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A new legal challenge to allow the terminally ill the right to die


Noel Conway has motor neurone disease and is taking his


But it's a move fiercely resisted by others.


I have a right to determine how I should die, and more


We already have to fight for the right to live.


Please, don't help us for the right to die.


MPs rejected so called assisted dying back in 2015.


Donald Trump calls allegations of Russian hacking a political


"witch hunt", as he's briefed by US spy masters.


How some diesel cars produce double the toxic


While China's pollution creates a smog cloud


# You should come to my hood, my hood, my hood...#


A 22-year-old singer-songwriter tipped for the top.


In Sportsday, we are at the London stadium for West Ham against


Manchester City. Good evening and welcome


to the BBC News at Six. A terminally ill man has begun


a legal fight for the right Noel Conway, who's 67,


has motor neurone disease and says he fears becoming "entombed"


in his own body as his Mr Conway, who is being backed


by the campaign group Dignity In Dying, wants a doctor to be able


to prescribe a lethal dose when his health


deteriorates further. The case will be the first


High Court challenge since MPs rejected an attempt to introduce


assisted dying in 2015. Our medical correspondent Fergus


Walsh has this exclusive report. I fear very soon I shall be


entombed in my own body, and the thought of that fills me


with absolute horror. Day by day, Noel Conway is gradually


losing all strength in his body. Increasingly, he relies


on his wife, Carol. He is too weak to take his own life,


so when his condition gets worse, he wants a doctor to be allowed


to give him a lethal dose. I have a right to determine


how I should die. And more importantly,


when I should die. And I want to do so when I have


a degree of dignity remaining to me. Noel often relies on a ventilator


to help him breathe. He is registered with the Swiss


suicide group Dignitas, but will soon be unable to travel,


so he is challenging the law here. Our current law condemns people


like me to unimaginable suffering. I'm just heading, really, on a slow,


slippery slope to hell. Noel was a keen walker,


climber and skier. His family support his right to die


but don't want to play It places me in an


intolerable position. We need the assistance


of professionals, of medical staff, The courts have shown leniency


with relatives involved in assisting a suicide,


but campaigners, most recently Tony Nicklinson,


have never been able to persuade judges that doctors should be


allowed to end a life. This issue stirs huge passions,


and when MPs last voted, So does that mean this latest High


Court challenge is doomed to fail? While it is Parliament


that makes the law, So when the case comes here,


Noel Conway's legal team will seek a declaration that the current law


is not compatible with his basic human rights, to live


and die with dignity. Under the 1961 Suicide Act,


any doctor who helped end his life Baroness Jane Campbell has spinal


muscular atrophy and has been close A disability rights campaigner,


she says altering the law If the law were changed,


it would feed into society's fear that to be severely disabled,


to be trapped within your body, which I already practically am,


is a state worse than death. We already have to fight


for the right to live. Please don't help us


with the right to die. But that is exactly


what Noel Conway wants. Canada and California


have introduced assisted Noel is determined it


should happen here. But he knows he may run out of time


before his case is settled. Another challenge to the law less


than two years after the last one was rejected. What chance that this


will be successful? Well, the campaign group behind this knows


that they have no realistic hope of changing the law to introduce


Assisted Dying Bill parliament. MPs roundly rejected it two years ago,


and that included the safeguards they wanted, that two doctors and a


High Court judge would need to approve each case and it would need


to involve only terminally ill, mentally competent patients with


less than six months to live. So instead of now trying through MPs,


through parliament, they are putting the proposals in a real-life case


before judges to see what they make of it. The last time this went up


before the Supreme Court, two out of nine justices said base considered


the current rule -- said they considered the current will


incompatible with human rights. But those opposed will say, yes, have


sympathy for people like Noel Conway, have compassion, but it is


too dangerous to change the law. Donald Trump is being briefed by US


