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this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump's decision to restrict entry to travellers from seven muslim—majority countries is met with condemnation from a number of nations, including iran, which says it'll ban americans in retaliation. the president's restrictions are challenged by lawyers in the united states after passengers arriving at american airports are refused entry. the prime minister says the uk will enhance trade relations with turkey, as a £100 million deal to develop fighterjets is signed in ankara. this is more than a trade deal. it is the start of a deep defence partnership that will contribute to our overall security. things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon
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this world. tributes are paid to one of britain's most respected actors, sirjohn hurt, who has died at the age of 77. also this hour, a call to ban lorry drivers from using sat—navs meant for cars. it's after scenes like these, where vehicles got stuck in narrow roads and wedged under low bridges. and serena williams beats sister venus at the australian open to secure a record 23rd grand slam title. good evening, and welcome to bbc news. lawyers in the united states have lodged a challenge to an executive order signed by president trump which temporarily bans all refugees, and any traveller from seven mainly muslim countries, from entering the us. even green card
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holders aren't exempt. the order has caused confusion and panic among travellers with some people being turned back from us—bound flights. iran has described mr trump's order as an insult to the islamic world. it says that in response it'll ban americans from entering the country. alex forsyth reports. on lebanon's street the need is clear. here, one in every four people as a refugee who has fled war in neighbouring syria. some are desperate to return, others want to move on. now all i banned from the usa indefinitely, and refugees from anywhere suspended for four months. this transgender woman anywhere suspended for four months. this tra nsgender woman executed anywhere suspended for four months. this transgender woman executed in iraq, who fled to beirut, was in the process of being resettled in america. that press this, now, it
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seems, on hold. translation: the moment that i heard the news, my dreams were shattered. my the news, my dreams were shattered. my parents want to kill me. i am terrified they will find out where i am now. i hoped i would feel safe in the us, but i would finally be able to sleep in a country where i have rights and no wanted hurts me. with a flourish of his pen, president trump made sweeping changes to policies for refugees and immigrants, to improve, he said, america's security. we are instigating new vetting measures to keep radical islamic terrorists out of the united states of america. we do not want them here. the executive order specifically mentions suspending entry from seven countries with predominantly muslim populations.
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people from those countries have taken to social media and confusion. one person said that they were sent back from their fight, and 71—year—old man was sent to iraq. in general, there is panic and confusion. the extent of this order has enormous implications, not just the extent of this order has enormous implications, notjust for refugees but for many from the middle east no longer able to travel to the us. resident trump argues it will improve security, but many have condemned the message it sends to muslim communities around the world. some refugees who have been detained at airports today are being represented by human rights groups. already, the consequences are being felt and challenged. speaking during a visit to turkey, theresa may has refused to condemn
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the united states' refugee policy after being repeatedly pressed to give her opinion on the order. the united states is responsible for the united states's policy on refugees. the united kingdom is responsible for the next kingdom's policy on refugees, and our policy is to have a voluntary scheme to bring numbers of refugees to the country, particularly those especially vulnerable, but also to provide support to the neighbouring countries around syria. there was a phone call today between president clinton and donald trump. we will have more from our
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washington correspondent in a few minutes. more now on theresa may's visit to turkey. she was in ankara for toxic ona turkey. she was in ankara for toxic on a potential trade deal. —— talks. laura kuenssberg reports. a morning at the palace. the presidential palace. meeting president used to doing perhaps whatever it takes to his way. popular, feared as well, after a coup that field against him. but she wants closer ties on trade and defence, but also to make british concerns about his behaviour clear. i am proud that the uk stood with you on the 15th ofjuly last
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yearin with you on the 15th ofjuly last year in defence of your democracy. now it is important that turkey sustains that democracy by maintaining the rule of law and upholding its international human rights obligations, as the government has undertaken to do. no mention of that from him. translation: it gives us great pleasure and it is a privilege to host prime minister theresa may here in turkey. we have had a meeting and a working lunch and the discussions, i hope, will yield success both of countries. just as theresa may the 1st leader to enter the trump white house, she was today the first western leader to come to ankara since the attempted coup against the prime minister —— against president erdogan. she showed that she was unafraid to speak her mind. having delivered the message on human rights, the ceremonials could begin. the prime minister appeared
