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theresa may's ministerial reshuffle continues, as she tries to recharge her government. the new cabinet, said downing street, was the right team to tackle the challenges the country faces. labour called the changes lacklustre. the journalist, toby young, resigns as a member of the new universities watchdog, over controversial comments on social media. we'll have the latest on all the comings and goings at westminster. also this lunchtime... north korea agrees to take part in next month's winter olympics in south korea, in the first talks between the two sides for over two years. patients waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident—and—emergency departments reach record levels. when will the lesson be learnt? and gary oldman is among the nominations for this year's bafta awards for his portrayal of winston churchill. and coming up in the sport on bbc news... great britain are aiming for their most successful winter olympics in history after uk
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sport set a target of at least five medals from next month's games in pyeongchang. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. theresa may has held herfirst meeting with her new cabinet, as she finalises her ministerial reshuffle. this morning, the international trade minister, mark garnier, who was cleared of misconduct claims last year, announced he had lost hisjob. separately, thejournalist, toby young, resigned as a member of the new universities watchdog, the office for students, after criticism of derogatory comments he'd made in the past about about women, gay people and disabled people. our political correspondent, alex forsyth, reports. the new—look top team, gathered at the cabinet table
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for the first time today. theresa may's reshuffle was meant to be something of a reset for the government, but it was far from a dramatic transformation. plenty of old faces showed up in downing street this morning, including the health secretary who kept his job after persuading the prime minister not to move him. are you more powerful than the prime minister, mr hunt? there were a few new faces too. there will be two more women around the table, but not in senior roles. and one will be notably missing. justine greening quit as education secretary. i did what i thought the right thing to do was. she refused a move to another department and left the government instead. even so, claims the reshuffle had gone wrong were rejected. i think it is very clear the prime minister is refreshing the cabinet. every reshuffle means there is always going to be change, movements around the cabinet, sometimes people leaving the cabinet. it's always sad to see colleagues go, but as i say, the nice problem we have in the conservative party is having
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such a wide pool of talent. this morning, the moves continued among middle—ranking ministers, designed to prove the tory party's diversity, to embrace a new generation of mps and better reflect society. it was hoped this reshuffle would rejuvenate the tory party, renew its appeal to voters and allow theresa may to assert her authority after the troubles of the past 12 months. but with some ministers refusing to move where she wanted and some critics claiming the shake—up wasn't radical enough, it didn't quite go to plan. and that wasn't the only reason this political new year got off to a bit of a bumpy start. this morning, toby young resigned from the board of a new university regulator. well—known in the field of education, with some high—profile supporters, he had onlyjust been appointed but faced a backlash for offensive comments he had made in the past. another unwelcome distraction for a government wanting to show it can run smoothly.
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these things do not help, but if you imagine government is a bit like a ship going from one destination, always buffeted by storms from day—to—day and this is one of those storms. but i think he has done the right thing in stepping down. it had to happen because he had just crossed too many boundaries. here it was hoped the prime minister's new team would help cut —— get the new year off to a fresh start but it seems like she can't get shake off scrutiny of her judgment and authority. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in downing street. is today's reshuffle going any better for the prime minister than yesterday's? i think what we are seeing is a sort of trail of two reshuffles. yesterday was much ado about nothing. today we are seeing a much more extensive shake—up of the middle ranks of government as
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theresa may tries to present a more dynamic, diverse, younger, fresher image of the tory party. we have seen a cull of older ministers, they have been got rid of. younger male ministers have been reshuffled around, must do better, but we have also seen a steady stream of young female ministers and mps going into downing street, a whole load of them inside at the moment, and i would expect them to be promoted. the problem for mrs may is, will anyone notice? the answer is, probably not. all anyone takes from a reshuffle, is anything, is what happens to the big beasts. yesterday no movement of the main players. it is a bit like when your club's second, third 11 get a notable victory on a wednesday evening, but what you really want to
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know is what is happening with the first—team and yesterday's shake—up of the first team proved to be a bit of the first team proved to be a bit ofa of the first team proved to be a bit of a nonevent. norman, thank you. north korea has offered to send a team to the winter olympics in south korea, after the two countries held their first talks for more than two years. south korea has also proposed more contact between the two countries, including talks over the north's nuclear programme, in what appears to be a significant move to lower tension in the region. richard galpin reports. in the demilitarised zone between north and south korea, that atmosphere traditionally suspicious and hostile. but today something very different is afoot. a senior delegation of north korean officials heading to the south korean side for their first formal talks in two yea rs. their first formal talks in two years. the apparently warm greetings here are radical departures from the recent talk of war breaking out
