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tonight at 10... the british soldiers arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned neo—nazi group. the men, arrested across england and wales, are alleged to be members of national action, a far—right group banned last year. the five, some thought to be from the royal anglian regiment, were arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. the group was banned in the wake of the murder ofjo cox, the mp killed by a white supremacist. also tonight... the little girl murdered by her mother, a serious case review says that social workers failed to spot signs she was being abused. more than a hundred universities say it's time rethink the way students are charged for courses, with more help for those from poorer backgrounds. hurricane irma is reclassified as ‘extremely dangerous‘, a category 5 storm, as it heads towards the caribbean and the southern united states. wales leave it a bit late but they
do beat moldova in their world cup qualifier tonight. and, the british runner, aiming to become the fastest woman to run across america. coming up in sportsday on bbc news... wales take on moldova in tonight's world cup qualifiers. they're hoping to close the gap on their group d rivals. good evening. five men, including a number of serving soldiers, have been arrested on suspicion of being members of national action — a neo—nazi group, which was banned last year. west midlands police say the men were detained as part of a "pre—planned" operation.
national action was described by the home office as "virulently racist, anti—semitic and homophobic", and it was banned in the wake of the murder ofjo cox, the mp killed last year by a white supremacist. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, has the story. yes, the mod directly assisted with these arrests which are highly significant. the first involved alleged membership of a far right organisation which was only banned the end of last year. men in their early 20s and early 30s are being held tonight and questioned at midlands police stations. three of the men arrested are believed to be serving in the royal anglian regiment which recruits in norfolk, suffolk, essex and cambridgeshire. four were arrested in the uk and a fifth in cyprus. an army spokesman said... "we can confirm that a number of serving members of the army have been arrested under
the terrorism act for being associated with a prescribed far—right group. these arrests are the consequence of a police—led operation supported by the army." that group is national action, which described itself last year in the language of hitler's fascism, as a national, socialist, youth movement. its members marched the streets, but the focus was as much on spreading neo—nazi ideas online. experts say the group was not large, yet when the labour mp, jo cox, was murdered by a loner, influenced by similar far—right propaganda, the government banned or prescribed national action. national action is a vile group, they promote homophobia, they promote violence and terrorism and they have no place in this country. legally the group should not now exist, but police in birmingham are questioning five suspected members under counter—terrorism laws whilst searches
of properties are carried out. and colour the police insist this was a planned operation. raids and arrests early in the morning. it was based on intelligence the police had obtained. there was no plot that was known about. they are being held under terrorism legislation though the key issue does appear to be suspected membership of national action. for the mod it is a big issue. police could be investigating a neo—nazi cell within the army. president putin has mocked america's call for more sanctions against north korea. he said the leadership in pyongyang would rather "eat grass" than abandon its programme to develop nuclear weapons. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, said increasing the economic pressure on north korea could
deprive it of the funds it needs to build nuclear missiles. our correspondent, yogita limaye, reports from seoul in south korea. off the eastern coast of south korea, today it was the navy's turn to show its strength. the commander of this fleet said they were training to bury the enemy at sea. south korea has held military drills for two days now in response to the north's nuclear test. pyongyang claims it successfully made a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted on to missiles capable of reaching america. at a un conference in geneva, north korea's ambassador was defiant. the recent self defence images by my country dprk, are a gift package addressed 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.
those attempts include further squeezing north korea's economy. but some don't think that's a good idea. 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. south korea doesn't feel safe either and so it's setting up this american anti—missile defence system, designed to shoot down enemy rockets. and now, president trump has said he is allowing japan and south korea to buy more sophisticated military equipment from the us. he's also agreed to remove limits on these south korean missiles, lifting restrictions on the weight of the warheads they can carry. it's this country, south korea, which has the most to lose if things go wrong.
