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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 8pm. president trump has met with the israeli prime minister, saying he will work very hard on what he called a great peace deal, between israel and the palestinians. i'm looking at two state and one stage... and i like the one that both like. meanwhile the president has lashed out at us intelligence officials and the media, after new allegations between members of his campaign team and russian intelligence. here the church of england's general synod has voted to reject a report which called for the church to adopt a "culture of welcome" for gay people — but not to change its opposition to same—sex marriage. malaysian police have arrested a woman, in connection with the suspected poisoning of the half—brother, of north korea's leader, kimjong—un. and thousands of tata steelworkers have overwhelmingly backed a deal to protect theirjobs. they've agreed to a new employment package which includes a less generous pension scheme. the hollywood actor
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harrison ford has been involved in a near—miss with an airliner, while flying his own plane in california. good evening and welcome to bbc news. donald trump has attacked the us intelligence agencies and the american media over claims that a number of his campaign team were in contact with russian officials in the run up to last year's presidential election. he said the allegations were nonsense and accused the us intelligence agencies of illegally leaking information to the media. the president has also been meeting the israeli prime minister and signalled us policy on the middle east conflict, which has for years been focused on a two state solution, could be revised. from washington here's our north america editorjon sopel.
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these are not the best of times. not yet four weeks in, his travel ban has been blocked and his national security adviser has been fired, and the questions about his links with russia are piling up. and when the president is angry the place he vents is on twitter, and, boy, did he let rip this morning. but on capitol hill there is one central concern amongst senior republicans and democrats, it's the administration's links to the russian government. the base issue is getting to the bottom of what the russian interference was and what the relationship was with associates of the trump effort and that is the big elephant
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in the room that has got to be dealt with in the most appropriate way. the american people need to understand and we need to understand and it needs to be dealt with quickly. in the midst of so much turmoil, a friendly face at the white house, the israeli prime minister. at their news conference you would not have guessed that it was the president who demanded general flynn's resignation. papers are being leaked. things are being leaked. this is criminal action, criminal act, and it has been going on for a long time. before me. but now it's really going on and people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the democrats had under hillary clinton. i think it's very unfair what's happened to general flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally, i stress that, illegally leaked. very, very unfair.
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and then on to the middle east and its key policy question, did america still support a two state solution? so i'm looking at two state and one state and i like the one that both parties like. i'm very happy with the one that both parties like. i believe that the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach, from involving our new—found arab partners in their pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the palestinians and i greatly look forward to discussing this in detail with you, mr president, because i think that if we work together we have a shot. there seems to be more common ground between these two men than the president is enjoying with some of his republican colleagues. we're going to discuss the situation
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in the middle east further, and donald trump's press conference with benjamin netanyahu. first gary o'donoghue is in washington. we're going to discuss mr flynn and the fallout from michael flynn's resignation. this is turning into a real full—blown crisis for the white house, that they are having trouble controlling. they certainly are. there is an extraordinary piece of theatre which you saw injon sopel‘s theatre which you saw injon sopel‘s the peace. donald trump asked michael flynn to resign. you wouldn't have thought it listening to the president, that it was eve ryo ne to the president, that it was everyone else's fault apart from michael flynn, not the fact is that the vice president, that he'd had discussions about sanctions, then said he hadn't. it's everyone else's
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fault michael flynn had to go. that's an extraordinary move. they are also battling against these wider allegations about contacts with russia during the election campaign. he described those as nonsense. the fbi is looking into those things. i think you are getting the scent at the moment any rate that the white house is really in control of events, that it's being buffeted from one situation to do next. i suspect... we know it is pretty underpowered at the moment in terms of staffing. people up on jobs. he doesn't even have his whole cabinet in place. farfrom it. let alone deputies and assistant secretaries to do the donkey work in policy terms. you do feel they are really being pushed around by events at the moment rather than setting any kind of agenda. is this