intelligence agencies on how they believe Russia conducted


a cyber hacking campaign to try to help him win


the presidential election. He has been openly sceptical


about it, and has described it in an interview as a political witch


hunt driven by his But the Vice President, Joe Biden,


said it's "absolutely mindless" for Mr Trump to claim he knows more


than the US intelligence agencies. Did a cyber attack on America


organised by Vladimir Putin help put US intelligence can't say


whether votes were changed or opinions altered


but they are convinced Russia wanted the billionaire to win and conducted


a multifaceted cyber campaign using hacking, propaganda and fake


news to boost his chances It wasn't just the billionaire who


celebrated his unexpected victory, Intercepted conversations reportedly


picked up senior figures in the Russian government rejoicing,


too, among them officials said to be Donald Trump will be told


by America's intelligence chiefs that the Russians tried much harder


to hack the computers of the Democratic National Committee


than those at Republican headquarters, and also that


go-betweens have been identified who allegedly handed stolen e-mails


to the website WikiLeaks. Details from the classified report


were leaked to NBC News, "How did NBC get an exclusive


look into the top-secret Vice President Joe Biden said it was


time for Donald Trump to grow up. The idea that you know more


than the intelligence community knows, is something like saying


"I know more about physics Donald Trump this morning complained


of a political witchhunt, and his spokesman said he is right


to be cautious. The President-elect has a healthy


scepticism of everything, People need to know that


when decisions are made, we've seen in the past that a rush


to judgment is not in This morning Donald Trump got


into an online dispute with Arnold Schwarzenegger over


ratings for the TV And so he continues


with his unconventional journey to the White House,


but troubled by that nagging question, did Russia


help him on his way? Hundreds of people have


attended the funeral in Huddersfield of Yassar Yaqub,


who was shot dead by police The inquest into his death


was opened this morning and heard that a gun was found in the foot


well of the passenger seat, Hundreds of people came to


Yassar Yaqub's funeral at a mosque Many didn't know him personally


but were here to support his family. His father, mother and sisters


were deeply distressed. The consistent thoughts from those


present is that they want answers as to why he was shot by police


on Monday night. His friends, family,


they need answers. As far as the gun culture


is concerned and criminal activity is concerned,


we strongly condemn that. But the question arises that the way


this was carried out, in my opinion it was totally


out of order. Investigators say they are working


as swiftly as possible and keeping But one key question about


the shooting was answered today. The police have already said a gun


was found in the white We know he was the front seat


passenger in the car. At the inquest into his death this


morning it was revealed the gun was found in the front passenger


footwell of the vehicle, Yassar Yaqub was listed in court


as being a 28-year-old office clerk. He was once accused and cleared


of trying to murder two people, His family and friends,


though, stress he was never Meanwhile a 30-year-old man arrested


on Monday as part of the police operation here has appeared in court


today charged with possession Moshin Amin from Dewsbury


was remanded in custody after his Modern diesel cars produce more


than twice as much toxic emissions as a lorry or bus of the same age,


according to new analysis from the International Council


on Clean Transportation. The report comes as one road


in central London breached its legal air pollution limits for 2017,


just five days into the new year. Other London roads are expected


to breach the limits shortly. It doesn't seem to make sense. How


can small diesel car engine speed twice as polluting as the engines on


20 tonne lorries and buses? This research comes from the same group


that exposed VW cheating its emissions, so why do they think


there is this huge difference between the latest cars and lorries?


It is not about the technology, because the technology for cars and


trucks is quite similar. It is more about the relation to how the


vehicles are tested. For trucks, they are testing real trucks under


real driving conditions, whereas for cars at its prototypes in the


laboratory, which makes a very big difference. The research focuses on


the average amount of poisonous nitrogen oxides being produced.


