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g of our industry is coupled by expertise and members of the nypd bomb squad, are highly trained service unit and intel bureau, our counterterrorism bureau, our patrol cops with predictable were the first to respond to cnn. that all hope to lead to the arrest today. i couldn't be more proud of the work each of them did in this case, and the work they do every day. we said from the outset we would identify and arrest the person or people responsible for this act. we kept that promise because of the confidence we have in out because of the confidence we have in our ability to investigate the deliberate and precise manner. today's rest means that new yorkers are safe, and as the director said there may be more packages out there. everyone still need to take caution. if they see something out there, call 911. i want to thank members of the public who contacted authorities with information during this investigation. the christian not back down, based about every single
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time. we couldn't do things like this before and much worse. i'm never surprised with the unmatched resiliency are city displays. thank you very much to the media for broadcasting the photos that the new york city released because of helps workers around the city identified packages and help with the investigation. thank you. good afternoon. and the us attorney for the southern district of new york. five days ago on october 22, law enforcement is cover the first device from a resident of george soros. over the last five days, more packages of and found across the country delivered to public officials and former us president, oui’ officials and former us president, our authorities have worked a day and night to gather with other prosecutors from my office to identify and apprehend the perpetrator that has now happened. today, my office has filed a
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complaint against cesar sayoc, charging him with multiple federal crimes for his insidious conduct. specifically the defendant is charged with in five counts include illegally mailing and interstate transportation of explosives and threatening a former president of the united states. as alleged in complaint to the defendant mailed destructive devices to citizens of this country currently hold or have held our highest public offices, president barack obama, former secretary of state hillary clinton, former vice presidentjoe biden, former vice presidentjoe biden, former attorney general eric holder, congressperson maxine waters, us senator cory booker, former cia directorjohn brennan and former director of national intelligence james clapper. the defendants conduct as charge is cowardly and reprehensible. and it's totally anathema to our democracy. and now the defendant faces a total of 58
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yea rs the defendant faces a total of 58 years potentially in prison. this is an ongoing and active investigation and we will not rest until these crimes are fully investigated and the defendant or defendants are brought tojustice. the defendant or defendants are brought to justice. i'll stick a moment to thank our partners, the joint terrorism task force, the fbi, the nypd, us postal inspection service, new york state police, the atf, the ha rd—working service, new york state police, the atf, the hard—working career prosecutors and investigators in the terrorism unit of the southern district of new york and i would also like to thank the extraordinary cooperation we have received from the southern district of florida. thank you. good afternoon. my name is gary ba rca, good afternoon. my name is gary barca, deputy chief of the united states postal inspection service. like many of mike collis, i do thank all of our federal partners are disbanded in this nationwide investigation, the fbi, the atf, secret service, the nypd and the
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many state and local enforcement agencies. this is the way law enforcement is supposed to work. this was a collaborative effort am as well co—ordinate with each agency bringing a special expertise to the table. but i would also like to recognise the many postal employees who we think of as our eyes and ears. we appreciate the diligence and awareness and in fact it was a postal employee this morning who alerted us to one of the suspicious parcels. we in the postal inspection service have a great deal of expertise in responding to an investigating suspicious mail. postal inspectors are trained to respond and investigate dangerous items in the mail. these dangerous male investigation specialists are highly proficient in their use of state—of—the—art equipment. fortunately in this case know the devices detonated and there were no injuries. our postal inspectors will remain diligent —— visual and monitor services to remain whether
