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the headlines: theresa may says she will publish details of her brexit plan in a white paper to put before parliament. ican i can confirm our plan will be set out ina i can confirm our plan will be set out in a white paper. president trump promises a ‘big day‘ on national security — as he returns to his election pledge to build a wall along the mexican border. rough sleeping in england rises at appalling rate, figures show 16% increase, a charity says. also can you tell if your lego is genuine or a chinese fake? which one's yours? even the boss isn't sure. could high street brands be losing out? firms should be fined for for sexist dress rules, a group of mps says responding to a parliamentary petition, signed by more than 150,000 people.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister has backed down in the commons after pressure to publish the government's plans on how the uk will leave the european union. theresa may now says the government will publish a formal white paper on brexit for parliament's scrutiny. it will be separate from the legislation mps will vote on, which will trigger the process of leaving the eu. here's our political correspondent, carole walker. off to the house of commons. are you war worried. yesterday the supreme court ruled against the prime minister, forcing her to consult parliament before starting brexit negotiations. that was not enough for some mps, who complained about a
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lack of vision in the government's plans. questions to the prime minister. today, she sought to seize the initiative. i can confirm our plan will be set out in a white paper. a white paper formally setting out the government's approach was a central demand of the opposition and the labour leader struggled to rethink his attack. could we know when this white paper will be available to us? and why... and why it's taken so long to get it? theresa may said the timing was less important than negotiating a good deal. he asked for a white paper, i have been clear there will bea paper, i have been clear there will be a white paper. what i'm also clear about is that the honourable gentleman always asks about process. about the means to the end. i and this government are focussing on the outcomes. we are focussing... this government are focussing on the outcomes. we are focussing. .. jeremy corbyn was concerned that the
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promise to protect the economy would lead to tax cuts. would she withdraw the threats to to social structure of this country by turning us into the bargain basement she threatened. tomorrow the government will publish the bill to start the formal process of brexit negotiations. but some long and complex battles lie ahead. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster and we can speak to us now. this took the wind out ofjeremy corbyn‘s sails at pmqs. this took the wind out ofjeremy corbyn's sails at pmqs. yes, i think a lot of mps were going to ask if the government would produce a formal policy paper. what is interesting is it is a concession, and i'm not sure how significant it is. it has allowed some mps who may
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have been causing trouble as this bill goes through parliament, she has been allowed to say, i have this and it looks like the prime minister is listening. downing street gave a briefing to journalists and we asked when will we see the paper, will it be before the mps vote on article 50. and it wasn't clear. downing street said the white paper will be published in due course. and they make the point it is separate to the article 50 process. they say that the white paper is about the government's negotiating position and its objectives and they say the white paper will be based on theresa may's speech last week and they say she set out the plan and everyone said there was a lot of clarity last week. that is what will be in the white paper. so not clear that that mps will see this before they vote.
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in terms of vote, are we any clearer as to who might delay the process? what has been interesting is to a large exte nt what has been interesting is to a large extent labour's position. they're the official opposition. but it is very clear from talking to mps that although some of them on the labour side will oppose article 50, jeremy corbyn is saying clearly we are not going to frustrate the process and stand against the will of the people. but i have spoken to some labourfront of the people. but i have spoken to some labour front benchers and of the people. but i have spoken to some labourfront benchers and one in the shadow cabinet who said i will have to vote against it. so there is trouble for labour. the question is whether of these mps will the disciplined by jeremy corbyn if they disobey his orders. but it won't stop the bill going through. this a change they can get around and get a majority? it doesn't look like it at the moment. but there will be emphasis on the
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final vote, parliament's final vote on the deal, how significant will it be. and not jeremy corbyn's ease iest after, a gaffe about a police officer. yes he said how sorry he was about what happened in northern ireland, but he made a mistake and thought that actually help had been killed when in fact he has not and he is recovering and afterjeremy corbyn's spokesman was asked about it and he said he didn't mean too say it and didn't mean to cause any offence. thank you. donald trump is promising a "big day" on national security today, as he makes good on his pre—election promises to crack down on immigration, and tighten internal security. he's expected to give details of how america will build its wall along the border with mexico. he's also expected to halve the number of refugees allowed into the us, and tighten visa controls on visitors from a number
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of predominantly muslim countries. 0pponents have reacted with alarm to the plans, as david willis now reports from washington. we're going to have our borders nice and strong. we're going to build a wall. build a wall. build a wall! we have to build the wall, folks. it was the soundtrack to donald trump's unorthodox campaign for president — a call to build a wall along america's southern border with mexico. now he seems set to press ahead with measures he believes are vital to stemming the illegal flow of immigrants into the united states. the president on his twitter account said simply: "big day planned on national security tomorrow. "among many other things, we will build the wall." he's vowed to make mexico pay for it what's more, although the mexican government has refused to do so. translation: we recognise that the united states has a right to build the wall, even though we don't like it.