Lorries and buses belch out around 210 mg per kilometre. The latest


cars produced more than twice that amount. What is worse, cars can


become six or seven times dirtier once taken out of the laboratories


and put on the road. Welcome to Brixton Road, London, which has just


become famous for the wrong reasons. It has become the first St in


Britain to breach one of the European pollution laws for nitrogen


dioxide, a poisonous gas from diesel engines. The thing is, this is an


annual limit, and it breached it in just five days. London is the worst,


but many places around Britain are breaking air-quality laws. But this


isn't really about cars, but about the impact of pollution on our


bodies. Those particles get into the lungs and penetrate the lungs and


get into the blood circulation. And there, they circulate to the rest of


the body, and that is where you get the effects of pollution on not only


the lungs, but on the heart, on the brain, on the immune system. Car


testing is about to get much tougher. New European rules are


being rolled out from September but they will not be fully in place


until 2021, so it will be years before the tests are as rigorous as


they are for lorries. A man who is terminally ill


with motor neurone disease begins And still to come -


we hear from Britain's triple Tour He talks about doping in cycling and


the future of the sport. Coming up on BBC News, we will look ahead to


the third round of the FA Cup in Sportsday. It starts here with West


Ham against Manchester City but we've also take a closer look at


some of the non-league teams. As I mentioned earlier,


pollution is already a problem in London just six days


into the new year. But imagine leaving your


house and seeing this? This is Beijing -


which is currently experiencing one of the worst bouts of smog


to hit the city in years - reducing visibility


to less than 200 metres. And it's not


just China's capital A smog cloud 2000 miles long is now


blanketing cities from Beijing to Chengdu to Hunan province -


leaving them on the highest alert Our China


Correspondent John Sudworth reports from Shiijazhuang in


the last month has become Somewhere, underneath this


murky gloom, is a city And for the unfortunate


residents, this is normal. For the past 30 days,


the average air quality in this city has measured as hazardous


on the official scale. You can smell, even taste the coal


dust in the air, the grim, tangible reality of this country's


model of economic growth. And people have no choice


but to live, eat and sleep in this "It's like living under a cloud",


this noodle seller tells me. "The smog is harming


my children's health". "Of course I want to leave",


this man says, "but I can't afford to, and anyway,


the whole country is polluted". 200 miles away, the pollution


literally rolled into A toxic mix of coal dust from power


stations and car exhaust. The smog now regularly blankets


a huge swathe of northern China. And it is believed to cause


more than a million Public concern has forced


the Chinese government to begin investing heavily


in renewable energy. Those working in the sector believe


China can clean up its air, just as wealthier and more developed


countries once had to. So the experience in the UK,


they have spent, I think, over 40 years in solving


the air pollution issues. Actually, we don't need that much


time for the science research. We don't need that much time


to develop relevant technologies. So I think a lot of things are ripe


for us to make faster solutions. Those solutions can't come fast


enough for this city. Fossil fuels may have lifted China's


economy to ever greater heights, Scotland's First Minister Nicola


Sturgeon has suggested her preferred option of a second


referendum on independence could be put to one side if the UK follows


a strategy of so-called Let's talk to our Scotland


correspondent Glen Campbell outside Holyrood, does this signal a change


of heart by Ms Sturgeon? Does this single a change of heart?


Not quite, she remains committed independence. Watch it has made


clear today is that she would be prepared to put talk of another


independence referendum on hold for at least the next couple of years.


-- what it has. Whilst Brexit is being negotiated. If the UK


Government accepts her proposals for what she regards as a compromise.


You may remember, she set out last month her idea of a compromise deal


that would allow her to hold her nose and accept that travel tobacco


leave means Leave if the Scottish parliament becomes more powerful and


if the UK Government seeks to remain within the single market, or six a


deal that would allow Scotland to stay in. -- that leave means leave.


Theresa May is apparently considering these proposals. There


are no signs that she is prepared to accept them. That is why Nicola


Sturgeon has taken to social media to say that she believes another


referendum on independence is more likely than a soft Brexit.


