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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories this hour: after days of wrangling, the un security council passes a resolution calling for a 30—day ceasefire across syria. a list of 105 names of missing nigerian girls is released by their parents, following their suspected abduction by boko haram jihadists. hello and welcome to bbc news. after days of deadlock, the un security council has unanimously voted for an immediate 30—day ceasefire across syria. it's hoped the truce will allow aid to reach areas including rebel—held eastern ghouta, where more than 500 civilians are said to have been killed in government air strikes in the past week. the vote had been delayed repeatedly
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to avoid drawing a veto from russia, which is an ally of the syrian government. french president emmanuel macron and german chancellor angela merkel will speak by phone on sunday with russian president vladimir putin, to push for the truce to take hold in the coming days. nick bryant reports. the people of eastern ghouta woke up this morning to continued aerial bombardment and the news from new york that the security council remained deadlocked. and still couldn't reach agreement on how to bring about even a temporary halt to the killing. delay in syria always brings more death. at least 120 children have been killed since sunday, according to human rights activists. hospitals overwhelmed by the number of casualties have been targets of the government's bombing. on the fringes of the security council, the tensest of negotiations.
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but always a sense of urgency from the backers of this resolution and always the unresolved question — would russia allow it to pass? i would call upon those who are in favour of the draft resolution to raise their hand. when it came to a vote, the russian ambassador held his arm aloft — not to wield a veto but to finally agree. yet western diplomats still attacked moscow for delaying its passage for days. as they dragged out the negotiation, the bombs from assad's fighter jets continued to fall. in the three days it took us to adopt this resolution, how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling? while we've been arguing over commas, assad's planes have been killing more civilians in their homes and in their hospitals. imposing unbearable suffering. the russian ambassador was pessimistic about the chances of the ceasefire, saying there weren't concrete guarantees from warring parties to abide by. this resolution brings the hope,
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at least, that aid convoys will soon be driving through the streets and medical evacuations can finally take place. but even after the security council agreed its passage, reports came from eastern ghouta that government warplanes were continuing their week—long bombardment. nigerian parents who fear their daughters have been abducted by boko haram jihadists have released a list of 105 names. up to now, it had not been clear how many girls were missing following monday's attack on a boarding school. president muhammadu buhari has described it as a national disaster and has promised additional troops and aircraft to help find the girls. with more from nigeria, stephanie hegarty reports. it has been a week of conflicting lines and confusing information from nigerian authorities on just how many students were taken from the
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girls' boarding school. the parents of the girls have released a list of those still missing. there are 105 names on the list. earlier, the state goverment claimed that only 51 girls were unaccounted for. later, they said 8a. translation: now we have the total number of missing girls that the pa rents number of missing girls that the parents gave us number of missing girls that the parents gave us as number of missing girls that the parents gave us as 105 that have not been found up till now. 105. their pa rents been found up till now. 105. their parents gave us the figures themselves. it is not the government nor the school teaches that gave us this, but their parents. since the girls were taken on monday night, there has been many conflicting lines from authorities on exactly what happened. it was a full two days after the attack that they finally admitted that some girls had been taken. translation: when we went to check for those missing and present on the day that they wanted to shut down the school, i found day that they wanted to shut down the school, ifound out day that they wanted to shut down the school, i found out that my daughter was amongst the missing girls, whena
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daughter was amongst the missing girls, when a friend gave me her belongings. herfriend confirmed to me that she was among those taken away in a vehicle. yesterday, president muhammadu buhari said the kidnapping was a national disaster, and the army was doing everything to find the students. the kidnapping has been compared to the abduction of the chibok girls in 20001314. many of those girls are still missing. stephanie hegarty, bbc news. —— in 2013. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. democrats in the us house intelligence committee have released a memo that counters republican claims of bias in the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. the memo dismisses the republican version of events as a transparent effort to undermine the investigation. the national rifle association in the united states has accused the growing number of american companies that are cutting their ties with the organisation, of cowardice. two us airlines, united and delta,
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are the latest to distance themselves from the pro—gun lobby group following last week's school shooting. also, the american billionaire warren buffett says tax cuts introduced by president trump boosted his company's earnings by $29 billion last year. many democrats had argued that the tax package was a huge and unaffordable giveaway to the wealthy. mr buffett — who is chairman and chief executive of berkshire hathaway — has long argued for higher taxes for the rich. he's been called ecuador‘s pablo escobar, but today, prado alava has been extradited to the united states. colombia accuses him of being one of the region's biggest drug lords. prosecutors in washington claim he has smuggled more that 250 tonnes of cocaine into the us. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come:
