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this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm... the haitian ambassador tells the bbc his government wants oxfam to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex. the worst part is when they say if those crimes were reported to the haitian authorities no action would have been taken — it's really an insult. israel attacks dozens of syrian targets after one of its f—16 jets came under anti—aircraft fire and crashed. at least 18 people are dead and 60 injured as a double—decker bus overturns in hong kong. also in the next hour... britain's bid for an olympic title at the 2018 winter olympics. this is great skating from elise christie, she safely through to the quarterfinals. triple world champion short—track speed skater, elise christie, sets an olympic record
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in her opening heat in the 500m event. a warning about a new scam involving the apple itunes service. tax authorities say elderly and vulnerable people are becoming victims. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the haitian government is to summon oxfam to explain why it didn't report allegations that oxfam staff had exploited local people for sex following the earthquake there in 2011. the haitian ambassador said his government was appalled that it wasn't informed. four members of staff were dismissed and three resigned. the uk government has said it is reviewing its relationship with the charity. angus crawford reports. it was an earthquake that devastated haiti,
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killing more than 200,000 people, affecting millions more. aid agencies from around the world stepped into the chaos. oxfam, with more than 70 years‘ experience, had hundreds of staff in the field. but an investigation by the times found that in 2011, four staff members were sacked and three others resigned over allegations of misconduct, including paying local women for sex. oxfam says the behaviour of some staff was totally unacceptable. the n60 insists it did inform the charity commission, even issuing a press release at the time, and denies a cover—up. 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 we'd taken action. the government, which gives oxfam more than £30
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million a year, says... "the way this appalling abuse of vulnerable people was dealt with raises serious questions that oxfam must answer". today, fresh claims some of the disgraced staff gotjobs at other aid agencies because oxfam failed to warn them about the misconduct. this is a shudderingly awful tale, terrible on every single level. and, of course, it eclipses the fact that oxfam is one of the most brilliant humanitarian organisations in the world. oxfam has worked in haiti for a0 years, helping more than half a million desperately poor people. now, the behaviour of a few stains its past reputation and threatens its work in the future. angus crawford, bbc news. a little earlier i spoke to the haitian ambassador to the uk. he accused oxfam of a "cover—up"
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and said his government was outraged that the oxfam staff had been allowed to leave the country without the matter being reported to the police. first of all, let me express the shock of my government, after seeing those allegations throughout the investigation by the times. it is really shocking, it is shameful. it is unacceptable. the worst part of it, even though those crimes were reported to the haitian authorities, no action was taken — when they say that, that is an insult. they say the reason they did not take it to the authorities was because they thought nothing would happen. that is insulting. this gentleman, he left the country, and he has been able
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to work for other ngos, you don't know which children are being victimised from this gentleman. therefore, it is appalling. it is something we should condemn. the haitian government is now about to summon oxfam to share those reports, and to explore those legal steps about to be taken against those people. clearly, mistakes have been made and oxfam has said they did not handle it with hindsight as they should have done, what is the important next step that needs to happen? the fact that you have accepted the cover up, the crimes, that is bad. this is shameful behaviour. i'm really pleased that the fact that her majesty's government has
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stepped in, requesting oxfam to share those files, and see what measures can be taken. for our part, the government of haiti, we will call and summon the oxfam representative to share the files. it is not acceptable to do such a thing. even in war zones, those actions are reprehensible. the haitian ambassador to the uk. an israeli jet has crashed after coming under a heavy barrage of syrian anti aircraft fire. the two air crew ejected — one was seriously injured. the plane was taking part in an air raid on a drone base inside syria after israel claimed that an iranian drone had entered its airspace. the syrian government has accused israel of terrorism and has threatened to retaliate.
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our middle east correspondent injerusalem, tom bateman, has been giving us an update. israel has described this as what it calls a blatant and severe violation of its sovereignty. as you said, it accuses iran of being behind the drone that was flown into israeli territory early this morning before the israelis shot it down. they then sent several fighter jets into syrian territory to attack in eastern syria the facility from which they said it was controlled. it was one of those aircraft which came under anti—aircraft fire, as you say, the israeli military says it crashed and one of the pilots, after ejecting, was left seriously injured. as for the iranians, they are accusing israel of lying over this. the syrians have said that they believe that this is israeli aggression. but this does mark perhaps one of the most serious escalations yet between these regional enemies. tom bateman reporting.
