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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8. labour has called on the prime minister to make a commons statement tomorrow about problems with a test of the trident missile system and what she knew when. 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. also in the next hour. a shock for the world number one at the australian open. andy murray's hopes of winning the tournament for the first time, end with a surprise fourth round defeat by the world number 50. and, it helped define the 1990s, now trainspotting returns for a new generation. and in half an hour here on bbc news, the travel show
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goes millions of years, back in time — underground — in oman. good evening and welcome to bbc news. theresa may says she has ‘absolute faith,‘ in the uk's trident nuclear deterrent system, despite claims an unarmed missile veered off course during a test last summer. on the andrew marr programme today, the prime minister declined to say whether she knew of the incident, before a crucial vote on the future of trident, in parliament lastjuly. our defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. this is what the launch of a trident missile looks like. lastjune, the royal navy carried out what it calls a routine unarmed
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test launch from hms vengeance. but it now appears something went wrong. hms vengeance was about 200 miles off the florida coast. it was due to fire the missile around 5000 miles across the atlantic but a malfunction occurred during its flight. yet just weeks later, theresa may was asking mps to vote on spending £40 billion to renew the weapons system. mr speaker, we have waited long enough, it is time to get on with building the next generation of our nuclear deterrent. today, she was asked four times if she knew then if there had been a problem. 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's 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
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country with an independent nuclear deterrent. prime minister, did you know? there were tests that take place all the time regularly for our nuclear deterrents. what we were talking about in that debate that took place... i'm not going to get an answer to this. 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 has publicised past successful test launches of the trident missile, in this instance they say they will give no further details of the test injune because of national security reasons. in a statement, the mod would only say that the submarine hms vengeance and her crew were successfully tested and certified, but significantly officials do not deny that there was a problem with the missile or that it might have veered off course. the former head of the royal navy says ministers
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should have come clean. the missiles have been fired now since 1990 regularly, and they work all the time. this clearly was a problem, that's why you have tests, just to check it. if there were some minor problem i don't think it would have made any difference at all, but by not publicising it, it immediately makes you think are they hiding something, is there something wrong? it was a stupid thing to do. the government still says it has absolute confidence in britain's nuclear weapons system. but this incident does raise questions about its reliability. jonathan beale, bbc news. earlier i spoke with rear admiral chris parry, former navy officer and nato commander who said it was extremely unusualfor a failure like this to happen. what's really being tested here is the launch procedures and the mechanisms by which the submarine actually gets the missile out of its hull, through the water and obviously into independent flight. and i think it is fair to say this
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was proved during this trial. i think the subsequent telemetry revealed what went wrong with the missile. what do you think did go wrong, if it veered off course and headed towards america? well, we don't know it headed towards america. i think that is probably a bit of rumour. it certainly didn't go on its preprogrammed flight path. now, that could be anything to do with a tiny component, a small transistor, or something like that. do remember this is an inner missile covered with telemetry indicators and things like that. it doesn't have a warhead, and it's designed obviously to go somewhere where there isn't any land. anything could have gone wrong. it could have been a component failure, or indeed it could have been a software glitch, or something like that. and i think, as lord west said just now, this is really unusual for this to happen, and if it did i'm sure the engineers and the geeks are all over it at the moment. i suspect at the time the politicians weren't told because the analysis
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hadn't been done. but lord west also said it is much better to come clean and to tell parliament. do you agree? well, yes. i mean, if there is something to tell. if the simple fact of life is that we had a problem and we think it is down to analysis we haven't done yet, it would be crazy to go to parliament when you don't know about it. the other thing i think it is worth stressing is that our nuclear technology is shared amongst very few people indeed, and unless the politicians are very inquisitive about what is going on they're not going to be told unless there is something significant that affects national security. but this isn't because of the nuclear content of this particular system, is it? it is because it is all to do with the direction, the telemetry, as you described it. everyone seems to be trying to minimise this. why shouldn't we worry? well, i mean, as lord west said again, the reason we do testing is so that we can actually find out faults.
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one of the things i would say is quite a lot of these shots nowadays are being done to test the limits of the system so we can get the next generation of ballistic missiles in, and on this occasion it may well be that they were testing this missile close to its flight limits, so they could see where it wasn't going to work. we don't know that. and one thing i know amongst my own fellow professionals is they scare politicians silly about the security arrangements for this such that politicians are really terrified to talk about it. i think, to be honest, the prime minister should have actually said, yeah, we had a problem. when we've got the analysis sorted out we'll tell you about it, but right now it's just speculation. that would have been sensible. might it have been the case, though, that everyone wanted to keep this quiet because the vote in parliament to renew the system, at a cost of £40 billion, might have gone a different way? no, i don't think so. i think over the period of its lifetime trident has shown itself to be incredibly reliable.
