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International pressure mounts
on Facebook over allegations
about the use of millions
of people's data.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg has been
summoned to parliament
to answer questions.
It follows allegations
that a British firm,
used data from 50 million
Of course individuals
should be careful.
Of course they should think
twice about who they're
sharing their information with,
but on the other hand it's really up
to the companies to get this right
and comply with the law.
We'll be asking what impact
the claims could have
on the giant tech firm.
A Red Arrows Hawk has crashed
at an RAF base in North Wales.
Two people were on board - it's not
yet known if they survived.
Expelled after the nerve agent
attack - a plane carrying 23 Russian
diplomats leaves Britain
on its way to Moscow.
Cheaper fuel and food lead
to a bigger than expected
fall for inflation -
it drops to its lowest
level since last summer.
And on the brink of extinction -
the last male northern white rhino
in the world has died in Kenya.
And coming up on
Sportsday on BBC News.
England scrum half Danny Care
admits they let the fans
down after their worst
Six Nations finish.
But they're still aiming
to win the World Cup.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
There's growing international
pressure on the social media
company Facebook tonight,
over measures it's taking to ensure
the security of the personal data
of the two billion people who use it
around the world.
It follows allegations
from a whistleblower that
information about 50 million
of its users has been harvested
from the site by the British firm
Cambridge Analytica and used
for political purposes.
Facebook's boss, Mark Zuckerberg,
was today ordered to appear before
MPs to answer allegations.
Here's our business
editor, Simon Jack.
In the information age personal data
is the new currency s and we spend
it liberally on social media
platforms, how old we are, whether
we are in a relationship, what our
political leanings, this could be
gathered an used. Cambridge
Analytica is a company which does
exactly that and it is at the centre
of a storm that has rocked some of
the biggest companies in the world.
It starred with an app which invited
Facebook users to do a personality
test, 270,000 downloaded it. It
collected personal information on
them, their friends, their friends,
friends and so on until it had info
on 50 million user, but that data
was passed to Cambridge Analytica,
which allegedly used it to influence
the Presidential election in the US,
using targeted messages, a charge
denied by the company.
The UK's data Watchdog said she had
concerns about the company for some
These allegations are very
serious, they came to the attention
of our office some months ago and on
the 7th March I issued a demand for
information to Cambridge, they did
not comply with that, so now I am
moving ahead to seek a warrant so I
can search premises and data.
Separately Cambridge Analytica
executives were veeblingtly filmed
by Channel 4 on advice on how to
Cambridge Analytica said it has been
Whether this tiny consultancy was
involved in inflews the election
there is an old adage which says
that if the services you are getting
are free, then you are the product,
served up to advertisers who are
convinced that highly targeted
messages constructed round detailed
personal information really work.
Since the scandal broke, Facebook
has seen £50 billion wiped off its
value and the pressure on the
company was cranked up today, when
the federal trade commission
announced it will investigate its
handling of customer data. It has
the power to Levy enormous fines.
Facebook denied any wrongdoing,
could this be a moment of reck cob
for the way our data is used?
the first time things that people
suspected have surfaced, thanks to
the testimony of whistle-blowers,
now we are finally seeing the
leaders of these companies are being
called to testify in front of
Parliament. Analysts are dumping
their stock as a vote of no
confidence. This is a moment it will
The facts of our
lives have value. Mark Zuckerberg
will have the chance to tell MPs how
safely the information is kept.
Simon Jack, BBC
Simon Jack, BBC News.
Our North America technology
correspondent Dave Lee
is in San Francisco.
Facebook, a huge global company now,
the pressure is mowning, how
significant a moment is this for
I think this could be a hugely
significant moment for them, indeed
for Silicon Valley in general. The
mood here is that the era of tech
self regulation may be reaching an
end, we nuns the last hour, there
has been a meeting at face book with
employees but it wasn't chaired by
Mark Zuckerberg or his deputy, we
haven't here from either of them
since this news broke on Friday.
Internally and externally as we have
been hearing they are facing
investigations on both sides of the
Atlantic and the impact on the
company's value has been to the tune
of round $50 billion, so in the
short-term, hugely significant and
also as we are learning in the
long-term it will have real impact
on how this company does its
A Red Arrows jet has crashed at RAF
Valley airbase in Anglesey.
Two members of crew were onboard
the Hawk aircraft -
their condition is unknown.
