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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: haiti has accused oxfam of covering—up allegations that aid workers helping earthquake victims in the country paid for sex. the fact that those folks were allowed to leave the country without any punishment without even informing the haitian authorities about that, it was a cover—up. cross—border confrontations between israeli warplanes and iranian—backed forces in syria have triggered concern in both moscow and washington. a five—year—old boy who was pulled out of a river in ballymena, county antrim has died in hospital. also coming up: a tough match in the six nations, where england hang on to beat wales at twickenham in a close—fought contest. at 11:30pm, we'll bring you a lively conversation about tomorrow's front pages in our paper review. wait, which side of the road is it?
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god's sake, just drive! and at 11:16pm in the film review, mark kermode joins jane hill to talk about black panther. 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 earthquake in 2010. the charity's chief executive admits they could have been more open, but insisted there was no attempt to hide the truth. it was an earthquake
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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. the n60 says it launched an investigation and kept the charity commission fully informed, something the commission now disputes. oxfam's leadership denies there's 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' money is given to oxfam by the government every year.
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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's a cover—up case. the fact that those folks were allowed to leave the country without any punishment, without even informing the haitian authorities about that. it was a cover—up. now the fact that they did such a crime, or there was such a cover—up, 110w crime, or there was such a cover—up, now we are wondering how many of those cases are still happening in haiti. we don't know. the haitian authorities want oxfam to hand
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overall relevant authorities want oxfam to hand overall releva nt docu ments authorities want oxfam to hand overall relevant documents 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. tensions between israel and syria have intensified after israeli fighter planes launched bombing raids across the border following the shooting down of one of its jets. israel says it's been targetting iranian positions on syrian territory used to fly drones over israeli airspace. 0ur middle east correspondent, tom bateman, reports. what was left on israeli soil of one of the country's most advanced fighter jets. it crashed after its two pilots ejected, said israel, amid syrian anti—aircraft fire. 0ne pilot was left severely injured. israel said it scrambled the planes in response to this, a drone allegedly sent by iranian forces in syria into israeli airspace. it was destroyed.
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israel then hit the site it said the drone had come from, before further strikes against what it called iranian targets in syria. i've been warning for some time about the dangers of iran's military entrenchment in syria. iran seeks to use syrian territory to attack israel for its professed goal of destroying israel. israel is wary about the threat across its northern border, with the syrian regime, backed by iran and its proxies 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
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factory was targeted. iran has accused israel of lies, claiming it has only military advisers in syria. israel says it doesn't 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, boris johnson, has been in bangladesh, where he's visited rohingya refugees, escaping 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 was with the foreign secretary as he visited the balukhali camp. cries of "welcome" to a guest from a people who have been kicked out of their home. we're going to try and get you back home, guys. borisjohnson came to see and hear
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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'm very sorry. what do you think of what you've heard so far? well, it's overwhelming and obviously these people have seen some pretty horrifying things and you're very conscious when talking to them, the young people, you don't want to trigger terrible memories for them. it was very clear with the case of the guy who'd only narrowly escaped and who'd almost lost his daughter, who'd been beaten, and had to ransom his daughter back. he kept breaking down in tears. the people that borisjohnson is meeting here are all in limbo. bangladesh doesn't want
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them here permanently but they can't go back to myanmar without guarantees of safety. so what can britain do to help? it's about finding a political solution, finding an answer in myanmar, from burma, creating the conditions for a safe, dignified return for these people. that's what they want. they do want to go back but they don't feel safe. that's the message the foreign secretary is taking to myanmar, where he landed tonight. he admits a safe return for the rohingya presently looks unrealistic. it's a very tough diplomatic battle he has to fight. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news. 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. a small boy who fell into a fast
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flowing river in northern ireland and was swept four miles down stream has died. the youngster, who was five, fell into the braid river near ballymeana in county antrim. he was eventually pulled out and later airlifted to hospital where he died this evening. declan harvey reports. sirens the boy was in the water for around 90 minutes being dragged almost four miles downstream. rescuers frantically following and trying to catch up. as rescue teams worked their way along the riverfrom one bridge to the next through ballymena, many locals lined the river bank. it's thought the child originally fell into the river braid near the ecos centre, and was finally lifted from the water at the galgorm castle golf course. the air ambulance which had been circling overhead landed quickly, later taking the boy to the royal belfast hospital
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for sick children. the northern ireland ambulance service said the thoughts and prayers of all those involved in the rescue were with the young boy and his family. 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. 0ur washington correspondent, david willis, explained more. last week, basically the republicans came up with a memo detailing what they said were surveillance abuses on the part of the fbi involving a former trump campaign aide called carter page. that was back in 2016. bot the fbi and thejustice department recommended to president trump,
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who ultimately has to sign off on these releases, that he not release this republican memo, but he decided to do so anyway. fast forward to yesterday, and the democrat rebuttal if you like, a longer memo rebutting the claims made in the republican memo about the same subject, went to president trump and he decided this time to adopt the advice of thejustice department and the fbi and not publish the democratic memo. now, president trump is a republican, the democrats are up in arms. they claim there's a double standard here, they say this all proves the president has something to hide. for his part, donald trump tweeted this morning basically saying that this democratic e—mail was so long and complicated and had so much classified information in it that the democrats knew it would have to be heavily redacted, and that was basically setting the white house up for claims
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of lack of transparency. why am i telling you all this? why do we care? because there are those who claim this is all part of an attempt by the republicans, and the white house by default, to muddy the waters if you like, to discredit the investigation going on by the special counsel robert mueller into allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. after that republican memo was published, donald trump took to twitter and said he was vindicated as far as he was concerned. that's not quite the case. the special counsel's investigation is continuing and is said to be nearing its conclusion. there we have it! it's as clear as mud! if you're sure! however, is it likely we will ever see more of this democratic memo? will it ever see the light of day? it's possible, and donald trump has advised the democrats
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to basically go back, redact the things that are classified and then resubmit it to him in the belief that maybe he will put it out, as he did the republican memo. alternatively, the house can vote as an entity to overrule the president's decision and force the release of this democratic memo. but the house, of course, is republican controlled. they're very unlikely to vote in favour of the release of a democratic memo. david willis in washington. a double—decker bus has overturned in hong kong, killing 19 people and injuring 62 on the tai po road in the new territories. police have arrested the driver and charged him with causing death by dangerous driving. sophia tran—thomson has this report.
