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A "decisive" step forward

on the road to Brexit as Britain

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and Brussels reach a deal

on the transition period.

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They agree on how much Britain owes

and the rights of EU citizens -

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but how to avoid a hard border

in Ireland remains an issue.

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TRANSLATION:

A decisive

step remains a step.

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We are not at the end of the road

and there is a lot of work

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still to be done on important

subjects including Ireland

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and Northern Ireland.

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We'll be looking at the agreement

in detail and asking how much

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of a step forward it is.

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Also this lunchtime...

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International chemical weapons

experts arrive in UK to examine

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the nerve agent used to poison

the former Russian

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spy and his daughter.

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A 26-year-old British

woman from Sussex has

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been killed in Syria,

fighting alongside Kurdish forces.

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Dozens of motorists stranded

overnight in Devon as the mini

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Beast from the East

brings more disruption.

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And teetering on the edge -

the homes in Norfolk evacuated over

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the weekend amid high

winds and waves.

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And coming up in the sport,

Rory McIlroy is favourite to win

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golf's first major of the year,

The Masters, after his first

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victory in 18 months,

at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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The Brexit Secretary,

David Davis, and the EU's chief

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negotiator, Michel Barnier,

say it is a decisive step forward.

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They announced this morning that

they've reached agreement on a large

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part of the deal for Britain's

departure from the EU -

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from the rights of EU citizens,

to the transition period and how

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much the UK will pay.

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But how to avoid a hard border

in Ireland is still an issue.

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The announcement comes ahead

of an EU summit later this week

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which the Prime Minister hopes

will pave the way

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for talks on trade.

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Our Europe Correspondent,

Damian Grammaticus, is in Brussels.

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Today has been a busy day here in

Brussels, David Davis called it a

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significant step, Mr Barnier called

it a decisive step. The outline

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agreement for this transition period

that would come in in one year's

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time when the UK leads the EU, the

link all the rules and trading

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freely but there are crucial issues

remain an earlier today the Irish

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Foreign Minister was here to make

sure the Irish border issue was not

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overlooked.

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First thing this morning and it was

the Irish Foreign Minister who was

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in Brussels meeting Michel Barnier

before David Davis got there. His

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aim was to see to it that Irish

concerns remained uppermost in the

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Brexit negotiations. Simon Coveney

began the day tweeting that he was

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on an early flight to ensure there

would be no backsliding on the Irish

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border issue. After his meeting,

eight satisfied looking Mr Kirby

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said that solidarity with the EU

partners remained strong. --

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satisfied looking Simon Coveney. A

little later it was David Davis's

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turn, hoping a transition deal could

be secured but to do so was urgent

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with Brexit just a year away.

Are

you confident today?

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you confident today?

We are

determined, Mr Barnier said. When

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they re-emerged it was to say they

had agreed to a transition period

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after Brexit where the UK will be

outside the EU but continued to

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trade freely with it.

This not need

the late investment decisions based

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on guesses about the future deal --

need not delay. Businesses have

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certainty about the terms that will

a plight immediately after our

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withdrawal which means they can

continue to operate with confidence

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as the design of the future

partnership with the EU becomes

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clear.

Mr Barnier displayed on the

screen is the full text of the

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withdrawal treaty, yellow highlights

for the clauses that still needed

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work. The EU is insisting on its

so-called backstop option where

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Northern Ireland might stay fully

aligned with EU rules to avoid a new

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border or so we agreed today that a

backstop solution must form part of

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the legal text of the withdrawal

agreement.

The backstop will apply

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unless and until another solution is

found.

The UK is still hoping a

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border can be avoided if it does not

now present a better option than the

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alignment of all parts of the island

of Ireland should be the solution.

