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the foreign office admits borisjohnson could have been clearer, when he spoke about the case of a british—iranian woman who's being held in tehran. the foreign secretary has since spoken to his iranian counterpart on the phone — and says he will now visit the country — but still faces criticism: yes, he made a mistake — his problem if i'm absolutely honest about it, is that he's done it before. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe‘s family fear the foreign secretary's comments could see her sentence doubled. and this lunchtime the international development secretary priti patel is also under pressure, as questions are asked in parliament about her meetings in israel. also this lunchtime: donald trump has urged north korea to "come to the table" and discuss giving up its nuclear weapons. the united states stands prepared to defend itself and its allies, using the full range of our unmatched military
capabilities, if need be. the tax affairs of british crown dependencies and overseas territories are coming under scrutiny, after the leak of confidential documents known as the paradise papers. and the apes rescued from the illegal pet trade. conservationists celebrate the first baby born in the wild. coming up in the sport on bbc news: david moyes will take training for the first time as west ham boss, as work begins to keep them in the premier league. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
the foreign office says that boris johnson could have been clearer in his comments over a british woman in prison in iran. borisjohnson has spoken to his iranianp counterpart on the phone and says he will now visit the country. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe with her young daughter. mrs zaghari—ratcliffe was arrested in tehran in april last year and has beenin tehran in april last year and has been injail ever since tehran in april last year and has been in jail ever since for allegedly plotting to topple the iranian regime. her family allegedly plotting to topple the iranian regime. herfamily insist she was there on a family visit. but look what the foreign secretary had to say about the case to mps last week. when you look at what nazanin
zaghari—ratcliffe was doing, it's just, you know, she was simply teaching peoplejournalism, as i understand it. mrjohnson did condemn iran and did offer to visit mrs zaghari—ratcliffe in prison but his remarks about what she was in iran to do, led to him being hauled before the courts there. her family say he got his facts wrong he needs to make a clear statement, she wasn't training journalists. she was on holiday. she is innocent. we have made it clearfor a long time, she is not being held because of anything she has done, she'sjust not. the family's mp is furious i wa nt not. the family's mp is furious i want her home. i do not want her to spend one extra day injail. if she spends even an extra day in jail because of what our foreign secretary has said, he needs to
resign with immediate effect. enter this former foreign secretary. the first line of thejob this former foreign secretary. the first line of the job description of a foreign secretary is to look out for british interests and british people abroad t would appear that borisjohnson people abroad t would appear that boris johnson spectacularly failed to do that last week? that was unfair. he did something, a human error. he spaends lot of time representing this country's interests perfectly well and perfectly competently. so, yes, he made a mistake. his problem, if i'm absolutely honest about it, is that he's done it before. the foreign office say borisjohnson called tehran today to speak to his op sited number in the iranian government. mrjohnson acknowledged his remarks could've been clearer and said mrs zaghari—ratcliffe had beenin and said mrs zaghari—ratcliffe had been in the country on holiday. a cabinet colleague defended him on the radio. we all make slips of the tongue. we have to be careful we are not overreacting to this in a way
that... i bet you wouldn't say that if you were standing in the dock of that rhinian court that shouldn't have happened in the first place. —— of that iranian court. of course not it is an agrees offive unacceptable way to treat a uk citizen. the foreign secretary is expected to talk about the case in the commons this afternoon. our diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley, is with me now. this is a british—iranian woman who has been there for more than 18 months now, caroline. how did it start and crucially what has been the government role in this so far? well, she was arrested in april last year. she had gone to tehran to visit her parents with her then two—year—old daughter. she was arrested at tehran airport by the revolutionary gaurds. she was held first in solitary confinement. when she was first allowed to see her daughter injail she she was first allowed to see her daughter in jail she was so weak she could hardly hold her. enormous suffering and pressure on nazanin
