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this is bbc news, the headlines at ten: the labour party is at its weakest in 50 years according to david miliband. the former labour foreign secretary says he is now "deeply concerned" about the party's future. jeremy corbyn insists his leadership is not to blame. jeremy corbyn insists his leadership is not to blame. the white house has excluded the bbc, the new york times and others from a media briefing. the block came just hours after president trump used a major speech to attack sections of the press. as you saw throughout the entire campaign, and even now, the fake news doesn't tell the truth. iraqi forces have now entered parts of western mosul in what is expected to be a dangerous battle to remove so called islamic state from the city. the national trust receives an unexpected gift, the island that help its creation. it had been held
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ina help its creation. it had been held in a personal trust for 124 years, but now it has been gifted. and later on bbc news, a chance to find out about "champing", otherwise known as camping in a church. that's in the travel show, coming up at10:30. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the former labour foreign secretary david miliband, has said that the party is further from power than it has been at any time in the past 50 years. in an interview with the times newspaper mr miliband said he was deeply concerned about labour's future underjeremy corbyn, after the party lost the copeland by—election to the conservatives. jeremy corbyn went to stoke yesterday to look and sound like a winner. his man had won the by—election there, activists were delighted, but labour's vote slid in stoke
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and the party suffered a cumbrian humbling 140 miles north in copeland as the conservatives triumphed. enterfrom new york the man people in the labour party see as the best leader they never had, david miliband. he now runs a charity, the international rescue committee, and this is not the first time he has been a public doom monger about his party and jeremy corbyn. labour, he told the times, had now lost support among what he called its core base. "i am obviously deeply concerned that labour is further from power that at any stage in my lifetime," he told the newspaper. but those loyal to the leaders say it is not alljeremy corbyn‘s fault and add... i would actually like to talk about issues and what it is that makes a difference to people's lives and what makes a difference to people's lives is having the sort of government that will address the concerns of people that have some solutions. this government does not and we need to make clear
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that we are the alternative and we have alternative solutions that will work. if you need to make it clear... the fault cannot be laid at the door of one individual. but plenty of other labour mps see what has happened as evidence of what they have always feared withjeremy corbyn, a painful drift towards irrelevance. don't expect them to try to get rid of mr corbyn now, though, because they know what happened when they tried that last time. he won again. with me is our political correspondent, matt cole. we'lljeremy corbyn care about any of this? he will take this in exactly the way he has previously when david miliband stepped in, thinking there is a voice from the past from the opposite wing of the labour party sniping at him. david miliband used to be tony blair's policy chief and former foreign
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secretary and he is from the opposite end of the party that jeremy corbyn is. he has stepped into the fray once again off the back of the copeland result, 80 yea rs back of the copeland result, 80 years a labour seat, and now it is true blue tory. there will be concern in large parts of labour that if the swing that took the seat broke the 2000 majority for labour to 2000 majority for the tories, a 6% swing, if that was replicated across the country, we could see the tories with a majority of 125 and labour down to 170 seats. he is clearly speaking out, but will it make a difference? he is working for a charity in new york. unless he is coming back? that was put to him. people do ask. he was, some thought, he would be labour's leader, but he
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got beaten by his brother and left politics and went to new york. he was asked if he would come back and he said, i do not see the point in saying never, but it was not yes, but he has not closed the door. i suspect at the moment he feels he is making a greater difference to the world in the charitable organisation that he could as perhaps as an opposition mp. but it was quite a strong statement he was making about the distance labour is from power. it is, he said it is as farfrom power as it has ever been in his life. in september he also said in another interview, where he criticised jeremy corbyn and his brother's time as a leader, he said that labour had never been that far from power. but either way the message he is giving is he does not see labour getting back into government any time soon. jeremy corbyn has made it clear that he is
