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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm. the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he will speak to the foreign secretary tomorrow. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been detained in the country since 2016. in a moment we'll be speaking to a canadian woman who was in prison with her. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has now been referred to a criminal court for trial. racing driver lewis hamilton calls on formula one to improve security after some of his teammates were robbed at gun point in brazil. the owner of a welsh zoo says he is devastated after an escaped lynx was shot dead. i'm broken both physically and emotionally. we have been up the past few weeks both day and night following her movements. also in the next hour — millions fall silent to mark armistice day. two minutes‘ silence has been
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observed across the country in memory of those who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. and we'll have more on scotland's win over samoa in theirfirst autumn international, as well as a round up of the rest of today's sporting events in sportsday at 7:30. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has agreed to a meeting with the husband of a british woman who's in prison in iran, accused of spying. the family of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe fear her sentence could be extended following recent comments by borisjohnson that she'd been teaching journalism in iran, rather than there on holiday as she maintains. here's our political correspondent eleanor garnier. injail in iran, separated
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from her daughter and husband. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is british and iranian, facing a five—year sentence for allegedly plotting to topple the government in tehran. it is now understood the foreign secretary borisjohnson has agreed to meet her husband. i think it's important now that he tries to meet with us as soon as possible so that it is clear from a political point of view that the uk government is standing alongside the family. this week the foreign secretary had to apologise after told mps he thought nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe had been in iran teaching journalists. mrjohnson later said his comments could have been clearer, and the uk government has no doubt she was on holiday in iran as her family have always insisted. but this week iran state tv broadcast a report claiming the foreign secretary's comments about her amounted to an unintended
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admission of guilt. richard ratcliffe says he is due to speak to the foreign secretary tomorrow. obviously they will be discussing the fate of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, how she can possibly be brought out ofjail in iran. they will also discuss the date of their upcoming meeting, i understand that is up in the air, but borisjohnson has also said he will be travelling to iran before the end of the year, and one thing richard ratcliffe wants is to be able to go on that trip with the foreign secretary. it sounds like there might be difficulties with that, but clearly that will also be discussed. borisjohnson insists those mistaken remarks, those incorrect remarks that he said she had been teaching journalism, he insists they made no difference to her situation injail. mr ratcliffe says he is just focused
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on getting his wife home. doctor homa hoodfar is a canadian—iranian anthropologist — who was inside the same prison as nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. she was freed in september last year on humanitarian grounds by iran. shejoins me on webcam from montreal. the kiprejoining us post and tell us the kiprejoining us post and tell us but the circumstances that you and nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe were keptin and nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe were kept in at the same time. and nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe were kept in at the same timelj and nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe were kept in at the same time. i was arrested and put in jail kept in at the same time. i was arrested and put injail injune. a few days after i was in my solitary cell. they moved me to a different cell. they moved me to a different cell where nasanin was, that was the first time i met her. and that is when i realised that she was very unhappy and crying and talking about her daughter and not, could not
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believe why she was held in prison. after several months or so i was moved to a different prison. how we re moved to a different prison. how were you both treated? in detention centre we were in a locked cell, except when we were brought for interrogation. normally you would have twice a day if 15 minute break of fresh air but it would not always happen. we were given two blankets to sleep, want to put on the floor to sleep, want to put on the floor to sleep, want to put on the floor to sleep on and one under the head. occasionally we would have the right to have a shower. how do you manage to have a shower. how do you manage to keep a level head under the circumstances? as you say, she sounded upset. she was very
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preoccupied by her family situation, her daughter and husband. but in my case i had no idea because i was accused of dabbling in satanism and security matters, working for the mi6, the caa. but i decided to turn the situation into a research project for me, just too intellectually keep myself involved. but nazanin was preoccupied by her family. i was in a very different situation. what effect do you think boris johnson's comments about situation. what effect do you think borisjohnson's comments about our purpose in iran will have had for her case? i think it is a gross mistake. it played right in the hands of the very conservatives who made this arrest and made up
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charges. and usually also... the government at the moment is a reformist, so that is why i am not sure how that kind of mistake can be corrected. that is exactly the kind of thing that plays in their hands. why would the iranians authorities have thought that you were acting for the cia, and how do you manage to get released ? for the cia, and how do you manage to get released? because i had written a book on gender which is nothing to do with the middle east oi’ nothing to do with the middle east or iran, that is how they thought they thought cia and mi6 had paid me thousands of dollars so that i write a book. and the other factor was