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it's the best system on the market at the moment. it's the rolls—royce of deterrence systems. we want to keep it, and obviously when the next generation comes in it's got to be proved to be just as good, if not better, as well. and also value for money. i doubt if the analysis of that incident back injune was actually shared immediately with either david cameron or theresa may, so at the time of the debate i doubt if the information was available to actually brief on it. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages. at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are the broadcaster natalie haynes and deputy political editor of the independent, rob merrick. the prime minister has also confirmed today that she'll visit washington for talks with president trump on friday, the first world leader to meet him since his inauguration. mrs may said she would build on the special relationship between britain and america, but would challenge any opinions she finds unacceptable. here's our political
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correspondent iain watson. on the surface, the special relationship appears well, almost intimate. britain's prime minister will be the first foreign leader to meet the new president. but that relationship with donald trump may have to become extra special after brexit, as britain searches for new global trade deals. the special relationship between the uk and the us has been strong for many years. we will have opportunity to talk about our possible future trading relationship but also some of the world challenges that we all face. he and 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. it all sounds positive, but the two leaders will have to square this circle. i want this to be a truly global britain. america first! the president's critics say that his emphasis on protecting american job might make a favourable trade deal difficult even with the uk. recent figures show that we sell
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more to america than we buy. we sold them £88 billion worth of goods and services and brought injust £52 billion worth of imports. the reverse is true with the eu, we buy more goods from them than we sell of ours. but as you can see our business with eu partners is worth far more than our trade with the united states. no trade agreement with america, however ambitious, can replace or match what we are potentially going to lose on our own doorstep in europe. it is well known here at westminster that the team around theresa may were not exactly donald trump's biggest fans when he was a candidate, but as soon as he was elected, her officials were dispatched to the states, with the foreign secretary following quickly behind, to try to mend bridges quicker than construction workers on overtime. but now the prime minister insists that she still isn't afraid to raise really difficult issues with the new leader of the free world. yesterday, millions of women across the world, and thousands here in london,
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marched against a president they see as disrespectful. theresa may was a little coy of what she would say face—to—face with donald trump, but she argued her own presence in washington made something of a statement in itself. 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, prime minister of the united kingdom, talking to him directly about the interests that we share. in the 80s, mrs thatcher and ronald reagan had a close and candid relationship. while donald trump reportedly calls theresa may his maggie, it is likely to take a lot of diplomacy and good grace to form a similar partnership. iain watson, bbc news. a spokesperson has confirmed that the reason may will speak to donald trump on the importance of nato. he had previously said that it was
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obsolete and then later qualified his mark. number ten has said the prime minister has spoken to the nato secretary—general and they continue to discuss the importance of the alliance and the need for it to continue. and the prime minister will be taking these messages to washington late in the week where she will discuss nato with president trump. the white house and vowed to fight the news media to the nail on the attacks on president trump. he claims more than a million people attended, aerial photos show a different story. the weightiest issues on the planet were discussed at donald trump's inaugural address, but what the president is in a white rage about are suggestions that the crowds for him were not as big as they were for barack obama eight years ago, even though the evidence is incontrovertible, as these two photos,
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each taken 45 minutes before the inauguration started, make plain. but last night, journalists were summoned to the most extraordinary white house briefing to be told they were lying. this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. this kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenging, the bringing of our nation together, is making it more difficult. there has been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold donald trump accountable, and i'm here to tell you that it goes two ways. we are going to hold the press accountable as well. no questions were allowed. earlier in the day from donald trump, on a visit to cia headquarters, a similar attack, though this time the target different. as you know, i have a running war with the media. they are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. they sort of made it sound like i had a feud with the intelligence community.
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but, hang on a minute, how do you reconcile the suggestion that it's all got up by the journalists when he tweeted this 11 days ago? he accused the intelligence services of leaking material against him, and suggested their behaviour made it seem as though we were living in nazi germany. and today, key lieutenants were intensifying their attacks. there is an obsession by the media to delegitimise this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen. our press secretary gave alternative facts to that. look, alternative facts are not facts, they are falsehoods. part of this can be put down to donald trump's obsession with the size of his crowd, but there is deliberate strategy here too. it seems the white house wants to undermine the conventional media so that donald trump is able to present his own version of reality through twitter and facebook without any mediation, and say to the public, who do you believe, me or the establishment media?
