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you're watching beyond 100 days on pbs. british mps travel to washington to talk to american companies about russian interference. the lawmakers are frustrated by the tech giants‘ failure to provide useful information about outside meddling in the brexit referendum. but the tech companies downplay the idea that moscow used their platforms to disrupt the brexit campaign. a senior white house official, rob porter, is sacked as staff secretary following allegations by his two former wives that he battered them. also on the programme: the us coalition kills at least 100 regime fighters, damascus calls it a war crime — the pentagon says it has the right to self—defence. a major milestone for marvel — the premiere of their first black superhero film black panther. get in touch with us using the hashtag. hello, i am katty kay in washington, christian fraser is in london.
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tech giants in the us today pushed back against the idea that their platforms were used by russia to meddle in the brexit referendum. in the first ever hearing of a parliamentary select committee outside the uk, british mps grilled the us companies about outside interference in the brexit campaign. the tech companies said they did have evidence of interference in the us 2016 presidential election but very little in the uk's referendum on europe. the chair of the the digital, culture, media and sport committee, damien collins, has struggled to get information from the companies which is why they came to washington. here's what the committee refers to as interference. would you be prepared to conduct the same analysis which he did in the united states for the uk looking at potential russian interference in about the referendum 7 we are willing to cooperate into the
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investigation into whether there was any interference in the elections in the uk. we have conducted a thorough investigation around the brexit referendum and found no evidence. we have looked at advertising with any link to russia and no evidence of our services being used to interfere with the referendum. we are happy to co—operate with any further efforts. damien collins, wrote to the companies for more information but says he has struggled to get the answers he wanted which is why they came to washington. he joined us a short time ago. it seems they are saying to you, nothing to see here. there was no russian involvement in the brexit campaign. do you believe them? i think that is not proven. facebook is still conducting the research we have asked them to do and we are waiting to see. with regard to twitter, identifying a relatively small amount of bot accounts. i think the true picture will be a greater number and academics who
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have done their own research looking at twitter data have already found far more than that number. i think it is incomplete. it is fair to say, isn't it, that facebook, youtube and twitter have downplayed the idea that russia has meddled in the idea that russia has meddled in the brexit campaign in a significant way on their platforms7 we don't know that they've looked. we don't know that they've looked. we have asked you tube whether they will provide similar evidence that they have provided to the senate to look for u—tube channels and films that may be linked to russian agencies. facebook has yet to give that information to the committee, it will be by the end of february. we have had a bit more information from twitter, we want to see if there is more that can be done there and certainly independent academic research of russian bot activity on twitter would indicate a far larger number of accounts that were problematic than twitter announced today. ul had to go all the way to
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washington to get answers and when i look at the panel, they are not the most senior executives from these companies. do you think they are treating you with disdain7 i think we have had similar problems to the us senate. we have had meetings with senator warner and other senators, we have both found it frustrating getting answers out of the tech companies. the reason we decided to come to america to take evidence was because we wanted to have global policy leads giving evidence in front of the committee rather than the uk representatives. we have had that today and i think we have had a lot of good, interesting evidence that i think it does highlight, because there is a lack of real legal liability on behalf of the companies to deal with serious social issues like this information of fake news that they are not information of fake news that they a re not invested information of fake news that they are not invested enough in it and it is telling thatjust a tiny proportion of the massive amounts of money they make from advertising do
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they reinvest in tackling this bad content. you referred to research indicating the impact was far greater. scientists in the university of california found that 115,000 tweets, sent by mostly russian bots in the last 48 hours of the referendum campaign. that would suggest you are being fobbed off today and how would you know if you weren't being. quiz—mac we had a short statement that was read out to the committee and alli that was read out to the committee and all i can say is that when you study these, it is a partial answer to the question you asked. there are plenty of other studies that have shown far wider use of russian bots and links to russian agencies. it is clearly a problem and we want to map the scale of it. this isn't just about what happened during the brexit referendum in relation to russia. to retire said today the policy is that if someone
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is using an anonymous profile, spreading lies about you, that is not a breach of their community guidelines and it is something they wouldn't tackle and i think many wouldn't tackle and i think many would say that is not acceptable. thank you forjoining us. fake news is not always fake — sometime it takes a grain of truth and it twists it. remember this? a woman in a hijab looking at her phone on westminster bridge after last years terrorist attack. the image went viral, it became an islamophobic meme. in fact, the woman had been helping the first responders and at that moment was trying to alert family, she was safe. here's another example — this time in america. last year, two russian—linked facebook pages organised opposing protests, on the same day, at the same time outside an islamic centre in houston. you have been listening to what damian collins said. my take was