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interfering with what the president wa nts to interfering with what the president wants to do in terms of policy? we we re wants to do in terms of policy? we were expecting a new executive order on his travel ban sometime this week. that haste at the start, the lack of having people around to go through this stuff, is what led to the troubles with the travel ban. there may well have been a challenge to it, if it had been combed over and thought through in a much clearer way. but it was rushed out pretty quick. some pretty big difficulties we re quick. some pretty big difficulties were discovered with it by a number of different courts around this country. he hasn't got his way on that at this stage. we're waiting to see in terms legislation what he might do. we're still looking at no great detail about the repeal and the placement of obamacare, the simplification of the tax code. when
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will the first brick in the mexican war be laid? we're coming up to a month in, that first hundred days of any presidency are like gold dust, the time you are meant to be riding high. the ability to do what you like. he's got both houses of congress on side, that is a huge bonusif congress on side, that is a huge bonus if you're in the white house. yet he doesn't seem to be able to capitalise on it. we had a gallup poll at the weekend that had him 1-10 poll at the weekend that had him i—io point approval rating, which for a new president is unheard of. on the situation in the middle east he had that meeting with benjamin netanyahu. he had that meeting with benjamin neta nyahu. the he had that meeting with benjamin netanyahu. the president said he was happy with whatever the israelis and palestinians agree. whether it's a one or two state solution. the palestinians and israelis haven't agreed since 1948. the intractability is well known to all
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of us. the latest efforts ran into the buffers in whenever it was, 2013-2014. the israelis clearly believe donald trump in the white house is a very good thing, they had a terrible relationship with president obama. it's a restart for them. there is lots of talk as you probably heard about a more regional approach to the palestinian problem, bringing in those arab states, arab sony states, which israel has some common cause with at the moment. —— arab sunni states. fighting islamic state and a resurgent iran. that talk of regional solutions does... does sort of suggest the palestinian problem isa of suggest the palestinian problem is a lot higher up the agenda that it may well be for some arab states, they've got other fish to fry at the moment. as ever, many thanks, gary
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o'donoghue in washington. joining me from new york is joining me now from new york is richard lebaron, a seniorfellow with the atlantic council, who has held senior positions at the us embassy in tel aviv and used to be the us ambassador in kuwait. it's good to see you, thanks for being with us. the suggestion from president trump that he's happy with a one state or two state solution the israelis and palestinians agree, that really is a nonstarter, isn't it? a one state solution. at this moment in history it is a complete nonstarter. well, i think it's certainly problematic. a one state solution would involve palestinians essentially living under israeli rule. that seems to be a nonstarter president himself said he wants to see an agreement both sides agree to. ican
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see an agreement both sides agree to. i can hardly imagine a one state solution being something palestinians would embrace. or a one state solution could involve every single citizen in israel. palestinian, muslim, whatever, having the right to vote on equal terms. and having parity under the law. that would effectively wipe out the jewish state, law. that would effectively wipe out thejewish state, wouldn't it? exactly, i think that's one of the main objectives of the israeli government at this time, to maintain the character of israel as a jewish state and recognising, as the prime minister said in the press event today, he wants israel to be recognised by the palestinians as a jewish state, a legitimatejewish state. there are lots of problems with it. i think this notion of a multilateral approach seems to be a new, fresh idea. indeed, it's not. this has been something attempted
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since shortly after the madrid agreement in 2002, i think. we started a multilateral process with israel, the saudis, thejordanians, malawi ‘s, moroccans, tunisians. all designed to support the israeli— palestinian peace process. the idea ofa palestinian peace process. the idea of a multilateral engagement with the israelis is nothing new but depends on a viable engagement and is negotiation towards a real solution between the israelis and palestinians. i suppose benjamin netanyahu palestinians. i suppose benjamin neta nyahu is saying palestinians. i suppose benjamin netanyahu is saying a wider agreement and consensus on what to do in the occupied territories and so on do in the occupied territories and so on has been given an added impetus because of the rising power, certainly in nuclear terms, of iran, which has perhaps focused attention ona which has perhaps focused attention
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on a wider deal? i think the prime minister may be overplaying this a little bit. certainly there are similarities in the interest of the gulf states, for example, and in israel, in containing iran's influence. they can share some intelligence and so forth on that. the united states is going to be the main player with the arab gulf states for a long time, as well as the british and other europeans. i don't see the israelis offering a critical dimension that the other allies of the gulf states did not already have from the united states and others. he may be overplaying this shared interest a bit. saying it's up to the palestinians and israelis to decide whether or not it isa israelis to decide whether or not it is a one state or two state solution, does it effectively mean no solution? i don't know, i'm an eternal optimist, i've seen agreements made between israelis and
