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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11pm: donald trump's former lawyer pleads guilty to lying to congress about contacts with russia, prompting an angry reaction from the president. he's a weak person, and what he's trying to do is get a reduced sentence. so he's lying about a project that everybody knew about. an nhs trust in shropshire is rated inadequate by inspectors. the chief executive resists calls to stand down. i live in this community. my family live in this community. if i didn't think and believe that i was capable of leading this organisation, i would have already walked away. 12 days ahead of the brexit vote in parliament, theresa may and jeremy corbyn clash over whether the bbc or itv should host a televised debate. calls for more action to tackle climate change. we report on new technology to reduce greenhouse gases. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, nicola bartlett and claire cohen. stay with us for that. good evening.
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welcome to bbc news. the man who served as donald trump's lawyer and close adviser for over a decade has admitted lying to congress in connection with the presidential campaign two years ago. michael cohen said he'd misled a committee that's investigating possible russian intereference in the race for the white house. mr cohen had already admitted breaking the law on campaignfunding. it's the latest twist in the investigation that's cast a shadow over the first two years of the trump presidency. our north america correspondent, nick bryant, reports. michael cohen was donald trump's mr fix—it — a centralfigure in the billionaire's business empire. but the lawyer who used to make mr trump's problems go away now potentially poses a huge problem himself for the president. mr cohen has cooperated.
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mr cohen will continue to co—operate. sentencing is set for december 12. but the fast—talking new york attorney remained tight—lipped outside court. those words from his lawyer are a startling new development. it means he's sharing information with the russian collusion investigation. up until now, michael cohen has been prosecuted by investigators based here in new york. but what makes this so significant is that it's the first time he's been charged by and entered into a plea agreement with robert mueller, the special counsel looking into allegations of collusion between the trump presidential campaign and the kremlin. inside court he pleaded guilty to making false statements to congress about a real estate project that would have altered the skyline of moscow — a proposed trump tower in the russian capital. talks about the project had continued well into 2016, he admitted. the year of the presidential election.
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donald trump has been more extensively involved. he'd also been in contact about the project with a key figure in the kremlin. the spokesman for vladimir putin. speaking in court, cohen said he'd made these statements misstatements out of loyalty to a feeder described as "individual one". "individual one" is president donald trump, who today trashed his former right—hand man. he's a weak person and what he's tried to do is get a reduced sentence. so he's lying about a project that everybody knew about. i mean, we were very open with it. last week, donald trump provided a series of written answers to robert mueller. and the president's legal team said tonight his responses about building a trump tower in moscow lined up with what michael cohen said in court. the president has intensified his attacks on robert mueller — "a rogue prosecutor," he says,
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"leading a mccarthy—style witch—hunt." but one thing mr trump might ponder on the long—haul flight to the 620 summit in argentina is how today's legal development have made it much more difficult to fire him. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. president trump is on his way to argentina for a meeting of the g20, the world's leading economies, where he was due to hold talks with president putin of russia. but mr trump has cancelled that meeting because of the continued tensions between russia and ukraine. over the weekend, russia detained a group of ukrainian sailors off the coast of crimea. chris buckler is in washington so, no meeting with president putin and ostensibly it's about ukraine, but what else could be a factor, chris? yeah, martine. if you look at what donald trump has been saying over the past few days, he'd raised the possibility of not meeting president putin because of russia's aggression, as it was described, in ukraine. today he said in his statement, which was on twitter,
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that basically he was not going to meet russia because sailors and ships have not been returned to ukraine from russia. that was the reason he gave. however, he seems to have made a bit of a snap decision on this. first, as i mentioned, he announced it on twitter and doesn't seem to have told the russian government before that. it was the first they learned of it being cancelled. before he left the white house, the michael cohen issue played out in court. he seemed to suggest he would go ahead with the meeting sometime in the air, either the helicopter or the plane, but he decided that wasn't a good idea. all that changed is that michael cohen gave the information in court, making clear he would tell a different story as regards to russian relations between the donald trump organisation and the kremlin, specifically some suggestions, for example, from michael cohen that he lied about this property deal but in fa ct lied about this property deal but in fact he'd even had a conversation with the kremlin as a result of a phone call and conversation that
