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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at five: theresa may won't say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test, which happened as mps were debating 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 says she wants to establish a "productive working relationship" with president trump when they hold talks on friday. the white house accuses part of the media of dishonestly reporting numbers attending his inauguration. a court in iran rejects an appeal against a five—year prison sentence given to a woman with dual british and iranian citizenship accused of security offences. andy murray's hopes of winning his first australian open end with a surprise fourth round defeat by the world number 50. disappointing loss today, a tough
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one. one of the biggest events and one. one of the biggest events and one that i wanted to do better at. 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 daniel boettcher reports. this is what the launch of a trident missile looks like.
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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. 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.
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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... ok, if 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 leader, jeremy 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. 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
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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 carol turner — the vice chair of the campaign for nuclear disarmament, and i started by asking her what she thought of the claims. it isa it is a real crisis. there was an illusion, not to say on truth, from theresa may when she tried to imply there were lots and lots of tests. there are of overall tests of nuclear devices bought missile tests are very rare. it was an unarmed missile. nonetheless it shows what the dangers are. one of the unexplored issues is the degree of the lack of safety that there is.
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there are at least two major incidents every year recorded by the un body, and they record the most dangerous. you are talking about across the world, not with strident in particular? yes, but there's been a number of serious accidents in britain over the years. are you concerned about the timing of the sequence concerned about the timing of the sequence of events? absolutely. that is clearly the case that, had this been raised in parliament at the time of trident replacement last july, this would have substantially affected the vote. how do you know, and what do you mean substantially? you don't have to be a nuclear disarmament to realise the danger of accidents and so forth, that they present. it is not only labour and
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snp is against nuclear weapons that would be concerned, but mps who are prepared to vote to replace trident would be extremely concerned to hear how dangerous it is. the vote was over 400 for... there probably would have been a substantial shift in the vote, i would expect. at the very least you would expect a number of mps to sub —— abstain and raise objections. there have been calls foran inquiry. if objections. there have been calls for an inquiry. if there is such a thing, what you would you want it to achieve or what action would you wa nted achieve or what action would you wanted to take? i think two things. firstly the public has a right to the maximum exposure of issues. we
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would want the public to be made aware of the tests, the cost, the frequency and so forth, and we would like for that to be completely open and transparent. let me finish... one other thing particularly is i very much agree with the call of the snp and others for an inquiry on this particular accident. i was watching theresa may on the andrew marr programme this morning, and she was very flustered, very flustered indeed when she was asked questions which she avoided. 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.
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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 to theresa may as "his maggie". 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
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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 interests 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. 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.
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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. earlier i spoke to our washington correspondent jane o'brien. the focus i'm afraid is still on this storm about who attracted the biggest crowds, whether it was donald trump on inauguration day on friday, whether it was the hundreds of thousands of women who marched on washington yesterday or whether it was president obama on his inauguration day. this is all stemming from donald trump. he's the one that has accused the media attempting to delegitimise his
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presidency or his chief of staff did an hourorso ago presidency or his chief of staff did an hour or so ago on the sunday morning shows. donald trump attacking the media yesterday during attacking the media yesterday during a visit to the cia, saying it was shameful that focus on crowd numbers. but this argument is now very much being driven by the white house. they are continuing these unprecedented attacks on coverage, using their very first official press briefing from the white house to criticise media reports. a lot of people, i'm sure, in america and around the world are wondering why this should be and why the focus isn't on the mechanics of government and getting on with the business of the day when monday starts tomorrow. officials at the white house have said the media will be held
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to account over attempts to "deligitimise" president trump. speaking to fox news, chief of staff reince priebus said the administration would fight the coverage "tooth and nail". are you saying there's a conspiracy here? i'm saying there's an obsession by the media to delegitimise the president and we are not going to sit around and let it happen. we will fight back to and nail. the israeli authorities have approved the construction of 566 homes for settlers in occupied eastjerusalem. jerusalem's deputy mayor said the the rules of the game had now changed since the inauguration of donald trump. the israeli government lays claim to the whole ofjerusalem, while the palestinians see the occupied east as the capital of a future state.