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because of the north's rapid development of nuclear weapons. the leader of the north korean delegation said he had come in the hope that talks would be held in a sincere and faithful atmosphere. the korean people, he said, had high expectations. it is the winter olympics opening next month here in south korea which have provided the opportunity to reduce tensions in the region. and today north korea has confirmed the talks that it will send a team to the games. there is also a suggestion its athletes could enter the opening ceremony together with their south korean counterparts. in a further step to improve relations on the divided peninsula, the south korean foreign ministry has said sanctions on north korea could be lifted temporarily to ensure the north korean team can
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come to the winter olympics. until now, south korea and the us have been piling the pressure on pyongyang with intense joint military exercises like this, a clear threat to the north korean regime. and that may be why now the north is keen to talk. although these meetings could easily go wrong, so these meetings could easily go wrong, so far, that atmosphere seems quite positive, with some believing they could ultimately lead to negotiations between north korea and the us. richard galpin, bbc news. rupert wingfield—hayes is in the south korean capital, seoul. could it really lead to talks about north korea's nuclear programme? it is possible. that has happened in the past. there have been on numerous occasions over the last 20 yea rs numerous occasions over the last 20 years when those sorts of talks have begun and it has fallen apart. there
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is optimism and hope here today in large part because it has been such a frightening previous year here where it has, as richard said, it has at times felt like we have been teetering very close to the edge of the war. there is relief they are talking and relief at the very optimistic and friendly attitude, a real turnaround, the atmosphere at the talks was extremely friendly. however, whether we can get from here to talking about the denuclearisation of the korean peninsular is a completely different question and a very long road and i have to say there are people in the south korean capital i have talked to who said ultimately north korean nuclear weapons can be up on the table, at the negotiation, north korea does want peace with the south and the us, but there is a great deal of scepticism here as well. there is a feeling kim jong—un has looked into the abyss of conflict
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with the us and stepped back and is looking for a way to de—escalate, a ladder to climb down, using the winter olympics as a cover to do that. rupert, thank you. the prosecution is opening its case against the former football coach, barry bennell, who, it claims, carried out systematic and persistent sexual abuse against boys. the former crewe alexandra coach, now known as richard jones, is charged with 55 offences which are alleged to have happened between 1979 and 1991. our sports editor, dan roan, is at liverpool crown court. what happened in court? this is effectively the opening day of the trial and in his opening remarks, the prosecution barrister, nick johnson qc, told thejury the prosecution barrister, nick johnson qc, told the jury mr richard jones, previously known as barry purnell, appearing at liverpool crown court by video link because of
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ill—health, pleaded guilty to seven charges, contesting 48 others, he had engaged in what he called the course of conduct over many years involving the systematic and persistent sexual abuse of boys. he tended to repeat the way he behaved. u nfettered tended to repeat the way he behaved. unfettered access pretty much as a football coach previously to large numbers of young lads, he said, who dreamt of a life in professional football. he said he was a skilled and professional coach but had a much darker side, a predatory and determined paedophile, his particular predeliction being boys. he went on, it among other locations, it had occurred at the grounds of crewe alexandra football clu b grounds of crewe alexandra football club where he had worked as a coach. thejury club where he had worked as a coach. the jury was told they would need to decide asjones had has it you were listening to a group of men making up listening to a group of men making up stories, or as the prosecution insists details of serious sexual
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offending against vulnerable boys. the trial is expected to last for the next eight weeks. thank you. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and two others are being sought by police, after a shop worker was attacked in an argument about cigarette papers. the three teenage boys were refused cigarette papers when they couldn't prove their age at a shop in mill hill, in north london. one of the boys hit 49—year—old shop worker vijay patel and he later died from his injuries. eight people have been arrested during a series of raids investigating human trafficking and sexual abuse. around 150 officers took part injoint operations in stockton—on tees and in sheffield this morning. immigration teams were also involved. it was after a young woman told police she had been trafficked around the country and subjected to serious sexual offences. proposals to ban parents and carers in wales from smacking their children have been published. ministers say smacking is no longer acceptable and want to follow scotland in outlawing the physical
