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arron banks faces a criminal investigation for alleged offences committed during the eu referendum. he has been referred to the national crime agency by the elections watchdog which suspects that mr banks was not the true source of £8 million given to the campaign. mr banks has serious questions to answer. he's the biggest donor in british political history. arron banks has called the allegations ludicrous. also tonight. a minister resigns after the government delays bringing in restrictions on high—stakes betting terminals until october next year. from california to tokyo — thousands of google employees stage a global walk out in protest at how the tech giant treats women and ethnic minorities. more misery for venezuela and its stricken economy as america brings in fresh sanctions — almost 90% of the country now lives in poverty. these are the children of families who could just simply not afford to have another mouth to feed. two somersaults and two twists...
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and the golden girl of gymnastics — the american simone biles makes history as she takes her fourth all—around world championship title. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news — coaches of leicester city past and present pay their respects in what's been called the hardest week in the club's history. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at ten. an investigation is being launched by the national crime agency into the prominent businessman aaron banks and his campaign for alleged offences committed in the eu referendum. mr banks was referred to the nca by the elections watchdog which suspects that £8 million given to the campaign had come from what it called impermissible sources.
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arron banks has welcomed the investigation and said he never received any foreign funding during the campaign. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. one of brexit‘s bad boys, as he describes himself. arron banks doesn't look like he has much on his mind today but the multimillionaire bankroller of some of the campaign to leave the eu is now under investigation over whether he committed crimes. we've had many, many investigations, and many questions about where that money came from. the largest donation in british political history. the commission in charge of the referendum rules suspects mr banks was not the true source of £8 million worth of loans to groups that supported brexit. and they suspect that the loans came from a company in the isle of man. that is not allowed by law. and they suspect mr banks and his colleagues knowingly concealed that.
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the commission says at least £2.9 million of that money was spent during the referendum campaign. mr banks and his colleagues have never been backwards about coming forwards. injune, they came to westminster and were pushed by mps over links to foreign money. we've now got a full—scale russian witch—hunt going on. did you do business in russia as a consequence of these meetings you had? i've got no business interests in russia and i've done no business deals in russia. all remainers? hands up. yeah? i think so. you've got a vested interest in trying to discredit brexit campaigning. leaving mps for a lunch and in disbelief when the session ran over. his associate who is also being investigated denies doing anything wrong. yes, i confirm it wouldn't have come from russia. i run the group of companies where the money was from and we don't have any transactions that are from russia. was not part of the official campaign for brexit but had a noisy presence
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around the country. mr banks welcomed the inquiry saying, "i am confident that a full and frank investigation will put an end to the ludicrous allegations. there's no evidence of any wrongdoing from the companies i own. i have never received any foreign donations." you may never have heard of him but arron banks is not afraid of controversy. he has a big cheque book and a big ambition to make brexit happen. he was always happy to push political convention. selfie? let's do a selfie. 0k, come on. but in doing so, might arron banks also have broken the law? and laura's in westminster for us now. laura, how important is this? arron banks is someone who has been a big, brash character on the edges of british politics for a long time. a comrade of nigel farage, a backer
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of ukip, and someone with access to a huge amounts of cash. now, this is clearly very serious for him and his collea g u es clearly very serious for him and his colleagues and associates who are being investigated in this way, even though we should point out again that they deny doing anything wrong. but if you're wondering at home a bigger question, perhaps, will this investigation have any impact on the brexit process itself? well, even though some mps are demanding that the brakes grassland on as a result of this investigation actually taking place, right now it is hard to see how it will have a material effect on what is going on, even though i think there is no question it will turn what has already become a very bitter debate even more sour. —— that the brakes slammed on. the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned after the government delayed the introduction of restrictions on high—stakes betting machines until next october. a new £2 limit — instead of the current £100 limit —