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alongside her counterpart, to announce a deal where british firm bae will design turkish fighter jets, the start of a partnership that downing street hopes could bring in billions. but questions about her other new friends, president trump, followed her to turkey, after the american leader banned some muslims from entering the country. asked three times whether she agreed with president trump's ban, this was all that she would say. the united states is responsible for the united states's policy on refugees, the united kingdom is responsible for the united kingdom's policy on refugees. whilst marking the past, theresa may is following her own path around the world. she cannot choose her fellow leaders, but politicians, like the rest of us, i sometimes judged by the company they keep. with me is andrew smith from the pressure group campaign against the arms trade. thank you forjoining us. at this
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stage, it isjust an thank you forjoining us. at this stage, it is just an agreement, so it is non—binding. you are worried. why? we are very concerned, in the last few years we have seen a deterioration in human rights in turkey. we have seen a power grab and a worrying direction of travel. and yet, what we are seeing today is that arms company profits are being put ahead of human rights, it ahead of the rights of political dissidents that are being put in prison, the rights ofjournalists, who are having newspapers closed, independent media caused by this government. is it a matter of human rights or the arms? what are you worried about? human rights or the fa ct worried about? human rights or the fact that they are selling arms? both. they cannot be viewed in isolation. this is sending a message of political support to the turkish government and to the direction of
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travel on human rights. those pictures are going to do very well on the turkish media, photographs of theresa may deeney mitchell backscratching with the turkish president, that will go down very well here. —— photographs of theresa may doing mutual backscratching. we heard the president saying that he cannot keep up with the grips, the change names, but essentially they have a problem with terrorism. how do you expect them to fight that? as theresa may said, turkey has also helped by stopping the spread of terrorist activity. there can definitely be a relationship with turkey in diplomatic terms, but that is not a relationship which can be used to justify selling hundreds of millions of pounds worth of weapons. since the crackdown lastjuly, we
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have seen millions of pounds worth of weapons sold to turkey, despite the human rights warnings, that torture is taking place, and more claims of abuse from turkish democrats and protest groups. turkey isa democrats and protest groups. turkey is a member of nato. as an ally, it is a member of nato. as an ally, it is viewed quite highly. if we are not willing to arm them, how can we have a military alliance with them? a lot of europe, the west, knowjust how important that relationship is turkey. the issue is weighted in turkey. the issue is weighted in turkey. the issue is weighted in turkey. the uk is meant to stand for human rights and democracy, but whenever that is tested, arms company profits are was put ahead of the human rights record of countries. we have to have a serious
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discussion about human rights. there are very important questions to be asked about military policy, diplomatic policy, how to deal with terrorism, and around domestic solutions that need to be looked into, but human rights cannot be sacrificed at the altar of profit for bae systems. you happy with the other arrangements? at present, the uk government's on figures show that two thirds of uk arms exports go to the middle east, by far the largest buyer is saudi arabia. how do you feel about that agreement?” buyer is saudi arabia. how do you feel about that agreement? i think it isa feel about that agreement? i think it is a terrible agreement. in ten days‘s time it is going to be looked at in the high court following a campaign by caat, because we believe that it campaign by caat, because we believe thatitis campaign by caat, because we believe that it is notjust a moral but also illegal. what i am trying to get to hear is that turkey is kind of france,
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border with it —— turkey is kind of a front line, a border with isis. without turkey, how can we keep islamic state away from european borders? do not quite understand how you see that it can be taken on?” think for a start the uk has to stop making foreign policy decisions which only exacerbate this threat. whether that has been the terrible and devastating consequences of their bombardment of iraq or other countries in the region. the safety of turkish civilians has to be at a quarter of policy in the region, but the safety of turkish civilians is not helped by giving uncritical support to the regime that is suppressing them.
