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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight: a man who detonated a suicide car bomb in mosul in iraq two days ago has been identified as ronald fiddler — a british is fighter who was once detained in guantanamo bay. merseyside police are searching for a convicted killer after he escaped custody while on a hospital visit in liverpool with the help of armed men. 28—year—old shaun colin walmsley was serving a minimum of 30 years in walton prison. they're only available to same sex couples, but it was a narrow defeat for charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld. i've been kept off the plane. i'm not going to new york. a muslim teacher from swansea says he still doesn't know why he was denied entry to the united states. also... nearly two thirds of hospital services could be scaled back across england. bbc analysis finds proposals include full hospital closures through to centralising services in a bid to save money. and after these pictures are beamed
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around the world, sutton united's reserve goalkeeper resigns for a possible breach of betting rules. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a british is fighter who died in a suicide bomb attack on iraqi forces in mosul is a former guantanamo bay detainee. the self—styled islamic state group said two days ago that abu—zakariya al—britani detonated a car bomb at an iraqi army base in tal gaysum, south—west of mosul. he is believed to have been originally known as ronald fiddler. the 50—year—old from manchester
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was sent to guantanamo bay in 2002 but was freed from the us detention centre in 200a. the bbc has seen is registration papers signed by fiddler in april 2014 when he crossed into syria from turkey. earlier, our security correspondent frank gardner explained the latest about the british is fighter. he was born ronald fiddler. he was actually 50 when he died, when he blew himself up a few days ago. he was released in 2004 and brought back to britain. 0ne paper said he was paid £1 million in compensation. ten yea rs was paid £1 million in compensation. ten years later, he crossed the borderfrom ten years later, he crossed the border from turkey into syria, presenting himself to the so—called islamic state, saying, i don't know much about islam, but i would like to bea much about islam, but i would like to be a fighter. so they took him in. his wife and family followed her arm out and begged him to change his
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mind. they ended up having to flee for their own lives to escape arrest territory. there is even an official sort of recruitment paper by so—called is, which has his islamic name on it. he changed his name and was then given a kind of nickname. and rather than staying as a fighter, he volunteered for a suicide mission a few days ago in the fight around mosul. is have released a picture of him smiling as he drives to his death, chillingly, and blowing himself up. with me is afzal ashraf, a former raf officer and counter—terrorism advisor to the us command in iraq, who is now a fellow with the royal united services institute. what do you make of this revelation that this was a british citizen who had been detained at guantanamo bay? it shows that some of the people at
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least in guantanamo bay were up to no good. it is not clear whether he was fully radicalised before guantanamo bay or became radicalised during his time there. clearly, the people there were radicalised, many of them, and they would have influenced him. it also throws into question some of the organisations that were supporting him that brought him back. campaigning for him to be released. absolutely. some of them are associated a little too closely with this radical ideology. they use the legal system, freedoms of speech, the importance of the rule of law, to subvert some of our systems in the uk and elsewhere. so there are questions about this whole affair that are worth thinking about. do we know much about how he
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was radicalised and ended up with so—called islamic state on the battlefields around mosul? as far as we know, he had some sympathy is with the taliban. that was why he was in afghanistan when he was picked up and taken to guananamo bay. apparently, he cooperated and shared information on the taliban. so he already had leanings towards this islamistjihadism. subsequently, when he came back to the uk, he allegedly got £1 million compensation. at some stage, when the so—called islamic state was declared in 2014. it appears he thought he would join and somehow, he made his way there. i would guess he made his way there. i would guess he had already had aspirations before daesh or islamic state came on the scene. is it possible to quantify how big a problem this is,
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british citizens going to fight for so—called islamic state? british citizens going to fight for so-called islamic state? well, there are figures, which are not reliable. they are all estimates. 800 has been talked about. there is no doubt that in the uk, we have a significant number of people who are sympathetic to the cause. but it is important to note that that following only occurs after the organisation demonstrates success. after the organisation demonstrates success. so we didn't have people radicalised for the islamic state until 2014 went spectacularly, they grabbed huge amounts of territory in iraq and syria. the ultimate solution is to demonstrate the failure of this project. 0nce solution is to demonstrate the failure of this project. once it is demonstrated as a failure, you will find that very few people will be radicalised and many of those who have been radicalised will begin to lose interest. and this man, al—britani or ronald fiddler, he
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died ina al—britani or ronald fiddler, he died in a suicide bombing close to mosul. mosul is of course being attacked by iraqi forces trying to reca ptu re attacked by iraqi forces trying to recapture it. do we know any more about how he died? all we know is that he went in an armoured car with explosives. this is not a significant act because almost every day, several suicide bombers are sent out. it is the only where it daesh or islam expect can protect itself. this is one of the reasons why it is taking several weeks for the iraqi forces to clear them from the iraqi forces to clear them from the last western stronghold of mosul. they know the forces are on their way, and this particular wave of bombings that ronald was involved in was to slow down that advance. at the end of the day, given time, they will all be pushed out and i think