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there are additional mailings and have not been discovered. we will work with our law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of the mill, our postal employees, our customers and the american public. good afternoon, secret service director. just as the other speakers that emphasise, i want to comment on the importance of cooperation here. we we re the importance of cooperation here. we were in the forefront of this, along with receiving early packages oi'i along with receiving early packages on tuesday and wednesday and fully engage with a joint terrorism task force and other federal partners and we want to the knowledge the great work done by the fbi, atf, the postal service and inspectors, new york city police, capitol police and the different states involved. new york, florida, california, delaware, maryland and even the district of columbia. i want to spend a few minutes to emphasise how seriously these areas are mistakes these threats, how important it is to
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provide protection to our protective, including former presidents and the current president and vice president and just thank out and vice president and just thank our agents and officers and analysts who not only investigate cyber and financial crime but provide a world—class protection to our protective. i think they have done outstanding work here. i would just also remark that since tuesday, along with director reckon this is been our numberone along with director reckon this is been our number one focus of the agency to find the perpetrators of these incidents and bring them to justice. thank you. mr wray, can you tell us how quickly this move was made when did you isolate the fingerprint. these are brought through total containment vehicles to ourlab and through total containment vehicles to our lab and were coming and we received some of them the first two we received were the devices that we received were the devices that were sent to former president obama and the dc package that was sent to cover as many waters. so the
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analysis began on that yesterday. and we began to receive information over the course of the last 24—36 hours. i don't have the exact time of that is the ballpark. did you describe your reaction to the worry that was a latent fingerprint that might be used to find the suspect and also can you give us a sense of why the devices... what was the second park was what why the devices did not explode? my first part was here we had a possible match just validated my unlivable faith in confidence in the melanin of law enforcement and of the fbi lab. there is a reason why the fbi lab is known as one of the very best in the world and the folks who work there are extraordinary. it was i knew that they had a print, i was pretty confident we will be able to find the right person. as far as the
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devices themselves, it is important to say as is in the complaint, that evenif to say as is in the complaint, that even if the devices and we are still trying to determine whether or not never functional, as they say, so we are doing all kinds of analysis to make a definitive determination that they do give thanks energetic material which is subjected to the right combination of heat or shock oi’ right combination of heat or shock orfriction could be right combination of heat or shock or friction could be dangerous to the public. and the publisher treat any device like that is important. could you tell us plainly why was he targeting democrats?|j could you tell us plainly why was he targeting democrats? i do not know. other than what you might normally expect. he may have been a part of something. it appears to be. they'll be determined by the fax is the case goes forward. i am not able to comment on that. we will not be discussing where the investigation stands at this time. i am just
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curious what role you think the rhetoric in the local arena might have played in this and this that giving you more work? we are focused not on the top on the work. the work of the men and women of law enforcement here in the work that was done over the last week is something that should make every american proud and grateful. it is too early at the stage for us to be discussing motivation in this particular case. are you concerned that nasty palooka rhetoric might motivate someone who is predisposed to violence to act out? we are concerned about people committing a cts concerned about people committing acts of violence under any motivation. director, the believe that he is the only one involved in this campaign? and you continue to make reference to other devices that might be out there. do you have any sense of how many they are still out there? so as i said at the outset
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andi there? so as i said at the outset and i think the attorney general said as well, this is very much an active and ongoing investigation. we do believe that we have copyright guide. but we also know that this is an ongoing investigation and there isa an ongoing investigation and there is a lot of work still to be done, which means there is still plenty of u na nswered which means there is still plenty of unanswered questions? when did you first briefed president trump on having a suspect in custody and could you say what his reaction was? i will not get into our discussions with the president but i will say i received a very nice congratulatory call from the president before heading over here and saw his remarks that he made at the white house and i think he like every american is and should be proud of the unlivable work that was done not just by the fbi, but by all of our law enforcement partners across multiple states in this. are you commissioner oakville said it welcomed the partnerships that exist in the law—enforcement profession right now this country are extraordinary and better than they
