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The army on the streets
of Salisbury, as specialist officers
arrive to deal with the scene
of the nerve agent attack.
Military equipment and personnel
trained in chemical warfare make
an unusual sight in the market town.
They have the detection equipment
that will allow them to properly,
safely and very detailed survey
of those areas, and if there is any
contamination, they can then safely
remove that and have it destroyed.
The people of Salisbury
are urged to stay calm.
The former Russian spy and his
daughter are still critically ill.
After the insults, a surprise
meeting is to take place
between President Trump
and the leader of North Korea.
Britain close to signing
a multi-billion pound deal to supply
Saudi Arabia with 48
Typhoon fighter jets.
Why increasing numbers of young
British Muslim women are deciding
to wear a headscarf.
And British athletes arrive
in South Korea for the biggest
ever Paralympic Games.
And coming up on Six Nations
Sportsday on BBC News,
we're live in Dublin to preview
the penultimate round
of the tournament.
Ireland are still on for
a Grand Slam and play
a resurgent Scotland.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
People in Salisbury have been urged
not be alarmed at the sight
of the army on the streets, as just
under 200 military personnel have
arrived in the town.
with training in chemical warfare,
will be working in the area
where the former Russian agent
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia collapsed on Sunday.
Tom Symonds reports from Salisbury.
Five days after unprotected police
officers, paramedics and passers-by
came into close contact with a
chemical weapon, the military
arrived at Salisbury Hospital. The
mission, to recover evidence. At the
hospital, they were taking away a
car. They are also expected to
secure Sergei Skripal's car, and
there are ambulances which may have
traces of the nerve agent used in
the attempt on his life.
military will cod in the area,
probably in protective equipment.
They have detection equipment that
will allow them to properly, safely
do a detailed survey of the areas
and if there is any contamination
they can safely remove that and have
police activity at the grave of
Sergei Skripal's son, Alexander, who
died last year. It has been
suggested his body may be exhumed.
The Home Secretary was the first
senior government representative to
visit Salisbury this morning.
Ministers have stressed the
importance of getting to the bottom
of the alleged plot before pointing
fingers. Give us time, Amber Rudd
said. She met and praised those who
have helped victims and
decontaminated the area, including
I am in their
sympathetic approach and
professionalism as they engage with
these people. And now as they
reflect, they are concerned
sometimes for themselves and their
families but they have all said to
me that they would not have done
And then to
the hospital continuing to provide
the highest level of care to the
victims. Detective Sergeant Nick
Bailey, exposed to nerve agent
during the incident, is making good
progress. His friends await news.
Always really easy to speak to, to
get hold of, always delivers. And he
delivers it effectively and
efficiently. He always has a sense
of humour around him. He does it
easily and nothing is ever too much
trouble for him.
remains in critical condition, his
daughter, Yulia, the same, but
responding better to treatment. The
investigation has become part of
life in central Salisbury.
is scared a little bit. Hopefully
everything is all right in the next
couple of days.
Your T-shirt says it
all. Calm is exactly how people have
remained. Why you concerned?
otherwise I wouldn't be here and I
certainly would not bring my son.
Some warrior that Salisbury will
become known for this shocking
event, but life will move on. --
some people worry.
It will always be
there but the town, the city, there
are some much loved here, I don't
think that would happen.
For now, at
least, central Salisbury remains the
scene of a crime reverberating
around the world.
And Tom is in Salisbury now.
What can people there expect
to see over the next few
days, or is it weeks?
Well, I think it is going to go on
and on. This has been escalating
since the incident on Sunday
evening. Counter-terrorism officers
have been brought in, confirmation
of the use of a nerve agent. And
right now, the military on the
streets and the hospital campus,
where I can see on the other side,
they are covering a police car that
has been at the hospital since
Sunday. We believe that is a police
car that was driven to the hospital
after the incident and which may be
contaminated. I say we believe,
because unusually in this case, very
little is being confirmed by
counter-terrorism officers running
the investigation. Amber Rudd said,
give us space, we will get to the
bottom of this, and we will find the
facts. It is important that they do
because there are huge international
implications if this is some sort of
a plot to kill a Russian dissident.
We know where that leads.
