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today at 5:00: a gunman who'd taken hostages at a supermarket in southwestern france has been shot dead by police. the attacker killed three people — local officials say he had claimed allegiance to so—called islamic state. a policeman offered to take the place of the hostages and was inside when special forces stormed the building. translation: the lieutenant colonel from the police, who was with his men, voluntarily swapped himself for a hostage, who the terrorist then let go. we'll have the latest. the other main stories on bbc news at 5... ahmed hassan, the teenager who carried out a terrorist attack on the london underground, is given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 3a years. a show of solidarity for theresa may from the european union — as it recalls its ambassador to russia following the nerve agent attack in salisbury. prince harry and meghan markle meet children in belfast, as they continue their tour of the uk in the run up to the royal wedding.
you're going to get us killed! i can get us out of here! ijust got us out! and we will be discussing the big budget blockbuster pacific rim: uprising. welcome to the bbc news at 5. i'm jane hill. our top story — french police have shot dead a man who killed three people in southern france. the gunman began his attacks in carcassonne where he hijacked a car, killing a passenger. he also shot and wounded a policeman. he then moved to trebes where he took hostages at a supermarket, killing two people. let's go to christian fraser in brussels at the eu summit, and where the attacks have been discussed. yes, this is the first terror attack
in france since the state of emergency was ended in october, certainly a challenge to the french president at the summit. his press conference with angela merkel, the german chancellor, was slightly delayed, presumably while he was being brought up to speed with events in trebes. he then went to an emergency meeting at the interior ministry. we are expecting a press conference from the paris prosecutor ina conference from the paris prosecutor in a couple of hours' time, and we might learna in a couple of hours' time, and we might learn a little bit more about this gunman. tonight, certainly, france is in a heightened state of security. they will be worried about copycat attacks and they will want to know anything they can about this particular moroccan. simon jones reports. another terror attack in france, this time, a shooting spree in the south of the country. a car hijacked and hostages taken at this supermarket. sirens. it prompted a huge police response, led by counterterror officers. the french president
at the eu summit was kept up to date with developments. translation: it is a terror attack. the police intervened in a very co—ordinated manner, in what was first an attack against police officers. please allow me to express our utmost thoughts for all of those dealing with situation. it had begun around 15 minutes' drive from trebes, in carcassonne, the gunman hijacking a car, killing the passenger and injuring the driver. he then shot and wounded a policeman out jogging. then in trebes he charged into the supermarket shouting support for so—called islamic state and took hostages. translation: he arrived at trebes
and went into the supermarket. he fired and killed two people. at that moment, immediately, the police intervened and helped get some of the people out. the lieutenant colonel from the police, with his men, voluntarily swapped himself for a hostage, hoodie terrorist then let go. the officer stayed with him. —— who the terrorist let go. they intervened and took down the terrorist. the officer is being described as a hero. he was seriously injured. the gunman has been named as redouane radkim from morocco. the authorities say he was known for petty crimes, but was not considered to be an islamist threat. president macron has returned to paris for an emergency meeting on the attack. on the line is our correspondent chris bockman, who is reporting from trebes. he was saying that there will be a heightened state of security tonight. they want to know who this
man was and why he was missed by the intelligence services. that's right, thatis intelligence services. that's right, that is what we are talking about now. the police have actually gone into the gunmen's home, they broke the door down, they are checking any computers he had, anything about his history. they want to know whether he was acting on his own. that is the key issue. was he a lone wolf, ordid he the key issue. was he a lone wolf, or did he have accomplices that may be provided the gun or are prepared to carry out other attacks in the area? that to carry out other attacks in the area 7 that is to carry out other attacks in the area? that is what the police are doing right now. at the moment, the police presence in the town, 80,000 people, but trebes isjust police presence in the town, 80,000 people, but trebes is just a suburb of it. that is huge. i saw helicopters flying past a few minutes ago. the event is over, in terms of the gunman being killed, but there might be other people involved, they don't know and they wa nt to involved, they don't know and they want to make sure they do know. that is why the police presence is huge. they are going through his apartment
closely now. there is so much we still have to learn about him. the profile we know so far is a classic. someone that was involved in petty crime, may have been in prison, may have even been on an intelligence list? christian, we were both down here together six weeks ago, when it was a shooting spree, killing seven people. he was a young delinquent, a drug dealer, just like the current gunman who has been killed. they we re gunman who has been killed. they were both of north african origin, petty criminals, you could say, spending time in and out ofjail. then they were radically politicised and became killers on behalf of a religion. so, he was regularly questioned by the intelligence services and he spent time training how to use a gun in afghanistan and pakistan. and yet the police gave him the slip, they figured he was not that dangerous after all. we
seem not that dangerous after all. we seem to be facing a copycat situation. chris, thank you very much. security has been the focus of this summit. specifically how deal with russia. eu has recalled its ambassador to moscow after leaders agreed it was "highly likely" russia was responsible for the nerve agent attack in the uk. the 27 leaders there was no plausible alternative. moscow continues to deny any responsibility. damian grammaticas reports. for theresa may, something new. a summit where uk sees eye to eye with other eu countries. mrs may now knows dealing with russia, at least, she has solid support here. they agreed the united kingdom government's assessment that it was highly likely that russia was responsible for the attempted murder that took place on the streets of salisbury, and that there was no plausible alternative explanation. and how about this for a change in tone?
