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this is bbc news. the headlines at four. as concerns increase over the implications for british citizens of president trump's travel ban, theresa may tells the foreign secretary boris johnson and home secretary amber rudd to speak their american counterparts about the implications for british citizens. 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 and refugees as demonstrators protest at airports across america. in yemen us commandos have carried out a raid — killing at least 30 suspected al-qaeda fighters and civilians. 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.
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20 years after her death, a statue of diana, princess of wales is to be built in kensington palace by her sons prince harry and the duke of cambridge. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the government has intensified its criticism of donald trump's temporary ban on refugees and people from seven countries in the middle east and north africa travelling to the united states. the foreign secretary borisjohnson called the president's new policy "divisive and wrong". mrjohnson and the home secretary amber rudd have been ordered by the prime minister to telephone call their american counterparts to express the british view. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has called for a proposed state visit by president trump to be called off,
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until the ban is lifted. president trump has denied the measure is aimed at muslims, and says it's ‘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. suza na mendonca reports. protests have spread across america's airports 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. well, the united states is responsible for the united states' policy on refugees. the united kingdom is responsible for the united kingdom's policy on refugees. hours after landing back in britain, number ten issued a statement, insisting the prime minister did not agree with 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."
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the british olympic champion sir mo farah is worried he could be one of those affected, as he was born in somalia and lives in america, where he trains. he described the us policy as coming from a place of ignorance and prejudice, and one of theresa may's very own mps, who was born in iraq, has been told he would be affected. how does it make you feel that donald trump doesn't want you in america, now? gosh, i don't think i've felt discriminated against, probably since little school when kids were very cruel, as a young boy coming from iraq of kurdish origin. for the first time in my life, last night, i felt discriminated against, it was demeaning, it's sad. the foreign secretary, 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 has picked up pace, gaining enough signatures to be considered for a debate in parliament.
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i'm not happy with him coming here until that ban is lifted, quite honestly. because, look at what is happening with those countries, how many more is it going to be? and what's going to be the long—term effect of this on the rest of the world? but ukip‘s nigel farage has defended the us president. he said mr trump agreed with democracy and was doing what the voters who backed him wanted him to do. he was elected to get tough. he was elected to say he would do everything within his power to protect america from infiltration by isis terrorists. now, you know, there are seven countries on that list. he's entitled to do this. in america, the opposition continues, with families being kept apart by the travel ban. for the british government, it's 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. susana mendonca, bbc news. and susannah is here with me now.
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give me some more on this announcement from downing street. we understand that theresa may has ordered arejohnson understand that theresa may has ordered are johnson and understand that theresa may has ordered arejohnson and amber rudd, the home secretary, to make representations to their opposite numbers in the us state apartment and homeland security. basically raise the issue of uk nationals who could be affected by this and, you know, she has reiterated her opposition to this policy that she disagrees with it. a much tougher message from theresa may, now than we perhaps had yesterday. there has been criticism from conservative mps that the government has been on the back foot on this, enjoying the kind of positive headlines from meeting president trump and therefore being perhaps too reluctant at an early stage to say look, we think this is wrong. following the press conference in turkey yesterday where the prime minister didn't actually
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say she was opposed to the us policy there was lots of criticism coming m, there was lots of criticism coming in, as you say, from lots of parties, including the conservatives, there were conservatives, there were conservative mps saying that the special relation was not as important as british values, maintaining russia's families. the banister was criticised for that than we of course have that statement from her late last night and today we have had ministers really lining up to reiterate the view of downing street that this is not a policy that we support, boris johnson for example talking about it being divisive and wrong. we had that same message from the chief secretary to the treasury when he spake to us earlier, using the exact same language, trying to hammer home the message that she does not agree with this, and of course a lot of people would have liked her to say that, when she was asked on camera. how big a dilemma do you think it is fourth british government ministers and diplomat to be critical of the us went for so long we have largely