Our correspondent Sian
Lloyd is at RAF Valley.
Yes, the Red Arrows Hawk crashed
round 1.30 this afternoon shortly
after take off. It was on its way
back to RAF Scampton which is where
the Red Arrows were based. Two
people were onboard, currently we
don't know anything about their
condition. An investigation has
already begun here, and this
afternoon we have seen a great deal
of activity, both in the skies and
also on the ground. The air
ambulance was called, an emergency
ambulance was called to the scene
and we have seen a number of police
vehicles which have secured the
perimeter here of the base. Now,
later on this evening, we are
expecting a statement, but the
Ministry of Defence have said that
they would not be speculating about
any of the details, or the possible
cause. It is far too early days for
When we get that information we will
bring it to
23 Russian diplomats
and their families have now left
the UK after being expelled
by the British government over
the Salisbury nerve agent
attack on a former spy.
They left on a plane bound
for Moscow this afternoon
as the Prime Minister Theresa May
chaired a meeting with
the National Security Council
to decide if further sanctions
should be imposed on Russia.
Our diplomatic coreespondent,
James Landale reports.
It was dubbed 'expulsion day' -
the moment Russian diplomats
and their families began the long
journey home from their embassy
in London, sent packing
after their government was blamed
by Britain for the nerve agent
attack in Salisbury.
Those staying behind gathered
outside to hug their colleagues,
wave goodbye and, yes,
shed the odd tear, as the long
cavalcade of coaches and cars
left for the airport.
The embassy released pictures
of a reception last Friday,
in honour of the 23 departing
officials accused by Britain
of being undeclared intelligence
officers, forced to swap
the attractions of London diplomacy
for a new and perhaps
different life in Moscow.
At sunset, the Russian Ambassador
shook the hands of the departing
officials, spouses and children,
as they boarded the aircraft home.
His embassy said in all,
about 80 people were leaving,
in what is the biggest expulsion
of Russian diplomats
from Britain since the Cold War.
In a tweet, he bade
farewell to his colleagues,
after what he called 'the hostile
move of the UK Government'.
What's our next move
against the Russians?
Today, ministers gathered to decide
what Britain should do next.
Russia's already announced that 23
British diplomats must leave
Moscow by the weekend.
And the decision was
to impose no further
sanctions on Russia -
at least, for now.
The Government clearly wants to keep
up international pressure and not
get sucked into a bilateral
tit-for-tat row with Moscow.
Today, the Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, confirmed
that the former Russian intelligence
officer Sergei Skripal
and his daughter, Yulia, have been
in a coma since they were poisoned
two weeks ago.
This afternoon, the Russian plane
carrying its diplomatic cargo
finally took off from Moscow.
This weekend, British
diplomats will travel
in the opposite direction.
James Landale, BBC News.
The rate of inflation dropped
sharply last month, from3 to 2.7 %.
The price of petrol and food played
a key part in the fall.
Economists believe the fall
will ease the pressure on the Bank
of England to raise interest rates.
Here's our economics
editor, Kamal Ahmed.
Mixing in a new ingredient,
after over a year of rising
inflation, today better news,
a fall, as food costs ease
and fuel costs drop.
Inflation can often start here,
firms that make the stuff we buy.
If their costs are cut, then prices
for us often go the same way.
There's not many costs that
are coming down Down,
but the two things we have
identified are distribution
costs for us.
We've definitely seen
those ease off, but also
in digital and technology.
A bit more upbeat maybe.
Were people in East London though
feeling the effects quite yet?
All the necessities
you need to live, nothing's
cheap - gas, electric.
You spend more day-to-day on things
that are going up than what you go
to buy that's going down.
For millions of people today's fall
in inflation brings into sharp focus
one of the most important issues
facing the UK economy.
That income squeeze,
prices rising faster than wages,
leaving people worse off
month by month.
Today, a glimmer of hope.
With inflation easing and wage
could that income squeeze be coming
to an end this year?
Before 2017 wages were rising faster
than prices, meaning that people
were slightly better off each month.
Then last year that reversed,
inflation rose quickly
following the Brexit referendum,
which saw a fall in the value
of the pound and an increase
in the price of imports.
Now the pound is stronger,
inflation is falling
and wages are catching up.
Could those lines cross in 2018.
The impact of the fall in the pound
of course meant that imported
inflation was quite high.
Thatle effect is fading.
