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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 11.003m. tributes to the bafta—winning actor sirjohn hurt, who has died, aged 77. i dye my hair, i wear fla m boya nt clothes, far more outre than those i am wearing now. he starred as quentin crisp in the naked civil servant, as well as films including alien and the elephant man, in a career spanning six decades. theresa may arrives in turkey where she's set to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. president trump bans the entry of syrian refugees to the us and puts visas on six other mainly muslim countries. also in the next hour: serena williams beat her sister take get a 23rd grand slam title. and in
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dateline london we've looked at the president in the white house. good morning, and welcome to bbc news. one of britain's most respected actors, sirjohn hurt, has died at the age of 77. john hurt appeared in more than 120 films, as well as numerous stage and television productions, and was best known for his roles in the naked civil servant, alien and the elephant man. he was nominated for two academy awards and won four bafta awards, including a prize for his outstanding contribution to british cinema. our correspondent nick higham reports. everything seemed to come to a head today. john hurt, as the political diarist alan clark. both my back wisdom teeth have disintegrated into blackened stumps, or stalagmites.
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not a nice man, but an expectedly sympathetic one, the sort of complex characterjohn hurt played with such ease and subtlety. his talent was spotted early in a succession of leading stage and television roles. his first big breakthrough came in 1966, in a man for all seasons. a small part, but in a high—profile, oscar—winning film. a few years later, he was starring opposite richard attenborough in 10 rillington place. he played the illiterate timothy evans, wrongly hanged for a murder he didn't commit. on television, he was the mad roman emperor caligula in the bbc‘s i, claudius. you ordered us not to order any. and you took me at my word, didn't you? and then came the naked civil servant. i wear rouge, i wear mascara on my eyelashes, i dye my hair, i wear flamboyant clothes, far more outre than
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those i am wearing now. many people said "don't do that, you'll never work again". but i said it's not about homosexuality, it's about the tenderness of the individual as opposed to the cruelty of the crowd. he earned an oscar nomination for midnight express, in which he played a heroin addict in a turkish prison. and there was another oscar nomination for his performance as the hideously disfigured john merrick in the elephant man. his lined and weathered face meant he was perfect in the film 1984 as george orwell‘s reluctant rebel winston smith. he accepted all the television roles he was offered, although that meant stage appearances like this were rare. he played stephen ward, society schemer and later victim of the profumo affair and scandal. i can do wonders with you, little baby. you're my future selves? late in his career, he made a guest
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appearance in doctor who. why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that? few actors were busier, almost 200 screen roles alone. few actors were as reliably and engagingly watchable. we have just heard a statement from john hurt ‘s widow. she said, it is with deep sadness that i confirm that my husband died at home in norfolk. john was the most sublime of actors are the most gentlemanly of actors are the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. he touched all of our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him. she finished it so i asked that we are allowed to come to terms with our loss without further intrusion. a
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very personal statement there from his widow. other statements have been pouring in, as you would have expected. authorjk rowling, who wrote the harry potter books, said, "so very sad to hear that the immensely talented and "deeply beloved john hurt has died. "my thoughts are with his family and friends." actor elijah wood, who worked withjohn hurt in the oxford murders, tweeted, "very sad to hear of john hurt‘s passing. "it was such an honour to have watched you work, sir". american director mel brooks mentioned one of his iconic films. "no—one could have played the elephant man more memorably. "he carried that film into cinematic immortality. "he will be sorely missed." broadcaster stephen fry posted this tribute, "oh no. what terrible news. "we've lost john hurt, a great on the stage, "small screen and big." actor david schneider remembered working with sirjohn hurt, "i was in a film with him and he was so mesmerising "i kept forgetting to act. a genius and a lovely man." and actress and author jamie lee curtis posted, "john hurt. midnight express. nothing better. ever." earlier i spoke to showbiz reporter sandro monetti in los angeles
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and asked him how hollywood was reacting to sirjohn hurt‘s death. huge admiration for an unusual acting career. do you know, he was never unemployed for a single day out of 50 years in acting? that shows you his quality. it is a mixture of love and respect here. everyone who knewjohn is thinking about his sense of humour. he had quite a humorous attitude to death. he would joke that he had died in probably more films than any other actor, more than a0 by his reckoning. he used to, when he told friends he had a part in a new movie, instead of saying who do you play, they would ask him at what point do die in it? now he has gone to the great screening room in the