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a double—decker bus has overturned in hong kong, killing at least 18 people, and injuring dozens more, on the tai po road in the new territories. sophia tran—thomson has this report. the 12 metre long double—decker crashed in the new territories of hong kong. it was taking spectators and workers home from the racecourse after the last race of the day. the bus appears to have split and flipped onto its side and hit a lamp post which cut through it. it is still unknown what caused the accident but passengers courted by local media have said the bus was running late and driving at a high speed. some passengers managed to climb out of the wreckage on their own, others had to be cut free by the fire brigade. police have so far been unable to confirm how many people were on the bus. the bus company has made a statement, offering their condolences and has said that the driver had a good
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track record. at least 27 people have died when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed on the indonesian island of java. the crash happened when the bus, which had at least a0 people on board, hit a motorbike as it was speeding down a hill in the subang region of west java province, causing it to roll over multiple times. in ireland, sinn fein has a new leaderfor the first time in sa years. gerry adams has stepped down, and been replaced by mary lou mcdonald at a specially convened party conference in dublin. our ireland correspondent, chris page, has been at the conference in dublin. more than 2,000 sinn fein leaders have enthusiastically endorsed the new leader, mary lou mcdonald, in her home city, dublin. she's the only person who put her name forward to succeed gerry adams as leader of sinn fein, no surprise that she has been installed as leader
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of the party, the second biggest in northern ireland and the third biggest in the irish republic. now, gerry adams had the longest career of any major party leader in britain, or ireland, an extremely divisive politician. he was a peacemaker to his supporters but he was at least an apologist for ira violence to his enemies, although he was never a member of that organisation himself. mary lou mcdonald in her speech said that it was time for fresh ideas and bold thinking. the ambition of the party is to be in government on both sides of the border, but whether they get back into government in northern ireland will depend upon negotiations between sinn fein and the democratic unionist party at stormont, word is, in particular, there has been some progress in british and irish governments in the last 2a hours, they have been warning that time
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is running out to get devolution back. whether or not an agreement is possible should become clear over the next week or so, as talks seem to be heading for a crosspoint. now, other issues that mary lou mcdonald touched on in her speech, international issues, the middle east, catalonia, climate change and also more specific to politics here on the island of ireland, the legacy of the conflict in northern ireland, for example, paying tribute to her predecessors who have led sinn fein, and very much put the emphasis on the party's overall aim, achieving a united ireland. she says that she is willing to persuade unionists on that, many of them are extremely suspicious of sinn fein, given the legacy of the past, and in terms of building relationships with them, that will be an uphill struggle for mary lou mcdonald. however, it is hoped that this leader, with a very different
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background to gerry adams, will be able to take sinn fein to new places electorally, and will enable sinn fein to build new relationships in a way that was more difficult for past generation of leaders with direct experience of the conflict in northern ireland. chris page reporting. the north korean leader kimjong—un has invited the south korean president to visit him at the earliest date possible. the historic invitation was given by kim jong—un‘s sister, who's visiting the south for the winter olympics. if it happens, it would be the first summit in more than a decade between korean leaders. laura bicker reports. this is no ordinary messenger. kim yo—jong is the sister of the north korean leader kimjong—un. she's the first of her family to set foot on south korean soil, and this is the moment president moon had hoped and campaigned for. he is careful to greet each delegate, aware of the significance of this meeting.
