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this is bbc news. the headlines at four. theresa may is on her way to the united states to become the first world leader to meet the new president. but donald trump's latest comments on supporting torture in his first interview as president are likely to complicate the visit. would i feel strongly about waterboarding 7 as far as i am concerned, we have to fight fire with fire. the number of prisoners taking their own lives in jails in england and wales reaches record levels. strong consumer spending helped the uk's economy to grow 0.6 in the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures from the ons. i hear at the jaguar land rover plant. i will be here all afternoon to hear more those economic growth figures. tim peake reveals he's to return to the international space station for a second time as the module he used
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to transport him last time goes on display. i saw the spacecraft every single day because our docking port was right next to the cupola window, so for six months in space, every time i opened the window, i would look out and see the soyuz spacecraft and i would always take a moment to look at it, i'm martin bashir and i'll be reporting live from here in westminster where senior politicians, dignitaries and religious leaders will gather for a commemorative event to mark the holocaust. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may is expected to become the first world leader to meet america's new president this evening when she addresses senior republicans in philadelphia. the prime minister is expected to tell her audience that britain
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wants to strengthen ties with her "old friends". tomorrow she'll have a formal meeting with the president at the white house. but some politicians here have expressed misgivings about that meeting, after mr trump said he supports the use of waterboarding in interrogations. here's our political correspondent, carole walker. theresa may says her meeting with president trump will be an opportunity to renew the special relationship, to discuss a future trade deal and the importance of strengthening defence and security cooperation. but how will she respond to the new president's latest remarks? some of his advisers do not agree with him but donald trump says he would consider methods such as waterboarding to tackle international terrorism. when they are chopping off the heads of people because they happen to be a christian in the middle east, when isis is doing things nobody has heard of since medieval times, would i feel strongly about waterboarding 7
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as far as i am concerned, we have to fight fire with fire. i want to do everything in the bounds of what we can do legally but do i feel it works? absolutely, i feel it works. the foreign secretary says the government's stance is clear. the prime minister did answer that question in the house of commons yesterday and she was very clear that our principled position and our objection to torture remains unchanged. the prime minister has said she will not be afraid to stand up to the american president on issues where they disagree. yesterday, a senior tory and the raised his concerns. president trump has repeatedly said that he will bring back torture as an instrument of policy. when she sees him on friday, will the prime minister make clear that in no circumstances will she permit britain to be dragged into facilitating that torture, as we were after september 11? i can assure my honourable friend that we have a very clear position on torture, we do not sanction
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torture, we do not get involved with that and that will continue to be our position. as the prime minister continues to negotiate britain's the from the eu, she has spoken about the importance of making new global ties, the eu is our biggest trading market, with more than £500 billion annually but theresa may knows the progress of a future us trade deal would send an important signal. it is very important for britain and the united states we have better trade agreements, they could be even better with the right kind of deal and it is good that we work together on the main issues around the world. the prime minister will speak in glowing terms about the importance of the special relationship when she addresses senior republicans later. she will say the us and uk working together to defeat evil have fulfilled the promise of freedom, liberty and the rights of man, but she is under pressure to confront the american president
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over remarks which many believe fly in the face of those ideals. it cannot be right that our message to the rest of the world is that torture is back on the agenda. i hope she is very clear with him about that. theresa may knows that establishing a strong personal blog paul will be very important. downing street says there may be some strong conversations. let's show you the latest in the united states, this is a force one waiting to take president trump to philadelphia but that meeting with congressional republicans, the senate majority leader. president trump is on the way to that annual policy meeting of congressional republicans and
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theresa may is on her way there as well. that speech that she is going to make to them on the bbc channel at 830 this evening. if we see donald trump getting onto a force one, and his first trip, we will be showing you that. that is in maryland. joining me now via webcam is dr leslie vinjamuri, associate fellow of the us and americas programme, at the think tank chatham house. theresa may's first meeting with president trump, she is the first foreign leader to meet him. that is important, isn't it? it is. and remember that tomorrow marks one week since his inauguration. there is intense focus on everything that he does. it is really spectacular moment the head to turn up and
