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The two British jihadists
captured in Syria.
Families of their victims call
for them to be tried in court.
The two men belonged to a group
within so-called IS infamous
for executing Western hostages.
The daughter of one
of the victims wants justice.
If it goes to trial,
I certainly will be there.
I will look them in the eye and let
them know that I am who I am
and they have destroyed a big part
of my life.
But questions now as to where
the two British men could be tried.
Will they face a court
in the United States?
The EU's chief negotiator warns
the UK to face up to the potential
consequences of Brexit for Northern
A UK decision to leave
the single market and to leave
the customs union would make
border checks unavoidable.
We investigate whether building
on brownfield sites is the answer
to Britain's housing crisis.
And during a spectacular,
if freezing, opening ceremony,
the Winter Olympics in South Korea
get under way.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News, we are live at Twickenham
ahead of this weekend's Six Nations
action where England prepare to take
on Wales in what could be a defining
match of this year's Championship.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
The families of some of the victims
of two British jihadists belonging
to the Islamic State group
and captured in Syria,
have called for them
to face justice in court.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee
Elsheikh were part of a team of four
British IS members whose British
accents earned them
the nickname "the Beatles".
US officials say the group are
accused of executing 27 hostages.
Bethany Haines, whose father, David,
was one of those hostages,
has told the BBC the men should be
forced to look in the eyes
of the people whose
lives they'd destroyed.
Our Home Affairs correspondent
Daniel Sandford has more.
They became the most infamous
gang of foreign fighters
in the self-styled Islamic State,
callous torturers and public
executioners of hostages.
Jihadi John, his real name
Mohammed Emwazi, now dead.
Aine Davis, in prison in Turkey.
And the two men captured last
month, Alexanda Kotey
and El Shafee Elsheikh.
The two were detained
Syrian Kurd fighters.
Kotey, the Kurds said today,
was trying to escape into Turkey.
The gang are suspected
of beheading Alan Henning,
the driver and aid worker
from Eccles, and David Haines,
seen here in Croatia,
a former RAF engineer and long-time
aid worker from Perth.
This morning, his daughter, Bethany,
was finally contemplating
what punishment two of his suspected
killers should face.
They should die a long,
slow, painful death.
And I think quite a lot of people
will understand that,
that they shouldn't be
allowed to live.
But realistically, that's
not going to happen.
And I have to come
to terms with that.
And the best thing for them is to be
locked up and throw away the key.
They should never be
allowed back in society,
because they will just recruit
people and they will
just do this again.
And for the sake of her father,
if they end up in court,
she will go to watch.
If it goes to trial,
I will certainly be there,
I will certainly want to look them
in the eye and let them
know that I am who I am,
and they have destroyed a big part
of my life.
And hopefully there will be
some sort of justice.
Some of the gang's hostages
were freed, including
former French reporter,
He wants them to have
the fairest trial possible.
I would not be happy
if they were just sent
to Guantanamo Bay, because this
is denial of justice.
If we want justice, we need
to give them the trial
that would satisfy them,
but also the victims.
The British men detained last month
are El Shafee Elsheikh,
who arrived in Syria from Britain
in 2012, and Alexanda Kotey,
who left the UK on an aid
convoy to Gaza in 2009,
and also ended up in Syria.
Their gang is accused by the US
of beheading at least 27 hostages,
including Alan Henning,
David Haines and Americans
James Foley, Peter Kassig
and Steven Sotloff.
They are also accused
of water boarding, mock
and electric shock torture.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee
Elsheikh grew up close to each other
in quite a small area of west
London, near to the A40 flyover.
It became infamous as
an IS recruiting ground.
As well as Mohammed Emwazi,
Jihadi John, some half a dozen other
men from these streets died fighting
for IS in either Syria or Iraq.
At El Shafee Elsheikh's house,
his parents, who had another
son killed in Syria,
asked the media to leave.
There's nothing we can say,
no comment whatsoever.
Please, please, let us be in peace.
Their son and Alexanda Kotey
have had their British
citizenship removed already.
Now a trial, possibly
in the United States,
seems the most likely outcome.
Daniel Sandford, BBC News.
Our Security correspondent
Gordon Corera is here.
