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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:00 — first secretary of state damian green insists police never told him about pornography allegedly found on his computers. he says the allegations have an ulterior motive. the bbc understands the foreign secretary has contacted the husband of a british woman who's in prison in iran. michael gove says tehran should be facing criticism over the case as he rejects calls for borisjohnson to resign. a two—minute silence has been observed at ceremonies around the country to honour the dead of two world wars and other conflicts. also in the next hour — the spanish prime minister visits catalonia for the first time since he imposed direct rule on the region. he'll be campaigning for his people's party ahead of next month's early regional elections. and a new art installation, a spoken word festival,
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and some of the world's finest ballet dancers. we go to hull, in britain's city of culture, at 2:30. good afternoon. theresa may's closest ally in the cabinet, damian green, has insisted that the police never informed him of allegations that pornography had been found on a computer at his office in parliament. a former head of the metropolitan police, sir paul stephenson, has said his force was aware that material had been found in a search of the offices, back in 2008. previously, damian green had described the claims as "completely untrue". our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani's report contains some flashing images. at the heart of the government, the
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prime minister's right—hand man. but now damian green, de facto deputy prime minister, is under increasing pressure of allegations that he says are untrue and a smear. it all goes back to this 2008 raid on mr green's offers. special scotland yard detectives hunted a home office insider who was leaking documents to the then shadow front bench. they never got to the bottom of, but nine yea rs never got to the bottom of, but nine years on, claims of what they did find have surfaced. last weekend, the sunday times reported that officers had found pornographic material on one of damian green's parliamentary computers. no action was taken at the time. in a statement, mr green said the story was completely untrue... but now, the former metropolitan
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police commissioner, sir paul stephenson, seen here in 2010 with theresa may, says he was also aware of the pornography claim. he told the bbc that the find involved no analogy, no victims, and in his view, no extraordinary public interest. this morning, damian green reiterated that the police had not told him about the alleged find. he can only assume that it had now surfaced for all to their motives. this statement did not repeat last week's insistence that the claims we re week's insistence that the claims were untrue. last week, mr green gave evidence to the whitehall enquiry into the claim, which could report as early as next week. he says he has done nothing wrong, and with two cabinet resignations in a fortnight, the prime minister can ill afford to lose one of her most trusted confidants. the environment secretary, michael gove, has said he doesn't know what a british—iranian woman, jailed in iran, had been doing in the country before her arrest. he told the andrew marr show that too much focus on borisjohnson‘s comments —
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which gave the false impression that she was training journalists — was playing into the hands of the iranian authorities. 0ur political correspondent, tom barton, is here. talk us through what michael gove was saying this morning. this row started with borisjohnson hour later this month telling the foreign affa i rs later this month telling the foreign affairs committee that she had been in iran training journalists, rather than on holiday as herfamily, her employer said. as a result of those comments, pressure piled on boris johnson, and forced him to the house of commons last week to make the government's position clear. he did that, saying, the government has no doubt that she was on holiday and that was the sole purpose of her visit. here in that statement, it makes it very interesting to hear what michael gove had to say this morning. what was she doing when she went to iran?
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erm, i don't know. one of the things i want to stress is that there is no reason why nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe should be in prison in iran. so far as any of us know, no evidence has been produced which suggests she should be detained. we know that the iranian regime is capable of abusing the rights of its owi'i capable of abusing the rights of its own citizens. it appears now to be harming the human rights of somebody who's played necessarily moves us all. you say she does not know which was doing. husband is very clear that she was there on holiday with her child. in that case, i take exactly her husband's assurance. labour have been pressure is growing on mrjohnson. jeremy corbyn earlier today called for him to resign as a result of
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this row. similar comments were made today by the london mayoral, siddique khan. he has offended a number of people. i think he has got to go. here's our foreign secretary, and hisjob as diplomacy. he is meant to represent the best interest of our country, and if theresa may was a strong prime minister, she would have sacked him a long time ago. there we re sacked him a long time ago. there were questions about why she appointed him in the first place, but now surely he must have done enough to go. michael gove defended borisjohnson in that interview today, saying that the focus of criticism today should not be on a british democratic politician, but instead on the regime in iran, which is holding her. we make a big mistake if we think that the right thing to do is to blame politicians
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ina thing to do is to blame politicians in a democracy who are trying to do the right thing for the plight of a woman who is being imprisoned by a regime that is a serial abuser of human rights. who is in the dock here are's iran. it should be the actions of the judiciary. this controversy has been continuing for the last few days, but anyway, the culmination of a very difficult ten days for the prime minister.m culmination of a very difficult ten days for the prime minister. it has been an extremely turbulent period for the prime minister, losing two cabinet ministers, michael fallon and priti patel. there is also the developing row around damian green, who is of course her closest ally in the cabinet, the first secretary of state, essentially her deputy prime minister. pressure building berra, and then this row around boris johnson and today's intervention from michael gove as well. a very difficult period for theresa may,
