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finding out if it is real and if it is safe to share it, if other people are open to finding out about it as well. 30,000 students take part in school report each year, helping them to understand what is going on in the world. and this game is designed to inform and protect them from malicious fake news. teaching them to question, to ask what, how, and crucially, why. you made it. welcome to the social media team. the weather forecast is all true, i'm sure, even if we sometimes don't like it, helen. that is the point, many people will be asking why is winter returning this weekend! rain under the weather front but it is now clearing northwards. it is raining we are concerned about at the moment, we've
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had almost two inches in northern ireland but it is had almost two inches in northern irelét ralnntis rjjé', i; if f’fffi'tttt i’f' had almost two inches in northern irelat rain falling 3'7 j’ 753 ';v'if':t77f ii” had almost two inches in northern irelat rain falling behind 1”; i’ if it” had almost two inches in northern irelat rain falling behind so; 1’ if it” had almost two inches in northern irelat rain falling behind so with "53 ';v'if':t77f ii” again it will be particularly cloud again it will be particularly cold, perhaps a little more chilly than last night and missed and cloud to greet us as well as rain tomorrow morning. friday looks like it will start on a grey note with snow falling over the hills to start with but initially, sorry through the day it will fall at lower levels as well. temperatures around 7 degrees in scotland, the west holding onto brightness. there are issues with flooding because it has been raining today, will be tonight and tomorrow. further south still relatively mild with sharp showers to contend with tomorrow. then tomorrow night look at this, as that easterly wind takes
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effect the rain showers will turn to snow and it will be much colder tomorrow night, quite widespread frost, especially in the east, accentuated by the wind. let's talk of the wind, the reason for the change. this scandinavia high pressure allows the wind to blast once again across our shores so pressure allows the wind to blast once again across oui’ shores so any of the showers falling through saturday will fall as snow except the far south and west. they will continue to fester central and eastern areas, temperatures will be 8-10d eastern areas, temperatures will be 8—10d lower than today and tomorrow a real shock to the system when you add on the effect of the wind. winter is definitely returning. 0bviously winter is definitely returning. obviously we need to give you more details with regard to time of the snow but there's an added complication across the southern half of the uk on sunday with several centimetres of snow falling. snow and ice, hazards to be
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concerned about, and bitterly cold. so please do keep your eyes on the forecast, don't make this on the list you see if you do have plans, but it looks like a nasty wintry weather to —— but it looks like a nasty wintry weather to —— returning but it looks like a nasty wintry weather to —— returning to but it looks like a nasty wintry weather to —— returning to our shores. thank you, helen. a reminder of our main story — the primers to visit salisbury —— the prime minister visit salisbury for the first time since the poisoning of a russian spy. that's all from the bbc news at one so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon, i'm hugh woozencroft with your latest sport. day three of the cheltenham festival is just getting under way. there are two big races this afternoon, but the festival is still coming to terms
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with the fact that it's all—time leading jockey ruby walsh won't be playing any further part. lizzie greenwood hughes is there for us. no ruby, that is a big glass, for the fans? he has been the champion jockey coco date for the last bout yea rs jockey coco date for the last bout years —— last five years. he has only been back a week, because he broke his leg in november and that has reopened the wound. his trainer willie mullins today said he might well be back for punchestown in april. he may not be out for the entire season, but is not taking pa rt entire season, but is not taking part today. with a diverse long list of injuries, he has broken his leg four times. he broke it november, had his spleen removed, crushed a vertebrae in his neck, had his hip
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fractured. that is the life of the jobjockey, very fractured. that is the life of the job jockey, very tough jobjockey, very tough business. —— jumpjockey. jobjockey, very tough business. —— jump jockey. plenty jobjockey, very tough business. —— jumpjockey. plenty to look jobjockey, very tough business. —— jump jockey. plenty to look at today, a couple of raises and interesting stories? use a two big races, this is cheltenham, the 0lympics of jump racing, races, this is cheltenham, the 0lympics ofjump racing, every race is a big raise. we have the ryanair ina is a big raise. we have the ryanair in a chase, which is first time ever with the most money. that is for the course is not quite fast enough for the queen mother champion chase. debakey duel we are looking forward to is the last year when against a 12 euros. there won't be a dry eye in the house is due card wins today. we have a traditional feature race for the best long—distance hardliners over three miles, that is
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at 3:30pm. there could be a fairy tale in that race, because sam spinner, the favourites before we went on air, his jockey had cancer not that long ago. he had to give up training, his wife was looking after him. hisjockey spent training, his wife was looking after him. his jockey spent time in training, his wife was looking after him. hisjockey spent time in prison for promoting because ofjustice. is sam spinner wins today, it is a very tile. —— is is a fairy tale. going is soft to heavy, we love updates throughout the day. thank you. you can listen to all the action on abc radio 5 live. arsenal manager arsene wenger has encouraged his players to provide the kind of winning football that will keep large crowds coming to their emirates stadium. arsenal manager arsene wenger has encouraged his players to provide his side host ac milan in the europa league last 16 second leg later, leading 2—0 from their trip to italy, but wenger understands going all the way in the competition