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anyone who is arrested, theyjust accuse them of either working with the cia or mi6 because to them they are preoccupied by revolution, and therefore any freethinking or critical thinking to them and minds to spying. that's the situation in iran. you don't need to have done anything. if they decide you are a threat, then that's it. you don't have much choice. you cannot appeal to the laws because they make eve ryo ne to the laws because they make everyone who is arrested in prison, whatever charge they give, plus a security matter. and security matter is undefined. they decide what it is. what might the british government learn from your case that would help nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe to win her release? i think in my
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case because i had a canadian and irish passport the canadian government tried to get in touch with other governments who have underground relations with iran and trying to negotiate a situation with me. in my case also the fact was i was very unwell, that helped the situation because the iranians were concerned about the case of an irani and— canadian who was killed in prison in 2004, they did not want another case like that on their hands. thank you very much for talking to us this evening. our apologies, there was a high—pitched squeak interfering with the sound. and we'll find out how this story —
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and many others — are covered in sunday mornings front pages. at 10:20 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are kevin schofield, editor of politicshome and benedicte paviot, uk correspondent at the french broadcaster, france 24. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has been ordered to stand trial in a criminal court. laura plummer, who is 33 and from hull, was detained in the red sea resort of hurghada last month. police claim she was carrying nearly 300 tablets of the painkiller, tramadol. the drug is illegal in egypt but available on prescription in the uk. let's talk to our correspondent orla guerin is following the case. she's in hurghada in egypt for us now. tell us about the background to this case. laura plummer's family say that she lives for holidays in the
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sun, she has been coming here since 2014, several times a year. this trip last month was supposed to be a relaxing break by the beach like any other. instead, when she arrived at the airport she was detained. police say she had 300 tramadol tablets with her. they are legal in the uk with her. they are legal in the uk with a prescription. and different story here in egypt. they are banned. they are widely abused. in fa ct banned. they are widely abused. in fact it is this drug of choice for most addicts in egypt where it is used as a heroin substitute. police investigating the case have stressed the problem is the quantity she was carrying. she says she did not know that the drug was illegal here. she says she made no attempt to hide it, it was plainly visible at the top of her suitcase. she says a colleague gave her the tramadol because they said it would be good for her boyfriend, he apparently has back
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problems. she said she was bringing it here innocently, she did not know that it was banned and only discovered she was in trouble when she was stopped at the airport. her legal team today have been guardedly optimistic that she might even get bail today, instead of which things have moved in a different direction and her case has been referred to a criminal court for trial. pre—trial detention in egypt can be a long business, defendants can be captain custody for up to two years before their case comes to trial. what help is the british government likely to be able to give? so far the foreign & commonwealth office have simply said they are assisting the family ofa said they are assisting the family of a british national who has been detained here in egypt. they tend to be tight—lipped in these cases. we have been speaking to laura plummer's legal team today. there was a sense that this morning there
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was a sense that this morning there was optimism, perhaps even an expectation that she might be freed on bail. her mother had travelled here from the uk. we saw in the court building hoping to see her daughter. she told me the last time she had seen her during a visit a few days ago that she was in very bad shape. the custody hearing we had been expecting not take place. we are not sure why. news emerged later that that the prosecutor based in cairo had referred this case for a criminal trial. it was always a possibility after laura plummer was charged with drug smuggling. it is a very serious offence here as it is in many countries, and under egyptian law it can be punishable by death sentence or a lengthy term in jail. her legal team will have to change gear and start building up to defend her in a criminal case in this court. no hearings have been
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set, no dates, and we expect this process could drag on, certainly for months if not perhaps for a year or two. earlier we spoke to laura plummer's mp, labour's karl turner. he says he is disappointed with the latest developments in the case. we are hopeful new information has come to light, her partner has admitted he has got these problems with his back, he has come in with medical evidence to confirm that and i think that will go some way to show that laura's version of events are absolutely right. she is 33 years old, she is a shop worker in hull, she likes to watch her favourite tv soaps in the evening. she is a woman of good character, no previous convictions and from a decent, hard—working family and they are completely shocked and terrified by what is unfolding
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in front of them. she has done something very silly by taking drugs to hurghada. clearly she was doing someone a favour in trying to relieve the back pain of her partner, but it is a criminal offence, tramadol is banned in egypt, it's a class c controlled drug in this country which means it must be prescribed by a gp. the egyptian authorities take this very seriously indeed. we have to be respectful to their laws and customs. but we hope the court listen very carefully to the version of events which laura has said from the outset it was innocent in that she was just trying to help somebody. that has now been confirmed by her partner who says he has got a back problem and he can prove that. members of lewis hamilton's formula
