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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7.00: a royal marine has pleaded guilty to terror charges, after he made bombs and stored weapons for dissident northern irish republicans. the us has imposed new sanctions on iran, as president trump warns it's "playing with fire" over its ballistic missile test launch. a french soldier guarding the louvre museum in paris has shot and wounded an attacker armed with a machete. a former sheffield council boss, who forced teenagers to engage in sex acts to get grant payments, has been jailed for 16 years. in the next hour, the energy regulator calls on npower to "justify" one of the largest duel fuel price rises for years. from next month, its gas and electricity prices will go up by an average of 10%. a town reunited. the bridge inn had castor reopens more than a year after it collapsed in floods of
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christmas 2015. —— the bridge in tadcaster. and two major supermarkets are rationing some vegetables because of a shortage caused by bad weather in southern europe. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a royal marine commando from northern ireland has pleaded guilty to hoarding explosives and making bombs. 31—year—old ciaran maxwell was arrested last year after police found two arms dumps in county antrim. unknown to the marines, while serving he had also been preparing for acts of terrorism, including compiling a list of targets, to be used by dissident republicans. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has the story. he was a member of the uk's elite royal marines unit a0 commando, after passing the gruelling 32—week training course. but today, ciaran maxwell and admitted that for five years
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he was also helping dissident republicans in northern ireland to build up hidden stockpiles of explosives, weapons and ammunition. ciaran maxwell grew up in larne, some 20 miles north of belfast, a largely unionist town with some strong loyalist paramilitary links. a bmx fan who came from a catholic family, as a teenager he was on the fringe of republican activity in the town. in the early 2000s, larne was seeing a lot of attacks by loyalists. in 2002, ciaran maxwell himself was badly beaten up and ended up in hospital in belfast with a fractured skull. but eight years later, despite his background, he joined the royal marines, posting this footage of his training on his facebook page, leaving some politicians to suggest there was a failure to adequately check his past,
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or to monitor who he was mixing with on his trips back home. once he was in the marines and had access to all of the training and weaponry, there appears to have been no attempt to make sure that he wasn't using the opportunities that were available to him to help terrorists in northern ireland. last spring, police in northern ireland uncovered two arms dumps near larne in a country park and a remote forest. hidden in plastic barrels in the woods were, among other things, claymore mines, capable of killing several people, pipe bombs, ammunition and an armour—piercing mortar. it was the most significant arms cache found in northern ireland in recent years but it was the two claymore antipersonnel mines, clearly stolen from the british armed forces, that caused the greatest alarm. the claymore mines led the police back to ciaran maxwell's
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barracks in somerset. further searches of his home and nearby woods uncovered electronic components and notes on making bombs. it was clear to detectives that they had found a serving royal marine who was actively helping republican dissidents, men who were targeting police and prison officers. among the things discovered by police was a list of possible targets. the trump administration has imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to iran's recent ballistic missile test. earlier today president trump continued his criticism of iran, saying on twitter that the country was "playing with fire". mr trump said his predecessor, barack 0bama, had been "kind" in making a deal with tehran over its nuclear programme and warned that he would be taking a very different approach. it comes after tweets by the president yesterday, in which he warned iran they had been "put on notice" after their test of the missile at the weekend. iran's foreign ministerjavad zarif has responded, tweeting iran has insisted it would never use
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its weapons except in self—defence, saying the sanctions defied us legal commitments. donald trump's press secretary sean spicer has been giving his press briefing and was asked whether americans should expect the possibility of us military action against iran — this is what he told reporters. look, i've said this before and the president's been very clear, he doesn't take options off the table but he understands the impact of something like that. the sanctions today i think are going to be very, very strong and impactful, and i hope that iran realises that after the provocative measures that they've taken, that they understand that this president and this administration's not going to sit back and take it lightly. let's speak to our correspondent in washington, anthony zurcher. tell us, what is the justification here for these particular sanctions? of course, barack 0bama's administration did take action in the past against iran.