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have ever been. and it is it what the doctor ordered for this country at this time. thank you so much. and that appears to be the end of that press c0 nfe re nce that appears to be the end of that press conference at the us department ofjustice. i suppose most important elements workjeff sessions and the director of the fbi chris wray, and talking about the federal crimes that cesar sayoc has been charged with. if found guilty, mr sessions both of the that he could be in prison for as long as 58 yea rs. could be in prison for as long as 58 years. there was a reference as well to the 13 devices that had been sent, stressing that they were not hoax devices but of course it is still an ongoing inquiry. they are keen to get more information, more help from members of the public as they continued in use on a question and answer session at the end there one 01’ and answer session at the end there one or two questions were aired
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about possible motivation of the suspect. clearly at this portion of the fbi director mac —— mr wray was not going there. although he did say the things they have got the right man despite the fact that it was also stressed that he is innocent until proven guilty. let's give all this with gary. gary o'donoghue is in washington. what did you pick out a all that?|j what did you pick out a all that?” think it is fascinating to hear the sort of methodology by which they caught their suspect. you heard them talk about finding a latent figure print, by which i guess they mean a very faint fingerprint on one of the devices that was sent to maxine waters, the government from california. also talking about finding somebody in a unsettled the other devices and doing a surgery coming up with the name of the database in coming up with the name of the data base in florida coming up with the name of the database in florida and moving pretty quickly to apprehend that suspect the 13 devices you heard
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mention of there, up to now, we were looking at 12th but i think they are now counting another one that appears to have been delivered to the office of, what harris, a democratic senator from california. that would make 13. there is also talk of another device that is potentially out there, possibly to a democratic donor that is not confirmed by the fbi at this stage. that is as you mentioned the timescale of a jail term of this man may be looking at if he is found guilty. and indeed the kind of and sheer amount of legwork that went into this. this only began on monday and here we are on friday and they caught the man they think is largely responsible for it. just to give you some sort of time still, i remember during the austin bomber a few months ago in texas it took them 18 days to track him down. of course,
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the unabomber, the most famous serial bomber in american history, he was on the loose for a couple of decades before they got anywhere near him. so this is incredibly fast work by law enforcement in the us. and you can tell from the tone of the press covers that they are very pleased clearly with the work they have done. it also striking how many spokein have done. it also striking how many spoke in emphasising how many different entities have been involved in this process. yes, i mean when there is a good news story like this, you will see a lot people coming out to talk about it. but yes, there is a lot of cooperation. clearly the fbi roams from state to state that you have to rely on local law enforcement and state law enforcement, too. they mention seven —— the speed with which local police in miami worked to help me confirm the identity that they thought they we re the identity that they thought they were looking at. and you heard the sheer scale of the investigation. they ranged right from california in
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the west, through to new york and washington and down to florida and other places, too. this was anonymously spread geographically. it is impressive i think that they have got the man they think is responsible in this time. not musty to give about him in the press conference. we can tell you a bit more about him. we know he is called cesar sayoc. we know he is 56 years old. we know he has some sort of previous convictions, not sure the details. fairly minor. iniesta to new york city. he is a registered republican, which of course there was a question in there about why this person was targeting democrats and jeff sessions said i do not know apart from the obvious reasons. i think this is what we have been saying all along that the nature of the targets, what we did not have any claim of responsibility, the
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sheer nature of the charges, it was impossible to ignore that this would likely have some sort of political motivation behind it. and we will find out presumably in the course of the trial what that was. in day. gary, thank you very much for that. let's pick of the political element of what is being said in all this. larry joins of what is being said in all this. larryjoins us from the university of virginia. is it possible at this stage to gauge if there is any influence on the midterm election and the voting intentions in the light of what has been happening in recent days? not voting intentions but this is a major election. the turnout of democrats versus a turnout of democrats versus a turnout of democrats versus a turnout of republicans is absolutely critical. this absolutely as a political effect. again not anyone's
