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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 7.00: political crisis in northern ireland as martin mcguinness resigns as deputy first minister. and in crisis. the situation that we have been dealing with over the course of the past few years is unacceptable. i have now called a halt to dup arrogance. the government may have to call fresh elections after the row over the so—called "cash for ash" scheme. it was a green energy scheme which has lost hundreds of millions of pounds. if sinn fein does not nominate a replacement to the role of deputy first minister, then i am obliged to call an election of the assembly. the health secretary says the guarantee that all patients who attend a&e will be seen within four hours could be scrapped. theresa may
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speaks out against the problem of mental illness. commuter chaos in london — a strike by underground workers has caused disruption for millions of travellers. the girlfriend of the missing raf serviceman corrie mckeague, has revealed that she is expecting his child. i have the support of everyone around me, and my family and friends, which is great but still not the most pleasant to go through when the person you love is missing. hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick them all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football. meryl streep has sparked a war of words with donald trump after her comments at the golden globes awards. good evening and welcome.
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northern ireland is in political crisis tonight after the shock resignation of sinn fein‘s martin mcguinness as deputy first minister. under the power—sharing agreement for northern ireland, this automatically means that the first minister arlene foster — of the democratic unionist party — can no longer stay in her role. she said she was disappointed by the decision and claimed mr mcguinness was acting out of politics, not principle. as our correspondent chris page reports, northern ireland now faces the prospect of a snap election. martin mcguinness has been deputy first minister for a decade. he is evidently suffering from ill health but says he's decided to stand down because of bad relations with sinn fein‘s partners in government, the democratic unionist party. i have tendered my resignation, effective from five o'clock today. so i believe today is the right time to call a halt to the dup. this is the culmination
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of a seemingly insurmountable rift that has developed between himself and arlene foster. the crisis stems from a green energy scheme which has run over half £1 million over budget. -- it —— it has run almost half £1 billion over budget. over generous subsidies were paid and it didn't have payment caps. mrs foster was in charge of the project when it was set up but she's repeatedly refused calls to temporarily stepped down as first minister. i'm not stepping aside. i'm the first minister, i'm the party leader of the dup, i have a job to do, i'm committed to doing it. the announcement could mean the end of the career of one of the most significant figures in the peace process. he was a paramilitary who became a political leader. in the early 1970s, martin mcguinness was the ira's second—in—command in londonderry.
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as sinn fein made electoral gains, his public profile grow. we don't believe winning elections will bring freedom in ireland, at the end of the day will be... it will be the cutting edge of the ira which will bring freedom. in the 1990s the ira called a ceasefire. after many years of talks, martin mcguinness became the joint head of the devolved government, along with the hardline unionist leader ian paisley. they got on so well they were nicknamed the chuckle brothers. but the partnership between the parties has been tens. mr mcguinness‘s decision to go means the government at stormont is set to fall. under the power—sharing system, the first and deputy first minister's work together. when one of them resigned, the other cannot go on in isolation so in effect the devolved government has now collapsed. the likely outcome is a fresh election, though it is possible the westminster government
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could bring the parties together for talks. the leader of stormont‘s biggest opposition party says it's the end of a field administration. ten years characterised by disappointments, debacles and scandals, i don't think the electorate need any more proof of the fact the dup and sinn fein are incapable of governing this country. the uneasy coalition between the dup and sinn fein has often been unstable. several times the downfall of devolution has looked likely. politics in northern ireland has an uncertain future. today the deadlock and disagreement has come to a head. well, the northern ireland secretary, james brokenshire, said he would have to take action if sinn fein did not nominate a successoi’. the uk government has a primary role
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is to provide political stability in northern ireland, and we will be doing all that we can offer the coming days to work with the parties to find a solution to the current situation. the position is clear — if sinn fein does not nominate a replacement to the role of deputy first minister, then i am obliged to call an election of the assembly within a reasonable period. i would urge the political parties, the leaders of the political parties, to come together and work together to find a solution to the current position and we will be doing all that we can with the political parties and the irish government to that end. thank you very much. joining me now from belfast is our correspondent, stephen walker. james brokenshire there, the
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northern ireland secretary, saying he may have lacked an order an election. is that what some people believe sinn fein want? —— he may have two act. they have said in the fact that if the election has to be that is what they will do. a lot of other parties have said that as well. if an election must be cold, they will fight the election. there is a seven—day period that james brokenshire was talking about. if there is a deputy first minister nominated within seven days, sinn fein have made it clear they will not renominate, then basically we go into this scenario whereby james brokenshire the secretary of state during some reasonable period must call an election. in the past that has been around six weeks. there may be that ability forjames brokenshire. the thoughts tonight is that we are looking at elections. the dup‘s arlene foster says that this is not about principle but political. some argued that this
