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today at 5 — as the uk heads towards brexit, the prime minister holds talks with the french president it comes as the uk announces beefing up channel border security. we are expecting a news conference from both leaders in the next hour. we will bring you that as soon as we can. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. thousands are still without power after 80mph winds cause widespread disruption — there are warnings of snow and ice tonight. the uk is in the grip of the worst outbreak of flu for seven years. man—made climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate — scientists say. and hundreds turn out in cardiff to
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welcome prince harry and meghan markle on their first official visit to wales. our main story at 5. theresa may is meeting the french president, emmanuel macron, with both leaders expected to commit to continue working closely together after brexit. they'll set out a series of agreements — including a pledge from the government to take more migrants from calais, and to provide an extra £41; million to strengthen the uk's border controls there. the uk will also commit three raf chinook helicopters in mali, where french forces are fighting islamist militants. the summit is taking place at sandhurst military academy — we should hear from the leaders later this hour. our political correspondent iain watson reports.
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the message was clear. while britain may be breaking ranks with the eu, close co—operation between europe's two biggest military powers will continue. while no british troops will be deployed, the prime minister offered the french president practical support in his country's battle against islamists in mali. but it was an offer of assistance closer to home that tested the discipline of some of theresa may's mps. she will accept a french request to pay more to reinforce the border at calais. it's their problem as much as it is ours. and it should not be a situation where we keep funding france every time they demand more cash. this young, modernising european leader signed an agreement at le touquet in france in 2003, essentially moving british border controls onto french soil. before becoming president, this young, modernising european politician suggested scrapping the agreement if britain were to leave the eu.
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he's changed his mind — but at a price. the british government will make £41; million available to strengthen security at the border. there will be more robust fencing, enhanced cctv and infrared detection technology at calais and other border points. one former conservative leader says it's money well spent. securing our borders has a huge benefit to us in making sure that security is right, sharing that burden with france. that is already an established principle. this extra a0 i am now assured is about improving that to a much bigger degree. but some of his colleagues are concerned that the government will agree to take more migrants, as part of the deal to keep border controls in france. i think the most important thing is that we don't agree to take more migrants from calais. because what will happen is, that will simply encourage more people to take dangerous journeys across europe, threaten a newjungle, that would be a boon for people traffickers. brexit isn't formally on the agenda at this summit. but the elephant in the room will be stomping around pretty loudly.
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with france said to be taking a potentially hard line at the forthcoming trade talks, the personal relationship between the british prime minister and the french president could prove vital. macron has a very, very close relationship with angela merkel. he doesn't have that kind of friendship with may, but he's happy to deal with her. and i can tell you, most eu leaders would rather have theresa may than some of the alternatives. her best card is actually defence. if she says to him, look, how can we have a really close defence and security relationship if you're screwing us on the future economic relationship? the prime minister won't want to be outmanoeuvred in forthcoming brexit negotiations. she'll be hoping that military co—operation can be mirrored when it comes to trade, and the entente remains cordiale. iain watson, bbc news. our chief political correspondent vicki young is at sandhurst. we're waiting for those leaders to
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come out and say a few words. how much is what theresa may has agreed on calais part of trying to assure relations for later on, once brexit happens? well, obviously brexit is the backdrop to all of this. and really, how britain is going to conduct its relationships once we leave, that are clearly with close allies such as france. those bilateral relationships are going to be different. and kelly is interesting, because the agreement there that we have with france, effectively moving our borders gci’oss effectively moving our borders across the channel, that is nothing to do with the european union, it is just an arrangement with france. it shows the two countries working together very closely. similarly today we have had an announcement about british help, armed forces help, for the french in mali. again it shows the defence co—operation. but i guess it is about the broader
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relationship and going beyond that and really the relationship between theresa may and emmanuel macron. we will see more of the body language, house now getting on at the press conference, because that is crucial, it is crucial when it comes to the kind of deal that we might get on brexit. emmanuel macron sees himself very much as a leader, an up and coming leader if you like within the european union. he has very ambitious plans. so, everything is very friendly. but, of course, there are tensions as well. we have heard from the french government over the past year is how they seem to be waiting in the wings for those jobs which might come their way from the city of london and go to paris. so, that tension is there but i think a lot of today is about the uk saying, we have a lot to offer. we may be outside the european union in the next year but on security, the fight against terrorism, intelligence, the french and british intelligence services have met today, and when it comes to defence and security, the
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uk saying, we are not on the back foot here, we are not asking for something from the european union, we still have an awful lot to give and we will remain influential. and symbolism is clearly important to emmanuel macron, announcing the lending of the bayeux tapestry to britain — is there some kind of symbolism with the meeting happening at sandhurst? i think yes, they have decided to have it here and it is not just the two decided to have it here and it is notjust the two leaders, we have had a large number of the british cabinet here, along with their french counterparts, the fact that they were at this world—renowned training centre for the armed forces, that is of course part of the reason we are here. there has been somejoking the reason we are here. there has been some joking about the lending of the bayeux tapestry, which depicts the french taking over parts of britain and lots ofjokes about whether emmanuel macron thinks that