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postma and interrupting interrupting the republican conversation about brett kavanaugh, the caravan other issues that donald trump is bringing up. he is at centre stage as president. this is a very negative story for the republicans and it is a very negative story for donald trump. he did not place a vase but it is pretty obvious what people are connecting this to him because of the rhetoric and because of the fellow who did it, it certainly appears to be in beta not have to be sherlock holmes to figure out that he isa sherlock holmes to figure out that he is a donald trump supporter. i think that is an advocate. just on that, the president tweeted earlier on and he said the incidents were slowing republican momentum and early voting. it is worth pointing out that the voting process does go over a significant period of time. yes, america is in some state started building in september. we estimate right now that 30% of all people who will though have already voted for this event cannot any of
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that because they cannot take their votes back. having said that, i do not know what donald trump is basing that on. he could not have any real data. it hasjust happened in the la st data. it hasjust happened in the last day or two. so again, i did not think it is going to switch anybody's vote but it does change the conversation and the conversation had been helping the republicans. not now.” conversation had been helping the republicans. not now. isuppose it could be hot. he is getting reports from around the country as to what people are doing but it might be a pause in some minds while they sit back and consider all the completely go back and consider all the completely 9° up back and consider all the completely go up to the polling station? mib and punch and also from his record, it has a 50—50 chance of being true. there are enough and you'll see how it unfolds in the coming days. thank you very much for coming on with his boss of the little consulates as of the events in the us. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the author and broadcaster natalie haynes and rob merrick,
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deputy political editor at the independent. the former attorney general dominic grieve says lord hain undermined the rule of law when he named sir philip green as the businessman at the centre of sexual harrassment allegations. yesterday, the labour peer used parliamentary privilege to name sir philip, despite a court injunction which is meant to keep his identity secret. the businessman says he "categorically and wholly denies" any allegation of unlawful sexual or racist behaviour. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. sir philip green, one of the country's most colourful tycoons, owner of a retail empire, never far from the headlines, and now he's embroiled in yet more controversy. his name was made public by a former cabinet minister in the house of lords as the businessman at the centre of allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse. i feel it's my duty under parliamentary privilege to name philip green as the individual in question.
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after days of speculation, sir philip has become front—page news. up until then, there had been an injunction in place by three seniorjudges stopping the daily telegraph from naming sir philip after a lengthy investigation. it has now fired up a debate about whether or not parliamentary privilege is being misused. if individual members of parliament or the house of lords decide they think they know better and want to shortcut what is in fact a process which is still taking place at this very moment, in which a court is trying to make that determination, it entirely undermines the rule of law. sir, would you mind not looking at me like that all the time? it's really disturbing. sir philip has had more than his fair share of brushes with mp5, and some think it's right that he was named. i think it's absolutely right to use parliamentary privilege in this way. because what has happened under these nondisclosure agreements
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is that certain individuals and companies are using the vast amount of power that they have to suppress whistle—blowers and the victims of abuse. the parliamentary register of interests shows that peter hain is a paid adviser at the law firm used by the daily telegraph. he has categorically denied he was aware of the company's work on this case. there was no sign of sir philip at his home in monaco today, nor his yacht in the marina. he wasn't at his corporate hq in london either. senior colleagues who have worked with sir philip have been shocked at the allegations. one former top executive told me he'd never heard or seen a hint of any sexual harassment or racial abuse. he said philip could just be very, very aggressive and consistently rude to everyone. but sir philip has already given a statement saying...