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goes way beyond the so—called dash for cash green energy scandal but it is about potentially martin mcguinness‘s health, we know he has had problems there. but also the fa ct had problems there. but also the fact that there are many within sinn fein that believe the party has not got what it hoped for from devolution of the last few years. sinn fein would say this is not about martin mcguinness‘s health but that in recent weeks martin mcguinness has been involved in meetings and discussions. they would say his resignation today is not about health. it is true that in his statement he mentioned other things apart from the scandal about cash for ash. he mentioned the issue of the irish language act and nationalists want there to be an irish language act and has not been yet. they talk about mutual respect and equality, and republicans say they were not getting the respect and equality from unionists. it is
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clear there has been deterioration in the relationship between the two central partners at the heart of government, dup and sinn fein. there are other issues at play here but it is the scandal, this cash for ash scandal, that has brought all of this to a head. despite this, arlene foster has made it clear she is not going to quit. she has made it absolutely clear. her position has not changed. the dup position has changed slightly in that there were discussions last week when it looked as if they were edging towards some kind of an enquiry, but sinn fein‘s the man was twofold. essentially there had to be an enquiry into what had gone on and arlene foster had to stand down. —— that was sinn fein‘s demand. they we re that was sinn fein‘s demand. they were back into a corner but arlene foster made it clear she would not stand down, and today there was the dramatic step in for martin mcguinness. and just after 7.30 i'll be speaking to the veteran northern ireland journalist david mckittrick for his thoughts on today's developments, and what lies ahead. stay with us for that. and we'll find out how this story,
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and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — my guests tonight are the former conservative pensions minister ros altmann and the sports journalist mihir bose. the health secretaryjeremy hunt has indicated that a key nhs performance target could be scrapped. he told mps that the guarantee that all hospital a&e patients be seen within four hours might only apply in future to those in need of urgent care, and not to those with minor problems. mr hunt said there needed to be an "honest discussion with the public about the purpose of a&e departments". here's our health correspondent elaine dunkley. a&e departments struggling to cope is a familiar story at this time of year. the nhs is under unprecedented pressure. today the health secretary jeremy hunt said hospitals on the whole are coping, but warned that high numbers
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of people using a&e unnecessarily was putting four—hour waiting times injeopardy. it is clear we need to have an honest discussion with the public about the purpose of a&e departments. there is nowhere outside the uk that permits to all patients that we will sort out any health need within four hours. since the targets were introduced in 2000, there were nearly 9 million more visits to a&e departments. nhs england says that 30% of those attending shouldn't be there. if we are going to protect our standard, we need to be clear it is to sort out urgent problems within four hours, but not all health problems however minor. whilst the government warned nonemergency cases to avoid going into hospital, labour place the problem at the door of number ten.
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this crisis could have been averted. hospital bosses, council leaders, patient groups, mps from across the house urge the chancellor to give the nhs and social care extra money in the autumn statement. those requests fell on deaf ears and we are now seeing the consequences. the government says it is committed to maintaining that patients are seen within the four—hour waiting time but they must be urgent cases. theresa may has used her first policy speech of the year to say she wants to make government a force for good, and use the opportunity of brexit to fundamentally change britain and create, in her words, "a shared society". the prime minister also set out a series of measures on mental health in england as the first part of what she called real reform across every layer of society. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has more. six months since she walked into the famous street, six months she has been your prime minister, but piecing together
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what theresa may really stands for isn't always easy. but today she made clear she believes, for millions, life doesn't feel fair and her government can be part of the answer. when you see others prospering while you are not, while you try to raise concerns but they fall on deaf ears, when you feel you're very identity and all that you hold dear is under threat, resentment grows so our responsibility is great to show that mainstream centre—ground politics can deliver the change people need. a plain attempt to appeal to middle england. she has that ambition in common with her predecessor, but david cameron's dream of a big society is gone, the new slogan — or is it a vision — in its place. the shared society focuses on the responsibilities we have to one another. it's a society that respects
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the bonds we share as a union of people and nations. the bonds of family, community, citizenship and strong institutions. and government will step up to support, and where necessary, enforce the responsibilities we have to each other as citizens. but although there were promises of more help for housing in weeks to come, controversial plans for schools, the only new commitments today were the mental health in england. made with passion, but no extra taxpayers' cash. for too long, mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in our country, shrouded by a completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health. left unaddressed, it destroys lives, separates people from each other, and deepens the divisions within our society.
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but as with all prime ministers, whatever they say on the steps here or anywhere else quickly rubs up with reality. but theresa may has an extra dilemma, as she starts to manage the most complicated project any leader has faced in decades, there is a risk her government becomes simply consumed with how we leave the european union and her political enemies say her words ring hollow. if only we could believe she actually meant it. she's been part of the government now for the last six years which has cut back on public expenditure, savaged the nhs, and she's making these speeches with the backdrop of people literally dying on trolleys while waiting for care in our hospitals so i think there is a credibility gap here. it's only six months but those days of summer already seen long ago. few prime ministers, in the end, choose how they are remembered. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster.