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but it's another thing to get a neighbouring country to pay for its construction. we have said many times that this is unacceptable. it's the clear position of the mexican government and the mexican people. later in the week, to round off a busy start to his presidency, mr trump is expected to sign executive orders closing america's borders to refugees, and limiting access to citizens from seven african and middle eastern countries — countries the administration believes export terrorism. they're mainly muslim countries, but the mantra of the trump administration is "america first". a country that traditionally has opened its doors to immigrants is about to head in the opposite direction. in a moment we'll talk to our correspondent in washington
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but first let's go to will grant in mexico city. we can head to mexico first. fascinating to get an update on what people are saying about the very notion of this wall. it is a notion that absolutely infuriates them. it isa that absolutely infuriates them. it is a concept they have become so angry about, because this is a wall that as far as they are concerned is being done to separate families from each other, to stop seasonal workers moving to the united states to work for half year and come back and give the money back to their families and spendin the money back to their families and spend in mexico. if there is one thing mexicans can come together is the hatred of the wall, whether it is politicians or workers on the factory floor. but it is having a
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knock on effect for the president. his handling of this has been unpopular, he is facing the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. some of the lowest of any mexican president for 20 years and this relationship with donald trump and the question of the wall is key too that. this will happen while the mexican foreign minister is in washington and that won't reflect well on the government here. so there is a round rejection of the entire policy, specifically the concept that mexico will pay for it. are his approval ratings low, because people feel is not standing up because people feel is not standing upfor because people feel is not standing up for them about the very idea of the wall, let alone who might pay for it. is a lot of it about that? it is. it absolutely is. it is specifically that and that he brought donald trump here to mexico
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city during the campaign when hillary clinton didn't come. and held what looked like statesman—like talks and everything looked friendly and that same afternoon, donald trump returned to the united states and repeated his claim that mexico not only would there be a wall, but mexico would be paying for it. so making the president look foolish in the eyes of the mexican media. there are other things impacting his approval ratings to go with the economy and a price hike at the petrol pump. but this relationship with donald trump and how he h handled his campaign has had an extremely important effect in domestic mexican politics. thank you. let's head to washington and oui’ you. let's head to washington and our correspondent there. how many
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more details and specifics are we going to get today about all of this? well, really what donald trump has said is he was going to make important national security announcements. but we understand this will probably deal with the border security, along the mexican frontier there and he is going to the department of homeland security to sign the executive orders. that is the department that looks after the border. that is what the orders will focus on. we understand the one on the wall could deal with funding. he is probably going to sign something authorising the government to use funding to start constructing the wall. he has said that mexico will pay for it. but he has said that mexico would be paying for it after the fact. so he wants to get the impression at least that this issueis the impression at least that this issue is up and running and it was one of his chief campaign promises.
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already people who supported him have been demanding some action on it. that is what he wants to show. some of the orders will deal with immigration control and probably targeting the cities called sanctuary cities in the united states, where the local authorities have stated they would refuse to hand over any illegal immigrants for deportation. that what is we are expecting along those lines. a quick thought about executive orders, for a british audience, because this is something that gives the president of the day specific power to do individual things that they want to drive through. it is a very specific power? yes, it gives the president executive authority tell the government agencies to do certain things. it has the force of law. it is legally binding. it has to do
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with issues that don't need congress to debate and pass a law. so there are things a president can do. you impose sanctions or set up executive committees and it is a way that presidents in the past have gone around congress to try to get their own agenda done. president 0bama did that quite a lot in the second part of his term on the issues of the environment and immigration, because congress was blocking him. so mr trump can reverse a lot of those things, because president 0bama used executive orders so frequently. thank you. we will have more from you later in the day. and there is more analysis of these first days of the trump administration. and you can see more analysis of these first days of the trump presidency
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tonight on ‘ioo days' with katty kay in washington and christian fraser in london at 7 o'clock on the bbc news channel. a russian aircraft carrier which passed through the english channel last year is heading back up the channel to russia. video footage just released by the ministry of defence shows the admiral kuznetsov — which is the ship furthest away — being escorted through the channel, watched by raf typhoon jets, after a deployment in syria. the headlines: the prime minister says she will publish a formal white paper setting out the government's plans on leaving the eu. president trump promises a ‘big day ' on national security — saying ‘we will build the wall‘ along the border with mexico. a man's arrested over alleged threats against gina miller — the woman behind the brexit legal challenge. in sport dylan hartley has been confirmed as england's captain for the six nations, two days after his
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suspension for striking came to an end. liverpool's philippe coutinho has signed a new contract worth £150,000 a month. serena williams has backed johanna konta to be a future champion, after knock bg out ing her out of australian open. four school children, all under the age of 13, have been taken to hospital after it's thought they mistakenly ate cocaine, thinking it was sherbet. it happened at broadstone middle school near poole in dorset. 0ur correspondent, duncan kennedy, is there. what has happened here? well, we are not entirely clear of all the details. all we can say is this was a strange and potentially serious incident. it took place three weeks