Increasingly now we're
seeing inflation coming
from domestic sources.
So higher wage growth in particular
is driving up costs.
Inflation risk has not drained away
and wage growth will keep mind
focused at the bank.
Its signalled that it will raise
interest rates in the next few
months to control any
future price rises.
Kamal Ahmed, BBC News.
Our top story this evening:
International pressure mounts
on Facebook over allegations
about the use of millions
of people's data.
Why this air ambulance team is
heading to the is a haarwhere for
the toughest foot race on earth.
the toughest foot race on earth.
Coming up on Sportsday, on BBC News:
We meet the man trying
to take Anthony Joshua's
heavyweight titles away.
WBO champion Joseph Parker takes
on the British fighter in just under
two weeks in Cardiff.
Now, if there's one thing that can
really unite motorists and cyclists,
it is potholes and the state
of Britain's roads.
One in five roads is in a poor
condition, according to new figures,
and local authorities are struggling
to fund improvements.
The recent snow and cold has
certainly not helped.
The BBC's looked at data for roads -
it doesn't include motorways -
in England, Scotland and Wales
and found that in England just 5%
of them were deemed to be
in a poor condition.
Meanwhile, 10% of the roads
in Wales are in a bad way.
In Scotland, more than a third
of the roads are of poor quality
or in need of inspection.
Lorna Gordon reports from Glasgow.
Cracking, crumbling and potholes.
You don't have to go far
to come across them.
As you travel on our roads.
Well, dreadful, aren't they?
Do you find yourself
dodging them much?
Very much so, especially in the wet.
My car and my van we've had broken
springs due to potholes.
They're just everywhere,
you can't avoid
You just keep going over them
and hoping you're not
doing major damage to your car.
Hitting potholes could hit
you in the pocket as well.
Can do suspension damage.
Damage to the tyres,
which is the most common,
where you will get weather bulge
on a tyre or a nick or a cut.
On this back one here.
Generally you will find it's
on one side if it goes
through a pothole on the near side.
Very costly as well.
On average, about £100 is the damage
damage per customer because this
one's a bit more exes Spencive.
Going to be looking probably
about £1,000 for the four
Many of us, whether in a car
or on a bike, will have found
ourselves dodging potholes.
say the recent cold
snap will have led to some roads
deteriorating further still to the
point where the potholes are not
just annoying and potentially
costly, but increasingly
Keith Ralph has cycled all his life.
In January, while commuting
through south London, he went over a
pothole, was knocked unconscious
and left with several injuries,
including a bleed on the brain.
When I came to a guy
got me to the side
of the road and apparently I was
unable to remember my name, where I
lived or anything.
Then I got popped into
an ambulance and taken to
Lewisham Hospital where I was dealt
with quite swiftly.
Put on painkillers
and had the CT scans on
my brain, etc.
I was there for two-days.
From Silverstone to Suffolk,
motorists have been
recording the state of the roads
and the damage caused to their cars.
Across the country,
from the centre of
Leeds to leafy lanes
Norfolk borders, there are now
thousands of miles of roads that
Those responsible say
they are going as fast as they can,
but warn it will cost billions
to get them all back
into a good state of repair.
Lorna Gordon, BBC News, Glasgow.
A two-year-old girl has died
after the car she was in plunged
into a river in Wales.
Kiara Moore was pulled
from the vehicle in
the River Teifi in Cardigan.
Police officers say they're
investigating the incident and have
appealed for witnesses.
From Cardigan, Tomos Morgan reports.
Kara Moore, just two years old, had
it not been for the tragic events of
yesterday afternoon, she would have
been celebrating her third birthday
a week today. It's understood that
two-year-old Kiara was left in the
silver mini while a family member
went into offices nearby. By the
time the family member returned the
car car had disappeared. The police
were contact and a search was under
way. They believed the car to be
stolen. It transpired that the car
was in the River Teifl just yards
away. The toddler was airlifted to
the university hospital of Wales in
Cardiff, but doctors were unable to
revive her. Young families in the
town today have been paying their
own tributes by laying flowers by
She was a very lively
little girl. Very smiley. Cheeky
little smile she had all the time.
She... Her and her mum were always
together, always fun days out.
And... She had a happy little life.
Short life, but a happy little life.