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let's pick up on theresa may's promise of a new approach to tackling mental health in england. with me isjenny edwards, chief executive of the mental health foundation, which describes itself as the only uk wide organisation focussed on prevention and early intervention in mental health. jenny attended theresa may's speech earlier today. it is good to see you. our reporter at their talked about passion at no extra cash. was that something you we re extra cash. was that something you were sitting there listening to theresa may today thinking, yes, a lot of passion but where is the money? we have to welcome a prime minister saying so passionately that mental health is high on her agenda. after brexit, it is then the first thing she has talked about domestically. there is no doubt that when a leaders says something is important to them, everybody else starts paying attention. for too long it
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has been spoken about but not acted upon. she did say it was a first step and she did focus on the things that are they are affecting our mental health, which are notjust about services but about the world in which we live. 0ur schools, our homes, our workplaces, in which we live. 0ur schools, our homes, ourworkplaces, our digital world, all of which is important. but there is a but. this is the first step and the change is only going to happen if the resources, and following that through, to make sure that the pledges and promises are implemented, really takes place. so five out of ten so far. five out of ten. 0k. so five out of ten so far. five out of ten. ok. that is ok and not too bad. she talked about mental health first aid training in school and stroke and suicide prevention plans, and investments in new models of community—based health care, but the suggestion is that 350 more child and adult psychiatrists are
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probably needed. 1000 more psychiatrists, far more mental health nurses and social workers and so on. health nurses and social workers and so on. we will want to know over the coming weeks and months where those people are coming from. yes, it is important that services are properly served by people who have been properly trained and that there are enough of them. that is vital and of course there are pressures , vital and of course there are pressures, as we have heard, with acute physical health services, that are going to be competing, and has got to be an answer that does not meanjust cut got to be an answer that does not mean just cut back on mental health, which was the history so far. but if we only on services and on prices, and we don't stop people becoming ill, then crisis services are never going to be enough. there is not enough resources to make that work. we have two step in earlier than we have and we must understand the anxiety and depression comes from the circumstances people are in. particularly for our children and
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young people, we let them down and we only support them when they are in crisis. we are potentially damaging their lives for the rest of their lives and we cannot do that. that is where you come in, the mental health foundation is important. describe how difficult it is for a young person to get their help that they might need. at the moment we know that when a young person might go to their gp, saying things are getting on top of them, they will have a weight which will be overwhelming. we know that time can scratch when you are young, and you need help when you need it. not in six months or longer, which some have had to wait for. we also know that we do not regard, at the moment, in our education system, understanding about our mental health and emotions and thinking, as an important part of what young people learn. we know that young people learn. we know that young people can learn effectively from each other properly structured
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programmes, so that when things start getting on top of them, they do not leave it, or not understand what they need to do. and they need to know when to seek help and they need to know that there are things that they can do to support their mental health when anxiety is just starting to build up. it might be some time or pressures at home or a first relationship. it is not have to become a crisis. if we do not teach young people, how will they ever know? thank you, jenny edwards. millions of commuters have had a difficult start to the week after a strike on the london underground shut down most of the network. one of the capital's busiest train stations, clapham junction, had to be evacuated for a time as large numbers of people tried to use overground services instead. the strike, which ended at 6pm, is over staff numbers and safety on the tube. 0ur reporter is at piccadilly circus
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tonight. a usually busy hub at this time of night. the streets are probably a bit quieter because of the problems with travel today, but how difficult is it now? here it is not that busy at the moment. some of the pressure on the bus services seems to have eased at the moment. the strike officially ended well over an hour ago, but behind me the station here is still closed. as are many other stations shut throughout the day. we now and again see small groups of people walking up to see if there is any sign of activity and so far there is not. there will be disruption to this evening. it has been a miserable start to the week for travellers. this is what happens when up to 4 million commuters have to change their travel plans. with few underground trains running this morning, the bus network took much of the strain. even with extra services laid on, there were still long queues and added frustration for passengers. there are no london underground connections at finsbury park today. at the start of the day around a third of tube
