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tv   The Briefing  BBC News  February 22, 2018 5:45am-6:01am GMT

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let's delve deeper into some of those stories and look at how the media is discussing the issues. we start with two takes of the white house meeting. this is the new york times. and their coverage of an emotional listening session in the white house, with survivors of the florida high school shooting. here, the father of an 18—year—old girl killed in the massacre made an impassioned plea to president trump to protect schoolchildren in the future. the meeting also made the front page of fox reports the trump administration will strengthen background checks for gun purchases and "put a strong emphasis on mental health" after a gunman killed 17 teachers and students with an ar—15 rifle last week. the situation in eastern ghouta is dominating. the front page of arab news. the un secretary—general yesterday described the rebel enclave as a "hell on earth".
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a draft un security council resolution is calling for a 30—day ceasefire. the times, scottish edition, is looking at the global study which settles one of the biggest debates in medicine — whether antidepressants work. that is obviously discussed widely as well. in the south china daily post, a chinese research team unveils a design for an ultra—fast plane that could travel five times faster than the speed of sound. you can see it there. quite phenomenal. and finally, on the bbc website, us evangelist billy graham, one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century dies, aged 99. a p pa re ntly apparently during his lifetime, he reached some 210 million people with his message. so let's begin. with me is jane foley, senior fx strategist at rabobank. she has been busy reading these
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stories. lutz —— let's start with a writ of the listening session in the white house. couldn't help but be moved with all the different people and what they have to say, the pa rents, and what they have to say, the parents, the children. they had lost friends, lost children. it was awful. it is completely awful. a couple of very interesting things have emerged, and when we heard the very passionate plea by the father of one of the girls lost last week, what was interesting for him if he said he did not favour adopting new gun laws, which outside of europe, that seems quite surprising. he wa nts to that seems quite surprising. he wants to separate the arguments. there is one argument about gun laws but another one about school safety. a different issue. that is then i think we get these headlines about from suggesting that maybe school teachers should be armed. a lot of opposition towards that. fox news,
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the headline is, going to get it done, so they are going on a line of trump will sort this out. the new york times is anti—trump, saying pa rents york times is anti—trump, saying parents and students plea with the president, how many children have to get shot? in terms of the general feeling, we have put out a twitter question asking for people, if anybody believes it is an idea to armed teachers. everyone's response is no, not a good idea at all. there are questions about donald trump's allegiance to the nra, which is a very powerful gun lobby in the united states. it is a difficult one to resolve. how will this change, if at all? the only easy thing is you have to step up the mental health checks and i think everybody is in agreement but beyond that it is difficult to find some compromise. we had trump saying the devices that turn weapons and firing bullets at
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rapid pace, they should be banned. something the nra is against. the first idea he has muted that is against the gun lobby. they say they are against raising the age for which guns can be purchased. that is against somebody‘s right. which guns can be purchased. that is against somebody's right. to protect themselves. david willis pointing out that at that listening session, those that were there actually praised the president. there was criticism pointed at him directly, which is quite interesting. also this close—up hitches of his notes, which are quite interesting. —— pictures. "i hear you, 0.5." perhaps reminding you to be sympathetic.- talk about this story, which i have talked about everyday this week, and for good reason. waiting to die as the bombs fall like rain, and a
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picture of a boy being carried by a un human rights worker. he is obviously in agony. it is just appalling what is happening here, and yet so, so complicated. indeed it is, and there are really many showing pictures of this, children being in pain, children being orphans. the reports say 310 people killed in the just in the last three days. there have even calls for maybe a 30— day ceasefire, and just to bring in food and medical supplies. we have had a rush of pushing back against this saying thatis pushing back against this saying that is unrealistic. at least they do want to a discussion. it would the fantastic if they could go in that direction, but russia, being a pa rt that direction, but russia, being a part of that, could counter that. yes, they could. more people should get pills to beat depression.