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the telegraph has written to sir philip, asking that he drop the injunction. while the paper is still protecting details of the case, that seems unlikely. if both sides dig in, a trial is expected to take place in the new year which will determine what can be published. emma simpson, bbc news. joining me now is the conservative mp and former culture secretaryjohn whittingdale. good evening. i know you chaired a parliamentary committee into privacy and a look at injohnson's which is why we invited you to come on this evening. just give us context as to what you are looking at and why at that point. this was at a time when there was an injunction in place
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obtained by ryan giggs the footballer. he obtained a super injunction which meant the papers did not even refer to the existence ofan did not even refer to the existence of an injunction. but the same time that the printed newspapers were all prevented from talking about it, it was becoming more and more common on the internet so everybody was able to discover what the injunction said. simply with a few clicks of the mouse. the challenges we looked at that time was how enforceable are injunctions in the age of the internet when information can be made available anywhere around the world. and what did you conclude? welcome up palmistry privilege was used to reveal the name of ryan giggs by a liberal mp in the same way that peter hain has revealed the name of sir philip green. i do think privilege is very important. it can be used. indeed, what i chaired a
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select committee, we did use it to protect people who wish to expose the wrongdoing. that was around bribery for the feed the wrongdoing. that was around robbery 47 world cup. but i think it needs to be used very carefully. in this particular case, what i am not aware of the details which the courts have available, nor i suspect is peter hain, so there it may be a very good reason why the court decided to grantan reason why the court decided to grant an injunction. so i remember it is big it was very cross with the liberal mp at the time he revealed the name of ryan giggs in december that there are now a number of people expressing severe criticism of peter hain, including the former lord chiefjustice. connecticut but what dominic grieve has said all that subject. we cannot operate eight democratic society when peers 01’ eight democratic society when peers ormps take eight democratic society when peers or mp5 take the law and their own hands. can echo that?” or mp5 take the law and their own hands. can echo that? i think he makes a hands. can echo that? i think he makesafair hands. can echo that? i think he makes a fair point —— point. if you
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feel an injunction is unjustified, the best way is to go back to the point —— court to make that argument. not to get somebody to reveal a name under the cloak up palmistry privilege. palmistry privilege is a very powerful weapon and he can be a force for real good in allowing wrongdoing to be exposed. in this case, i had misgivings about there being an idea ofa no misgivings about there being an idea of a no disclosure agreement to cover up of a no disclosure agreement to cover up what might well be a criminal act. these are issues the court might have already taken account of lauren looking at. i cannot give a comment about this capability not know what the details of what the court was aware of i do understand the criticisms that are being made by senior lawyers like morejudge in the dominic being made by senior lawyers like more judge in the dominic grieve. 0k, more judge in the dominic grieve. ok, thank you very much indeed for your thoughts. and so philip green as we your thoughts. and so philip green as we should stress categorically denied any of the allegations which have been aired in regards to sexual 01’ have been aired in regards to sexual or racist activities or comments. two men have been found guilty
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of the manslaughter by gross negligence of a 15—year—old girl who suffered an allergic reaction to a takeaway meal. megan lee died after eating food containing peanuts from the royal spice takeaway in lancashire in december 2016. angus crawford reports. to herfamily, megan lee was the kindest, most loving daughter and sister. but in december 2016, she and herfriend ordered a takeaway online from this restaurant, telling staff she was allergic to nuts and prawns. after an acute allergic reaction. today, mohammed kuddus and harun rashid were found guilty of manslaughter. their kitchen, the court heard, filthy and chaotic. a disaster waiting to happen. megan's family hope the case will lead to real change. we live in hope that today's result is a warning to other food businesses operating in such a deplorable and ignorant manner.
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to learn this, to learn from this and to improve their standards with immediate effect. he wants awareness of allergies to be a top priority so no other family has to lose a child like megan. angus crawford, bbc news. turkey has demanded the extradition of 18 saudi suspects in the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. it comes a day after saudi arabia's public prosecutor admitted that the killing was premeditated. meanwhile, jamal khashoggi's fiance has spoken for the first time and says she does not believe the united states is sincere in trying to get to the bottom of the case. she spoke of her "blind panic" when mr khashoggi did not emerge from the saudi consulate in istanbul earlier this month. translation: the fact that he said he didn't want to go to the consulate, especially after he settled in the united states.
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a majority of his friends, those who were arrested after he left the country. i know he had questions on whether something he didn't expect could happen at the consulate. i don't know if it's accurate to say that he was worried that he could be arrested, but he was worried about possibilities like being interrogated or being asked to return home. our correspondent in istanbul, mark lowen, has been following developments. well, this was the first tv interview that hatice cengiz, jamal khashoggi's fiancee, has given, and it was very emotional. she talked about what went through her mind as she stood here some three weeks ago, over three weeks ago now, waiting forjamal khashoggi to come out of the saudi consulate after his appointment. she said she initially thought he was maybe being held inside the building. she went and shouted at the local staff inside, "where is he?" they said, "the working hours are finished, he must‘ve left." she said, "no, iwould have known if he had come out, he would have come out to see me, i've got his mobile phones."