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stations were closed, gates locked, ticket halls empty. and although almost all lines were running, there was a limited service. so busy, all the roads are blocked, the buses have come past and there is no way to get on them. i've tried to get on three buses this morning so far and i haven't been able to get on yet, it's so busy. the way i see it, it kind of is what it is really. they've got their cause so... yeah, you work around it. the strike involves two unions, the rmt and the tssa, and is part of a continuing row over jobs and staffing levels which the unions say are jeopardising safety. we would much rather have avoided this but we were left with no other alternative because the offer we have been given was wholly unacceptable and wholly unsafe. the london underground has described this strike as unnecessary although it says that it accepts that more staff are needed. while london's mayor, sadiq khan, says he is taking action to address the unions‘ concerns. i know that this strike could have been avoided, i know this strike is unnecessary and i'm imploring the trade unions
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to come back and talk to the management team about resolving this so there aren't further days of industrial action. but for some this will be the start of a week of strikes. tomorrow, 2,500 british airways cabin crew belonging to the unite union will start a two—day strike over pay, although the airline insists all passengers will be able to fly to their destinations. at the same time, commuters in the south—east will face three more days of strikes on the troubled southern franchise. today's industrial action has not involved 0verground services though some trains were struggling to cope with the extra demand from tube passengers. clapham junction, one of the country's busiest stations, was evacuated for a short time because of overcrowding. and many roads have seen extra congestion as commuters tried to find other ways to get to and from work. london underground warns things will not get back to normal until tomorrow morning. daniel boettcher, bbc news. london underground is saying that
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today there has been a focus of its resources on the daytime services, including morning and evening rush hours. but as the shifts come to an end, there are fewer resources for this evening, so the disruption will continue into the late evening, and more stations are expected to close, and things are not expected to get back to normal until tomorrow morning. many thanks, daniel, live at piccadilly circus circus. it's being reported tonight that us president—elect donald trump has appointed his son—in—law jared kushner as a senior advisor to the white house. 0ur correspondentjoins us now 0ur correspondent joins us now from washington. anthony, it is good to see you. jfk and his brother robert in the white house, unofficial council and attorney general. bill clinton of course had hillary
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looking after health care in the early 1990s. so i am assuming that it is legal for early 1990s. so i am assuming that it is legalfor mr early 1990s. so i am assuming that it is legal for mr trump to have his son—in—law so close. well, the jfk son—in—law so close. well, thejfk rfk appointment that actually led to the passage of an anti—nepotism law that try to keep that sort of thing from happening. the law says a president or any type of politician, including congress, cannot appoint relatives to positions underneath them. trump's lawyers have looked at this language and decided that it does not apply to them. they said that it is a p pa re ntly to them. they said that it is apparently because it talks about agencies and the white house office is not an agency, so therefore trump can appoint his son—in—law. but there is a grey area here and other people have said this is very clear and you cannot appoint family members, even if you are the president of the united states. it isa president of the united states. it is a big question, and i guess they
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will plough through and see what happens. this man is married to mr trump's. ivanka, who is he? what is this background? ivanka, who is he? what is this background ? does ivanka, who is he? what is this background? does he have any history of service in public life? who is he? he has never held political office. he has never held political office. he married ivanka trump, the daughter of donald trump. he has a lot in common with donald trump. they were both children of big real estate developers. donald trump obviously did a lot in the outer boroughs of new york, but jared kushner is a real estate developer now working primarily in northern newjersey, and manhattan. he is a publisher of the new york observer, a magazine and newspaper that leans to the right, but he has been involved in the media business for a while. his name was kicked around as someone who would help run trump tv if donald trump lost. he has not got political experience but he was
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leaned upon heavily by donald trump as an adviser, an informal adviser, throughout the campaign, and through this transition process there were stories a few days ago about how when china was calling to express how upset they were with donald trump's conversation the president of taiwan, that call was going through jared kushner of taiwan, that call was going throuthared kushner before it went to anyone else, in the trump transition progress. whether or not he has an official position within the white house, it is obvious he has the ear of donald trump and will be involved with the drug administration. interesting times. thanks for that. —— within the trump administration. the girlfriend of the missing raf serviceman corrie mckeague says he is due to become a father. the airman went missing after a night out with friends in bury st edmunds in september. april 0liver, who is 21, said she became pregnant after a relationship with mr mckeague, who is from fife but based in suffolk. miss oliver and corrie's mother have been speaking to bbc look east. we started off seeing one another and it was quite casual.
