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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three: as oxfam admit they ‘failed in moral leadership' — the government warns uk charities that funding will be withdrawn — if they fail to co—operate with the authorities in cases of sexual exploitation by staff. the sector has to step up in terms of tackling what is an industry that has been targeted by individuals. by paedophiles. yes. they are targeting this because of the chaos that we work in. a russian passenger plane — carrying 71 people — has crashed shortly after taking off from moscow. all those on board are believed to have been killed. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, holds talks in myanmar about the return of rohingya muslims. also in the next hour... great britain's andrew musgrave makes history at the winter olympics in pyeonchang. finishing 7th place in the men's skiathlon — the best performance by a briton in an olympic cross country event. meanwhile — in the arena — north korean cheerleaders mesmerise the crowds with incredible synchronisation. and taxi by air.
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click looks ahead into the future of passenger travel. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. a good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. the government has threatened to cut off all state funding and help for oxfam, and other charities, if they fail to ensure that vulnerable people are properly protected. the international development secretary penny mordaunt has described as ‘horrific‘ the behaviour of some of oxfam's workers in haiti, who were accused of using prostitutes in the aftermath of the earthquake there in 2010. the chair of trustees at the charity says oxfam prides itself on being a transparent organisation
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working hard to improve the lives of the poor and has apologised unreservedly, saying "i share the anger and shame that behaviour like that highlighted in haiti in 2011 happened in our organisation. it is clear that such behaviour is completely outside our values and should never be tolerated." angus crawford has this report. first haiti, now chad, one of the poorest countries on earth, new allegations that a number of oxfam workers paid local women for sex. the head of the mission there at the time was the same man who five years later in haiti resigned after admitting using prostitutes. four others were sacked. 0xfam won't confirm the details but says it is shocked and dismayed by the reports which highlight unacceptable behaviour by a small number of people. as the scandal grows, the international development secretary penny mordaunt has sent a strong warning to all british charities receiving public money.
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they will lose the cash if they can't show a robust approach to safeguarding. i am very clear — it doesn't matter whether you have got a whistle—blowing hotline, if you've got safeguarding practices in place, if the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we cannot have you as a partner. she said 0xfam didn't give her department the full facts about what happened in haiti. at a meeting tomorrow, the charity will be given one last chance or be stripped of its public funding. today, more revelations about other aid agencies, reports that christian aid, save the children in the british red cross of all investigated staff over sexual allegations. some who know the sector well i'm not surprised.
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people need to realise that the vast majority of aid work in crisis situations is extraordinarily, saves lives and helps people who are very vulnerable. but aid agencies need to do a lot more to make sure that the best people are going into these areas, they are monitored, and these people who are very vulnerable, they have a voice too in how this unfolds. the government's now demanding every charity receiving taxpayer money disclose all past and current cases of sexual misconduct. a scandal affecting one charity is now threatening to engulf the entire sector. angus crawford, bbc news. and those concerns that this could be a much wider issue were echoed by dr elaine storkey who is the former president of a charity in the disaster emergency committee when she spoke to me earlier. yes, it is a horrible idea that that there might be more revelations that we have not yet seen, and that doesn't surprise me. aid workers are
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invulnerable places, working their socks up and they are open to temptation. it is very sad but you can imagine them giving in to it. temptation. it is very sad but you can imagine them giving in to itm your experience of haiti, how serious is the problem of exploitation of women, and did that situation get worse after the earthquake? the exploitation there is similarto earthquake? the exploitation there is similar to that across the world. it is barbaric, relentless, women are prostituted, abused and so on. in defence of the aid organisations, if it weren't for them, it would be far worse, the whole issue of the availability of prostitution would be massive. we have to put this in perspective. what you are seeing are very vulnerable women who very often have no other means of livelihood, they are poverty stricken, sold into slavery. they need to be helped to
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exit rather than exploit it. it is a terrible situation. we have heard from the haitian government over the weekend that they are angry because they say 0xfam did not report to them. because prostitution is illegal, they may have hoped to prosecute the men involved. should the charity have acted differently? all charities are faced with having proper checks and balances from all of their personnel, doing a very careful... the kind of things we would do in the uk if we were appointing anyone to a situation where there were vulnerable adults 01’ where there were vulnerable adults or children, and i would imagine 0xfa m or children, and i would imagine 0xfam has those procedures in motion. i haven't seen them, but it would be surprising if they didn't. as well as those safeguarding procedures, they would have to have checks and balances to monitor
