insults,

President Trump and the North Korean

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leader Kim Jong-un agree to meet.

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Britain seeks an exemption

from America's tough new tariffs

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on imports of steel and aluminium.

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A convoy of desperately needed aid

finally crosses into the besieged

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Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

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And the biggest Winter Paralympics

ever are under way -

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with a record number

of athletes taking part.

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And coming up in the

sport on BBC News...

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Chris Froome has backed Team Sky

principal Sir Dave Brailsford

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after the president of cycling's

world governing body called for him

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to consider his position.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News At One.

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180 military personnel

are being deployed to Salisbury,

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after the nerve-agent attack

on a former Russian spy and his

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daughter in the city last Sunday.

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They're from the Royal Marines,

the RAF, and some are specialists

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in chemical warfare.

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They'll help remove vehicles

and objects from the scene which may

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have been contaminated.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still

critically ill in hospital,

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while the policeman who tried

to help them remains

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in a serious condition.

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Richard Galpin has the latest.

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Six days after the attack here

in Salisbury and now the police and

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forensics experts are to be joined

by around 200 soldiers specially

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trained in chemical warfare.

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Their job, to help

secure key locations,

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recover evidence and remove

contaminated vehicles.

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Also today the Home

Secretary visited the area

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and praised the emergency services

for how they responded to such a

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dangerous incident.

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They reacted with the

professionalism and

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compassion you would

hope our emergency

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services do and I am

in

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awe of their sympathetic approach

and professionalism.

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Meanwhile the double

agent Sergei Skripal and

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daughter Yulia, who travelled

from Russia to spend time with her

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father, remain in a critical

condition in Salisbury hospital.

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But they are said to be stable.

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Sergei Skripal's house

is another major

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focus of the investigation, with

evidence being collected here and

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the building possibly

being decontaminated.

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At the research laboratories

in Porton Down,

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scientists may have

already identified

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the nerve agent used

in

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the attack, which almost certainly

would have been made in a state-run

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establishment.

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And that could well reveal

who targeted Sergei Skripal

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and his daughter.

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But why were they targeted now?

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Sergei Skripal is one of a large

community of Russians

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living in this country.

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Some of them left Russia

in fear of their lives.

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Here in Surrey, I have been speaking

to one of those exiles, who met

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Sergei Skripal just

a couple of months ago.

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He told me that in the chance

meeting, Sergei Skripal had

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talked about how he regularly met up

with Russian diplomats here and

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about the work he was involved in.

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He said, I'm doing business,

a different kind.

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But I closed down my

business in Spain.

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I am working mainly

in cyber security.

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Did he say what he was

doing in cyber security?

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No, and I was not asking,

because a sensitive question.

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But I understand he was

working for some Russian

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groups.

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But working with people

in the Embassy on this, or something

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separate?

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No, I had a feeling that meeting

with friends was one and

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cyber security, his

business, was another.

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So could that work in cyber security

possibly be the motive for

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the attack?

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Richard Galpin, BBC News.

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Our home affairs correspondent

Leila Nathoo is in Salisbury.

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What's the latest?

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Police here are clearly dealing with

a deadly substance, so that is why

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the military are sending

reinforcements, 180 military

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personnel coming here to insist the

investigation. They are taxed with

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removing evidence, objects and

vehicles from the scene in Salisbury

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town centre but it is understood

that they could also be involved in

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recovering potentially contaminated

ambulances. The police are stressing

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that there is no need for people to

be alarmed by the military's coming

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here and there is no wider risk to

the public, no increased risk to the

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public. It is just to help with the

investigation. This morning the Home

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Secretary, Amber Rudd, visited the

scene here, the bench still under

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the police tent behind me. She came

and talked to people affected, local

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businesses, first responders and she

visited detectives Nick Bailey, the

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police officer in hospital after

being exposed to that chemical. The

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police investigation is focused on

and above locations in Salisbury

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city centre but there has also been

a pick-up in activity at Sergei

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Skripal's home, about ten minutes

away from here, yesterday. We think

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the police are in for a lengthy

operation there as they tried to

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recover evidence to try to figure

out how and when Sergei Skripal and

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his daughter Yulia were exposed to

that nerve agent.

