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you're watching bbc news. theresa may has urged european union leaders not to put lives at risk by blocking a security deal after brexit. we will not let that happen. we will keep our people safe now and in the years to come. first ever medalfor first ever medal for britain on skis. speed skating competition has taken off on speed skating competition has taken offona speed skating competition has taken off on a stretcher. the murder of
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the british studentjoanna parrish in france in 1990 is understood to have confessed. semifinal ukip members will vote on whether to back or sack henry bolton as party leader. and, click goes skinny— dipping in the himalayas — as a remote village receives electricity for the first time. sensitive viewers may wish to look away. that's in half an hour here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may has urged european union leaders not to put lives at risk by blocking a security deal after brexit because of "deep—seated ideology". the prime minister was speaking at a security conference in munich.
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mrs may said that that "nothing must get in the way" of britain and the eu helping each other to keep people safe. the prime minister said that real political will is required to safeguard intelligence co—operation which has developed over the decades. people across europe are safer because of this cooperation and the unique arrangements we have developed between the uk and eu institutions in recent years. so it is in all of our interests to find ways to protect the capabilities that underpin this cooperation when the uk becomes a european country outside the eu, but in a new partnership with it. to make this happen will require real political will on both sides. i recognise there is no existing security agreement between the eu and a third country that captures the full depth and breadth of our existing relationship, but there is precedent for comprehensive strategic relationships between the eu and third countries in other fields, such as trade, and there is no legal
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or operational reason why such an agreement could not be reached in the area of internal security. however, if the priority in the negotiations becomes avoiding any kind of new cooperation with a country outside the eu, then this political doctrine and ideology will have damaging real world consequences for the security of all our people in the uk and the eu. in response the european commission presidentjean—claude juncker said that since the eu was not at war with britain after brexit, the security bridge should be maintained. translation: there are commonalities between the eu and the uk and i would like to say that i believe, since we are not at war with the uk, since we would not
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take revenge on the uk for what the british people has decided, so, this security alliance, the security bridge between the uk and the eu will be maintained. it is still needed. however, you cannot mix up this question with other questions that are important, in the context of brexit. you have to look at them individually and have the answer to each question on merit, but i do not want to mix up security policy considerations with other considerations. earlier, i spoke to our chief international correspondent. i asked her what the eu leaders listening to theresa may's speech would have made of what she had to say. there was lots of discussion behind—the—scenes about what role britain will play after brexit.
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there are questions being asked by britain's partners, those who have been coming to the munich conference for many years and working closely with britain about why britain is choosing to go the way that it has decided. it was noticeable the respectful but silent reception theresa may got for her speech here in munich. there were two questions asked of her, that she could avoid all this if she decided not to leave the european union and that solicited a wave of laughter across the audience but again at the end she was asked if britain could roll back its decision to leave the eu, but we saw whatjean—claude juncker had said, again very respectful towards britain's prime minister but again, saying matter—of—factly that the issues were not just about security, the issues of brexit were quite different and he did not want to take revenge, but that was not the main issue on the agenda. there is no doubt that there is recognition of the role britain
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plays an intelligence sharing, in meeting common threats. we saw that yesterday when the heads of the three intelligence agencies, m16 and the intelligence agencies of france and germany said they must continue the security and intelligence cooperation because it matters too much to be caught up in ideological or political considerations. it is curious for theresa may to be in munich lecturing the eu on this, you know, don't put ideology in front of security when it was amber rudd, her own home secretary, last year, who was warning the eu that we could take our information with us if we left the bloc without a deal on security matters. this is a very well—informed, shrewd and astute audience. they know very well that kind of pressures theresa may is facing at home, notjust from the british public but from within her own party. we understand the considerations that must have gone into the writing
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of the speech and the very decision to come here, because in past munich security conferences it was the defence and diplomacy teams who came. the fact that she came here herself to emphasise britain's role in europe and beyond after brexit is a measure of how theresa may feels that she still has a message that she has to send, because it has not been received yet. joining me now to react to mrs may's speech is dr sally leivesley, who advises on terrorism and public protection. good to have you with is on bbc news. what did you take from theresa may's speech? she was speaking in the eu's interest and trying to deliver a message that it is essential that all the relationships on the security side between the uk and the eu be maintained. this means lots of treaties and requirements,
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because the eu is a number of countries, all of which have intelligence relationships with britain and there are barriers to moving data between the eu and the uk in the period when we do we. this is complicated, getting agreement on that and how this process can be shared. there are precedents. britain has long—standing cooperation with australia, the united states and canada. it is possible to come up with something regardless of the arguments over brexit that works both sides. we're working with a new form of with terrorism being blurred into conventional and unconventional warfare. we are seeing it in syria and in ukraine, the use of people who may appear to be terrorists but they actually may be because
