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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at three. theresa may will not say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test when mps were voting to renew the weapons system. i have absolute faith in our trident missiles. when i made that speech in the house of commons, what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our trident. the prime minister confirms she will be the first world leader to meet president trump when they hold talks on friday. millions took to the streets in protest against the new president, but the white house accuses the media of dishonestly reporting numbers attending his inauguration. the gambia's defeated leader, yahya jammeh, flies into exile, 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. world tennis number one andy murray crashes out of the australian open after a shock defeat in the fourth round. disappointing, lost today, tough for
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sure, one of the biggest events i wa nted sure, one of the biggest events i wanted to do better in. and coming up in half an hour, click will bring you the latest tech news from around the world. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister, theresa may, says she has "absolute faith" in the trident nuclear missile system, despite claims that an unarmed test firing veered off—course. it's claimed an unarmed rocket fired from hms vengeance in the atlantic ocean shot off in the direction of the united states last year. but on the bbc‘s andrew marr programme this morning, mrs may declined to answer if she'd been made aware of the incident before a crucial vote on the future of the trident programme in parliament, as
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daniel boettcher reports. this is what the launch of a trident missile looks like. lastjune, the royal navy carried out what it calls a routine unarmed test launch from hms vengeance. but according to the sunday times, it went wrong. the paper says the submarine was about 200 miles off the coast of florida. it was due to fire the missile 5,600 miles to a location off the west coast of africa. instead, the paper says it may have veered off in the wrong direction. that was just weeks before a vote in parliament to renew britain's ageing vanguard submarines. today, the prime minister was asked four times if she had known about the alleged incident when she had made a statement on trident to mps lastjuly. the issue we were talking about in the house of commons was a very serious issue. it was about whether or not we should renew trident, whether we should look to the future and have a replacement trident. that is what we were talking about in the house of commons.
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that is what the house of commons voted for. i believe in defending our country. jeremy corbyn voted against it. he doesn't want to defend our country with an independent nuclear deterrent. prime minister, did you know? there are tests that take place all the time for our nuclear deterrents. what we were talking about was the future. 0k, ok, i'm not going to get an answer to this, could i ask about one other thing? the paper says there had been four previous trident tests since 2000. in the past, the mod has issued a press release and video of successful tests. this time, it did not. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has accused the prime minister of not telling the public about the alleged misfiring. i 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.
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while the ministry of defence says the test launch was a success for the crew and the boat, it has not denied the report that the missile itself might have veered off—course. but it does say the capability and effectiveness of the trident missile is unquestionable. daniel boettcher, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to our news correspondent alexandra mackenzie about the reaction to the trident missile test. trident is always controversial, so these are very strong questions for these are very strong questions for the prime minister and as we have seenin the prime minister and as we have seen in that report, she was asked four times if she knew about that come and she did not give a yes or no answer. but these questions, i do not think, will go away because we have had quite a lot of reaction to this. people want to know if she knew about it and if so, why did she not tell parliament whiz—mac and
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also crucially, it came at a time just before the debate and the vote on renewal of trident missiles on the clyde. kevinjones, a former defence minister and allen mp, he has called for an enquiry into this, and people do want answers. —— labourmp. and people do want answers. —— labour mp. they are wondering why so many months on they do not know about this. it is notjust in westminster that there will be an issue, this also affects holyrood and the scottish government was that nicola sturgeon has been very vocal, she has not wanted to have nuclear weapons on the clyde will stop she has in the past said that a renewal of trident would be a possible trigger to take scotland closer to a second independence referendum. she was one person who'd tweeted about
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this this morning. she said, this is a hugely serious issue. she said there should be a full disclosure of what happened, who knew what and when, and why the house of commons was not told. so she is echoing the opinion of many, many others. but we have also had other reaction. antinuclear campaigners, the cnd, perhaps not surprisingly have been... they were camped out at faslane for many years, they have long fought to get rid of nuclear weapons on the clyde and they responded saying, this is a serious failure, and they are saying, as others are, it would have impacted on the parliamentary debate on trident replacement. they are questioning the government's commitment to spending what will be of pounds to replace the four current nuclear submarines, one of the ones which was involved in the incident near florida. the mod hand
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downing street have responded to this prior to the interview with theresa may this morning, and what they said is, we do not provide any further details on submarine operations, obvious national security reasons. they have said that the capability and effectiveness of the trident missile and why should we ever need to employ it, is unquestionable. but the reaction that we have had today suggests that these questions to the prime minister are not going to go away prime minister are not going to go r prime minister are not going to go away very easily. those calling for an enquiry, what do they ultimately wa nt an enquiry, what do they ultimately want at the end of it, what action? nobody has mentioned action at this stage. i think people, for a lot of people, a lot of politicians, the first time they saw this was on the front page of a newspaper this morning, and they are just wondering why they did not know about this.