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he was just one of the sacrificial lambs to buy them a few extra days. and we'll find out how this and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are former pensions minister baroness ros altmann and the evening standard columnist mihir bose. a heterosexual couple have lost their court battle to have a civil partnership, rather than be married. civil partnerships give relationships legal recognition, and are currently only available to same—sex couples. rebecca steinfeld and charles keiden claimed that was discriminatory. but today the court of appeal rejected their arguments, as our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman reports. emerging from court, charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld, the heterosexual couple fighting for the right to enter
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a civil partnership. they lost, but it was close. all three of the judges agreed that we're being treated differently because of our sexual orientation and that this impacts our private and family life. all three rejected the argument that we could just get married. all three emphasised that the government cannot maintain the status quo for much longer. in december 2014, charles and rebecca were stopped from registering their notice of intention to form a civil partnership by their local registry office. that's because a civil partnership is defined as a relationship between two people of the same sex. civil partnerships confer virtually all of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, including the right to be next of kin and access to a partner's estate and pension if they die. cohabitees have none of these rights. the couple had argued that the ban on heterosexuals entering civil partnerships was unfair. all three judges found that the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships was potentially in breach of their human rights
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and discriminatory. but two of the judges found that the different treatment of same—sex and opposite sex couples was justified by the government's policy on civil partnerships, which is to wait and see how many same—sex couples want to enter into one, rather than to get married. charles and rebecca are not giving up, and have started the process of appealing to the supreme court. we lost because of a technicality. and that technicality was that the other two judges felt that the government should have just a little more time to make up their mind. but what we conclude is that the government really is on borrowed time, and has to act. ministers have welcomed the court's ruling and say they will carefully consider it. but campaigners are impatient. the government has to wake up and smell the coffee. there is a growing feeling that this needs to happen.
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there is a growing appreciation backed up by the court today that this is an inequality that cannot go on. although they lost today, rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan may well have changed the direction of travel in the legalisation of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples. clive coleman, bbc news. joining me now is kate stewart, who travelled to gibraltar in 2016 to get a civil partnership with her partner matthew. explain why you went to gibraltar and what you think you achieved when you did that? well, my partner and i had been together for over ten yea rs, had been together for over ten years, and we wanted to be able to formalise our relationship and make that long—standing commitment to each other as many couples do. and we felt uncomfortable with the institution of marriage. we felt, as
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has been acknowledged by the ruling today, that there is a difference between marriage and civil partnership. we felt that getting married was not the appropriate way to formalise our relationship and to make that lifelong commitment to each other. we felt that a civil partnership was the appropriate option for us. and because it wasn't something we could do at home yet, we went to one of the other parts of the world that do offer civil partnerships do couples of a different sex to each other. so you did that in gibraltar, but when you came back to this country, although thatis came back to this country, although that is a british 0verseas territory, does that have legal standing in the uk? it doesn't at the moment. but we were hopeful that eventually, the law in the uk would fall in line and we made the call that we wanted to make that commitment to each other last summer.
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commitment to each other last summer. that was the right time for us summer. that was the right time for us to do it and our preferred option was to go ahead with the civil partnership and wait for the law to catch up, rather than wait any longer or enter into a marriage which we felt was a compromise in how we felt about each other and our relationship. do you think this is all very unfair? do you think it is an inequality? for us, which is about everybody having the right choice, to be able to formalise your lifelong partnerships in a way that is appropriate to your own position and your own faith or lack of it and you're in perspective, and to be able to formalise your relationship and have it recognised in a way that is appropriate to each couple, regardless of the characteristics of the individuals within that couple and the characteristics of the couple as a whole. it is about
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everybody having the same choices. i certainly wouldn't stretch to say that we are unfairly treated in comparison to same—sex couples. that would undermine the long struggle that same—sex couples have two achieve marriage equality. this is more about being able to say that all couples should have the same range of options, and it should be about being able to do what is right for that relationship. but in terms of the law, do you think it is going to change? although this couple lost the ruling today, thejudges said the ruling today, thejudges said the government should have more time to decide on the future. but effectively, they seemed to be putting the government on notice. definitely. initially, i, like many other supporters of the campaign, was disappointed to hear the outcome of the ruling. but when you look at it in more detail, the hope that matthew and i went to gibraltar with
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last summer that eventually, our civil partnership would be recognised at home, that has been encouraged and we feel hopeful that the law will change in the uk. good to talk to you. a murderer who was serving a minimum of 30 years in prison is on the run after two armed men helped him escape during an escorted hospital visit. shaun colin walmsley fled from outside aintree university hospital as he was getting into a car with prison officers. merseyside police said two men believed to be armed with a gun and a knife, threatened the officers and demanded they release walmsley, before making off in a gold—coloured volvo. detectives are advising the public not to approach walmsley if they see him, as he could be in the company of the others who helped him escape and they are believed to be armed.
