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this is bbc news. i'm gavin esler. the headlines at 11. theresa may will be the first world leader to meet president trump when she travels to washington on friday. the prime minister says she won't be afraid to tell the president what she thinks. whenever there is something ifind unacceptable and will not be afraid to say it. after millions took to the streets in protest against the new president, the white house accuses the media of dishonestly reporting the size of the crowd at his inauguration. the ministry of defence says it has absolute confidence in the uk's nuclear defence system after reports that a trident missile test went wrong. the gambia's defeated leader — yahya jammeh — flies into exile, 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. world number one andy murray crashes out of the australian open after a shock defeat in the fourth round. theresa may will be the first
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foreign leader to meet the new us president at the white house. they're expected to hold talks on friday and trade, nato and brexit are expected to be on the agenda. the prime minister has been speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show this morning and said the important thing was to build on the special relationship, but that she wouldn't be afraid to tell the president when she found something unacceptable. with me is now to get more on this is our political correspondent, susana mendonca. in focus up in trip. theresa may and she is embarking soon on trade negotiations with the eu about what britain's role will be outside of the european union when we leave, and so she needs to have a strong
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hand. this is a great opportunity for her because it gives a chance to put across this image that she has a close relationship with the new american president. she will meet him we understand on friday, and trade will be the main focus of that. she wants to dog about how she will have a good trade relationship with donald trump, but she accepts that he is somebody who has focused on putting america first. he was what she has said. he and others have spoken about the importance of the trade negotiation with the united kingdom, and that is something i would expect to talk to him about alongside other issues when i'm in washington. i think free trade is important in the world. i believe globalisation is important and this brings economic benefits to our countries, but we do make sure that those benefits and that prosperity is spread across the whole of the uk. she was also
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talking about the other issues that you will discuss with donald trump, including nato, there has been speculation donald trump is not as keen on nato is in the past. it is an issue that she certainly feels very strongly about. i have spoken to him about nato. nato is very important. it has been that will work over security in europe and we work together in nato. we have both made the point before about contributions made by countries. the united kingdom is spending to% countries. the united kingdom is spending to % of its gdp on defence andl spending to % of its gdp on defence and i believe that is important. do you believe what he said about other nato countries not paying their way? there are other countries also paying two % and other countries working towards doing that. what is important is that we recognise the value of nato, which she does, the value of nato, which she does, the value of nato as an organisation which helps defend europe and defend
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the interests of all those allies in nato. it was interesting the story that broke in the sunday times this morning about a trident missile fired without a nuclear warhead which went wrong. yes, we understand it misfired. this was not revealed at the time, we understand this happened back in june, at the time, we understand this happened back injune, and there was a lot of months later about renewing trident, which the government one. theresa may was asked about this on the andrew marr show, and failed to a nswer the andrew marr show, and failed to answer the question four times. she was asked whether not she knew about this misfire for that vote, and he was what she said. i have absolute faith in trident missiles. when i that speech in the house of commons we were talking about whether or not we should renew trident, whether or not we should have an independent nuclear deterrent in the future. did you know it has happened? i think we
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should defend our country. i think we should play a role with an independent nuclear deterrent. jeremy corbyn thinks different. this isa jeremy corbyn thinks different. this is a very serious incident. did you know about it when you told the house of commons? the issue we were talking about was a very serious issue, it was with not we should renew trident. whether we should look to the future and have a replacement trident. that is what we we re replacement trident. that is what we were talking about in the house of commons. that is what the house of commons. that is what the house of commons voted for. i believe in defending our country, jeremy corbyn voted against it. i think ithinka i think a lot of attention will be paid to this, to hear a woman by minister go and visit a man who has been repeatedly accused of misogyny, sexism and all kinds of things. there are a lot of questions about whether theresa may will challenge donald trump about comments he has made about women. she has not made that clear in the interview today, but she did say in the past that his comments have been unacceptable, and
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the very fact it is a woman british prime minister meeting him go some way to making that statement that his views on women perhaps have not been to the taste of many. in britain yesterday we sold 100,000 people out on the streets in one of those women's marches against donald trump. it is an issue people will be concentrating on. jeremy corbyn, the labour leader, has said he would like to see her challenge donald trump not just on like to see her challenge donald trump notjust on the women issue but also comments about muslims and building wall. jeremy corbyn has also been talking about trident, a subject he has dealt with repeatedly in the past.|j think this failure is something that ought to pause everyone for a moment and just think what happened. we understand the prime minister chose not to inform parliament about this and it has come out through the media some months later. it is a pretty catastrophic error when a missile goes in the wrong direction. and whilst it wasn't armed, goodness