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that tech companies were saying there wasn't much meddling as far as they could tell, on their platforms. that is what they were saying, that they would co—operate with any other investigations that were going to ta ke investigations that were going to take place. but i asked mps, what was the point of the hearing if that's all you was the point of the hearing if that‘s all you got— was the point of the hearing if that's all you got— these verbal reassurances. what they said was that actually, they couldn't get more than that at the moment but they could express their discontent at what was going on and potentially recommend that in the future there is something enshrined in law to say that tech companies are legally responsible for the content that is produced on their platforms. they don't have to do that now. commercial enterprises at the end of the gates are about the amount of time we spend on twitter or facebook and it wasn't just about russia. time we spend on twitter or facebook and it wasn'tjust about russia. mps we re and it wasn'tjust about russia. mps were asking questions about why, for
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example, some researchers showed that 70% of views to far right videos on youtube were actually referred by u—tube themselves on the up referred by u—tube themselves on the up next recommendation. questions like that, which all the tech companies said they were doing something about but there was nothing concrete that has come out of this enquiry. mps are saying it could lead to something in terms of the law in the future. there is quite some pushback from those on the panel today about the terran fake news. it is the favourite term of president crump but it is not particularly useful when we are talking about this today. sometimes there is an element of truth in the information. yes, it is notjust the tech companies. right now there is a second session taking place with editors and american reporters as well, looking at this topic in a slightly different way. a lot of the
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things we are talking about and things we are talking about and things like the auto complete function on google. is that fake news7 function on google. is that fake news? it is coming under the enquiry. there has been research that if you type the word due into the search engine, it can lead you toa the search engine, it can lead you to a lot of anti—semitic sites. there are questions over whether they are doing enough. but the use of fa ke they are doing enough. but the use of fake news is not really explaining what is going on here. very diverse issues going on here, not just very diverse issues going on here, notjust in the tech industry but also a traditionaljournalism. it is difficult to find the balance. i was reading today that germany have brought in some fairly draconian laws to tackle this, so if they find something that challenges
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this, it has to be pulled down within a week or there is a £50 million fine for the company. facebook only have people working within the country so rather than sift through the messages, they take them all out and that amounts to censorship and that is a problem with the balance. that is what the french are talking about doing. the czech republic is not taking the site down, relying on the mainstream media to explain this is fake news. the trouble is people watching the sites are not necessarily looking at mainstream media so they are not actually getting their message out. an aide to president trump has stepped down over that he beat his wives. what's more, senior aides to the president are said to have known for months about these allegations of domestic violence. the washington post say both of rob porter's ex wives accused him of abuse and they contacted the fbi in january 2017 with their stories. in the autumn, mr trump's chief of staffjohn kelly and others reportedly became aware of those allegations. all this time mr porter failed to get proper security
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clearance because the fbi was investigating the claims. john kelly now says he's shocked by the allegations — which is a bit odd as he has reportedly known about the claims for six months. and in a statement to the daily mail newspaper yesterday he said this: let's get reaction to that from our north america editor, jon sopel. the president has always promised us that he was going to hire the very best people to work in the white house and john kelly said that rob porter is a man of high integrity and honour. is this the type of man that is classified as the very best? i think that is classified as the very best? ithinka that is classified as the very best? i think a lot of people thought when john kelly was appointed compared to some of the chaos that has gone before, he was the right person to get the trains to run on time and get the trains to run on time and get everything smoothly running. it
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used to be when i reported at downing street that if an official got a photograph of the prime minister, they had to buy a drink for everyone else because they had got too close to the action. john kelly has got extremely close to where the action is. that is and co mforta ble where the action is. that is and comfortable place to be. he is meant to be making sure things go smoothly. the statement that was put out yesterday, i can't say enough good things about him... even though he knew about allegations that he had beaten his two ex—wives and there were these photos being put up, that doesn't really square. john kelly had been someone who a few months earlier, when defending donald trump about the way he spoke to the family of a soldier who died in service, he said one of the great things... when i was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in oui’ up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. women were sacred, looked upon with great honour. how does that fit with the
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photographs we saw yesterday of one of rob porter's former wives, when she has got a huge black eye because he hit her? it is very hard to reconcile. there is the picture. quite shocking. if it is true thatjohn kelly knew about these allegations and still put out a statement saying that rob porter was a great guy, man of unimpeachable integrity, what are they giving7 they have just piled up a huge series... maybe this will be something that came and went. it suggests at the moment you have a chief of staff that is rather incident prone. this is farfrom incident prone. this is far from the first error of judgment. last week he was talking about the undocumented migrants, and this is what he had to say about them. there are 690,000 official registrants of daca anti—president