The "old dotard" is to meet
"little rocket man".
President Trump says
he'll hold talks with
North Korea's Kim Jong Un,
in an historic meeting
between the two leaders.
The apparent breakthrough took
the US by surprise and comes
after months of growing tension,
in which the two men
have traded insults.
South Korean officials,
who have brokered the talks,
describe it as a miracle,
and say the North is now committed
to denuclearisation and has
promised to halt all nuclear
and missile tests.
Nick Bryant has more.
Last night, the White House felt
more like the Twilight zone, Donald
Trump slipping into the press
briefing room unannounced to tell
reporters to expect a major
announcement. And then out from the
West Wing came a delegation from
South Korea, to make one of the most
stunning diplomatic statements in
decades, after delivering to Donald
Trump a message from Kim Jong Un.
expressed his eagerness to meet
President Trump as soon as possible.
President Trump appreciated the
briefing and said he would meet Kim
Jong Un by May. To achieve permanent
Prior to arriving
in Washington, they held a meeting
in Pyongyang, with Kim Jong Un of --
offering a warm hand of friendship,
rather than rattling his usual
saver. And on state TV, the
schmaltzy soundtrack doubled as
diplomatic mood music as the North
Korean leader offered to abandon his
nuclear arsenal in return for
security guarantees from the United
States. Then came the sentimental
farewell, Kim Jong Un sending them
off not just with a wave but an
invitation to Mr Trump, the most
improbable overture. Donald Trump
gave his response on Twitter.
The White House claims his tough
talk has worked.
They will be met
with fire and fury like the world
has never seen. Rocket man is on a
suicide mission for himself and for
his regime. Washington has been in a
whirlwind, taken by surprise.
Shortly before the shock
announcement, America's chief
diplomat ruled out direct talks with
In terms of direct talks
with the United States and US
negotiations, we are a long way from
This gamble offers
Yong Eun Yang a propaganda coup
without much the dramatic groundwork
and without a guarantee of success.
-- Pyongyang. But President Trump's
predecessors have failed to hold
North Korea's nuclear programme, so
perhaps it is worth this dramatic
new gesture. Two combustible leaders
dealing with potentially the world's
most combustible problem. Diplomacy
like a Las Vegas title fight, the
international summit of the century.
As we heard there, today's
something of a thawing of relations
between North and South Korea,
that saw them march under a single
flag at the Winter Olympics.
The South Korean President,
Moon Jae-in, described the planned
meeting with its unpredictable
and heavily armed neighbour
as a milestone for peace.
But how has the news gone down
in the capital, Seoul?
Laura Bicker has been finding out.
For months, Seoul wondered
if it faced the prospect
of war once again.
Today, it woke to better news.
of a stunning Trump/Kim summit has
turned an impending crisis
into an opportunity.
The horror of the Korean War
is not forgotten here.
The fighting ended
with no peace treaty.
Now future generations hope
these talks will prevent
I think this
will be a turning point,
and through this our future children
will benefit from living in a more
free and peaceful world.
I think it is a good
thing for both countries,
and as a South Korean citizen,
it's good that the threat of war has
reduced, even by a little.
Even if things turn out
well, it won't benefit
the people in North Korea.
In the past, when the South Korean
President provided aid
to North Korea, I heard almost none
of it went to the common people.
So I don't think it's
going to turn out well.
Decades of distrust and suspicion
divide North and South.
People have learned that
hope can be a bad thing.
I'm told it's hard to tell
what is real progress
and what is propaganda.
A strong word of caution.
The road ahead is very long,
very complicated, very complex,
and there's no guarantee
that the North will ever
give up its nuclear
weapons easily, if at all.
These talks are a huge
Presidents Moon and Trump could be
being played by Pyongyang,
or this peninsula could be
on the verge of something it's been
searching for for nearly seven
decades, a peace treaty.
This statue portrays two
brothers divided by the war,
in a last, desperate embrace.
There's a sense of cautious optimism
that this unresolved conflict
could now have a happy ending.
Laura Baker, BBC News, Seoul.
Britain is close to agreeing
a multi-billion pound deal to supply
Saudi Arabia with 48
Typhoon fighter jets.