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one team have been robbed at gunpoint in brazil. a minibus carrying the mercedes technical staff was stopped as they left the interlagos circuit in sao paulo. a spokesperson for the team says valuables were ta ken but no one was injured. hamilton tweeted about the incident, saying formula 1 needed to do more to keep teams safe. bbc radio five live commentator jack nicholls told me formula 1 could only do so much to help, because of the sheer number of staff working in the city. it is a particular set of traffic lights on the way out of the circuit where this kind of thing is prevalent. the problem last night was that the teams were leaving after dark. brazilian authorities have put in a lot of police for this year, but when the teams are leaving, eight or nine o'clock at night, that is when things can get more sketchy. we heard the stories in the build—up to the olympics last year about security concerns, and it is sort of the nature there are ten teams in sao paulo, about 300 journalists, so overall you're looking at 500—600
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people that make up the formula 1 paddock that travel around the world. naturally they will all stay in different places around the city. formula 1 and the circuit can do all they can in the perimeter of the actual venue, but if you have teams staying ten miles in that direction or in that direction, there is only a certain amount of formula 1 can do. short of not going to brazil anymore. the headlines on bbc news: the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he will speak to the foreign secretary tomorrow. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has been referred to a criminal court for trial. lewis hamilton calls on formula 1 to improve security after some of his team—mates were robbed at gunpoint in brazil. donald trump has said
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the russian president, vladimir putin, feels "insulted" by allegations that moscow interfered in last year's us election. speaking after a brief meeting with mr putin at a summit in vietnam, mr trump said he believed his denials, before warning that the allegation was costing lives in syria because it was getting in the way of his relationship with moscow. our correspondent aleem maqbool has been travelling with mr trump. they appear to have been careful not to be seen together too much in front of the eyes of the us media, but donald trump says he and vladimir putin did have two or three short conversations here. when asked if he'd raise the issue of russian interference in the us elections, mr trump said he had. mr trump said he also felt the story that russia tried to interfere in the election in his favour was concocted by
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the democratic party. as it happens, that was almost the same line mr putin told reporters as he left the summit. but if either of them think they will lay to rest the matter, they are mistaken. the usjustice department is investigating claims russia did meddle, as well as alleged collusion between moscow and mr trump's team. several key former aides have been named in connection with the enquiry, donald trump's former campaign manager paul manafort, is currently under house arrest because of information discovered during the investigation. donald trump says this focus on russian interference in the us election is costing lives in conflicts like syria. because it is getting in the way of his relationship with vladimir putin, and so his ability to resolve such issues. that will not stop investigators in the states determining exactly what did happen with moscow, the trump campaign and the election of 2016.
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11 countries from across the pacific region have agreed to press ahead with a major free trade agreement despite the deal being ditched by the united states. during a tour of asia this week, president trump said he was putting "america first" and accused asian countries of trade abuses. jonathan head reports. apec has always been a celebration of this region's prosperity. leaders representing more than half the global economy talking about how they can do even better. but this year, there was a spoiler. president trump came with a different message — that the us no longer wants to lead on free trade. in fact, he wants to withdraw from regional efforts which he says are unfair to america. we are not going to let the united states be taken advantage of any more. that hasn't stopped the 11 remaining countries in the trans—pacific partnership, the trade pact
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president trump pulled out of earlier this year. they vowed to push ahead without the united states. the member governments say they'll continue to pursue trade liberalisation, but without the americans, the largest economy in apec and always its driving force, there have to be doubts about how far free trade can progress in this region. but there are even bigger doubts over president trump's new strategy of only negotiating with individual countries. he may get slightly better deals. china is already making some concessions. but the us is losing its place as the most influential power in the region. police are searching for a man who was driving a stolen car which crashed into another vehicle killing its 70—year—old driver. they're appealing for help in finding the driver of a black mercedes car involved in the crash
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at horsham in west sussex. simonjones is there. the woman who was killed was driving her ford fiesta along this stretch of road when she was hit by the stolen car. she was declared dead at the scene. also in the car was a passenger, a friend of hers, also a woman in her 70s. she suffered only minor injuries. the driver of the stolen car fled. police believe he tried to flag down a passing motorist. there was a huge search for the driver, involving a police helicopter and sniffer dogs, but he could not be found. the police first begin a winner of the stolen became aware of the stolen mercedes 11 minutes before the crash, along with another mercedes that had been stolen from a burglary. officers tried to stop both cars, but neither stopped. the driver of the second car ended up ploughing into a hedge, an 18—year—old has been arrested on
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suspicion of burglary. officers described what happened here is a tragedy, and they are appealing for witnesses. britain is the most obese country in western europe. that's the claim from the organisation for economic co—operation and development. its annual report says 27% of the british population is officially obese, and that levels are rising faster than in any other developed nation. the american goalkeeper, hope solo, has accused former, fifa president sepp blatter, of sexual harassment. the world cup winner said mr blatter groped her moments before they went on stage at the ballon d'or event in 2013. a spokesman for mr blatter has described the accusation as "absurd". the bbc understands that the labour mp, kerry mccarthy, will submit letters to party officials on monday which she says show she received "unwa nted attention" from her fellow labour mp, kelvin hopkins. mr hopkins is currently suspended from the party, following accusations of inappropriate behaviour, which he denies.