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Thank you very much, Leila Nathoo.

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Our defence correspondent

Jonathan Beale is here.

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How unusual is it to see military

personnel on the streets of Britain

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and who exactly are they?

The fact

is most military personnel go

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through some kind of chemical

weapons training and where gas masks

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and are aware of the threat. There

are specialist out there who would

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not be a normally on the streets and

that is why ministers are saying,

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don't be alarmed when you see these

people turning up. They have got

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skills that will be vital to helping

the police in chemical warfare. They

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have specialist vehicles which can

carry out what is called sensitive

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site exploitation. They can trace

where the chemicals may have gone,

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sent back samples and analyse them.

They have vehicles which are

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essentially mobile laboratories

which can carry a decontamination

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and they will also remove some of

the vehicles that may have been

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contaminated, like the ambulances

that ferried people to hospital.

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People might think this is very

worrying. I think the message from

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ministers is that you should be

reassured, the people have the

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expertise and skills and the threat

hasn't changed. They will be there

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to secure the site is already

secured and help police find those

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objects, fibre traces of the

chemical, and to make sure this is a

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thorough investigation.

Jonathan,

thank you. Jonathan Beale there, our

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defence correspondent.

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President Trump says

he will meet North Korean leader

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Kim Jong-un for talks

by the end of May.

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The North Koreans are reported to be

committed to denuclearisation

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and ending missile tests.

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The apparent breakthrough comes

after months of growing tension,

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in which the two leaders have traded

insults - Kim Jong-un called

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Mr Trump "mentally deranged".

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The American President called him

a "maniac" and "little rocket man".

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Laura Bicker has this

report from South Korea.

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The missiles and displays

of military might from North Korea

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have almost seemed defiant

in the face strict sanctions

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and international condemnation.

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But now it seems Kim

Jong-un wants to talk.

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He made his new position clear over

food with South Korean

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officials in Pyongyang.

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It was the first time

ministers from Seoul have

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met the young leader.

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They say he is prepared to discuss

getting rid of his nuclear weapons

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and they've now delivered a message

from Kim Jong-un that caught many

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in the White House by surprise.

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He expressed his eagerness

to meet President Trump

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as soon as possible.

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The idea of a face-to-face meeting

between President Trump

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and Kim Jong-un by May seems

remarkable, given the months

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of threats and insults between them.

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They will be met with fire and fury.

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Rocket Man is on a suicide

mission for himself.

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But the tone has changed.

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On Twitter, Donald Trump said that

great progress was being made

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but that sanctions will remain

until an agreement is reached.

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However, that meeting

is being planned.

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The US Secretary of State

seemed blindsided.

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Just hours before coming

he had this to say.

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In terms of the direct talks

with the United States

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and US negotiations,

we are a long way from negotiation.

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Given the unpredictable nature

of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un,

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could this meeting even go ahead?

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There's all kinds of obstacles

on the road to the summit

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between now and then.

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It may be simply that

President Trump changes his mind.

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This wouldn't be the

first time, would it?

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It may be the senior

officials get to him and say,

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"Mr President, not in May,

let's prepare properly."

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You can't just wing it

policy on North Korea.

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Getting Kim Jong-un to give

up his prized nuclear

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weapons is a tough ask.

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Analysts in Seoul are

cautious and believe this

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is just the starting line.

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The road ahead is very

long and complicated,

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very complex and it is not

guaranteed that the North

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will ever give up its nuclear

weapons easily, if at all.

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The US and South Korea are due

to hold joint military exercises

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at the end of this month.

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Last September, the US flew

bombers over the peninsula

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as a show of strength.

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This usually infuriates North Korea

and prompts missile test.

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This time they say

they will understand.