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this year will be very tough, unless their form improves further. milan, dortmund, atletico madrid, all the french teams, there are many good teams in there. this competition is maybe this season a higher level than ever. and great britain can't win a medal in the wheelchair curling at the winter parlympics. earlier, they lost to hosts korea in their penultimate round—robin match. that result meant they had to rely on other to see if they could make the medal playoffs. but in the afternoon session, norway's victory over slovakia means the britain are out, even if they win their final pool match against china. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website and i'll have more for you in the next hour. good afternoon, our main story:
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in the past hour — the leaders of the us, germany and france have issued a joint statement with the uk, saying the poisoning of a russian double agent in salisbury is an attack on british sovereignty. they also say that the use of the novichok nerve agent is the first offensive deployment of such a substance in europe since the second world war. theresa may is visiting salisbury this lunchtime, and has been to the park where sergei skripal and his daughter yulia were found unconscious. the prime minister has been speaking to the bbc‘s duncan kennedy. well, i'm pleased to have been able to come down here to salisbury, to speak to people who responded to this terrible incident that took place. and, as you know, iannounced in the house of commons yesterday the action that we are taking. we do hold russia culpable for this brazen, brazen act and despicable act that has taken place on the streets of what is such a remarkable city, where people come and visit and enjoy. and i've come down here today also to say thank you to our emergency services,
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to police, to our health services, to everybody at porton down and elsewhere, public health england, who have been working so hard and continue to work hard to investigate, to get to the bottom of those responsible, but also to ensure that the public are reassured. and it's been great to meet some tourists here in salisbury, people coming to salisbury, still enjoying this great city. theresa may in the last hour also. the shadow defence secretary nia griffith has directly and repeatedly blamed russia for the attack in sailsbury. she also claimed this was the party's official position despitejeremy corbyn and his spokesman refusing to say this explicitly yesterday. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith is following the story. jeremy corbyn has planted considerable unease among his own mps over his stance on the commons yesterday, when he appeared to raise questions about the reliability
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of the evidence which pointed to the russians being behind the salisbury attack. one of those mps has expressed concern is the labour chairman of the backbench foreign affairs committee of labour mps, john woodcock. your concern over mr corbyn's stance is what? actually, i'm really pleased that the overwhelming majority of labour mps and all other members of parliament are now absolutely firmly in support of the government position and acknowledging the full culpability, unquestionable culpability of russia. as you have seen that from nearly all party leaders and now very helpfully, i think, from our own shadow defence secretary. so, look, iwould like mr corbyn to make clear that he now accepts that analysis, which the overwhelming majority of also the international community are also behind the
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uk now. he is obviously a very influential figure and there are many people who take their lead from him. there has been an unfortunate alignment over the last 12—24 hours or so, with some of the misinformation and obfuscation tactics coming from the kremlin. and that which seemed to be being pushed by his spokesman, but there's an opportunity now to put all that behind us and to show full solidarity, as i think the nation deserves to hear. do you think mr corbyn need to make a clear statement, pointing the finger of blame at russia and backing the government on this? i hope jeremy will do that, but i think the important thing for the public looking at us and for russia looking at us, other nations, is to show that there is overwhelming support
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here in parliament for the government's position. that is already there. is this any different to previous controversies that have engulfed mr corbyn, whether it be over the bombing of syria or whether it be over brexit, where he has found himself at odds with many of his own backbenchers? is this any more than just another episode in that? all our focus is on how we do the right thing for the country at the moment. and i think at a time when there has been an attack on us, a chemical weapon attack on us by a foreign nation, the minds of all members of parliament, no matter what their party is, is what is the right thing to do to protect the public, to protect our constituents. that is our focus at the moment, rather than internal party considerations, which i understand there may be a time for in due course, but it is not
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our focus right now. 0n associated matters, we have announcement today of a £48 million investment for the wiltshire laboratory that helped identify the rare nerve agent used in salisbury. in his first major speech the defence secretary gavin willamson said the porton down side was critical in fighting the increasing threat from russia and other countries. he's been speaking to our defence correspondent jonathan beale. you have announced extra investment at porton down. is this an admission that perhaps we cut these capabilities too far? no, we have been spending £72 million in year one porton down over the last few years. what we've decided is to make an extra investment, just to keep our world—leading technology and capability. the world looks to us in terms of this field, because we are quite simply the best. and we want to keep that advantage. what we have seen in salisburyjust goes to show that if we had not been
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keeping that investment, we would be in a very difficult place at the moment. it just goes to show that what defence is doing, investing in this technology in these capabilities is absolutely vital. you also announced you will allow troops to be vaccinated against anthrax. can you explain the threat? is it russia or north korea? why now? we have high readiness forces, which at any moment could be deployed into any field right around the globe. it is my duty as defence secretary to make sure they have the best possible protection, because i don't know where they are potentially going to be deployed in the future. for an anthrax vaccine to work, it takes actually six months, so any high—readiness force would not have that type of protection if they were needed to be deployed rapidly, so it's doing something that is responsible and sensible and it's a voluntary thing, so if people wish to take it up, they can. if they don't, they don't have to.
