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as a huge russian military force sits waiting on ukraine's borders, the us and russia hold "frank" talks about moscow's intentions. russia has continued sending troops to the area. it has amassed around 100,000 there in recent months. following talks in geneva, the us warned of "massive consequences" if russia invades. russia says it fears for its security. translation: our concerns are not imaginary, but are about _ real threats and facts. if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, that's a renewed invasion, it will be met with swift, severe and a united response. russia insists it won't invade. we'll be looking atjust what it might be planning. also tonight...
a campaign to persuade four million people in the uk to be vaccinated against covid. we speak to some with reservations about the jab. at least 70 people are killed in an air strike in yemen carried out by the saudi—led coalition. many more are injured. a metropolitan police detective is jailed for three years for secretly filming women while posing as a photographer. and tributes are paid to the us rock star meat loaf, who's died at the age of 7a. and coming up in sport on the bbc news channel... it's 17th versus 18th in the premier league tonight, with a lot at stake. who will come out on top between watford and norwich? good evening.
"we have no plans to invade" — that was the message from russia's foreign minister after talks with the us about russian intentions in ukraine. his american counterpart said their discussions in geneva had been "frank and substantive" but also warned of "massive consequences" if moscow were to attack ukraine. russia has amassed 100,000 troops near its borders with ukraine, leading to grave international concern and to several european countries reinforcing nato�*s military presence in eastern europe. president putin has demanded that ukraine be stopped from everjoining nato. russia used to control much of the region but many of those neighbouring nations have nowjoined the military alliance of european and north american countries of which the uk is a part. from geneva, here's our diplomatic correspondent james landale. more russian forces on the move, surface—to—air missiles in the country's far east due to join what moscow says are military exercises near ukraine, part of the growing build—up
of troops and equipment shown by images close to the border, what western powers fear may be preparation for war. but for now, the diplomacy continues, too. america's and russia's top diplomats met in geneva and at first couldn't even agree how to greet one another, with one question on everyone�*s lips. is an invasion likely, as president biden suggested? mr lavrov seemed to suggest it was up to the united states and later dismissed talk of invasion as hysterical rhetoric designed to provoke ukraine. what does russia want most, an unstable, dependent ukraine or a new sphere of influence in eastern europe? translation: we are not trying to get a sphere of influence, - but what nato is doing shows it considers ukraine to be a part of its sphere of influence.
to the west, ukraine is an independent, sovereign nation. that means it has a right to self—determination, free from russian control, and if it wants to join nato or any other international alliance, well, that is for it to decide. russia's view is different, it sees the former soviet country as historically within its sphere of influence, and also strategically important. primarily annexed in part to protect russia's access to the black sea, crimea was annexed in part to protect russia's access to the black sea, and as for nato membership, that would be seen as a threat to russia's core security. that's why president putin wants nato to rule out ukraine ever becoming a member, and withdraw its forces from eastern europe. that is at the heart of moscow's fears, that ukraine, despite its historical and cultural links to russia, could america's secretary of state rejected these as non—starters and once again sought to deter
any military action. we've been clear, if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, that's a renewed invasion, it will be met with swift, severe and a united response from the united states and our partners and allies. there was no breakthrough at the talks here today, no deal to reduce the threat of war. but there was agreement for diplomacy to continue. the us will put forward ideas for more security co—operation next week. both sides will meet again after that. these are turbulent times. but for now, russia appears willing to continue talking, and western diplomats hope that might mean not fighting. james landale, bbc news, geneva. we're joined now by our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg, who is outside the kremlin. steve, are we any clearer about what president putin wants and what he is planning? not really, reeta, no. and this is
