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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at four. the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies claims pornography was found on a computer in his commons office in 2008. jeremy corbyn tells the bbc he was aware of the allegations against labour mp kelvin hopkins before his shadow cabinet appointment. he had been reprimanded, the case had been closed and i thought it was reasonable, to appoint him even for a short time to the 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 underestimate american resolve — as he begins his asian
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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 coming up in half an hour — a recap of the week's strongest stories from the bbc‘s inside out teams. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may's most senior minister has denied a claim that police found pornography on his computer during a raid on his
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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 which he was briefly arrested. that inquiry was led by the then metropolitan police assistant commissioner bob quick.
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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 the 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 party systems are not set up to support potential victims. this is the problem that the whips‘ office has.
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because their primary role is to make sure that government 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. at 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. jeremy corbyn has been addressing delegates at the northwestern conference in blackpool. he says his party is not afraid to turn the
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spotlight on itself. 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 cabinet? he had been reprimanded, the case had been closed, i thought it was reasonable, to appoint him even for a short time to the cabinet. why has the case been reopened now? well, it has been reopened, there will be an investigation and that is ongoing. did you make the wrong decision to promote him 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 oi'i what i knew at the time and he made a good contribution to the shadow cabinet while he was there.
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it is now a matter to be investigated and resolved. jeremy corbyn. 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 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
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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 hours, which means that a decision has to be made no later than 9:17 tomorrow morning. earlier i spoke to our european correspondent damian grammaticas, he explained what the next steps would
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be following the dramatic events of today. what is happening right now is that both to mark those five figures, mr puigdemont and the four others, are being interviewed by the investigating judge. it is their opportunity to present their side of the case to the investigating judge. he will have the european arrest warrant sent from spain. mr puigdemont and his colleagues will have the chance to challenge that and say why they feel they should not be extradited back to spain, and what thejudge will not be extradited back to spain, and what the judge will have to do is make a decision, in the next 2a hours, so by tomorrow morning, whether to execute that warrant or not. so we should know quite soon whether the belgian authorities will go ahead with this. if they do, mr puigdemont and his colleagues can seek to challenge it through the courts. so there is a process beyond
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that decision by tomorrow morning at the latest. is that also a question mark over whether the charges brought by spain would be recognised by belgium? this is one of these use that confronts the investigating judge of the minute, he will look at the european arrest warrant that has been sent and having heard the case the first decision will be whether to proceed with that warrant. the judge could throw it out, could hold mr puigdemont under arrest in the police station or could release him on bail while he proceeds with the case against him. we understand that mr puigdemont has said through his lawyers that whatever the decision, he will seek to challenge it if this goes ahead, through the belgian courts, through the appeals. a process that could take at least a month, probably more because there are layers of appeals that he could
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make and presumably at every stage he would want to challenge the legality of this. damian grammaticas. the royal college of psychiatrists says the number of unfilled 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
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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' 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
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a 16—year—old boy on suspicion 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
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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 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 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,
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american resolve. every once in awhile, in the past, they underestimated us. it was not pleasant for them, was it? 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 names, shinzo and donald, and the slogan make alliance even greater. not the catchiest
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slogan but you get the point. then it was to the fairway. shinzo abe has deliberately cast himself as donald trump's number one friend in asia. today he got his payoff. 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. it is 15 minutes past four. the headlines on bbc news. the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies claims that pornography was found on a computer in his commons office in 2008. labour leaderjeremy corbyn tells bbc news that he was aware of the allegations against mp kelvin hopkins, before his shadow cabinet appointment. and the sacked catalonia leader and four of his ministers have turned themselves into belgian police into belgian police after arrest warrants were issued by spain. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0lly foster. in sport four premier
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league games today. third manchester city are now eight points at the top of the table after beating arsenal 3—1 at the etihad stadium, kevin de bruyne beat petr cech to open the scoring. sergio aguero became city's record goal—scorer in the last week, scoring from the spot after this file on raheem sterling. arsenal pulled one back after half an hour, that city pressed on, david silva looked to be offside but the arsenal defence waited for the sign from the assistant linesman but it never came. gabriel to jesus got assistant linesman but it never came. gabriel tojesus got their third. spurs are still third in the table third. spurs are still third in the ta ble after third. spurs are still third in the table after beating crystal palace at wembley. they were riding their luck against bottom club in the division. roy hodgson‘s side created
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many more division. roy hodgson's side created many more chances and wilfried zaha had the best of them. he was making his spurs debut after injuries to hugo lloris and michel vorm. this was one of spurs‘s few shots on target, dele alli had a hamstring problem which will see him missing the upcoming england matches against brazil and germany. the challenge was amazing. we started to feel after madrid that the challenge would be very tough, we tried to keep the feet on the ground and be professional and try to win, these three points means a lot to us, to keep our position. the team give a good account of themselves, we worked out and matched their workrate which is never easy, the shape of the team was good, and fortunately i am standing here again talking to journalists with no points in the bag —— unfortunately. people try to cheer me up by saying, you didn't play that badly! nine
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amortise in the first—round of the fa cup, no major shocks today but woking have taken bury to a replay and it's not looking good for the surrey side after they went one goal down in the first minute but his header means they will be in the heart of the second—round draw if they come through the replay. national league guiseley had accrington stanley to a goalless draw, billericay drew, we at leatherhead. 0ne match in the scottish premiership today, second from bottom, winning i—0 scottish premiership today, second from bottom, winning 1—0 at hearts, thanks to a goal by chris boyd. that matches probably almost over now. justin rose has won back—to—back tournaments on the european tour, he was a winner in china last week and he won the turkish 0pen by one a birdie putt on the last, finishing one clear of nicolas colsaerts of belgian and south african dylan
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frittelli. rose is now closing in on tommy fleetwood at the top of the european rankings with just two tournaments left to play this season. tournaments left to play this season. danny broth and two other scotla nd season. danny broth and two other scotland players have been sent home from the rugby league world cup in disgrace, too drunk to get a flight after they heavy defeat to new zealand. danny brush remained in christchurch with brooks and walker while the rest of the squad flew to cairns theirfinal group while the rest of the squad flew to cairns their final group game against samoa. danny broth‘s third world cup as captain and he is their most capped player. the scotland management said they support the decision by the airline not to let them fly and they have told the trio they will play no further part in they will play no further part in the tournament. two other home nations in action, wales can't reach the knockout stages now after they we re the knockout stages now after they were thrashed 72—6 by fiji, ireland have a slim chance of qualifying for the knockout stage after losing 14—6 to papua new guinea. we can hear now
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from the wales come. they were comprehensively better than us. i thought they played a really good member of rugby league. you've got to congratulate fiji. they made one error in the last tackle play when they run it. when people play against it, strong and fast, that means bother. stay with us for all the fa cup results and goals, that's all the sport for now. thank you very much. 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
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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 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.
