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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 10pm. russia's leader vladimir putin has declared victory in his country's presidential election, with results so far pointing to a landslide. the foreign secretary accuses russia of stockpiling the nerve agent thought to have been used on a former spy and his daughter in salisbury. travel disruption and school closures in the west of england and wales — as the so—called ‘mini beast from the east‘ brings snow and ice to much of the uk. facebook announces a review, after allegations that private information was harvested for use by political campaigns. good evening and welcome to bbc news. counting is still under way in the russian presidential election
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but there can be no doubt that vladimir putin has won a landslide victory, securing another six years in office. early indications are that he's won more than three quarters of the vote. these are the latest figures from the russian central election commission. mr putin's secured 75.8% of the vote, with his nearest rival pavel grundinin on just 12.6%. shortly after polling closed, president putin addressed supporters, thanking them for his election triumph. translation: i am a member of your team and everyone who voted today is one big team. in this i can see the recognition of what's been done over the last few years. i can see trust and hope, hope of our people that we will continue working in the same way with the same great results. thank you for this wonderful multi—million member team. thank you.
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success is waiting for us! the latest figures show a voter turnout of 60% in this election. compare that to the 2016 duma parliamentary election, which had a turnout ofjust 48%. and the 2012 presidential election saw a 65% turnout. let's hear more now from our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg, about how this campaign has been run. it looked more like a show than an election. russian polling stations providing free entertainment to boost the turnout. inside, you could cast a ballot, and cast an eye at the art. pride of place here reserved for a legendary russian ruler, who had battled the west. the current leader is facing international pressure after salisbury. still, vladimir putin was relaxed as he voted. i believe in the programme i am
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offering my country, the president said. and his supporters agreed. he is a genius, he says. putin wants russia to prosper and for russians to live in happiness. it is thanks to putin, she says, that russia still exists. but critics of the kremlin say the election was fixed, that only those candidates who stood no chance of unseating vladimir putin were allowed to run. the problem with russia is that there is no such thing as russian politics. politics has been eliminated in russia altogether. there is only one political institution in russia and that is the physical body of vladimir putin. which is why the result of this vote was never in doubt. this election is less about choosing a new president, and more about reappointing the old one. the political system vladimir putin has built ensures
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he doesn't face any challenge. he's set for a fourth term in the kremlin. but these images will embarrass the kremlin. caught on cctv, a woman stuffs the ballot box at a polling box at a polling station in moscow. suddenly there are two of them at it. and something suspicious in siberia, during the vote count, someone moves a tricolore of balloons so they cover over the camera. election officials say they will investigate alleged violations. but that won't change who will be running russia for the next six years. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. earlier this evening, president putin took part in a queue and a session with foreign journalists and was specifically asked about russian involvement in the salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy soviet skripal —— sergei skripal. he
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a nswered skripal —— sergei skripal. he answered that it was nonsense. in relation to the tragedy that you mentioned, i learned about it from the media, and the first thing that came into my mind is that if it was a military operation, people would have died straightaway. this is another one. secondly, russia does not have those weapons. russia has demolished all its chemical weapons under the supervision and international supervision, with a difference to some of our partners who have not done it yet. the foreign secretary says the government has evidence that russia has been creating and stockpiling the nerve agents known as novichok. speaking to the bbc, borisjohnson accused the kremlin of ‘smug sarcasm' in its response to the attack in salisbury two weeks ago. a senior russian diplomat has suggested that the substance used in salisbury could have come from the british research
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laboratory at porton down. here's our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. today, despite the bad weather, troops and police officers continued the delicate and dangerous work of decontamination and preserving the scenes in salisbury. it is clear now that the focus of this investigation is sergei skripal‘s burgundy bmw car, with detectives still seeking more information on its movements on the day of the nerve agent attack. this morning, the russian ambassador to the eu chose to hint that britain might have been responsible for the whole thing. porton down, as we now all know, is the largest military facility in the united kingdom that has been dealing with chemical weapons research. and it's actually only eight miles from salisbury. you are not suggesting that porton down is responsible for this nerve agent attack? i don't know, i don't know. immediately afterwards, on the same programme, this was the foreign secretary's riposte. this is not the response of a country that really believes itself to be innocent.
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their response has been a sort of mixture of smug sarcasm and denial, obfuscation and delay. and with 23 diplomats due to leave the russian embassy this week, after being expelled as spies, the foreign secretary made his most direct accusation yet that russia has been doing recent nerve agent research. we actually had evidence within the last ten years that russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling novichoks. however, the foreign secretary then had to concede that a wife of a former minister under vladimir putin had paid £160,000 in a conservative party auction to play tennis with him. did the tennis game actually happen? it did. but the labour leadership‘s position on the salisbury attack now seems much closer to the government's than it was in the
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middle of last week. putin has questions to answer, because this is highly likely this could have been a state execution. but what we don't do in this country is that we don't leap to conclusions without the evidence. tomorrow, international specialists from the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons will arrive at porton down to start their own independent analysis of what left yulia and sergei skripal fighting for their lives. daniel sandford, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages in just a few minutes at 10:15 and then at 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are journalist and correspondent from the news statesman, stephen bush and rosamund urwin the financial services correspondent from the sunday times. much of the uk has been in the mist of a second significant snowfall of the winter.
