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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm... 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 asserts that it will defend itself against attack after one of its f—16 jets crashes after coming under syrian anti—aircraft fire. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is in bangladesh, where he's been meeting rohingya refugees, who've escaped violence in neighbouring myanmar. 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 is safely through to the quarterfinals. triple world champion short—track speed skater, elise christie, sets an olympic record in her opening heat in the 500m event. and england hang on to beat wales
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at twickenham in a close—fought match in the six nations rugby. good evening and welcome to bbc news. haiti's ambassador to the uk, has told the bbc he believes oxfam did try to "cover—up" details of the use of prostitutes by some of its aid workers in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. oxfam's chief executive said the charity could have been more open about its investigation, but insisted there was no cover—up. downing street says the government is reviewing its relationship with the charity. angus crawford has the details. 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. the n60 says it launched an investigation and kept the charity commission fully informed, something the commission now disputes. oxfam's leadership denies there has been 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. more than £30 million of taxpayers‘
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money is given to oxfam by the government every year. today, downing street called the allegations truly shocking and demanded a full and urgent investigation. 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, it is a cover—up case. the fact that those folks were allowed to leave the country without any punishment, without even informing relevant haitian authorities about that, it was a cover—up. haiti wants oxfam to hand over all relevant documents so justice be served there. so justice can be served there. the behaviour of a few has stained the charity's past reputation and now threatens its work in the future. angus crawford, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story —
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and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are anne ashworth, associate editor of the times and bonnie greer, playwright and writer for the new european. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has said tonight that his country will defend itself against any attack or attempt to violate its sovereignty. his statement comes amid increased tensions between israel and its neighbours, syria and iran. the israeli military says it's attacked targets in syria, including air defence systems and sites linked to iran. earlier, an israeli f—16 fighter jet crashed after being shot down by syria. our middle east correspondent, tom bateman, reports from jerusalem. what was left on israeli soil of one
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of the country's most advanced fighter jets. the plane crashed after the two pilots ejected, said israel, amid syrian anti—aircraft fire. one pilot was left severely injured. israel has said that it scrambled the planes in response to this... a drone sent allegedly by iranian forces in syria into israeli airspace. it was destroyed. israel then hit the site that it said the drone had come from, before further strikes against what it called iranian targets in syria. syrian state tv called it a glorious morning and claimed the country shot down the israeli plane. israel is wary of the threat across its northern border, with the syrian regime backed by iran and its proxies,
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like these hezbollah fighters, back in control of much territory. syria's conflict has drawn in her neighbours, there have been dozens of israeli air strikes in syria in recent years. in december, israel hit what it said was a newly—built iranian military site. as recently as this week, a suspected chemical weapons factory was targeted. iran has accused israel of lies, claiming it has only military advisers in syria. there are likely to be more hastily—called meetings, here at the israeli prime minister's office, about how to deal with what he sees as the growing threat from iran. israel has said that it does not want an escalation in syria, but in a highly volatile atmosphere, where any of the players is capable of miscalculation, there remains open the distinct possibility of precisely that. tom bateman, bbc news, jerusalem. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is in bangladesh,
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where he's been meeting rohingya refugees, who've escaped violence in neighbouring myanmar. nearly 700,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, after a military crackdown began six months ago. reeta chakrabarti is travelling with the foreign secretary. cries of "welcome" to a guest from a people who have been kicked out of their home. we will try to get you back home, guys. borisjohnson came to see and hear for himself from the victims of this huge man—made disaster. he heard story after story of arson, rape and murder. committed, say the rohingya victims, by the military and buddhist mobs in myanmar. i am very sorry. what do you think of what you have heard so far? it is overwhelming and obviously these people have seen some
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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 who had almost lost his daughter and been beaten and he had to ransom his daughter back and kept breaking down in tears... the people that borisjohnson 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 britain do to help? it is about finding a political solution and an answer in myanmar, from burma, 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 he landed tonight. he admits a safe return for the rohingya presently looks
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unrealistic, it is a very tough diplomatic battle that he has to fight. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news, on the myanmar—bangladesh border. 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. as the two sides take their seats, the cameras note a blue
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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 the north koreans while pushing
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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. serious challenges. 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. president trump has blocked 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. we can speak to our washington correspondent, david willis. it is the battle of the memos, very