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she said that she didn't believe that the us was sincere about trying to get to the bottom of the story, and so she would not accept the invitation by donald trump to go to the white house. she says she doesn't believe she could go to saudi arabia any more, even though jamal khashoggi's will states that he wants to be buried there in the saudi city of medina. so a lot of pressure still on the saudi authorities to come up with the truth as to what happened. president erdogan said today that he wants to know where the body is, who ordered the killing and the name of the local operative that was apparently used to dispose of the body. he also even described the saudi authorities as childish in their attempts to change the narrative over the last three weeks or so. so still a lot of pressure on saudi arabia to show that they are getting to the bottom of this, that they are revealing how high the order went to kill jamal khashoggi inside the consulate over three weeks ago. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. there is certainly a chill in the air this friday evening, and that is going to remain through the weekend. it's going to be cold, it's going to be windy.
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there'll be a mixture of sunshine and showers. some of those showers heavy and wintry over some hills in the north. as we go through this evening and tonight, many places will keep starry skies overhead. but the wind will blow showers in across the east coast of england. some across parts of wales and the southwest of northern ireland. showers turning wintry over high ground in scotland. and with temperatures getting very close to freezing, all the way down to freezing in places, well, there could be some icy stretches to start tomorrow morning, most especially across northern scotland and northern ireland. through the day, there'll be some sunshine, but some showers as well. mostly around the coasts, but some developing inland for a time, especially through the middle parts of the afternoon. and those temperatures, 6—11 degrees at best. it will feel even colder than that given the strength of the wind. sunday, another chilly day, a lot of dry weather with some sunshine. still a few showers. hello this is bbc news.
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the headlines: a 56—year—old man, named as cesar sayoc, is arrested in florida in connection with the suspicious packages being sent to public figures. sima kotecha reports. the former attorney general dominic grieve strongly attacks lord hain's decision to name sir philip green using parliamentary privilege. sir philip says he "categorically and wholly" denies allegations of "unlawful sexual or racist behaviour". the drones used to fly more than half a million pounds worth of drugs into prisons — seven men are jailed in what police are calling a landmark case. the government has been accused of being in denial about the hardship caused by changes to the benefits system. a committee of mps warned that universal credit is leading to increased debt, rent arrears and the use of food banks. the government says it will consider
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the committee's findings. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. as fast as supplies come in they go out faster. is universal credit driving more people to use food banks? the people who run them seem to think so. you only have to ask. universal credit has been rolled out here since december last year. we've seen our numbers at this food bank more than double since then. we are finding that lots of people who are claiming universal credit, they are getting universal credit, many of them are working, but they are still being driven into debt, struggling to feed themselves and their families. tinned tomatoes... the need is undeniable, the need for help putting food on the table, millions badly short of cash with mounting debt. in today's report, a cross—party committee of mps joins the queue of critics. the mp5 condemn what they call the culture of denial at the work and pensions department around the flaws in the system. they call it a fortress mentality, fending off critics and complaints.
