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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines. great britain celebrates its most successful winter olympics ever — as billy morgan bags a big air bronze in the men's snowboarding. what are you thinking right this second 7 it's just wild. i had such a bad training and i fell on that first jump and i thought it was game over. a number of us companies cut ties with the all—powerful national rifle association, following last week's school shooting in florida. one of the uk's biggest children's aid charities — plan international, reveals six cases of child sexual abuse by staff and volunteers in the last two years. also in the next hour: britain is set for the coldest february week in five years as freezing air arrives from russia. the cold snap — known as the beast from the east — will affect the whole of the uk with temperatures in some areas expected to drop to minus—eight. and in half an hour here on bbc news — is seeing really believing?
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click investigates deep fakes and software used to swap faces in video. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. team gb is celebrating its best ever performance at a winter olympics, after winning a fifth medal. billy morgan claimed bronze in the men's "big air" snowboard event, with a jump he'd never previously completed. the medal takes them past the four won in 2014 as paul frostrick reports. the penultimate day of action in pyeongchang and a chance for the big jumpers to show off their skills. an imposing 49 metre ramp
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for british hope billy morgan in the big airfinals. complex tricks and a clean landing required to impress the judges. morgan onlyjust qualified for the final. but on his second of three attempts he looked every bit the part. and he holds it up, yes! it was huge! and he put the nose grab on it. the hardest grab. yes, billy! that left one last chance to secure a spot in the medal positions. billy morgan, yes! yes! billy morgan with the double grab triple 1a. that is massive! that is absolutely huge. canada's max parrot was his biggest threat to walking away with bronze. but on his finaljump it all went wrong. what are you thinking write the second? it
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what are you thinking write the second ? it is just what are you thinking write the second? it is just wild. what are you thinking write the second? it isjust wild. i what are you thinking write the second? it is just wild. i thought it was game over. i went into the rest of the month and i was thinking, i hope i don't fall over three times in all my mates in the laboratory watching. i thought, i'm going to follow the three times. i thought, i'm going to follow the three times. an injury in december nearly ruled him out of these games. but the oldest man in the final helped great britain come home with a fifth medal to ensure their best performance at a winter olympics. you have to go back nearly 90 years to match those for medals. so the uk‘s fifth medal makes this our most successful winter olympics, but as david ornstein explained to me earlier, optimism within team gb has always been high for these games. well, that was in line with the target set by uk sport. the government funding body who doubled
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theirfunding for the government funding body who doubled their funding for the last olympic cycle. some may say that was expected, that they would step up and win the record fifth medal. and it could even get better tonight with a possible sixth for the women's curlers who play a bronze medal match. some will say that is a fantastic achievement for a country that does not have a great deal of snow or ice, or pedigree in those sorts of events. of course, billy morgan becoming the first british man to win a medal on snow. jenny jones became the first british snowboarder to win a medal at the last olympics. so it is a fantastic achievement. it puts britain 18th in the medal table. so some context there because norway are way ahead ona there because norway are way ahead on a record of 38 medals. if we look down the list of athletes who have won medals at the games for great britain, don parsons started it off. izzy atkin in the freestyle skiing. lizzie arnold in the skeleton taking britain's only gold of the games
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have already used in the same event. those were on super saturday last week. this is on saturday game this week. this is on saturday game this week so it is proving a happy hunting ground for great britain. it will fill them with confidence going to the next winter games in beijing infour to the next winter games in beijing in four years‘ time. but for now it isa in four years‘ time. but for now it is a moment to savour for billy morgan especially and team gb. senior officials of the international olympic committee are discussing whether to lift the suspension of russia. the russians were told they could regain their olympic status if their athletes competing in pyeongchang as neutrals stuck to a set of rules governing their behaviour. but russian athletes have accounted for two of the four failed drug tests so far, and the ioc‘s executive board has come under increasing pressure to maintain the suspension. here‘s the ioc spokesman, mark adams. one of the toughest, if not the toughest sanction that the ioc can impose is not to allow them to compete.
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many people believed the ioc would not stop the flag, would not stop the uniform, would not stop the anthem, would allow them to come. we did not. they‘re not taking part in these games. it is a pretty strong sanction. 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. our 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
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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 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.
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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. a former senior adviser to donald trump has admitted charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators, who are examining russian political interference in the 2016 presidential election. in a plea deal, rick gates admitted conspiracy to defraud the government and making false statements. he‘s become the third associate of the president to agree to co—operate with a special investigation. two people have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, after two brothers, aged six and two, were killed in a collision in coventry on thursday. corey platt—may, and his brother casper, were killed in the incident. 53—year—old robert brown and 41—year—old gwendoline harrison are both due to appear at coventry magistrates court today. the aid charity, plan international, has revealed there have been six recent cases of sexual abuse
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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 says 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. one 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
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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 oxfam 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. there have been further delays to a vote on a un security council resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in syria. it‘s now due to be held this evening. russia — one of the main backers of the assad regime — has been demanding amendments. syrian government forces have been
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continuing their bombardment of the rebel—held area of eastern ghouta, where more than 460 people have been killed in the past week. 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.
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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. the headlines on bbc news: great britain celebrates its most successful winter olympics ever — as billy morgan bags a big air bronze in the men‘s snowboarding. a number of us companies cut ties
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with the all—powerful national rifle association, following last week‘s school shooting in florida. one of the uk‘s biggest children‘s aid charities — plan international, reveals six cases of child sexual abuse by staff and volunteers in the last two years. 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.