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exactly, the justification the past against iran. exactly, thejustification is the same thing barack 0bama cited, which is iranian missile tests. the difference with the trump administration, describing the sanctions as possible future acts against iran, they warn that iran is against iran, they warn that iran is a provocative influence in the region. that is something that the barack 0bama administration did not really talk about. they talked about the sanctions targeted specifically towards the nuclear programme and missile programmes attached to the nuclear programme. the trump administration from the start has been talking about iran in a larger sense. he's the national security adviser general lynn say that iran was a malevolent influence in the area, and that they were being put on notice that there would be future sanctions. let's turn our attention towards this ongoing issue of the visas that these seven countries that have been highlighted by the trump
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administration, and it seems not quite as many people have been affected as previously thought. we heard today in a lawsuit related to that that there may be as many as 100,000 visas that had been revoked from those seven countries, people who had visas on their passports that would allow them entry into the us. the state department has come out and said that that number is closer to 60,000. the idea people had already got valid visas that would allow them to travel to the us, that has been a source of contention and confusion. several court orders already in a boston court orders already in a boston court and court orders already in a boston courtand in court orders already in a boston court and in a las vegas and los angeles court saying that these visas had to be honoured, but it appears the drug administration is continuing to tell airlines and continuing to tell airlines and continuing to tell immigration officials —— the trump administration saying that the visas need to be reauthorised and reconsidered a case—by—case business. joining me now via webcam is hossein rassam, former adviser on iran at the foreign & commonwealth office, and formerly senior political 0fficer at british embassy in tehran.
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thank at british embassy in tehran. you forjoining us. te what thank you forjoining us. tell us what the reaction has been in iran itself. from the government and also from the public. from the government, i was just reading the news, and the iranian ministry of foreign affairs announced they are also working on a list of us companies and individuals that they could impose sanctions upon. so there is a sense of, let's say, he did tension between iran and the united states, and obviously people, some people in iran one stronger action from the islamic republic as well. —— they want stronger action. let's not forget the fact that these sanctions follow... it follows a visa band
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struck on iranian citizens. the mood is already tense and many iranians see actions of the us government as not necessarily hostile to the government alone but to the iranian people as well. what impact is this issue with the united states over this test likely to have on the forthcoming elections in iran? it is... it is an ironic situation because while hardliners are trying to push the iranian government to react more strongly, they also need a government in tehran which can have dialogue with the outside world. the united states certainly needs to build alliances to isolate iran and put more pressure on iran.
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in return, iranians need big powers such as russia and china, as well as european countries, to the underside. as a result of that, hardliners actually, against their wishes, let's say, need the iranian administration, or the charm offensive as it has sometimes been described, to keep that dialogue and keep that interaction with the outside world alive. and jokingly i can say that they need the administration here to have a dual function, as a steam roller so that it paves the way for better relations with the outside world and not to antagonise the outside world, but also a punching bag, so that they can keep criticising it for
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failing to deliver internally. always good to try to find humour in a situation like this. you mentioned the potential for diplomatic retaliation from iran, but what are the wider regional implications? of course, iran and saudi arabia have been accused of engaging in proxy wa rs been accused of engaging in proxy wars in other countries. exactly. shock waves can rock, of such escalated tension, can rock the whole region, and the problem here is that if such... while the region is that if such... while the region is already in deep turmoil, if such escalated tension is not contained, then the whole region, which is already in a mess, can get more messy. and i think the key question for the trump administration at this point is, if the situation is not
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resolved, and if an end is not put to many ongoing issues, and the united states can be dragged into this mess, rather than finding an a nswer to this mess, rather than finding an answer to it. and we have the yemen and we have syria... as a matter of fa ct, and we have syria... as a matter of fact, with such actions by the united states government, hardliners in iran think that what they need right now is stronger leveraged, and for that they need a stronger hand in the yemen and a stronger hand in syria, for instance. this actually means that there would be even more attention. and i think the ideal situation for them would be american boots on the ground, in which case we would see an absolute mess in the region. we have not quite got there yet but we will wait and see. thank you very
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much for your time. a man armed with what is thought to be a machete has been shot and wounded after he attacked guards at the louvre museum in paris. hundreds of tourists were in the building at the time. the attack is being treated as a terrorist incident after the man shouted "god is great" in arabic. from the french capital, jonny dymond has more. in the heart of paris, at the entrance to one of its cultural treasures, an attacker is brought down by the military. he was stopped as he tried to enter the shops beneath the louvre. he was told he couldn't take his bags in. he shouted allahu akbar. god is the greatest, in arabic. and then swung at a soldier with a machete. five shots were fired, all around, confusion and fear. translation: it happened very fast, really it all went quickly. everyone was panicking and we thought of our lives and we saw death coming for us,