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as the two sides take their seats, the cameras note a blue folder on the desk. we now know it contained an historic invitation. translation: special envoy kim yo—jong presented a personal letter from kim jong—un to president moon, which contained chairman kim's desire to improve inter—korean relations. kim jong un‘s younger sister is not used to the spotlight. she's usually behind the scenes as master of her brother's image. but, as a pr queen, she is the perfect charmer for the north's charm offensive. it's quite typical of north korea to actually do this kind of thing. they're stealing a little bit of the limelight from south korea, as the whole world's press descend on it, and they're also trying to control the message between the two. it's very, very hard for south korea, even though they've been talking about pressure, sanctions, to basically refuse these kind of advances from north korea. the us vice president has looked increasingly isolated on this visit, refusing to even greet
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the north koreans while pushing for tougher sanctions on the regime. these winter games have provided south korea with a diplomatic breakthrough they never thought possible. but it also presents a serious challengers. does president moon accept this invitation and, if so, under what kind of preconditions? and he's also discovering that in defending his neighbour to the north, he risks alienating a key us ally. laura bicker, bbc news, pyeongchang. the headlines on bbc news: the haitian ambassador tells the bbc his government wants oxfam to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex. israel attacks dozens of syrian targets after one of its f—16 jets came under anti—aircraft fire and crashed. at least 18 people are dead and 60 injured as a double—decker bus overturns in hong kong. president trump has blocked
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the release of a classified democratic party memo over the fbi's russia probe. the memo rebutted claims there was anti—trump bias in the fbi's investigation of russian meddling in the us presidential election. the white house said the memo couldn't be released because it contained classified material. david willis explains more. it was announced last night president trump would not be issuing that memo. there were parts of it that memo. there were parts of it that could compromise national security basically and it was said that if they were able to take out that if they were able to take out that particular language and reissue it, then basically the white house
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would reconsider all of that. the democrats, as you can imagine, are hopping mad about this, they have accused the white house of double standards, they have said that it is clear that from all others that the president has something to hide. you mentioned his feet this morning, basically he said, in essence, that the democrats in advance that this memo of beers would have to be heavily redacted and that by slapping it down the then open the white house to these charges of lack of transparency, if you like. the democrats have said that the memo, which is a lot longer, about ten pages, longer than that of the republicans, provides vital context into this whole surveillance issue and corrects what it calls the m ista kes and corrects what it calls the mistakes and omissions and distortions of the republican memo, which democrats believe was highly selective in its use of facts. now,
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both the fbi and thejustice department recommended that neither this memo is be released to the public. in the case of the republican memo, of course, the white house chose to ignore that advice. david, for those of us outside the washington, dc bubble, just give us a sense of why these memos are so just give us a sense of why these memos are so significant? because as i understand that they will not necessarily prove or disprove whether there was anti—donald trump bias within the fbi. president trump has already claimed that the republican memo vindicates him is or is that investigation into collusion between the two groups affecting the outcome of the presidential elections. you are correct, what this really reveals is a very
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partisan battle on the part of members of the house of representatives intelligence committee, that was set up to oversee matters of this kind, which at one stage was really above politics, but now it has devolved in the light of the russian investigation into the deeply divided committee. —— dissolved. that is the fall and that we are seeing at the moment. 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. our business correspondentjoe lynam says it's a sophisticated scam. they acquire the contact details, call them up and tell them that they have a huge outstanding tax bill and
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that if they do not pay it immediately, they will contact the police, the fraudsters will tell them they will contact the police and they will seize their personal assets. we tell lee can straightaway if they go down to the retailer, by this itunes vouchers with their own money and then, the number. the 16 digit number that you scratch off at the back of these cards, over the phone to others. you would probably suggest, how would that work? that number can produce a lot of stuff on the itunes system, you could buy a book or an iphone. it has a cash value. the criminal could swap that number to someone else who would give them cash. this is why hmrc are no acting, they are urging a lot of retailers to do something about this, to watch out for elderly people coming in, demanding a lot of money worth of itunes vouchers and this is what angela mcdonald was
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telling us earlier today about that. very sadly, since 2016, about 1,500 people have fallen victim to this fraud. it's mainly people who are over 65 and very sadly the loss for each customer has been about £1,150. and last week, we heard of an elderly gentleman aged 81 who had fallen foul of this scam a couple of times and had lost £20,000 as part of that. so hmrc are telling everyone that they would never contact them telling them that they oh so much money as this amount is being discussed. the same applies to apple and itunes, they have said that you can only buy apple staff with an itunes voucher, you cannot pay a tax bill with that. when it comes to working out who is behind this scam, do we have any leads? these are usually boiler rooms, usually men that are picking on numbers that they have bought illegally by someone who might have signed up for