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they want to know, if the prime minister knew about it, why they did not know about it. they are calling for this to be discussed in parliament, and i think the date of this was crucial, it happened prior to the vote in parliament for the renewal of trident, and many who would have been against it are saying that the vote could have been very different if they had had that knowledge. just briefly, how does this fall for theresa may, is it a difficult one for her? it looks like a difficult one, it is hard to know at this stage how things will play out. she has a lot of other issues to deal with at this stage, with brexit, she is going to visit donald trump, so there will be other issues that will be discussed this week. but these are nuclear weapons and as isaid but these are nuclear weapons and as i said earlier, very controversial. so, for one to be possibly misfired, that does seem to be a very serious issue for the prime minister.
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alexandra mackenzie talking to me earlier. the prime minister has also confirmed she'll visit america to meet president trump on friday, the first world leader to meet him since his inauguration. mrs may said britain's "special relationship" with the us would allow her to speak up, to say she disagrees with some of president trump's opinions. here's our political correspondent, susanna mendonca. as britain pulls away from its ties with the european union, it is looking to rekindle old alliances with a brand—new american president. the special relationship between the uk and the us has been strong for many years. we will have the opportunity to talk about our possible future trading relationship, but also some of the world challenges that we will face, issues like defeating terrorism, the conflict in syria. comparisons will be drawn to another female british prime minister who forged a close relationship with a populist us president. ronald reagan and margaret thatcher were united in their free trade aims back in the 1980s, and it has been reported that donald trump has already referred theresa may as his maggie.
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but no previous us president has been so unpopular with so many. in particular with women, who turned out in their hundreds of thousands to protest against him in america yesterday and in cities including london. mrs may wouldn't be drawn on whether she plans to challenge mr trump on the things he has said about women. i think the biggest statement that will be made about the role of women is the fact that i will be there as a female prime minister, the prime minister of the united kingdom, talking to him directly about the interest that we share. no longer back of the queue on trade, mrs may's focus in her talks with mr trump will be around building a future trade deal with the us after britain leaves the eu. he and the people around him have also spoken about the importance of a trade arrangement with the united kingdom, and that that is something they are looking to talk to us about at an early stage. i would expect to be able to talk to him about that alongside the other issues i will discuss with him when i am in washington.