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one of bollywood's superstar leading ladies, sridevi, has died. we'll be talking about her rich legacy. eight days before italy votes in a general election, thousands of italians have marched in rival demonstrations, focusing on differing views of migration. in recent years, 600,000 migrants, many from africa, have landed on the country's shores. our italy correspondent james reynolds reports from rome. these demonstrators have a simple message — we reject fascism. the fact that they feel compelled to say this more than seven decades after italy's fascist government fell says a lot about the atmosphere in this country right now. translation: our family has told us what it was like. the history of fascism still is to close to us. we can't remain indifferent in front of the new fascism of 2017 and 2018. translation: above all in this electoral campaign, hate
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is increasingly invading our society. and that hate has turned to violence. at the start of february, a far right campaigner drove through a central italian town, shooting at migrants from africa. the gunman entered his assaults by giving a fascist salute. italy's prime minister paolo gentiloni, here at anti—fascism rally, has said that hate and violence will not divide his country. —— presidente, this has been a dangerous and angry campaign. what is your response? he prefers not to answer. the increase in migration and the response to it have changed life in italy. they have become the central issues in this election. and both sides in the debate want to get out onto the street. on saturday, anti—migration campaigners demonstrated in milan
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and scuffled with the police. this movement, increasing in number, is led by the far right league party. its leader, matteo salvini, has promised the mass deportation of illegal migrants. earlier in the week in rome, i asked him why he thought migrants were so dangerous. translation: too many illegal migrants are dangerous for italy and all of europe. think of the foreign fighters that return to italy from wars in islamic regions. they are a real danger. in a week's time, italy will decide whether or not it agrees with him or with those who believe that this country still has room for new arrivals. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. 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
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in the last three years for sexual misconduct. our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley reports. the red cross emblem 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 and called this 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 have abused their power, and saying they were truly sorry. among them was oxfam. revelations about the behaviour of seven of its workers in haiti put the whole aid sector under scrutiny. with all aid agencies now under
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pressure for transparency, plan international has just 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, 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.
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you are watching bbc news. our main story this hour: the un security council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a 30—day humanitarian ceasefire in syria. more on that now. we arejoined by we are joined by the director of strategy and programmes at the centre for global policy. doctor kamran bokhari is a fellow with the programme on extremism at george washington university's centre for cyber & homeland security. there have been doubts by the americans that the syrian military will comply. the russian they doubt the ceasefire will hold. syahrin activists say the airstrikes will continue. clearly the resolution is not worth the paper it is written on. i would not say it is inaccurate, but i think that the
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intent of the great powers of the security council is to let the world know that this is not easy and we are working on it. this resolution is kind of like a placeholder, saying that right now we do not have the means to permit a ceasefire, but we are working on it, and to be patient. so what hope do the people of eastern ghouti have? should they feel that relief is at hand?” of eastern ghouti have? should they feel that relief is at hand? i mean relief and a sense of fear our relative. and for the people of eastern ghouti, there has been no let up. if they are not hopeful, that this could be natural, i think it could take a long time for the powers to work out a ceasefire that is meaningful, in which relief can be provided to this particular area. it isa be provided to this particular area. it is a copycat situation. you have the syrian regime backed by the russians and the iranians on one
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side, bombing the area. —— it is a complicated situation. could you expand on that little, because i am curious about why it has been difficult? if people are suffering to the extent that they are, it should be able to come to some agreement that lets eight agencies m, agreement that lets eight agencies in, for example. all things being equal, that should be very easy. —— aid agencies. eastern ghouti is very close to the capital damascus, the seat of the assad regime, and it has its interest in not letting up in terms of its onslaught against the rebels. likewise, the rebels do not wa nt rebels. likewise, the rebels do not want a situation where they are weakened and they lose this critical space so close to the capital. there is no other major rebel, you know, stronghold, anywhere near the regime's pub, which is damascus. so
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these are interests that are preventing any ceasefire so far. and when we have a ceasefire, how long will it last? how many people will benefit from it? and what happens next? and i suppose, crucially for the people of eastern ghouti, this isa the people of eastern ghouti, this is a chance for them to have some temporary relief? it would be a respite, it would be temporary. how many people benefit from it, that is anybody‘s gas. because this place has been bombed for some time now. —— guess. we still do not know the full scale of the carnage, and what sort of undertaking will be required to provide the people some form of conferences respite. 0k, take it very much. that is guess, it director of strategy and programmes at the centre for global policy. he is also with the extremism programme at george washington university. scientists in the united states
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are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of people who've had a stroke. the sensors send information to doctors continuously — allowing them to monitor the effectiveness of their therapies. wearable technology is now being developed by researchers around the world — as our science correspondent, pallab ghosh reports from austin, texas. technology you can wear. skin displays developed by japanese researchers that show your vital signs. it's to put on patients so that doctors can monitor their progress. the displays are among a new wave of wearable electronics finding medical applications. and we're going horizontal with this one, correct? in the us, lizzy mcaninch had a stroke two years ago. she couldn't move or speak or swallow for several weeks. lizzy is testing out wearable sensors that might speed her recovery. they send information wirelessly to the medical team. she's a doctor and she can see how it would help her. this technology, to be able to put sensors on the body and really assess what muscle groups are working or not can really pinpoint the areas affected