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There are still tricky issues to

address here, the UK gained some

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things and it will be able to

negotiate and sign trade deals in

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that condition is not implement them

and it has signed up to the shorter

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transition the EU wanted and all

citizens rights should be guaranteed

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through the transition period, for

EU citizens moving to the UK. All of

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this will go to the EU leaders who

meet here at the end of the week for

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them to give the green light for

talks to begin on the future

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relationship.

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Our Assistant Political Editor,

Norman Smith, is in Westminster.

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A decisive step forward, how

significant is it?

I think any way

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you slice it it is a significant

moment because we now have an end

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date for the final departure from

all existing EU rules and

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regulations, December 2020, and you

can probably hear the sighs of

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relief echoing around large part of

Westminster and the business

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community because it gives us a

buffer zone. For business, 21 months

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in which to get used to life outside

a single bucket and for government

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time to put in place new procedures

in terms of customs policy and trade

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policy, immigration policy and to

try to solve some of the remaining

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fundamental difficulties in

particularly the issue around the

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Northern Ireland border. It is

another key plank in the road to

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Brexit. We had the withdrawal

agreement in December and now

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agreement on transition. The

difficulty is the price that has had

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to be paid and for many Brexiteers,

they ponder whether it is too high.

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They don't like the fact that during

this transition period we will still

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be subject to the rulings of the

European court, we will have to

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accept new EU rules, we will in

effect remain part of the single

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market, freedom of movement will

largely continue as is. The question

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is, do the Brexiteers go on the war

path and try to tear down this

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agreement? The answer is no, I don't

think they will because however

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uncomfortable they might be with

aspects of this deal, for then the

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end goal of leaving the EU is so

important that they don't want to do

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anything to jeopardise it by

potentially undermining this

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transition deal.

Thank you.

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And you can keep across the latest

developments following today's

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agreement between Britain and the EU

on the BBC News website.

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International chemical weapons

experts have arrived in Salisbury

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to examine the nerve agent used

to poison the former Russian spy

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Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

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The team, from the Organisation

for the Prohibition

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of Chemical Weapons,

will also visit the military

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research base at Porton

Down in Wiltshire.

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It comes a day after

the Foreign Secretary,

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Boris Johnson, accused the Russian

government of stockpiling nerve

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Our correspondent Duncan

Kennedy is in Salisbury.

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I think the arrival of those weapons

inspectors at Porton Down, Distin

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the road, will be crucial to

confirming that agent is Russian.

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The Foreign Secretary, Boris

Johnson, said today in Brussels that

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Russian accusations to the contrary

were, in his words come increasingly

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absurd, but Moscow has repeated what

it believes to be the truth is the

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exact opposite of what Britain is

saying, they are saying that

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Britain's claims are groundless.

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Porton Down is an isolated facility

on Salisbury Plain that has operated

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since the First World War and it is

that expertise built up over a

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century that is the foundation of

its world-class reputation for

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testing chemical weapons. The team

from the Organisation for the

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Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was

invited here by the government. They

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are expected to spend up to a week

talking to scientists and others

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involved in the investigation buzzed

up the process will be very

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rigorous, they are the professional

body.

They are investigators from

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the UN, very experienced operators

and they do this all over the place.

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They have been to Syria many times

to investigate chemical weapons.

For

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two weeks experts have been filmed

taking what looks like samples from

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across Salisbury. It has not been

made public whether the nerve agent

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in board was delivered at a powder,

liquid or other form. The team that

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has arrived at Porton Down will be

crucial to confirming the nature of

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the nerve agent. It inspectors will

discuss first how to transport

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samples of the nerve agent from

Porton Down out of the country. The

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samples will be sent for analysis to

one or more of around 20 approved

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laboratories at their disposal. It

might take at least two weeks for

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the results to come through.

Although that process will not be

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quick, Britain is confident that the

inspectors will confirm the nerve

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agent comes from Russia and today

the foreign ministers from the EU

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gave what they called their

unqualified solidarity to Britain's

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case. The Foreign Secretary, also in

Brussels, said Russian denials were

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becoming increasingly absurd.