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pope francis has warned against a rise in populism. he said seeking a political saviour in times of crisis could lead to the election of leaders like hitler. in an interview with a spanish newspaper, the pope also said it was too early to give an opinion on the us president, 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 tomorrow, 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. 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. 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. our correspondent of life is gradually getting back to normal following the departure of mr jammeh. he is now in equatorial guinea. certainly life is picking up, after the shutdown. shops, guinea. certainly life is picking up, afterthe shutdown. shops, 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
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force. in the end mrjammeh 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 united nations have issued a declaration saying they would work to ensure there is no witchhunt of the former members and supporters, and they have also said mrjammeh was leaving temporarily but should be able to return to the gambia at the time of his choosing. it is unclear the time of his choosing. it is u nclear yet the time of his choosing. it is unclear yet 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.
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emergency workers in central italy are continuing to search for survivors after an avalanche engulfed a hotel. poor weather conditions are hindering the rescue efforts. nine people — including four children — have so far been pulled alive from the rubble of the hotel in the ab—rootso region. at least five people are known to have died 20 three are still missing. the situation unfortunately is the same as the last few days; we are continuing to work nonstop, under extremely difficult weather conditions. as you can see it's really difficult but we will carry on working
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as quickly as we possibly can. the weather, unfortunately, isn't good and the forecast for the next few days isn't good, but we certainly won't be stopping because of that. 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 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 minster manuel valls. our 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 be a failure, which i think everyone believes it has been. he himself is not running for re—election, which
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he 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, if anything, more popular than the socialist party nominees. on the left, 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 election in a race which is always 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 sense is quite clearly that they do not particularly want the socialist party to be back in power. there is quite clearly a moment which the national front is hoping to
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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. presidential campaign. but i think we always have to make it clear that her chance of winning, still, remain very small indeed. the comparison i always make is with the communist party in france in the 1960s and 1970s, which was up at similar levels, 20%, 25%, an 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 court in iran's rejected an appeal
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against a five year prison sentence given to a woman with dual british and iranian citizenship. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe a charity worker accused of security offences was detained while trying to leave the country with her baby daughter after visiting relatives in april. with me is now is nazanin‘s husband, richard ratcliffe. you must be devastated by this. yes, a sequel to feel happened on april fourth but no one was allowed to watch. what were the accusations against her? crazy stuff about her trying to overthrow the regime. this
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time they said she was the head of recruitment and the wife of a british spy. are you? absolutely not true. crazy, both are not true. she did once work for the bbc charity for a year, she was project assistant, not some big important role. equally, as i understand, the reason why they are accusing her of being married to a spy was because of the media campaign i've been doing. the fact there was 500 pages in herfile of media coverage doing. the fact there was 500 pages in her file of media coverage that was done so protesting your innocence proves your guilt. is there anything you can put your finger on them may have led to her arrest initially? i think it is probably the fact she has media connections, she works for a charity that does media training. doesn't do it in iran but nonetheless is the
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sort of organisation that could do. thereafter they try to make up stories. take us back to the day when this happened. she was with your baby daughter? yes, they were ona trip your baby daughter? yes, they were on a trip back from iran and i went to the airport, but i get a call saying she didn't catch the flight so don't go. i didn't worry about it too much at the time, i thought it was possible problem. then it became clear she had been taken in the questioning and it was weeks before it was confirmed it was the revolutionary guard that had her. obviously that was terrifying. the fa ct i obviously that was terrifying. the fact i have been sitting, waiting, presuming it would work out fine, it was hard when i realised what she had been through. where was your daughter at this point? she was at the check—in desk as well and she got given back to her grandparents. since that point she has been living with her grandparents. obviously