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sky, but what a legacy he leaves behind. so many great performances to choose from. i think that is the point that has been coming through ina lot point that has been coming through in a lot of the messages that we are getting, the variety of parts that he played over so many different medium. yes, for me it is alien, that amazing death scene in that. if you think to the naked civil servant and elephant man and you think midnight express, you think that here is an actor who was so versatile that he was not identified by one particular part. so many acting greats get locked into one particular role, but with john acting greats get locked into one particular role, but withjohn hurt, over his long career there were so many different roles that we loved and he loved as well. in his final yea rs and he loved as well. in his final years he had great delight playing doctor who both on television and later in audio and he spent the last couple of years travelling the world
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to doctor who conventions and was loving the affection he was getting from the public, who, of course, love to not just for from the public, who, of course, love to notjust for his role in doctor who but for the many rolls down the decades. he definitely knew how much she was loved. but no oxcart, even though we had a glittering career? no, the oscars are all about politics. he had two oscar nominations and t1 batters —— four baftas, including a lifetime achievement award but is oscar nominations were for midnight express and the elephant man as best supporting and as best actor and he lost that time to robert de niro for raging bull and he joins lost that time to robert de niro for raging bull and hejoins the ranks of the many great actors admired by audiences and a thespians alike, never to have won the gold statue. theresa may has arrived in the turkish capital ankara for talks with president recep tayyip erdogan.
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they are expected to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. let's speak to mark lowen in istanbul. so, run us through the agenda. the agenda will very much focused on trade. britain and turkey are big trading partners and britain is the export market for turkey, and they are the 11th biggest export market for britain. they want to consolidate that as britain leads the european union and union and britain and turkey will be on the cusp of the eu, trading together in a bilateral way. they are also talking about the fight against the islamic state, both countries are pa rt islamic state, both countries are part of a coalition against the group and they will discuss ongoing attem pts group and they will discuss ongoing atte m pts to group and they will discuss ongoing attempts to unify cyprus, which were dealt rather a bloke in recent talks in geneva. there is also press on theresa may to raise rather more difficult questions with president recep tayyip erdogan, she goes from one controversial president in the
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us to another in turkey. the country has seen 2a0,000 people arrested, dismissed or suspended since the failed to six months ago. it is the biggestjailer ofjournalists in the world in their eyes continuing conflict with the kurdish minority so conflict with the kurdish minority so there are calls for theresa may toure some of these tricky issues. her officials and her spokespeople say she will do that while reiterating support for the turkish government in the light of the failed coup attempt. how will that be received by president recep tayyip erdogan, how will he respond to that type of criticism? he always shakes off the criticism very strongly and says that turkey is facing numerous terror threats, as it is, from the pkk turkish minute —— kurdish militants and from afar minute —— kurdish militants and from a far left groups that are home—grown and have launched attacks for decades. he is a man who gives rather short shrift to criticism frankly. he frequently hits out at
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western officials and governments but that said britain is very good terms at the moment with turkey. the europa minister was the first europe minister to come to turkey after the failed coup and that was hugely appreciated in ankara and boris johnson was here a few weeks ago and the trade minister has also been here so britain is ahead of the queue, if you like in terms of other european countries, but there will still be difficult talks and president recep tayyip erdogan is a tricky man to do business with. we are ahead of the queue, but how does turkey view britain as a prospective partner in the future? i think that they see the opportunities clearly to trade with britain that, as ever in this hugely divided country, there are some who believe that britain coming here is the west meddling with turkey. there isa the west meddling with turkey. there is a hugely nationalist side of the country that sees britain and the us and the west as trying to constantly undermine turkey and there is
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another side that really reaches out to britain and others, saying, please, help us from the terrible state that turkey is in at the moment so it is a hugely divided country and i am sure that theresa may will get that sense on her trip here. president trump has closed the borders of the united states to refugees for four months, in an executive order he says will help protect america from radical islamic terrorists. people fleeing the war in syria are banned untilfurther notice. this is what he had to say. he has also ordered the issuing of visas to six other mainly muslim countries. i'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america. we don't want them here. we want to ensure we're not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. we only want to admit those into our county who will support our country and love deeply our people. we will never forget the lessons of 9/11, nor the heroes
