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The army on the streets

of Salisbury, as specialist officers

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arrive to deal with the scene

of the nerve agent attack.

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Military equipment and personnel

trained in chemical warfare make

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an unusual sight in the market town.

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They have the detection equipment

that will allow them to properly,

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safely and very detailed survey

of those areas, and if there is any

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contamination, they can then safely

remove that and have it destroyed.

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The people of Salisbury

are urged to stay calm.

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The former Russian spy and his

daughter are still critically ill.

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Also tonight:

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After the insults, a surprise

meeting is to take place

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between President Trump

and the leader of North Korea.

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Britain close to signing

a multi-billion pound deal to supply

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Saudi Arabia with 48

Typhoon fighter jets.

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Why increasing numbers of young

British Muslim women are deciding

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to wear a headscarf.

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And British athletes arrive

in South Korea for the biggest

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ever Paralympic Games.

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And coming up on Six Nations

Sportsday on BBC News,

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we're live in Dublin to preview

the penultimate round

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of the tournament.

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Ireland are still on for

a Grand Slam and play

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a resurgent Scotland.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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People in Salisbury have been urged

not be alarmed at the sight

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of the army on the streets, as just

under 200 military personnel have

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arrived in the town.

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Specialist officers,

with training in chemical warfare,

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will be working in the area

where the former Russian agent

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Sergei Skripal and his daughter

Yulia collapsed on Sunday.

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Tom Symonds reports from Salisbury.

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Five days after unprotected police

officers, paramedics and passers-by

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came into close contact with a

chemical weapon, the military

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arrived at Salisbury Hospital. The

mission, to recover evidence. At the

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hospital, they were taking away a

car. They are also expected to

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secure Sergei Skripal's car, and

there are ambulances which may have

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traces of the nerve agent used in

the attempt on his life.

The

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military will cod in the area,

probably in protective equipment.

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They have detection equipment that

will allow them to properly, safely

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do a detailed survey of the areas

and if there is any contamination

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they can safely remove that and have

it destroyed.

Tonight, renewed

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police activity at the grave of

Sergei Skripal's son, Alexander, who

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died last year. It has been

suggested his body may be exhumed.

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The Home Secretary was the first

senior government representative to

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visit Salisbury this morning.

Ministers have stressed the

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importance of getting to the bottom

of the alleged plot before pointing

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fingers. Give us time, Amber Rudd

said. She met and praised those who

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have helped victims and

decontaminated the area, including

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firefighters.

I am in their

sympathetic approach and

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professionalism as they engage with

these people. And now as they

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reflect, they are concerned

sometimes for themselves and their

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families but they have all said to

me that they would not have done

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anything differently.

And then to

the hospital continuing to provide

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the highest level of care to the

victims. Detective Sergeant Nick

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Bailey, exposed to nerve agent

during the incident, is making good

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progress. His friends await news.

Always really easy to speak to, to

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get hold of, always delivers. And he

delivers it effectively and

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efficiently. He always has a sense

of humour around him. He does it

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easily and nothing is ever too much

trouble for him.

Sergei Skripal

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remains in critical condition, his

daughter, Yulia, the same, but

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responding better to treatment. The

investigation has become part of

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life in central Salisbury.

Everybody

is scared a little bit. Hopefully

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everything is all right in the next

couple of days.

Your T-shirt says it

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all. Calm is exactly how people have

remained. Why you concerned?

No,

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otherwise I wouldn't be here and I

certainly would not bring my son.

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Some warrior that Salisbury will

become known for this shocking

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event, but life will move on. --

some people worry.

It will always be

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there but the town, the city, there

are some much loved here, I don't

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think that would happen.

For now, at

least, central Salisbury remains the

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scene of a crime reverberating

around the world.

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And Tom is in Salisbury now.

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What can people there expect

to see over the next few

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days, or is it weeks?

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Well, I think it is going to go on

and on. This has been escalating

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since the incident on Sunday

evening. Counter-terrorism officers

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have been brought in, confirmation

of the use of a nerve agent. And

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right now, the military on the

streets and the hospital campus,

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where I can see on the other side,

they are covering a police car that

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has been at the hospital since

Sunday. We believe that is a police

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car that was driven to the hospital

after the incident and which may be

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contaminated. I say we believe,

because unusually in this case, very

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little is being confirmed by

counter-terrorism officers running

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the investigation. Amber Rudd said,

give us space, we will get to the

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bottom of this, and we will find the

facts. It is important that they do

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because there are huge international

implications if this is some sort of

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a plot to kill a Russian dissident.

