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as the government faces more criticism over its handling of her case. more criticism nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been imprisoned for 18 months on charges of spying. imprisoned for 18 months today, a second cabinet minister was accused of failing to be clear that she was in iran on holiday. what was she doing when she went to iran? i don't know. when she went to iran? one of the thing i want to stress is that... you don't know? ..there is no reason why nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe should be in prison in iran, so far as any of us know. there's now fresh concern for mrs ratcliffe after her husband said she'd found lumps in her breasts. also tonight... in her breasts. last post plays in her breasts. the prince of wales leads tributes to the fallen, as this year the queen watches the ceremony from a nearby balcony. a bbc investigation into the abuse of student loans in one of the biggest private colleges in england. and agony for northern ireland, colleges in england. as they fail to qualify for next year's world cup finals.
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good evening. the government was accused today of worsening the predicament of a british woman imprisoned in iran after the environment secretary, michael gove, said he did not know what she had been doing in the country. said he did not know what the foreign secretary had earlier been accused of fuelling iranian suspicions by failing to make clear that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe had been in iran on holiday. that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe she's facing charges of espionage. that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe tonight, herfamily have revealed that she has sought urgent medical attention after finding lumps in her breasts. our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports. jailed in iran, separated from herfamily, who tonight say there's fresh concern over nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe‘s
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physical and mental health. over nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe‘s she is 19 months into a five—year sentence for allegedly trying to bring down the iranian government. but her husband has always maintained she'd been on holiday. now another british minister is facing accusations of a blunder after appearing to cast doubt is facing accusations of a blunder on what the mother of one had been up to. what was she doing when she went to iran? 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. should be in prison in iran, although insisting he supported the family's version of events, his initial reply had contradicted what the foreign secretary said earlier this week. what the foreign secretary the uk government has no doubt that she was on holiday in iran when she was arrested last year that she was on holiday in iran and that was the sole purpose of her visit. it was a statement borisjohnson had been forced to make to clarify his previous comments
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had been forced to make that mrs zaghari—ratcliffe had been teaching journalists in iran, remarks that caused concern her sentence might be extended. today, michael gove attempted to shift the attention. if the iranian judiciary want to use the words of a democrat in order to justify an unjustifiable decision, then it's our responsibility to call them out — let's not play their game. in a statement a night, richard ratcliffe said his wife was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and that yesterday she'd seen a doctor after finding lumps in her breasts. they advised, given her stress levels, her situation should be kept under close surveillance. mr ratcliffe and the foreign secretary spoke for the first time today. and the foreign secretary they've agreed to meet within a couple of weeks. but the family's local mp is calling for resignations. it is the job of the british government to protect british citizens. british government if they make matters worse for my constituent, they need to realise
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that they are unfit for office and michael gove and borisjohnson, who are meant to be the leading lights in the government, have got to resign. the foreign secretary is due to go to iran before the end of the year, and he's under enormous pressure to secure a positive outcome. but with a complicated political situation in the country, it's by no means guaranteed. situation in the country, tonight, mr ratcliffe said the foreign secretary will play a crucial role in bringing his wife home and that resignations are not the answer. eleanor is here now. are not the answer. how are not the answer. difficult has this case proves to how difficult has this case proves to be for the government and the prime minister? well, the prime minister will stop the week under growing pressure to get a grip on her cabinet. remember, this is after a tough week in which she lost a cabinet minister, a second resignation in seven days, and one
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of her closest cabinet allies is under investigation over sexual harassment allegations, and all this while the government is embroiled in brexit negotiations. actually, i think it is brexit where things will get difficult for theresa may this week, with mps scrutinising the d raft week, with mps scrutinising the draft legislation that will bring eu law into uk law, to stop the uk falling into a legal limbo the day after we leave the eu. now, downing street is clear on this, that the prime minister is in listening mode, but there will be some very difficult parliamentary battles over some of the more controversial elements of the bill. so theresa may focuses on getting a grip on her cabinet, bringing them into line, focusing on getting the brexit bill through the commons, she certainly would want any other distractions. eleanor garnier, thank you. ceremonies have taken place across the country on this remembrance sunday, with the traditional two—minute silence observed at 11 o'clock this morning. veterans, politicians and members of the royal family attended a service at the cenotaph in central london, where this year prince charles led the tributes.
