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This is BBC World News today. Our

top stories. Victims families

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command two members of an Islamic

State execution cell should answer

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in court for their actions.

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If it goes to trial,

I'll certainly be there.

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I certainly want to look them

in the eye and let them know that

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I am who I am and they have

destroyed a big part of my life.

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Paris closes the Eiffel Tower for

the second time this week as another

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blanket of snow covers the French

capital.

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Hello and welcome to World News

Today.

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The families of the victims of two

British Islamic State

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members captured in Syria,

have called for them

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to face justice in court.

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Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee El

Sheikh were part of a team of four

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IS members whose British accents

earned them the nickname

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"the Beatles."

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US officials say the group are

accused of executing 27 hostages.

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Our home affairs correspondent

Daniel Sandford has more.

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They became the most infamous

gang of foreign fighters

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in the self-styled Islamic State,

callous torturers and public

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executioners of hostages.

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Jihadi John, his real name

Mohammed Emwazi, now dead.

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Aine Davis, in prison in Turkey.

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And the two men captured last

month, Alexanda Kotey

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and El Shafee Elsheikh.

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The two were detained

by American-backed

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Syrian Kurd fighters.

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Kotey, the Kurds said today,

was trying to escape into Turkey.

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The gang are suspected

of beheading Alan Henning,

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a driver and aid worker

from Eccles, and David Haines,

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seen here in Croatia,

a former RAF engineer and long-time

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aid worker from Perth.

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This morning, his daughter, Bethany,

was finally contemplating

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what punishment two of his suspected

killers should face.

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They should die a long,

slow, painful death.

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And I think quite a lot of people

will understand that,

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that they shouldn't be

allowed to live.

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But realistically, that's

not going to happen.

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And I have to come

to terms with that.

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And the best thing for them is to be

locked up and throw away the key.

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They should never be

allowed back in society,

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because they will just recruit

people and they will

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just do this again.

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And for the sake of her father,

if they end up in court,

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she will go to watch.

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If it goes to trial,

I will certainly be there,

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I will certainly want to look them

in the eye and let them

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know that I am who I am,

and they have destroyed a big part

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of my life.

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And hopefully there will be

some sort of justice.

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Some of the gang's hostages

were freed, including

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former French reporter,

Nicolas Henin.

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He wants them to have

the fairest trial possible.

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I would not be happy

if they were just sent

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to Guantanamo Bay, because this

is denial of justice.

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If we want justice, we need

to give them the trial

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that would satisfy them,

but also the victims.

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The British men detained last month

are El Shafee Elsheikh,

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who arrived in Syria from Britain

in 2012, and Alexanda Kotey,

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who left the UK on an aid

convoy to Gaza in 2009,

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and also ended up in Syria.

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Their gang is accused by the US

of beheading at least 27 hostages,

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including Alan Henning,

David Haines and Americans

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James Foley, Peter Kassig

and Steven Sotloff.

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They are also accused

of water boarding,

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mock executions, crucifixions

and electric shock torture.

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Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee

Elsheikh grew up close to each other

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in quite a small area of west

London, near to the A40 flyover.

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It became infamous as

an IS recruiting ground.

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As well as Mohammed Emwazi,

Jihadi John, some half a dozen other

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men from these streets died fighting

for IS in either Syria or Iraq.

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At El Shafee Elsheikh's house,

his parents, who had another

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son killed in Syria,

asked the media to leave.

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There's nothing we can say,

no comment whatsoever.

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Please, please, let us be in peace.

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Their son and Alexanda Kotey

have had their

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British citizenship removed already.

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Now a trial, possibly

in the United States,

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seems the most likely outcome.

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Daniel Sandford, BBC News.

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Gale of suffering in Syria continues

according to the United Nations. --

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the scale of suffering. More than

240 civilians are thought to have

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been killed in the besieged areas

this week. After five straight days

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of bombing by Syrian warplanes and

artillery. The assistant Secretary

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General at the United Nations and

the UN regional coordinator for

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Syria explained why he is among

those calling for a ceasefire.

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We have seen a massive besiege area

and some 4000 people have been

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living in extreme situations. We

have more than 700 medical cases of

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people who need to move out. We have

not been able to bring humanitarian

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assistance to the besieged places

for over two months. It is a

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situation which cannot continue any

longer. We average a point where we

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feel enough is enough. It is time to

act in a way that ensures women and

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children who are in desperate

situation receive assistance and the

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injured are able to come out.

