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this is bbc news. i'm carole walker. the headlines at 7pm. victims‘ families demand that two members of an islamic state execution cell should face trial. if it goes to trial, i'll certainly be there, i certainly want to look them in the eye and let them know that i am who i am and they have destroyed a big part of my life. a warning from the eu's chief brexit negotiatior — that a transition period isn't a a given, because of continuing disagreements. in a breakthrough that could lead to new fertility treatments, scientists grow human eggs in a laboratory — for the first time. also tonight, dippy the diplodocus goes on tour. the natural history museum's most famous exhibit heads to dorset at the start of a uk tour. and on newswatch, the bbc‘s weather forecasts have had a makeover,
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but are they clearer or have they made the picture more murky? join us tonight at 7.45 here on bbc news. good evening. the families of the victims of two british extremists belonging to the so—called islamic state group and captured in syria, have called for them to face justice in court. alexanda kotey and el shafee el sheikh were part of a team of four is members whose british accents earned them the nickname "the beatles." us officials say the group are accused of executing 27 hostages. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has more. they became the most infamous gang of foreign fighters in the self—styled islamic state,
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callous torturers and public executioners of hostages. jihadijohn, his real name mohammed emwazi, now dead. aine davis, in prison in turkey. and the two men captured last month, alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh. the two were detained by american—backed syrian kurd fighters. kotey, the kurds said today, was trying to escape into turkey. the gang are suspected of beheading alan henning, the driver and aid worker from eccles, and david haines, seen here in croatia, a former raf engineer and long—time aid workerfrom perth. this morning, his daughter, bethany, was finally contemplating what punishment two of his suspected killers should face. they should die a long, slow, painful death. and i think quite a lot of people will understand that, that they shouldn't be allowed to live. but realistically, that's
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not going to happen. and i have to come to terms with that. and the best thing for them is to be locked up and throw away the key. they should never be allowed back in society, because they willjust recruit people and they will just do this again. and for the sake of her father, if they end up in court, she will go to watch. if it goes to trial, i will certainly be there, i will certainly want to look them in the eye and let them know that i am who i am, and they have destroyed a big part of my life. and hopefully there will be some sort ofjustice. some of the gang's hostages were freed, including former french reporter, nicolas henin. he wants them to have the fairest trial possible. i would not be happy if they were just sent to guantanamo bay, because this is denial ofjustice. if we wantjustice, we need to give them the trial that would satisfy them, but also the victims. the british men detained last month are el shafee elsheikh,
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who arrived in syria from britain in 2012, and alexanda kotey, who left the uk on an aid convoy to gaza in 2009, and also ended up in syria. their gang is accused by the us of beheading at least 27 hostages, including alan henning, david haines and americans james foley, peter kassig and steven sotloff. they are also accused of water boarding, mock executions, crucifixions and electric shock torture. allexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh club close to each other in quite a small area of west london, near to the a14 flyover. it became infamous as an is recruiting ground. as well as mohammed emwazi, jihadijohn, some half a dozen other men from these streets died fighting for is in either syria or iraq. at el shafee elsheikh‘s house, his parents, who had another
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son killed in syria, asked the media to leave. there's nothing we can say, no comment whatsoever. please, please, let us be in peace. their son and alexanda kotey have had their british citizenship removed already. now a trial, possibly in the united states, seemed the most likely outcome. daniel sandford, bbc news. i'm joined via webcam by michael weiss, author of isis: inside the army of terror. thanks for talking to others. these two men are clearly accused of a whole catalogue of some of the most terrific crimes. how significant is their capture? symbolically i think it is very significant, the very fa ct it is very significant, the very fact you just mentioned. this was the face of britain's role in isis,
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they took british hostages aren't tortured and executed them. jihadist john two years ago was a very high priority for david cameron two years ago. it doesn't change the strategic layer of the land. there are still untold thousands of foreign fighters who flocked there and weren't killed, and during the battles of mosul or raqqa simply scattered to the wind. some may have made it back into europe via the exodus of refugees which has always been a policy of isis. it doesn't in any way diminish the resolve and the intention of this organisation to carry out terror attacks in the west. in a way it is better spate because i wish this had happened before the uk sustained half a dozen terror attacks or attempted terror
