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this is bbc news. the headlines at three: the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, criticises donald trump's ban on people from seven muslim countries the us calling it "divisive and wrong". opposition leaders have called for the president's planned state visit to the uk to be cancelled unless the ban is lifted. 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 it going to be? and what will be the long—term effect of this on the rest of the world? and a usjudge issues a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees, demonstrators protest at airports across america. in yemen, us commandos are thought to have carried out a raid killing at least 30 suspected al-qaeda fighters and civilians. 20 years after her death diana is to
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be commemorated by her sons in kensington palace with a statue kensington palace with a also in the next hour: we'll have the latest from the australian open as roger federer beats his long standing rival rafael nadal to take the title. he broke down in tears as he won his 18th grand slam title — it's his first for five years. and in half an hour, stephen sackur is in brussels to speak to nato secretary general jens stoltenberg on hardtalk 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 —
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estimates that hundreds of people 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 have spread across america's airport ever since donald trump's travel ban came into force. at the time, theresa may was in turkey for trade talks where she failed to criticise the ban when asked about it repeatedly. the united states is responsible for united states policy on refugees. the uk is responsible for uk policy on refugees. hours after landing back in britain number ten issued a statement insisting the prime minister did not agree with
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this kind of approach. it added that if there is any impact on uk nationals then clearly we will make representations to the us government. the british olympic champion sir mo farah is worried he could be one of those affected as he was born in america where he trains. he described us policy coming from a place of ignorance and prejudice. one of theresa may's very own mps born in iraq was told he was affected. how does it make you feel that donald trump doesn't want you in america now? gosh, i haven't felt discriminated against since little school when kids were cruel as a young boy coming from iraq of kurdish origin. for the first time in my life last night i felt discriminated against, demeaning, it is sad. borisjohnson has now criticised the travel ban on seven mainly muslim countries as being divisive and wrong and a petition calling for donald trump not to be invited for a state visit to the uk
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has picked up pace. gaining enough signatures to be considered for a debate in parliament. i am not happy with him coming him until the ban is lifted, quite honestly because look at what is happening with those countries. how many more is it going to take, and what will be the effect on the rest of the world? but ukip‘s nigel farage has defended the us president saying that mr trump agreed with democracy and was doing what the voters he who backed him wanted to do. doing what the voters who backed him wanted to do. he was elected to get tough, he was elected to say he would do anything in his power to protect introduction by isis terrorists. infiltration by isis terrorists. there are seven countries on that list and he is entitled to do this. in america the opposition continues with families being kept apart by the travel ban. for the british government it is perhaps a sign of the challenges ahead of trying to maintain a special relationship with a president who has some very different views to the uk. this morning president trump has
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stood by his decision on his executive order. he tweeted that america needed strong borders and extreme vetting immediately. his comments come after chaos at airports yesterday when travellers with legal visas were turned away as richard lister reports. 0utside this new york courthouse, they chanted, "this is what america looks like." they were waiting for these lawyers to emerge after fighting for two iraqi men held on arrival into the us despite having american visas. it's a case which challenges president trump's authority. thejudge, in a nutshell, saw through what the government was doing and gave us what we wanted, which was to block the trump order and not allow the government to remove anybody who has come and is caught up in the order nationwide, they cannot remove anybody. it's only temporary though. the ruling will be reviewed next month and there's no directive
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about what should happen now to the dozens of legal immigrants detained at airports across the country. at chicago's o'hare airport, the authorities released i7 migrants they hd detained, but for them and thousands i7 migrants they had detained, but for them and thousands of others, the freedom to come and go from the us freely has now ended. and that's a concern for major us companies which have brought in talent from the seven countries hit by the order. google says more than 100 of its employees have been affected and it is trying to bring back those travelling abroad. donald trump, though, is holding firm. in a tweet this morning, he said, "our country needs strong borders "and extreme vetting now. "look what's happening all over europe and indeed the world, a horrible mess!" and he got tweeted support from the leader of the dutch freedom party, geert wilders. "well done," he said. "it's the only way to stay safe and free." but the countries included in the trump order are reeling. iran's foreign minister asked the swiss ambassador to convey a message
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that it was against human rights conventions. and in iraq, an american ally, there is confusion. this kurdish family was prevented from boarding their flight to the states. it's autocracy. if someone signs, it's effective immediately, what does this mean? it's just like saddam hussein's decisions! president trump seemed very confident about this policy when he signed it yesterday, but the ink is barely dry and it's already causing a furious debate in america and around the world. richard lister, bbc news. joining me via webcam is samira asgari, an iranian researcher who was barred from flying to the us for her new post doctoraljob. and give it talking to us on bbc news. this presumably al came as a bit of a shock. yes, it was an extreme shock, i have been preparing for this position for months, now,
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and finally my visa came after administrative processing and i was ready to go and i am there at the gates to take my flight to boston andi gates to take my flight to boston and i am not allowed on, iam gates to take my flight to boston and i am not allowed on, i am of course shocked and frustrated. who spoke to you about that?|j course shocked and frustrated. who spoke to you about that? i opened my gate and scanned the boarding pass but they wouldn't let me through and as soon as it did not a man was waiting for me, calling me by my last name and asking me to talk to him, metres away from the front desk, and he told me that he is the consulate of the united ‘s dates of america in frankfurt and he told me that my visa was not valid any more. i told him my these are clearly said it was valid, there was a validity date on it, my visa was valid. he responded that it is the american government who issued the visas and the minute they change their mind the minute they change their mind the visa is invalid and they have