from the eu chief brexit negotiator, some gallic gallantry for mrs may. michel barnier was about to brief eu leaders about his negotiations with the uk. on russia, some countries, lithuania among them, may now follow britain and expel russian diplomats who they believe are spies. national measures will be applied, already starting from next week. what, from your country? from a lot of countries. ireland led calls to toughen up the eu response on russia, and is also considering expulsions. what the united kingdom did was to expel 23 diplomats that they believed were not actually diplomats, were agents. so we would have to do a security assessment, just like they did, before that. we're not going to randomly expel people who are genuine. for mrs may, this has been a happier summit. but the eu has closed ranks too when it comes to brexit. once mrs may was out of the room, the 27 other leaders agreed
negotiations can begin a new phase of talks about the post—brexit relationship with the uk. they are offering a trade deal and partnership in areas like security and research, but with caveats. the eu guidelines for the new talks warned that some issues still require agreement, notably over ireland and the border if negotiations are to progress. and for the future partnership, the eu says the repeatedly stated positions of the uk limit the depth of a future partnership, meaning if the uk is outside the single market and customs union, the divergences in tariffs and rules will necessitate checks and controls at borders. for mrs may, though, this was welcome progress. we will now be sitting down and determining those workable solutions for northern ireland, but also for our future security partnership and economic partnership. i believe this is in the best interests of both the uk and the eu. to get those partnerships, though, mrs may must now find a solution
that keeps the irish border open — the key to the future. i was talking to one of our editors at the bbc, an old hand at the summits. he has attended about 30. he said, i can't remember the last time britain got so much out of a single summit. they got three things, an agreement on tariffs from all of the leaders, the tariffs america is try to push, an agreement on brexit and the statement on russia. brexit was perhaps the biggest highlight. european union leaders have approved the guidelines for negotiations on future relations with britain after brexit. they backed a transition period until december 2020, and they also set out the possibility of a free trade agreement, with no tariffs on goods and partnerships on security and defence. theresa may said that she believed there was now a spirit of
cooperation and opportunity, though the french president, emmanuel macron, speaking at the press conference earlier, alongside the german chancellor, warned that britain could not expect to pick and choose elements of the single market they wanted to belong to. translation: next, we reaffirmed our attachment to the single market. the single market cannot be, there can be no cherry picking. if you are out of the single market, you are totally out of it. it doesn't mean that we cannot reach an ambitious agreement, but it means there will be no ambiguity and the integrity of the single market and preserving the eu should remain our target, and we will stay united. translation: over the past few months, we have shown great unity. accompanying this process, that we still consider to be one that is regrettable, we have stood together, as 27. we have also adopted guidelines for further procedure. we would like to abide by those,
and the position that we have taken. the view of the united kingdom, not wishing to be in the single market, nor the customs union, we would then have to negotiate a trade agreement. we shall not allow ourselves to be split. we have to show unity and cohesion in these negotiations. time is of the essence. we'll have to deal with this matter again during june. with me is tony connolly, europe editor for the irish broadcaster rte. let's turn to russia first of all. i was with the italian under secretary forforeign affairs was with the italian under secretary for foreign affairs last night, this is the supreme irony. written, who tried to split us when we have them as members proper, now trying to bring the european union together? —— britain. bring the european union together? -- britain. there was a sense that theresa may had a torrid time over the past year and a half with brexit, and that russia was perhaps
an example to give her some space, some room to shine, to restore some lustre to britain's foreign policy, which has been so complicated by brexit. she spoke to the irish taoiseach last night and he offered his support on the russia issue. they also touched on brexit. she was able to congratulate island on the grand slam victory, which we like to remind everybody about, the rugby victory. i think this has been seen asa victory. i think this has been seen as a good opportunity to restore some tlc to the relationship. of course, we will be getting back into the bear pit of brexit in due course. we will come to that in a second. do you get the impression that we sometimes underestimate what britain brings to the table when it comes to security and defence with gchq, the intelligence services, the pre—eminent spender on defence, there was some suggestion that they had been given intelligence the other europeans didn't know about,