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walmsley himself is also described as dangerous. 0ur correspondent stuart flinders is in salford for us. what can you tell us? merseyside police are worried that these men are potentially dangerous. that is certainly the case. walmsley was sentenced in june certainly the case. walmsley was sentenced injune 2015 certainly the case. walmsley was sentenced in june 2015 for certainly the case. walmsley was sentenced injune 2015 for murder with a recommended minimum tariff of 30 years for the murder of anthony duffy, who died of multiple stab wounds. he was serving a sentence in liverpool when this afternoon, as you say, he was on a scheduled hospital appointment at the entry university hospital, and the appointment was over and he and two prison officers were getting into a car to return to the prison when two men confronted them. it is said that they were armed with a gun and a knife and a threatened the prison officers and demanded that walmsley
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be released. all three then disappeared in a gold coloured volvo. we are told that neither prison officer was hurt in this incident, but the three men are now missing. it seems that this was probably a carefully planned operation by the other two accomplices? that is certainly the indication from what we are being called by merseyside police. now they have to find these three men. walmsley himself is described as six feet tall and dangerous. the police say he should not be approached under any circumstances. he was wearing dark clothing at the time. the man with the gun is described as having his face covered. he was wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit bottoms and a grey hoody with a dark coat. and the second man, who is believed to have been armed with a knife, is described as having his face covered also and he was wearing a green coat, dark nike trainers and
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grey tracksuit bottoms. at the moment, the police are continuing with their investigation. they are examining cctv footage and talking to witnesses to see if they can track down these three men. the headlines on bbc news: a convicted killer, shaun walmsley — serving a 30 year term — is tonight on the run after being sprung from custody in an armed ambush, while on a hospital visit in liverpool. a man who detonated a suicide car bomb in mosul in iraq two days ago has been identified as ronald fiddler — a british is fighter who was once detained in guantanamo bay. a heterosexual couple have lost their case at the court of appeal, to be allowed a civil partnership, but they've pledged to continue their campaign. time for the sport now. manchester city are up
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against monaco in the last 16 of the champions league tonight. the premier league side hoping to get off to a good start in the tie. pep guardiola had said his club's critics will kill them if he doesn't reach the quarter finals. and city have opened the scoring in the last few minutes, leroy sane's cross turned in by raheem sterling. after what was a good start by the visitors, kamil glik ought to have scored in the night'.s other tie bayer leverkusen host atletico madrid. the spanish side already have
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a valuable away goal too, thanks to that deflected effort from saul niguez. antoine greizzman doubled their lead with a sharp finish on the counter attack. sutton united have accepted the resignation of reserve team goalkeeper wayne shaw, who was filmed eating a pasty during last night's match with arsenal. he's now being investigated for potentially breaching betting rules after odds were offered on the player eating a pie during their fa cup tie. here's the sutton manager, paul doswell. i understand there were over 2000 bets on this particular situation, and now we have to find out if any of the 2000 bets involved me or any of the 2000 bets involved me or any of the 2000 bets involved me or any of the other players. the implications of it are wide reaching. we didn't realise it had been staged as a bet. unfortunately, as you know, from fa rules in particular, we are not able to even consider that. i think wayne made a bad error ofjudgment.
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consider that. i think wayne made a bad error of judgment. and consider that. i think wayne made a bad error ofjudgment. and he is paying a heavy price for it. there has also been a high—profile departure in the championship this afternoon. blackburn rovers manager 0wen coyle has left the club by "mutual consent". he has been in charge for eight months and his side have only won 11 of their 37 games. blackburn are second from bottom in the table, three points from safety, and they say the search for a new manager is already under way. uk sport chief executive liz nicholl has warned there is "no excuse" forfailures to look after athlete welfare. this comes ahead of a report into british cycling investigating whether or not there was a culture of bullying, favouritism and sexism within the organisation. nicholl has also revealed that they were never given the full details of a 2012 internal review into the sport that may have highlighted some of the current issues being investigated. we were given to believe that actually, we had a very light touch version of it. so we had no indication of the significance of
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that report. it has only now come to light through a very well—managed cycling independent review. the six nations returns this weekend with the third round of matches. england have received a boost with the news mako vunipola is available for selection for their match with italy at twickenham. the saracens prop has yet to feature this year, due to injury. the loosehead prop is short of match fitness and is therefore likely to start on the bench for the match. joe marler is set to continue in the front row. johnny sexton and rob kearney are set to play in ireland's six nations game against france on saturday after taking a full part in training on tuesday. sexton missed the games against scotland and italy with a calf strain, but is now available for selection. the leinster fly—half is expected to be named ahead of ulster‘s paddy jackson, who started both those matches. cheltenham gold cup favourite thistlecrack has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a slight tendon tear. his trainer colin tizzard said the injury was discovered this morning when he was scanned. he'd won his first four races over
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fences, including a three—length victory over cue card in the king george 6th chase on boxing day. it means he'll miss the cheltenham festival next month. that's the all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. hospital services in nearly two—thirds of england could be cut or scaled back, in an attempt to improve efficiency. bbc analysis of local plans across 44 areas found that 28 of them affected hospital care — from full closures — to centralising services on fewer sites. nhs england argues that the plans will allow them to put more resources into care in the community. here's our health editor hugh pym. nhs budgets in england are rising, but patient demand is growing even faster. now each local area has been told to come up with a plan to cope with that. at this nottingham trust, seen here recently, they want to shift resources out of hospitals, and into the community. if somebody is in a hospital bed,
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that costs a lot of money per day. if that could be better spent by giving people the care they need in the community, then we can reinvest that money into those services. we can have the full, professional capacity to treat those people. the nhs in england is under extreme pressure simply trying to deal with the daily needs of patients. budgets are over—stretched, so trying to carry out an ambitious transformation programme, which itself requires more investment, is going to be a really big ask. local health and social care leaders in england have drawn up what are known as "sustainability and transformation plans", stps. there are 44 stp areas.