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with everything's that's been happening at the moment. we were very very scared. and later, this footage showed an injured soldier being wheeled away for treatment. the french president in malta at the eu summit said it was a terrorist attack. the situation, he said, was under control. translation: the threat is there. it remains, and we have to face it. we mobilise our resources and will continue to do so as long as it is needed. for the authorities, this was proof that the high—profile security presence in the capital and across france really does work. it was also a reminder of the attacks that took so many lives here, and of the threat that remains in paris and beyond. paris and france remain on alert. this attack was foiled,
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but few people think it will be the last. jonny diamond, bbc news, paris. joining me now from paris is the daily telegraph's columnist, anne—elizabeth moutet. thank you very much forjoining us this evening. the president says it is an act of terror, and i don't suppose they have had a chance to interview the suspect yet, but what difference will be motive make the people in france tonight? i think the motive does make a difference. france has been in a state of emergency for almost two yea rs state of emergency for almost two years now, and that reminds people that there is a danger of terrorist a cts that there is a danger of terrorist acts and this is something that has been far away from most things during the presidential campaign we have. the election is on the 23rd of april, and they run off on the 7th
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of may, so 79 days in which this may change the view of candidates in a very strange and moving field anyway. it will have an influence, i should say. what have those candidates said, if anything, about the news at this early stage, but this particular attack at the louvre? this attack... we have not heard anything. francois hollande is not a candidate. the candidate who would certainly have said something lost the left wing primary, the former prime minister who was an entire terrorism law and order type, and he is no longer running. and the centre left candidate, immanuel... there are far more problems dealt with suspicion of one of the candidates having employed his wife to do and not much at the french national
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territory. marine le pen is waiting for things to clear up a bit but she is the only one who has said consistently in her speeches and rallies, something about this. to what extent will her message be, it is all because of immigration? no, it is not, the message is not just that it is because of immigration but because it mostly is that france is under attack from islamic terrorism, that is what marine le pen is saying, not so different from francois long's message. to what extent have people perhaps become so used to the security presence in paris that they do not even notice any more, and thought it wasn't necessary until today? i'm not people thought it was unnecessary, but there was certainly a rumour that those patrols, the army, which were very... they can't just go about shooting. they are prevented from engaging in a lot of insta nces. prevented from engaging in a lot of instances. in this case, they were
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attacked so they could engage, but the rumour was that the assault rifles were... that they did not even have bullets in the chambers, but we now have proof that there are bullets in the chamber and if necessary they will use them. they we re necessary they will use them. they were attacked. the first try to stop the man by rattling his machete away and he injured one of the soldiers and he injured one of the soldiers and another soldier shot him. what impact of this having? this is a more minor issue unless you are running the louvre museum, but what impact will this have on visitors to the museum and more widely to the capital of france? it is not a minor issue at all. tourism is france's almost first or second bringer of foreign currency. we have already had a dip in tourism because of previous attacks in 2015, and the 2016. we have had fewer tourists and we have had hotels full
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tourists and we have had hotels full to capacity as much as 90% on a 70% average. and there is a worry that people are worried, of course, about the economy, which also plays it parked in the electoral situation. thank you very much for your time this evening. the headlines on bbc news: a serving royal marine commando has admitted helping dissident republicans to build up hidden stockpiles of explosives, weapons and ammunition. the us has imposed new sanctions on iran as president trump warned it's "playing with fire" over its ballistic missile test launch. a french soldier guarding the louvre museum in paris has shot and wounded an attacker armed with a machete. in a moment, a town reunited — tadcaster‘s bridge reopens, more than a year after it collapsed in the floods of christmas 2015. a bbc news investigation has revealed how sheffield city council
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failed to stop an employee, a predatory sex offender, from abusing his victims in council offices over two decades. roger dodds has been sentenced today to 16 years in prison. the council was first told about the allegations against dodds back in 1981, but didn't inform the police. years later, following further allegations, they allowed him to take early retirement with an enhanced pension. michael buchanan has the story. 1980, olympic gold for seb coe. celebrating in the athlete's parent's front room, a sexual predator. at this very time, roger dodds was abusing young men at sheffield city council. today, the court heard, he used his friendship with seb coe to lure a boy to sheffield and abuse him. after escaping justice for decades, the 81—year—old was this afternoon sentenced to 16 years in prison. in the 1970s, dodds used to work here, giving grants
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to sheffield students. he used thatjob to sexually assault some of those teenage applicants. decades later, his victims are speaking out. very gradually, his left hand started to feel its way towards my rightjeans pocket. this man was assaulted at his very first meeting with dodds and on other visits, too. dodds had a big bunch of keys with him. he opened the door to this type of classroom, for want of a better word. i went in in front of him and remember turning around and looking at roger dodds with his big bunch of keys, locking the door. that was horrifying. in 1981, a raft of allegations were made against roger dodds. the council launched an enquiry. a colleague gave evidence, telling officials he had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by his manager over 18 months. the investigation led to sheffield city council simply moving dodds to another post.