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ago on january 3rd. incident. it took place three weeks ago onjanuary 3rd. 0nly it has only just been reported. judging by what the police and the head teacher are saying is a pupil turned up at school with some white powder. three other pupils look at this, aged under 13, they think it is sweets, and for some reason the alarm is raised, because somebody this it is cocaine and now the police have confirmed it was cocaine. the police are called, the ambulance service are called, the ambulance service are called. the pupils are checked and it is decided to send them hospital in case. they all get take on the hospital and are examined and discharged without any treatment. the police have confirmed that it is cocaine and they say that they don't think any of the children ingested the cocaine. the head teacher said they have informed parents and all
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they have informed parents and all the procedures were followed. separately, police are saying that a 32—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences. he has been released on bail pending further ink riffs until next —— inquiries until next month. that is all we know. thank you. there's been a big increase in the number of people sleeping rough — with more than half the councils in england recording a rise. 0verall more than 4,000 people a night were sleeping rough last year — a 16% increase on the year before. the homelessness charity, crisis, says the numbers are going up at an "appalling rate". from birmingham, seema kotecha, sent this report. as the darkness creeps in, the wind chill begins to bite. those who have nowhere to go look for shelter. with outreach worker paul, we come across bob, who has been
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living on the streets for months. well, i'm used to being alone, i have done that for most of my life, but sometimes i like a bit of company. someone to talk to. i did have some people who'd used to come and sit here and talk to me. i'd get me head down about half ten. you're smiling. yeah, i've got virtually everything i need. the number of rough sleepers in england has increased by 16% over the last year. local authority counts and estimates show that in autumnm 2015 there were 3569 rough sleepers. but counts carried out in november last year show that the number has risen to 111311. well as we were walking by pauljust stopped to check up on this rough sleeper over here. he said that he was in a lot of pain. he said he had actually been
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assaulted in the night. so paul called the paramedics and they're just making sure he's 0k. we think they're probably going to have to take him to hospital because it seems there is something seriously wrong with him. we were told he was discharged later that day. some charities blame council cuts for putting more vulnerable people on the streets. local authority budgets have been reduced by around 20% over the past six years which they say have led to fewer services. homelessness is affected by austerity, the cuts that have come down from nationally, the cuts to the nhs, local authorities and also those in terms of benefit caps, that has a huge impact on why people are on the streets. birmingham city council are doing a lot to try to reduce this by partnership work, we are working with key agencies, we are doing outreach, surgeries, and we are actually listening to rough sleepers. the government says by 2020 it will have invested more than £500 million on tackling homelessness. but with a further squeeze on council spending expected
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in april, there are concerns that hostels and shelters could be closed down. forcing more people to live rough. seema kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. with me isjon sparkes, chief executive of the homeless charity crisis. thank you for being with us and assume from the work you do at your charity the increase that we are talking about today is regrettably not a surprise to you? no, and it is appalling, a 16% increase that is over 4,000 people sleeping on the streets. you look under that figure and there is thousands who are desperate enough to sleep in a door way, a bus shelter or a park. do we have any way of knowing or understanding how many of them really desperately do want to be in
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a home. do many people choose to live that way? the vast majority don't make that choice. if you're on the streets, you're 17 times more likely to be the victim of violence. the average life you die is 47. this is not a lifestyle choice. these are people who have if they have tried to knock on doors and go and get help, is there isn't enough help there, that there are not enough places for them to say, what are the key root causes. the root causes of not enough truly affordable housing for people who need it and there are issues with to do with benefit cut and cuts to services of people who a res and cuts to services of people who ares a who are at risk. many of these people are locked out of the
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system and at the same times seeing these statistic, there are a debate in paks about the homelessness reduction bill about giving people who are locked out of the system more right to help by local authorities. that homelessness reduction bill, does your charity have confidence that at least is a move in the right direction?m have confidence that at least is a move in the right direction? it will make a difference to many thousands. it won't be a magic answer, it won't bea it won't be a magic answer, it won't be a house for everybody, but it will be the right to help to prevent the homelessness and preventing this is much better than picking up the pieces after the event. as with so many social issues, i assume the point is there must be joined many social issues, i assume the point is there must bejoined up thinking, this involves, drug rehabilitation and alcoholism. there are so many factors that come together? yes, it is a national issue and needs government leadership. the government has led the way on the prevention agenda. we
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need the same leadership this. this needs tackling. and needs to be led by politicians, not only by charities, not wishing to demane the work you and —— demean the work you do, we shouldn't be leaving it to charities. no, the charities will be there to immr ement mr —— to implement the system. thank you. some breaking news about madonna we hear from some breaking news about madonna we hearfrom a some breaking news about madonna we hear from a court some breaking news about madonna we hearfrom a court in some breaking news about madonna we hear from a court in malawi, some breaking news about madonna we hearfrom a court in malawi, she has appeared before a court to apply for the adoption of two more children from malawi. it is up to the court to decide whether to grant the adoption order. she will have to wait a week for decision. she has already adopted two children and
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founded a charity to address poverty in the country and has been concentrating on vulnerable children. news also from the international 0lympic committee. we hear that the ioc has stripped jamaica of its cold medal in the four by one hundred relay in beijing. this is because nestor carter was caught doping. it means that usain bolt is one who loses a gold medal. he was part of that relay team. so jamaica stripped of a gold from the beijing games. david cameron has called for more funding for dementia research as he revealed that he is the new president of the charity alzheimer's research uk.
