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the ministry of defence says four men arrested on suspicion of being members of a banned neo—nazi group are serving members of the army. the men were all arrested in cities in england and wales this morning on suspicion of preparing acts of terror. they are all believed to be members of the national action group. we will have the latest. also this lunchtime... the toddler murdered by her own mother — a serious case review finds that the child's needs were overshadowed by concerns for the mother. an apology from the local services. i've apologised to the family and i'm truly sorry that on this occasion we didn't prevent her death. russia's president warns that what he calls the military hysteria over north korea could lead to global catastrophe and heavy loss of life. a court finds a french celebrity
magazine over publishing topless photographs of the duchess of cambridge. all eyes on syria — a country not known for its footballing prowess could qualify for the world cup if they beat iran thisw afternoon. and why scientists now think a group of whales were left stranded because of solar storms. and coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news, anthonyjoshua has confirmed hi next heavyweight world title fight. he'll face the bulgarian kubrat pulev in cardiff on october 28th. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. four serving members of the army have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned far—right group and planning terrorist offences. the men — aged between 22 and 32 — were arrested this morning in england and wales in an operation involving both the police and the army. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani is here.
what do we know about the arrests? this is an emerging story, so things are still becoming clear. we know four men are being held, one in birmingham, another in northampton and a third in ipswich, all in their 20s. and a third in ipswich, all in their 205. a and a third in ipswich, all in their 20s. a fourth man in the powys, and critically, in an operation that was supported by the army. today the ministry of defence has confirmed these men are serving members of the armed forces. we don't know the regiments of these men. we have no idea about that at the moat. we don't know if these men were arrested at home addresses or on ministry of defence property. they are being held in birmingham. on suspicion of being members of a banned group, national action. suspicion of being members of a banned group, nationalaction. tell
us more banned group, nationalaction. tell us more about the group. national action was banned last december in particular because its and supporters applauded the murder of mpjo supporters applauded the murder of mp jo cox. they supporters applauded the murder of mpjo cox. they have organised demonstrations were young members show up carrying nazi style flags and display hitler style salutes and confront people in city centres. it can bea confront people in city centres. it can be a very scary experience. they say they are trying to rebuild the right—wing, in their language, in the uk. the home secretary, when she banned the group last year, said they were homophobic, anti—semitic and incredibly dangerous. ayeeshia—jayne smith was only 21 months old when she was murdered by her mother. a serious case review has found that social workers weren't focused enough and care professionals allowed concern for the toddler's mother to overshadow the child's needs. kathryn smith was jailed for at least 19 years for stamping on her daughter at her home in burton—on—trent in staffordshire in 2014. phil mackie reports. the smiling face of ayeeshia—jayne
smith, oraj, as the smiling face of ayeeshia—jayne smith, or a], as a family called her. only 21 months old, she was murdered by her mother during a savage outburst. my daughter is not breathing... this was the 999 call kathryn smith made after stamping on her daughter so hard that the child's heart was literally broken. she's not breathing. can you hear anything coming from her mouth? there's nothing. she's gone. smith is serving a 19 year prison sentence for murder. her partner matthew rigby three and a half years for allowing the death of a child. even during their trial it was clear social workers and medics might have missed opportunities to spot the abuse. today's serious case review identified 17 different agencies involved in aj's at and made the recommendations. social workers
showed a lack of professional curiosity and were too quick to believe kathryn smith's lies and it tragically reveals there was a growing sense of unease and a meeting was held to discuss aj. growing sense of unease and a meeting was held to discuss a]. it happened the day before she died.” just happened the day before she diedlj just want to recognise that ayeeshia—jayne's death was an absolute tragedy. it's been devastating for everybody involved in her care. but mostly for her family. i have already met with her family. i have already met with her family and we accept all the findings. i accept all the findings of this review. and for those errors of this review. and for those errors of practice that should have been stronger, i have apologised to the family andi stronger, i have apologised to the family and i am truly sorry that on this occasion we were not... we did not prevent death. medics who treated her at the queens hospital in burton also missed signs of abuse. thinking she had suffered a fit brought on by a childhood fever, known as afebrile contusion. we had
two instances where he definitely didn't exhibit enough professional curiosity and ayeeshia—jayne's attendance. it turns out it wasn't afebrile convulsion. we didn't to family situation as much as we should have done and didn't ask enough questions. since the death questions been asked of services. but it was too late for what was described as a loving and lively toddler. and philjoins us from derby. a full and frank apology, clearly lessons have been learned. you would hope so. we have heard this story many times before. i have covered so many times before. i have covered so many cases in my career of serious case reviews into children's death is where we learn, and it often raises things like a lack of professional curiosity, missed opportunities, lessons will be learned etc. looking at this compared to others it does appear as