some people here even still have family living up in the north. but they have heard these threats for so long now that they've almost become a part of normal life here. and yet, things are a bit different now. translation: the experiment north korea did this time was much larger in scale and so it makes me nervous. this woman says she is worried but she doesn't believe war is going to break out. barely 50 kilometres from the border with north korea, people here live each day with the knowledge that they are vulnerable. but with a strong belief that the peace that has held for more than 60 years is not about to be broken. yogita limaye, bbc news, seoul. a serious case review, into the murder of a little girl in staffordshire, has found that social workers "missed danger signs." ayeeshia—jayne smith was 21 months old when she was murdered by her mother, kathryn smith, in may 2014. the review found a lack of "professional curiosity" meant
that social and health workers had failed to spot signs that the little girl was being abused. our midlands correspondent, seema kotecha, has more details. ayeeshia—jayne smith, known as a] to her family. a toddler with a thin frame and described as a happy and smiley child. at 21 months old, her life was brutally cut short by her mother. kathryn smith, a former drug addict with a history of aggression and self—harm, stamped her daughter to death. today, the serious case review said social workers and medical staff should have asked more questions. the report says... it says... derbyshire county council has said sorry.
how can you assure people at home that this won't happen again? can you? can you actually provide that assurance? we work with hundreds of children every single day and we work hard to keep them safe. and the vast majority of times, we are successful at doing so, but one death is a death too many. and a death in such tragic circumstances, of course we are all impacted by it and i am determined to make our services as strong as they can be moving forward to minimise the risk of this happening again. a] was at home in the ground—floor flat behind me when she was murdered. medical experts believe her heart was torn by one forceful stamp. pathologists also found 16 other injuries on her body, including an historical bleed to the brain and a damaged spine. she was taken to hospital on more than one occasion in the year she died, including for cuts on her lip and chin and after collapsing. again, warning signs were missed. the trust agree with
the report's findings. we had two instances where we definitely didn't exhibit enough professional curiosity around ayeeshia—jayne's attendance. the febrile convulsion wasn't as it turned out a febrile convulsion. we didn't go into ayeeshia—jayne's social situation, herfamily situation as much as we should have done, we didn't ask enough questions. concerns raised by aj's biological father, ricky booth, were also ignored. the aim of this review is to learn lessons. but, for aj's family, today's report will bring little comfort after the ordeal they have been through. more than 100 universities say it's time to rethink the way students are charged for courses in england, with more help for those from poorer backgrounds. universities uk once ministers to
look again at providing grants for living costs and at the level of interest rates on loans. ministers insist that the current tuition fees of more than £9,000 a year do provide sustainable funding for universities and fairness for students. our education editor, branwen jeffreys, has the story. canterbury saw history overturned this year. conservative for 100 years, the city elected a labour mp. student votes helped push through the change. labour promised to abolish tuition fees. ruth graduated last year. her debt‘s already £a0,000. i think the goal posts are changing. it's a huge fear for young people. the interest rates have just gone up from 4.1% to 6.1%, which is 2a times the bank of england base rate. i think that makes students feel really let down. they are concerned about the future of their loan. despite rising tuition fees, more young people are going to university. in 2012, the new £9000 fees
in england lead to a slight dip. now they've reached 9250, with that interest rate of 6.1%. tonight, universities have called for ministers to listen more. they want a return of maintenance grants for poorer students and lower interest rates for graduates with lower earnings — a government rethink on the cost of university for those with less money. maintenance grants were taken out of the equation and we think that this is a moment when they should be reviewed because where students feel a difficulty, i think, is not with the payment of their fees, which go direct from the student loan company to universities, but with the everyday expenses. universities now rely heavily on the money they get from student fees, so publicly they defend the system, even though privately many now fear it doesn't feel fair to young people.
