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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 1pm. president trump's restrictions on refugees and people from seven mainly muslim countries entering the united states leads to calls for his state visit to be called off. i'm not happy about him coming here until the ban is lifted, because look at what is happening in those countries, how many more will it be? and what will be the long—term effect on the rest of the world? but as a usjudge issues a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees, nigel farage backs president trump's executive order. trump's policy in many ways has been shaped by what mrs merkel did. he is fully entitled to do this, and as faras we're fully entitled to do this, and as far as we're concerned, i would like to see extreme vetting. in yemen us commandos are thought to have carreid out a raid killing at least 30 suspected al-qaeda fighters and civilians. also in the next hour: roger federer beats his long standing rival rafael nadal to win the australian
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open. he broke down in tears as he won his 18th grand slam title — his first for five years. coming up in half an hour: the travel show goes way back in time in turkey. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has called on president trump's state visit to the uk to be called off until his ban on refugees and citizens from several muslim countries is lifted. it comes as a judge in new york upheld a legal challenge aimed at stopping the deportation of people being detained under donald trump's new immigration policy. the american civil liberties union — which filed the case — estimates that hundreds of people
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are being detained at airports or in transit. president trump has denied that the measures are a ban on muslims and said that the plan was "working out nicely". his executive order halted the entire us refugee programme and also instituted a 90—day travel ban for nationals from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen. andy moore reports. protests erupted at international airports across america as the new order went into force. it led to chaos and confusion among immigration officials. several democratic governors said they were considering a legal challenge. at washington airport, protesters celebrated as this woman from iraq was finally reunited with her husband. i got the call telling me they were detaining my wife, who is a green card holder, a legal resident in this country.
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in iraq, this man and his family we re in iraq, this man and his family were stopped from boarding a plane to the us despite having valid immigration visas. someone signs effective immediately, what does that mean? without going back to the congress, i don't understand. in the us was a protest outside a court room in new york where a judge ruled there should be a halt to the deportations. president trump enacts laws or executive orders that are unconstitutional and illegal, the courts are there to defend everyone's rights. but even after that ruling, the detentions continued, despite the intervention of elected representatives. there is a situation where you have somebody who has been granted citizenship,
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she is here with her baby, and she is being detained and you can't even have members of congress get to her. it is an attack on the very foundation of democracy. in boston, a democratic senator rallied protesters. i cannot believe this is happening. i knew donald trump would be bad, but boy, not this bad, not this fast. this is terrible. officials from homeland security think the court ruling only affects a few hundred people in transit. they emphasise it doesn't overturn the executive order which president trump signed yesterday. it's working out very nicely and we are going to have a very, very strict ban and we are going to have extreme vetting which we should have had in this country for many years. the new policy has caused concern abroad as well as at home. the foreign affairs committee in baghdad said the travel bans were
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unfair and iraq should reciprocate. politicians here have been giving their reaction to president trump's immigration policy. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has said that president trump's state visit to the uk should be cancelled while the ban remains in place. i think it would be totally wrong for him to be coming here while that situation is going on stop. until the ban is lifted you don't think he should come here? i'm not happy with him coming here until the ban is lifted because look at what is happening with those countries, how many more is going to be? and what will be the long—term effect of this on the rest of the world? a petition has started saying that donald trump should not be invited for a state visit. this is the live page, and the numbers have been going up as we are watching. over
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130,000 signatures. you need 100,000 signatures for it to be considered for a debate in parliament, so it is well over that. that is the live page for that petition. it is moving all the time. we will keep an eye on that as the figures go up. the former ukip leader, nigel farage, says that donald trump has got a democratic mandate to enforce this executive order and confirms that he would like to see extreme vetting in the uk, too. trump's policy in many ways has been shaped by what mrs merkel did. he is fully entitled to do this, and as far as we're concerned, i would like to see extreme vetting. since 9/11 and including 9/11, can you name any terrorist event in the united states and has involved refugees who have been allowed into the country? no, in fact the terrorist events have been us citizens who have been radicalised whilst in america. not refugees.