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the former prime minister says the focus on alzheimers research lags too far behind that of cancer and strokes. mr cameron says he wants to "win the battle of priorities" because dementia shouldn't be written off as "an inevitability of later life". the laws which ban sexist dress rules at work aren't being enforced properly, according to a group of mps. it follows the case of a woman who was sent home from herjob at an accountancy firm for not wearing high heeled shoes, while the same company had no dress code for men. when mps began to investigate the story, they were inundated with complaints from women with similar experiences. simon gompertz has more. the receptionist who wouldn't give in. nicola thorpe refused to wear heels between two and four inches high and was sent home without pay and now mps have taken up her cause. this was never just
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and now mps have taken up her cause. this was neverjust about and now mps have taken up her cause. this was never just about shoes, and now mps have taken up her cause. this was neverjust about shoes, it is about how women are viewed in the work place and the pressure on women to look attractive. mps heard from thousands of women who had been left in pain. there are calls for bigger fines for employers. it is common—sense and i'm pleased there are a lot of people wearing flat shoes now, which is the fashion and thatis shoes now, which is the fashion and that is what it should be and that is what it should be. dress codes at work have to comply with health and safety regulation to reduce the risk of injury and with the equality act and while there are to be differences between the way men and women present themselves, what is required should be reasonable and that applies to hair and make up. the government said what happened to nicola thorpe was unlawful, but mps have found the pressure on women is widespread and most would like to see something done about it. you're
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wearing high heels. yes. have you been forced? definitely not. i think looking smart is subjective and wearing flat shoes doesn't necessarily make you look not smart. ifi necessarily make you look not smart. if i feel comfortable i will. but i don't have. it shouldn't be compulsory. there is a feeling that wearing high heel is is smarter. i have never been told to wear them. if you were? i would be put off. jane advises companies on how to treat employees. they think, oh, heels are smart, all they have to do is wear smart shoes. the campaign highlighted the tyranny some women
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feel they‘ subjected to. mps say more is needed to be done to make sure they can step into work in the shoes they choose. moving on. now the weather. well things still looking murky in the east of england. the visibility is picking up. some beautiful pictures where we have seen sunshine. this was around the trent valley. you can see the sunshine in northern england and the midlands and wales and into the south—west of england. the murky skies affecting east anglia and the south—east of england. staying misty here tonight. but as the breeze picks up, the fog won‘t come back. could be some drizzle and some snow, but nothing significant. but it will add to the ice bg risk as
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temperatures in the countryside are down to minus five degrees. here is thursday‘s chart and a cloudy start, again some drizzle and a snow flake or two. some brighter spells through the afternoon in the north and south. but a cold day especially with the winds and it will feel like temperaturest temperatures are below zero. hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy and jane hill. the headlines at 2.30. theresa may says she will publish details of her brexit plan in a white paper to put before parliament. some of her own backbenchers had joined with opposition parties to ask for the document. president trump promises a "big day" ahead on national security — including an announcement about his plans for a wall on the mexican border. there‘s been a big jump
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in the number of people sleeping rough in england — and while london has the highest number of rough sleepers, the problem is growing fastest outside the capital. women are experiencing widespread discrimination over how they dress at work, according to a report into office discrimination. mps began an inquiry after a receptionist was sent home for refusing to wear high heels. and three people have died in a fire at a house in reigate in surrey. the bodies of a man, a woman and a child were found —— the editor of vogue is to step down after 25 years. that makes her the longest uk vogue editor. we start with the breaking news story that we heard a few moments ago that is that the ioc has
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stripped jamaica of the four by 100 gold medal they won at the beijing games after nestor carter was caught doping. that is nestor carter that we can see there. it means that his team—mate usain bolt loses one of the three gold medals he won in beijing. dylan hartley has been confirmed as england‘s captain for next month‘s six nations, just two days after returning from a six week suspension for striking. hartley, who led his side to the grand slam last year, won‘t have played for nine weeks by the time england face france in their opening game. he appeared today at a six nations photocall, posing for pictures alongside the trophy and head coach, eddiejones, who was sporting an injury of his own. jones told our sports correspondent joe wilson that he had "slipped in the shower." no, i'll no, i‘ll be fit for the opening
