this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm: the un security council is voting around now on a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in syria. more than 500 people have been killed in a week in the rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta. the red cross becomes the latest aid charity to become embroiled in scandal after revealing that 21 staff paid for sexual services whilst working for them. the actress emma chambers — best known for playing alice in the vicar of dibley — has died aged 53. a man and woman appear in court charged with causing the death of two young brothers by dangerous driving in coventry. also in the next hour: britain is set for the coldest february week in five years, as freezing air arrives from russia. britain's women's curling team lose to japan in the bronze medal match at the winter olympics, but overall team gb record their best games ever. scotla nd
scotland are facing england at murrayfield. wales lost to ireland earlier. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the united nations security council is voting about now on a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in syria. the vote was due to be held yesterday, but was delayed by disagreements over the wording. the syrian government is continuing its bombardment of the rebel—held area of eastern ghouta, near the capital, damascus. activists say about 500 civilians have been killed in the last week. richard galpin‘s report contains distressing images.
the relentless bombing which began a week ago has shattered whole neighbourhoods in eastern ghouta. and shattered the lives of hundreds of people, many of them children. besides those who have been injured, at least 120 children have been killed since last sunday, according to human rights activists. the number of casualties are overwhelming hospitals, some of which themselves have been targeted in the air raids. and despite all this, the united nations security council in new york has still not been able to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire because of objections from russia. i am extremely frustrated with the fact the security council, that we have not been able to adopt the resolution to alleviate the suffering of the syrian people. yes, i am very frustrated with that. the draft resolution calls for a 30 day ceasefire
across the whole country, starting without delay. the extremist organisations al-qaeda and the islamic state group are excluded from this. the aim of the ceasefire is to get urgently needed aid into eastern ghouta, including medical supplies, and to evacuate the injured. whether this bombing campaign continues or can be temporarily halted depends on another attempt at the un security council to hold a vote later today, with russia agreeing not to use its veto. pressure is coming from many quarters. what russia and what iran, and what syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace. we are there to get rid of isis and go home. we are not there for any other reason. we have largely accomplished our goal. but what those three countries have done to people, over the last short period of time,
is a disgrace. with every hour, yet more people are being killed in eastern ghouta. at least 29 reported dead so far today. the syrian regime and its ally, russia, say onlyjihadist militants and rebels are being targeted, but on the ground, there is evidence of many civilian casualties. and we'll be getting from the latest from new york these live images from the united nations, where we are told the security council is due to vote on this resolution calling for a 30 day ceasefire in syria that but we were told yesterday they would be voting and that did not happen. as you can see, lots of empty chairs are. we will be getting the latest
with our correspondent there very shortly. the international committee of the red cross says more than twenty of its staff have been dismissed in the last three years for sexual misconduct. the disclosure is the result of an internal review of the swiss—based organisation which has more than 17,000 staff worldwide. 0ur diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley, is following developments. this is banned by the icrc, even in countries where prostitution is legal. a further two members of staff did not have their contracts renewed. the head of the icrc said he was deeply saddened to report these incidents. he said he was concerned that cases should have been reported for work not, or that cases were not properly handled. the icrc is the latest humanitarian
organisation to reveal cases of misconduct in the wake of the 0xfam ‘s cannot will stop the international development secretary, penny mordants, has given aid agencies 192 agencies who receive uk aid, given them is on monday to speu aid, given them is on monday to spell out exactly what steps they have taken to safeguard people they work with around the world, and also to report individual cases to the right authorities. there is a deadline there. the admission from the icrc comes as another aid charity, plan international, revealed six recent cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children involving its staff, volunteers or partner organisations. it says five of the cases were reported to the authorities in the countries involved. plan international said it's tightened its procedures to prevent abuse, as adina campbell reports. another charity mired in sexual misconduct making the front pages. this time, plan international uk, which works in more than 50 countries to improve children's rights and promote equality for girls.