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no. but when you have a problem already, why would you wish to add to it? of those people who got into paris who committed the atrocities in paris, some of them got into europe posing as refugees. the chief secretary to the treasury, david gauke, has described the ban as divisive. he was also asked why theresa may refused three times to address and condemn it in a news conference yesterday, during her visit to turkey. the prime minister is not a shoot—from—the—hip politician. she wants to see evidence and see precisely what the implications are. she had been in a series of lengthy meetings with president erdogan, and she is someone who wants to see the briefing and understand it and then will respond to that. i think there are times when there is always pressure to respond within a news cycle, the important thing is, we are saying that we disagree with it and we do think it is wrong. in the last few minutes a statement has been issued in response to
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donald trump's travel ban from olympic winner mo farah. earlier our middle east correspondent told me about the reaction in the region to president trump's executive order. we have a statement from egypt air saying they received official notification of the work to prevent visa holders from the seven muslim majority countries from boarding flights to the us. they did not have this official notification yesterday, but nonetheless at least
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seven passengers who were in transit through egypt from both iraq and yemen were prevented from boarding flights. that happened because there is a standard system of pre—authorisation. every passenger listed on the flight to the us has to be approved. yesterday the airline was told that certain passengers were not approved, and at least seven were taken off theflights are at least re—routed back to their countries of origin. we have managed to speak to one of those who was an iraqi gentleman who was here in cairo with his wife and three children. the party of five were due to board a flight, a egypt air flight to the us. they had visas and were stopped. this gentleman has worked in the past in iraq for a subcontractor used by the us aid, he has told us his life was in danger at that time, that he and his family are potential targets for terrorists, and he simply cannot understand how the us administration could take this decision.
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is it all visa holders? what about those with green cards? according to the information from egypt air there are exceptions. they say green card holders in the countries, sudan, yemen, iraq, iran, syria, somalia, libya, will be allied to board their various flights, as well as diplomatic passport holders and government officials. people in those narrow defiant categories should be able to board their flights, but the gentleman we spoke to make the point that he and his family had been through a rigorous two—year long vetting process. he said one entire year was spent on background checks of not only him, his family, his friends, everybody he was in contact with. he said this suggests that donald trump does not trust his own officials, does not trust those involved in that process. he and his wife both gave up theirjobs in anticipation of beginning a new life
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in the united states. they sold their car, their home, although furniture. they shut down their lives in iraq. today they are back in iraq having to rely on the generosity of family, having had to move in and live with relatives. and they say that donald trump has ruined their lives. we're also hearing some reports that iraqis are saying that americans should leave iraq, a form of retaliation. this is not an official statement from the iraqi government, but we are hearing various reports saying that an influential shia cleric has made a statement. his comments are a little unclear. he is reported to have said something like, "before you expel patriots, take your own citizens out of these countries first." the us is not currently expelling anyone, but this seems to be a suggestion that us citizens that us citizens should have to leave the countries involved.
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he is quoted as describing trump's decision as arrogant and condescending. so far those reported comments are coming only from him. we have not yet had a statement from the iraqi authorities, although we are expecting a statement from the iraqi foreign ministry. we also do not know how many people may have been affected today, how many more should have been on that egypt air flight and were not allowed to board. and tweeting and he says this from and tweeting and he says this from an official account. and you can find more on this story on the bbc news website. reports from yemen say an attack believed to have been carried out by us commandos, has killed 1a
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suspected al-qaeda fighters. sources in central al—baida province say the attack began with an air strike on one particular house. the raid appears to mark an intensification of america's efforts to target the militants in yemen. what's the latest, alan? sources in this mountainous area in the heart of yemen say this raid began with an air strike of yemen say this raid began with an airstrike on of yemen say this raid began with an air strike on one particular house, but then a wave of helicopters swept in and deposited american commanders on the ground who then engaged in a gunfight with the militants, mosques and another facility used by the militants were targeted. local people said that along with the recent deaths there were a number of civilian casualties, and now the americans are saying that one of their commandos has died and his wounds were received during the
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raid, and three other soldiers wounded. they also say an aircraft involved suffered what they call a ha rd involved suffered what they call a hard landing nearby, there were more americans wounded there, and this aircraft was then destroyed so it wouldn't fall into enemy hands. were not clear what brought about the need for that hard landing. was it shot down, didn't have mechanical difficulties, we are not clear. put this into context for us with this new administration in washington. the americans have always seen al-qaeda in yemen is particularly dangerous, the source of a number of plot against america and the west, and all through the obama administration there were frequent drone strikes from the air on al-qaeda militants. but they have not until now tended to go in hard on the ground in the way they did during this raid, and so this raid
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perhaps does mark and escalation. that is not a surprise. mr trump has made clear he wants to see a more robust military response to the threat posed by jihadist robust military response to the threat posed byjihadist groups, and i think this rate we have seen today may be the sign of much more to come. life may get harderfor the likes of al-anda. more jihadist ‘s might get killed, but there is an argument that if you killed more civilians, hatred for america in places like yemen deepens and so recruitment for organisations like al-qaeda gets easier. the headlines: resident trump's restrictions on refugees and those from mainly muslim countries has called for a state visit here to be called. a usjudge issues a temperate halt to deportation of
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these holders on refugees. and in yemen, us commanders are thought to have carried out a raid killing at least 30 suspected al-qaeda fighters and civilians. the northern ireland secretary, james brokenshire, says the system for re—investigating killings during the troubles isn't working. mr brokenshire has told the sunday telegraph that the process focuses disproportionately on killings by the police and the army — and he stressed that this posed a danger of re—writing the past. our ireland correspondent sara girvin said this would continue to be a controversial subject. this issue of how to deal with the past of northern ireland has always been controversial. at the moment police are reinvestigating all deaths that took place during northern ireland's troubles. 3,500 people were killed between 1969 and 1998. 302 of those were killed by members of the british army.