This

is a classic Russian strategy of

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trying to conceal the needle of

truth in a haystack of lies and

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obfuscation.

Moscow said again today

it had no involvement in the attack

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on Sergei and Yulia Skripal on the

4th of March. Mr Skripal's BMW seems

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to be a focus of the police

enquiries, with multiple requests to

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the public asking them if they saw

it. It is one of nearly 800 pieces

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of evidence gathered by officers in

what they have described as a

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complex and challenging

investigation.

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At the heart of the investigation is

the nerve agent but we will have to

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be patient on this. As inspectors

have said time and again, it could

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take two or more weeks before the

final independent results come

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through. Duncan Kennedy, thank you.

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Vladimir Putin is beginning another

six years in power after declaring

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an overwhelming victory

in Russia's presidential election.

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Mr Putin is said to have

received more than three

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quarters of the votes.

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The main opposition

leader, Alexei Navalny,

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was barred from standing.

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And there have been complaints

of an unfair election,

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including counting irregularities

and forced voting,

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as Richard Galpin reports.

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Vladimir Putin emerging

triumphant, yet again,

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in front of his supporters,

in Moscow last night.

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This, following an election

from which any serious opposition

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candidates had been excluded.

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And today the Russian media,

most of which is controlled

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by the Kremlin, also revelling

in his appointment as president

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for another six years.

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And yet, CCTV footage from polling

stations posted on social media

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here tells a different story -

of blatant rigging.

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These women stuffing ballot boxes.

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There are reports of hundreds

of violations during the vote.

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Officials, though, say

the violations this time were far

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fewer than in the last election.

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And Mr Putin is already

concentrating again on the big

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issues of state, including

the crisis with Britain over

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the poisoning of the Skripals.

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He is adamant the Kremlin

was not behind the attack.

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TRANSLATION:

It is rubbish, drivel,

nonsense, to think that Russia

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would do something like that ahead

of a presidential election

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and the World Cup.

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And this respected academic told me

it would have made no sense

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for the Russian state to have been

involved in the poisoning.

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The last thing that Putin needs

right now is to have

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another problem, not even

with the United Kingdom,

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but with the West at large.

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My assumption has always been that

after elections he would start

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making cautious steps

in the direction of some kind

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of limited reconciliation.

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So if not the Kremlin itself,

some here believe it could be

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connected to the murky world

of powerful factions swirling

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around the president -

those determined to keep Russia

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isolated from the West.

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Richard Galpin, BBC News, Moscow.

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A 26-year-old British woman has been

killed in northern Syria,

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fighting alongside Kurdish forces.

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It's understood that Anna Campbell,

who was from Lewes in East Sussex,

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died in the town of Afrin,

which has been the target

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of Turkish bombing.

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Our Turkey Correspondent,

Mark Lowen, reports.

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From the calm of East Sussex, Anna

Campbell felt a calling to fight in

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Syria pulls up in guvnor 26-year-old

plumber and human rights campaigner,

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she joined the Kurdish militia last

year, dyeing her blonde hair to

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stand out less. She was killed

reportedly in an air strike by

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Turkey in its offences against the

YPG Kurdish fighters. Her father

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called her principled and brave.

She

was quite adamant about it. I said,

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you could be killed. And she said, I

know, dad, there's nothing I can do

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to reassure you about that but I

have to do this because it is the

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most important thing for me.

Seven

other British nationals have died

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fighting with the Kurds in Syria and

Iraq, Anna Campbell is the first

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British woman killed. Turkey

declared victory over the weekend at

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it seized the town of Afrin from the

YPG who it sees as terrorists are

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links to Kurdish militants within

Turkey. The town bears the scars of

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a two-month offensive, some 200,000

residents fleeing, the first now

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returning, but as troops tore down a

Kurdish statue and looted shops,

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there is a fear that justice is

becoming retribution. An outpouring

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of nationalism in Turkey had

accompanied this funds, crushing

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itch age-old Kurdish foes unite a

polarised country. This said

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Turkey's victory Day, another says,

we wrote history in Afrin. Turkey

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might move on to other areas also

held by the YPG, going against the

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West which sees the Kurds as allies

in Syria. Anna Campbell died

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fighting for those Western allies,

another life, another figure in the

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half a million killed in Syria's

war.

