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this is bbc news. the headlines at six... labour's david lammy leads 200 mp5 who've signed a letter calling for government promises to windrush migrants to be written into law. kim jong—un promises to close north korea's nuclear test site next month, and invites the world to watch — according to the south. police in northern ireland have taken two wanted men back into custody after they were found tied up on a bench in county armagh. also in the next hour, how to protect one of the world's treasures from pollution... australia is promising to spend 290 million pounds to help restore and protect the great barrier reef. and celtic win the scottish premiership with a thumping 5—0 win over rivals rangers. and officials confirm brazilian surfer rodrigo koxa breaks the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed — an 80ft swell in portugal last november. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. the former immigration minister, brandon lewis, is supporting a claim by the home secretary — that she didn't know of targets for the removal of illegal immigrants. amber rudd told a commons committee last week, that she wasn't aware of the targets, and days later said she hadn't seen an email last year giving details of the policy. ms rudd has resisted growing calls for her resignation. our political correspondent iain watson reports. the empire windrush brings them from jamaica. the empire windrush brings them from jamaica. the plight of the windrush
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generation, citizens who came to britain after the war hasbro with it a new focus on britain after the war hasbro with it a new focus on government immigration policies. ministers were criticised for demanding that some of these legal migrants provide proof of their right to be here. the home secretary was all at sea, which was questioned by a committee of mps about the removal of illegal migrants last week. and targets for removals, when were they set? we don't have for removals. today, the former immigration minister, who worked with amber rudd, said she had only really been asked about local internal targets, key performance indicators, that she had not known about at the time. she was asked about at the time. she was asked about local regional kpis that the local agencies were using. she was clear on that. but the person who asked amber rudd the questioned said that that was not true and another member of her committee agrees. brandon lewis is using semantics and
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also trying to frankly rewrite what happened in the committee. i was there, i know the conversation that took place. anyone can see it if they look it up online. it's clear she says there were not targets and we now know that there were. this letter published by the guardian newspaper today from the home secretary to the prime minister, dated january last year, refers to the promise of increasing the number of illegal migrants removed from britain by io%. it may sound suspiciously like a target. but the foreign immigration minister claimed that it was merely an ambition... the 10% is an ambition based on the increase we see in people that we remove. so it's an ambition, not a target? there's a big difference between the two things. amber rudd has been told by downing street to resist pressure to resign. political opponents will say that is because she is being used to protect a predecessor of the home office. none
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other than the prime minister herself, but there could be another reason. because every week, in there, and in a group of cabinet ministers meet to thrash out the policy on brexit. if amber rudd goes, the balance of forces between those who voted to leave the eu and those who voted to leave the eu and those who, like her, voted to remain, could be disrupted at a potentially crucial time. so far, amber rudd may be using up as many political lives as this creature. number 10 do not want to show her the door but tomorrow, the home secretary will have to convince mps that she's on top of herjob. iain watsonjoins me in the studio now. as you said, amber rudd is answering questions from mps tomorrow, will she face another week like this one, and is her position safe? potentially she could face quite a difficult week. she needs to speak to mps tomorrow and also we saw her giving evidence to this cross—party home affairs select committee. yvette cooper said that she wants to
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recall her to the committee and to question her again on the evidence she gave. the pressure remains and i think it becomes a leader —— slightly difficult. clarify what she said. but from downing street ‘s point of view. they will want to continue, and i think they believe that she can ride out the storm. although that is becoming quite a big storm for her to ride out. there will be questions on what she knew and when she knew it. from the mps tomorrow but as far as i'm aware, to an extent, attack is the best form of defence. she will go on the front foot, this is about illegal immigrants. it is not about the windrush generation. she has apologised for that. she is trying to sort that out. and she is right, she will say, to try and increase the number of removals. and on the
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windrush generation, the letter signed by 200 mps signed by david lammy, will the government be receptive with these promises? there we re receptive with these promises? there were 200 other mps from other parties. there were a broad range of mps. they need reassurance if they are in the affected generation. but beyond reassurance, they say, look, there's a problem in that people may enforce restrictions and begin the process of deportation unless they are told in law to stop that, unless people are in that particular category. the government say that they do not believe they need to change the thrust of the legislation, in order to deliver promises to that generation. they say they may have to change policy guidance to ensure that people who are here and perhaps have not yet been able to prove their legal status, they won't actually be