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arabs. i was there when the jordanians and israelis signed the agreement. i don't think it's impossible. i think it takes a lot of political will and that political will is absent certainly on the israeli side right now where there isa israeli side right now where there is a tendency towards right—wing approaches to settlements, and ignoring the notion of a two state solution. palestinians have not shown a high degree of leadership either. thank you very much indeed for joining either. thank you very much indeed forjoining us. —zilla pleasure to talk with you. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. guests on the papers will be the independent business editorjosie cox and helen joyce, independent business editorjosie cox and helenjoyce, international editor at the economist. stay with us editor at the economist. stay with us for that. let's move on. police in malaysia have arrested a 28—year—old woman in
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connection with a suspected poisoning. police in malaysia have arrested a 28 year old woman in connection with the suspected poisoning of the half brother of north korea's leader. kim jong—nam died yesterday after he was attacked at kuala lumpa airport. the 45 year old had been critical of his half—brother's regime and was living in exile after being passed over for the north korean leadership. karishma vaswani reports from kuala lumpur. is this one of the female assassins who carried out an audacious attack at kuala lumpa airport? these cctv images have been released by media in malaysia. they say a vietnamese woman has been detained in the investigation. they want to find out what happened to this man. kim jong—nam is the older half brother of the north korean leader, kimjong—un, who is believed to have been killed in an apparent attack on monday. kimjong—nam is known to have visited malaysia often. but details of his alleged assassination are murky. here is what we do know. between nine and ten o'clock
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in the morning on monday, a man believed to be kimjong—nam was attacked in this crowded, busy airport. police say he was accosted by at least one woman who covered his face with a cloth filled with some sort of burning chemical. after that, he is thought to have walked over to that information counter to ask for help. and then he was taken to a medical clinic in the airport just one floor down. one man who some believe might have wanted kim jong—nam dead is the north korean leader. today kim jong—un took part in a rally to honour what would have been his father's 75th birthday. experts say he's in the middle of a purge to get rid of anyone who is a threat to his grip on power. no one is safe, not even his close uncle, who was branded a traitor for all ages and executed in 2013. in the small world of politics here maybe it does help him to have him dead, but nevertheless it is a telling reflection on the regime that in 2017
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you are still executing possible rival members of the royal family. it is a habit which england got out of after the tudors. south korea insists that kim jong—nam was brutally murdered on the orders of the north korean regime. translation: the government is certainlyjudging that the murdered person is kim jong—nam. since this case is still being investigated we should wait for details until the malaysian government makes an announcement. the focus of the investigation will now move to a hospital in kuala lumpur where a postmortem is being carried out on the body of the man believed to be kimjong—nam. north korea has asked for the body to be returned. a request that malaysia has refused. karishma vaswani, bbc news, kuala lumpur. the headlines on bbc news:
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president trump has welcomed the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to the white house, saying he will work very hard on what he called a great peace deal, between israel and the palestinians. the church of england's ruling general synod has voted against a report on sexuality. members of the house of clergy voted 100 to 93 against the so—called "ta ke note" motion. malaysian police have arrested a woman, in connection with the suspected poisoning of the half—brother, of north korea's leader, kimjong—un sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. they've lost at this stage of the champions league six times in a row... and arsenal are trailing once again in their round of 16 tie first leg around half an hour had gone, the german champions took the lead in the 11th minute through arjen robben. his spectacular goal making arsenal's challenge even harder. bayern had been in total control
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at the allianz arena. laurent koscielny foul for a penalty, taken by alexis sanchez, saved by manuel neuer, came back to the chilean and he tapped it in for a goal that could prove crucial for arsenal. about sa minutes gone and bayern munich 1—1 arsenal. real madrid are playing napoli in tonight's other game. and it's1—1. the italian side took lead at the bernabeu. lorenzo insigne with this long range goal embarrassing goalkeeper keylor navas. but karim benzema equalised around ten minutes ago with this header. meanwhile celtic‘s lead in the scottish premiership could be cut to just the 2a points tonight. second placed aberdeen are playing their game in hand over the leaders against motherwell at pittodrie. they already lead 3—0.
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manchester city women have signed the usa captain and fifa world player of the year carli lloyd. the midfielder willjoin the club for the 2017 spring series which begins in april. lloyd's short term deal will also take in games in the fa cup and women's champions league. she's scored 96 goals in 232 international appearances including this hattrick in the 2015 world cup final, completed in just 13—minutes. it's another challenge for me, i think that's the biggest thing, i'm a lwa ys think that's the biggest thing, i'm always looking to improve my game, looking for the next challenge, the next big thing. to be able to come over here, train with some of the world's best players, be at the worlds best facility. playing champions league. hopefully win an fa cup, and, you know, when the spring series. there are so many goals i want to accomplish.