It coincides with the last
day of a state visit
by the new Saudi leader,
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
It's a welcome shot in the arm
for UK industry but has already
Our security correspondent,
Frank Gardner, is with me.
With Saudi waging war in Yemen,
this was always going
to be controversial.
It certainly was, and I have to say
I think it is a punch in the nose
for the hundreds of protesters who
came out to demonstrate outside
Downing Street against both the
visit and the arms trade between
Britain and Saudi Arabia, plus all
those who are sitting at home
probably shaking their heads at
this. But for the government and the
defence industry and for those who
think Saudi Arabia is the right ally
to have, it is certainly a shot in
the arm. Over 5000 jobs in the UK
depend on this, many more in Saudi
Arabia. This is a man, the Crown
prince, who is shaking up that
country. He is seen as a defence
against Iranians expansionism, its
aggressive stance as it is perceived
in parts of the Middle East, and
Saudi Arabia cooperate on
counter-terrorism. They passed a
tip-off to stop an attack in 2012
ahead of the London Olympics. The
government has taken a view that
despite concerns raised last night
at Chequers by the Prime Minister
over dinner, they will go ahead with
these defence sales. That will not
be popular with some people because
The first aid convoy since Monday
has crossed into the besieged Syrian
rebel-held enclave of Eastern
The International Red Cross has sent
13 trucks loaded with food
to hundreds of thousands
of civilians there.
The organisation said the convoy
was not allowed to take in medical
supplies and the amount of food
is nowhere near enough.
The man accused of carrying out
the London Tube bombing
at Parsons Green made no attempt
to deny he was responsible
when he was arrested
the day after the attack,
a court heard today.
The prosecution claims Ahmed Hassan,
who denies attempted murder, told
a detective that he made the bomb.
30 people were injured in September
last year when the bomb partially
exploded on a Tube carriage.
June Kelly was in court.
Ahmed Hassan on his way to Brighton,
hours after leaving a bomb
on an underground train in London.
Two years on from his arrival
in the UK, the teenage asylum seeker
caused mayhem in its capital city.
Hassan later headed for Dover,
where he made for the Port area.
The jury at his trial has seen this
CCTV footage of his movements.
On the run, he hung around this area
until the following morning.
And it was here, 24 hours
after the Tube attack,
the police identified him
as a wanted man.
In an initial interview
detectives from Scotland Yard,
Hassan was asked,
"who planted the device?"
And he replied, "I did."
In response to further questions,
he said there might be a few
grams of the explosive,
TATP, at his home address.
Hassan's device created a fireball
when it partially exploded
on an underground train at Parsons
Green station in west London.
The jury was told today the bomb
was packed with shrapnel,
including nuts, bolts,
screws, drill bits and knives.
And it contained 400 grams
of the explosive TATP.
It would have been lethal if it
had fully detonated.
This was the evidence
from an explosives expert,
who went on to the train.
The prosecution evidence at his
trial is now drawing to a close
and Hassan's defence case is due
to start next week.
June Kelly, BBC News,
at the Old Bailey.
It is a quarter past six.
Our top story this evening.
Almost 200 specialist military
personnel have arrived in Salisbury
following the nerve agent
attack on a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
Coming up, I am in Dublin to try to
guide you through Six Nations
Saturday. Ireland could be champions
Coming up on Sportsday
on BBC News...
The game that could decide
the best of the rest
in the Premier League.
We'll preview Manchester United
second against third in the table,
ahead of their meeting on Saturday.
Increasing numbers of young
British Muslim women are choosing
to wear a hijab or headscarf.
It's not without controversy.
Women in some Muslim
countries, like Iran,
are campaigning against it
as a symbol of oppression.
But here some women
are taking the opposite view,
seeing it as empowering -
even a feminist statement.
It's increasingly evident in the
world of fashion and social media.
And a major modelling agency has
just signed its first British
catwalk model who wears a hijab.
Nomia Iqbal investigates.
The spotlight is on the hijab.
Many Muslim women choose
to wear it proudly.
For some, it's an act of modesty.
For others, in countries like Iran,
forced to wear it, it's a symbol
to remove in protest.
It may divide opinion,
but the hijab is going high fashion.