perhaps underlining that this is what britain brings to the european union? there is absolutely an awareness across the board of britain's contribution and its capability on intelligence, defence and security. of course on terrorism as well. i remember it was pointed out to me about a year ago that, when the eu was drawing up its list of individuals to be targeted for sanctions because of the invasion of crimea and the annexation of crimea, 70% of the names on the list had come from british intelligence. that was a clear example of how and why the eu depended on britain. i think everybody would like to see that relationship continue. where it gets tricky is if there is a sense that britain is trying to trade those assets and capabilities for a sweetheart deal, a cherry picking deal, on the single market. the irish european affairs minister was here last night, talking to us. she
said she is impatient now, she wants something on island within three months, by the time of the next eu summit injune? months, by the time of the next eu summit in june? yes, there was a sense that britain and the eu had a deal on island come on the irish border, in december. when that was converted into, albeit fairly stark legal language, when the draft withdrawal treaty, the british withdrawal treaty, the british withdrawal treaty, the british withdrawal treaty, was first published in february, it was vehemently rejected by theresa may. there was a sense this was britain backsliding, it was bad faith. she has since recommitted to some of the options on the irish border, in a letter to donald tusk. i think the irish government say, well, time is running short. we need to operationalise the arrangement on the irish border, keeping them in the irish border, keeping them in the single market to a large extent. that needs to be given clear language and britain has to get back on track on that. they don't want the process to be sidelined or
pushed off course by things that they think are properly related to they think are properly related to the future trade relationship. they wa nt stuff the future trade relationship. they want stuff clear the future trade relationship. they wa nt stuff clear a nd the future trade relationship. they want stuff clear and legally watertight in the withdrawal treaty, which will have to be agreed by october. time is of the essence. tony, good to see you. certainly, there is a renewed sense of optimism on the british side, maybe on the european side as well. there are certainly some sizeable obstacles to overcome, namely ireland and the other issue of governance, the future role of the european court of justice. there is momentum which might carry them over the line in time. a word before we leave you on issues here in europe. the french president emmanuel macron has just said that three people have been killed, 16 injured after that attack in southern france. emmanuel macron, ina in southern france. emmanuel macron, in a meeting with the interior ministry. he did confirm that it was
islamist terrorism. a direct challenge to france. don't forget, that state of emergency was put to one side in october. it was replaced by sweeping counterterrorism law. it is not as if they don't have the powers, thejudges is not as if they don't have the powers, the judges and is not as if they don't have the powers, thejudges and police. they still have what they had under the state of emergency. the police officer that was there on the scene, the most extraordinary part of this story, swapped with one of the hostages in the supermarket. he is a p pa re ntly hostages in the supermarket. he is apparently fighting for his life tonight in hospital. our thoughts are with him. that is according to emmanuel macron. that very brave police officer that went into the supermarket, left his phone on so that the police outside could hear what was going on in the supermarket, he was shot as they went into the supermarket, orjust before they went in, and he is currently fighting for his life. that is the situation here in brussels. i will hand you back to the studio. thank you, christian fraser at the
eu summit. just to tell you, just to remind you perhaps... next thursday marks one year to go before the uk leaves the eu. throughout the week we will be putting your questions to a range of experts. you can tweet us your questions using the #bbcaskthis, just to bring you some pieces of information coming through in relation to the salisbury poisoning. a couple of very interesting pieces of news that have come through in the last few minutes while we have been focused on the eu summit. the chief executive of porton down, the