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he laid a wreath on behalf of the queen, as she watched from a nearby balcony. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. parade, shun! nicholas witchell reports. it is, there is little doubt, the way things will increasingly be. for the first time in her reign, the way things will increasingly be. the queen took her place on the balcony overlooking the cenotaph. still presiding as head of state, balcony overlooking the cenotaph. but in a way which recognises her advancing years. beside her on the balcony was 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 to their positions at the cenotaph, and the start of the national two—minute silence. big ben chimes two—minute silence. bugles play last post
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in whitehall, after the sounding of the last post, the prince of wales laid the queen's wreath on behalf of the united kingdom and the commonwealth in memory of all those who lost their lives in the world wars and other more recent conflicts. and then, on a morning which had been damp and cold, the veterans who had been waiting in their columns began their tribute, marching past the cenotaph to lay their wreaths. very few of those on parade now have memories of the second world war. that generation has passed the obligation to remember to its successors — the obligation to remember to men like bill speakman, who won the victoria cross in korea,
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and johnson beharry, awarded the vc in iraq. and to the many thousands of other servicemen and women who today remembered those who never came home from war. nicholas witchell, bbc news. who never came home from war. a remembrance sunday wreath—laying ceremony in omagh had to be postponed after the discovery of a pipe bomb. the police service of northern ireland described it as a small but potentially dangerous device ireland described it as a small and said it was following a "strong line of inquiry" that dissident republicans were responsible. the wreath—laying will now take place later this week. a former commissioner of the metropolitan police has said he was briefed nearly ten years ago about claims that pornography was found on a computer in the parliamentary office of damian green. in the parliamentary office sir paul stephenson says he regarded it as irrelevant to an inquiry being conducted at the time into suspected leaks. he says the material wasn't criminal and it wasn't his officers' job to police the workplace. and it wasn't his officers' job mr green, now theresa may's
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closest cabinet colleague, says he's the victim of smears. closest cabinet colleague, an inquiry into his conduct could report back next week. president trump has resumed his war of words with north korea over its nuclear weapons programme, his war of words with north korea attacking its leader, kim jong—un, on twitter. the president is on a tour of east asia, as the us continues a military build—up in the region. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes reports from on board the uss ronald reagan in the sea ofjapan. sailing together off the coast of korea today, three american supercarriers. the coast of korea today, swooping low over them, a pair of b—i bombers. on the right is the theodore roosevelt. on the left, the nimitz. theodore roosevelt. and leading them, the ronald reagan. theodore roosevelt. on board, these ships carry more than 200 combat aircraft. the launches and recoveries continue around the clock. we can sustain 24—hour operations for an extended period of time. however, with more than one carrier,
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that length of time goes out indefinitely, quite frankly, when we get to three. in other words, there is enough combat power here off the coast of korea to go to war. combat power here the last time anything like this was seen in the western pacific was ten years ago. was seen in the western pacific here off the korean peninsula, no—one can really remember. this is a raw expression of america's military muscle, and for president trump, it is a message being sent to pyongyang that if it doesn't come to the negotiating table, this is potentially what it faces. come to the negotiating table, but as so often with president trump, the message can very suddenly change, and it did today in vietnam. taking to twitter, the us president sounded hurt, after pyongyang called him "an ageing lunatic". "why would kim jong—un insult me by calling me old," he wrote, "when i would never call him short and fat?" "oh, well, i try so hard to be his friend —
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and maybe someday that will happen!" to be his friend — in hanoi he was asked, to be his friend — did he really mean he now wants to be friends? i think anything's possibility. wants to be friends? strange things happen in life — that might be a strange thing to happen, but it's certainly a possibility. back on board the ronald reagan, they're practising night landings. this is flying at its very hardest. they're practising night landings. there is no doubting the skills of these pilots, but there are many doubts about the strategy their commander—in—chief is using with north korea. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, on board the uss ronald reagan, the sea of japan. a bbc panorama investigation has uncovered evidence of abuse of the government's student—loan system in one of the biggest private colleges in england. each year, around £66 million in taxpayer—backed maintenance and tuition fee loans goes through greenwich school of management.
