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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10.003m. the department for international development is to review its work with oxfam — after claims the charity covered up a sex scandal involving aid workers in haiti. the two captured members of the british islamic state cell should go on trial for war crimes at the hague, according to a government minister. also in the next hour: britain's bid for an olympic title at the 2018 winter olympics. triple world champion short—track speed skater elise christie goes in the heats of the 500m event. a warning about a new scam involving the apple itunes service. tax authorities say elderly and vulnerable people are becoming victims. the travel show will explain all in half an hour's time. the government says oxfam has serious questions to answer over
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claims the charity covered up the use of prostitutes by some of its staff in haiti and has condemned what it describes as the "appalling abuse of vulnerable people". oxfam insists it publicised the action it took against the aid workers involved, some of whom were fired. however, the times newspaper is reporting that several went on to work for other charities, who were unaware of their past behaviour. 0xfam denies it provided positive references for any staff who were dismissed. jessica parker reports. an advert from the charity giant, 0xfam. it got nearly £32 million from the uk department for international development in the last financial year, but amid the sexual exploitation scandal, the government said last night: the allegations surround
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the the behaviour of aid workers here in haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. a times newspaper found inappropriate behaviour, including the use of prostitutes. the charity has denied a cover—up and said that it publicly announced an enquiry into the claims in 2011. it said the behaviour of some of its staff had been totally unacceptable, but that allegations that underage girls may have been involved were not proven. four staff members were dismissed and three were allowed to resign as part of the external investigation. was this the first time that you ever heard of exploitative sexual behaviour going on at oxfam? no. i can only think of one or two examples that
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come to mind, but we had already agreed that any sign that anybody was doing this, there would be an investigation. that investigation was noted and went to our trustee board. today the times reports fresh claims that 0xfam failed to warn other aid agencies about the staff, allowing them to take otherjobs otherjobs in the sector. while there is a wide acknowledgement that hundreds of 0xfam staff have done nothing wrong, the charity does now face serious questions about its past and what that could mean for its future. you saw the chief executive at the time in that report. and we can hearfrom mark goldring, the chief executive of oxfam, just after quarter past. the north korean leader kimjong—un has invited the south korean president moonjae—in to visit him
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at the earliest date possible. the historic invitation was given by the sister of the north korean leader who is part of a delegation visiting the south for the winter olympics. it's been seen as a direct challenge to the trump administration, which had urged caution rather than engagement with the north. this, ina this, in a sense has become the story of the first day of the 0lympics. that meeting, that's lunch, how important do south koreans believe this is? this is huge news, here. it has gone right around the olympic precinct. can you imagine, just months ago, we didn't even know that the north korean team was coming to the olympic games, there was that telephone call across there was that telephone call across the demilitarised zone where briefly that link was re—opened between north and south, and there was a tea m north and south, and there was a team coming, ajoint north and south, and there was a team coming, a joint hockey team. they walked in together, and then this unprecedented meeting, today,
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between the leader in north korea's sister and the other high—level political figures from north sister and the other high—level politicalfigures from north korea, and moon jae—in from politicalfigures from north korea, and moonjae—in from south korea. she walked in holding this folder, and inside, there was a letterfrom the north korean present, —— president, and there was an invitation asking moonjae—in to visit the north as soon as he can. we have not heard if he will accept it, but this could potentially be very difficult in terms of relations between south korea and the united states. the trump administration has been urging the south not to go ahead and up its dialogue with the north, and yet, moonjae—in has decided that engagement is the way to go. it is quite possible that he might accept this invitation. we saw a very vindicated explanation of
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the... mike pence not standing up when thejoint the... mike pence not standing up when the joint korean team came the... mike pence not standing up when thejoint korean team came in as part of the opening ceremony. he has not had any contact with the north koreans who are there, and he will be leaving fairly soon. is there a sense, perhaps, that if this isa there a sense, perhaps, that if this is a bit ofa there a sense, perhaps, that if this is a bit of a tactic by north korea, by kim mac —— kimjong—un to try and drive a wedge between the south and the united states? some would argue that because these actions have been biting, that north korea had to do something about this. this is a co nsta nt something about this. this is a constant debate about isolation versus engagement with the law. moon jae—in would say that he was elected ona jae—in would say that he was elected on a platform of engagement. we think that it is better than years