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cement a special relationship, but a controversial one. for the reasons that we have all watched. she is getting pressure domestically and her european partners will look to see what signal she sends. it is not an uncomplicated visit, but an important one for the uk. let's look at what she looks to get out of it. looming over this is pressure and had to show that the uk can forge trade details after brexit. trade is the first initiative and she has said she would like to link immigration to this. this is different to when she visited india when she did not want to do this. but she sees it as an opportunity to secure the possibilities for british citizens to work in america, of which there are around 700,000 is. and for american citizens to work in
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britain, the trade deal might be linked to some sort of immigration and working links package as well. and she flies to the united states as we're talking today about president and's comment about waterboarding, about the wall he wa nts to waterboarding, about the wall he wants to build on the mexican border, how will she navigate these difficult issues if they come up. there are a couple of questions. 0ne is how does this look, how does it look for a british prime minister turning up after these comments. remember, donald trump is facing a cabinet, defence secretary that has said publicly that he doesn't support waterboarding, he faces a congress where he has active, well—regarded senators who do not support waterboarding and would push back hard on it. the likelihood of
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this being adopted as a policy will not be high, and she will know that. this is a president who as we all know is unpredictable, and take things personally, so there is a question of what she will say publicly and what she will say privately. 0k, we will have to leave it there, thank you very much. gary 0'donoghue is in philadelphia where theresa may will address republican congressmen later today — president trump is also is mrtrump and is mr trump and the prime minister actually going to meet while they are there in philadelphia? as far as we know they are not going to meet. president trump has not left washington. last time we looked at. washington. last time we looked at. was still on the tarmac. it will be his first flight of course in air force one, a little hop here to
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philadelphia. he will be in the belly 30 minutes. —— he will be in the our burly 30 minutes. he is going to outline what he expects from congress. 0ne going to outline what he expects from congress. one of these is the money upfront to build the mexican war. the leaders of congress, the republican leaders have been saying it will cost between 12 on their estimate. some people put the cost higher than that. no real clear sense from them and how they are much in the american taxpayer will get that money back in the future. meanwhile, theresa may will want to talk about trade in a huge way. that is the most important part of her trip here. she won't want to be distracted by the test question of torture. the government is clear on that. they do not supported. boris johnson said that clearly in parliament yesterday. there is a lot
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riding on this visit. she is the first leader to come. they are very different individuals. they are different individuals. they are different individuals. they are different in terms of their character and personality, and the chemistry when it comes tomorrow in the 0pel will be fascinating. chemistry when it comes tomorrow in the opel will be fascinating. all right, thank you very much indeed. —— in the oval. tonight the prime minister would be a speech to us republicans. in the last hour, president trump has taken to twitter to say that mexico president enrique pena nieto should cancel his forthcoming visit to washington if mexico is unwilling to pay for the border wall. the tweet reads... earlier today republican
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congressional leaders paul ryan and mitch mcconnell speaking at the congressional republicans' annual policy meeting in philadelphia said that they had estimated the proposed wall would cost $12 to 15 billion. sure, we are moving ahead. as was pointed out yesterday, it would be roughly 12. we attend to address the issue ourselves. the president can deal with his relations with other countries on that issue and other issues. —— bubbly i2. 0ur correspondent, will grant, spoke to us a little earlier from mexico city. he said that president trump's
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latest comments have put his mexican counterpart in a difficult position. it puts the mexican president in a tight bind. he has already said that he has no intention of having mexico pay for the wall. it is clear he still planned to go to washington to have those talks. now, of course, mr trump has added his voice to the many here in mexico city, suggesting that the meeting shouldn't take place, although there is a clear caveat in the case of mr trump saying it shouldn't take place if mexico continues to say they weren't paid for the war. considering he has no intention of saying he will pay for the war, there are two entranced positions and we will wait and see whether the meeting takes place all
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stop. and we'll have more on all the latest developments from the trump white house tonight at 7pm. in 100 days with katty kay in washington, and christian fraser in london. that's at 7 here on the bbc news channel. plus you can catch up with last night's programme at legislation paving the way for the government to start the brexit process have gone ahead. government to start the brexit process have gone aheadm government to start the brexit process have gone ahead. it was produced after the supreme court ruled that legislation would be necessary. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, said that labour leaders would face a three line whip. 0ur chief political correspondence, vicky young is in westminster with us now. vicky young is in westminster with us now. that edict from corbin, the three line whip, will that caused