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removed. and alongside the migration row, there are also stories about amber rudd being linked to certain proposals on keeping the uk in some form of customs union. how are these two issues linked in terms of her future? basically what is happening now is every single week from now on, the inner core of the cabinet, the brexit sub committee is meeting to thrash out any differences on the policy to withdraw from the eu. some of that detail either has not been settled internally, or been a cce pta ble settled internally, or been acceptable to brussels. we are trying to get these talks and the trade deal before the end of the year. what the prime minister wants to see is a balance of views in the committee. amber rudd was one of the main campaign is to remain in the eu. if she were to resign, it would be difficult to get someone else of her status into that committee very quickly. there are issues like
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labour mobility, where amber rudd wa nts to labour mobility, where amber rudd wants to see that remain as flexible as possible. she will want a range of views, on these important subjects. the customs union is due this week. if she misses that, she misses a crucial debate inside of the government and in the future of the government and in the future of the customs union and what could replace it when we leave. iain watson, thank you. north korea says it will close its nuclear test site within weeks, and wants us weapons inspectors to verify the shut down. the news follows the historic meeting between the leaders of north and south korea on friday. the new us secretary of state, mike pompeo says washington has an obligation to pursue peace, as preparations continue for a possible meeting, between president trump and north korea's kimjong—un. from the south korean capital seoul, laura bicker reports. from this momentous show of unity...
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comes an apparent display of sincerity. president moon is making his conversation with kim jong—il in public. and it seems the north korean leader is willing to go further than simply stepping over the border —— kimjong—un. he has pledged to close an atomic test side, something his father did before him. this was the tower being blown up in 2008, but still north korea continued to build weapons in secret. this time, the promise is to close this test side, the last six nuclear tests were carried out here. it has been slightly damaged but kim jong—un says it still works and he's prepared to close it while experts and the media watch. they are masters of propaganda. we have to put aside emotions and collect
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ourselves and concentrate on the conversation, which is dismantling north korea's weapons. but the south korean government believes its relationship with the north has to start somewhere. trust goes in two directions, build trust in the process of implementing agreements. kim jong—un is also turning back time. literally. in 2015 he changed pyongyang's clocks and since then, they've been 30 minutes behind seoul. korea will become one time zone once again. and it does seem that some in the south are reassessing their view of kim jong—un. translation: reassessing their view of kim jong—un. translationzlj reassessing their view of kim jong-un. translation: i used to think of north korea negatively, but now, little by little, i've realised we wa nt now, little by little, i've realised we want people and touched by it. translation: this time, kim jong-un speaks with conviction. i think that
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is why this time it will be different. kim jong-un seems to be saying all of the right things, and changing the clocks is a good sign of unity. he has also said through the south koreans that the south poses no threat to the us or to them. but it kind of misses the point. the us do not want them to have those weapons in the first place. south koreans have to wait and see if the us president can do a deal on denuclearisation. history is taught them to be wary of the north, but there is hope here that this could be the start of a new era. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. some breaking news from northern ireland, where the police service of northern ireland have said that they have discovered a viable explosive device during a search of a house in strabane during a search of a house in stra bane in county during a search of a house in strabane in county tyrone. they say they have arrested three men and
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that ten houses had to be evacuated during a security alert after the discovery of this viable explosive device in the drumheller area of the town. the army technical officers made the device safe and it was taken away for further examination. three men, aged 33,35 and a7, were arrested and ta ken three men, aged 33,35 and a7, were arrested and taken into custody for questioning. two men wanted by police in northern ireland have been found tied to a bench and covered in paint, in a suspected vigilante attack in county armagh. james white and alexis guesto, were wanted for offences including breach of license. images of the pair had been shared on social media. our correspondent in belfast, john campbell is following the story. well, the police public protection branch had issued an appeal for information about these two men, they have released their pictures, they had also given details of a car which was seen in the south armagh area. south armagh is a particularly closely knit rural community.