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attacks in the last year. the western imagination has nearly forgotten about the beatles because there were so many more atrocities and massacres perpetrated since then. you are interviewing the families of the victims are finally feel some sense of closure and that justice is about to be done. could these two provide some important intelligence and information about the otherforeign intelligence and information about the other foreign fighters and so on? the most important information they might be able to provide is where the remains buried, or if they we re where the remains buried, or if they were incinerated what happened to them and where are they? that would be something the family members, james foley and all, would want to know. in terms of intelligence it is quite hard to say. if these guys we re quite hard to say. if these guys were caught, they were clearly on the run. i don't think they would
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have been part... part of the intelligence bureau of isis but in terms of weird as the isis leader or we are further foreign operations being planned, what remains of isis territory, they might not have such up—to—date information to shearer. they are being held in iraqi kurdistan and being interrogated by the cia at the moment so we might not know for a while what they are able to give up. they are currently being interrogated by the cia, as you say, but what about this question of where they can face trial. clearly many of the relatives of those have been their victims wa nt to of those have been their victims want to see them put on trial. is it something that could happen in the united states? there have been suggestions of some form of international courts? the latter is
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probably more important. isis have i'io probably more important. isis have no nationality. we talk about western hostages but there were also americans and brits and japanese and people who came from around the world and were taken hostage. i don't know if there is any kind of sovereign rule in terms of where they should be put. isis bills itself as an international caliphate and an international tribunal similarto and an international tribunal similar to those that were held with the balkan wars in bosnia would be more appropriate. the eu's chief brexit negotiatior, michel barnier, has issued a stark warning to the uk — effectively telling the british government, you can't have your cake and eat it. he said the uk's decision to leave the eu single market and customs union meant border checks at the irish border were "unavoidable" — something both the uk and the eu have said would be unacceptable.he also warned that without greater agreement on key issues like northern ireland, the two year transition period after brexit was not a given. the brexit secretary david davis said he was surprised
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by mr barnier‘s remarks. 0ur deputy political editor, john pienaar, reports. brexit is coming and time is running short. a sharp warning. sort out key sticking points, or there will be no deal and no transition. britain's brexit secretary met the eu chief negotiator in downing street on monday. friendly enough, butjust weeks to thrash out the shape of a brexit transition. today, with a big eu summit next month, michel barnier had a blunt message, in terms easy to understand. if these disagreements persist, the transition is not given. so much to sort out, and talks are getting prettily. 0n the rights of migrants who arrive after the brexit date, will brussels block trade if britain
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breaks eu rules? the brexit secretary called it discourteous. mr barnier disagreed. translation: throughout these negotiations, my attitude has not been in the least discourteous or vindictive. we have never wished to punish the uk. it is totally foreign to my state of mind. and how to leave the eu without bringing back a hard north/south irish border. nobody wants that but... it is important to tell the truth. a uk decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable. it is notjust a political problem at this shoe shop in northern ireland. these shoes are meant for walking, on both sides of the border. customs and tariffs could mean a business like this running into trouble.
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we need easy access from the factory to our shop floor. if there is a hard border, there will be hold—ups all the way along that we cannot predict. but the unionist party shoring up the government in parliament says that when britain leaves the customs union, northern ireland must leave, too. the bottom line is that northern ireland will leave the european union with the rest of the united kingdom. we would not countenance a situation where there would either be political constitutional barriers within the united kingdom, and economic barriers within the united kingdom internal market would be catastrophic for northern ireland. brexiteer tories say ministers should take warnings from brussels in their stride and not give ground on the way out of the eu. we will not accept that we become rule—takers from the eu when we have no say over it. yes, business wants certainty and to know they have time to get ready for things
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like customs changes. that is what the implementation period is about. it is not about having the eu dictate to us in a way that would be unacceptable to us and to businesses as well. tonight, the brexit secretary is saying he is surprised that mr barnier is not clear that britain wants to go on trading as now during a transition. the government is hoping for compromise in negotiations, but if there is no transition deal next month, ministers will have to prepare britain and british business for the possibility of a cliff—edge brexit. if there is a transition deal it is onto deciding the ambitions for brexit, which divide parliament, tory mps and the cabinet. one day, one crisis at a time. i'm joined from our belfast studio by henry mcdonald, the guardian's ireland correspondent. thanks very much for talking to us.