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It may be a move away

from fire and fury,

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potentially towards friendship.

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But that would depend

whether the message from Pyongyang

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is one of genuine progress

and not propaganda.

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Laura Bicker, BBC News, sold.

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In a moment we'll speak

to Barbara Plett Usher in Washington

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but first to Laura Bicker

in the South Korean capital Seoul.

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So, Laura, this looks

like a really significant

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breakthrough - if it happens.

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The president here in South Korea

has described it as miraculous. It

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did seem utterly unthinkable just a

few months ago but this is something

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that the South Korean government

have been working towards, deftly,

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diplomatically trying to work with

Kim Jong-un and trying to work with

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the United States. But it is a huge

political gamble for both President

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Trump and President Mum. Getting Kim

Jong-un to give up his weapons is a

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very difficult thing to do, even if

right now he says he is prepared to

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discuss denuclearisation. There has

to be a payoff. What does Kim

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Jong-un want in return? So that is

the gamble. What will be the carrot

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in return for the stick which has

been these international sanctions?

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The other thing here is cautious

optimism. That is the phrase that

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many are using. They're optimistic

in South Korea because this is a

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real opportunity, for the first

time. They are now even mentioning

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in whispers something that they have

been trying to get for at least

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seven decades, and that is the

possibility of a peace treaty.

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Laura, thank you very much indeed,

and to Barbara Platt Chanel. What is

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going on in the White House, after

such a hard line on North Korea from

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Donald Trump, why has he agreed to

meet Kim Jong-un?

Seems like a big

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difference but remember that he has

actually swung pretty wildly between

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threatening and insulting Kim

Jong-un and then musing about the

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possibility of sitting down with

him. As a candidate he said, "Maybe

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I will meet Kim Jong-un and sit down

and have a hamburger with him." So

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that is his style, to move from one

end of the other and see where it

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lands. I think it would be quite

appealing for him to be the first

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sitting president to meet the North

Korean leader and I think you'll

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make the most of it. But he has said

sanctions will remain regardless,

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whether there are talks, and the

policy is to isolate North Korea

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politically and diplomatically while

presenting a clear military option.

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There has been a clear emphasis

between the White House on the state

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Department on that. The White House

has been much more willing to

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consider a military option, whereas

the State Department has said, we

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need to at least get in the State

room. Secretaries Tillerson said we

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should at least have talks about

talks so doesn't seem the underlying

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policy has changed but what has

changed is Kim Jong-un has said he

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is willing. About giving up his

nuclear weapons, a big surprise

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especially because he's so invested

in it. There is scepticism about it

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here but it seems they are willing

to take the opportunity.

Barbara

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thank you, and thanks to Laura

Bicker in Seoul.

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The Government says it will seek

a British exemption from new tariffs

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on steel and aluminium exports

to the United States.

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President Trump says the tariffs

are to defend America from what he's

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called "an assault on our country".

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But employers and unions

in the UK steel industry

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say the measures could

have "devastating" consequences.

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Here's our business

reporter Rob Young.

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The UK has managed to forge a global

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reputation for making

high-quality steel products.

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A company in Sheffield makes parts

of submarines for the American Navy.

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But the industry is worried

President Trump's steel import tax

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will hit producers here hard.

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What we will now see is UK

companies really suffering

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from President Trump's slapping

in effect a 25% tax

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on all their exports

from the UK to the US.

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And that will hit us hard.

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Each year, the UK sells

£360 million worth of steel

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to the United States.

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That's 7% of all the

steel Britain exports.

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It's bought by America's defence,

aerospace and energy industries.

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President Trump's plan to impose

a 25% import tax on steel will make

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the tissue products more expensive

and less competitive in America.

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-- British products.

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We import a lot of speciality steels

and Europe, and recount in continued

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to import that speciality steel

from Europe because it's not

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available in the US.

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So for that steel we purchase

from Europe, it's going

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to cost us 25% more.