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punishment of children. but campaigners against a change fear it could criminalise ordinary parents. sian lloyd has the details. it's the turn of the people of wales to say where they stand on smacking. the government here wants to see it banned. its plans would see the defence of reasonable punishment removed from the offences of assault and battery. similar proposals have already been announced in scotland. the welsh government says it wants to bring in the move as part of a wider package of measures to support young people. many more parents now will say the approach to positive parenting, not using physical punishment, is what they do as a matter of course. but i think that will make that the norm across society to show that physical punishment of children is not only not necessary but shouldn't be allowed. there will now be a 12—week consultation, allowing the welsh
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public to contribute to the debate. no, i don't think it's appropriate to smack children, because i don't think it is productive, really. i don't think that stops them from behaving a certain way. a little tap like that on the hand i don't think is terrible, but, no, not, you know, a big whack. if you are teaching them not to be violent or hit people, you shouldn't hit them. it's hypocritical. the welsh government's plans are already being supported by the children's commissioner for wales and some children's charities, including the nspcc. but others are critical, claiming most parents know where to draw the line between chastisement and abuse, and that their judgment should be trusted. sian lloyd, bbc news, cardiff bay. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident and emergency departments reached record levels in the last week of 2017. the latest weekly figures show that just 78% of patients across scotland were seen within the target time — well below the government's 95%
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target and the lowest since figures began nearly three years ago. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, is in glasgow. how unexpected are these figures? we knew the number of people suffering from flu has doubled compared to the same period last year, but what the figures released this morning show is there is a real increase in waiting times for some of those people who have been attending a&e with just over a fifth of those attending a&e in scotland not admitted discharged or transferred within four hours, which is the government target. now, health board here in scotland have been taking measures to try and cope with the challenge, we are seeing some gps opening on saturdays in some gps opening on saturdays in some area, others are increasing
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shifts, other airsia cancelled non—urgent surgery. the health secretary here has apologised, so too as the first minister, she says nhs scotland is facing exceptional pressures but insisted that the health service is coping, opposition parties here are being very critical of these figure, and the conservatives say they are nothing short of a disgrace. thank you lorna. our top story this lunchtime. theresa may's ministerial reshuffle continues, as she refreshes her government. downing street says the right team is in place to tackle the country's challenges. and coming up — going for gold. great britain's athletes aim for a record medal haul at the winter olympics. coming up in sport... trevor bayliss will step down as england cricket coach when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 ashes. a taste of the future will be
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on major display from today, with the biggest event in the tech calendar starting in las vegas. the consumer electronics show is a collection of the latest developments — including smartphones, driverless cars and artificial intelligence. this year, the event is expected to draw more than 170,000 people. our technology correspondent, rory cellan—jones, reports from las vegas. in a robotics lab at the university of las vegas, i have come to meet sofia, who looks pretty human and is just learning to walk. hey sofia, can we shake hands? oh, really good to meet you. you're quite warm actually. how sophisticated do you think you are as a robot? i want people to perceive me at the robot i am. however, i wouldn't want to trick people into thinking i'm human. i just want to communicate
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with humans in the best possible ways, which includes looking like one. sofia, who has had advanced notice of my questions, has few practical uses right now, but her creators, an american firm employing chinese scientists, believe she represents a big step on the road to artificial intelligence. our aspiration is to bring the machines to life, to create living intelligent systems, and there you'll see the greatest revolution in artificial intelligence. we are aspiring towards this. do we know for sure that it can be done? we think it can. and among the thousands of new gadgets on show in las vegas this week, artificial intelligence is a constant theme. there is a seeing suitcase that can follow its owner around the airport. this friendly robot wanders round your home, filming short bursts of video to send to your phone. and vincent, developed in cambridge, is a drawing programme that learns to turn simple sketches into works of art. we all own a million things
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already, a lot of different electronic products. ai represents a whole new wave of ways to make those products a lot more interesting. what that means for the consumer electronics industry is a whole new wave of products that they can sell to us. they're a lot more useful and helpful, or so the belief goes. and here is the most obvious example of ai — the race to transform cities with driverless cars. this autonomous cab from uber‘s rival lift still has someone who can take over the wheel, but within a couple of years this company believes we will hop into a cab which will take us across town all on its own. rory cellan—jones, bbc news, las vegas. the first same—sex weddings have taken place in australia, after the law was changed of last year. after the law was changed last year. a waiting period has meant it was 30 days before the first legally—sanctioned gay marriages could happen.
