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today at five, the foreign secretary admits he could have been clearer when speaking about the case of a british woman being held in an iranianjail. boris johnson said nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was training journalists when she was detained last year — something her family denies. he dismissed claims that he may have jeopardised her fight for freedom. i don't believe, and i have this from the iranians themselves, that those words had any impact on thejudicial process. i'll be speaking live to nazanin‘s husband, richard ratcliffe. the other main stories on bbc news at five. welsh assembly member carl sargeant is found dead, days after being sacked as a minister because of allegations about his personal conduct. calls for a full inquiry after cabinet minister priti patel apologises for failing to disclose a meeting with israel's prime minister while on holiday. and the apes rescued from the illegal pet trade —
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conservationists are celebrating the first baby born in the wild. hello, good evening, welcome to the bbc news at five, i am jane hill. our main story tonight: the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has accepted that he could have been clearer in his comments about a british woman who's in prison in iran, which raised fears she could have her sentence doubled. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was visiting family in iran when she was detained in april 2016. but last week, the foreign secretary told mps she was there training journalists. now his words have been cited in an iranian court as evidence against her.
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ina in a moment, i will be talking to her husband, but first this report from political correspondent chris mason. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe with her young daughter, gabriella. mrs zaghari—ratcliffe was arrested in tehran in april last year and has been injail ever since for allegedly plotting to topple the iranian regime. her family 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, you know, she was simply teaching people journalism, 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 doing in iran led her to being hauled before a court there at the weekend and being accused of spreading propaganda. and her family say the foreign secretary simply got his facts wrong.
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he needs to make a clear statement that, you know, she wasn't working training journalists — she was there on holiday, and she's innocent of the association. i mean, we've made it very clear for a long, long time, she's not being held for anything she's done — she'sjust not. and this afternoon, borisjohnson did turn up in the house of commons. the uk government has no doubt that she was on holiday in iran when she was arrested last year, and that was the sole purpose of her visit. my point was that i disagree with the iranian view that training journalists was a crime, not that i wa nted journalists was a crime, not that i wanted to lend any credence to iranian allegations that she had been engaged in such activity. i accept that my remarks could have been clearer in that respect, and i am glad to provide this clarification. but plenty of mps
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am glad to provide this clarification. but plenty of mp5 on all sides were critical. how clarification. but plenty of mps on all sides were critical. how about the foreign secretary himself shows a bit of personal responsibility and admits that a job like this, where your words hold gravity and your actions have consequences, it is simply not the job for him? his carelessness in the case of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe past week is unfor the bubble. does the foreign secretary realise that his words have a serious impact? there is not a single age old that would not be able to tell the foreign secretary how to do hisjob, and the honest truth is that i fear that if he cannot show some contrition today, then the honest truth is you shouldn't be in hisjob because our people are not safe. his errors in choice of words, however unfortunate they may seem, are, to be fair, entirely secondary, perhaps even territory, compared to the crimes
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committed by the iranian regime. he told the committee she was simply teaching people journalism. told the committee she was simply teaching peoplejournalism. now, told the committee she was simply teaching people journalism. now, the foreign secretary must be aware of the impact of his words. and then, almost an hour in, borisjohnson said this. i am sorry if any words of mine have been so taken out of context of mine have been so taken out of co ntext a nd of mine have been so taken out of context and so misconstrued as to cause any kind of anxiety for the family of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, of course i am, of course i am. but his critics, and there are plenty, say this is just the latest example of why boris johnson isn't say this is just the latest example of why borisjohnson isn't up to the job. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. richard ratcliffe is the husband of nazanin—zaghari and is with me now. good evening to you. your thoughts after another extraordinary day about where you stand tonight, where yourfamily situation
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about where you stand tonight, where your family situation is tonight. sure, that is right, it was on the news last night and then this morning, saying, this and, iwould like the foreign secretary to clarify that he was incorrect in what he said last night and that she was just what he said last night and that she wasjust on what he said last night and that she was just on holiday, what he said last night and that she wasjust on holiday, not what he said last night and that she was just on holiday, not training journalists. he's did that today and thatis journalists. he's did that today and that is a good thing, and he obviously spoke to his iranian counterpart and clarified that. i think the other thing we were asking for is for him to try and go and visit nazanin, and so hopefully that will be arranged. he has certainly said he will visit the country at some point this year and will endeavour to see your wife. what do you want him to do on that trip, both with the politicians and, of course, at a more personal level? simply, i want to bring her home, andi simply, i want to bring her home, and i hope the foreign secretary can do anything towards that. the value of going to visit her before her trial, sort of signalling that the british gunman stands next to her, thinks she is innocent, thinks this