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here's our political correspondent, iain watson. kerry mccarthy says she is speaking out to support the young labour activist ava etemadzadeh, who alleged hopkins had rubbed against her inappropriately after a meeting at essex university four years ago. kelvin hopkins is currently suspended by the labour party while those allegations, which he denies, are investigated. kerry mccarthy is not making a new formal complaint. instead, she is submitting information to the inquiry which she believes could be helpful to ava etemadzadeh. she says she first suffered unwanted attention from mr hopkins in 1994, and more recently, she received a letter in which he described as a very attractive woman and confided he had a dream about her. she is submitting this letter to the labour enquiry on monday. in a statement, kelvin hopkins describes kerry mccarthy as a long—term friend and says he is disappointed she appears to have gone to the press rather than telling him that she was unhappy.
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millions of people have observed two minutes silence for armistice day — marking the moment in 1918 when the fighting came to an end in the first world war. ceremonies have taken place across the uk, including at the national memorial arboretum in staffordshire, and at the cenotaph on whitehall in london, from where our correspondent adina campbell reports. preparing for remembrance, to the sound of pipes, veterans from the second world war and those from susequent wars were on parade in whitehall. in the drizzle before them, the cenotaph, britain's starc memorial to its war dead, keeping faith with countless lives lost in conflict. at 11am, big ben, silent for months because of repair work, marked the hour. bell chimes.
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today's events are notjust about those who lost their lives in world war i and world war ii. the cenotaph also stands as a reminder of those servicemen and servicewomen caught up in other conflicts. i thought it was really emotional because so many people died, so i think it's a really good way to pay respects. i think it makes your memories more real. there is the opportunity to really reflect on what was given during those times. today's services have been a chance for many people to remember those who fought, and what they fought for. the owner of a small zoo near aberystwyth have said he is truly devastated after an escaped lynx was shot dead
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yesterday. the animal disappeared at the end of last month, prompting a huge search. the local council says that despite "exhaustive efforts" to recapture her, she'd become a risk to the public, as bernard wilson reports. the eurasian lynx, named lilith, is thought to have leapt over an electric fence at borth wild animal kingdom. zoo staff began a hunt for her along with police and officials from ceredigion council. there were a number of sightings, and at one point it was thought she was hiding in bushes near the zoo, but she evaded capture. last night the council released a statement, saying the lynx had strayed into a populated area and it had been necessary to act decisively. it added the animal had been destroyed humanely and the safety of the public was paramount. the zoo has been closed since the animal's escape. speaking to the bbc, borth animal kingdom owner dean tweedy said that he took full responsibility.
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we are absolutely devastated. i'm both physically and emotionally broken. we have been up for the last three weeks day and night following her movements. putting out traps and cameras and things like that so that we can follow her. and we thought we were closing in on her. but i don't know. we know she had some success hunting birds, the odd rabbit and things like that. she was becoming a little bit more self—sufficient, i think. less likely to go into one of our traps. but we are all deeply, deeply saddened by what happened. i would have loved to have seen her shot with a dart, but apparently that was not an option. we're told that the terrain was not suitable. there was also issues with licenses for dart
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guns and things like that. absolutely heartbroken. we are absolutely responsible. we only took over six months ago, and the zoo was in a real state of disrepair. we've been working all summer long building new enclosures for animals, we've built new enclosures for several species here, and ironically the next project on the list was building a new lynx enclosure. because there were too many in that small enclosure. that's probably the reason why she escaped, because they were fighting and things like that. but she could have been just chasing a bird. it's hard to say. lets get the weather with louise.
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let's get the weather with louise. once the rain clears it will turn cold, let's look at it, down to the south—west, that will be a feature of the night but behind it will have a scattering of showers, some wintry on higher ground in scotland and the


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