We know where that leads.

Thank you.

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The "old dotard" is to meet

"little rocket man".

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President Trump says

he'll hold talks with

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un,

in an historic meeting

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between the two leaders.

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The apparent breakthrough took

the US by surprise and comes

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after months of growing tension,

in which the two men

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have traded insults.

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South Korean officials,

who have brokered the talks,

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describe it as a miracle,

and say the North is now committed

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to denuclearisation and has

promised to halt all nuclear

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and missile tests.

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Nick Bryant has more.

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Last night, the White House felt

more like the Twilight zone, Donald

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Trump slipping into the press

briefing room unannounced to tell

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reporters to expect a major

announcement. And then out from the

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West Wing came a delegation from

South Korea, to make one of the most

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stunning diplomatic statements in

decades, after delivering to Donald

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Trump a message from Kim Jong Un.

He

expressed his eagerness to meet

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President Trump as soon as possible.

President Trump appreciated the

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briefing and said he would meet Kim

Jong Un by May. To achieve permanent

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denuclearisation.

Prior to arriving

in Washington, they held a meeting

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in Pyongyang, with Kim Jong Un of --

offering a warm hand of friendship,

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rather than rattling his usual

saver. And on state TV, the

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schmaltzy soundtrack doubled as

diplomatic mood music as the North

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Korean leader offered to abandon his

nuclear arsenal in return for

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security guarantees from the United

States. Then came the sentimental

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farewell, Kim Jong Un sending them

off not just with a wave but an

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invitation to Mr Trump, the most

improbable overture. Donald Trump

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gave his response on Twitter.

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The White House claims his tough

talk has worked.

They will be met

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with fire and fury like the world

has never seen. Rocket man is on a

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suicide mission for himself and for

his regime. Washington has been in a

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whirlwind, taken by surprise.

Shortly before the shock

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announcement, America's chief

diplomat ruled out direct talks with

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Pyongyang.

In terms of direct talks

with the United States and US

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negotiations, we are a long way from

negotiations.

This gamble offers

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Yong Eun Yang a propaganda coup

without much the dramatic groundwork

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and without a guarantee of success.

-- Pyongyang. But President Trump's

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predecessors have failed to hold

North Korea's nuclear programme, so

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perhaps it is worth this dramatic

new gesture. Two combustible leaders

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dealing with potentially the world's

most combustible problem. Diplomacy

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like a Las Vegas title fight, the

international summit of the century.

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As we heard there, today's

announcement follows

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something of a thawing of relations

between North and South Korea,

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that saw them march under a single

flag at the Winter Olympics.

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The South Korean President,

Moon Jae-in, described the planned

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meeting with its unpredictable

and heavily armed neighbour

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as a milestone for peace.

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But how has the news gone down

in the capital, Seoul?

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Laura Bicker has been finding out.

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For months, Seoul wondered

if it faced the prospect

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of war once again.

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Today, it woke to better news.

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TRANSLATION:

The prospect

of a stunning Trump/Kim summit has

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turned an impending crisis

into an opportunity.

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The horror of the Korean War

is not forgotten here.

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The fighting ended

with no peace treaty.

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Now future generations hope

these talks will prevent

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further confrontation.

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TRANSLATION:

I think this

will be a turning point,

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and through this our future children

will benefit from living in a more

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free and peaceful world.

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TRANSLATION:

I think it is a good

thing for both countries,

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and as a South Korean citizen,

it's good that the threat of war has

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reduced, even by a little.

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TRANSLATION:

Even if things turn out

well, it won't benefit

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the people in North Korea.

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In the past, when the South Korean

President provided aid

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to North Korea, I heard almost none

of it went to the common people.

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So I don't think it's

going to turn out well.

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Decades of distrust and suspicion

divide North and South.

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People have learned that

hope can be a bad thing.

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I'm told it's hard to tell

what is real progress

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and what is propaganda.

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A strong word of caution.

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The road ahead is very long,

very complicated, very complex,

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and there's no guarantee

that the North will ever

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give up its nuclear

weapons easily, if at all.