the key question right now, what is vladimir putin thinking, what is he planning, what is his endgame? is all of this sabre rattling simply a negotiating tactic to bring the americans to the table and then squeeze concessions out of them, or is it a precursor to military action? we simply don't know, because president putin is keeping everyone guessing. some people here believe that mr poots in sees himself as a leader on a mission, to bring ukraine back into russia's orbit, to re—establish, recreate, a severe of influence for moscow in this part of the world, to push the west back and basically to rewrite the results of the cold war. and if thatis the results of the cold war. and if that is the case, well, that begs the question, the west's threat of great sanctions against russia, will that make mr poots in pause for thought? that make mr poots in pause for thou:ht? . ~ i. , that make mr poots in pause for thou:ht? . ~ ,, , . ,, thought? thank you very much, steve rosenber: thought? thank you very much, steve rosenberg reporting _ thought? thank you very much, steve rosenberg reporting from _ thought? thank you very much, steve rosenberg reporting from moscow. i
and don't forget, you can get all the latest on the situation in ukraine, plus background and explainers, on the bbc news website. levels of coronavirus are falling in england, scotland and wales, according to official figures. but the government is still facing the challenge of how to persuade but the government is still facing the challenge of how to persuade more than 4 million people in the uk to take up the offer of a vaccine. bbc analysis shows that younger people continue to be the most reluctant to be fully vaccinated, with almost a third of 18— to 29—year—olds not having had the first two jabs. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. a vaccination campaign with a difference. and you could and up with long covid, which is no fun. team halo videos have had more than 250 million views. please don't play this russian roulette with your life. they're focused on debunking vaccine misinformation. let's talk about long covid. dr bnar talabani is one expert working on the project, from her home in cardiff. she aims to reassure people that the vaccine is safe.
evelyn, whose identity we are protecting, is in her 30s and lives in southern scotland. she has a family history of rheumatoid arthritis and although she wants the jab, she is worried. we always talk about medicines and try to work out what hopefully won't trigger off an autoimmune response in myself. and that's what makes me nervous about the covid—19 jab. there's no evidence to say that you will get rheumatoid arthritis or any autoimmune disease if you have the vaccine. i think a lot of the times, people don't have access to accurate information, and knowing how to tell the difference between what's nonsense and what's misinformation and what's accurate is very difficult. elite sports players have been under the spotlight over their vaccination status. at worcester warriors rugby club, they're now well ahead of an 85% target set for leading english clubs. guidance was offered to those players who had early doubts.
i think with anything, there's always reluctance until you give them the facts. and that's what we do with anything, whether it's rugby—related or medical—related. and i think that's all we did. players are always curious. among the over—60s, more than 90% have had their first two doses, but as you go down the age groups, that falls away quite noticeably. that's why younger people are seen as a key target group for the continued vaccination programme. it was really confusing. some wanting to start a family have questions. these new mums at the bundle baby class said it wasn't a straightforward decision, but they did get vaccinated while they were pregnant. lots of friends were saying that i shouldn't have the vaccine because i was pregnant and that it might harm the baby. a lot of the research and the data that was out there, even when you're speaking to a gp, it didn't seem like there was a lot of robust information. when i turned 13 weeks,
so got to the second trimester, i immediately went to get the vaccine and i'd been waiting to get the vaccine, actually. i was actually having arguments with my husband about it because he was keen for me not to, and to wait, because he was worried about the impact on the baby. he wasn't sure and i was upset with him because i'd been doing a lot of research. some countries are making vaccination compulsory. for now, the approach in the uk is dialogue, but there's clearly more work to be done to convince those who still don't want the jab. hugh pym, bbc news. restrictions have been eased in wales today, including limits on the numbers of people who can attend outdoor sporting events. pubs and restaurants in wales can now operate outdoors without the rule of six or social distancing. northern ireland's health minister has said he's cautiously optimistic. from today, rules on self—isolation and table service in pubs and restaurants in northern ireland were relaxed.