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Our top story this lunchtime.

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The government says it's taken

a "decisive step" forward

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in negotiations with the EU over

Britain's departure.

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And still to come...

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Paralympics GB are on their way home

after their most successful medal

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haul at a Winter games since 1984.

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Coming up in sport, former England

and Wigan winger Josh Charnley has

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joined Warrington Wolves

with immediate effect.

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He ends a 17-month stint

in rugby union with Sale.

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It was dubbed the Mini

Beast from the East -

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but it has still caused big problems

in parts of England and Wales.

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Over 700 schools are closed again

today, after more than 20

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centimetres of snow fell

in Wales and South West England.

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About 80 motorists were forced

to stay overnight, at an emergency

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centre set up in a college

near the A30 in Devon.

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Among those stranded were a bride

and groom on their wedding night,

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as Sean Dilley reports.

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This rescue centre in Devon was not

were newlyweds Sarah and John

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planned to spend their first night

as husband and wife. The couple were

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among dozens of motorists offered

safe haven at Okehampton College.

We

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were fortunate in that we could get

off the road at Okehampton, made the

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decision there and then. Then we

came into town. There's nowhere to

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stay. There a voluntary group run by

Devon City Council who came and

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rescued us and brought us here to

Okehampton College.

The county

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councils say they helped about 80

people seek refuge from the snow

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after police closed a 64 mile

stretch of the a 30.

We certainly

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had the majority of people

travelling on the a 30 caught out by

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snowdrifts. People are on the minor

roads and got stuck and couldn't get

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any further. They came to us for

someone and shelter for the night

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before getting under way today.

More

than 20 centimetres of snow fall has

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been recorded in central and

southern England, with hundreds of

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schools across Devon, Cornwall on

Somerset shut. In Wales, more than

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200 schools were either partially or

fully closed, and in Scotland

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temperatures fell to minus five.

Police say anyone travelling should

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be alert to local device.

-- advice.

The advice must be heeded. Keep a

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close eye on social media, look at

the weather warnings and advice and

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take heed of that advice. Don't

become complacent just because the

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major route are looking OK. As soon

as you come of those main roads, a

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lot of the minor routes are

treacherous.

The Met office has

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issued a fresh weather warning for

England and Wales. They say ice is

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likely to form, increasing the risk

of accidents. Sean Dilley, the BBC

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News.

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Sarah Ransome is in Okehampton.

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Are things starting to improve? They

are. The situation is slowly

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improving. The snowploughs have been

out overnight and they have been out

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all morning to try and clear those

roads, particularly the A30 that was

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shut for quite some period last

night. It only reopened about half

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past eight, nine o'clock this

morning, when the emergency services

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were clear that it was safe for

motorists to drive. I drove down

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with myself and there were still

stranded car is slowly being

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recovered by recovery vehicles and

taken away, so that the sides of the

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road were clear and suitable for the

lanes to be opened up. As you can

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tell, we had a lot of snow here

overnight. Freezing temperatures

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caused some of those problems with

ice forming on the roads as well as

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the amount of snow. That is

improving. Hundreds of schools are

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still shut this lunchtime. It is not

clear yet when they will open. With

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a yellow warning of ice overnight

tonight, Devon and Cornwall police

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are advising drivers not to go out

after dark if they can possibly

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avoid it. They don't want a repeat

of what happened last night.

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Sera, thank you.

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They've been described

as the "crack cocaine of gambling" -

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fixed odds betting terminals

on which you can bet

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£100 every 20 seconds.