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operatives. so you have moved between and a major european conflict. so, state actors might be masquerading, almost, as terrorists, freelancers and independents, but you have to follow the links. this is why the eu shares intelligence and the human intelligence between each country in the eu and the uk is going to be essential because gchq is an world leader at integrating that information. this is a second by second activity. cyber warfare may precede conventional or nuclear warfare, and that includes north korea or other countries in europe. it isa korea or other countries in europe. it is a second by second capability to share information. what the europeans might say, as you say, they derive great value from gchq, and lots of corporation has come from british security agencies with
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some of those operations that took place in belgium and in france in the last couple of years, but the only people threatening this are the british. it was the home secretary amber rudd last year it said, we don't get what we want on brexit we might take our information away with us. might take our information away with us. that wasn't a very constructive approach. we are still hearing today a rather reticent approach from the eu, setting security site from other arrangements, that everything has to be orderly. we haven't time for orderly and bureaucracy and why the prime minister tried to cut through this. at this point in time there is a crisis with north korea. if north korea becomes acute, what might be happening to other countries in europe if other interests start to move? there you have intelligence being shared with other countries in the eu, and the uk, we are the
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forward eyes for the us into europe, and that must be remembered. sally leivesley, thank you. ukip members are meeting in birmingham this afternoon to vote on whether henry bolton should stay on as party leader. mr bolton refused to resign last month after losing a no—confidence vote from the party's ruling body. he's been under pressure since it emerged his former girlfriend had sent racist text messages. paul 0akden is ukip's chairman — although he is stepping down after the extraordinary general meeting. hejoins us from birmingham. you will doubtlessly be hotfooting it off to the meeting shortly after this. how did we get to this situation? it is extraordinary to have, after such a short period in office a meeting about whether henry bolton should continue, afterfive months. it is extraordinary. that's why it is called an extraordinary general meeting. it doesn't happen very often and we haven't had one in
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ukipfor18 very often and we haven't had one in ukip for 18 years. ukip has a governing body that is elected by its membership, who felt that the behaviour, the conduct, the events that led up to the publication of the messages you havejust that led up to the publication of the messages you have just made reference to made it impossible for henry bolton to continue as ukip leader. henry bolton has a different view. he feels that he's the right person to take the party into future. being a democratic party, that decision is not made behind closed doors. we have 1500 members here in birmingham who will listen to our dinners from both sides and make the decision. you presumably we re make the decision. you presumably were neutral as party chairman in this vote and didn't vote. are you prepared to express a view today? maybe after the meeting! as long as iam chairman, maybe after the meeting! as long as i am chairman, the chairman is appointed by the leader but reports to the nec. i have the unenviable task of being right between the two of them. that's why i have too chair the meeting. i will be in front of those 1500 people, maintain some
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sort of order, giving both size an equal opportunity to put their site. i will be the only member that will not vote at the end of the meeting then i will announce the result. after that i may give a hint as to my opinion but ultimately myjob is to make sure that the mechanics of the day work, rather than try to influence one side or the other. and both sides are clear that you do not shoot the messenger in these situations. just to be clear, as the messenger, i will inevitably be sure at some point! democracy is an admirable thing, but every time an event like this happens, leadership turmoil in ukip, it damages the brand. no doubt, you're right. this isa brand. no doubt, you're right. this is a challenge the party could have done without. there are a number of challenges they could of done without in the last 18 months but all that i hear, day after day is political commentators saying that the membership of ukip has given up
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and there is no point in it any more, and yet here we have 1500 members giving up a saturday to travel to birmingham for a one hour long meeting because they believe that ukip has a purpose, that there was a point to the party.|j that ukip has a purpose, that there was a point to the party. i was going to ask on that example of travelling to birmingham, some of them from very far parts of the country, taking the day to get there and back for a one—hour meeting as you said, this close to english local elections that time would be better spent pounding the doorsteps and getting out the vote that you claim is there. that is an absolute truth. at the end of the day members are motivated by leadership. there was a stand—off between the governing body, the nec, and the party leader. that needs to be dealt with quickly, efficiently and democratically. that is what we're here to do in birmingham. 0nce democratically. that is what we're here to do in birmingham. once this afternoon is out of the way, ukip will be out back doing what we do best, which is campaigning. thank
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you for being with us. we will look forward to hearing your view later once we have the result. elise christie team gb has crashed out of the semifinal of the women's short track speed skating this morning. she came first in her heat in the women's1500 metres competition but slid into the barriers on the last bend of the semifinal. the 27—year—old was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. she has crashed out of the 1500 metres and the 500 metres of its leading the 1000 metres as her hope of an elusive olympic medal. this appointment for her. let's hope that she makes a speedy recovery from that rather grim end to her fortunes in the 1500 metres. charlotte gilmartin, also had a disappointing end to her semifinal. we will be watching the other evidence in which britain has medal hopes. elise christie will attempt to get over that crash when she goes for a medal