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he'd had with the press secretary for he'd had with the press secretary foeradimir he'd had with the press secretary for vladimir putin himself. you might make the argument, martine, that he might not like the optics of being seen with boo after these revelations in court. chris, obviously the president has taken a dim view of michael cohen's decision to speak up, to admit to lying to congress, and the worry will be how much more does he know and how much more does he tell? he now describing him as a weak, not very smart person. —— he's now. that goes to the president's own questions about how he views people. let's bear in mind, this is a man who looked after some of president trump's own business dealings before he became president. he knew the inner workings of his organisations and he was his personal lawyer and arranged for numbers of things to go away, like the payment to stormy daniels, who claims she had an affair with president trump. this goes to exactly what michael cohen
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knows. the president keeps on saying he has nothing to hide, there's essentially nothing to see here, but if you take a look at what's being revealed in court, it certainly raises the question is about business dealings between the trump organisation and russia. as president trump was running for the presidential campaign, that is, as he was trying to get elected to president, as now, it's always been stated very clearly. . . now, it's always been stated very clearly... ended at the start of 2016. michael cohen now says it went on well into 2016. whenever president trump was well involved in that presidential campaign. perhaps that presidential campaign. perhaps that will give something for the special counsel, robert mueller, to think about as he gathers more information. chris, thank you very much. chris buckler in washington. an nhs trust in shropshire has been rated inadequate in a heavily critical review
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by health inspectors. the shrewsbury and telford hospital trust, which is already in special measures over claims of poor care, has significant problems in its maternity and emergency departments, according to the care quality commission. regulators also said staffing levels were unsafe and raised questions about the trust's leadership. staff reported a culture of bullying and harrassment, according to the review. it also highlighted a culture of defensiveness from the executive team. and it said staff were sometimes fearful to raise concerns. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, has more details. this is a trust in complete crisis. this is a failing organisation. patient lives are being put at risk. what they do is they gloss over what's actually happening. patient voices from a failing trust. anger from some, but also despair. like too many others, pippa griffiths should still be alive, but in 2016, the trust failed to diagnose or treat an infection.
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pippa died just a day old. her mother said today that the scale of the ongoing failures was astonishing. it's as if, as well as my child, they've taken any emotion from me because i can't experience that any more. i can't go to a place where i can grieve and where i can fight, so i'm just at a point of numbness. what would make you feel again? just to know that pippa's death wasn't in vain, and that the trust's maternity care is safe and that no more babies are going to die avoidably. while front—line staff are widely praised, overall maternity services are not improving. despite more than 200 families raising concerns about maternity care, today's report says known problems such as failing to properly monitor babies' heart rates have still not properly been addressed. inspectors rated safety in maternity care as inadequate. it is vital that leaders in these
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organisations focus on the culture of their organisations, the safety culture, the ability of staff to raise concerns and to be listened to. a board meeting today heard calls for the leadership to resign. inspectors said some don't have the skills and abilities to provide high—quality care. chief executive simon wright, who's paid £165,000 annually, has been in post for three years. today's report confirms care has worsened on his watch. if i was leading an organisation that had this inspection report, i would absolutely, categorically, walk away for having provided healthcare this poorly. and i don't understand how you can't feel the same. because the obligation when things are difficult is to actually see them through, not run away. but you also have to recognise when you're out of your depth. and that question will be asked of other people. and you are out of your depth, aren't you?