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and you can see that interview with carli lloyd in full on the bbc sport website. new england test cricket captain joe root says he'll be seeking the advice of his predecessors before taking charge of the team for the first time injuly. he's only been skipper in a handful of first class games before, but is promising to be an instinctive captain. it is very exciting. it is a very busy year, but with that comes a lot of opportunities. i've been gifted a very talented team filled with a mixture of experience, raw talent and a group of guys very ready to ta ke and a group of guys very ready to take on more responsibility and become tougher to beat. i'm very excited about everything that we've got coming up. i hope that people at home are as well. jackson page got a wild card entry to play in his first
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tournament and had to get permission tournament and had to get permission to be off school. now he's into the third round in cardiff after a 11—3 win overjohn astley. when i first come here obviously i knew i could you know, play well and get far. hopefully i can go further now, playing well. people told me, just take... enjoy it, just for experience really. in myself i knew i could win a few games and keep on going, hopefully. uri as shocked as iam, he's 15 going, hopefully. uri as shocked as i am, he's 15 years old, i promise. —— you are as shocked as i am. if bought from senior bishops called on the church of england to welcome and support gay people but concluded marriage in church should only be between a man and a woman. martin bashir has been following proceedings at church house in central london. let me tell you first of all how the
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vote broke down. 43 bishops voted in favour of this report and of course they would, they wrote it. one against. in the laity, that is members of congregations of anglican churches to the country, 106 voted in favour, 83 against. but it was the house of clergy which voted 93 in favour and 100 against, those seven votes. which means that this report has not been taken note of. what it means is, it cannot form the basis of any moves forward for the anglican church in this country. it cannot be referenced again for at least five years. so to some extent the last three years of shared conversations and impassioned debate, a personal plea today from the archbishop of canterbury, failed to achieve what they wanted. let's
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remember the bishop said in this report this was not the end of the process. all they were saying was that at the moment in church should remaina that at the moment in church should remain a lifelong union between a man and a woman. that was turned over by the house of clergy, who decided it was insufficiently inclusive. what's really interesting is that it is the church within that has rejected this report. this is not members of the congregations, who actually would have supported it. it was members of the clergy who felt that it challenged the notion that the church should be open to everybody. so, as i say, i believe it is an embarrassing night for the bishops themselves. to be clear, the house of clergy believe the report was too liberal or not liberal enough? i think one would say not liberal enough, because it maintained the status quo. if got to
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remember that this process of three yea rs of remember that this process of three years of discussions cost the church over £300,000. many lesbian and gay christians began to talk intimately in shared conversations about their personal lives. it was costly, it was also courageous. and when the report was published last month, they felt that because it maintained they felt that because it maintained the status quo, being that there can be no special blessing of same—sex marriage in church, and no service or ceremony for same—sex marriage in church, they felt betrayed and let down. and i suppose as far as the house of clergy are concerned, they would argue they are on the front line, talking to parishioners. all the time. they are the ones getting their concerns about their place in their concerns about their place in the church. if they are homosexual or lesbian orfrom the church. if they are homosexual or lesbian or from the the church. if they are homosexual or lesbian orfrom the lgbt community, one wonders, what happens
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now? did the bishops have to go away and rewrite the report? do we move toa and rewrite the report? do we move to a vote on same—sex marriage? what happens now? you're asking all the right questions and i've just asked three people here who left church house and nobody could give me an answer. and the reason for that is that this report was supposed to be a foundation document to continue a journey moving forward. because synod has chosen not to take note of the report, it no longer exists, as it were, in the consciousness of the church and its considerations of doctrine. so now the house of bishops say they'll go away, reflect on what's happened, and presumably will come up with another strategy for discussions of an issue that is frankly not going to go away. you know same—sex marriage was legalised in the uk in 2014 and many people in
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the church feel the church should reflect the laws of the land. martin bashir reporting. they've sacrificed part of their pensions to save theirjobs. thousands of tata steelworkers in the uk have agreed to move from a final salary pension to a less generous scheme in return for a one billion pound investment in the company and a commitment onjobs. unions called it a tough decision but the "only viable way" to secure the future. from port talbot, here's our wales correspondent sian lloyd. you've got to play it safe now and again. not taking any risks in this game but nigel and scott boden say they are taking a chance on the future. the father and son are both steel workers at tata's port talbot plant and voted to accept the compa ny‘s proposals. even though nigel, who has put in 38 years, now thinks he will need to work longer before he can afford to retire. he voted, he says, to save jobs. the ballot isn't so much about the pension itself. it's about the future investment,
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it's about the new pension fund. and the future. i think voting yes is saying we want a job. it gives us all a better chance to have a job for the future, a job that we all dearly need. it's expected that the company will now move swiftly to replace the old british steel pension with a proposed less generous scheme, and in return, provided the company continues to return a profit, tata promises to invest £1 billion in the business over ten years. to maintain the two blast furnaces at port talbot for at least five years, and will try to avoid compulsory redundancies for the same period. trade union representatives had somewhat reluctantly recommended that their members should accept this deal. i like to think this is a step in the right direction. i think the workforce understands that. and that's why it's been a yes vote. it's been a painful process, a lot of scars need to heal and a lot of bridges need to be built going forward. it's been a turbulent year for workers here
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and at tata's other uk sites. the uncertainty during that time has led to a lack of trust. workers say they are making sacrifices for the future of the uk steel industry. their new pension arrangements will need to be approved by the regulator. today's ballot result is not the end of the line. but there's now an expectation from steelworkers that tata must deliver on its promises. sian lloyd, bbc news, port talbot. more coming up, stay with us. time for the weather with nick miller. rain around for some of us this evening. heaviest before it clears from eastern parts of england. a few heavy showers into western areas. later in the night most places looking dry with the exception of western scotland, especially to argyll. strong to gale force winds.