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who lost their lives at the pentagon. they were the best of us. the bbc understands that google has recalled staff members affected by president trump's executive order yesterday which severely restricts passport—holders from seven mostly muslim countries. we will talk to our correspondent very shortly about this and the implications. a second outbreak of birdflu has been confirmed in lancashire at a farm on the wyre near the first outbreak which was confirmed five days ago. the department for environment, food and rural affairs says the two farms have business links and this outbreak affects around 1,000 birds. defra says a two—mile protection zone and a six—mile surveillance zone have been put in place around both infected premises. a growing number of labour mps have said they will denyeremy corbyn
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and vote against triggering the formal process to leave the eu. yesterday a member of his shadow cabinet resigned from the front bench over the issue. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent ellie price, who explained jo stevens had resigned from jeremy corbyn's front bench because she couldn't vote to trigger article 50. she said brexit was a terrible mistake, and "i cannot reconcile my overwhelming view "that to endorse the bill "trigger article 50 would make that inevitable". the other interesting thing that happened yesterday is that two of the party's whips said they would also denyeremy corbyn and not vote to invoke article 50. interesting, of course, because party whips have that littlejob of endorsing and enforcing party discipline. mr corbyn himself has been known to rebel many times. yes, a serial rebel when he was on the backbenches.
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but crucially, he is now the leader. and as the leader, the sentiment is that he needs a coherent position from labour on what brexit should be. and he has made it clear that he believes the outcome of the referendum needs to be respected and accept it. respected and accepted. that is why he has introduced this three line whip on his party to vote in favour of invoking article 50. of course, that spells plenty of problems for him, because there are plenty of labour mps who don't want to vote in favour of it. where does this leave labour, particularly after the vote? are they between a rock and a hard place? i think so, but that's a place that jeremy corbyn has found himself before and has managed to weather before. there's been some interesting number crunching by bbc research. we know the majority of labour voting constituencies voted to leave the eu, but there are around 70 labour mps who represent constituencies who voted to remain. clearly, not all of those are going
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to rebel againstjeremy corbyn. jeremy corbyn himself represents a constituency that voted to remain in the eu, but the figure of 70 mps gives you some concept of how many of his own mps might rebel. i was just telling you there are about the executive order from president trump who has restricted passport holders from mainly muslim countries. we understand that google have recalled staff members who have been affected by the order and this seems to be that above the iceberg. yes, google is one of the biggest tech companies in the world and it has written to all of its staff, saying about the personal cost of this executive order on colleagues. he is referring to the 100 or so employees that are employed in the united states as skilled specialist workers and they hold passports from
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the seven countries that are being listed in this immigration order so they are potentially overseas and may not be able to get back because of this executive order. a lot of the tech industry rely on a highly skilled specialist work of leader with —— visa with incredible expertise in biotech or pharmaceuticals or engineering background oiler —— predominately in technology because they write coding of stuff that we might struggle to understand. if they cannot get into united states to do their work it would have a direct difficulty on their ability to grow their companies and do their stuff. microsoft, the second largest tech company in the united states has put out a note to the regulator in new york saying that immigration restrictions could affect their company, so it is notjust google or microsoft but the entire tech sector and the skill sector that could be affected by this order. when we heard this order first of
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all yesterday not many thoughts might have turned people coming on visas to work. it is the unintended consequences and it is also slightly unclear, if not completely unclear as to who it applies to how it is applied and how it should be applied. we are hearing reports that the father of a journalist that might have been a passport holder from those countries was not allowed to get into a plain in qatar which is not on the list. we are hearing that the university of iowa will potentially write with students and tell them not to leave the country because they may not be able to get back. these are all a sub —— these are all reports and i suspect we will have more clarity in the coming days but at the moment it is a concern for millions of people around the world. if we were to take this to the nth degree, where would place these companies if they cannot bring in the workers that they want? these companies rely on brainpower, they don't physically make anything and the manufacture of stuff is done overseas. the intellectual property