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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 14,52! 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,
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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. i spoke to former metropolitan police chief superintendent dal babu
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earlier, and asked him how the knife crime should be tackled. we need to think wider than the police. unfortunately the police resources have been reduced. we‘ve had a 20% reduction. when i was a borough commander for four years, we had six people on each ward. a sergeant, two pcs and three community support officers. there has been significant reduction in policing. it has clearly had an impact. the idea that reducing these numbers would not have an impact sounds quite bizarre, so it would have and it has. theresa may... that has been an effect on things like stop and search which requires physical intervention. absolutely. you‘ve got an increasing workload for police officers with fewer resources and notjust pcs on the street but also pcos and
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police staff. all of those have been reduced quite significantly. we need to be looking at a much wider approach. cressida dick, the commissioner, was in scotland yesterday, she‘s a very, very capable and very able individual who actually has good a track dealing with issues. and she was the architect of trident in terms of working with communities and making sure we reduce gun crime. in cressida dick we‘ve got a very able and a very sort of talented individual. it was working very closely with london‘s black community. this gang question, is there a particular gang problem in that part of london? there is. i mean when i was there in camden we had a significant gang problem there. what i tried to do when i was an inspector there was think outside the box, think differently. we had quentin blake, he came along. the children‘s book illustrator.
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all the children knew his illustrations and for generations quentin was an icon. quentin agreed to, long and he was phenomenal. because we had groups of young people who were on the periphery of gangs, with some individuals who were involved gangs and quentin spoke, did some drawings, had a chat with them and we had a massive reduction in those young people who were on the fringes of gangs being involved in gangs. 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 thousand 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.
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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 count 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 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. on the street below
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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 salomon
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phones? i‘ve been in germany. you were rejected for asylum in germany? do you know anyone who has made to uk recently? my uk recently? my friend entered the uk last week. from cameroon? no, from ethiopia. how did he do it? two lorries. a one—way spot one way is open. it is not now but we will create another strategy. they cannot stop immigration. they cannot stop immigration. the french president has promised to stop another camp appearing by speeding up claims and deporting 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. the united states has unveiled
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a raft of new sanctions aimed at north korea — a closed country we know little about. but a new exhibition opening in london is aiming to change that — as tim allman explains. when you think of north korea these are the sort of images that come to mind. precision marching. they closed off, isolated country. a mystery to the rest of the world. that is why this exhibition is such an eye opener. it is trying to provide some insight into what life is really like for the north koreans. we don‘t understand north korea. it isa we don‘t understand north korea. it is a conjugated country. we understand elements are bit but we tend to have a very black and white viewpoint. so i think this is one of these elements that can start to
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understand and improve our knowledge 93p- there are a propaganda posters, packaging for sweetened soft drinks. even packaging for sweetened soft drinks. eve n pa ckets packaging for sweetened soft drinks. even packets of north korean sugar. it all inward looking. here are collection of stamps featuring princess diana made to commemorate the birth of prince william. i would be worried if someone saw their seventh want to defect to north korea but i think it is much more likely someone is going to see something and understand a little bit more and wants to understand more. because it is this lack of knowledge in the world particularly today that creates worry. for so many people, north korea has become an enigma. it‘s people unknowable, its future uncertain. this exhibition, which runs until may, could change thatjust a little. a uk ticket holder has won nearly 78—million in the euromillions draw after sharing the jackpot with a winner from spain. the jackpot has been growing since the turn of the year and was the third biggest in the draw‘s history. it‘s the time of year when snowdrops
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are appearing in our gardens, a welcome sign that, believe it or not, spring is on its way. but did you know that the current world record for the sale of a snowdrop bulb is 11100 pounds? graham satchell has been to meet a couple of experts to find out if you could have a goldmine in your garden. 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.
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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
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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. i hope any snowdrops are feeling hardy and resistant to the weather.
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phil has the details of what could bea phil has the details of what could be a rather rough week ahead. not a bad weekend in store for many parts of the british isles. a big area of high pressure keeping things pretty settled. keeping difference to pay out in the atlantic. eventually to that system that will feed very much colder conditions towards us by next week. in the short term, sunshine, four, five, six, 7 degreesjust short term, sunshine, four, five, six, 7 degrees just about covers it. underneath the clear skies that bring the sunshine it is going to be another chilly start of the new day on sunday. it does not look great deal of difference there and at that stage there is some coming in from the north sea to the eastern shores, elsewhere decent amount of sunshine coming around. a degree or two in the temperatures at this stage is lost. it is on into monday when we see a significant change. the midst of all this cloud streaming in from the north sea, there will be wintry showers initially across the eastern side of the british isles. surely the temperatures also bad and the
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strength of the wind, it really will feel bitter. this is bbc news — our latest headlines. great britain achieves its highest ever medal tally in the winter olympics with the record fifth medal secured by billy morgan, taking bronze in the men‘s snowboard big air event. several well—known american companies cut ties with the country‘s national rifle association, following last week‘s mass shooting at a school in florida. the aid charity, plan international, reveals six recent cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children involving its staff, volunteers or partner organisations. and britain is set for the coldest february week in five years with temperatures expected to drop to —8 in some areas. the met office has issued an amber cold weather alert, which warns of increased health risks to vulnerable and elderly people. sport now...and for a full
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round—up from the bbc sport centre, here‘s mike bushell. good afternoon. the record breaking tally for great britain could rise to six today, if the women‘s curling team can beatjapan, in the bronze medal play—off match. that would match the women‘s achivement of four years ago. great britain are hoping to repeat their victory overjapan in their round robin match earlier at these games, as eve muirhead‘s team try to bounce back from the disapointment of not reaching the final. it‘s proving to be a tight match with team gb leading 3—2 after five ends. but we can now cut live to the match, currently showing on bbc one. the latest japanese yellowstone
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