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game. i‘ll get through it. it‘sjust one of those things that happened. it looks like the shower went a bit high. did it get a red card? i'm not sure yet. i will have to watch the video. jurgen klopp has described philip countinho‘s new five—year contract as a "huge statement." the liverpool playmaker signed a new deal today, worth about £150,000 a week. coutinho has been hugely influential this season — and his seven weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage coincided with liverpool‘s worst run of form this season. the deal makes coutinho the best paid player at liverpool. the brazilian international has made 163 appearances since his january 2013 move from inter. he has scored 34 goals for liverpool in that time. the brazilian has scored six goals in 14 appearances this season alone. serena williams has backed joanna konta to win the australian open one day, despite knocking her out in the quarter finals in straight sets. the british number one reached
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the semis last year and hadn‘t dropped a set throughout the entire tournament. today though, konta was simply simply outplayed by williams — a 22—time grand slam champion, as tim hague reports. it's it‘s one thing having some of the greatest in history and the walls beside you but another having one walk onto court right behind you. a daunting challenge forjohanna konta, taking on serena williams and we soon saw konta, taking on serena williams and we soon saw why williams has 22 major titles to her name. yet the ninth seed on a nine match winning strea k ninth seed on a nine match winning streak showed just what a threat she was. not though when williams raises her game to a level you can‘t compete with. two breaks in the opening set, 6— to the school. but the briton bits back in the second, saving break points and then going 3-1 saving break points and then going 3—1 ahead. not only did williams break back, she actually one five
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games ina break back, she actually one five games in a row to take the set and the victory. it means konta‘s run in melbourne is over. you feel it is just a start for her though. serena may have entered the court behind her opponent but she left it well ahead. in the men‘s draw, rafael nadal has reached a grand slam semi final for the first time in two and a half years. the 14—time major champion beat canada‘s milos raonic in straight sets. he‘ll play gregor dimitrov next, who beat david goffin earlier on today. joe root has been declared fit to play in england‘s first twenty20 against india on thursday. he sat out england‘s five—run win in the final one—day international in kolkata. but bowler david willey has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. thank you. the dutch government is planning to launch what it calls an international abortion fund —
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in response to donald trump‘s decision to ban foreign aid being used to promote the procedure. shortly, i‘ll be speaking with the dutch minister who‘s spear—heading the move. but first, this report from simon cullen explains what mr trump‘s decision means. surrounded by men but watched on by the world, donald trump has wasted no time in reinstating a controversial ban on us foreign aid being used to promote abortion.|j think the president, it‘s no secret, he has made it very clear he is a pro—life president. he has made it very clear he is a pro-life president. the order was signed just days after millions of people took to the streets around the world to protest against the new president‘s rhetoric. the world to protest against the new president's rhetoric. women's rights are human rights. but pro-life groups have welcomed mr trump‘s decision, saying it will help to protect unborn lives in developing
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countries. we are standing up to protect life and also to stop foreign aid being spent overseas for values that are contrary to those of the president. the president's executive order extends to ban abortion counselling or promoting the procedure. it has prompted the dutch government to put forward its own plan for an international abortion fund to plug the gap left by the united states. lilianne ploumen is the dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, she explained why the dutch government had taken this decision to start an overseas abortion fund. i‘m a pro—choice minister and the netherlands has been very active in promoting sexual and reproductive rights for women and this executive order of president trump makes it
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impossible for organisations not only to deliver the service of safe abortions, but also to give sexuality education to promote contraceptives and make sure that people have access to contraceptives, so the impact of the executive order is huge and the lives of women and children and it will impact their rights, but it will impact their rights, but it will also impact the services that they will get or not get in the future. president trump has promised a significant day ahead on national security — including an announcement about his plans for a wall on the mexican border. he tweeted: "big day planned on national security tomorrow. among many other things, we will build the wall!" building a 2,000 mile wall along the mexican border was one of trump‘s key election promises. he‘s said the wall would cost $8 billion and that it will be up to 40 feet high. the new president is also
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expected to approve immigration restrictions on seven mostly muslim countries in the middle east and africa. earlier today, the president has tweeted to say he will be launching a major investigation into voter fraud. donald trump said some of those registered to vote had been dead for a long time. prominent republicans have attacked his claims — saying there‘s no evidence of any fraud. the president also said that he will announce his nomination for the next supreme court judge next thursday. joining me now is dr tom long, a lecturer in international relations at the university of reading. 0ne one wonders how the people of mexico are feeling. how worried will they be by what he is proposing?” are feeling. how worried will they be by what he is proposing? i think that people in mexico are very worried. perhaps more worried about the threat to mexican migrants in the threat to mexican migrants in the united states and two us mexican trade relations than they are about
