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good afternoon. oxfam has rejected claims that it covered up an investigation which found some of its aid workers paid for sex in the aftermath of the haiti earthquake in 2011. oxfam's chief executive said it had informed the charity commission, but admitted more could have been done to spell out the details of what happened. downing street says the government is reviewing its relationship with the charity in light of what it called "truly shocking" reports on the issue. angus crawford reports. it was an earthquake that devastated haiti, killing more than 200,000 people, affecting millions more. aid agencies from around the world stepped into the chaos. 0xfam, with more than 70 years‘ experience, had hundreds of staff in the field. but an investigation by the times found that in 2011, four staff members were sacked and three others resigned over allegations of misconduct, including paying local women for sex.
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0xfam says the behaviour of some staff was totally unacceptable. the n60 insists it did inform the charity commission, even issuing a press release at the time, and denies a cover—up. 0xfam was actually proactive in going to the british public, the department for international development and the charity commission to explain that there had been serious misconduct and we'd taken action. the government, which gives 0xfam more than £30 million a year, says... "the way this appalling abuse of vulnerable people was dealt with raises serious questions that 0xfam must answer". today, fresh claims some of the disgraced staff gotjobs at other aid agencies because 0xfam failed to warn them about the misconduct. this is a shudderingly awful tale, terrible on every single level. and, of course, it eclipses the fact that 0xfam is one of the most
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brilliant humanitarian organisations in the world. 0xfam has worked in haiti for a0 years, helping more than half a million desperately poor people. now the behaviour of a few stains its past reputation and threatens its work in the future. angus crawford, bbc news. an israeli jet has crashed after coming under a heavy barrage of syrian anti aircraft fire. the two crew ejected and one was seriously injured. the plane was taking part in an air raid on a drone base inside syria after israel claimed that an iranian drone had entered its airspace. the assad regime has accused israel of terrorism and has threatened to retaliate. let's talk to our middle east correspondent, tom bateman, who is in jerusalem. what is the latest? israel has
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described this is what it calls a blatant and severe violation of its sovereignty. as you said, it accuses iran of being behind the drone that was flown into israeli territory early this morning before the israelis shot it down. they then sent several fighter jets into syrian territory to attack in eastern syria at the facility from which they said it was controlled. as one of those aircraft came under anti—aircraft fire, the israeli military says it crashed and one of the pilots injected and was seriously injured. as for the iranians, they are accusing israel of lying over this and the syrians have said they believe this is israeli aggression. but this does mark perhaps one of the most serious escalation is yet between these regional enemies. tom bateman in jerusalem, thank you. tom bateman injerusalem, thank you. the defence minister, tobias ellwood, has suggested that two captured jihadi fighters, originally from britain,
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should be tried at the international criminal court rather than sent to the american detention centre at guantanamo bay in cuba. the fighters, alexanda kotey on the left here and el shafee elsheikh, were captured by syrian kurdish forces in syria. the bbc understands the pair have been stripped of their uk citizenship. the foreign secretary borisjohnson is visiting bangladesh to see at first hand the crisis facing rohingya muslims. nearly 700,000 refugees have fled myanmar since a military crackdown began last august. after meeting the bangladeshi government, mrjohnson said it's now about finding a safe and dignified way for them to return home. the north korean leader kimjong—un has invited the south korean president to visit him at the earliest date possible. the historic invitation was given by kim jong—un‘s sister who's visiting the south for the winter olympics. it would be the first summit
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in more than a decade between korean leaders. laura bicker reports. this is no ordinary messenger. kim yo—jong is the sister of the north korean leader kimjong—un. she's the first of her family to set foot on south korean soil, and this is the moment president moon had hoped and campaigned for. he is careful to greet each delegate, aware of the significance of this meeting. as the two sides take their seats, the cameras note a blue folder on the desk. we now know it contained an historic invitation. translation: kim jong un‘s younger sister is not used to the spotlight. she's usually behind the scenes as master of her brother's image. but, as a pr queen,
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she is the perfect charmer for the north's charm offensive. it's quite typical of north korea to actually do this kind of thing. they're stealing a little bit of the limelight from south korea, as the whole world's press descend on it, and they're also trying to control the message between the two. it's very, very hard for south korea, even though they've been talking about pressure, sanctions, to basically refuse these kind of advances from north korea. the us vice president has looked increasingly isolated on this visit, refusing to even greet the north koreans while pushing for tougher sanctions on the regime. these winter games have provided south korea with a diplomatic breakthrough they never thought possible. but it also presents a serious challengers. does president moon accept this invitation and, if so, under what kind of preconditions? and he's also discovering that in defending his neighbour to the north, he risks alienating a key us ally. laura bicker, bbc news, pyeongchang.