Just

last year, the UN only got access to

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27% of its request to get access to

opposition areas by the Syrian

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government. The UN is failing

miserably in terms of getting a grip

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on this.

I would say what is really

happening at the moment is there is

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a failure of humanitarian diplomacy,

a failure to bring a solution to a

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problem which has been going on for

seven years. It is a country which

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has been seriously affected. 30

million people are in need, more

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than 6 million people are internally

displaced. It is a situation which

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is very difficult. We are able to

help 7.5

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million people every month through a

regular programme of assistance

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inside Syria and from cross-border

countries. What we are unable to do

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is to reach the people in the most

desperate need, in the besieged

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areas and hard to reach areas.

Really, something needs to change.

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We cannot continue like this not

being able to reach the most

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vulnerable within Syria.

But as you

said, this has been going on for

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seven years. You have much time to

raise your voice. Are you not put

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enough pressure on the regime to get

access to drive humanitarian aid to

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those people who need it?

At the

moment we are in contact with the

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government of Syria and we are in

contact with every single government

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capital we think can be of help, to

help us reach these people who are

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in this desperate situation. This is

not happening, this is not moving

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any further. Last year we reached

about a quarter of what we should

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have done from the Cross line Syria

operations. Within two months this

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has come to a complete halt. It

cannot be business as usual. The

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reports, the pictures, the images we

are getting every day in Ghouta and

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Idlib are really quite dramatic.

Health facilities should not be

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targeted, civilians should not be

targeted.

But how effective can you

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be if you have Russia continually

supporting Assad? What can you

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genuinely do?

We always say the

humanitarian response cannot be a

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problem. A solution to what is a

political problem. What needs to

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happen is the political will, the

commitment, the consciousness of

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politicians and government to bring

pressures so there is an improvement

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to people's lives in these

situations. The siege Matt, conflict

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is definitely not a way forward.

What we need to see is a ceasefire

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so we can bring humanitarian

assistance and also take out the

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medical cases of people whose lives

are really on the line.

The

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Assistant Secretary-General of the

United Nations is among those

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calling for a ceasefire.

President Trump has called the

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departure of a former White House

aide accused of domestic violence

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very sad and wished him well. Staff

secretary Rob Porter resigned

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following accusations he abused his

two ex wives.

He did a very good job

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when he was in the White House and

we hope he has a wonderful career

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and hopefully he will have a great

career ahead of him. But it was very

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sad when we heard about it and he is

also very sad. And he also, as you

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probably know, he is innocent and

you have to remember that. He said

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very strongly that he is innocent.

But we absolutely wish him well. He

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did a very good job when he was at

the White House.

I asked our

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correspondent Barbara Plett-Usher to

give more background on this

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starting with reports earlier this

week that this White House aide had

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abused his two ex-wives.

The White

House defended him. But a photograph

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was published showing one of the

ex-wives with a black eye. The

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narrative changed in the White House

said he they were taking action

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against him and he resigned. The

question of what the White House

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knew and when it knew, it continued

to bubble up because the timeline

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keeps changing, particularly the

role of the Chief of staff John

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Kelly and the communications staff.

These are the people who were

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supposed to bring order to the White

House to make it run smoothly and

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now they are embroiled in this

controversy.

We heard the president

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say this was very sad and he wishes

him well. Is he supporting him?

It

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certainly sounds that way. It sounds

like he's continuing to defend him,

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wishing him well, saying he hopes he

does well in his career, and rather

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than take a stand against domestic

violence, he said remember that Mr

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Porter

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says he is innocent. This is a

pattern we have seen before when

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certain people within his orbit are

accused of egregious behaviour,

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rather than condemning the behaviour

he suggests there might be two sides

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to the story. This approach is tone

deaf. The president is the top law

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enforcer in the country and he is

not calling out domestic violence.

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And given the current environment

with Me Too which is in the news at

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the moment.

Uber has settled around with the

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company Waymo. -- settled a row.

Uber has agreed to give Waymo shares

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in its firm worth $245 million but

it could have been worse.

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We were talking in the region of

more than $1 billion if the jury

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ruled that these trade secrets had

been stolen and used. It is that

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crucial part that using them was

what Waymo was trying to prove over

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the course of the trial. There was a

suggestion that the reason these two

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companies have come to this

settlement is because it is mutually

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beneficial. On Uber's side they can

put this behind them. They can move

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on and not worry about this case

going on and airing any more dirty

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laundry. On Waymo's side, they get

an increased stake in Uber. They

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already have small ownership, now

they have a bit more. And also they

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can keep an eye on what you've is

doing himself driving technology

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which has been their aim all along.