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bbc analysis has found that in 28, cuts to services are proposed. these include plans to downgrade a&e units, schemes to centralise maternity services, and to close some hospitals, with resources being invested elsewhere. hi, i'm cathy. i've come to see how you are? the plans also involve concentrating specialist care in centres of excellence. for one part of london, cancer experts are being brought together in one hospital, covering a population close to 4 million. having a big team means we've been able to think of new models of giving treatment to patients close to their home. a good example is breast cancer chemotherapy, where we are now testing a model where patients can self—administer their drugs in their own home. in scotland, integration plans involve hubs where gps work alongside social services and pharmacists.
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each part of the uk is coming up with its own solutions to the big challenges facing the nhs. hugh pym, bbc news. a muslim school teacher from south wales says he felt humiliated after being removed from a flight to new york whilst travelling with his students. juhel miah was escorted off a plane in iceland despite having a valid british passport and visa. the incident happened a week afterjudges in the us ruled a temporary halt on president trump's travel ban. ben price reports. can't believe this is happening. honestly, ifeel like a criminal. the thoughts ofjuhel miah, recorded on his phone moments m ssggssn zi=fikfif§2'*'§% but for maths teacher mr miah, it's one that he will remember
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for all the wrong reasons. having spent a few days with 39 pupils and three other staff members in reykjavik, mr miah made his way through passport control to fly to the us. as he did so, he was told he'd been randomly selected for a security check. they took me into this room. i think there were five to six officials there. two of them were checking me. 0ne put me on a stool while i took myjacket off. i took my bag off. then i had to take my hoody off. i had a school hoody on at the time, so i took that off. they made me take my shoes off. after that, they got a swab and started rubbing it all over me. after he was given the all clear, mr miah eventually boarded the flight bound for the big apple.
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as he collected pupils' passports, it was then that a homeland security official approached him and asked him to leave the plane and return to the airport terminal. just been kicked off the plane. i'm not going to new york. surprise, surprise, my bags already off the plane, and now i am just waiting. mr miah was eventually told he wouldn't be travelling to new york. as soon as she said i've been denied access to new york, i asked, on what grounds? i explained that i have my visa and every document needed and they couldn't give me an explanation. and i asked the question more than once, and they couldn't give me an explanation. after he was taken off the flight, mr miah then returned to the uk the following day alone. he has since told me he's had no answers as to why he was removed from the flight to new york. neathport talbot council says it is written to the us embassy to express its dismay at the treatment of mr miah. the first minister, carwynjones, has also written to borisjohnson, urging the foreign secretary to pursue the matter with the us authorities. in his letter, mrjones states that:
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british passport holders should not be affected by the us government's travel ban, which has been suspended, adding it appears that both the uk government's travel advisor and the uk's aggrieved man with the us government have been disregarded in this instance. he goes on to say: i should be grateful for your urgent consideration and observations on this matter. clearly, we have had donald trump's decision in the us to bar muslims travelling into the us. although that policy has been suspended, it seems likely that this may be a consequence of that. both the us embassy and the white house have been asked to comment. back at the school in neath, mr miah says he would like to travel to the us one day, but for now he continues to wait for answers as to why on this occasion, he was treated differently to everyone else. studio: the trump administration has released new guidelines aimed at speeding up the removal of illegal immigrants from the united states.