zaghari—ratcliffe. she then faced a secret trial. she was jailed for five years. she was accused trying to engineer the soft overthrow of the regime. everything is so secretive so it is hard to know depctly what went on at the trial. — — exa ctly. depctly what went on at the trial. —— exactly. then last month new charges related to her past work for media charities, including the bbc and thompson reuters, which she works for now, then we had this boris statement which certainly seems to have given ammunition to the revolutionary gaurds and on saturday she was called before a court, told of a new charge of spreading propagandap against the regime. now what has the foreign office been doing? to says it has been raising her plight continuously with the rhinians. rhinians —— iranians. theresa may has spoken about it with her counterpart and 110w about it with her counterpart and now borisjohnson has been asked to do more and he has said he will, he
will go to iran and he has spoken in the past about visiting her in jail. that the family would like to see. for now, thank you. downing street says it will tighten the ministers' code of conduct, after the international development secretary held a meeting with the israeli prime minister without informing the foreign office. priti patel was on holiday at the time and the bbc has learned that after the trip, she suggested some of britain's aid budget should be given to the israeli army to support its humanitarian operations. our diplomatic correspondent, james landale, report. holiday snaps of a different kind. when priti patel travelled to israel for a break in august, she did not just to see the sights, she also visited politicians and charities, 12 in all, without telling the foreign office. the most important meeting was with the israeli prime minister, something theresa may knew nothing about when she met benjamin netanyahu in downing street last week. critics accuse her of breaching ministerial rules. former diplomats are astonished. i think it's simply common sense that
if a senior minister visiting a country with a sensitive relationship with britain that they should take advice from the foreign office, the ambassador and let the foreign secretary know what's going on. i'm not sure that needs to be spelt out in the ministerial code, that's common sense. one idea that emerged was whether british aid could help israeli soldiers in the occupied golan heights. the bbc has been told she asked officials to examine the idea but that the foreign office advised against because britain does not recognise israel's annexation of this area. the international development secretary has now listed all undisclosed meetings in israel had apologised. in a statement, she said... today, friends rallied to her support. israel is a great partner of the united kingdom. we value the partnership.
yes, she was on holiday but she was a workaholic and wanted to keep going and having meetings. yes, she should have notified the foreign office, but they knew about it while it was taking place. there's nothing to see here. she's entitled to meet whoever she wants. she has apologised to the prime minister for the way in which some of those were handled and i regard the matter as closed. political pressure on mrs patel remains. labour have called on her to resign from the cabinet and there will be a debate on her behaviour in the house of commons later today. well let's speak to our assistant political editor norman smith. two people facing, two cabinet ministers facing intense crittism s are either vulnerable, to you think. . in normal times you would say absolutely yes. they would probably be booted out of the cabinet. it
would, adios amigos. in boris johnson's case he would be seen as a serial offender when it comes to diplomatic gaffes when it comes to offence to others. a month ago he outraged the libyan government by suggesting dead bodies should be cleared away from one of their cities so it could be turned into a tourist resort. now he is accused of jeopardising the position of a british woman in jail jeopardising the position of a british woman injail in iran, priti patel appears to have been decidedly economical with who she was seeing in israel and whom she told about whom she was seeing but mrs may's position now is so fragile, she seems unable to move anyone. it has become almost like a game of politicaljenga, where she dares not pull out one block for fear of all coming down and it is at a time when
there are allegations of sleaze sweeping westminster with her deputy, damian green under investigation and she lost sir michael fall union. —— michael fallon, i think mrs may must be mightily relieved that parliament is going into recess for a week and she can have a breather. donald trump is on his first visit as us president to south korea — with north korea's nuclear ambitions top of the agenda. this morning he urged north korea to "do the right thing" to end the stand—off over its nuclear weapons programme, and come to the table to make a deal. speaking during a visit to seoul, president trump said he's ready to do whatever is necessary to prevent an attack. robin brant sent this report. the welcome had an ancient feel to it but president trump has come here under the shadow of a very modern threat. despite the smiles and back slapping, these two leaders differ on the key question — how to deal with the nuclear weapons being developed in the north? there's a split on the streets
