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good afternoon. the family of shamima begum — one of three british school girls who left britain to join so—called islamic state — say they've been told that she's given birth. it comes as president trump has called for the uk and other european countries to take back hundreds of members of is, captured in syria and iraq, and to put them on trial. jane frances kelly reports. the teenager, shamima begum, who travelled to syria to join the islamic state group as a schoolgirl of 15 four years ago is thought to have given birth to a son. a statement from the family lawyer said mother and child were believed to be in good health but they were still trying to make direct contact with her. the birth comes as debate rages about the best way to deal with those returning from the eis caliphate. us backed kurdish forces are continuing their assault on the final part of its territory in
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eastern syria. in a series of tweets, donald trump urged britain, france, germany and other european allies to take back over 800 isis fighters that were captured in syria and put them on trial. he said the caliphate was ready to fall and if they did not act, america would be forced to release the fighters warning they would permeate europe. culture secretary and former attorney generaljeremy wright agree that britain would have to deal with its own citizens. if you are dealing with a british citizen who wants to return to this country and not a dual citizen, then we are obliged at some stage at least to take them back. that does not mean that we cannot put in place the necessary security measures to monitor their activities and make sure that they are not misbehaving. the shadow chancellor agreed with trump that britain should take responsibility for its citizens. we have to make sure that we respond to our
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international duties of bringing war criminals to book and we will make that contribution, whether that is collectively and it is the hague or bringing them back here, whatever, we have to step up to that responsibility. i would we have to step up to that responsibility. iwould rather they we re responsibility. iwould rather they were under lock and key than somewhere else and potentially a threat to this country. a former head of the british army said it was a mistake to think that is had been defeated. it is not 100% victory, a mistake to think that is had been defeated. it is not 10096 victory, we may well complete the recapture of the territory that they had, but the ideology, the thinking, the support will continue and that will remain the struggle for this generation and perhaps the next generation as well. accepting fighters and their families back create security issues and is often unpopular, but many argue, to ignore them is to create an even bigger threat in the future. jane francis kelly, bbc news. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is here. the family of 19—year—old shamima
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begum are saying that she has had a baby. the news came through via their lawyer who has represented the family before and is representing them again. they said that they had heard information that she had given birth to a baby and their lawyer said it is a baby boy. they said that at that stage they had not spoken to her themselves and so they we re spoken to her themselves and so they were trying to verify the information, but certainly journalists in the camp were shamima begum is had seen a baby and it does look like it is likely that she has now given birth and that changes the equation slightly, but because it was known that she said she was nine months pregnant and was about to give birth imminently, it has not changed the situation, the british position has been clear. they do not wa nt to position has been clear. they do not want to go and get out of syria, it is too dangerous, but her family say that she is a british citizen and she has the right to expect the
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british government to bring her safely home. thank you, daniel. passengers with flybmi have been speaking of their frustration at the airline's abrupt collapse. the company announced last night that it's calling in administrators and cancelling all flights with immediate effect. in a statement flybmi said it had run into financial difficulties, partly because of brexit. thousands of customers have been affected as stuart flinders reports. it's half term and some travellers have begun their holiday not sure how it will end. i'm in a lay—by off the autobahn in munich. we've been caught up in the bmi saga today. we arrived at bristol airport to catch a flight only for it to be cancelled at very short notice. we are now off into austria for ourskiing trip, but there is a real concern as to how we're going to get home. flybmi say they can't organise travel with other airlines themselves, nor will passengers be refunded. there are unfortunately going to be a lot of people out of pocket. for those of you, for those people
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who aren't able to get a refund through their credit card holder, you may also be entitled to something back through your insurance. flybmi operates from regional airports, including newcastle and bristol, flying to 25 european cities. the company blames rising fuel and carbon costs for its problems, but in a statement says... the futures of nearly 400 employees both here and abroad are also in doubt. this is flybmi's headquarters at east midlands airport. only one fly going out of here today and that has
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been cancelled. the advice from flybmi if you have booked a flight is to consult your insurers or your credit card company, because they cannot organise a alternative flight for you. the company blames rising fuel cores, uncertainty over brexit for its problems but you only have to look at their figures for last year. 29,000 flights, 522,000 passengers. it sounds a lot but it works out on average at 18 passengers on every plane. that is a lot of empty seats. stewart, thank you very much. stuart flinders reporting. theresa may has written to all conservative mps urging them to put aside "personal preferences" and support a brexit deal in the commons. the prime minister's plans were rejected in a vote last week. today, in a letter to all tory mps, she says it's time to unite, for the sake of the nation. she said she will return to brussels for further talks with european commission president jean—claude juncker next week and plans to speak to the leaders of every eu member state. a charity is claiming that two thirds of fathers of premature