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we were both seeing other people at the time. and then we went on to have conversations whereby we thought it was getting serious, and what we were going to do and what plans we had. so yes, we were getting on our way to being just us and happy, and seeing what we wanted out of each other, and where it was going. we know that he disappeared at the end of september, how recently had you seen him before then? near enough the same week that he went missing. so... i think apart from the raf boys, i was one of the last people to see him which is quite hard. but when he went missing, you happened to be abroad with your family. when did you hear that he was missing? i had only been there a few days when i got a call from the raf boys asking if i had seen him
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or heard from him. 0n the monday, i think it was. that is when i knew that he was obviously missing and i quickly got the plane home. how long after that did you then discover that you were pregnant? a couple of weeks after i came back, after going through police interviews and, unfortunately, i've had to make a massive decision by myself. i was hoping and praying we would find out some information that he would come home so we could make the decision together. we had conversations about children and what we wanted in the past. it was something that i hope that he would be here to help me make the decision but unfortunately, he isn't. so, it's a decision i've had to make alone and i obviously have the support of everyone around me and my family and friends, which is great, but it is still not the most pleasant thing
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to go through alone. especially when the person that you love is missing. this will be your first grandchild. it will, yes. it should be a joyous occasion for you, can you feel anyjoy about it at the moment? i was at the scan with april the other day. i do not think anybody could see that and not be affected by that. but, it is incredibly difficult to balance my head, as it is for april as well, from the excitement of a new baby, to what we are actually trying to focus on just now which is finding corrie. thank you to both of you. sterling fell to its lowest level for two months in trading this morning, in response to comments by theresa may that appeared
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to indicate the uk would leave the single market. the pound was down by 1% against both the euro and the us dollar. the prime minister said in an interview yesterday that she wanted the best possible dealfor leaving the eu, but dismissed the idea that the uk could "keep bits of membership". the government has sold off more shares in the lloyds banking group, meaning it is no longer the largest shareholder with only 6%. ministers spent £20 billion on a 43% stake in lloyds at the height of the financial crisis. the government says it's already recovered £18 billion of its original outlay and intends to sell its remaining stake this year as well. now let's take a look at the weather. we all saw some wind and rain earlier today. the worst of the rain clears away towards the continent, but another batch of rain gets into
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the north and west of the uk, accompanied by pretty strong winds, blowing a gale in the western side of scotla nd blowing a gale in the western side of scotland in particular. it will bea of scotland in particular. it will be a chilly night in major towns and cities. definitely a chill in the airfor sting on tuesday. it cities. definitely a chill in the air for sting on tuesday. it will be accentuated by the breeze, but a lot of bright weather across the eastern side of the uk in the morning. more clout by the afternoon as patchy rain drifts from west to east. temperature wise, after chilly start, it is single figures for most places. but in the channel islands, you might get ten or 11 degrees. 0n wednesday, it will be a windy day. a lot of clout, some showers too. by thursday, a much colder day and we are likely to see those snow showers getting down to lower levels in the north, the west and east. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: sinn fein's martin
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mcguinness has resigned as deputy first minister of northern ireland in protest at the first minister, the dup‘s arlene foster, refusing to quit in the row over a green energy scheme that's overspent by tens of millions of pounds. the situation we have been dealing with over the course of the past few yea rs with over the course of the past few years is unacceptable. i have now called a halt to dup arrogance. the health secretaryjeremy hunt says patients attending a&e units with less serious problems may no longer be guaranteed to see a doctor in four hours. in her first policy speech of 2017, theresa may says she'll improve mental health services in england, focusing on the "hidden injustice" faced by many children and young people who have problems but are ignored by society. millions of commuters are facing difficult journeys home following a 24—hour strike by many london underground staff. the walkout‘s overjobs and safety. more now on our top story —
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northern ireland's power—sharing government is on the brink of collapse after the deputy first minister, sinn fein's martin mcguinness, announced his resignation. he's quit because of the refusal of the first minister, the dup‘s arlene foster, to stand down over her part in a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers nearly half a billion pounds. let's take a look at the background to this complex story. the renewable heating incentive was launched in northern ireland in november 2012 by arlene foster, who was then enterprise minister. by february last year, whistleblowers alleged that the scheme had overspent by millions of pounds. an investigation was launched. last month, the former dup minister jonathan bell told the bbc that advisers to arlene foster attempted to remove her name from documents linked to the scheme. mrs foster responded by saying that if papers were altered, "it wasn't on my say—so".
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and last thursday, the sinn fein president gerry adams said the political institutions had reached a "defining point" over the first minister's refusal to step aside. a snap election is now likely after martin mcguinness resigned this afternoon. this is what mr mcguinness had to say to journalists this afternoon. i met with first minister arlene foster at 1.30, and we hade a conversation which i am about to speak to you about. over the last ten years, i have worked with dup leaders, and i've reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation. and over this period, the actions of the british government and the dup, in my opinion, have grievously undermined the institutions and have eroded public confidence. so we in sinn fein will not