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the walls were perfectly. the timing of this announcement while not surprising, given trump‘s frequent campaign promises is a bit of a surprise —— a slap in the face to mexico. the threat to duport millions of undocumented mexican is probably the thing that will cause the biggest headache for both sides, isn‘t it? the biggest headache for both sides, isn't it? that and the north american trade agreement. about 80% of mexico‘s exports go to the united states and a lot of that is heavily reliant on the free trade agreement and so trump‘s threat to either renegotiate that alter unilaterally remove the us from that would be calamitous for the mexican economy. certainly, when you are dealing with millions of mexicans who are living in the united states both legally
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and as undocumented migrants, the mexican government has taken that extremely seriously and it is something that is near and dear to the mexican population as well. to be fairto the mexican population as well. to be fair to donald trump, he is doing what he said he was going to do. well, that is true. he is doing what he said he would do. though this executive order is not the same as building the wall. this executive order will probably reallocate some of the money in the department of homeland security to start putting up homeland security to start putting up some fencing but the actual amount of funds available for that are relatively limited. they certainly won‘t complete a wall along the entire border and it won‘t bea40 along the entire border and it won‘t be a 40 foot high wall. he will have to go to the us congress to get that kind of money. but he has said in the long—running mexico will pay, one way or another. adding mexican president has been very clear that mexico will not pay. trump‘s plans
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for getting mexico to pay for that, the first was to try to confiscate remittances from mexican migrants and more recently he has talked about having some sort of a border tax that would pay for that wall. however, if it is a tax on mexican exports to the united states, mexico‘s not paying that tax, ultimately us consumers pay the tax. thank you very much were us. china may be one the world‘s biggest producers of many of the things we buy, but it‘s also gaining a reputation as one of the world‘s biggest producers of fake goods. some of the most famous high street brands are losing out on billions of pounds in trade, because of counterfeiters. their merchandise is often so good, it‘s impossible to tell the difference between what‘s real and what‘s not, as our correspondent in beijing, robin brant, found out when he went to speak to the boss of the toymaker, lego. billions and billions of these little plastic bricks have been sold
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the world over, and now lego is betting big on china. what started out with hand—cut bricks in denmark in 1949 is now a $100 million state—of—the—art operation near shanghai but they are not the only ones doing it. copies like this and fakes or counterfeits are prolific in china. lego is currently suing the firm behind this copycat star wars model. so, how easy is it to spot the difference? we bought a real one and a copycat and asked the experts. if you have to ask me to guess, i would say this one, maybe. which one do you think is real? you think this one is real.
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you‘re right. the truth is, they look and feel almost identical. the copy‘s so good, in fact, that even the boss of that huge new lego factory can‘t tell. have a little look at that for me. what do you think of that? it looks like a mini figure to me. what do you think of him? two men. which one‘s yours? just have a guess for me. i would say this is lego and this is not. 0k. this is lego. no, this is lego. bought from toy‘r‘us yesterday, built by my daughter. that‘s not real. it‘s not lego. it is trying to be lego, is my assessment of it. lego is not the only foreign firm investing big in china but having trouble with local copycats. land rovers are now made here. white evoques like this sell particulalrly well. but the british firm has been
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powerless to stop this. tucked away on a shanghai side street, this is a land wind. it‘s similar on the inside and very, very similar on the outside but a lot cheaper. this is our copycat that caught people out. you can buy him and the real thing on the huge online retailer, alibaba. they took down thousands of links to copycat lego products last year alone, but the toy maker is still pursuing manufacturers in the courts because even the boss cannot tell the difference. robin brant, bbc news, shanghai. ina minute, in a minute, we will have a summary of all the latest business news, but first a reminder of the headlines. the prime minister tells mps she will publish a formal white paper setting out the plan on leaving the eu. president donald trump is expected to say more on his plans for
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building a wall along the borders of mexico and a plan to tighten these controls with predominantly muslim countries. and there has been a large rise in people sleeping rough in britain, particularly outside the capital. the charity crisis has described this rise in figures as appalling. santander has warned of a challenging year ahead in the uk. earnings in britain fell by almost 15% after the referendum largely because of the weakening of the pound against the euro following the vote. investment in the uk‘s car industry fell in 2016 after several years of strong growth, that‘s according to the head of the industry‘s trade body. the society of motor manufacturers and traders, predicts a further fall in investment this year. and travel stores have given wh smith a boost — they‘ve upgraded profit forecasts for the year after shops at railway stations and airports performed well over the holiday period. sales were up 5%, compared
