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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 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 made her plight worse by saying she was training journalists there.
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i accept my remarks could have been clearer in that respect. celebrations for this gay couple living in paisley. the scottish government issues an apology to those once convicted of sexual offences. bo‘s new editor speaks out about race and the use of young models in the fashion business. in sportsday on bbc news... "the right man to turn things around." david moyes is given the seal of approval as he replaces slaven bilic as west ham boss. hello and welcome to the bbc‘s news at six. tonight, more questions about how the royal family invest their millions. the latest revelations
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from the paradise papers, the cache of leaked documents about tax havens, show that prince charles‘ private estate, the duchy of cornwall, secretly invested in an offshore company in which a close friend was a director. that's perfectly legal, but he's been accused of a conflict of interest because he went on to campaign for international rule changes that would have benefitted the firm. the prince's spokesman insists he's never chosen to speak out on a topic simply because of an investment decision. the paradise papers were shared with the international consortium of investigativejournalists including the bbc‘s panorama programme. richard bilton has this report. for years, prince charles has campaigned on environmental issues. this week he's in malaysia, yesterday he spent time in the rainforests of borneo. but panorama has discovered he campaigned on one issue that he secretly stood to profit from. the paradise papers show the prince of wales‘s private
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estate, the duchy of cornwall, had $4 million in tax havens of the cayman islands and bermuda. this document shows $1 million in an offshore fund. their annual report says the prince is actively involved in running the duchy. the governance of the duchy of cornwall allows the prince of wales to have hands—on involvement so you can really see it stamped all over his turf. we found one deal that centres on this man in the cap. he was one of the prince's oldest friends. he was a director of sustainable forestry management ltd. they were registered in bermuda and traded in carbon credits, a market created by international treaties to tackle global warming. sustainable forestry management ltd
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would have made more money if international regulations were changed to include carbon credits from all forests. the chronology of events raises serious questions for the prince. in february 2007, the duchy buys 50 shares worth $113,500. at that time, sfm's directors agreed to keep the duchy shares confidential. van cutsem asks for a lobbying documents to be sent to the prince's office. the prince begins making speeches, campaigning for changes to two international agreements on carbon credits. in june 2008, international agreements on carbon credits. injune 2008, he sells his shares for $325,000, a profit of more than $200,000. but we cannot find, nor has the players‘s of his being able to show us, any speeches
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prince charles made on this specific issue before he bought his shares. he made three major speeches in the seven months after he bought them. he made three major speeches in the seven months after he bought themlj think it is a serious conflict. there is a conflict of interest between the investments of the duchy of cornwall and what he is trying to achieve publicly. i think it is u nfortu nate achieve publicly. i think it is unfortunate that somebody of his importance, of his influence, becomes involved in such a serious conflict. this is the sort of thing the prince was saying in his speeches. the european carbon trading scheme excludes carbon credits for forests from developing nations. this has got to be wrong. despite the prince's lobbying, the regulations surrounding carbon credits were not changed. his spokesman said the prince of wales is free to operate thoughts and suggestions on a wide range of topics. the prince does not have any
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direct involvement in the investment decisions taken by the duchy and he has certainly never chosen to speak out on a topic simply because of a company that it may have invested in. i think what happened was wrong. what i do not think is that he deliberately acted in a way which was unacceptable. i think if he realised the context in which he had been asked to do something, he would have acted in a different way. there is no suggestion that any of this is illegal or tax was a boy did and it is impossible to know why the share price rose after prince charles's estate secretly invested in his friend's company. but for the second time ina friend's company. but for the second time in a week the paradise papers raise serious questions about how royal cash is being managed. nicholas which is in delhi, the next