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this job, whilst it was based in their department, it regularly took him to schools. once i found that out, i was horrified. the newjob gave dodds unregulated and unsupervised access to schools. a decade later in 1993, another council employee, kenny dale, was assaulted by roger dodds. he complained. the council acted. unbelievably, they gave roger dodds early retirement with an enhanced pension. the council is so responsible. they allowed it to happen. everyone knew. everyone in the council knew but they chose to do nothing about it. in 2008, three victims told police about dodds‘ abuse. the crown prosecution service chose not to charge him, but sheffield city council ordered an internal enquiry, which concluded that the council were complicit in allowing dodds to abuse. despite the fact that this happened
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more than a quarter of a century ago, we have accepted responsibility and do not seek to defend the indefensible. such a good friend... roger dodds‘ victims have become friends in adversity, but given the number of young men who passed through dodds‘ office, few believe that they're the only ones harmed by a sexual predator protected by his employer. theresa may has used an eu summit to tell fellow nato leaders they should spend more on defence. she said the commitment to nato by president trump when she was in washington will ensure greater security for both the uk and europe. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. a stroll in the sun among europe's leaders, but soon theresa may will be walking alone after brexit. then she'll need all the friends she can get.
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friends she believes like donald trump, she took his hand last week and took home his promise of 100% commitment to the nato alliance. officials have their uses. 0ne high—ranking civil servant was suddenly appointed bag carrier today. she had work to do. offering to help the eu in future just as she had helped the cause of nato. will that us relationship help in that? well, it is important that we got the 100% commitment to nato. because nato has been so crucial in keeping the security, protecting the security, notjust of the uk, but also of europe, and will do so in the future. but as we look to our negotiations, what i want to build with the eu is a strong partnership, we want a strong continuing eu and a strong partnership because we are not leaving europe. we are leaving the eu. the prime minister's flying visit here is just part of her mission to hold onto britain's global clout after brexit. theresa may's hope, by showing she can deal
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with donald trump and get results, she will get a better brexit deal from eu leaders who may look to her to help fight europe's corner with the new president. but like so much of theresa may's plan for brexit, it won't be easy. theresa may's welcome was warm enough at this informal summit, though she could be forgiven a few nerves. not everyone was interested in new ways to connect with president trump. "we've got twitter for that", one leader said. and president hollande insisted it was france's job to develop the eu's special relationship with america after brexit, but the eu council president donald tusk saw a role for theresa may and britain. the uk inside or outside europe, can develop helpful, and i have no doubt... the eu, not europe. i have no doubt after today's discussions, what theresa may said, i have no doubt we can feel some kind of solidarity. but the summit host
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warned the eu would fight its own corner if necessary against president trump. we cannot stay silent where there are principles involved. and, as in any good relationship, we will have and we will speak very clearly where we think those principles are being trampled on. just now the moods almost amicable. eu leaders took a boat ride together today, but hard negotiations to come will decide how far britain stays aboard with europe's future, or whether the uk will chart its own course alone. john pienaar, bbc news, malta. some supermarkets are running low on supplies of vegetables — asda, tesco and morrisons have even introduced rationing — as heavy rain and snow in spain have decimated the harvest. lettuce is worst affected but there's also a shortage of courgettes, aubergines, peppers and broccoli as emma simpson reports. there's plenty of lettuce here,
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but it will cost you. at fruity fresh, they sell produce to restaurants, cafes, small shops and the public. like elsewhere, they rely on spain to help keep the shelves full over winter, but it hasn't been easy. we've never seen anything like this before. we haven't struggled to get these items at this time of the year from spain before and it is a real problem. you've got courgettes. these are from morocco and they are a much higher price than we are used to supplying that. it used to be two front pound but now the price is quadrupled. letters used to be too for a pound. aubergines were up £130 kilo, but now look at the cost. this wholesale business can get its hands on most things, at a price. this is the thing, some of the businesses it usually sells to have been turning to the supermarkets instead. that's in search of better deals.