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and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care. more than three—quarters of parents surveyed by the neonatal charity bliss and bbc radio 5 live investigates, said they were not given enough time off. the survey also suggests one in 10 parents had to leave theirjob as a result of their baby's stay in hospital. millions of workers could see their take—home pay fall from april when the amount they have to put into their pension pot increases. a bbc analysis of earnings suggests higher contribution rates for those in auto—enrolment pensions will hit pay packets, despite an imminent tax cut. here's our business correspondent rob young. building a pension pot, sacrificing part of our wages today to pay for a more comfortable retirement. since 2012, ten million eligible workers have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension. good afternoon. i'm holly hamilton with your latest sport news, pep guardiola has played down talk
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of a clean sweep of trophies after manchester city beat newport county in their fifth round fa cup tie. the league 2 side didn't make it too easy for them though. it took city until the 51st minute to score at rodney parade. but in the end it was a pretty convincing 4—1 victory to qualify for the quarterfinals. they're also currently top of the prmeier league, in the final of the league cup and on wednesday they'll face schalke in the champions league last 16. guardiola isn't getting too far ahead of himself though. we will see in may and june how we have done. but it's important in february to be there. we won one title, in the final for another one, we are there in the premier league and in the quarterfinals of the fa cup, and in the last 16 of the champions league. what can i say, delighted, congratulations and thank you to the players, but the result will be in the end. the fifth round of the fa cup
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continues this afternoon with bristol city and doncaster rovers looking to knock out premier league opposition. bristol are hosting wolves this lunchtime. on an incredible run of nine successive wins in all competitions. they're looking to reach their first quarter final since 197a. that game just getting under way in the last few minutes, 0—0. later this afternoon league one side doncaster host crystal palace and there's also an all—championship tie as well between swansea and brentford. both those games kicking off at 4 o'clock. and the women's fa cup 5th round continues this afternoon as well. the tie of the round though has to be the holders chelsea taking on arsenal in a repeat of last year's final, when chelsea beat the iii—time winners 3—1. former england goalkeeper rachel brown finnis told us neither side will go down without a fight. both teams are relatively in form. certainly arsenal are flying high, not quite top of the super league but certainly, well, the league is in their own
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hands and they are still fighting on all fronts. i think they are the dominant force to be reckoned with in any competition this time around. but chelsea are kind of a wounded animal i think at the moment. celtic have the chance to go eight points clear at the top of the scottish premiership later today after rangers failed to beat stjohnstone yesterday. brendan rodgers' side travel to kilmarnock later. before that, though, motherwell — who have won their last five league games — playing hearts. it is 1—1 at fir park. jake hastie, with his fifth goal in six games scored for motherwell, steven naismith getting one back from the edinburgh side. the second half just getting under way there. in rugby league, the wigan warriors could win a record fifth world club challenge, if they beat the sydney roosters later today. the warriors are the most
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successful team in the history of the competition and last won the trophy in 2017. though the last time these sides met in the final, it was the roosters who triumphed, back in 2014. the final of the welsh open is underway in cardiff this lunchtime. neil robertson facing stuart bingham — let's go there now. just into the first frame. robertson reached the final thanks to a 6—0 whitewash of hossein vafaei in their semi final while world number 12 bingham produced four centuries as he beat joe o'connor 6—2 yesterday. today's final is the best of 17 frames. it's early days and you can follow it on the bbc sport website and via the red button. that's all the sport for now. let's get more now on the collapse of flybmi, which has left hundreds of passengers stranded. the airline, based near
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east midlands airport, has told customers it will not be able to reschedule any flights. let's talk to our reporter stuart flinders who's at east midlands airport. what is the message to anyone who has got a flybmi ticket or who is hoping to fly with them? it doesn't sound like the company can do much for you in that case. what they are saying first and foremost is not to turn up at the airport. secondly, consult your insurers and credit ca rd consult your insurers and credit card companies. if you are able to get a flight with someone else then you have to pay for it. but they say on some routes they do have partners. for example, lufthansa would be one of them and in which case it is worth approaching that airline to see if they can get you to your destination. if you are already abroad then there is a tradition of other airlines mucking in to try to help you get back to
