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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm... president trump says he's considering a new travel ban on people from seven mainly muslim countries after his first attempt was blocked by the courts. we will win that battle but we have other options. we will win that battle but we have other options. a call to make the uk more welcoming for commonwealth citizens — post brexit — starting with a change to border controls. labour peer, lord dubs, delivers a 50,000 signature petition to downing street, urging theresa may to allow more unaccompanied child refugees into britain. a sit—down protest at the treasury by hundreds of cyclists calling on the government to spend more on cycling safety measures. also in the next hour... spy gadgets made by the real life q—branch during world war two. it looks like an ordinary fountain pen, when it screws, it reveals a
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sinister dagger! they were used by british secret agents who worked behind enemy lines and go under the hammer next week. and england beat wales in the six nations to extend their winning run to sixteen matches. president trump has tweeted that the "us legal system is broken", after suggesting that he may be about to sign a new executive order on immigration. he said the move was among a series of options being considered after the courts blocked his original order, which banned people from seven countries entering the us. dan johnson reports it was one of his boldest first actions. after an appeals court backed the
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ban, he said he would see his opponents in court. but speaking on air force one, president revealed he is now considering other options. we will win that battle. we also have a lot of other options including just filing a brand—new order on monday. i like to keep you... i would like to surprise you. we need speed for reasons of security. it could very well be that we do that. but his tweet this morning showed he is still not happy with the judges. the original executive order was signed at the end of his frantic first week. it immediately brought chaos
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to airport terminals and sparked protests across the country. it suspended america's refugee programme and banned travellers from seven majority muslim nations. exactly how the white house might rewrite the order is not clear. perhaps that is something donald trump is considering this weekend as he hosts the japanese prime minister in florida. lawyers would almost certainly have to address the claim that the ban is unconstitutional in its current form because it discriminates by blocking entry to the us on the grounds of religion. as the went for a round of golf, the president reasserted that tough immigration controls are crucial to protect america. but for now people are free to travel. 0ur correspondent in washington david willis said mr trump may try to alter the order to ensure it is legally sound. after a federal appeals court backed
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a stay of his executive order, donald trump vowed he would see his opponents in court. speaking on air force one, en route to his weekend retreat in florida, the president revealed he was actively weighing other alternatives. there are those as well here who are saying that drafting a new executive order is not the sort of thing donald trump allows himself to become involved in. it plays into the hands of his critics who say
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this first signature move, executive order, signed at the end of the first frantic week in office was flawed and that he is rethinking it and that is something he does not wa nt to and that is something he does not want to be seen to be doing. campaigners say hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been arrested in the us in the past few days, in what they say is a new enforcement surge under the trump administration. immigration officials insisted the raids are no more than routine round—ups of immigrants with criminal records and deportation orders and that such actions also took place under previous administrations. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight arejo phillips, the political commentator and nigel nelson, political editor of the sunday mirror and sunday people. a group of conservative mps has written to the home secretary to suggest the government makes the uk more welcoming
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for commonwealth citizens after brexit, starting with the re—organisation of border controls. they've urged amber rudd to try to find ways to reduce waiting times on entry to the uk, to send a message about the value britain places on its relationship with the commonwealth. at present, on arriving in the uk, eu and uk citizens go through one channel and commonwealth citizens and travellers from the rest of the world are processed through another. with me is the conservative mp that initiated the letter to the home office, jake berry. welcome to bbc news. in practical terms, what do you think could be done to be more attractive to visitors who want to come here? the letter starts with let's extend the hand of friendship to commonwealth citizens and if we believe britain will be a global country after it leaves the european union, this is a small step we can take to show the
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commonwealth will be an important pa rt commonwealth will be an important part of that. the first suggestion is the signs you referred to which at the rest of the world on we should write commonwealth and the rest of the world and it may seem a small step to change a sign but if you from the commonwealth who visit the uk, they want to see the commonwealth is important to britain and global britain when they arrive here. will it help when the process begins of trying to get trade deals? like with australia and new zealand? what i hope this letter will lead to andi what i hope this letter will lead to and i discussed it with the home secretary is some of those small steps like changing the signs could ta ke steps like changing the signs could take place in the early part of this year, we have a hugely important event, the first ever commonwealth trade ministers meeting taking place in london in march and i think it is a small steps like that which we can