and the scottish government's national clinical director says the day is coming when the use of face masks in scotland's schools will end. professorjason leitch said he believed the requirement to wear masks in schools will be withdrawn soon. the latest figures show the number of people testing positive for coronavirus continues to fall, with almost 95,800 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. on average, just over 92,400 new cases were reported per day in the last week. the number of people in hospital with covid has fallen again tojust under 18,000. there were 288 deaths reported in the latest 24—hour period of people who died within 28 days of a positive test, though there will be some amongst this number who won't have died from covid. on average in the past week, 268 deaths were announced every day. 0n vaccinations, just over 36.75 million people have now had a boosterjab,
which means that nearly 64% of people aged 12 and over have now had three vaccine doses. a former metropolitan police counter—terrorism detective has been jailed for three years for secretly filming models during fake photoshoots. neil corbel pleaded guilty to 19 counts of voyeurism committed in hotel rooms and rented accommodation across the uk. he used cameras in tissue boxes, phone—chargers and in glasses to film women, as anna adams reports. they thought they'd been booked for a modelling assignment but instead, dozens of women were secretly filmed by an off—duty police officer while they were undressing. he called himself harrison and said he was a pilot — but in fact, he was detective inspector neil corbel from the met. he covertly recorded 31 women between 2017—2020, and stored the images on his police laptop. corbel, who has now resigned
from the met, admitted to 19 counts of voyeurism. he was sentenced to three years in jail. the judge said his actions had seriously undermined public trust in the police. he was tracked down by fellow officers after an 18—month investigation. there is still disbelief when i hear of officers doing things such as this, because it's a betrayal. it damages trust and it damages confidence. it really hurts, because i know how hard i work and i know how hard my officers work, the met works. one of the women — who we're calling jessica — was booked by corbel after he found her photos on the modelling website purpleport. he seemed professional at first. he introduced himself and said how he did photography as a hobby, and how he'd seen my portfolio. there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary about it. but this was no normal photo shoot. corbel had used spy cameras hidden in an alarm clock and a phone charger to secretly record her when she was naked. jessica was eventually called into a police station and told she was one of corbel�*s victims. they showed me a video that he'd
recorded of me undressing, and asked me to identify myself. ijust said "yeah, that's me," and asked them to turn it off. i didn't want to watch it with an officer sat opposite me. it raises further questions for the metjust months after another officer, wayne couzens, was given a whole life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of sarah everard. jessica says both cases have changed the way she now views police officers. it makes you not trust the police. people call the police when they're in vulnerable positions and they want someone they can trust. ijust think it's shocking. anna adams, bbc news. aid agencies say at least 70 people have been killed in yemen and many been killed in yemen and many more wounded in an airstrike by the saudi—led coalition which hit a detention centre in the north of the country. it follows nights of intensified bombing raids after a rocket fired by houthi rebels killed three people.
in the united arab emirates earlier this week. it's been almost seven years since the coalition, backed by the us and the uk, intervened in yemen's civil war, attempting to restore the internationally recognised government to power. houthi rebels backed by iran still control most of the country. since 2015, yemen has suffered the world's worst humanitarian crisis. all sides of the conflict have been accused of abuses, including killing civilians. the un security council have called for both sides to show restraint. 0ur international correspondent 0rla guerin reports. another dawn in yemen. more destruction revealed in the cold light of day. prisoners were held here by houthi rebels, including african migrantsjust here by houthi rebels, including african migrants just trying to transit through yemen. some were among the dead. in this province, the houthi heartland, they dug for survivors with their bare hands. but
this was a massive air strike. the death toll is still climbing. the saudi led coalition, which is backed by britain, says it will investigate fully. after a night of devastating strikes, the un secretary—general criticised both the houthis, who carried out an attack on monday, and the coalition. paw; carried out an attack on monday, and the coalition-— the coalition. any bombardment that taruets the coalition. any bombardment that targets civilians _ the coalition. any bombardment that targets civilians or _ the coalition. any bombardment that targets civilians or that _ the coalition. any bombardment that targets civilians or that is _ the coalition. any bombardment that targets civilians or that is not - targets civilians or that is not careful enough to protect civilians, is of course also unacceptable. what we need is to stop this vicious circle in which things keep escalating one after the other. but on the ground, war has the momentum. this was the port of data. the houthis say the coalition hit a telecommunication centre, knocking out the internet across yemen.