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goes through its degrees are awarded by the university of plymouth. here's our education editor, branwen jeffreys. the glossy ad for a private college with big ambitions. university degrees backed by taxpayers. we've uncovered how vulnerable it is to fraudsters. greenwich school of management, known as gsm london, one of the largest private colleges offering degrees. tuition fees and living costs pa id for by taxpayer—backed student loans. costs pa id for our investigations here began after i was approached by whistle—blowers concerned about a dodgy agent. freelance agents recruit around a quarter of the students for the college. around a quarter of so bbc panorama sent in undercover reporters to look for the main agent, charles logan, and sign up. they found him busy
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at work in the college. our undercover shows him one btec, enough to get a place. within minutes, logan is helping him apply for a degree in business management. is helping him apply for a degree then our student says he's working full—time. will this interfere with my work? he's working full—time. but that's not a problem. he's working full—time. the course began, but our undercover barely turned up. he was paid some of his student loan for living costs. the local college received the first part of the tuition fees. our undercover was given coursework,
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degree level assignments he couldn't manage. degree level assignments so back to charles logan, who said he knew someone who could help. our undercover paid for all his work to be done for him. gsm passed him on his first term with good grades, signed off by plymouth university. term with good grades, gsm london told us... if the allegations are true, logan's actions are totally unacceptable. gsm london has suspended its contract with him and is conducting an urgent investigation involving external experts. an urgent investigation plymouth university said it was launching its own full and independent investigation. it was launching its own full it says it has long—standing and robust academic regulations and processes to prevent academic
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dishonesty and ensure the quality of its degrees. dishonesty and ensure this isn't just about what we've uncovered here. the government wants many more private colleges offering degrees. but our investigations suggest there is a serious risk of fraud, of taxpayers' money being wasted. there is a serious risk of fraud, the national audit office warned mps recently the government has yet to show it's got a firm grip on the problems. it's a real kick in the teeth for those students who actually done the work, turned up to lectures and produced their own essays. they thought they were getting a degree that meant something. this scandal will be undermining the quality and confidence in that degree, and they've been sorely let down. he has acted fraudulently, either for profit or to assist students in fraudulently claiming student finance. the government says it's clamped down on abuses of the system,
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and a smaller share of student loans is being wrongly claimed. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. is being wrongly claimed. you can see more on this story on panorama: student loan scandal on bbc one tomorrow night at 7:30. on panorama: student loan scandal in syria, an aid convoy has reached a rebel—held area on the edge of damascus that is said to be facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation. the convoy is the first to arrive in eastern ghouta for three months and delivered food and medicine for 20,000 people. 400,000 people have been living under siege from government forces for four years. officials forfour years. in officials forfouryears. in iran officials forfour years. in iran said that 30 people officials in iran said that 30 people have been killed and 200 injured following an earthquake. the 7.3 magnitude quake struck close to the border with iraq. the spanish prime minister,