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with the latest from the winter olympics in south korea and the rest of the day's sport here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. the action is well and truly under way at the winter olympics in south korea and it's been a rather dramatic first day, with gold medals won, a good start for speed skater elise christie and disappointment for great britain's snowboarders. andy swiss reports from pyeongchang. she is britain's biggest medal hope... commentator: christie goes to the front. and elise christie was soon showing precisely why. she led her 500 metres heat from start to finish, setting a new 0lympic record. it was some statement of intent and after her disqualification at the last games, what relief! i was so nervous and i was like, "maybe i'm not going to do this because i'm so nervous," but, actually, it was fine and i got up to the line and i was excited and i'm just glad i got to race in front of everyone again.
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but british hopes in the snowboarding came crashing down. jamie nicholls and then team—mate billy morgan both tumbling out of the slopestyle event. the women's cross—country skiing, meanwhile, produced the first gold medallist of the games. victory for sweden's charlotte kalla. but, for team gb, this was an opening day of decidedly mixed fortunes — disappointment on the snow, but elise christie's hopes of gold are off to the perfect start. andy swiss, bbc news, pyeongchang. the second weekend of games in the six nations championship brings us a mouth—watering contest at twickenham — england versus wales, both sides coming off the back of impressive wins last weekend. 0ur sports correspondent joe wilson is there. good afternoon. good afternoon. one thing the welsh players will notice insta ntly thing the welsh players will notice instantly when they come out here thatis instantly when they come out here that is different from cardiff is we
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have no roof at twickenham and we have no roof at twickenham and we have had a steady drizzle here. despite modern rugby's tactical sophistication and analysis, i imagine at one point the ball will be booted into the london sky to see how those young welsh backs get underneath it. last weekend there was an outstanding game in cardiff. warren gatland is a very experienced coach and he knows how to win at twickenham and he has stuck with the same starting 15. england in terms of experience and wait, they are vastly superior to wales. but it is possible that wales win here today and if they do, it would rank alongside any famous victory in their recent history. in dublin ireland will be looking for tries to beat italy and also a bonus point. ireland expecting to have two wins out of two. so as well while england, but not everyone can be happy.