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when you howard michel barnier saying that if britain is outside of the single market and the customs union and then a border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland is unacceptable. that is not something the brexit years with except? i can't see who would impose that border. if the british government would impose that and the people they are in hock to, the democratic unionist party, keeps theresa may and power. if they are not willing then what would they do, ask dublin? that would be unacceptable. i can't see how the eu would impose a hard border when there is no british consensus and probably no support in the republic of ireland either. it is obviously a negotiating tactic but what i think it will do is drag the eu into much
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more complex constitutional questions about the nature of northern ireland and its existence either in the uk or in a united ireland. do you think this idea supported by many brexiteers that evenif supported by many brexiteers that even if the uk was outside the customs union, you could indeed have an arrangement whereby goods could flow pretty freely because of the use of technology, trusted trader status and so on. is that a workable solution? i am not going to be an apologist on a spokesman for the brexiteers but i would say that exists already on the border. you have call on the main dublin— belfast road where vehicles pass by every single day 2a hours a day and there are pieces of technology to allow you to have free for through that tall, by buying fobs that you
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stick on your car and so on. it is feasible technologically but i don't see any appetite on either side of the border region among the police. the chief concert for the psni said this week that they don't want any ha rd this week that they don't want any hard border. i don't know where this is coming from but what it is going to do is that the eu, throughout the troubles and the peace process, they had a reputation for being neutral on the question of the northern ireland border, whether northern ireland border, whether northern ireland was in the uk or not. it is in danger in this situation in my opinion of staining into partisan constitutional politics which would ta ke constitutional politics which would take away its reputation of neutrality. it has had a pretty benign impact on irish politics and the peace process by investing money in peace projects and so on. suddenly one section would regard it
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as partisan and that could be a danger if the border is dragged into this as a negotiating tactic by brussels. and do you think that is what michel barnier and the eu 27 are doing, given that we have had assurances from everybody involved that there should be no hard border, is the eu site simply using this issue to put the pressure on the uk? that is the perception in belfast among unionist politicians. 0bviously nationalist politicians are saying something different and saying this is about protecting northern ireland's protected status. northern ireland's protected status. northern ireland's protected status. northern ireland voted 56% to remain within the eu, but objectively it seems to me that if the eu starts to get involved in the border and constitutional issues it is in danger of threatening its own long—standing issue of being neutral on that issue and being benign in
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the way it supports projects that shore up the peace process. the headlines on bbc news. the families of some of the victims of two british extremists belonging to the so—called islamic state group ca ptu red to the so—called islamic state group captured in syria, call for them to face justice captured in syria, call for them to facejustice in captured in syria, call for them to face justice in court. a warning from the eu's chief brexit negotiatior — a transition period isn't a given, because of continuing disagreements. the handshake of her study, the sister of kim jong—un meets the south korean president. an 11—year—old, named by police as jasmine forrester, has died in hospital after being stabbed in a house in wolverhampton. a 51—year—old man was taken to hospital for treatment for a minor injury and has been arrested on suspicion of murder. police say they working to establish what has happened. we can speak to our correspondent peter wilson who's been
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following the story. neighbours called the police in the early hours of this morning because ofa early hours of this morning because of a disturbance at a house in wolverhampton. 0fficers of a disturbance at a house in wolverhampton. officers found an amazing scene of chaos and distress. an 11—year—old girl now named as jasmine forrester had multiple injuries including a very serious head injury will stop throughout today she has been described as critical and in the last hour or so the police have revealed that she has lost her life. they have also said a 51—year—old man has been arrested. they said that man is related to jasmine and he is also in
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hospital being held by the police now on suspicion of murder. a woman in her 80s also named as a member of the forrester family, the forresterfamily, neighbours say that woman is held in very high regard by the local community, a regular churchgoer. she was found with a dislocated shoulder and is also in hospital. west midlands police say that sometime over the weekend a postmortem will take place on this little girl and they are still appealing for more information about what actually happened. an elaborate opening ceremony for the winter olympics has been taking place in south korea. among those attending was the sister of the north korean leader, kim jong un. she's part of the most senior north korean delegation ever to visit the south. the british team is hoping to win ten medals as our seoul correspondent, laura bicker, reports korea!
