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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 11:003m. the international development secretary, penny mordaunt, warns uk charities that funding will be withdrawn if they fail to co—operate with the authorities in cases of sexual exploitation by staff. the sector has got to step up in terms of tackling what is an industry that has been targeted by individuals. by paedophiles? yes, they are targeting this because of they are targeting this because of the chaos we work in. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is holding talks in myanmar about the return of rohingya muslims. a report commissioned by a group of mps warns of major problems faced by children in england whose parents drink too much. also in the next hour. great britain's andrew musgrave makes history at the winter olympics in pyeonchang. finishing in seventh place in the men's skiathlon — the best performance by a briton in an olympic cross—country event.
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meanwhile, in the arena, north korean cheerleaders mesmerise the crowds with incredible synchronisation. brexit, how long president zuma can survive in south africa, and the winter olympics. that's all in dateline london in half an hour, here on bbc news. good morning and welcome to bbc news. there's a warning today that charities will lose government funding if they fail to ensure that vulnerable people are properly protected. international development secretary penny mordaunt has described as ‘horrific‘ the behaviour of some of oxfam's workers in haiti, who were accused of using
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prostitutes in the aftermath of the earthquake there in 2010. the charity is also facing new allegations about some of its workers in chad. andy moore reports. after haiti, now, new allegations about the behaviour of some oxfam workers in chad in central africa. they date back to 2006 and also involved prostitutes. the head of mission in chad at the time was the same man who resigned from oxfam five years later because of the scandal in haiti. oxfam said it was shocked and dismayed about the latest revelations from chad. it said it couldn't corroborate the information but it highlighted unacceptable behaviour by a small number of people. the international development secretary, penny mordaunt, has now sent a strong warning to charities receiving public money that those funds will be withdrawn unless they can prove they are cooperating fully on safeguarding issues. she said this.
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she called the behaviour by some oxfam workers in haiti horrific and said it was just one example of a wider issue on which her department was already taking action. the former secretary of state for international trade is also calling for tougher action. this is now an opportunity for everyone to make sure that there are very clear, notjust guidelines, but actions, action, will be taken and money will be withdrawn as well quite frankly if there is inappropriate behaviour. oxfam says that after haiti, it set up a dedicated safeguarding team to deal with such issues. the charity finds itself at the centre of this particular scandal that the british government said is one example of a wider problem. andy moore, bbc news. our political correspondent emma vardy is here.
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a pretty tough warning from the government to the aid agencies on this? absolutely. the department for international development has made it very clear that it will now be scrutinising very carefully the kind of procedures charities have in place to ensure safeguarding, and every single charity is going to be written to. those who receive government aid money. they must flag up government aid money. they must flag up any government aid money. they must flag up any concerns government aid money. they must flag up any concerns to the appropriate authorities. those who do not will not receive government money. the international development secretary has been speaking to the andrew mark programme today and she says she will be meeting with oxfam today and she wants any more information that they hold about information in haiti to make sure it is given to the right authority and there is now stronger moral leadership in place. she has also said that if oxfam do
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not hand over that information, she can no longer work with them, so very strong terms. she says charities in future will have to do more to seek out individuals for inappropriate behaviour.” more to seek out individuals for inappropriate behaviour. i am very clear, we have got to, and the sector has got to step up in terms of tackling what is an industry that is being targeted by individuals... by is being targeted by individuals... by paedophiles? yes, they are targeting is because of the chaos we work in, and we have got to do everything to make sure those people are spotted and that other organisations that might be potentially hiring in the future do not. that was penny mordaunt speaking earlier. do we have any idea how widespread this problem is? there is a picture emerging that this is a wider problem, that it has been flagged up before. we have heard the former development secretary speaking about this, talking about problems he was aware
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of with you when international peacekeeping soldiers, and we have heard from priti patel today as well, saying this was a matter raised with her. she says aid agencies have a chequered history when it comes to some of the individuals carrying out abuse. we called on them to change their practices, mandatory reporting, independent whistle—blowing, we called for the establishment of databases called for the establishment of data bases and called for the establishment of databases and this corrosive culture of the revolving door, where people go from one organisation to another to perpetrate abuse. so what we are seeing is the government taking very swift action because donors need to be reassured that money is being spent wisely and the government knows very well that a scandal like this has great potential to undermine public confidence in the foreign aid budget. thank you very much. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has met the leader of myanmar aung san suu kyi for talks. nearly 700,000 rohingya muslim