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something a decade ago and left the man by numberand something a decade ago and left the man by number and the number is passed from pillar to post and eventually outlined in the of fraudsters who then chance the arm of all sorts of thousands of unsuspecting victims. joe lynam. traffic light labelling on food and drink should become mandatory after brexit according to the local government association. they say the scheme, which is currently voluntary, helps customers understand what's in the products they buy. charlotte gallagher reports. we're used to seeing these traffic light labels on much of the food and drink we buy. they allow us to see at a glance how much fat, saturate, sugar and salt a product contains. but the labels, which were introduced by the department of health in 2013, are voluntary. the local government association says only around two thirds of products sold in the uk have them. the european union currently regulates food labelling and the lga has called on ministers to make the traffic lights scheme a legal requirement once eu legislation is transferred into british law. it says the scheme is popular with consumers and helps them
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make informed choices about what they are eating and drinking. they believe making the labels mandatory would help tackle britain's obesity crisis. the department of health says it is committed to giving people clear information about what they eat and will continue to help consumers make healthy choices. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. viewers on bbc one willjoin us shortly for a roundup of the day's news with clive myrie — before that tomasz schafernaker has the weather. the weather has been so up and down, at least in terms of the temperatures, swinging from mild to cold. we are back in the mall der temporality de andy cook tonight it will turn cold once again. in fact, rain and snow heading our way, particularly small for scotland and on top of that we have some strong winds as well. that will affect
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northern and central areas of the uk. this is the cloud crossing the country at the moment. this is another weather front end you can see that spin in the weather system and that is a sure—fire sign that it is developing and intensifying. so we will see the winds increasing and the weather are going downhill once more in northern ireland. by the time you get to the afternoon the rain marches and after that we still lost by the better weather. across much of england and wales we have a dream weather systems, one that is clearing in the east for norwich and london and this is the next one coming in behind it, you can see it in the atlantic, these are snow showers that will be in place over the uk within the next 2a hours. here is the low pressure, you can see that wet weather and the snow, lots of that mixing and merely following across scotland, the southern uplands. ring to the south, you can see isobars squeezing together, gale force winds for the irish sea, windy in miniature —— when in manchester and liverpool.
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50, 60 mph gusts easily. temperatures above freezing but colder in the north, not far of freezing and tomorrow that low— pressure freezing and tomorrow that low—pressure pulls away, videos will be going across busy but for the course of lincolnshire and east anglia, very windy for a time. a mixture of sunny spells and frequent wintry showers, the wintry showers will be across the northern areas, one or two getting into parts of wales and the midlands, possibly the south—east. the temperatures might briefly touched 8 degrees but it will not feel like it in the strong winds. this is actually sunday night, we are in the cold air, the kerem al and this isobars have been pushed. during the course of sand into monday, you can see the wintry showers across the north but also quite a bit of sunshine havant as well for many of us, monday. temperatures getting up to around about 8 degrees. goodbye.
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the chief executive of all the moments we could have been more open but that there was no cover—up. the main street is reviewing its relationship with the charity. it was an earthquake that devastated haiti, killing more than 200,000 people, affecting millions more. aid agencies from around the world stepped into the chaos. oxfam, with more than 70 years' experience, had hundreds of staff in the field. but an investigation by the times found that in 2011, four staff members were sacked and three others resigned over allegations of misconduct, including paying local women for sex. oxfam says the behaviour of some staff was totally unacceptable. the ngo insists it did inform the charity commission, even issuing a press release at the time, and denies a cover—up. oxfam was actually proactive
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in going to the british public, the department for international development and the charity commission to explain that there had been serious misconduct and we'd taken action. the government, which gives oxfam more than £30 million a year, says... "the way this appalling abuse of vulnerable people was dealt with raises serious questions that oxfam must answer". today damaged street cold this allegation shocking and demanded a fool investigation. —— downing street. today, fresh claims some of the disgraced staff gotjobs at other aid agencies because oxfam failed to warn them about the misconduct. it is clear that this is a cover—up. but the fact that they were allowed to leave the country without any punishment, without even informing the authorities about that, it was a cover—up. the authorities about that, it was a
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cover-up. haiti want oxfam to hand over relevant documents. now, the behaviour of a few stains its past reputation and threatens its work in the future. angus crawford, bbc news. an israeli jet has crashed after coming under a heavy barrage of syrian anti aircraft fire. the two air crew ejected — one was seriously injured. the plane was taking part in an air raid on a drone base inside syria after israel claimed that an iranian drone had entered its airspace. the syrian government has accused israel of terrorism and has threatened to retaliate. the foreign secretary borisjohnson is in bangladesh. nearly 7000 people have been forced to leave their homes after a military crackdown began six months ago. reeta