incredibly, this man was brought out alive. at the hospital, a desperate attempt to revive a child. and they heart—rending loss. aid agencies say three children were killed playing football as the air strikes rained down. the houthis sparked the latest escalation with this deadly cross—border attack in the united arab emirates, a partner in the coalition. in the yemeni capital sanaa today, they staged a show of strength. here is the reality that confronts the coalition. after seven years of air strikes, it has failed to dislodge the houthis from these streets. but now, once again, it is bringing knights of terror and death
to yemeni civilians. 0rla guerin, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news. more than 300 women at increased risk of breast cancer were not invited for screening as regularly as they should have been, according to nhs lothian. an internal review found those with a moderate, high, or very high risk of breast cancer were affected. nhs lothian has apologised. police in the united states say a british man has been killed by a stray bullet as he was lying in bed. matthew willson, who was 31 and from surrey, was visiting his girlfriend in the state of georgia when he was killed. scientists say the plant enset, an ethiopian staple, could be a new superfood and a lifesaver in the face of climate change. they said the banana—like crop has the potential to feed more than 100 million people in a warming world. the plant is almost unknown outside ethiopia, where it's used to make porridge and bread.
the mp who alleged this week that fellow rebel mps have been subject to blackmail is to meet with the metropolitan police to discuss the matter. the telegraph newspaper reported tonight that william wragg has sought the meeting with police. we can talk to our political correspondent ben wright. ben, tell us more. the world of the whips in westminster is a very secretive one. they are the people that enforce party discipline. yesterday the senior tory mp william wragg alleged that conservative whips had threatened to withhold public money investments from the constituencies of some mps who were threatening to try and bring down borisjohnson. he is one of seven tory mps who has called for prime minister to quit, and said that this could amount to blackmail. but i have just spoken to mr wragg and he confirmed that after seeking a meeting with the met, he will meet officers at the beginning of next week to discuss his concerns. it doesn't mean the police are going to
investigate, but it has certainly upped the anti around this story. so far, he has not produced any evidence to back up his claims and today the business secretary said even though these were serious allegations, they were unsubstantiated. 0f allegations, they were unsubstantiated. of course, this comes as the conservative party whips, as number ten try and shore up whips, as number ten try and shore up the prime minister's position ahead of the expected report by sue gray into the downing street party is that we all expect to be published next week. is that we all expect to be ublished next week. . ~ , published next week. thank you very much. ben wright _ published next week. thank you very much. ben wright reporting. - there are growing concerns for women in afghanistan protesting against the curbing of their rights under the taliban, after at least two were reported abducted in night raids. neighbours told that bbc that one of them, tamana paryani, was taken from her apartment by armed men along with her two sisters. other women who took part in the same protest have said that they are in hiding. the taliban has removed the right of most afghan women to work and study. it denies being responsible for the abductions.
quentin sommerville reports from kabul. women chant. in body and spirit, afghan women are under attack from the taliban. here, fighting for the right to work, to education, they are pepper—sprayed by taliban fighters at this protest last week. "women have value", they shout. "it takes raw courage to stand up to armed men who want to take away almost everything you've achieved in life". "please help! the taliban have come to my house. my sisters are at home", pleads tamana, one of the protesters, days later. we don't want you here now", she screams. tamana has been missing for two days now. we went to her home to try and find her. neighbours say women were taken away from here by armed men. you can see a footprint, a bootprint on the door.