defence science and technology laboratory has been talking to the bbc in terms of the nerve agent at the heart of this. he says that there is no way that any nerve agent from his site had got out, russian officials had alluded to the proximity of porton down to where it happened, where sergei skripal and his daughter were found. porton down is less than ten miles away. the russians have been talking about the proximity of porton down. however, the chief executive is saying we have the highest levels of control around all of the work we do here. we would not be allowed to operate if we had the lack of control that could result in anything leaving the four walls of the facility. there is no way that agent would have left. that is part of what he has been saying, very strong rebuttal from the chief executive of porton down. in terms
of the impact on the public, we just had some more information through from public health england, issuing updated advice. this applies to anybody who was in those two key locations in salisbury on the day in question, that if sunday march the 4th, and also, they say, march the 5th. this is zizzi restaurant in salisbury, and also the mill pub, to matt replaces the former russian spy and his daughter visited. very important to read this out, for public health england, saying if you are in these two places, the sunday or the monday, and you were wearing clothes that can only be try cleaned, there is new advice, please arrange to have it collected by the council and then destroyed. you will be compensated for the clothing you have lost. also, if you were there on those two days and you were wearing washable clothing, please, please, a reminder to wash them
immediately, even though it is sometime since the incident, says public health england. just worth clarifying, it says while there is no immediate health risk to anybody that may have been in those locations, it is possible, although unlikely, that any of the substance which has into contact with your clothing could still be present in minute amounts, and therefore contaminate your skin. over time, repeated skin contact with contaminated items may pose a small risk to health. so, please follow that guidance. wash your clothing, if you have not done it already, if it is try clean only, arrange to haveit it is try clean only, arrange to have it collected by the council and you will be compensated. —— try clea n you will be compensated. —— try clean only. it is with me giving you the e—mail address to do so. it is collect@wiltshire. gov. uk, the e—mail address to do so. it is email@example.com, you the e—mail address to do so. it is collect@wiltshire. gov. uk, you have until april 15 to send an e—mail and say you are there on a sunday or
monday and have your clothing collected and you will be compensated. that is updated advice from public health england. some of the other stories making bbc news at 5... the parsons green bomber ahmed hassan has been given a life sentence and will spend a minimum of 3a years in prison. hassan was convicted of attempted murder last week after planting a bomb on a london tube train. our correspondent richard lister is at the old bailey. what happened in sentencing? yes, more than 50 people were injured in that attack, burned in the carriage or in the creche to escape afterwards. thejudge or in the creche to escape afterwards. the judge told or in the creche to escape afterwards. thejudge told hassan, there is no doubt that you are a very dangerous and devious individual. he went about planning
and executing this terrorist bomb attack with ruthless determination and almost military efficiency, while pretending to be a model asylu m while pretending to be a model asylum seeker. he told the court it was only pure luck that the bomb damage was not much worse. the main charge, 400 grams of high explosives packed with shrapnel, had not in fa ct, packed with shrapnel, had not in fact, off. ahmed hassan gave no reaction as he was led away to start a sentence. the court was told he had been motivated by a hatred of britain and the united states, who he blamed for the death of his father in iraq. we were told by police after his conviction that hassan was engaged with the prevent strategy, the deradicalisation strategy, the deradicalisation strategy put together by the government. the bbc has learned that was probably not the case. we have been told by a number of people that are ina been told by a number of people that are in a position to know that he was never asked to sign up to prevent and did not give his
permission to be part of the programme. prevent requires that subject is thought to be at risk give their permission to take part. the bbc understands that did not happen. we understand that the home secretary is likely to be asked about this by mps when she appears before the next week. richard, thank you very much indeed. president trump has sacked his second national security advisor in 14 months. general hr mcmaster is being replaced byjohn bolton — who's known for blunt speaking and who's advocated military force against iran and north korea. chris buckler sent this report. at what sometimes appears to be a constantly changing white house, president trump's latest appointment could mark the dawning of a new era in american foreign policy. with a customary tweet, donald trump announced that effective next month, ambassadorjohn bolton would be his new national security adviser, replacing hr mcmaster, with whom the president had clashed for months. bolton is a hawkish hardliner, who served in the bush presidency.