20-year-old model Shahira Yusuf has
been signed up by Storm,
the agency that found
supermodel Kate Moss.
Shahira is one of the first
British models with a hijab
taking to the catwalk.
Yeah, definitely don't want to be
considered a token girl.
I don't want these models
like ethnic models or models
from different religious backgrounds
to just pave the way,
I want the way to stay there,
become the norm within society.
Because it is the norm outside
of the modelling sphere.
Shahira is becoming
the face of Modest Fashion.
At the show in London,
Muslim designers have come
from all over the world
to promote their clothes.
The market for Modest Fashion
is on course to be worth billions.
I grew up in a Muslim family
and none of the the women
in my family wore the hijab.
None of my Muslim
friends wore it either.
But now, more and more young
women are wearing it.
The reason why I wear
it is to number one, cover my hair.
And number two, to be honest,
I actually enjoy wearing the hijab,
I enjoy covering my hair,
I enjoy the hijabs I have today
I feel like it makes a statement.
It's part of who I am,
it's my crown.
The hijab to me is empowerment
and it's feminism and it's taking
control and ownership
of what I choose
to show to the world.
Being online has given some women
a powerful platform.
Social media star Mariah Idrissi has
a huge following on Instagram.
The hijab is a part of me,
it's part of my career
and it's representation.
You know, we shouldn't be ashamed
or shy to represent who we are.
If you are a model wearing a hijab,
and you're on Instagram and having
thousands of people following you,
aren't you doing the opposite
of what the hijab is
supposed to be about?
The mainstream media,
western media isn't
representing Muslims on TV,
in fashion, anywhere.
The only time we are represented
is for something bad.
I just saw this as, you know I'm
going on the news and I'm talking
about something that's not
about terrorism, not
about women being oppressed,
I'm talking about fashion.
Some campaigners for Muslim womens'
rights think the hijab's popularity
is a political statement.
They feel uneasy about its use
as an expression of identity.
Modest does not mean
you need to wear the hijab.
Modesty goes beyond that in your
behaviour and your way of dressing.
I don't need to prove to anybody
what I am, but in the hijab,
you are singling yourself
and proving something unnecessary,
especially in the Western world.
The hijab means different things
to different people.
Shahira believes you can wear it
and be a successful model.
The cover of British Vogue,
wearing her hijab.
Nomia Iqbal, BBC News.
Sir John Sulston, who won
the Nobel Prize for medicine
for his work on the human genome
project, has died.
Sir John's work in decoding
the sequence of human DNA -
the building blocks of life -
saw him awarded the prize in 2002.
It's an important
weekend of sport ahead.
The Paralympic Winter Games have got
underway in South Korea
with the British team hoping
for a record medal haul.
And it's the penultimate
round of matches in rugby's
Six Nations this weekend,
but with Ireland in pole position,
the title could be decided tomorrow.
Joe Wilson is inside
the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
If your idea of an ideal that they
often is becoming engrossed in rugby
union event tomorrow could be
perfect with loads possibilities.
Ireland could be champions by
tomorrow night. England essentially
have to match whatever they do to
keep their hopes alive. Scotland are
in the mix as well. It all begins at
2:15pm in this city.
In Dublin they line up this way.
Undefeated Ireland versus
Both teams should be confident,
both are in contention.
If Ireland win, they could be Six
Nations champions by Saturday night.
If Scotland win then
everything seems wide open.
Remember how they beat England.
The group's got confidence
but they've also got awareness
of how good Ireland are and how good
we will have to be to win
and we'll have to be better
than we were against England.
We're really excited to get back out
on the field and get going.
But, you know, there's nerves
and a little bit of, you know,
worry about the threat that
Well, Dublin's match will just be
the start of things.
The next rugby bridge to cross
on Saturday will come in Paris.
Tea-time kick-off, fragile France
versus uncertain England?
Well, with mind or muscle,
England must beat the French.
They may have to score four tries
for a bonus point to stay
in sight of Ireland.
England have made big changes,
some enforced by injury.
There is a new man
carrying the captain's
responsibility, his way.
You try and be aggressive
in the right times.
You want to be calm and clear-headed
to be able to make good decisions.
And I think that's where
I've probably matured
a bit over the years.