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stop on prince charles's tour. first it was the green‘s investments in the spotlight and now it appears prince charles is in the same position. yes, more embarrassment, although i think we can expect more tipped rebuttal from although i think we can expect more tipped rebuttalfrom clarence house. the basic point is that clarence house says the prince had no direct involvement in investment decisions, careful use of language, no direct involvement, although i am sure he knew the general direction of travel. 0n the general point on offshore investment they will say these are not illegal and charles voluntarily pays income tax and there is no tax loss to the united kingdom. the duchy of cornwall seeks to identify high yield investment opportunities and they will point out many others do that, like pension funds. 0n the trickier issue of the sustainable forest
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management, there has been no detailed response to the conflict of interest allegation, but what they will say is charles was motivated not by a desire to increase the value of a fairly small shareholding, but because of his interest in the rainforests and so on. but it raises the issue of the transparency of royal finances and in his case the particular challenges of having an activist prince who speaks out and lobbies governments on sometimes sensitive issues, in this case an issue in which he had a financial stake. in other news tonight, a senior welsh politician has been found dead after facing allegations from a number of women about his personal conduct. carl sargeant took his own life. he was 49. a labour member of the welsh assembly, he was sacked on friday from his job as cabinet secretary for communities and children and suspended from the party. sian lloyd reports. carl sa rg ea nt carl sargeant was a well—known
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figure in welsh politics. his role as cabinet secretary for children and communities was close to his heart, but the married father of two was sacked from thatjob on friday by wales' first minister carwyn jones amid allegations about his personal conduct made by a number of women. today mrjones said he was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of carl sargea nt‘s shocked and deeply saddened by the news of carl sargeant‘s death. the assembly member had been suspended by the labour party and an investigation began, but carl sa rg ea nt investigation began, but carl sargeant maintained investigation began, but carl sargea nt maintained he investigation began, but carl sargeant maintained he was never told the exact details of the allegations against him. labour's leaderjeremy corbyn described his death as deeply shocking. or allegations must be examined and pursued, but there also has to be a great pastoral care and support given to everybody involved in these accusations. police were called to carl sa rg ea nt‘s accusations. police were called to carl sargeant‘s home shortly before 11 o'clock this morning. it is
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understood the 49—year—old had taken his own life. his wife bernie and children lucy and jack are devastated. he was the glue that abound us together, they said in a statement tonight. at the welsh assembly flags have been lowered to half—mast and there is a feeling of sadness as well as shop. there was shock when the accusations were made because it was not typical about what we understood about carl sargeant. and what we understood about carl sargea nt. and certainly what we understood about carl sargeant. and certainly today the news of his death created a shock, as if we had a bereavement in the family, and that went across all the political parties. all business here at the national assembly has been suspended as a mark of respect to carl sargeant. the suspended as a mark of respect to carl sargea nt. the mood suspended as a mark of respect to carl sargeant. the mood here is sombre as members reflect on the man they knew and questions remain about they knew and questions remain about the personal turmoil that surrounded him. sian lloyd, bbc news at the
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national assembly for wales. sian lloyd, bbc news at the national assembly for wales. the foreign secretary faced calls to apologise and even resign this afternoon over comments he's made about a british woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who's being held in iran. she was arrested last year for supposedly being part of a coup plot. mrjohnson told mps last week that she was there to train journalists but her family insist she was on a family visit. they say the foreign secretary's comments could add years to her prison sentence. this afternoon, mrjohnson said he was sorry if his remarks had been "misconstrued". lucy manning reports. she has been held for 584 days, separated from her daughter gabriella and her husband. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe from north london is iranian and british. imprisoned by iran and now her case seemingly undermined by the british foreign secretary. borisjohnson‘s comets to mps last week suggested she was in iran training journalists before her arrest. we need to look at what