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by the stroke and target therapies to specifically improve those issues. the doctors here can continuously monitor lizzy wherever she goes using these devices. they can follow her muscle activity, her heart rate, even her speech. may i please have two tacos and a hi—c? yeah, absolutely. the idea is they can closely track whether she is showing signs of improvement. do we see that they're walking more at home or do we see that they're engaging in conversations? those are the types of things i can get feedback from the sensors, where currently i only have their report. the challenge for the scientists was to pack a lot of electronics into a small, flexible material. it's almost mechanically sort of imperceptible to the patient who's wearing the device. and you can embed all sorts of advanced sensor functionality, microprocessor computing capability, radios, power supplies, into this kind of very unusual platform. that is the uniqueness of what we do. thursday, friday...
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by the end of this year, the team will have more information than anyone has ever had before about recovery from stroke. push all the way up. they believe that their study could transform the way patients are treated in the future. pallab ghosh, bbc news, austin, texas. the british actress emma chambers has died at the age of 53. she was best known for playing alice in the long—running bbc comedy the vicar of dibley. lizo mzimba looks back at her career. well, i can't believe this stuff that is not i can't believe it's not butter is not i can't believe it's not butter. laughter. and i can't believe that both i can't believe it's not butter and the stuff that i can't believe is not i can't believe it's not butter are both, in fact, not butter. and i believe they both might be butter. emma chambers' alice tinker,
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a character as humourous as she was naive. oh, and this is a nice woman we met on the flight. she was a bit tired when we got to turkey, so hugo was ever so sweet and carried her case through customs. this is honey. she's my baby sister. just as loved was honey in hit romcom just as loved was honey in hit romcom notting hill. her co—star, hugh grant, today called her a hilarious and brilliant actress. while dawn french led the tributes from the vicar of dibley cast, saying she'd lost the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for. and fans are mourning the woman behind a comedy character who was loved by millions. dimi feature from romania has won the bear award at the berlin film
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festivals. it tells the story of a woman coming to terms with her sexuality. also, wes anderson was made best director. the golden bear goes to... you can tell from the look on their faces, they went expecting this. —— they we re they went expecting this. —— they were not. a small low—budget film that has become a big success. open your eyes and look at me. it is about intimacy and sex, shocking the sum of us with their scenes. some of the people were not actors, including christian pioline who was
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severely disabled. this comes in a necessary moment when the fear of the other is growing and there is this all over the world. i think it's very important that the amazing people that have been part of this project managed to have this platform to express themselves. other winners include a french actor who was named best actor for his role in machover prayer. he plays a drug addict tried to kick his habit with the help of religion. —— the prayer. best director was wes anderson for his animated film about dogs although he had to send one of his voice actors to accept the film on his behalf. i never thought i would go to work as a dog and come home with a bear. much to celebrate for many but it was the romanian
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film about human relations that won the night. one of bollywood's greatest leading ladies has died at the age of 54. sridevi kapoor — known simply as sridevi — was at a family wedding in dubai when she's thought to have suffered a heart attack. she started as a child actor and featured in multilingualfilms in languages including tamil, malayalam, telugu and hindi. she made her debut in bollywood in 1978 and became the leading female star of the 1980's. she appeared in more than 275 films and won various awards and honours. she's considered one of the very few indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero. with me are bbc asian network's raj and pablo, who met and interviewed sridevi about five months ago. first thing is first, it is
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shocking. we were taken aback. we just finished the show and we were talking about sridevi. we were talking about sridevi. we were talking about sridevi. we were talking about her, we were talking about her music and just generally how inspirational she has been to me ona how inspirational she has been to me on a personal level. also the fact that she has just made a comeback in films as well. she is making another films as well. she is making another film as well. it's just shocking. leigh we were kind of like, ok, this has not really happened. -- we were kind of like. i grew up in no -- nigerand kind of like. i grew up in no -- niger and bollywood with huge there. she made her debut at the age of 13 asa she made her debut at the age of 13 as a heroine. anotherfilm she made her debut at the age of 13 as a heroine. another film flopped and then she was written off. four yea rs and then she was written off. four years later, and in the 805, she
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years later, and in the 805, 5he had... so many films. hit after hit. she was one of the actresses who kind of could pave the way for people, bollywood accepted the fact you didn't need to be with a big hero to make a big hit. think of the golden age of hollywood. you had marlene dietrich, greta garbo. box offers 5tar5. in such a male dominated industry and society. she transcended. and notjust hindi films. four years ago she made a comeback after 15 years about an engli5h housewife who goes to america —— indian housewife. she can't speak a word of english, 5he goe5 can't speak a word of english, 5he goes to image classes. she is great.