in its latest online blog it has confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children between july 2016 and june last year. 0ne involved a member of staff. the others were by volunteers or associates. plan international says the staff member was not from the uk and was dismissed without a reference. and it ended the contracts with the other volunteers and organisations involved. the charity also says there were nine cases of sexual misconduct and harassment by staff against other adults which led to seven dismissals. in the past plan international uk has received millions of pounds of funding from the government. it is the latest major charity to admit cases of sexual misconduct and follows investigations into aid organisations including 0xfam and save the children.
in an open letter the three charities and many others have now promised a series of urgent and immediate measures to protect the vulnerable. the actress emma chambers has died aged 53. the doncaster born star was best known for playing hours to go in the digger dudley, alongside dawn french. as well as her role of honey in the film notting hill. emma freud has paid tribute, saying our beautiful friend has died. has paid tribute, saying our beautifulfriend has died. she has paid tribute, saying our beautiful friend has died. she was a great comedy performer, a truly fine actress and a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being. emma chambers‘ agents have also issued a statement: they said: we are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress, emma chambers. two people have appeared in court
charged with causing the deaths of two brothers in coventry by dangerous driving. corey and casper platt—may, who were six and two, were on a family trip to a park when they were hit by a car on thursday. robert brown — who's 53—years—old — and gwendoline harrison who's 41 — were remanded in custody. detectives in north london are appealing for help to find a missing three—year—old boy who was last seen around 3:30pm. the last sighting of him, who is from faro, we should
have a picture of him for you. we will try to get that picture if we can. when he was playing football in a play area at the london design outlets in wellesley park, —— willy brandt boulevard centre. he is described as a light—skinned arabic boy who was wearing a green coat with a over a blackjumper and blue jeans. we will try to get you that image of the missing boy as soon as possible. the us government is considering appointing a special envoy to northern ireland in a bid to break the political impasse, and restore the power sharing government. during a meeting with the irish deputy prime minister in washington, the us secretary of state — rex tillerson — said they were considering a list of people for the role. northern ireland has been without devolved government for 13 months after a coalition led by the democratic unionist party and sinn fein collapsed. a number of us companies have cut ties with the national rifle association — as consumers call for
a boycott of firms linked to the powerful gun lobby. they include the car rental companies hertz and enterprise holdings, both of which have stopped offering discounts for members of the association, in the wake of the florida school shooting. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. the aftermath to a school shooting that could prompt change in america. it the grieving, the mood has been different this time. within hours of the gunman killing 17 people, anger overflowed onto the streets. now it is social media where pressure is being exerted on the hugely powerful gun lobby. under the hashtag boycott nra, activists are targeting firms that offer special benefits to members of the national rifle association. and they include some of the most familiar corporate names. the car rental companies hertz and enterprise, which also owns alamo international. they're ending discounts offered to members of the gun lobby group from next month. met life insurance and the software company symantec are taking similar action.
there has been no word in response from the nra. it is unclear whether these actions will hurt an organisation that boasts 5 million members. during the week's chief executive hit out at the protesters. their goal is to eliminate the second amendment and our firearms freedoms. so they can eradicate all individual freedoms. donald trump says he is open to new ideas but the one he seems to like best is giving guns to teachers. it's concealed. so this crazy man who walked in wouldn't even know who it is that has it. that's good. that's not bad, that's good. and a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened. the debate over what to do next will be highly charged and intensely political. britain is set for its coldest february week in five years, as freezing air, dubbed the beast