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if mr trump's inauguration speech is anything to go by, though, he is more focused on protectionism than free trade, insisting that he will put america first. so critics say the government should be cautious about putting us trade ahead of an eu deal. no trade agreement with america, however ambitious, can replace or match what we are potentially going to lose on our own doorstep in europe. as brexit negotiations loom, though, mrs may knows that she needs trade options elsewhere. this week's meeting with the us president is a first step in that direction. susana mendonca, bbc news. on his first full day in office, the new president of the united states, donald trump, saw more than 1.5 million people take to the streets in us cities to demonstrate against him. some protests continued late into the night, such as this one in san francisco. but mr trump and his team have focused instead on the media's coverage of his inauguration on friday. despite live footage that showed smaller crowds
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than in previous years, the white house said there had been record numbers watching the ceremony. the new white house press secretary, sean spicer, used his first briefing to accuse the american media of "sowing division". these attempts to lessen the enthusiasm with the inauguration are shameful and wrong. the president was also at the central intelligence agency today and greeted by a raucous, overflowing crowd of some 400 plus cia employees. there were over 1000 requests to attend, prompting the president to note he would have to come back to greet the rest. the employees were ecstatic he is the new commander in he delivered them and important and powerful message. he told them that he has they are back and they were grateful for that. they gave him a five—minute standing ovation at the end ina five—minute standing ovation at the end in a display of their patriotism and their enthusiasm for his
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presidency. i would also note it is a shame that the cia did not have a dying —— directed to be with him today when he visited, because the democrats have chosen to store the nomination of mike pompeo and are playing politics with national security. that is what you guys should be writing about uncovering, instead of sowing division about tweets and false narratives. the president is committed to unifying oui’ president is committed to unifying our country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. this kind of his inaugural address. this kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenging to bring about our nation together is making it more difficult. there has been a lot of talk about the responsibility to hold donald trump accountable and i am here to tell you it goes two ways, we will hold the press accountable as well. the american people deserve better and 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. sean spicer. 0ur correspondent in washington, jane 0'brien, told me a short time ago that the relationship
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between the mainstream media and the president is now intensifying. we do know that his relationship with the american media in particular is highly contentious. we saw this throughout the campaign, he criticised the media incessantly. sean spicer was saying he will take his message directly to the people, thatis his message directly to the people, that is what he has been doing, he tweets constantly. but i think that a lot of the issue over the press appearing to criticise the size of the turnout on inauguration day, making comparisons with 2009 when barack 0bama making comparisons with 2009 when ba rack 0bama was making comparisons with 2009 when barack 0bama was inaugurated, and indeed yesterday's women's march, which sean spicer refused to talk about, i think it goes to something thatis about, i think it goes to something that is really bothering donald trump, and that is the perception that he feels many americans have that he feels many americans have that somehow his presidency is not legitimate, and part of this stems
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from the allegations over russian interference with the election process itself, and part of it is that there is a huge opposition in this country to him, he has a divided nation to deal with and he doesn't like it, he wants people to rally round him and they are not. how is the press dealing with it their? well, the press is doing what it always does, saying that it is reporting facts, it is true that on friday, the crowds were much smaller than they were yesterday during the women's march, that did notjust ta ke women's march, that did notjust take place in washington, they took place on 670 places around the world. the turnout was indisputably enormous. but i think the whole notion of holding donald trump accountable, i think the press will have to find a way of dealing with the fact that this is a president who tweets, who says pretty much
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what comes into his head, and this isa what comes into his head, and this is a new world, because in previous presidencies, anything that a president said is analysed and passed down to its bare components. and i think that congress, the press and the american people are having to get used to a very different way of communications from their leader. of course, meeting foreign leaders will be next on his agenda and theresa may is arriving on friday for a meeting. how is that playing out over their? i do not think anyone has really noticed yet, to be honest. 0f anyone has really noticed yet, to be honest. of course this is an enormous issue in britain but i think in america at the moment, there are so many other things topping the agenda, not least, we heard sean spicer talking about the fa ct heard sean spicer talking about the fact that democrats are holding up the confirmation process of his key cabinet picks. he is going into office and he doesn't have half his cabinet in place, that is not a good start. so obviously that is a huge
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area of concern. but the most americans it is all about 0bamacare. how will they pay for health care insurance, will be repealed and replaced and if so, what with? but when theresa may arrives, there will bea when theresa may arrives, there will be a recognition the special relationship is there and in town. you think so? how will she deal with some of the issues we are hearing about in the papers today? such as the women's issue? well, our response to that is that she is by virtue of the fact that she is a woman, that presents the issue to goals from just by her mere presence. “— goals from just by her mere presence. —— presents the issue to donald trump. but a lot of what donald trump. but a lot of what donald trump. but a lot of what donald trump says about women, the demeaning language, contradicts the women he has around him. his daughter ivanka is a key adviser, he listens to her. kelly and conway, his campaign manager, was the first
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woman to head a campaign that led to the election of a new president. so, there is a real contradiction in how he talks about women, very publicly, very demeaning lee, and the way he treats women who he respects and admires ina treats women who he respects and admires in a professional capacity. so, how theresa may tackles that, whether it will be an issue, we do not know yet. jane o'brien. pope francis has warned against a rise in populism. he said seeking a political saviour in times of crisis could lead to the elections of leaders such as hitler. in an interview with a spanish newspaper, he also said it is too early to give an opinion on donald trump. he suggested waiting to see what mr trump did before passing judgment. but he condemned the use of walls and barbed wire to keep foreigners out. 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.