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concern on the backbenches. —— back at it from jeremy corbyn. labour mps are ina at it from jeremy corbyn. labour mps are in a dilemma. a lot of throw the european union and do not want the uk to leave. yet, many of them know that there has been a referendum which they respect the result of. they know that in their constituencies people back to that moved to leave. but, there are others that have the opposite problem, they are in the tadhg beirne constituencies. there is this split here. —— remain constituencies. jeremy corbyn made it clear that they had to vote in favour of article 50, to be spectre of the referendum result.|j favour of article 50, to be spectre of the referendum result. i say to everybody, unite around the important issues of jobs, everybody, unite around the important issues ofjobs, economy, security, rights, justice, those issues and we will frame that relationship with europe in the
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future, outside the eu, whether those countries are in the eu or outside the u. that is the message we are putting out and i am asking out we are putting out and i am asking ourmps we are putting out and i am asking our mps not to block article 50 but make sure it goes to next week. so, labour's decision to back the government has made life easier for theresa may and it is widely expected that despite a number of attem pts expected that despite a number of atte m pts to expected that despite a number of attempts to amend or change this bill, to try and bring in some kind of change to say that has to be a referendum, or that parliament has more of a say at the end of the process when the deal is done, not many people expect that to happen, so many people expect that to happen, so it is likely to go through this place. there is no question that some labour mps decide to defy their leader. i won't vote to destroyjobs and prosperity in my constituency or across the country. theresa may's
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has made clear she once had the ha rd est of has made clear she once had the hardest of hard brexit is. which would be catastrophic for our economy and there was no way that i could support that. we will go back to the united states now and bring you some pictures of our force one, which we know president trump is about to board to take him to philadelphia to address republicans who are at their annual meeting. a helicopter has landed just behind the plane and the expectation is that it the plane and the expectation is thatitis the plane and the expectation is that it is bringing the president for his first trip on our force one. and then he will be going to philadelphia to talk to republican congressional leaders there it is their annual policy meeting in philadelphia. we were just hearing from our correspondence that, that is the helicopter possibly that is
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carrying president trump towards air force one. it looks like it. that will be marine one. and theresa is also going to philadelphia, but our correspondent is saying they're not expected to meet there this evening, but will of course be meeting tomorrow at the white house, the first time that mr trump, as president, will have met a foreign leader, and that honour goes to theresa may. they of course have plenty to talk about including the possibility of a new trade deal between the united kingdom and the united states, but pressure, from mps here at westminster and theresa may to raise some concerns with president trump over comments he is made, particularly today, supporting the of torture and waterboarding
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where controversially he has said it was important to fight with fire when you are dealing with terrorism. those remarks have caused controversy around the world. also, his talk about the wall, the wall between the united states and mexico, which he has been insisting that the united states will go ahead with the building of that wall. he has been tweeting that if the president of mexico isn't prepared to pay bullet he should cancel his forthcoming trip to the united states. —— prepared to play for it. a great deal is riding on this first meeting that he will have full theresa may, this will be the first time that they have met in this official capacity. those first meetings are always fascinating to see what sort of relationship will be struck and whether there will be any chemistry that develops between two people who appear to be very
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different personalities. theresa may is of course very keen to talk about the possibility of a trade deal, once the uk leads the european union. nothing can be formalised until that actually officially happens. —— the uk leads the european union. but, that will be number one on her agenda. this takes place against the backdrop of the president talking about his support of waterboarding of terror suspects and of course the mexican war. also, mrs may is a woman, female leader, and president trump has come in for criticism of some of his remarks about women, of course he had to cope with the sight of hundreds of thousands of women protesting en masse last week, wants his inauguration had taken place. ——
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wa nts. inauguration had taken place. —— wants. we are expecting to see donald trump stepped out on go on to oui’ donald trump stepped out on go on to our force donald trump stepped out on go on to ourforce one. there he is, with a salute, president trump walking across the runway there. on his way for his first trip on our force one, and he will be heading on a short trip to philadelphia. —— his first trip to philadelphia. —— his first trip on air force one. he will only be in the airfor 30 or a0 minutes. it has been a busy few days but mr trump. signing all sorts of executive actions, tightening border security and so on, controversially, today endorsing the use of torture and waterboarding in interrogation techniques. saying, it would only be implemented is... there he is coming