of seoul as well. anti—trump protesters echo the words of south korea's dovish president moon, who says there cannot be another war here. translation: the us has the biggest, many nuclear weapons... but there are plenty who welcome the trump talk of fire and fury, to deal with the one he's labelled "rocket man". i think president trump will be our best hope for solving this issue, because i like — him saying that in the us various presidents talked to north korea and what did they come to, nothing? south korea can't quite make its mind up on donald trump. to some he is a saviour. his country has helped defend this country for decades but for others,
his language is incendiary and more likely to cause a confrontation with the north. in the past, president trump has accused his south korea counterpart of appeasement. standing alongside him today, there was no repeat of that, there was, though, a repeat of this. the united states stands prepared to defend itself and its allies, using the full range of our unmatched military capabilities, if need be. so, all options remain on the table. on the idea of direct talks, well he had this... i really believe that it makes sense for north korea to come to the table and to make a deal that's good for the people of north korea, and the people of the world. i do see certain movement, yes. but let's see what happens. a show of unity is the message they want to send. here's the un navy ship moored here to prove it. together they have the military might to defend and attack. because once this brief visit
is over, schoolchildren here still have to practise this, just in case. our core zpoented is travelling with zorb our correspondent is travelling with the president. what are we to make of his tone? it is much more measured than we have been used to in mrooents. none of the fire —— in recent months. none of the fiery rhetoric we have been hearing. indeed fire and fury is something he has talked b he has talked about destroying north korea, which is fine, of course if you are not the person dealing with a direct consequence of, that of course, south korea south koreans feel they would be. they are worried about losing lives here. he was more measured in military terms but he still talked about more pressure being put on north korea, but
through trade perhaps, he was calling on all countries to stop trading with north korea. and that's a message he is going to on his next leg of this tour, perhaps the most crucial leg, in beijing. the tax affairs of british crown dependencies and overseas territories are coming under intense scrutiny because of the leak of millions of confidential documents, known as the "paradise papers". the documents show how the technology giant apple has been managing most of its untaxed cash reserve offshore, on the channel island ofjersey. it moved the money tojersey after a tax loophole in ireland was closed. although the company has done nothing illegal, its tax arrangements have been criticised by eu and us officials. we pay all the taxes we all, it every single dollar. technically apple's chief executive tim cook is
correct but what apple legally owns may not be much depending for its located. apple sells billions of pounds worth of bunsen tablet computers in britain at its effective tax rate has been estimated at 5% internationally. in 2014 ireland announced it would ban companies with no tax residency, apple needed tax residency for its lucrative irish subsidiaries fast. the paradise papers revealed it sent out a questionnaire courting tax havens and it shows jersey where its $261 billion pile of cash and selling phones and ipad became tax resident. the jersey company reportedly sold by its highly expensive intellectual property rights to its irish division creating a big cost which can be offset against future profits. holding its aris tax bill down. apple says it has followed the law and the new ownership structure hasn't lowered its taxes and it remains the world's largest taxpayer. here is why so many
multinational companies want to locate offshore, not just multinational companies want to locate offshore, notjust apple, in the united states you will pay 35% in corporation tax, in the uk parade is 19%, in ireland, if you pay double ndong avoided, 12 and a half percent, jersey, the standard rate of corporation tax is a big fat zero. the revelations from the paradise papers raise questions about the willingness of british crown dependencies and overseas territories from jersey to guernsey to the cayman islands to facilitate tax avoidance i will be individuals and multinationals, legal though it may be. the isle of man parliament, the chief minister head back. the isle of man is not a place that welcomes those seeking to evade or aggressively avoid taxes. we are proud of the role we have played in moving the international tax agenda forward. the isle of man has consistently been prepared to step out in front to support the galloping international tax
transparency initiatives. others have attacked the dozens of media organisations involved in the paradise papers investigation for using private information. this is, in my view, a politically inspired campaign which has been long—running, which is using stolen data in order to pursue an agenda which is nothing really to do with tax and nothing really to do with the morality of tax. this is about privacy, this is about seeking to ensure that there is public access to private financial information. while crown dependencies and overseas territories have some independence westminster is ultimately responsible. if her majesty is government chooses to impose new rules or laws it can. andy verity, bbc news. our correspondent robert hall is in saint you're an jersey, our correspondent robert hall is in saint you're anjersey, robert... jane, the finance industry is of