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and as we head into this week where the government is facing the scrutiny of the eu withdrawal bill, she is good to be hoping that she can stabilise things as brexit comes back from town centre on the political agenda. tom, thank you. vetera ns, political agenda. tom, thank you. veterans, politicians and memos of the royal family have taken part in remembrance sunday services, commemorating those who've lost their lives in conflict. a two minute silence was held across the country at 11 o'clock. prince charles led tributes by laying a wreath at the cenotaph — with the queen watching on from a nearby balcony. it is, there is little doubt, the weightings will increasingly be. for first time in her reign, the queen
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took place on a balcony overlooking the cenotaph. beside her on the balcony, her husband, the duke of edinburgh. below, on whitehall, the prince of wales led other senior members of the royal family to their positions at the cenotaph in readiness for 11 o'clock, and the start of the national 2— minute silence. big ben chimes in whitehall, after the sounding of
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the last post, the prince of wales laid the green's wreath in memory of all those who lost their lives in the world wars and other more recent conflicts. —— laid the queen's wreath. and then, the veterans who had been waiting began their tribute, marching across the cenotaph to lay their wreaths. very few of those on parade now have memories of the second world war, for that generation has passed the obligation to remember to its successors, two men who rassam ali medals in iraq. and many other service men and women, who are today remembering those who never came home from war. and we can speak to our correspondent sarah campbell, who's at the cenotaph. whitehall starting to get back to
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normal now after this morning's events. you can see lots of people looking at the wreaths that have been laid during the ceremony. at its height, the crowds were ten deep, a lot of people came tojoin and take part in the act of remembrance. lots of veterans here as well, around 8800 taken part in the march down here, all with their own personal thoughts during the act of remembrance. i have a member of the serving personnel here with me. this is something your family have had a connection with for over 100 yea rs. had a connection with for over 100 years. it is actually 115 years continuous service between my grandfather, uncle, my dad and myself who have all obtained the rank of regimental sergeant major. a
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very proud achievement for my family, delighted to be here today. tell me about what it has been like you're being at the cenotaph on remembrance sunday, to see all the members of the public that have come asked to share in this act of remembrance, all the sacrifices that have been made. this is my first time in being here, so great to see the support the public give to the armed forces. it has been an absolutely tremendous honour, and i cannot thank the public enough. for a soldier to go on operations, to know that he has got the full backing and support of people back home, families, friends and the general public, it has been editor mendis honour to be here and see this and to feel it first half. —— a tremendous honour. and the things that must come to your mind at the silence. you have been an operational tour, severely injured in iraq in 2004, so i wonder what goes through your mind when the
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silence begins at 11 o'clock.|j always think of a young soldier who tragically lost his life on that day, august 12 2004. i also think of all the soldiers who were there that day, some of them still suffering now with the mental aspect of what we have seen and experienced on that particular tour. i also think of all the families who have lost loved ones, so it is a crying shame for these families. we must never forget all the veterans, think about them and their service, but they have given, the best parts of their lives to queen and country. so it is a deep honour to be stood there and have this two—minute silence to myself each year. and you have got a personal connection with veterans from the iraq war, 2004 when you we re from the iraq war, 2004 when you were there, but also you took part ina bike were there, but also you took part in a bike rides to commemorate the battle of passchendaele, a 700 mile
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bike ride. so veterans from recent conflicts but also from a 100 years ago. that's correct, it wasjust conflicts but also from a 100 years ago. that's correct, it was just to follow the route that the 6th battalion took. passchendaele had a lot of scottish servicemen who lost their lives over there. the black watch formed up in crieff, and they marched down to the battlefield itself. so a group of us, 17 of us from the city of edinburgh university training corps and other groups jumped on university training corps and other groupsjumped on our bicycles and cycled the route that the two each day reading a snippet of their war diary on what they were doing that day 100 years ago. kevin stacey, thank you very much for talking to us thank you very much for talking to us today. lots of stories we have heard today, lots of acts of the members and not just heard today, lots of acts of the members and notjust here in london,
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services taking place at all memorials across the united kingdom today. back to you. coalition forces in afghanistan have also been paying their respects on remembrance sunday. british troops joined with forces from other countries, including new zealand and australia, for a service this morning. the headlines on bbc news at 2:15 — first secretary of state damian green insists police never told him about pornography allegedly found on his computers. he says the allegations have an ulterior motive. the bbc understands the foreign secretary has contacted the husband of a british woman who's in prison in iran michael gove says michael gove says tehran should be facing criticism over the case as he rejects calls for borisjohnson to resign. a two—minute silence has been
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observed at ceremonies around the country to honour the dead of two world wars and other conflicts the spanish prime minister mariano rajoy is campaigning in catalonia, ahead of december‘s regional elections. it's the first time he's visited the region since he sacked the catalan government in the wake of their controversial declaration of independence. he called on supporters to ensure a massive turnout for next month's vote. translation: we want the december 21st election to have a massive turnout, so a new political stage can be set in motion, bringing peace, normality and coexistence. we want to bring back the catalonia that belongs to everyone, with democracy and freedom. we will achieve this if the silent majority turns out to voice their vote.