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not resigning. he says he feels very much his message can continue to go forward. he pointed to the stoke by—election, he won it on the same night and they held a challenge off from ukip in a very pro—leave voting area. butjeremy corbyn will look at this and say, i am carrying on, i am the leader and i will try to push through my message. iraqi troops have entered western mosulfor the first time in their offensive to drive out so—called islamic state from the country's second city. west mosul is the last is stronghold in iraq. they're surrounded, along with an estimated three quarters of a million civilians. we can speak to amy christian who's in erbil in iraq, near mosul. she works for 0xfam. thank you for joining us. give us a sense of what it is like there at the moment. in the last few days we have seen around 450—500 people leaving areas
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around 450—500 people leaving areas around the airport, south of mosul, seeking shelter in a safe place. they have left with very little things with them and they are traumatised and they are in need of lots of support. what sort of conditions are people living under? yesterday we visited a place where these 450 people arrived to and families there have taken people into their own houses. 0ne families there have taken people into their own houses. one man had taken 40 people into his house and was looking after them there. and the expectation about what is going to happen with this offensive, our people frightened and worried? yes, people frightened and worried? yes, people leaving their homes do not know what they are leaving their homes to. they do not know how long they will be displaced from their homes and towns and villages and wa nt to homes and towns and villages and want to get back to them as soon as possible. 0ften want to get back to them as soon as
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possible. often when they do return home they found their houses destroyed or damaged, so 0xfam is in places that have been retaken from ices, trying to rehabilitate the water plans and give aid and bla nkets water plans and give aid and bla n kets to water plans and give aid and blankets to people who need it. what about 0xfam and the other agencies, what are you planning to do and planning to provide? at the moment we are preparing to respond to a large influx of displaced families in the coming weeks. we have already been responding to a huge number of people who have been displaced from mosul. around 190,000 people have been displaced since the offensive began in october. we have been supporting them in camps with water and sanitation, we have been giving out blankets, heating and solar lights and food as well to people. in terms of operating on the ground,
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how difficult is it and how difficult can it be when the fighting is so near? it is a real challenge for all of the agencies working here trying to help people. security is a big concern, but also just the changing context. we have to be able to respond to things when they happen and to be able to give aid to people when they needed. do you enough aid, or do you need more support and help? we always need more. at the moment we are not sure what to expect in terms of the number of people being displaced. we do need more help and you can donate to 0xfam on the website. thank you very much. several news organisations, including the bbc, have been barred from entering a press briefing at the white house. president trump's spokesman said the administration would "push back" against what it sees as false reporting. 0ur washington correspondent laura bicker reports. president trump has stepped up his battle with the media. a few days ago i called the fake news the enemy
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of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people. because they have no sources, theyjust make ‘em up when there are none. he is angry at recent reports claiming his campaign aides had contacts with russian intelligence officials. the new york times used anonymous sources for their story. this should not be allowed, he said. they shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody‘s name. let their name be put out there. this latest tirade during a speech to a conservative conference was 15 minutes long and just a few hours later things changed at the white house. this is the usual briefing by the white house press secretary, all accredited media can attend. instead a member of selected media groups were invited into sean spicer‘s office and others were barred, including the bbc. he was asked why. this ban saying cnn and others have been blocked from media briefings,
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are cnn and the new york times not in here right now because you are unhappy with their reporting? why are they not in here? because we had a pool and we expanded it and we added some folks to come and cover. it is my decision to expand the pool. the president said, "we are going to do something about it," in reference to the stories that he says are false by the new york times and cnn and others. what is he talking about? we are going to aggressively push back. we are notjust going to sit back and let false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts, get out there. the white house correspondents' association says it is protesting strongly and is encouraging those who were allowed in to share material. the bbc is also asking for clarification as to why it was barred. a syrian cameraman who worked on the oscar nominated documentary the white helmets has been blocked from travelling to los angeles to attend the ceremony on sunday.