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chakrabarti began six months ago. reeta chakra barti is travelling began six months ago. reeta chakrabarti is travelling with the foreign secretary. cries are welcome to a guest from the people who have been kicked out of the home. we will try to get you back home, guys. borisjohnson came to see and hear from himself from the victims of this huge man—made disaster. he heard story after story of arson, rape and murder. committed, say the victims, by the military and buddhist mobs in myanmar. i am very sorry to hear that. what do you think of what you have heard so far? it is overwhelming and obviously these people have seen some pretty horrifying things. i am very conscience that we are speaking to the young people and you do not want to trigger terrible memories for them. it is very clear that with the case of the guy who had only narrowly escaped and two had almost
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lost his daughter and been beaten and he had to ransom his daughter back and kept breaking down in tears... the people that boris johnson is meeting are all in limbo. bangladesh does not want them here permanently but they cannot go back to myanmar without guarantees of safety. so what can best do to help? it is about finding a political solution and an answer in myanmar to create the conditions for a safe and dignified return for these people. that is what they want and they want to go back, but they do not feel safe. that is the message the foreign secretary is taking to myanmar, where we landed tonight. he admitsa myanmar, where we landed tonight. he admits a safe return for the rank of people present the looks unrealistic, it is a tough diplomatic battle that he has defied. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news. the father of an eleven—year—old schoolgirl who was stabbed in wolverhampton, says he's "utterly devastated" by her death. jasmine forrester‘s father simeon said she "was a shining star
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and a huge part of us". detectives are questioning a 51—year—old relative on suspicion of murder. jeremy corbyn has promised to bring a large number of privatised utilities, back into public control. the labour leader told a conference in london that the uk should be following "a global tide of public ownership." we need to put britain at the forefront of the wave of international change in favour of public democratic ownership and control of our services and utilities. from india to canada across the world, people are waking up across the world, people are waking up to the fact that privatisation has failed, and taking back control of the public services. north korea's leader kimjong—un has invited the south korean president for talks, at the "earliest date possible." the historic invitation was given by kim jong—un's sister, who's visiting the south for the winter olympics. if talks do take place, they'd be the first in more than a decade
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between korean leaders. and with all the action from the winter olympics and the rest of a busy day of sport let's join lizzie greenwood hughes at the bbc sports centre. hello, we'll start with red beavers are going on at twickenham in the second week of the six nations. england against wales, it's england 12— wales three just before half—time. earlier ireland moved up one gearfrom last half—time. earlier ireland moved up one gear from last week ‘s narrow win over france by thumping italy 56-19. win over france by thumping italy 56—19. jacob stockdale scored two of their tries in dublin as ireland topped the table. eight tries at the stoop where england's teenager helped the defending champions demolish wales 52—0. scotland play france later. harry kane scored the only goal at wembley as tottenham
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beat arsenal in the north london derby. they say there is no place like home and after moving into wembley at the beginning of the season, tottenham seemed to have the place where they like it, unbeaten at the national stadium since october last year. time now to invite the neighbours around. in front of a record—breaking crowd, the first 45 minutes were as dismal as the weather. harry kane with the only chance before the break. but just minutes into the second half, the premier league's top goal—scorer rose to the occasion to make his seventh goal in seven games against arsenal. but for tottenham ‘s continued dominance they failed to capitalise on chance after chance. petr cech appearing sometimes to keep the visitors single—handedly out. further agony for arsenal as alexander lacazette missed a golden chance in the final moments. a blow to arsenal's top four hopes as spurs no—go seven points clear of their
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north london rivals. but who really get on with their neighbours? holly hamilton bbc news. former republic of ireland midfielder liam miller has died aged 36, he had cancer. there was one minute's silence before the scottish cup win against roddick has had to remember him. —— before the win against partick thistle. the winter olympics in full flow, a mixed day for team gb, the men's snowboarders crashed out in the heats but italy's christie is safely through to the quarterfinals of the 500 metres speed shot struck. she is britain's biggest medal hope. commentator: christie goes to the front. ely ‘s christies soon showed precisely why. she led her 500 metres heat from start to finish, setting a new olympic record. it was some statement of intent. after her
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disqualification at the last games, what a relief. but i was so nervous! i was like, i'm not going to do this because i was so i was like, i'm not going to do this because i was so nervous. i was like, i'm not going to do this because i was so nervous. but then i was so excited and i'm just glad i got to race in front of everyone again. although british hopes in the snowboarding came crashing down. jamie nicholls and team mate billy morgan both tumbling out of the slopestyle event. the women's cross country skiing meanwhile produced the first gold medallist of the games, victor rhee for charlotte colour from sweden. but games, victor rhee for charlotte colourfrom sweden. but for team gb an opening day of mixed fortunes, disappointment on the snow but italy's christie's hopes of gold off to the perfect start. —— italy's christie's hopes. that's it from me, plenty more on the bbc sport website including news of another twenty20 defeat for england's cricketers. thank you, lizzie. that's it, i'll be back with the late news a little