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knows what the consequences could have been. i think we need a serious discussion about that. but also, let's look to the longer term future. jeremy corbyn speaking on sky. with me now is leslie vinjamuri, a us foreign policy analyst at the chatham house think—tank. good to see you. one of the interesting things about the visit is that it is taking place. it is the first. the british ambassador has done quite a good job, apparently. absolutely. the fact that theresa may will be the first foreign leader that donald trump meet with speaks to the ongoing significance of the special relationship. not an easy time, not an easy leader to forge a special relationship with. theresa may is going in as a female prime minister toa man going in as a female prime minister to a man who has made very public sexist remarks and faced millions of people on the streets across america and the world protesting. and she goesin and the world protesting. and she goes in because she has a very strong interest in negotiating a
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trade deal with donald trump. he said he would like to do a us — uk trade deal within 90 days, that is difficult given britain's position right now, and also to talk about security, including nato which donald trump asset is obsolete, but theresa may says that donald trump values nato. we have a lot to watch will stop it should be an interesting and remarkable visit. on trade, a simple reality check is that it will not be done within 90 days because nothing can be done within 90 days. we're still members of the european union. we have not even begun the process of leaving. and that will take more than two yea rs, by and that will take more than two years, by which time there will be another congress which may be republican—dominated, it might not be. and congress will have a view. the idea that something magical will happen on trade by friday, no matter the headlines, it's just happen on trade by friday, no matter the headlines, it'sjust not happen on trade by friday, no matter the headlines, it's just not true, is it? no. but beginning that conversation is important for both donald trump and theresa may. this morning she said "if i have a
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special relationship with donald trumpi special relationship with donald trump i can exercise influence". and this reflect a lot of what her predecessors have believed about the special relationship. she might not get a trade deal immediately, of course she cannot, but the symbolism of america and the uk getting together and beginning to discuss the possibility of a very significant bilateral deal, being the first person to turn up at the white house, the symbolism of that cannot be underestimated. and it will be noticed in paris, berlin and brussels. absolutely. what do you make of the point about nato? britain rules to wait in nato by spending 2 be sent on defence. there are other countries that had that figure of spending, but theresa may needs to work to make sure that donald trump remains committed to nato. i think donald trump probably is more committed than his rhetoric
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suggests when he says that nato is obsolete. he says that he wants to use nato to relieve pursue his key foreign policy agenda which is fighting islamic radical terrorism. at theresa may is also going over to say, we need america, to forge that relationship across a range of dimensions. security is essential. right now nato offers written the potential to have tremendous influence at a time when it is exuding the european union. this question of how important is a personal relationship between leaders to what is a much more complicated relationship between countries? clearly it was important with reagan and thatcher, it was also important with clinton and blair. this could be important, couldn't it? it could be. it is incredibly tricky of course. theresa may will have to navigate this to rain of dealing with the leader who is unpredictable and uncertain, who
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says things that are difficult to stomach for many of her constituents, for the country that she governs, between 80000 and 100,000 people on the streets in london alone and in many other cities across the uk. she has to balance the line of having a strong relationship with donald trump, and the personal relationship is crucial, but also keeping a healthy distance. if he says things that are not acceptable in the country that she governs. watch this space! leslie, thank you for coming in. that announcement about theresa may's visit to the us was made during donald trump's first day in office, which also saw a series of protests against his administration and white house attacks on the media. our us correspondent david willis reports. crowd: hey, hey! ho, ho! donald trump has got to go! in the nation's capital, they have rarely seen a rally quite like this. not since the vietnam war have so many people come together, in defence of women's rights and minority rights,
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liberties these people believe could be imperilled by the presidency of donald trump. the man himself was visiting the headquarters of the cia whilst that rally was underway, less concerned about secrets, it appeared, than crowd sizes, in particular reports of the attendance at his inauguration the previous day. i made a speech. i looked out, the field was... it looked like a million, 1.5 million people. they showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. that theme was echoed in an unscheduled news conference a short while later. before confirming that britain's theresa may would be the first foreign leader to visit president trump, the new white house press spokesman railed against reports that mr trump had failed to attract as large a crowd to his inauguration as barack 0bama. this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.