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Now the Gambling Commission -

the government's adviser on gambling

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- has said no-one should

be allowed to bet more

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than £30 on them at a time.

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Betting shops say such cuts

will mean job losses

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across the industry.

0:20:240:20:26

Now the government must

decide what to do,

0:20:260:20:28

as our personal finance

correspondent, Simon

0:20:280:20:29

Gompertz, reports.

0:20:290:20:34

Costly, addictive, a scourge

on vulnerable gamblers -

0:20:340:20:40

these machines, mainly in betting

shops, are blamed for ruining lives.

0:20:400:20:42

Terry White from Cardiff told

us he lost £250,000 on

0:20:420:20:48

fixed-odds betting terminals,

and 15,000 in one day.

0:20:480:20:52

It's a massive rollercoaster

because the health

0:20:520:20:54

implications, the emotions,

the loss obviously of

0:20:540:20:58

a large amount of money.

0:20:580:20:59

Although it was money that

I'd won, it still meant

0:20:590:21:02

I lost my house.

0:21:020:21:03

I've been fortunate enough

that the council have found

0:21:030:21:08

me accommodation, which I'm very

grateful for, because I was facing

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being homeless.

0:21:110:21:12

What the Gambling Commission

is proposing is a limit

0:21:120:21:14

of £2 on stakes in slot machines,

but a maximum of up to £30 for the

0:21:140:21:18

more popular roulette terminals.

0:21:180:21:19

Also, more careful tracking of how

much individual gamblers are

0:21:190:21:22

spending, but not the £2 restriction

for all machines that many

0:21:220:21:24

had been called for.

0:21:240:21:29

The evidence we have showed

you need to come down to

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at least £30 to have a significant

impact on the harms and the risk of

0:21:320:21:36

harms that people face.

0:21:360:21:39

What was clear was that there was no

individual figure that acted as a

0:21:390:21:42

magic bullet, which is why

we are suggesting £30 or less.

0:21:420:21:46

For the Gambling

Commission it is also an

0:21:460:21:48

argument about freedom.

0:21:480:21:50

Should they put very tight controls

on our freedom to gamble?

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And if they do, will people

use their freedom of

0:21:530:21:55

choice just to gamble

online instead?

0:21:550:21:59

So there's a possibility for a £2

maximum, only on the slot machines,

0:21:590:22:03

which are a tiny minority

of the business.

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Whereas the roulette games,

their maximum could

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be much higher than they

feared, at up to £30.

0:22:100:22:15

That is causing campaigners to

complain that this is a sell-out to

0:22:150:22:17

the bookmaking industry.

0:22:170:22:21

It will be no help

whatsoever, because the

0:22:210:22:24

damage would still be irreparable.

0:22:240:22:26

£2 is the only sensible,

logical and moral -

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and I use the word moral strongly -

it is the only moral outcome.

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Not to be protectionist,

but to make sure

0:22:350:22:39

that we are doing the right

thing by society.

0:22:390:22:41

Betting shops have warned

that a £2 limit on all machines

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would result in thousands

of outlets closing.

0:22:440:22:49

It is now up to ministers to decide

how tough the restrictions will be.

0:22:490:22:52

Simon Gompertz, BBC News.

0:22:520:23:00

TV presenter and McPartlin has been

released after being arrested on

0:23:050:23:08

suspicion of drunk driving.

0:23:080:23:10

He was detained yesterday afternoon

following a collision involving two

0:23:100:23:12

other cars in Mortlake in south-west

London.

0:23:120:23:14

Several people were treated for

minor injuries after the accident,

0:23:140:23:16

and a child was taken to hospital

as a precaution.

0:23:160:23:18

This year has been a tough one

for many British retailers,

0:23:180:23:21

with high profile problems at chains

such as Toys R Us and Maplin

0:23:210:23:24

making the headlines.