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hywel griffiths reports from sydney. in a race to be the first to say "i do", craig and luke exchanged their vows just after midnight. both are athletes hoping to compete in this year's commonwealth games, but they already feel the australian public is right behind them. my instagram direct messages have blown up, with people who, like, i've never met, i don't know, who are just sending love and congratulations, so it's really touching. it's really heartfelt. it's another way to show your love and your appreciation and to acknowledge your partner in front of the people that have been in your life. last year's landmark public vote in support of legalising same—sex marriage followed years of divisive debate. when the new law was approved in december, it triggered a 30 day wait for couples to give official notice. be my lawfully wedded wife. a few were given special waivers
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to marry before today. but for most couples, like kylie and lisa, this was the first opportunity to become legally wed. they wanted to do it for their daughter isla. i think it sends a really important message to her. we want her to grow up knowing we have people with open hearts and open minds in this country. we want her to know that her peers at school, their parents might now accept us as the family unit we are. not everyone accepts the new definition of marriage. more than a third of voters oppose the change in law, and some faith groups claim it will lead to changes in how gender and sex education are taught in schools. a but for the couples who have waited years to be considered equal day finally arriving. hwyel griffiths, bbc news, sydney. from today, uk manufacturers are banned from adding
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microbeads to toiletries, such as body scrubs and toothpastes. the move is aimed at protecting the sea from pollution, as the microbeads can be swallowed by fish and other marine life. a ban on selling products containing the tiny pieces of plastic comes into force later this year. as karen bradley takes over as northern ireland secretary, she faces an immediate challenge to try to reinstate the devolved government. it's a year since sinn fein's martin mcguinness resigned as deputy first minister, bringing down the power sharing executive at stormont. the sinn fein politician died two months later, and there's been no progress in attempts to restore power sharing. here's our northern ireland political editor mark devenport. this report contains flashing images. this report contains flashing images. hospitals across the uk are struggling to cope with the pressures of winter, but patients in northern ireland face some of the longest waits for emergency treatment.
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meanwhile, without government ministers, a blueprint for reorganising the local health service can't be put into practise. there's no doubt that the nhs across the uk is challenged, but i think what makes northern ireland different and what nurses say is different is that they feel they have been let down by the leadership in the system, and secondly by the fact there is no political leadership in the country. the stalemate at stormont goes back a year, to when sinn fein's martin mcguinness quit as deputy first minister. that triggered the collapse of the power—sharing government at stormont. relations between sinn fein and their democratic unionist coalition partners soured over the dup's handling of a scandal concerning a renewable heating scheme. but the row soon widened, with unionists resisting sinn fein's demand for better legal protection for the irish language. this characterisation of we should have given something to sinn fein, to keep them appeased is not the way i do business.