though things have moved on, since previous cases. different agencies involved in the care of young children are now willing to get together. as i said in the report, they had had a meeting about a] the day before she died. it's possible that if she had lived another week oi’ that if she had lived another week or two, things might have been resolved. another person who comes out with credit from the report from the derbyshire safeguarding children board is the child's natural father, ricky booth, he was really raising concerns. one of the problems was people were not listening to him. nor were they applying a great deal of professional vigour when they we re of professional vigour when they were looking at the excuses given by kathryn smith. she is now serving a i9 kathryn smith. she is now serving a 19 year prison sentence. but all of this comes too late to save another little girl's life. the russian president vladimir putin has warned of a "global catastrophe" if military tensions with north korea continue to increase. he was speaking after south korea's navy staged a major exercise off the country's east coast, as a show of strength following pyongyang's
latest nuclear test. president trump says he's prepared to approve the sale of billions of dollars of weapons to seoul. our correspondent, robin brant, reports from the south korean capital. for the second day running, south korea has been displaying its military might. this time it was the navy, in what was described as a massive live firing exercise off the eastern coast. to show how this country could defend itself, or attack. there's no doubt the military is stepping up its readiness. the ministry of defence said the us had agreed to sell south korea more weapons. that was after approval was given yesterday to restore the us missile defence system here known as thaad. but all this could lead to a global catastrophe according to the russian president. he said tougher sanctions wouldn't work either. translation: the use of sanctions of any kind in this case is already useless and inefficient.
as i told my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass, but they will not give up this programme if they do not feel safe. but further sanctions with the threat of military action is exactly what the americans told the united nations is the answer. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don't want it now. but our country's patience is not unlimited. the recent self defensive measures by my country, dprk, are a gift package to none other than the us. the us will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the dprk. this is north korea's border with
china, where further sanctions would bite. but beijing is reluctant to cause any further waves yet. you could give people heading home here in seoul this evening for perhaps feeling a little bit confused. on the one hand they have seen images of their military preparing maybe for a confrontation. and yet they have a president here who has talked instead about a new round of economic sanctions. and now russia, not far to the north, has stepped in and labelled those useless and may be ineffective. as the around the chance of conflict increases, there was this in japan. chance of conflict increases, there was this injapan. a silent protest in hiroshima. a place where they know what nuclear devastation looks like. robin brant, bbc news, seoul. china's role in handling pyongyang is complex. it has made clear it does not want to see a nuclear—armed north korea but neither does it want to see the regime there swept away, partly because millions of refugees would flood into china. our china correspondent john sudworth is in dangdong,
on the border between china and north korea. the chinese city of dangdong is a very good place to contemplate china's position in the north korean nuclear crisis. if we pan across the river you can see just how close the two countries are at this point. they are connected by that iron bridge behind me and almost all of north korea's trade in goods, as well as its vital crude oil supply, flows across this border. you can see an antiquated north korean power station on the other side there. a sign ofjust how dilapidated its energy infrastructure is. donald trump's argument, of course, is that china could, if it wanted to, simply force north korea into submission by turning off this lifeline, but when you look at this proximity, you can see why the chinese leadership see things very differently indeed. their fear is that pushing north korea towards regime collapse will bring chaos and instability, factional infighting, possibly even war, right up
against this border, and that is why beijing is insisting that it will not contemplate a total trade embargo. it will not contemplate talk of military options. all it wants to see is a return to dialogue and that has been its position all along. john sudworth with the view from china. well, let's get more from our correspondent richard galpin. tough words from america yesterday at the security council. enough is enough, was their message, but it is difficult to see where this will go. it absolutely is. the focus at the moment will be the un security council, certainly over the next week with an attempt from the united states and its allies to get a resolution passed that will impose very tough sanctions indeed. they even talking about the possibility of cutting oil supplies to north korea, which would have a
catastrophic impact on the north korean economy. as we have heard in the un security council. china is very aware of doing anything that will destabilise the north korean regime. russia today explicitly saying sanctions are pointless. it looks like this resolution, certainly in its current form, will not pass. if that is the case, obviously individual countries can impose sanctions. the united states, and chancellor angela merkel in germany has talked of the eu imposing sanctions, but that is nowhere near as effective and will not have the same impact as the united nations security council imposing sanctions. it's likely the focus will also return to the united states, its allies, japan, south korea, again putting pressure on china to do something sufficient enough to persuade north korea to freeze its nuclear programme. a french celebrity magazine has been