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he steps into the wide door of air force one at maryland. ready for his short flight to philadelphia. the first meeting between theresa may and donald trump, fascinating to see what sort of chemistry, relationship, they will have. it could be very important over the next few years. the time has just gone 20 past apm campaigners for the victims of the birmingham pub bombings have been told their lawyers will be able to apply for legal aid, because of a proposed change in the law. the government has intervened to remove legal barriers which had stopped their solicitors from applying for funding. the inquests into the deaths of 21 people who were killed by the ira
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in november 197a are due to resume later this year. our correspondent, phil mackie, is in birmingham with more. what has led to this change? this whole issue of legal aid had written to derail the process. the families of the people who died in the pub bombings have long campaigned for the inquest to be resumed. they were told it would be the case lastjune, but they weren't granted legal aid. this is it is that represented them more than two years, based in belfast, not in england and wales, falls in a differentjoystick shin and couldn't therefore applied but legal aid. they have been battling away. isa differentjewellers diction. —— different jaw away. isa differentjewellers diction. —— differentjaw was six in. they asked theresa may, when she
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was home secretary to intervene. finally, today a month before the preliminary hearing they were told that they had their way. we have a statement from the minister the legal aid he said it would be a travesty for families to be denied justice simply for a technicality, which is why he made the decision. this will remove any barrier for the family's solicitors. i'm sure the families will say, if it was such a small technicality, why had he taken so small technicality, why had he taken so long to get to this point. we understand that the legal process. tomorrow, but it should mean that by the time of that next hearing in february, the families will be able to be properly represented at the hearing. they have said they were at a disadvantage, because the other parties, have been able to brief barristers for a very long time. so,
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they feel a bit behind the game. we expect the inquest to resume later this year. it is the provisional date, we will hear more after that hearing. ok, many thanks. the chancellor, philip hammond, says the uk's economy is "robust and resilient" but he's warned there may be uncertainty ahead as britain adjusts to a new relationship with europe. his comments come as new figures show that the economy defied the expectations of some economists and grew by 0.6% in the final three months of last year. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed is at the microsoft headquarters in reading, which the chancellor visited this morning. fame is clear and rather sarcastically it was napoleon who called put in a nation of shopkeepers. philip hammond is public glad that we are a nation of consumers. 80% of the uk economy has
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really lifted those growth figures. retail, restaurants, and travel agents have all been contributing to those growth figures. as you say, there were lots of gloomy forecasts about what would happen to the economy if we voted to leave the european union, which we did. i kicked off by askin chancellor, here —— asking the car chancellor will stop whether it was paying cancelled or delayed? we recognise that as we go into this period of negotiation with this european union there will be more uncertainty ahead. the fact that the economy is sober bust and resilient going in should give this great cause but optimism. -- cause for optimism. 0f great cause but optimism. -- cause for optimism. of course, brexit macro and negotiation is the leaping
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the european union... the chancellor told me there were some concerns about business being delayed because of worries about that uncertainty, but i asked him whether that period of uncertainty was now seeming a little shorter than it had initially. i sense that the period in which our european partners where wanting to chastise others has passed, has moved on and actually people are looking for a practical solution that works for us, works with the european union and will make all our people more prosperous in the future. i think now philip hammond will be looking towards is his next big event, the budget in march. better growth figures for 2016 means that the government will have a bit more money to play with. the government's receipts will have
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increased from taxes will stop it doesn't mean we are out of the wards, the bank of england is still saying that growth next you will be lower than forecast this year, but for the moment the uk economy is certainly continuing with that strong and robust growth that we seen strong and robust growth that we seen today. our economics editor. we are hearing that the unions involved with tata steeled to ensure the future of their plans are going to recommend the offer from the company to their members at the ballot that will stop on monday. there have been meetings that have been continuing between the unions and the company and it is thought that more detailed pension arrangements have now convinced the unions to recommend the deal. they went sure at first, but they now will recommend it. there have been speculation that the rescue plan that had been offered by
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the company would have been rejected by workers in a ballot. clearly, there has been some progress in the unions, we understand, is an identity recommending that offer to their members. more on that as it comes into was. now, it is nearly half—past for sale letters look at the weather. it is cold. it is pretty bitter in eastern parts of the uk. —2 in east anglia. the sunshine, is beautiful across wales. clearly, with that cloud tending to decrease as we go through the night, it will be another cold night with mr, bob, and frost —— with mr, fault and frost.