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ta ke to a small steps like that which we can take to show how important the commonwealth is. commonwealth countries believe in the mid—i9 70s when britainjoined europe we countries believe in the mid—i9 70s when britain joined europe we turned oui’ when britain joined europe we turned ourface when britain joined europe we turned our face away from the commonwealth and looked to europe. we need to make sure they realise the commonwealth matters to us in global conflicts, commonwealth countries have stood with us and we have important trade links with australia, new zealand, canada all ready and we need to maximise those as global britain grows. the commonwealth is 52 odd countries. parts of south asia, and australia and new zealand, and canada, you will be aware during the brexit campaign one thing some people said was if i have family in india or pakistan, they are finding it harder to get here to control immigration we cannot control easy migrants, we
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suppress from elsewhere. is it possible further down—the—line this could lead to come when a privileged status for eu citizens no longer exists, a more relaxed approach to migration? the prime minister has been clear we will have an immigration system that works britain, we can set our own priorities outside eu. i personally would be relaxed about things like visa free travel between australia and the uk. we need to be careful... the point i make is winnie to be careful where european unrestricted immigration came unstuck was when there was an economic disparity between britain and the other country. whether they are in the eu all countries in the commonwealth, we need to look carefully at countries weather was a huge difference in the size of the economy. “— difference in the size of the economy. —— where there is. difference in the size of the economy. -- where there is. this has come up in your constituency, they wonder if there are mixed messages
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because you say let's be more welcoming and then you say we need to be careful about economic disparities yet china, never in the commonwealth, we are racing to encourage more chinese people to come because we see the economic benefit. the whole point about having an immigration system that works britain is we are free to make decisions like more trade with china or india or wherever else people wa nt to or india or wherever else people want to free up borders. it is important to note what are calling for is not a relaxation of existing border restrictions from commonwealth countries, it is about making sure when people from the commonwealth want to visit britain and for business, they can do so without undue delay. this has been reported as something after brexit, if it is really about that, being more welcoming in terms of signs, why not do it now? i hope the government will! that is the point
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of the latter and i think it is a small easy step the government could take, 52 countries in the commonwealth, a third of the global population, a shared head of state with commonwealth countries and the queen is head of the commonwealth itself, that is a natural trading partner for itself, that is a natural trading partnerfor britain itself, that is a natural trading partner for britain and any other country in the world, if it had the opportunity to be in a club and to be a leader in the commonwealth club would grab it with both hands and we are calling for global britain to make the most of our connection with the commonwealth and the rest of the world and europe. there was a debate on the 26th in parliament in advance of that crucially important commonwealth trade ministers meeting. hopefully people will watch that on bbc parliament or democracy live on the bbc website. thank you very much. the president of the european commission, jean claude—juncker, has said he doubts whether the remaining twenty—seven members of the eu can maintain a united front as they negotiate
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britain's exit from the bloc. speaking to a german radio station, he said britain could offer separate deals to each country, which would make it hard for them to negotiate collectively. proposals for new official secrets legislation could see journalists and whistle—blowers jailed for publishing leaked material, including brexit documents. under the plans — which were drafted for the government by the law commission — people who disclose official information that could harm the uk's economy, would face prosecution. joan lynam has been looking at the proposals. they said this 365 page document they published is the start, a fact—finding mission. basically, there are four official secrets act dating back to 1911, they are completely out of date in some opinions because they do not ta ke some opinions because they do not take into account the way information can now be moved instantaneously across borders and
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photographs and sensitive data coming moved rapidly at speed, the internet. they are proposing a new a cts internet. they are proposing a new acts and espionage act which would bring all the existing pulls together plus adding a few, widen the scope of what could be in breach of what is now the official secrets act, that is where the controversy could come in because it will start with widening the scope to include economic damage to the uk so if somebody who leaked document and publishes a document that journalists, the government had marked it as an official secret, that could fall foul of a new act and they could face two or ten years in jail. and they could face two or ten years injail. so, a potential stiff prison sentence. what is that reaction, you say it is a consultation document, we clear whether government is behind it? the cabinet office said we will not comment until the consultation phase
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is over in april and then they go back to stakeholders which will include journalists and the nuj because they were not involved in the first phase and then they will publish a final report in the summer and that feeds in to the process of what the government wants to do by way of publication and law but it is worrying that what they wish to do is make no distinction potentially, between the leak of the document and the acquirer of the leaked document and the publisher. if you look at the continue for the snowdon revelations, you had snowed who stole the information from the national security agency, gave it to david banda and it was published in the garden. this would make no distinction between the guardian and edward snowden. -- in the guardian. they would still be treated as if they had been stealing documents.