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that might help explain this. social media awash with tales of shortages. morrisons, tesco and asda are all restricting sales of iceberg lettuce, to make sure there is enough to go round. some other veg is being rationed. one answer is making do with what you can get. the owner of this glasgow cafe is simply adapting his menu. it is fresh every day and if we know there is not going to be any courgettes we maybe substitute it with cucumber. we like to keep our prices manageable for everyone. first it was flooding and waterlogged fields, then spain was hit by snow, which made things even worse. experts warn that supplies may not get back to normal until at least the middle of next month. emma simpson, bbc news. former shadow chancellor and strictly star ed balls has been
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in his old seat of normanton today giving children a gangnam style masterclass. i never stop worrying about him doing that. he even persuaded his wife and local mp yvette cooper to join in. pupils at normanton common school were expecting a political talk when ed and his professional dance partner katya jones surprised them. he's in leeds tonight performing with the strictly tour. it was even tougher than the tv show. the children here, and the teachers and the mayor, they really threw themselves into it. it's fabulous to come back here to normanton, and to make people smile, and it's certainly keeping the fed. -- it is —— it is keeping me fit. i have been back to normanton common for the festival so many times, but... i've never been and danced with hundreds of children to gangnam style before.
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it has been great fun. and has ed been trying to persuade you to do a bit of dancing? i saw you out there looking pretty smooth. yes, i can manage a bit of the gangnam and a bit of charleston but that's about it. i think we should learn some of the lifts over the next few weeks. yeah, maybe not the lifts. 0k. that would put any marriage to the test. now let's look at the weather. it will remain windy and wet, just like in weymouth earlier on today across many southern and eastern counties through the first part of this evening, this suite of rain with hills wind gusts of wind 50 mph, 50 mph or 60. nasty conditions out on the roads. that rain is heading northwards through the night, within three —— a wintry mix. in scotland, sky is clear and cold and ice around. still the risk of rain running into the south and east of the uk and the high cloud with some sunshine, and a wintry mix with
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the wind up in scotland and the showers coming to the south—west later. romilly park, not as mild as it has been, but dryness and its dollars and ten. sunday we will pick up dollars and ten. sunday we will pick up some showers dollars and ten. sunday we will pick up some showers across dollars and ten. sunday we will pick up some showers across central dollars and ten. sunday we will pick up some showers across central areas and an icy start. some patchy fog again. a decent day with just a few showers here and there. not that a bad weekend. earlier, some frost but some sunshine for most of us. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... a royal marine has pleaded guilty to terror charges after he made bombs and stored weapons for dissident northern irish republicans. the trump administration has targeted iran, imposing sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to the country's recent ballistic missile test. president hollande has said the french soldier who shot and wounded a man wielding a machete outside the louvre in paris prevented a terrorist incident. the threat is real, it is here. and it is the reason why we allocated so many resources and will continue to do
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so for as long as is necessary. sheffield city council has apologised after failing to prevent one of its employees, a predatory sex offender, from abusing his victims in council offices over two decades. theresa may has briefed eu leaders at a summit in malta about her recent meeting with president trump, as well as trying to build up good relations ahead of brexit. we will be looking to build a partnership with the european union which is in the interests of both the uk and the eu. and npower has announced its raising its dual gas and electricity prices by an average of nearly 10%. but the increases are questioned by the government and the regulator. the united states has imposed new sanctions on iran to punish them for
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a recent missile test. the measures target 12 companies and 13 individuals in iran and elsewhere. tehran said the sanctions breached the un deal under which it agreed to curb its nuclear programme. joining me now from new york is bbc persian service correspondent, bahman kalbasi. tell us what the reaction has been, particularly in the media, tennis. after that these are banned, there was an atmosphere that is facing an administration that is quite different, at least in its tone, towards iran than the 0bama administration. we have now very swiftly moved to the days that were almost forgotten. previous administrations would use the language that was subtly threatening militarily. we have now gone back to that. the iranians have heard that kind of threat for a few years. now
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we hear no options are of the table. president trump has tweeted that iran is playing with fire and he will not be as nice and kind as president 0bama was. his national security adviser put it on notice minutes ago issuing another statement saying the time for turning a blind eye on iran's hague has passed. we have entered into a quickly escalating language from washington towards iran. the response initially from the foreign minister was that he'd tweeted and said we do not use any of these weapons against anyone other than in defence. they had agreed to disagree on whether or not the missile tests we re on whether or not the missile tests were a violation of the un security council resolution. in that resolution, for that very reason they disagree, it is reflected because it only calls on iran to not do these tests. it does not forbid
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it. there is a lot of disagreement as to whether this is even a violation of the security council resolution. it is not a violation of the iran nuclear deal. this administration wants to show a new day has come and there is a new sheriff in town and he behaves very differently from the banner administration. what signals are we getting from the iranians government and how they might respond to this? —— the 0bama administration. and how they might respond to this? -- the 0bama administration. we will get differing responses. the hardliners will mock the moderate government. they have trusted the americans too much and will sign a deal that will probably not be respected by the new administration. they have been too soft in their response. the moderates tried to navigate between not going to far in allowing the new government in the
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united states to use it as an excuse to escalate even further, while having to appear that they are retaliating as they have in the —— less tha n retaliating as they have in the —— less than an hour ago. they were list some of the us entities on a sanction this because what they call support for terrorism in the middle east. there is that tit—for—tat happening. the sanctions are not new. even the 0bama administration had a similar list updated after the missile tests iran did over a year ago it was the only difference, there is no established channel of communication to de—escalate, like there was under president 0bama, secretary kerry. foreign ministers we re secretary kerry. foreign ministers were regularly speak. there was an exit way. there was not the escalation channel open. the new administration is interested more in the bluster than it is in talking,
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as it stands. for the moment, thank you very much. the defence secretary is warning that russia is using sustained cyber attacks to target democracy and infrastructure systems in the west. sir michael fallon says moscow is "weaponising misinformation" in an attempt to destabilise nato. 0ur correspondent daniel boettcher reports. attacks in cyberspace are risk to personal data and infrastructure and there are increasing risks about cyber warfare as a risk to national security. ina in a speech, the defence secretary, sir michael fallon, has accused russia of carrying out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks against the west. we find ourselves dealing with a country that is westernising information has created the post—truth age. and finally the cyber weaponary to disable democratic machines.