This is about making sure for Waymo

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but they stay ahead in the race to

bring self driving cars and the self

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driving fleet of taxis to the roads.

They were trying to slow down Uber's

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progress by accusing them of getting

an unfair advantage by stealing

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these trade secrets. They were not

doing a particularly good job in

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court of convincing the jury. I

don't think those trade secrets were

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used. So a settlement like this has

benefits for both parties.

So what

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impact apart from the awkward

situation of the accusations of

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stealing trade secrets, what impact

has had on both businesses?

I think

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for Uber it has been a huge

distraction. The new chief executive

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wrote a letter today to investors

and employers and in that he said he

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regrets what happened although he

was not at the company at the time.

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He also apologised to staff for the

big distraction this had caused, ie

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the people working on the self

driving team, have essentially had

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to put down their tools because of

this case, and only now can they

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start working on it again. I think

the immediate impact will be that

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Uber can begin its work in self

driving once more. Also looking

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ahead a little bit. Many people

predict that Uber will become a

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public company, perhaps in 2019.

This case and the potential damages

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was hanging over the company. Now

they have managed to put this behind

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them and I think the idea that it

could go public in 2019, becomes a

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lot more likely than it was before.

Dave Lee reporting from sunny San

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Francisco.

We will report on all the sport

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including the latest from

Pyeongchang as the Winter Olympics

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have got underway.

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This is BBC News, our main story

this evening: victims families

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demand that two members of an

execution cell should answer in

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court for their actions.

Let's get the sports news with

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Lizzie Greenwood Hughes. We have had

the fireworks, now for the sport in

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Pyeongchang.

Yes, the legendary downhill skier

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Lindsay Vaughan admitted this might

be her last games. She took gold in

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Vancouver eight years ago but her

career has been plagued with injury

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and she says it is the memory of her

late grandfather whose Birsa on --

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Lindsey Vonn.

It is good because it

is not about me or my career, it is

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about my grandfather. I will lay it

out there. I will give it everything

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I have. And whatever happens will

happen. I am not going to be

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nervous. I know he's looking out for

me and I think that actually gives

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me a lot of peace of mind. I always

feel privileged to be able to

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compete in the Olympics and just as

in 2002 I was soaking in every

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moment because it was my first time

and I could not believe I was there,

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I had worked my whole life for that

moment, I'm still in that position

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right now. This is probably my last

Olympics. I am soaking in every

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moment. I am in of being able to

represent my country.

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Nathan Chen is the only athlete to

have landed five different quadruple

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jumps.

My name is Nathan Chen, I am

a US figure skater. Figure skating

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is a combination of artistry and

athleticism in a really cool

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package. Everything is super precise

about our sport but there is a lot

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of emotion in our programmes and it

will definitely be a sport to watch

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in the games. The quads I am

planning, any quads take a lot out

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of everybody. You put all your

exertion in a split second and it is

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all technical and timing. Right

after that jump you are pretty

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exhausted and you have to do it

again, again, again and again

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throughout the programme. That

stamina work will be huge in my

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preparations. I remember I was three

years old, I did not state, I stood

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on the ice. I wanted to skate more.

There is an interesting quote at the

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US Olympic training Centre and

basically the idea is, yes, we are

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trying to strive for these gold

medals but at the end of the date is

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the friendships, the relationships

and the journey that matters the

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most and that is what you will

remember and what your legacy will

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entail. I have wanted to make an

Olympic team my whole life. I have

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wanted to stand on top of that

programme the macro podium and that

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would be the pinnacle of my career.

Head of the big match between

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England and Wales in the Six Nations

the England coach Eddie Jones has

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been questioning whether the Welsh

fly half Rhys Patchell has the

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bottle for the games. This is what

the captain had to say in reply.

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People forget Rhys Patchell has been

in the squad for a good few years

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now. He would probably like a few

more caps but he has experience of

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being around the camp. It is a step

up, no one will deny that. But he is

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ready for that and focused on the

job at hand.

That is all the sport

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for now.

Thank you.

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator,

Michel Barnier, has issued

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a stark warning to the UK -

effectively telling the British

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government, you can't

have your cake and eat it.

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Our deputy political editor,

John Pienaar, reports.

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Brexit is coming and

time is running short.

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Just 13 months before

Britain is officially out

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of the European Union,

and today the EU had

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a sharp warning.

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Sort out key sticking points,

or there will be no

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deal and no transition.

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Britain's Brexit Secretary met

the EU chief negotiator

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in Downing Street on Monday.