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nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was doing. she was simply teaching people journalism as i understand it. her family always made clear that the thomson reuters employee was visiting relatives with her young daughter. i do not think it was helpful, i think it was a mistake and it needs to be corrected. she came out of the court and cried during most of the phone call because she was bewildered because of the new charges. the iranian suggested borisjohnson‘s of the new charges. the iranian suggested boris johnson's comment shed new light on the case. it has meant that five years in prison could be doubled to ten. the foreign secretary had to call the iranian foreign minister and was forced to clarify in the comments. the uk government has no doubt that she was on holiday in iran when she was arrested last year and that was the
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sole purpose of her visit. i accept that my remarks could have been clearer in that respect and i am glad to provide this clarification. he faced calls to resign. how about the foreign secretary himself shows a bit of personal responsibility and admitsa a bit of personal responsibility and admits a job like this where your words hold gravity and your actions have consequences, it is simply not the job for him. eventually after nearly an hour there was a sort of apology. i am sorry if any words of mine have been so taken out of context mine have been so taken out of co ntext a nd 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. according to the foreign office, the iranian foreign minister said today the fact that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe had been brought back to court was not due to boris johnson's comments and he promised
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to work with the british government to work with the british government to try and resolve the case on humanitarian grounds. for her husband richard he cannot get a visa to see his wife in prison or his daughter. she now knows how mum is in prison and should she thinks we are both in prison. he now wants the foreign secretary to visit his wife when he travels to iran in the next few weeks. when he travels to iran in the next few weeks. 0ur political correspondent ben wright is in westminster. do you think borisjohnson has done enough to satisfy his critics? as you have been hearing, borisjohnson had a real pummelling from mps in the commons this afternoon, mps angry that this is on a different scale to previous fumbles by the foreign secretary. but the clear mismatch between what mrjohnson said he claimed he met last week with the words he delivered to that committee of mps. they are angry he
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did not apologise unequivocally straightaway this morning instead of having contrition drawn out of him by mps. and they are angry that he has not yet met the husband of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, although he will meet him before the end of the year. borisjohnson brushed off calls from labour mps to quit and he said the crucial thing was that these comets had notjeopardised the case in iran and that was the view by his iranian counterparts. but this has been a very bad day for borisjohnson. this has been a very bad day for boris johnson. theresa this has been a very bad day for borisjohnson. theresa may might be tempted to remove him over something like this, but it is a fragile government and therefore boris johnson is riding this rout out. our top story this evening... the leaked paradise papers raise questions about prince charles' offshore investments, he's accused of a conflict of interest. still to come... 1.
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1, 2, 3. applause. a statue of george orwell, once a bbc producer, is unveiled outside our h0. we look at his enduring appeal. coming up in sportsday on bbc news... more injury woes for england ahead of the start of the ashes series. steven finn has been ruled out after suffering torn cartilidge in his left knee while in australia. the new editor of the british fashion bible, vogue, says the magazine is taking the issue of sexual harassment "very seriously." edward eninful, who is vogue's first black editor, acknowledged that young models are "pretty exposed." he says british vogue, along with other magazines across the world, will try to protect models. edward enninful has been speaking to our arts editor, will gompertz. so here we are. so here it is. this is the december issue.