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changed their mind so from the morning from saturday morning, no iranians can basically go to america and this means my visa is not valid for travel any more. i still insisted my visa is valid so when cani insisted my visa is valid so when can i go? he responded that it was not for the next 120 days. i responded that my visa would be expired he said this is a problem i had to seek with the american embassy in berne. he informed me that my luggage had been unloaded, i should go to the help desk to see what happened, basically, to my luggage. further frustration for you! samira, this could be a temporary ban, it could be very frustrating for you for the next few months but in three months' time the ban could be lifted, you could be re—issued a visa and have the opportunity to take up your doctoral
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studies. i finished my doctoral studies. i finished my doctoral studies in persistent and it is my postdoctoral training. it could be, i hope it is the case notjust for me but for lots of other people who are suffering bigger consequences of the new rule, but the thing is we don't know, so based on what i have researched it is possible that it is not prolonged come up but in each three months will be repeated, and this not knowing his worst of all, because i had an opportunity i was really willing to take and i was excited about it because i had worked hard for that but i don't know, i can't wait for ever, so at some point i had to consider other options. what feeling does it give you now about the united states can paid to how you felt about the united states may be on friday? ——
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compared to on friday? you would be surprised that even in iraq and america has this image of a country that dreams come true and a country that dreams come true and a country that if you are willing to bring something good they are ready to help you and nurture that and give you some good in response. i always had this welcoming feeling of the american country and my experiences of american people have always been exactly just a of american people have always been exactlyjust a confirmation to the picture of america. my feeling for people having changed, i mean, i have no reason to think that the people have changed, america as a country, that image doesn't stand any more for me stop for people like me, america is not that working rain country any more if you are willing to be part of it, they won't happy to be part of it, they won't happy to be part of it, they won't happy to be in it. samira asgari thank you
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very much, stranded from switzerland. we hope things work out for you. that is samira asgari, a research scientist hoping to study infectious diseases in boston. she has been told no longer that she is allowed to travel. thanks to the fa ct allowed to travel. thanks to the fact that she is an iranians national. let's speak to our washignton correspondent gary 0'dnoghue. as the white has been surprised by the international reaction to this ought ina the international reaction to this ought in a sense has this been a jackie what they hoped for? they are still firmly defending what the action of donald trump is. there is no sign of them backing down on this. they cannot have expected there to be no reaction at all and clearly people being banned from the country, people will be unhappy about that but they will argue that this is necessary for national
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security, that in most cases it is a temporary measure while they institute or set up this new process of so—called extreme vetting. and of course, they say that they have the right to decide who comes in and who doesn't come in. like any country. they also point out that there are a number of muslim countries not part of the ban, so they pushed back very firmly on the idea that it is a ban on muslims in that sense. they are pretty firm on theirjustification for doing it and there is no sign that even these court actions that have taken place are likely to change their mind very much. constitutionally we should be clear about what kind of the limits are of the power of the president in issuing executive orders. what controls are there on what a president can do in an area like this? it is complicated but effectively he can institute these sorts of control that he has done,
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there doesn't seem to be much doubt about that, he would run into constitutional problems if someone could establish that this was religiously motivated for example, because the constitution is very, very clear on that, about religious discrimination being unconstitutional. indeed the leader of the senate, the republican leader of the senate, the republican leader of the senate didn't criticise the order this morning but said he would be against things that would be a religious test, so there are dangers here for donald trump, and these seven countries were chosen a p pa re ntly seven countries were chosen apparently because action had already been taken on those by president 0bama a year and a half ago, extra visa restrictions, and so the impression that it was easier to do those seven straightaway, and you might have to go through a bit more ofa might have to go through a bit more of a process to include others but if you look at the detail of the orders you will see that officials
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are now empowered to look at things for the next 30 days and possibly add to that list of seven countries. gary, thank you very much. two activists have been arrested after entering the bae systems site at warton in lancashire, in an apparent attempt to disarm warplanes bound for saudi arabia. the rev dan woodhouse a methodist minster in leeds and sam walton a quaker activist, issued a statement admitting their actions. the two men said they were trying to prevent the delivery of fighter jets to the saudi government, which they claim would be used in the bombing of the yemen the northern ireland secretary has criticised the way inquiries are being conducted into the troubles. james brokenshire said the current re—investigations into the conflict were "disproportionately" focused on the police and the army. a number of former soldiers are facing prosecution for deaths during the 30 years of violence. living standards are set to fall this year, according to a report by a leading think tank. the resolution foundation said the uk had experienced a "mini—boom" from 2014 to the beginning of last year. but it predicts rising prices
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and stagnating wages would now put a squeeze on incomes. our business correspondent, joe lynam reports. 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 big 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 that worked for all.