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Friendly enough, but just weeks

to thrash out the shape

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of a Brexit transition.

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Today, with a big EU summit next

month, Michel Barnier

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had a blunt message,

in terms easy to understand.

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If these disagreements persist,

the transition is not given.

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So much to sort out,

and talks are getting prickly.

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On the rights of migrants who arrive

after the Brexit date,

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will Brussels block trade if Britain

breaks EU rules?

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The Brexit secretary

called it discourteous.

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Mr Barnier disagreed.

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TRANSLATION:

Throughout these

negotiations, my attitude has

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not been in the least

discourteous or vindictive.

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We have never wished

to punish the UK.

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It is totally foreign

to my state of mind.

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And how to leave the EU

without bringing back a hard

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north/south Irish border.

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Nobody wants that but...

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It is important to tell the truth.

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A UK decision to leave

the single market and to leave

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the customs union would make

border checks unavoidable.

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It is not just a political

problem at this shoe shop

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in Newry, Northern Ireland.

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These shoes are meant for walking,

on both sides of the border.

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Customs and tariffs could mean

a business like this

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running into trouble.

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We need easy access

from the factory to our shop floor.

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If there is a hard border,

there will be hold-ups all the way

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along that we cannot predict.

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But the Unionist party shoring up

the government in Parliament says

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Tonight, the Brexit secretary

is saying he is surprised that

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Mr Barnier is not clear that Britain

wants to go on trading as now

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during a transition.

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The government is hoping

for compromise in negotiations,

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but if there is no transition deal

next month, ministers will have

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to prepare Britain and British

business for the possibility

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of a cliff-edge Brexit.

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If there is a transition

deal it is onto deciding

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the ambitions for Brexit,

which divide Parliament,

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Tory MPs and the Cabinet.

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One day, one crisis at a time.

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Now let's take a look at some other

stories.

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President Trump has signed in new

spending bill into law ending a

0:23:060:23:13

brief government shutdown. Congress

passed the legislation after a

0:23:130:23:15

midnight deadline was missed. Fiscal

Conservatives had not liked the

0:23:150:23:23

bill.

India's competition commission said

0:23:230:23:31

Google was indulging in practices of

search buyers thereby harming its

0:23:310:23:36

competitors and users.

Researchers at Edinburgh University

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have grown human eggs in a

laboratory for the first time. They

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say the breakthrough is an

opportunity to explore how human

0:23:430:23:47

eggs develop, much of which remains

a mystery for science. The findings

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may lead to a new way to preserve

women's fertility.

0:23:540:24:06

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has been

shut for the second time this week

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because of snow and black ice.

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The French capital is covered

in a heavy blanket of snow that has

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brought some parts of the transport

system to a halt.

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But not everyone is complaining.

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Here's our correspondent,

Hugh Schofield.

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For the second time this week,

snowy weather has blown

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into Paris from the West,

setting off to good

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effect for tourists,

some of the most popular landmarks.

0:24:300:24:33

The city was just getting over

the previous heavy fall on Tuesday.

0:24:330:24:35

That caused some disruption

to transport on road and rail.

0:24:350:24:39

Parks were shut as freezing

temperatures overnight

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turned slush to ice.

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I love it.

0:24:410:24:42

I'm used to coming to

Paris when it is sunny.

0:24:420:24:44

I have never been here

in the snow before.

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As a tourist I don't like it

because lots of things are closed

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but it is beautiful.

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You cannot not enjoy it.

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TRANSLATION:

I think some roads

should have been cleared quicker,

0:24:520:24:54

but then that is the weather,

nothing out of the ordinary.

0:24:540:24:57

I think we should look

at the positives.

0:24:570:24:58

Snow is actually quite beautiful.

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At this airbase just

west of the capital,

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snowploughs have been brought out

to clear the runways.

0:25:050:25:10

And one adventurous soul had a flaky

answer to the transport problem.

0:25:100:25:13

Now there is a skiing fan.

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Yes, flaky indeed! Just time to tell

you that all good fairy tales say if

0:25:260:25:30

you kiss a frog you could end up

with a prince. But one young lover

0:25:300:25:36

in Bolivia is hopping for a

different result. Meet Romeo a water

0:25:360:25:41

frog who has been calling for a mate

for the past nine years. Now a

0:25:410:25:47

dating website has created a profile

to help him look for love. They will

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have to be quick. Conservationists

warn that frogs like Romeo only live

0:25:520:25:57

to age 15. Let's hope he does not

croak it before he

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