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was supposed to begin next april. ms crouch called it an "unjustifiable delay" and said there was "no reason" why it could not be brought in sooner. our political correspondent vicki young reports. harmless fun and entertainment or an addictive game that causes misery and despair. on fixed odds betting terminals gamblers can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds. they exist in thousands of bookies across the country. through compulsive gambling, tony franklin lost everything he had on these machines. every day, £5 million is extracted from the poorest and most vulnerable in society. these people then can't afford to feed their family, they can't pay the rent and mortgage and they go home in a terrible mood, perhaps taking it out on the children and the partner. people are killing themselves, as many as two a day over gambling harm. this delay is completely unacceptable. tracey
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crouch was passionate about changing that, so she wanted to protect people from social, mental and financial problems associated with gambling. only by reducing the maximum stake from £100 down to £2 will be substantially impact on the harm to the player and to wider communities. but on monday, as part of the budget, it emerged that the new policy would be introduced in october next year, not april, as many had expected. in her resignation letter to the prime minister, tracey crouch said from the time of the announcement to reduce stakes and it's in fermentation, over £1.6 billion will be lost on these machines. two people will tragically take their lives every day due to gambling related problems. there are considerations to be made about the livelihoods of those who work in betting shops, and it's perfectly proper for the government to consider those too. if we did what the becky —— betting companies
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wanted this change would not be made at all. tonight many of tracey crouch‘s colleagues, political opponents and even the archbishop of canterbury were praising herfor sticking to her principles. the resignation of one minister isn't a huge blow to theresa may but the fa ct huge blow to theresa may but the fact that tracey crouch resigned because she felt her government wasn't doing enough to help vulnerable people is not a message that the prime minister wants to hear, and it doesn't end there. there is likely to be a vote on this issue in the coming weeks and the government cannot be confident of victory. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. president trump has ramped up his tough stance on illegal immigration, as thousands of central americans continue to make their way towards the united states' southern border. in a wide—ranging speech ahead of next week's congressional elections, donald trump said he is finalising plans to overhaul the immigration system. but his language has been criticised by many, including senior figures within his own party. our north america editor jon sopel reports. it feels as though america is going on to a war footing.
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thousands of troops are being mobilised. destination — the southern border. the enemy — men, women and children winding their way up through mexico. 15,000 soldiers are being deployed to stop immigrants on foot from entering the united states — illegally, says the president. and with five days to go until crucial congressional elections, this issue has taken on a deeply political hue. at this very moment, large well—organised caravans of migrants are marching towards our southern border. some people call it an invasion. it's like an invasion. they have violently overrun the mexican border. you saw that two days ago. these are tough people in many cases. a lot of young men, strong men, and a lot of men that maybe we don't want in our country. but, again, we'll find that out through the legal process. there have been allegations from the president and his surrogates that this straggling caravan of people from central america have members
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of islamic state among them, that they're violent criminals, that they're carrying diseases which will infect other americans. no evidence of any of these things has been provided. but the overriding narrative, be very, very afraid, this is an invasion. and donald trump has put out this video which his opponents say is racist, with its implication that all immigrants, like the central character in this ad, are criminals. the ad has brought a chorus of criticism, much of it from prominent republicans. but fear of immigration among many americans is real and the president is tapping into that. democrats want open borders and they want to invite caravan after caravan into our country which
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brings crime upon crime. donald trump is spending next to no time at the white house at the moment. he's on the road attending rallies every day between now and the midterms. he's got a positive message to tell on the economy. but among his supporters it's nothing like as effective as his message on immigration. it's a simple calculation. fear is a more potent weapon than hope. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. one of britain's most senior police officers says forces should be allowed to focus more on catching thieves and violent criminals — than recording instances of misogyny and other hate crimes. chief constable sara thornton also warned that a lot less policing was going on in england and wales, as a result of years of cuts. our home editor mark easton went to see if the claims resonated with north wales police. when it comes to defining core