Commenting on Facebook, Kiara's
father thanked the work of the
emergency services whilst also
paying tribute to his daughter
saying she had an "amazing but short
life." It's unclear as to how the
Mini came to be in the River Teifl
as family and friends mourn the loss
of young Kiara the investigation
into exactly what happened
continues. Tomos Morgan, BBC News,
Hundreds of disabled people
are to benefit from an increase
in funding for a scheme designed
to help them into work.
From next month, the maximum grant
will rise to £57,000,
money designed to pay for support
workers and transport costs.
Our disability news correspondent,
Nikki Fox, has more details.
Ben has worked at this
large accountancy firm
for more than 17 years.
Work is hugely important to me.
I always had the goal of having
a career, to have a job,
to be able to support myself.
He has cerebral palsy and needs this
and his support worker,
Mohamed, to help him do
the things he can't.
Thank you very much.
Ben relies on funding
through access to work,
a government scheme set up to help
with extra costs like this.
But in 2015 a cap was implemented
and because of this Ben was denied
the funding he needs
to replace his ageing wheelchair.
You feel that you battle so hard
to be able to come to work and work
full-time and hold down a job
for the length of time that I have
done and, in order to be able to do
that, you do need support,
and there seems to be
a complete lack of support
through the imposition
of the funding cap and the way
that it's managed.
Could problems like Ben's be
a thing of the past?
Today the Government has announced
an increase to the cap from just
over £42,000 to £57,200,
twice the average salary.
But campaigners say any limit
on the amount of money available
will have a negative impact,
particularly for deaf people.
Many need multiple interpreters,
and that comes at a cost.
The best way is to remove
the cap altogether.
What's most important is that people
have access to the employment market
regardless of how much that costs.
I think a slight raise in the cap,
we'll still be facing and dealing
with the same situation.
There are lots of disabled people
and campaigners that feel
there shouldn't be a cap at all.
Would that not be something
that you would consider?
We've really carefully worked
with our stakeholders and I'm
confident that this level of support
will meet the vast majority
of needs of disabled people,
enabling them to get into work,
stay in work and make
progress in work.
So while I am sat at my desk
during the day, I can move my feet.
Without this chair, Ben would be
unable to work and he's spent
thousands of pounds of his own money
keeping it going.
But the Government says it's
confident he and many
others will now be benefit
from the increase.
Nikki Fox, BBC News.
A 45-year-old male northern white
rhino has died in Kenya,
he was the last of his kind
in the world.
Sudan was in poor health and was put
down on Monday after his condition
His daughter and granddaughter
are the only female northern white
rhinos left, which means that
species is now on the
brink of extinction.
From Kenya, Alistair
And then there were two -
the last remaining northern
white rhinos on earth,
now that the last male, Sudan,
has died of old age.
A subspecies of rhino ever
closer to extension.
One is Najin, 27 years old,
Sudan's daughter, the other is Fatu,
his teenage granddaughter.
The last of what was once a great
species that roamed central Africa.
This was Sudan and for the last
few years scientists
and conservationists have been
trying to get him to mate.
They even put the 45-year-old
on Tinder as part of
a publicity campaign.
There was no other
animal quite like him.
It highlights first and foremost
the fact that human greed
and sometimes human activities that
are not controlled can drive
species to extinction.
The last wild northern
white rhinos were seen
here in Garamba National Park,
in the Northern Democratic
Republic of Congo,
but that was many years ago.
They became extinct
in the wild in 2008.
Well, Fatu and Najin are now
the last two remaining
northern white rhinos,
and obviously they're both females.
They are here under armed
guard 24-hours a day,
such is the continuing threat
to these animals from poachers.
They are now incredibly rare.
There are only 30,000 rhinos left
on the planet and Sudan
was unusual for his kind,
in that he died of old age.
Now it's up to the scientists
and a never before tried fertility
treatment in a last gasp effort
to save these animals
Alastair Leithead, BBC
News, in northern Kenya.
The television and radio personality
Katie Boyle has died aged 91.
Now our first model is Reg,
and he's wearing a navy blue
suit and a peaked cap.
She appeared in a number of TV
shows, but was perhaps best
known for presenting
the Eurovision Song Contest
for the UK during the '60s and '70s.
Its paramedics, pilots
and doctors save lives
across the capital every day.
Next month a big team
from the London Air Ambulance
are taking on the toughest foot race
on earth - the Marathon des Sables.