0:23:240:23:26

Earlier this month,

John Lewis cut its staff bonus

0:23:260:23:27

to its lowest level in decades.

0:23:270:23:29

But its new boss, Paula Nickolds,

says there's still plenty of life

0:23:290:23:32

left in the high street.

0:23:320:23:33

She's been speaking to our

correspondent, Emma Simpson,

0:23:330:23:35

as the firm opens a huge new store

in West London.

0:23:350:23:43

It's a new look for an old name. At

John Lewis' 50th store, things are

0:23:430:23:49

getting personal. There is a

concierge desk to plan your visit.

0:23:490:23:54

There is a room for workshops. On

how to do stuff around the house.

0:23:540:24:02

And partners have been trained by an

actor.

Hello Emma, and welcome to

0:24:020:24:08

John Lewis.

But why get ready to

open a new big expensive department

0:24:080:24:13

store when so much shopping is now

being done online?

We think that the

0:24:130:24:19

much discussed high Street dying

story is overstated. Customers still

0:24:190:24:26

want to have physical experiences.

They want personal interactions.

0:24:260:24:30

Looking around this shop and --

today, you can see it as a very

0:24:300:24:36

exciting things still to do.

It is

not the only retailer rethinking the

0:24:360:24:41

role of the department store. A few

doors down, Debenhams is opening

0:24:410:24:48

restaurants and gymnasiums. House of

Fraser is trying to reduce its

0:24:480:24:51

surplus space to save money. These

are tough times for department

0:24:510:24:54

stores.

The big challenge to make

the space profitable, because

0:24:540:25:00

they've got so much, they are

filling it with physical experiences

0:25:000:25:03

we can't get online and hoping we

will spend money on their products

0:25:030:25:07

at the same time. But of course the

challenge is to make all that space

0:25:070:25:10

profitable.

I asked the new John Lewis boss if

0:25:100:25:14

the UK had simply too much of it.

There is no doubt that consumer

0:25:140:25:20

behaviour is changing and that

currently consumer confidence is

0:25:200:25:23

low. That means all retailers have

to be at the very top of their game.

0:25:230:25:27

And it will mean that the strong,

evolve, adapt and survive, and

0:25:270:25:33

others may not.

She this one will be

a crowd pleaser. But as the lights

0:25:330:25:39

go on here, where else in our high

streets will they be going out?

0:25:390:25:44

Emma Simpson, BBC News, West London.

0:25:440:25:45

Britian's Paralympics

team are on their way

0:25:450:25:46

home from South Korea,

after the Winter Paralympics drew

0:25:460:25:49

to a close yesterday.

0:25:490:25:50

Paralympics GB are celebrating

their most successful medal haul

0:25:500:25:52

at a winter games since 1984.

0:25:520:25:54

Kate Grey sent us this

report from PyeongChang.

0:25:540:26:00

The past ten days have seen

the British team pushed

0:26:000:26:02

to the limits on the snow

and ice and Pyeongchang.

0:26:020:26:07

Disappointment for the curlers,

as they came up short, and the

0:26:070:26:09

snowboarders faltered.

0:26:090:26:11

But on the ski slopes

it was a different story -

0:26:110:26:16

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide,

Jen Kehoe, winning four medals,

0:26:160:26:19

including gold on the final day,

to become Britain's most successful

0:26:190:26:22

Winter Paralympians.

0:26:220:26:24

It's been amazing.

It's been an incredible event.

0:26:240:26:28

Everyone has been really

helpful, really lovely.

0:26:280:26:30

It's really nice to have family

and friends supporting us.

0:26:300:26:35

The resilience that

the athletes have

0:26:350:26:38

shown, and certainly Menna and Jen

from a DNF in race one

0:26:380:26:42

to gold in race five.

0:26:420:26:43

And I think the preparation

and the ability for them

0:26:430:26:47

to deliver those kind of

performances is down to talent, but

0:26:470:26:50

also the support behind the scenes.