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in the 1000 metres. 0ur correspondent is at the national ice centre in nottingham. you spoke about the euphoria after elise christie qualified. you'd better tell is what the mood was like those two semifinals. i have never felt a room change quite so quickly. as elise was moving around, she was in a tricky position in that semifinal. the very worst happened. a clip of this case and the ankle and a crash into the barriers. even worse, elise christie staying down and having to be taken out on a stretcher. she is going for scans and so on and so forth. it changed everything in this room. there had been cheers and applause in this room, they are now watching the final they hope that she would be part of, this is a
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tight community of short track speed skating is, they notice board well, they have hopes on elise christie, and charlotte gilmartin, elise is the world champion going into these 0lympics the world champion going into these olympics and they will be hoping that she can get through to the 1000 metres. we will walk through just as the spinalfinishes, metres. we will walk through just as the spinal finishes, and metres. we will walk through just as the spinalfinishes, and let metres. we will walk through just as the spinal finishes, and let them celebrate and watch that final that —— as this final finishes. i'm joined by some other coaches at the national academy. you have watched a thrilling final, but should elise christie have been there? all of the girls that final deserve to be there. lots of tough girls in that race. elise christie is good enough to be there but didn't get it in the race today, unfortunately. you're both olympians. you will have had crashes and falls. can she recover from that? what is most important
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is, is she all right? we don't know yet. i is, is she all right? we don't know yet. lam is, is she all right? we don't know yet. i am sure that she will be back in prime position ready to go the next day, if she is. psychologically, it must feel in her head like everything is repeating itself. potentially, but she still has one more distance to focus on. she said all along that 1000 metres is her best distance and the one she really wants to do it in. it is about —— really wants to do it in. it is about — — about really wants to do it in. it is about —— about putting those things aside and getting on with the 1000th. talking about the mood in this room, it wasjust extraordinary. yes, itjust went very quite. the support is behind herand the very quite. the support is behind her and the rest of the team. everybody is investing. it is not just them out there. we all care, we all want her to do well and the rest of the team to do well. all on the 1000, now, thank you both for joining us. we're at the national
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ice centre, the short track academy. they were focusing on in sport waiting for news now, elise christie. colin, in nottingham, thank you very much. the president of haiti has called for an investigation into the activities of aid agencies working in his country, saying that the sex scandal involving some oxfam workers after the 2010 earthquake was just the tip of the iceberg. jovenel moise told the reuters news agency that one charity, medecins sans frontieres, had repatriated some its staff from haiti without any explanation. john mcmanus reports. haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. oxfam has been on the defensive over allegations that some of its staff paid prostitutes here. i always dreamed of working for them. this woman, who spoke anonymously to the bbc, was also there to deliver aid for the charity. she says she was attacked by a colleague. he pinned me up against the wall, he was groping me, grabbing me, kissing me and i wasjust
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trying to shove him off. and got him off eventually and he got mad and he threw his glass at me. now, haiti's president jovenel moise has said other charities also have questions to answer and he has made a specific allegation against medecins sans frontieres, also known as doctors without borders, which sends medical staff around the world. the president said msf had to repatriate about 17 people for misconduct, without any explanation why. in response, msf said: msf has already admitted that it fired 19 staff members last year after allegations of harassment or sexual assault. so how widespread is the problem? oxfam are not alone in this. every agency in the aid
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sector has the problem. we work in a sector that attracts the vulnerable — that, works, sorry supports vulnerable people. therefore, attracts predators. meanwhile oxfam's uk head says the events in haiti were a disgrace but also told the guardian newspaper that: certainly, the intense scrutiny of the aid sector is unlikely to stop soon. a convicted serial killer is understood to have confessed to the murder of a 21—year old british student in france in1990. bbc news has been told that michel fourniret has admitted to killing joanna parrish, from gloucestershire. she was found dead in a river in the burgundy region. the family's lawyer said fourniret had appeared in court "two to three times" in the past week and admitted the killing on each occasion. charlotte gallagher reports. joanna
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parrish had gone to france to teach english as part of a university course, but she disappeared after placing an advert in a local newspaper offering lessons. her body was later found in a river. newspaper offering lessons. her body was laterfound in a river. she had been raped, beaten and strangled. now, almost three decades on, the prime suspect in her mother, the serial killer michel fourniret has reportedly confessed. he is known as the odour of the ardennes, and was jailed for murdering seven young women. his wife, monique, was his accomplice. we had been hoping to get closure from the french authorities for quite some time. but it was still quite a shock when we heard from france that he had admitted to being involved in the murder. the parents of joanna
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parrish have spent the last decades fighting for justice for their daughter, and pressing the french authorities to keep investigating the case. we suspected michel fourniret for many years. and that was based on a number of things, quite a lot as a matter of fact, but we have always recognised that those things had been circumstantial, and probably not evidence that would be supported through a legal case. michel fourniret has yet to be charged with the murder ofjoanna parrish and will be questioned further. but joanna's parrish and will be questioned further. butjoanna's family hope their long search for answers is finally over. two people have died when a car was struck a train at a level crossing in west sussex. police and paramedics were called to barns green level crossing in horsham just after quarter to nine this morning. officers are trying to identify the two people involved and say they are investigating the circumstances of behind the collision. all lines between horsham and pulborough are blocked, with a rail replacement bus service currently operating between the two towns.