he has called for the iran nuclear deal to be scrapped, supported military action against north korea, and he brings a clearly interventionist voice into the trump inner circle. breaking just moments ago... he has long been a right—wing commentator for fox news and he chose the network to give his first thoughts about his new job. i've never been shy about what my views are, but frankly, what i've said in private now is behind me, at least effective april 9th, and the important thing is what the president says and what advice i give him. there have been a lot of people leaving the doors of this white house, and hr mcmaster‘s departure had long been predicted — although only a week ago, president trump's team were playing down such talk. the president spoke to a number of staff this morning, reassuring them that there were personnel changes — no immediate personnel changes at this time and that people should not be concerned —
we should do exactly what we do every day, and that is come to work and do the very best job that we can. but there is a changing of the guard, and with mike pompeo as secretary of state and john bolton as national security adviser, donald trump is surrounding himself with tougher—talking foreign policy advisers. that may concern some, who feel their predecessors were a moderating influence, and all this change comes amid difficult diplomatic questions for america about russia, iran, and the planned summit between president trump and the north korean leader, kim jong—un. chris buckler, bbc news. with me in the studio is sir simon fraser — who was the foreign office's senior civil servant until 2015 and former head of the uk diplomatic service. very good evening. thanks for coming in. john bolton, a provocative
appointment? well, it is a provocative appointment. i don't think it is a great surprise. there have been quite a lot of talk about it. he is a hard speaking person, as we heard on the report, and a provocative person. he has strong views and elicits strong reactions in other people. in some senses, his characteristics are not dissimilar to those of the president. do you know him? i met him a few times in the past from it used to be the ambassador to the un some time ago. particularly strong views, we will talk inevitably about iran and north korea, what does that say about future foreign policy? it is interesting if you look at the issue. although the personalities are similar, if you look at the position on some key things, they don't agree on them all. they agree on iran and the nuclear deal. on iraq, president trump has taken a different position from whatjohn bolton was taking. on russia, a more supportive position, they don't agree on all of the issues. whether
bolton would support a diplomatic approach and north korea is not clear. has he not been quite bellicose? as a character, he is so forceful about america's a place in the world and how america should deal with anybody that transgresses, as he would see it? the president took a very tough line at first, but at the moment is taking a more audible matic approach and talking about negotiation with north korea, not the line thatjohn has bolton taken. it is true to say thatjohn bolton said anything i say in the past was in the past, now i am in this newjob, past was in the past, now i am in this new job, an past was in the past, now i am in this newjob, an interesting approach, but he is indicating that in office he will review the issues. from what you know, is he a man that will review the issue is entirely based on the facts, as they are presented? i am sure he will look at the facts but he has strong views on strong opinions. therefore, that is what a lot of people are concerned about. one of the other thing is
that the appointment may indicate is a shifting of checks and balances in the foreign policy establishment in washington. so, you had mcmaster and you had to —— rex tillerson, they have both gone. i think bolton is a more assertive and volatile character, a bit more similar to trump himself. how do you read what we have watched since the beginning of the trump administration, the waiter has been such a churning and turnover of staff? extraordinary, it is not good for the stability, but it is probably the trump style. that is what we are learning. it is also true that in many areas, where president trump has said things but his diplomacy has been a bit more cautious, one thing i am really concerned about is the attitude towards china and the trade policy issues with china that he is now imposing these tariffs on. yes, we are expecting to hear a lot about a potential trade war. while you are
here, there are many things we can talk about, but we have been talking a lot about the eu summit. one year to go until brexit, next week. you're reading, i would be really interested in your reading of how thatis interested in your reading of how that is going, the negotiations are going. huge support for theresa may regarding russia. in terms of brexit specifically? i think the uk will be pleased with the outcome they got on brexit. the transition terms are agreed. of course, that will only come into effect of the whole withdrawal treaty is agreed. as we have heard, the northern ireland issue in particular still has to be resolved. the second thing is, we still don't have clarity on what the final outcome will be in terms of the relationship with the eu. the question, the transition into what, it remains on the table. yes, the ireland border and the ecj are big questions? big questions to be resolved, but it is fair to say there is momentum in the negotiations and i think there will be desir on both sides to get to an
agreement. thanks for coming in. you are watching bbc news at five. it is friday, coming up any film review we will be discussing the big budget blockbuster pacific rim: uprising. now let's catch up with the weather. dry and bright weather on the cards, things have been brightening up quite nicely out there. we have blue sky and we have some sunshine around. only over the next hour or so, as the sun sets, the crowd were in place, moving in from the south—west, spreading through england and wales, bringing patchy outbreaks of rain. bit of a damp night. it is here that temperatures will fall lowest. it'll