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mariano rajoy, has been campaigning in catalonia, ahead of next month'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. in the wake of their controversial mr rajoy called on supporters to ensure a large turnout for next month's vote. to ensure a large turnout james reynolds reports. to ensure a large turnout mariano rajoy came to visit the region he now runs. this was his first trip to catalonia the region he now runs. since he deposed the local separatist administration. "your first visit for a while?" i asked him. como esta? i asked him. "good," he said. i asked him. this was a busy campaign stop ahead of next month's regional elections. translation: 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. this if the silent majority for a short while at least, the man who ultimately rules catalonia
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is now here in catalonia. who ultimately rules catalonia mariano rajoy wants to use this, his visit, to strengthen the pro—spain camp. his visit, and this is what he is up against. his visit, chanting his visit, on saturday, tens of thousands of pro—independence campaigners took to the streets. of pro—independence campaigners we are people who believe in peace, we are people who believe in freedom, we are people who believe in the republic. and we will keep going on and on and on till we reach our success. the two halves of catalonia, pro—independence and pro—spain, now begin a five—week campaign for their future. james reynolds, bbc news, barcelona. for their future. with all the sport, here's karthi at the bbc sport centre. hello, at the bbc sport centre. mishal, thank you very mi the northern ireland manager, michael o'neill, says his team
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are heartbroken after missing out on reaching theirfirst world cup finals since 1986. on reaching theirfirst they lost out to switzerland in their play—off after a goalless draw today and a controversial penalty in the first leg. the bbc‘s sports editor, dan roan, reports from basel. they dan roan, reports from basel. had come to basel: believing, they had come to basel still believing, beating the footballing oddsis believing, beating the footballing odds is no longer unusualfor northern ireland, and if the team could match the trademark passion of its fans, a second successive major tournament might yet be reached. the visitors knew what had to be done — channel the injustice of a scandalous penalty decision in the first leg and overcome a team at a ground that has become their fortress. northern ireland started with an ambition that proved beyond them in belfast, chris brunt going close, but their desperation to scroll left them vulnerable. michael mcgovern twice kept the swiss at bay. a dreadful pitch after a day of heavy rain led to an open game that
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somehow remained goalless. northern ireland's rise through the world rankings is testament to their organisation, and this was no exception, washington almost breaking the deadlock, the swiss continuing to miss as the tension built. northern ireland knew they needed a goal to take it to extra time, and with just needed a goal to take it to extra time, and withjust moments remaining, jonny evans thought he had done it. the defender cruelly denied. a heartbreaking end to what could be manager michael o'neill‘s last game in charge, switzerland handed the fright of their lives by a team that had given everything. tonight's heroic performance here by northern ireland to provide a qualifying campaign that once again exceeded all expectations. but they will now look back at that controversial penalty decision in the first leg, the cost of which will be felt for many years to come. dan roan, bbc news, in basel. england will face papua new guinea in the quarterfinals of rugby league's world cup after beating france by 36—6. and although ireland beat wales, after beating france by 36—6. both sides have failed to progress to the last eight. john watson reports.
