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oxfam is in crisis talks with the government over the scandal of aid workers using prostitutes in haiti, seven years ago. the international development secretary at the time says the charity didn't explain the full extent of what happened. i think oxfam were economical with the truth about what they were investigating. they may well have stuck by the letter of the rules but they certainly did not stick by the spirit. the government is now threatening to cut funding to oxfam, of more than £30 million. we will have reaction from haiti. also this lunchtime: three britons killed in the helicopter crash in the grand canyon, have been named. theresa may and the irish prime minister are in belfast, amid new hopes power sharing can be restored at stormont. there are new details of prince harry's wedding to meghan markel, including a carriage procession through the centre of windsor. and the first pictures have been released of an iceberg, that's wouldfthreaten bath emnﬂmies ,..,, ,, ,,
the warning from the first minister. and a woman from shotton in flintshire goes on trial accused of murdering her baby son. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. senior officials from oxfam are in emergency talks today with the international development secretary, to try to prevent government funding being cut, following the scandal involving some of its aid workers and prostitutes. it's claimed the charity failed to give the government full details of what happened, in the wake of the devastating earthquake in haiti in 2010. oxfam denies there's
been a cover up. matt cole reports. in the worst imaginable circumstances, oxfam staff were meant to be in haiti to help. it's now clear son had a very different agenda. amidst claims of sex parties and prostitutes, oxfam sacked four staff and allowed three others to quit including their country director who went on to secure work with another aid organisation. oxfam denies it has covered up what happened but now it has emerged the international of element secretary wa nts a nswers international of element secretary wants answers about the way it handled the case. we are talking about an historic case but it is common in some respects, still live. they still have information they should be giving to the authorities. it is to the department here that oxfam's leaders were summoned to make their case to the secretary of state following her threats to cut millions of pounds of funding if she didn't like their answers. but there are also questions for the charity
commission which regulates these matters, not least how much it new and why didn't do more. they did say they were investigating some allegations of sexual misconduct. so why wasn't that looked into further? because what was not clear was the extent and seriousness of those, which, as i've said, they assured us, in fact, they categorically said there was no allegations of abuse of beneficiaries. andrew mitchell was the international development secretary when all this took place. i think oxfam were economical with the truth about what they were investigating. they may well have stuck by the letter of the rules, but they certainly did not stick by the spirit. after all, one of the big changes we made in 2010 was to introduce much greater transparency and openness into the way international development takes place. i'm afraid 0xfam were very clearly in breach of that at the time. there are also questions for civil servants here, after another former secretary of state, priti
patel suggested they dismissed her effo rts patel suggested they dismissed her efforts to question how wide a problem sexual abuse and predatory behaviour is in the charity sector. haiti save the children has vomited it had 31 claims of sexual harassment last year but if says eve ryo ne harassment last year but if says everyone must do more.” harassment last year but if says everyone must do more. i will not sit here pretending you can wave a magic wand and eliminate all risk tomorrow. i can assure the british public and the british public and the people who are ultimately responsible for... these vulnerable women and children, that we will give this our best shot. oxfam says it has now put new safeguarding measures in place including tougher vetting of staff. 0ther charities are calling for a new sector wide passport that workers can take from agency to agency to verify they are suitable and saved to be trusted helping those most in need. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale is here. james, to be clear, it's notjust 0xfa m james, to be clear, it's notjust