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later, but now on bbc news it's time for the news where you are. hello, this is bbc news. downing street has said that it is reviewing its relationship with the charity oxfam, in the light of claims that some of its staff in haiti exploited local people for sex following the earthquake there in 2011. oxfam dismissed some workers and reported the matter to the charity commission. a little earlier i spoke to the haitian ambassador to the uk. he accused oxfam of a "cover—up" and said his government was outraged that the oxfam staff had been allowed to leave the country without the matter being reported to the police. first of all let me express the shock of my government after seeing those allegations throughout those
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investigations. it is really shocking, it is shameful, and it is not acceptable. and the worst part of it is the fact that when they say, even though those crimes will have been reported to the haitian authorities no action will have been taken. it is really an insult. you say the reason that they didn't take it to the haitian authorities is that they believed nothing would happen. yes, and the fact that this gentleman left the country, now he will have worked for all the ngos come you don't know how many kids would have been victimised by this gentleman. therefore, it is appalling. it is something we should condemn.
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the haitian government is now about to summon oxfam to share those reports, and to explore those legal steps about to be taken against those people. clearly, mistakes have been made and oxfam has said they did not handle it, with hindsight, as they should have done, what is the important next step that needs to happen? mistake is a weak word to use. the fact that you have accepted the cover up, the crimes, that is bad. this is shameful behaviour. i'm really pleased that the fact
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that her majesty's government has stepped in, requesting oxfam to share those files, and see what measures can be taken. for our part, the government of haiti, we will call and summon the oxfam representative to share the files. it is not acceptable to do such a thing. even in war zones, those actions are reprehensible. when you see it, even the actions reported to the authorities of haiti, no action taken, that means right now you do not know, we may be dealing with a paedophile case, because when you say those actions would not be taken against those people, it is not acceptable. i think oxfam should look to itself, deeply, if they want to rebuild the trust, they had, then they need to do some others. no stone should be left unturned. are you confident that oxfam will be ready to hand over whatever material
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and information they have? have you had in a guarantee from them that they are likely to assent to that? that's like i'm telling you, if they wa nt to that's like i'm telling you, if they want to rebuild trust, they have to be cooperative and hand over those files, so legal actions will be taken against those who have committed those crimes. because it is not acceptable nowadays, even though things were committed seven yea rs though things were committed seven years ago it doesn't matter when, what matters is that a crime has been committed because we are dealing with a sewage situation with a possible case of paedophilia. one of my regrets is to know that this man was allowed to leave the country without any punishment and now he's working for the energy ox without any punishment and now he's working for the energy 0x 2-mac. you mention trust, so important, oxfam has worked in haiti for a long time,
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a number of oxfam workers have no fallen under suspicion, but now that oxfam workers who i am sure you accept oxfam workers who i am sure you a cce pt to oxfam workers who i am sure you accept to a marvellous job... of course, absolutely. hope to restore trust? that's the most important thing. we have more good people working in those ngos than bad ones. but the work of the good ones can sometimes be overshadowed when a small group of them, you know, commits such horrendous crimes. i strongly believe, my government would be very serious about it. but oxfa m would be very serious about it. but oxfam are still welcome in haiti? of course, oxfam will still be welcome in haiti because we need to take into account the greatjob they've been doing for the last 40 years. but that doesn't mean to close our
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eyes to those very shameful actions that some have committed. the situation is even, its also alarming. the president has ordered alarming. the president has ordered a review of all ngos in haiti because we suspected some of them... uvula problem may go wider? the problem, i believe is even wider. what is the shame is that oxfam is one of the most well respected ngos in haiti, to have such a cover—up, not to report those crimes. because when she said, after the earthquake there was a situation of chaos and something, haiti did not stop existing. it was not a lawless country. i don't understand how you don't report those kind of crimes. because you believe no action will
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have been taken and it is really shameful. and i believe action will be taken and hopefully oxfam will be corporative in these investigations. the haitian ambassador to the uk. i'll be back at six o'clock with the headlines. now on bbc news.....the film review. hello, a very warm welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. so mark, what do we have this week? we have black panther, which opens on tuesday. we have pad man, based on a true, inspiring story. and 50 shades freed, it all comes to an end. black panther, why isn't it opening until tuesday? i presume it is because it will give
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it a long opening weekend. it has been eagerly awaited. chadwick boseman is t'challa, black panther, who ascends to the throne of wakanda. at the beginning of the film, it is a technologically advanced society and they must keep their secrets away from the rest of the world in case it falls into the wrong hands. inevitably, to some extent it does. the movie pays great attention to character and detail. here is a clip. remote driving system activated. wait, which side of the road is it? just drive. keep calm! let's go! look at your suit.