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These talks are a huge

political gamble.

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Presidents Moon and Trump could be

being played by Pyongyang,

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or this peninsula could be

on the verge of something it's been

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searching for for nearly seven

decades, a peace treaty.

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This statue portrays two

brothers divided by the war,

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in a last, desperate embrace.

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There's a sense of cautious optimism

that this unresolved conflict

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could now have a happy ending.

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Laura Baker, BBC News, Seoul.

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Britain is close to agreeing

a multi-billion pound deal to supply

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Saudi Arabia with 48

Typhoon fighter jets.

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It coincides with the last

day of a state visit

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by the new Saudi leader,

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

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It's a welcome shot in the arm

for UK industry but has already

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attracted criticism.

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Our security correspondent,

Frank Gardner, is with me.

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With Saudi waging war in Yemen,

this was always going

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to be controversial.

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It certainly was, and I have to say

I think it is a punch in the nose

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for the hundreds of protesters who

came out to demonstrate outside

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Downing Street against both the

visit and the arms trade between

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Britain and Saudi Arabia, plus all

those who are sitting at home

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probably shaking their heads at

this. But for the government and the

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defence industry and for those who

think Saudi Arabia is the right ally

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to have, it is certainly a shot in

the arm. Over 5000 jobs in the UK

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depend on this, many more in Saudi

Arabia. This is a man, the Crown

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prince, who is shaking up that

country. He is seen as a defence

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against Iranians expansionism, its

aggressive stance as it is perceived

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in parts of the Middle East, and

Saudi Arabia cooperate on

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counter-terrorism. They passed a

tip-off to stop an attack in 2012

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ahead of the London Olympics. The

government has taken a view that

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despite concerns raised last night

at Chequers by the Prime Minister

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over dinner, they will go ahead with

these defence sales. That will not

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be popular with some people because

of Yemen.

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The first aid convoy since Monday

has crossed into the besieged Syrian

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rebel-held enclave of Eastern

Ghouta.

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The International Red Cross has sent

13 trucks loaded with food

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to hundreds of thousands

of civilians there.

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The organisation said the convoy

was not allowed to take in medical

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supplies and the amount of food

is nowhere near enough.

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The man accused of carrying out

the London Tube bombing

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at Parsons Green made no attempt

to deny he was responsible

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when he was arrested

the day after the attack,

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a court heard today.

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The prosecution claims Ahmed Hassan,

who denies attempted murder, told

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a detective that he made the bomb.

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30 people were injured in September

last year when the bomb partially

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exploded on a Tube carriage.

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June Kelly was in court.

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Ahmed Hassan on his way to Brighton,

hours after leaving a bomb

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on an underground train in London.

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Two years on from his arrival

in the UK, the teenage asylum seeker

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caused mayhem in its capital city.

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Hassan later headed for Dover,

where he made for the Port area.

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The jury at his trial has seen this

CCTV footage of his movements.

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On the run, he hung around this area

until the following morning.

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And it was here, 24 hours

after the Tube attack,

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the police identified him

as a wanted man.

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In an initial interview

with counter-terrorism

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detectives from Scotland Yard,

Hassan was asked,

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"who planted the device?"

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And he replied, "I did."

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In response to further questions,

he said there might be a few

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grams of the explosive,

TATP, at his home address.

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Hassan's device created a fireball

when it partially exploded

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on an underground train at Parsons

Green station in west London.

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The jury was told today the bomb

was packed with shrapnel,

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including nuts, bolts,

screws, drill bits and knives.

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And it contained 400 grams

of the explosive TATP.

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It would have been lethal if it

had fully detonated.

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This was the evidence

from an explosives expert,

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who went on to the train.

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The prosecution evidence at his

trial is now drawing to a close

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and Hassan's defence case is due

to start next week.

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June Kelly, BBC News,

at the Old Bailey.

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It is a quarter past six.

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Our top story this evening.

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Almost 200 specialist military

personnel have arrived in Salisbury

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following the nerve agent

attack on a former Russian

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spy and his daughter.

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Coming up, I am in Dublin to try to

guide you through Six Nations

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Saturday. Ireland could be champions

tomorrow night.

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Coming up on Sportsday

on BBC News...

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The game that could decide

the best of the rest

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in the Premier League.