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refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring bangladesh, after a crackdown by the burmese military. reeta chakrabarti is travelling with the foreign secretary, and sent this report, which contains flash photography. there were smiles this morning as borisjohnson shook hands with aung san suu kyi in the capital, naypyidaw, but the plight of the rohingya people will be a difficult topic. the burmese leaders has suffered a spectacular fall from grace in international public opinion after failing to defend the rights of the rohingya. boris johnson met some of the refugees on a tour of one of the camps in bangladesh yesterday, and said that international diplomacy needed to focus on a safe and dignified return to home for them. it's about finding a political solution, finding an answer in myanmar from burma, creating the conditions for a safe, dignified return for these people. that's what they want. they do want to go back, but they don't feel safe. but he admitted that right now that
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seemed like a distant prospect. later today, mrjohnson will be taken by the myanmar military on a tour of the rakhine state from where the refugees fled, alleging arson, looting, rape, and murder by soldiers and buddhist mobs. reeta chakrabati, bbc news, naypyidaw, in myanmar. theresa may will deliver a major speech within the next three weeks, outlining the future relationship britain wants to have with the eu after brexit. it is being seen as just as important as her florence speech, which unlocked the first stage of negotiations. she'll outline what the government is seeking in relation to security, trade and workers' rights. the north korean leader kimjong—un has invited the south korean president for talks at the "earliest date possible." the invitation was given by kim jong—un‘s sister, who's been visiting the south for the winter olympics. this report contains some flash
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photography. this is no ordinary messenger. kim yo—jong, the sister of the north korean leader is the first of her family to set foot on south korean soil. as the two sides take their seats, the cameras spot a blue folder. within it, a handwritten invitation to travel north and for the two leaders to meet. kim jong—un‘s younger sister is not used to the spotlight. she was usually behind the scenes as pyongyang's pr queen. on this occasion, she is the perfect charmer for this charm offensive. it is quite typical of north korea to actually do this sort of thing. they are stealing a little bit of the limelight from south korea, who has the whole world's press descend on it. they are also trying to control the message between the two. it is very hard for south korea, even though they have been talking about sanctions to basically refuse these kinds of advances from north korea.
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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 that it never thought possible. but, it presents some difficult challenges. does president moon accept the invitation, and if so, under what kind of preconditions. and, he is also discovering that in befriending his neighbour to the north, he risks alienating a key us ally. a helicopter has crashed in the grand canyon, killing three people. at least four others were hurt. the helicopter was thought to be carrying tourists. the cause of the crash is not yet known. more than a third of child deaths and serious injuries caused by neglect in england are linked to parents who drink too much alcohol, according to a new parliamentary report.
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it also found that nearly all councils have cut their budgets for alcohol support services. our health correspondent adina campbell has more. dad of six, josh connelly knows first—hand about the damage that alcohol can have on a family. his father was an alcoholic, and died when he was nine. i remember one particular incident, he smashed all the windows by the door, and he was waving a knife from one of the windows, and the police coming up and taking him away. at the same time i was trying to deal with it all, you're also tried to keep it secret, so it is aboutjust keep the suppressing it, and then you naturally get unhealthy coping mechanisms. the impact of parents abusing alcohol in england are outlined in a new parliamentary report. it found more than a of child deaths and serious injuries through neglect were linked to parents who are drinking alcohol. one and two thirds of all care applications involve misuse of alcohol or drugs.
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and children with alcohol dependent parents had feelings of stigma, shame and guilt. the report also used data from a freedom of information investigation, which found almost all councils in england are cutting back their budgets for this kind of care. when we start to understand that addiction and alcohol is all based on trauma, it's all escaping some kind of trauma, if we understand it, helping children, we can begin to break cycles and prevent, you know, addictions of the future. the government says that work is underway on a new children of alcoholics strategy, it in addition to new higher duties to target cheap alcohol. josh has turned his life around, but he believes that there are many children who will end up suffering in silence. energy companies should be allowed to see the personal data of some
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customers at rate of being in fuel poverty, according to the government. the idea is to work out how best to protect people who could be struggling to pay their bills. we all hate getting our energy bills but for some it can push them into real financial difficulties, but for some it can push them into realfinancial difficulties, known as fuel poverty. now the government wa nts to as fuel poverty. now the government wants to find any way of automatically protecting attitude 2 million energy users by letting suppliers know a lot more about them. it is launching a consultation into something called data matching, which could allow local authorities to share personal information about customers with their energy suppliers. but only with their consent and if users are getting state benefits and are in financial trouble. then they could be automatically based on a cheaper, safeguard tariff, for their gas or electricity. 4 million people are already on the lower rate. the