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tolerate the arrogance of arlene foster and the dup. sinn fein want equality and respect for everyone. that is what this process must be about. so today, i have told arlene foster that i have tendered my resignation, effective from five o'clock today. so i believe today is the right time to call a halt to the dup‘s arrogance. well, we can speak now to david mckittrick, who's ireland correspondent for the independent. he's an award—winning writer who's been reporting on northern ireland since 1971. arlene foster says that this isn't
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about principle, mr mcguinness standing down, that is about politics. what do you think? there is a bit of both mixed in. sinn fein and their grassroots in republican belfast and elsewhere regard arlene foster is very much too hard for their liking. it's supposed to be a power—sharing government. with sinn fein and dup the biggest parties. they are supposed to share out the way you do things, the benefits that different areas get. they are saying that arlene foster, quite apart from the energy problem, is too much concerned with giving things to protesta nt a nd concerned with giving things to protestant and unionist districts and neglecting what happens for catholics and republicans. so there isa catholics and republicans. so there is a real sense within the rank and
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file of sinn fein that catholics haven't really got out of power sharing what they hope over the last few yea rs ? sharing what they hope over the last few years? that's right. before arlene foster, there were two other unionist first ministers, ian paisley and peter ronson. they were regarded as being basically towards the centre and regarded as not keeping everything for the protesta nts. keeping everything for the protestants. but now you have this fairly new first minister, arlene foster, and she stands accused of tremendous incompetence in what she has done on the hit front, but also in terms of thinking of things in a very tribal way. so if you talk to anybody in republican west belfast, they will say arlene foster is against us and she is against us getting anything. that explains mr mcguinness talking about the lack of movement on an irish language act,
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for instance, a lack of mutual respect and equality for catholics with protestants. that is what he is driving at? it is indeed. he got on very well with her two predecessors in office, but since she took over, he hasn't established the kind of personal rapport that he had with mr paisley and mr robinson. he has failed in that because he hasn't managed to get the kind of french are going that he had with mr paisley. that means that the stormont assembly, the whole system here is coming, if not quite into disrepute, it is coming into a lack of respect for because it isn't working the way it was supposed to. but if sinn fein don't put forward a replacement for mr mcguinness and westminster decides to call a snap election and an election has to take place, where might that leave sinn fein? sinn fein will probably hold
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their own election. the other big question is what arlene foster will do. she has come under a lot of pressure because of her heating scheme and because she has been very trenchant in the eyes of most commentators and has lacked humility in her response to that. it wasn't something sinn fein wanted to do, to cause an election. but i think the credibility of stormont and the assembly is so low that they figured they have nowhere else to go. but one assumes also that arlene foster is appealing to the people that she represents thomas the democratic unionists, that her stance in dealing with the other side of power—sharing is what they want and if there is an election, it is not likely that there may be a new leader of the dup who would be any
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different? probably not. on the unionist side, the criticism of her is that she has brought in these rules which looked like they will cost hundreds of millions of pounds. they don't mind that she hasn't been very generous towards the catholic side of the population. but they do mind what looks like tremendous incompetence on her part. david mckittrick, thanks for joining incompetence on her part. david mckittrick, thanks forjoining us. two men have been arrested over the death of a 15—year—old girl who died after suffering an allergic reaction shortly after eating a takeaway meal. megan lee from lancashire died in hospital on new year's day. the man, staff at a local indian takeaway, are being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence. this indian takeaway here is closed tonight, a sign in the window says
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it is undergoing refurbishment. but it is undergoing refurbishment. but it is undergoing refurbishment. but it is also at the centre of a police investigation into the death of a popular teenager, 15—year—old megan lee, who died on new year's day, two days after suffering a severe allergic reaction georgia after eating a takeaway meal. as part of that investigation, lancashire police have arrested two man, a 37—year—old man and a 38—year—old man, both on suspicion of involu nta ry man, both on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence. both men work at this ta keaway negligence. both men work at this takeaway and are in police custody. if you look at the website of the royal spice, there is a mention of allergies and it makes it clear that it is aware that some customers may have specific dietary requirements. police say they are working with trading standards officers and environmental health as part of its
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investigations. megan was a popular teenager, a member of a number of clu bs teenager, a member of a number of clubs here. her parents have described her as a role model and their princess. they are being kept fully informed about today's developments. a postmortem has been carried out, the results of which will not be known for some time. it's just over a year and half since a gunman opened fire on a beach in sousse, tunisia, killing 38 people — 30 of them british. it was the worst act of terror on britons since the 7/7 attacks. next week, the inquests into the deaths get unde rway amid claims that tour operators misled customers about the security risk. panorama's jane corbin has been back to tunisia and sent this report. the imperial hotel is now closed, the beach deserted. but 18 months ago, it was packed with british tourists... when a gunman opened fire, killing 30 of them. they'd come despite a terrorist
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attack at the bardo museum in the capital, tunis, three months earlier. some say they were misled about the risks. nikki and andy duffield booked with tour operator thomson. i was constantly asking the question, are we going to be safe? can you guarantee we will be safe? what did they say? that we would. we were told there would be increased security. but british holiday—makers say security wasn't increased. alyson kane and her husband also booked to go to the imperial with thompson. we called them on 23rd march after bardo to make sure it was still safe to travel. what did they say? everything was fine, it was safe to travel. they weren't doing any refunds or transfers. so again, we were reassured. so if you had tried to cancel, you wouldn't have got your money back. no. the giant travel company tui,