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is the key and if they cannot get staff into california when most of these companies are based one suspects they would have to look long and hard about where they would base themselves in order to take advantage of global and very mobile brainpower. thank you very much, we will talk to you later if the list gets longer! lorry drivers should be banned from using sat—navs designed for cars according to council chiefs. the calls to change navigation systems come after a number of lorries have got stuck in narrow roads or under low bridges. the local government association wants legislation brought in to make it compulsory for all lorry drivers in england and wales to use sat—navs specifically designed for their vehicle. keith doyle reports. when a large lorry tried to cross this bridge over the thames in buckinghamshire last year it caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage. it was ten times heavier than the bridge ‘s weight limit but it's sat nav did not know that. sat
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navs are leading large vehicles into unsuitable roads across the country. it causes damage and disruption. the local government association, which represents local authorities across england and where is, says truck drivers using sat navs and phones meant for cars are causing mayhem. they want to lorry drivers to be forced to use the right kind of sat navs for large vehicles. we are seeing a growing problem, i have more and more complaints from local residents who see country lanes blocked by vehicles who should not be going down them and they see local high streets blocked by hgv vic eckels and local economies are hit when you just see bigger lorries going over bridges that theyjust cannot take the weight four. most truck drivers use the right kind of sat navs but they say they are no substitute for common sense. sat navs are ok but you cannot rely on them. we have a particularly special one for hgvs and even they go wrong. it isjust watching road signs and being careful, that is not to say
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you don't come unstuck and you have to turn around sometimes. the bridge has now reopened after two months of repairs but locals say they live in fear of a repairs but locals say they live in fearofa similar repairs but locals say they live in fear of a similar accident closing it at any time, and that is why the local government association says something needs to be done to stop vehicles of larger vehicles using the wrong kind of sat navs, that is leading them into nothing but trouble. time for the sport now with mike bushell. thank you very much. serena williams has broken the record for grand slam victories, after winning the australian open for her 23rd title. it was the first final between her and her sister venus williams for eight years, and serena went into it having not dropped a set so far in melbourne this year. it was a nervy start, with both players breaking serve but serena had the extra power to take the set. the second set was equally close, with just the one break of serve
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and that was for serena and was enough to complete the job, and against her sister, of all people, history was made. in the last couple of minutes, serena has lifted the trophy. the fourth round of the fa cup continues this afternoon, and it got off to a flying start last night, with championship side derby going so close to upsetting their neighbours, the premier league champions leicester city. it began with a bizarre own goal, darren bent giving leicester the lead with an awful slice into his own net. he did make amends, levelling for derby, who then went ahead before half time and held on untilfour minutes from the end, when wes morgan forced a replay. what a cup tie. it was a great game and a great atmosphere. the players came against the champions and performed like that and gave them a really good game. as i said, a really good game. as i said, a really good game to look forward to. it isa really good game to look forward to. it is a great tie for us. the biggest giant killers from the last round, non—league, lincoln city, are hoping home advantage, will help them cause another big upset. their manager danny cowley, says beating ipswich
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of the championship, in round three, was like climbing a mountain, and so thinks today's match against the leaders of the championship, brighton, is like trying to get to the moon. and there are five premier league sides facing lower league opposition, including liverpool, at home to wolves in the 12.30pm kick off. liverpool needed a replay to beat plymouth argyle in the last round, but wolves have already knocked out premier league stoke city. i don't like the result but i see that we are really fighting for every point and every victory and every point and every victory and every big success and all of that stuff, so thatis success and all of that stuff, so that is what we are doing and what we have to do. i am absolutely more than ok and looking forward to the next opportunity tomorrow. rangers can go back to second in the scottish premiership this
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afternoon, a win at motherwell will take them above aberdeen, again. niall mcginn, scored two goals and set up another, as aberdeen beat dundee 3—0 last night. his volley on the stroke of half time was an absolute cracker. the leaders celtic aren't in any danger of being caught, though, they're 21 points clear. perth scorchers have one of the big bash final at the waca. brad haddin helped to 1a9 from their allotted 20 overs. earth featured former england players ian bell and tim bresnan, but it was michael klinger who hit the winning six as these cruise to victory and they picked up the big bash trophy for the third time. the welsh boxer lee selby, was almost in tears, after his ibf featherweight, world title defence, against, jonathan victor barros, was called off, just a little over 2a hours, before it was due to take place.