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but the government's own official forecaster expects the economy to weaken somewhat this year and that could leave many of us a little bit poorer. joe lynam, bbc news. you are watching bbc news. you are watching bbc the headlines on bbc news: visit to be called off. in the united states a judge has issued a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders and refugees as demonstrators protest at airports across america. in yemen us commanders have carried out a raid killing at least 30 suspected al-qaeda fighters and civilians. in sport, roger federer wins the australian open, his 18th grand slam title and its first since wimbledon 2012 but took five sets to his old
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rival. this is his first tournament since a long injury lay—off. english cricket are hoping to go to dash nil up cricket are hoping to go to dash nil up in the 20 20s series in india, 104-8 in up in the 20 20s series in india, 104—8 in the match, three wickets taken by england and two without loss in the first overs. celtic beat beth own record for domestic games, going 27 games without defeat. 22 points clear of rangers at the top of the scottish premiership. and m illwa ll of the scottish premiership. and millwall and full knock out premier opposition in the fourth round, beating watford one nil and championship following beat their tea m championship following beat their team for one, and sat and the lowest tea m team for one, and sat and the lowest team in the opposition beat leeds —— are currently beating leeds one nil. polls have opened in france where the socialist party is choosing its candidate for april's presidential election. manuel valls — a former prime minister — is leading in the polls.
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his opponent is benoit hamon. the party faces a tough battle from france's right wing. 0ur paris correspondent hugh schofield joins us now. this is a battle within the socialist party. what are the prospects, though, for whoever emerges as the socialist candidate given that the unpopularity of the current administration? pork is the a nswer to current administration? pork is the answer to that, paul. ——poor. they both know that whoever wins has a poor chance of becoming the president of france. it is traditionally a moment when the left chooses its candid and normally that candidate has a good chance of becoming the next leader. we are coming out of five years of a very unpopular president at the left itself talking about it broadly is divided into three eight camps. not just the socialist, who are choosing
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now, we have candidates on the far left who are charismatic, out polling both the candidates today and then on the centre, we have the former minister who is running a very dynamic campaign to trying to steal some of the centre ground posing as a liberal on certain grounds but also economically and stealing ground on that side of the social partly, so whoever wins today and it is a straight left right battle between manuel valls and benoit hamon on the left, they know their chances are not great, they need something terrible to happen to other candidates to have any chance. does this foreshadowed problem is that the left may face if they were to lose the presidential election in a sense over its own long—term identity? welcome completely. when we are talking in france about the very survival of the socialist party, parties in france don't last
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that long and socialist party so far has lasted since 1971 doing very well. there was a famous congress bringing various strands together. that socialist party has lasted till today and no one would have seen that, and very different to the labour party for example who has a lwa ys labour party for example who has always been there. whoever wins today will find it difficult to rally support for the other lot, so deep is their divide and there is no programme, no shared programme. england runs on a party programme, here they run on their open programme. immediate prospects aren't good. the socialist primary should be competed this evening. we will bring that results to you when we get it. the foreign secretary bertjohnson has we get it. the foreign secretary bert johnson has described we get it. the foreign secretary bertjohnson has described president trump's temporary ban on mainly muslim countries, seven of them, as
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divisive and wrong. they say that the planned state visit to the united kingdom should not go ahead, and with me is the broadcaster and commentator charlie wolf. let me ask you first of all very straightforward question. as far as you can tell, what is the purpose of this ban? what is the president trying to achieve? to get security to where it should be, to have vetting at a place where we know who is coming into the country. this is something he campaigned on and spoke about, so 120 days this is a total ban on everyone while the homeland security and other departments get their acts together to revise what they are doing say how many people and who. then there is 90 days further on these countries not because they are muslim countries, it is coincidence that they are muslim majority countries but these are places where there is terrorism right, jihadi to terrorism is rife.