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memos drawn up by the department of homeland security suggest that people arrested for minor crimes, like traffic offences, could now be sent home. but hundreds of thousands of people who arrived illegally as young children, who are known as dreamers, will be allowed to stay. the white house press secretary, sean spicer has been talking on the issue. the memo regarding the executive order border security and improvements outlines the steps that dhs will take to secure the southern border of the nation, prevent further illegal immigration and repatriates illegal immigrant is swiftly, consistently, and humanely. this includes immediately identifying and allocating all sources of available funding for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall along our southern border, and hiring of additional personnel, including 5000 additional personnel, including 5000 additional cbp border agents. white house press secretary there. we will pause and check the weather prospects. we could see 50 millimetres of rain
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here, gusty winds, getting stronger, northern scotland, for final filling them, clearer skies. temperatures will drop, stays mile the missed the other southern half of the uk into wednesday morning, bit of a split. wales, the midlands, cloudy throughout, outbreaks of rain, sunshine limited, dampest of all across the hills, for northern england, scotland and northern ireland, we will see some sunshine, one 01’ ireland, we will see some sunshine, one or two showers, wintry in nature, here, it will feela one or two showers, wintry in nature, here, it will feel a good deal cooler, temperatures back to where they should be this time of year, and winds touching 70 or 80 mph. whether to come for infant and wales especially as we go into thursday, storm boris moving onto the scene, more details on that later. , storm boris.
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hello. this is bbc news. merseyside police are searching for a convicted killer after he escaped custody while on a hospital visit in liverpool with the help of armed men. twenty—eight—year—old shaun colin walmsley was serving a minimum of 30 years in walton prison. a british fighter with so—calied islamic state who died in a bomb attack in iraq has been identified as a former detainee at guantanamo bay. ronald fiddler took the name of abu—za kariya al—britani after converting to islam. merseyside police are searching for a convicted killer after he escapes custody while on a hospital visit in liverpool with the help of armed men. a heterosexual couple have lost
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a battle at the appeal court, to be allowed a civil partnership. but charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld say they will continue their campaign to change the law. there is so much in the ruling, together with all of our supporters' incredible support, that gives us reason to be positive and keep going. i've just been kicked off the plane, i'm not going to new york. a muslim teacher from swansea says he still doesn't know why he was denied entry to the united states. nearly two thirds of hospital services could be scaled back across england under local plans put forward in 44 separate areas. and after these pictures are beamed around the world, sutton united's reserve goalkeeper resigns, for a possible breach of betting rules. eight years after it was criticised by health inspectors
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for not having enough beds, operating theatres or trained staff, birmingham children's hospital has become the first of its kind to be rated outstanding. the specialist hospital has been praised for turning its fortunes around. our health correspondent jane dreaper reports. v0|ceover: a mother's tender touch. connor's just seven months old, and recovering in intensive care from a liver transplant. home is 50 miles away, so connor's older brother, james, has changed school. give him a kiss. it is a tough time for the whole family, but they feel supported by the staff in birmingham. we have nearly lost him several times over the last six weeks of being here. we have come really close. without them, we would not have the child that is laying in this bed. while he is quite poorly, we have got him and he is here. we have every faith we will get to take him home. that is the only ask as a parent of a sick child. this is the play and admissions centre, designed to distract
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and relax young patients before their treatment. inspectors have been impressed with the hospital's caring approach. this hospital has come a long way since it was criticised by inspectors eight years ago. back then, a report found a shortage of beds and poor training and care. paying much closer attention to the views of patients and staff and acting on their ideas has helped change the culture in birmingham and encouraged better teamwork. eight years ago we were in an organisation that certainly was not listening to our staff, not listening to what children, young people and families were saying, and was in a really difficult place. through focusing on those areas of patient engagement, staff engagement, we have now got to a position where we are outstanding. some of the children in outpatients need repeated appointments. so it's vital they feel comfortable. i was with a doctor a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't scary or anything, it was very relaxed. he actually helped me. i felt confident. is it scary when you come here, or do you feel 0k about it? some of the children in outpatients need repeated appointments. so it's vital they feel comfortable.