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no, i'm not. if i thought i was, if i thought that there were concerns... i've worked in the nhs for nearly 25 years. my entire professional life has been part of that. i live in this community, my family live in this community. if i didn't think and believe that i was capable of leading this organisation, i would have already walked away. as well as maternity failures, inspectors found significant problems in a&e, rating it too as inadequate for safety. more than 80 recommendations have been made to improve care, but nhs regulators have serious concerns over the current leadership‘s ability to drive through those urgent changes. michael buchanan, bbc news, shropshire. a record number of citizens from european union countries left the uk last year. it brings the estimated net migration from the eu to the uk to its lowest level since 2012. but the figures from the office for national statistics also show that an increasing number of people from outside the eu are coming here to live. the prime minister and labour leader have failed to agree plans for a televised debate on brexit, as parliament prepares to vote
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on mrs may's controversial brexit plans in just 12 days' time. they've backed different bids from rival broadcasters, including the bbc, who want to host the debate. during the day, the prime minister refused to rule out the possibility of britain leaving the eu without a deal, despite the bank of england's stark warnings about the likely consequences if that happened. 0ur deputy political editor, john pienaar, reports. lots of travelling, plenty of salesmanship, but who's buying? theresa may's taken her brexit plan around the country and now it's emerged she is keen to make a pitch on prime—time tv confronting labour's leader. but the hardest sell is at westminster and today she faced mps, the toughest customers of all. throughout this process, people have been telling me we wouldn't reach this point. as soon as we do reach this point, people want to say, "oh, well, if you don't get it, what are you going to do next?" i'm focusing on getting this. but there was doubt and hostility on all sides. the rights that you and i had
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to live, work and love across a continent of 28 nations is going to be deprived to our young people because of your obsession with immigration. no. it's quite something when our own chancellor and our own bank of england governor trashes the future of our country as part of a propaganda exercise. that's what's happening, isn't it? that is not what is happening. knowing you for 20 years, ijust don't believe that if your deal goes down you are the kind of person who would contemplate taking this country into a no—deal situation. am i wrong? it will be a decision for parliament as to whether they accept the deal that i and the government have negotiated. mrs may won't discuss what happens if her plan's voted down, but that's about all mps are discussing. ministers publicly backing her now are ready to split apart later. some closer to europe. 0thers ready to leave without a deal
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after time to prepare. labour votes could be crucial so the news jeremy corbyn and mrs may want a tv debate could be significant. she favours facing him and questions from a panel. the bbc idea. he prefers itv‘s, a straight one—on—one debate. the itv offer seemed a sensible one. it reaches a wide audience and the timing looked good to me because it's not inconveniencing people who may wish to watch other things later in the evening. things like... i'm a celebrity...get me out of here! ! a brexit tv debate may not quite match other big offerings, but expect some bitter wrangling before it ever gets on—air. meanwhile, campaigners fora fresh referendum say the country and their own parties need what they're
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calling a people's vote. a botched, bungled brexit that sees us seed control and makes every part of the country poorer than it would otherwise be would surely risk doing serious damage to the conservative party. they are carolling round here today, but nothing will get mps' all parties singing from the same song sheet by christmas. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump's former lawyer pleads guilty to lying to congress about contacts with russia. the president responds, saying he's weak and trying to seek a reduced sentence. an nhs trust in shropshire under investigation for its maternity services, is rated inadequate by inspectors. theresa may and jeremy called on clash over what were the bbc or itv should televise a brexit debate on the vote in parliament. —— over whether the bbc.
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a review of the case of a man who killed his wife and daughter after inflicting years of psychological abuse, has recommended a major campaign to raise awareness about coercive control. lance hart shot his wife, claire, and their 19 year—old daughter, charlotte in spalding in lincolnshire in 2016, before turning the gun on himself. their sons luke and ryan have been talking to our home affairs correspondent june kelly. claire and charlotte hart where a very close mother and daughter. and they died together after being shot in the car park of a leisure centre. just days before they had finally escaped from the family home, following years of psychological abuse. lance hart was lying in wait for his wife and daughter with a gun. after killing them, he turned the weapon on himself. luke and ryan hart had helped their mother and sister to move out of the family home. their father had subjected them all to what is known as coercive control. mum especially, he limited her life as much as he could. he didn't let her work