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president trump has held a series of phone calls with world leaders today. this comes after a ban on all refugees from seven mainly muslim countries from entering the us. any idea as to the reactions? what about vladimir putin? after the meeting with british prime minister theresa may yesterday, donald trump made calls to five world leaders today. telephone conversations have already taken place with the german chancellor, angela merkel, and the japanese leader. the japanese conversation apparently direct and
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frank, a meaningful call according to the japanese, confirming the importance of the japanese and us alliance. expressing some disappointment about donald trump's withdrawal from the tpp. the conversation with the russian president is occupying a lot of conversation here. there have been suggestions from some in donald trump's inner circle that he make the open to talking about the lifting of sanctions on russia imposed after its incursion into ukraine. mrtrump taking imposed after its incursion into ukraine. mr trump taking a rosier view of vladimir putin and his predecessor, barack view of vladimir putin and his predecessor, ba rack obama. view of vladimir putin and his
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predecessor, barack obama. the possibility of sanctions being lifted caused some alarm, even amongst members of donald trump's 1—party. the house speaker, paul ryan, cautioned against any such move, as did us senatorjohn mccain, who said that he would take legal action if sanctions were lifted against russia. on the subject of legal action, we're hearing that there are some writs that i know been filed against this executive order. people's wednesday being affected by travel bans. there are literally on the plane, the land and they are essentially illegal. how is there story developing? this executive order applies to so—called
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green card holders. these are people who are in the country legally, from these seven countries that were mentioned in order, but who are not citizens of the united states. if they happened to be out of the country when donald trump signed that order last night, they will clearly have difficulties getting backend, for the simple reason that there is this order, this 90 day stoppage order on citizens from those seven nations —— getting back in. hundreds of people are being turned back or prevented from boarding flights. confusion, we're hearing, on the part of border and customs agents. as far as airlines are concerned, the dutch airline klm saying that it refused to allow seven passengers from those banned countries to travel to the united states. an airline spokeswoman
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conceding there was someone of clarity, as she put it, about who this ban actually effects. joining me from washington is trita parsi, who heads the national iranian american council. thank you forjoining us. i have noticed on twitter that you were helping a lot of people who are confused. they do not know where they stand, they are being questioned, there are strip searches. what are you hearing? questioned, there are strip searches. what are you hearing ?m has actually been quite atrocious. we really did not expect this. we have had cases where green card holders have entered the country, they have been living here for yea rs, they have been living here for years, their english is perfect with the perfect american accent, this is their home, but they have been strip—searched, handcuffed and asked to give social media accounts so
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that what the post can be reviewed, they have also been asked questions about what they think about donald trump. it was decided on a case—by—case basis yesterday whether they could come in and not. today, homeland security clarified that this is supposed to apply to green ca rd this is supposed to apply to green card holders in the future. which means that from now on they may not be able to enter the country again at all. is there are some clarity, did the border officials not what is going on? the absolutely do not. people have told me that they have been very sympathetic, very cordial, and themselves expressed that they are not content with this situation, particularly the confusion. there has been arguments in front of travelers between border control, trying to figure out what they are supposed to be doing. we knew a few days ago that there was the possibility of this executive order
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being signed, but were you expecting the reality of what is now taking place? we did not expected to this far. we knew something was coming. when the first draft was circulated, there is ambiguity as to whether this would be affecting green card holders are not. it is unclear as to whether they were imprecise in their language or the work has to ring —— or they were casting a very weight on itand or they were casting a very weight on it and never intended to go so far. it is clear that the want to make this as draconian as possible. that is leaving people in shock. out of the... we have got a slightly shaky line connection with you, but we will carry on and try to get perhaps one
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work question. what you make of the rand's reaction to this?” work question. what you make of the rand's reaction to this? i am trying to confirm if this really is iran's reaction. in my view, they are walking into the trap of donald trump. this would be tremendously counter—productive, no less than what the americans have been doing. what is needed is more contact, more travelling, particularly between the us and iran, which have had such bad relations. there were more people travelling back and forth because of the nuclear deal. to reverse that on both sides would be a tremendous mistake. i understand that one person will not be able to travel to the oscar ceremony because of this. anyone who is on iranians it is and who does not have a green card or citizenship, you cannot come any more. even if you have of these on your passport, they will not honour
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it. he could apply for an exemption, but then that is required that donald trump is in the mood of giving an exception. we will leave it there. thank you. tributes have been paid to the actor sirjohn hurt, who has died at the age of 77. he'd been suffering from pancreatic cancer. his career spanned over six decades and more than 120 films, including the elephant man, alien and harry potter. his widow said he was the most sublime of actors who broughtjoy and magic to all our lives. nick higham, looks back on his life. john hurt, as the deranged roman emperor caligula in the bbc‘s i, claudius. but you ordered no triumphs. well, of course i ordered no triumphs! do you think i'd order triumph for myself? but you ordered us not to order any.