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the first game of the day is in dublin, where ireland take on italy. and england against wales in the women's six nations is under way. last year, champions england beat wales 63—0 in cardiff on their way to the grand slam. and they're in front today. richard burford earned them a bonus point within the first half—hour. they lead to 26—0 after the first half time. they lead to 26—0 after the first half time. the early game in the premier league is the north london derby between spurs and arsenal at wembley. tottenham leading the way in the chase for a top four place. harry kane came closest to opening the scoring, but was denied by mustafi. it has been a fairly quiet first half overall. it has been a fairly quiet first half overall. there was a sombre mood at celtic for their game against partick thistle in the fifth round of the scottish cup, following the death of their former striker liam miller. he died of cancer at the age of 36. 0n the pitch, celtic are leading 2—0, both goals from james forrest inside the opening ten minutes before kris doolan pulled one back for partick. australia have cruised to a seven wicket win over england in the t20 tri—series to secure their place
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in the final. england were restricted to 137—7, this spectacular throw from david warner removing dawid malan after both openers had gone with only 11 runs on the board. australia reached their target with 33 balls to spare. england now face back—to—back matches with new zealand. there is a place in the final at sta ke. there is a place in the final at stake. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. mike bushell at the bbc sports centre. mike bushell at the bbc sports centre. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.25, bye for now. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. let's return to our top story this hour — the government
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is reviewing its funding of 0xfam in the light of claims that some of the charity's staff paid for sex in haiti. a government spokesman says civil servants should have been told in full and at once about any wrongdoing. 0xfam insists there was no cover up. a little earlier i spoke to 0xfam's current chief executive, mark goldring. he wasn't at the charity then, and told me 0xfam had gone public with the incident when it was investigated. 0xfam was actually proactive in going to the british public, the department for international development and the charity commission to explain that there had been serious misconduct and that we had taken action. what 0xfam did not do is describe the detailed nature of the offences, which included the use of prostitution, but also included other activities such as bullying and misuse of 0xfam property. with hindsight, you could say that we should have said more, but at the time, 0xfam was very unusual, no media coverage at all, we went public and said
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that we were concerned that public money had been misused, public trust abused, we have investigated this, money was not misused but people have misbehaved and we have taken action. you say that people had misbehaved, and it was related to inappropriate do you understand that people would have thought, people had been hitting on staff members and they have given the push. they might see that as a different light from exploiting the people that your aid workers had supposedly gone to help? yes, i do see that. and in 2018, we are in a different place than were were in 2011
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in terms of the sensitivity on those issues. that is why it would have been better to have said more. but, the team at the time were trying to balance delivering a large—scale life—saving operation in very difficult circumstances, with being transparent with the british public. with me is paul scully, the conservative mp for sutton and cheam and a member of the commons international development committee thanks forjoining us. until you sought the report, did you aware of it? now, this is our third and most vulnerable people in the world, women and children who do not choose to go into the sex industry that they are in one of the most poorest countries countries in the world, have been to an earthquake, when you
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are in the power or influence you must be careful, we must make sure that the charities we work with have policies in place. what disturbs you about the way it's been handled? mark was not there in the time, barbir was and has been upfront, talked about it and explain the thinking. but with the benefit of hindsight what has the charity done wrong? it's not something i knew about and are not sure how many people in government knew. when we look at the 0.7% the pay and reduce image could with, we need to the public we are open, transparent and the people we work with are open and transparent as well, doing the right thing. at the time they put out they say a press release, they talked about investigations of sexual misconduct, that of the charity commission and they are not impressed with what they were told, felt they should have no more. but a lot of these things are easy to see with hindsight and you could say
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they acted on this, they say we fired the people involved, we didn't give people official references, giving references for a colleague or a friend and being unaware of the allegations, and we set up safeguarding units, setting up a whistle—blowers line. in a sense for the charity has learned from a terrible situation? yes and it is a terrible situation? yes and it is a terrible situation. as far as i understand some got the sack and others were leaving without getting the sack, and not going to the full disciplinary process. but it's really important we investigate this. the government have called on an investigation is the right thing to do, to really get to the bottom. we are spending millions of pounds with these partners. many of them do fantastic work and we mustn't underestimate that. we are talking about a small few people but let's make sure safeguards are there, the policies are robust and make sure it can't happen again. the people that