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the decision was announced on stage, just before the weigh—in in las vegas. american media have reported that barros had tested england will play scotland in the quarterfinals of the rugby 7s in wellington. england beat papua new guinea, argentina and kenya to go through, oliver lindsay—hague among the try scorers for england. scotland won two of their three pool games. wales also made it in the quarterfinals, that is all the sport for now. and it is now time for the weather. hello, we have seen a change in the weather in the last 2a hours. we are putting behind the deepfreeze that we had last week and we had nasty fog as well. temperatures are rising, particularly amongst england amway is and it is not as cold with mild conditions coming in thanks to an area of low pressure but also brings wet weather to start the weekend. the rain heads to the north but we have colder air in scotland and we have seen colder air over
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high ground. this weather watcher sent us this picture from perth and kinross. the weather watchers —— the weather has also been affecting high roots in scotland. snow has been above high elevations but it will ta ke above high elevations but it will take awhile to clear. it is a different story further south were in the afternoon we have sunny spells coming in and a number of showers. the brisk westerly winds bring relatively milder and temperatures in london are up to nine. rain around in the north midlands and northern england this afternoon and northern ireland is brighter wish i was in the west. in scotla nd brighter wish i was in the west. in scotland the rate is reluctant to ease off, along with hills go and it will stay cold. overnight tonight the rain finally lets up we see some showers following. there will be snow over the hills of scotland and the headline —— pennines as well. watch out for icy surfaces as we have frost in the countryside.
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temperatures will rise in wales and the south west england were another weather system slides in on sunday. he was the chart for sunday, outbreaks of rain and turning wet for much of england and wales and northern ireland. north—east england and scotland will probably hang on to some sunshine. it is still quite cold but milder in the south—west where temperatures get up to ten. next week it will be quite an active week, when the atlantic finally wa kes week, when the atlantic finally wakes up and slow—moving weather fronts wakes up and slow—moving weather fro nts m ove wakes up and slow—moving weather fronts move across the uk and bring outbreaks of rain but then something meaty comes later in the week. next week we have spells of rain and it becomes windy. there is a chance of severe gales later on. the wind comes on the south—west so it will be relatively mild and the mild weather, a case in point is monday. temperatures could reach 11 or 12 in the south. hello and welcome to dateline london.
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how "special" is britain's so—called "special relationship" with the united states? and how wise is it for a british prime minister to try to get close to an american president — and end up with a picture showing them holding hands? my guests today are: alex deane who is a conservative commentator, agnes poirier of france's marianne, mustapha karkouti of gulf news and jef mcallister, an american writer and broadcaster a british ambassador to washington once told me — as we awaited the first meeting between the then british prime minister and a new american president — that they were "fated to get on wonderfully well." he meant that whatever the personal chemistry — or lack of it — the totality of the relationship between the uk and us was so important that it had to work out. but how well does that work with theresa may and donald trump? it seems to me the most interesting thing about it is that it took place within the first few days? yes, the first foreign head to be in to see
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the american presence, i think the quote from yourformer the american presence, i think the quote from your former ambassador friend is right. these are two countries that need to work hard to get on and i don't think there is any secret that we struggle somewhat under president obama who is not as well disposed to the british interest as the now president seems to be. i suppose my point is this, whether you agreed with brexit or not, that is now the directional travel that our country is on. president obama and his preferred successor hillary clinton set themselves paul square against that
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