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russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the united states of america. russia stands accused of meddling in the american presidential election, us intelligence said that all sanctioned at the highest level although that is denied by the kremlin. germany believed hackers targeted its parliament in 2015. the defence secretary's warning follows comments by the nato secretary general last week. the reports we have seen from many national intelligence services including from germany, united states and others that russia is behind many of the cyber attacks and we have seen the same pattern against nato. meanwhile an influential group of mps has warned that the government needs to raise its game to counter cyber threats, the public accounts committee says miniters haven't consolidated
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an alphabet soup of agencies and they are struggling to find enough people with skills. if something goes wrong it could close down hospitals, we could have a loss of important data, there are serious things which could happen now with the skills of hackers. the cabinet office says the government has acted with pace with the investment and the national cyber security centre which is running for some months, says it has transformed how the uk deals with cyber security. joining me now from his home in port townsend, near seattle in the united states, is cycber security analyst, jeffrey carr. how convincing is the evidence that this is really happening? u nfortu nately, this is really happening? unfortunately, it is not very convincing. there is no technical evidence that puts this at the hand of that the hands of the russian intelligence services. some assumptions have been made because some russian language characters are
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used, therefore it burst be the russian government. that is not founded in fact. additionally, it is primarily one company. it did the work on the dnc. their work was simply reported and we quoted time and again. that company is not reliable because they also recorded that the jury are you hacked the ukrainian artillery at and that was entirely false. we cannot rely solely on this so—called technical evidence, which points finger at the russian government. we have to do better than that. what with doing better than that. what with doing better than that look like? you need to have a high bar of evidence. for example, because when you have one government in accusing another government in accusing another government of something, this could easily escalate. nobody wants to see something escalate when there is no
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good reason for it. so, perhaps, having additional information which is either supported by people who worked in the offices or this type of planning is done, or other interception of communication that can be verified through a secondary source, you simply have too raise it as if you are talking about a criminal matter. how well equipped our western democracies to do with a threat like this, assuming they found this better evidence that you describe? unfortunately, we are not very well equipped to deal with these attacks. it relies on very old softwa re these attacks. it relies on very old software and hardware which is very expensive to replace. talk that raises the level of tension when it comes to cyber warfare is very dangerous. we do have a good way of
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descending, the way we do against more kinetic style evidence. thank you for talking to us. sorry we lost the sound quality at the end. the bridge in tadcaster has reopened. its destruction left the town divided — with residents forced to take a ten mile detour to get from one side to the other. andy moore reports. all the town's primary school children led the way as the people of tadcaster celebrated the reunification of their community. three, two, one... a huge sense of relief that the east and west of the town were now one again. it is amazing to walk across it. the bridge falling down has brought the community together. this is even better now. it is back together again properly. the destruction of the ancient crossing was one of the defining images of the 2015 winter floods. the force of the river caused it to collapse.