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president trump and the north korean leader have resumed their war of words over pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. in response to being called a "dotard" by north korea's foreign ministry, mr trump has tweeted, wondering why kim jong—un would insult him by calling him "old". the us president added that he would never call the north korean leader "short and fat". the fresh exchange came as the president began the latest leg of his five—nation tour of asia, a tour described by kimjong—un as a warmonger‘s visit. karishma vaswani reports. foes now turned new friends. us president donald trump received the official state welcome in vietnam. the two nations were once at war, but now there's pomp and ceremony at an event to show how close they've become. president trump needs his asian partners by him on trade and denuclearising north korea. and that's what he's made this trip about. he even made an offer of friendship to north korean leader kimjong—un. i think anything's a possibility.
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strange things happen in life. that might be a strange thing to happen, but it's certainly a possibility. if that did happen, it would be a good thing for, i can tell you, for north korea, but it would also be good for lots of other places, and it would be good for the world. but even on this international trip, domestic politics have taken control of the agenda. president trump had to clarify what he meant when he said russia's president putin didn't believe he had meddled in the us election. i believe that he feels that he and russia did not meddle in the election. as to whether i believe it or not, i'm, with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership, i believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies, i've worked with them very strongly. donald trump's asian tour was supposed to be a chance for him to show off us strength in the region and build new relationships with his partners here by putting america first in matters to do with trade, as well as tackle the issue of north korea. but, instead, this trip has been
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overshadowed by the issue of whether russia meddled in the election in the united states, questions that will follow him as he makes his final stop on the last leg of his tour in manila. karishma vaswani, bbc news. a man has died after being struck by "a number of vehicles" on the m4 motorway in south wales. the m4 at bridgend was closed in both directions for more than ten hours as police investigated the incident between pencoed and sam. south wales police said the man died at the scene after the incident at about 9.00pm last night. officers are urging motorists driving on that section of m4 around the time of the incident to contact them. the open university and the institute of directors have written to the chancellor — calling for tax breaks for companies
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and employees willing to re—train to meet skills shortages. they want next week's budget to reflect a ‘cultural change in attitudes to lifelong learning'. our business correspondent, joe lynam, has the details. from artificial intelligence and robotics to driverless cars and financial advice from computers, technology is changing and the uk workforce needs to change too. that's the message from employers and educational groups, who want the chancellor, philip hammond, to provide tax incentives so that we can all learn new skills. the iod and open university have written to the chancellor, urging him to raise the personal tax allowance for employees to be spent exclusively on further education. they also want employers to get a special reduction in corporation taxes to help pay for staff to do very specific courses which would benefit the economy. technology is threatening lots of jobs. it's also going to create newjobs, so people need to be helped to improve their skills, to be able to take advantage of that technological revolution. but tax policy is skewed. it favours investment
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by business in equipment, rather than in people. so a rebalancing of tax policy, which ensures people can learn while they earn, will improve economic productivity and also improve many people's life chances. the government said its proposed industrial strategy white paper would address british workers obtaining the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workplace. a 100—year—old former soldier who fought in the second world war and survived more than two years in auschwitz is marking 35 years as a poppy seller. ron jones, from newport, says he will never retire from carrying out charity work in memory of his fallen comrades. tomos morgan reports. every year you'll find him selling poppies, as he has done for over 35 years. and even at 100 years old... in the box, love. ..ronjones is still doing his part in making sure we remember those
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that gave their lives. thank you very much. why do you still do it at 100 years old? well, i'm able. as long as i can get a lift, taking me back and forth. so you will be there next year, 101? well, i say, i don't know. i'm getting a bit shaky on my legs. as an ex—serviceman, remembrance sunday and the poppy is personalfor ron. in world war two he endured horrors that scarred him for years, after his squad was captured and they spent two years as prisoners of war near auschwitz. by far the worst experience they endured was the death march. they marched us through the carpathian mountains, czechoslovakia, bohemia, saxony, bavaria and down into austria. i was on a march for about 17 weeks. we lost, around about 100 men died.