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to progress to the last eight. shoulder to progress to the last eight. to shoulder, their res english shoulder to shoulder, their rest english world cup hopes, rugby league's elite, broad enough to carry the burden. fast hands, fast start, gareth widdop touching down inside a few minutes. three tries in quick succession, the game was all but over, james graham going through the gears and the french defence. a first half packed with pace and precision, england would lose their way in the second, jermaine mcg illva ry way in the second, jermaine mcgillvary didn't, finding the line, as he often does, small in stature but a giant on the wing for huddersfield, nine tries in nine matches, three now stand between england and world cup glory — papua new guinea next. ireland and wales we re new guinea next. ireland and wales were both eliminated ahead of their meeting, the irish finishing with a flourish, this one of six tries, time to take the weight of all the quarterfinalists, but the wait
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success continues. england frustrated australia to draw their test match, a result that keeps the ashes series alive. to draw their test match, a result the england captain, heather knight, hit 79 as they reached 206—2 to force the draw. australia have a 6—4 lead. to force the draw. england now need to win all three twenty20 matches to re—gain the ashes trophy. all three twenty20 matches and formula one's newly crowned world champion, lewis hamilton, finished in fourth place at the brazilian grand prix which was won by sebastian vettel. at the brazilian grand prix mishal. at the brazilian grand prix a at the brazilian grand prix first look at the papers i up a first look at the papers is coming up on the bbc news channel, but on bbc one time for the news wherever you are. hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. jupiter and venus, the two brightest planets, will be visible to the naked eye just before dawn tomorrow. the planets will appear about an hour before sunrise just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. and if you have a telescope, you'll also be able to see jupiter's four moons. earlier i spoke to professorjohn
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zarnecki, president of the royal astronomical society, who told us more. that is a good way of describing it. these are two objects quite a long way apart, about 700 million kilometres apart in space, but it's one of these cosmic coincidences as they do their dance around the sun, every now and again, they appear almost coincident, and this is one of those occasions. how often does this alignment happen? i looked it up. every few years. there was one a couple of years ago, and then the previous one was 15 or 20 years before. sometimes it's a bit too close to the sun, so we can't see it. but what's good about this time is that the weather forecast for much of the uk is quite good, because normally these things are clouded out, but it's looking good for tomorrow morning. what will people need to look for?
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i am setting my alarm clock about six o'clock. jupiter and venus rise just a few minutes before six, but that will be right on the horizon, and they will slowly come up so that by about 6:30am, 10 degrees above the horizon. it will be obvious what you're for even with the naked eye? you have to have a good view towards the east, south east, so no buildings or trees in the way, and then we need the weather to behave for us, and then there will be this bright thing just a few degrees above the horizon. but it is worth having a telescope if you have got it? or even good binoculars, and what you might see are the galilean
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moons, the natural satellites of jupiter, first seen by galileo, and they will be little dots of light, two on one side and two on the other side ofjupiter, and i think it is lovely to see those. you have to be prepared to keep odd hours, don't you? you do, and it will be cold, so wrap up well. if you do use binoculars or a small telescope, remember the sun will be coming up just after seven, so you don't want to even just by chance get anywhere close to looking at the sun with binoculars, because it can cause partial blindness. there is the warning. professorjohn zarnecki from the royal astronomical society. now for the weather. for most of us, sunday was a pretty glorious day, but it was cold. windy as well, particularly down the east
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coast, plenty of showers here, too, some continuing through the night. they become more confined to the north sea coast of england, elsewhere turning drier and colder than previous nights. a widespread frost developing in several places, you can see the blue colours there. something a little less cold pushing into the north—west by the end of the night as a weather system pushes in, bringing increasing cloud and outbreaks of rain. so we start monday morning cold and frosty, you can still see the blue hue, so some places around freezing or below. we will continue to still see scattered showers and blustery conditions across the eastern coast, particularly from lincolnshire down towards east anglia. the odd heavier one, too. for much of northern england, also a cold start, but increasing wind and cloud across the west of scotland, outbreaks of rain pushing into the western isles. this weather will continue eastwards through the course of the day, bringing rain and hillsnow, even snow down to lower levels across central and eastern scotland before it all turns back to rain as the milder air moves in.
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for northern ireland, turning cloudy with outbreaks of rain, elsewhere a fine day, but the sunshine gradually turning hazier, and it will be another cold one. then through monday night, this weather system continues to advance eastwards, bringing stronger winds. also milder air, we lose the cold air as that weather system moves in, we're all into the yellow and orange colours. most of the country, i say. the far north of scotland continues to wax and wane in that cooler airstream. tuesday is cloudier, outbreaks of rain, particularly across the western hills, look at those double figure values, 10—12 degrees. wednesday also rather cloudy, the best of the sunshine across northern parts of the uk, thursday looking like the mildest day across the whole of the uk, so quite a mixture this week. we're starting off cold and frosty with some sunshine, milder and cloudy for a time with outbreaks of rain, and then signs of it turning colder by the end of the week.
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