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you have been taking bullets, charging it up with kinetic energy. pull around the track. where did he go?! show off. that is the most generic stuff. there's much more interesting stuff in the film.
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it is co—written and directed by ryan coogler. its strengths are threefold. it looks great. the world of wakanda is superbly realised. you really feel that you're in that world and it is well evoked. the second thing, it sounds great, everything from the sharp dialogue to the superb music keeps the action moving along. it really involves you in the characters. it is well played. it is a really good cast. but the most important thing is, you believe in the world of the film. you believe in the characters and you know and understand the characters' motivation. i am not a huge comic books fan. i often find myself out of my depth. the thing about this is, it works on its own terms as a stand—alone piece. there has been a lot written about the importance of this movie at this moment. but it will only work if the film itself works as a rip—roaring piece of entertainment, and it does. it is important, but i can look at that and say, as well documented on this programme, action films are not my thing, but they are the thing of my other half. our debate will be, is it two hours of my life i will never get back?
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and she will say, no, we have to go and see it. you get the spectacle, all the stuff you want and it does look and sound wonderful. but you know the characters, you like them and understand them. this is a world where there are no gender imbalances you often get. men and women are on an equal playing field. when they have the big fight sequences, even i understood who everyone was, who they were fighting, why they were fighting and what they were trying to do with their time. as a piece of drama, it is well laid out. i really enjoyed it. i might have a hope. iam normally nudging, going, what? who is this person? why are they doing that? if i can understand it, anyone can understand it! you give me hope. pad man. sounds unusual? hindi film directed by r balki.
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it is a man in india who invented a low—cost machine for making sanitary pads. he's credited with breaking the taboo around menstruation. lakshi is a newlywed young man who doesn't understand why his new bride spends five days of every month outside the house. then he is appalled by the shame and silence in which the women around him suffer every month. he designs a machine to make low—cost sanitary pads, which will not only protect the health of the women but provide employment. but he does so in a culture in which there is a lot of shame around this subject. the director of the film said he wanted to make the story as accessible as possible. he does, it has slapstick comedy, music sequences, laughs, romance and tension. it is a joyful and uplifting film. it is telling this story, which has its roots in a real—life story. it is a fictionalised version of a real—life story, but it does stick close to the truth. it is charmingly done and playing
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to the widest possible audience, and succeeding in taking that story and making it completely accessible, and it is charming and uplifting. another hit. fantastic, wonderful story. based on a true story, which is more than can be said for 50 shades freed. the final instalment based on the e ljames books. we do have twilight to thank for this. the story is, having tamed christian grey, anastasia must see if she can find independence and happiness within their marriage. here is a clip. you do want to have kids someday, right? someday, sure. you don't really sound sure. you know what i am sure about?
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that's great steak. christian... do you not want to have kids? of course. one day, just not now. i'm not ready to share you with anyone. he doesn't want children. i can tell her that now. is that the end of the film? there is a narrative arc... it is easy to sneer at the fifty shades movies because they are not very good. the first one was directed by sam taylor—johnson, she tried to do something interesting, but it was too restricted. the second one stuck to the ear—scraping dialogue of the source. it is badly written, the actors are doing their best with pretty intolerable dialogue.