But at the same time,
when the opportunity
arises to be aggressive,
you've got to make
sure you're in it.
And could France suddenly
to be brilliant?
Not even Poirot knows.
That's Jefferson Poirot,
their 19 stone prop.
It's the uncertainty that
makes the Six Nations.
Dublin's modern stadium
lies near to the Liffey.
It twists, it turns.
We watch, we wait.
If you like your twists and turns on
snow or ice them look towards the
Winter Paralympics, bigger than ever
this time and from South Korea Kate
Grey has sent this report.
The biggest Winter
Paralympics to date.
Drummers and dancers,
the traditional charms
of Korea opening the show.
The weather playing its part too -
nothing could be done
about the fog covered fireworks.
And heavy snow had prevented a full
rehearsal so a slight flag hiccup
could be forgiven.
But the flags were in full
flight when it came to
the parade, some more than others.
And here they come, Great Britain.
Owen Pick leading the way, a great
honour for the soldier turned
And the British team
certainly enjoying the
The International Paralympic
Committee had wanted
North Korea and South Korea to march
out under a unified flag but these
Games will be North Korea's debut
Winter Paralympics so the team
preferred to walk out separately.
The host nation completed
the procession but the cold
temperature meant no hanging around,
with all teams snaking
in and out of the stadium.
The crowd were treated
to an eclectic mix -
a snowboarding bear,
weird and wonderful contraptions
on wheels, and the floor putting
on its own dazzling show
with the help of performers.
Paralympics GB have a target of six
to 12 medals here in South Korea
and their best chances could come
from the ski slopes.
Rising stars Menna Fitzpatrick
and her guide, Jen Kehoe,
will compete across the five Alpine
skiing events and could be two
the big names of these Games.
There's a really good buzz
in the camp, the mood
is really, really positive.
It feels like a real family.
There's a real identity,
there's a real cohesion,
you can feel the support.
With the cauldron lit
and the fog finally clearing
for the firework finale,
the organisers will hope it
will now be about the sport
and not the weather.
Kate Grey, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Chris Fawkes.
Not as cold as South Korea?
Actually, it is warming up in South
Korea, turning milder there and also
for us. This was one of our
spectacular pictures from the day
fells fells covered in snow
underneath sunny skies, a glorious
day. But the weather is changing,
and looking at the south there is
low pressure and a waving weather
front that will bring pulses of
heavy rain northwards across the UK.
That process is underway at the
moment with the rain already
arriving in southern England, into
Wales and the Midlands and East
Anglia. You can see it turning
increasingly heavy in central and
southern England, London and the
south-east in the next few hours.
The rest of this evening and
overnight, this rain will extend
northwards into northern England and
Northern Ireland. We will have clear
skies for a time in Scotland but
with the south-westerly winds
strengthening it will bring up some
mild air and by the end of the night
we will have temperatures of ten or
11 degrees in Cardiff and London but
further north with the clearer
skies, cold enough for some frost in
parts of Scotland. Looking at
Saturday, a wet start for many, the
rain moving northward into Northern
Ireland and Scotland, some snow
across the highest hills in Scotland
but as the milder air comes in the
snow will change back to rain and we
could have another pulse of rain
come into western England and Wales
and in Wales and north-west England
it might rain for much of the
afternoon. Further east it will stay
cloudy but there could be brighter
spells and that would boost
temperatures up to 15 degrees in
parts of eastern England. What about
Sunday? More rain forecast I'm
afraid, particularly in southern
counties. Likely to be quite heavy,
maybe some thunder and an area not
far off as in minute continent could
effect parts of East Anglia but that
is uncertain. Further north with
like to winds Somma mist and fog
possible but 10 degrees possible in
Scotland -- some mist and fog. To
summarise, we are seeing a change to
milder conditions, we will all get
some rain through the weekend but
come in fairly heavy pulse
particularly on Saturday but the
temperatures will be rising all the
time, 15 degrees could be yours on
Saturday and even on the Sunday,
double bigots everywhere turning
significantly milder in Scotland. --
A reminder of our main story.
Almost 200 specialist military
personnel have arrived in Salisbury
following the nerve agent attack
on a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
That's all from the BBC News at Six
so it's goodbye from me
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