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he can win britain back in the sense that he has previously said that if britain decided to change its mind about leaving the european union, then they would be most welcome. vicki young, many thanks. let's speak now to the french journalist nabila ramdani, who is an expert in anglo—french relations. she joins us from our paris studio. thank you very much for speaking to us. thank you very much for speaking to us. nabila ramdani, how significant is this new money for the security around calais? well, i think first of all, i think this franco british summit is crucial, because it may effectively be the last one before brexit, bearing in mind that these summits are held every two years. it comes at a historical time. and of course it will set the tone for the relations between the two countries, especially after brexit, and lots of tough issues will be raised. not least the question of calais and related issue of immigration and the
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priority which macron has made throughout the week. he went to calais a few days ago, his priority being to stress fact that he wants the border between calais and the uk to remain as fluid as possible. as faras to remain as fluid as possible. as far as business is concerned. he quoted the fact that a quarter of british trade actually passes through calais, and he doesn't want everything to be snarled up because of increasing bureaucracy or indeed security checks. the related issue of immigration, when it comes to calais, has also been hugely important for emmanuel macron. and i'm sure it will be at the heart of discussions with mrs may today. and effectively, it has to do with the french asking the british to put more money for security around calais, and especially the illegal immigrant is, they want the british to be able to process them quicker and to police them better. macron
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will also be asking theresa may to ta ke will also be asking theresa may to take more legal immigrants to the uk, especially unaccompanied children, for example. and also to set upa children, for example. and also to set up a more efficient system for asylu m set up a more efficient system for asylum seekers. and it all ties in with effectively be visiting the le touquet agreement, which was signed backin touquet agreement, which was signed back in 2003 between jacques chirac and tony blair. that agreement, then, you think president macron, do you think he wants it to survive? then, you think president macron, do you think he wants it to survive ?|j think, yes, he doesn't want it to be scrapped at all. he effectively wants to see some changes to it. the fear is that it won't continue after brexit, and the french want some guarantees that this agreement will continue after britain exits eu. and
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basically the systems regulates immigration in northern france. the main aspect of this agreement had to do with allowing the brits to set up their border in northern france and to allow the french to do the same thing in britain. that's why you see french border guards at st pancras, for example. the idea is that, one centuries ago, calais used to be english. and nowadays the british use english. and nowadays the british use calaisjust as much, and therefore the idea from the french is that the british should be helping in funding it, too. nabila ramdani, thank you very much for talking to us. severe gales have been causing disruption across much of the uk — with gusts of around 80mph. tens of thousands of people were left without power in east anglia and south—east england. and there are problems on the rail networks. in wales, a freight train hit two sheds which had been blown onto the tracks. tom burridge reports. travelling by
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train today has not been easy, and here's why. trains also stuck at norwich station, because further down the line, the same problem. and imagine the end section... and imagine the end section of your roof blown down while you sleep. that's what happened here in coventry. not an explosion, just the force of the wind, and a family left with the aftermath. it was scary at first, frightening at first, we just wanted to get everybody out of the house. 0bviously, now, we can see the damage and nobody is hurt, it's upsetting that it's going to cost a lot. scenes like this in london, familiar elsewhere. winds of more than 70mph. luckily, no reports so far that anyone was seriously injured but people's property, not so lucky. i heard the window smash,
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fully thought somebody was trying to break into the house. and i walked into the living room and the christmas tree had been blown into my window and broke it. different weather, still making travel difficult in the north of england and scotland. but conditions today, milder and sometimes stunning. 0n the m71; in south lanarkshire, a very different story from the chaos earlier in the week. and this gives you an idea of the power of the wind last night in suffolk. a play centre now without much of its roof. during the course of today, high winds have hit the netherlands. people at times hanging on. watch how they cling to the lamp post. and then a woman tries to cross the road
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with her body. people have been killed today in the storms in the netherlands and germany. —— with her buggy. jo black is at ipswich in suffolk. iam here i am here at the call centre and it is extremely busy. they have taken the same amount of calls that they normally take on a daily basis in the first hour of today. that gives you some idea of how easy they are here at uk power network. they say they have been preparing for this storm for around a week. 140,000 homes in the east of england have been reconnected today. around 10,000 are still off at the moment. they are 5500 in suffolk and 3500 in norfolk. both of those counties were
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the worst—affected. that gives you some idea of how busy they have been today. also, plenty of disruption in this part of the world, especially on the rail and road is. i've spent some time at ipswich railway station today speaking to disgruntled passengers. the trains were full of disrupted schedules, as you can imagine, with trees coming down and hitting power lines and going right across the rail lines. engineers worked out trying to remove those. the main line from norwich to london liverpool street has been extremely disrupted today. there were replacement buses in place and the line between ipswich and norwich is still disrupted, so people have been getting on replacement buses. they recognised that the gales are something that you can't really predict, but they were just trying to get on with it. the roads have been really busy as well. a bridge on the a14 had to be closed for a time, causing major chaos. the m11
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near saffron walden in essex was closed for several hours because a lot had overturned. that took quite a while fix. 0bviously, lots of drivers disrupted by that. and also in norfolk, in the village of western newton, the village hall had no power today. what is special about that is that the queen, who stays in sandringham at christmas and in new year, was actually visiting that horn because the wia have their annual meeting and she is the president and member of the sandringham branch of the wri and so she was going though today. but there was no power and no heating, but despite all of that, she wanted the event to go ahead, and so it did. this is bbc news five. 0ur the event to go ahead, and so it did. this is bbc news five. our main headlines... the prime minister holds talks with the french president on future relations. the government has announced an next £44 million will be spent to beef up