0:26:500:26:53

Great Britain had a target of six

to 12 medals in Pyeongchang, aiming

0:26:530:26:57

to equal and with the ambition

to improve on their performance from

0:26:570:27:00

four years ago, where they won six

medals and an historic gold.

0:27:000:27:03

And with British athletes competing

across more sports than ever before

0:27:030:27:06

at a Winter Games,

the target seemed achievable.

0:27:060:27:09

And it was, thanks to one sport,

one classification and a

0:27:090:27:12

small number of athletes

winning all seven medals.

0:27:120:27:16

But it does call into question

the breadth and depth of the

0:27:160:27:18

British team.

0:27:180:27:20

I'm proud of every single one

of the 17 athletes that

0:27:200:27:22

came here to Pyeongchang

to represent Paralympic GB.

0:27:220:27:26

Yes, the medals came

from snow, but every one

0:27:260:27:29

of those athletes did

give it their all.

0:27:290:27:33

The games drew to a fitting close

with Britain's golden girls

0:27:330:27:35

carrying the flag.

0:27:350:27:43

The International Paralympic

Committee could also

0:27:450:27:46

celebrate, with more nations taking

part than ever before, and a record

0:27:460:27:49

number of tickets sold.

0:27:490:27:50

They can now call these

games the greatest Winter

0:27:500:27:52

Paralympics to date.

0:27:520:27:53

Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

0:27:530:27:54

They are teetering

on the edge of a cliff -

0:27:540:27:57

more than 10 homes in the Norfolk

village of Hemsby were

0:27:570:27:59

evacuated at the weekend

amid high winds and waves.

0:27:590:28:02

Their owners have been told that

it's too dangerous to go back

0:28:020:28:04

and their properties are in danger

of falling into the sea.

0:28:040:28:07

Robbie West reports.

0:28:070:28:12

On the cliff edge, homes hung over

the sea this morning in Hemsby,

0:28:120:28:15

following another night of strong

winds and stormy seas.

0:28:150:28:19

People started to leave on Friday.

0:28:190:28:22

As the tide was drawing in, lifeboat

crews helped move people out.

0:28:220:28:25

Stephen Chadwick knew

he had to go after

0:28:250:28:27

seeing his garden

disappear overnight.

0:28:270:28:31

I bought it for sea views,

beautiful sea views.

0:28:310:28:33

And now the sea has taken it away.

0:28:330:28:35

Woke up this morning,

had a cup of coffee at half

0:28:350:28:37

past seven at the back door.

0:28:370:28:39

I felt - it was like

an earthquake, and the

0:28:390:28:41

cliff just went.

0:28:410:28:44

Just in total shock,

and watching people taking

0:28:440:28:48

most of the house apart.

I don't think I'll be here tomorrow.

0:28:480:28:51

Homeowners were evacuated following

a fortnight of high tides and

0:28:510:28:55

easterly winds that washed

the coast's natural defences away.

0:28:550:28:58

The next morning,

the damage could be seen.

0:28:580:29:01

The council say 13 homes remain

in a precarious position, and

0:29:010:29:04

are being inspected

after each high tide.

0:29:040:29:08

These properties probably

won't be lived in again.

0:29:080:29:12

The damage caused -

I was up there Friday, then

0:29:120:29:18

Saturday, and what was there,

that is actually gone.

0:29:180:29:23

Paul Ray joined the lifeboat crews

after seeing his home.

0:29:230:29:26

He believes it's unsafe for his wife

and dogs to return to the

0:29:260:29:31

house they have lived

in for the past eight years.

0:29:310:29:33

To look at it, I think

to myself, that's my home and

0:29:330:29:36

I've lost it.

0:29:360:29:37

But obviously I've got to look

on the positive side, that I

0:29:370:29:41

wasn't in there last night, nobody

lost their lives are anything.

0:29:410:29:44

And everybody got us out

and looked after us very well.