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to the high street stores where sales were down 3%. mps have found evidence that some women in the workplace have been pressurised to wear heels and dye their hair. they looked into it after a temporary receptionist at the accountancy firm pwc was sent home for not wearing high heels. they found, in their words, travelling experiences from female staff. linda jones is head of employment at pearson masons, the law firm. welcome to bbc news. linda, what does the law say if anything about dress code? the law doesn‘t say anything specific about dress codes. what it does say is that employers cannot treat a woman less favou ra bly that employers cannot treat a woman less favourably on the grounds of her sex or putting policies which
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have an adverse impact on women because of their gender. that is the current law. what about high heels? the committee said hundreds of women told them about pain and long—term damage caused by wearing heels for long periods of time. is there a law on forcing women to wear high heels? what a woman would have to do at the moment is to utilise that existing law to show that it was under treatment of her as a woman to have to be forced to wear high heels. there is a good chance he would be able to succeed with that claimed that the law doesn‘t that it out fairly. it is quite difficult for employees and employers to understand how existing law does interact with dress code that work. with regards to dress codes and the line of telling people what they have do wear added females feel pressurised, is there something that they can do about it? if you are a
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female employee feeling pressurised. yes, certainly, any employee who feels pressurised into wearing something inappropriate either because they are a woman or for a religious belief, disability or anything like that, should in their first instance speak to a line manager or a child. there is a code of practice issued by acas and dress code. that code of practice isn‘t particularly clear and that‘s one of the recommendations, actually, that the recommendations, actually, that the parliamentary committee has made in their report that was published today to say that they should be greater clarity in the report published on what sort of dress code is likely to be unlawful. in your line of practice and everyday work, do you find certain sectors are more guilty of this than others?” do you find certain sectors are more guilty of this than others? i think the committee certainly found the reports before the parliamentary committee certainly found that tourism and retail, especially
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luxury retail, and people working in receptions and younger people as well, in the hospitality industries, they are the sort of sectors where there is likely to be the greatest impact of women being asked to wear either high heels or low—cut blouses in some instances or too much make up. ithink in some instances or too much make up. i think those sectors are the sectors where there has been most of this sort of thing going on. ok, thank you very much. in other business news... scotch whisky contributes nearly £5bn a year to the uk economy, according to research commissioned by the industry. the scotch whisky association said more than 40,000 jobs are supported by the industry across the uk, including 7,000 in rural areas. shares in tesco are down about 1% today on the ftse after it emerged the retailer faces a second lawsuit over its 2014 accountancy scandal. back then, shares in the supermarket plunged when it was discovered that profits had been artificially inflated by £250 million. investors are attempting to claim damages for losses. its advertising slogan
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is life‘s good — but for executives at south korea‘s lg, ‘life could be better‘ is possibly more apt. the firm has just reported annual profits of around £87 million last year — down almost half on 2015. while sales of air conditioners and fridges were strong, lg has been struggling in the past few years, due in part to its late entry into the smartphone market. the dow is at an all—time high today after a series of executive orders from president trump. that is it from president trump. that is it from us in this hour. female mps say they‘re experiencing unprecedented levels
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of verbal and online abuse. around two thirds said they felt "less safe", following the murder of the labour mp, jo cox, last summer. some reported death threats, with more than half of those questioned by the bbc saying they had had physical threats. 0ur political correspondent, ellie price, has more. it gives me the greatest pleasure to introduce to you the new national unionist women members. it took a long time to get women into parliament. the first female mp to ta ke parliament. the first female mp to take her seat, nancy astor, was elected 98 yea rs take her seat, nancy astor, was elected 98 years ago. eventually, more would follow. they fought and died to get representation in parliament but now modern women mps face their own struggle. right, so, what you‘re looking our tweets, the abusive tweets that my team screenshot it. and mclaughlin won't read the abuse she receives online, which isjust as read the abuse she receives online, which is just as well. it‘s deeply personal. she doesn‘t really want to share it. it takes a lot of strength
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not to. it‘s very tempting if you‘re alone at night and nobody can see you if you get upset and you cry to just have a look, but why would i do that to myself? but it's notjust hurtful insults and social media. there is an even darker side of death threats and violence. jo cox was murdered outside her constituency surgery last june. such threats are of course fazed by male members of parliament as well but two thirds of the female mps we spoke to said they have felt less safe since and well over half have received a physical threat from a member of the public. received a physical threat from a member of the publiclj received a physical threat from a member of the public. i have had death threats to myself and to my family, one of which is being investigated by the police. 0ne family, one of which is being investigated by the police. one in which an extremely graphic picture of beheaded corpse was sent to me along with the threat to my life and that of my family and i have young children, so that was taken very