from the east, arrives from russia. the cold snap will affect the whole of the uk from sunday night, with temperatures expected to drop to minus—eight in some areas. simonjones reports. the gritters are gearing up as britain braces itself for a big freeze. the so—called beast from the east is sweeping in from siberia. the met office, in conjunction with nhs england, has issued a level three cold weather alert for the whole of the country, the second most serious level. that means there is a 99% chance of severe weather, icy conditions or heavy snow, between now and thursday. there are additional yellow severe warnings for snow early next week covering most of eastern britain. that could cause travel problems and power cuts. it is certainly not the first snow we will have this winter. but what makes this cold snap different is it is expected to affect the whole of the uk. temperatures could fall as low as —8, but it will feel much chillier because of the wind. there could be increased pressure on already stretched nhs services
and councils are providing extra emergency beds for rough sleepers. in ipswich it is being done in partnership with the local housing association. the main aim is always to get people off the street and to stop people from dying in the cold weather. and to date we have been pretty successful. next thursday is the meteorological start of spring. but that appears to be on hold as winter continues to bite. earlier, councillor martin tett from the local government association said councils would work to ensure homeless people have somewhere to sleep during the cold snap. councils have been monitoring the weather forecasts and we have already had a pretty wet winter so far which is doing terrible damage to the roads but seeing the cold coming back is significant. we will be gearing up to make sure we will be getting out, salting the roads, gritting them, so we will be doing the main trunk roads,
working our way through the smaller residential roads, and we're making sure that social services teams are on stand—by. lots of people focus on the roads, but one of the most difficult and dangerous things is when you have vulnerable, isolated people who rely on social care, and we need to make sure the teams are ready to look after them. many councils have a severe weather emergency protocol. they will be working closely with charities and voluntary organisations to try and match people with available accommodation. one of the things we do not want is a potential threat of someone sleeping out in bad conditions. the headlines on bbc news: the united nations security council is due to vote on a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in syria will stop more than 500 people have been killed in a week in
the rebel held off wave of eastern ghouta. the international committee of the red cross becomes the latest aged charity to disclose sexual misconduct by members of staff, with 21 people leaving theirjobs in the past three years. the actress emma chambers, best known for playing alice in the bigger optically, has died aged 53. campaigners in london are urging authorities to improve knife crime prevention measures, after two more men were stabbed to death in the capital this week. it takes the number of people fatally wounded by knives campaigners in london are urging authorities to improve knife crime prevention measures, after two more men were stabbed to death in the capital this week. it takes the number of people fatally wounded by knives so far this year to 16. caroline davies reports. four knife attacks, two deaths in seven hours in one area of london. knife crime is nothing new, but after years of dropping, it is going up across the uk. the highest rise was here n london, recorded by the met police. in the run—up to january for the last 12 months,
they recorded 14,521 knife crime offences, nearly a0 every single day. so far in 2018, 16 people have been stabbed to death in the capital. on tuesday, it was 17—year—old abdikarim hassan and 20—year—old sadiq adan mohamed. london needs me alive. the mayor of london launched a campaign last year to stop young londoners carrying knives. he has promised £15 million for the police to tackle knife crime. my thoughts and prayers are with their families. i'm afraid it's not the first time where i have sent condolences to the victims of knife crime. my worry is that it won't be the last time either. i have asked the prime minister and the home secretary to meet with the commissioner and myself to discuss a way forward, not to name blame, but to see if we can work together to grapple with this issue that is causing huge misery to londoners. yesterday, the head of the met cressida dick was in glasgow speaking to police there. scotland's murder rate has nearly
halved in the last 13 years. could their model work in london? some are sceptical. meanwhile, campaigners in london say action needs to be taken now. violence isn't inevitable. we've had knife crime falling before and we need to start taking action quickly to have that happen again. this isn't a quick fix. nobody can flick a switch and knife crime falls straightaway. it will take a little bit of time, but at the moment, we seem to be in an impasse and that is most frustrating, particularly when we see so many young people being stabbed and murdered. the race is now on to find some way to stop knife crime before even more young lives are lost. caroline davies, bbc news. let's go back now to new york and hopes at the united nations that agreement can be reached on a possible ceasefire in eastern ghouta in syria. let's talk to our north