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i was with a doctor a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't scary or anything, it was very relaxed. he actually helped me. i felt confident. is it scary when you come here, or do you feel 0k about it? i feel 0k about it. the emotional support given to bereaved parents has also been praised in today's report. and they will now be able to use this new room when they are going through the worst of times. rachel has helped raise thousands of pounds for this unit after the death of her older daughter, molly, from kidney cancer. when you're given news like that, you feel that you can't breathe sometimes. that you need fresh air. you need to absorb information that is being told to you. and there wasn't that opportunity within the existing building at birmingham at that time, just to be ourselves as a family and be together. the staff here believe they can improve care even further, but today is a huge moment in showing how this hospital has turned a corner. jane dreaper, bbc news, birmingham. studio: let's talk about the french
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presidential election. the french presidential candidate emmanuel macron has held discussions with theresa may, saying after the meeting that he would like uk banks and workers to move to france after brexit. mr macron, who according to latest polling is the frontrunner for this year's presidential election, said he was in london to address some of the 200,000 french voters in the capital who make london france's sixth largest city. he spoke to reporters after meeting the prime minister. he has said that "brexit" will give france opportunity to boost the financial sector. i want iwant banks, i want banks, tenants, researchers, academies, and so on. i think that france and the eu are very
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attractive now, a very attractive space. in my programme will make everything i can to make it attractive and successful, you very much. with me now is florentin collomp, who is the london correspondent for the french newspaper le figaro. interesting character, very pro—european, macron, here's a centrist, but also independent, does he have a chance of winning? he does, is one of the front runners in the race, number two, does, is one of the front runners in the race, numbertwo, numberthree, behind marine le pen, who is by far the first polling day in the first round, he does not have a party, he has created a whole movement out of nothing. it is called let's go, move on. he's capitalising on grassroots support. engagement, commitment from supporters. i have come from his rally in central london where two to
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3000 of the supporters were. ii of g of curiosity, i; of curiosity, and he, ~ 7 fascinating. he has support. fascinating that he should come to london to try to win votes from french expats, living here in the uk. he obviously thinks this could be such a tight race that 100,000, 200,000 votes may make the difference. the purpose of the visit is twofold, yes, talk to these people, and it is important and accurate, because there is more than 300,000 french people living in the uk, you need to speak to these crowds, it is like an important big city in france but at the same time, claiming credentials, he was received by theresa may, a major step, he went to berlin, angela merkel refused to see him as a candidate. also, he sends a message
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thatis candidate. also, he sends a message that is very pro—eu, pro—europe, which is one of the rarer candidates, if not the only one in the french race to have that message, and he also addresses the message, and he also addresses the message to the british audience by saying, you have your "brexit", but in france we want to create conditions for you to come to france, orfor you conditions for you to come to france, or for you french conditions for you to come to france, orfor you french expats conditions for you to come to france, or for you french expats who have fled france issued thought conditions were not the best to succeed, to come back. that is interesting, he is talking to some of the many french citizens in the uk, people like yourself, but also he wants french people to go back to france, effectively, if he wins after "brexit". he wants to show he is many face, his programme will create conditions for a central france, to show the opportunities will be in france as well, if he is elected, that is a message he wants to convey, not only to the people
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who live here but also to the french people. in france, who are unemployed, who want to set up a business, who are looking for opportunities. if he gets to the second round, likely he would face marine le pen, from the front nationale, what you think of her chances now? we have had "brexit", we have had drum, some people say that this could be similar? looking at the polls, she would be defeated by 60/ 40%, against anyone, whether it would be emmanuel macron, or the centre—right candidate, but who knows, polls are polls, who knows what the turnout will be, who knows if her supporters are not going to be supporting bigger than predicted by the polls, maybe they are shy supporters, you are not even saying to pollsters that they want to vote for her. technically, on paper, she should not be elected, but nothing
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can be ruled out. what would happen in the second round, people from, supporters from the other parties might unite against the front nationale? traditionally, yes, her father was in the second round, 2002, a geisha action, jacques chirac was elected by 80%, with 80% of the vote, but now, the french politics is so polarised, and so volatile, that it is very difficult to see blocks like that. people want to see blocks like that. people want to have that kind of insurgent politics that we have seen with " b rex it" politics that we have seen with "brexit" and donald trump. who will be the next president of france? no one knows! a former speaker in the house of lords says many peers contribute "absolutely nothing" to parliament, despite claiming their full £300 daily allowance. the claims were made by baroness d'souza in a bbc documentary. she said one member kept a taxi running while signing
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in to collect the money. a house of lords spokesman said the chamber is ‘active and effective', and that peers can be suspended if they claim allowances without doing any work. ben wright reports. sumptuous, ornate. . a bit tight at the moment, as you can see. but it was made for my predecessor. distinguished, refined. i never thought i would get expert at putting stockings or tights on, but once you have mastered the art, it's not difficult. the house of lords is also the best daycare centre for the elderly in london, joked one peer, speaking in this rare behind—the—scenes look at the unelected second chamber. and he is not the only one being candid. there are, sad to say, many, many peers, who contribute absolutely nothing but who claim the full allowance. most peers don't get a salary, but can claim an attendance allowance of £300 a day. i can remember one occasion, when i was leaving the house quite late, and there was a peer who jumped out of a taxi just outside the peers' entrance and left the engine running. he ran in, presumably to show that he had attended, and then ran out again, while the taxi was still running. 0ther peers say the £300
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daily allowance is good value for the taxpayer. today, a high—powered accountant or lawyer is probably charging £600 an hour, but we get £300 a day. the press outcry if we had a tiny rise would be just absolutely intolerable. there are now more than 800 members of the house of lords, making it the second largest parliamentary chamber in the world. and prime ministers continue to appoint more. today, the lords chamber, just through those doors, is packed with peers debating brexit. and the house of lords as a crucial role scrutinising the government and shaping our laws. the authorities here also insist that any member caught claiming their allowance without doing the work can be suspended. but as its membership creeps up,
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questions about the cost, composition and purpose of the lords are likely to grow. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. and you can see that documentary, meet the lords, on monday, bbc two, 9pm. a convicted killer shaun walmsley — serving a 30 year term — is tonight on the run after being sprung from custody in an armed ambush, while on a hospital visit in liverpool. a man who detonated a suicide car bomb in mosul in iraq two days ago has been identified as ronald fiddler — a british is fighter who was once detained in guantanamo bay. a heterosexual couple have lost
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their case at the court of appeal, to be allowed a civil partnership, but they've pledged to continue their campaign. the fourth named storm of this winter, doris, the met office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for parts of the highlands, aberdeenshire, central and southern scotland. an amber "be prepared" warning for high winds and heavy rain has been issued for parts of england and wales. i've been getting more details from matt taylor. we are still 36 hours away. i will set that festival honours are the exact details could change. it looks like the worst of the conditions will take us into thursday with storm doris, the fourth named met office storm of the season. —— we are still 36 hours away.