fees are due to go up again next year to £9500, something the government has to confirm within the next few weeks. what happened in canterbury was part of a political pushback by young people. it's changed the debate around tuition fees. politically, it is becoming very difficult to sustain. we are already seeing the beginnings of a revolt and i think those of us who have been involved in trying to create a more rational and fair system in the past have got to be prepared to reopen some of the basic questions about how the system operates. the government says fees give universities the funding they need, getting a degree still leads to better earnings and the fact that most will never repay the debt fully is a sign of fairness, not failure. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. the duke and duchess of cambridge
been awarded damages by a court in paris after topless photographs of the duchess were published in a french celebrity magazine. the royal couple were staying in provence when the images were taken five years ago. a french court ruled that closer magazine should pay more than a 100,000 euros in damages. its editor and owner were also fined 115,000 euros each. hurricane irma has been reclassified as an "extremely dangerous" category 5 storm which is heading towards the caribbean and the southern united states. louise lear, from the bbc weather centre, is here to tell us more. hot on the heels of hurricane harvey, we have another major hurricane which is bearing down on the caribbean. irma has been gradually moving westwards across the atlantic and intensified to a category 5 storm earlier today. sustained winds are already reaching 185mph with higher gusts.
to put this into context, when harvey made landfall in texas last month, sustained winds were around 130mph. so we're dealing with a potentially catastrophic storm. irma is expected to make landfall during the early hours of wednesday morning uk time with places like antigua and barbuda in the firing line. and if the devastating winds weren't enough, we're also expecting a storm surge, where the low pressure underneath the storm has the potential to lift the surface of the ocean by up to 11 feet, just over three metres. whilst the storm's track may change, it looks set to head towards the british virgin islands, puerto rico, cuba and potentially, by the weekend, the florida keys. it's another life—threatening storm with huge impacts for this part of the world and people in the area have been heeding official warnings and taking precautions. huw... thank you for the latest on that,
louise lear there for us. there are still "significa nt differences" between britain and the eu on the size of the bill that the united kingdom will pay when it leaves the european union. that was the message david davis, the brexit secretary, delivered to the house of commons today. he said that the british side had been more pragmatic, in his view, and he urged the eu to be more flexible. he stuck to his claim that progress had been made in the talks this summer. labour's sir keir starmer said the rate of progress was a ”'real cause for concern." our deputy political editor, john pienaar, reports. bonjour. what did you do this summer? david davis tried to get brexit talks into high gear, but it's been tough and colleagues, like foreign secretary, boris johnson, are demanding hardball with brussels. pity officials — so much to do, so little time. jeremy corbyn‘s team look up for it. labour's eu policy is not all clear, his deputy talks of maybe staying inside the eu system on trade and customs.
his brexit spokesman doesn't go that far, but labour is pledged to challenge ministers on parliament's role, judging brexit, the devolved assemblies role too, on workers rights. the speaker: statement: the secretary of state for exiting the european union. first day of term meant time to answer questions and face the sceptics. and while at times in negotiations they've been tough, it's clear that we've made concrete progress on many important issues. laughter britain was nowhere near agreeing the brexit divorce bill or, as he put it... there are significant differences to be bridged in this sector. so not easy, but not britain's fault. the uk's approach is substantially more flexible and pragmatic than that of the eu as it avoids unnecessary disruption for british business and consumers. labour, of course, wasn't buying it. no deal — which i had hoped had died a death since the election — could yet rise from the ashes. his message — get real. the truth is that too many promises
have been made about brexit which can't be kept. today, labour's decided to vote against the bill turning all eu legislation into british law, ready to be kept in or weeded out later. if and when they lose that vote, it'lljust be the start of something like parliamentary siege warfare, while labour looks to win over the handful of tory rebels they need to pull ministers up short. impatient with brexit — it's just the start. the two big parties are in tune on respecting the referendum, now nothing else. reporter: how are you feeling about progress on brexit? there's progress on brexit? they'll argue like hell. they'll say — oh, it's impossible. and, in the end, they'll agree that they've got to agree and it will be done. this demo wanted brexit stopped, many, many don't. but while uk and eu negotiators play a game of who blinks first, a vision of economic uncertainty and political storms ahead now seems plain to see. so much ground to cover and so