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james foley is directing on autopilot. he is an interesting director, but he has been given this as a safe pair of hands. it ends up looking like a promo simply for a glamorous lifestyle for fast cars and designer apartments. although there is some kinky fetishism, it is very peripheral. what the film is interested in is, look at that private jet. it is a film about possessions and about those kind of aspirations. in the end it ends up looking like a commercial or pop promo. it makes you look back to the days of nine and a half weeks and think wow, what a ground—breaking, citizen kane—like movie that was. i don't know why people get angry because it is playing to a certain audience who are devoted to it. it will pack the audiences out on the first weekend. i am clearly not the target audience. as a cinemagoer, the first one was the only one that was vaguely
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interesting, and the next two arejust dull. fantastically unremarkable. but you cannot criticise the cast. if anybody gave you that dialogue to read, laurence olivier would struggle to deliver some of those lines, which are on the level of, is everything all right? can i get you a latte? laughter. i think i will see black panther. have you seen phantom thread again, the last time we met you had seen it four times. just the four so far. i lovejonny greenwood's score. he's been oscar—nominated. people say they don't like the central character. you are not meant to like him, he is meant to be difficult. vicky krieps is terrific.
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lesley manville steals the show. i think it is paul thomas anderson's best film since punch drunk love and they make a great cracked romance double bill. i would watch phantom thread again but alongside punch drunk love. there is something about it. there was an interesting discussion about whether the costumes he designs are deliberately not very good. everybody says he is a fabulous dress designer but the first thing he designs looks like somebody dressed up like the queen of hearts. but that is kind of the point, i like it. it's certainly a talking point. the dvd, loving vincent. this reminds me of our conversation last week when i said can you watch blade runner on a dvd, it is the same about loving vincent. it is an extraordinary achievement in technical terms. an oil—painted animated movie, as far as i know the world's first. the narrative is a bit flimsy,
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it is about going back to find out what happened in vincent van gogh‘s life. i have seen it on the big screen and the small screen and it has the same... it is hypnotising, like watching paintings you know moving around. slightly odd, but stunning. if you have it on dvd, you can go back and watch it again and marvelling at the hours of work that must have gone into creating it. six years of painting to create the film. astonishing. an interesting week. a quick reminder, you can find all the film news and reviews across the bbc on the website. all our previous programmes are on the iplayer as well. that's it for this week, enjoy your cinemagoing. bye bye.
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a lot happening on the weather fronts over the next few days. tonight, it is not looking pretty, a real mix of other heading our way. we have strong winds, we have rain, and some snow as well. the snow will fall mostly across northern and north—western parts of the uk. this is the satellite image, the next weather front approaching, let's is the satellite image, the next weatherfront approaching, let's put that into motion again, you can see cold aircoming that into motion again, you can see cold air coming out at the far north and of greenland, encountering the mild air in the south, this band is where the weather front is and here is where the snow will start falling, so as we go through this evening, this is basically now, it's
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approaching ireland, it will be raining in northern ireland, that raining in northern ireland, that rain will stop spreading into western areas, low pressure is forming and look how that rain tends to snow across the north—west of the uk. some areas will see a covering. on top of that gale force winds in the north—west, very windy inland as well, from coast to coast so anywhere from liverpool to hull it will be blustery, and windy in the south, less windy and the weather will be clearer through the cause of the night compared to areas of the north, look at these wintry showers, lots of them, not all heading our way, strong north—westerly winds, this is what it looks like sunday afternoon, brisk bright conditions in the south and many eastern areas, thatis in the south and many eastern areas, that is where we will get those wintry showers and some of those cheeky showers will sneak through
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towards the south potentially as well. this is sunday, into monday we are in that cold air, thejet well. this is sunday, into monday we are in that cold air, the jet stream racing out of the north, the mild air pushed all the way down into spain and portugal, so we are sitting in that cold air mass about the outlook for monday's soap chile bride frosty start but weather front stuck in that cold air and this weather front will be a troublemaker when it comes to later on monday. ahead of it a lot of suntan and the weather will be fine but monday night duties take this weather front will run into that cold air and current thinking is that across many northern and western parts of the uk the rainwater into snow, especially in the north pennines and scotland you could get a good covering first thing on tuesday morning so keep up—to—date and stay one step ahead. bye bye. this is bbc news.
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the headlines at 6pm... the haitian ambassador tells the bbc his government wants oxfam to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex. the worst part is when they say if those crimes were reported to the haitian authorities no action would have been taken — it's really an insult. israel attacks dozens of syrian targets after one of its f—16 jets came under anti—aircraft fire and crashed. at least 18 people are dead and 60 injured as a double—decker bus overturns in hong kong. also in the next hour... the foreign secretary visits bangladesh to meet rohingya refugees. nearly 700,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, after a military crackdown in myanmar.
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