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they would still be treated as if they had been stealing documentsm they had been stealing documentsm the consultation was taken to the final thing, we know the way consultations were, you throw out interesting suggestions as you grow back and sometimes the government says we have dismissed some of the extreme suggestions, this is middle of the road and that may happen but at the moment yes, free—speech advocates are concerned saying we expect this in china or russia but not in britain. there have been clashes between police and demonstrators in a suburb to the north east of paris, after a march in protest over the alleged rape of young black man by a police officer. the victim, a twenty two—year—old youth worker suffered severe injuries. 0ne police man has been charged with rape and suspended from duties. campaigners have delivered a petition at downing street with fifty thousand signatures calling for theresa may to allow more child refugees to come to britain. the government this week scrapped its plan to re—home thousands of unaccompanied children from syria and other warzones. 350 youngsters have been accepted
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for resettlement in the uk. the campaign has been led by lord dubs, who came to britain as a refugee from the nazis at the age of six. the argument for child refugees today is a humanitarian argument. it doesn't depend upon the person who's putting the case. however, because i came to this country in that way, i have an emotional involvement with it. can i say this, this country's been wonderful to me in terms of the welcome i received and the opportunities i've had. i would like other unaccompanied child refugees coming here to have the same warm welcome and to be given the same opportunities. labour frontbenchers who defied jeremy corbyn in the commons brexit vote will receive a formal written warning but they will not be sacked. mr corbyn ordered his mps to back the government bill to begin negotiations to exit the eu. but 52 labour mps rebelled in wednesday's vote, including 14junior frontbenchers. clive lewis, who quit as shadow business secretary over the vote, says rumours of a leadership bid
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by him were "fantasy". clashes in the iraqi capital, baghdad, between the security forces and supporters of a powerful shia muslim cleric have left at least five people dead. the trouble began with a demonstration against corruption by tens of thousands of protesters waving iraqi flags. alan johnston reports huge numbers of demonstraters converged on a square in the heart of baghdad. they chanted anti—government slogans. they complained of corruption and demanded changes to a commission which oversees elections. then some protesters tried to move towards a nearby area known as the green zone, which houses government ministries. riot police were determined to drag them back, and the deadly violence erupted. video images from the scene show tear gas filling the air and the sound of explosions and gunfire can be heard.
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president trump may rewrite the travel ban on people from seven mainly muslim countries after his initial attempt was blocked in the courts. a group of conservative mps urge ministers to make the uk more welcoming for commonwealth citizens are gaining with a change to border controls. labour wants front bench mps who defied jeremy corbyn in the commons brexit vote do not do it again. a full round—up of the bbc sport. it is all about rugby. good evening. you are right. six nation time and england have 8/16 consecutive win. as tim hague reports.