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i will say that first of all. the exact details could change. it looks like the worst of the conditions will take us into thursday with storm doris, the fourth named met office storm of the season. to put that into perspective, we have had a quiet winter so far. by this stage last year, we have had around nine named storms, but it could be a ferocious beast. if you look at the pressure chart the thursday morning, doris will be right across the uk. it is set to pack de lima krypak in some strong winds. at the moment, the strongest winds are covered by met office amber warnings in northern england, north wales and north midlands. we could see damaging gusts of 70 or 80 miles an hour. the other feature to this potential storm is snowfall. the hills of northern england and into scotland, we could see as much as ten
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centimetres of snow, maybe more. the details could change, but it will certainly give us a shock after what was an unbelievably mild, if not one stuck to the week. and looking further ahead, could there be more storms? nothing quite as potent. 0ur weather has gone from fairly static to much more changeable over the coming days and into next week as well. mps have warned of a worsening shortage of teachers in english schools, particularly in maths and science. the education select committee has called on the government to find ways of making teaching more attractive, to stop people leaving the profession. here's frankie mccamley. v0|ceover: maths class for these children, with mr walton. but professionals like him are increasingly hard to come by. that's according to a group of mps who says school teacher shortages in england are getting worse. i'm into my fourth year of teaching now. i know some people have dropped out now. i think that's mainly due to workload and pressure, and things like that. the education select committee is calling for a long—term plan to recruit more teachers and a bigger emphasis to be placed on retaining them, warning many are leaving. reasons include a lack of job satisfaction, curriculum changes, and workload. research has found teachers in england worked nearly 20% more than they do in other similar countries. an average of nearly 50 hours of week. 20 of those are spent here in the classroom teaching.
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mps say secondary schools are hardest hit in subjects like physics, maths and computing. what we've got to get across is just how important teachers are to our society and our economy. they need to feel valued and trusted. the department for education says it's investing in teacher recruitment and development, to make sure the best in the profession stay put. studio: more than 3000 people are trafficked into the uk every year, according to official statistics, and that number is rising. they come from all over the world, but by far the biggest share are those from albania. in 2015, this relatively small country accounted for over 600 potential victims, about a fifth of the total. of those, the vast majority were female, and most of them were forced into prostitution. the authorities in albania have been criticised for failing to crack down on the problem with just 18 convictions last year. reeta chakrabarti has been speaking to some of the victims. v0|ceover: blessed
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with natural beauty, but the centre of a dark trade. albania has over two decades built up a brutal industry, with human beings the commodity. translation: i hate them. and i want them to get the punishment that they deserve. seya, now still a teenager, was just 14 when she was sold into a trafficking ring by a man she thought was her boyfriend. she was forced to sleep with several men a day and tells of a bewildering and terrifying world of abuse in which she could trust no one. translation: we were terrified. they would beat us up and not let us go out. to be controlled by someone, to be used as i was, is totally degrading. she lives here, in a refuge for trafficked women in the south of the country. but these are schoolgirls, and some already have children of their own.
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all have escaped their traffickers. seya helped put some of hers behind bars. several convicted traffickers are held here in this high security prison. last year 18 people were sentenced, some serving 20 years or more. the albanian authorities let us talk to one of them. fatos kaplani was sentenced to 15 yea rs for trafficking children to greece and forcing them to work as prostitutes or beggars. what made him, a married man with his own children, commit such a crime? translation: it was a time that everyone was doing that kind of thing. you used a child in order to earn some money. isn't what you did entirely wrong? translation: it's terrible. what if that were my child and someone did that to them? he faced justice, but albania has been criticised for a lack of prosecutions and there are concerns over police collusion.