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is, you know, nonsense, it was in the iranian regime, and the moment he has a conversation with the iranian foreign minister, the judiciary, it is important that the judiciary, it is important that the judiciary understands the british demand feels this way, and in diplomatic terms he does not need to speak as freely as i do, but let's not belittle what is going on in the context of a new trial being brought out. your local mp in london said that what boris johnson had out. your local mp in london said that what borisjohnson had done with his comments was unforgivable. can you forgive it as a family?” don't... look, it is fair to say that his comments are being used by the iranians. the important thing is that they stopped being used by the iranians, the important thing is him going there to signal will keep her safe. behind closed doors, the battles we have had with the foreign office is to say, listen, we must protect nazanin, which means not just expressing concern and offering
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supportive noises but, you know, to make a clear statement she is innocent, insist that we can visit her, and just do, you know, know that she safe and the british gunman is watching the iranian treatment of that. when all this began, your wife was taken into custody in april last year, you must have thought that she would be home long before now at that point. at the beginning, we thought it was a mistake, what are you talking about? obviously, they do not say what they were going to accuse her of, but i thought it would last a couple of days, and the fa ct would last a couple of days, and the fact that it has gone on for so long, and that it has taken this long, and that it has taken this long for to state in parliament that she is innocent. when friends and collea g u es she is innocent. when friends and colleagues say this to you, what is your response? the foreign office is very cautious in their response, and
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at different points i think i am increasingly critical, saying i would like the foreign office to be clearly standing up for her, protecting her, and recently i have been saying the government should be acknowledging in violation of her rights. the government should say it is appalling, that rights have been violated and we will not stand for it. can you ever talk to her? do you have any contact with your wife? that has improved hugely. at the beginning, she was kept in solitary confinement, and it was at the discretion of the interrogators, but now she is a regular prison, she gets to make calls, i spoke to her on sunday and again this morning. sometimes she can take time from one of the other prisoners and call then, so that is much better, having that contact helps hugely. i cannot call her, it is always one way, but
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yeah, the situation in terms of health conditions, she is better than she was, but feeling that we might getan than she was, but feeling that we might get an early release... and your little girl is being brought up by her grandparents? she has had half the light with their parents and have a life with their grandparents, and how she understands what is going on is very tricky. people watching and listening to you, as they have been a lot in recent weeks, ifeel as if people will be listening to you, thinking, this man is so calm, i don't see any anger, i don't hear any anger. do you have to work very ha rd to any anger. do you have to work very hard to subdue that? no, i... there are times when i have been incredibly angry with the government, times when i am incredible it angry with the situation, but like at the moment, it is so scary, what is going on, my
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job is to keep calm for nazanin, my job is to keep calm for nazanin, my job is to keep calm for nazanin, my job is to keep calm, think what i can do that is best for her, you know, and effing and blinding about the government is not going to do that. very good of you to come in again, thank you very much indeed, we wish you the best. tonight, the international development secretary, priti patel, is also under pressure. downing street says it will tighten the ministers' code of conduct, after she held meetings with the israeli prime minister, and other officials, without informing the foreign office. priti patel was on holiday at the time, and 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 reports. holiday snaps of a different kind. when priti patel travelled to israel for a break in august, she did notjust 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,
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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 is 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 to see that's just good sense. one idea that emerged was whether british aid could help israeli soldiers in the occupied golan heights. the bbc has been told ms patel 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 her undisclosed meetings in israel and apologised. in a statement, she said, in hindsight... today, friends rallied
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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 have meetings. yes, she should have notified the foreign office beforehand, 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. in the house of commons this afternoon, it was left to ms patel‘s deputy to defend his boss. it turned out she was on a long—planned trip to africa, but that didn't stop mps from accusing her of misleading the public and breaching the ministerial code of conduct. it is hard to think of a more black and white case of breaking the ministerial code of conduct. but rather than change the minister, the prime minister
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somehow decided last night that it is the ministerial code itself that needs changing. but her junior minister defended her behaviour. she had two days off in the middle of a holiday which, i suspect, is not particularly unusual for ministers when they would sometimes do other things. but you would, of course, let the foreign office know in advance, which the right honourable lady, my right honourable friend did not, and that was the error for which she has apologised. but the meetings were pertinent to her work and to our work and to british interests. labour mps are determined to force ms patel from the cabinet and have written to the prime minister asking further questions about her minister's actions. james landale, bbc news. let's assess all of the political developments today with eleanor