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policing, this is the front line in north wales. the emergency call handlers know resources are limited and mustjudge what the priorities should be. the chief constable says it is very different from when he started in the force. years ago, people would have asked for the police and the police would have attended. now we have significantly less resources. we've lost £30 million in north wales over the last seven years. less than 20% of the calls are actually about crime. it is more about the vulnerability in our communities and how we deal with that effectively. the former home secretary, now prime minister, theresa may, once said that the police's role was to cut crime, no more and no less. but the calls coming in here might be about an abandoned baby, a lost child, a confused old gentleman or a flooded high street. the demands go far beyond crime. this is a row about choices, but it's also a row about resources. today, the college of policing published new data suggesting in the last five years the police workload has increased 45%. yeah, they turned up, we sorted them out. in england and wales, the number of recorded crimes
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per officer per year, they calculate, has risen from around 27 in 2013 to a0 crimes now. recorded crime levels are still far below where they were in the 1990s. but constable dale cassidy and sergeantjudith mccullough say keeping people safe in rhyl means dealing daily with new crime, abuse and threats on social media. people used to have to physically see someone to have an argument. now there's a virtual argument over facebook, facetime etc. and you have to deal with that? we deal with that, yeah. because ultimately they don't realise the value in the threats because theyjust think it's a text conversation. but it's not. people have real feelings, you get vulnerable victims... just to be clear, you're having to deal with things like sexting on social media? we'd definitely be involved in that. it's not traditional crime. and for some local residents it's an example of misplaced priorities. in olden days, if somebody
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was rude to somebody, and now it is reclassified as hate crimes and things like that, when actually you've got a dispute with somebody and because you don't agree with them they think it's because you hate them. that's certainly a concern, isn't it? we see everything as hate crime these days rather than just being rude to each other. definitely. it is all a balance, isn't it? a burglary that you're never going to solve because you're just not, there's no point in putting resources into that, is there? i'd argue that because we've got a million and one ways and inquiries we could use to investigate a burglary, but it is about the time we get to use it because we're drafted onto other things. at the north wales police control centre is a glass cabinet of memorabilia, reminders that robert peel's original policing principle said officers were paid to give full—time attention to community welfare. defining what that means in 2018 is the challenge. mark easton, bbc news, north wales. thousands of staff at google offices
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around the world staged mass walk—outs today in protest at the company's treatment of women and ethnic minorities. the protests began in tokyo and singapore and swept around the world. our media editor amol rajan has the story. from within one of the most powerful companies in history, a global uprising. from new york to dublin, google staff united... in berlin and singapore and zurich, and in the rain in london, protesting at their treatment. just after 11am in each time zone, hundreds walked out, leaving messages behind on their desks. when things happen in numbers and they see a large group of people speaking up then i think that's when things start to change. i'm walking out along with other colleagues in support of anyone in any workplace who has been harassed, and to ensure that the perpetrators are not protected and not rewarded. as so often in the cultural moment we are living through,
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seething anger was kept below the surface until one explosive case was made public. the new york times alleged that andy rubin, the creator of google's android mobile software, was given a massive payoff after he was accused of sexual harassment. he denies the accusation and says the payment has been exaggerated. but, at a company where three quarters of executives are men and former female employees are suing the company over contested allegations they were underpaid, mr rubin's case in a male—dominated industry has prompted fury. i think that a lot of people come to google because they are really idealistic and they do believe in this idea of a company standing for something larger than just making money, so to see this sort of behaviour and to see it condoned at the very highest levels of the company, i think, has been extraordinarily upsetting for employees. google employees are demanding an end to private arbitration for cases of alleged abuse, publication of an internal report about historic harassment and a representative on the company board.