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last night, police were called there to the village of mullaghbawn, and they found these two men tied to a bench, their hands bound with cable ties and paint poured over their heads in what was apparently a vigilante attack. a local councillor says that this incident was unfortunate but understandable, given that tensions have been running high in the area. the police say it is completely unacceptable, the two men had to be treated in hospital and they are now investigating an assault. an 18—year—old man has been arrested after four people were taken to hospital — two with potentially ‘life changing' injuries — following a collision in newport. a police cordon has been set up in the city centre — after the incident at about 5.30 this morning. a car was found burned out in a nearby street, a short time afterwards. our correspondent nicola smith has more this is a busy part of newport city centre, and this road behind me is lined with bars and nightclubs. in the early hours of any saturday or
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sunday morning you can imagine that it is lined with people out socialising. that was the scene in the early hours of this morning. at around 5:30am, emergency services we re around 5:30am, emergency services were called to reports that a car had driven through a group of pedestrians. four people were injured, three women and one man. we understand that two of the women have received potentially life changing injuries. as you can imagine, eyewitnesses say that it was a pretty busy scene here, with plenty of emergency service vehicles trying to help out people involved. police have sent specialist crime teams to the scene, crime scene officers have been here this morning sorting through the debris that has been left behind. but officers are keen to point out that they do not believe that this incident is terror related, and they have arrested an 18—year—old man from newport on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving. they say investigations are ongoing. rohingya refugees in bangladesh have been appealing to visiting un
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ambassadors to help them safely return home. a delegation from the un security council is visiting refugee camps in cox's bazar which is home to nearly 700,000 rohingyas who've fled violence in myanmar. their tour comes amid warnings that the coming monsoon season could worsen conditions in the camps. nick beake reports. a break from the a breakfrom the misery a break from the misery of life a breakfrom the misery of life in the biggest refugee camp in the world. hundreds of rohingya people have gathered to greet the un delegation. ambassadors from 15 countries have come to cox's bazaar to see their suffering, and hear their harrowing stories. translation: we are standing here to demand justice as the mayan ouma military have killed our men and tortured our women. this is what she's talking about, the bernie ‘s military and mobs have tortured
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villages in the last year and forced range of muslims to flee for their lives. it is not known how many were murdered before they could escape. now in camps across the board in bangladesh, survivors have placards but not much else. the security council say they want to help authorities here prepare for the imminent monsoon season and try and find a way for refugees to return safely to myanmar, if anyone to. —— if anyone to. the solution must be in myanmar, they must be able to be in safety. it may take some time. we would like to hearfrom in safety. it may take some time. we would like to hear from the of myanmar, how they wish to work with the international community and we will do everything we can as a security council to support progress and try to come together to take decisions. tomorrow the delegation
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will leave bangladesh, and fly to myanmar to meet the de facto leader on sang su chi. she has been widely criticised for not doing more to protect the rohingya muslims. the burnie ‘s army have always said they did not target these people but were rooting out terrorists. but many believe this is the face of a crime against humanity. nick beek, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: labour's david lammy leads 200 mps who've signed a letter calling for government promises to windrush migrants to be written into law. kim jong—un promises to close north korea's nuclear test site next month, and invites the world to watch — according to the south. police in northern ireland have taken two wanted men back into custody after they were found tied up on a bench in county armagh. back to our top story — and more than 200 mps have written to theresa may, calling for the assurances given
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to the windrush generation about their citizenship to be made law. the home secretary, amber rudd, is due to make a statement to parliament tomorrow to respond to what she called "legitimate questions" about illegal migration. earlier, the labour mp who co—ordinated the letter david lammy spoke to bbc news — and was asked if he thought the home secretary should resign. if you look at your reports, and the huge pain and hurt that has been caused to people. i mean, heartbreaking. absolutely heartbreaking. absolutely heartbreaking stories. the shame it has brought our country. if it were me, andi has brought our country. if it were me, and i were the minister, i would have fallen on my sword and had someone else come in and make sure that they could get this through. that is a matter for amber rudd. that they could get this through. that is a matterfor amber rudd. i'm not really concerned about personalities, i'm concerned about the guarantees for pensioners in our country, who have always been
