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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: the un security council unanimously adopts a resolution calling for a 30—day humanitarian ceasefire in syria. a man and woman appear in court charged with causing the death of two young brothers by dangerous driving in coventry. the red cross reveals that 21 members of staff paid for sexual services while working for the charity. the actress emma chambers, best known for playing alice in the vicar of dibley, has died aged 53. also in the next hour: scotland stun england in the six nations. they secured a comprehensive victory at murrayfield to lift the calcutta cup for the first time in a decade. and billie morgan soars into the bronze position in the snowboarding big air, helping team gb to it's best winter olympics performance ever good evening, and
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welcome to bbc news. within the past hour, the united nations security council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a 30—day ceasefire across syria. the resolution would allow some respite for civilians in the rebel enclave of eastern ghouta, where activists say 500 people have been killed in the past week alone. here's the moment that the current president of the un security council, kuwait's permanent representative, introduced the vote. translation: i would call upon those who are in favour of the draft
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resolution in the document as 2018 146 to raise their hand. yes. translation: the results of the vote are as follows. the draft received 15 votes. the draft is hence adopted unanimously. as solution 401 for the year 2018. after the vote, the us ambassador, nikki haley, accused russia of cynically stalling on the ceasefire vote. the syrian people should not have to die waiting for russia to organise their instructions from moscow. ought to discuss it with the syrians. and wide of the council allow this? there is no good reason we shouldn't have done this
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wednesday, or thursday, or we shouldn't have done this wednesday, orthursday, or friday. wednesday, orthursday, or friday. we may not know the faces that we're talking about. we may not know their names 01’ talking about. we may not know their names or these people, but they know us. and we all failed them this week. i guess there is unity in that. today, russia has belatedly decided tojoin the that. today, russia has belatedly decided to join the international consensus and accept the need to call for a ceasefire. but only after trying every possible way to avoid it. this resolution marks a moment of council unity that we must seize and maintained beyond the 30 day time frame. nikki haley. the russian ambassador, vasily nebenzya, pointed the finger of blame at the americans over their record in syria. he turned them terrorist fighters in syria and spoke through a translator. translation: it must not become a shielding of adopting of
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geopolitical attenders with dubious legitimacy —— agendas. this is what the us is doing right now in syria. instead of scaling up rhetoric against russia, how many statements, how many times the name russia was mentioned by ambassador here. we wa nt mentioned by ambassador here. we want a prompt and to the occupation by the so—called coalition, and this would have a clear humanitarian effect. our new york correspondent was following the unanimous vote for a ceasefire resolution. it calls for a 30 day ceasefire, without delay. and then for humanitarian convoys, organised by
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the un, to be able to get into these besieged areas, and also for medical evacuations to come out, to take place. now, this has been the result of days of diplomatic wrangling. a lot of the ambassadors today who are sat at that horseshoe table in the security council came with speeches that were predicated on a russian veto. they were very worried that this resolution was not going to be passed because russia would block it from being put in action. but the russians did get some changes on the wording of the resolution at the final moment, and they did agree to let it go through. they didn't abstain, they actually voted for it. so you had a unanimous 15—0 vote up asa so you had a unanimous 15—0 vote up as a guirado council in favour of this humanitarian ceasefire resolution. that was nick briant. joining me now from prague is andrew tabler, a syria specialist at the washington institute, and the author of in the lion's den: an eyewitness account of washington's battle with syria. thank you forjoining us. what do
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you make of that agreement? is it actually worth the paper it's written on koziello well, we'll see. the agreement itself is unanimous in nature, and it is an accomplishment. the problem is, what does, without delay, mean? in the last few days, russia in particular has dug its feet on trying to get the text, trying to end the bombardment for what many speculate was an attempt by the assad regime to increase the violence and to improve the political terms. the good news is that with the passage of this resolution, now comes the hard work of enforcement that will put the russian regime position‘s particularly under the spotlight. there have been reports from the syrian observatory for human rights that warplanes have already hit a town in eastern tutor, that was just
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minutes after that announcement, that resolution, was mentioned, was agreed, rather. that's right. bashar al—assad is quite different. i'm not sure the russians actually really have that much sway over his decision making. we will see. he is in an unusual situation in that he has held onto power in syria. but with a lot of are only in and russian help. he goes back and forth between the russian and iranian allies to gain flexibility and manoeuvrability. in this case, we wa nt to manoeuvrability. in this case, we want to see if russia and the international community are able to tame his behaviour, and iran also needs to pressure its client to stop. thank you very much. my pleasure. let's go to kuwait and talk to panos moumtzis, the un regional humanitarian coordinator for the syria crisis. thank you forjoining us. are you
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pa rt thank you forjoining us. are you part and by this news? finally, really, after days of the liberation of the security council, finally the resolution has passed unanimously —— are you heartened by this news. this is very much welcome. the most important part is the implementation of the revolution, of course. so bulky resolution. we want to see immediate cessation of hostilities on our side, ngos are already to roll out assistance to be able to cover the needs and rich people who have been besieged for a long time and bring them much needed life—saving assistance. and bring them much needed life-saving assistance. you do you expect you will be allowed to move in? we hope to be able immediately. the resolution is with immediate effect. what is interesting about the resolution, we are talking about not only...