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very traumatic at the beginning, she had been there for two weeks and couldn't speak farsi, but now she is pretty much fluent and there is a way in which her grandmother is her some good month. holder is she? two and a half. i haven't seen her physically since this happened. as she's getting older she is beginning to ask questions. she is still living in the moment really, but yes. what sort of help have you had from the foreign office here? it's gone through phases and at points i have been quite critical of the support. i think they have always been personally very decent. there are obviously wider considerations, they have been quite cautious how they have been quite cautious how they have been quite cautious how they have handled things. they have never criticised the way the iranian government is treating her or
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gabriella so i have my frustrations and there have been times when i have put that bluntly in public and in private. i think the foreign office is quite secretive of what it does so one never knows how much they are doing or not doing. have you attempted to go to iran? i'm trying to get a visa which is complicated. i sent a letter to the president last week to request his help. that's one of the next thing is to try. can your wife see the baby? can she have visitors?m is to try. can your wife see the baby? can she have visitors? it has gone through phases, during trial times it is much more closed off but backin times it is much more closed off but back in autumn she got very low and was suicidal and went on hunger strikes, then more visits were allowed after that. at the moment one of the things in the revolutionary guard is saying is they don't want to give back the passport so we cannot bring her home
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at this point. they said we know the bridge government will take away, so to protect the baby so gabriella can see her, that is the rhetoric they are using. and have you been able to talk to your wife? occasionally yes, and infact talk to your wife? occasionally yes, and in fact i had a call last week. how is she? she was angry. she just had a family visit where they were made to wait for two hours. she has managed to knit cardigan for gabriella. the fact she was angry was a good sign, she's a bit stronger. what happens now, is that the end of the judicial process in iran? i think there is a supreme court stage you can do that takes a long time so practically that is all we can do. how are you coping? today
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isa we can do. how are you coping? today is a tough day, and last week we had a candlelit vigil which was quite supportive. it is obviously very up and down, and ifind more i keep going, i try to keep battling. and not just being separated going, i try to keep battling. and notjust being separated from your wife but your little baby as well. yes, and watching her grow up, she's quite different from how she was she went. richard, thank you. let's go to the weather. good evening, cold out there tonight, just how cold depends on whether you see cloud or clear skies. sunspots where it stays cloudy will be less chilly. there will be for performing across southern and eastern parts of england and it could be an issue.
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these are the headline numbers, but in some areas where you have clear skies it will be a lot lower than that with a severe frost, but let's concentrate on the fourth because it will be a problem on monday and tuesday, especially across england and wales, with the real stability of some disruption. sunspots will keep the fog for much of the day keeping a specially cold but on a positive note many will enjoy a dry and bright afternoon with some pleasa nt and bright afternoon with some pleasant sunshine. with light winds it shouldn't feel too bad, with temperatures in many places reaching 6 degrees, but where the fog lingers it will be much colder than that. this is bbc news. the headlines. salute
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faith in our trident missiles. what we we re faith in our trident missiles. 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. 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 court in iran rejects an appeal against a five year prison sentence given to a woman with dual british and iranian citizenship — accused of security offences. 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. 0k, ok, let's see what's happening in sport, probably a bit of tennis, i would think. you can guess where we are starting, no surprise.
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a big shock in melbourne, with andy murray knocked out of the australian open in the fourth round by a player ranked number 50 in the world. the briton was beaten in four sets by germany's mischa zverev. it's the lowest ranked player to beat murray in a grand slam event for ten years. katie gornall reports. andy murray leaves melbourne having missed an opportunity. with novak djokovic out, the draw had opened up for him. his path blocked by an unexpected obstacle. he played extremely well, especially the end of the match, came up with some great stuff and deserved to win. zverev isn't even the best player in the family, his younger brother alex is said to be the one to watch. nobody saw this coming. after losing the first set, murray tried to repair the damage. he levelled the match but the german proved an awkward opponent. his game plan was to serve and volley. an
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old—fashioned approach. here it was brilliantly effective. eventually married and out of ideas and games. five times he's been runner—up in melbourne but this year's open has been anything but predictable. one british player who has defied expectations is dan evans, playing in the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time, he made a promising start againstjo—wilfried tsonga. at the 12th seed's heavy hitting to patrol, and evans was eventually overpowered. he may have lost, but he has won something important in australia, respect. arsenal have moved up to second place in the premier league, but only after some very late drama at the emirates. the home side's winner came in the 97th minute. arsenal took the lead in the 59th minute. mustafi with his first goalfor arsenal. they had to play the last 25 minutes with ten men.


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