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tomorrow, the wind is not quite as strong. it is coming in from the south, so will be less strong. another bitter day. the north will see the best sunshine, possibly northern ireland. as for the weekend, slightly less cold. the potential for less rain. weekend, slightly less cold. the potentialfor less rain. in half an hour i will have more detail. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may leaves downing street for the us ahead of her meeting with president trump tomorrow, with the message that the uk and the us can "lead together again". tonight she'll address senior us republicans. donald trump says it would be better
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to cancel an upcoming meeting with the mexican president, if mexico is not willing to pay for a border wall. a record number of inmates killed themselves in prisons in england and wales last year. there were 119 suicides, the highest number since records began in 1978. the uk economy grew by 0.6% during the fourth quarter of last year, helped partly by strong consumer spending. the government has published a bill to trigger article 50, and begin the process of the uk leaving the european union. the spacecraft which took british astronaut tim peake into space has gone on display in london, as he reveals he will return to the international space station. let's ta ke let's take a look at all of the
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sport, and with the sport, will perry. england's cricketers have gone one nil up in their three match twe nty20 gone one nil up in their three match twenty20 series against india. moeen ali took two wickets as the hosts were restricted to 1a7 for seven. captain eoin morgan hit a half century as the tourists reached their target with seven wickets and eleven balls to spare. nick parrott reports. it has been all smiles for the hosts so it has been all smiles for the hosts so farjury it has been all smiles for the hosts so far jury england's it has been all smiles for the hosts so farjury england's tour of india, and it initially looked like it might be another bruising encounter. that flattening was a foretaste of things to come, but for once, it was england left standing. moeen ali's contribution was vital as he took the key man. india captain virat kohli, out for just 29, the key man. india captain virat kohli, out forjust 29, turning things in england's favour. mills claimed his first international wicket as india were restricted to a modest total. england replied with all of the fears of a champagne cork from a bottle, eion morgan leading
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the way, top scoring with a half—ce ntu ry the way, top scoring with a half—century which saw him become the first england player to get that number of runs in the international t20 game. victory in the second match on sunday will wrap up the series. studio: roger federer will go for a fifth australian open title this weekend after beating fellow swiss sta n weekend after beating fellow swiss stan wawrinka in a five set thriller. —— five set thriller. federer led by two sets in melbourne, before wawrinka levelled. but federer dug deep to take the decider 6—3 and will face rafael nadal or grigor dimitrov in sunday's final. it's been a big day for the williams family, as venus and serena both made the women's singles final. venus took three sets to beat fellow american coco van der way whilst serena dominated mirjana lucic baroni. they meet in a grand final for the first time since 2009. after everything that venus has been
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through, with her illness, i cannot help but feel like it is a win—win situation for me, because i was there the whole time, we lived together... i know what she went through. it is the one time that i genuinely feel like no matter what happens, i cannot lose, she cannot lose, this is going to be a great match—up. lose, this is going to be a great match-up. when i am playing on the court with her, i think that i am playing the best competitor in the game. i don't think i am chump change, either! i can compete. against any odds. i am going to do what i can to earn it, i am not going to think about, what would it be like to win... i'm thinking about, what do i need to earn this? that is why i am so excited. britain's andy lapthorne and partner david wagner won theirfinal against the paralympic champions dylan alcott and heath davidson in straight sets, that was in the men's quads.