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the country. the airline flies from here in the east midlands but also newcastle, city of derry airport, mainly to airports in northern europe and also airports in italy. the 17 regionaljet aircraft europe and also airports in italy. the 17 regional jet aircraft flying to 25 european cities. it has gone into administration, effectively collapsing. were there any warning signs it was in this kind of trouble or has it come out of the blue?m does seem to have come out of the blue. the british airline pilots association says it has no warning that this was about to happen. and it places in doubt the futures of nearly 400 employees, some of them based here at the company headquarters. some at other sites in the uk and some in the rest of europe. so their futures are also in doubt now. the company is blaming rising fuel and carbon costs, and also saying that uncertainty over the brexit future has meant it is
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difficult for them to negotiate contracts difficult for them to negotiate co ntra cts to difficult for them to negotiate contracts to have flights between two points within the european union, not clear on whether they will be allowed to do that in the new brexit world. and you also have to only look at the figures of last year to have a sense of the problems they were facing and the problems of many smaller airlines. last year they flew 29,000 flights, and just over half a million passengers, and that works out on average just over 18 people on each plane. that's not enough passengers and too many seats. effectively as one of the smaller airlines it has been squeezed out of the market?m smaller airlines it has been squeezed out of the market? it seems that way. they have been in business since 2012. as i say, flying to various airports in europe. a relatively small airline, flying two areas in northern europe, but it has
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caused a lot of problems for their passengers, some of whom have begun a half term holiday. we heard from one family who managed to get out to austria for a skiing holiday but they are concerned about how they will manage to get back. white max stewart flinders, thank you. videos and photographs promoting animal cruelty and illegal bloodsports are being shared on social media, according to a bbc countryfile investigation. in response, facebook and youtube have taken down some of the content, but material celebrating illegal hunting and cockfighting is still accessible, as tom heap reports. from hare coursing to cockfighting, these are the cruelest of so—called sports with gambling at their heart. you may have thought these blood sports lived only in the past but today the power of the web has given them a new audience. we found evidence that some of the world's most popular internet sites like facebook and youtube are being used by illicit gambling rings to organise animal fights and also share disturbing and cruel images online with huge
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numbers of followers. it's about the money. it is purely about the betting. there's significant amounts of money made in this. we have intelligence suggesting that dogs can be bought for £25—30,000 for a hare coursing dog with good bloodline. they are making six figures annually. purely from hare coursing. and they can live stream to their friends in the pub. we have infiltrated a number of closed groups on facebook, groups believed to be sharing illegal blood sport material. they may not be publicly accessible but they have huge numbers of followers. and it's notjust facebook. we also found videos being uploaded and shared on youtube. we showed them our evidence and facebook did take down one profile that had been up for several years but others remain. facebook told us that their content must respect local laws and that they rely on reports from appropriate authorities so they can take appropriate action.
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youtube also removed some material and said it had clear policies tha banned graphic content and animal abuse. tom heap, bbc news. and you can watch more on tom heap's report on countryfile this evening on bbc one — that's at 7pm. us airforce transport planes carrying humanitarian aid for venezuela have landed at the colombian border where food and medicine is being stock—piled for distribution. president maduro has refused to allow the aid in, accusing the us of trying to organise a coup. american officials say the aid had been requested by the venezuelan opposition leader, juan guaido who declared himself interim president last month. jon ironmonger reports. it is an operation both humanitarian and highly political. arriving on the colombian border, three us cargo planes carrying food, medicine and clothes
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for the people of venezuela. this is not the first shipment, nor will it be the last, not only from the united states but we know many other countries arejoining as well. aid packages are being stockpiled at the request of the venezuelan opposition leader, juan guaido, in colombia, brazil and the caribbean. speaking at a rally in caracas, the self—proclaimed interim president appealed to new volunteers to help carry supplies over crossings next saturday. he restated an ultimatum for the armed forces to back down. translation: once again, the message to the venezuelan armed forces, seven days for humanitarian aid to enter, a week for you to do the right thing and put yourselves on the side of the constitution. we are authorising the entrance of not only humanitarian aid but also humanity. us officials say venezuela
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is in the grip of an economic crisis, leading to widespread hunger and a critical shortage of basic medicines. according to the united nations, 3 million venezuelan migrants have fled the country since 2015. us aid drops are intensifying the stand—off with nicolas maduro, who has called the operation a disguise for an invasion. he continued this week to stoke up hostility among the armed forces, saying, "yankee, go home!" juan guaido said he would announce further details on monday about his plan to get aid into the country, but it is a promise he could struggle to keep. maduro's still loyal military have barricaded bridge crossings and show no signs of giving way.