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these athletes have been divided by a war that never truly ended. they carry the flag of a unified korea. and in one stadium for one night decades of rising tension and suspicion ebbed away. in the vip box, a moment most thought they'd never see. a member of the kim dynasty, the sister of the north korean leader, shaking hands with the south korean president. the arrival of kim yo—jung has surprised this tiny town just miles from the militarised border. it is nice to have the high—level delegates from the north and it also feels strange and wondrous. i have never seen a north korean. of course i welcome them but i don't know why the south korean government is bending over backwards to appease them. i don't like seeing the south serving the north. my heart is melting. the south and north have been divided and now it feels peace is coming to us.
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but america is beginning to wonder whose side south korea is on. the only moment the us vice president looked comfortable was when he welcomed his team. he refused to acknowledge the north korean guests behind him. it's a note of caution many in the diplomatic community share. there's a real sense of pragmatism. nobody is over optimistic because we have seen too many false starts before. but, of course, we all hope that this will turn out for the good and that pyeongchang winter olympics will be remembered as the peace 0lympics. the political drama has loomed over these mountains, but soon attention will turn to the sport and the medal hopes of thousands. and we welcome great britain! team gb is aiming for its most successful winter games, with a medal target of five or more. a challenge in this frigid climate. but some didn't seem to mind the cold. as many in the crowd bundled up
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in their heated seats they gave a warm welcome to the bare—chested flag bearer from tonga. the dazzling displays were full of symbolism, but there's one team above all others that represent the hopes of this peninsular. thejoint korean ice hockey team had a controversial start — players from the north had to be integrated into the squad, forcing players from the south out. but the two sides now appear to have bonded. looking at the bigger picture, i think that this is a very important moment in history and i think that it's a privilege to be a part of it. i'm happy about it so i think that everyone isjust embracing it. and so, to the moment of truth. as ice skating gold medalist yuna kim lights the flame, south korea has challenges ahead, including fears that it's fallen victim to a fake charm offensive from the north. this is a public relations coup for north korea to have its athletes
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appear on this global stage. it gives what's been an isolated regime a human face, but critics also fear it will allow them to portray this image of a normal, peace—loving nuclear power. as with all shows, this one must come to an end. the olympic flame will only burn in pyeongchang for two weeks. it will take more than warm sporting gestures to lead to permanent change on this korean peninsular. laura bicker, bbc news, peongchang. we can speak tojohn everard, former british ambassador to north korea. thank you very much for talking to us. thank you very much for talking to us. we heard in that report from laura becker, this is a bit of a pr coup for north korea. the north
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koreans come out of this looking very good. they are athletes alongside the south korean athletes. they have taken over part of the south korean women's ice hockey team. alongside all of this is a great panoply of supporting acts, a tae kwon do demonstration team, and lots and lots of officials and minders. this comesjust a few weeks after we have seen north korea having some pretty provocative missile tests and some very aggressive language. should we see this as a change of heart on is it literally just an attempt to try to woo literally just an attempt to try to woo global opinion and show they have got a softer face. a lot of people who have watched north korea for a long time are trying very hard to believe it is a change of heart.