0xfam facing a crisis with the government overfunding 0xfam facing a crisis with the government over funding over allegations of sexual misconduct? the government has made it very clear that they are going to write to all charities that receive public funding to say, look, do you have any allegations of abuse? within your own organisation and also what safeguards do you have in place and at the government is not satisfied, they will also have the threat of losing their public funding hanging over them. there's clearly a specific issue relation to charities. the charity commission, the body that regulates the sector said this morning, they know of 1000 cases at the moment. that's notjust the aid sector that the whole charitable sector. the prime mr‘s official spokesman in this morning was clear. they said the government has to do more —— the prime minister's official spokesman. for the charity to toughen up their procedures, vetting and recruitment, to ensure that people who have positions of authority, money or because they have some kind of
authority over vulnerable people who are being helped by the charities, do not have the opportunity for these kind of cases do take place again. thank you. -- to take place again. 0ur correspondent will grant is in haiti — he explained that the aid sector will need to work very hard to rebuild trust within the country. by and large, the reaction in haiti to the 0xfam scandal has been twofold. 0n the one hand, there is deep anger, resentment at the fact that this organisation, ostensibly here to help the country's most vulnerable after the 2010 earthquake, ended up exploiting those people, instead. and there is a certain degree of resignation. people here say that the sorts of abuses that are happening were well known. we have reached out to people in the charity sector who say they had certainly heard the rumours, and they point to a wider culture of abuse they say has been happening among international organisations. they point at the un peacekeeping force, for example, a very high—profile case of alleged sexual abuse of minors, and the fact the un peacekeeping
force was said to have introduced cholera to this country. as for 0xfam, they say they're going to work hard to rebuild public trust, in britain, in their reputation. in fact, they already have a very, very long way to go to rebuild trust in haiti again, too. three british tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon, have been named by police in america. becky dobson, jason hill and stuart hill, died on saturday evening. three other britons, and the pilot, were injured. here's james cook. the helicopter came down in rocky, remote terrain, bursting into flames. it appears the survivors were able to get out, despite suffering serious injuries. but three britons on board died at the scene. 27—year—old becky dobson, 30—year—old stuart hill, and jason hill, who was 32. for the survivors, three young
britons and the pilot, the ordeal was far from over. rescuers including local military personnel were flown in, but then had to walk to the crash site using night—vision goggles. it was more than eight hours before the injured were flown to hospital in las vegas. we weren't able to extract everybody from the crash site until 2am this morning. high winds, brownout dust conditions, rugged to rain, conditions, rugged terrain, and as you know, when you fly in treacherous conditions like this, you have to have special training and special people. it's not clear what caused the crash, which involved a eurocopter ec130. the tour company, papillon airways, says it is the world's largest aerial sightseeing outfit, flying around 600,000 people year. in 2001, six people died when another of the firm's grand canyon helicopters crashed. the foreign office says it is now providing support to the british families of this weekend's victims.
james cook, bbc news, las vegas. mireya villa—realfrom cbs news is at grand canyon west. it's early days, nine, but are there any indications as to what may have caused the crash? —— it's early days, i know. good afternoon. what we know right now is that it's still too early in the investigation do know what might have caused the accident. as we heard the police chief talk about, the weather is something they are looking at. there are federal investigators that will be on the scene today. the federal aviation administration as one of the national transportation safety board. they will take a look at everything here, talking to witnesses and surveying the scene. they mentioned yesterday that something truly important, there is a camera and black box that was on the helicopter and they have retrieved that and they will be
reviewing that. we also know that tribal leaders from the reservation nearby building meeting with these federal agencies to figure out exactly what they could have done or what will be done in the future to make sure this doesn't happen again. thank you. theresa may and the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, are visiting belfast for talks with northern ireland's main political parties. there are suggestions the democratic unionists and sinn fein, could be close to a deal to restore devolved government, after the failure of several previous rounds of negotiations. power sharing at stormont collapsed more than a year ago. keith doyle reports. the first visit for the prime minister this morning was the bombarding a factory in belfast. last month, a surprise settlement in a long running trade dispute saw jobs secured. mrs's secure visit to belfast is seen as positive. to rest all the northern ireland executive.