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if you feed a crocodile they will keep coming back and looking for more. after martin mcguinness's death in march, arlene foster shook hands with his successor, michelle o'neill, but the two leaders haven't proved able to overcome their difference. the democratic unionists now hold the balance of power on the green benches at westminster, but back at stormont the blue benches of the northern ireland assembly remain empty, with civil servants running the administration on a day—to—day basis. there is a real imperative to get back to business, but we don't know what shape or form that will take, as neither sinn fein nor the dup see any sign of softening their positions, and the secretary of state has made no further moves towards impositioning direct rule. during stormont‘s year in the doldrums, the politicians who are meant to meet here have continued to get paid.
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recently, an official report recommended that those salaries should be cut by a third. however, what impact that might have on this assembly that never sits remains farfrom certain. mark devenport, bbc news, stormont. england's head cricket coach trevor bayliss says he plans to step down after the 2019 ashes series. the 55—year—old, who was appointed in 2015, told the england and wales cricket board about his decision a year ago. he's just seen his side beaten 4—0 in the ashes series in australia. great britain is aiming for its most successful winter olympics to date, after uk sport set a target of at least five medals from february's games in south korea. the current record is a four—medal haul, set by the team in 1924, and at the 2014 games in sochi. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. korean cultural centre e central
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london, for everything the winter games means to the host nation it means more than ever to british sport. an audience gathered to hear the targets. lizzy arnold's goad we one of four won in 2014, five at least are expected this time. can we really be winning more medals, at more sports with more investment?th has to stop somewhere? it a good question. every time it seems to be this will be the best ever this time. you think, is it possible to keep going? the great thing with the winter olympics an paralympics it is a games that is developing in great britain, we have had some really impressive results over the - few impressive results over the past few area we "j;—,;z§ {l}.— g: impressive results over the past few area we grow. ’f;;11'§ {l}; ';’;’ impressive results over the past few area we grow. ’:1- {l}- g: it is an area we can grow. this skater could win two medals on her own as for the winner —— winter paralympics the medal target is at least seven. there is more to be
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played for. you make connections where you see them what we do see is the profound sense people get, that it is high class sport but with a hiring purpose, it tells you something about your self and what is possible. i hope will challenge perceptions of disability in society. the uk's investment in pyeongchang's winner sport is 32 million of lottery money. as ever that is only fun if it pays off. joe wilson, bbc news, central london. the nominations for this year's british academy film awards have been announced. the fantasy romance "the shape of water" leads the field, with 12 nominations. it's also been announced that joanna lumley will host the awards ceremony, replacing stephen fry, who's stepping down from the role. here's our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba. the shape of water, a tender science fiction fantasy with britain's sally hawkins playing a mute cleaner who falls in love with a water creature. a best actress nomination for
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hawkin, one of 12 for the movie, including best film. you have wanted this your entire aduu you have wanted this your entire adult life. no. just behind two films have nine nomination, wartime drama darkest hour where gary oldman and kristin scott thomas are recognised for best actor and best supporting actress. why did you put up supporting actress. why did you put up the billboards. and dark drama three billboards outside ebbing, missouri, like the shape of water, its strongly female led with frances mechanic door nand nominated for best actress, this is a year where unusually, two of the three most nominated films feature strong women at the centre, with the men only supporting roles and this year female led doesn't just supporting roles and this year female led doesn'tjust apply supporting roles and this year female led doesn't just apply to many of the nominated movie, the awards ceremony will be presented by awards ceremony will be presented by a woman, for the first time in over 15 years. another significant piece
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of film industry symbolism for women. we are levelling up very very quickly to the same level. we have still got to fight, stand up, but brave, be bold, be resolute, and say, we are going to make things even. we will make them equal from now on. that is good. that is exciting. the theme of to an extent focussing on women is continued with bafta announcing that it will soon be publishing a set of cross industry workplace guidelines, following the sexual harassment revelations of the past few months. think we have a very powerful role to play, we are a small organisation, but with a powerful global presence, so it is incredibly important that we are not only part of the change, but we are driving those changes through too. this is also the week when oscar voters are decided their nomination, it is likely much attention will be paid this year more than ever, as to whether they will be championing female led stories and female
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