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people working in the area. 0nce again, iwant people working in the area. 0nce again, i want to stress that there are many people working for aid agencies around the world, often giving their lives, working their socks off, and we have to see this in perspective to the incredible what they are doing, even in haiti, which would not be where it is at the moment not for the tireless nissan the amount of money being poured into that country, and the vocational vocational school and education that these ngos have been running there. difficult to imagine how other charity workers must feel angry that, in a sense, they get tarred with this brush as a result of the stories. devastating, they must feel like that. nevertheless, is there a practical problem here about this kind of information if you don't prosecute people and let them go without this plenary —— without disciplinary proceedings being completed, and there is a
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situation where people are writing references for former colleagues who have no idea that they were let go from 0xfam for behaviour that they would have thought was completely beyond the pale. the knock-on effect is that the issues are not dealt with and punishment is not given. actually, that is there, right across the board, whatever organisation you are looking at, whatever sector of society. it is the same, over and over again. but it worries me that ngos are being targeted as if they were an obscure case and that this does not happen elsewhere. we have to be careful about our practices everywhere, but also to see this in perspective, a bigger perspective of what is actually happening in these countries. what do you make of that threat to potentially cut off taxpayer funding? it worries me to death, because there is a large but minority voice in this country that says, let's leave these countries to sort themselves out and withdraw. they don't know what they're talking about. the aid budget is minuscule
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compared with the work that needs to be done, and it is a lifeline for country be done, and it is a lifeline for cou ntry after be done, and it is a lifeline for country after country who depend enormously on the goodwill of people giving. and we have goodwill in this country, we do give to these organisations, and they do incredible work, building bridges, running schools, looking after the vulnerable, running hospitals and so on. it really is helping these countries to pull themselves out of poverty. they don't just countries to pull themselves out of poverty. they don'tjust go in and do things. they partner with organisations on the ground. in haiti, there are dozens and dozens of organisations partnering with ngos in the uk, and usually they, —— they are calling the shots. it is not paternalistic, not going in and doing things in these countries for them with an aid budget that we are relu cta nt to them with an aid budget that we are reluctant to give, it is using money extremely well, money that goes almost nowhere in the uk but actually can build a school or a
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well in a country overseas. a russian domestic passenger plane has crashed on the outskirts of the russian capital, with 71 people on board. it took off from moscow's domodedovo airport. russian media reported that the antonov an—148 plane was flying to 0rsk, a city in the urals, and crashed in the ramensky district outside moscow. russian news agencies say 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board. two moggies have so —— two bodies have so far been found at the scene. 0ur moscow correspondent, sarah rainsford, has been giving us the latest. it is early days, and all those things are being looked into right now. there doesn't appear to have been extraordinary weather conditions. the wind was like,
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according to the reports i've read. it is extremely cold, but there was no heavy snowfall, so no obvious reason for the weather to have caused this. whether it was technical failure, caused this. whether it was technicalfailure, we do not know, that will be looked into. we know that will be looked into. we know that the flight disappeared from the radarjust a few minutes after it took off from one of the two main airports in moscow. it was flying south to the urals in the south of russia. 0fficials south to the urals in the south of russia. officials believe that eve ryo ne russia. officials believe that everyone on board has been killed. that was 71 people on board, including passengers and crew. there a rescue operation at the scene. the plane came down in the fields outside moscow. we have seen some pictures from the scene, some pieces of debris of the plane. there
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doesn't appear to be any sign of fire, but eyewitnesses who saw the plane come down have talked about some kind of explosion while the plane was in mid air. they talk about it plunging rapidly. 0ther people have suggested that the plane broke up in midair will stop dramatic and quick, and very soon after take—off, but at the moment, exactly what caused the crash, nobody knows. it does not look like the airport was far from the crash scene. what about the record of aviation after soviet times? there was a time when we used to talk about a lot of air accidents. how are things these days? this was a regional airline, a small one with about 15 planes. this is fairly small plane was almost full, we believe. it did lose its licence for international flights over safety
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concerns in 2015, lasting for one year before it was restored. 0fficials year before it was restored. officials have been quoted on russian news agencies saying that the plane had gone through the proper technical checks and that this plane was in good working order. there was a time when plane crashes in russia were very common. generally speaking, the main airlines here have good safety record, regional airlines less so. i have seen pictures from the city this plane was heading for, relatives, families of those who we re relatives, families of those who were on board are gathering now in the airport, obviously hoping for some kind of good news, but officials are suggesting that already, many bodies have been found in the fields outside moscow, and they do believe that everyone on board would have been killed in this kind of devastating crash. the foreign secretary borisjohnson