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i think the presence of kim jong—un‘s own younger sister was something of a surprise but tighter correspondence was seeing, we have been through many false dawns before. the big question before us is when the games end on 25th of february, what then? the north has said already that it wants an end to the annual military exercises between the south and the united states and it wants the american forces to be withdrawn to stop in south korea are going to get into those demands? if it doesn't, the bon ami will evaporate quickly. it is not an easy decision. these are two countries who are still technically at war. could this be at least a warning in terms of relations? could this in fact paved the way to a greater understanding between the two countries? it's very
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tempting to hope so as not to think so. tempting to hope so as not to think so. the personal contact between a senior member of the kim dynasty and the president of the south korea is perhaps the first step in a kind of relationship between the two governments that might lead to something. i think you might want to keep your champagne on ice for the time being but there is no harm at all in keeping yourfingers time being but there is no harm at all in keeping your fingers crossed as well. is it a bit embarrassing for the united states in particular which has been urging a very tough sta nce which has been urging a very tough stance against north korea, now having to accept the sight of this united korean team?|j having to accept the sight of this united korean team? i don't think the united states is quite as only that what is going on as some commentators have suggested. the south koreans have consulted very closely with the united states throughout the whole process and americans know exactly what is going on. president moon has reiterated
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that the close relationship with the north is good but it doesn't actually solve the nuclear question. the americans take the view that these stocks are not going to hurt anything. it probably mightjust melt some of the ice between the two countries to have this contact and let's see where it takes us. thank you very much. let's catch up with the weather closer to home. more wintry weather around as we go into the weekend. tonight is all about the frosts with lows of minor six to the east but this front moving in and as it hits the cold air, up to ten centimetres of snow on the hills and even on the lower levels for a time, but the temperature is on the rise and a day of getting milder. clothing over
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with occasional rain for the north and west, heavy spells in the western hills of england and wales. any snow disappears as the temperatures rise up to ii any snow disappears as the temperatures rise up to 11 degrees. scotla nd temperatures rise up to 11 degrees. scotland not having about saturday with a lot of sunshine through the afternoon. low pressure developing on saturday night which could bring severe gales especially across northern england and the midlands. spells of snow for a time. back into cold airon spells of snow for a time. back into cold air on sunday and strong westerly winds with frequent snow flurries and the snow continuing to mount up and noticeable wind—chill also. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: victims' families demand that two members of an islamic state execution cell should face trial. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh are said to have taken part in the torture and killing of several hostages. a warning from the eu's chief brexit negotiatior that a transition period
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isn't a foregone conclusion, because of continuing disagreements. the handshake of history — the sister of north korea's kim jong un meets the south korean president at the stunning winter olympics opening ceremony. 0lympics opening ceremony. human eggs have been grown in a laboratory for the first time. scientists from edinburgh university removed egg cells from ovary tissue at their earliest stage of development, and grew them to the point at which they were ready for fertilisation. the team says the findings could lead to new ways of preserving women's fertility. james gallagher has more. in laboratories in edinburgh, scientists have grown human eggs. they've taken the immature eggs women are born with and transformed them so they're ready to be fertilised. it's taken decades of work to copy what happens inside women's ovaries. we never imagined that we would be getting these kind of results
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using human tissue, so it's a significant step. but of course, the main objective for us is to prove and to determine the safety of these techniques, so that they could, in the future, go into some kind of application. it could be used to help young girls with cancer as treatment can damage their fertility. so how might it work? a girl diagnosed with cancer would have a sample of her ovary frozen before cancer treatment. then later, as an adult, the tissue would be defrosted, an egg grown, fertilised and then put in the womb. there may even be other applications in fertility treatment, but only 10% of eggs completed theirjourney to maturity, and none were fertilised, so it's still uncertain how viable they are. experts say more research is needed before it can be used clinically. there's going to be quite a few more years before this technique can be used clinically.
