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“ as we -- as we had on the whee kim. —— as we had on towards this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: oxfam's deputy chief executive resigns over the sex scandal involving the charity's aid workers. despite a visit by theresa may and the taioseach, still no agreement in belfast on restoring the devolved government at stormont. the three britons killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon have been named. three other british passengers and the pilot were also injured. and on newsnight, is stopped and searched the best way to deal with knife crime? we hearfrom searched the best way to deal with knife crime? we hear from young searched the best way to deal with knife crime? we hearfrom young men on their experience with the police and from the authorities themselves. —— stop—and—search. good evening
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and welcome to bbc news. the charity commission has launched a statutory inquiry into oxfam, citing concerns the charity might not have fully and frankly disclosed all the details about some of its workers in haiti in 2011. earlier today, oxfam's deputy chief executive resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct involving some of its staff. penny lawrence said she took full responsibility and said she was ashamed this had happened on her watch. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. haiti's red light district. prostitution is illegal here, but that didn't stop some of oxfam's staff. the charity now admitting it knew — knew about concerns about its team and prostitutes, notjust in haiti, but also in chad, and that nothing was done. widza bryant worked in human resources in haiti for oxfam from 2009 for three years.
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she says she flagged concerns and was ignored. there was a lot of rumours on the ground about management and leaders exploiting the locals, sexually and in other ways, to getjobs, and to have good standing. so these were ongoing rumours that would come to me through the drivers and other employees. so, on many occasions, i would share those rumours with my boss. the blame now stretching almost to the top of oxfam. the charity's deputy chief executive, penny lawrence, now resigning. she was programme director when the prostitution allegations were made and ignored. she said, "i am ashamed this happened on my watch and i take full responsibility."
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the actions of senior 0xfam employee roland van hauwermeiren in chad and haiti never properly dealt with. at that time, the use of prostitutes was not explicitly contrary to 0xfam's code of conduct. bringing 0xfam into disrepute, in any way abusing people who may have been beneficiaries of course was. so there was an exploration of how should the organisation should respond? but we didn't act on it and, more significantly, we allowed him — because there weren't formal complaints — we allowed him to move onto another post, and that was our failing. so will then need to be more resignations? i still feel we have not done enough. if it is felt by those who employ me that i am not doing that forcefully enough, or well enough, they will have my resignation straightaway. 0xfam's bosses were called in to meet ministers this morning with question marks about the £32 million the charity receives from the government.
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ministers here at the department for international development know british charities do good work overseas, but with 0xfam only telling half the story about what happened with its staff in haiti, it has now put pressure on the entire charity sector. 0xfam says it investigated 87 allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation last year. save the children says it looked into 31 cases of sexual misconduct, where half the people were fired. and christian aid said it had two cases, one was reported to the charity commission. i don't think anybody can say in good faith, operating in an environment like ours, that we can eliminate all risk as a matter of 100% certainty. what we can do is put in a 100% best effort to keep these people out of our organisation. the charity commission says it receives reports of about 1,000 incidents involving safeguarding from charities every year. but a culture of cover—up is not the image charities want. lucy manning, bbc news.
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the prime minister says there is the basis of an agreement to restore the power—sharing executive in northern ireland. theresa may was speaking after she and the taisoeach leo varadkar, held talks at stormont in a joint attempt to try to end a 13—month deadlock. 0ur ireland correspondent chris page reports. the prime minister began her visit to belfast at a place which was recently the scene of an unexpected victory, hundreds ofjobs had been under threat at the aircraft manufacturer bombardier. they are safe now after the firm won a trade dispute against boeing in the us. but mrs may came here looking to help find another breakthrough. northern ireland has been without a devolved government for 13 months.
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i have urged the parties today to get a final push to see if we can get a final push to see if we can getan get a final push to see if we can get an executive up and running, i believe there is the basis of an agreement here and i believe it should be possible to see an executive up and running in northern ireland soon. the main sticking point has been whether there should bea point has been whether there should be a new law to protect and promote the irish language. for speakers of the irish language. for speakers of the time, irish is about identity, culture and history and they believe it needs legal recognition. culture and history and they believe it needs legal recognitionm culture and history and they believe it needs legal recognition. it needs a quality, it needs to be on the same level as gaelic in scotland and welsh in wales and obviously english here too so it needs to be on an equal footing. but in here too so it needs to be on an equalfooting. but in unionist areas, there is suspicion and even hostility towards the idea. here in
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the shanklin road in west belfast people are strongly opposed to an irish language law. this is a british country, not an irish country. i think it's terrible. british country, not an irish country. ithink it's terrible. i think our leader is letting us down. the irish language has been a particularly sensitive and symbolic issue during this long political crisis but there are other issues between the crisis too, notably sinn fein wanting to legalise same—sex marriage in northern ireland, the dup, they don't, and there are disagreements about how the killings in the troubles should be investigated. as the deadlock continues the irish border has become a significant matter in the brexit negotiations, that's one of the reasons why parties say they wa nt the reasons why parties say they want devolution bag and a deal sounds doable. it's about finding an accommodation that recognises the need to respect all languages and all need to respect all languages and a ll cultures need to respect all languages and all cultures in northern ireland. the issues have been difficult in
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some respects but they were never beyond resolution so what we want i'iow beyond resolution so what we want now is to finalise a deal. theresa may left with the stormont stalemate still unresolved but the mood improved. events over the next few days will terminal where the power—sharing returns. chris page, bbc news, belfast. relatives and friends have been paying tribute to three british tourists who were killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon at the weekend. becky dobson and brothers stuart and jason hill, all originally from worthing in west sussex, died on saturday. four survivors of the crash had to wait several hours to be rescued, as our correspondent james cook reports. to men in white shirts approached one of the survivors, seen on the bottom right of the picture. three of the tourists died at the scene.