america correspondent at the un in new york, nick bryant. we had just showing our viewers the live shots from the chamber. lots of empty seats. what is happening? are a lot of empty seats, just two ambassadors have ta ken a lot of empty seats, just two ambassadors have taken their seats at the famous horseshoe table. they are from equatorial guinea, ivory coast. those countries are not the most significant players on the security council. the most significant players are not there, the british, the americans, the french, the russians, significantly the you 80s. they had a chairman at the you 80s. they had a chairman at the moment. they have been drafting this resolution with the swedes. —— those from kuwait. there are inside rooms, perhaps carrying on a last—minute negotiations. negotiations carried on into the
evening last night. they couldn't reach consensus, they broke up. without agreement from the russians. that is the key thing we are looking for today, will the russians allow the ceasefire resolution to go through all will they be total as they have done 11 times to protect they have done 11 times to protect the assad regime over the years? this was supposed to come to window minutes ago. we were supposed to have three votes yesterday, other than the stones. it looks like that could be happening right now, although sometimes in these situations those doors just open up, diplomats come flowing through, they take their seats have a built in a matter of moments. it is hard to sell precisely what is happening at the moment, but it does look like they are haggling over the final wording of the text will stop —— ha rd to wording of the text will stop —— hard to tell. a lot of the western diplomats who have come to the united nations today have come with speeches that are predicated on a
russian veto. it was that wording, the semantics, that prevented a boat happening yesterday. can you tell us a little more detail what the trouble with the wording is? what the stumbling block was was actually wording about when the ceasefire should come into effect. the original text of the ceasefire call for a 72 hour period after the resolution was passed. then the ceasefire would commit to a fact. because the vote has been delayed so much as negotiations have taken so long, the western powers are now insisting that the ceasefire has to come into immediate effect. that's what the russians are balking at. the western powers have said all along that the russians are using delaying tactics. arguing over granular details. even though they have been giving major concessions on this resolution to buy more time for the assad regime to continue its bombardment of eastern ghouta. the
western powers a re bombardment of eastern ghouta. the western powers are saying, we just cannot let this continue any longer. every day, more people are being killed. they are determined to have that language in the security council resolution, saying the ceasefire has to be immediate. that is to allow for humanitarian convoys to go in as medical evacuations to leave. we will be seeing hopefully very soon whether the russians will agree to that today. thank you very much for that update. we will of course keep a very close eye on whether that boat takes place. police in calais have told the bbc they fear there'll be another camp in the region within 6 months, because of the rate at which migrants are returning to the area. french authorities cleared the so—called jungle camp in 2016, where up to 8,000 migrants were living, trying to smuggle themselves onto lorries bound for the uk. at the moment, it's estimated that around 800 migrants are there, 200 having arrived injust the past two weeks. the bbc‘s europe reporter, gavin lee, has visited the area again.
the calaisjungle migrant camp, as it was. population 8,000. until it was closed by french authorities in 2016. this is thejungle now. empty, closed off with police watching on nearby. there are migrants still in the area. a few hundred metres from the old jungle a group of ethiopians show us where they've set up the latest camp, living amongst the rubble. ali is 20 and has been here for six months. in the morning when we wake up all the blankets are wet because of, the water is in, you know. and also the top is white ice when we wake up in the morning. how many people are sleeping in here with you? with me, three. but most of the people are sleeping with four. in the morning we hide from the police.
maybe if you come later you will see there is a lot of houses here. a lot of... i mean, a lot of tense is here. i mean, a lot of tents is here. do you end up fighting for your space? are people arguing about who has got the best space? there is no best space in here. 0n the street below charity groups hand out food. police officers look on. they are tolerating the migrants gathered but under orders to break up any camps the sheer size of permanence. they are monitoring the situation carefully after a recent fight broke out when four people were shot and injured. this is my place here. in a forest clearing nearby, the cameroon quarter. one of these men has been in hiding for a year. some of these people are from english—speaking countries. that is why every body is here.