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these attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. 0fficial estimates of crowd sizes are not released, but aerial photographs appear to contradict the trump administration's assessment. nonetheless, mr spicer, in his first briefing at the white house, went on to issue a thinly veiled threat to reporters covering the trump presidency. we're going to hold the press accountable, as well. he will take his message directly to the american people, where his focus will always be. size clearly matters greatly to donald trump, and regardless of the inauguration crowds, the crowd at yesterday's protest was so large that a march on the white house proved impossible, because there were so many people present. it is a question of which will ultimately prove the most unpalatable to the new administration, the messenger or the message. we heard from the new press
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secretary using his first briefing to criticise the press. let's hear a bit more from that extraordinary press c0 nfe re nce . bit more from that extraordinary press conference. these attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. as you know the president was at the central intelligence agency today and greeted by a raucous crowd of some 400 plus cia employees. there we re over some 400 plus cia employees. there were over a thousand requests to attend, the president will have to come back to greet the rest. the employees are ecstatic that he is the new commander—in—chief, and he delivered an important and powerful message. he told them he has their back. and they were grateful for that. they gave him a five—minute standing ovation at the end in a display of their patriotism and enthusiasm for his presidency. i would also note that it is a shame
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that the cia did not have a director to be with him today when he visited because the democrats are stalling the nomination and playing politics with national security. that is what you guys should be writing and covering, instead of sowing division about sweets and false narratives. the president is committed to unifying our country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. this kind of dishonesty in the media is making it more difficult to bring oui’ is making it more difficult to bring our nation together. the have been talk in the media about holding donald trump accountable. i am here to tell you it goes to ways. we will hold the press accountable. the american people deserve better, and as long as he serves as the messengerfor as long as he serves as the messenger for this incredible movement he will take his message directly to the american people where his focus will always be. that was sean spicer at what we call a
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news conference, but it was pretty much a lecture. and from monday here on the bbc news channel we have a new programme covering donald trump's first acts as president, the brexit effect and much more. that's 100 days with katty kay in washington and christian fraser in london at 7pm. theresa may will be the first world leader to meet president trump when they hold talks on friday. the white house accuses the american media of dishonestly reporting the size of a crowd at friday's inauguration of president trump. labour has demanded a statement over reports that are rare misfiring, trident missile test went wrong last year. let's catch up on the sport. thanks, gavin. top seed andy moray is out of
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the austrian open. he lost in four said. last year's winner novak djokovic is already out. many saw it as his best chance to win in melbourne, instead he is reflecting on defeats the world number 50.|j was on defeats the world number 50.” was a tough match, along one, heart conditions, it was hot. and mischa zverev ca n conditions, it was hot. and mischa zverev can opt with good stuff. he plays a game style that not many players play these days, and he played extremely well. especially the end of the match, he did come up with some great stuff, some really good volleys. pick—ups, reflexes he was related up there, so he deserved to win. it was a tough one to lose. dan eva ns‘ run to win. it was a tough one to lose. dan evans' run is also over after losing to jo—wilfried dan evans' run is also over after losing tojo—wilfried tsonga. he had knocked out the world number seven and bernard tomic to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the
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first time. after an excellent and he will climb from 51st 240 fifth in the world rankings. i need to maybe get a bit fitter so i can last out those matches. ithink get a bit fitter so i can last out those matches. i think today i was flagging after the first set. i did feel that. my body was sore. maybe thatis feel that. my body was sore. maybe that is something i can improve on a bit. but i still come a long way from their awards last year. there are highlights from melbourne on bbc two. the wickets have been falling at regular intervals in kockott today as england had a stuttering start in the third and final one—day international against india. in the lorry lost the series and made a steady start with jason roy making his first 50, he felt for 65, and angus batsmen continue to make start but then got out. jonny bairstow and
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0wen morgan were guilty of playing poor shots. a short time ago england we re poor shots. a short time ago england were 263—6. india have already won the series. football, chelsea could end today as much as nine point clear at the top of the table. they play hull city later who are second bottom of the league. for me, hull city is a good team. the last game that they won, they change the coach, and usually when you change the coach, usually you have a great reaction of the players. arsenal will live up to second if they beat burnley thanks to slip—ups yesterday from both liverpool and tottenham. today's a gutsy southampton host leicester. it is important to stay focused on this game, two teams and difficulties in the premier league in the same situation. leicester and
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others, we want a good result, points, and it's important to have good consideration about this. dave riding is in first place after two i’u ns riding is in first place after two runs in the alpine skiing world cup in austria. he still has to complete the second run today, but the victory would be the first ever in a british skier in the 50 year history of the alpine world cup. do end up in the top three, he would be the first brit to finish on the podium ata first brit to finish on the podium at a world cup event since 1981. that's all for now, i will have more in the next hour. a charity says many local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in england are doing too little to encourage women to have smear tests. jo's cervical cancer trust found embarrassment and worries about pain were putting many people off.