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british citizens, and deserve a government who bring forward legislation to enshrine their rights once and for all. i do not think they are playing politics. if you think about those people who have been imprisoned in their own countries, people who have been trapped abroad, unable to return for children's weddings, unable to take up children's weddings, unable to take up employment that they had, people unable to get cancer treatments — frankly, there's nothing more serious in any country than imprisoning people who should never have been imprisoned. if that is something that shouldn't be taken up, idon't something that shouldn't be taken up, i don't know what is. this letter has been signed by six parties, including conservatives. i think it is cross—party now, that we have action. real action, think it is cross—party now, that we have action. realaction, on think it is cross—party now, that we have action. real action, on behalf of the windrush generation. i've beenin of the windrush generation. i've been in parliament 18 years and i have seen legislation start on a monday and be declared on a wednesday. if we can do it with
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other things, we can do it for this group of people if we act quickly. theresa may has held talks on the telephone with both the french president emmanuel macron and the german chancellor angela merkel. they discussed the importance of the iran nuclear deal as the best way of neutralising the threat of a nuclear—armed iran agreeing that the priority of the international community remained preventing iran from developing a nuclear weapon. the european leaders' talks came as the new us secretary of state, mike pompeo, also reiterated america's determination to prevent the iranians ever getting a nuclear weapon. as part of his first overseas tour in the role, mr pompeo visited saudi arabia before arriving in israel. he gave a press briefing alongside the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and said he stood with israel in countering the threats posed by iran. strong cooperation with close allies like you is critical. and indeed,
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throughout the world. we remain deeply concerned about iran's dangerous escalation of threats to israel and the region and their ambition to dominate the middle east remains. the united states is with israel in this fight. we strongly support israel's sovereign right to defend itself. regarding thejcp away, president trump has been pretty clear that this deal and the aim is to fix it, and if they can't, he withdraws from the deal. president trump has a competence of iran strategy which is designed to cope with the full array of threats coming from teheran. as well as that, we are also working to combat non—nuclear threats, through missile systems. the implementation of thousands of proxy fighters into
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syria and its assistance to the hoop the rebels of yemen. we will be working closely with strong allies to counter these threats. our middle east analyst alan johnston said mr pompeo's remarks were exactly what the israelis wanted to hear. when prime minister benjamin netanyahu when prime minister benjamin neta nyahu spoke when prime minister benjamin netanyahu spoke alongside mike pompeo, he said there two countries had never been closer than they are now. that was no diplomatic niceties. you see an almost complete convergence of these two powerful allies with regard to the need, in their view, to confront the iranian threat, as they would see it. benjamin netanyahu has, for years, railed against iran, and the nuclear deal that the west signed with iran. and he is delighted that president trump regards that deal almost as blea kly
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trump regards that deal almost as bleakly as he does. it is not only nuclear matters that are on benjamin netanyahu's mind, they are concerned about the growing influence beyond the northern border in syria. you heard mike pompeo talking about the administration having a competence of strategy to confront the array of threats as he sees it from iran. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said the time has come for the uk to "resolve the contradictions" in its irish border policy. mr barnier was writing in ireland's sunday independent newspaper, ahead of a visit to the country tomorrow. he said there needed to be "substantial progress" on the issue by the next meeting of eu leaders, injune by the next meeting of eu leaders, injune. the former speaker of the house of commons, lord martin of springburn, has died at the age of 72. he was speaker from 2000, until being forced to step down following his handling of the mps expenses scandal, in 2009. confidence in the criminaljustice system has suffered in recent
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months, following the collapse of cases due to failures in disclosure. that's when officers and prosecutors in the lead—up to trials, are required to hand over relevant material that may help the defence. some recent rape trials haven't gone ahead, because of a failure over disclosure, but how widespread is the problem across the criminaljustice system? clive coleman reports. early one morning in december 2013, officers from customs and excise raided tanker driver peter norton's home. while i was in the bedroom they were in the lounge, the kitchen. i heard them ransacking the place. he was accused of delivering laundered so—called red diesel fuel to petrol stations, including this one in birmingham. he was charged, with others, of conspiracy to evade nearly half £1 million inc vat.