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inaudiable these have also been under a lot of hostilities and a difficult situation, although they have received less media attention. this is about really helping people who are ina is about really helping people who are in a desperate situation in different locations of the country, with hostilities that have gone on forfar with hostilities that have gone on for far too with hostilities that have gone on forfar too long. with hostilities that have gone on for far too long. what are your priorities once you get the go—ahead? what is your plan? priorities once you get the go-ahead? what is your plan? so, the plan is to deliver immediately food assistance, to take in medical supplies, to be able to take out people who need medical evacuation for hospital, and to roll out, really, an important and significant response to reach the most vulnerable of the people. we all know that it is the besieged people in ghouta who have been living in a desperate situation for days and days now. inaudiable it needs to take place now. also,
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the besiege meant that was really took place, in eastern ghouta in particular, finally i hope to be able to, with this being implemented immediately, to be able to take in the much and desperate needed assistance for the people there. most importantly, the protection of civilians is a worry that we have. civilians, infrastructure, hospitals, schools, facilities have been systematically receiving bombs. so, again, bringing a relief to the people will be very important. the resolution is for 30 days. of course we hope that this will allow us to go to all areas, and we hope that it will go beyond the 30 days, we hope that there will be peace and stability for syria, which is long overdue after seven years of war in the country. just how bad are we? we know that there are medical cases that are waiting to come out, that
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need to come out of eastern ghouta. just how desperately does this on grave need a cessation in hostilities —— this conclave. how bad are things? where are the residents seeking refuge? this decision of the security council and the cessation of hostilities is desperately needed. the residents of east ghouta in particular during the last six days, they have endured daily bombing, they have had no water, no food, no electricity. more than 20 health facilities were attacked. several of them were not functioning. people were hiding in basements. everybody tried to go to wherever they could to survive. more than 500 people were killed, including more than 120 children. so, this is a situation that really was every day, we thought that the data was really terrible, and the next day we had it even worse. this has to be implemented immediately to
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have clear skies in ghouta rather than planes dropping bombs and the terror that people live, not knowing if the bomb was going to fall in their house. at the same time, to be able to take the injured and really bring some normalcy back to life and bring some normalcy back to life and bring the food and the water and get life as much as possible back to normal, that is a great relief.|j don't know if you have been involved in previous attempts to broker a ceasefire is within syria. i believe there were 11 or so, i'm sure you can correct me on that. with that knowledge in mind, realistically, what are your thoughts? well, this is, ithink what are your thoughts? well, this is, i think of the first time that we have an anonymous security council resolution. 15—0, all members of the security council voted in favour. of course, you know, many people are sceptical. and that's why i started by saying, the most important is the implementation. it is really putting it in action on the ground and
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making sure what the security council voted, what we all understood that it voted, that it tra nslates understood that it voted, that it translates into action on the ground immediately. because that is really what is needed. 0k, immediately. because that is really what is needed. ok, the un regional humanitarian coordinator for the syrian crisis, thank you very much. thank you. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are martin lipton, who's the deputy sports editor at the sun, and benedicte paviot, who's president of the foreign press association. a man and a woman have been remanded in custody, charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of two young brothers in coventry. corey and casper platt—may were on a trip to a park with their mother, when they were struck by a car on thursday. from coventry magistrates' court, emma thomas reports. proceedings in court this morning lasted around a quarter of an hour.