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khaled khateeb was issued a visa to enter the usa. officials say they have found some "derogatory information" about him. the documentary follows three of syria's white helmet rescue workers from their training in turkey to their work trying to save lives on the front line. a third person has been arrested by detectives investigating the escape of a murdererfrom custody. a 25—year—old man from liverpool has been detained on suspicion of perverting the course ofjustice in connection with the hunt for sean walmsley. two people detained on thursday have been released pending further inquiries. walmsley went on the run when two armed men confronted prison officers guarding him at aintree university hospital on tuesday. police in birmingham have released cctv images at the moment when a
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17—year—old girl was hit by a car and the car then sped from the scene. the girl was walking with her mother at about 6:30pm on saturday the 28th of january. you can see them on the left. a car mounted the pavement. the teenager was taken to hospital in a serious condition and is said to be still recovering from her injuries. the police want to chase the car which is described as a dark coloured bmw. hsbc has promised to review the way it collects information from customers after the bbc revealed that a number of clients had their accounts closed with little or no warning. some customers say the bank is being over—zealous with the information it demands from them and how it treats those who struggle to provide it. the bank's been carrying out more stringent checks in recent years to protect against criminality. police have defended the decision to fire a taser at an unarmed blind man in greater manchester on thursday. officers at levenshulme train station mistook
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the man's cane for a gun. the 43—year—old man was unhurt and the police have apologised to him. a local shopkeeper described what he saw. was a bit dark. he was probably quite worried, in a state of panic sort of thing. probably they were trying to stand him down. they had realised, from the ten or 15 metres i could make out, it was a mistaken identity. i could make out, it was a mistaken identity. prosecutors in france have decided to open a fulljudicial investigation led by a magistrate into the alleged misuse of public money by the centre—right presidential candidate, francois fillon. he's accused of paying his wife penelope hundreds of thousands of euros of public money for very little work, while she was his parliamentary aide. mr fillon denies any wrongdoing. dozens of coptic christian families
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in egypt have fled sinai after a number of killings by suspected islamist militants. russell crowe reports. an exodus of christian families taking flight from egypt's north sinai province after the so—called islamic state group killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. families gathered with their belongings at the evangelical church in the suez canal city of ismaili. church officials say up to three quarters of those living in northern sinai are now fleeing. more than 200 stu d e nts sinai are now fleeing. more than 200 students studying in the province capital have also reportedly left. sectarian incidents are nothing new in egypt. more than 20 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a coptic cathedral in cairo last
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december. is said they were behind the bombing which killed mostly women and children. their tactics include everything from burning homes and crops to forced displacement. but many residents feel this latest campaign may be different. militants have circulated death lists online and on the streets warning christians to leave 01’ streets warning christians to leave or die. islamic state released a video on sunday threatening egypt's christians and vowing to escalate their attacks. 0rthodox co pts escalate their attacks. 0rthodox copts who comprise around 10% of egypt's 90 million people either middle east's largest christian community. they have long complained of persecution. more controls and checkpoints have been brought in, but sinai's christians say that although the attacks have not reached biblical proportions, they are being overwhelmed by the militants. police in south africa have used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to break
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up crowds at an anti—immigrant march in the capital, pretoria. president jacob zuma said the protest was "anti—crime" rather than anti—foreigner. many unemployed south africans blame migrants for taking their jobs. the headlines on bbc news: the former foreign secretary, david miliband, has warned that labour is further from power than it has been at any time in the past fifty years. mr miliband was speaking after the party lost the copeland by—election to the conservatives. the white house has excluded several major news organisations, including some it has openly criticised, from a briefing held by president trump's spokesman. mr trump has been angered by what he's described as fake news items published by some media outlets. iraqi forces have continued to make progress in their battle to recapture the city of mosul, islamic state's last major stronghold in iraq. also coming up: the national trust
