this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 11.003m. the headlines at 12.00am. tributes to the bafta—winning actor sirjohn hurt, who has died, aged 77. treated so well by such a beautiful woman. his performance in the elephant man earned him an oscar nomination. his wife described him as the most sublime of actors, and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen. sublime of actors, and the most president trump bans the entry of syrian refugees to the us, and halts visas on six other mainly muslim countries. google urges and some staff travelling overseas to return to the us as quickly as possible, saying the move could affect hundreds of their workers. theresa may arrives in turkey where she's set to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. also in the next hour: serena williams rewrites tennis history. the tennis star beat sister venus
to capture a record—breaking 23rd grand slam title in the australian open. and in half an hour, the click team blast off into space and explore the latest gadgets. 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. 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 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. that is something that no one can
advise you on. 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 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. sirjohn hurt‘s widow, anwen, has released a statement confirming her estranged husband's passing away. the statement reads, "john was the most sublime of actors "and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest "of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. "he touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be "a strange world without him." tributes have been pouring for sirjohn hurt. 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." president donald trump has banned the entry of syrian refugees into the us until further notice. he has also halted the issuing of visas to the nationals of six other mainly muslim countries, including iran, iraq, yemen and libya, for three months. 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 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. earlier i spoke to our business
correspondent and asked him about the chief executive saying it was painful to personal cost of the executive order. he is referring to the employees employed in the united states who are very skilled and specialist workers but they hold passports from the countries listed in this immigration banning order. they are potentially overseas and may not be able to get back because of the executive order. a lot of the tech industry relies on an hb one visa, for highly skilled specialist workers with incredible expertise in biotech or chemistry or pharmaceuticals or engineering, but predominantly from technology because they write coding and special stuff that you and i struggle to understand. if they cannot get their staff into the united states to do their work it will have a direct affect on their ability to create new stuff and grow their companies. this could have a major impact. microsoft, the second—largest tech company in the united states, has put out a note to the security exchange commission in
new york, the regulator, saying immigration conditions could affect their company, so it is notjust google and microsoft but the entire tech sector and skilled sector that could be by this. when we heard the order first of all yesterday i think not many people would have had their thoughts turn to people coming on visas to work. it is the unintended consequences and it is also slightly unclear, if not completely unclear, as to whom it applies for all, how it is applied and how it should be applied. we are hearing reports that the father of a journalist who might bea the father of a journalist who might be a passport from those seven countries was not allowed on a plane in qatar but that country is not on the seventh country list. we are hearing that the university of iowa writing to its students and telling them not to leave the country because they may not be able to get back. these are all reports and i suspect we will have more clarity in the coming days but in the immediate 110w the coming days but in the immediate now it is a concern for millions of people around the world. if we were to take this to the nth
degree, where would it place these companies if a company in the workers that they want? these companies rely on brainpower, they do not physically make anything, the physical manufacture of stuff is usually done overseas and brainpower, intellectual property is the key. if they cannot get staff into california where most of these countries are based one suspects they would have to look long and hard about their —— about where they would base themselves in order to take advantage of global and very mobile brainpower. let speak now to leonard doyle from the international organisation for migration. he's in geneva. good morning. what do you make of this? thank you for having me on. obviously every administration has the right to review policies of previous administrations, and that is certainly what is happening. the concerns about security are concerns that a shared worldwide at this point. on one level it is
understandable. we are an international organisation for migration and we have been working with the us administration for many decades on the resettlement of refugees so it is not simply business folks as you have heard in the previous report. the resettlement of the most vulnerable people in the world, and that is where the us has an extraordinary and exemplary record in the world as being the pre—eminent country to accept resettlement cases in the biggest numbers. it is a concern if that will change and there are other issues like that whatever resettlement takes place should be donein resettlement takes place should be done ina resettlement takes place should be done in a neutral way, based on the needs of the individual. this does seem to be having far reaching consequences, and you heard from the business world as well. if the us stops taking in refugees, what will it mean? it is not the case that they are stopping taking in refugees, they are simply looking very ha rd refugees, they are simply looking very hard at the security aspects of sun, which is absolutely the right
of any country to do and they have taken, for example, last year a very large number of people from congo and we anticipate that that would continue. the issue really, i suppose, is that people who are vulnerable, people who need to be taken out of harms way very quickly, they continue to find resettlement places, whether that is in the us or the uk or anywhere in the world, thatis the uk or anywhere in the world, that is the priority. do we need more clarity on this? that will happen in the next four months but undoubtedly there will be a distinct change to the resettlement activities and we anticipate that already. this is an opportunity for other countries to step forward and the need is great and it is certainly not only the us ‘s position to take these things —— people in. theresa may has arrived in the turkish capital ankara for talks
with president recep tayyip erdogan. they are expected to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. let's speak to mark lowen in istanbul. the agenda will very much focused on trade. britain and turkey are big trading partners and britain is the second biggest 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, the so—called islamic state, both countries are part of a coalition against the group and they will discuss ongoing attempts to unify cyprus, which were dealt rather a blow in recent talks in geneva. there is also pressure on theresa may to raise rather more difficult questions with president recep tayyip erdogan, she goes from one controversial president in the us to another in turkey. the country has seen 240,000 people arrested, dismissed or suspended since the failed to six months ago. since the failed
coup six months ago. it is the biggestjailer ofjournalists in the world there is continuing conflict with the kurdish minority so there are calls for theresa may to raise 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 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 western officials and governments but that and governments but, that said, britain is very good terms at the moment with turkey.