tremendous importance tojersey jane, the finance industry is of tremendous importance to jersey as it is to the other offshore locations we have been hearing about over the last couple of years. cars days. headlines like this in the jersey evening post are not welcome. we've been talking to thejersey government to try and get a response, there's been a written statement from the treatment is to in which he says, jersey does not wa nt in which he says, jersey does not wantan in which he says, jersey does not want an abusive tax avoidance schemes operating in the island, we expect financial services providers to abide by a voluntary code. if necessary they will consider changing the legislation, he says, in order to force companies to abide by that code. my guest represents reform jersey, an opposition reform party in the parliament behind us, what was your reaction when you read this, particularly with regards to the alan's image is to mark it's never nice to be subject to bad publicity, especially when jersey has made a huge amount of progress of recent years and a labour people here work incredibly hard to make sure jersey meets here work incredibly hard to make surejersey meets the top
expectations from organisations like the 0ecd expectations from organisations like the oecd and the imf and we reach that to a higher standard than countries like the uk.” that to a higher standard than countries like the uk. i suppose the one good thing is that offers us an opportunity to focus the mind and have a discussion about what more we could do to make sure jersey plays its part in this and the government here has been clear, they don't want any business like this occurring in the island, we are whiter than fight and we only want clean business here and we only want clean business here and what this presents us is an opportunity to show the rest of the world we a re opportunity to show the rest of the world we are an ally on this and we wa nt world we are an ally on this and we want to abide either high standards. thank you. but debate still continuing i suspect as more revelations come out of those paradise papers in the coming days. robert, thank you. you can see more information about the papers and follow the latest developments on the bbc news website, lots of information there. the time is1:20pm, the time is 1:20pm, the top story this lunchtime... the husband of a
british woman jailed in this lunchtime... the husband of a british womanjailed in iran has accused boris johnson british womanjailed in iran has accused borisjohnson of making comments that could extend her sentence. still to come on the programme, have thousands of people are falling victim to online banking scams every year. coming up in sport, steven finn is out of the england ashes tour, he has torn cartilage in his knee during training in australia and is flying home to see a specialist. hospital bosses have warned that nhs staff in england are working on the ‘edge of safety‘ because of shortages of nurses and other health workers. nhs providers say more action is needed to ease what it says are intolerable pressures on the system. the government insists it's just launched the biggest ever training programme for doctors and nurses — as dominic hughes reports. like many parts of the nhs in england kingston hospitaljust
south—west of london has struggled to recruit properly qualified medical staff. workers from the european union have filled the gaps but the hospital desperately needs to hang onto them in a post brexit uk. we've had a pay cut for seven years, this is a high cost area, kingston, quite expensive to live in. i think people are concerned about certainty, concerned about training, concerned about workload pressures and managing those as we get into winter. a million people now work for the nhs in england, up 6% on three years ago. nhs providers, the organisation that represents health bosses, say patient demand for key services has risen much more. there's been a 19% rise in the number of diagnostic tests being carried out. ambulance calls are up by 15%, the number of gp referrals has risen 11% and emergency admissions to hospital by 10%, all leading to fears for patient safety.
we've got demand for services rising at a rate faster than we have staff coming into the nhs so we've had a rise of about 6% over the last 3—4 years, that's about 60,000 staff but demand for services is rising much faster than that. it takes years to train doctors, nurses and other health workers but unions say ministers need to act now. nhs staff need the government to get a grip on the workforce situation. they need the government first of all to give a guarantee to eu staff that their futures are secure because we cannot run the nhs without those staff. secondly the government needs to give nhs staff an above inflation pay rise, the budget‘s in two weeks' time, we need money in the budget. but the department of health in england insists plans are in place.