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go into this, doing valuable work as you say, do not have this weird disconnect where on the one hand they are helping hours later, exploiting them? 9996 they are helping hours later, exploiting them? 99% of oxfam workers do fantastic work that they —— and don't want to harp them with the same brush as a few miscreant.. person in the department has requested a meeting with 0xfam's presumably chief executive and other senior members, what should she be looking for? she needs to see it exactly how it happened, was itjust a press release, how was at issue, and the timelines, the specifics of the timeline. i'm interested to see if we have an early opportunity to see them in front of the select committee as well. as i say, we need to make sure those policies are
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robust and how quickly this was discovered, and is there any systemic abuses like this? that's presumably the bigger problem. today we have borisjohnson visiting refugee camps in bangladesh who fled from myanmar. potentially this kind of activity could happen in other charities, aid organisations, we now un peacekeepers have been upheld in the past, there could be something bigger going on that in a sense of the world has turned a blind eye to? i was the world has turned a blind eye to? iwas in the world has turned a blind eye to? i was in the same refugee camps in bangladesh in september. the rohingya community must have a lot of members turning to sex workers it's the only option they feel they have. it's the same with refugee camps around the world so there is too easy to have one or two bad apples who are getting their place in terms of power and influence, and totally abusing some of the most vulnerable. we must make sure it doesn't happen. thanks forjoining us. her majesty's revenue and customs has written to retailers warning
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them about a scam involving the apple itunes service. the tax authorities say that elderly and vulnerable people are falling victims to a scam which encourages them to pay fraudsters using itunes vouchers bought in high street shops. earlier i spoke to angela macdonald from hmrc. i asked her how widespread this fraud has been. very sadly, since 2016, about 1500 people have fallen victim to this fraud. it's mainly people who are over 65 but very sadly the loss for each customer has been about £1,150. and last week, we heard of an elderly gentleman aged 81 who had fallen foul of this scam a couple of times and had lost £20,000 as part of that. that is shocking and to think this kind of exploitation is going on under the guise of people saying, "you owe money to the taxman so pay it out now or there's a warrant for your arrest."
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let's wind back for public information aspects, firstly how is the scam worked? a customer will get a phone call out of the blue, being told that it's from somebody in hmrc. they will be told they have a tax debt that they need to pay now, and often they will be told that court proceedings are about to happen and if they don't pay their tax immediately they will go to court, and the only way to pay their tax bill is to go and purchase itunes vouchers which they then are asked to give the redemption code over the phone to the fraudster who sells on the code or buys purchases with them. effectively, the customer goes in good faith, they have bought and paid them, anything those
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codes are used to redeem, they have effectively bought for the fraudsters? they have. because many of these calls are coming from abroad, it is difficult to trace these anyway but made almost impossible by the fact that many of this is coming from outside the uk. about the retailer's role in this, if you have to physically go into the shop, one of the big supermarkets or smith's or a corner shop to buy them, is it possible for retailers to spot it going on? definitely and it's part of the reason i've written to the chief executives of tesco, morrisons, asda and sainsbury‘s, because we're finding that actually as a last line of defence, those staff who are in those supermarkets and in many other retailers, can be the people who might ask those elderly people why are they making those purchases. we have a really great example only a a few weeks ago, where staff in tesco's lynwood asked customer purchasing more than £1000 worth of vouchers, what that was for. their intervention managed to stop that customer from losing their money. we are asking for the engagement of retailers to be able to help us be the last line of defence
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against these ruthless people? angela, so people are clear in their minds, when you contact them, when they really do owe you money, how do you contact them so they know to distinguish you from the fraudsters? it is true that we will ring you up and ask you if you have an outstanding tax debt, but you should make sure that you ask us sufficient information to make sure we are who we say we are. there will be lots of information known only to you and are so make sure you satisfy yourself you are speaking to the right people. we urge you, if you're ever in doubt, it is perfectly 0k to end the call and then ring us back, you can get our number from directory enquiries or online. we will never be cross because you took that extra safety and security precaution. just to be clear, you can't