We heard Daniel saying that a trial
in the States is the most likely
outcome but there are a number of
That's right. A US official
in the last hour has told me they
are still considering options, so no
set path yet. It is not entirely
clear that these individuals are
even in American hands. They may be
in the hands of Kurdish forces that
captured them in Syria in January.
The Americans were given access to
them for interrogation and it
appears that important intelligence
might have been obtained about where
foreign fighters have gone, the
location of any other Brits. That
will have been the priority until
yesterday it became public that
these men were being held, which has
forced the issue of what to do with
them. It looks as if they have not
yet finally decided whether they
will be put on trial in the US, sent
to Guantanamo Bay, or somewhere else
for trial. The most likely option
would be trial in the US but it
seems as if discussions are ongoing
and British officials are not
commenting on their preferred
The EU's chief Brexit negotiatior,
Michel Barnier, has issued
a stark warning to the UK,
effectively telling the British
government, "You can't
have your cake and eat it".
He said the UK's decision to leave
the EU single market and customs
union meant border checks
at the Irish border
were "unavoidable", something
both the UK and the EU
have said would be unacceptable.
He also warned that without greater
agreement on key issues
like Northern Ireland,
the two-year transition period
after Brexit was not a given.
John Pienaar, reports.
Brexit is coming and time is running
short. Just 13 months before Britain
is officially out of the European
Union, and today the EU had a sharp
warning. Sort out key sticking
points, or there will be no deal and
no transition. Britain's Brexit
Secretary met the EU chief
negotiator in Downing Street on
Monday. Friendly enough, but just
weeks to thrash out the shape of a
Brexit transition. Today in us all
is, with a big EU summit next month,
Michel Barnier had blunt message in
terms easy to understand.
disagreements persist, the
transition is not given.
So much to
sort out, and talks are getting
prettily. On the rights of migrants
will arrive after Brexit date, will
Russell 's block trade if Britain
breaks EU rules. The Brexit
secretary Colback discourteous. Mr
negotiations, my attitude has not
been in the least discourteous or
vindictive. We have never wished to
punish the UK. It is totally foreign
to my state of mind.
And how to
leave the EU without bringing back a
hard north- south Irish border.
Nobody wants that at...
important to tell the truth. A UK
decision to leave the single market
and to leave the customs union would
make border checks unavoidable.
is not just a political problem at
this shoe shop in Northern Ireland.
These issues are men for walking, on
both sides of the border. Customs
and tariffs could mean a business
like this running into trouble.
need easy access from the factory to
our shop floor. If there is a hard
border, there will be hold-ups all
the way along that we cannot
But the unionist party
shoring up the government in
Parliament says that when Britain
leads the customs union, Northern
Ireland must leave, too.
line is that Northern Ireland will
leave the European Union with the
rest of the United Kingdom. We would
not countenance a situation where
there would either be political
constitutional barriers within the
United Kingdom, and economic
barriers within the United Kingdom
internal market would be
catastrophic for Northern Ireland.
Brexiteer Tories say ministers
should take warnings from Brussels
in their stride and not give ground
on the way out of the EU.
not accept that we become rule
takers from the EU when we have no
say over it. Yes, business wants
certainty and to know they have time
to get ready for things like customs
changes. That is what the
implementation period is about. It
is not about having the EU dictate
to us in a way that would be
unacceptable to us and to businesses
Tonight, the Brexit
secretary is saying he is surprised
that Mr Barnier is not clear that
Britain wants to go on trading as
now during a transition. The
government is hoping for compromise
in negotiations, but if there is no
transition deal next month,
ministers will have to prepare
Britain and British business for the
possibility of a cliff edge Brexit.
If there is a transition deal it is
on to deciding the ambitions for
Brexit, which divide Parliament,
Tory MPs and the Cabinet. One day,
one crisis after time.
Joining me is our Europe
correspondent Adam Fleming.
Is this just about Brussels trying
to flex their muscles in the latest
stage of the negotiations?