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garnier, the international development secretary on the foreign secretary coming in for a lot of criticism. those calls for the resignations and sackings of both of them continue tonight, there to say that in normal times those calls might get some more traction. i hasten to add, i can't member normal times in westminster recently. if you look at the case of boris johnson, the foreign secretary, this is the latest in what many are calling a huge diplomatic gaffe, just think back to the conservative party conference, where he angered the libyan government for saying that if all the dead bodies were cleared out, it could become a good place for tourists to visit. now he's being accused ofjeopardising the position of a british woman in jail in iran, and if we look to the of priti patel, she seems to have been economic with the truth about who she saw when she was on holiday in israel, and then when and who she told about those visits. and you would think that, in normal times,
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asi would think that, in normal times, as i say, both the accusations, and the actions of what they have done, would lead to more serious consequences. but i think the position of the prime minister is so fragile, so precarious that it is very difficult for her to move her ministers. all of today's events, and events over the last couple of days,, a time when there are allegations of sleaze surrounding westminster, theresa may's deputy in all but name, damian green, is under investigation for allegations he strenuously denies, but she has already lost the defence secretary, michael fallon, and theresa may only has a majority with the help of the democratic unionist party, and brexit, the battle with brussels and the negotiations. so i think most people would suspect theresa may is probably pretty happy that tonight, as parliament goes into recess, and they will have a few days after macro, well, hopefully things can
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come down you would have thought for the prime minister. —— they will have a few days off. eleanor garnier, thank you very much for now. before we move to our next story, just a couple of lines of information coming through from a parliamentary committee, because this is the deputy director—general of the bbc, who has been appearing before the digital culture media and sport select committee, and the deputy dg saying that the corporation is currently investigating 25 cases of alleged sexual harassment. in terms of the degale here, the point is made that not all 25 our current staff, some of the cases are historic, some of them involve people who have worked for the bbc in the past, or indeed for the bbc in the past, or indeed for third parties associated with the bbc, so 25 in total, but by no
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means the bbc, so 25 in total, but by no mea ns necessary the bbc, so 25 in total, but by no means necessary all people who are still working at the corporation. that is new is just coming through asa that is new is just coming through as a result of evidence to the culture, media and sport parliamentary select committee. the welsh assembly member carl sargeant has been found dead, just days after he was sacked from his ministerialjob, following allegations about his personal conduct. it's understood he took his own life. carl sargeant, who was a9, lost hisjob as cabinet secretary for communities and children on friday. the welsh assembly's business for today was cancelled as a mark of respect. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has described the death as deeply shocking. shocked, horrified, and deeply sympathetic to his family, and the statement they put out is that he was the glue that held them altogether, and i can only think for the moment of the stress and horror they're going through. he was somebody that represented our party, worked hard to represent his community, and my deepest sympathies are to them.
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our correspondentjames williams is in cardiff. explain a little bit more about the background here, james. well, just to give you a bit of context, usually on a tuesday evening this place would be pretty busy, but it is deserted because, as you said, business has been cancelled, not just for today but for the rest of the week as a mark of respect, as the week as a mark of respect, as the news, really, the biggest news to have rocked this place since the start of devolution trickled through this afternoon, and i have been speaking to a number of assembly members who say they are completely shocked, flabbergasted, stunned by this news. one labour member told me that he and his party colleagues, in a meeting of the labour group in the senedd, when the news came through that north wales police had found a body at a property at 11:30am this
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morning in con is key in north—west wales and that they had identified the body as that of carl sargeant. bbc wales understands that he took his own life in his house in the town, which he has represented since 2003, and he has represented the sides since then. he was also a welsh government minister for the last decade until last friday, when he was sacked from the government by first minister carwynjones, who said that he had to remove him from cabinet because his office had received a number of allegations from different women about his conduct. now, on friday, carl sa rg ea nt conduct. now, on friday, carl sargeant release conduct. now, on friday, carl sargea nt release date conduct. now, on friday, carl sargeant release date wheat, saying that he didn't know the exact nature of the allegations, but he felt he should stand aside while an investigation was undertaken. —— released a tweet. he said he was looking to clear his name and return to government. there have been a
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number of statement released after the news, i will read a few of them for you. carwynjones saying he was a friend as well as a colleague, and iam a friend as well as a colleague, and i am shocked and deeply saddened by his death. he will be a great loss both to the party and the senedd. as you mentioned, we have also heard from uk party leaderjeremy corbyn, who said he is deeply shocked, the prime minister's spokesperson has said she passes on her condolences to carl sargea nt‘s said she passes on her condolences to carl sargeant‘s friends and family, and we have also received a statement from relatives saying, we are devastated beyond words at the loss of the blue that bound us together. james williams in cardiff, thank you. you are watching bbc news, these are tonight's headlines: the foreign secretary admit he could have been clear when speaking about the case of a british woman being held in an iranian prison. the welsh assembly member carl sa rg ea nt the welsh assembly member carl sargeant has the welsh assembly member carl sargea nt has been the welsh assembly member carl sargeant has been found dead days after being sacked as a minister because of allegations about his personal conduct.