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0ur health reporter, smitha mundasad has the details. a smear of lipstick to encourage women not to ignore their smear tests. they are offered to women aged 25 to 64, to help prevent cervical cancer. last yea r‘s campaign drew celebrity support, from the model cara delevingne to reality star lauren pope, and the charity behind it says this year their message has never been more important. at the moment, in england, for example, the number of women who attend cervical screening is at a 19—year low. that is hugely concerning, because if it carries on, we are going to see more women diagnosed, we are sadly going to see more women passing away, and we just don't want that to happen. the charity's latest survey suggests half of women aged 25 to 29 have put off getting a smear test. the reasons — more than a quarter said they were too embarrassed, a similar numbersaid they were worried about pain,
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and almost one in ten said they had never had the test at all. nhs england says it is particularly worried about the fall in young women getting smears in the last few years, because that has been linked to a rise in women under 35 getting cervical cancer. it says it is working on projects to encourage more young women to take up the tests. voting has begun in france in the socialist party's primary to decide the nomination for the presidential election in april. six men and a woman are taking part. they include the former prime minister, manuel valls; but not the unpopular current president, francois hollande. a run—off will take place in a week's time. the former president of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has flown into exile — 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. with one small wave yahya jammeh
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headed into political xl, ending a 22 year rule. 0ne headed into political xl, ending a 22 year rule. one of the world's most eccentric and ruthless leaders, he was flanked by soldiers as he boarded a plane headed for a nearby guinea. his loyal supporters were visibly upset, but some were relieved that this political crisis is over. he is going also without bloodshed. his departure came 24 hours after he stalled state television he would finally request power. he refused to accept december‘s election defeat. troops we re december‘s election defeat. troops were ready on the border to remove him with force. the situation became so intense that the gambia's new
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president of the oath of office in neighbouring senegal. his focus now turns to the future. it is very important, people have suffered for the last 20 years. and the thousands of gambians who fled during the crisis will now slowly return home. it was a delegation of west african leaders who negotiated the excerpt plan of ya hya leaders who negotiated the excerpt plan of yahya jammeh. the details have not been made public. translation: up until now it has beena translation: up until now it has been a clean operation that helps us to restore hope and democracy, and ensure that nobody has the right to oppose an election result. as yahya jammeh disappeared into the darkness, human rights activists demanded he became the' be held accountable for human rights abuses, including the detention and torture of opponents. and the gambians who
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voted for change described his departure as a victory for his country. we can go live to our correspondent in the capital, banjul. i take it there is some relief there that the former president has now gone? i'm very i'm very sorry, i'll have to ask you to repeat the question because the line is breaking up. i take it people are relieved that the ex—president has now left. people are relieved that the ex-president has now left. that's right. the president left last night. he is now in guinea, we understand, with his family. and certainly life is picking up here after three days of a total shutdown. shops, banks, gas stations, everything was closed for three days as people were staying
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home in fear of violence as west african states sent in troops to threaten to remove yahya jammeh by force. in the end he left, he was left with no option from west african leaders who basically gave him an ultimatum. either he was walking out of the state house or he would be removed by force. the african union and the united nations haveissued african union and the united nations have issued a declaration saying they would work to ensure there is no witch hunting of former supporters, and have said that yahya jammeh was leaving temporarily, but he should be able to return to the gambia at the time of his choosing. it isn't clear yet the exact terms
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of the agreement under which yahya jammeh has left the country, but certainly people here are preparing for the return of the new president, adama barrow. thomas, thank you. but i did what the weather is up to. matt is not there. anybody else was like? where you delayed by frost on the catwalk up their? forecast for the catwalk up their? forecast for the rest of your sunday. looking pretty decent for some of you. a lovely crisp winter day for some of you. not been the same everywhere. for others it has been grey skies dominating. this was the scene a few hours ago in shropshire. a little covering of snow on the higher
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ground. we have seen sleet and snow pushed into the pennines, with cloud in parts of wales and northern ireland. and scotland, sunshine limited. but in the south—east you have some sunshine. temperatures are little on the low side but picking up little on the low side but picking up across little on the low side but picking up across many western little on the low side but picking up across many western areas. through tonight the frost returns, and the clear skies in the south—east, that's where we have a risk of fog. elsewhere the cloud will break out. the frost and fog hit and will break out. the frost and fog hitand miss, but will break out. the frost and fog hit and miss, but it is a chilly start to monday morning. four could hamper the commute in southern areas, some of it will linger all be long, but a bit less sunshine around them today. hello, this is bbc news with gavin esler. in a moment, dateline london, but first the headlines. theresa may has responded to reports that a trident missile test went wrong, weeks before a crucial commons vote on its future.
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i have absolute faith in our trident missiles. when i made that speech in the house of commons, or what we we re the house of commons, or what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our trident. trade, nato and brexit are likely to be high on the agenda as mrs may meets donald trump this friday. she said she wouldn't be afraid to challenge mr trump if he said or did anything which was unacceptable. president trump and his white house team have launched a furious attack on the media, accusing them of lying about the size of the crowds at his inauguration on friday. a charity says health officials are doing too little to encourage women to have smear tests — one in five women are too embarrassed to receive the life—saving test, and some don't think testing reduces the risk of cervical cancer. the former president of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has left the country after agreeing to hand over power to adama barrow, who defeated him in a presidential election last month. andy murray's hopes of winning a first australian open title ended with a shock defeat by world number 50 mischa zverev of germany in the fourth round.
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