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the problem for google is that, like so many tech companies, it was founded by idealistic visionaries who claimed to be champions of both equality and liberal values. now the world has changed and a less palatable reality is starting to emerge. the #metoo movement has encouraged workers to speak up, and a fissure seems to be opening between workers and bosses at the top of the tech sector. google's boss said... i think it's a moment to be relished, and it's because women have normally had to do this on their own, take their own case, make their own complaint or suffer in silence, or have an nda, you know, signing a gagging order. and suddenly women are coming together and saying, our power is in doing this collectively. that's what's going to make the change. a global movement which big tech did so much to create
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is belatedly turning on silicon valley's proudest names. amol rajan, bbc news. a quick look at some of today's economic news now. the appledore shipyard in north devon is to close, putting nearly 200 jobs at risk. babcock, the company that owns the site, says the decision's been taken due to a lack of work. employees are being offered the chance to relocate. manufacturing output has slumped to its lowest level for more than two years. the drop has been attributed to uncertainties over britain's departure from the eu, rising global trade tensions and weak demand for cars. this all comes as the bank of england left interest rates unchanged at 0.75%. but there was a warning for homeowners from governor mark carney that rates could go up in the event of a disorderly brexit. leicester city's manager, claude puel, says it was the decision of his players to go ahead with their premier league match this weekend. it will be the team's first game since the helicopter crash
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which killed five people including the club's owner. our sports correspondent david ornstein has more. the manager who delivered a loss for‘s biggest success stories and the owner who made it possible. —— who delivered one of sport's biggest success who delivered one of sport's biggest success stories. today leicester city's premier league winning coach claudio ranieri paid his respects to vichai srivaddhanaprabha. speaking for the first time since saturday's helicopter crash, the current manager, claude puel, expressed the club's sorrow. this has been, without doubt, one of the hardest weeks in the history of this football club. the tragic loss of five lives has left us all non—with sadness and shock. when the players
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ta ke to sadness and shock. when the players take to the pitch on saturday, how do you think they'll deal with everything that will be going on? the result is not important, but our desire to honour our chairman, i think, is the most important thing. for firefighters like nick taylor, who were first on the scene, a chance to reflect. the aircraft, where it landed was, i suppose, there was luck involved there was some placement and judgment made, but it could have been much worse. it could have been on housing and involving others on the ground, so we we re involving others on the ground, so we were lucky. five days have passed since the tragedy still the tributes grow. the scale is extraordinary. a reflection of the regard in which the chairman of this club was held across football and beyond. as the morning goes on, the football will resume, but this is now a club with a renewed sense of purpose. david
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ornstein, bbc news, leicester. president trump is imposing new sanctions on venezuela which are expected to have a significant impact on the country's economy — already in crisis, despite having the largest oil reserves in the world. the move comes after the white house denounced venezuela as part of a troika of tryranny that includes cuba and nicaragua, and it increases pressure on the country's left—wing president maduro. a recent report by a group of venezuelan universities estimates that the number of people living in poverty has almost doubled over the last four years to nearly 90%. and children are the worst affected. the bbc‘s vladimir hernandez is one of few international journalists who've been able to report from inside the country. he sent this report from the capital, caracas. 11—year—old marianna is tired. she's been out on the streets since early in the morning begging. today was a0 degrees and it was hard work. but her bubbly personality still shows through. marisela, her mother,
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looks exhausted. this is a frequent sight in most towns and cities. children and adults desperately rummaging through rubbish to find something to eat. food is a luxury for many venezuelans, especially for those here in the slums. there are regular shortages of basic goods and what's available is too expensive. i spent some time with a group of street kids in caracas. with no home, no food, no one to give them any clothes even, it's at supermarkets where they come to ask people for anything they can help with. experts say that food
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has become a source of conflict within families. some fighting each other over the next meal. charities say that the crisis is also pushing expectant mothers to make drastic decisions as they've been plunged further into poverty. maria, not her real name, is six months pregnant.
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she's already decided to give the baby an adoption. i met her and her otherfive children a couple of years ago. since then she's given three of them to other families who could look after them. before the current crisis hit, people here were able to cope with numerous children. now it's almost impossible as everything is in short supply, including forms of contraception. at night, i meet up again with our group and introduced to their leader, 17—year—old carla. they offer to show me where they'll spend the night.