stay quite cloudy for england and wales, bit of sunshine moving in from the north west. few spots of light drizzly rain. temperature nine to ii light drizzly rain. temperature nine to 11 degrees, best of the sunshine to 11 degrees, best of the sunshine to scotland and northern ireland, a few showers in the far north—west, sunday, still showers moving in. a lot of dry weather for the rest of the country, sunday will be a little warmer than saturday, highs of ten to 13 degrees. three people have been killed and a policeman fighting for his life after a gunman took hostages at a supermarket in southern france. the man was shot dead by security forces. guidelines for negotiating the post " b rex it" guidelines for negotiating the post "brexit" relationship of the uk have been negotiated, a transition deal has also been formally signed off by the european union. accurate hassan has beenjailed accurate hassan has been jailed for life with a minimum time of 34 years
for planting a bomb on the london underground. —— ahmed hassan. a leading charity says nearly 40% of all cancer diagnosis in the uk could be prevented if people adopted a healthier lifestyle. more to come on the stories, right now, we catch up with the sports news. starting with football, and a weekend of friendly matches for england, the countdown is on for the world cup, which is less than 90 days away tonight they are playing the netherlands in amsterdam, before taking on italy on tuesday at wembley, appears to be plenty of ponderouss about who will be in the starting 11, not least the goalkeeping situation, manager gareth southgate is hoping quandaries will be sold during this round of friendlies. —— ponderables. the next time he has his players together is just before they leave for russia at the beginning ofjune. i'm pretty
for russia at the beginning ofjune. i' m pretty clear for russia at the beginning ofjune. i'm pretty clear on the vast majority of the squad. if we had to play tomorrow, i know the starting tea m play tomorrow, i know the starting team i will play. we have a chance to look at different options, in case we have to change things in the summer, people in different roles, so we can balance off positionally where we might want to put additional numbers in the squad in the summer as well. so, every time you get to work with the players, it's a real plus. the england match kicks off at 7:45pm. scotland will play costa rica and the republic of ireland play turkey. goalless at the moment, they havejust ireland play turkey. goalless at the moment, they have just kicked off. former england women's head coach mark sampson was banned by uefa the day after he was sacked by the fa, it is being reported, the press
agency ap says that he was investigated by european football's governing body for intimidating a female official with a metal pole at the 2017 european championships. u efa the 2017 european championships. uefa described the conduct as grossly violating the basic rules and banned him for three days, the next day he was fired by the fa in a separate case relating to inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour early in his career. mark cavendish will miss the commonwealth games road race due to injuries sustained in numerous crashes at the start of the season, he missed the 2014 games in glasgow through injury and after aggravating a rib injury ata and after aggravating a rib injury at a fall, last week, he says the games in australia have come too soon for his recovery. rory mcilroy, the new favourite for the masters next month, looks to be heading out of the world matchplay championship, trailing the american brian harman, four down with four holes remaining, defeat may see him make it —— not
make it out of the groups. michael fitzpatrick leading paul casey in an all english affair. after being bowled out the just 58, england cricketers a long way behind after day two in auckland, due to rain, not as bad as it could be in the opening test in new zealand. kiwi captain kane williamson did have time to finish his century, 18 test century, a record for new zealand. after just 23 overs, century, a record for new zealand. afterjust 23 overs, rain came down, new zealand, 229—4 leading by 171 ru ns new zealand, 229—4 leading by 171 runs when play was eventually called off, the forecast is not much better over the weekend. two match series. meanwhile, ireland have missed out on qualifying for next year's cricket world cup, they lost to afghanistan, sealed the final place of the tournament, ireland beaten by five wickets in what was effectively a straight knockout for a place in the finals, world cup has been reduced from 14 teams to ten, scotla nd reduced from 14 teams to ten, scotland and zimbabwe also missed out. the new formula 1 season under
way, lewis hamilton quickest in both practice sessions for the australian grand prix, the world champion hopes to pick up where he left off. not much between the top three teams, with red bull and ferrari very close behind, mercedes may not be as dominant as predicted. with rain expected during qualifying and the race itself, we could be in for an interesting weekend in melbourne. that is the sport, back to you. a charity says nearly 40 per cent of cancers diagnosed in the uk every year could be avoided if people lived healthier lifestyles. cancer research uk also warns that obesity could overtake smoking as the biggest cause of the disease. dominic hughes reports. exercise is now an important part of kath bebbington's life, but that hasn't always been the case. this was a couple of months after i'd had my operation. in 2014, she was diagnosed with cancer of the womb. she'll never know for sure, but kath felt the extra weight she was carrying was a factor, so decided she needed to make changes in her life.