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and there are calls for a full inquiry after cabinet minister priti patel apologised for failing to disclose a meeting with the israeli prime minister when she was on holiday. in sport, david moyes says he is hungry to get things right after being appointed the new manager of west ham united. he replaces slaven bilic, who was sacked yesterday, and he could bring in stuart pearce as his assistant. kenya's olympic marathon gold medallist has been banned forfour marathon gold medallist has been banned for four years for doping. she tested positive for the banned blood stimulant epo. and there hasn't been label bowled in the ashes, but steven finn has been ruled out with a knee injury. more on those stories just after half past. 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, examined by an international consortium
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ofjournalists, including bbc panorama, show how the technology giant apple has been managing most of its untaxed cash reserve offshore on the channel island of jersey. 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. andy verity reports. we pay all the taxes we owe — every single dollar. technically, apple's chief executive tim cook is correct, but what apple legally owes may not be much, depending where it's located. apple sells billions of pounds' worth of phones and tablet computers in britain, but its effective tax rate has been estimated at 5% internationally. in 2014, ireland announced it would ban companies with no tax residency. that meant apple needed a tax residency for its lucrative irish subsidiaries fast. the paradise papers reveal
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it sent out a questionnaire, courting tax havens, and it shows jersey, where its $261 billion pile of cash from selling phones and ipads became tax resident. then thejersey company reportedly sold back its highly expensive intellectual property rights to its irish division — creating a big cost, which could be offset against future profits, holding its irish 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's why so many multinational companies want to locate offshore. it's notjust apple. in the united states, you'll pay 35% in corporation tax. in the uk the rate is 19%, and in ireland, if you pay it at all and don't avoid it, 12.5%. jersey, standard rate of corporation tax? a big fat zero. the revelations from the paradise papers raise questions about the willingness of british crown dependencies
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and overseas territories, from jersey to guernsey to the cayman islands, to facilitate tax avoidance by wealthy individuals and multinationals — legal though it may be. at the isle of man parliament, the tynwald, the chief minister hit back today. 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 taken in moving the international tax agenda forward. the isle of man has consistently been prepared to step out in front, to support developing 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.