Thank you. Britain's triple Tour de France


winner Chris Froome has been speaking about allegations


of doping in cycling. He says they've been "bad


for cycling and bad for sport" - and he said he would never take


substances usually banned but that are allowed for medical reasons -


as his former team mate He's been speaking to our


Sports Correspondent Olympic bronze and his third Tour de


France victory in four years, 2016 might have been a year


to forget for some Whilst British cycling


enjoys a golden age, off the road and track is mired


in controversy with doping's blurred A TUE, or Therapeutic Use Exemption,


allows athletes to take a banned substance for


genuine medical reasons. The issue is whether some have


exploited the system Just the fact that we're having that


debate about authenticity of TUEs, I think there's a problem


with the system. I think WADA, the anti-doping


authorities, need to tighten their regulations around TUEs,


so that they're not something In those leaks by Russian hackers


it was revealed that Froome's former team-mate,


Sir Bradley Wiggins, had received three TUE injections


before three major races It's perfectly legal,


but Froome revealed to me he refused one in 2015


on moral grounds. I didn't feel as if having a TUE


in the last week of the Tour de France was something


was prepared to... It just didn't sit well morally


with me that that was Do you think, therefore,


it's right we are asking questions, for example why Bradley Wiggins had


three corticosteroids Sure, I mean, I think it's only


healthy to ask those questions. Froome's team, Team Sky,


is currently the subject of a UK anti-doping investigation over


an incident involving a mystery package delivered


to Bradley Wiggins in 2011. I mean, it's not good


for sport in general, the fact that we are discussing


the validity of results and... And, as I said, that brings it back


to the authorities and something that they hopefully need


to tighten up on. As he attempts to win his fourth


tour this summer, the doping questions will again come


thick and fast. Froome's biggest desire is to leave


a cycling legacy no one Michelle Obama has made her last


speech as America's First Lady. She was speaking at the White House


- and it all got quite emotional. She gained her remarks at the


country's students. I want our young people to know that


they matter. That they belong. So don't be afraid. Do you hear me?


Young people, don't be afraid. Be focused.


So, I want to close today by simply saying...


Thank you for everything you do for our kids,


Being your First Lady has been the greatest honour of my life,


A 23 year-old singer songwriter called Ray BLK has won BBC


It's the first time an unsigned artist has topped the list -


which is picked by music critics to recognise emerging talent.


The panel has an enviable record of picking future stars.


Recent winners include Sam Smith and Adele.


Our Entertainment Correspondent Lizo Mzimba reports.


The Sound Of list highlights highlights the year's most exciting


For 23-year-old South London singer-songwriter Ray BLK


coming top came something as a surprise.


On the BBC Music Sound Of list you are the winner.


Her neighbourhood, her childhood, all


# I'll show you gangsters don't you go running your mouth #.


I grew up listening to gospel music on the way to church,


being in the choir, singing gospel music all the time, and I think


that influence flows right through my music.


# Love me, love me, say that you love me call me, call me #.


Artists who won the BBC Sound Of when they were still relatively


# Are you really ready, or are you wasting my time? #.


Ray BLK is the first singer ever to win without a record deal.


We live in an age now where you really can do it yourself.


So, you could start like I started and just post songs online,


Potentially inspiring others in how they shape music and in how they


Is it going to get warmer? It is. A cold and frosty start of the day.


Cloud has been rolling in bringing much milder weather in. There was


some brightness around today. Here is how we ended the day. Elsewhere,


a lot of cloud around. Cloud has been piling in. A warm front has


been shifting south east through the course of the day, bringing not just


that cloud but also some outbreaks of rain, too. As we head into the


evening and overnight period, patchy rain that much of England and Wales,


shifting south. Further north of northern England, Scotland and


Northern Ireland, a dry at night to come but also mist and fog around.


Many start Saturday on a murky note with hill fog and mist dinners.


Quite a lot of cloud. But it is looking mainly frost free. It could


be frosty around rural parts of Scotland. The best of any brightness


on Saturday will be in the North. The Scotland, northern England and


perhaps Northern Ireland, some sunny spells. But further south we keep


the low cloud and hill fog. Pretty murky. Temper just ten to 11 in the


south, slightly fresher further north, but brighter, too. --


temperatures. A lot of cloud, mist, and fog on Sunday morning. Most


looking try with light winds. Could be a touch of frost across rural


parts of Scotland first thing Sunday morning. No great changes on Sunday.


A cloudy day. Mist and fog around. Pretty murky. Some rain to the North


West of Scotland. Elsewhere looks generally dry. There will be some


brightness around, mainly east of high ground. For eastern parts of


Wales and the north-eastern part of England, too. Looking like a quiet


week in. Fairly cloudy, but things will be more unsettled for the week


ahead. -- quite weekend.