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some senior figures question whether trafficking is a real problem. but the official line is that there are systems to deal with it. it is not an increasing trend, it is a phenomenon that is kind of co nsta nt, but it has to be tackled properly and to make always all the structures working together. but albania still tops the list of people trafficked into britain. people duped into promises of a better life. like anna. she is now in a safe house in the uk. is duped into leaving home and then sold into prostitution, she weeps throughout our interview but insists she wants to tell her story. translation: i was somewhere underground, i had no sense of the world around me. they would not let me see. i entered the building blindfolded. and you were raped every day?
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translation: yes, every day. many men? translation: yes. many. anna is now supported in this safe house run by the salvation army. she has a baby, which gives her a reason to carry on. her story should trigger alarm in all authorities here and across europe. a broken life caused by a brutal crime. studio: the kielder observatory in the remote northumberland countryside is to get a £200,000 extension. the observatory now attracts more than 23,000 visitors every year, and thanks to grants from the heritage lottery fund and the rural development programme there's to be a new observatory and much bigger educational facilities. jim knight reports from kielder.
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v0|ceover: even on this bleak february morning, steve is already starting to get ready for the new season at the campsite, and like so many other accommodations provided out here, he is eternally grateful for the observatory and the thousands of new visitors that it brings in every year. we have had fortu nate ca m ps brings in every year. we have had fortunate camps where they have had a good number of nights, despite bad weather, but the colder, the more difficult it can be. none of us really expected this to take off in the way that it has and as well as this observatory, we now have hotels and bed and breakfast facilities. they all have their own kit, to promote this. the locals will tell you that kielder observatory, outside of the main holiday season, can become almost deserted, and that is why the unexpected thousands of astro tourists have given this whole remote areas such a astro tourists have given this whole remote areas such a welcome boost. —— that kielder. particularly as the
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sta rgazers prefer —— that kielder. particularly as the stargazers prefer coming in the quieter months, spring and autumn. this opportunity, this project, allows us to develop a clustering for children coming here, so that not everyone is crowded in the same building. it provides the opportunity for different education to ta ke opportunity for different education to take place, from this particular venue. if this is going to last and inspire people in the region, then we have all got to get on board, it isa we have all got to get on board, it is a hearts and minds campaign, really enthusing people about how important dark skies really are. what better thing can you get then looking at a big old dark starry sky, using kit like this to look at the depths of the universe, doesn't get better. a little ray of sunshine, then, and all from the dark sky! studio: will it be a good night for stargazers? the weather forecast. some clear skies tonight, you may
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see them in kielder later in the night, but outbreaks of rain, and over the next few days, some stormy weather heading our way, brief step into spring as we start the week, plans back into winter later on, stormy weather will push us that way. tonight, stormy weather to the north, strengthening wind around that, pushing heavy rain across scotla nd that, pushing heavy rain across scotland and northern ireland, further south, the win. and through the night, but as you see, wishing south, the skies will clear, scotland, northern ireland, and the far north of england. weather front, somewhere north wales, possibly greater manchester, towards lincolnshire, north yorkshire, south of it, patchy rain and drizzle, lire skies, colder conditions, that weather front still with us in the morning, splitting the country into. what will be of note, wind across northern scotland, we can see 70, 80 mph gusts, elsewhere, blustery across—the—board, pretty grey and damp across the southern half of the
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country, still temperatures getting into the mild side, 13, 14 degrees. sunnier, but here, good deal cooler, especially in the wind. through tomorrow evening, pushing north, the wind eased for a time, only temporarily, stormiest spell of the weather for much of you from the week, storm boris. fourth named storm of the season. it is going to come with a few hazards, one of which is the wind, the met office amber be prepared warning has been put out,j§f, midlands and (55523555 5 555 if 1155555555555. 5:5 5 5 5 5 5 5 z£:;:5 5 555 555 :555555555—55555555 55 5:5: 5 5 5 5 5 5 we z£:;:5 5555 555 :555555555—55555555 55 5:5: 5 5 5 5 5 5 we see coast getting up to 80 mph. some the coast getting up to 80 mph. some changes in that as the storm approaches into thursday. the other feature of storm boris, so four. we could also see some low levels, into the central belt, so stay tuned to the central belt, so stay tuned to the forecast, if that is of concern. uk wide, we have outbreaks of rain,
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windy throughout, some of the strongest wind will be through there. —— storm doris. most will be drier turning significantly colder. storm doris will get out of the way late on thursday, call the condition is taking us into friday morning, bitter frost around, wintry showers, many will have a dry and bright day, a rather cool one, before more wind and rain gathers in the west. taliban at hello. this is outside source. the white house says it is empowering agents so they can remove any undocumented immigrants convicted of even a minor offence. there have been many immigration raids across us cities in recent days. the numbers facing deportation are set to be much greater. the fbi is investigating a rise in the number of anti—semitic threats in the united states. president donald trump address did today. the anti—semitic threats targeting our jewish community and community
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centres a re jewish community and community centres are horrible. fracking has caused thousands of oil and gas builds across the last decade according to new research. we will find out what the environmental impact of that might be.
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