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while crown dependencies and overseas territories have some independence, westminster is ultimately responsible. if her majesty's government chooses to impose new rules or laws, it can. andy verity, bbc news. and you can see more information about the paradise papers and follow the latest developments on the bbc news website, lots of background information and explanations as to what it all means there. actress julie walters has actressjulie walters has been made a dame in a ceremony at buckingham palace. she received the honourfrom the queen for services to drama. nearly 35 years after break—out role in the film of educating rita, which brought one of two oscar
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nominations. she has also had huge success on television, of course, with the collaboration of the mike with the collaboration of the mike with the collaboration of the mike with the late victoria wood. —— with her collaboration with the late victoria wood. we have been steadily tracking some rain moving from west to east, i suspect it will be a pretty wet end to the day in london as the rain gradually continues to drift east, but behind it a clearance that will be important through the night tonight. we keep the cloud and rain, but this little nose of high pressure will allow the winds two for light, the skies to remain clear, and the temperatures to fall away. —— the winds to fall light. a double bit of patchy mist and fog first thing in the morning, eventually that will clear, temperatures were left. —— a little
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bit. much of the day slowly improving into the afternoon, and to the far north—west, you can see more rain set to arrive. in between the two, the best of the day in terms of sunshine. 20 of sunshine around, slightly quieter day to come on thursday. —— plenty of sunshine around. this is bbc news — the headlines. the foreign secretary admits he ‘could have been clearer‘, when speaking about the case of a british woman being held in an iranianjail. the husband of nazanin said gary ratcliffe stressed that more should be done. welsh assembly member carl sargeant is found dead — days after being sacked as a minister, because of allegations about his personal conduct. calls for a full inquiry — after cabinet minister priti patel apologises for failing to disclose a meeting with israel's prime minister while on holiday. and, the apes rescued from the illegal pet trade —
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conservationists are celebrating the first baby born in the wild. more on those stories to come. now the sport with hugh woozencroft. david moyes is rumoured to bring in stuart pearce is as number two. he took training for the first time this morning, he has been out of work since leaving sunderland when they were relegated at the end of last season. it has only been the lastjob where i feel as if it wasn't a good move and i didn't enjoy it and it didn't work out well, so i am hungry to make sure i get things right. any football manager wants to win, and that's what i want to do.
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i want to win and make sure that for me, the supporters, everybody enjoys their saturday nights because we're winning games. manchester city's raheem sterling and fabian delph have returned to their club after being ruled out of england's upcoming friendlies through injury. chelsea defender gary cahill has joined the squad for training today ahead of back—to—back games against germany and brazil at wembley stadium. liverpool'sjordan henderson also misses out with a thigh problem. more bad knews for england's ashes preparations. steven finn will miss the series after picking up a knee injury while training in australia. the pace bowler has damaged cartilige in his left knee — ending his hopes of making the squad for the series — which starts on the 23rd of this month. he's been replaced by the uncapped surrey fast bowler tom curran. england take on an australia eleven starting tomorrow in adelaide. stuart broad is rested for that match — but he's sure to feature in that first test in just over a fortnight — and he says
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that although the squad is missing ben stokes, his spirit is still in the camp. every tea m every team in the world would want someone every team in the world would want someone like ben stokes in there but we still have his characteristics, that competitive spirit of the arm around people that he has done for yea rs. around people that he has done for years. so ben stokes is still here without sounding cheesy, still part of him within this group. england's women are preparing for their crucial ashes test which begins on thursday. they've been training at the sydney oval — knowing that only a win will do. they currently trail australia 11—2 — if australia win the test, they can't be beaten in the series. it was imperative to learn a lot from the last three days and i think not only have we learned more at some of the youngsters have picked up some of the youngsters have picked upa lot
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some of the youngsters have picked up a lot of information that was not there before. it is important that we spend the next few days going on from that. and hopefully there will bea from that. and hopefully there will be a nice win over here in a few days. kenya's olympic champion jemima sumgong has been banned for doping for four years sumgong won the london marathon last year before becoming the first kenyan woman to win an olympic gold over the distance. she was initially suspended in april but will now be unable to defend her title in tokyo. she tested positive for the banned blood booster epo. rugby union refereejoy neville will make history next month when she becomes the first woman to take charge of a european professional club match. the former ireland captain has already been an assistant referee in the challenge cup and pro 1a and will officiate the european challenge cup match between bordeaux—begles and russian club enisei. and that is all the sport for now. more on all those stories on the bbc
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sports website. and i will be back at 6:30pm. donald trump is on his first visit to south korea as us president. with the nuclear ambitions of north korea top of the agenda. he said that north korea should come to the table to make a deal. he said that he was ready to do whatever is necessary to prevent an attack. 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
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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. 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... i remember reading on his twitter, 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 korean counterpart of appeasement. standing alongside him today, there was no repeat of that.
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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 ships 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. robin brant, bbc news, seoul. hospital bosses have warned that nhs staff in england are working
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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,
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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
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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. scotland‘s first minister, nicola sturgeon, has formally apologised to gay men convicted of sexual offences that are no longer illegal.