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53—year—old robert brown and 41—year—old gwendolyn harrison are both accused underjoint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. mr brown is also charged with driving while disqualified and uninsured. ms harrison is charged with common assault, as it is alleged that she assaulted a member of the public in the moments after the collision. due to the serious nature of these alleged offences, this case must be dealt with at crown court, link on the 22nd of march. until that date, they will remain in custody. there has been a large community reaction in coventry to the deaths of these two young brothers on thursday afternoon. yesterday, a group of bikers arrived at the scene of the crash to pay their respects. i didn't even know what to say to any of the family when i found out what had happened. i was in shock. all last night and today. i couldn't even go to work today,
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i was just in that bad of a state from it. yesterday, an online fundraising page was set up to help the grieving family pay for the funerals of two—year—old casper and six—year—old corey. just a day later, donations from the public have already surpassed £15,000. today, players from coventry city chose to wear black armbands as a mark of respect at their away fixture at mansfield. west midlands police continue to appeal for any witnesses to come forward or anyone who may have information who could help the investigation. emma thomas. the head of the international committee of the red cross has said the recent revelations of sexual misconduct by aid agency workers is a watershed moment for the charity sector. yves daccord's comments came as he revealed that more than 20 of his staff have been dismissed in the last three years for sexual misconduct. our diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley, reports. the red cross emblem
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is seen as a symbol of protection around the world. like here in south sudan. and, most of the time, it is. but the icrc has now revealed behaviour it says was a betrayal of the people it was set up to serve. since 2015, 21 members of staff either resigned or were dismissed for paying for sex. the head of the icrc spoke of the silence around sexual misconduct being shattered in what is a watershed moment for the humanitarian sector as a whole. yesterday, 22 british aid organisations came together to write a joint letter promising to root out staff who abused their power, and saying they were truly sorry. among them was oxfam. revelations about the behaviour of seven of its aid workers in haiti put the whole aid sector under scrutiny.
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with all the aid agencies now under pressure for transparency, plan international has confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children. organisations dedicated to saving and improving lives are now also trying to rescue reputations. it's clear that we have a particular challenge within the charity sector in that some people in some charities have been concerned that if they report this kind of behaviour it will harm the work that they so passionately believe in, and we've seen from the case of oxfam that loss of public trust is hugely damaging. as aid agencies try to rebuild trust, the government has given them a deadline. 192 british charities working abroad have until monday to come clean on past allegations of sexual misconduct. they must also show what they're doing now to protect the people they help from future abuse. caroline hawley, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the un security council unanimously
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adopts a new resolution calling for adopts a new resolution calling for a30 adopts a new resolution calling for a 30 day humanitarian ceasefire in syria. a man and woman appear in court charged with causing the death of two young brothers in coventry by dangerous driving. the international committee of the red cross becomes the latest aid charity to disclose sexual misconduct by members of staff, with 21 people leaving theirjobs in the past three years. sport now, and a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre. here is hugh. good evening. the six nations championship has delivered a great weekend with fantastic news for scotland fans — they took the calcutta cup with an excellent 25—13 win over england at murrayfield. it was a tough battle from the off, as drew savage reports. a match to remember for all sorts of reasons. the calcutta cup is always intense, this year the punches thrown before a ball was kicked. you don't need to
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fire up scotland for an occasion like this. much had been expected of them this year. this of them this year. would be the day they delivered. huwjones and finn russell, their men of the moment, combined to give them an early advantage. scotland were unmatched for intensity, out of sight by half—time, with one man no one could keep up with. what a score! it's jones! scotland were 14 points ahead at the break. and their opponents needed to respond quickly. england come again, and there is the drive. nowjust eight points to make up, quickly and quick thinking from england, kick and rush. but nigel owens noticed an infringement in the build—up, the
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knock—on was confirmed by video replay. england needed two tries, but found themselves a man short. one man in the sin bin, and time was running out for eddiejones and his team. the calmness of finn russell mirrored by the pandemonium in the stands. just minutes away from a famous victory. and the turnover is there. the penalty goes to scotland, and the calcutta cup may well be won. and it was. the trophy about to return to scottish hands after a ten—year gap. confirmed two minutes later. the day for scotland's fans and players alike to say, i was there when england were beaten at murrayfield. the calcutta cup raised aloft, and still in the hunt for the six nations. drew savage, bbc news. well, earlier ireland kept their hopes of grand slam alive with a thrilling 37—27 victory over wales at the aviva stadium.
