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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at three. the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies claims that pornography was found on a computer in his commons office in 2008. it's among several further allegations about the conduct of mps jeremy corbyn tells bbc news he was aware of the allegations against kelvin hopkins before his shadow cabinet appointment. he had been reprimanded. the case had been closed. i thought it was reasonable to appoint him albeit for a very short time, to the shadow cabinet. catalonia's sacked leader and four of his former ministers turn themselves in to belgian police — a judge must decide whether to execute european arrest warrants issued by spain. the investigative judge has to decide within 2a hours, which means that a decision has to be made no later than 9:17 tomorrow morning. donald trump says no nation should
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underestimate american resolve — as he begins his asian tour in tokyo. the harvey weinstein scandal — michelle pfeiffer tells the bbc of her hopes the culture will change in hollywood. more than a dozen people are treated for minor injuries after fireworks malfunctioned at an event in wiltshire. and with the world experiencing more extreme weather events, we take a look at the technology helping farmers in africa. that's in click in half an hour. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. good afternoon, welcome to bbc news.
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theresa may's most senior minister has denied a claim that police found pornography on his computer during a raid on his office nine years ago. damian green, the first secretary of state, said the allegation made by a former police chief, bob quick, was "completely untrue" and a "political smear". he strongly denied that pornography was found and said police had never reported this to him at the time. mr quick, a former assistant commissioner in the metropolitan police — has told the bbc he stands by the claim and is to take part in a whitehall inquiry into allegations against mr green. our political correspondent susana mendonca reports. the bad blood between the prime minister's deputy and this ex—police chief goes back a long way. eight years ago, damian green's parliamentary offices were searched as part of an inquiry into home office leaks during
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which he was briefly arrested. that inquiry was led by the then metropolitan police assistant commissioner bob quick. today, this claim in a national newspaper that a computer in that office had contained pornography. damian green's rebuttal was sharp and swift. he said this story is completely untrue. a disreputable, political smear. the police have never suggested to me that improper material was found on my parliamentary computer. mr green also said that the story had come from a tainted and untrustworthy source. he was referring to former assistant commissioner, bob quick, who has since told the bbc he stands by his account and he would give evidence tomorrow to a whitehall official investigating other allegations against mr green. it's the latest twist in a scandal that's seen a series of claims of improper conduct and sexual harassment engulfing westminster. this senior backbench conservative says part of the problem is that part of the problem is that party systems are not set up to support potential victims. this is the problem that the whip's office has. because their primary role is to make sure that government
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or opposition business goes through. but, of course, they have these other roles, which are incredibly important, which is the welfare of members of parliament, welfare of our staff. at the same time, thought, they are trying to get government business through. there's a complete contradiction. and that has to stop. all the party leaders will get together tomorrow to discuss the prospect of a new system for reporting sexual harassment. the meeting tomorrow with the prime minister, we can talk about sanctions and whether if there's a case against an mp that they are are suspended in the first instance or there's an investigation and then they're suspended. and that needs to be due process, it needs to be transparent and clear. what's clear is that political parties across westminster have been tainted by recent allegations and they want to be seen to be doing something about it. susana mendonca, bbc news. susana joins me now. both of them
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said the other is not telling the truth, quite extraordinary for that to happen between a politician and former senior officer. we may find out more tomorrow because we know that bob quick is due to give evidence to this committee, because they will be looking about tomorrow, this will form part of that, so we may get more detail but from the point of view of damian green, this potentially could damage his career, and for theresa made's government it isa and for theresa made's government it is a massive issue. because he is the most senior minister she has in her cabinet, effectively the deputy. she's already lost michael fallon so losing someone else could be severely damaging. damian green
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making that point, he says he was never told about this pornography and knows nothing about it. what more will theresa made do with this, susana? tomorrow all the parties because it's not just susana? tomorrow all the parties because it's notjust the tories that have been affected by claims of sexual harassment and assault, we understand tomorrow all the parties will meet to discuss some kind of westminster— wide procedure that those who want to report that they have been victims of sexual harassment. at westminster, not like a company we've got an h r department and you can go to them and tell you have been a victim of harassment, there isn't bad at westminster. so all the parties wanting to move forward and set up something substantial. this is not just about the conservatives. jeremy corbyn saying that he knew about the allegations against kelvin hopkins before he was appointed to the shadow cabinet. there's been a lot