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it left the town completely divided. an 18—mile round trip was needed to get from one side of the river to the other. the footbridge had been put into place partially solving the problem. i think the footbridge is great. people talk to each other. instead of waving to each otherfrom a passing car, people of tadcaster have stopped and talk to each other. it has been great. not so great for businesses. they have lost trade and been desperate for the road bridge to reopen. to get us back as one community instead of divided is just amazing. the footbridge will soon disappear and residents hope the rebuilt road bridge will be strong enough to stand the force of any future flooding. the headlines on bbc news:
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a serving royal marine commando has admitted helping dissident republicans to build up hidden stockpiles of explosives, weapons and ammunition. the us has imposed new sanctions on iran as president trump warned it's "playing with fire" over its ballistic missile test launch. a french soldier guarding the louvre museum in paris has shot and wounded an attacker armed with a machete. an update on the market numbers for you. here's how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. banking stocks pulled the ftse 100 banking stocks pulled the ftse100 stocks higher as investors liked donald trump's plans to roll back regulations for the financial industry. the energy firm npower is raising its electricity and gas prices by an average of 10% — one of the largest the government and the regulator has
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questioned the increases. 0ur our business correspondent reports. energy shouldn't be complicated... try telling that to npower‘s customers. from next month, 1.4 million are facing a jump in energy tariffs. npower says it is the first major rise in more than three years. it is blaming rising wholesale gas and electricity costs, and the impact of government policies like the roll—out of smart meters. npower‘s dual fuel customers will pay an extra £109 per year, that is 10% more. it includes 4.8% on standard gas prices and a whopping 15% increase on standard electricity prices. this is a significant price rise that will cost a million of npower‘s customers £100 per year more on energy,
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so customers really need now more than ever to look around to get the best deal. it's not the first of the big suppliers to move. edf customers will pay around 8% more for electricity from the 1st of march, and some warned that other firms may follow suit, adding to pressure on household budgets. but the energy regulator has criticised the move, saying... and npower‘s move could spark a political row by highlighting the rising cost of government policies like subsidies for wind farms. today the department for business warned that where markets are not working, it is prepared to act. joining me now is hannah maundrell, the editor in chief of price comparison website thank you forjoining us. what
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justification is there for npower doing this? they say the increasing costs a nd doing this? they say the increasing costs and obligations from the government means they are facing no choice but to put up prices for customers. the regulator and government do not seem to think that is the case. we often hear it is because wholesale energy is costing more and inevitably gets passed on to us. how acceptable and explanation is that? wholesale costs have started to rise. that is after a dramatic fall, when energy companies did not drop prices when they were making a larger margin. that is what the concerning thing is, especially because energy companies by energy really far in advance. actually, we should not yet be paying for that increase but we are being charged a significant amount more already. we must talk
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about brexit. how relevant is it here? it has had some impact, or it will have some impact. because brexit helped in the fall of the value of sterling, it made it more difficult to buy energy from overseas. it should not have a dramatic impact right now but it will be bigger down the line. we know that gas and electricity bills will rise across the board, partly because of this. however, the key thing is, the increase is being applied to people on npower‘s standard tariffs. they will be weighing too much anyway for their gas and electricity does anyone on a standard tariffs, irrespective of whether they are with sportsday or not should take this as a trigger to switch energy supply now. —— with
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npower. then you will have some buffer against the price rises ahead. a lot of people do not do that. what is the reluctance?” think some people still have a concern that something could go wrong and supplies would be cut off. actually, the energy company you are switching is just looking after your billing and will not have a major impact. there should not be any risk at all that supplies should be cut off. there is also the thing about better the devil you know. we hear about lots of energy company complaints. some people think they will stick with what they have got because they know what they are getting put up that should not really be a concern. across—the—board, you can get a much better deal. we have so much more choice now. it is notjust the big six energy suppliers. there are about a0 different suppliers you can switch to full. it is definitely worth it. the difference could be hundreds of pounds yet. that money is better in your pocket than
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theirs, especially when it is exactly the same gas and exactly the same electricity which will power your heating and lighting, irrespective of who you pay for it. thank you very much. cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money. the work and pensions select committee says they found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate people with disabilities to find work. 0ur correspondent sima kotecha reports. there's a lot of things to think about with your cv. a group of disabled people are being taught how to write a cv properly. they‘ re all unemployed, and some are worried about the disability allowance cuts coming into force in april. bob suffers from inflammation of the spine. people need that money. they need the help. like i did, i needed it for mobility. obviously, people with different things wrong with them, it's a help to them, as well.