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charges he denied. since i got arrested i have not worked in the petroleum business at all because of the stigma of the trial. red diesel‘s only legal for off—road vehicles like tractors, and has a much lower vat rate. but if the red dye is removed, it looks normal and can be sold on fraudulently at the higher rate. after a four year investigation by hmrc, the case went to trial injanuary. but four weeks m, to trial injanuary. but four weeks in, a vast amount of information that should have been disclosed to the defence was identified on the la ptop the defence was identified on the la pto p of the defence was identified on the laptop of nhmrc investigating officer. these people hold my liberty, they were in charge of my liberty, they were in charge of my liberty at the time and hopefully eve ryo ne liberty at the time and hopefully everyone has done theirjob properly, you want a fair trial. the prosecution asked for an adjournment, to sift through the material that should have been disclosed. judge robert trevorjones refused and ended the trial, saying
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that the case showed lamb at a ball negligence, indicating wide area going beyond one officer. the catastrophic failure to disclose evidence to the defence, which led to the collapse of the trial here at liverpool, is really significant. it shows that disclosure failings are not just limited to shows that disclosure failings are notjust limited to recent high—profile rape cases, they are systemic. it isn't just high—profile rape cases, they are systemic. it isn'tjust a problem with the police, other investigating authorities like the hmrc are also failing in their duties to disclose evidence. the former lord chief justice lord thomas blames big cuts to criminaljustice system. over the past 20 or so years, we have seen less police officers or other investigating officers get caught. they do not understand the importance of disclosure. the obvious thing to do is to make certain that proper resources are put into this vital aspect among the criminal justice system.
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put into this vital aspect among the criminaljustice system. the disclosure failings meant a linked trial also had to be abandoned. hmrc accept the failings and is working with the crown prosecution service to see what lessons can be learned. peter norton is relieved that for him, it is all over. clive coleman, bbc news. australia is promising to spend 290 million pounds to help restore and protect the great barrier reef. the world's largest reef system has been damaged by warming sea temperatures, which have bleached large swathes of coral in recent years, as well as pollution and run—off of pesticides and fertilisers from farms. phil mercer reports from sydney. the great barrier reef is australia's greatest natural treasure, but this listed wonderland is under siege. the two years running it was hit by major coral bleaching, which scientists blame on higher sea temperatures. these starfish predators will be targeted by the new multi—million dollar plan to revive and restore the reef. farmers near the queensland
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coast will be in courage to change their ways, to reduce the flow of fertilisers and pesticides into the sea. it's part of a pledge that the australian government says is the single largest investment ever in the great barrier reef. will be also providing money for scientific research, particularly to build more resilient coral, st louis heat we will be putting money towards better data management so we understand better what is happening on the reef, so we can deal with these challenges. we will be spending money in terms of working with local indigenous communities, the traditional owners of such a big role. ministers say that there will be efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, but they gave no
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specific details. critics accuse them of being hopelessly unable to tackle the climate emergency facing this underwater paradise that snakes down north—eastern australia. the government in canberra has previously said ambitious targets to cut the nation's emissions by 2030. but this is a country heavily dependent on cheap supplies of coal for its power. conservationists argue that until this reliance on fossil fuels is argue that until this reliance on fossilfuels is broken, there can be no real hope of preserving the great barrier reef. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. a new world record has been awarded for surfing the biggest wave. this footage shows brazilian surfer rodrigo koxa in portugal riding the gigantic wave in november. it has now been confirmed at 80 feet, orjust over 2a metres, high. koxa broke the record set by an american surfer in 2011 by a couple of feet. the brazilian said he always
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tries to ride big waves, but after nearly dying while surfing in 201a, coming back and now being awarded the record makes it the happiest day in his life. wow! it is time for a look at the weather. here is lucy martin. hello, some wet and windy weather on the way to start the week for south—east england and east anglia. parts of east anglia seeing over one month of rain in 2a hours. today, there's been brightness and sunny spells. the best of those further north and west you are, this sent in by a weather watcher in inverness. this photo was sent in by a weather watcher in east sussex. the wet and

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