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arsenal manager arsene wenger will attend a personal hearing for his misconduct charge tomorrow. wenger accepted the charge for pushing an official during his sides win over burnley last weekend but he wants clarity on the rules for when a manager is sent to the stands. the only thing that i can say, i thought that when i was sent off, i was surprised, and i was in the tunnel, i thought i had the right to be in the tunnel. last time i was sent off, 2009, i had to go in the stands, at old trafford, didn't know where to go! nobody tells you what you have to do when you are sent off. we all remember that, arsene wenger standing on the roof at old trafford. and, both west ham and burnley have had offers accepted by hull city for robert snodgrass, with middlesbrough also making a bid. the offers from west ham and burnley for the scotland international are in
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the region of £10 million. it comes a week after hull, who are 2nd bottom in the premier league, sold another key player, jake livermore to west brom. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. studio: ahead of tomorrow's holocaust memorial day in the uk, a national event is being held in london, involving genocide survivors, and political and religious figures. this year's theme explores the treatment of survivors of the holocaust and other genocides. a survey by the holocaust memorial day trust says one in four survivors has experienced discrimination or abuse here in the uk, because of their religion and ethnicity. 0ur religious affairs correspondent, martin bashir, is at the queen elizabeth ii conference centre. good afternoon. the service finished a few moments ago, a very moving service, attended by senior politicians, leading religious figures, and also holocaust
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survivors. i'm joined by one of those, lily, good afternoon. good afternoon. thank you forjoining us, first of all, your impressions of the service? i find the service very good. it made a very good impression. and it was very wide. a lot of communities included. when you were 1a years of age, your family was deported by the nazis, from hungary. yes. and what happens next? after we went, first we were taken to the ghetto, from the ghetto, we were taken onwards. we we re ghetto, we were taken onwards. we were ta ken ghetto, we were taken onwards. we were taken to a ghetto for the juror immunity. we had a five—dayjourney,
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“ we were immunity. we had a five—dayjourney, —— we were taken to a ghetto for the june is —— jewish community. they would take animals to slaughter in that way, if they did that, the whole world would cry out. the family was taken to auschwitz from the ghetto, from hungary. what happened? when they arrive, it was july nine, i remember the day. happened? when they arrive, it was july nine, i rememberthe day. very hot day. when they opened the doors, and they said, we have to go quick, out! when we arrived, we were
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already half dead. a five—day journey without food, without water. we could not move. we had to sit in one place. at camp, the family were separated. when we arrived, then we had to stand in line where the man was standing. dr mengele. we did not know who he was, he had his stick in his hand. and with one movement, with one movement of his hand, he decided who would live and who would die. people who were sent to live, they were taken past the
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crematorium. i arrived to auschwitz with my mother and with my other five siblings. my mother and my youngest brother and sister were taken to the left. —— people who we re taken to the left. —— people who were sent to the left, they were taken to the crematorium. me and my other sisters, we were sent to the right. appalling fate, what do you think of the importance of holocaust memorial day, why is this so significant? it is very significant. the world should know what has
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happened. maybe, just maybe, when we tell the story, i hope that for our story, people will learn to live. that is the most important. somebody is different from you are. doesn't mean you were better or worse, it means something better. thank you very much indeed, going back to the united states, we can show you pictures of air force one, donald trump, president trump's plane. just
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getting off marine one. trump getting off marine one. trump getting off marine one. trump getting off marine one and walking across andrews air base, onto a a1, first trip on a force one, walking up first trip on a force one, walking up the steps, heading to philadelphia, where he will be meeting senior us republicans from congress full. —— onto air force 0ne. —— senior us republicans from congress. trees are made on her way to the states as well, also going to philadelphia. we don't think they will meet in philadelphia, but they will meet in philadelphia, but they will definitely meet in washington. donald trump will have a press conference with the british prime
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minister tomorrow, according to washington, after those talks, it will be very interesting to see how they get on at those talks. after six months on board the international space station, british astronaut tim peake says it's wonderful that he will get the opportunity to return there. he's been talking about his plans at london's science museum, where the soyuz spacecraft that launched him into orbit has gone on display. the capsule that sent tim peake into orbit and brought him back safely. the soyuz has landed at the signs new team in london, it is like unwrapping a christmas present for the staff here, revealing a singed, scorched piece of britain's scientific history. it's been to the space station and back, and now the final leg of its epicjourney.