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which owns thomson, told us it is cooperating to make sure the deaths are investigated, the facts determined and the lessons learned, but they said it would be inappropriate to comment further before the inquests. the so—called islamic state recruited the gunman, who opened fire on the beach. seifeddine rezgui was killed at the scene, but he didn't plan the attack alone. panorama has discovered he worked closely with the is cell that planned the bardo museum attack which killed 22 people. we have obtained confessions from suspects involved in both attacks, which show rezgui met with the bardo gang in cafes and mosques. he even trained with one of the museum gunmen in libya. the confessions also name the man who allegedly masterminded both attacks. the suspects say he recruited them,
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paid for them to go to libya for military training and gave them their orders. if the confessions are accurate, then he is responsible for the deaths of 60 people from around the world, including 31 british tourists at sousse and bardo. and he is still on the run. i told the lawyer representing many of the families about al—sandi. he was unaware of his role. i have not seen that. if that is right and the families see that, they will be shocked to see the face of the man who caused them such terrible sadness. those who lost loved ones on the beach and those who survived can only hope the inquests will answer some of the many questions they still have. the headlines on bbc news: martin mcguinness, northern ireland's deputy first minister, has resigned, leaving the devolved government in crisis. the health secretaryjeremy hunt has
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indicated that the rule that all patients who attend a&e will be seen within four hours could be scrapped. theresa may has outlined plans to address what she calls the "hidden injustice" of mental illness, with many people unable to get the help they need. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. a fund for the family of the polish lorry driver killed in the berlin christmas market attack has reached nearly £200,000. fellow lorry driver david duncan was so shocked by what happened that he set up the online campaign. today mr duncan was personally thanked by the polish ambassador to london, as kasia madera reports. when dave duncan heard
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about lukasz urban's killing in the attack on the christmas market in berlin, he felt compelled to help the deceased man's family in some way. so he set up an online fundraising campaign to raise money. it was just something i'd seen on the tv or something and thought "why not? why not me?" actions speak louder than words, so they say. that's why i did it. are you surprised by the response? 0bviously, yeah. it's been incredible, amazing that people responded to it, yeah. it's been brilliant. the campaign has been welcomed by mr urban's family and the wider polish community. please accept my gratitude for your remarkable work. today, the polish ambassador arkady, rzegocki, met up with mr duncan to express his thanks. here are some polish products, just for you. the money raised by mr duncan will go to lucasz urban's
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widow and teenage son, and he hopes to visit them in poland in the not too distant future. meryl streep's acceptance speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the golden globes is turning out to be a war of words with president—elect donald trump. people have been busy on social media giving their reaction to her speech. and her actions have divided opinions. she didn't name donald trump — but she didn't need to... all of us in this room belonged to the most vilified segments in american society right now. think about it. hollywood, foreigners and the press. so so hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick ‘em all out, you'll have nothing to watch
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but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. to discuss this more, i'm joined in the studio by the republican commentator, charlie wolf, and john crowley, editor—in—chief of the international business times. charlie, are you into mixed martial arts? iam charlie, are you into mixed martial arts? i am thinking of taking it up on her recommendation!” arts? i am thinking of taking it up on her recommendation! i suspect you we re on her recommendation! i suspect you were not impressed by what she said. actually, i wanted to take a moment while we are here on the bbc to sell you some life insurance. this is what she has done. she was there to receive an award, and she is using the platform for something else. i wa nt to the platform for something else. i want to give her some friendly advice. you only helping him, 0k? advice. you only helping him, ok? if you really want to do him some harm, i can't remember who said it, i think it was frank sinatra — shut up
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and sing, 0k? seriously, everything they have done is only emboldening him and bidding him up, if! they have done is only emboldening him and bidding him up, if i can use that term, with his constituency. john, charlie has a point. it is the oxygen john, charlie has a point. it is the oxyg e n of john, charlie has a point. it is the oxygen of publicity that fuelled this man's rise to power anyway, and now these people are complaining, but they are still talking about him. well, she has played into his hands a bit. it was trolling par excellence for him when he said she was overrated. 19 times oscar—nominated? was overrated. 19 times oscar—nominated ? 0verrated ? was overrated. 19 times oscar-nominated? overrated? the deer hunter, mamma mia, maybe not so much. that was a bit iffy. but she is the closest you can get to hollywood royalty, and it would almost be a surprise if hollywood did not criticise trump. but now he can communicate to his 90 million followers on twitter and shut it down. she is using her platform,
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trying to speak from a podium in the traditional sense to talk to her constituency. donald trump uses his platform, twitter, social media, to communicate his message and he has won. to use a baseball analogy, she has thrown a very straight, no, quick ball at him and he has knocked it out of the park. and who were supporting barack 0bama? it was the modern camelot, where you had jay z and beyonce and barbra streisand, of course. look at the campaign. who was supporting hillary clinton? you had cher, who made an idiot of yourself by comparing trump to hitler. then you had madonna, who was offering sexual favours for people to vote for hillary clinton. that is a real intellectual