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of all the threats, coming across the northern border, and maybe some sort of dialogue mightjust improve relations. thank you very much. israel says one of its fighterjets has crashed after coming under syrian anti—aircraft fire. the f16 came down in israeli territory, and both pilots ejected and were taken to hospital. israel said it had been responding to the launch of an iranian drone into its airspace. let's cross now to our correspondent injerusalem, tom bateman. thank you for being with us, this morning. let's talk about this incident, in itself. this launch, being launched into its airspace, israel says. how confident can we be that this was indeed and iranians droned? well, israel says that this was a drone carrying out a military mission sent by the iranians inside syria. what is notable is where the
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drone was, because we have heard in the past about so—called spill—over from the fighting in syria, but according to the israeli military, this drone was many miles from the border with syria. it was south of the sea of galilee, which would put it closer to the iranians border, than the syrian one. so, that would be significant, and in response to this, israel have set up a combat helicopter which shot dannyjones, and then they went to attack the place from which they believed the drone was launched inside syria, and as its fighter jets drone was launched inside syria, and as its fighterjets were returning, israel says they came under massive in their words, anti—aircraft fire from syria. 0ne in their words, anti—aircraft fire from syria. one of theirjets crashed. it is not clear if it was hit or not, but syrian state tv says that it was shot down. the israelis do not use that form of words. two
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pilot rejected, and one is seriously wounded. the background to this is is incredibly complicated present in syria of all of these different international players, jostling up against each other. was it inevitable that there would be an incident of this type at some point? well, israel says that it has no interest in civil war, but it makes it widely known that it has red lines. the key red line is about in rainy and involvement. israel sees iran as —— iranians involvement. israel sees a run at it worst enemy and biggest threat. there were weapons and biggest threat. there were wea pons tra nsfers and biggest threat. there were weapons transfers from iran to house parlour. they have attacked the synergies inside syria before. the iranians... israeli insurgent only
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—— this raises tensions as far as israel saying officially that it has attacked what it calls iranians the villages inside syria, so i think that there is a potential here for an escalation, but israel, while it says on the one hand, that syrians are playing with fire, it says that it does not seek a explanation. the drone based in syria was actually been used against the group that calls itself islamic state — the latest that we have heard. they might say, you would say that, wouldn't you, but actually, we are all worried about the group that we call islamic state, you are misinterpreting our military actions. we hear it from the russians and president assad. we
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have heard from mr assad, before, where there are attacks by the americans that they believe that all the stars is, in their view, it involved in what they see as their terrorist opponents in that civil war, but as you say, there is that very complex matrix of alliances and hostilities in which world powers are now entrenched in some ways inside syria, and it is notable that whilst the russians and the iranians have been allied with president assad, and the israelis want to diminish the iranians influence in syria, part of the way that they have to do that is to appeal to russia. it is widely believed that when israel carries out military operations inside syria, it has to get russian clearance to do with our pace —— airspace, or communicate with the russians. certainly, the
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israelis have been appealing to the russians to do what they can to try and reduce the influence of what israel sees as threat along its border. tom bateman in jerusalem. not sure what has happened to your background, but it has gone dark. thank you for speaking to us, this morning. her majesty's revenue and customs has written to retailers warning them about a scam involving the apple itunes service. the tax authorities say that elderly and vulnerable people are falling victims to a scam which encourages them to pay fraudsters using itunes vouchers bought in high street shops. joining us now is a representative from eight mrc. thank you for being with us, this morning. how many indications have you had that this isa indications have you had that this is a problem that customers have been experiencing? we have had quite
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a bit of information from action fraud, who have told us that very sadly about 1500 people have fallen victim to this fraud. mainly people who are over 65, and very sadly be lost each customer has been about £1150. lastly, we had of an elderly gentleman, aged 81 that he had fallen foul of this camera a couple of times and had lost £20,000 as pa rt of times and had lost £20,000 as part of that. this is shocking. to think that this kind of expedition is going on under the guise of people being told that they owe the taxman money. let's just people being told that they owe the taxman money. let'sjust widened back if we can, public information access. back if we can, public information a ccess. h ow back if we can, public information access. how is the scam working?‘ customer will get a phone call out of the blue being told that it is from somebody in eight mrc. they will be told that there is a tax debt that they need to pay now.