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as a result of these police investigations two former soldiers are currently being prosecuted, and a law firm representing other former soldiers says it believes there could be more prosecutions to come. today we have heard from the northern ireland secretary of state, james brokenshire. writing in the sunday telegraph he said it was clear the investigations into all troubles deaths was not working. he added it was also clear that the current focus was disproportionately on those who worked for the state, former members of the armed forces and the royal ulster constabulary police force. he said we are in danger of seeing the past rewritten. that is very much at odds to what we heard from the northern ireland director of public prosecutions just a few days ago. he said he had been left feeling mystified at claims of bias from unionists and some conservative mps. there are such differing opinions on these prosecutions
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and the possibility of more to come, it seems the question of how to deal with the legacy of northern ireland's troubles remains unanswered. given that the secretary of state has said this, has there been any public reaction to this? it is an emotive subject. very much so, and very controversial. yesterday we saw some former soldiers who had served in northern ireland march past parliament. they were speaking yesterday. today we have not heard a lot of political reaction, we are in an election phase here, going to the polls on the 2nd of march, and this will continue to be an issue that star is very strong emotions politically and publicly. living standards could be set to fall this year, according to a report by a leading think tank. the resolution foundation said that although the uk experienced a mini—boom from 2014 to the beginning of 2016, rising prices and stagnating wages mean a bigger squeeze on our income. our business correspondent joe lynam reports.
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it may not feel like it for some of us, but we've enjoyed a mini boom in living standards over the past 2.5 years. that's thanks to low inflation, low interest rates and growing employment levels. but that's set to end, according to a think tank. the resolution foundation's annual living standards audit says the weaker pound will reduce our spending power, especially among low earners, and employers won't be able to increase wages as fast. while employment rates will slow down orfall this year. there are things the government can do, but they can't deal with inflation, the government, but it can deal with trying to get even more people into work and solving some problems around productivity we might see wages growing quicker. the government said the uk under theresa may had the fastest growing economy in the g7 and it was determined to build an economy that worked for all. but the government's own official forecaster expects the economy to weaken somewhat this year,
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and that could leave many of us a little bit poorer. prince harry and prince harry have announced plans to erect a statue of their mother, diana princess of wales, in the grounds of kensington palace, 20 years after her death. the two princes said that the time was right to recognise her positive impact with a permanent statue. diana's home became the focus for the outpouring of grief following her death in a car crash in 1997. now it will take centre stage again for a new commemoration of her life. in a statement, the duke of cambridge and prince harry said: the statue will be erected here in the public gardens of kensington palace. the royal brothers say they hope it will allow all those who visit here to reflect on diana's life and legacy. work on the design will begin
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shortly, with the unveiling expected later this year. william and harry will be very much involved. it will be a difficult task, as there will always be criticism, whether it's a true likeness. true likeness is in the eyes of the beholder. some will say it is, some will say it isn't. so it's a difficult task when they choose the artist and the artist has to get it absolutely right. until now the main memorial has been a fountain in hyde park in london. diana's sister lady sarah mccorquodale will be on the committee tasked with commissioning and privately raising the funds for the statue. at kensington palace there is enthusiasm for the project. she was the people's princess, so i think it's a really good idea. a lot of people were very attached to diana, so i think personally they would like to see it. i would like to see it. the unveiling will be one of several events this year to mark diana's life and work 20 years on.