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yes, and you took me at my word, didn't you? typical. and in 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. he was an unusual actor, instantly recognisable, yet never typecast. here, he played the flamboyantly gay quentin crisp. people said tt was a brave part to take on. many people said "don't do that, you'll never work again", and so on. and i said, "but it's not about homosexuality, it's about the tenderness of the individual, as opposed to the cruelty of the crowd, really". his breakthrough had come in a man for all seasons in 1966, a small part in an oscar—winning film. what will you do with it? sell it. and buy what? a decent gown. he earned an oscar nomination himself for midnight express, in which he played a heroin addict in a turkish prison. i'm very pleased to
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meet you, mr merrick. and another for his performance as the hideously disfigured john merrick in the elephant man. like quentin crisp, merrick was an outsider ostracised by society. perhaps... this. late in his career, he reached new audiences in harry potter. you're my future selves? yes! and in a guest appearance in doctor who. why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that? in one of his last performances, he played a dying screenwriter, quoting lines from a famous dylan thomas poem. do not go gentle into that good night. old age should burn and rave at close of day. rage, rage against the dying of the light. the former chairman of the bbc board of governors, sir christopher bland,
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has died at the age of 78. he was also chairman of several other companies and organisations, including bt and the royal shakespeare company. the director—general of the bbc, sir tony hall, described sir christopher as "an outstanding chairman and a great communicator, who was hugely admired. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this hour. a second outbreak of birdflu has been confirmed in lancashire at a farm on the wyre near where the first outbreak 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 1000 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
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into force in april. companies with at least 250 workers will be forced to reveal the pay rates for men and women. ministers say progress has been made but more needs to be done. bedraglled letter of abdication from king george iii has been published for the first time. —— a draft letter. it was written during the american war of independence and is one of thousands of his private papers released by the royal archives. lorry drivers should be banned from using sap labs designed for cars, according to the local government
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association, who want to make it compulsory for all heavy goods drivers to use certain ads designed for their vehicles. 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 big lorries going over bridges that theyjust
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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 drivers of larger vehicles using the wrong kind of sat—nav that is leading them into nothing but trouble. drivers of diesel cars in london will have to be 50% more in road tax
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and other drivers. this woman parked her diesel van on this high street for work and feels that she has been unfairly penalised. only reason i bought a diesel is that the government told us they were better. now all of a sudden they have told us that they do not want them on the roads, they are going to charge us more. we have to try to sell our cars, and they are not going to sell, they are worth nothing now. this part of the capital has some of the worst air pollution in europe, causing heart and lung disease and dozens of premature deaths each year. environmentalists welcome this is the first step in banning diesel from the streets of london altogether. this action is long
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overdue. the government has lost two consecutive court cases demanding that they take more action. we now know that diesel pollution causes the vast majority of watering pollution. we need to take action. if the trial is a success, westminster council will roll it out across the rest of the city, with other boroughs likely to follow. it hopes that it will make the capital healthier place. time for the weather. it has turned a lot milder in lots of parts of the country but not everywhere. we have got sunshine in the forecast but also rain. in the short term,

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