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my vogue is about feeling inclusive. it's about diversity. sort of showing different women, different body shapes, different races, class. sort of tackling gender. do you think it perhaps failed to keep up with multi—cultural, modern britain? yes. do you worry, given, you know, the rise in mental health issues, particularly with young women, that vogue can create a series of images which makes people feel anxious and dissatisfied with themselves? i mean, the subject of body image obviously goes on. when i started in the ‘90s the sample size was a four and a six, now it's a zero zero and i feel it's a conversation that the whole industry has to partake in. naomi campbell said in the past, hasn't she, that she's experienced racism in the fashion industry. have you too? imean, you
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i mean, you know, istarted i mean, you know, i started assad 16—year—old model. so, you noi, i experienced — yeah, i experienced racism, but i had good support. i had great meant orror, but i do feel for sort the young models today who don't have the chaperons or don't have their mothers with them. i was very how exposed are lucky. they? i feel they, you know, they are pretty exposed. we're doing what we can. what about this issue of nudity. indicate moss spoke about it recently saying she was uncomfortable in her body but had to strip off, and couldn't see why, as a very young girl. does that need to change? i don't believe in young girls being nude. limit on age would you put? 18. what will we see less of in an edward enninful vogue? you put? 18. what will we see less of in an edward enninfulvogue? less of, that a really interesting question! you will see less of... what do you want me to say? what are we going to see less of? ok. yeah,
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you're going to see less of, sort of, models who don't look so healthy, maybe. edward enninful talking to will gompertz there. staff shortfalls are now the biggest single risk facing nhs hospitals in england. the group representing health trusts says recruitment and retention of nhs staff is lagging behind patient demand and is leaving existing workers on what it calls "the edge of safety." the government insists it's launched the biggest ever training programme for doctors and nurses. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. intolerable pressures on front—line nhs staff and severe workforce shortages, that's life on the front—line, according to the group representing hospitals and other trusts in england. i think they are now working on the edge of safe services. we are seeing so much pressure on the front—line. so what we've got to do
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is make sure that we can really manage that demand, but also increase the workforce. and here at kingston hospital, in south—west london, they say uncertainty over what brexit means for eu staff has added to the workforce problem. so the worry is the turnover of staff, the loss of the skilled, experienced people we have, but also the supply lines for the future of making sure we can recruit people, therapists, nurses, doctors from the eu. can we attract them in, in this very unstable environment? including nurses, doctors and support staff, kingston hospital employs 3,000 people. last year, 460 staff were eu nationals. this year, that's fallen to 384, though the trust says it's managed to fill the gap from elsewhere. i met some members of staff at the hospital affected in different ways by brexit. i've had colleagues in tears. they believe they haven't so far had
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strong enough assurances to make them feel secure about their status. i'm concerned about how things are going to develop. how things are going to be decided in the future. what the deadline is going to be in order to apply for settled status. so, yes, there are lots of questions still hanging around at the moment. and, yes, iam concerned, i'm concerned for the rest of my family. the department of health said nurse and doctor training was being increased and the future of eu nationals was a top priority in the brexit talks, so their valued contribution to the nhs could continue. hugh pym, bbc news. the bbc has told the house of commons culture, media and sport select committee that it's currently investigating 25 cases of alleged sexual harassment. not all of the individuals,
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facing allegations, are thought to be current staff. a number of the cases are believed to be historic involving people who've worked for the bbc, or for third parties associated with the corporation in the past. nicola sturgeon has offered a formal apology to gay men convicted of sexual offences that are no longer illegal. the first minister's apology coincided with new legislation that will automatically pardon gay and bisexual men convicted under historical laws. 0ur scotland editor, sarah smith, reports. flying the flag with pride, nick and phil are celebrating today. all the way from the castro, san francisco. from the castro, in san francisco. they've seen changes in the law that have allowed them to openly live together and to marry, but a decade's old conviction for a homosexual offence has plighted nick's life. as a religious education teacher, he lived in fear of being discovered and sacked. it's a worry that you live with and the feeling — i'm a convict or i'm convicted — the feeling of being convicted for what i feel naturally, for what i am, that seems so unjust. even though i was breaking the law, ok, but so unjust for the rest of my life. thank you presiding officer.