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lighter across southern parts of the uk leading to fog patches. it'll be colder than this in the welsh marshes and south—west england, close to freezing. any fog patches across southern parts slowly clearing. much of england and wales dry. just the odd passing shower. wetter later in the day in northern ireland and outbreaks of rain through northern and western parts of scotla nd through northern and western parts of scotland easing into the afternoon along with the gusty wind. double—figure temperatures again for most of us, that's how we stay over the next few days. cloud, sunny spells, many places having dry friday. outbreaks of rain approaching western parts of the uk later in the day. that's your weather. hello. this is bbc news with clive myrie. the headlines: president trump has met with the israeli prime minister, saying he will work very hard on what he called a great peace deal, between israel and the palestinians. i'm looking at two state and one stage... and i like the one that both like.
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meanwhile, the president has lashed out at us intelligence officials and the media, after new allegations of contacts between members of his campaign team and russian intelligence. the church of england has voted not to a cce pt the church of england has voted not to accept a report from bishops on same—sex marriage. the document called on the communion to maintain that marriage is still a lifelong union between a man and a woman. a woman has been arrested in malaysia, in connection with the death of the half brother, of the north korean leader kim jong—un. thousands of tata steelworkers have overwhelmingly backed a deal to protect theirjobs. they've agreed to a new employment package which includes a less generous pension scheme. the us defence secretary,
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james mattis, has expressed president trump's strong support for nato, but also said its members must pay more, or the us will moderate its commitment. he said "no longer can the american taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defence of western allies." speaking after talks at nato headquarters, its secretary general, jens stoltenberg, said the alliance had to do more on spending. step by step we are moving in the right direction. but there is still a very long way to go. and you know that the picture is mixed. some allies are starting to increase, some allies are still struggling with any increase of their defence budgets. only five allies meet our guideline of spending 2% of gdp on defence. so we discussed how we can sustain the positive momentum and speed up national efforts to meet our commitments. earlier, i asked our defence correspondent, jonathan marcus, why so many members of the transatlantic alliance fail to meet their defence spending pledges.
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it's a good question. i suppose because they believe, at the end of the day, the americans will ride in like the seventh cavalry and provide the wherewithal the alliance needs. this debate about birding sharing has been going on for over a decade. —— about burden sharing. countless americans have come to this building behind me to try to exhort their allies to spend more. this is a very different kind of administration. what general matters came here with today was a kind of tough love. it was said on the campaign trail that nato was strongly backed, but if that commitment is going to be full and enduring, then nato allies have to dig deeper into their pockets. so
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the likes of germany have not been paying their way. the germans have felt for so long that the americans would do their bidding anyway, and have never believed there could be an american administration that could call their bluff? to an extent, that's true, but there has been a significant increase in spending by the european countries over the last 12 months. that is largely accounted for by germany increasing its defence budget. the germans are in the process of waking up germans are in the process of waking up and smelling the coffee, as it were. out of the 28 nato country —— countries, including the us, only 25 meet this 2% of gdp target that's been set. that isn't a target that somebody imposed on them from outside. that's a target that all
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nato allies agreed to a few years ago. very few of them have actually honoured it. the disgraced entertainer rolf harris, will face a retrial on three sex offence charges, and one new allegation. a jury at southwark crown court was discharged last week afterfailing to reach a number of verdicts, and the new trial will take place in may. the crown prosecution service says it's decided to seek a retrial "after careful consideration". the socialite and tv personality tara—palmer tomkinson died of natural causes and did not have a brain tumour — according to her sister. santa montefiore has posted a series of tweets thanking people for their support. she said the coroner had ruled that her sister died of a perforated ulcer. the 45—year—old was found dead in her flat in london last week. the family of a boy who died in an accident in a top shop store have paid tribute to him, describing the ten year old as a "loving, cheeky, and energetic boy. " kaden reddick suffered serious head injuries in an incident involving a display at the shop in reading
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on monday afternoon. topshop has since recalled all display stands at tills "as a safety precaution" with "immediate effect". there's good news on the jobs front today, with latest figures suggesting a record number of people in the uk are now in work. nearly 32 million adults have a job, 300,000 more than 12 months ago. unemployment has also fallen, in the three months to december. there's also been a fall of 19,000 in the number of people from the eu currently working in britain. our economics correspondent andy verity reports. this worcestershire—based manufacturer of machine tools for the car industry has a problem. it wants to expand to meet demand for its precision parts, but it can't grow without the staff to do the work. it has been able to draw on a supply of skilled workers from the rest of the european union who make up a quarter of its workforce,