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more than part—time, so that she had no financial independence. her friendship groups were closed off, her family were closed off because our father kept moving us away. coercive control involves mainly emotional abuse, rather than physical violence. from the outside in, it looked like we were a close—knit family, we were always together, we had a nice—looking house. but on the inside we were terrified, we were frightened every single day. and then our father killed our mother and sister. and that shows how serious coercive control is. and i think unfortunately it was missed by us and we lived it, and it was missed by everyone. in this case, lance hart resorted to the ultimate violent act because his family had moved out and he felt he'd lost control of them. it was only when we were sat in the police station in spalding, two days after mum and charlotte were killed, that ryan and i looked behind us and there was a poster that said "coercive control"
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and it labelled financial control, it labelled isolation — that we realised our father's behaviours were part of a control strategy. and like most good conmen, you don't know they're conmen until they've had you. coercive control is a criminal offence. today's review of this case says this family's story should be used to highlight how it can end in tragedy. june kelly, bbc news. and if you are affected by any of the issues covered injune's report you can go to the bbc action line website, that is at bbc.co.uk/actionline lloyd russell—moyle, the labour mp for brighton kemptown, has become the first mp to reveal his hiv status during a debate in the house of commons, and only the second mp ever to reveal he's hiv positive. mr russell—moyle, who's 32, urged ministers to review cuts to sexual health budgets. i wanted to be able to stand here in this place and say to those that are living with hiv that their status does
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not define them. that we can be whoever we want to be. and to those who have not been tested, maybe because of... out of fear, i say to you — it is better to live in knowledge than to die in fear. hear, hear. the world health organisation has warned that there's been a global resurgence in measles. an estimated 110,000 deaths last year were linked to the highly contagious disease. experts say complacency, collapsing health systems in some countries and a rise in fake news about the measles vaccine, are behind the rise. the british citizen killed in an attack on a compound in the afghan capital kabul, run by the uk security firm gas, has been named as 33 year—old luke griffin. gas says five of its employees were killed in the taliban attack yesterday. dozens more people were injured. the rail regulator has ordered
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network rail to urgently address shortcomings in its handling of britain's rail infrastructure, orface a fine. it said punctuality and reliability on the system were at their lowest point in five years. network rail said it was committed to working closely with train operators to improve its performance. scientists looking at climate change say that 20 of the warmest years on record have come in the past 22 years. the research by the world meteorological organization says four of the hottest have all been in the past four years. experts calculate that reducing emissions of greenhouse gases won't be enough because removing the gases will become evermore important. 0ur science editor david shukman investigates. every hour, all over the world, more and more carbon dioxide is being pumped into the air. and scientists say we've got to find a way of doing this.
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pulling the carbon dioxide back out again. watch your footing. in south wales, ijoin researchers who believe they may have found an answer. this is a slag heap, a mountain of waste left over from an old iron works. what they've found here is that this stuff actually draws in carbon dioxide. phil renforth and his student sarah gore show me how this works. adding some slag to a bottle. and then giving it a blast of carbon dioxide. in the space of a few minutes, the gas binds to the minerals inside, and the bottle starts to collapse inwards. so could this be done on a worldwide scale? globally we produce about half a billion tonnes of slag around the globe and that could capture something in the order of a quarter of a billion tonnes of c02, so it's not going to do everything, but it might do something relevant for us.
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just sitting here, the material doesn't absorb much of the gas. so a new process will have to be devised to make it something useful. but that is technically feasible. this is just one tiny fraction of the legacy of the industrial age and it's an amazing thought that the iron and steel industries which produced all this stuff and generated so much of the carbon dioxide that has been warming the planet may now have a role in helping to limit the rise in global temperatures. newsreel: sheffield, capital of steel, heart of a great industry. in the boom years of steel production, what mattered was the volume of output. no—one back then worried about all the carbon dioxide being released into the air. now at sheffield university, that's what they are trying to deal with. in an underground laboratory, plants are grown in carefully monitored conditions. instruments keep track of every detail, and mixed into the soil is a powder — it's rock that's been ground up. this is a major project to see if agriculture can