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in the scottish parliament today, they came to hear nicola sturgeon say she will wipe the slate clean for anyone convicted in scotland, and to say sorry. as first minister, i categorically, unequivocally and wholeheartedly apologise for those laws and for the hurt and the harm that they caused to so many. today's announcement from the scottish government goes significantly further than recent legislation in england, not only does it include a formal apology for discrimination in the past, it also includes an automatic pardon for anyone convicted of same—sex offences which are now legal. # sing if you're glad to be gay #. homosexuality remained illegal in scotland until 1981, long after it was decriminalised in england and wales, men could even be arrested just for trying to meet in public places. if you rented a property, you could be thrown out by the landlord because the landlord
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would say — there might be criminal acts taking place in this property. you could be stopped by the police and accused of loitering if you were hanging about the place where only gay people went to meet, and you could lose yourjob and lose yourjob with impunity. summarily, like that, you're out the door. not something this happily married couple now need to worry about, but they remember when the law declared their relationship to be a criminal act. now they've been told the scottish government recognises it was the state that was wrong, not them. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. there's a new resident outside the bbc‘s headquarters. a statue of the novelist george orwell has been unveiled outside new broadcasting house, just a few minutes from where 0rwell worked as a radio producer during world war ii. as our media editor amol rajan reports, the author of 1984 wasn't far off the mark with his many predictions. his report includes some flash
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photography. by the time he died of tuberculosis, atjust 46, george orwell was a literary great, the conscience of england and a secular prophet. there is something eerie about the precision with which he forecast many of our contemporary concerns. i have been reading your newspeak articles in the times. yes. his concepts of thought crime and newspeak, chronicled here in 1984, the film of his novel starring john hurt, have evolved into worries about political correctness. he reported on the struggle for independence in catalonia, which has so violently reared its head in recent weeks. and though he never used the term, 0rwell satirised fake news before it entered common parlance. if you want to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news and the crooked media. from 1941 to 1943, 0rwell worked in room 101 here at the bbc. as a patriot and master of pros, his appeal transcended ideological divisions and though he was an avowed socialist, the central idea in his work wasn't equality, but human freedom. he felt that the liberty to think, feel, say and hear what other people
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might not like was under assault from totalitarianism in various disguises. that dedication to liberty has been celebrated in a statue by the artist martinjennings, it was commissioned and paid for by the george orwell memorial trust, and was unveiled outside the bbc today. 1, 2, 3. applause it's taken years to raise the money and get planning permission. final approval was given by the current director general, much to the delight of his son. a sheer sense of satisfaction that finally everyone has come together with, what i would suggest, is the correct decision to put a statue outside the bbc. so universal and urgent are the themes he addressed, that 0rwell seems destined to inspire journalists for generations to come. amol rajan, bbc news. time for a look at the weather, here's louise lear. hello. hello there. in
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terms of charles ens a tale of two cities, you could have cloudy and wet. in cumbria you could see, but here we have blue skies and sunshine to western scotland. you can see the clea ra nce to western scotland. you can see the clearance on the satellite picture. 0ur weather front has to push eastwards and is moving into the london area as we speak. in fact, it's going to take most of the evening and overnight before it clears away. behind it, quite a clea ra nce, clears away. behind it, quite a clearance, lighter winds, showers and few and far between, clearer skies and temperatures falling away sharply across scotland, northern ireland, north—west england and wales. temperatures —3 or —4. spits and spots of rain in the south—east tomorrow morning. there will be sunshine, you will need an extra layer on tomorrow morning across south—west england, wales and into
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the midlands. lots of sunshine, but chilly. early morning mist and fog through northern ireland. that will lift away. temperatures will struggle for a time. but they are heading in the right direction. as you can see out to the west, a weather front pushing in. you can see out to the west, a weatherfront pushing in. the you can see out to the west, a weather front pushing in. the winds are south—westerly, a milder source bringing wetter and windier weather by the end of the day. sandwiched between the two a good slice of sunshined and hopefully improving slowly but surely in the south—east. we will look at 7—11 degrees our afternoon high. thursday more straight—forward. good afternoon high. thursday more straight—forwa rd. good slice afternoon high. thursday more straight—forward. good slice of dry, sunny weather for most of us. not feeling too bad. more of a breeze developing up into the far north, but largely quiet. george. thank you, louise. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. leaked financial documents have revealed that prince charles
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campaigned for climate—change agreements to be altered — without disclosing that his private estate had a financial interest in the reforms. the investment, by the duchy of cornwall in a bermuda—based firm, has been described as a serious conflict of interest. welsh assembly member carl sargeant is found dead — days after being sacked as a minister, because of allegations about his personal conduct the foreign secretary admits he ‘could have been clearer‘, when speaking about the case of a british woman being held in an iranianjail. 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.

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