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ireland put their opening day defeat to wales behind them, by thrashing italy 63—10 in rome. the kind of game to light up and fire up the coldest of winter days. while this is the one every welsh woman, man and child wants to win, england are on a mission. 15 wins in a row and they did not hang around in pursuit of it sweet 16th. the welsh defence still holding out. ben youngs with that one but wales were not going anywhere. they trailed by five and leigh halfpenny reduced it to two, a desperate defence. the hosts could have gone into the lead, no matter, another opening would arrive and liam williams would take it. and the locals would remain
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happy. despite an 0wen farrell penalty, wales would get one of their own. the lead remained five and when england looked likely to score a crucial try, there was another welshman willing and ready to stop them. but that would not last forever. into the last five minutes, a magnificent encounter in cardiff and everything changed. and he scores! england take the lead with 4.5 he scores! england take the lead with 11.5 minutes to go. england somehow pulling this one out of the fire ina somehow pulling this one out of the fire in a game that lighted up and warmed up the coldest of winter days. i thought we could win, the second half we got our defence intensity back, we needed to get some more, apart from the first 20 minutes we did a hell of a lot of defence. to be the best comic have to win those games. when you are not at your best against an opposition
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playing well and we did that today. hannah lupton was watching the action. to reach the stage you have to cross the olympic running track. after losing to scotland, ireland have some distance to make up if they're to finish top in the six nations. unlike last weekend, ireland were fast out of the blocks and after early pressure, keith earls got the first score on the board. eyelids‘s desperation meant italy getting a penalty try and a ten minute sit down —— and ireland. a piece of six nations history. cj stander‘s tribe makes ireland the first side to pick up makes ireland the first side to pick upafourtry makes ireland the first side to pick up a four try bonus point. the
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contribution did not end there. we skipped through in the sunshine for his third try. brian 0'driscoll was the last irishman to score a six nations hat—trick which was 15 years ago. the visitors were charging and encountered little resistance, this one of nine tries for the men in green, the second—half replacement craig gilroy also roams to a hat—trick. if you travel, do it in style. to the football. liverpool have their first premier league win of 2017... and in beating spurs 2—nil this evening they've handed the team second in the table their first defeat in two months. adam wild reports. for all liverpool managers, reminds of past glories are never far away. for now, the hopes ofjuergen klopp rest with keeping in touch with those above them. the way spurs have been playing of late, that is as much as anyone could hope for. still, the pressures of a title
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challenge can do funny things. here it was liverpool and the anfield crowd rising to it. a message that they still have plenty left to offer. if that wasn't clear enough, it took just two more offer. if that wasn't clear enough, it tookjust two more minutes offer. if that wasn't clear enough, it took just two more minutes for the message to get even louder. if juergen klopp was filling pressure, this was the release. the second was almost followed by a third. spurs defending, barely befitting a team challenging at the top. unbeaten in 11 games, but that run is coming to an end. the chances that it can no way, they did not go their way. a standing ovation of gratitude, not least from the manager. spurs title hopes are not over but not helped. elsewhere today manchester united beat watford 2 nil. middlesbrough drew nil nil with everton. stoke beat crystal palace one nil sunderland remain bottom after losing 4 nil
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at southampton and west brom scored a late equaliser to share the points with west ham. celtic are having a season to remember — runaway leaders in the league, and today they scored six against inverness callie thistle make it through to the quarter finals of the scottish cup. that's all the sport for now. another two—hundred—and—forty pilot whales have become stranded in a remote bay in new zealand — in what conservationists say is the country's biggest beaching for 100 years. the pod is thought to include some of the one hundred whales who were rescued from the same area yesterday. some scenes are distressing.