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sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, 1.8 million. the difference between 690 and 1.8 million are those who were maybe too afraid to sign up or were maybe too afraid to sign up or were maybe too afraid to sign up or were maybe too lazy to get off their ass. the idea that they are not going to get off their ass to fill out the right documents, it's incredible. asi right documents, it's incredible. as i say, the chief of staff is not meant to be the story. they are meant to be the story. they are meant to be the story. they are meant to ensure the smooth running of the white house machine that allows the president to get whatever he wants. and it hasn't worked out terribly well for people who get in the way of that. so i kind of would imagine that donald trump is pretty angry about the way this has been communicated, the way his white house has communicated. this more elements because apparently rob porter, the man who resigned
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yesterday, was in a relationship with the communications director who helped draft the original statement talking about him being," those of us talking about him being," those of us who have had the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it. he is a man of integrity and exemplary character doc" the more that comes out the more you have to question that. there are questions about the level of security clearance he had. how was it that someone who couldn't pass the highest levels of fbi clea ra nce pass the highest levels of fbi clearance was the man in charge of filtering which documents would get onto the president's desk for them to see? the best of the best. the best of the best, i like it. i was making the point on tuesday that the white house has a problem with letting people but this wasn't setting because they knew about it. —— this wasn't vetted. the fbi was looking at the allegations but all that time, and
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let's call it domestic violence, the captain on staff. not only was he kept on staff, he was gradually promoted during the course of last year and he was seen as one of the stars of the organisation and john kelly, the chief of staff, had to roll in promoting him. they circle the wagons around him. what about kelly7 could he be pushed out7 we hear there have been rumblings betweenjohn we hear there have been rumblings between john kelly and the we hear there have been rumblings betweenjohn kelly and the president over the last few weeks and the president hasn't always been happy about the wayjohn kelly has got himself into the news like this but that he also recognises it wasjohn kelly who brought an element of calm to what had been a very chaotic white house. i would be surprised if john kelly goes over this because that would also have to be an admission by this white house that they had got it wrong in this particular case. syria has accused the us—led coalition of war crimes, after a series of attacks on their forces in the north east of syria.
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us officials say at least 100 pro—government fighters were killed in the incident, in retaliation, they said, for an "unprovoked attack" on allied forces. there are reports that russian mercenaries were among government forces that were killed. you get the sense things are getting worse again. meanwhile in syria, the rebel held enclave of eastern ghouta, close to damascus, has been bombed, for a fourth consecutive day. the syrian 0bservatory for human rights says more than 200 people have been killed since monday. some 400,000 people are still in the province, food and medical supplies have not been allowed in since last year. and there are reports chlorine—filled munitions have been fired several times on the rebel—controlled areas. and joining us now here in washington is james jeffrey who formerly served as us ambassador to both iraq and turkey. thanks very much forjoining us. this spat between the russians and americans over the air strikes and whether russian mercenaries might have been among the dead. how serious could that be?
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this is very serious and it is not just between russia and the us. right now this week you have syria as the most dangerous place in the world. you have the civil war, the fight in eastern ghouta between rebel forces and government backed russians and iranians and then you have the israel and turkey, us backed, bumping into each other but also trying to some degree balance iran and in the middle of all of this is russia. and meanwhile, eastern ghouta is meant to be a de—escalation zone but if anything it is escalating. exactly. that was a russian commitment that it made to the turks several months ago and the russians are violating that and meanwhile
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they have shut down turkish air operations. so it is an extremely confused situation right now. what do we know about the chemical weapon attacks in the area? these appear to be chlorine attacks. these appear to be chlorine attacks. the us state department today expressed concern about this. they don't have enough information, probably, to take further action. of course, russian diplomats have blocked this in the un. this is probably not enough for a us strike because it is chlorine, not a classic chemical weapon. we are seeing the images, the kind of images we haven't seen for several months and it is awful to see them again. you talk about this toxic brew of different countries involved in the moment in syria and at the centre of them is russia. what are the chances of a mistake happening and russia retaliating in some serious way against coalition led troops7 that it's a real risk but there are
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risk of the turks and allies having a confrontation over different views of the p y a confrontation over different views ofthepydin a confrontation over different views of the p y d in northern syria. there are several problems. if the us doesn't come up with a consistent policy to organise israel and turkey and to take a consistent position vis—a—vis russia on where syria is going. thank you forjoining us. we will be keeping an eye on syria because as you say it does seem to be deteriorating. a series of aftershocks in taiwan have been hampering efforts to find survivors of tuesday's earthquake, which struck the popular tourist city of hualien. at least 10 people are known to have been killed by the 6.4 magnitude quake, but revised figures suggest only ten others are missing. india's supreme court has ordered the government to produce