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These new tariffs have led

to political sparks flying

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in the US and globally.

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Britain disagrees with the tariffs.

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The European Union and others

are warning they will retaliate.

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President Trump has said he will be

flexible towards America's real

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friends, the British Government

intends to put view

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across next week.

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We'll be looking to see how we can

maximise the UK's case for exemption

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under these particular

circumstances, but we will want over

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the next few days to look

at them in great detail.

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There a wider fear that steel bound

for America will now find its way

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into other countries.

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A flood of steel could push

global prices down.

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That's potentially good

for consumers but a double

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whammy for the industry.

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Many of the same countries

who are in the top ten of US

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exporters are the same who go

to Europe, for example Brazil

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and Turkey are both large

exporters to the US,

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they will turn their boat around

and head straight for the EU.

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Trade deflection could have

much, much larger effect

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on the industries in the actual loss

of exports themselves.

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President Trump's intention

is to protect America's steel

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industry but there is a very real

fear he will end up hitting

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steelmakers elsewhere.

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A long-awaited humanitarian

aid convoy has crossed

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into the rebel-held enclave

of eastern Ghouta in Syria

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where an estimated 400,000

civilians are trapped

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by the fighting.

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But the UN is warning

that it may have to pull

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back because of renewed violence.

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Martin Patience is following

developments from Beirut

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in neighbouring Lebanon.

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What is the latest you are hearing

on the progress of the convoy?

This

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is the third time the international

community has tried to get

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humanitarian assistance to the

people of Eastern Ghouta and nine

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out of the 13 trucks we here have

been unloaded but it is not clear

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whether the four remaining trucks,

food supplies from them will be

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off-loaded and the reason is

continued shelling in the area. It

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is worth pointing out it was

humanitarian assistance that should

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have been delivered on Monday and

the reason it was not delivered then

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was because of shelling. Yesterday

the convoy was cancelled because of

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security concerns. It underscores

how difficult it is for the

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international community to get

assistance to the people of Eastern

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Ghouta. 400,000 people estimated to

live there and if they manage to

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deliver the aid, international

organisations say it is not enough.

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Whilst the international community

is focusing on getting aid to

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Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian

government backs by its Russian ally

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appeared determined to take the last

major rebel stronghold close to the

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capital. The latest figures, more

than 900 civilians have been killed

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in fighting since this major

government offensive began.

Martin,

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thank you.

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Our top story this lunchtime...

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Almost 200 military personnel

are deployed to Salisbury -

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after the nerve agent attack

on a former Russian

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spy and his daughter.

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And still to come...

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Rethinking Stonehenge -

historians say the neolithic

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structure may have been built

as part of a community celebration.

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Coming up in the sport, a little bit

rusty but no problems for Serena

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Williams she wins on the WTA tour

for the first time in over a year

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and six months after giving birth to

her first child.

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The arduous task of building

Stonehenge may have been part

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of a ceremonial celebration -

according to historians

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studying the ancient site.

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The stone circle in Wiltshire

was built over 4,000 years ago

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using stones from South Wales -

a fact that has long baffled

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experts, but English Heritage now

says selecting, moving and setting

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up the the stones on Salisbury Plain

may have been a way

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of bringing people from all over

the country together.

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Duncan Kennedy is at Stonehenge.

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Duncan.

You might think that after 4500

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years we would know everything about

this monument but that is not the

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case, particularly with regard to

the building of it and today's

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report says it may have been the

construction of the monument, it

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could have been more important than

the end result. Today dozens of

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volunteers turned up to help prove

the point.

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One, two, three, pull.

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Heaving for history.

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Volunteers at Stonehenge

today trying to repeat

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what Neolithic people did around

four and a half thousand years ago.

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Do you currently feel

like Neolithic woman doing this?

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That is an interesting concept, yes.

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Yes, I do.

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The aim of the experiment was to see

how this ancient monument was built.

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Historians now say it was

the construction process itself

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as much as the end

result that mattered.

