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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at midday. the international development secretary, penny mordaunt, warns uk charities that funding will be withdrawn — if they fail to co—operate with the authorities in cases of sexual exploitation by staff.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 us because of the chaos we work in. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is holding talks in myanmar about the return of rohingya muslims. the damage caused by alcohol — a report warns of the 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 seventh in the men's skiathlon — the best performance by a briton in an olympic cross—country event. meanwhile, in the arena,
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north korean cheerleaders mesmerise the crowds with incredible synchronisation. and taxi by air. click looks ahead into the future of passenger travel. that's in half an hour here on 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 prostitutes in the aftermath of the earthquake there in 2010.
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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secretary, penny mordaunt, has now sent a strong warning to charities receiving public money that those funds will be withdrawn unless they can prove they are cooperating fully on safeguarding issues.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. she called the behaviour by some
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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 development 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. the are all talking pretty to to the
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aid agencies, really giving them quite a strong warning on this. they are making it really clear that charities, aid agencies, must have safeguarding procedures in place. every charity is being written to, saying if there are any safeguarding issues, they need to be flagged up to the right authorities. if they aren't, they can't expect any more aid money. penny mordaunt has been speaking in very strong terms about the action she is taking with oxfam today. she wants to see any information that they still have about the haiti incident back in 2011 to be flagged up to the right authorities and she says she needs reassu ra nces authorities and she says she needs reassurances that that will be done. speaking more widely about problems within the sector, penny mordaunt says she wants to see the problem is rooted out in future so this type of sexual exploitation can be rooted out. i am very clear, we have got to and the sector has got to step up
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in terms of tackling what is an industry that is being targeted by individuals... by paedophiles? yes, they are targeting us 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. so that is penny mordaunt, and the scale of this abuse seems to be wider now. we are getting more reports and more revelations. yes, this doesn't seem to be an isolated incident, it seems to be a wider problem in the charity and foreign aid sector. former development secretaries have been speaking about this. andrew mitchell said he was aware of problems during his time in the role. priti patel saying she was made aware of problems during her time as international development
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secretary. she said aid agencies have a chequered history when it comes to some individuals carrying out abuse. we called on them to change their practices, mandatory reporting, independent whistle—blowing, we 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. you can see why the government want to act quickly on this. the public needs reassurances that foreign aid money is going to be spent properly, that this will absolutely lead to questions, if there was a wider problem for some time, why is it only now that the government is getting to grips with it? thank you very much. these allegations about 0xfam aid workers in haiti after the
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devastating earthquake, how worried are you buy those allegations and 0xfam's response to them? are you buy those allegations and oxfam's response to them? worried would not be the right word in terms of responding to the allegations. i am not surprised that incidents like this have come to light. it is not just 0xfam, notjust the international aid sector, it is a lot of people acting in haiti who are abusing power. what does worry me is 0xfam's response. you have got david goldring denying a cover—up and then saying it was not in the interests of the charity to draw extreme attention on what is a terrible scandal. i find that very unconvincing. when you talk about a terrible scandal and a problem that is wider than 0xfam, are you saying this was abuse by other aid agencies in haiti at the time orjust generally in haiti? both. iwould
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say this is a problem that we have seen say this is a problem that we have seen from foreign actors in haiti and any organisation or group with power in haiti, it has often targeted the most vulnerable members of society. the poor, the young, women. it was six tourism in the 19705 that women. it was six tourism in the 1970s that brought hiv, aids to haiti which crippled the tourist industry. this is old news. i welcomed the government's hard sta nce welcomed the government's hard stance on this regarding the aid agencies but there is a larger issue at play here and penny mordaunt is still talking about the revenue stream, still talking about protecting each other, protecting the aid agencies' work through the revenue stream. david goldring is still saying they didn't take action because they want to protect their revenue stream. the issue is power. it is where people are acting this
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way in places like haiti because for so way in places like haiti because for so long they have been able to do it and get away with it. what we need to do is decisively change our relationship with other nations when we are talking about sending people over there for charity work, for reconstruction work after disasters, for medical work, or even in terms of business or united nations peacekeeping, where abuses have been commonplace. but would you not accept that agencies like 0xfam and other international charities have done an awful lot of good work in places like haiti and it is a tiny minority of people who have abused their position? of course, i would like to remind people to commend the good work that has taken place. we should not at all be talking about if the uk should be contributing to international aid projects. that would be a terrible outcome from
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this news if it led to britain refusing to engage in this kind of work, if it withdraws money and then does not bring it back in somewhere else. however, what i am discussing is sexual exploitation, which is just one of the ways in which international aid and fallen —— foreign actors have let down haiti. the problem could be better solved by listening to their problems and removing a culture of impunity that has allowed abuses of power, not just in terms of sexual exploitation oi’ just in terms of sexual exploitation or economic exploitation, but cases of rampant negligence like the un introducing cholera and being able to cover it up for several years. if we start looking at ending this culture of impunity that surrounds foreign actors in places like haiti, we can start to solve the problem.