little time. just to illustrate the mountain of policy thinking facing the government. thinking inside of migration control has been leaked and publish today. tonight. it's a d raft not and publish today. tonight. it's a draft not a final plan, it's in line to curb migration without denying firms the vital labour that they need. the plan, which has been published online by the guardian this evening, talks about giving unskilled labour a year in this country to work. skilled labour maybe five years. you can expect lots of argument against sending a message that europeans aren't welcome. against taking a harsher line with migrant, eu migrant families coming to this country and warnings of european countries taking like—for—like measures against british workers. expect too to hear ministers saying the vote for brexit was also a vote for migration control. there's no
avoiding this argument among many others as we head—huw, towards brexit. john, thanks very much. john pienaar there for us at westminster. the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, has confirmed that the scottish government will lift the 1% cap on public sector pay next year. she was outlining the scottish government's legislative programme for the year ahead, with a new education bill, a national investment bank and phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by the year 2032, which is earlier than the target set by westminster. our scotland editor, sarah smith, has more details. nicola sturgeon has got her hands full and she wants all of us to know it. after a disappointing general election result, she needs to seize back the political initiative with this bumper—sized programme for government. at its heart is this ambition, to make our country the best place in the world to grow up and be educated.
the best place to live, work, visit and do business. the best place to be cared for in times of sickness, need or vulnerability, and the best place to grow old. the first minister announced significant government investment in hi—tech manufacturing and financial technology, and she was getting her own lesson today in digital skills. but it's education that will be the biggest test for the snp. faced with falling standards in scottish schools, they plan to give head teachers more powers and responsibilities. what do we want? fair pay. thousands of workers will get a higher pay rise next year as scotland is scrapping the 1% public sector pay cap. no details on how that might be paid for yet, but a strong hint higher income taxes may follow. the opposition say the snp have to earn back the trust of the scottish electorate. given what we know of this government, we will wait to see whether today's warm words are backed up by action before making a judgment. but the government should know this. after this last year, it is on probation with the people of scotland. it is time to change tack and it's time to deliver.
for most of this year, scottish politics has been completely dominated by arguments over a second independence referendum and nicola sturgeon has been accused of neglecting the day job, running the government of scotland. so now she needs to be seen to be energetically attacking problems in scotland's schools and hospitals and that's why she's come up with such a long list of new measures. the scottish parliament will certainly be busy with 16 new bills announced today, including the creation of a national investment bank for scotland, free personal care for under 65s suffering from dementia, a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and pardons for men convicted of same—sex offences which are now legal. the scottish government also wants to go further and faster with electric cars. they plan to phase out new petrol vehicles by 2032, eight years ahead of the uk target. but remember, as a minority government, they need
the support of other parties if they are to drive ahead these plans for the next year. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. now, aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian crisis in bangladesh after a rapid increase in the number of rohingya muslims fleeing their homes in neighbouring myanmar. the rohingya muslims are a minority group in a country that is dominated by buddhists. the latest violence, in the state of rakhine, has left hundreds dead amid claims that burmese troops are targeting rohingya villages. the un says 35,000 people have crossed the border into bangladesh in the past day alone. that brings the total seeking refuge to more than 123,000 in the past 11 days. our correspondent, sanjoy majumder, has just sent this report from the port city of cox's bazar. desperation is what is driving the rohingya refugees and bangladesh, which has taken them in, is being overwhelmed
by the sheer numbers that are surging in. so a truck's just backed up now to take all of these refugees to the nearest relief camp, and you can just see the chaos as they're all desperate to get on board. it's a chance for them to get somewhere where they'll be safe, where they can rest. we're getting a sense now that things are slowly spinning out of control. soldiers try to bring in a sense of order, but the refugees are weak, dehydrated and disorientated after days on the road. the rohingyas are often described as the world's most persecuted minority, ethnic muslims in buddhist majority myanmar, they have been denied citizenship, despite living there for centuries. now they've been driven out, their villages burnt, hundreds killed in a wave of religious violence.