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has held talks with myanmar‘s de facto leader, aung san suu kyi. nearly 700,000 rohingya muslim refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring bangladesh, after a crackdown by the burmese military. following their talks, mrjohnson wrote the following on twitter: "held talks with aung san suu kyi. discussed importance of burmese authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in #rakhine & urgent need to create the right conditions for #rohingya refugees to return to their homes in rakhine." earlier i spoke to a member of the rohingya campaign in the uk and got his thoughts. they went to myanmar to talk about rohingya people. he visited in bangladesh and observe the situation in rohingya refugee
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camps. he must tell aung san suu kyi that these people need a safe return to their own country, and because these people need a solution immediately because there are 1.1 million rohingya people living in bangladesh, in refugee camps and makeshift camps. this is not a good situation as a human being. you have members of your own family who have suffered as a result of this? yes. after the 25th of august incident, my relatives crossed the border into bangladesh and they are living in makeshift camps. i visited them and i visited my parents and my family members in refugee camps where they have been living since 1992. what
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have been living since 1992. what have they said to you about what happened last august? they said it isa happened last august? they said it is a horrific situation that they have faced. various accounts of persecution at the hands of buddhist, like traumatising, facing rape. the use of gang rape as well. more than seven buddhist military are doing rape to the rohingya women and teenagers in rakhine state. stu d e nts and teenagers in rakhine state. students were thrown into fire and water, and they were attacked with swords. people were killed, not giving them food, physically
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torturing in custody, hanging them up torturing in custody, hanging them up in custody as well. it is understandable that people want to go home, go back to their lives, but this is a country where rohingya have faced intimidation and persecution for decades. what would make the people you have spoken to, your relatives, willing to go back to myanmar? everyone wants to live in their own country with the freedom of life under freedom in their own country with the freedom of life underfreedom of movement, everything. according to the human wish, everybody wants to live in their own country. we want to live in our country as other people live in theirs. at the moment, it is not quite safe for these people. the 1.1 million
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people, we are forced to flee from myanmar, so it is not possible and safe for these people to be repatriated in myanmar. the headlines: as 0xfam admit they ‘failed in moral leadership' — the government is warning uk charities that funding will be withdrawn — if they fail to co—operate with the authorities in cases of sexual exploitation by staff. a russian passenger aircraft carrying more than 70 people has crashed — soon after taking off from moscow on a domestic flight. officials say there are no survivors. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is holding talks in myanmar about the return of rohingya muslims. in sport, scotland take on france in the six nations. the game has been going just over a quarter of an hour. france are ahead, but scott maitland has just scored a try to close the gap. it is currently 10—7
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at murrayfield. earlier, ireland's women beat italy. it is goalless between newcastle united and manchester united at half—time, jonjo shelvey forcing a big say problems david the heyer. —— jonjo shelvey forcing a big save from david de gea. great britain has narrowly missed out on a first medal of the winter olympics. on another day of freezing temperatures in pyeongchang, cross country skier andrew musgrave was in the silver medal position with just over a lap to go. he eventually finished in seventh — britain's best ever 0lympic result in cross country skiing. andy swiss reports from south korea. the winter olympics at their most wintry. minus 16 and bone chilling winds, but andrew musgrave
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was about to warm the spirits. and they are under way... cross—country skiing is not one of britain's traditional 0lympic strengths. their previous best, musgrave's 29th in sochi, where he said he skied like a tranquilliser badger. not here. with barely a lap to go, there he was, remarkably in silver medal position. could he hang on? well, not quite. as norway's simen hegstad kruger raced to gold, musgrave faded to seventh. but with his best events still to come, some feat. well, what a result that was for andrew musgrave. he could not quite get that first medal for britain, but even so, the performance of his life. with a lap and a half to go, i was feeling good, pretty confident, i thought i would be able to get a medal. i actually could not quite keep up that pace. the last lap was pretty tough. but on a day when some events were postponed due to high winds, one man soared. at the age ofjust 17,
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america's red gerard spinning to snowboarding gold, a teenage triumph to light up these games. andy swiss, bbc news, pyeongchang. the north korean leader kimjong—un, 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 been visiting the south for the winter olympics. laura bicker‘s report does contain 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 is not used to the spotlight. she was usually behind the scenes
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as pyongyang's pr queen. on this occasion, she is the perfect charmer for this charm offensive. it is quite typical of north korea to actually do this sort of thing. they are stealing a little bit of the limelight from south korea, who has the whole world's press descend on it. they are also trying to control the message between the two. it is very hard for south korea, even though they have been talking about 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 that it never thought possible. but, it presents some difficult challenges. does president moon accept the invitation, and if so, under what kind of preconditions. and he is also discovering that in befriending his