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millions of sufferers would benefit. doctors are told. this is interesting. this has been a great debate for a very long time because evidence until now suggested that whether patients were given a placebo or an antidepressant drug, in both cases, they were changed for the better. so there was no concrete evidence to show drugs help. this evidence to show drugs help. this evidence is suggesting the opposite. 0xford evidence is suggesting the opposite. oxford is involved in this and they say drugs to work. that is great news, but they raise an interesting point and that is up until now, our focus has been an overtreatment. we are treating people needlessly with these pills, it is costing the nhs too much money. but they are saying the focus should be on undertreatment. so many of millions of people are not getting the medical support they deserve. it is something we should be doing, treating people better. some of these are saying they are two times better than a placebo. they can work. it is interesting. we will see
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how the shift, how it causes a shift for those with mental health issues. it is news to the ears of the drug administration. let's look at this hypersonic plane, on the part of china. the team has revealed their plans. incredible, the thought of being able to get from beijing to new york in a couple of hours. two hours they are talking about. now it is 1a hours. that is a huge difference. it is great news for those mourning the loss of the concorde. they have tested a scale model of his plane and it can do up to seven times the speed of sound. but actually, realistically, they wa nt to but actually, realistically, they want to travel at five times the speed of sound. this is exactly what china is trying to do, become the innovator, become not cheap goods made in china, but actually move into the realms of innovation and making things that are global
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audience would want to buy, that are of great value. this is a natural pa rt of great value. this is a natural part of a developed country becoming more developed and if we look back to japan over the last 60, 70 years, we have seen that. south korea as well. china wants to raise its image and it is doing this in all sorts of ways, and technology is one of them. let's talk about billy graham dying yesterday at the age of 99. a us evangelist, momah —— one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. he is probably less well known now than he was 20, 30 years ago. he was the first to start preaching on television. it is now pretty prolific, i have to say. he was, and probably go more than 20, 30 years ago. it came to the uk in the 1950s and it is the first time he preached in a big way. in wembley stadium in places like that. he came, and for three months, he
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filled stadium every single night. even preached to the queen. she gave him an honorary knighthood sometime after that. he had met the queen about seven times. we have seen so many presidents over his lifetime be linked with him, the queen as well. he really has extremely high standards. it is interesting because my dad went when he was a term —— teenager to every stadium to one of those nights way back when and he was really influenced. he will never forget it. he is in good company. are you so much for being on the briefing. thank you for your company. and thank you for all your comments about our question today. to continue with the debate and i will see you soon. have a really good day. a very cold spell of weather is on the way, it's just a little too early to say whether it's going to be particularly exceptional for the end of february and early march.
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but one thing is for sure — it looks like temperatures could struggle to get above freezing some time next week, and there is snow on the way as well, just uncertain exactly how deep and where. but this high pressure continues to build as forecast, from scandinavia across western parts of europe. so the forecast so far is going according to plan. those easterly winds are starting to strengthen and they will keep strengthening as we go over the next few days. by the end of the night, early on thursday morning, not too cold, not at this stage. temperatures in towns and cities will be around about zero, maybe a little below. outside of town, a good frost on the way. in these situations when we get an area of high pressure, there's always a bit of cloud floating around so not everybody is going to get the sunny skies, but on balance, it is going to be a bright day for most of us and it is starting to feel a little bit colder now. those temperatures will be struggling in the east. 4 degrees in norwich briefly during the day. most of the day, it will be lower than that. still relatively mild in belfast, around 8 degrees.
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this is thursday's forecast across europe. these are the daytime highs. —10 in moscow — the big freeze has hit that place. —2 in warsaw. not quite across western parts of europe. still in a relatively mild air, but the wind will start to feel stronger and colder as we go towards the weekend. just a hint briefly of a southerly, maybe just around ireland and the western isles, but that is pretty much it. so the temperatures will keep on dropping away by day, by around a degree or so. as we go through the weekend, that high—pressure continues to strengthen and build from russia, and when high pressure strengthens, the winds around it strengthen as well, and they keep pushing in that colder air straight out of russia. the temperatures will keep on dropping away during the course of the weekend. i suspect even those values here are too high, it could be even as low as a couple of degrees above freezing, by sunday, in some major towns and cities. then the high pressure gets even more intense and, yes, there are snow showers developing. you can see those blobs of white effecting almost any part of the country. so the big freeze is on the way,
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it is just too early to say where the coldest of the air is going to go. it could actually sink towards more southern parts of europe and into france, or it could go straight over us, or, as we have been talking in the last two days, it could engulf the whole of europe. for now, we do know that it is going to be cold with widespread frost, possibly by day as well, a bitter wind and snow for sure. good morning, it's thursday the 22nd of february. anger at the white house. donald trump listens to the stories of survivors of school shootings. trump listens to the stories of survivors of school shootingslj turned 18 the day after, woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. i don't understand why i could still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. the president promises change and suggests arming teachers
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could be the answer. good morning, it's thursday the 22nd of february.
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