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received an unexpected gift, grasmere island in cumbria, the island that inspired it creation. sport now and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike bushell. good morning. it is one of the key matches in the six nations this afternoon with both scotland and wales trying to bounce back from defeat. patrick gearey is already in place at murrayfield. it has been a decade since the scots last beat the welsh, but the fans have got a feeling that this could be the day to put that right? it could be. we have got all sorts of musical accompaniment. we have got a pipe band and guitar band and a bagpipe band. it is an optimistic moment for scottish rugby at the moment. they we re scottish rugby at the moment. they were impressive in beating ireland and people think they have got a chance to beat wales. but they have
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made five changes. greg laidlaw is out injured for the rest of the tournament. wales have only had to make one change and george north comes in for alex cuthbert. they are the more settled side and they have got that recent good record against scotland. let's hear from got that recent good record against scotland. let's hearfrom both of the captains. let's hear from both of the captains. i know living in wales what rugby means there. i know the pressure is on. probably for me i think there's always huge pressure to win. people tell me that, it's half in jest. i'm a scottish person and somewhere that's not full of rugby. in wales it's full on rugby, so i think their winning is everything for them. it is a different scottish team to potentially what we have seen before. like i say, we are very focused on the squad that we have at the minute, and what we need to do off the back of our game. you are only as good as your next one, and we focus on that. looking at the wider tournament, how
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much is it about who is going to emerge as the major title challengers? you will have to excuse me, iam challengers? you will have to excuse me, i am in the middle of an impromptu rock concert, but later on is the game between the two teams that won their last match, ireland and france. ireland have recalled johnny sexton, one of the most intriguing players of the tournament, one of the men who may ta ke tournament, one of the men who may take the number ten shirt for the lions later this year. how will he and his colleagues deal with a potentially explosive and very big french pack. that will be an intriguing contest in dublin later today. tomorrow should be a bit more predictable, england against italy in twickenham. england have made changes to their team, but will
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expected to remain unbeaten and top of the tournament at the end of week three. the question is who will emerge as the main challengers after this next set of games. patrick gea rey this next set of games. patrick gearey in concert live at murrayfield. well done indeed, because i am sure they turn it up as he went on. the chief executive of the league manager's association, richard bevan, says he believes claudio ranieri's sacking undermines the profession of coaching. ranieri says his dream died with his exit from leicester city on thursday night. the premier league champions will be in the bottom three if sunderland, crystal palace or hull city win today. many of the fans all over the world will miss his personality. he delivered the holy grail to the football clu b delivered the holy grail to the football club and nine months later he is sacked from his job. football club and nine months later he is sacked from hisjob. two thirds of the managers in the last 12 months have been sacked within one year of being appointed. you pretty much know the managers are not looking for sympathy, they know
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it isa not looking for sympathy, they know it is a fragile, volatile industry, it is a fragile, volatile industry, it is a fragile, volatile industry, it is very brutal. but the timing of this has taken many people by surprise as well as concerning the managers. it has probably undermined the profession of coaching. it has probably undermined the profession of coaching. leicester aren't back in action until monday night. but they could start that game in the relegation zone, if any of hull, crystal palace 0r sunderland win today. at the top chelsea could go 11 points clear with a win over a rejuvenated swansea city. he is doing a greatjob and he has got a great team plan with the team that are very compact defensively. it isa that are very compact defensively. it is a very dangerous situation. we must pay attention to the set pieces. we must pay attention to the set pieces. british number three kyle edmund has lost in a deciding set this morning
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to world numberfour milos raonic. edmund took the opening set in the quarterfinal of the delray beach open in florida. but the canadian came back to win the match, 4—6, 6—3, 6—4. steve 0' keefe steve 0'keefe has claimed a devastating natural of 12 wickets to hand australia a crushing 333 run win inside three days and end india's winning run. chasing a daunting 441 for victory, india crashed to 107 all out early in the final session as their unbeaten streak of 19 test matches came to an end. spinner 0'keefe, who took a career—best haul of 6—35 in the first innings, returned with similar figures in his second outing as australia took a 1—0 lead in the four—match series. lizzie yarnold lies fourth, going into today's, two heats, of the skeleton world championship, meeting in germany. that's all sport for now.
