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tv   Sportsday  BBC News  November 5, 2017 6:30pm-6:46pm GMT

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hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the bbc panorama programme has discovered that millions of pounds of the queen's private money is invested in offshore funds based in the cayman islands and bermuda by her private estate, the duchy of lancaster the revelation comes from a cache of more than 13 million secret documents — one tax expert says it's likely to embarrass buckingham palace. the papers also disclose how donald trump's commerce secretary has business links with russian allies of president putin who are subject to us sanctions. and the spotlight is on the conservative party donor lord ashcroft: the files suggest he could face a tax bill of tens of millions because of the way he may have used an offshore trust. and in other news, the prime minister's deputy, damian green, strenuously denies claims that pornography was found on a computer in his commons office nearly a decade ago. jeremy corbyn tells the bbc he was aware of allegations against suspended labour mp kelvin hopkins before his shadow
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cabinet appointment. and catalonia's sacked leader and four former ministers turn themselves in to belgian police — a judge must decide whether to execute european arrest warrants issued by spain. president trump says that no nation should doubt america's resolve as he begins his asian tour injapan. sports they will be here in 15 minutes, but before that, some of the day's other news. —— sportsday. 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.
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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 iain watson reports he is one of theresa may's most senior and most trusted ministers, but damian green's reputation is under threat. he's already being investigated by whitehall officials over allegations he acted improperly towards a young journalist, claims he denies. and now, an allegation that pornography was found on a computer in his house of commons office nearly ten years ago. this claim dates from 2008, when his office was raided by police, investigating leaks from the home office. these two have never seen eye to eye since then, bob quick was the man in charge of that investigation, and the main, though not the only source, alleging that pornographic material was found.
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there is no suggestion that any of the material was illegal. damian green is a staunch ally of the prime minister, and her close friend, her deputy in all but name. and he's hugely influential behind—the—scenes here in downing street, during important cabinet committees, not least on brexit. he is notjust fighting for his reputation, he is battling hard for his political life. so, in a robust statement, damian green 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." and bob quick‘s successor at the metropolitan police has told the bbc he had knowledge of the pornography allegations. ——the bbc he had no knowledge of the pornography allegations. but bob quick says he stands by his story and will present
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evidence to the whitehall enquiry to damian green tomorrow. this conservative mp believes that's the correct process, and allegations from a confidential police investigation should never have been made public. what we're having in relation to damian, who i said should have been suspended, so there was a proper enquiry, this would have formed part of that enquiry. instead, we are pretty much having trialled by the newspapers, and this is not acceptable. but allegations of wrongdoing aren't confined to one political party. jeremy corbyn answered questions for the first time on why kelvin hopkins had been appointed to his shadow cabinet after he was reprimanded over claims of improper behaviour. he had been reprimanded. the case had been closed. i thought it reasonable to a point, albeit for a short time, to the shadow cabinet. ——i thought it reasonable to appoint him, albeit for a short time, to the shadow cabinet. so far, there has been no sign that they are entirely in control of events.
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the former catalan leader and four of his ministers who fled to belgium when the spanish government took direct control of catalonia, have surrendered to the police in brussels. warrants for the arrest of carles puigdemont and the others were issued on friday. they've been charged with rebellion and sedition. gavin lee reports. brussels this morning, after a week in self—imposed exile, the sacked catalan leader carles puigdemont, handed himself into belgian authorities. he was arrested and placed into custody along with four other separatist ministers. the five persons sought by the spanish authorities presented themselves at the federal police of brussels. spain wants carles puigdemont extradited to face charges of sedition and rebellion against the state, for illegally declaring independence. but his lawyer says they will appeal and attempt to stay in belgium.