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We'll preview Manchester United

against Liverpool,

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second against third in the table,

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ahead of their meeting on Saturday.

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Increasing numbers of young

British Muslim women are choosing

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to wear a hijab or headscarf.

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It's not without controversy.

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Women in some Muslim

countries, like Iran,

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are campaigning against it

as a symbol of oppression.

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But here some women

are taking the opposite view,

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seeing it as empowering -

even a feminist statement.

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It's increasingly evident in the

world of fashion and social media.

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And a major modelling agency has

just signed its first British

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catwalk model who wears a hijab.

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Nomia Iqbal investigates.

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The spotlight is on the hijab.

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Many Muslim women choose

to wear it proudly.

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For some, it's an act of modesty.

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For others, in countries like Iran,

forced to wear it, it's a symbol

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to remove in protest.

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It may divide opinion,

but the hijab is going high fashion.

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20-year-old model Shahira Yusuf has

been signed up by Storm,

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the agency that found

supermodel Kate Moss.

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Shahira is one of the first

British models with a hijab

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taking to the catwalk.

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Yeah, definitely don't want to be

considered a token girl.

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I don't want these models

like ethnic models or models

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from different religious backgrounds

to just pave the way,

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I want the way to stay there,

become the norm within society.

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Because it is the norm outside

of the modelling sphere.

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Shahira is becoming

the face of Modest Fashion.

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At the show in London,

Muslim designers have come

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from all over the world

to promote their clothes.

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The market for Modest Fashion

is on course to be worth billions.

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I grew up in a Muslim family

and none of the the women

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in my family wore the hijab.

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None of my Muslim

friends wore it either.

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But now, more and more young

women are wearing it.

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The reason why I wear

it is to number one, cover my hair.

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And number two, to be honest,

I actually enjoy wearing the hijab,

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I enjoy covering my hair,

I enjoy the hijabs I have today

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I feel like it makes a statement.

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It's part of who I am,

it's my crown.

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The hijab to me is empowerment

and it's feminism and it's taking

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control and ownership

of what I choose

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to show to the world.

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Being online has given some women

a powerful platform.

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Social media star Mariah Idrissi has

a huge following on Instagram.

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The hijab is a part of me,

it's part of my career

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and it's representation.

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You know, we shouldn't be ashamed

or shy to represent who we are.

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If you are a model wearing a hijab,

and you're on Instagram and having

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thousands of people following you,

aren't you doing the opposite

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of what the hijab is

supposed to be about?

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The mainstream media,

western media isn't

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representing Muslims on TV,

in fashion, anywhere.

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The only time we are represented

is for something bad.

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I just saw this as, you know I'm

going on the news and I'm talking

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about something that's not

about terrorism, not

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about women being oppressed,

I'm talking about fashion.

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Some campaigners for Muslim womens'

rights think the hijab's popularity

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is a political statement.

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They feel uneasy about its use

as an expression of identity.

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Modest does not mean

you need to wear the hijab.

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Modesty goes beyond that in your

behaviour and your way of dressing.

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I don't need to prove to anybody

what I am, but in the hijab,

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you are singling yourself

and proving something unnecessary,

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especially in the Western world.

0:19:470:19:51

The hijab means different things

to different people.

0:19:510:19:55

Shahira believes you can wear it

and be a successful model.

0:19:550:19:58

Her dream?

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The cover of British Vogue,

wearing her hijab.

0:19:590:20:01

Nomia Iqbal, BBC News.

0:20:010:20:09

Sir John Sulston, who won

the Nobel Prize for medicine

0:20:090:20:11

for his work on the human genome

project, has died.

0:20:110:20:14

Sir John's work in decoding

the sequence of human DNA -

0:20:140:20:17

the building blocks of life -

saw him awarded the prize in 2002.

0:20:170:20:25

It's an important

weekend of sport ahead.

0:20:250:20:27

The Paralympic Winter Games have got

underway in South Korea

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with the British team hoping

for a record medal haul.

0:20:300:20:33

And it's the penultimate

round of matches in rugby's

0:20:330:20:35

Six Nations this weekend,

but with Ireland in pole position,

0:20:350:20:38

the title could be decided tomorrow.

0:20:380:20:39

Joe Wilson is inside

the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

0:20:390:20:42

Joe.