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argument. i missed that, really? that went over my head. it was there, i promise you. these are the people on the moral high ground, and they are the ones being hypocritical and getting on trump's case. someone said today, the one thing you have to admire about the left is that they have double standards, but they are the only standards they have got. but they are allowed their opinions, and they? and they happen to have the kind of platform where they can air those opinions, just as mrtrump has they can air those opinions, just as mr trump has twitter. hollywood actors and political activism go hand—in—hand. you have jane fonda and marlon brando, who didn't turn up and marlon brando, who didn't turn up to the academy awards. he sent a native american woman in his place. you almost expect them to say this, that america is still the land of the free. you are still allowed to say what you want for now. we kind of expect hollywood royalty to say this to us. and perhaps we can take it with a pinch of salt. do
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hollywood actors picked themselves extremely seriously? 0f hollywood actors picked themselves extremely seriously? of course they do. but it is part of theirjob to tell us how bad donald trump is. it is not surprising. ijust think now, in this new media phase where there is no press conference, he just shuts her down with a tweet and winds up all of her followers by saying she is overrated. john, what does someone like meryl streep do in the future? shut up and sing. we are back to mamma mia again. look, it is manna from heaven for people like us at the international business times, where we can report this. she could have posed a question to him. donald trump has gone back on pledges like the mexican wall. he has said we will demand a rebate now rather than getting mexico to pay for it. or banning, in the wake of the shooting in san bernardino, he called for all muslims to be banned from entering the country. he has gone back on
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that. she could have posed a question to him, saying, donald, are you going to send the 11 million people living illegally in the states back home? would he have come back with a tweet them? i don't know . but she raised an issue about a supporter with a cognitive joint condition. this was someone that mr trump made fun of. allegedly, and he says he wasn't. it is a serious allegation, but it has been made. he has won the election now, and we are in this weird interregnum where he is president—elect and you have to wait for him to do something. he will do something controversial. he will do something controversial. he will make a gaffe, won't he? but at the moment, he isjust waiting. so he just batted it away. there has also always been a sense of royalty about the office of the president, just as it is easy in this country to make fun of her majesty the queen because she can't answer back. but
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now there is a change. here is a guy that answers back. he says, if you insult me, he said at one of his interviews, i will come back ten times harder. that is an important point. mike pence, his vice president, was attacked from the stage before the new year when a broadway actor took to the staid and criticised him. and trump said, if you attack me or my team, i will come after you. it is like, oh my god. we haven't even discussed how crazy it is that the present elect is having a twitter battle with an actress on stage. they have also put their foot actress on stage. they have also put theirfoot in their actress on stage. they have also put their foot in their mouths, because remember, he was hillary, from this very high elitist position of how dare you insult the constitution by saying he will question the election, and then when it comes out, not only does she question the election, but it turns out that he had more votes in the recount. well, this is going to run and run. good to see you both. now, let's go to the weather.m
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now, let's go to the weather. it was not a great start to the day for many parts of the uk with the wind and rain making steady progress southwards and eastwards. the worst of it was followed by some showers and then some more persistent rain pushed into scotland. it will be accompanied by strong winds. there will be wetter weather into the north—west of england, but many central and eastern areas are doing reasonably well overnight. it is a chilly night in major towns and cities. into the morning, some parts of eastern scotland are not faring too badly. for the west and north, it is still windy, but not as windy as it is overnight. there will be outbreaks of rain into northern ireland through the morning. there will be a bit of rain in northern england, mainly over the pennines.
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east of the pennines, it should be a dry or even bright start for some. that is true for much of eastern england. the midlands are faring well, but chilly. wetter weather towards wales and the south—west of england. some eastern parts will have bright spells through the morning, but more clout by the afternoon. patchy rain will spread from west to east on the breeze. after a chilly start, many of us will be in single figures in the afternoon. you might get 10 degrees for the channel islands. in the evening, there will be rain for a time in the south—east. then another area of rain pushes into the west of scotland, which is associated with this weather front. that will bring some rain with it, but those isobars get closer together, which means it will be a windy day on wednesday. a blustery day for all parts. it will bring some showers with it, mainly in the north and west of the uk. and over high ground, that will turn to snow quite readily. the further south and east you go, it is
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relatively mild and it should stay mostly dry here, but cold further north. but not as cold as it will be across southern and eastern parts of europe. but parts of germany and poland are becoming a bit less cold over the next couple of days. on our shores, the winds continue to come from the north and north—west. the air is coming from iceland and greenland. it is cold air and in that cold air, northern and eastern areas are at risk of snow showers. warnings online. this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie.
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the headlines at 8.00: martin mcguinness, northern ireland's deputy first minister has resigned, leaving the devolved government in crisis. the situation we have been dealing with over the course of the past few years is unacceptable. i have calle a halt to dup arrogance. the health secretary says the guarantee that all patients who attend a&e will be seen within four—hours, could be scrapped. theresa may outlines plans to try and transform society's attitudes to mental health. a strike by underground workers has caused disruption for millions of travellers. the girlfriend of the missing raf serviceman corrie mckeague, has revealed that she is expecting his child.

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