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help tackle climate change. these plants look normal enough, but they are part of a highly unusual experiment that could prove incredibly useful. that's because the scientists have worked out that adding powdered volcanic rock to the soil massively increases the amount of carbon dioxide that's drawn out of the air, and because that's the gas that's driving the rise in temperatures, anything to help get rid of it could make a difference. the world needs to wake up to the fact we need to reduce our emissions and combine it with technologies for removing c02. and at the moment, we have no idea how to remove billions of tonnes of c02 from the atmosphere. how hard could it be? it could be — it is an enormous technological challenge, that dwarfs anything we've seen before. and all the time, the more carbon dioxide builds up in the air, the more urgent it becomes to somehow get it out. david shuckman, bbc news.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers. nicola bartlett and claire cowan, kind of after the headlines. now it's time for the weather with tomasz schafernaker. hello. we are in a very turbulent speu hello. we are in a very turbulent spell of weather at the moment and more cobwebs will be blown away. more low pressure heading our direction and wind and rain over the next few days, but we think that the worst of the wind has now passed as far as the short term is concerned, although pressing on friday morning we still have gale force wind across parts of scotland, thanks to this big area of low pressure, or no thanks, rather. towards the south, we talk about a strong breeze with sunshine and showers. this is what it looks like on friday, gale force wind across scotland, very windy
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across the western isles, choppy conditions in the west, england with a breeze, sunshine and actually not feeling too bad at all. watch what happens right into saturday, clear skies for a time and then another bad area of weather sweeps in from the atlantic. the blue, cold air to the atlantic. the blue, cold air to the south, warm and to the south and this is the weather system i am talking about. that means there is a bit of warmth trapped in this area of low pressure, this area of our precious topic once it is out of the way, we are in stream of south—westerly wind and temperatures will get up to around 1a degrees once the rain clears away. it might bea once the rain clears away. it might be a little bit too late because it would be the second half of the afternoon. watch what happens saturday night to sunday, southern parts of the uk scraped by these weather systems. this is where we have the mild air, the cold aryan the north. mild and breezy with spells of rain across the south, not
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raining all of the time, you can see splodges of rain. in the north we have got that cold air and a little bit of mt snow. temperatures seven degrees, a big contrast, in the south temperatures will be closer to need teams. that was the weekend, how week to smack it will be very changeable, rain and wind at times, but not all the time. let's see what is happening from monday morning onwards. at area of low pressure across the north sea, moving across the uk and that spells wind and rain. closer look at the uk on monday, low pressure on the north sea, quite strong northerly wind, gale force wind, it will fill chile in scotland, temperatures only around six degrees. here we have the wind coming from the south—west, that means the sunshine is around for greece celsius. 0n that means the sunshine is around for greece celsius. on tuesday, the thinking is we will have fine weather, at least for a time. uncertainty about when this area of rain will arrive, it be here about
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midday or it might be somewhere around here but the thinking is that at least some of us will have sunshine on tuesday. 0verall next week, very little point in giving you precise timings of when there is band of rain and when it will arrive. suffice to say, we are in that spell, turbulent weather and next week with the strong jetstream pushing systems in our direction we will probably see rain most days but again it would be raining all of the time with weather systems moving swiftly through, you often get rainy days and a brief spell of brighter weather and brain against the big later next week jetstream weather and brain against the big later next weekjetstream is coming in from the north, an indication perhaps colder air will come in and with that, things might settle down a little bit. by next weekend, the chances are things may turn, but also on top of that, a little bit colder as well. hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment with our reviewers, nicola bartlett and claire cohen. first, the headlines: donald trump's former lawyer has pleaded guilty to lying to congress about contacts with russia.
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the president's responded saying he's weak and trying to reduce his prison sentence. an nhs trust in shropshire, under investigation for its maternity services, has been rated inadequate by inspectors. the chief executive has said he won't stand down. i live in this community. my family live in this community. if i didn't think and believe that i was capable of leading this organisation, iwould have already walked away. theresa may has accepted the bbc‘s offer to take part in a televised brexit debate ahead of the vote in parliament, butjeremy corbyn has said he prefers itv‘s proposals. two brothers whose mother and sister were killed by their abusive father have called for a national campaign to focus on the impact of controlling behaviour in cases of domestic violence. and there's been a spike in the number of measles cases around the world, according to the world health organization. hello and welcome to our look ahead
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to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are political correspondent for the mirror, nicola bartlett, and women's editor for the telegraph, claire cohen. thank you for being here. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. the times says armed officers are to patrol on foot in the parts of london worst hit by gang violence, in what would be a significant shift in british policing. according to the guardian, the government is to relax immigration rules to let more foreign doctors come to britain to fill widespread nhs gaps. the daily mail reports that the former boss of network rail was honoured at buckingham palace on the day the firm was rebuked
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