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a long—term plan for protecting one of the country's most precious landmarks, the taj mahal. the world heritage site faces a range of challenges, including smog and the impact of millions of visitors. after winning the superbowl, the philadelphia eagles are going to hold a victory parade. fans have already begun to gather for the event, which organisers hope will not see a repeat of the looting and rioting which followed the game on sunday. it was absolutely freezing, even though it was sunny. that didn't stop them because they are very happy indeed. free beer and free ice cream. everyone is going to be happy. they said it would be calm today. how could it be calm if there is free ice cream? it is long overdue for the equals. the parents are dropping off on beer and the
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children are hyped up an ice cream! perfect combination! the latest superhero film from marvel has its european premiere tonight in london, but what makes this action—adventure different, is that it features an all—black cast of actors playing the heroes. the film has created a huge buzz on social media with many fans using the hashtag #whatblackpanthermeanstome highlighting its significance for black audiences. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. a free cinema trip would have been welcome enough for these american schoolchildren, their sheerjoy is because the movie is black panther. such is the film's significance, people around the world are crowd sourcing money to give black children in particular the opportunity to watch it on the big screen. people like this actress from london, she has so far raised around £4,000. i think it is just a film you don't really see, you don't see black superheroes in the big blockbusters. the positive representation is good for people growing up in this area
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but i think all over the world. black panther is being seen as a cultural milestone. a predominantly black cast leading a big budget blockbuster. people making it a reality for kids who maybe wouldn't be able to go to the movies and experience it, i think it is beautiful, man. it's the kind of film many have been waiting decades for hollywood to make, not only a host of black role models but also strong female characters at its heart. black panther is a moment and hopefully it is one... it will obviously exist for long after this particular moment we want the momentum to keep going. i don't think it is black panther‘s responsibility to change the world. how important was it for you making sure this was primarily
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a piece of entertainment, even with this huge amount of social responsibility that was inevitably going to come into the equation? that is what it is. it is not a political lecture, you know what i mean? it's a movie. it has got to work as that. and that is a movie expected to have one of the biggest openings ever, and more importantly, show others in the film world how lucrative diversity on screen can be in the 21st—century. i would like to go and see that although the tickets are all sold out. this looks like it'll be a massive hit. we had wonder woman. in
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this film, he has a suit that is bullet—proof. is yours7 some say that. shall i test it? do you know, idris elba was saying that he didn't get superhero roles, he only got petty criminal roles because he's a tv companies in this country wouldn't ta ke companies in this country wouldn't take a brisk and didn't think it was commercially beneficial. the success of this film shows it is so maybe we will see better roles in future. a good one to go and see. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. coming up for viewers on the bbc news channel and bbc world news — japan's ambassador in london warns that no foreign company will be able to operate in the uk if brexit talks do not secure frictionless trade with the eu. and talking about her time at the white house, 0marosa manigault tells her big brother housemates she's still haunted by trump's tweets. that's still to come. north and south taking turns to see
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which is the fastest. tonight we switch things around with the frost towards the north and milder further south. heavy rain in moments across western england and wales, pushing eastward overnight. strong winds touching gale force. a few wintry showers pushing in and clearing skies with temperatures dropping dot in the north and west we see the frost and a risk of icy surfaces around. temperatures are holding up because of the rain towards the south—east corner. here is the weather front as the restart, splitting the country in two. in england and wales, heavy rain for the early risers and there will be batches of showers, mainly of rain, hailand batches of showers, mainly of rain, hail and sleet pushing across. east anglia and the south east.
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elsewhere, brighter skies with a couple of wintry showers with a lots of sunshine through the afternoon. to give back to the rush hour half of the country, a lot of showers. mainly in northern and western areas, a few eastwards on the breeze but a lot of sunshine in between as well. after an icy start, temperatures will lift but for many it will be staying in the lower figures. through the last stage of friday, rain in the south—east corner will clear away and clear skies again with ice around. the greatest chance of frost into saturday morning in the south—east. as the weather front pushes them, a lot of snowfall in scotland and into saturday morning in northern england with strong to gale force wind. that weather front pushes down to england and wales through the day with heavy bursts of rain. reaching east anglia at the end of the day. saturday, temperatures dropping but most
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places seeing rain. saturday night sunday we could see a nasty area of low pressure developed across the uk. it looks like england and wales will bear the brunt the southern flank, slow across the pennines. further north and south to get out of the way for sunday, pushing back into north—westerly cold winds and temperatures well down into single figures. another update later. this is beyond 100 days, with me katty kay in washington — christian fraser's in london. our top stories — british politicians travel to the us to grill social media companies about how fake news is spread on their platforms. japanese firms tell theresa may they will not continue to operate in britain if brexit trade barriers affect their profitability. coming up in the next half hour — in afghanistan us forces launch precision missiles and turn their fire power on the taliban. both the united states and north korea engage in propaganda exercises ahead of the 2018 winter olympics that get under way tomorrow.