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energy watchdog ofgem says anyone placed on the new lower safeguard tariff could save at least £66 a year if this plan to share personal information proceeds. that could be valuable as household energy bills are rising. the headlines on bbc news: charities are warned they could lose government funding if they don't co—operate fully with the authorities in cases of sexual exploitation by staff. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is holding talks in myanmar about the return of rohingya muslims. a report commissioned by a group of mps warns of major problems faced by children in england whose parents drink too much. sport now and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. the weather has been a big problem at the winter olympics on sunday. the men's downhill skiing and the women's slopestyle was postponed because of high winds. but some braved the conditions
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lower down the mountain. and andrew musgrave secured the best winter olympics result by a british cross—country skier with seventh place in the 30km skiathlon. norway claimed a clean sweep of the medals. joe lynskey reports. things are rarely friendly in a skate race. it is a fight from the start. in scandinavia, they grow up with this sport. the norwegians showed their class in the climate. simen hegstad krueger is the winter
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olympic champion. it is one, two, three, for the norwegians. krueger's win was more astonishing for what had gone before. he had been on the ground and last in the field. for andrew musgrave, seventh is more spectacular than it sounds. when we had a lap and a half to go, i was feeling good, feeling confident. i thought i would get a medal. i was feeling really good and then just try to keep up with krueger on the la st try to keep up with krueger on the last lap, went a little bit hard and then slipped back through the field. for the appeal skiers, this is the gruelling route to victory. and easier path has been laid for amy fuller. too much win for the snowboard heats, she goes straight into the final. the catch? so does eve ryo ne into the final. the catch? so does everyone else. before the weather set in, they crowned a new olympic champion. one with a baby face. this is redmond gerard, born in 2000. snowboarding is made for youthful
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ambition but the 17—year—old was never meant to do this. norway and canada tend to dominate these gold was set for redmond. to get first is above me. i don't even know what is going on, to be honest. at the olympics, weeks, months on snow and ice can be defined in a moment, but sometimes it is the underdogs who summon up sometimes it is the underdogs who summon up the performance. dutch speed skater sven kramer made history on sunday by winning his third consecutive olympic gold medal, in the men's 5,000m. he's the first man to win three golds in the same speed skating event at the winter games. and he also did this one in an olympic record time. sergio parisse aid believes ireland can end england's bid for a third consecutive six nations title. yesterday, england made it two wins
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out of two with a 12—6 victory over wales. don't be afraid to stand out in the crowd at twickenham. most players arrived in tracksuits, headphones to drown out the distractions. rhys was playing for the first time. cameras everywhere. two minutes played. a high ball. did not make it. into the hands of owen farrell, knowing where he was kicking it. jonny may did the rest. his second try soon followed. but watch joe. two welsh players on him but he got it away anyway. so, how did wales respond? a clever kick. confusion followed. the tv official looking for control. "no," he said. welsh penalties kept them close. they needed a try.
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this is how close they came. the line was there, along with sam underhill to grab his men. 12—6 to england it finished. england, two wins from two, a perfect start to the six nations. this game is exhausting and enthralling. they will want a week off. ireland can reflect on three tries conceded, but more positively on the eighth they scored. ireland, two wins from two, ending the tournament at twickenham, five weeks away. joe wilson, bbc news. england's women also made it two wins out of two, as they thrashed wales, 52—0. scotland, meanwhile, were overpowered at home by france. they went down 26—3. scotland skipper john barclay admits his side have a point to prove to themselves when they take on france later today.
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you can watch that one live on bbc one. coverage from 2.25pm. the dark blues suffered an opening—day disappointment against wales last week in cardiff and afterwards, former england centre jeremy guscott branded their performance clueless. we really believe in this group of players. we underperformed. it happens every now and again. you don't want it to happen and you think hard about why it happened. you go to a lot of measures to make sure it doesn't happen again. our focus is on france. we have got two big games coming up at murrayfield. huge games for us to show what we are capable of that, in the context of the championship, we will see after this weekend where we are. expect a huge performance from the scots. i will be back later with
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another update. hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to the use of skin creams containing paraffin. a bbc investigation has found most of the creams, which are used to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis, do not carry warnings, despite concerns over their safety. kirsten bicat has been telling us about her her dad, brian, from bradford, who used skin creams for dry skin and a leg ulcer. he died last september after accidentally setting himself alight while smoking a cigarette. 22nd of september last year, i got the police call round at my house to tell me to get to the hospital where they have a burns unit, and my dad had just been airlifted, there, after an accident, and when i got there i found that he had more than 50% burns, he had third—degree burns and didn't stand a chance. the doctor told me he wouldn't