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channel border security. thousands are still without power and there is travel disruption after 80mph winds caused widespread damage. there are warnings of snow and ice tonight. the uk is in the grip of the worst outbreak of flu for seven years. in sport, coach eddiejones says the irish are the favourites to take the six nations. jones has named eight uncapped players in his squad. arsene than expects alexis sanchez to leave for manchester united in the next couple of days, with henrikh mkhitaryan going the other way. and ronnie 0'sullivan thinks illness cost him after he was knocked out of the masters snooker by mark allen. more sportjust after half past. official figures suggest the uk is going through the worst outbreak
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of flu for seven years. the number of people in england going to their gp with suspected flu has risen by 42% in the past week. with more on this, i'm joined by our health correspondent catherine burns. that's quite a statistic. is this affecting different parts of the country? yes, it is. there is a rise across the whole of the country, though. 0ne across the whole of the country, though. one way they measure this is to look at how many people per 100,000 go to their gp with the flu. so, in england, 53 out of every 100,000. in wales and northern ireland it was more like 65. scotla nd ireland it was more like 65. scotland was the highest, with 114 out of every 100,000 going to their gp with flu. wales is not that high, at 65, but actually, it is the steepest increase, who going up 290% in wales since the beginning of the year. the other thing to look at is
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hospital admissions. in england 600 people have been hospitalised with the flu, 200 of them being in intensive care or high dependency units. are the figures high enough for it to be an epidemic? no, it's not. it is bad but it is not the worst, essentially. the last time we had very high figures was after the swine flu pandemic. we have had a good few years with the flu, and this, relatively speaking, we were due a bad year. there is a lot of advice about things you can do. the main thing is, if you are eligible for the vaccine, get it. and basic hygiene. the flu can live for hours on hard surfaces. washing your hands regularly, simple stuff. avoid people who have got the future good advice! hospital consultants in wales are warning that patient safety in accident and emergency units is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree". 46 doctors — that's most of the emergency medicine consultants in wales — have signed a letter
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to the first minister, carwynjones, outlining their concerns. it comes as figures published this morning show the lowest level of a&e performance in wales since march 2016. sian lloyd reports. half past eight in the morning and staff at this hospital in swansea discuss the challenges ahead in a&e. patient waiting time targets are being missed at emergency units across wales. today more than three quarters of all consultant in emergency medicine have written to the first minister, warning that the system is at breaking point. there's good evidence that in a crowded emergency department, patients have their treatment delayed, and that can make their illness more protracted and ultimately it can make people slight speech at risk. people may die because of the pressures we a re people may die because of the pressures we are facing. the latest monthly performance figures show that in december, 78.9% of a&e
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patients in wales were dealt with within the four—hour target. a drop in performance compared to the 80.4% figure achieved last year. the target in wales is that 95% of patients should leave the emergency depart in under four patients should leave the emergency depart in underfour hours. the welsh government says that this december was the busiest on record. it recognises the challenges faced by staff. it says it has invested an extra £60 million to help people working in emergency units like this one deliver their services. the challenge is, when those spikes of unpredictable pressure come on, we have not had enough facility in the system to cope. so of course we have to learn and i take responsibility. hospitals have been coming up with new ways of dealing with the busy times, and in swansea, it is all hands on deck to reduce delays. are you being looked after...? donna has swapped her officejob
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you being looked after...? donna has swapped her office job with the health board to help out on the wards. the tasks she can carry out will free up nurses' time. they're so rushed off their feet, it is nice to spend time with the patients and sit there and hold the hand of a patient, it is good for them and good for us. there are still ambulances waiting outside the hospital, but the scheme is seeing results of. people are being moved through the emergency unit here more quickly. but challenges remain, with a spike in the number of flu cases, the medical team fear that things will get worse before they get better. and if you want to find out how your local hospital service is performing — go to the bbc‘s nhs tracker page on the website — you just need to put in your postcode. new figures show that 2017 was the hottest year on record for the planet — without the natural warming of an el nino. scientists say that
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man—made climate change — driven largely by co2 emissions — is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate. arctic warmth has been especially pronounced. the figures have been published by the met office and nasa — and are compiled from thousands of measurements taken across the globe. 0ur environment analyst roger harrabin reports. last yea r‘s last year's wildfires in california. not caused by man—made climate change, but likely influenced by high temperatures drying out parched land. followed by the mudslides, caused by an unusual combination of heat and extreme rain. scientists say they're more confident than ever that c02 say they're more confident than ever that co2 emissions are the main thing heating the planet. they're informed by the graft of global temperatures. back in 9098 there was a big spike of warming thanks to the el nino heating current. that was beaten in the el nino years of 2015
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and 2016 with a new high of 1.11 celsius above normal. last year, though, was nearly one celsius above normal, but crucially, there was no el nino. what is remarkable about these latest figures is that it is these latest figures is that it is the warmest temperatures that we've seen without the influence of the natural el nino climate phenomena. and what this is showing, really, is that the influences of the human activity on climate through our emissions of greenhouse gases are really dwarfing the natural climate processes associated with el nino. but what about the snow on america's east coast which fronted president trump to tweet, we need some of that global warming over here? the east coast freeze was short—term weather not long—term planet. coastal flooding like this after hurricane harvey is the most certain outcome of climate change, as the planet keeps on woman. —— keeps on warming.