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thank you for your thoughts. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has met the leader of myanmar aung san suu kyi for talks. nearly 700,000 rohingya muslim 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,
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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 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. in a moment we'll be joined by audiences on bbc one for the lunch time national news. then stay with us at 12:30pm, when we'll bring you the latest in the world of technology in click. good afternoon. the government has threatened to cut off all state funding and help for 0xfam, and other charities, if they fail to ensure that vulnerable people
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are properly protected. the international development secretary penny mordaunt has described as ‘horrific‘ the behaviour of some of 0xfam's workers in haiti, who were accused of using prostitutes in the aftermath of the earthquake there in 2010. angus crawford reports. first haiti, now chad. 0ne first haiti, now chad. one of the poorest countries on earth. new allegations that a number of oxfam workers paid local women for six. —— sex. the head of the mission that was the man who five years later in haiti resigned after admitting using prostitutes. four others were sacked. 0xfam would confirm the details but says it is shocked and dismayed by the reports, which highlight unacceptable behaviour by a small number of people. as the scandal grows, the international
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development secretary, penny mordaunt, has sent a strong warning to all british charities receiving public money. they will lose the cash if they can't show a robust approach to safeguarding. cash if they can't show a robust approach to safeguardinglj cash if they can't show a robust approach to safeguarding. i am very clear, it doesn't matter whether you have got a whistle—blowing hotline, it doesn't matter whether you have got good safeguarding practices in place, if the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, we cannot have you as a partner. she said oxfam didn't give her department the full facts about what happened in haiti. at a meeting tomorrow, the charity will be given one last chance or be stripped of its public funding. today, more revelations about other aid agencies. reports christian aid, save the children and the read cross, have all investigated staff about sexual misconduct allegations. some are not surprised. people need
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to realise that the vast majority of aid work in crisis situations is extraordinary, it saves lives, it helps people who are very vulnerable, but aid agencies need to doa vulnerable, but aid agencies need to do a lot more to make sure that the best people are going into these areas, they are monitored, and these people who are very vulnerable, they have a voice in how this unfolds. the government is now demanding every charity receiving taxpayers money disclose all past and current cases of sexual misconduct. a scandal affecting one charity is now threatening to engulf the entire sector. the prime minister and other members of her cabinet are to set out their policy on leaving the european union in a series of speeches. during the campaign, dubbed "the road to brexit" by downing street, they will describe the kind of future relationship they want the uk to have with the eu. 0ur political correspondent emma vardy is here with me. tell us more about what we can
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expect. theresa may has been accused of kicking the can down the road when it comes to nailing down exactly what the government wants for britain at the brexit. do we wa nt to for britain at the brexit. do we want to remain close to the eu in some areas 01’ want to remain close to the eu in some areas or do want to remain close to the eu in some areas 01’ do we want want to remain close to the eu in some areas or do we want to break away and do our own thing in others? but the eu is going to be setting out its negotiating position in a matter of weeks so we can't put it off any longer. the senior members off any longer. the senior members of the brexit cabinet are going to go to chequers to try to revolve —— resolve their differences. 0n wednesday the foreign secretary will kick off a series of speeches and we are told borisjohnson has that impossible task of uniting levers and remainders with that speech. and then this rotor brexit will culminate with a speech by theresa may in the next three weeks. there is one more big hurdle on that road and that is getting the other 27 eu countries to agree. more than a third of child deaths and serious injuries caused by neglect in england are linked to parents who drink too much, according
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to a new parliamentary report. it also found that nearly all councils have cut their budgets for alcohol support services. 0ur health correspondent adina campbell has more. dad of sixjosh connelly knows first—hand about the damage 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 through, by the door, and he was waving a knife through 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 trying to keep it secret, so it is about just 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 third of child deaths and serious injuries through neglect were linked to parents drinking alcohol. while nearly two—thirds of all care applications involved 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. the government says work is under way on a new children of alcoholics strategy, in addition to new higher duties to target cheap alcohol. josh has turned his life around, but he believes there are many children who will end up suffering in silence. adina campbell, bbc news. a man from walsall has been charged with killing his eight—year—old daughter. mylee billingham was found, stabbed, at her father's house injanuary. william billingham has also been charged with making threats to kill. a helicopter has crashed in the
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grand canyon, killing three people. at least four others were hurt. it was thought to be carrying tourists. the cause of the crash is not yet known. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has met the leader of myanmar aung san suu kyi for talks. nearly 700,000 rohingya muslim refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring bangladesh, after a crackdown by the burmese military. this report from reeta chakrabarti 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 leader 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 home for them. it's about finding a political
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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 seemed a distant prospect. later today, mrjohnson will be taken by the myanmar military on a tour of rakhine state from where the refugees have fled, alleging arson, looting, rape, and murder by soldiers and buddhist mobs. reeta chakrabati, bbc news, naypyidaw, in myanmar. great britain has narrowly missed out on a first medal of the winter olympics. on another day of freezing temperatures in pyeongchang, cross—country skier andrew musgrave produced an outstanding performance and was in the silver medal position with just over a lap to go. he eventually finished in seventh — britain's best ever 0lympic result in cross country skiing. andy swiss reports from south korea.