Michel Barnier says the same thing
every time. When he stands at the
podium in there, he is not
conducting negotiations. Except we
know that he is, a bit. Some of this
is tactical, but he is also saying
things that the EU feels deeply and
fundamentally. That boils down to
two things. One, you don't mess with
the single market, the rules are the
walls. Two, the EU does not want the
UK on the outside that has a big
influence on the inside. David Davis
says it is OK for the EU to defend
its own interests but Britain has to
be allowed to do the same. And the
Brexit talks are all about finding a
compromise between those points of
view. That is the philosophical
staff. The practical stuff we
learned today is that the transition
period is not going to be waved
through without any disagreements,
and the Northern Irishman order
issue has been parked, not solved
Can the UK build the houses it
needs without developing
on the green belt?
There have long been
calls to build new homes
on brownfield sites first,
land that's been used
for construction before and may be
contaminated by chemicals.
But they are often less
attractive to developers.
In Greater Manchester,
where there have been numerous
protests against green belt
development, the mayor has announced
he'll use his powers to encourage
building on brownfield sites.
But is it the answer?
Mark Easton reports.
Could the old mill towns
of Greater Manchester hold
the answer to the housing crisis?
Places like Stalybridge,
where the industrial revolution took
root along the banks of the River
Instead of building on precious
green belt, why not use brownfield
sites in struggling town centres?
Greater Manchester's Mayor,
Andy Burnham, was elected
on a promise to protect the green
belt and now plans to promote
in six rundown towns.
We have had an approach where it has
been developer led greenfield first,
because it has been easier
for developers to go over
there and I am saying, no,
let's come back to our town centres,
breathe new life into them
and build higher density
residential development there.
Among sites identified
in Stalybridge, the former police
station, an old pub,
the Pineapple Inn and what
was once a local shop.
The plan is to turn these plots
into luxury flats aimed at young
professionals who can
afford market prices.
Some are already under construction,
build to rent apartments
with a coffee shop and gym,
Friends-style loft living
on the site of what was once
an 18th-century woollen mill.
Jasmine and Josh will be
moving in this summer.
It is our first home together, so...
This is the perfect thing.
It is brand-new, it is modern,
it is a big step for us.
And we are really excited.
In some cases, housing associations
will sell the luxury homes and use
the profits for building social
and affordable homes elsewhere.
Not everyone is convinced.
I will believe it when I see it.
At the end of the day,
it is basically a slap in the face.
I mean, on average, they want
about 600 pounds per calendar
month, I am on half that.
Working-class mill town,
no one can afford things like that.
The focus on brownfield sites
is politically popular,
but small projects in rundown town
centres are not going to be that
attractive to investors
and even if every scrap of land
was used to its full potential,
the brownfield land register shows
there is not nearly enough of it
to fulfil Greater
Manchester's housing needs.
The brownfield register has
identified a number of sites
in Stalybridge and almost 1250
in Greater Manchester,
which could be used for housing,
with a maximum capacity of just
over 100,000 homes.
But, Greater Manchester needs more
than 227,000 homes to meet demand.
Brownfield does not
even get halfway there.
Are you not deluding people, though,
who believe that we can
solve the housing crisis
simply using brownfield?
And I would accept that.
This is not about saying,
no, we will never build
on anywhere green again,
but it is about saying, look,
start with our towns,
so that we minimise the take
from the green belt.
There are controversial plans
to build homes on Sidebottom Fold,
green belt on the edge
of Stalybridge, but when it comes
to the general claim that brown
should be the new green,
here, as in elsewhere,
the numbers do not quite add up.
Mark Easton, BBC News, Stalybridge.
Our top story this evening.
The families of victims of two
British, Islamic State Jihadists,
captured in Syria, call for them
to be brought to trial.
And still to come, the world's
most famous dinosaur,
Dippy the Diplodocus,
goes on tour.
First stop the Jurassic coast.
Coming up in sports day, we are
alive at Twickenham where old foes
prepare to reunite as England take
on Wales in what could be a crucial
match in the 6 Nations Championship.
An elaborate opening ceremony
for the Winter Olympics has been
taking place in South Korea.
Among those attending
was the sister of the North Korean
leader, Kim Jong Un.
She's part of the most senior
North Korean delegation
ever to visit the South.
The British team is hoping
to win ten medals as our
Laura Bicker, reports
These athletes have been divided
by a war that never truly ended.
They carry the flag
of a unified Korea.
And in one stadium for one night
decades of rising tension
and suspicion ebbed away.
In the VIP box a moment most
thought they'd never see.