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We know it was a prehistoric

temple aligned

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with the movements of the sun.

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It was used as such.

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The building process

and alterations, changes

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coming together as a community might

have been more important factor.

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English Heritage say the photos

of people in Indonesia,

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taken 100 years ago,

helped to prove their

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point.

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The images show how moving

great rocks has long been

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accompanied by dancing

and dressing up in costumes.

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They say it was probably

the same spirit that helped

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to build Stonehenge, with people

drawn from across Britain to come

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and feast and make

building a festival.

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We need to come back literally four

inches.

In old money! In other

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words, a celebration of

construction. Recreated today.

It is

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actually OK, not too bad.

How about

you?

It is fine.

Not too bad. Shall

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be tried again? Brings the ropes

closer together.

The stone is so

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heavy, we have asked for more

volunteers. It weighs four tonnes.

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This is hard work. This is the first

time an official rock pull like this

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has taken place at Stonehenge.

It is

partial success, not exactly

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vertical, but it has been raised. It

shows the effort required just for a

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four tonne stone.

It does not always

go to plan.

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go to plan. Yet even with the odds

tumble the experiment shows what can

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be achieved when strangers come

together for a common good. And in

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doing so, helping to form our

preconceptions of prehistory. If you

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are looking to take part yourself,

you are welcome to come along this

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weekend because Stonehenge is

organising two days of experiments

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to show people they can join in what

the people of the Neolithic era did

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4500 years ago.

Duncan, thank you. Have a rest!

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How do we rid our oceans of plastic?

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It's a problem that's

had a huge amount of

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attention in recent months.

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Now scientists are asking members

of the public to help with efforts

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to clean up Britain's coastline

with the help of new technology -

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but from the comfort

of their own homes.

0:23:280:23:30

Dan Johnson has been to the south

coast to find out more.

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Our beaches are the front line

in the war against plastic.

0:23:360:23:40

New technology is being used

to get a better idea

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of the scale of the problem.

0:23:440:23:48

An eye in the sky capturing

the waste on our shores.

0:23:480:23:56

We use a drone to survey very

quickly and efficiently

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lots of inaccessible beaches,

as well as public beaches, and we

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take thousands of photographs.

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We upload those photographs

onto an online platform and then

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anybody in the country,

whether they are scientists,

0:24:040:24:08

not scientists, children, adults,

can log in and tag where they see

0:24:080:24:11

plastics in the photographs.

0:24:110:24:14

That means the clean-up

teams can focus efforts

0:24:140:24:19

on the worst-hit places.

0:24:190:24:20

But picking up the plastic

still needs people power.

0:24:200:24:23

We need to get involved

for two reasons.

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One is about awareness,

awareness of the problem plastics

0:24:250:24:30

are causing on our planet,

particularly on our beaches

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and seas, so that when we make

choices, buying coffee,

0:24:340:24:36

or are in the supermarket,

we can make better and more

0:24:360:24:39

informed decisions.

0:24:390:24:40

But also, actually making us

all realise that science

0:24:400:24:42

is something we can all be part of.

0:24:420:24:46

It is not just for people who are in

labs or went to university.

0:24:460:24:49

We can all be involved in helping

scientists understand our world

0:24:490:24:52

and making it better.

0:24:520:24:53

This was collected in just a couple

of hours this morning and gives

0:24:530:24:56

an idea of the sort of stuff

that is around on our beaches.

0:24:560:24:59

The visual evidence of this problem.

0:24:590:25:01

But, actually, the majority

of the plastic that is a real

0:25:010:25:04

issue is right out there.

0:25:040:25:05

More than 8 million

tonnes of plastic goes

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into the ocean every year.

0:25:080:25:10

Much of it so small

it is barely visible.

0:25:100:25:15

It is estimated less

than 1% is collected.

0:25:150:25:17

What we see on the beaches is just

a fraction unfortunately

0:25:170:25:20

of what is in the oceans.