fined 100,000 euros in damages by a french court for publishing topless photographs of the duchess of cambridge sunbathing on holiday five yea rs cambridge sunbathing on holiday five years ago. the photographs — taken when the duke and duchess stayed at a private chateau in provence — were printed by france's closer magazine. magazine's editor and owner were both fined the maximum amount possible. hugh schofield is in paris with the latest for us. invasion of privacy cases coming up pretty regularly in the french courts but this has attracted more than usual interest because of the profile of those involved, the duke and duchess of cambridge. five years on, closer magazine and two executives have been convicted of an invasion of privacy. no surprise there. they have had the maximum possible fine and more importantly, perhaps, damages awarded to the duke and duchess of 100,000 euros. no surprise with the verdict. the pictures, taken at this chateaux in southern france were indeed, said
the court, and evasion of the royal couple's privacy. the images of a topless duchess of cambridge appeared briefly five years ago in a french gossip magazine before an injunction ordered the edition removed from newsstands. the criminal case has dragged on ever since with two executives and two photographers at the magazine answering charges they violated the royals‘ rights to a private life. at the trial in may, a lawyer for prince william said memories of his own mother, princess diana, made the affair all the more stressful. it‘s exactly 20 years since she died in a car crash in paris, chased by paparazzi. the sum awarded in damages might fall short of the 1.5 million euros asked for by the royals, but by french standards it‘s still extremely high, reflecting the court‘s view that this was a glaringly shameless offence. coming after news of their third expected baby, news of the judgment in
after news of their third expected baby, news of thejudgment in paris might be an unwelcome reminder of an unhappy episode, but the royal couple have made their point. in the battle for privacy, they will fight back. the truth is, there was never really any doubt about the verdict. the focus was more any doubt about the verdict. the focus was more on any doubt about the verdict. the focus was more on the extent of the damages that would be awarded. the royal couple and their lawyer had been asking for 1.5 million euros, which would have been way out of line with precedent here. in fact, the 100,000 euros is still a big sum, but is much more in keeping with the tradition finds the french court has given now in this kind of affair. the brexit secretary, david davis, will face questions in the commons this afternoon, as mps return to westminster after the summer recess. mr davis is expected to be pressed on the state of the negotiations with the european union. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. eu officials have been warning about the lack of the progress in talks?
they have, and i think david davis‘s message to mps today is like lance corporaljones in dad‘s army, don‘t panic! he will not say it like that but that is the broad message, don‘t get flustered and bamboozled because eu negotiators are saying it is all going slowly and the british government has not come forward with any plans and the clock is ticking. david davis thinks this is alljust pa rt david davis thinks this is alljust part of their negotiating tactics to crank up the pressure on the british government by saying, you have got to go forward with some proposals because otherwise committee will run out of time. mr davis‘s view is away from the big difficult issues like that divorce bill and progress is being made in smaller, technical issues. and in terms of the divorce bill, his view is that is no question of us agreeing a figure for the amount we repaired to pay until we know what we will get in return in terms of a trade deal. in other
words, if time is the eu‘s big leader, money is our big lever. but i think his hope is that eventually, the big eu countries will say to their negotiators, let‘s just move on from all this wrangling over the divorce bill and get down to the crucial issue of trade talks because we wa nt crucial issue of trade talks because we want a good trade deal as well. the danger is that this mayjust be wishful thinking. because so far, there is no sign of the eu countries breaking ranks and putting pressure on their negotiators, or trying to help out the david davis. thank you. the time is 13:20. our top story this lunchtime: the ministry of defence says four men arrested on suspicion of being members of a banned neo—nazi group are serving members of the army. and still to come... battening down the hatches as a category five hurricane with winds of 170 mph, irma, barrels towards
the caribbean and florida. coming up in sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news: can wales make it a clean sweep for the home nations in the international break? they need a win in moldova tonight to keep their world cup hopes alive. thousands of people are continuing to flee from myanmar — formally known as burma — into bangladesh, after fighting in recent weeks that‘s left at least 400 people dead. it‘s rohingya muslims, a minority group, who are being targeted in the mainly buddhist country, and it‘s forced tens of thousands to flee over the border, according to the united nations‘ refugee agency. officials say that 37,000 people have arrived in bangladesh in the past 2a hours alone, taking the total number of refugees to more than 123,000 in less than two weeks. our correspondent, sanjoy majumder, is at a refugee camp in bangladesh, near the border. these are the latest batch of rohingya refugees who‘ve arrived into bangladesh from myanmar.