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the government has set up a task force to support businesses and workers affected by the collapse of the construction company carillion. unions, banks and representatives from industry will sit on the group, which will be chaired by the business secretary greg clark. the leader of the commons, andrea leadsom, told mps that the aim was to end the uncertainty for everyone involved. what the government is doing is, it has set up a group to be able to discuss with trade unions and with industry representatives, to be able to ensure that we get to the bottom of this as soon as we possibly can. the government's spending watchdog says private companies will get almost £200 billion from the public purse over the next 20 years for deals set up under private finance initiatives. pfi schemes allow private companies to build and maintain schools, hospitals and other projects in return for an annual payment. the national audit office says annual charges have reached more than £10 billion. its report was written before the collapse of carillion. the government says it only approves pfi schemes that are value for money.
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royal watchers queued in cardiff from dawn to see prince harry and his fiancee, meghan markle. the couple did a walkabout at cardiff castle — after arriving an hour late due to train delays. 0ur royal correspondent sarah campbell is in cardiff. sarah, people were not put off by the weather publicly? they certainly won't. it was a long wait outside cardiff castle. just so you no, because there is a chance they will because there is a chance they will be leaving this building very shortly, so if they do i will move out of the way. this is the tremorfa area of the city, and this is star hub. they have been meeting young people, this is a special project which tries to encourage young people, particularly disadvantaged young people, to get into sport. their first young people, to get into sport. theirfirst engagement young people, to get into sport. their first engagement of the day was in the historic grounds of
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cardiff castle. there were around 400-500 cardiff castle. there were around 400—500 people who waited for a long time to see them. and they shook hands for about 20 minutes outside. there were some very excited schoolchildren, and then they went into cardiff castle itself. the whole idea of that first visit was to give prince harry and especially meghan markle a flavour of the culture and heritage in wales. so, they saw some young schoolchildren reciting poetry, they met some of the former international rugby stars, summer sports people. they got some welsh cheese and cakes to try, to give an idea of what wales is all about. do you remember the interview when they first got engaged, and meghan said very clearly that between now and the wedding, she wanted to get to know britain, her new home. and that's the plan. she started off, the first one was in december in nottingham, brixton last week and now wales. and we would expect over the coming
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weeks and months before their wedding in may for them to visit scotla nd wedding in may for them to visit scotland and northern ireland as well. they arrived late, they have been inside and now i canjust see some snappers, so i wonder whether they're going to emerge shortly. they have spent the day here and it has been about letting meghan get to know wales, the country that she is now going to be calling home. are these engagements which prince harry already had in his diary and he has brought his fiancee along or are they specially set up for the new couple? these are specially set up for the new couple. it is a way to introduce meghan markle to the british public and also a way for her to get to know the country. i think this one was announced only about ten days ago. and i think it gave the welsh government not much time to try and put together a real programme of events to try and get
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to know wales in an hour and try and get as many people as possible from the various different parts of the culture and heritage and get to know the country. but also prince harry has been involved with this project before. and it was the same with his nottingham project, which was the first thing they went to, an academy that he had been involved with before, again involving disadvantaged children and in that case it was about trying to discourage violence amongst young people. all of these engagements, they will be the big, showy ones like the cardiff castle, and then there is the community groups and how they are helping, particularly young people, particularly disadvantaged young people. which we have known prince harry has always been very keen on those kind of charities, and so it is him introducing the country to meghan but also introducing these kind of projects which are very close to his heart. and they have had a rapturous welcome here. people were queueing