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you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. i'll have more in the next hour. we are going live to south korea and seoul and an enormous protest that is taking place. it is a protest against the country's president. it is all about and influence—peddling scandal that been taking place over the last few months and we have been following it. corruption in the administration and outside as well. it is all happening in the park and as you can see it is a massive rally taking place. rally taking place. the united nations' climate chief has admitted that she's worried about the election of president trump because of his threat to pull the us out of international agreements. but patricia espinosa says
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she is confident that worldwide action to tackle the issue will continue, whatever mr trump does. she is travelling to the us this weekend and hopes to raise her concerns with senior officials. 0ur environment analyst, roger harrabin reports. donald trump will be the next president. much of america celebrated donald trump's election, but it was and environmentalists' nightmare. he said he would scrap rules on industry and pull out the un climate deal. the un's new climate chief dismayed. un climate deal. the un's new climate chief dismayedlj un climate deal. the un's new climate chief dismayed. i was very surprised. it felt like something was wrong. at the same time very quickly a reaffirmation of this is the reason why we need to continue. china's massive renewables programme
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was one sign of the world's determination to carry on tackling climate change. china says it will show leadership if the us does pull out of the un climate deal. but even the us itself has a boom in wind and solar power. the election of president trump is a setback for mr espinoza and the un, but she insists the momentum towards cutting emissions is now unstoppable. the only question, is it going fast enough? the only question, is it going fast enough? an island which inspired the foundation of the national trust has been gifted to the conservation charity after more than a century in private hands. sitting in the middle of the lake district, grasmere island was left to the trust by its former owner in her will. dave guest has been for a visit. it is small but beautifully formed. grasmere island lies at the heart of the lake district. wordsworth is said to have picnicked here frequently.
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but back in 1893 the island was put up for sale and the thought of this idyllic spot becoming private property outraged a local clergyman. he had a deep passion that everybody needed access to nature and natural beauty. the journey to grasmere island is an idyllic experience in itself. back in 1893 the new owner made a few additions which did not go down too well with the locals. he planted some shrubbery, which caused a lot of indignation. a respectful letter was written asking him to reconsider some of these changes. the reply was blunt. if you and your friends felt so strongly about what happened to the island, you were perfectly competent to turn up to the sale as i did, and purchase it. that is exactly the issue that he was concerned about, that bits were being sold off
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to the highest bidder and they could do whatever they wanted. absolutely. he was passionate that ordinary people have access to natural beauty in nature. the loss of this island for public use proved the catalyst that inspired him to become a founding father of the national trust. but it is only now that the trust has been able to take control of the island. the last owner bequeathed it to them. so now this island belongs to the national trust, will it be overrun with hundreds of people? i don't think so. whilst we would never stop people from coming, the physical access to the island is difficult, which makes it a refuge for nature. and as a conservation charity, that is important to us. this is quite an oak tree, isn't it? it is wonderful. a veteran oak tree. heaven knows how old it is. the cannon spent his final years on the shore of grasmere. from here he could view the island that helped him
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create the national trust. now, at last, the island is part of the trust's portfolio, to be preserved and enjoyed by everyone for ever. beautiful. now, let's get the weather. now, let's get the weather. hello. we are not going to see anything as windy as storm doris this weekend, but still some quite blustery conditions around, and some wet conditions too, as captured by one of our weather watchers in fife earlier on today. through the rest of the day we keep the blustery winds. there will be some rain at times. all courtesy of this lump of cloud, working its way in from the atlantic. with it, strong south—westerly winds, bringing pretty mild air across many parts of the country. this cloud continues to produce some outbreaks of rain through the afternoon.
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the rain will tend to ease away from scotland and northern ireland, so improving here, and the wind easing as well. through northern england and into wales and the south—west, some outbreaks of rain, patchy drizzly conditions towards the south—east. at 3pm today, rain starting to fringe into devon and cornwall. a lot of rain for the hills of wales. into east anglia and the south—east, some patchy rain and drizzle, temperatures around nine or 10 degrees. a lot of rain across north—west england. cumbria could see several centimetres and there is the risk of poor travelling conditions, and possibly some surface water and flooding. through northern ireland and scotland, brighter skies through the afternoon, with lighter winds and one or two showers. not too bad for the game at murrayfield in the six nations. in dublin however, some chance the rain will hang around. through this evening and tonight, the wet weather will continue for a time across england and wales, with the rain fizzling out.

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