lots of children, as you can see, a lot of women. they‘ve been walking for days. they‘re exhausted, because whatever food they had to eat along the way has long run out. some of them are dehydrated. but the biggest thing for them is, they‘ve made it to relative safety. now, over on that side is myanmar‘s rakhine state where, over the past few days, we‘ve seen fresh fires break out, apparently from burning villages. there‘s no way, of course, to verify this, and these people are all fleeing for their lives. what they‘ll do now is head to any temporary shelter they can find — by the side of a hill, inside a building, just to get a little bit of protection. it‘s starting to rain. the biggest thing now is, even though they‘ve got here to safety, what‘ll happen to them next? they have to be fed and then, eventually, they need to find some place to live, some place to build their lives again. sanjoy majumder reporting there from the bangladesh border. the leading british pr firm bell pottinger has been thrown out
of the industry‘s trade body because of a campaign which stoked racial tensions in south africa. an independent report found that bell pottinger had spread misleading information. the company — whose chief executive resigned over the weekend — says it accepts that lessons do need to be learned. our media editor, amol rajan, reports. post—apartheid south africa was meant to be the rainbow nation. but over 25 years, one family has acquired a degree of power and influence that critics say is anything but democratic. the three gupta brothers only conglomerate with interest from mining the media. with close links to jacob zuma, they are accused of rampant corruption, which they deny. but with a reputation to salvage, they gave the british pr firm bell pottinger a call. for several months, british pr firm bell pottinger a call. forseveral months, bell pottinger ran a disinformation
campaign stoking racial hatred, and targeting hostile journalists. all the journalists who were writing about state capture who were interested in this new crony network, really, you could see almost daily there would be, largely driven on twitter and social media, quite insulting images of them made. and only now do you understand that it was actually a constructed campaign. the scandal has claimed the scalp of several staff at the firm including partner victoria geoghegan and ceo james henderson. now the trade body that represents britain‘s your industry has chucked out bell pottinger. it is the harshest penalty available to was and the harshest we have ever imposed on members and that reflects the fact that it was the worst piece of pr work that i have seen in ten years. the pr industry is overwhelmingly professional, bell pottinger neither of those. last
night, the former adviser to margaret thatcher who founded the firm but left after falling margaret thatcher who founded the firm but left afterfalling out margaret thatcher who founded the firm but left after falling out with mr henderson said the was finished. i think that it probably is getting near the i think that it probably is getting nearthe end, i think that it probably is getting near the end, yes. you can try and rescue it but it will not be very successful. this scandal has sent shock waves through the british br industry and also young democracy of south africa. the pr —— but the prca isa south africa. the pr —— but the prca is a trade body rather than a regulator and when some very rich individuals orfamilies regulator and when some very rich individuals or families are prepared to spend huge sums to burnish their reputation, frankly, some pr firms like bell pottinger in london will ta ke like bell pottinger in london will take the money. and a ticking off and temporary ban from a trade association is not going to change that. but for opponents of president zuma, this is not so much about the state of pr is the state of south africa. one family‘s grip on power is tightening, even as the reputation of their pr advisers is 110w reputation of their pr advisers is now in the gutter. scotland‘s first minister, nicola sturgeon, will set out her government‘s legislative programme this afternoon, pledging a "bold" and "ambitious"
plan for the coming year. ms sturgeon will focus on health, the economy and, principally, education — an area where opposition parties say the snp should be "embarrassed" by its record. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, is outside holyrood. yes, one of the challenges for the snp in their tenth legislative programme for government is to counter accusations from the accusation that they have neglected the dayjob to focus on the constitutional agenda. before the recess, nicola sturgeon said she would use the summer to take stock and refresh. she said that the snp after a decade in power needed to set out some bold and radical policies. so the mood music around this legislative programme is, to quote a spokesperson for the first minister, that it will be very all and very borough. it has been described as the most ambitious programme for government ever set