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voting has begun in france to choose the socialist candidate in the presidential election. benoit hamon, who was sacked from the government in 2014, won the first round of the selection process. he's seen as a left wing rebel and he faces the former prime minister, manuel valls. our paris correspondent hugh schofield ins us now, how was the voting going? the time and a slightly up, but it was disappointing last week. it would have to be a lot up for the socialists to say this is caught the imagination of the public. it is an open primary, anyone can vote. you don't have to be a member of the socialist party or even support them, you just have to go along and signa them, you just have to go along and sign a piece of paper saying that you do. and only 1.6 million people took part last week in the first round, that shows it really has not
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caught the imagination of the public and a lot of people who might in general support the left don't feel the socialist candidate as much of a chance in this election. give us a sense of the difference between the two candidates. it's quite straightforward. we have a right wing candidate and the left—wing candidate. and that is the problem. the socialist party would normally have gone into the upcoming elections in april with the programme does not have one, it has two different people representing different programmes. one of them will win. on the right we have manuel valls, the former prime minister, who represents continuity because he was the prime minister for so long under francois hollande, but also represents what he would call responsibility. a government version of socialism, a government bid to take tough decisions and adapt itself to economic realities. but the other end we have benoit hamon, a former minister who left in high dudgeon because he disagreed with manuel valls and francois hollande, believes that the policies pursued have been to posterity
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driven antiliberal, and wants a clea n b rea k driven antiliberal, and wants a clean break and a new world approach to politics where we enter new territory and the working week is cut drastically and everyone gets paid a basic minimum wage, to lift people out of poverty. pie in the sky to some, but to many people on the left at least it is a new vision of how the country and the west can move at a time when the research disgruntlement with the state of affairs. hugh, thank you. wildfires in chile are now known to have killed at least 11 people and left several thousand homeless. firefighters and volunteers are tackling more than a hundred separate fires, half of which are still out of control. the authorities have detained more than 20 people suspected of arson. the have been more than 3000 episodes of desert island discs since it began. to mark the
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anniversary, david beckham has been chosen as the castaway for the shell and broadcast today. he revealed that he and his wife victoria used our dates in restaurant car parks in the early days of the relationship in order to keep it secret. he also confessed to a rather unusual wedding outfit. you were six years old and new going to be a pageboy at a wedding, tell me what you wanted to wear, young david beckham?” a wedding, tell me what you wanted to wear, young david beckham? i had two options, just a normal suit, or the option of burgundy velvet knickerbocke rs, the option of burgundy velvet knickerbockers, white the option of burgundy velvet knickerbocke rs, white tights the option of burgundy velvet knickerbockers, white tights and white ballet shoes. and i chose that, believe it or not! did you feel the bees knees?|j that, believe it or not! did you feelthe bees knees? i felt that, believe it or not! did you feel the bees knees? i felt great. my dad looked at me as if to say, really? ! did you ever wear it ain? really? ! did you ever wear it again? i think i did. and i really? ! did you ever wear it again? i thinkl did. and i think my mum has that outfit at home. not a football training, i hope! his luxury item for the desert island
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was his england caps. and that programme is available on the bbc iplayer radio. let's get the weather. hello, unfortunately i have quite a lot of weather across the british isles at the moment, of varying hues. to say the least. at its best it looks a bit like that. that was chester earlier on today. in there somewhere are the heights of abraham. not that great. the cloud filling in all the while, and pretty wet stuff, migrating from the south west. it will not be an issue for the far north of northern ireland, the far north of northern ireland, the much of scotland. what a contrast in the temperatures. bright and frosty in the north, mild and cloudy for the site. as we move on, stejskal germaine clear, frozen us what your problem in the midlands, it could be quite murky. further
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north there will be freezing fog. it may sit in the central belt for a good part of the day. leaden skies for the most part apart from parts of scotla nd for the most part apart from parts of scotland for some of the day. increasingly another band of cloud and rain and some — will come into the south where it stays mild. the last of the cruel days to be had. i will have more in half an hour. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump's restrictions on refugees and people from seven mainly muslim countries entering the united states is widely condemned by politicians. i'm not happy about him coming here until that ban is lifted. look at what is happening with those countries, how many more is going to be? what is going to be the long term of this on the rest of the world? but as a us judge issues a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees, nigel farage backs president trump's executive order. donald trump's policy in many
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ways has been shaped by what angela merkel did. he is fully entitled to do this. in this country, i would like to see extreme vetting. in yemen, us commandos are thought to have carried out a raid, killing at least 30 suspected al-qaeda fighters and civilians. a statue of princess diana will be built in kensington palace by her sons prince harry and the duke of cambridge. the princes said 20 years after her death, the time was right to recognise their mother's positive impact around the world. roger federer sealed his 18th major
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title in five sets. roger federer and rafael nadal, i match—up made in tennis heaven and a final no—one have predicted. yet everyone wanted to see. it lived up to expectations. back and forth like to prized fighters. roger federer struck the first blow. rafael nadal was reckless. some scintillating stuff in the third set. while the contest was as engaging as ever, so were the.
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