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the capsule that sent tim peake into orbit and brought him back safely. this is notjust any soyuz capsule. it is tim peake's soyuz capsule. he was inside when he first experienced the wonders of space. and he was looking through this very window when he saw what it was like to re—enter the earth's atmosphere. and now he's been told he'll be given another mission to the space station, in a few years' time. it's great news for myself and my colleagues that we're going to get the opportunity for a second mission back to the international space station. it's wonderful news for the future of european space travel. the science museum want the display to be an inspiration for schoolchildren. it already is. absolutely amazing. what do you like about it? well, just knowing it's been in space. you can actually really smell the capsule. it smells of burnt metal. it's smaller than i expected as well. tim came back to earth in his capsule last year. it is now a celebration of britain's recent history of sending astronauts into space. the return to earth is the most exciting ride of all time in space. you feel the g build up and you can see the outside surface
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bubbling away as you come through the atmosphere. the parachutes open up and you bump down on the ground. many of the children here want to follow in tim and helen's footsteps, but not all of them. who wants to be an astronaut? many children: me! not me. thank you. studio: the news we were breaking early on about tata. unions have recommended steel workers at its uk plants to accept a deal which includes pension reform. the three unions said the offer was not without issues but was the "only credible and viable way to secure the future". let'sjoin our reporter let's join our reporter brian meechan, who's in the cardiff newsroom. sounds like the unions are
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relu cta ntly newsroom. sounds like the unions are reluctantly recommending this rescue plan? yes, reluctantly recommending it, they say that is because the consequences of rejecting it are so great. the deal was made between tata and the unions last month, they would see £1 billion invested at tata's port talbot plant over the next ten years and also some other things such as redundancies for the next five years, to avoid compulsory dungeon sees. they would keep the blast furnaces inaudible they would not be recommending either way how people should vote, they are now saying that they will be recommending when those ballots will go out, and they will vote to
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accept the deal. there is a lot of jobs at stake. thousands of jobs at sta ke a cross jobs at stake. thousands of jobs at stake across the uk, with these tata workers, and it says about the strength of feeling on the shop floor, because the unions certainly thought that they got the best deal possible in december from thought that they got the best deal possible in decemberfrom tata, they thought it was going to be something they could sell to workers. going through a difficult and turbulent year with the sales process, with that being cancelled. and it seemed that being cancelled. and it seemed that they were not able to sell this to workers, there was a genuine concern they would vote against this. however, we now hope the unions hope that this, and they're backing of it, will mean that this will be more likely to go through. this is the only game in town?m has been very clear that it is
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unlikely that tata is going to come back with anything. there is no plan b. that will be echoing among tata and across the workforce. in many ways, tata's workers have been left out of the decision—making, much of the decision—making has been made, a500 miles away in mumbai, about what happens to them and theirjobs. this is the first time they have had the power to decide something for themselves again. some people were feeling that they may take that time to actually say, we do not accept this. thank you for bringing us up—to—date. ina in a moment we will be looking at the financial markets, and how they close the day, but first, the headlines: donald trump takes his first flight on air force one as president, he is off to meet republican leaders in philadelphia. suicide rates in prisons in england
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and wales have hit an all—time record, 119 people took their own life last year. strong consumer spending helped the uk economy to grow by 0.6% in the fourth quarter of last year. car production in the uk is trending towards a 17 year high according to numbers published in december. last yearjaguar land rover overtook nissan to be the uk's biggest carmaker, tripling production in about 5 years. our business presenter, vishala sri—pathma is at the jaguar land rover plant in solihull. this is the biggest car—maker in
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britain, 1.7 million vehicles were produced in the country, last year, the highest it has been since 1999, here to talk a little bit more about the car industry, rachel, who advises manufacturers across the food chain, we have been hearing loss about how growth in the industry has been driven by decisions made before the "brexit" vote last year, how do you think a deal going forward without tariffs, or with tariffs, with the car industry, how do you think that is going to impact car production levels going forward? the supply chain in the uk is still fairly confident of working towards this 2 million target by 2020. as you said, the investment that is reaping rewards today was decided and made before the decision, the "brexit" decisions. but when i talked to suppliers, down the lower tiers of the supply chain. we look at that
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investment because the orders in the automotive industry to win those orders, to keep them, to deliver, they have had to make investment plans and even into next year. if we look longer term, confidence is less, and! look longer term, confidence is less, and i think importantly, they are waiting after the last few announcements we have had from the government over the next two or three months, to see how the land lies, as to what level of investment they are going to make and the new orders that come to encourage and support that. we have been hearing a lot about how the fall in sterling has been benefiting exporters. with car manufacturers, double—edged sword: you have suppliers that are getting more expensive goods in the other way around. some suppliers i've been told have had price increases on raw material. yes, and special materials coming in from overseas, because there is no choice, of up to 20%, that is currently difficult to pass on to