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the winter olympics at their most wintry. minus 16 and bone chilling winds, but andrew musgrave was about to warm the spirits. and they are under way... cross—country skiing is not one of britain's traditional 0lympic strengths. their previous best, musgrave's 29th in sochi, where he said he skied like a tranquilliser badger. not here. with barely a lap to go, there he was, remarkably in silver medal position. could he hang on? well, not quite, as norway's simen hegstad kruger raced to gold, musgrave faded to seventh. but with his best events still to come, some feat. well, what a result that was for andrew musgrave. he could not quite get that first medal for britain, but even so, the performance of his life. with a lap and a half to go, i was feeling good, pretty confident, i thought i would be able to get a medal.
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i actually could not quite keep up that pace. the last lap was pretty tough. but on a day when some events were postponed due to high winds, one man soared. at the age ofjust 17, america's red gerard spinning to snowboarding gold, a teenage triumph to light up these games. andy swiss, bbc news, pyeongchang. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6:05pm. bye for now. hello. it is a much colder day today compared with yesterday. a brisk wind. but after yesterday's damp and
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drab weather for most of us, at least today there is some sunshine around. it is only one part of the weather story, as the picture behind me indicates. we have a north—westerly wind and this speckled cloud in the atlantic are the showers moving in. they are producing some snow across western scotland, north—west england. we are going to see several centimetres a germinating in the hills. the further east you are today, fewer showers, more in the way of sunshine. it is just showers, more in the way of sunshine. it isjust an indication of some of these showers, where they are going to be at 3pm this afternoon. there are gaps between them where it is clear. the odd shower of either asleep or hail or wet snow pushing into parts of eastern england this afternoon but some places across the east of the uk will avoid them and stay dry. temperatures are down compared with yesterday. but holding around
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freezing and everywhere will feel cold in the wind. 0vernight tonight, the wind will continue to feed these snow showers into northern ireland, western scotland, north wales, a few in the midlands. very few in eastern and southern parts of the uk. it is i see where you have these snow showers so things could be a bit tricky on monday morning on untreated surfaces. 0n tricky on monday morning on untreated surfaces. on monday, we keep the snow showers in western scotla nd keep the snow showers in western scotland for longer but eventually fading for many with a lot of clear, fine, sunny weather around on monday. the wind changing to eight south—westerly and becomes a little bit less cold, but still on the cold side. this weather system is coming in monday night. it is coming with strong winds as well. gales is developing ahead of it. and then we are going to see rain, sleet and snow as we go into tuesday morning. a risk of significant slow in
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scotland, not just a risk of significant slow in scotland, notjust on hills, but northern england as well. we will come you updated on that. that is how the week is shaping up. 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 include the issue of the rojingya muslims. nearly 700,000 rohingya have crossed the border into neighbouring bangladesh, after a crackdown by the burmese military. a report commissioned by a group of mps and peers is warning of major problems faced by children in england whose parents drink too much. a study for the all—party group for children of alcoholics found that, between 2011 and 2014,
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drinking by a parent was linked to more than one in three cases of death or serious injury of a child. 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. great britain's andrew musgrave makes history at the winter olympics in pyeonchang. the 27—year—old recorded the best result by a british cross—country skier with a seventh—place finish in the men's 30km skiathlon, only slipping out of medal contention in the final stages as norway completed a predictable clean sweep. it was the north korean cheerleaders who stole the show in the arena, though.
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