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wales had narrowed ireland's lead to just three points but jacob stockdale's intereception try put even a losing bonus point out of wales' reach. ireland top the table with three wins out of three, ahead of england and scotland who each have two victories. west bromwich albion' players were booed off after their latest defeat to huddersfield that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the premier league. west brom are now six points adrift of second from bottom stoke, who earlier drew at leicester. swansea drop into the relegation zone after losing 4—1 at brighton. liverpool move up to second after a 4—1 victory over west ham. elsewhere, watford beat everton, while the matches between bournemouth and newcastle, and burnley and southampton were both drawn. in the scottish premiership, rangers narrowed the gap on leaders celtic to six points after a 2—0 win at home to hearts. celtic play aberdeen tomorrow. elsewhere there were wins for motherwell, hamilton, and stjohnstone. kilmarnock drew with hibernian. what's been great britain's most successful winter olympics is now one day away from the closing
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ceremony in south korea. team gb will be coming back from pyeongchang with a record—breaking haul of medals — one gold and four bronze. billy morgan won the sixth medal of the games, finishing third in the big air snowboarding event. there could have been a sixth medal in the curling. but great britain's women lost their bronze medal match to japan. 5—3 the final score to japan who took their first medal in the sport. that's all the sport for now. we'll have more for you on bbc news throughout the evening. thank you, hugh. the comedy actress emma chambers has died at the age of 53. she was best known for playing alice tinker in long—running series the vicar of dibley, alongside dawn french. she also played honey thacker in the film notting hill. a little earlier, my colleague annita mcveigh was joined by our arts correspondent, lizo mzimba, who began by reading out a statement from emma chambers' agent.
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we are very sad to announce the untimely death of natural causes of the actress emma chambers. she created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. she brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed. at this difficult time, we ask that the privacy of her family and loved ones be respected. her agent also added that she died on wednesday evening. it says it all there. she broughtjoy to so many people through two roles in particular. we are looking now at these images from the vicar of dibley. that's the one i associate her with. i loved her in that show, as i'm sure many others did. absolutely. dawn french was the star of that show, but the show wouldn't have worked anywhere near as well without alice tinker, that character played by emma chambers. the episode ending with that wonderful sequence in every episode but also loyal and lovable.
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people related to her so strongly. she was such an important part of that show. possibly inevitably when richard curtis, the writer of the vicar of dibley, did a film notting hill, he broke that wonderful part of honey, hugh grant's younger sister, in many ways almost exactly the same character as alice tinker, but that doesn't make it a ny less lova ble. it was a beautiful role. these two roles were the ones that people really do remember herfor. a lot of reactions on social media. from hugh grant. amongst others. yes, he said, emma chambers was a hilarious and very warm person. and of course a brilliant actress. very sad news. emma freud, the partner
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of richard curtis, said ourfriend, emma chambers, has died. we are very sad. she was a great, great comedy performer and truly a fine actors. a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being. members of the public who watched her over the years in those roles, because at the age of 53, a very young age to die. according to the statement from her agent, of natural causes. but still, the age of 53, a great degree of shock out there. people tweeting, how much they remember it, how much she made them laugh, how sad they are that she is no longer with us. and at such a young age. that was louise ellman is by updating us following the news that emma chambers has died these openers umber. a number of us companies have cut ties with the national rifle association — as consumers call for a boycott of firms linked
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to the powerful gun lobby. united and delta airlines have joined car rental giants hertz and enterprise in ending discounts for nra members in the wake of the florida school shooting. our north america correspondent, peter bowes, reports. the aftermath to a school shooting that could prompt change in america. amidst the grieving, the mood has been different this time. within hours of a gunman killing 17 people, anger overflowed onto the streets. never again! now its social media, where pressure is being exerted on the hugely powerful gun lobby. under the hashtag #boycottnra, 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
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company symantec are taking similar action. there's been no word in response from the nra. it's unclear whether these actions will hurt an organisation that boasts 5 million members. during the week, its 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. the us government is considering appointing a special envoy
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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. the american tycoon warren buffett says tax cuts introduced by president trump have massively boosted his company's earnings. mr buffett, who is chairman and chief executive of berkshire hathaway, says the tax changes have benefited his firm to the tune of $29 billion. democrats had argued that the recent trump tax package was a huge and unaffordable giveaway to the wealthy. he's said in the past that the rich should pay higher taxes. britain is set for its coldest february week in five years — as freezing air, dubbed the beast from the east,
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arrives from russia. the cold snap will affect the whole of the uk from sunday night, with temperatures expected to drop to —8 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's certainly not the first snow we'll have this winter. but what makes this cold snap different is its expected to affect the whole of the uk.
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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's 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. let's stay with the weather and find out how it's looking, with helen. good evening. if you were outside of the wind, it felt pleasant enough, as the air gets colder it will feel much colder. white raw in the days


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