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it does contain images some viewers may find distressing. the 12—metre long double—decker 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. the driver has been arrested on counts of causing death and grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving. translation: the driver was ten minutes late, and he lost his temper when he started driving. some people were complaining, and he drove the bus like he was driving a plane. when he turned, the bus crashed. it was very chaotic. he drove so fast, the bus toppled immediately when making a turn so all the people fell down and piled up. some passengers managed to climb out of the wreckage on their own, others had to be cut free by the fire brigade. authorities say ten of the injured are in a critical condition fighting for their lives, while a further 20 are in a serious condition. sophia tran—thomson, bbc news. 0xfa m
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oxfam has been accused of covering up oxfam has been accused of covering up accusations their workers paid for sex. cross—border confrontations between israeli warplanes and iranian—backed forces in syria have triggered concern in both moscow and washington. a five—year—old boy who was pulled out of a river in ballymena, county antrim, has died in hospital. sport now. time for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. hello. we will talk about a big day in the six nations. warren gatland said match officials made a terrible decision as he was beaten 12—6 at
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twickenham. ireland kept kept up their perfect start. joe wilson watched the action. if you come to twickenham, you want a good view. can you see them? wales arrived wearing tracksuits and headphones, blocking out the background noise. rhys patchell had his bottle questioned by england. well, get the cameras ready. two minutes played, high ball, patchell underneath it, didn't make it. the loose ball was in the hands of eoin farrell, who knew exactly where he was kicking it, right into the path ofjohnny may, who did the rest. johnny may is going to win the race! may's second try soon followed, but watch joe launchbury, two welsh players on top of him, still slipped the ball to his team—mate. inside pass. a second try forjohnny may. so how could wales respond? patchell put through a clever kick and confusion followed. the tv officialjudging if the welsh hand with the bandaged arm touched
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the ball down with control. "no," he said. welsh penalties kept them close, they needed a try and this is how close they came. the line was there, and so was sam underhill to grab his man. this kind of commitment wins this kind of match, 12—6 to england it finished. so, after this win at twickenham, england are still two wins from two games, perfect record and the same applies to ireland. the game in dublin was rather different. eight irish tries and 56 points against italy. if this six nations is to come down to england or ireland, it's on track. joe wilson, bbc news. in the women's six nations, england enjoyed a comfortable 52—0 victory over wales. scotland were beaten 26—3 by france at scotstoun stadium. to football now.