you don't want to apply for asylum in france? i've been in germany. you were rejected for asylum in germany? do you know anyone who has made to uk recently? my friend entered the uk last week. from cameroon? no, from ethiopia. how did he do it? two lorries. if one—way is blocked one way is open. it is blocked now but we will create another strategy. they cannot stop immigration. the french president has promised to stop another camp appearing by speeding up processing of asylum claims and deporting illegal migrants faster. the british element is spending £40 million to improve security at the border. numbers are slowly growing again. attempts to stow away on lorries bound for the uk continue with authority suggesting that every
week at least one migrant managers, undetected, to make it across the water. it's the time of year when snowdrops are appearing in our gardens, a welcome sign that, despite the cold weather, spring is on its way. but did you know that the current world record for the sale of a snowdrop bulb is £1400? graham satchell has been to meet a couple of experts to find out if you could have a goldmine in yourgarden... they are a cheery little flower, something which sort of helps remind you that spring is just round the corner. michael myers suffers from a little—known condition. gala nthamania. it has quite particular symptoms. i often refer to a thing called dirty knees syndrome. and that involves people getting down on their knees and looking at the minute details of snowdrops. galanthamania derives from tulip
mania, which took place in holland in the 1630s. where tulips would exchange prices for the equivalent of the price of a house, maybe even more. and thankfully at the moment gala nthamania has not quite got that silly. franklin gardens, a national trust property in perth. head gardenerjimjermyn is a fellow sufferer. a true galanthaphile. once you have started down the road of collecting snowdrops, it becomes totally infectious. it becomes must have. you just desire to have something better and better each time. what am i looking out for? something that stands out in the crowd. so you have hundreds of snowdrops that look very similar and then suddenly your eye can pick out one with a broadleaf or larger flower. good markings. it is all about the markings. if you find something more different, and you are excited about it, you need to seek out
the owner of the land and ask if you might be able to collect a small part of the bulb from a clump. snowdrops are a magical burst of life in the depths of winter. and very common. surprising then that there might be a gold mine on your doorstep. you may be lucky enough to find a new variety in your own garden. the current world record for a single snowdrop isjust under £1400. and i would not be surprised to see a new snowdrop go for £2000 in the nearfuture. so get your knees muddy, look out for unusual green and yellow markings. there will definitely be a galanthaphile or two who will want to know. we arejust going
we are just going to remind you about the payoff from detectives in north london who are trying to find a missing three—year—old boy. —— that appeal from detectives. a missing three—year—old boy. —— that appealfrom detectives. we a missing three—year—old boy. —— that appeal from detectives. we can 110w that appeal from detectives. we can now show you the image of abdullah mohammed. he is from faro. the last sighting of him was when he was playing football in a play area at the london designer outlets in wembley park boulevard in the shopping area there. —— he is from harrow. he is described as a light—skinned arabic boy who was wearing a green coat with fluffy hood over a black jumper and wearing a green coat with fluffy hood over a blackjumper and blue jeans. detectives urgently seeking a public‘s help in finding this missing three—year—old boy. last seen missing three—year—old boy. last seen around 3:30pm this afternoon. we will have a summary of the main stories injust a couple we will have a summary of the main stories in just a couple of minutes. first he is thomas with the weather. in the short—term, the weather is
looking absolutely fine. lots of cold, crisp sunshine. the cold air has reached central and western parts of europe. germany already today temperatures below freezing. that's cold air is creeping closer. it's going to reach us early next week. in the short—term, lots of sunshine. a bit of cloud across eastern coasts. nor these temperate in scotland. 0ther eastern coasts. nor these temperate in scotland. other than that, the full change. on sunday, temperatures in the middle of towns and cities will be below freezing bursting. widely around minus five degrees outside towns. again tomorrow a lot of sunshine around, that of cloud around existing counties here, maybe even the odd flurry of snow in eastern scotland. a chilly day, barely above freezing in some areas during the afternoon. it will feel colder than that because of the winds. from monday morning, we start to see those snow showers affecting eastern areas of the uk. this is bbc news, our latest
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england pegged them back soon after, 0wen farrell's second penalty of the match reducing the deficit to four points. if but in first—half, this opportunity was finished off by sean maitland. a couple of minutes ago hugh maitland. a couple of minutes ago huthones maitland. a couple of minutes ago hugh jones struck again, maitland. a couple of minutes ago huthones struck again, breaking through the english line, powering