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the eggs applied from this procedure would have to be made much more efficiently at a high success rate, it has to be tested genetically, they would have to be tested to see if they fertilised normally and developing to normal embryos. so quite a few things to go through. but the work marks an important proof of principle. it will also give researchers the opportunity to explore how human eggs develop, much of which remains a mystery. james gallagher, bbc news. joining me now is stuart lavery, a consultant gynaecologist at hammersmith hospital. thank you very much indeed for talking to us. we keep hearing about extraordinary breakthroughs but this one does seem quite a radical departure. it is genuinely exciting. there have been teams around the world working on this for many years and it is an amazing breakthrough that the edinburgh team have finally
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been able to show as a concept. you can indeed grow mature eggs from very immature eggs picked up in ovarian tissue. what it means is perhaps some women who lose their fertility at an early age could be helped by this? yes, at the moment, the eggs are being taken from fertile women. they were having caesarean sections at the tiny tissue was taken but the hope is this could be applied to younger women, teenage girls facing sterilising treatment going through chemotherapy, who at that might have no hope. the idea would be you could ta ke no hope. the idea would be you could take tissue from people like that and grow the egg outside their bodies. that is correct. at the moment, we can take the tissue but we can i—macro we have two transfer it back and there is the concern you could be transferring cancer cells back into the woman. it is hoped the women can have children without a risk of the cancer being transferred back into them. how far away are we
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from this being a procedure that people could use? it is difficult to know. this procedure has been done in mice for many years successfully. this is a proof of concept study. it is inefficient. less than 10% of the eggs they start with end up maturing. there are also concerns about safety and all of these things will need to be optimised before we can take it out into the world and treat patients. does it not also raise some ethical questions about scientists effectively growing humans in the laboratory? we are only growing eggs, not humans. there has not been a lot in terms of ethical concern about this. it is more of a hopeful positive message to those young women out there facing chemotherapy and radiotherapy that one day they will be able to have their own children. thank you very much for talking to us. the charity 0xfam has denied allegations it covered up the use of prostitutes by its aid
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workers in haiti. responding to a report in the times newspaper, the charity admitted that the behaviour of some of its staff had been "totally u na cce pta ble". but 0xfam said it had publicly announced an investigation into the allegations when they surfaced in 2011. culture secretary matt hancock said 0xfam would need to refer all the evidence it holds about the allegations to the charity commission. sarah campbell explained the background to the case. in 2011, huge earthquake, 200,000 people died, around 1 million people we re people died, around 1 million people were left homeless and 0xfam was one of the charities that were drafted in to help the population recover and the british public donated millions of pounds in order to help them do that. it is the conduct of some of those staff which has been on the front page of the times newspaper today. that is why we are talking about it. the paper alleges there were sex parties where men invited young prostitute to
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guesthouses, including according to one source, underage girls and the country director there had used prostitutes at the villa that was being rented by 0xfam. 0xfam has confirmed there was an investigation at the time and that there is no question that prostitutes were employed and paid for by 0xfam staff, although they say the use of underage girls was never proven. backin back in 2011, the director immediately resign. he did not face any disciplinary action. the same is true for two other employees and another for members of staff were dismissed. 0xfam says the investigation was made public at the time but they did not inform the local police, even though prostitution is illegal in haiti. crimes had been committed therefore. sarah campbell. the scale of suffering in syria has reached unprecedented levels according to the united nations, as a wave of fresh bombardments continue in rebel—held areas. the un security council on thursday failed to uphold an appeal from aid officials for a month—long ceasefire to end what they describe as an "extreme situation". the war in syria has been raging for seven years and in that time
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the un say over half of the population have been forced from their homes, with many people displaced multiple times. neighbouring countries have restricted the passage of people fleeing syria, leaving thousands stranded on borders in terrible conditions. and the un also say that 13.1 million people currently require humanitarian assistance. with me now is panos moumtzis, the un's regional humanitarian coordinator for syria. thank you very much indeed for coming in to talk to us. you heard there are some of the sisters sticks are there are some of the sisters sticks a re really there are some of the sisters sticks are really worrying that statistic. but you are worried in particular about communities that are besieged and trapped. we have seen a dramatic deterioration in several locations. there is about 2.9 million people inside syria in hard to reach areas. there are around 400,000 people in
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one area, the besieged mint has been taking place is 2013 and we have not been able to take a single convoy in with humanitarian assistance over the past couple months. there is brough casualties. there are about 700 people, women, children, elderly, there are a number of casualties. this area is within 30 minutes' drive of damascus. we are seeing extreme situations. this is happening in the winter, when it is cold, it is raining. that has the potential of seeing really much larger numbers of people piling up much larger numbers of people piling up on finding themselves right at the borders with turkey with further impacting turkey and europe. we are
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seeing a deteriorating situation. we need to see a ceasefire for at least a month so that we can bring in humanitarian assistance to all the areas that we need to. there must be real concerns about these communities. in some places, you have not been able to get any aid convoys in four months. these are people who are trapped between what. .. the syrian are people who are trapped between what... the syrian forces and is? yes, there are other areas that are besieged with government people inside. 0ur appeal is to everybody really to make sure that access is allowed, that we can bring humanitarian assistance, also what is really happening is there has been a lot of targeting from planes.