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doing whatever they can to help before it's too late. these volunteers have been working for many hours, trying to keep the whales cool as they lie stranded. some say singing also helps to keep them calm, but what they really need is high tide. very quickly this tide has come racing in, and now we're all up to our knees, some people are up to their waists in water, and we're starting to get a bit of floating, and we're just helping assist the whales with their breathing until the water gets deep enough they can swim. this is one of the worst whale strandings in new zealand's history. 400 whales came into farewell spit on thursday. rescuers managed to refloat100 of them, but they failed to stop another stranding of 240. scientists don't know for sure why beaching happens. the whales could simply have become lost. one theory is that if a single whale gets stuck, others follow its distress signal. but once it has happened, it can lead to devastation. for those ones that restrand
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there's very little chance they will ever swim away, so we have to euthanise those ones there. we do hope they corral their resources and head back out to sea. it's very difficult to manage that part of it, but dealing with the ones that are left is quite an issue. efforts are stood down overnight for safety reasons, but the logistics of trying to save these whales and then dealing with the aftermath if they can't will start again tomorrow. hundreds of cyclists have staged a protest in central london to raise concerns about road safety. bicycles were wheeled down whitehall to the treasury by campaigners calling for increased government spending to protect cyclists and pedestrians. frankie mccamley has this report. in front of the treasury holding one minute's silence. despite the freezing weather these cyclists and pedestrians in front of the treasury holding one minute's silence. despite the freezing weather these
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cyclists and pedestrians are here to pay tribute to those killed on the roads. and to call for change. london's filthy air is killing 25 londoners a day and that needs to change. the second thing we are asking for is 10% of the transport budget by 2020 to be spent on cycling and walking infrastructure to make our streets fit for people. this week has been the deadliest week so far in the capital, with three cyclists and two pedestrians being killed. a stark reminder of how dangerous travelling in london can be. some pinning the pictures of victims to their clothes, others wearing gas masks as a symbol of their anger towards air pollution in the capital. victoria lost a leg after she was hit by a lorry. i was in hospitalfor six months, and then i was off work for a long time. these are life changing injuries. i'm missing a leg. it has been massively affecting. it's really important that we do this march because the people in charge need to hear that we need to make some changes. the mayor of london says
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he is determined to make cycling saferfor londoners, addressing the most dangerous junctions, increasing the number of cycle lanes and removing dangerous lorries from the streets. as forfunding, the department for transport insisted it's spending millions improving cycle safety. protesters here may not agree with those current plans but the hope all parties share is that fewer lives are destroyed by road accidents in the future. an auction on tuesday will sell gadgets belonging to british secret agents who worked behind enemy lines during the second world war. the ‘special operations executive' were based on baker street and had their ‘laboratory‘ in the cellars of the natural history museum. robin gibson has been looking at the gadgets on offer. they look like props for a vintagejames bond movie. 0ddball gear designed by white
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coated boffins that spend their days thinking up bizarre weapons and secret gadgets to break their agents on the ground out of one tight spot or another. to the naked eye, this looks like an ordinary fountain pen. when it unscrews, it reveals quite a sinister dagger. this would have been used by an agent if need be to either fight his way out of a corner or to eliminate an enemy sentry. this watch concealed a microphone to record conversations, a garrot made ofjagged wire conveys its horrific use. they all date back to the second world war and were issued to agents and commandos dropped behind enemy lines. the items range from the gruesome to the incredibly ingenious. what about these, for example? here is a uniform badge which unscrews to reveal a compass useful for escaping raf pilot. what about this? a key. the end unscrews to leave a compartment useful
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for a coded message perhaps. or some sort of suicide pill. what sort of person buys it? people who buy this stuff are historians. they are keeping it for historical, to keep the story of these people alive. edward toms, who is now 96 and lives in hythe, was attached to both the sas and the special operations executive during world war ii. we all had buttons that could be used as compasses. the soe laboratory was in the natural history museum museum cellar and it was where all these gadgets were being invented and tested. murderous weapons may not be everybody‘s cup of tea, not least as the auction takes place on valentine's day, but the collection is expected to go for thousands of pounds.


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