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confusing, take us through it, please. yes, it is a little bit confusing, so i would recommend some popcorn and a comfy seat! we will attempt to talk about it now. last week president from signed off on the release of a dip other can memo, detailing what it said were surveillance abuses on the part of the fbi involving a former trump campaign aide, a man called carter page, back in 2016. the fbi and the justice department chair advised against him releasing that e—mail, that memo, but he decided to do so regardless. then, the republicans got the rebuttal of that e—mail together, they sent it to the president, this time, he decided to go with the advice of the fbi and the justice department, go with the advice of the fbi and thejustice department, exactly the
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same, not to be set. and he decided to block it. the president is a republican and democrat are of course up republican and democrat are of course up in republican and democrat are of course up in arms course up in arms about this and have that this underlines the fact that the president has something to hide, they have accused him of double standards. president tom took to twitter this morning to basically say the very fact that the democrats submitted a memo to him, which needed to be so heavily redacted, was a sign that they were setting him upfor was a sign that they were setting him up for accusations of lack of transparency. —— presidents trump. why do they care about this? because this is all part and parcel, some have alleged, the republican attempt to discredit or undermine the findings of the special counsel's investigation into alleged links between the trump campaign and russia, as far as the outcome of the
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2016 presidential election was concerned. so, there you have it, i will lie down in a darkened room after that. not quite, stick with this, i have one more question! what is the likelihood that this memo will see the light of the any time soon? very good question. they have two options, the democrats, they can ta ke two options, the democrats, they can take it back and redact the bits that the president's council, don mcgann, has said it needs to be redacted, and any can be submitted to the president or they can seek a vote of the full house to override this decision by president trump not to release the democratic memo, but, of course, republicans have the majority in the house and it would be unlikely that that vote would go the way of releasing this memo. so i would suggest that it's it is uncertain at the moment. as is so much here at the moment. david willis, thank you very much. thank you. david willis in washington.
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the father of an 11—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 and a huge part of us". detectives are questioning a 51—year—old relative, on suspicion of murder. gerry adams‘ 34—year tenure as leader of sinn fein has come to an end, as mary lou mcdonald formally took over as party president. in her first speech as leader, mcdonald told delegates in dublin it was time for the party to embrace fresh thinking and bold ideas. she also said she wanted to secure and win a referendum on irish unity. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says that returning britain‘s energy system to public ownership is the best way of going green. speaking at a conference outlining labour‘s alternative models of ownership, mr corbyn said labour needs to take a radical approach to battling climate change. in 1945, we elected a labour
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government to take control of the country that was ravaged by six yea rs of country that was ravaged by six years of war. clem attlee‘s labour government knew that the only way to rebuild our economy was to a decisive turn to collective action. necessary action, to help avert climate catastrophe requires us to be at least as radical as that government was, if not more. tackling global warming will not be achieved by warm words. —— clement attlee. 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 asserts that it will defend itself against attack —— itself against attack after one of its f—16 jets crashes after coming under syrian anti—aircraft fire. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is in bangladesh, where he‘s been meeting rohingya
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refugees, who‘ve escaped violence in neighbouring myanmar. let‘s get more now on our main story. the department for international development is reviewing its work with oxfam, following claims the charity covered up the use of prostitutes by some of its aid workers in earthquake—hit haiti. oxfam insists it publicised the action it took against the workers, some of whom were fired. earlier my colleague 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 the investigation by the times.
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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 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,
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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 the 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 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
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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 oxfam will be
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ready to hand over any material or information that they have? have you had any guarantees? if you want to rebuild the trust that we had with them and they must be quarter and if otherwise legal actions will be taken against those who have committed those crimes. it is unacceptable nowadays, even though something was committed seven years ago, that does not matter. what matters is the crime that has been committed because we‘re dealing with the situation with a possible case ofa the situation with a possible case of a paedophile. therefore one of my regrets is to know about this man who was allowed to leave the country without any punishment and is now there‘s working for one of the ngos. you mentioned trust and clearly that is so important, oxfam has worked in haiti for a long time and there is a
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case where a number of oxfam workers have come under suspicion, there have come under suspicion, there have been horrifying allegations, that there are also other workers however that do a greatjob. i am sure you would admit that. so how do you restore the trust going forward? that is the most important thing, there are more good people working within those ngos than the bad ones. but the work of the good ones sometimes can be overshadowed when the small group of the bad ones cause such horrendous crimes. i strongly believe that my government will be very serious about it. but oxfa m will be very serious about it. but oxfam remain welcome in haiti? of course, it will still be welcome in haiti because we need to take into account the great work that they have been doing for the last 40 yea rs, have been doing for the last 40 years, but that does not mean that