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jon ironmonger, bbc news. at least nine people have died after a fire swept through 200 slum dwellings in southern bangladesh. the blaze broke out in the port city of chittagong. officials are investigating the possibility that a short circuit caused the blaze. more than 50 other people were injured. nine illegal gold miners have been pulled alive from flooded mines in zimbabwe but officials fear dozens more are still trapped. the men were rescued after becoming trapped on tuesday when heavy rains flooded mine shafts. more than 20 bodies have been recovered so far. the government has declared it a national disaster. bruno ganz — the swiss actor most famous for playing hitler in the film downfall — has died at the age of 77. it's believed he'd been suffering from cancer. the bbc‘s tim allman looks back at his life and career. hitler's bunker in the dying days of
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world war ii. and the performance that showcased the power and talent of bruno ganz. this scene would go on to inspire thousands of internet parodies, but that shouldn't detract from what was a raw depiction of fury, delusion and impending doom. despite winning numerous awards, bruno ganz himself admitted he was haunted by the role, portraying a madman, but a mad man who was still human. he was nothing if not versatile, though. here playing an angel who chooses to become mortal in wings of desire by
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wim wenders. this time playing sensibility, vulnerability and compassion. bruno ganz was born in 1941 and grew up in zurich. he decided to become an actor when a friendly lighting technician showed him round a local theatre. he worked both on the stage and silver screen, in hollywood and in europe. an actor of nuance, warmth and humanity. and at germany's most prestigious awards ceremony, a standing ovation for bruno ganz, who, as the host put it, is once more in the sky above berlin. it was the worst nuclear accident in history. the chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986 in soviet ukraine but the exact cause, and who was to blame, is still a matter of debate. since the disaster, an area of more than 4000 square kilometres has been abandoned. our science correspondent
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victoria gill spent a week there with scientists who are studying the radiation—contaminated environment, and met one of the very small number of people who still live within the exclusion zone. after the 1986 explosion at the chernobyl nuclear power plant, more than 4,000 square kilometres spanning ukraine and belarus was evacuated. where people moved out of towns and villages, wildlife moved in. but not every village was left for nature to reclaim. we are deep in the chernobyl exclusion zone, and some people still live here. victoria. nice to meet you. today is maria's 78th birthday, and she has made us breakfast. oh, wow. thank you. up until the day of
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the accident, this had been the only home she knew. her family simply walked back across the then—patchily—enforced boundary. they refused to abandon the place. maria and her neighbours make up a remote community ofjust 15, a tiny village reclaimed after the disaster. and, before we go, there's just
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time to show you these pictures from venice where thousands of people turned out along the city's canals for the start of the traditional carnival, which runs for two weeks. the festival dates back centuries and is famous for the stylised masks worn by revellers. time for a look at the weather with darren bett. lovely sunshine in venice and lovely weather across many parts of europe,
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dominated by a large area of high pressure that's having an influence on our weather as well. coming into that high pressure, a weak weather front is responsible for this band of cloud and patchy rain, most of it continuing to push east across scotland, and sunny skies are developing across western parts of the uk as the cloud slips eastward. highest temperatures in eastern england, 14 or maybe 15. cloud pushing into the south—east and east anglia overnight with plenty of showers coming into the north—west uk where wind could touch gale force, blustery wind overnight and asa force, blustery wind overnight and as a result it shouldn't be too cold, lows of five or 6 degrees. frequent showers blowing into scotla nd frequent showers blowing into scotland and northern ireland and into the far north—west of england with one or two showers elsewhere across england and wales. a bit of sunshine for the most part but east anglia and the south—east could be cloudy with more light rain and drizzle arriving in the afternoon. temperatures are still mild, 9—11, but not as mild as we have seen in
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the last few days. see you later. hello this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines. president trump warns the us will have to release hundreds of islamic state fighters unless the uk and other allies can take reponsibility for those jihadists who came from europe. the family of shemima begum — the british teenager who ran away to syria to join the islamic state group — say she has given birth to a boy. hundreds of passengers are left with plane tickets they can't use and hundreds ofjobs are at risk as flybmi collapses.
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