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but now that supply is drying up. we are working with several recruiting agencies at the moment who have been trying to find me people for several months now. and the calibre of people that we require are just not out there. that is both indigenous population and overseas. the number of workers in the uk from the rest of the european union has been growing by hundreds of thousands per year, but to the right of this chart you can see how it stopped growing as quickly, and in the last three months of 2016 the number dropped slightly. workers from poland, for instance, who were working in the uk, can buy less goods for what they earn here in their country of origin. so, you only get say, 90% of a washing machine for the same money for which you could buy an entire washing machine. that clearly creates a disincentive to come to the uk and work in the uk, or to stay in uk. the official figures also break down
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where peoplejoining or leaving the workforce were born. the number of workers born in the uk dropped by 120,000. but the number of workers who weren't born in the uk increased by 431,000. many people would argue that we can't carry on with the immigration numbers that we have had in recent years. the effect of that must be that we get better at retraining our own workers, reskilling our own workers and bringing into the employment market groups that were previously not unemployed, but inactive. for more than a decade the economy has grown used to large inflows of migrant labour which has created jobs, owing to money the immigrants spend, and allowed companies to find skilled workers where otherwise they would struggle. for the many businesses who have become dependent for their growth on migrant workers, a big adjustment is underway. one person is still unaccounted for
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after an explosion at a block of flats in overlay. more than 24 hours later, the search is still continuing. this afternoon we learnt officers had been unable to find one missing person. oxfordshire county council fire and rescue service conducted a search of the site that was still on fire at the time. it was still on fire at the time. it was determined that the incident around the site could no longer
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sustain life, and we moved into a different phase of the incident. at this time, one person is unaccounted for, and we are providing ongoing support to that person's family. the blast caused nearby windows to smash. i looked out of the window and the flats had disappeared at the end. the whole block had gone and there was rubble all over the road. we heard an explosion. we went out to see what it was. i was watching the telly and i heard a bang, bang, bang. at least two people have been treated for injuries by paramedics. one was taken to hospital. 14 residents had to leave their homes and were given refuge overnight at this nearby business school. police are still on the scene this evening
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and they say emergency services are going to be here over the next few days while they search the rubble and establish the cause. they are asking anyone with any information to co nta ct asking anyone with any information to contact them. the prime minister has been in cumbria today, ahead of next week's by—election in copeland. theresa may's visit is being seen as an extraordinary move, not least because the seat has been held by labour for more than 80 years. we sent our political correspondent ben wright to talk to the voters and the candidates. the tories' election machine is on the move, with a visit that could spell trouble for labour. theresa may's dash to copeland, a labour held seat for over 80 years, proves the prime minister feels the conservatives can win it next week, and she tried to reassure voters that the new nuclear power station planned for moorside would be built. it is the conservatives who are committed to the nuclear industry in the uk and we will be seeing... we have agreed the first new nuclear build in a generation here in the united kingdom
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and we recognise, and our candidate here has made very clear to me, the importance of the site and the nuclear industry. this cumbrian constituency relies on the nuclear industry forjobs. sellafield is already here. that is one reason labour might struggle to keep this seat. becausejeremy corbyn has spent his career sounding pretty cool about nuclear power. so labour's campaign focus is on the local nhs. we are having the threat of vital services being ta ken away from our hospital, relocated into carlisle, 40 miles away, and it's not safe. but isjeremy corbyn a hindrance to your campaign? he has a muddled message on nuclear energy. look, i'm behind the nuclear industry, no ifs and buts. close to sellafield is seascale. jeremy corbyn says that he backs the new plant, and it seems he needs to. i don't think he's pro—nuclear. in spite of everything he says. this is our livelihood.
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it will come down to the power station at moorside. but both parties are for it. does the nuclear issue shape everyone's politics? yes, especially the way it is at the moment, it is bothering people, but it is the life and soul of the place. it'sjobs. labour's majority of 2500 could be squeezed by smaller parties, as well. i'm a maths teacher and i've done the numbers. labour have moved to the left and the tories have moved to the right and there is a substantial vote in the middle for people who are looking for a pragmatic mp who talks about the real world. and it is a seat that voted strongly for brexit. we would abolish hs2 as it will not benefit this area at all. we will press to leave the eu because the sooner we do we will have more money for investment locally. this vast constituency covers a swathe of the lake district and there is one party with a very distinctive nuclear message. all the other parties are pro the nuclear plant.
