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

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Noel Conway has motor neurone disease and is taking his

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But it's a move fiercely resisted by others.

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

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We already have to fight for the right to live.

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

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MPs rejected so called assisted dying back in 2015.

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Donald Trump calls allegations of Russian hacking a political

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

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How some diesel cars produce double the toxic

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While China's pollution creates a smog cloud

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

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

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

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Manchester City. Good evening and welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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to prescribe a lethal dose when his health

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deteriorates further. The case will be the first

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High Court challenge since MPs rejected an attempt to introduce

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assisted dying in 2015. Our medical correspondent Fergus

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

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

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

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losing all strength in his body. Increasingly, he relies

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

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

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

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how I should die. And more importantly,

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

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

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to help him breathe. He is registered with the Swiss

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

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

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

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slippery slope to hell. Noel was a keen walker,

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climber and skier. His family support his right to die

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

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intolerable position. We need the assistance

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

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with relatives involved in assisting a suicide,

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but campaigners, most recently Tony Nicklinson,

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have never been able to persuade judges that doctors should be

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

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

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Court challenge is doomed to fail? While it is Parliament

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

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

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is not compatible with his basic human rights, to live

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and die with dignity. Under the 1961 Suicide Act,

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

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muscular atrophy and has been close A disability rights campaigner,

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she says altering the law If the law were changed,

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

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

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

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

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with the right to die. But that is exactly

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what Noel Conway wants. Canada and California

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have introduced assisted Noel is determined it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to involve only terminally ill, mentally competent patients with

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

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

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

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

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the current rule -- said they considered the current will

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

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

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

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intelligence agencies on how they believe Russia conducted

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a cyber hacking campaign to try to help him win

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the presidential election. He has been openly sceptical

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

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

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

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

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

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whether votes were changed or opinions altered

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

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a multifaceted cyber campaign using hacking, propaganda and fake

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

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celebrated his unexpected victory, Intercepted conversations reportedly

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picked up senior figures in the Russian government rejoicing,

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

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

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to hack the computers of the Democratic National Committee

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than those at Republican headquarters, and also that

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

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to the website WikiLeaks. Details from the classified report

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

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

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

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than the intelligence community knows, is something like saying

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"I know more about physics Donald Trump this morning complained

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

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to be cautious. The President-elect has a healthy

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scepticism of everything, People need to know that

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

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to judgment is not in This morning Donald Trump got

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into an online dispute with Arnold Schwarzenegger over

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ratings for the TV And so he continues

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with his unconventional journey to the White House,

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but troubled by that nagging question, did Russia

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help him on his way? Hundreds of people have

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attended the funeral in Huddersfield of Yassar Yaqub,

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who was shot dead by police The inquest into his death

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

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well of the passenger seat, Hundreds of people came to

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

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

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were deeply distressed. The consistent thoughts from those

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

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on Monday night. His friends, family,

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they need answers. As far as the gun culture

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is concerned and criminal activity is concerned,

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

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this was carried out, in my opinion it was totally

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out of order. Investigators say they are working

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as swiftly as possible and keeping But one key question about

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

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

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

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

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footwell of the vehicle, Yassar Yaqub was listed in court

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

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

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

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

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today charged with possession Moshin Amin from Dewsbury

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was remanded in custody after his Modern diesel cars produce more

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

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according to new analysis from the International Council

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on Clean Transportation. The report comes as one road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the average amount of poisonous nitrogen oxides being produced.

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

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

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

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

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

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Britain to breach one of the European pollution laws for nitrogen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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they are for lorries. A man who is terminally ill

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with motor neurone disease begins And still to come -

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

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

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

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

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

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pollution is already a problem in London just six days

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into the new year. But imagine leaving your

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house and seeing this? This is Beijing -

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which is currently experiencing one of the worst bouts of smog

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to hit the city in years - reducing visibility

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to less than 200 metres. And it's not

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

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blanketing cities from Beijing to Chengdu to Hunan province -

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leaving them on the highest alert Our China

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Correspondent John Sudworth reports from Shiijazhuang in

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the last month has become Somewhere, underneath this

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murky gloom, is a city And for the unfortunate

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

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the average air quality in this city has measured as hazardous

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

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

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model of economic growth. And people have no choice

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

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this noodle seller tells me. "The smog is harming

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

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

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

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literally rolled into A toxic mix of coal dust from power

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stations and car exhaust. The smog now regularly blankets

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

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more than a million Public concern has forced

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the Chinese government to begin investing heavily

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in renewable energy. Those working in the sector believe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sturgeon has suggested her preferred option of a second

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

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

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correspondent Glen Campbell outside Holyrood, does this signal a change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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leave means Leave if the Scottish parliament becomes more powerful and

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

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

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Theresa May is apparently considering these proposals. There

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

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

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referendum on independence is more likely than a soft Brexit.

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Thank you. Britain's triple Tour de France

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winner Chris Froome has been speaking about allegations

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

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

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substances usually banned but that are allowed for medical reasons -

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

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Sports Correspondent Olympic bronze and his third Tour de

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

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to forget for some Whilst British cycling

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

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

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allows athletes to take a banned substance for

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genuine medical reasons. The issue is whether some have

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

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

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

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authorities, need to tighten their regulations around TUEs,

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

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

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Sir Bradley Wiggins, had received three TUE injections

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before three major races It's perfectly legal,

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but Froome revealed to me he refused one in 2015

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

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in the last week of the Tour de France was something

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

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with me that that was Do you think, therefore,

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

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

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

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

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an incident involving a mystery package delivered

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

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for sport in general, the fact that we are discussing

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

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to the authorities and something that they hopefully need

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

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tour this summer, the doping questions will again come

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

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a cycling legacy no one Michelle Obama has made her last

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thank you for everything you do for our kids,

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

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

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

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which is picked by music critics to recognise emerging talent.

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The panel has an enviable record of picking future stars.

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Recent winners include Sam Smith and Adele.

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Our Entertainment Correspondent Lizo Mzimba reports.

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

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

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coming top came something as a surprise.

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

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Her neighbourhood, her childhood, all

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

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

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

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that influence flows right through my music.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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shifting south. Further north of northern England, Scotland and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ahead. -- quite weekend.

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