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neighbour to the north, he risks alienating a key us ally. you might‘ve seen in the build—up to events in pyeongchang that north and south korea created a combined ice hockey team. well they lost their opening match 8—nil, but have a listen to this. singing it was the north korean cheerleaders who stole the show in the arena. people had to change seat in the venue so that they could all sit together, and this was the result... incredible synchronisation. the bloke on the left looks like he might be slightly out of sync with his colleagues. he was behind at the start and stood up later than eve ryo ne start and stood up later than everyone else. the rest of them have been drilled to within an inch of their lives to ensure that they are coordinated. it is quite an impressive sight, and indeed sound. theresa may is to deliver two big speeches setting out the future relationship britain wants to have
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with the european union after brexit. the first, on saturday, at the annual munich security conference, comes ahead of a meeting in the prime minister's country house, chequers, when she'll try to overcome cabinet differences on brexit. borisjohnson, david davis and liam fox will also contribute to what downing street is calling "the road to brexit", before mrs may sets out how vision for trade and workers rights in post—brexit britain in a further speech. more than a third of child deaths and serious injuries caused by neglect in england are linked to parents who drink too much, according to a new parliamentary report. it also found that nearly all councils have cut their budgets for alcohol support services. 0ur health correspondent adina campbell has more. dad of sixjosh connelly knows first—hand about the damage alcohol can have on a family. his father was an alcoholic, and died when he was nine. i remember one particular incident, he smashed all the windows through, by the door, and he was waving a knife through one of the windows,
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and the police coming up and taking him away. at the same time i was trying to deal with it all, you're also trying to keep it secret, so it is about just suppressing it, and then you naturally get unhealthy coping mechanisms. the impact of parents abusing alcohol in england are outlined in a new parliamentary report. it found more than a third of child deaths and serious injuries through neglect were linked to parents drinking alcohol. while nearly two—thirds of all care applications involved misuse of alcohol or drugs. and children with alcohol dependent parents had feelings of stigma, shame and guilt. the report also used data from a freedom of information investigation, which found almost all councils in england are cutting back their budgets for this kind of care. the government says work is under way on a new children of alcoholics strategy, in addition to new higher duties to target cheap alcohol.
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josh has turned his life around, but he believes there are many children who will end up suffering in silence. adina campbell, bbc news. south africa is celebrating 100 years since the birth of nelson mandela. cyril ramaphosa, the head of the governing african national congress, has been speaking at a rally to mark the occasion — which falls on the same day former president mandela was released from prison 28 years ago. he used the occasion to address the political uncertainty in south africa at the moment. here's some of what he had to say. we are currently engaged, comrades, in discussions around the transition toa in discussions around the transition to a new administration, and specifically to resolve the issues
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of the position of the president of the republic of south africa. applause comrades, the successful resolution of this matter has great significant consequences for the country and for the african national congress. a helicopter has crashed in the grand canyon, killing three people. at least four others were hurt. it was thought to be carrying tourists. the cause of the crash isn't yet known. a couple of days to go until valentine's day. but love was in the airat the valentine's day. but love was in the air at the cast and crew screening of idris elba's new film. the actor went down on one knee and popped the question. it was greeted with cheers
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from the cinema audience. he popped the question at the rio cinema in dalston. just as well she said yes because people were filming it on their cameras. the couple had been dating since early last year. many congratulations to both of them. time now for the latest weather prospects. crisp sunshine today but also snow showers. you have been sending in lots of beautiful pictures of snow—covered fields and hills. he was a nice one from molly from cou nty was a nice one from molly from county antrim. we will continue with those snow showers over the course of the evening and into tomorrow. this low pressure moved over us over the course of last night, in the north with severe gales blowing through. look at these showers streaming off the atlantic. these are the wintry showers that will continue this evening and tonight into western areas. the east and the
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south will be clear and cold tonight. the wind will also drop out, and temperatures will fall. we are talking about —2, minus three celsius in city centres, lower than that in the countryside, possibly minus five celsius. monday dawns on a cold and frosty note. there will be lots of sunshine around, then monday night, more bad weather. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. 0xfam admits it ‘failed in moral leadership' as the government warns uk charities that funding will be withdrawn — if they fail to co—operate with the authorities in cases of sexual exploitation by staff. reports from russia say a passenger aircraft with 71 people aboard has crashed shortly after taking off from domodedovo airport
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