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and when you finally came home, just describe the state and the toll that auschwitz... i was in a shocking state when i came home. for instance, my wife put me in the bath that first night and she started to cry cos i looked like somebody from belsen. isaid, "0h, don't cry, love. "i left men out there who's never going to come home". ron suffered with post—traumatic stress, flashbacks and nightmares that haunted him for years, but he overcame it all thanks in no small part to the woman he will never forget. i think my wife saved my life. i think my wife was marvellous. super woman. today, britain remembers all of those that have fought for our country over the years. ronjones will be doing the same for the friends he lost more than 70 years ago.
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football now and northern ireland are in basel for the second leg of their world cup playoff match against switzerland. they trail 1—0 after the first leg in belfast on tuesday which they lost due to a controversial penalty. 0ur sports reporter jessica creightonjoins me now from basel city centre. last chance for northern ireland to stay in the world cup. yes, exactly. the rain is coming down in basel, and thunder and lightning, but this is the last chance for northern ireland. this is one of the biggest matches in the footballing history, just 90 minutes to turn around this 1-0 just 90 minutes to turn around this 1—0 deficit. what happened in that first leg, it was because of that controversial penalty decision that
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northern ireland conceded where the ball seemed to strike a northern ireland player on the back of the shoulder. the refereejudged that ireland player on the back of the shoulder. the referee judged that to be handball despite the player's hands to be back his side. he will now miss the crucial tie after receiving a yellow card. the mood within the northern ireland can seems to be positive, they feel as though the pressure now is on the switzerland team to really come and prove they are worth and finish off this tie, considering they have this advantage. and it also means that there is less pressure on them, they say, and that northern ireland have nothing to lose. if you look at this match on paper, northern ireland are big underdogs, quite a bit bloody switzerland team in terms the world rankings, and northern ireland now are on this three match losing streak, and they have scored just one goal. in the first leg against switzerland, they didn't manage a single shot on target, so a massive task of their hands body would be
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silly to roll them out. —— rule them out. they had this incredible run at euro 2016, reaching the last 16 stage, getting themselves out of the group stages. that is truly a reflection of the remarkable rise under the last five years under the manager, michael 0'neill. they are ranked just outside the world's top 20 teams, and whilst this is a sizeable task, as the fans i have spoken to admit, and the players admit as well. that is the beauty of football sometimes, it can be unpredictable, and the size of the task is huge for them, but i think at this point, you would be a little bit silly to rule out a win for
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northern ireland tonight. thanks for that, jessica. hello. there's plenty of sunshine around for this afternoon, but it's the way the weather feels that's key for today. many that's key for today. others have sometime this afternoon, many others have sometime this afternoon, a few north sea coastal showers this afternoon. elsewhere, dropping close to freezing in town and city centres. in the countryside, even colder, so widespread frost to start of the day. tomorrow, still one or two showers. lots of sunshine for england and wales but gradually clouding over. some snow in northern ireland, scotland and parts of northern england. still uncertain how much snow we will see and for how long. but with cloud increasing
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across the uk, it will be another cold day, even though the wind isn't as strong but it picks up later again for scotland and northern ireland. but milder air again for scotland and northern ireland. but milderair coming into the uk forjuicy on wednesday, but plenty of cloud. —— choose stay and wednesday. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: first secretary of state damian green insists police never told him about pornography allegedly found on his computers. he says the allegations have an ulterior motive. the bbc understands the foreign secretary has contacted the husband of a british woman who's in prison in iran. michael gove says tehran should be facing criticism over the case as he rejects calls for borisjohnson to resign. a two minute silence has been observed at ceremonies around
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the country to honour the dead of two world wars and other conflicts. the spanish prime minister visits catalonia for the first time since he imposed direct rule on the region. he's campaigning for his people's party ahead of next month's early regional elections. now on bbc news, britain's city of culture. welcome to autumn in the awsome city of culture. summer might be over but the culture keeps coming. this is the latest, a huge new art installation. it fits in with the tunrer prize in town. but if this isn't your thing, we still have the biggest uk spoken word and poetry festival, attracting a hollywood star as well as fresh new talent.
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