i've got six grandchildren, so to be around for them, and to be around my children. they bring such a lot ofjoy, and the thoughts of not being able to grow up alongside them and see them achieving what they want to achieve, itjust made sense to do something. the latest data on cancer shows that smoking is responsible for more than 54,000 cancer cases each year. 22,000 people are diagnosed with 13 types of cancer linked to obesity. skin cancer, caused by too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun or sunbeds, affects more than 13,000 people. what we're talking about here is the actions actually that each of us can take individually to reduce our risk of cancer, but also, the actions that government can take to make the environment one in which we can more easily adopt healthier behaviours. the link between cancer and our lifestyle choices, whether we smoke and drink, how much we eat and exercise, is now more obvious than ever, but as our habits change, so too does the pattern of cancer.
so while there has been a gradual decline in the number of people who smoke, there has also been a fall in lung cancers, but at the same time, more and more people are becoming obese, and the danger is that obesity could soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer. obesity is a tremendous problem in this country. two thirds of the population are either overweight or obese. and when you are obese, you trigger other problems, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and that is a situation that is even worse than obesity itself. a healthy diet and more exercise have left calf feeling better than ever. today's report is further evidence that following kath‘s example could reduce the risk of cancer for all of us. dominic hughes, bbc news.
studio: the budget deal has been signed, a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill into law signed into law by donald trump, and it has averted another government shutdown. will not be the first in this administration, he has been signed through, unhappiness with many provisions, says donald trump, but asa provisions, says donald trump, but as a matter of national security, i have signed the budget bill, in essence to stop, prevent, a government shutdown, that bill is through and president trump talking about it. doubtless there will be more about that over the course of the evening. on a visit to northern ireland, prince harry and his fiancee, meghan markle, have been shown a east building initiatives in cou nty shown a east building initiatives in county antrim, and enjoyed a pub lunch in belfast. as sarah campbell reports, the trip is one of a string
of public engagements in the run—up to their wedding on the 19th of may. and then to lunch in one of the best—known pubs in belfast. on the menu, irish stew, washed down with a little liquid refreshment, of course. meghan markle had half a guinness, and half of another, to sample with lunch. fed and watered, the couple brought their now familiar hands on approach to the royal walkabout. these visits are partly been about introducing meghan
markle to the people, but also about giving her a greater understanding of the uk. the place she has chosen to call home. cardiff injanuary, and they gave their namesakes welsh love spoons. in london, they took pa rt love spoons. in london, they took part ina love spoons. in london, they took part in a broadcast on a community radio station. in edinburgh, a closing counter with a shetland pony. rain today in belfast, the final uk capital city for her to visit in her continuing journey from california girl to the wife of a british prince. the headlines: a gunman who has taken hostages at a supermarket in south—western france has been shot dead by police. a policeman has been seriously injured in that attack, after he went in in place of the hostages. and in other news, ahmed
hasan, the teenager who carried out the terror attack on the london underground last year, has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 34 years. and as ever, at this time, an update on the market numbers. film review coming up, but a first look ahead to sportsday. coming up, sport relief week, we will be discussing the events with one participant, double winter olympic champion lizzie yarnold, has also given us thoughts on the future. gareth southgate will hope to finesse england world cup hopes later, need takes an experimental side to the netherlands, and alex mcleish‘s scotland are in action as well, we will look ahead to both games as well as the opening grand
prix of the season. to take us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. so mark, what do we have this week? what have you been watching? interesting week, we have a psychological thriller starring claire foy by steven soderbergh, unsane, wrinkle in time, the big budget adaptation of a much loved book, by averages are nice. and pacific rim, pacific rim uprising, john boyega stars in the robotic sequel. —— a wrinkle in time by abergavenny —— ava duvernay. the new