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today's report calls on the government to postpone reducing the amount of cash given to those who can't work because they're ill or disabled. all these here fall into what the government calls the work—related activity group. they are those who can't work at the moment, but are judged capable of returning back to work at some point in the future. and it's those who will be put into this category that will be affected. at the moment, they're being paid £102 per week, but from april, the amount will go down to £73, bringing it in line with thejobseeker‘s allowance rate. 0nly new claimants will get this amount. lesley suffers from depression and has a bad back. losing another £30 is making actually people worse off, and that's why a lot of people are actually ending up sort of turning really like to crime and that. like to live, and support
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their families, their children. mps say they want clarity on how the government will help those in this group who won't be able to make ends meet because of the changes. what we're beginning to see in britain is the emergence of destitution, of people ground down at the very bottom. and we're anxious that those people, disabled people who cannot make the jump into employment, which the government wishes them to make by cutting their benefits, to ensure that these people are protected properly before this grand strategy is rolled out. ministers argue their welfare reforms are increasing the incentives for people to get into work. they say they're giving extra money to those who need it because they're disabled. sima kotecha, bbc news, west bromwich. the band credited with inventing heavy metal play their final
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gig tomorrow night — in their hometown of birmingham. black sabbath pioneered their sound back in 1968. 20 years later, one in every five albums sold in the us was from that genre. sabbath‘s legendary front man ozzy osbourne gave his final tv interview as a member of the band to our entertainment correspondent colin paterson. four teenagers from birmingham, who quit their factoryjobs and started a musical genre which travelled the globe. # finished with my woman # ‘cause she couldn't help me with my mind #. without black sabbath there would be no heavy metal but tomorrow night there will be no black sabbath. if i'm being honest, utterly excited, and kind of devastated. it's unbelievable. ozzy osbourne, the end of black sabbath, why? it's run its course.
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it just felt right. when we did the first black sabbath album i remember thinking, we'll be all right for a couple of years. it's kind of being put in a barrel and rolled down the biggest mountain in the world ever. and you come out of it, a9 years later. this is where it all began. the crown pub, right here in the centre of birmingham. and in 1968, black sabbath, or earth as they were called at the time, played their first gig. the fee that night. they weren't paid in money but in t—shirts. how things have changed. this farewell tour with founding members tony iommi and geezer butler has taken more than £60 million in ticket sales. i've been collecting over the last 20—30 years. but for dedicated fans, tomorrow night is not going to be an easy one. a mixture of emotions, really.
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i'm sure i'll shed a few tears on the final night. which is to be expected. and even 0zzy, the self—professed prince of darkness, isn't ruling out the possibility of having a cry on stage. my emotions are flying all over the place. let's see what happens. black sabbath, heavy metal pioneers, but tomorrow mightjust bring out their soft side. colin paterson, bbc news, birmingham. he will make a terrible mess of his eyeliner, went in? time for a look at the weather. a few hours of nasty weather across the country. these photos have come in showing us the rain and the strength of the wind. pretty lively. still several hours of gusty winds to come. the initial strength of the
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wind started off in the south and west. it is pushing its way east. there is rain and hill snow. some gusts of 50, 60 miles an hour. meaning measurable conditions if you are out on the roads through this evening. that is only a slow mover at the low pressure. it will come to at the low pressure. it will come to a halt over scotland. just the risk of rain in the past south. after the rain and with clearing skies we will see some frost. there could well be icy patches around on saturday morning. a wintry flavour in the north. we could well have patchy ice on sunday morning as well. a different day across scotland tomorrow. the severe gales in the north east was at that wintry mix with the weather front stuck across many parts of scotland. the dryer picture. we will have quite a bit of
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cloud ahead of the low pressure which would be a powerful winds across france. for ourselves, and rain event, we think. that will cause potential difficulties for french bands. showers later in the day in the west. still a wintry flavour. we're looking at seven, eight generally speaking as highs tomorrow afternoon that tomorrow evening and overnight, there will be a band of showers. a wintry flavour. it will be icy overnight. they will tend to peter out on sunday. the low pressure is likely to stay offshore of eastern scotland and could bring more clout and a little bit of rain. five, six is not particularly warm. elsewhere we could see good spells of sunshine. all in all it does look as if we will have a good deal of dry weather over the weekend but it will be colder.
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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxhall. the headlines at 8:00pm: a royal marine has pleaded guilty to terror charges after he made bombs and stored weapons for dissident northern irish republicans. the us has imposed new sanctions on iran as president trump warned it's ‘playing with fire' over its ballistic missile test launch. a french soldier guarding the louvre museum in paris has shot and wounded by an attacker armed with a machete. a former sheffield council boss who forced teenagers to engage in sex acts to get grant payments has been jailed for 16 years. and in the next hour: a vegetable crisis hits supermarkets — two major supermarkets are rationing iceberg lettuces and broccoli because of a shortage caused by bad weather in southern europe. and a town reunited — tadcaster‘s bridge reopens, more than a year after it collapsed in the floods of christmas 2015.
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