northern ireland has been run by civil servants since the power—sharing executive collapsed in january last year. tensions between the ruling parties, the democratic unionists and sinn fein, of implementing the irish language and same—sex marriage as well as an overall acrimonious relationship. it has resulted in 13 months of stalemate. at the weekend, the new sinn fein leader, mary lou mcdonald, indicated that some sort of deal might be in the making. but it seems that may now be the case. the prime minister was last in northern ireland in the election campaign and has been criticised for what some described as a hands off approach to restoring the power—sharing executive. today's visit is a clear indication that progress has been made. the prime nest is meeting the parties at stormont, the home of the assembly along with the irish premier. the speculation is the deal to restore the power—sharing assembly may include a workaround to resolve the issue of the official
status of the irish language, which has been a better source of division between the dup and sinn fein. the bitter source. restoring the power—sharing executive would come ata power—sharing executive would come at a crucial time for northern ireland as it faces another huge issue, brexit and the irish border. the irish comment wants further guarantees that there will be no ha rd guarantees that there will be no hard border. theresa may has given those guarantees but as yet, no clear plans have emerged to show how that will be the case. while this has all the makings of being a day for deals, these days have come and gonein for deals, these days have come and gone in northern ireland in the past. how much confidence is there that perhaps power—sharing could be restored ? that perhaps power—sharing could be restored? the tea shop and prime minister are restored? the tea shop and prime ministerare in restored? the tea shop and prime minister are in talks at the moment. they are having them here, and it indicates the deal is in the air. it is farfrom indicates the deal is in the air. it is far from buying and delivered. the irish language, the dup has said that it would not bring in the
stand—alone bill that will not increase the level of the irish language to an official status. sinn fein has said that is exactly what they want. having the taoiseach and they want. having the taoiseach and the prime minister here, they are both saying they are encouraging the parties to reach an agreement and emphasising the importance of reaching an agreement. the dup has said this morning that there is still work to be done. while there is optimism that a deal is possible, the fact that the optimism is geared up the fact that the optimism is geared up toward a deal being done today, i think that is far—fetched. it is more likely that we are likely to see a deal this week rather than today. thank you. london city airport has been closed for the day, affecting almost 20,000 passengers, after a second world war bomb was found nearby. all flights have been cancelled or rerouted to other airports and local residents have been asked to evacuate. the bomb was discovered by divers in the river thames. the metropolitan police estimate that, depending on the tides, the operation should be over by tomorrow morning.
kensington palace has announced more details of the wedding of prince harry and meghan markle at windsor castle. the service, in st george's chapel, will begin at midday on may the 19th, avoiding a clash with the fa cup final. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. they are said to be closely involved in the arrangements for their wedding, which is now a little less than 1a weeks away. as already announced, it will take place in the historic setting of st george's chapel within windsor castle on saturday 19th may. the service will begin at midday with the dean of windsor officiating, and the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, leading the service itself. room within the chapel is limited, there'll be space for around 800 guests. but after the service, at one o'clock, the couple, married, as they will be by then, will set off in a carriage procession, through the centre of windsor and then a long walk back to the castle for a reception in st george's hall. the carriage procession, they hope, will fulfil the pledge they made
at the time of their engagement to make it possible for members of the public to feel part of the occasion. nicholas witchell, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime. 0xfam is in crisis talks with the government over the scandal of aid workers using prostitutes in haiti, seven years ago. she's gone huge! and coming up — battling against the weather — it's high winds, notjust freezing weather, causing havoc for competitors at the winter olympics. still to come in wales — on a visit to the irish republic, the first minister urges both governments to work together to overcome trade challenges after brexit. and vale of glamorgan council leaders write to parent claiming pupils there are underfunded by more than £600 pounds each. despite an agreement allowing rohingya moslems to return to myanmar, from refugee camps in bangladesh, many say they won't go home. hundreds of thousands of people fled
a military crackdown and violence from pro—government militia groups myanmar last year, but now wa nt safety gua ra ntees and the right to citizenship, before going back. well, three aid workers from one charity have been filming video diaries of their work helping the rohingya at the world's largest refugee camp in bangladesh. chris rogers reports. the world's largest refugee camp. this is home to more than 800,000 rohingya muslim refugees, escaping persecution in buddhist dominated myanmar. dr ramiz momeni, genevieve jones—hernandez and sarah wade have travelled the world helping refugees. but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead. the humanitas charity are heading deep into the camp, where there is no aid to a medical centre. we are walking to set up our clinic, where no one else has reached yet. so obviously it's going to be tough.