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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. 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
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to who hasn't had an experience, and itjust goes to show you how 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... the cases were young women in their 20s. it seems like it is
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women in their 20s. they are younger and purposely targeted. 0livia colman and michelle pfeiffer. now, mark pollock's track record of overcoming adversity has inspired people all over the world. he won two commonwealth games rowing medals, and after losing his sight, he became the first blind person to trek to the south pole. and when he was left paralysed by a fall, he vowed that he would find a way to walk again. now, with the help of cutting edge robotic technology, that ambition is gradually becoming a reality. mark is using what he's learnt, to help others, including the former jockeyjonjo bright. 0ur northern ireland correspondent chris page has been to meet them. successful sportspeople stretch themselves to the limit. mark pollock and jonjo bright are no exception in that sense. but now, they are pushing the scientific boundaries in search of a cure for paralysis. mark was a commonwealth games rowing medallist. after losing his sight, he became the first blind person to trek to the south pole in 2009.
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the next year, he fell from a second—storey window and was paralysed from the waist down. but he wasn't going to shirk his biggest challenge yet and has become a global pioneer in using robotic legs and electrical stimulation of the spine. i suppose here, we're operating at the intersection where humans and technology collide. it is a terrible start, paralysis, but it has an exciting future. adversity has brought mark and jonjo bright together. jonjo bright was a promising amateur jockey and then had a spinal injury after being thrown from a horse. he has had to accept he will never walk again. thanks to technology and his physios, he is up on his feet three times a week.
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it allows me to stand and walk, as your body has been designed to do. at no point do i ever feel better than i do after i have been walking and the exoskeleton. .. my blood pressure, my muscles feel nice and loose. mentally it is healthy for you as well. after his accident five years ago, jonjo bright became more aware of what mark had been doing. throughout the world there are the people, there is the technology and the science. is the technology and the science, i believe that can beat paralysis. mark's team are trying to bring it all together. i think that is great. has mark's story been an inspiration to you? i think it should be an inspiration to everybody. now, with the support of his new friend, mark's charitable foundation is building on the research carried out
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on mark himself by funding trials for other people. the charity's annual fundraiser, run in the dark, is taking place in 50 cities worldwide in mid—november. if i could see you walk i would take that every time. that's not the case. but what i am trying to do is to explore a way of finding a cure for paralysis. and along the way we are meeting scientists working on the blindness. if you take the blindness and paralysis out of it, it's an exciting time right now. step—by—step and inch by inch, they are making new ground in their quest. it is a story of determination, hope, and strength. chris page, bbc news. time for the weather with ben rich. after a beautiful crisp autumn day for most of us, things will get chilly this evening, sunny skies mean clear skies by night,
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temperatures will plunge. the haze of blue on the chart shows frost will develop early. chilly for bonfires, but at worst something milder pushing in by the end of the night ahead of this area of cloud and some outbreaks of rain. the heavy rain through the day will be confined to north—west scotland. the east it would be a chilly start, frosty, we will see plenty of sunshine, still chilly across east anglia but some milder air by the end of the day, turning windy as well, a band of rain moving east from monday night into tuesday. the rain will continue to move east deavin tuesday and will clear to leave a dry, bright cold day on wednesday. hello, this is bbc news.
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the headlines at ii.30pm: theresa may's most senior minster, 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". jeremy corbyn was aware of the allegations against labour mp kelvin hopkins before appointing him into his shadow cabinet appointment, he told the bbc in an interview. 0usted catalonian leader carles puigdemont and four of his former ministers have handed themselves in to police in belgium. a judge will decide tomorrow morning if they are to face trial in spain under charges of sedition.
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president trump touches down in tokyo, beginning the longest tour of asia by a us president in 25 years. he told a crowd of us and japanese troops that no nation should underestimate american resolve. now on bbc news, it's time for inside out. hello. we're going in search of investors‘ missing money. can we have a chat? we've come to ask where the money is. at the time i thought it was a good return. i did trust that company. could you leave ? could you get the bleep out?! this is no different to handing your life savings over to a man in the pub and hoping that he'll give it back to you again one day. leave the camera! also coming up, the online love rats breaking hearts and busting bank accounts.


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