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at cardiff castle from about half past seven this morning. in the end they were maybe 400—500 people. they we re they were maybe 400—500 people. they were giving gifts and one person i know, a couple of people from cardiff asked meghan whether they could organise her hen to hearing cardiff, and apparently she said yes! she may have beenjoking but thatis yes! she may have beenjoking but that is what they the strong destructive winds have eased away, wipt ril —— wintry weather on the cards. it has been a very windy, wintry sort of day. we have still got the snow showers packing in on a keen north—westerly wind. my graphics have stopped working there for a moment. i can tell you that there are still lots of snow and ice to come across parts of snow and ice to come across parts of scotland, northern ireland and also towards the north—west of
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england too. we will continue to see those snow showers falling overnight with clear spells too. temperatures tonight dropping down to below freezing in the countryside. that means there will be ice and there is also going to be snow that are causing hazards due the course of tomorrow morning. through the day tomorrow, a similar day to today. wintry showers to scotland, northern ireland and northern england. further snow accumulating during the day. more sunshine once again across the south—east of england and eastern scotland too. i will have a full update of your weather forecast in about half an hour. this is bbc news, the headlines. the prime minister holds talks with the french president on future relations. it's emmanuel macron's first visit to the uk as president. the summit will focus on security and intelligence sharing. there's travel disruption and thousands are still without power after 80 mile an hour winds cause widespread damage. there are warnings of
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snow and ice tonight. the uk is in the grip of the worst outbreak of flu for seven years. doctors say cases are up 40%. manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate scientists say. time for a look at the sport now, here's jessica. thank you very much. ronnie 0'sullivan has been knocked out the masters snooker in the quarterfinal by northern ireland's mark allen. 0'sullivan, who has won the tournment a record seven times, blamed illness for his bad performance — he lost 6—1. allen will play either john higgins or ryan day, who play tomorrow, in the semi—final and was is delighted with the win. any win against ronnie is a big win. i'm a realist in that he's the benchmark of our game. i'm very, very happy. i scored really well up
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to 4-1. very happy. i scored really well up to 4—1. that is when i fell over the i'm pretty glad line. , if i'd have won or i'm pretty glad line. , if i'd have won or got through that and come back and had to fill the game on saturday. it's not fun when you're out there and not feeling great. when you are out there you want to feel like you can do yourself justice. the minds games have started ahead of rugby union's six nations, with england head coach eddiejones saying the irish team, rather than his own, are the favourites to take the title. a number of injuries and suspensions for several of england's senior players has led jones to name eight uncapped players for his squad. england are going for a third straight six nations title, but with a new look team, jones say it is ireland's to lose. i think it's a reinvigorated six nations. ireland's dominating european rugby at the moment. their pro convinceal sides are doing well. their national side has had great success. their national side has had great su ccess . eve ryo ne their national side has had great success. everyone talks about their central contracting and how they've got their players in fantastic conditions. so i don't know why the
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other teams bother to turn—up. we will get in there and we'll compete. arsenal manager, arsene wenger, says a deal to take alexis sanchez to manchester united is "likely to happen" and has also been discussing his interest in henrikh mkhitaryan moving the other way as part of the deal. he was speaking at a press conference ahead of saturday's match against crystal palace. it can happen things cannot happen. really, still at that stage? yeah, at that stage, yes. doo-doo you think there is a chance he could ever play in an arsenal shirt again? yes of course if it doesn't happen he will be playing on saturday. it's likely to happen, but things can break down. these kind of things are never guaranteed. part of the negotiation seems involves a player coming the other way. henrikh
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mkhitaryan, what do you think of him asa mkhitaryan, what do you think of him as a player. yes of course. johanna konta insisted there were positives to take from her second round exit at the australian open. she went out in straight sets to the world number 123, bernarda pera. konta's exit means there is no more british interest in the women's draw. it was only the second time pera had ever won a grand slam match. it's a bit frustrating, but also i think i'm still taking good stuff from this. i'm not... i don't feel by any means like it's a massive catastrophe. 0bviously, by any means like it's a massive catastrophe. obviously, i play every event to be there until the end. so i definitely don't want to be going home this early. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's we'll have more for you in sportsday at 6.30pm. jess, many thanks.