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walked in step with them? historically, i am struggling to think beyond the rear non—war many exa m ples think beyond the rear non—war many examples where british politicians have been directly critical of the us at the highest level. britain and the us generally have the same values as well, and perhaps it is even get to be in sync when you are both coming from the same perspective. i think with donald trump isa perspective. i think with donald trump is a very different character we have had a couple of occasions, for example with the waterboarding comments that theresa may didn't find easy, because we have a strong position on torture. he said that torture works. then there was this other situation where he is banning people from muslim countries from coming in, refugees from coming in, again very difficult from her. and people like sir mo farah saying that because he is somalian by birth and
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also bridges that he is worried that he might be affected. democrats he wouldn't be the only person affected, one of our mps also affected. a lot of people born in some of those countries talked about and people will be affected. the challenge for theresa may is that if she does want to maintain this relationship with donald trump and have good trade ties after leaving the european union how far can she go in being critical of him? could it jeopardise that go in being critical of him? could itjeopardise that relationship going forward, and that, no doubt come is playing in her mind, when thinking about how to approach this. susannah, thank you very much. president trump has 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. outside 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
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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 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 17 migrants they have 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
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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 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 says it and 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
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in america and around the world. richard lister, bbc news. president trump has defended the measures on twitter, arguing that the us needed strong borders and what he called extreme vetting of new arrivals. speaking on nbc television's ‘meet the press' programme, the president's chief of staff, reince priebus, defended the executive order, claiming it didn't cause chaos at airports across the country: i think its one of these things, and if you ask a lot of the people at the customs and border patrol, they would just tell you you got to rip off the band—aid and you have to move forward. it wasn't chaos, the fact of the matter is 325,00 people from foreign countries came into the united states yesterday and 109 people were detained for further questioning most of those people were moved out. we got a couple dozen more that remain and i would suspect as long as they are not awful people they will move through before a half a day today and perhaps some of these people should be detained further and if they are folks that
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should not be in this country they are going to be detained. so apologize for nothing here. what about that view of congress? the us senate majority leader, the republican mitch mcconnell, has urged caution in the implementation of the president's order. it is important to remember that some of our best sources in the war against radical islamic terrorism are muslims. both in this country and overseas. and we have had some difficulty in the past getting interpreters, as you suggested in your earlier segment, who are helpful to us, treated properly. we need to be careful as we do this. improving vetting. and yet, right now, they are being detained? get
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macro we are going to hopefully decide in the courts about whether this has gone too far.|j decide in the courts about whether this has gone too far. i don't want to criticise him for improving vetting. having need to be careful, we don't have religious tests in this country. in the past you have called a muslim band totally inconsistent with american values, and when the president says this is not an outright muslim band, even if this is temporary. how is this order consistent with american values?“ they are looking to tighten the vetting process, who would be against that? i am opposed to religious tests. the courts are going to determine whether this is too broad. it sounds like you are opposed to certain parts of this, if we are retaining people who have helped americans in the fight. we are retaining people who have helped americans in the fightlj we are retaining people who have helped americans in the fight. i am obviously against that. then you are opposed to certain parts of it? president has a attitude to secure
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most of the country, and i went make a blanket criticism of the effort however i must remember that it is important to remember that most of oui’ important to remember that most of our best sources in the war on terror are muslims. the headlines on bbc news: as concerns increase over president trump isa as concerns increase over president trump is a travel ban, theresa may tells the foreign and home secondaries to talk to their cou nterpa rts secondaries to talk to their counterparts in the us. calls for the president's state visit to the uk to be cancelled. in yemen, us commandos have carried out an attack, killing around fourteen suspected al-qaeda fighters. now a round—up to the sport. we must start of course with the immense
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achievement of roger federer, the swiss tennis player who is further extended his grand slam records do a tea m extended his grand slam records do a team by winning the australian open this morning, and even more remarkable given that he was playing in his first tournament after a very long injury lay—off. he built it —— he beat his rival in five sets. roger federer and rafa nadal, a matchup made in tennis heaven and the final no one could have predicted yet everyone wanted to see. this, with 31 majors between them lived up to expectations, back and forth, like two prized fighters. you like that is ridiculous, what a point! sped struck the first blow but nadal disappear, randomness and ruthless, in equal measure. the 17 timea grand ruthless, in equal measure. the 17 time a grand slam champion took on the dow and beating him easily in five sets, and while the contest was