0:20:420:20:45

If your idea of an ideal that they

often is becoming engrossed in rugby

0:20:490:20:53

union event tomorrow could be

perfect with loads possibilities.

0:20:530:20:56

Ireland could be champions by

tomorrow night. England essentially

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have to match whatever they do to

keep their hopes alive. Scotland are

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in the mix as well. It all begins at

2:15pm in this city.

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In Dublin they line up this way.

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Undefeated Ireland versus

rejuvenated Scotland.

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Both teams should be confident,

both are in contention.

0:21:140:21:17

If Ireland win, they could be Six

Nations champions by Saturday night.

0:21:170:21:22

If Scotland win then

everything seems wide open.

0:21:220:21:25

Remember how they beat England.

0:21:250:21:30

The group's got confidence

but they've also got awareness

0:21:300:21:34

of how good Ireland are and how good

we will have to be to win

0:21:340:21:38

and we'll have to be better

than we were against England.

0:21:380:21:41

We're really excited to get back out

on the field and get going.

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But, you know, there's nerves

and a little bit of, you know,

0:21:470:21:50

worry about the threat that

Scotland bring.

0:21:500:21:52

Well, Dublin's match will just be

the start of things.

0:21:520:21:55

The next rugby bridge to cross

on Saturday will come in Paris.

0:21:550:22:01

Tea-time kick-off, fragile France

versus uncertain England?

0:22:010:22:05

Well, with mind or muscle,

England must beat the French.

0:22:050:22:09

They may have to score four tries

for a bonus point to stay

0:22:090:22:12

in sight of Ireland.

0:22:120:22:13

England have made big changes,

some enforced by injury.

0:22:130:22:15

There is a new man

carrying the captain's

0:22:150:22:18

responsibility, his way.

0:22:180:22:21

You try and be aggressive

in the right times.

0:22:210:22:26

You want to be calm and clear-headed

to be able to make good decisions.

0:22:260:22:31

And I think that's where

I've probably matured

0:22:310:22:33

a bit over the years.

0:22:330:22:34

But at the same time,

when the opportunity

0:22:340:22:38

arises to be aggressive,

you've got to make

0:22:380:22:40

sure you're in it.

0:22:400:22:43

And could France suddenly

to be brilliant?

0:22:430:22:45

Not even Poirot knows.

0:22:450:22:48

That's Jefferson Poirot,

their 19 stone prop.

0:22:480:22:50

It's the uncertainty that

makes the Six Nations.

0:22:500:22:51

Dublin's modern stadium

lies near to the Liffey.

0:22:510:22:53

It twists, it turns.

0:22:530:22:54

We watch, we wait.

0:22:540:23:02

If you like your twists and turns on

snow or ice them look towards the

0:23:030:23:09

Winter Paralympics, bigger than ever

this time and from South Korea Kate

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Grey has sent this report.

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The biggest Winter

Paralympics to date.

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Drummers and dancers,

the traditional charms

0:23:180:23:21

of Korea opening the show.

0:23:210:23:24

The weather playing its part too -

nothing could be done

0:23:240:23:26

about the fog covered fireworks.

0:23:260:23:31

And heavy snow had prevented a full

rehearsal so a slight flag hiccup

0:23:310:23:34

could be forgiven.

0:23:340:23:36

But the flags were in full

flight when it came to

0:23:360:23:39

the parade, some more than others.

0:23:390:23:41

And here they come, Great Britain.

0:23:410:23:44

Owen Pick leading the way, a great

honour for the soldier turned

0:23:440:23:47

snowboarder.

0:23:470:23:49

And the British team

certainly enjoying the

0:23:490:23:50

party atmosphere.

0:23:500:23:52

The International Paralympic

Committee had wanted

0:23:520:23:54

North Korea and South Korea to march

out under a unified flag but these

0:23:540:23:57

Games will be North Korea's debut

Winter Paralympics so the team

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preferred to walk out separately.

0:24:000:24:05

The host nation completed

the procession but the cold

0:24:050:24:07

temperature meant no hanging around,

with all teams snaking

0:24:070:24:09

in and out of the stadium.

0:24:090:24:14

The crowd were treated

to an eclectic mix -

0:24:140:24:19

a snowboarding bear,

weird and wonderful contraptions

0:24:190:24:23

on wheels, and the floor putting

on its own dazzling show

0:24:230:24:26

with the help of performers.