out here in the scottish parliament. what can we expect? policy announcements likely to touch on every area of life in scotland and legislation in areas like health, justice and, yes, education. an area where the snp opposition and critics say the snp are failing to deliver. it is likely to have a green theme as well and we might see announcements on renewable energy projects, perhaps electric cars and, yes, a deposit scheme for plastic waste recycling as well. so in total, we are expecting 16 bills to be announced to add to the 11 already going through the parliament here at holyrood. thank you. sir bruce forsyth‘s manager has confirmed that his funeral took place yesterday. the entertainer, who died on august 8th, was buried in a private service, attended only by family and close friends. the government has taken control of croydon‘s children‘s services, after an ofsted report revealed "widespread and serious" failures
were leaving youngsters at risk. it blamed weak management of the south london borough at all levels for failing to ensure social workers followed protocols for missing children and those at risk of sexual abuse. croydon council says it is working with ofsted to implement changes. well, there was success for three of the home nations in the world cup qualifying matches last night, and wales has a key match tonight. but this afternoon, a country not known for its footballing prowess hopes to make a big splash on the world stage — syria plays its must—win game against iran. with me is our sports correspondent, richard conway. it is certainly an unusual game. it is, syria have in pushing for a world cup place now for over a year but like all things involving the country, given the six—year long walk it is a context position. a lot of people within the country and who have fled say this team does not represent them, but others say this
is the last thing that represents the country, it transcends the war, it transcends politics. so there is a good be a link that this is something syrians can hold on to enlist troubled time for the country. the country has been starved of money because of sanctions, they play on threadbare pictures and the players spread out across the world, so to achieve a world cup place would be a remarkable achievement. they have to beat their opponents this afternoon, iran, in the tehran and hope uzbekistan get a good result against south korea. we will know by 6pm and syria could be heading to russia next year for a place syria could be heading to russia next yearfor a place in syria could be heading to russia next year for a place in the world cup you. -- world cup finals. last year, 29 sperm whales became stranded on beaches in the uk and elsewhere in europe, and it puzzled scientists because the mammals were all young and healthy. now they think the whales may have been victims of large solar storms, which played havoc with their navigational abilities — as our environment correspondent, matt mcgrath, explains.
crowds gathered at hunstanton, on the coast of norfolk, in february 2016, to see this ocean giant washed up on a popular tourist beach. all around the north sea, more than two dozen other sperm whales were found stranded in the first two months of last year. scientists were extremely puzzled — the creatures were young, healthy and generally disease—free. now it‘s thought the northern lights may have played a role in the loses. the aurora are the visible evidence of large solar storms, which distort the earth‘s magnetic field. this can cause species that rely on that field for navigation, like sperm whales, to lose their way. after big solar storms in december 2015, scientists say the confused creatures swam into the shallow north sea and beached themselves, trying to find a way out. researchers at london zoo autopsied a number of the whales stranded on british shores. we know that sperm whales are stranded around
the north sea for many, many years historically and it‘s certainly a possible factor in this instance that we have these whales that got into the north sea for an unknown reason and then once they are in there, they cannot find their way out and they become so disorientated, dehydrated and then strand. so that‘s what happened in last year‘s events. why did they end up there in the first place? to be honest, i think we will never know. there is too much uncertainty around the events in this instance in terms of where, where they came from, and so on. and so i think we will really never know what really caused last year‘s events. proving the impact of geomagnetic storms on the strandings of sperm whales may well be impossible, however researchers here at london zoo and a team at nasa are actively investigating the impact of solar activities on the strandings of species around the world. the results in that study are due in the next month or so. that might shed some definitive light on the role of solar storms on species. matt mcgrath, bbc news. hurricane irma has been reclassified as an "extremely dangerous" category five storm as it continues ploughing towards the caribbean and the southern united states. with sustained winds of 175 rows per
hour. irma is due to move over part of the leeward islands tonight. these pictures were taken from a cockpit over the caribbean. time for a look at the weather. here‘s chris fawkes. category five is really serious. that is the strongest hurricanes go up that is the strongest hurricanes go up to. you mentioned the sustained winds and we have even stronger gusts, two miles per hour. the uk forecast first and we started in humid conditions in the uk. with cloud and rain across parts of england and wales. this was the atmospheric scene in shropshire. the rain has been easing from here. across the north west of