a statement said... but the uncertainties caused by brexit combined with rising patient demand and the difficulties of recruiting staff into demanding roles, all these factors have combined to put real pressure on staff numbers today. dominic hughes, bbc news. the former welsh government minister carl sa rg ea nt the former welsh government minister carl sargeant has died just days after being sacked from his role loving allegations about his personal conduct. we can talk to our wales political editor who joins me now. nick, what do we know? a palpable sense of shock to the news which has broken in the past hour, we understand carl sargea nt which has broken in the past hour, we understand carl sargeant has taken his own life, a hugely
experienced assembly member and welsh government minister and in his final role he was a cabinet secretary for communities and children and he was sacked from that role on friday in a reshuffle. at the time we understand it was in relation to allegations regarding his personal conduct from a number of women. in the meantime, certainly, all political activity here has been cancelled for the afternoon. thank you. thousands of people are losing large sums of money every year to fraudsters who trick them into transferring funds online. in the first six months of the year, more than a hundred million pounds was innocently sent to people who turned out to be criminals, posing as someone else. campaigners say banks could do more to prevent the scams — and now a financial watchdog has set out plans to help people recover their money. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. imagine, you're buying a house, the price is nearly £300,000 pounds, but you end up paying the money
for completion in to a fraudster‘s bank account. that is how kate blakeley was duped, tricked into using the wrong account details after e—mails were intercepted. the moment of realising the money hadn't arrived as intended with the bank account we'd sent it off to, or thought we'd sent it to was just sheer horror. i think at first we didn't quite believe the money had gone missing, we thought it was an administrative error, something simple was behind it but as the hours rolled on it became evident the money had gone and we just felt awful at that point, completely shocked. kate got most of her money back eventually but there were 19,000 victims of similar scams in the first half of this year and of the £100 million lost, three quarters hasn't been retrieved. there's been mounting pressure for banks to pay the money back, the average loss is £3000 and 21,000 for businesses and now there is a promise of a reimbursement scheme. people need to be vigilant but at the same time we
should be able to expect that our banks are doing everything they can to protect us and if they don't live up to those expectations we think they should be reimbursing consumers. so banks will reimburse but they won't have full liability, it'll only be when they have slipped up. which means the question is how many more people will actually be compensated? i think it's far too early to say at this stage. what's clear though is that we need to work with the regulator and government to make sure we get the right legislative framework to allow us to chase the money and get it back for the customer. it's so easy now to pay someone using a mobile phone or a computer. you can do itjust with the touch of a button. and that means it's easy for the fraudsters to get you, even with this new reimbursement scheme you'll still have to show that you checked that you were paying the right person. it is a real positive step forward, at least consumers will have the opportunity to get their money to get their money back,
only 25% of funds lost in this way have recovered in the past six months and so hopefully that percentage will increase in the future and consumers will be much better protected. one idea coming in next year is a message popping up on your screen before a payment goes through showing the name attached to the account you are paying and giving you the chance to stop it. small changes which could make a big difference. simon gompertz, bbc news. conservationists are celebrating the arrival of a baby gibbon — on the indonesian island ofjava. the animal was born in the wild, to parents who had once been held in captivity, victims of the illegal trade in exotic pets. conservationists say the birth is a first — and represents a breakthrough for the species, which is threatened by a booming trade in animals online. our correspondent victoria gill sent this report. the steep forest slopes of west java are now home to a very special family. these are endangered javan gibbons, released
here after being rescued from the pet trade and they just had a new baby. that six—month—old baby is the first babyjavan gibbon to be born in the wild from rehabilitated and rereleased parents. both parents started their lives in cages in the pet trade and they are living wild and they are a family. we hope long—term that they survive and then the baby will make a new family. and continue the generations. but these apes are still taken from the wild to be sold illegally as pets. sales are increasingly moving online — this video was posted on instagram by a pet shop injava. and we found this baby gibbon being advertised on facebook. those companies told the bbc that the sale of protected wildlife was prohibited on their sites and they removed his post prohibited on their sites
and they removed these posts after we reported them. but the trade is not confined to one species. orangutans make up nearly 70% of the great apes that are seized by law enforcement. this two—year—old was found on a bus in jakarta. do you know where you put your luggage, that is where she was for 10 hours. when they found her she was traumatised to the bone. she did not eat, she did not drink, it was really difficult for us to get her going because she lost all her will to live. while rehabilitation programmes like this can get a few animals back to the wild each year they are not making a dent in the impact of the trade. over about a 20 year period where orangutans specifically were either confiscated or donated there were only seven prosecutions out of those 400 cases. so it's a huge issue.