0:25:200:25:24

The beach is a really good place

to clean up and to really

0:25:240:25:27

try to address that but ultimately

we need to stop the plastic going

0:25:270:25:31

into the oceans in the first place.

0:25:310:25:33

The sands may be shifting,

but we have still barely started

0:25:330:25:35

getting to grips with the true

nature of the plastic problem.

0:25:350:25:38

Dan Johnson, BBC

News, near Brighton.

0:25:380:25:46

Last week's cold weather and heavy

snow across the country caused huge

0:25:470:25:49

disruption to the health service,

with many operations cancelled.

0:25:490:25:54

But Lindsay Chisholm -

a surgeon at a Paisley hospital -

0:25:540:25:57

was so determined not to let

down her patients, she walked eight

0:25:570:26:00

miles through heavy snow

and blizzard conditions

0:26:000:26:02

so she could to perform

a crucial operation.

0:26:020:26:04

Lorna Gordon has the story.

0:26:040:26:12

The top story, Scotland continues to

battle the Beast from the East.

They

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were conditions more akin to

mountains on city streets. The

0:26:170:26:22

blizzards, sub zero temperatures and

snow that kept falling meant no

0:26:220:26:26

buses, trains and few people

venturing out. It was not enough to

0:26:260:26:32

put off one very determined surgeon.

I got up early on Thursday and saw

0:26:320:26:37

there was a lot of snow but it did

not look impossible and I thought I

0:26:370:26:41

would head into work. When I

arrived, two colleagues would the

0:26:410:26:47

first eyesore. Took one look,

started laughing, and they said how

0:26:470:26:51

did you get here?

I said I work.

Lindsey was well prepared. She had

0:26:510:26:58

winter clothing, snow shoes and

walking poles to help through the

0:26:580:27:02

deepest drifts. Completing the eight

mile trek to the hospital in just

0:27:020:27:07

under three hours. Her patient

feared his surgery for cancer would

0:27:070:27:12

be postponed.

It felt like Christmas

Day. She told me she walked in from

0:27:120:27:25

home. I could not believe she had

walked almost eight miles to do

0:27:250:27:30

surgery on me. If there is a

real-life superwoman, she is it, for

0:27:300:27:36

me anyway.

The surgeon insists she

was just doing her job.

I did not

0:27:360:27:41

think it was a big deal, I put my

winter kit on and walked to work. It

0:27:410:27:46

is as if the world has gone mad!

Lindsey has been left bemused by the

0:27:460:27:51

attention, insisting many others

went the extra mile to keep the NHS

0:27:510:27:56

going through the storm.

0:27:560:28:01

The Winter Paralympics

are officially under way

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after an opening ceremony

in the Korean resort of Pyeongchang.

0:28:050:28:08

Paralympics GB are sending

their biggest team since 2006

0:28:080:28:10

and hoping to win up

to a dozen medals.

0:28:100:28:12

Kate Grey is in Pyeongchang.

0:28:120:28:19

It was just under two weeks ago the

Olympics drew to a close in

0:28:190:28:24

Pyeongchang and now it is the turn

of the Paralympics. The crowd were

0:28:240:28:29

treated to a spectacular opening

ceremony and despite weather issues

0:28:290:28:34

and problems with rehearsals, it

went off without a hitch. The

0:28:340:28:42

biggest Winter Paralympics to date.

Drummers and dancers, the

0:28:420:28:47

traditional charms of Korea opening

the show. Nothing could be done

0:28:470:28:54

about the fog covered fireworks.

Heavy snow prevented a full

0:28:540:29:00

rehearsal so a slight fly kick up

could be forgiven.

Onto the parade.

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Here they come, Great Britain. Owen

Pick leading the way. A great honour

0:29:070:29:13

for the soldier turned snowboarder.

The British team enjoying the party

0:29:130:29:19

atmosphere. The International

Paralympic Committee wanted north

0:29:190:29:22

and South Korea to march under a

unified flag. The team preferring to

0:29:220:29:30

walk out separately. The host nation

completing the procession. The cold

0:29:300:29:35

meant no hanging around with teams

sneaking in and out of the stadium.