They'll be running 150 miles
across the Sahara desert,
six marathons in six days,
carrying all their own kit, to raise
money for the air ambulance charity.
And running with them will be former
patients and families
who owe them their lives.
I went to meet them, and a warning,
there are some flashing images.
I remember wheels turning across me,
and then I don't remember the impact
as such, but I remember
being on the floor, and really
panicking because I tried to get up
and I couldn't move my legs.
She was deathly white.
She had lost a lot of blood,
she looked like she was dying.
Can you hear me?
Three years ago, Vicky Labrecque
was cycling to work
when she was knocked off her bike
by a lorry.
Vicky, what we're going to do now,
is we're going to give
you an anaesthetic.
Her life was saved thanks
to a pioneering medical technique
carried out at the roadside.
So we really need to then crack
on and get her into the ambulance
and get her to the Royal London
as quick as we can.
I mean, if it hadn't been
for the air ambulance then
I wouldn't be here because they're
the only people that do this
procedure, and if that
hadn't happened then
I would definitely be dead.
They managed to save her life,
but the surgeon Tom Koenig wasn't
able to save her leg.
Now, three years later,
he will be part a team of medics
and patients heading to the Sahara
to raise money for
the air ambulance.
Joining them is Vicky's
I'm forever in debt to this charity.
What they did for me,
Vicky and my family is incredible
and they do it every day.
It's going to be an incredibly
emotional experience to be doing
this big challenge with a team
of people who saved my
sister's life, ultimately.
Running alongside Marie and Tom
will be another cyclist
who also owes her life
to London Air Ambulance.
I remember it happening.
I remember going under the wheel,
trying to get the wheel off,
trying to speak to the driver
afterwards to say sorry,
because I thought I was going to die
and he would have to live with that.
Chloe Baker, now a doctor,
was a medical student
when she was knocked off her bike
11 years ago.
The pilot who came to rescue her
remembers that day vividly.
This patient was self-diagnosing
herself and she, being a medic
of some sort, knew what she thought
she'd done, which is is really
rare, and we'd never
really heard of before.
For Chloe, just over 15 minutes
to get a trauma team
service right next to her,
I think that makes a massive
difference to any patient
in that situation.
Chloe now works alongside
the team who saved her,
and in three weeks' time they'll
all be swapping the London chill
for the Saharan sun.
We will suffer in those seven days,
but I think our suffering pales
into insignificance when you think
about the suffering that
our patients suffer.
I think from the first step to that
very finish line, which we hope,
I hope that we will all
pass together, it's
going to be emotional.
It will be great.
It will be great to bring everybody
home, and I'm thoroughly
looking forward to it.
The trauma surgeon Tom Konig,
who's about to set off
on a gruelling challenge.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Tomasz Schafernaker.
Different in The Sahara.
not 45 degrees.
Today is the first
day of astronomical spring. The
weather has changed in time wem have
milder, I want to emphasise the word
"milder" weather for the next few
days. Tonight it will be pretty
chilly. The jetstream is broken up
here. That means that things are
starting to change in the
atmosphere. This side of the
Atlantic we are starting to see this
strong winds putting in weather
systems in our direction. That is a
clear side sign that the atmosphere
is reversing rather than weather
systems from the east, they will
come out of the west. The
temperatures will start to rise.
Relatively compared to what we've
had. Tonight, lots of clear weather
across the country. Good touch of
frost around, even in city centres
first thing in the morning on
Wednesday. The weather going down
hill, the jetstream pushing in
weather fronts. From the word go for
Scotland, Northern Ireland, pretty
cloudy here. Rain to the Western
Isles during the course of
Wednesday. To the south the skies
will clear over a little bit.
Temperatures up to 10 degrees.
Despite the cloud in Belfast it is
still up to around 10 Celsius I
think on Wednesday. Wednesday into
Thursday we see this plume of milder
air coming in our direction. We
could get into the low teens
depending on how much sunshine we
will get. Thursday the mildest day
out of the lot, not necessarily
sunny. We have a weather front
bringing rain to Belfast, cloudy
skies here. In the east and south it
will be dry and brighter. Despite
the rain in Belfast temperatures up
to around about 10 degrees. Spring
has kind of sprung. Kind of. Thank
A reminder of our main story:
Two people were on board. The RAF
has said an engineer died in the
crash. The pilot survived and is
currently receiving medical care.
That is the latest from the RAF in
the last few moments.
That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me