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that's 100 days with katty kay in washington and christian fraser in london at 7pm. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may will not say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test when mps were voting to renew the weapons system. the prime minister has confirmed she will be the first world leader to meet president trump when they hold talks on friday. and the white house accuses the american media of dishonestly reporting the size of the crowds at friday's inauguration. andy murray's hopes of a first australian open title are crushed, as he's beaten by mischa zverev in the fourth round. inglot‘s cricketers are taking regular independent its bubble it be enough to win their final one—day international? india need easy to
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the final nine overs five wickets in hand. ronnie 0'sullivan has responded after a bad start to the masters final at alexandra palace. he now trailsjoe final at alexandra palace. he now trails joe perry 4—2. southampton ended their winless run of four games by comfortably brushing aside premier league champions lester 3—0. arsenal against burnley is goalless in the second half, while chelsea host hull later. we will be back with more on that in the next hour. a court in iran has rejected an appealfor a sentence a court in iran has rejected an appeal for a sentence given to a woman with dual british and the rania citizenship at a charity worker accused of security offences. she was detained while trying to leave the country with her baby daughter after visiting relatives in april. the former president of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has flown into exile,
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22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. he sparked a political crisis when he refused to accept the outcome of the country's election. jammeh finally agreed to hand over power to the winner after the leaders of neighbouring countries threatened military action. 0ur correspondent thomas fessy is in banju. he said that life is gradually getting back to normal following the departure of mrjammeh. the president left last night. he is now an equatorial guinea, we understand, with his family. certainly, life is picking up here after three days of a sort of total shutdown, shops, banks, gas stations, everything was closed for three days as people were staying home in fear of violence, as west african states sent in troops to threaten to remove mrjammeh by force. but any of that happened,
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that meant before any of that happened, he left, he was left with no option, he was given an ultimatum, either he was walking out of the steakhouse or he would be removed by force. —— statehouse. the african union, the regional bloc and the un have issued declarations saying that they would work to ensure there is no witchhunt of the supporters, and they have said that mrjammie was leaving temporarily but he was going to be, he should be able to return to the gambia at the time of his choosing. —— mrjammeh. it is not clear the exact terms of the agreement under which he has left the country, but certainly, people here are now preparing for the return of the new president, adama barrow. voting's under way in france to decide the socialist party's candidate to contest the french presidential election. seven candidates are on the initial
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ballot paper, butjust two candidates will make it through to the next round of voting. amongst those trying to win the nomination is former prime minister manuel valls. 0ur correspondent hugh scohfield is in paris and he gave us his analysis of the primary race. the scene is, the socialist party, which would normally expect to go into a presidential election has one of the main contenders, but which is in this instance extremely demoralised and fighting for its life. there is a very, very small chance of any of their contenders actually winning the presidential race, which does not mean it is not important today, but it is kind of symbolic of the whole disarray which has overcome the french left in the last couple of years since it became quite apparent that francois hollande's presidency was going to beafailure, hollande's presidency was going to be a failure, which i think everyone believes it has been. he himself is not running for re—election, which
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she would normally have been expected to do. so we have this open field now in the socialist party, seven candidates vying to get the nomination, but all of them knowing that even if they do get it, their chances of actually getting to the presidency are very slim, because on the left there are other contenders who are outside the socialist party who are outside the socialist party who are outside the socialist party who are if anything more popular than the socialist party nominees. john lookman shone, who is a very charismatic figure for that part of the electorate, then the centre—left emmanuel macron, who is surging ahead in the polls. so it is a very fractured left for this collection ina race fractured left for this collection in a race which is always the also a three horse race with the right and the forehead, being the other contenders. what sense are you getting that people want? well, the senseis getting that people want? well, the sense is quite clearly that they do not particularly want the socialist
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party to be back in power. there is quite clearly a moment which the national front is hoping to capitalise on, the victory of donald trump and the inauguration speech, this is all manna from heaven for marine le pen, on whom all eyes are fixed as we move into the residential campaign. but i think we a lwa ys residential campaign. but i think we always have to make it clear that her chance of winning, still, remain very small indeed. the comparison i a lwa ys very small indeed. the comparison i always make is with the communist party in france in the 1960s and 19705, party in france in the 1960s and 1970s, which was up at similar levels, 20%, 25%, as you weight important player on the political scene but had no chance of actually getting into power because there would always be a big majority against them. a train crash in eastern india has killed at least 36 people and injured more than 60 others.