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engaging as ever, and it was a peculiar points to pop the question but didn't distract the spaniard in the bullring to take the set by the horns. he could only applaud. point of the day! it went to a fifth and final decider with so many break points. three of them executed, two went to federal. an 18th grand slam title for a 35—year—old many think is the greatest. after this, who would disagree? football, round of the fa cup throws up shocks and upsets, non—league sutton the lowest ranked team in the competition have beat fa cup winners leeds united sutton coolly putting a penalty through. leeds, fourth in the championship. sutton play 83 places
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below. before that, two of the three premier league side in action today we re premier league side in action today were also knocked out as fulham thrashed hole for one, and millwall beat watford one mill. it isn't an easy place to win a battle. last week it looks like their proposal we re week it looks like their proposal were shelved but watford's plans came under scrutiny today. defence was picked apart after seconds. was a star that would have been! the premier league side were a0 places above their south london opposition but opportunities were few. yellow macro millwall sprung a surprise by beating bournemouth, and another shock look likely. with a few minutes remaining they were in the fifth round, as steve morrison sent his side through. watford have joined the ranks of those who have recently found it doesn't he to mess with millwall. across landing a another premier league side were
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punished for putting out a weak team asa punished for putting out a weak team as a whole hull put out a weak side against fulham. a9 equalised, and then the wind was restored a few minutes later. hull fell apart. final score for that one. hull looks for a possible is escape route with a penalty stop terrible penalty! it looked like there's another penalty here. a chastening day for hernandez, and his whole team out. a chastening day for hernandez, and his whole team manchester united will hope they don't suffer the same fate as they are playing wigan at old trafford. the game has been going 17 minutes, united putting out a reasonably strong side and it has been competitive from both teams so far. these are life pictures, it is on bbc one right now. celtic have
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extended their unbeaten domestic run toa extended their unbeaten domestic run to a record 27 matches by beating hearts for nail in the scottish premiership. the scoring was opened with the pick of the game's goals, waiting to be second half for another. patrick roberts also getting in on the act. the winner broke the 50—year—old record. that is the sport. england are 80 disagree in the 2020 in india. thanks very much. more now on the temporary ban on refugees from donald trump, seven countries in the middle east and north africa. our correspondent is atjfk airport in new york. laura. yes, and very emotional scenes here. many families waiting inside the terminal for, waiting inside the terminal for, waiting for their retained relatives. joining me now is a volunteer lawyer who has come to
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represent these families. tell me which countries the detainees are from and what is the scene in there? they are from i believe seven different nations, a lot of the ones i have seen from iraq, and iran, and yemen. other millilitres and current —— and other middle eastern countries, predominantly. there is a lot of stress in there, lots of uncertainty right now, but when you see families reunited with their loved ones it has been great relief and joy. so it is certainly mixed emotions in there but you know, with a group of people working very hard to ensure that the rights of these individuals who are being dead paint are upheld. we have had a federal judge in brooklyn saying that people who have been detained can't be deported. that is despite what the president has rules. what is your understanding of the latest legal guidance? my understanding is is that there is guidance coming from the department of homeland security pa rt the department of homeland security part of the office of the white house and that is that the
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individuals are currently detained who you are on visas who should legally be allowed here should be released. that is what we are told right now. it is a chaotic and confused situation, steve, have you ever seen anything like it?|j certainly have not. it is chaotic, confusing, and i am looking by now at some armoured looking police carriers, so certainly getting more confusing by the minute come and we are hoping more things will go positively. as a lawyer did you ever expect anything like this? is america a nation of immigrants would deny people? i would not be alive today if it were not for the welcoming nature of america. my grandparents were immigrants, my friends were immigrants, this is something i hoped i would never, ever see and i sincerely hope that i don't see anything more like it. steve, thank you grow much. that is the view from a volunteer lawyer here at kennedy airport who is helping some of those families who
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are waiting for their relatives have been detained as a result of this executive action from president donald trump. laura, thank you very much. that is the criticism on the ground, what of the white house defence? here is gary o'donoghue. the presidential team and the president himself have been robust in the face of this both domestic and international condemnation. yes, last night president himself said things were working out very nicely. the white house this morning, in the shape of the chief of staff and indeed the press secretary both on the morning shows defending the policy. on the basis that number one, it was a campaign pledge, and number two that any country has the right to decide who comes in and who does not. and i think also that these moves are at least temporary for now, and while they are being put in place a system of extreme