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and while this battle plays itself out, the satirists are making hay. this is their take on what vladimir putin makes of it all. i am glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration. oh, wait, that's the women's march. here is the inauguration. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. earlier i spoke to our north america correspondent david willis. he began by saying the backlash against president trump, so early in his presidency, is unprecedented. i have to say there is normally of course a honeymoon period with an incoming administration but we barely had time to consummate the marriage of this one before anyone gets cosy with anybody else because just look at the way shaun spicer
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came out yesterday, all guns blazing, basically giving that five minutes very terse and angry statement, he read from prepared notes and then turned on his heel and riff fees to take any questions. this is the way clearly that the trump administration is going to deal with the fourth estates. they will hold us accountable they say. what that actually means is presumably an extraordinary the fractious relationship that is going to be in stark contrast to what we have been used to over the last eight years under barack obama. late out the store yesterday sean spicer, the new white house communications chief, this is not going to be a ride i think for the faint of heart. it'll be a white knuckle ride and wait to see how it all pans out. how often if ever ijournalist banned from the press briefing? this
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administration did actually ban during the campaign representatives of certain news organisations that it fell out with. among them are the washington post for example. it is not afraid to do that and clearly this is the sort of tactic it holds up this is the sort of tactic it holds up its sleeve. what they can also do, more subtle things including withdrawing access to certain events, showing preference to other outlets and so on. there are a numberof outlets and so on. there are a number of things they can do basically to get back at the media if you like. it is as they say a brave new world out there now. what i journalist saying about the way they are going to need to approach reporting stories with mr trump in the white house? i have to say there has been quite a competitive
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kickback from media organisations including the new york times which is basically criticised the press co nfe re nce is basically criticised the press conference that we saw from sean spicer yesterday, i think the media is probably a bit shell—shocked. they were kept waiting an hour yesterday for mr spicer to commend and make is very statement. i think probably there are a lot of people, veterinary members of the white house press corps who are smarting from this and wondering what sort of relationship they will forge, if any with this new administration. the adviser kelly and conway was on the meet the press programme, she is pa rt meet the press programme, she is part of a very long and says, i think that's in the end presidents arejudged by the think that's in the end presidents are judged by the size of the crowd that come to their inauguration so at what point do they drop this and
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move on and then get on business because according to their campaign there are a lot of big issues that need to be dealt with? absolutely and yet donald trump cannot leave this alone. he is like a dog with a bone. he tweeted this morning about the tv ratings for the inauguration saying 31 million people witnessed his swearing in compare to... that is 11 million more compared to mr obama so these are the sorts of things that matter to him but when he is making these remarks in front ofan he is making these remarks in front of an audience like the cia yesterday, there are a lot of people that say there are important things to be dealing with in your first day as the leader of the free world than perhaps arguing about the size of attendance at the inauguration. 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. some breaking news to bring you from northern ireland where the police federation have quoted to say, a police officer has been injured in a terror shooting. chris page has said that this happened on the kremlin roadin that this happened on the kremlin road in north belfast, it is understood the officer was hit once in the arm after a number of shots we re in the arm after a number of shots were believed to have been fired from a car. it happened at about 7pm this evening close to a petrol station. the federation statement says, one of our officers has been injured ina says, one of our officers has been injured in a terrorist shooting in belfast, thoughts are with him and his family. they are the scant details we have at the moment, we will bring you more when we get more
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information. the headlines on bbc news: labour has called on the prime minister to make a commons statement tomorrow about problems with a test of the trident missile system and what she knew when. the prime minister confirms she'll 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 the crowd at friday's inauguration of president trump. sports now and there is a full round—up from the sports centre. lots of full attendance at some big matches today and chelsea have extended their lead at the top of the premier league to eight points. diego costa who was dropped in controversial circumstances was recalled to the starting line—up for the home game against hull city. he scored the first of their goals, 2—0 was the final score. a familiar face
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making afamiliar was the final score. a familiar face making a familiar entrance. diego costa back in the chelsea side weather after injury, a bust up over fitness or a proposed move to china caused speculation. he wasted no time demonstrating his work. just ten seconds gone and almost on the scoresheet. the battle against relegation was made harder when they lost ryan mason he went to hospital with an head injury. it was during the time that chelsea made the breakthrough. business as normalfor diego costa. presumably everybody else can say whatever they like. hull fc‘s second—half should have started with a penalty. they were right in the game before gary caygill stepped up. the tigers once quite finished who demonstrated how