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0ften, debt that they need to pay now. often, they will be told that court proceedings are about to happen, and they don't pay immediately, they will to court. the only way to pay that tax bill is to go and purchase itunes vouchers, which they are then asked to give the redemption code over the phone to the force, who will then often sell on those codes, 01’ users will then often sell on those codes, or users could do by purchases. so, effectively, they have bought these vouchers in good faith, and anything that those vouchers or codes are used to redeem, they have objectively bought for the fraudsters? they have. is because many of these calls are coming from abroad, it is difficult to trace, but made impossible by the fact that many are coming from out of the uk. white about —— many are coming from out of the uk. white about -- just about the retailers ? white about -- just about the retailers? you might have to go to a
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shop and buy them, isn't it possible to spot this going on, from the point of view of retailers? elder definitely. i have written to morrisons, asda and sainsbury‘s, because we are finding that as a last line of defence, though staff in the supermarket can be be people who ask those elderly people why are they making this practice is? we had a very good example if you meet is ago, where a staff member asked a customer who was purchasing more than £1000 worth of vouchers, and managed to stop the customer losing that manner it —— that money. we are asking these retailers to be the last lines of defence. just so that people are clear in their minds, when you contact them, how do you do
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so? so that they know to distinguish you from the fraudsters. it is true that we will bring you up and ask you if you have an outstanding tax debt, but you should make sure that you ask us sufficient information to makes that we are who we say we are. there will be lots of information thatis there will be lots of information that is only known to you and to ask, so make sure that you satisfy yourself that you are speaking to the right people. but, we would urge you, that if you are ever in doubt, thenit you, that if you are ever in doubt, then it is perfectly 0k to end the call and then wring us back? you can get our number from directory enquiries from online. we will never be crossed because you take that extra safety and security precaution. and just to be clear? you cannot pay your tax with itunes vouchers? correct. you can never do that. 90 so much for being with us. —— thank you so much for being with us. the headlines on bbc news:
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the department for international development is to review its work with 0xfam — after claims the charity covered up a sex scandal involving aid workers in haiti. the two captured members of the british islamic state cell should go on trial for war crimes at the hague, according to a government minister. and a warning about a new scam about itunes vouchers. eight mrc it say that elderly and honourable people are falling victim to this gap. —— to this scam. good morning. in the next hour, one of britain's main medal hopes at the winter olympics, elise christie, gets her games under way in the speed skating heats. she'll be hoping to fare better than britain's snowboarders did this morning — all three men failed to qualify for the slopestyle final. joe lynskey has been watching a dramatic opening morning. in snowboarding, you match ambition in the air with poise in the fall.