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of discussion about this. because he was appointed to the shadow cabinet, despite the fact that the van wyk, rosie winterton, said she had reservations because he had —— the then whip, she had reservations because he had sent inappropriate texts, according to the allegations, and had had somebody inappropriately. kelvin hopkins says it did not happen as it has been played out. we now know thatjeremy corbyn was told about the fact that kelvin hopkins had been reprimanded but appointed him anyway, and said he felt that had all been dealt with so he felt that had all been dealt with so there was no issue there. yes, i was aware that he had been reprimanded and i was also made aware that that was the end of the matter. if he had been reprimanded do you think it is appropriate that he was then promoted to the shadow
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cabinet? he had been reprimanded, the case was closed and i thought it was reasonable, to appoint him even for short time, the cabinet. why has the case been reopened now? wallet has been reopened, there will be an investigation and that is ongoing. did you make the wrong decision to promote at the time?|j did you make the wrong decision to promote at the time? i made the decision to put him into the shadow cabinet for a short time. i thought that was the right thing to do. now the case has been reopened and will be looked at again. he has been suspended from party membership, the decision i took immediately i heard about the latest revelations. with hindsight was it the wrong decision? i can't discuss hindsight, all i can say is that i based the decision on what happened at the time and made a good contribution to the shadow cabinet while he was there. it is not matter to be investigated resolved. jeremy corbyn. susana, as to the
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whips and what they knew or did not know, are there questions about that? yes, it is all about what they therefore, they are there to instil discipline, get mps singing from the same hymn sheet, get legislation through and so on. there is a suggestion that party whips have known information about mps to and usedit known information about mps to and used it to get mps to toe the line. amber rudd says that was no black book, no suggestion of that going on when she was party whip, although we have since heard from anna soubry, a senior backbench conservative who basically says the whole system of party whips cannot go on to work in the way it does because partly if you ask a midi claiming they have been sexually harassed you have to go to the party whips to tell them that. and the fact that they are doing that and trying to protect the
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reputation of the party there's a conflict interest there. all the parties having this discussion, they have all talked about bringing their own system, they agreed it should be a way for people to report cases of sexual harassment. thank you, susana. the former catalan leader carles puigdemont has turned himself in to the belgian police. a european warrant had been issued for his arrest in belgium on friday. meanwhile thousands of protesters have gathered in barcelona to demand the release of a number of pro—independence ministers being held by the spanish authorities under charges of sedition and rebellion. in the last hour, a spokesman for the brussels public prosecutor says five people have handed themselves in to belgian authorities. this morning the five persons that
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have been sought by the spanish authorities presented themselves at the federal police of brussels. they were taken into custody at 9:17am, so this morning. in the presence of their lawyers they were officially notified of the european arrest warrants. in compliance with this procedure, the brussels prosecutor's office will seize an investigativejudge in order to execute the european arrest warrants. the investigative judge can decide accordingly, refusal to execute the european arrest, arresting the people involved, releasing them under conditions or under bail. as often, the persons involved will be heard by the investigative judge in this building. the investigative judge has to decide within 2a
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hours, which means that a decision has to be made no later than 9:17 tomorrow morning. our europe correspondent damian grammaticus joins us from brussels. hello, just take us through more detail of what the next steps are now that mr puigdemont and four others have handed themselves over to the belgian authorities. what is happening now is that mr puigdemont and the four others are being interviewed by the investigating judge here into their opportunity to present their side of the case to the investigating judge. thejudge has the european arrest warrant sent from spain. mr puigdemont and his collea g u es from spain. mr puigdemont and his colleagues have the opportunity to challenge that and say why they think they should not be extradited back to spain. and what the judge
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has to do is make a decision by tomorrow morning as to whether to execute that warrant or not, so we should know soon whether the belgian authorities will go ahead with this. if they do of course, mr puigdemont and his colleagues can seek to challenge it through the courts. so there is a process beyond that decision, by tomorrow morning at the latest. that also questions being asked about whether the charges being brought by spain will be recognised by belgium —— are questions being asked? this is one of the issues that confront the investigating judge at the minute. thejudge will look at investigating judge at the minute. the judge will look at the european arrest warrant but has been sent and the first decision they're having heard mr puigdemont‘s case, the judge could throw it out, could hold mr puigdemont under arrest in the police station or hold him on bail