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but there is a wealth of evidence, the report says, of delays in making payments, pushing people into debt and having to rely on food banks. the mp5 demand a step change in attitude to universal credit‘s failings, with faster payments to more claimants. these are people who often, if they are claiming for the first time, won't have any food spare in their cupboards, won't have any money in their purse and need to pay their rent. if they are awaiting five or more weeks for money to arrive, that causes real problems. lauren is a single mother from newcastle. she bears witness to the accusation that delayed payments are causing real hardship. the delay getting your benefit, what was that like? it was horrible. there was a five or six week delay when i was relying on friends, family and food banks in particular. what was using food banks like? embarrassing. it was hard to go in and admit that you didn't have enough money to even feed yourself, cos it's like a necessity. so it was very hard. stories like lauren's
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haven't persuaded ministers the system is at fault. we are listening and we will continue to make improvements as we go along but, as i said to you, at the end of the day, what we want to do is make sure we have a welfare system which of course supports people who need that support, it's fair to taxpayers is sustainable, and ultimately it helps people into work. the chancellor is keen to keep the benefit bill down, but he's facing a chorus of demands for a rethink and more money. with his neighbour theresa may now promising an end to austerity, the betting is that the chancellor will somehow find more money in next week's budget to show he is listening. the trouble is, that critical chorus has grown so loud, it will be very hard to satisfy. universal credit was designed to produce losers and winners, to prompt more people to work, but it hasn't all gone to plan, and now tory mps and ministers are feeling up against it, too. seven members of a gang which used drones to smuggle drugs and mobile
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phones into prisons, have been given sentences ranging between three and ten years. the drones were used to fly more than half a million pounds worth of drugs into eight prisons in the midlands and the north west of england. sima kotecha reports. their operation was referred to as "a spider web of activity". the cctv footage shows exactly what they did. packaging up drugs, attaching them to drones, then inmates instructing the pilots where to deliver them. today, seven of them were jailed while six were given suspended sentences. all for transporting £500,000 worth of synthetic cannabis, crack cocaine and heroin into england's jails. this operation shows that this isn't a victimless crime, these are serious organised crime groups dealing a drug smuggling ring inside and outside prisons. i think the message needs to come out that using mobile phones in this way to try to organise this, using drones in this way, if you're outside a prison, either assisting orjust driving
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somebody there, or inside the prisons organising it, will end up with the police prosecuting you and end up with you injail. their operation began two years ago. the gang made at least 55 drone deliveries to seven prisons across the country, including hmp liverpool, birmingham and hewell, not too far from here. the group were caught after detectives found several drones that had crashed or were positioned for take—off, all with drugs attached to them. the men and women were told by the judge, this was a sophisticated commercial operation and due to the high value placed on drugs, it was designed to make you hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit. some of the men rolled their eyes as they were being sentenced. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. there's growing concern about the fate of critically ill civilians, many of them children,
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who are trapped by the conflict in yemen. the united nations says dozens of children are dying every day, because the country's medical services are close to collapse. nine million people there are in need of urgent health care, with many suffering severe malnutrition. the un is calling on all sides in the country's civil war to allow patients who need life—saving care to be flown abroad for treatment. more than three years of civil war has led to the crisis — with the country divided beween houthi rebels backed by iran, and government forces, supported by a saudi—led coalition. from sanaa, orla guerin reports. facing a long wait for what little help is available. yemen's health service is another casualty of years of conflict. half of the medical facilities here no longer function. mohammed was brought in in time. his cholera is being treated, but many never make it this far
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because their parents can't afford transport. for example, we have no intensive care. no intensive care? no. and doctors struggle with a lack of drugs and vital equipment. she comes to work every day in sanaa's main children's hospital, though she and the other staff haven't been paid in two years. around every corner there is a child in desperate need, like three—year—old abdirahman, who has a congenital heart problem. this is one of the most complicated congenital heart diseases. and he needs to have an operation in a specialised cardiac centre outside yemen. but because of the war and the blockade, we cannot take him outside. this little boy is effectively a prisoner in sanaa. the saudi blockade prevents civilian flights to and from the capital, which is held by houthi forces.