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it isa right, jihadi to terrorism is rife. it is a danger. why not saudi arabia, for example? it is a danger. why not saudi arabia, for example ?|j it is a danger. why not saudi arabia, for example? i don't know, you have two of the administration on that. if you look at the people who have caused terrorist acts in the united states and kill, mass murder, they have not been from these countries. they have either been home—grown, been american citizens, or, for example in 911, 15 out of 19 people were from saudi arabia. none of the people involved in that attack had been caught by the administrator. the other macro i understand and from what i have heard, ido understand and from what i have heard, i do note that this is gospel heard, i do note that this is gospel, they may add countries onto this list in the future. saudi arabia, again, we know how international relations work. it is not a consistent sort of a thing. so these are the low hanging fruit? they have not got that much clout? they have not got that much clout? they are countries where terrorism is rife and the comment is involved injihad is to terrorism. is rife and the comment is involved in jihad is to terrorism. what would you say to the olympian and athlete
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mo farah who trained in the united states who says he was worried that he won't be allowed back in to see his children? della macro i don't think that is true. but it is a blanket ban! the secretary of state and homeland security say that they will be allowed to do exceptions. so anyone who has got contacts will be allowed through. i don't think that isafairway allowed through. i don't think that is a fair way to look at it either. there are obviously exceptions to the will. is that not be danger of having policy like this where you effectively impose a blanket ban and then you have kind of exceptions that are for individuals? no body can see what the criteria are. we are waiting to see a bloody criteria are. this break of 120 days is to figure out how they will do the programme and put it forward. it is not a muslim ban, countries like indonesia, the biggest muslim
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country in the world, they aren't being banned. let me ask you, finally, should the president be worried either by the international reaction to this, we have heard borisjohnson, reaction to this, we have heard boris johnson, and reaction to this, we have heard borisjohnson, and britain and america are clearly best mates as we have seen from theresa may's then it, her visit to see president trump, boris doesn't have said it is divisive and wrong. others have said that intelligence allies such as those and, they are severe allies. your macro this is within the past usual remit, there is no comeback from legislative sources. it is good to see you, charlie wolf. some breaking news on this story, that we have just learned from the press association that downing street is saying that both the
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foreign secretary borisjohnson and the home secretary amber rudd to telephoned their american cou nterpa rts telephoned their american counterparts and you make what is called representations about the us travel ban. diplomatic term that is upping the ante, if two members of the british cabinet are wringing their american opposite numbers, presumably it is less likely given what the official line now is on the government is to say it is fully supporting this, it is more likely to express the reservations that had been provided, boris johnson to express the reservations that had been provided, borisjohnson saying that it been provided, borisjohnson saying thatitis been provided, borisjohnson saying that it is divisive and wrong. we will see what us reaction is as the day progresses. at 35 years old, roger federer has become a champion for the 18th time. he got victory against rafa nadal. we turn out to the bbc sports centre and he is back! he's back in style!
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he is committed he? nobody saw this coming, not least roger federate himself. he said at the start of the tournament at the start of the final, in fact he was talking in all the pre—match conferences having got through to the final after beating his previous opponent in five sets, the fact that he even got there he did not even dream that this would be his return to tennis. it isn't just an amazing show of stamina, anyone have to show that to get to the final but you have to remember that roger federer at this time last year injured his knee running a bar for his children. he then took six months out of tennis, so from the stamina he played at wimbledon afterwards he decided he would have afterwards he decided he would have a knee operation. he hasn't played for six months and then here he is in the final of the australian open, his first competitive tournament since returning from having that knee operation. he has got through against two dot—mac there is that
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wonderful moment where he won! two top players in the quarterfinals, the semifinals, to meet rafael nadal, his old nemesis, and to come to that one as well, in five sets, is just as he says, a to that one as well, in five sets, isjust as he says, a dream come true. there will be more sport at half six tonight here on bbc news. in yemen, us commandos have carried out an attack, killing around fourteen suspected al-qaeda fighters. one us serviceman was also killed and three others injured. in yemen, us commandos have carried out an attack, 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. earlier, our middle east analyst alan johnston gave more details about the raid. sources in this mountainous area in the heart 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
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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 of his wounds received during the raid, and three other soldiers wounded. they also say an aircraft 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. we're not clear what brought about the need for that hard landing. was it shot down, did it have mechanical difficulties? we are not clear. the americans have always seen al-qaeda in yemen is particularly al-qaeda in yemen as particularly
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dangerous, the source of a number of plots 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 perhaps does mark an escalation. that is not a surprise. mr trump has made clear he wants to see a more muscular, robust military response to the threat posed byjihadist groups, and i think this raid we have seen today may be the sign of much more to come. life may get harder for the likes of al-anda. more jihadis 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.

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