0:24:260:24:30

Paralympics GB have a target of six

to 12 medals here in South Korea

0:24:300:24:33

and their best chances could come

from the ski slopes.

0:24:330:24:39

Rising stars Menna Fitzpatrick

and her guide, Jen Kehoe,

0:24:390:24:43

will compete across the five Alpine

skiing events and could be two

0:24:430:24:45

the big names of these Games.

0:24:450:24:47

There's a really good buzz

in the camp, the mood

0:24:470:24:49

is really, really positive.

0:24:490:24:50

It feels like a real family.

0:24:500:24:52

There's a real identity,

there's a real cohesion,

0:24:520:24:54

you can feel the support.

0:24:540:24:58

With the cauldron lit

and the fog finally clearing

0:24:580:25:02

for the firework finale,

the organisers will hope it

0:25:020:25:04

will now be about the sport

and not the weather.

0:25:040:25:07

Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

0:25:070:25:11

Time for a look at the weather.

0:25:110:25:13

Here's Chris Fawkes.

0:25:130:25:15

Not as cold as South Korea?

0:25:170:25:22

Actually, it is warming up in South

Korea, turning milder there and also

0:25:220:25:28

for us. This was one of our

spectacular pictures from the day

0:25:280:25:33

fells fells covered in snow

underneath sunny skies, a glorious

0:25:330:25:37

day. But the weather is changing,

and looking at the south there is

0:25:370:25:43

low pressure and a waving weather

front that will bring pulses of

0:25:430:25:47

heavy rain northwards across the UK.

That process is underway at the

0:25:470:25:51

moment with the rain already

arriving in southern England, into

0:25:510:25:55

Wales and the Midlands and East

Anglia. You can see it turning

0:25:550:25:59

increasingly heavy in central and

southern England, London and the

0:25:590:26:02

south-east in the next few hours.

The rest of this evening and

0:26:020:26:08

overnight, this rain will extend

northwards into northern England and

0:26:080:26:11

Northern Ireland. We will have clear

skies for a time in Scotland but

0:26:110:26:16

with the south-westerly winds

strengthening it will bring up some

0:26:160:26:18

mild air and by the end of the night

we will have temperatures of ten or

0:26:180:26:22

11 degrees in Cardiff and London but

further north with the clearer

0:26:220:26:27

skies, cold enough for some frost in

parts of Scotland. Looking at

0:26:270:26:33

Saturday, a wet start for many, the

rain moving northward into Northern

0:26:330:26:38

Ireland and Scotland, some snow

across the highest hills in Scotland

0:26:380:26:41

but as the milder air comes in the

snow will change back to rain and we

0:26:410:26:45

could have another pulse of rain

come into western England and Wales

0:26:450:26:50

and in Wales and north-west England

it might rain for much of the

0:26:500:26:53

afternoon. Further east it will stay

cloudy but there could be brighter

0:26:530:26:57

spells and that would boost

temperatures up to 15 degrees in

0:26:570:27:00

parts of eastern England. What about

Sunday? More rain forecast I'm

0:27:000:27:06

afraid, particularly in southern

counties. Likely to be quite heavy,

0:27:060:27:10

maybe some thunder and an area not

far off as in minute continent could

0:27:100:27:17

effect parts of East Anglia but that

is uncertain. Further north with

0:27:170:27:21

like to winds Somma mist and fog

possible but 10 degrees possible in

0:27:210:27:26

Scotland -- some mist and fog. To

summarise, we are seeing a change to

0:27:260:27:34

milder conditions, we will all get

some rain through the weekend but

0:27:340:27:38

come in fairly heavy pulse

particularly on Saturday but the

0:27:380:27:41

temperatures will be rising all the

time, 15 degrees could be yours on

0:27:410:27:45

Saturday and even on the Sunday,

double bigots everywhere turning

0:27:450:27:50

significantly milder in Scotland. --

double figures.

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A reminder of our main story.

0:27:560:28:01

Almost 200 specialist military

personnel have arrived in Salisbury

0:28:010:28:03

following the nerve agent attack

on a former Russian

0:28:030:28:05

spy and his daughter.

0:28:050:28:06

That's all from the BBC News at Six

so it's goodbye from me

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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