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the united nations is trying to get agreement on medical evacuations. but it's unclear when — or if — an air bridge can be opened. he's telling me his name. his mother, sabrine, says he's always smiling, though he is so unwell. she has no money for treatment and is begging the outside world to help her son. across town, sheltering in a disused shop, another family with a seriously ill child. the war has already taken their home. they worry it could take her sight. her mother says the five—year—old is in agony every day with eye cancer. there is a hospital injordan ready
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to treat her, if they can get there. translation: i am suffocating. i'm going to die of sadness. if they told me they could do an operation to give her my eye, i would do it. back at the hospital, abdirahman is being taken home to rest and to wait. doctors say if he doesn't have surgery abroad soon, he will be too weak to survive the operation. orla guerin, bbc news, sanaa. health officials in gaza say israeli forces have killed four palestinians and injured dozens of others during protests along the border with israel. israel says the demonstrators were burning tyres and throwing rocks and grenades at its soldiers. palestinians have been protesting every friday demanding an end to the israeli blockade of the gaza strip. they've also been calling for a right to return to their to their homes they fled in 19118 when israel was created.
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the supermarket giant asda is set to start consulting staff over 2,500 job losses next year. areas that could be affected include petrol, bakery and back office. it is thought thatjobs in the george areas of asda stores could also be affected. the company has declined to comment on any potential cuts. a man was physically restrained by staff at salisbury cathedral — after an apparent attempt to steal a copy of the magna carta. witnesses saw a man use a hammer to smash the glass which protects the 800 year old document, believed to be the best—preserved of four original magna cartas. police made an arrest shortly afterwards. helena lee reports from salisbury. this is what's left of the glass protective home to magna carta, damaged after yesterday's hammer
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attack in the cathedral‘s chapterhouse. it happened just before 5pm yesterday afternoon. visitors watched on as a man went up to the glass with a hammer and began to smash it, triggering the alarm. the man then tried to leave the cathedral through the cloisters here with a hammer in his hand but, when he got outside, staff grabbed onto him and held him until the police arrived. the manuscript, which is more than 800 years old, was saved from being damaged by a second layer of glass. the dean of salisbury says he is shocked by the incident, and has praised the staff who restrained the man. i am very saddened that an artefact which is of relevance to the whole world, notjust salisbury, should have been attacked in this way, but i am very relieved that no one was hurt, that magna carta is undamaged. the magna carta at salisbury cathedral is one of four originals to have survived. the document is a charter of rights agreed by king john in 1215,
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considered to be one of britain's most influential legal manuscripts. a man is still being questioned tonight in connection with the incident. he was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage. helena lee, bbc news, salisbury cathedral. the duke and duchess of sussex are back in australia after a whistlestop trip to tonga as part of their tour of the region. the duke and duchess of sussex have been meeting tonga's royal family — at the end of their one day visit to the tiny south pacific nation. earlier, the couple, on theirfirst tour as a married couple, wore floral garlands and traditional clothes as they learnt about tongan youth projects. meanwhile the duchess of sussex‘s wedding gown and veil have gone on display at windsor castle. visitors will be able to see the givenchy silk dress close up, as well as the five metre long veil embroidered with the flora of the 53 commonwealth countries. a version of the frock coat uniform worn by prince harry
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is also on display. the leader of the scottish conservatives ruth davidson has given birth to a baby boy. the baby — named finn paul davidson — weighed in at ten pounds one and a half ounces. miss davidson announced she and her partnerjen wilson were "delighted" by the baby's safe arrival at edinburgh royal infirmary saying "it was wonderful to welcome baby finn into the world this morning. he is beautiful and already very loved." the headlines on bbc news... a 56—year—old man, named as cesar sayoc, is charged in connection with a mail bombing campaign in the united states. the politician who revealed harassment allegations against sir philip green is accused of endangering the rule of law. the drones used to fly more than half a million pounds worth of drugs into prisons — seven men are jailed in what police are calling a landmark case. now — an hour later than usual due
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to that news conference in washington about the us mail attacks — it's time for newswatch with samira ahmed. this week, why do some marches and demonstrations get more tv coverage than others? hello and welcome to newswatch with me samira ahmed. did bbc news get the right, next to last weekend's peoples will march and london? and why do other demonstrations and protests go relatively unreported. first a torrent of speculation after the court of appeal issued an injunction preventing the newspaper from revealing that person's


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