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for many areas, it's been combined with bitterly cold winds, bringing misery to those travelling this weekend. frankie mccamley reports. as the snow gave no sign of giving up, neither did those trying to clear it away and keep traffic moving. but with strong winds causing blizzard conditions, here in devon driving became difficult, some struggling to keep control. in newcastle for those just trying to leave the house, it wasn't an easy task. i have been here for a good hour and i have done about a quarter of this road so i'm making headway. we are not equipped for the snow, it is not like when you live abroad and you have a lot of snow. i think some other problem is the drivers, i don't think it has been too bad. railway stations across the country have also seen delays. in newbury, all trains were stopped in their tracks, staff doing what they can to help, and as snow hit the south west,
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bristol airport stopped flights this morning with exeter cancelling flights for the rest of the day. even for those wanting to brave the weather and support their local team, football and rugby fixtures were called off, including the anglo welsh cup final at gloucester. throughout the day, the snow gates on the a66 remained closed between county durham and cumbria, keeping one family apart. basically, i'm trying to get the brough to pick my daughter up, she has been stuck there since last night. it is just a question of getting around. with around 11 centimetres of snow already falling on higher ground like here in west yorkshire, more snow is expected, but the majority tonight and tomorrow morning will be in the south—west of england with amber weather warnings in place until 9am tomorrow. it is not all doom and gloom, though.
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the so—called mini beast from the east has brought some fun with that too, with all sorts heading out to enjoy the weather. as for when temperatures get back to normal, things should be warming up by tuesday. frankie mccamley, bbc news in west yorkshire. facebook has tonight announced a comprehensive review to determine whether the personal data of 50 million users has been compromised, after reports of misuse by cambridge analytica, the data firm used by donald trump's election campaign. it comes as the head of cambridge analytica has been called back before a committee of mps. they believe alexander nix has fresh questions to answer about the way his company used the personal data. both facebook and cambridge analytica deny any wrong doing. here's our business correspondent joe lynam. the idea that all women should receive the same message... meet alexander nix. he's the eton—educated boss of the data mining company cambridge analytica, which specialises in something called psychographics. that is an understanding
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of your personality because it's personality that drives behaviour and behaviour obviously influences how you vote. but now a committee of mps thinks he may have given parliament false statements about what his company did with millions of facebook profiles. he's been recalled for more questions. the facebook boss mark zuckerberg will also be called. it looks like facebook were trying to avoid difficult questions about this and people will rightly be concerned, are there other data breaches we don't know about, how effective are facebook at stopping people taking data from their platform and using it in a way that suits them and that facebook can't control? at the heart of this was an app designed here in britain in 2014. it was supposed to tell you a lot more about your own personality. but if you logged in using your facebook profile it allowed the app and its owners access to some very personal data held on facebook. most astonishingly, though, it allowed the app access to all your friends' personal data, without their explicit consent. and we're going to make america great again...
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it has been claimed that donald trump's campaign used personal data acquired from cambridge analytica to try and influence the election, something flatly denied by the company. and it was also at the top table when the campaign was launched in 2015 but now denies that it did any work at all on the brexit referendum. but it does raise the issue though of what happens when we click "ok" online. we see these quizzes pop up on our facebook timelines, we think it will be fun, which famous star am i... but what you are really doing is handing every bit of your profile data onto a data collection service. much of this has come to light because this former cambridge analytica employee chris wiley has now claimed facebook knew what data the company held and how it could used. and how it could be used. facebook strongly denies his claims and has suspended his own facebook account. the social media giant said that it was doing
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so because mr wylie had exploited facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles. joe lynam, bbc news. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. i hope you didn't catch you out, it almost did us. with me are the new statesman‘s special correspondent, stephen bush, and rosamund urwin, the financial services correspondent at the sunday times. welcome to you both, thank you for stepping in at a quarter past ten. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. the ft leads with more on pressure placed on facebook to explain allegations that data from millions of its users helped president trump win the us election. it denies any wrongdoing. the express says premier league clubs could be affected by a crackdown on russian oligarchs as the diplomatic row between russia and britain continues over the salisbury nerve agent attack.
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the metro has more on the foreign secretary's rejection of claims made by russia that the chemical used to poison sergei and yulia skripal was made in the uk. and the independent also has that story. it says borisjohnson has instead accused russia of actually stockpiling the novichok nerve agent thought to have been used in salisbury. there is no end in sight, is there? there is no end in sight, is there? there is no end in sight, is there? there is a nice detail in this story that in moscow stores are offering free tea and officials are offering chocolate is to get turnout up. of course there was no turnout up. no chance of anyone else doing well in this election. no, the next closest contender only got about 12%. that
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one commentator said, it is not as massive victory as it could have been, although most politicians around the world could only dream of 7596 around the world could only dream of 75% of the vote. around the world could only dream of 7596 of the vote. many dream of getting to pick their opponents, i think the reason why people are saying that is, i'm not going to pretend to be an expert, when you have effectively managed election process the only way people can indicate that dissent effectively is not turning up. which is why there was such an effort to get people to turn out, to encourage people to vote. a low turnout is the only indication of it not being as big an endorsement for vladimir putin is it perhaps seems on the initial result. endorsement for vladimir putin is it perhaps seems on the initial resu it had is had he ini to
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