A member of the Kim dynasty,
the sister of the North Korean
leader, shaking hands
with the South Korean president.
The arrival of Kim Yo-jung has
surprised this tiny town just miles
from the militarised border.
It is nice to have the high-level
delegates from the North and it also
feels strange and wondrous.
I have never seen a North Korean.
Of course I welcome them but I don't
know why the South Korean government
is bending over backwards
to appease them.
I don't like seeing
the South serving the North.
My heart is melting.
The South and North have been
divided and now it feels
peace is coming to us.
But America is beginning to wonder
whose side South Korea is on.
The only moment the US
Vice President looked comfortable
was when he welcomed his team.
He refused to acknowledge
the North Korean guests behind him.
It's a note of caution many
in the diplomatic community share.
There's a real sense of pragmatism.
Nobody is over optimistic
because we have seen too many
false starts before.
But, of course, we all hope
that this will turn out for the good
and that Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
will be remembered
as the Peace Olympics.
The political drama has loomed
over these mountains,
but soon attention will turn
to the sport and the medal
hopes of thousands.
And we welcome Great Britain!
Team GB is aiming for its most
successful Winter Games,
with a medal target of five or more.
A challenge in this frigid climate.
But some didn't seem
to mind the cold.
As many in the crowd bundled up
in their heated seats they gave
a warm welcome to the bare-chested
flag bearer from Tonga.
The dazzling displays
were full of symbolism,
but there's one team
above all others that represent
the hopes of this peninsular.
The joint Korean ice hockey team had
a controversial start -
players from the North had to be
integrated into the squad,
forcing players from the South out.
But the two sides now
appear to have bonded.
Looking at the bigger picture,
I think that this is a very
important moment in history
and I think that it's
a privilege to be a part of it.
I'm happy about it so I think that
everyone is just embracing it.
And so, to the moment of truth.
As ice skating gold medalist
Yuna Kim lights the flame,
South Korea has challenges ahead,
including fears that it's fallen
victim to a fake charm
offensive from the North.
This is a public relations coup
for North Korea to have its athletes
appear on this global stage.
It gives what's been an isolated
regime a human face,
but critics also fear it will allow
them to portray this
image of a normal,
peace-loving nuclear power.
As with all shows, this one
must come to an end.
The Olympic flame will only burn
in Pyeongchang for two weeks.
It will take more than warm sporting
gestures to lead to permanent change
on this Korean peninsular.
Laura Bicker, BBC News, Peongchang.
The charity Oxfam has denied
allegations it covered up the use
of prostitutes by its aid
workers in Haiti.
Responding to a report
in The Times newspaper,
the charity admitted
that the behaviour of some
of its staff had been
But Oxfam said it had publicly
announced an investigation
into the allegations
when they surfaced in 2011.
Sarah Campbell is here ,
just fill us in on the background
to this first of all.
Fill us in on the background. This
happened following the earthquake in
Haiti. 200,000 people died and more
than a million were made homeless
and Oxfam was brought in to try and
help the population recover and
British people donated millions of
pounds. It is the conduct of their
staff that has been the subject of
the investigation by the The Times
and the newspaper alleges that there
were sex party 's Oxfam workers
invited young prostitutes to
guesthouses, including, according to
one source, underage girls. Oxfam
has confirmed there was an
investigation at the time and there
is no question that prostitutes were
used, but the use of underage girls
was not proven. The director
resigned and did not face
disciplinary action and two others
were also allowed to resign and four
members of staff were dismissed. The
charity says the investigation was
made public that the time, and they
did not involve or informed the
police in Haiti even though
prostitution is illegal in the
country. Oxfam say they reported it
to the Charity Commission and the
response today is interesting, they
said that they had not been aware of
the precise allegations and did not
see a final copy of the Oxfam report
and in the last hour, but Culture
Secretary said these allegations are
deeply shocking and Oxfam must now
provide the Charity Commission with
all the evidence they hold of the
events that happened as a matter of
Sarah, thank you.
Toxicology reports submitted to a
pre-inquest hearing suggest the men
had taken and naturally occurring
steroid often used by body-builders.
The men were shot dead by police
minutes after the van and knife
attacks last June.
The owner of the Daily Mirror has
agreed to buy the Express and Star
newspapers as well as OK magazine
in a deal worth 127 million pounds.
continues to fall.