0:29:440:29:46

So I've got to move

forward, though I have

0:29:460:29:48

lost my home.

0:29:480:29:49

Five years ago here in Hemsby,

three homes were washed away

0:29:490:29:52

following a storm surge.

0:29:520:29:55

13 homes are in immediate

danger this time.

0:29:550:29:58

As owners return today, they hope

history won't repeat itself.

0:29:580:30:00

Robbie West, BBC News, Hemsby.

0:30:000:30:06

Time for the weather

with Darren Bett.

0:30:060:30:09

Time for the weather

with Darren Bett.

0:30:090:30:13

The Mini Beast from the East, Helu

banished it?

0:30:130:30:16

It is gone. All gone. It doesn't

feel quite as cold today across the

0:30:160:30:22

UK. Through the week ahead it is

slowly turning milder and milder. We

0:30:220:30:27

are more likely to get rain from

midweek than snow. We have banished

0:30:270:30:33

the cold easterly wind. We get winds

for a while. It changes

0:30:330:30:39

significantly. We get Atlantic air

which will bring some rain. A lot of

0:30:390:30:44

snow still. Particularly in the

south-west. Some areas, not much

0:30:440:30:50

snow at all. For most of us, we are

seeing the sunshine. That is a

0:30:500:30:56

welcome change. A chilly wind for

England and Wales causing the drifts

0:30:560:31:01

to blow around. Temperatures higher

than recent days. We have got

0:31:010:31:06

sunshine today and not much cloud

but there is cloud lurking in the

0:31:060:31:10

North Sea. With that northerly wind

it will push the cloud inland across

0:31:100:31:15

England and Wales. Probably drive

pretty much everywhere. It will

0:31:150:31:19

limit the amount of frost. Northern

Ireland and Scotland have clear

0:31:190:31:26

skies and light winds. Here we are

closer to the centre of this area of

0:31:260:31:29

high pressure. It is this which gets

rid of that snow falling. We have a

0:31:290:31:35

cold wind phrased in parts of

England. We still have a fair bit of

0:31:350:31:39

cloud through the day. Maybe some

drizzly showers. Otherwise it will

0:31:390:31:45

be fine. Sunshine at times east of

the meridian, western fringes of

0:31:450:31:51

England and Wales. The best of the

sunshine for Northern Ireland.

0:31:510:31:54

Temperatures will be higher than

today. Seven to 9 degrees. If we

0:31:540:32:00

look ahead to Wednesday, this is

where we start to see the Atlantic

0:32:000:32:04

air coming in. We are picking up

this south-westerly wind. That means

0:32:040:32:08

they could cloud in the South West.

-- north-west. Outbreaks of rain in

0:32:080:32:15

Western Scotland. Dry and bright in

England and Wales. Temperatures up

0:32:150:32:19

to 10 degrees in Northern Ireland

and Scotland. More active weather

0:32:190:32:22

fronts later in the week. The first

on Wednesday not amounting to much.

0:32:220:32:27

High pressure gets squeezed to the

south, allowing us to get into this

0:32:270:32:30

Atlantic air later in the week. If

the band of cloud and outbreaks of

0:32:300:32:35

rain coming into Northern Ireland

and Western Scotland. A large part

0:32:350:32:38

of the UK, Thursday will be a dry

day. Sunshine at times. Those

0:32:380:32:45

temperatures up to 1112 Celsius.

Normal for the of

0:32:450:32:47

temperatures up to 1112 Celsius.

Normal for the of the year.

0:32:470:32:48

Positively balmy.

0:32:480:32:48

A reminder of our main

story this lunchtime...

0:32:480:32:54

A decisive step forwards says

Britain and Brussels as they agree

0:32:540:32:58

much of the draft treaty which will

seal the UK's departure from the EU.

0:32:580:33:01

That's all from the BBC News at One,

so it's goodbye from me.

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