translation: people are either being shot or burnt alive in their homes. we had to flee for our lives. they're making sure that no muslims are left there. so they fled, carrying with them whatever they could salvage from their wrecked homes. local volunteers meet them as they arrive, handing out packets of cooked rice and meat, their first proper meal in days. but with so many refugees coming in, space is running out. existing camps are stretched beyond capacity. new ones are being built by the hour, open fields and hilltops have now become vast settlements, but the conditions are basic. this pit, filled with rain, serving as the camp's water supply. bangladesh is one of the world's most densely—populated nations,
now it has to somehow find space for all the rohingyas who are pouring in. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, cox's bazar. the trump administration is to scrap a scheme that protects undocumented immigrants from being deported. the programme was introduced by president obama some five years ago and it allowed hundreds of thousands of people, who came to the us as children, to work and study with a permit. our correspondent, aleem maqbool, has more details. anger at what's seen as the white house, once again, being anti—immigrant. its decision affects those brought to this country illegally as children who, under president obama, were offered an amnesty. the us attorney general announced its been scrapped. the effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded terrible
humanitarian consequences. it also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs. ximena is one of the hundreds of thousands affected. now fearful she'll lose her job and, ultimately, be deported. it's tough. it's tough to think that as a young adult you've given a lot to a country, and that you love the country so much, and that you feel that you've earned something and they take that away from you. and jesus, a paramedic who's been working to help the victims of the flooding in houston, is another who's had his life turned upside down by this decision. our entire lives are here. there's nothing that's back in our countries. as a matter—of—fact, i haven't been back to mexico since i was six. so, to be sent back to mexico, i wouldn't know what to do.
i wouldn't know where to go. the president says it's been a tough decision. well, i have a great heart for the folks we're talking about, a great love for them and people think in terms of children, but they're really young adults. in the end, after mr trump dithered, those on the right forced his hand to the disappointment of those now protesting. well, people here maybe outraged, but they won't be surprised. this was, after all, one of donald trump's election promises and there will be millions of his supporters who are today celebrating and others who even feel he needs to go much further. the president's given congress six months to come up with an arrangement that could soften the blow, but for so many who've been contributing to american society for years, there's already a sense they've been cast out. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in washington. tonight's football, and wales have
boosted their hopes of qualifying for next summer's world cup in russia after beating moldova 2—0. hal robson kanu and aaron ramsey scored the goals, in the last 10 minutes. they move into second place in their group above the republic of ireland, who lost to serbia. katie gornall was watching the action. welsh passion is never far from the surface. saturday's dramatic win over austria had rekindled hopes of these fans making it all the way to russia. but with three games remaining, there was no room to slip up. moldova, in red, are ranked 159th in the world, bottom of the group, but still able to put up a fight. hal robson—kanu will wonder how on earth they kept out this one. in the face of stubborn opposition, wales were finding the going tough, teasing the moldovan defence without fully testing it. their response was to send for their 17—year—old striker ben woodburn, and the hero of their last match,
once again, made a decisive impact, teeing up robson—kanu, their second—half dominance finally rewarded. in stoppage time, aaron ramsey would give wales a more deserving scoreline, for a crucial win on the road to russia. katie gornall, bbc news. mimi anderson began running in her late 30s to help her overcome anorexia, since then she's gone on to become one of the top endurance runners in the world, breaking records wherever she goes. now she's preparing for her biggest challenge so far, to become the fastest woman to run across america. sophie raworth has been to meet her. for the next seven—and—a—half weeks, mimi anderson will be running at least 55 miles every single day as she makes her way from la to new york. it's taken years of planning and a lot of training. my run will start from los angeles and it will go all the way through colorado.