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seriously. this mp, begrudgingly, now make sure she has security whenever she have constituency surgeries. do you felt now? this building isa surgeries. do you felt now? this building is a very safe building. the staff are very supportive and i do feel very safe. the majority of mps we spoke to say they are concerned that hearing about this kind of abuse might put off good new people, give the women from wanting to become mps. in fact, a bird we heard from said they had considered giving up theirjob here in parliament because of it. and yet, none have. the majority we heard from say that despite the difficulties, thejob is a privilege and well worth the flak. some media news and the editor who persuaded the duchess of cambridge to appear on the front of the centenary issue of vogue has today announced she is stepping down from
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thejob of al —— editor in chief. alexandra shulman so has been in charge of 25 years but says she now wa nts to charge of 25 years but says she now wants to experience a different life. in the world of high fashion and the catwalk show, you know where you stand and where you sit and 425 yea rs, stand and where you sit and 425 years, the front row of british fashion has been alexandra shulman‘s. in a world that is all about what‘s new, she has been a co nsta nt about what‘s new, she has been a constant figure in an era in which british fashion blossomed with names likejohn british fashion blossomed with names like john galliano, british fashion blossomed with names likejohn galliano, stella mccartney and alexander mcqueen. likejohn galliano, stella mccartney and alexander mcqueenlj likejohn galliano, stella mccartney and alexander mcqueen. i think the white is the problem. and while british vogue, which hasjust celebrated its 100th anniversary, still sits at the top of the fashion prestige list, it‘s been a torrid time in the magazine business. 0nline now offers many alternative ways for people to get their fashion fix. it‘s always unnerving than with someone fix. it‘s always unnerving than with someone with rapid —— a reputation for knowing what works goes. what‘s
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also gone is a fashion editor who never really seemed like a typical fashion editor. calm, reserved, a recent documentary wondered why in a world of high emotion, she seemed to be immune to fashion‘s high anxiety. you don‘t seem like somebody who would carry much anxiety with you? no, i know, it's amazing, isn't it? i've never seen like someone who carries stress with me. but you do? yes. 20 years ago she faced criticism with heroin chic and vogue and in the end, she was questioning white models had to be so tiny. her personal style was never dictated by fashion either and you rather stood out for being strangely normal. let‘s catch up with the weather forecast. we have still got murky
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conditions across central and eastern england but today is the last of the foggy days. the fog ca ptu red last of the foggy days. the fog captured earlier by keith was out for a walk in cambridgeshire. and earlier today, we saw the mist and fog lifting out of the trent valley to reveal sparkling winter sunshine above. we have got a big mixture of whether around today. visibility is beginning to pick up. we have got sunshine for northern england and some of the midlands. cloudy skies for scotland and northern ireland. as we go through tonight, the winds will pick up and we will see cloud spreading more bodily across the uk. some of it will be thick enough to give us a little bit of drizzle and maybe a few flakes of sleet but not amounting to anything. it will be a cold night. frosts developing again. a view pocket could get down to —6 in scotland and in england, widespread in parts of the
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countryside. that could lead to icy stretches early on thursday morning. a cold, grey started the day on thursday, busy over the hills, with the odd fog patch in the pennines. 0therwise, visibility when to be as bad across eastern england as it has been recently. for scotland, we are looking at a dry start the day but it will be pretty chilly. as we go on through the rest of the day, what you will notice is this brisk, south south—easterly winds dragging in some continental air. it will be cloudy with some brighter spells but the winds will make it feel colder than the temperatures would show. it could fill below freezing with that bitter wind blowing. heading into friday, subtle changes with where the wind is coming from. it will be coming from the bay of biscay, dragging some slightly cold air with
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it, meaning madhur temperatures could push in. 10 degrees for plymouth but still cold. and an north—east england as well. the weekend weather prospects look something like this. low pressure is in charge for saturday. quite a lot of cloud around, some heavy showers, but not desperately cold. by the time we get to sunday, generally things will be cooling down a little bit about the weather should become largely dry, any rain clearing away with some sunny spells following. back your weather for now. this is bbc news. i‘m simon mccoy. the headlines at 3pm: theresa may
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tells mps she will publish details of her brexit plan in a white paper to be put before parliament. i can confirm to the house that our plan will be set out in a white paper published in this house. president trump renews his pledge to build a wall on the mexican border as he prepares to make a series of announcements on national security. latest figures show a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough on england‘s streets. i‘m jane hill. can you tell if your lego is genuine or a chinese fake? which one is yours? laughter we report on the rise of the counterfeit industry in china. fakes that are so good even the lego boss can‘t tell the difference.


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