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they him have improved under marco silva but chelsea continue to deliver. on the face of it and aids point gap to second place arsenal and eight women game in a row. arsenal have moved up to second place in the table after some late drama at the emirates. a home side winner came in the 97th minute from the penalty spot, alexis sanchez the scorer. earlier on mustafi gave arsenal the lead but burnley thought they rescued a point when andre gray slotted home a penalty. you can see the burly players not too happy. —— burnley. leicester city's problems continue and they continue to the wait for the first premier league win at being beaten 3—0 by
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southampton. the saints had lost their four previous league games. celtic are through to the fifth round of the scottish cup after beating albion rovers. a late goal and championship side raith rovers and championship side raith rovers and 81—1 draw at parts. declan miss manners equalled for the home side in the 89th minute. rovers have gone ten games without a win but were happy to get the replay. andy murray said itjust happy to get the replay. andy murray said it just wasn't to happy to get the replay. andy murray said itjust wasn't to be after he was knocked out in the fourth round of the australian open by the world number50. of the australian open by the world number 50. andy murray lost the opening set and took the second but then his opponent on the third and fourth, a big win for him. then his opponent on the third and fourth, a big winfor him. a then his opponent on the third and fourth, a big win for him. a massive disappointment for murray who had been hoping to win the title in melbourne for the first time. dan
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evans also out losing tojo—wilfried tsonga. england's cricketers have done something in india which they hadn't managed all winter. they have won a match. ben stokes was a star with bat and ball as they held on for a five run victory. ben stokes struck a 39 ball 57 and india's run chase falling short but they still win the series 2—1. the wasps was play leinster after a convincing win over zebra in italy. wasps ran in seven tries including one for elliott daly who made his 150th appearance for the club. just time to tell you that ronnie o'sullivan leads joe perry 8—11 to tell you that ronnie o'sullivan leadsjoe perry 8—11 in the final of the masters snooker is, he has won seven the masters snooker is, he has won seven frames in a row, the first to ten and you can see the coverage on bbc two. more in the next hour.
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voting has been taking place in france today in primaries 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 schofield is in paris. what to the partial risk results suggest? we have a result, it's not a definitive score but a tendency is quite clear but the people going through our manual valls representing continuity, the social democrats right wing of the socialist party but beating him into first place is the man who is the favourite man called benoit paire hamon. very much aligned with the radical antiestablishment and
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antiestablishment left wing of the party quite clearly ran a very effective campaign, highlighting his one key policy idea which was the universal revenue for every single person over the age of 18 which was heavily criticised by his rivals but which clearly struck a mark because it was different and because it was a policy which stood out from the rest. he was part of the candidates saying... it showed more appetite for more radical ideas. but realistically what is the chance of one of his candidates becoming president? there is the rub. they are very small. i think will be saying to himself tonight, i do have a chance, if he goes through and wins next week and becomes the socialist party candidate then he
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will be a candidate of the left, of the radical left. his problem will be is there is another candidate on the radical left who is going to be appealing for pretty much the same kind of voter and as polls suggest now will do better than benoit hamon but if can come out of the election next week with a big boost and a big fight behind them and to be the candidate of the socialist party them quite clearly then who knows he could become the naturalfigure them quite clearly then who knows he could become the natural figure of left—wing could become the natural figure of left—wi ng protest could become the natural figure of left—wing protest voters and eclipses opponents. it's not impossible but one has to say realistically the socialist party is ina party realistically the socialist party is in a party in very bad odour across the country and even a candidate of the country and even a candidate of the left who can say nothing well about the last five years has this handicap that he is still from the socialist party. thank you.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. israeli authorities have approved the construction of more than 500 homes for settlers, in occupied eastjerusalem. the decision was delayed until donald trump took power in washington, with the new president promising to be israel's "best friend." 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. there are reports tonight that the state coffers appear to have been depleted after mrjammeh fled the country. he sparked a political crisis when he refused to accept the outcome of the country's election. at least 39 people have been killed and many more injured, after a train derailed in the indian state of andhra pradesh. police are investigating claims the track may have been tampered with. it's thought a number of people remain trapped in the wreckage. you're watching bbc news. now the
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film the macro now, to a film that defined a generation.‘trainspotting,’ made stars of the original cast including ewan mcgregor, and now more than twenty years on, they're back. trainspotting 2 had it's premiere this evening in edinburgh and our arts correspondent colin paterson met the director danny boyle on the red carpet. the sequel has been talked about for more than 15 years and i can now talk to the director. is that fair? certainly ten. we thought about the boundary never really made a good enoughjob of boundary never really made a good enough job of it and we were very clear that we had a real duty not to disappoint people because the film has grown in people's hearts. you don't want to ruin it, you don't wa nt to don't want to ruin it, you don't want to tarnish that image site hope we haven't done that.

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