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it is called engli5h finglish. goes to image classes. she is great. it is called english finglish.. great film. you talk about her music as well. it is notjust about film but the music that transcends film. leigh i have to say, as i was growing up. --i have to say. in terms of the liberation she gave when she was dancing, in terms of how she transcended any of the playback singers who were singing for her. she could be camp as chri5tmas for her. she could be camp as christmas and then a tragedy and a hero. she could be all the villains. but she was always happy, always happy. what was she like of screen? many times, both the interviews and parties, 5he many times, both the interviews and parties, she was one of the most reserved reticent people. she was
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always grateful. very well read. she was very kind of quiet, reserved and very intelligent. one thing i would never forget, every time we met her, at the end of every interview, she would touch her heart and say thank you. another thing that always 5urprised you. another thing that always surprised us, she always asked about family. she always asked about nephews, it needs is and she always remembered. this is a global superstar, i was humbled. remembered. this is a global superstar, iwas humbled. in remembered. this is a global superstar, i was humbled. in a 5en5e, superstar, i was humbled. in a sense, 5he cared. superstar, i was humbled. in a sense, she cared. she didn't talk to many people but when she did, she opened. everybody in the industry is shocked. it's like... how? why? at this young age. i was looking at the tributes. it's incredible. what have
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people been saying? people are just like, i mean, she was in good health. she was at the fashion week with her daughter. with her daughter who she was lodging in movies and her husband but at a big bollywood wedding where all the other bollywood stars were. her husband is one of the stall was of the industry. it comes from a big bollywood family. slum dog millionaire. a heart attack. unit when you have spent time with sridevi, we have hung out with them and talked. —— you know when new. and her husband. your heart goes out
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to him, what much the family going through. she's mesmerising, she lights up the screen. she made so many people so happy. rest in peace, sridevi. thank you. coming up are the headlines and the travel show. hello there. if you were in the sunshine outside the wind yesterday, it didn't feel too bad. but it will get colder — not necessarily today. in fact, it will be pretty much the same as yesterday. we have a stronger wind in the south. but the wind is getting stronger and the air is getting colder as we pull this cold air in from eastern europe into next week. so, yes, a cold start for our sunday morning, —5, —6 in the countryside, so maybe a little bit of hoarfrost around, some frost on the cars, even a little low cloud to clear, but that should clear quickly.
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the main changes through the day are a little more cloud for eastern parts of england and eastern scotland, so maybe a bit grey and cold here, even the odd snow flurry, but in contrast, we may see more sunshine than yesterday for western scotland, northern ireland and the far south of cornwall. but there will be a stronger breeze here, so more of a wind chill. it won't be a warm day anyway, as you can see, and especially so for the eastern side of england and scotland. the wind is stronger for england and wales at the moment but it does pick up in the week further north. and then it gets interesting through the coming night. look at this — the risk of snow showers. and they will be snow showers because look how cold the air is again through the coming night. so as they come into the cold air, they will fall as snow. so it is likely we will see the first of our snow showers. several centimetres in a few places during the course of monday. again, the details will be quite difficult in the coming few days, but perhaps eastern scotland, eastern counties of england, the midlands as well at risk on monday, as well as southern coastal counties of england, possibly the east of
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northern ireland as well. so those are the the areas most at risk of a few centimetres of snow. it certainly will not be a warm day. we lose the sunshine, so it will feel even colder because the wind is strengthening, especially for england and wales on monday. so yes, a notch colder, if you like, that is the way it will feel. and then, the risk of disruption rises through monday night into tuesday with a more widespread area of snow coming in. again, the details are quite elusive as to where this snow is going to fall but there will be several centimetres, even at lower levels, such is the chilliness of the air with plenty of snow showers packing in behind as well. so i think tuesday, wednesday look like we will see significant disruptions of snow. temperatures falling away as well. we're losing the sunshine, the air is getting colder, the winds are getting stronger so the wind chill becomes pretty


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