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their customers so many are absorbing, at least some of those increases, but they cannot do that along. the double edge is that they are winning business, they are all looking for export opportunities. it is operable at the moment. but you are right, it is a balance, and i think, again, some of the announcements, decision—making, and the timelines, with clarity around, will we have tariffs? will they be neutralised? even if they are, people are worried about the administration and the impact of timescales and will we be able to cope with that? thank you very much. that is it from me in solihull, back to the studio. studio: more news to tell you from mexico, the latest in the ongoing war of words between president donald trump and the mexican president over who is going to pay for president trump's proposed wall on the mexican border. we hear now that the mexican president says that
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he will not go to the united states for a proposed meeting with president trump. that comes to us from reuters. the practical and —— the mexican president, donald trump treated today that unless mexico we re treated today that unless mexico were saying that it would favour the wall, that he wants to build between the united states and mexico, unless it was going to pay the mexican president may as well not come to that summit. and now, mr enrique pena nieto, the president, has said that he will not go. that is a bit ofa that he will not go. that is a bit of a flare up there already in relation between mexico and the united states. donald trump saying that he should not come if he's not going to pay and so then they have said, ok, he's not coming. pictures from philadelphia, where senior republicans are meeting for an
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annual policy meeting. president trump is on his way to attend that meeting. as indeed is theresa may. as you can see, a fairly sizeable group. they are ready to greet mr trump with protests. a whole range of issues as you can see, prominent black lives matter banner, bored, held up, in the middle. clearly, wherever president trump goes, a certain amount of controversy follows him. we are also hearing that they are protesting about the trump the gender of repealing and replacing barack trump the gender of repealing and replacing ba rack 0bama's trump the gender of repealing and replacing barack 0bama's health care legislation, 0bamaca re, replacing barack 0bama's health care legislation, 0bamacare, as it is known. sizeable protests, as we were saying, as donald trump heads on air force one, right now, he's in the air right now, heading to philadelphia, then back to
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washington. for the meeting with theresa may, his first meeting with a foreign leader. and an update on the weather now. mixed fortunes as to whether you have seen the sunshine or not but called for most parts of the country, not for all. called for most parts of the country, not forall. here called for most parts of the country, not for all. here we are, norfolk, grey afternoon, bitterly cold as well, as it is in cambridgeshire. barely above freezing for most people, below freezing for most people, below freezing in some parts of east anglia. a lot of cloud stretching into the berkshire area, as you can see, for hungerford, you can see how extensive the cloud is, creeping north. but, in the north—west, 12 celsius, up in the north—west highlands, here we are in north—west wales, beautiful afternoon here as well. sun goes down, temperatures will fall away, cloud melting through the evening and overnight, there is not much wind in land. so,
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earthly good condition for frost to fall and indeed some fog. —— perfectly good conditions. these are your towns and city temperatures, southern and western areas largely above freezing. countryside, hard frost again, for some of us. also, a few spots of drizzle, snow, flurries of snow falling on to the frozen ground. could be icy. in the morning. notjust icy but hill fog around as well across the welsh marshes, into the east of wales, peak district, pennines, not too far away from northern ireland, bringing away from northern ireland, bringing a change in. not before we have had a change in. not before we have had a cold morning. should be a lovely day with cold spells of sunshine across central and northern spells of scotland. 0utside, across central and northern spells of scotland. outside, the first game changer, wind is in a more southerly direction as opposed to south—easterly, not quite as bitter as it has felt today, but on awful lot of cloud pulling north and east.
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sunshine fades, temperatures with the showers are lifting, relatively mild in the west later. it will still feel pretty cold in the east, even though the wind is easing. cleaning out of the way. south—westerly wind, bringing in showers. not a particularly warm air that we are sitting under, not as cold as it has been, coming off the atlantic, this is coming off the atlantic, this is coming off the atlantic, for sunday, sat across all them france yesterday, currently, them france yesterday, currently, the computer model wants to bring it further north, hanging in the balance, on balance at the moment, looks like we will see some rain. best of the sunshine will be in the north. potential for best of the sunshine will be in the north. potentialfor rain best of the sunshine will be in the north. potential for rain after what has so far been a very dry month. today at five: the prime minister heads to the united states to become the first world leader to meet president trump. theresa may will say britain and america have the chance to lead
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the world together again. but donald trump's latest comments on supporting torture in his first interview as president are likely to complicate the visit. would i feel strongly about waterboarding? as far as i'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire. this is the scene in philadelphia, where the president is about to address members of the republican party. we'll bring you his speech live. the other main stories on bbc news at five. jeremy corbyn says labour mps will face a three line whip to vote in favour of a bill that will be the starting gun for the brexit process. and tim peake
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