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barcelona stay, but now with a different focus. several thousand gathered to cover the city wall with posters, demanding the release of other separatist ministers already in prison and freezing the same charges. ——and facing the same charges. i am not here because i support one position. i am here because i support being able to discuss this really without violence, and justice, getting in the way of politics. in the park next to the catalan parliament, sunday life carries on as usual. among those catching some sun, sympathy for carles puigdemont was in short supply. they chose to broke with the constitutional system. what awaits carles puigdemont if he is forcibly returned to spin? a seniorjudge tells me that charges are among the most serious. carles puigdemont says there is an unfair judicial system. the judiciary is too lapsley linked to politics, what ——the judiciary is too closely
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linked to politics, what do you say? the system can be slow, but not on fair. the system can be ——slow, but not unfair. sometimes, in general, ourjudges are radical independents. they are very independent. just over a week ago, separatist ministers were celebrating after voting illegally for unilateral independence for catalan here at the catalan parliament. but now, eight of the sacked ministers are in prison in spain, carles puigdemont the former leader and four other ministers are fighting extradition, too, and that could be a long process. but time is short when it comes to returning catalonia to a functioning democracy. in six weeks‘ time, there will be new elections here. will the separatist candidates be in prison or in exile? a boy of 16 has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm by police investigating acid attacks on two people in london last week. two delivery drivers on mopeds were sprayed with a corrosive substance in separate attacks in walthamstow and tottenham. a 14—year—old boy who was arrested on friday has been released
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under investigation. the home secretary has said large social media companies must do much more to stop child sexual exploitation. new government figures show a rise in the number of indecent images of children being reported to the police. amber rudd says that companies have a "moral duty" to go "further and faster" in tackling abuse. technology firms say they're doing their utmost to keep young users safe. us president donald trump has begun a marathon tour of asia with a thinly veiled warning to north korea that "no dictator" should underestimate american resolve. mr trump made the comments as he arrived injapan where he addressed us and japanese troops, vowing to defend freedom. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes was there — his report 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
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‘hail to the chief', and a stage flanked by fighterjets, president trump was given a rock star welcome by 2000 us troops stationed here in japan. and then, he got to don a military jacket. president trump could have landed at tokyo airport, and been met by prime minister shinzo abe. it is significant that, instead, for the first stop on his asian tour, he has chosen to land here, at a us military base, and to address us military personnel. we've got a lot of stuff coming... 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.
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every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us. it was not pleasant for them, was it. it was not pleasant. minutes later, marine 0ne whisked the president to another of his favourite places, a golf course. there waiting to welcome him, prime minister shinzo abe. these two are now such close friends, mr abe had special hats made up for the occasion. "donald and shinzo", it reads, "make alliance even greater." not the most catchy slogan, but you get the point. then it was time to hit the fairway. mr abe has deliberately cast himself as donald trump's number—one friend in asia. and today, he got his payoff. president trump lavished praise on him and japan, calling it "a treasured partner and crucial ally." on monday, the us president will
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fulfil another long—held ambition, an official welcome from japan's emperor. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news in tokyo. the heir to the throne in saudi arabia has overseen a major purge in the country's leadership. 11 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 missile fired by rebels in yemen. they 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
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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 and not used 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 on the capital is an embarrassment, to say the least. these are risky times
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in the desert kingdom. frank gardner, bbc news. a british woman who has been detained in egypt for bringing nearly 300 tramadol tablets into the country made "an innocent, honest mistake", according to her brother. laura plummer, from hull, was transporting the pills for her egyptian partner, who suffers from back pain. it is illegal to supply prescription drugs and ms plummer could face up to 25 years in jail. ms plummer‘s mother told the bbc how her daughter was coping in an egyptian prison. she's terrible, terrible. the first timei she's terrible, terrible. the first time i saw her, i couldn't believe it, you know. she was breaking down, begging me to take her home. it is absolutely heartbreaking because your daughter is there and you can't bring her home. you have to leave, walk away, in this strange country, this strange building, with all these police are run. she looked
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like she was about ten when i saw her again. just like a child again. it's absolutely heartbreaking. james, for the you think about the fa ct james, for the you think about the fact that she had these pills in her suitcase? do you think she could have known what she was doing? absolutely not, she wouldn't have known. she must've thought they were just painkillers for her husband, just painkillers for her husband, just for his pain. she was told that they are painkillers, which is what they are painkillers, which is what they are. it'sjust they are painkillers, which is what they are. it's just that they are illegal over there. she didn't know that. she wouldn't have known that, she wouldn't even have thought to check that. now, it's time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday, with mejames pearce. the headlines this evening: it's nine league wins in a row for manchester city as they outclass
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arsenal at the emirates. one goal is enough for chelsea as they beat manchester united. captain danny brough is one of three players thrown out of scotland's rugby league campaign aftere they were all too drunk to board an aircraft.. and another weekend, another trophy forjustin rose. this time the turkish 0pen. hello, plenty to come on the programme but let's start with the premier league where the top five in the table were all in action today, and there was yet another win for leaders manchester city.


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