The company Trinity Mirror
says it will be able
to save money by sharing content
and reducing duplication.
Now here's one thing you don't
expect to find in the post -
this two-month old tiger cub,
which had been packed into a plastic
container and mailed
to an address in Mexico.
The package was detected when a dog,
which was searching
for contraband, sniffed it out.
The cub was taken an animal
and is reported to be "dehydrated
but otherwise well".
He was the star who greeted visitors
to the Natural History Museum
in London for over a century,
but last year the skeleton cast
of Dippy the Diplodocus was removed
from the museum's entrance hall
to make way for Hope the Blue Whale.
Now Dippy is on the road,
visiting all four Home Nations.
His first stop until May
is the Dorset County
Museum in Dorchester.
Duncan Kennedy, is there.
Fiona, with all these lights
and music tonight, it is no wonder
they have called Dippy, the rock
star dinosaur and like any other
self-respecting rock star, he is
going on a nationwide tour, starting
tonight here in Dorchester. It is
incredible to think that in all his
130 near history, it he has never
been seen outside London before.
It's taken about 150
Dippy is here.
I think we're in business!
..and five days to bring Dippy
the dinosaur to Dorset.
OK, Dippy's 292 bones may be
made out of plaster,
but this iconic replica of a real
diplodocus is still palaeontology
perfection right up to his head.
A nice moment.
It was touch and go
as to whether it would fit in,
but it's absolutely perfect,
so I'm happy.
Dippy has been called
the People's Dinosaur,
105 feet of prehistoric inspiration.
No wonder these slightly younger
visitors were wowed today.
What's the best bit about him?
His tail, because it can
whack people around.
What's so great about Dippy?
That he's ginormous.
He's massive, isn't he?
Dippy was in the Natural
History Museum since 1905,
but the museum decided it was time
for change and to reconstruct
him outside London.
Now that he is assembled
he is embarking on a huge
nationwide tour of England,
Scotland and Wales.
They reckon that over the course
of the next three years
about five million people
will engage with this project.
And where better for Dippy's first
stop than Dorset's Jurassic Coast?
If Dippy was going to choose to go
somewhere he'd probably
want to choose to come
the Jurassic Coast to find out
all about the fossils
and all the other creatures living
in what is now the British Isles at
around the time that he was roaming
what is now Wyoming in America.
Wherever Dippy goes,
it will be free to see him.
A chance for older visitors
to relive childhood memories,
and for younger ones to create some.
Duncan Kennedy, BBC
News, in Dorchester.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Louise Lear.
Here's Louise Lear.
To weather watcher pictures that
illustrate the story for today, a
rather soggy scene in Norfolk. Large
puddles due to the intense rainfall
and further north and west, we have
the best of the Sunshine but it has
been cold and any snow showers have
tended to settle. As we go through
the night, we see this bump in the
ice bars, a quiet start to the
night, cold and frosty before cloud
and rain gathers in from the West.
Here are the first signs of this,
some snow at low levels in Scotland
and Northern Ireland and north-west
England, clear skies in these, the
blue tones denote temperatures
falling below freezing. For some, a
cold and frosty start but for
others, snow will be an issue.
Between five and ten centimetres
falling in parts of Scotland and icy
stretches here. I've around and
isolated snow showers in the
north-west of England but it is rain
through north-west England and that
rain will pep up as we go through
the morning and also stay with you
for the afternoon. Cloud and rain
gathers and moves steadily east
taking its time to arrive in London
and perhaps we will see brighter
skies in the far north of Scotland
by the end of the afternoon. It is
pretty dismal elsewhere. As we move
out of Saturday, it is worth
pointing out that the isobars are
pulling together. Gales in
north-west England, a scattering of
wintry showers look set to be the
story for much of Sunday. A cold day
on Sunday, in the central and
eastern areas, they will see the
best of the sunshine, and there will
be snow showers settling at low
levels and it will feel pretty cold
indeed. That is it, whatever you do,
enjoy your weekend.
indeed. That is it, whatever you do,
enjoy your weekend.
A reminder of our main story.
Relatives of some of the victims of
the two British Islamic State group
jihadist is captured in Syria call
for them to be brought to trial.
That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me -