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they can not look at the shameful actions that have been committed. the situation, it is also alarming and a big concern for others. we need a review of all the ngos in haiti because we suspect that the problem might be wider spread. you believe the problem is widespread? yes, i believe so. it is the fact that oxfam is one of the well—respected ngos in haiti, for them to have such a cover—up and not to report those crimes that is shameful behaviour. because after the earthquake there was the situation of chaos, but haiti and its people did not stop existing. haiti was continuing and i do not understand why they were not
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reporting those crimes. just because you believe no action would have been taken? it is shameful and i believe action will be taken and hopefully, oxfam people will be cooperative and allow us to investigate. 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 sha tin racecourse after the last race of the day. the bus appears to have slid and flipped onto its side and hit a lamppost which cut through it. it is still unknown what caused the accident but passengers quoted by local media have said the bus was running late and driving at high speeds. 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
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their condolences and has said that the driver had a good track record. major retailers in the uk are being urged to protect shoppers from an itunes gift card scam, which is conning victims out of thousands of pounds. hm revenue and customs says elderly and vulnerable people are being targeted, as our business correspondent, joe lynam explains. they acquire the contact details of elderly people and call them up and suggest that they have a huge tax bill outstanding and that if they do not immediately get then the fraudsters will contact the police 01’ sees fraudsters will contact the police or sees their personal assets. they then suggest they can be paid straightaway, go down to your local retailer, by this i vouchers with
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your own money and then call out the number, the 16 digit number that you scratch off on the back of these cards, over the phone and two others. you will ask, how does that work? that number can produce a lot of stuff on the itunes system, you could purchase an iphone or whatever as well as songs. it has the cash value, so the criminal could swap that number to someone else in exchange for cash. this is why hmrc anna lo acting, they are urging a lot of retailers to do something about this and watch out for elderly people coming in and demanding a lot of money worth of itunes vouchers. this is what angela mcdonald told 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.
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so, if such a call comes through, hang—up is the message, the same applies to apple and apple itunes. we have said you can only purchase apple stuff but then itunes voucher, you cannot pay a tax bill with it. samuel ljackson has been leading the tributes to reg e cathey, best known for his roles in house of cards and the wire, who has died at the age of 59. the actor died at his home in new york — reports say — after battling cancer. cathey won an emmy for playing the rib—shack owner freddy hayes in the political thriller house of cards. samuel ljackson described him as "brilliant actor, humourist and friend". let us see how the weather is looking. thank you very much. it was a disappointing saturday with a band of rain stretching from the west to the east. it has cleared for most of the east. it has cleared for most of
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the country but it is arriving now, maureen, for northern ireland and wales. there is an area of low pressure moving through but there will be a spell of gale force winds for wales and snow for the north. this was the first band of being the source spreading through the day. this is the next area of rain pushing into northern ireland. as we speak it is tied in with the saviour of low pressure. it is a feature, a lwa ys of low pressure. it is a feature, always a severe case because as a feature of the winds will pick up and squeezed isoba rs feature of the winds will pick up and squeezed isobars which occurs across england and wales through the rest of receiving and overnight. 40, 40 five miles an hour this evening. 50, 60 40 five miles an hour this evening. 50,60 mph forthe 40 five miles an hour this evening. 50, 60 mph for the coast. they could see even 70 mph for the north—west of england and the east of england into the early hours. a spell of snow in the north, it could be heavy for the south of scotland and wintry showers for northern ireland. further south, despite the winds, it
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will be quieter with clear skies, it will be quieter with clear skies, it will be quieter with clear skies, it will be chilly and watch out for some eyes across the north—east of scotland. sunday morning then, the is from the south and south—east of the country, the wind it down. it is a looking the and the second part of the weekend is betterfor the a looking the and the second part of the weekend is better for the south and east of the country, whereas in the west we will see sunshine and blustery showers, wintry in nature, with some accumulation of snow continuing across the west of scotland. temperatures between 2 degrees and seven celsius. it will remain cold. the winds are coming in on monday for the atlantic and we will see further showers for the west. monday is shaping up to be a decent day however, a ridge of high pressure brings light winds and we should seek sunshine for most of the country. just a few wintry showers across the north—west and the highlands. this feature however will make inroads during the course of tuesday and that is going to move through fairly quickly on tuesday.
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then we will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers through tuesday afternoon, again, on the coal site and as we head into wednesday, another spell of rain and something another spell of rain and something a little less cold, double—figure values across the south for a time. it turns colder towards the end of the week. hello, the bbc news headlines. the haitian ambassador tells the bbc his government will summon the oxfam representative in haiti to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex following the 2011 earthquake. israel asserts that it will defend itself against attack — after one of its f16 jets crashes after coming under syrian


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