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let's get more on the meeting between theresa may and the french president emmanuel macron, with both leaders expected to underline their commitment to continue working closely together after brexit. they'll set out a series of agreements, including a pledge from the government to take more migrants from calais and an extra £44 million to strengthen the uk's border controls. i'm joined from calais by our diplomatic correspondent, paul adams. paul, we were speaking a couple of days ago when president macron made a visit to calais to highlight the issue before coming to the uk. how pleased will e he be, do you think, by this offer of more money? well, he says he certainly seems to have got what he was asking for when he was here the day before yesterday he was here the day before yesterday he was talking very much in these terms. saying he was looking to theresa may to lend greater support on two fronts. 0ne, theresa may to lend greater support on two fronts. one, the additional money for the security operation in and around the calais area. a
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security operation, let's not forget, which is about securing britain's borders because since the 2003 le touquet agreement it's on this side of the channel that the british borders exist, in terms of immigration controls and security and so forth. so the money that's being pledged today is all about that. the other issue that he is looking for progress on is on britain's willingness to take more migrants in, in two gadget grills. 0ne, those who have family connections in the uk and secondly those who are unaccompanied minors. migrants under the age of 18, of whom there are still quite a number at any given time here in the calais area. theresa may's people have been saying today that they are going to make a specific undertaking, but it doesn't sound as if there are going to be any numbers associated with that. it's basically a restatement
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of the government's willingness to progress unaccompanied minors and others in a timely fashion. it's been the subject of quite a bit of controversy been the subject of quite a bit of co ntrove rsy over been the subject of quite a bit of controversy over the past year or so with some human rights organisations accusing the british government of dragging its feet. the government said it's committed to solving this situation and trying to do it in as timely as fashion as possible. briefly, paul, how would you assess the significance of today's meeting between theresa may and emmanuel macron? well, look, it does seem to put anglo—french relations back on a positive footing with this whole issue, not just to positive footing with this whole issue, notjust to do with migration here in calais, but obviously to do with security co—operation, the willingness of theresa may to offer assistance to french operations. 0n assistance to french operations. 0n a whole range of issues the summit has been designed by both sides to
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show whatever complications exist with regard to britain's exit from the european union, there is no reason to assume that anglo—french relayingses cannot prosper and thrive. that is the message both are keen to project and that seems to be the message that is getting out there. 0k. paul adams, the message that is getting out there. 0k. pauladams, our correspondent in calais, thank you very much indeed. the ukip mep, nigel farage, joins me now from westminster to discuss this further. thank you forjoining us. a stronger bilateral relationship with france, that must be somebodying something you welcome? i've all for bilateralism. i'm nor nation states co—operating together. that is what the le touquet agreement has been all the way through. many during the eu referendum tried to confuse it with eu membership. it's a different thing. it was done for the ferry companies, train companies etc. we appear to be picking up all of the
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bill for a problem that, to be frank, the french haven't handled very well. but the bill is to strengthen uk security and uk borders, isn't it? in a sense, why shouldn't it be our bill? as it appears, we will find out more confirmation from the press conference, if we have agreed — we have put over £100 million into this in the last three years — if we've agreet greed to another £44 million and on top of that to take an as yet undetermined new number of migrants that seems we are giving too much in this relationship. these are two separate issues, aren't they? 0ne this relationship. these are two separate issues, aren't they? one is about strengthening security, most people would presumably agree with. 0ne people would presumably agree with. one can quibble about the amount of money. the issue of the migrants is something separate. as regards the migrants, if they are — if they have family ties in britain, shouldn't there be a presumption they should
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be allowed to come? if that is the presumption, goodness knows how many tens of thousands that could mean over the next couple of years. everybody at calais is there illegally. if they are people who have a right to claim asylum they of course should do so under international law in the first safe country they come to. none of that is happening. when people say, look about children. we have seen before many that came, who were supposed to be children, actually were 33—year—olds who looked like they would be good in a rugby scrum. 33—year—olds who looked like they would be good in a rugby scrumm they are children, do you accept the principle sehwag should be allowed to come if they are 18. i don't accept the principle they should be abused. if we do accept more single child migrants, all that does is to play straight into the hands of the traffickers and put more people's
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lives at risk to ferry more people to calais. so, no, we really ought to calais. so, no, we really ought to go back to the geneva convention, the basic principles on refugee status. people claim it in the first safe country they come to.|j status. people claim it in the first safe country they come to. i fail to see how that would help the traffickers. if you are allowing a legitimate passage for unaccompanied minors that would surely mean the traffickers business is lessened? minors that would surely mean the traffickers business is lessened7m it legitimate in greece where they land or in spain. 0r legitimate when they cross the border to france or only legitimate when they move to britain because the french don't wa nt britain because the french don't want the problem. the point of rules is people need to abide by them. france frankly have dealt with this badly and gives the impression it's happy to shovel the problem on to the united kingdom. can i ask you about the ukip leadership and where you stand on the position of henry bolton. i think for former leaders
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to get involved in the workings of a party would be a huge, huge mistake. are you worried that again the question of the leadership is in the headlines, the fifth leader since the referendum ? headlines, the fifth leader since the referendum? what i'm worried about is the fact — just today we learn that 27 member states met this week to say they are going to demand continued access to british fishing waters as part of the ultimate trade package that is put. what i'm worried about is we are making big concessions on brexit. i'm worried we face knife edge votes coming up in the house of commons and lords over the course of the next year and british politics needs ukip to be sta ble british politics needs ukip to be stable and strong. you are right, over the last year and more it's been through a tough time. 0k. very good to talk to you. thank you very much indeed. thank you. modern slavery — it's
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often a hidden problem — but one that can be found in towns and cities all over the uk. for the past year the co—0p has been piloting the first scheme of its kind to give paid work experience and then a permanent role to more than 30 former victims of slavery, saying a newjob can mean a new life. more than a dozen businesses are meeting in westminster to discuss how they can get involved, as nina warhurst reports. before, my life was very bad. i think, i don't have a chance of a future. now, it's very nice, it's great. i'm very happy. peter is a survivor of modern slavery. one of 12 to have been placed in safe, secure work by the co—op. like thousands before him, peter came from romania for a new life. i'm looking for a job. and to be happy? yes. but 12 hour days were spent cold and wet, working in a car—wash without any pay.