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nine coaches and the engine of a train between jagdalpur and bhubaneshwar was derailed near kuneru in the state of andhra pradesh. rail officials say the track was broken in two places, and there is some suspicion there was sabotage. sanjoy majumder reports. nine coaches were thrown off the tracks after the train had just left a station in andhra pradesh while on its way from central in the —— central india to. the tragedy took place late at night. most of the would have been asleep and were caught completely unaware. rescue teams were sent immediately to the site of the crash. they worked through the night and much of the morning to pull survivors out of the mangled wreckage. they have been taken to a local district hospital, where they are being treated for injuries. it is still not clear what caused the crash. an investigation
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has been ordered to determine if human error led to it, or even an act of sabotage. we can see that the track is broken into mac places. —— two basis. —— places. there have been some cuts on the rails. this is being looked into by an expert team. the area where the crash took place isa the area where the crash took place is a hotbed of maoist insurgents. but india's railway system is notoriously under resourced and with ageing infrastructure. this is the third such accident since november, raising concerns over the safety standards in one of the world's largest and most heavily used networks. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, delhi. a charity says health officials in england are doing too little to encourage women to have smear tests. jo's cervical cancer trust says that over the past five years, there has been a 3% drop
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in the number of women having the checks, and that more than a million women did not respond to the invitation last year. a police officer who was left severely brain damaged in a motorcycle crash last year has died, after his family won a legal battle to withdraw life support. paul briggs, who was 43, was hit by a dangerous driver while working for merseyside police. his widow, lindsey, said she was "devastated" by her husband's death, but relieved his suffering had ended. a survey suggests that delays in assessing patients' needs are worsening the problems hospitals have in discharging patients. healthwatch england, which champions patients, says many local authorities are failing to get the job done within the recommended six weeks. emma forde reports. nhs england says at the end of november last year, nearly 7,000 hospital beds were occupied by patients who should have been discharged. it says one in three remained in hospital because of delays in assessment, and care packages not being in place. healthwatch england has investigated how widespread delays in social care
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assessments are, both in the community and in hospitals. the longest reported delay in the community was nearly two years. it said that data from local authorities on waiting times for assessments was incredibly patchy. not only that, it also found assessment reviews, which according to the care act should be done every 12 months to assess changing needs, simply aren't being done. the department of health said it was investing £900 million of additional funding into adult social care over the next two years, and will continue to challenge local authorities that fail to carry out timely assessments. emma forde, bbc news. now let's have a look at the weather. good afternoon. it is going to be a battle between cold continental air
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from europe against milder wetter conditions from the atlantic. exactly who will win, we will keep you updated. today it is been a battle between who has got the sunshine and who has not. there have been gaps appearing in the cloud elsewhere so some may finish the day was sunshine but lots of cloud still across scotland, parts of wales and the north midlands and northern england. we have seen a few showers at the moment, some sleet and snow in north yorkshire, but that should ease away. shum showers elsewhere, which will move east, and skies clearing in the way, always a chance of things turning icy tonight. as the cloud picked up elsewhere, the frost might be more hit and miss than last night but a greater chance for scotland, northern ireland and northern england the south and east, not just frosty but northern england the south and east, notjust frosty but increasingly foggy. that could be a problem on the roads and at the airports first thing. parts of england and wales especially but mainly the midlands towards the south east.


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