the europe minister was the first europe minister to come to turkey after the failed coup and that was hugely appreciated in ankara and borisjohnson 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 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 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.
tributes are being paid to sirjohn hurt, one of britain's most respected actors, who has died at the age of 77. president trump closes american borders to syrian refugees and suspense visas for citizens of six of the mainly muslim countries. theresa may has been holding talks with president recep tayyip erdogan in turkey where it is thought they will discuss a post brexit trade deal. 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 its sat—nav did not know that. sat—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 wales, 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 vehicles 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 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 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. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. 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. employers are being offered advice about how to reduce the gender pay gap before new regulations come into force in april. ministers say progress has been made but more needs to be done. companies with at least 250 workers will be forced to reveal the pay rates for men and women. a draft letter of abdication from king george iii has been made public for the first time. the unsent letter, which includes crossings out, re—drafts, blotches and scrawls, was written during the american war of independence, and is one of thousands of his private papers released by the royal archives. a growing number of labour mps have said they will denyeremy corbyn 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. 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 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 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. international help has been arriving in chile to help the country fight
the worst wildfires in its history. so far 11 people have died and 1,500 homes have been destroyed. the series of fast—spreading fires, mostly in chile's central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought. beneath the rising plumes of smoke you get a sense of the scale of this disaster. towns destroyed and lives lost. services are so overwhelmed that residents are left protecting their homes with hosepipes and bottles of water. more than 100 fires are still raging, aided by high winds and dry conditions. with services so stretched teams of higher —— firefighters have arrived from colombia, with mexico also providing reinforcements. earlier in the week the world's biggest firefighting plane arrived on loan from the us. now russia is sending a similar aircraft. the damage has left thousands without a home and many are forced into temporary shelters like this school. others are sleeping in vehicles and
clinging to what they have left. on friday came a reminder of those who have lost much more. funerals were held for a firefighter and a policeman, boast killed as they try to tackle the flames. at least ten people are now known to have died but with so few of these fires under control it is a number that is likely to keep rising in the coming days. millions of people around the world are marking the start of the lunar new year. celebrations began in china and dancers and food will be pa rt china and dancers and food will be part of these celebrations for many. the lunar new year was run in 108
times at the central belltower in beijing. the fireworks were a little subdued. the authorities were worried about the environmental effects in a city regularly cursed with smoke. on the street people set off firecrackers, making the best of things. for the lunar year which is a traditional holiday it is better when we set off fireworks. in my hometown everyone is setting off fireworks, it a better mood. there
was plenty of razzmatazz on state television with a huge gala, four and a half hours long, featuring dancing, singing, acrobats and celebrities. traditionally the most watched programme on chinese tv. this is not just watched programme on chinese tv. this is notjust the chinese new year, it is the lunar new year, celebrated by east asian communities around the world. a time for family, friends and looking to the future, all hoping the year of the rooster will bring fortune and happiness. the uk's 2017 eurovision entry has been chosen. former x—factor contestant luciejones will represent the country in kiev in may with the song never give up on you, which was written by a former eurovision winner. lucie beat five other singers to win the combined public and jury vote in a live tv show last night.
all of the potential acts were former x—factor contestants. phil avery has the weather details. good afternoon. there is such a mishmash this afternoon across the british isles. scotland, eitherside of scotla nd british isles. scotland, eitherside of scotland at the moment, in fact, i have seen pictures of aviemore. that extends into the north of england and it might clear but this probably won't. in northern ireland, wales and increasingly the summit counties of england a mixture of sunny spells and sharp showers. if you are stuck under the cloud it will be one of those afternoons, i'm afraid. as the cloud and rain clears the skies were clear and we end up with ice. watch out for that. the
temperatures are really dribbling away in the towns and cities. milder in the south west. that is the first signs of a frontal system coming in. if you have a cold night in the cloud comes over the top you will be stuck with a pretty cold day. for scotla nd stuck with a pretty cold day. for scotland do not worry about the cloud and rain or in the north of england. you won't see it during daylight hours. across the south attends increasingly mild and that is the future for us all. see you later. this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 12.30am. tributes to the bafta—winning actor sirjohn hurt, who has died, aged 77. president trump has been criticised
for closing the borders to syrian refugees and suspending visas for six other muslim —— mainly muslim countries. theresa may has been holding talks with president recep tayyip erdogan in turkey, where it is thought they have been discussing a post brexit trade deal. let us see what has been happening in sport. 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. venus and serena williams bringing new meaning to the term sibling rivalry for 20 years. these two women know each other inside out and that was clear in the first set, with five breaks of serve. while
venus, in herfirst grand slam final for eight years, was always chasing her little sister, she gave as good as she got, but serena, despite the odd mishap, found that bit extra when it mattered most. the fifth of those five breaks went her way. one set ahead. the second was equally close. venus edged ahead on serve this time, only for serena to match her with braun and resilience. both of those was evident for the crucial break. what a serve that was. it allowed serena to serve for the match. with it and open era record and 23 grand slams, surpassing steffi g raf and 23 grand slams, surpassing steffi graf with the seventh australian open title. all against her sister. sibling rivalry, australian open title. all against hersister. sibling rivalry, most definitely, sibling love, even more so. definitely, sibling love, even more so. it is a great number and i know she would like to have a little more. who wouldn't? it was a great