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survive, and prepare ourselves for the worst. we think he went onto the balcony for a cigarette, in his dressing gown and pyjamas, and somehow set himself on fire and then couldn't get it out quickly enough, to avoid the third—degree burns, which killed him 14 hours later. chris bell is a watch commander at west yorkshire fire and rescue service. he's been telling us that the build—up of paraffin on clothing can accumulate over a long period of time. they are vitally important for medical conditions but unfortunately they do get into fabrics, clothing, dressings and bandages, and bedclothes, so over a period of time you are bedclothes, so over a period of time you a re left bedclothes, so over a period of time you are left with a paraffin base in
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that fabric and that becomes quite flammable. the medicines regulator, the mhra, says it is conducting a review of paraffin—based skin creams and is working closely with manufacturers and the fire service to further reduce the risks associated with products. now, valentine's day might still be a few days off, but love was in the air at the cast and crew screening of idris elba's new film, yardie, as he proposed to his girlfriend. the luther actor went down on one knee and popped the question to sabrina dhowre. the actor was greeted with cheers from the cinema audience as he popped the question at the rio cinema in dalston, east london. luckily, she said yes. the couple have reportedly been dating since early last year. rio's carnival is in full swing
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in brazil and the competitions at the so—called sambadrome are serious business, with samba schools spending a whole year to prepare their parades. only the best samba dancers are selected for lead positions in the show, but this year, a londoner made it into this highly—demanding universe. our correspondent, julia carneiro, followed briton samantha flores to the greatest show on earth. this is the big moment. leading the way into rio's world —famous carnival strip. britain's samantha flores has the stage all to herself as the muse of a samba school, dancing ahead of its carnival floats. this is a long way from home. samantha was born and bred in north london, but her home is now in ipanema.
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she left a career as a pr agent after visiting rio in 2006. she was blown away by the city and the carnival. i was taken to a carnival which was my first experience of samba and i just walked in and said, this is amazing, what is this place? the drums, the energy, the dancers. samantha has been taken part in rio's carnival parades since 2011, and gradually moved up the ranks to become a muse. i guess it a little unusual to have a londoner as your muse for the first float, but they seem to have accepted me, and have made the part of the team, so i feel pretty honoured. it is her second year as a muse, and the costume is not exactly featherweight. i am dressed to represent the goddess of the sea, as you can tell by my seashells and my fins. it's gorgeous, look at all the work.
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to get such a big role in one of rio's competitive samba schools is no small feat by a foreigner. translation: it is like she is local. she can dance samba really well, she was born for this. i don't think being a foreigner is an issue. it is about joy. everyone can fit into carnival, it is about letting go and enjoying the energy and the beat. time for the final touches. this is one—year's worth of work culminating, notjust me, but everybody at the school, so it is a huge moment, and for me, in particular, obviously, going out as their first english representative, it's pressure. but it's exciting. the time has come! this energy now has to last
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for around a0 minutes of intense samba dancing. to be given such a prominent position, you're taking on a lots of responsibility for the school, and when i say that, the school, there are so many people behind you from the community. it is notjust the people that you see on the day. there are people working all year round behind the scenes. they are there all night, working so hard. you have got to give it your all. it is hard work, but it is rewarding. wow. as you can see, i am a little bit glowing now. gave it my all. i think we did really well. you can see everyone singing along with you. the crowd, with their banners, just amazing energy. everybodyjumping up and down, so special, so special. for this englander, it is time to let go of the crown, at least until next year.
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right finally, back to the winter olympics. you might have seen in the build—up to events in pyeongchang that north and south korea created a combined ice hockey team. well, they lost their opening match 8—0, but it was the north korean cheerleaders who stole the show in the arena. people had to change seats in the venue so that they could all sit together, and this was the result. incredible synchronisation. right, let's look at the weather
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now. synchronised weather, i'm sure. the weather is in sync with the season at the moment, that is why we are getting snow showers across parts of the uk. there are some filtering into the midlands and temperatures are struggling today, certainly compared with yesterday. and a brisk wind blowing in this wrasse of showers from the north west, into scotland, northern ireland, north—west england and wales too. some will drift further east as we go through the afternoon. some hail. around three and seven celsius for the top temperature. in the wind it feels colder. icy conditions developing towards the north—west of the uk, where we have these snow showers continuing overnight. so, some difficult travelling for some, going into the morning. scotland, northern ireland, north—west england. a widespread
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frost. you will wake up to some sunshine tomorrow. the showers will become less numerous tomorrow, they will fade a bit, perhaps a little less chilly tomorrow, but this area of rain, sleet and snow moving in on monday night into tuesday morning. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: the international development secretary, penny mordaunt, is warning all uk charities which receive government aid for work abroad that the funding will be withdrawn, if they fail to co—operate with the authorities over safeguarding issues. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, has met the leader of myanmar, aung san suu kyi, for talks which included the issue of rojingya muslims. nearly 700,000 rohingya have crossed the border

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