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they were stuart hill, a mercedes salesman in brighton who was celebrating his 30th birthday and his girlfriend, becky dobson, a receptionist from worthing in west sussex. she was 27. stuart's brother, jason hill, a lawyer in milton keynes, also died. was 32 yea rs milton keynes, also died. was 32 years old. his girlfriend, jennifer barron, survived. also on board were newlyweds, seen here on the left at their wedding with becky and stuart. their friends their wedding with becky and stuart. theirfriends had been saving up for their holiday for a year. 0r three who died had attending worthing college. as ex- alumni of the olic they've gone on with their passions, enjoying their lives and going on with their careers as they wanted and to get to this stage in their life and die so young is devastating. in the minutes after the crash, passengers and crew from other helicopters in the area rushed to help. they included a nurse,
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katie khalili. when we finally got some medical equipment down there i started putting v lines in and other ci’ews came started putting v lines in and other crews came down with pain medications so i started administering that, gave them fluids to stop them going into shock. kept a close eye on them and did what i could do. the helicopter took off from boulder city in nevada, travelling through the grand canyon it crashed in the ramon quartermaster canyon in arizona at 5:40pm. a dust storm and rescue teams had to walk to the scene. it was 2am, nearly nine hours later, before the survivors were flown to hospital. we weren't able to extract everybody from the crash until 2am. high winds brought out dust conditions, rugged terrain, and as you know, when you fly in treacherous conditions like this, you have to have special training and special people. the grand canyon is attractive because it is untamed, drawing visitors from all over the world. vettori co company patil
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airways flies around 600,000 people a year —— the tour company papillion. this crash is their second fatal accident here. the three british survivors and the pilot are being treated at this hospital in las vegas. all four are said to be in critical condition. in south africa, leaders of the ruling party the anc have been meeting to decide the fate of president jacob zuma. he's been resisting calls to stand down, amid allegations of corruption. the party's new leader, cyril ramaposa, had said the question of his position would be finalised today. the bbc‘s milton nkosi sent this update from pretoria. the anc executive committee has been meeting here for well over ten hours. it's now way after midnight and they've been discussing how to recall presidentjacob and they've been discussing how to recall president jacob zuma and they've been discussing how to recall presidentjacob zuma from being head of state. what we now know is that since we've been here, the president of the anc, cyril
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ramaphosa, drove out and he went to presidentjacob ramaphosa, drove out and he went to president jacob zuma's official residence and when he arrived there was some delay at the gate, they said it was too late, but eventually they were let in. after a very brief period, the convoy returned that here and they were still talking i suppose at that time he had come back with the response from president zuma about whether he would voluntarily resign or whether he would be forced to be recalled probably through an impeachment process in parliament, and that would be a humiliation that cyril ramaphosa had said publicly he is trying to avoid. remember that president zuma still commands considerable political support in rural areas in particular in south africa. he's an anti—apartheid struggle hero. he's spent ten years
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behind bars on robben island, alongside nelson mandela, fighting colonialism and white minority will. these corruption allegations that have brought us here today have been hanging over him for well over a decade now and his own party has been calling for him to step down. it now looks like he is left with no other option but to concede to the cause of his own party, the african national congress, which is the old est national congress, which is the oldest liberation movement on the african continent, and to respect his own wishes for him to step down, just as they did with thabo mbeki, his predecessor in 2008. now south africans are waiting to hear whether president zuma has agreed to step down. vanessa trump, the wife of the president's son, donald trumer, has been taken to a new york hospital after she opened mail containing
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an unidentified white powder. the substance was later determined to be non—hazardous. two other people, including mrs trump's mother, were also assessed by medics. the mail was addressed to her husband. the serious fraud office is to prosecute barclays bank over a loan of more than £2 billion it gave to the gulf state of qatar during the financial crisis. investigators claim the money was used to buy shares in the bank, which amounts to unlawful financial assistance. barclays' parent company was charged with the same offence last year and both firms will contest the allegations. from tomorrow british tourists will be able to resume package holidays to tunisia for the first time since a terror attack claimed the lives of 38 people at a beach resort in 2015. the first fully—booked flights from manchester and birmingham will be operated by thomas cook. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner has just returned from tunisia with this
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exclusive report. tunis by night, and a national guard unit prepares to raid a suspected terrorist hideout. since two devastating attacks in 2015, this country has found to stamp out terrorism and make tunisia safe for tourists. well, they've just gone into a house here. we can hear some shouts. we're in a tiny little backstreet, and they're looking for members of an isis cell that has been in libya, they suspect, so the whole street is flooded with these armed national guard soldiers. three years ago, on this beach near sousse, an isis gunman shot dead 38 people, 30 of them british. now, tunisia is getting training from royal navy instructors


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