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let us know your thoughts by using the hashtag... in what is perhaps a taste of things to come in afghanistan later this year, an american b—52 bomber dropped 24 precision—guided missiles this week on taliban training camps. the us military said the attack on badakhshan in the north east of the country was the biggest of its kind by a b—52. the fighting has continued though the winter, but as we known the taliban always gears up for a spring offensive once the opium poppy crop is in. the americans have been focusing on that drug trade, these were further attacks this time on a taliban opium factory in helmand province. for more on america's history of involvement with both afghanistan and pakistan i spoke a brief time ago with steve coll, author of the new book directorate s.
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he told me about the complications the us has faced in the region. the us government as a whole entangled itself in so many war aims that were laced with contradictions and the cia was part of that failure for sure, they had a long relationship with pakistani intelligence, they knew what they we re intelligence, they knew what they were dealing with and have collaborated to help defeat soviet occupation but the problem was for the cia and for three administrations they have not been able to solve the riddle of pakistan's own interests in the region and in many cases they have judged or that they do not say publicly that pakistan was more important in the united states in afghanistan so they got tangled up ina afghanistan so they got tangled up in a series of reviews and strategy reviews that ended up creating a big muddle and that is why we have been at it for so long. in your book you
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point to a turning point in pakistan's attitudes to the united states in 2004 when america and president bush appeared to side with india over its nuclear programme, what changed in direct —— directorate s at that point? they concluded the united states was determined to become a strategic ally of india, their arch ally and united states were withdrawing from the afghan war because of the debacle in iraq and between those two factors the pakistani army returned to their traditional policy towards afg ha nista n towards afghanistan which was to seek influence in the country through proxies like the taliban said the taliban began to revive and by 2006 it was evident that the pakistani intelligence service was playing a role in the taliban's returned the afghan battlefield. playing a role in the taliban's returned the afghan battlefieldm the pakistanis who the taliban, the taliban and then starts to kill people in pakistan in much greater
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numbers so the pakistani government cla m ps numbers so the pakistani government clamps down on the taliban within pakistan, pakistan today is more sta ble pakistan, pakistan today is more stable but what has happened in afghanistan meanwhile7 stable but what has happened in afghanistan meanwhile? they have succeeded in pakistan in pushing a lot of the violence back over the border to afghanistan, they were destabilised in that period in part because al-qaeda fled afghanistan after 2001 into pakistan elaborating with local groups and went to war with local groups and went to war with the pakistani state. by 2015 pakistan had restored some security but at afg hanistan's pakistan had restored some security but at afghanistan's expense. so, today in the region what would you say is the greatest threat to american national security interests, is the resurgence of archived in afghanistan or what is happening in pakistan and the nuclear programme? both are serious concerns not just for the nuclear programme? both are serious concerns notjust for the united states but international security generally. they are making smaller
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bombs, more tactical bombs, they have dozens of extremist groups on their soil, the nightmare scenario ofa group their soil, the nightmare scenario of a group getting a hold of a small nuclear weapons remain something to be concerned about as to the terrorism picture, there is an islamic state entity that has a foothold in eastern afghanistan, not clear how much international reach it has but it is a source of concern, there are al-qaeda remnants and many other groups with similar ideology along the pakistan afghanistan border so all the neighbouring countries, china, pakistan, generally they will acknowledge the us war in afghanistan has a counter—terrorism purpose that is meaningful but the problem as it is grinding on as a stalemate and producing in many cases as much instability as it is addressing. what was interesting about what his research is in this book which refers to the pakistani secret service department that is in
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charge of dealing with the taliban is he makes a point there has been 16 years of war, billions spent by the americans and thousands of american should have died and many more than that of afghanistan that died but all the time you have had the pakistanis affectively subverting america's gains in afghanistan because of their nervousness about india and the americans getting closer to india and the degree to which their intelligence failures and strategic failures on both sides is really a staggering to report. and the theories they will get sucked back in again, since he has taken office donald trump has increased troop numbers from 8500 to 14000 and another thousands are on the way and we re another thousands are on the way and were not even into the spring offensive. just like barack obama he said he would wind down these wars. the north east of england is in the top three regions
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of the uk that voted to leave the eu in thejune 2016 referendum. in a leaked government forecast — it shows that the north east is predicted to lose out the most — regardless of the deal the uk strikes with europe — taking a hit of up to 16% in lost economic growth over a 15 year period. compare that to london — one of the top three regions that voted to remain — and the study finds that in the very worst scenario of no deal — the economic hit would be just 3.5%. and the fears of an economic downturn following brexit are felt beyond europe's borders. japanese manufacturers are heavily invested in the uk. its ambassador to britain, after talks at downing street today, warned of the possible consequences. if there is no profitability of continuing operations in the uk, not japanese only, no private company