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manchester city have opened up a 16—point lead at the top of the english premier league table after a 5—1 win over leicester city at the emirates stadium. and it was argentinian striker sergio aguero who did the damage, scoring four goals in the victory after raheem sterling had given them an early lead. aguero has now scored 13 goals in ten games in 2018. sorry, that was the etihad stadium. we tried to create a lot of chances to give them the opportunity to score the goals. he is always there. congratulations. it's not easy to score four goals. earlier, a harry kane header was enough to give tottenham a 1—0 victory over north london rivals arsenal at wembley. the win moves tottenham up to third, seven points clear of arsenal. action on day three of the winter olympics is just a few hours away. day two brought some stunning
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action, with the first of teamgb's athletes on show. they included short track speed—skater elise christie, who was in good form, reaching the quarter—finals of the women's 500 metres. christie, who is seeking herfirst olympic medal, will also compete in the 1,000 metres and 1,500 metres later in the competition. la quinta posted this picture of her triumphant team. —— johanna konta. heather watson had earlier put gb one up in the tie. that is all the sport for now. you can follow the winter and pics on the bbc red button throughout the week. thank you. if you are following the winter olympics. skiing has been postponed
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due to high winds. jeremy corbyn has set out plans to transfer utilities like water, energy, and the postal service, back into public ownership. the labour leader said the uk should be following "a global tide" of nationalisation. 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 in taking back control of the public services. gerry adams' 34—year leadership of sinn fein came to an end today, as mary lou mcdonald formally took over as party president. in her first speech as leader, she told delegates in dublin, it was time for the party to embrace fresh thinking and bold ideas. she also said she wants to secure, and win, a referendum on irish unity. the north korean leader kimjong—un,
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has invited the south korean president for talks at the "earliest date possible." the invitation was given by kim jong—un‘s sister, who's visiting the south for the winter olympics. as he left the games, the us vice president mike pence, insisted washington and seoul, were united in their desire to isolate the north, because of pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programme. laura bicker‘s report contains some flash photography. this is no ordinary messenger. kim yo—jong, the sister of the north korean leader, is the first of her family to set foot on south korean soil. as the two sides take their seats, the cameras spot a blue folder. within it, a handwritten invitation to travel north and for the two leaders to meet. kim jong—un‘s younger sister's not
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used to this spotlight. she's usually behind the scenes as pyongyang's pr queen. on this occasion, she is the perfect charmer for this charm offensive. it's typical of north korea to actually do this sort of thing. they're stealing a little bit of the limelight away from south korea as the whole world's press descends 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 and sanctions, to basically refuse these kinds 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 for tougher sanctions on the regime. these winter games have provided south korea with a diplomatic breakthrough it never thought possible. but it also presents serious challenges. does president moon accept this invitation, and if so, under what kind of preconditions? and he's also discovering that, in befriending his neighbour to the north, he risks
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alienating a key us ally. laura bicker, bbc news, pyeongchang. 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, usually for elderly people, called them up saying that you have a huge tax bill outstanding and that if they do not pay it immediately, that they do not pay it immediately, that they will contact the police, the fraudsters say they will contact the police, or seize their personal assets. so they say, right, you can pay straightaway if you go down to your retailer, by these itunes vouchers with your own money, and call out the number, the 16 digit number, that you scratch off on the back of these cards, over the phone
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to ask. you will say, how does that work's well, that number can buy a lot of stuff. you can get an iphone, and also some songs. it has cash value. it can be swapped for cash. that's why the hic is acting to ask retailers to do something, watch out for elderly people coming in and asking for a lot of money's worth of cards. 1500 people have fallen victim to this fraud. mainly people over 65. very sadly, the loss for each customer has been about £1150. lastly, someone aged 51 had fallen for this a few times, losing £20,000. if such a call comes through, hang up. the same goes for
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apple. apple itunes. you cannot pay a tax bill with an itunes voucher. 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 are used to seeing these traffic light labels on much of the food and drink we buy. they allow us to see ata drink we buy. they allow us to see at a glance how much fat and sugar and salt it contains. but the labels we re and salt it contains. but the labels were introduced why the department of health, and are voluntary. 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 scheme a legal requirement once the legal powers
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are given to british law. it helps people make informed choices about what they eat and drink. they believe making it mandatory will help tackle the obesity crisis. they say they are committed to giving people clear information about what they eat and drink and make better choices. 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 a "brilliant actor, humourist, and friend." now it's time for the weather. i have had enough of this wet
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weather, quite frankly. rather cold weather. it is here to stay for a while. things are going to become more turbulent overnight. coldweather bringing gales. rain and snow. pretty much everything. more detail. this is the area of low pressure swinging through. the southern flank will bring gales to england and wales. 45 miles per hour. 50—60 in exposure. snowy as well. especially central and southern scotland. snowing heavily. that will go down in the early hours. watch out for ice early sunday morning. sunday is looking better than saturday in regards to the amount of sunshine. windy on the
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east coast. gales easing away to the north sea. central and southern areas with lots of sunshine. snow accumulations topping up in western scotla nd accumulations topping up in western scotland and further south. cold and blustery, especially with wintry showers. 3— seven degrees. cold air is with us on monday as well be the jetstrea m is with us on monday as well be the jetstream is driving in further areas of low pressure. monday is not areas of low pressure. monday is not a bad day. starting off cold. ice around to watch out for. wintry showers around. but the bulk of the country is dry. not warm. 5—8 degrees. the weather front in the west will sweep across the country during monday night first thing tuesday. heavy snow on it at the
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bumps into the cold air, especially in the pennines and southern uplands, highlands, grampians. —— as it bumps. showers will follow on behind. wintry showers in northern ireland and western scotland. not feeling bad in the sunshine. 5—8. another bout of rain with heavy mountain snow on wednesday. pretty disruptive across the higher ground of scotla nd disruptive across the higher ground of scotland and northern england. keep tuned to the weather forecast as we have quite a lot of weather going on through the rest of this week. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment, first the headlines: haiti's ambassador tells the bbc he believes oxfam did cover up a scandal involving aid workers and prostitutes. the charity alerted uk authorities to what happened after the earthquake in 2010.
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