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he was then held prisoner, only allowed out to open fake bank accounts for his captors. you feel scared of these men? yes, very scared. because they're very dangerous, these people. very, very aggressive. they tell me, "i will kill you". his room was closely guarded, but peter escaped when the gang got drunk. and now i'm remembering this... your heart beats faster now, remembering? very, very, very hard. from living in a safe house, to a safe job. here at the co—op, they are offering survivors a new start. when they go into a workplace, for example, it's either just the store manager who knows that they are a modern slave victim, orjust their line manager and logistics. it's totally confidential. what are the big challenges you face in making sure this employment works? they don't have maybe a driving licence or bank account. the formal things you and i would have to say who we were. we have had to adapt our hr policies to be able to deal with that. right now, in our communities, there's an estimated 13,000 modern slaves. though because they often disappear, that number could be much higher. when survivors escape
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or are discovered, often they are deeply traumatised. they might be suffering from panic attacks and be terrified of the police. sometimes their sense of trust has been so deeply eroded that they are suspicious of any support on offer. that makes the scale of this challenge even greater. how did it go yesterday at the body shop? today, this charity, alongside the co—op, is meeting with a dozen businesses hoping to help more survivors. even as consumers, we love hearing when a business, when a corporation, when they have a heart. this is going to help so many survivors, people who've been the most vulnerable, the most exploited. it's setting them up for a brand—new start. why do you like the job, what do you like? i like it first thing because it's nice people. the manager is great. i love it, myjob. peter is a man excited about his future. he's about to take his girlfriend on holiday, a basic freedom that now means the world.
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nina warhurst, bbc news. this is bbc news at five, the headlines: the prime minister holds talks with the french president on future relations. the government announces an extra £44 million will be spent beefing up channel border security. there's travel disruption and thousands are still without power after 80 mile an hour winds cause widespread damage. there are warnings of snow and ice tonight. the uk is in the grip of the worst outbreak of flu for seven years. we will cross over to sandhurst military academy. people are waiting for a press conference held by theresa may and the french president, emmanuel macron. it was due to take place a little while
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ago. it has been delayed, i'm afraid. 0nce ago. it has been delayed, i'm afraid. once they are ebbing spaing, we will bring you the latest as soon as we can. a terminally ill man from shropshire who wants to be helped to die has been granted permission to take his case to appeal. noel conway, who's 68 and has motor neurone disease, has won the first stage of his court of appeal bid to challenge a ruling over his wish for a "peaceful and dignified" death. mr conway, who is a retired lecturer, wants a doctor to be allowed to prescribe him a lethal dose of drugs. 0ur medical correspondent, fergus walsh, has been following the case at the royal courts of justice. noel conway is a retired lecturer, he is becoming progressively weaker as his motor neurone disease spreads. he needs oxygen to help him breathe and he says he fears having a painful and undignified death. so he launched a challenge to the 1961 suicide act which forbids a doctor from prescribing him a lethal dose. now, he says that
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breaches his human rights. last 0ctober, three high court judges dismissed that challenge but, two hours ago, some appeal court judges said he should be allowed to take that challenge and review that decision with a full hearing before the court of appeal, which will be heard a few months' time. this is issue of whether there should be a right—to—die is obviously a key one for society. back in 2015, mps overwhelmingly rejected proposals for assisted—dying in england and wales. 0pponents say it would place the weak and the vulnerable at greater risk, at risk of coercion. some american states, california and colorado, have since then adopted right—to—die, as has victoria in australia. so this case will go back to court in a few months' time here. the northern ireland secretary,
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karen bradley, has said she believes it is possible for an agreement to be reached to re—establish the northern ireland executive. power—sharing between the democratic unionists and sinn fein collapsed more than a year ago. the new northern ireland secretary said that a short intense set of talks would begin next week, and it was vital they succeed. the adopted daughter of the hollywood film director woody allen says she feels outrage at being ignored for years after making a sexual assault allegation against him. 32—year—old dylan farrow is appearing on television for the first time to discuss the allegation. 82—year—old woody allen was investigated over the claim that he molested dylan in an attic when she was seven. he has always denied the allegation and was never charged. lizo mzimba reports. the multi—0scar—winning director is one of film's best—known faces. he's also one of the many hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct.
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in her first tv interview, with cbs news, his adopted daughter, dylan farrow, has again said she was abused by him when she was just seven. claims that allen has consistently denied. i was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother's country house, in connecticut, by my father. he instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother's toy train that was set up. and he sat behind me in the doorway and, as i played with the toy train, i was sexually assaulted. woody allen says the claims were investigated by a hospital and child welfare and he says they independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. instead, he says, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell her story by her angry mother during a contentious break—up.