there are so many babies, newborns, 1a days old. they don't have any food, starving. dr momeni: an underweight baby... she was prescribed vitamins butjust for her, not for the baby. honestly, it's like the baby's... yeah... dying. so, we've just organised for her to go and get referred, because she needs to go to a hospital and for that she needs to have her id card. tell her that we're very sorry she lost the baby. i think we expected to turn up and be working alongside a lot more organisations or volunteers. we've worked within the syrian refugee crisis, and it was full of organisations and volunteers and people there on the ground, and i think we expected this
to be slightly similar, and it isn't. her pulse is very low, so we're just rushing to the hospital. we've got these newly arrived rohingyas and severe, severe dehydration. there is an absolute lack of aid for these people. large international aid organisations complain myanmar has blocked aid convoys and staff reaching the refugee camp. it's time for the team to head home, but more refugees arrive, in biblical numbers. all of these people are tired, sick, hungry, and yet have reached their final destination in this camp and set up home. it's not so much that it's a difficult thing to be here. i think it would be a more difficult thing to leave,
knowing that we are leaving these people in such a dire situation. this is my last exit from the camp, because we're heading home tomorrow. somehow, they're incredible. they cheer. and, you know the way that i see it, we're here to be a positive influence, a positive... you know, so we have to come with energy, come with smiles, come with balloons, bubbles, as well as the medicine. show them that people care. chris rogers reporting there, and viewers in london can see more of that report on "inside out" tonight at 7.30, on bbc one — and on the bbc iplayer. the leadership of south africa's ruling anc is meeting this lunchtime to decide on the future of president zuma. he has remained in office despite repeated calls for him to stand down amid allegations of corruption. the new anc leader, cyril ramaphosa, has issued an ultimatum, that mr zuma must stand down,
or be forced out. pumza fihlani is in pretoria. what are the chances of jacob zuma finally learning his fate today? i'm sorry, we seem finally learning his fate today? i'm sorry, we seem to have lost the line to south africa. we might bring you that story. rescue workers have found the second black box flight recorder from an airliner that crashed near moscow over the weekend, killing all 71 people on board. russia's emergencies minister says he wants the ongoing search operation to be completed this evening. weather conditions, human error and technicalfailure are being considered as possible causes of the crash. it's estimated that £3—4 billion is being laundered every year in europe via so—called cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin — that's according to the director of the law enforcement agency europol.
rob wainwright has told the bbc‘s panorama programme that more regulation is now urgently needed. spencer kelly reports. a cryptocurrency mine, almost hidden in iceland's snowy landscape. these mines manage currencies like bitcoin. there are in their owners cryptocurrency to doing so and many have popped up to cash in. every single one of these is a desktop computer. there are thousands of them, all wired together. this particular mine contains 20,000 machines, a very expensive setup. unlike with normal currencies, bitcoin transactions pass through machines not through a bank. because there's no central point, it's hard to trace the money as moves around. the criminals, it's an almost
perfect system for money—laundering, something of growing concern to the charities. there are three or £4 billion worth of dirty money being laundered each year i think in europe through virtual currencies. it's still a small proportion of the overall amount, but it's quickly growing. because this is an unregulated area, highly and an iced, very difficult for the police to identify who's cashing this out, we need the help of regulators and legislators. politicians admit the recent cryptocurrency frenzy has called them asleep at the wheel. recent cryptocurrency frenzy has called them asleep at the wheellj think that to date cryptocurrency hasn't been on parliament's agenda. i think probably hand on heart we've all been too slow, but the opportunity isn't lost and we should get on with the job now. some investors have made a lot of money from bitcoin. tim draper correctly predicted the body would explode
last year, and pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars. if we bang, it could easily go to a million in any given period of time. because depending on people's perception and how excited they are and how the press portrays it and how governments push it around. others, even the infamous scammer known as the wolf of wall street... even the infamous scammer known as the wolf of wall street. .. it's easy to think this is going to be the next big thing. people are mortgaging their homes, taking loans out on their credit cards, putting their last dollars in two bitcoin. the ones that get slaughtered the most at the end of the day the average mums and dads. it is these concerns that have led lloyds bank