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pay your tax with itunes vouchers. no, you can never, ever pay your tax with itunes vouchers. the family of an eleven—year—old—girl stabbed to death in wolverhampton yesterday have paid tribute to their "shining star". jasmine forrester‘s father simeon said he found it impossible to explain the loss the family had suffered. detectives are continuing to question a 51—year—old male relative of jasmine on suspicion of her murder. several church of england archbishops have taken part in a silent protest, about the church's handling of sexual abuse. theyjoined a group of people who've suffered abuse outside church house in central london, where the general synod was discussing a new independent inquiry into the issue, due to begin next month. 0ur religion editor, martin bashir has been at the protest and says the mood has been one of immense humility. the day began with a silent protest here, just in this spot, where a group of survivors were joined by the archbishops of york, canterbury and the bishop—elect of london,
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sarah mulalley, all pausing for two minutes to reflect on survivors of sexual abuse in the church of england. you mentioned the case of bishop george bell, one of the first speakers inside the council chamber was the bishop of chichester, martin warner. he said in a very humble statmeent, "we speak in the dust of shame." "we sit in the dust of shame." those were his words. then there was a presentation by the churcg of england's lead bishop on safeguarding, peter hancock, bishop of bath and wells. he explained what the church is doing to address the problem. since 2014, for example, it has increased its investment resourcing in safeguarding fivefold. every diocese now has a safeguarding lead individual, an official with the diocese. it also was announced that something
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like 11,000 people who serve the church in various capacities around the country has been through training in the area of safeguarding. but peter hancock continued and warned the synod that, because the church next month will be the subject of scrutiny at the independent enquiry into child sexual abuse, it had to prepare for even more challenging times. he said it would be painful for the church, but it would also be a route to making progress. a sense of humility but also a desire to address what is a decades—old problem. we know for example, in the latest figures in 2016, 3,300 cases of safeguarding were raised in the church of england. just 18% of those involved clergy, the rest were individual members of congregations and so on.
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but that's an incredible number just for one year, those are the latest figures we have. the church is desperately trying to address the issue and to take on board some of the recommendations that it has had. in the last two years, there have been three independent enquiries. the elliott review concerning one individual who made allegations against the church. and bishop peter ball was was eventually sentenced to jail and now bishop george bell so there have some attempts to address the issue and, in some ways, move forward. time for a look at the weather. a little less cold than it's been today, some rain around tomorrow it will be colder once again. england and wales seeing outbreaks of rain, scotla nd and wales seeing outbreaks of rain, scotland and northern ireland try for a time with some sunny spells,
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rain back in northern ireland before the end of the afternoon. brisk south—westerly wind, and the eastern side of the uk, seven to ten as high in the south of england. this evening, it will get stronger and gales in places, this isn'tjust rain, some snow especially in the southern scotland and northern england, notjust on hills, even relatively low levels. they cause a fall of tomorrow on the westerly wind. there will be sunny spells around, blobs of white indicating whether we wintry showers, spreading south eastwards across the uk as the day goes on. this is bbc news. the headlines: the department for international development is to review its work with 0xfam. the charity denies covering up a sex scandal involving aid workers in haiti. israel says one of its fighterjets has crashed after coming under
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syrian anti—aircraft fire. the f16 came down in israeli territory, and both pilots ejected and were taken to hospital. the two captured members of the british islamic state cell should go on trial for war crimes at the hague, according to a government minister. it's thought the pair were part of a unit that murdered 27 hostages. there's a warning about a new scam involving the apple itunes service. tax authorities say elderly and vulnerable people are falling victims to a ruse, where fraudsters are paid using itunes vouchers bought in high street shops. thank you for your company. now on
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bbc news, inside out report on the growing problem of knife crime. good evening. this week, the young people trying to stop my crime in their keen unity and the women using social media to help others battling eating disorders. —— in their community. hello, i'm keeley donovan. this week we're in leeds. coming up on the programme: a year since the death of teenager, irfan wahid, the young people still living in fear of knife crime. do you still carry a knife now? no, not really. n ot really ? also tonight, the woman battling an eating disorder but trying to inspire others to be healthy. being hot wasn't good enough. the only thing that would've been good enough is if my heart stopped. that's the only thing that would've satisfied my anorexia. and later in the programme, like a duck to water,
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