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can continue operations. so, it is as simple as that and this is all high stakes that i think all of us need to keep in mind. the billionare investor george soros, known as the man who "broke the bank of england" by betting against the pound in the early 90s, is now backing a campaign to reverse brexit. george soros has donated up to £400,000 to pro—eu campaigning group best for britain through his open society foundation. so is there evidence that the public wants a second referendum7 or is this a case of a remain group asking the same question on europe until ‘it get the answer it wants'7 joining me now is the ceo of best for britain, eloise todd. are you trying to subvert democracy7 well, democracy is about listening to people and understanding what they know and what they think as events change and we will be in a new situation in the coming months, the vote was nearly two years ago,
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the vote was nearly two years ago, the government absolutely had a right to start those negotiations, what they did not have a right to do was to seal the deal. they did not get a blank cheque and now we have seen on your get a blank cheque and now we have seen on your report the japanese ambassador saying every private company could be in peril in this country, this is serious stuff and it is time to people to step up and speak out and that includes civil society but also includes business and we will see that change this year. people were warned about this and still took the decision two yea rs and still took the decision two years ago, nothing much has changed in terms of economic forecasts, i wa nt to in terms of economic forecasts, i want to talk about the daily telegraph because the details of this george soros meeting in which you got a big cheque suggests that britain invited all these conservative donors, you told them he wanted to put more pressure on conservative mps who are wavering and to defeat theresa may when the vote co m es and to defeat theresa may when the vote comes in october, even if that means bringing the government down and pushing us towards new elections. that will really concern
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people who voted brexit.|j elections. that will really concern people who voted brexit. i think the spin that nick timothy has put on this is quite clever, it also masks some of the figures you were talking about earlier and it is no coincidence that came out today. nick timothy was part of the story and wrote a very bizarre piece in that paper. george soros has given you a check. yes, he has, it was not produced at that meeting. that is not news, so to speak. but what we wa nt to not news, so to speak. but what we want to do is focus on the final deal and we are clear about opposition, lust up impressive, trying to stop brexit because we think it will harm people across the country and who are not trying to patronise, trying to engage people in this debate, we are going around the country, my colleagues in the north of england holding barnstormer vents trying to talk to people, teaching the activists that feel passionately about staying in how to
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have an open conversation can we do not want this to be divisive any more but we know people are trying to change their mind and we want to let them know that until the 29th of march 2019 we are members of the eu and if we think this is a bad idea, for the businesses start to leave, if thejobs for the businesses start to leave, if the jobs start to go, if people think i'm not sure about this then we can have a vote on the new set of arrangements and it is vital people know we could still stay in if we wa nt know we could still stay in if we want to. what is the evidence you have when you say people are trying to change their minds because the perception i have is every time data is produced whether this economic impact report or other data, if it is data that supports brexit then believe people are happy and if it is data that is against brexit, the remaining people are happy but no one seems to change their minds in the face of numbers. actually, the latest figures show that there is a bigger gap than ever between those
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that regret brexit at 46% and 40% that regret brexit at 46% and 40% that think it was a good idea. and that think it was a good idea. and that gap is widening and it is important to note. this will not be won by facts and figures, it is the real stories, i was contacted by a friend who knew somebody who had all ready had their hours cut at elsner port car factory and it was a really big stress on the factory —— family because they did not know how they would match outgoings with incomings and a friend who has been reasonably casual about brexit thinking committed to shame and then he said actually my start—up might have to relocate to europe because we do business overseas and i never thought of that, how can i help so what we are seeing is the real stories trickle through and people from my hometown in hull who have seen from my hometown in hull who have seen this boost to the nhs is frankly is not happening whatsoever and if anything it is under more strain on another, these things are being noticed, it is the stories of
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the real people in this country that will change the game on brexit. it is about public opinion and the mps in westminster have an absolute duty to listen to people if they change their mind. we are fighting for an open debate and the discussion was not around during the referendum. thank you for coming in. twitter, president trump's preferred social media outlet, has posted its first ever quarterly profit. the news sent the company's shares surging more than 18% in early morning trading in new york. that was despite the number of people using the social network coming in below expectations. a new behaviour code is to be introduced for thousands of people working in the uk parliament — as part of an attempt to crackdown on bullying and abuse at westminster. the proposals have been drawn up by a cross—party group; they include an independent complaints process, confidential helplines and compulsory training for everyone. there'll be separate procedures for allegations of sexual harassment. when president trump visited france he was witness to a parade
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of the french military. he later said "it was one of the greatest parades i've ever seen". this week he asked officials to organise an american version in the nation's capital. the pentagon today said that that washington dc was only one option, and that other locations were also being discussed. in the run—up to the winter olympics in south korea there's a big propaganda war between north korea and its adversaries. today the north held a military parade attended by leader kim jong—un. meanwhile us vice—president mike pence arrived in south korea and met south korean president moon. both american and north korean officials say the two sides won't meet at the games — even though the vice—president and kim jong—un's younger sister will be seated just metres apart at the opening ceremony. kim yo—jong will be the first immediate kim family member to cross the border.