and virgin money to ban the buying and virgin money to ban the buying and selling of cryptocurrency with credit cards. and with calls for worldwide regulation, the rules around cryptocurrency could soon be much more controlled. spencer kelly, bbc news. and you can see the full report tonight on panorama, that's at 8.30 on bbc one. let's return to the anc meeting taking place in south africa deciding the fate of jacob taking place in south africa deciding the fate ofjacob zuma. i was asking you earlier what are the chances that mr zuma will finally learn what's going to happen to him? it certainly seems the writing is on the wall. this is officially d—day for the country's president. the african national congress have made no secret they've run out of patience. we understand that behind me in the conference room the party is going to officially make a
decision to recall him. the stakes are high, political parties are planning to begin campaigning for the national elections which are meant to be in 2019, and the anc doesn't want to begin the race with presidentjacob doesn't want to begin the race with president jacob zuma still lingering. thank you. the first pictures have been released of an iceberg, which has broken away from the antarctic ice sheet, and its four times the size of london. scientists say they're on an urgent mission to document the marine eco system of the continent, hidden for more than 100,000 years. 0ur science correspondent victoria gill has the details. a new perspective on a 6000 square kilometre swathe of floating ice. so the iceberg is 150 kilometres long, 50 kilometres wide, and will be about 150 metres deep. you will be able to see the first 20—30 metres above the water, and everything else is underneath. the trillion tonne a—68 iceberg
is gradually drifting away from the antarctic continent and into the sea. it's these ice—filled waters and the sea floor beneath them that scientists are now to explore. in the british antarctic survey vessel, the james clark ross, a team will spend three weeks studying the marine life that has been locked away here for millennia. they've described it as a treacherous but urgent mission. there are likely to be new species discovered, as researchers seek out the creatures that make their home beneath the vast ice sheet. we have no idea what living underneath these huge ice shelves. we assume it is animals that are specially adapted to life without green food and vegetarian, so we have a lot of scavengers and carnivores. so we expect animals like in the deep sea, that doesn't have light as well. but the team also hopes to understand the processes that caused the iceberg to break away. this could reveal more
about just how this fragile, frozen wilderness at the bottom of the world will change as the climate warms. victoria gill, bbc news. bad weather's making headlines again at the winter olympics in south korea, but this time it's not the cold, but the wind that's making life challenging for the competitors. the final of the women's giant slalom has now been postponed. and after the heats of the women's snowboard slopestyle were cancelled yesterday, today's final did go ahead, but in conditions some described as "dangerous". from pyeongchang, andy swiss reports. just getting to the start was a struggle. howling winds for the women's snowboarders and soon a blizzard of controversy. instead of postponing, they went ahead, with calamitous results. commentator: goodness me! quite how no one was injured, especially slovakia's klaudia medlova, almost defied belief. as one after another, their hopes crash landed. all of the 25 riders fell
at some point, including britain's aimee fuller. the wind forced to pull out of a jump on herfirst run, which meant on the second it was all or nothing, and agonisingly it was the latter. fuller finished 17th, but more importantly, intact. the conditions, she said, where simply brutal. it felt like i had a sailboat under my board. the wind ripped me sideways. there wasn't a chance i was going to land. so, yeah, devastated. amidst the chaos, america's jamie anderson kept her balance and her 0lympic title. 0rganisers felt it had been safe to start the final, but was it? the coaches and judges, they all have a chat together and make a decision at the top of the slope. i wonder what went on in that conversation, why somebody didn't say let's postpone this. these biting winds have already blown the schedule off course.
today's women's giant slalom had to be postponed, and with more high winds forecast tomorrow there could be more disruption. for now though, there will be relief no one was badly hurt, on a day when extreme sport certainly lived up to its name. and the swiss, bbc news, pyeongchang. the makers of a new film adaptation of the peter rabbit books have apologised over the treatment of a character who has food allergies. in one scene the boy who is allergic to blackberries is pelted with the fruit by a gang of rabbits. the charity allergy uk says it trivialises a life—threatening condition. pretty terrible weather in south korea, what about here? we are going to have some pretty strong winds over the next 24 hours. 0ver to have some pretty strong winds over the next 24 hours. over the weekend we've had a number of snow
showers which has left a covering of snow in places. in staffordshire we've got some snow on the ground at the moment. although today's weather is quite quiet, it's going to cause some problems notjust in terms of wind overnight. some of us will also see a spell of heavy snow. most areas having dry weather with sunshine. there are wintry showers across the north—west. here the showers will be heavy and showery with hail and blunder mixed in. it feels quite cold if you're out and about. 0vernight tonight that wind will continue to pick up in strength. could see gusts of wind up to 70 miles an hour. the thing that most of all catches your eye is the rain turning to snow.