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new legislation is being introduced that would automatically pardon gay and bisexual men convicted under historical laws. the legislation has therefore both a symbolic and practical value. the pardon sends this unequivocal message, to anybody convicted of an offence for an activity which is now legal. the law should not have treated you as criminals and you should not now be considered as such. instead, this parliament recognises that a wrong was done to you. the leader of the conservatives in scotland ruth davidson and former leader of the scottish labour party kezia dugdale — backed the statement from the first minister. it is right that we find ourselves at this place today and men who just
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fell in love, they have their records wiped clean. it is right that we apologise for the harm caused and i add my wholehearted apology to that of the first minister. scotland is now a better place to be gay than at any time in my lifetime and this action will make it better still. we welcomed the statement today and back the principles of the bill. through the years women and men gay and straight, intersex, trans, of all ethnicities and races, all faiths and none had marched together demanding tolerance and respect with pride and passion. and that march has led us here today. this apology is the product of their work, their sweat and tears and i thank them deeply and personally for it. and crucially it allows our scotland to ta ke crucially it allows our scotland to take another step of progress towards an equal and inclusive future for all. a 31—year—old man convicted of
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murdering his adopted baby daughter has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years. matthew scully—hicks inflicted numerous serious injuries on 18—month—old elsie over a period of eight months. she died after she was violently shaken and struck on the head. in a victim impact statement the birth grandmother of the baby said the girl would be alive today had she not been taken by social services. 56—year—old man has died in hospital five days after an arsonist set off a commercialfirework five days after an arsonist set off a commercial firework inside five days after an arsonist set off a commercialfirework inside his home. anthony nicholls had been in an induced coma since been rescued by firefighters in birmingham last thursday. police said the firework exploded for two minutes gutting the interior of his home. the government
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is promising to release details about the likely impact of brexit on different sectors of the uk economy by the end of the month. more than 50 reports have been drawn up but ministers had argued that publication would weaken the uk hand in negotiations with the eu. but following a parliamentary defeat on theissue following a parliamentary defeat on the issue last week they have now agreed to let the commons brexit committee sees some of the information. a senior academic has taken information. a senior academic has ta ke n leave information. a senior academic has ta ken leave of information. a senior academic has taken leave of absence from oxford university after multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault made against him. derek ramadan has denied two counts of rape, two claims of rape i‘m sorry, further allegations of assault on teenage girls in the 1980s and 19905. 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
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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, 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 maybe it was an administrative error, something simple was behind it but then 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
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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 £3,000 and £21,000 for businesses — and now there is a promise of a reimbursement scheme. people do 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, then 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 ensure we get the right legislative framework to allow us to both 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 by
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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 back, only 25% of funds lost in this way have been 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. this is bbc news at five — the headlines. the foreign secretary admits he ‘could have been clearer‘, when speaking about the case
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of a british woman being held in an iranianjail. welsh assembly member carl sargeant is found dead — days after being sacked as a minister, because of allegations about his personal conduct. calls for a full inquiry — after cabinet minister priti patel apologises for failing to disclose a meeting with israel‘s prime minister while on holiday. an update on the market numbers for you — here‘s how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. 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.
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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
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— this video was posted on instagram by a pet shop injava. and we found this baby gibbon being advertised on facebook. both companies told the bbc that the sale of protected wildlife was 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 injakarta. 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
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either confiscated or donated there were only seven prosecutions out of those 400 cases. so it‘s a huge issue. habitat destruction here as well as the pet trade continues to fuel a decline in these apes. and while this precious new family is now safe in the wild conservationists will have to fight for the future of this species. victoria gill, bbc news, westjava. a statue of the novelist george orwell, who worked at the bbc during the second world war, has been unveiled outside our central london office this afternoon. ina in a moment i will be talking to the sculptor martinjennings. our correspondent nick higham is outside broadcasting house. and there it is, more than
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life—sized, leaning forward slightly and wearing a rather bag the 1940s suit, holding a cigarette. and next to him and inscription from animal farm. if liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. orwell spent two years during the second world war working for the bbc, they took on in spite of his reputation as a left—wing firebrand. they had in broadcasting to india where as he pointed out some of his books have been banned. he was happy to ta ke books have been banned. he was happy to take to the microphone himself broadcasting what was in effect propaganda but he said he wanted reasonable freedom of speech was up in 1943 he left and later described the place is a cross between a lunatic asylum and a girls school. but he seemed to have found it quite rewarding time and it played into some of his later fiction, people