through the english line, powering through for a second try. also converted. scotland have a 22—6 lead over england and they have just gone in at half—time. the first six nations encounter of the day was a thrilling one between ireland and wales. it was eventually won by ireland 37 points to 27 in what was the wales' coach, warren gatland's 100th game in charge. but it's ireland who are on the path to a grand slam. adam wild reports. around dublin the smiles were there, friendly high spirits perhaps, but beneath the surface there was a contest with a much harder edge. in recent yea rs contest with a much harder edge. in recent years this fixture has become one of the turbulent‘s was fiercely fought. pride and passion, of course, but now a sticking rivalry. this was jacob stockdale coming any irish nerves but they would not stay calm for long. wales under no illusion that victory here vital for their reigniting ambition. but as half—time approached that was one
final. with such narrow margins home advantage can often count for plenty. ireland were now taking their inspiration from the people of dublin. two players both in their home city forcing their way over to give ireland a bit of room to breathe. this was a match that would end with everyone holding their breath. the gap reduced. when steph evans crossed again with minutes remaining, suddenly wales could sense something special. wales think there is plenty to play for! but sometimes you can chase too hard. 0ne sometimes you can chase too hard. one last effort, but one reckless pass, that was all ireland needed. jacob stockdale! added will be a fa nfa re jacob stockdale! added will be a fanfare in dublin. the day that began with smiles, and there will be plenty more around dublin this evening. but when ten points up with minutes
to go without we could just keep control of the game. they don't like to do things easy. but again, great character. wales are great outfit. we look at this game and think on the one hand that was some unbelievable positives, some of the attack on the way we played, and the other hand, we give up too many points do easily. i know the boys, the coaches will have a lot to look at. but at the same time if you had asked us if we would take a 5—point win today, no doubt be would have taken that. disappointing, it's a frustrating first half, that's the word most interviewers are using. the first half penalty count, we we re the first half penalty count, we were 011 the first half penalty count, we were on the wrong end. we give a position quite easily, given easy ways in to 22. it has been a mixed penultimate day for great britain
at the winter olympics. in the early hours of this morning, billy morgan took a bronze medal to make this teamgb‘s best winter games, but a sixth medal was out of reach for the women's curlers as andy swiss reports. he needs to go absolutely stratospheric. he is a former acrobat with a dodgy knee, but billy morgan was about to leap into history. at 28, morgan is a snowboarding veteran. this is last jump snowboarding veteran. this is last jump as surely as last 0lympics, snowboarding veteran. this is last jump as surely as last olympics, and what a way to finish. that is absolutely huge. it propelled them into bronze medal position, and one by one his rivals' hopes came tumbling down. when the last one crashed, morgan, to his utter disbelief, had his medal. yes, it is pretty rad. if everybody landed their runsi pretty rad. if everybody landed their runs i wouldn't be in this position. it is a bit of luck, and it came down to me on the day, happy days. his joy was also teamgb's in
record—breaking fifth medal of these games. the british team have had ups and downs here, but billy morgan has ensured they have hit their targets of making this their most successful winter of making this their most successful winter olympics in history. they have had £30 million of funding, double the last games, but those in charge insist it is worth it. we knew would be a future in jeopardy, high risk, high reward, consistency required, delivery under pressure. the athletes did phenomenally well. but could teamgb add one more to their tally? the woman's curlers in a bronze medal play—off against japan, which proved predictably edgy. the british team with a slender 2—1 lead at the halfway point. but by the final end it was japan that had a 1—point advantage. britain where closest, extra time
beckoned, but eve muirhead went for broke with calamitous results. in drawing for glory she knocked out her own stone, handing japan the bronze. and bitter disappointment for britain. it's hard to say we're going home with nothing. we battled so going home with nothing. we battled so hard. i'm devastated that it didn't turn out our way tonight. but there is no doubting today's most extraordinary feat. after winning gold on skis last weekend, it was called on stockport for the czech republic athlete. two titles, two sports, and one quite extraordinary athlete. liverpool have moved up to second place in the permier league after a 4—1win over west ham this afternoon. mohammed salah was on the scoresheet for the sixth game in a row for liverpool. emre can, roberto firminojh and sadio mane were liverpool's other scorers to move them one point above mancheser unted who play tomorrow. it was an all—round performance, we
defended well and attack well and counter pressing was outstanding. it helps us a lot whatever the opponents do if they defended or whatever, vivid mice, fantastic manager, he organises his teams really well. so they made a big step back on tracks and he is there and we knew how difficult it would be. we have some good moments in the first half and maybe were unfortunate not to go ahead. but they are a threat. we knew how hard it was going to be. what i thought in the first half we played well. the day's other results included an excellent 4—1 win for brighton over swansea who drop back in to the relegation