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clearly at the moment, britain has a big beef with russia. how would you describe relations at the moment? is this a new cold war we are entering? russia has launched an attack on britain, a nerve agent attack, and it has put people in hospital and that is absolutely deplorable. are relations good? no, they are not. do we have to react? yes, we have done. we have done the right thing. we are very rapidly heading to a place where we are certainly in a cool war with russia. i would hope that russia has the good sense to step back. gavin williamson talking to our correspondence. in a moment, a summary of the business news this hour but first, the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister visits salisbury, for the first time since the poisoning there of a former russian spy and daughter.
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tests on a door from grenfell tower show it held back fire for only half as long as it was meant to. the government says the risk to public safety is low. northamptonshire county council should be abolished — a government inspection recommends a complete restructure, after the council struggled with a deficit. in the business news: love it or hate it — the maker of marmite and dove soap has chosen rotterdam over london for its headquarters. anglo—dutch consumer goods giant unilever say the company will move to a single legal entity in the netherlands in an effort to become more agile. they say the decision is not about brexit. the toystore giant toys r us says it will close all 735 of its us stores as it winds down the company after failing to secure a buyer or a rescue deal.
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yesterday, it was announced that all the uk toys r us stores will close in the next six weeks. airbus has warned that it could not give any new business to uk engineering giant gkn if it is taken over by turnaround specialist melrose, stressing the need for long term investment. gkn makes wing components and other key aircraft parts for airbus, which is its biggest customer. melrose, which has mounted the hostile bid, responded by saying they invest as if we were to own the business forever. as we've been hearing, unilever has chosen rotterdam over london for its headquarters. the company was keen to say that the move was not linked to brexit, they say the aim is to make the company more agile. earlier, our business editor, simonjack, spoke to the ceo of unilever, paul polman. we've made two decisions today, and both of them are meant
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to make the company more agile, more focused and obviously create longer—term shareholder value, or continue to create that value. we have announced that we would move to three divisions, two of them located here in the uk, which is the beauty and personal care division and the home care division, which is about 60% of our business and fastest—growing. that secures about £1 billion per year in spending. the second decision we have made is to simplify our legal structure. instead of having two legal structures, we are simplifying that in one legal structure in the netherlands, and that will allow us again once more to run our business a bit faster and more efficiently. sweden's h&m, the words second—largest clothes retailer behind zara owner inditex, has reported flat sales for the first quarter of its financial year despite an increase in store numbers compared to last year. the swedish retailer
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recorded £4.06 billion of sales, excluding vat, during the three months to 28 february, compared to sales of £4.13 billion last year. last month the company warned that its main budget fashion brand was having to cut prices to shift stock. h&m shares fell as much as 5.1% in early trading, having lost 44% over the past year to be trading at 10—year lows. here to tell us more is sam dover, senior retail analyst at mintel. it seems that after decades of expansion, in recent years, h&m has really struggled to keep up, critically with rivals? i think what has happened mirrors the wider fashion markets, we have seen a lot of increased competition, and people a lot less brand loyal and shopping around. they have more access to more brands. if you can't find the
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right product at the right price, you can right product at the right price, you can go right product at the right price, you can go elsewhere. that is the challenge mainstream retailers are facing. it's nudges the challenge of online shopping, which is rivals have been more agile ads adapting to. pricing is very difficult because people have lots of access to information. you can very easily shop around. people are constantly looking for value for money. they have become accustomed to low—priced fashion. that was h&m's usb and now rivals are eroding that usb. we have the news about unilever moving its headquarters, h&m is a very different company. we also have next
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announcing thousands of cuts in the uk. as the brexit deadline looms, do we think that is a concern for h&m, is that impacting their decisions?” think they're such a global operation it would have major influences. there are more issues going on generally in the wake fashion consumers had been behaving, andi fashion consumers had been behaving, and i think that is the challenge. it's not necessarily about the difference between online and off—line, it's about understanding
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