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vetting, better vetting of people coming into the country. they also point out that the seven countries on the visa list where visas when to be considered for 90 days, and people would be allowed in for 90 days, those were seven countries identified the billy macro by the obama administration has countries of concern so they are not phase, much, at the moment, but realise of course that there are legal and political challenges now, as it is not just the federal court in political challenges now, as it is notjust the federal court in new york, there are constitutional cases being brought by civil rights groups and there is also the political problem which is an increasing number of senior republicans, particularly in the senate starting to voice various levels of concern and doubts about this movement. to voice various levels of concern and doubts about this movementlj know and doubts about this movement.” know this story will move during the course of the day. thank you very much for now. in yemen, us commandos have carried out an attack, killing around fourteen suspected al-qaeda fighters. one american serviceman was killed and three others injured. sources in central, al—bi—dah province say the attack began with an air strike
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on one particular house. the raid, which us military officials say was authorised by president trump, appears to mark an intensification of america's efforts to target the militants in yemen. with me is alanjohnston, our middle east analyst. what do we know about what actually happened? promote sources saying that this raid began around the time of sunrise, first with an air and then helicopters sweeping in depositing commandos, there seems to have been a substantial gun battle, and the main target seemed to be at the home of an al-qaeda commander, killed. the americans say that mr trump himself as you said personally authorised this operation, the first time he has done that since taking office, and there were these american casualties, one dead, three wounded. they also say that one of the aircraft involved was forced into some sort of hard landing, we
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don't know quite what that might have brought about, whether it was damaged by gunfire or a mechanical problem or something else but the americans say they killed 1a militants, local sources put the figure higher and say there were civilian casualties, at least eight dozen women and children were killed, too. this is not the first us raid but can we read anything into this in terms of what is likely to be the policy approach of the trump administration? the americans have been hunting al-qaeda in yemen for years. in terms of air strikes, drone strikes, in the past. this attack can enforce them on the ground, is something new and seems to suggest an escalation that it should be remembered that this complex operation no doubt was in the works for weeks, not something that the new administration would have just streamed up that the new administration would havejust streamed up in that the new administration would have just streamed up in the week that it has been in power but it is no surprise that president trump
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would have been happy to authorise this operation and he has made it abundantly clear that he wants to see a more aggressive military approach tojihadi see a more aggressive military approach to jihadi groups see a more aggressive military approach tojihadi groups like al-anda, he was to see more american firepower unleashed, and no doubt ‘s life will get tougher as you billy macro under mr trump, but it is also possible more civilians will be killed. there is a strong argument that more civilian deaths leads to deep loathing of america in places like yemen, and that might drive more people into the arms of al-anda. drive more people into the arms of al-qaeda. alan, thank you very much. two activists have been arrested after entering a site belonging to the defence manufacturer at bae systems site at warton in lancashire. they were apparently attempting to disarm planes 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.
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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 focused "disproportionately" on the police and the army. a number of former soldiers are facing prosecution for deaths during the 30 years of violence. jeremy corbyn has warned his shadow cabinet that it will be "impossible" for them to keep theirjobs if they vote against triggering the start of the brexit process. the labour leader has ordered his party's mps to support the bill when it reaches the commons. two of his front bench have already resigned over the issue. 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. his opponent is benoit hamon. the party faces a tough battle from france's right wing. reports coming in this hour twenty—five chinese nationals on board a missing malaysian boat
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have been found alive. malaysian naval ships and an aircraft have been searching for the vessel in a large sea area off the coast of borneo. the boat was reported to have been carrying thirty—people when it sank. prince william 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. simon jones has more. 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.
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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 shortly, with the unveiling expected later this year. william and harry will be very much involved. it will be a difficult task, as it will always face 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 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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simon jones, bbc news. the war—torn syrian city of aleppo has seen its first live football match in five years. there has been no professional football in aleppo since it was divided between the army and rebel forces in 2011. the government regained complete control of the city last month. fans watched on in the stadium, which had been damaged by the war‘s bombing campaign. local side alittihad, beat their city rivals, hurriya, 2—1 yesterday. i bet ibeti i bet i haven't got those pronunciations right and i bet even the bbc sports centre would, but here is a man whose name i can get right. tomasz, how are you?

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