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while he proceeds with the case against him. we understand that mr puigdemont has already said through his lawyers, whatever the decision, he will seek to challenge it if it goes ahead, through the appeal court here. that could take at least a month, probably well because there are layers of appeal that he could make and at every stage she would wa nt to make and at every stage she would want to challenge the legality of this. another twist in this extraordinary story. thank you, damian grammaticas in brussels. the headlines at almost caught passed three. the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies pornography was found on a computer in his commons office in 2008. catalonia's sacked leader carles puigdemont and four of his former jeremy corbyn tells bbc news you was aware of the allegations against mp kelvin hopkins before his shadow cabinet appointments —— he was
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aware. and the sacked catalonia leader and four of his ministers have turned themselves into belgian police after arrest warrants were issued by spain. in sport four premier league games today, third placed spurs beat crystal palace i—o at wembley. spurs were missing dele alli with a hamstring problem. it has also ruled him out of the england games against germany and brazil. manchester city lead arsenal 1-0 at brazil. manchester city lead arsenal 1—0 at the etihad stadium at half—time, kevin de bruyne with the goal so far. and justin rose has won the turkish open by one shot, the second time in his career that he has won back—to—back tournaments. a full update at about quarter past four. see you then. the royal college of psychiatrists says the number of unfilled
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consultant posts in england has doubled in the past four years. the college says the shortage is alarming, and has led to increased waiting times and lower standards of care, as ben ando reports. good health, it is said, is a matter for both body and mind. but some with mental health difficulties have to wait months to see a consultant psychiatrist. that, according to figures from the royal college of psychiatrists, is because in england one in ten of those jobs are not filled. it is a scandal that if you need to see a consultant psychiatrist you can't. if you had cancer you would see a cancer specialist quite quickly, within a couple of weeks. if you needed an operation you would see a surgeon. it is not right that people with mental health problems can not go to see a psychiatrist when they need one. in wales, the number of unfilled consultant psychiatric posts stands at 9%, in scotland it's marginally better at 6%, while in northern ireland, just 2% ofjobs are vacant. the department of health says it knows it needs more psychiatrists, especially in the light of an increase in demand for mental health services. that is why it is expanding doctors'
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training places by 25%. it says that is the largest single increase ever. but training a psychiatrist to consultant level takes over a decade. while mental illness is moving up the health agenda, it will be some time before the supply of psychiatrists can match the increasing demands. ben ando, bbc news. a number of young children were among fourteen people injured at a fireworks display in wiltshire. last night's event at the antrobus hotel in amesbury was cut short after a display box malfunctioned, sending fireworks toward the crowd. ambulance crews treated fourteen people for minor injuries. in a statement, the hotel said it was mortified by what happened and has apologised. police in london have arrested a 16—year—old boy on suspicion
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of grievous bodily harm after two acid attacks last week. two delivery drivers on mopeds were sprayed with a corrosive substance in separate attacks in walthamstow and tottenham in north—east london. a 14—year—old boy who was arrested on friday has been released under investigation. donald trump has arrived in asia — with a warning that no nation should underestimate america's resolve. the president's first stop on his tour, which is expected to be dominated by the crisis over north korea's nuclear programme, was an airbase near tokyo, where he addressed us and japanese troops. rupert wingfield—hayes‘ report from tokyo contains some flash photography. under bright sunny skies, air force one touched down at yokota air base just outside tokyo. with a military band playing hail to the chief and a stage flanked by fighter jets. the president was given a rock
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star welcome by 2,000 us troops stationed injapan. and then he got to don a military jacket. president trump could have landed at tokyo airport and been met by the japanese prime by the japanese prime minister shinzo abe. it is significant that instead for this first stop on his asian tour he has chosen to land here at a us military base and to address us military personnel. when he spoke, it was of america's overwhelming military might, and without naming the country directly, this veiled threat to north korea's dictator, kim jong—un. no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate, ever, american resolve. every once in awhile, in the past, they underestimated us. it was not pleasant for them, was it?
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it was not pleasant. minutes later marine 0ne whisked to the president to another of his favourite places, a golf course. there are waiting to welcome him, the japanese prime minister. they are now such close friends, the japanese prime minister had special hats made for the occasion, with their shinzo and donald, and the slogan make alliance even greater. not the catchiest slogan but you get the point. then it was to the fairway. shinzo abe and has deliberately cast himself as donald trump's number one friend in asia. today he got his payoff.