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13 russians have been charged with interfering in the us 2016 presidential election, in a major development in the fbi investigation. donald trump says the indictment vindicates his argument that there was no collusion by his campaign team. here's our north america correspondent peter bowes. the result of the 2016 presidential election is still the subject of much debate and rancorous dispute. now a finger is firmly pointed at outside interference, with 13 russian citizens accused of trying to affect the outcome. the defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the united states, with the stated goal of spreading mistrust towards the candidates and the political system in general. the indictments said the defendants used fictitious online personal accounts and posted political messages in social media that impersonated real us citizens. they had fraudulent bank accounts and false identification documents.
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their operation supported the campaign of candidate donaldj trump, and disparaged hillary clinton. mr trump has always strongly denied that his campaign had anything to do with russian interference in the election and the words of the deputy attorney general add credibility to the president's view. there is no allegation in this indictment that any american was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. in a statement, the white house said the president was: this is the most significant development in the russian investigation, but it is not over
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yet. center parcs has ceased advertising with the daily mail after one of its adverts appeared near an online article some readers deemed homophobic. richard littlejohn criticised tom daley and his husband dustin lance black after they shared on social media an ultrasound photo of their unborn baby. the columnist says he thinks children benefit most from being raised by a man and woman. center pa rcs called the placement of the advert "completely unacceptable". friends of a missing scottish man said there have been further possible sightings of him in hamburg in germany. 29—year—old liam corrigan disappeared whilst on his bother‘s stag party. there have been several sightings claimed in hamburg since. time now for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith—lucas. the weather is not looking too bad at all through the cause of the "it
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was a chilly, frosty start for some but a fine and friday for many parts by today. by tomorrow, a cloudy scene will be arriving with some rain from the west. right now we have a weak weather front bringing a band of cloud through the midlands towards the south—east with much of east anglia and get remaining sunni, temperatures in the south around 10 celsius. to the north, clearer, pressure conditions with lots of sunshine for northern england, scotla nd sunshine for northern england, scotland and northern ireland, with just a few showers towards the north—west. this evening and delight, that band of cloud clears, then we have clear, dry conditions in the east with a sharp frost and fog patches. further west, in the east with a sharp frost and fog patches. furtherwest, more cloud, bringing patchy outbreaks of rain to western parts posting tomorrow. then an east—west split, towards the west, rain and cloudy conditions tomorrow, the best of the sunni conditions can be found further east. goodbye for now. this is bbc news.
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our latest headlines: theresa may warns european union leaders not to put lives at risk by blocking a security deal after brexit. the prime minister said britain would no longer be able to help europol, as it does, or extradite suspects quickly. the president of haiti says the sex scandal involving some oxfam workers may be just the tip of the iceberg. jovenel moise says he's concerned that medecins sans frontiers has repatriated some staff without any explanation. izzy atkin wins bronze in the women's ski slopestyle to claim great britain's second medal of the winter olympics. it's a first ever medal for britain on skis. elise christie crashes out of the semifinal of the women's 1,500 metre speed skating competition and is taken out on a stretcher. donald trump has said the indictment of 13 russians for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election vindicates his argument that there was no collusion
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by his campaign team. sport now. time for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. a morning of highs and lows. she had hoped she would finish the race in the final with a place in that final but instead, she left the ice on a stretcher having collided with a fellow athlete on the final lap. she was trying to push into the top two because she found herself in third in the race to the line in the semifinal and 1500 metres short stack speed skating. she'd found her self in third, in the race to the line,
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in her semifinal, of the 1500 metres short track speed sakting final, and christie had to make her move. yarnold is aiming to become the first briton to successfully defend a winter olympic title... she has moved into the silver medal position and only 100th of a second off the gold medal now. she is hoping to become the first briton to successfully defend a winter olympic title. great britain are celebrating winning, a first ever winter olympic medal on skis. izzy atkin who's based in utah in the usa, won a historic bronze, in the ski slopestyle, doubling britain's medal haul at these games. ben croucher reports. this is the face of history. great


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