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joining another famous relative... president trump's daughter ivanka, who will also reportedly attend several of the sporting events in the games. awkward, a little. it mayjust be awkward. his sister is the first of the dynasty to come to south korea since the 19505 and she will meet president noon on saturday at a dinner. he sees it as an opportunity to talk to the north koreans, i'm not sure how the americans will feel about that, they have concerns about president noon and the way he's approaching it. they have real concerns about this rapprochement to being used by pyongyang to say everything is fine and we are starting to integrate our5elve5 everything is fine and we are starting to integrate ourselves and bea starting to integrate ourselves and be a good neighbour and we can be treated as a normal part of the global community. that is the
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americans concern and why vice president pentz arrived injapan to say we want to make it clear this is all propaganda. i was hearing from south korea and apparently they held that video and put it outjust at the time when vice president pentz arrived and in south korea they were watching split screens so instead of having this big arrival of vice president pentz, you had two things going on at the same time which explains the propaganda war going on. 0k earlier in the show we were talking about white house staffing and departures and now we can bring you an update on one person who 5hown the door in december. 0marosa manigault joined the trump campaign early on after starring in the apprentice. when he won she got a job in the white house. no one quite knew what she did there and then in december she left amidst reports of a confrontation. now she is about to star in the real reality show big brother and ahead of her debut they released this clip of her talking about her time
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in the white house. i felt like it was a call of duty, like i was serving my country, not him. when accept a political appointment it was always the country. i was haunted by tweets every day, what would he tweets next7 every day, what would he tweets next? does anybody say tim, what are you doing? i try to be that person and all the people around him attacked me, keep him away, do not give her access, do not let her talk to him. who has that power to say what is going on? i am not there, it i5 what is going on? i am not there, it is not my circus, not my monkeys. i would like to say not my problem but i can't say that because it is bad.
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not my circus, not my monkeys. what i5 not my circus, not my monkeys. what is that all about? that is extraordinary! have a look at this picture. i was googling today, this i5a picture. i was googling today, this is a picture we found. rob porter in the headlines at the back and gawker, who was the go front who has his finger out was on the campaign also of beating a woman so you do have to say this white house has an extraordinary staff of characters and by the standards of most administrations an awful lot of turmoilfor administrations an awful lot of turmoil for a administrations an awful lot of turmoilfor a president who made administrations an awful lot of turmoil for a president who made a big thing in the campaign of saying he would hire the very best people.
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if you look at all five of those people who left the campaign or the white house under something of a cloud but that bit about it is not my circus, not my monkeys, i wonder how that is going down in the white house today. interesting this into drift into these things, rob porter wasn't in front of the president for awhile and ended quite a good job and came and close. for months we did not know what she did but they seem did not know what she did but they seem to hang around and fit in. let's see if there any more of them or that is it. this is beyond 100 days. still to come — they packed their bags and moved to canada after donald trump's victory. we check in to see how the couple from south carolina is doing up north. new figures have revealed january to be one of the toughest months everfor a&e departments in england. and hospital—only a&es recorded their worst ever figures since records began.
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trolley waits continue to be a big problem too, with 1000 patients waiting more than 12 hours to be cared for by any medical staff at all. our health editor hugh pym reports. the nhs flat out with staff working ata the nhs flat out with staff working at a frantic pace just to keep services running. that is the picture which emerges from the figures forjanuary in england, a service overstretched and intense strain. in some areas there are schemes trying to curb the number is going to hospital, here are senior a&e consultant is out on the road with a paramedic taking hospital ca re with a paramedic taking hospital care to patients at home. we carry a la ptop care to patients at home. we carry a laptop giving us direct access into the same hospital system that we have, we have anotherjob. that job is to meet up with an ambulance crew which is picked up a woman with chest pains. tony's experience as a co nsulta nt chest pains. tony's experience as a consultant means he can reassure the patient she is safe to stay at home.
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presumably it is a relief he did not have to go to hospital. brilliant. i did not want to go to hospital. in the 3.5 months since its relaunched, more than 300 patients have been treated at home who otherwise would have needed ambulances to take them to a&e. some of them would have otherwise been admitted to hospital so otherwise been admitted to hospital so beds have been freed up for others. but they recognise the huge pressure every day across the nhs. there is frustration but we want to be able to say we have done the best for our patients and when the system makes that difficult, back and be frustrating. and working in an overly congested system sometimes leaves us feeling that we cannot deliver the best possible care for patients. they are trying to deliver that level of care and as for much staff it has been harder than ever this winter. you're watching beyond 100 days...