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it's the olympic sport that rewards bravery. the ground came up to meet him. and british athletes have medal interest here. they have been training on a giant airbag to take the risk out of their tricks. jamie nicholls was on the edge of a final place ahead of his second run, but he had to push the boundaries to make it. 0h,jamie! it was huge. that was huge. that's how it goes sometimes in competitions. today, obviously, wasn't my day. right now, it looks like i might just miss out on the finals by one spot, right now, which i would be gutted. this is a youthful 0lympic discipline in many ways. billy morgan's made his name with tricks on youtube. now he had to keep thejudges watching. the problem was he too was playing catch up, forced into mistakes. i knew i was going to be slow coming into that jump. 0n the second round, the gap down, i knew,
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i felt headwind there. i was like, "oh, no!" that's all i could think about. in these events, months, years of training could be defined in an instant — in an error. a more patient struggle would decide these games' first medal. skiathlon combines two kinds of cross country — equally gruelling. but it was sweden's charlotte kalla who would glide first past the galleries. and there was more history on the hill with marit bjoergen in silver. she is now the most decorated female winter 0lympian. britain's medal hopes start with the winter sprinter. elise christie is a world champion now, more used to success. 0ur sport isn't supposed to be boring. you're not supposed to sit in second. for me, i want to go out there and fight for that win. i might not do it, but that's what i'm going to be trying to do, for sure. three medals in three distances are there for her. winning all of them would be truly historic. she is the speed skater going for superstardom. joe lynskey, bbc news. now back home, and a mouthwatering contest at twickenham, where england take on wales. england, remember, are bidding to win the title three years in a row —
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they domainated against italy last week. but wales were mightily impressive too, in their win against scotland. it's a big occasion for everyone involved. but, for us, it's the next game. the next game on ourjourney, the next game to develop, improve, and focus on performance. i tell you what, if we get our performance right, we'll get a result. you're not playing the venue, you're playing, you know, obviously, the occasion, the game and the guys that are involved on the park. obviously, 80—odd thousand fans are going to make the occasion. but past results and past performances mean very little. the first game of the day is in dublin, where ireland take on italy. the irish beat france last weekend thanks to a late drop kick, from jonny sexton — and skipper rory best, says the euphoria of that moment has boosted the team all week. it's just amazing how the cake of a
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ball —— kick of a ball in 82 and a half minute can change the context of how you are feeling, and the mood, and like i say, getting back home to the six nations is a big thing for us. it's also round two, of the women's six nations — england host wales and scotland take on france. there's no doubt about the big game of the day in the premier league — the north london derby at wembley, with tottenham and arsenal both chasing a top four finish and champions league football next season. for arsene wenger there's more
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than local pride at stake, with his side four points behind spurs in the table. i've known the importance of this game for over 20 years. but for us, it is an opportunity to come back in the table, closer to the champions league spot. and that is the priority. you need to respect that only last season, we went above them, and it's not to be focused on them, but i think, for me, there is not one favourite. both teams have the quality, and they are powerful, and the quality to win games. celtic‘s defence of the scottish cup continues today — they take on partick thistle in the fifth round. celtic mourning the passing of former midfielder liam miller. he's died of cancer aged just 36. he also played for manchester united, leeds and sunderland, and won 21 caps with the republic of irleand. england's cricketers have set australia a low target. i will be back with you in the next hour. the defence minister,
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tobias ellwood, has suggested two members of the so—called islamic state group, who are from london, should be tried at the international criminal court in the hague. the bbc understands that the two — who were part of a unit thought to have murdered 27 hostages — have been stripped of their british citizenship. our political correspondent, chris mason, reports. now, this is tobias ellwood. he was called a hero after giving first aid to pc keith palmer, the policeman who was stabbed to death during a terrorist attack last year. he also lost his brother in a terrorist attack in bali in 2002. now, mr ellwood, a defence minister has intervened over what should happen to these men, alexanda kotey, and el shafee elsheikh. they were part of a gang suspected of murdering alan henning, a driver and eight worker from eccles, and david haines, a long—time aid worker from perth. in interviews with the times and the daily telegraph, tobias ellwood demands what he calls an agreed international process for captured fighters: last month, president trump said
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that he was keeping one can obey open. —— the day open. in —— -- the day open. in -- guantanamo bay, open. a decision is yet to be made about what will happen to alexander kotey and el shafee elsheikh. survivors of sexual abuse in the church of england are holding a protest this morning at a meeting of the general synod, as the church faces criticism over how it deals with complaints. it comes as fresh information has been passed to police in the case of a bishop — accused 60 years after his death of sexual abuse. here's our religion editor martin bashir. scholar, priest and champion of the oppressed. george bell served as bishop of chichester for 30 years until his death in 1958. but his reputation was tainted two years ago when it was revealed at the church had paid this woman almost £17,000 following claims
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she had been abused by him. friends of bell demanded to know how the church came to believe the complainant and an independent review, led by the barrister lord carlile, described the church's processes as "inadequate" and "too willing to believe the accuser". but while the church accepted the report's recommendations, the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, said a cloud was left over the reputation of bishop bell. his comments infuriated supporters of the bishop. during his speech at the church's ruling synod yesterday, the archbishop made only the briefest of references to the issue of abuse. our approach to safeguarding needs culture change. at church house later this morning, a large gathering of survivors will confront members of general synod as they arrive for their final session. the latest figures show that the church of england dealt with more than 3000 issues of safeguarding during 2016, with 18% involving clergy. martin beshir, bbc news.