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we think it is time to try to bring other businesses to copeland and to bring something which will benefit everyone here. theresa may's visit to copeland is a confident if risky move, she is staking her name on a win, but that would be a coup for the conservatives because a governing party has not gained a parliamentary seat in a by—election since 1982. for labour this will be seen as a crucial test of the leadership and message, in a part of northern england that has long been seen as its heartland. ben wright, bbc news, copeland. and here is the full list of candidates standing in the copeland by—election which takes place a week tomorrow. you can also find out more by visiting the bbc news website. breaking news out of the united
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states. his picks to be the secretary of labour in donald crumb's cabinet has pulled out. —— donald trump ‘s cabinet. this was on the eve of his confirmation hearing. this is because, according to the newswi re this is because, according to the newswire is, some republicans were not willing to confirm him in the position, because of allegations he failed to pay taxes for five years ona failed to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who was not authorised to work in the united states. so president trump's picked to be his secretary of labour has pulled out of the nomination process because he believes he wouldn't get the backing of fellow republicans. he is the chief executive of ck e restau ra nts, he is the chief executive of ck e restaurants, and apparently he has also been under fire for remarks he is made about women and people who
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work in his restaurants. so a bit more pressure piling up on the trump administration there, because they don't have the secretary of labour, as well as having to find a new national security adviser. so the ceo of a fast food chain, ck e restau ra nts, ceo of a fast food chain, ck e restaurants, president trump's pic to be labour secretary, has pulled out of that place. the headlines on bbc news: the church of england synod has rejected a report from senior bishops on same—sex marriage — after critics said it didn't go far enough. president trump has welcomed the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to the white house, saying he will work very hard on what he called a great peace deal, between israel and the palestinians. malaysian police have arrested a woman, in connection with the suspected poisoning of the half—brother, of north korea's leader, kimjong—un.
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an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. in a moment — the nephew of sir clive sinclair has developed a successor to the sinclair c5 electric vehicle. professional footballers who repeatedly head the ball during their career — could be more prone to long—term brain damage. that's according to a new study which looked at the brains of six former players all known for their skill at heading the ball. they all developed dementia in later life — before they died. the football association has welcomed the research. our health editor hugh pym has been looking at the findings. jeff astle's heading ability was well—known but he could not have guessed the long—term consequences. the west brom and england footballer developed dementia and died at the age of 59. a coroner ruled in 2002 that he had an industrial disease brought sincethenrhisfamfty-havg-
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on the impact of heading heavy, often waterlogged footballs, on previous generations of players. jeff'sjob killed him. i knew the day he was diagnosed. why else would a man, physically fit, only 55, suddenly, overnight virtually, it came on so rapidly, be diagnosed with dementia? his daughter dawn is angry that 15 years on, the football authorities have not started a thorough research programme. for too long it has been about protecting the product of football and what it should be doing is protecting players. i think they are terrified, that the results come out, and it is shown that football could be a killer. some former players in england and scotland agree that more needs to be done. i just think that there
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is research needing done. in years gone by, the balls were different, they were a lot heavier, leather balls, and it really picked up a lot of weight when they were wet. this definitely had an effect on players. the new study examined the brains of six former players who had developed dementia, seen here in these images. four had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also seen in former boxers. the football association, based here in wembley, says that it takes concerns about head injuries very seriously and is committed to supporting further research, which had to be seen to be independent, robust and thorough. a spokesperson acknowledged it would be several months before that process got underway. so what does it mean for the current generation of players, and is it safe for children to head the ball? the authors of the study make it clear that they are not drawing any conclusions.