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said 1984, the menacing ministry of truth in that novel may be modelled on the bbc. martin jennings was commissioned to create this sculpture and hejoins me now. you were commissioned to produce this work. we already a fan of the work of george orwell? very much so. who could not be, you read one of his essays and you are a fan for life. and you think that you need that, produce remarkable work, john betjeman, philip larkin, others besides. but do you feel it is more special as a project because you have been a fan? you need to read the work and take the intellectual temperature of the man. and that is something that you do before you determine a pose for the statue because the post must suggest what is the essence of the person. and he
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was certainly argumentative, a member of the awkward squad. so some slightly uncomfortable aspects of him needed to be incorporated. we're looking at these still images from the unveiling and there is that slightly awkward bend in body. not talking down to someone in the sense of being patronising but looking down at people. talk to us the bit about how you got that angle and watch your thoughts where? he needed to be ina watch your thoughts where? he needed to be in a pose that he would naturally have been in had he been making a point. the point is making is the one inscribed on the wall and so they relate to each other. there he is with his fist on hip and jabbing his cigarette ad you to make his point. but there was something about the man, he was well over six foot tall and looming, with
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breathing difficulties because he had tuberculosis late in life. and with his italian background and there was a kind of stiffness and reserve that i wanted to capture as well as this buttonholing aspect which is so much part of him. and the plinth makes the statue overall really quite high, did you have any say in that, was not part of the commission? that sense of towering over people who walk past well he does loom a little bit but then his prose looms of you, you find yourself measuring your moral status against his writing. and so i did not mind that there was a slightly, not mind that there was a slightly, not menacing, but military aspect to him. and of course you make aesthetic decisions as well, he‘s up
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against a big cliff of a stone wall and you need to frame it within that space. he could not necessarily be at ground level. that beautiful portland stone as well. was there any debate about the cigarette, people saying they did not want it? no it wasjust people saying they did not want it? no it was just as much a part of him is that moustache. and his baggy trousers. and it had to be a roll—up because he always made his own and not purchased cigarette. and just the thought as to the construction of the peace, we have some lovely pictures from inside your workshop. talk us through what is happening here. i've no idea what that grill is! dashed drill. that is what going on in the foundry where it is cast into stone and that is the wax
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process which takes place after a through the bronze casting. —— halfway through. it is very much a collaboration between artist and family. thank you very much and lovely to see you. thank you for the wonderful sculpture that we can now walk past every day on our way into work. let‘s find out what the weather is wherever you are. the rain is moving into the london area and unfortunately the christmas lights are being turned on in oxford street in just over an hour and lights are being turned on in oxford street injust over an hour and it could be quite bad. behind that weather front we have some beautiful sunshine to close out the day. but the rain has been heavy and persistent at times, it moved in
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from the west. you can see it‘s starting to move towards the london area. someone that continues to move south and east. it means a cloudy end to the day and some light rain across london but as we go through the night with those clearer skies temperatures are likely to fall away. the wind staying quite light and back to where we were almost on monday with temperature is low enough for some frost. the exception being where this cloud and rain will fit. but further north and west, the frost likely through scotland, northern ireland, north wales, as low as even minus four degrees in some places. hopefully an improving picture as we go into the afternoon. clearer skies. and a cold start to
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the day but lovely spells of sunshine to compensate for that. the same thing up towards northern ireland and northern england as well. temperature still struggling a little even at eight o‘clock in the morning. but the crowd gathers, you could see the potential for some rain to arrive. it will take most of the afternoon to push into western scotla nd the afternoon to push into western scotland and again the wind changing direction, pulling in the cloud by the end of the afternoon. but to the south we keep those clearer skies. hopefully brightening up just a little in the south—east corner. that weather front weakens of through wednesday night and into thursday morning. the area of low pressure could become an issue for the end of the working week, bringing heavy rain on friday. but once that clears the way things remain relatively quiet as we go on into friday and it looks as though
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by thursday we have brighter skies, cloudy conditions in the south—east but relatively mild. more details on the bbc six o‘clock news coming up. tonight at six: new revelations in the paradise papers. prince charles‘s offshore investments and questions about a conflict of interest. the files show his duchy estate secretly invested in a friend‘s environmental company based in the tax haven of bermuda. the prince has long campaigned on green issues but he went on to lobby for international rule changes that the company stood to profit from. there‘s a conflict of interest between his own investments of the duchy of cornwall
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and what he‘s trying to achieve publically. officials deny prince charles spoke out simply to further his investments. also tonight: welsh assembly minister carl sargeant is found dead. it comes days after allegations about his personal conduct. the british citizenjailed in iran fears that borisjohnson has
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