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the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is visiting bangladesh to see the plight of rohingya muslims. nearly 700,000 refugees have fled myanmar since a military crackdown began there last august. after meeting the bangladeshi government, mrjohnson spoke of the need to resolve the crisis. more now on our top story this morning. the government is reviewing its funding of oxfam, after claims the charity covered up the use of prostitutes by some of its senior aid workers in haiti. mark goldring, the chief executive of oxfam, is in our oxford studio. just to be clear, you were not in charge at the time that this happened, but you are now having to deal with the consequences now that
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more of the detail has come to light. what do you think was mishandled? well, at the time, oxfam took serious and immediate action, and it was open, oxfam was actually proactive in going to the british public, the department for international development and the charity commission to explain that there had been serious misconduct and that he had taken action. what oxfa m and that he had taken action. what oxfam did not do is describe the detailed nature of the offences, which included the use of prostitution, but also included other activities that is bullying and misuse of oxfam property. with hindsight, you could say that we should have said more, but at the time, oxfam was very unusual, no media coverage at all, we went public and said that we were concerned that public money had been misused, as we have investigated that. money was not misused, but we have —— people have misbehaved and
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we have taken action. diousse have misbehaved, but the information taken at the time that it was —— you say that people had misbehaved, and it was related to inappropriate sexual behaviour, did you not say... they might see that as a different light from exposing the people that youraid light from exposing the people that your aid workers had supposedly gone to help? yes, i do see that. and in 2018, we are in a different place to be worked into that 11 in terms of the sensitivity on this issues. that is why it would have been better to have said more. but, the team will try to balance delivering a large—scale life—saving operation in very difficult circumstances, with being transparent with the british public and they made a call at the time, which they thought balanced those interests. they might make that differently now, but the
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decision was made in good faith, and it was not a attempt to cover up. quite the opposite, it was oxfam saying, this is unacceptable. we have acted. we know that exploitation takes place in the middle of crises situations, that people take advantage of those who are ina people take advantage of those who are in a position not to defend themselves, who are desperate. and presumably, the women in haiti were desperate to get food, shelter, clothing and protection, that's to feed their own families, and perhaps they would have done things they might not have otherwise consider doing? the people from oxfam are there to help them, so i wonder what you have change in the organisation in terms of training and try to understand to get people to understand to get people to understand that you are there to do ajob, understand that you are there to do a job, notjust when you are working, but the whole time that you spend there, and that you have responsibilities towards people who you are supposed to help, not to exploit them. there is clearly a
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93p- exploit them. there is clearly a gap. some of these people who were going as aid workers clearly did not see it in the way that most of us now see it? you are quite right. oxfam feels the same. using prostitute is not illegal everywhere in the world, but it is contrary to our code of conduct and not acceptable in a position where you have power relationships,


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