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president trump lavished praise on him and japan, calling it a treasured partner and a crucial ally. on monday the us president will fulfil another long—held ambition, an official welcome from japan's emperor. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, tokyo. the heir to the throne in saudi arabia has overseen a major purge in the country's leadership. eleven princes, four current ministers and dozens of former ministers have been detained. crown prince mohammed bin salman is the head of a newly—established anti—corruption committee — and he appears to have sidelined a number of powerful figures. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner reports. saudi arabia has been shaken by two shocks within hours of each other, first, a ballistic missile fired by houthi rebels in yemen reportedly reached the capital, riyadh, before they were shot down. this is a big step, they are using ballistic missiles, long—range missiles, likely from iran to put pressure on the saudi arabian government which has been bombarding yemen for years now. next in an unrelated move came the news that several prominent princes including serving ministers had been detained in a sweeping anti—corruption purge led by the crown prince mohammed bin salman. the heir to the throne has been moving fast to consolidate his
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growing power while spearheading a modern reform programme. this move will now give him nominal control of all the country's security forces but at the same time the removal from office of several well known figures is sure to upset some more conservative elements. saudi arabia is a deeply tribal society, unused to sudden change. it's currently conducting a war in yemen, another against so—called islamic state and a boycott of qatar. what is clear is that the mohammed bin salman regime is struggling very much. he's trying to consolidate power and this attack by houthis on the capital is an embarrassment, to say the least. these are risky times in the desert kingdom. frank gardner, bbc news. some tv companies based in britain may have to move overseas in the event of a so—called ‘hard brexit‘. that's the view of the commercial broadcasters association,
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which represents international media networks such as disney and discovery. here's our business correspondent, joe lynam. eurosports, the discovery channel and disney tv are some of the world's most popular channels and they all have their european headquarters in london, allowing them to broadcast all over the eu. but their place could be jeopardised if britain quits the eu without a comprehensive trade deal. broadcasters say they can only wait a few more months before being forced to move thousands ofjobs to other eu countries. we estimate that nearly one in four jobs in the uk broadcasting sector is working either exclusively or in part on an international channel. on top of that you have well over half a billion a year in investment going in wages, overheads and all the technology that it takes to get a channel on to air. there are 2,300 tv channels
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in the eu, of which 1,100 are based in the uk. of those, 650 are aimed exclusively at eu audiences. the broadcasting watchdog 0fcom says brexit is the single biggest issue facing the industry, and the government said it was working to get the right deal for a sector which makes an important contribution to our thriving creative industries. joe lynam, bbc news. the hollywood actress, michelle pfeiffer, has spoken for the first time about the sexual abuse scandal in hollywood. a series of revelations have followed the publication of allegations against the film producer, harvey weinstein. joining british actress 0livia coleman on the andrew marr show, michelle pfeiffer said many women in the industry were now talking about the issue. i've had some experiences, i have to say, since this has all come out. there really hasn't been one woman i have talked to who hasn't had an experience, and itjust goes to show you how
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systemic the problem is. i know i'm having conversations with women i've known my whole life and we've never discussed this, and it's coming out. do you think this will change the atmosphere for younger women coming into the industry, that men will think three or four times? i think all the men are thinking. should hope so! there is a lot of reflection going on with men and women. you know, i was actually thinking myself, thinking back, and thinking, well, you know... where is that line between, oh, i got hit on, and i was inappropriately, you know... ? is it about power, basically? well, i think that when you're in a position of power and you're in a position to intimidate someone, i think that it becomes...
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the cases were young women in their 20s. it seems like it is women in their 20s. they are younger and purposely targeted. 0livia colman and michelle pfeiffer. cycling enthusiasts have gathered in prague for an annual festival celebrating historic bicycles. as part of the events, cyclists raced penny farthing bikes. tim allman reports. music: the pushbike song by the mixtures meet the members of the czech velocipedists club, claimed to be the oldest sporting club in europe. every year the men and women, although mostly men, come to this park in prague to remember simpler times. a slower pace of life, riding their penny farthings. music: the pushbike song by the mixtures there is a spot of racing, albeit at a fairly sedate
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pace, there is also some formation display cycling. the riders may hark back to the 19th century but this event is more recent than that. translation: it started as a race, that tradition was born in 1993 when prague hosted the world championship of historic bicycles. we had some broken arms and concussions so we decided it was better to go more slowly and enjoy the ride in the autumn. and enjoy they did. and no doubt come the same time next year when the leaves turn golden they will return. the gentlemen and even the odd lady of the czech velocipedists club, doing what velocipedists do. tim allman, bbc news. time now for a look at the weather with ben. hello, after a beautiful crisp
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autumn date for the majority things will quickly get chilly this evening. sunny skies by date translating it clear skies by night and temperatures will plunge. the haze of blue on the chart shows frost will develop early, chilly for bonfire night especially in central and eastern areas, at worst something milder pushing in by the end of the night, ahead of this area of cloud and outbreaks of rain. their heavy rain through the day will be confined to north—west scotland. the east each frosty start with the odd fog patch, plenty of sunshine, still chilly across east anglia, northern ireland, to 13 degrees, marred by the end of the day, rain moving east as we head into monday night, dealing tuesday the rain will move east, it should clear to hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 3.30pm: theresa may's deputy,
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damian green faces calls from conservative mps to stand down, following allegations that police found pornography on a computer during a raid on his westminster office nearly a decade ago. he says the claims are "completely untrue" and a "political smear". ousted catalan leader carles puigdemont and four associates have handed themselves in to police in belgium. they are accused of rebellion and sedition following catalonia's declaration of independence from spain. a judge will decide tomorrow morning if they are to face trial in spain. president trump begins the longest tour of asia by a us president in 25 years, touching down in tokyo earlier. he told a crowd of us and japanese troops that no nation should underestimate american resolve. and michelle pfeiffer talks to the bbc of her hopes of a culture change in hollywood following the harvey weinstein scandal.
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