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after the last presidential election you had a few people declare they were moving to canada. well robin and heather vargas actually did it. we met them a few months ago when they were packing to leave south carolina and head north. now they are settled in their new home in halifax, nova scotia and we've gone to hear how it's going. we knew canada was not a liberal mecca but we felt some reasons we left america there is more than we had originally assumed in canada. it has been interesting since we have talked about moving up here that feedback we have gotten from the public, first thing everybody said is you know it is cold in
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canada. yes, we are aware so it is funny canada. yes, we are aware so it is fu n ny after canada. yes, we are aware so it is funny after we moved carolina got snow for the first time in decades so snow for the first time in decades so it wasn't like that here so you got a message everybody, where is the cold now7 got a message everybody, where is the cold now? we had similar m essa g es the cold now? we had similar messages on facebook, i stopped counting people giving us their phone numbers and saying let's take you out and we will show you out and welcome to halifax. we received some backlash for reasonings and what were assumed point of use. i guess because i am hispanic people thought i was straight up illegal. we are not claiming refugee status, that seems to bea claiming refugee status, that seems to be a thing because of the fleeing taider, we're not trying to do that. we did everything through legal challenges —— legal channels and it was arduous but worth it. you read
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the american headlines it is like this my life, my reality and my country and it is funny you feel like you apologise every other day for all of it and in canada it is almost like you you get to step back andi almost like you you get to step back and i can breathe, this is in my country, we are still citizens and love america but it is different when it is out of the country. a lot of it is the political ideologies, more of a conservative mindset you left a great country with a great president but if you area with a great president but if you are a more liberal mindset it is welcome to canada, there is that divide which is very heavily present in america and who are familiar with that and that is one of the biggest things it is still very heavily present in canada, too. we're not
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saying our interactions with people in are bad but here they are more welcoming and more supportive. the slogan is diversity is our strength and that is very apparent. and it shows, through and through. life in nova scotia. next week is the winter 0lympics. and christian will not be with us, we think the two are related because take a look at this. i hear you are a very good skier. and you are very good at doing tricks in particular. you have been trained. christian is upside down. and this means we are hoping on behalf of team beyond 100 days you might end up with one of these. you said you are going on her term but we believe you are going and during the olympics. i'm going into an
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endurance sports next week taking the kids skiing. have you got your skis and polls, hat and gloves. it is exhausting. can i have a hot chocolate7 have a good week. have a good half term. see when you get back. we will miss you. north and south seem to be taking turns to see who is the frostiness. -6 turns to see who is the frostiness. —6 in the shoreham, northern ireland, three degrees. tonight we switch things around with a frost in the north and much milderfurther south. a weather front producing pushing its way eastwards overnight, strong and gusty wind and its wake skies were clear, a few wintry showers pushing in with clearing
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skies and temperatures dropping, the north and west will see frost and the morning and a big risk of icy surfaces to start the day. temperatures holding up because of the rain in the south—east corner and that weather front as we start friday splitting the country into two. heavy rain for the early risers across east anglia and they'll be batches of showers mainly of rain, hail and sleet pushing southwards and east across many parts. elsewhere, brighter skies, one and east across many parts. elsewhere, brighterskies, one to wintry showers possible but sunshine through the afternoon. the northern half of the country, lots of sleet and snow showers across scotland and northern ireland, a few getting eastwards on the north—westerly breeze but a lot of sunshine in between and after an icy start temperatures were left but the most sustained world than in single figures. a cold day on the way compared to today. the rain in the south—east corner will clear away and take us into the night, clearer skies with ice around and the
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greatest chance of some frost into saturday morning. northern and western areas, temperatures were left but as the weather front pushes m, left but as the weather front pushes in, snowfall on higher ground of scotla nd in, snowfall on higher ground of scotland and in northern england strong to go force winds in places and the weather front pushes down into england and wales through the day with heavy bursts of rain reaching east anglia and the south—east. scotland and northern ireland finish dry and bright, but most ireland finish dry and bright, but m ost pla ces ireland finish dry and bright, but most places seeing some rain. saturday night into sender, a nasty area of low pressure developing, england and wales will bear the brunt of the strongest wind, some snow for a time across the pennines but further north and south it gets out of the way for sunday putting us back into cold north—westerly winds and temperatures well down into single figures. another update later. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. hospital a&e‘s in england record one of their worst ever
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waiting times last month — 1,000 patients waited 12 hours on trolleys without being cared for by any medical staff at all. there is a breaking point — we wonder how long our hard work and goodwill and our enthusiasm and care and professional attitude — how that can be sustained over a long period of time. adding to the problems in hospitals — a report finds social care is being undermined by a lack of government planning and funding. one in five people working in parliament have experienced sexual harassment in the past year, a new code of conduct aims to tackle the issue. also today... plastic pollution has reached the arctic. scientists warn the contamination threatens wildlife in
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