0:29:350:29:40

The crowd were treated to an

eclectic mix. A snowboarding bare.

0:29:400:29:46

Weird and wonderful contraptions on

wheels. And the flaw putting on a

0:29:460:29:51

dazzling show with the help of

performers. Formalities were also

0:29:510:29:56

there. The flame brought into the

stadium in the united hands of North

0:29:560:30:02

and South Korean athlete before

lighting the cauldron in spectacular

0:30:020:30:05

style. The fog clearing for the

traditional fireworks finale. The

0:30:050:30:14

action begins tomorrow with plenty

of British interests. If the weather

0:30:140:30:21

behaves, Alpine skiing begins with

the downhill and there will be medal

0:30:210:30:24

hopes resting on the

0:30:240:30:30

hopes resting on the shoulders of

athletes. They will be hoping to get

0:30:300:30:34

back on the podium. Elsewhere, Scott

Mina will represent Great Britain

0:30:340:30:39

for the first time in Nordic skiing

for the first time in 20 years.

0:30:390:30:43

Competing in six out of the eight

days. Finally the curling team will

0:30:430:30:49

hope to begin their campaign with a

win. A busy day to start here.

0:30:490:30:53

Thank you. And now the weather.

0:30:530:30:59

win. A busy day to start here.

Thank you. And now the weather.

0:30:590:31:03

Weather-wise we have a mixture of

conditions. Turning cloudy across

0:31:030:31:07

England and Wales but further north

in Cumbria also cloud, contrast and

0:31:070:31:13

good sunshine in parts of Scotland.

The weather is changing because

0:31:130:31:17

further south we have low pressure

and a weather front. This cloud, not

0:31:170:31:24

a straight weather front, and one

that will bring pulses of rain. The

0:31:240:31:30

rain is beginning to arrive across

parts of south west England now. We

0:31:300:31:35

have showers moving across Scotland,

as well. The showers continue for

0:31:350:31:40

the rest of the day. Further south

cloud will thicken up with outbreaks

0:31:400:31:46

of rain arriving and that will turn

heavier in a rush hour across

0:31:460:31:51

central, southern England and

south-east England. Up to 12

0:31:510:31:56

Celsius, not bad for the time of

year. Overnight rain working

0:31:560:32:01

northwards. Getting into Northern

Ireland by the end of the night. We

0:32:010:32:06

will see a contrast in temperatures.

South-westerly winds blowing in

0:32:060:32:11

milder air and by the end of the

night, ten, 11 degrees in Cardiff

0:32:110:32:16

and London but cold in Scotland and

cold enough for pockets of frost. As

0:32:160:32:22

far as the weekend goes, you will

see spells of rain, turning milder

0:32:220:32:29

as the weekend goes on. Brisk winds,

particularly on Saturday and often a

0:32:290:32:34

lot of cloud in the sky. Saturday

looks like this. Rain pushing across

0:32:340:32:41

northern England and into Northern

Ireland and Scotland. There could be

0:32:410:32:45

snow across higher parts of Scotland

but as the milder air works in, snow

0:32:450:32:50

will turn back to rain. Rain across

Wales in south-west England, perhaps

0:32:500:32:56

lingering into the first part of the

afternoon. It will be cloudy, but on

0:32:560:33:02

the mild side, particularly eastern

England where it could reach 15

0:33:020:33:06

Celsius. Another band of rain moving

get across southern counties of

0:33:060:33:10

England could be heavy, with under

mixed in perhaps. And rain not far

0:33:100:33:16

from the East coast. Further north

west, lighter winds, more sunshine.

0:33:160:33:21

That is the latest weather.

0:33:210:33:23

west, lighter winds, more sunshine.

That is the latest weather. That is

0:33:230:33:25

all.

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So it's goodbye from me -

and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

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