three women were taken away, and they still haven't returned. friends and family say they haven't heard from them either. other women protesters were targeted that night. another is missing. still, the taliban denies it took them. if they had detained them, they would say we have detained them, and that is their allegation and they will go to the court to defend themselves. this is something legal. but they are not detained and they are making such fake scenes and shooting films in order to seek asylum abroad. but tamana's friends tell a different story. translation: i told her as soon as possible, leave your home. take this more seriously. you are in danger. when i got home, a friend, also a protester, i don't want to mention her name, she was crying that tamana had been arrested by the taliban
and that she had released a video on social media. since the fall of the last government, afghan women say increasingly, they are prisoners in their own home. they can't come out and do shopping, they can't visit friends and family, and those that do raise their voice in protest are facing increasing intimidation from the taliban. over the last 20 years, afghan women have cast off cultural and family prejudice to live freely. it's decades of progress the taliban now want to rip away. quentin sommerville, bbc news, kabul. adele has postponed her entire las vegas residency just 2a hours before the opening night. the singer had been due to perform herfirst live concerts in five years, and was forecast to make around half a million pounds a night. but she posted a tearful message on social media to apologise,
saying that she simply wasn't ready. half my crew, half my team are down with covid, they still are. and it's been impossible to finish the show. and... i can't give you what i have right now, and i'm gutted. i'm gutted and i'm sorry it's so last—minute. tributes have been paid to the us rock star meat loaf, who has died at the age of 7a. his album bat out of hell sold over a0 million copies world wide. released in 1977, it remains one of the 10 best—selling albums of all time. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito looks back at his life. # like a bat out of hell, i'll be gone when the morning comes...#. meat loaf, bat out of hell. a sweat—drenched rock—and—roll epic that turned the man born marvin lee aday into one of the biggest—selling rock stars in the world. there have been many tributes. among them, cher, who sang with him
on dead ringer for love, bonnie tyler, and from i'd do anything for love, lorraine crosby. # i would do anything for love. # i'd never lie to you, and that's a fact... we just gelled. we gelled perfectly. and obviously, that's why the song went the way it did. so, every time i think of meat loaf, i think about being in the studio with him. you just knew. you knew it was going to be great, you know. i'm sorry, i'm getting... you knew, you just knew instinctively that the album was going to be huge. # i would do anything for love, but i won't do that...#. born in dallas, his mother was a teacher and singer, his father a policeman, and his childhood was tough. he was an alcoholic, and he'd always beat me up as a kid. threw me through a plate—glass
window, threw me through a door. his escape was acting and musicals. he got a part in hair, and then the rocky horror picture show. bat out of hell was a project he'd been working on for years with the writerjim steinman. the rock establishment was scornful, but the fans — especially in britain — loved it. # praying for the end of time. # it's all that i can do...# this famous performance on the old grey whistle test was where it all took off. but its huge success, and the pressures it brought, almost killed him. that was then followed by lawsuits and bankruptcy. he claimed that years went by without him making a dime out of it, but nothing would ever top bat out of hell, a glorious, over—the—top, emotional battering ram, a rock—and—roll masterpiece. # ..hell...#.
meat loaf, who's died at the age of 7a. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello. largely cloudy skies on the way this weekend. despite the cloud, most areas are looking dry. there will be some occasional rain towards northwest scotland. by sunday night, it'll be turning heavier here. now, just a touch of frost for northeast scotland, parts of wales and england. as saturday begins, a few mist and fog patches. plenty of cloud around. yes, a few sunny spells, more especially towards eastern scotland and northeast england. and it's mild in scotland and northern ireland. and temperatures elsewhere are a bit higher than they've been over the past few days. very limited frost on saturday night. parts of wales and england most favoured for a touch of it. maybe a few mist and fog patches slow to clear on sunday morning. it is across southern areas the winds are quite light. it'll freshen on sunday in northern ireland. especially in northwest scotland
this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley with the headlines. us and russia have held what they called "frank" talks on ukraine tension. with more russian troops gathering on the ukrainian border, washington warns any invasion will be met with a swift, severe and united response. concern grows for the welfare of female protesters in afghanistan with reports that some may have been abducted during night—time raids. the taliban denies it is behind the abductions. at least 100 people have been killed or wounded in an air strike by the saudi—led coalition in yemen. a detention centre was hit in saada, a stronghold of the rebel houthi movement. thousands of people in the capital sanaa have protested against the attacks. and stars including cher, boy george and bonnie tyler lead tributes to the singer meat loaf. the rock legend died at the age of 7a.