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which have hit hospitals, ambulances. health infrastructure. protection of civilians at the moment, it is not respected. according to international law, the basic rules of the war is you must respect civilians where they are. schools have closed and markets have been attacked. there was an incident this week where air raids took place ina this week where air raids took place in a market. a number of people were killed. those injured were taken to hospitals, yet to be attacked an hour later in the hospital. it is outrageous. just briefly, you mentioned your appeal for a ceasefire has not been successful so far. you concerned that the has turned its back on syria? at the moment, we are seeing a failure in humanitarian diplomacy. and a failure to bring a solution. we are talking to all capitals, anywhere we can raise our voices, to
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exercise some pressure to bring a peaceful solution. the owner of the daily mirror has agreed to buy the express and star newspapers, as well as 0k magazine, in a deal worth £127 million. newspaper circulation continues to fall. the company trinity mirror says it will be able to save money by sharing content and reducing duplication. he was the star who greeted visitors to the natural history museum in london for over a century, but last year the skeleton cast of dippy the dinosaur was removed from the museum's entrance hall to make way for hope the blue whale. now dippy is on the road, visiting all four home nations. his first stop until may is the dorset county museum in dorchester. duncan kennedy reports. it's ta ken about 150 million years... dippy is here. i think we're in business! ..and five days to bring dippy the dinosaur to dorset. 0k, dippy‘s 292 bones may be made out of plaster, but this iconic replica of a real diplodocus is still palaeontology perfection right up to his head.
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hurray! a nice moment. it was touch and go as to whether it would fit in, but it's absolutely perfect, so i'm happy. dippy has been called the people's dinosaur, 105 feet of prehistoric inspiration. wow! no wonder these slightly younger visitors were wowed today. what's the best bit about him? his tail, because it can whack people around. what's so great about dippy? that he's ginormous. he's massive, isn't he? dippy was in the natural history museum since 1905, but the museum decided it was time for change and to reconstruct him outside london. now that he is assembled he is embarking on a huge nationwide tour of england, scotland and wales.
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they reckon that over the course of the next three years about five million people will engage with this project. and where better for dippy‘s first stop than dorset‘sjurassic coast? if dippy was going to choose to go somewhere he'd probably want to choose to come the jurassic coast to find out all about the fossils and all the other creatures living in what is now the british isles at around the time that he was roaming what is now wyoming in america. wherever dippy goes, it will be free to see him. a chance for older visitors to relive childhood memories, and for younger ones to create some. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in dorchester. now here's one thing you don't expect to find in the post — this two—month old tiger cub, which had been packed into a plastic container and mailed to an address in mexico. the package was detected when a dog,
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which was searching for contraband, sniffed it out. the cub was taken an animal management centre, and is reported to be "dehydrated but otherwise well". now the latest headlines. victims' families demand that two members of an islamic state execution cell should face trial. alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh are said to have taken part in the torture and killing of several hostages. a warning from the eu's chief brexit negotiatior that a transition period isn't a foregone conclusion, because of continuing disagreements. the handshake of history — the sister of north korea's kim jong un meets the south korean president at the stunning winter 0lympics opening ceremony. and now it's time for newswatch.
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this week, we examine the changes to the bbc weather forecasts. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. 0n the show... how wise was it for a bbc reporter to be following this woman down a dark street? and the bbc‘s weather forecasts have had a makeover but are they clearer or have they made the picture more murky? tuesday marked 100 years since some women receive the right to vote and breakfast marked the occasion with an all—female line—up, from the two main presenters to sports and weather presenters and a roster of women guests. some members of the audience approved... thank you for a show presented exclusively by women. well done. but, she went on, what happened to the usual black and minority ethnic presenters that are on the show?


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