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i think the risks of heading a football are quite low and we need to engage with more research to find out ways of making the game safer. overall, we think playing football is a safe thing to do. but with children under 11 in the united states barred from heading the ball in practice, there is clearly an unresolved debate about modern football and head injuries. hugh pym, bbc news. in australia, campaigners are calling for a ban on the sale of fake aboriginal art. it's claimed tens of thousands of the boomerangs, dot paintings and didgeridoos sold every year are cheap imports from china and indonesia — which rip—off the work of indigenous artists. from sydney, hywel griffith reports. following a line that traces back tens of thousands of years, dean kelly says every artwork he makes is engrained with his identity. he learned to make traditional canoes from his grandfather. he says he'll pass on his skills to the next generation but he finds the trade in so—called fake aboriginal art offensive. they shouldn't attempt to make money
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from the oldest living culture in the world. it is very disrespectful. my people aren't like that. my people are very generous, very offering and accepting. but, i think, any aboriginal person would be offended from people copying and replicating our art or our styles and making money off it. these are the kind of things that make dean and many other indigenous artists angry. everything from paintings and didgeridoos to tea towels and flip flops all decorated to look as if they've come from aboriginal communities when, in fact, they're imports. millions of people visit australia every year. many want to take a souvenir home with them. what can be more authentic, australian, than the boomerang? these two come with aboriginal—looking designs. but both are fake. both imported from indonesia. but could you tell? i want you to tell me
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what these things are. have a look at them. what are these? boomerangs, aboriginal art. aboriginal art? yeah, that's right. how can you tell it's aboriginal art? i've seen it in a lot of places like parks and other places where these paintings are. has australia on it. there you go. what if i told you they're from indonesia? why have they got "australian handmade" ? i think this one may be authentic and this one isn't. what if i told you they're both from indonesia? oh, wow! i will be surprised. genuine artworks like these can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. they're provenance traced and checked, the artists recognised on the international stage. but it's the trade in rip—off goods that's led to a new law in australia to a new law in australia ——
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calls for a new law to stop the import and sale of imitation art. i know there's so many aboriginal artists making beautiful, authentic objects and artworks that's got something from in here in those. they're accessible and they want to share that with people. it's offensive people are buying all of this other crap and that it's ok to sell that other crap when you could be getting the real thing. campaigners want a new law in place ahead of next yea r‘s commonwealth games. legislation would go before the australian parliament in the coming weeks. for dean, anything that can help reserve and protect his culture is welcome. 30 years ago it was supposed to herald a revolution in personal transport — but the "sinclair c5" quickly became a by—word forfailure. part tricycle, part electric car, it was the brainchild of the computer designer, sir clive sinclair. now his nephew has designed a version which he believes will flourish where the c5 flopped. our transport correspondent, richard westcott, went
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along to take a look. his report contains flash photography from the start. this is how they did glitzy launches in the mid 1980s. after revolutionising home computers, people could not wait for the next invention from the genius sir clive sinclair. but the c5 never lived up to the hype. who better to road test the new trike than stirling moss? sales were slow. along with safety fears, there were other fundamental problems. it was at this point that the battery gave out. ask anyone under 30 and they have no idea what this is. to people of a certain age — my age — it was the defining cool invention. clearly testing this vehicle planted a seed with sir clive sinclair's nephew. grant sinclair helped his uncle trial the c5. he even had one at school. he's now designed his own, the iris.
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it combines pedals with an electric motor. you can drive it without a license from 14 years old, but it is weatherproof, streamlined and made from the same material as ski safety helmets. it is about three times quicker than the sinclair c5. i can't keep up with grant. it didn't get the mass sales, the millions that were hoped for at the time, why do you think this is going to work this time? my product is a different concept altogether. it was a clever idea, the original item. i always wanted to do a fast e—bike, and a much safer one. 30 days after it disappeared, the sinclair name is returning to britain's roads. the same idea, a new design.
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a good job, really. my battery went! outside source coming up. first, a look at the weather. temperatures are recovering after that cold weekend. there was a bit of sunshine in evidence today, but not for all of us. it has been a thoroughly wet end to the day in the midlands. clearing to the north sea in the next couple of hours. reigning continuing to affect north—west scotland overnight, and strong winds as well. you could see some fog patches developing as the night goes on, and a few touches of
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frost in the welsh marches and parts of south—west england. tomorrow morning, close to low pressure, so strong winds. you will continue to get some outbreaks of rain affecting the north and the north—west, but easing into the afternoon. in the east, not much rain at all, that still windy. england and wales, variable cloud, some sunny spells once the sun is up. the wind is light. some fog patches in the morning, but not widespread. they could be slow to clear up in the morning. a passing shower might pop up morning. a passing shower might pop up somewhere in england and wales, but isolated. the vast majority staying dry. some of that rain feeds towards north—west wales and north—west england in the evening. a few brighter breaks in scotland and the wind coming down a bit. it is
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mild. some fog on friday morning, but not widespread. eastern areas hold the dry, sunny weather longest on friday. in the some cloud and outbreaks of rain late in the day edging in. mild again. the average for this time of year is around 8 degrees, but we are easily beating that. the start of next week could turn very mild for a time. the mild theme is with us for the weekend. some sunshine at times, some dry weather. saturday, some outbreaks of rainfora time. weather. saturday, some outbreaks of rain for a time. we will update you on how the weekend is shaping up over the next couple of days. the forecast is online too. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. donald trump and benjamin netanyahu have just held a press conference at the white house — and both have acknowledged
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that the two state solution may not be the only route to peace. i've thought for a while the two state looks like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly, if the palestinians, israel and the palestinians are happy, i'm like the one they like the best. —— i'm happy with the one they like the best. we'll be live in washington to talk about that. and to report on the continuing fall—out of over. mchael flynn's resignation as national security adviser. there's are renewed calls for an investigation into possible connections between mr trump's team and russia. for his part the president has launched a scathing attack on the media. in malaysia, a woman's been arrested in connection with the killing
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