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these are the children of families who could simply not afford to have another mouth to feed. we reach the bush where they were hoping to spend the night. the cardboards they were using as blankets have been thrown away. a chilly night awaits and a very uncertain future. vladimir hernandez, bbc news, caracas. if you want to find out more about that story our correspondent vladimir hernandez will be holding a 0&a on twitter straignt after the news. violence has marred a second day of protests opposing pakistan's supreme court decision to acquit a christian woman on death row of blasphemy allegations. protests shut several main roads into a number of major cities which also forced the closure of many schools. they were protesting against the decision to release asia bibi, a mother of four, who'd been living on death row since 2010. the american gymnast simone biles
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has become the first woman to win four all—around world titles after taking gold at the gymnastics world championships in doha. it's was the 21—year—old's first international competition since the rio olympics, where she won five medals — four of them gold. but today's moment of history didn't come without some nervous moments as our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. the all—around final requires a jack of all trades. all eyes on simone biles... there is no more complete a gymnast than her, but the olympic vault champion got off to a shaky start. half turn on a double twist... the gasps from the crowd gave hope to her rivals. even battling kidney stones, she helped the usa to team gold on tuesday, but the bars have always been her nemesis. she's certainly put that poor vault behind her. after an 18—month break from the sport, she was back on top. but the unforgiving beam allows no room for error. with all her routines so much harder than everyone else's,
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little stumbles could be forgiven, but not a major fall. a very difficult element... biles‘s attempt to become the first woman in history to win four all—around world titles was going to the wire but, on the floor, she reigns supreme. wearing a teal ribbon in her hair in honour of sexual abuse survivors, she took a deep breath. this year, she watched her tormentor, the former usa team doctor, jailed for the abuse of more than 150 women. try to stop her if you dare. and simone biles does take the gold! i wish i could have put out a better performance, because that's not the gymnast that i am, what you guys saw, but we all have mistakes and we all fall, and it's how you get up and prove yourself. not all superheroes wear capes. some wear gold. natalie pirks, bbc news. it's called qum and it's a type of south african house music that's becoming increasingly popular
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in clubs across europe. this weekend it is being recognised at mtv‘s european music awards. nomia iqbal met the two of the djs behind it, destruction boys. a warning — her report contains flashing images. the music that we make is 100% authentically south african music, it's not made anywhere across the world. it's called qum. it comes from the streets of durban. destruction boyz have sold millions of records, won multiple industry awards and they've done it by themselves with no major record label. que and goldmax were born here in the township of kwamashu, which has one of the highest murder rates in south africa. it was in this house where they created their first album on an old pc. what is it about kwamashu that inspires that sound that you guys make? it has to be the struggle.
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yeah, the struggle, yeah. crime is at an all—time high. people, if you can show them this came from kwamashu, they won't believe you. why? because kwamashu isjust like a township, it'sjust the hood. with no major record label behind them, destruction boyz have relied on social media and local taxis playing their music to get noticed. but, despite their tiny set—up, this summer destruction boyz performed at one of europe's largest dance festivals. they've also played gigs in london. to see the music go from here to there, it's pretty awesome. it's amazing! yeah. it's amazing! we're still getting, who are you, what's going on? so it's like that but we're happy that we came with something truly south african and authentic and people fell in love with it. in their own studio, que and goldmax
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are in control of their sound. having already gone gold and platinum, it's the reason why they haven't signed to a major record label and they say they don't want to be exploited. ownership is a very cheap thing in south africa because a lot of people don't own a lot of things that they do for themselves, so we want to own everything that we do. they want to perform in ibiza, where the world's top djs play, and follow in the footsteps of famous south african artists black coffee and euphonik. euphonik has been in the music industry for more than 20 years


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