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voice of woody allen: a custody settlement with me... farrow was also shown him denying the claim on a previously transmitted cbs special. she sobs. i'm really sorry. don't apologise. i thought i could handle it. are you crying because of what he said, or seeing him? what is upsetting you? he's lying and... h's been lying for so long. and it's difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice. stars like alec baldwin have expressed support for woody allen. many more hollywood figures have distanced themselves or condemned him. lizo mzimba, bbc news. parents in england are subsidising free nursery care because it hasn't been properly funded by the government, that's according to a new survey. many nurseries say they're struggling to cover costs and are having to ask parents to help for fees, nappies and lunches. the government says the funding was never intended to cover the cost of meals or additional services and that it's investing £6 billion
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in childcare by 2020. 0ur education correspondent, elaine dunkley, has the details. how many of the pink beads have we got? at sparkling stars preschool in poole, the numbers don't add up. it's struggling financially to provide children with 30 hours of free care a week and says the government hasn't provided enough funding for the scheme. we're funding big—time here in poole. preschools in poole are paid £3.77 per hour to deliver funded childcare. 0ur true cost of provision is closer to £5 per hour. the only person that this policy is free to is the government. it's not free to providers. we are subsidising this policy. it is not free to parents or their children because we are having to ask for additional contributions to cover parts of what we offer that the funding does not cover. before the scheme was introduced, the high cost of childcare meant some parents were worse off going back to work. but with some nurseries struggling to offer 30 hours a week, parents are being asked to pick up additional costs.
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having 30 hours gives me the security to work more. but obviously if they can't sustain it, then that's concerning. when they go on to bigger schools, you're not to make donations and things there. it is costly, for a working family, when you look at what the minimum wage is, what they earn, and then you take off that cost to the nursery. the report from the preschool learning alliance suggests only 35% of childcare providers are delivering 30 hours a week completely free. 37% have introduced or increased charges for things such as meals and snacks to make up the shortfall. and 38% of providers are uncertain whether or not they will be offering 30 hour places in a year's time. almost on a daily basis i receive emails and letters from providers that have been around for 10, 20, 30 years, who are saying, we've had enough, we can no longer make this work. we are closing our doors. when you get one in five providers in this survey that are saying effectively, we are worried that we will not be
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here next year, then that's a bad place to be. and government knows this is likely to be the case. the government insists the additional hours are working for parents, but nurseries say they are going out of business. elaine dunkley, bbc news. now back to the weather. the monarch was making her annual visit to the sandringham women's institute where she is president. their building had lost power. after listening to a talk by torch light the queen emerged into the rain. shejoined in 1943 when she was princess elizabeth and she attends each year. her majesty came along to the wi this afternoon with no heating and no lighting. we were supply supplied with water by the police to make the
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tea. so we were actually able to provide everyone with a cup of tea. the queen sort of came in. she was laughing and smiling with everybody. making remarks on the fact that she couldn't really see us because it's quite dark. it's darker in the hall thanit quite dark. it's darker in the hall than it is outside. no, we've had a really lovely afternoon despite no heat or light. is there more weather havoc in score. sarah can tell us. the winds have caused their disruption. we have caused their disruption. we have snow and ice in the forecast. warnings in force across many northern and western parts of the country for further snowy and icy conditions. here is the satellite image with the cloud. we have had a lot of big shower clouds around. this is how we ended the day in twickenham. can you see clear spells and big shower clouds. we will see the feed of showers coming in from the feed of showers coming in from the north—west this evening and overnight too. the showers are going to be falling as snow over the higher ground initially of scotland,
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northern ireland and northern england. as we head through the night, the snow level will come down, which means we will increasingly see the snow right down to lower levels as well. further south some sleet, rain and some snow on top of the hills. a lot of dry, clear weather across central and southern england, eastern england and eastern scotland. a cold frosty start to friday morning. watch out for icy conditions with further snow building up. through tomorrow, similarto building up. through tomorrow, similar to today, we have snow showers in the north and west, heavy snow across northern ireland, scotla nd snow across northern ireland, scotland into the north—west of england for a time. further south a mix of rain showers, sleet and snow over the higher ground. plenty of sunshine for central and eastern parts of england, but temperatures only around two to seven degrees. . still have that cold air in place as we head through friday night into the first part of the weekend. this front tries to move in from the south—west. as it does so, we could see some snow during the course of sunday. for saturday, ithink see some snow during the course of sunday. for saturday, i think we will start with low cloud and light
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rain in the south which should clear away quickly. not a bad day on saturday. much lighter winds than we have seen recently, fewer showers too. more sunshine, temperatures still only around two to seven den agrees on saturday. then overnight thatis agrees on saturday. then overnight that is when this front gets a move on, moves in from the south—west. as it bumps intohe cold air heavy snow could develop over the hills of northern england, scotland too. the snow looks like it will turn back to rainfairly snow looks like it will turn back to rain fairly quickly because we have a lot of mild air coming in from the south west as we head through sunday. temperatures across south western parts of the country back up into double figures. cold in the far north—east. it's a weekend two of halves. saturday will be dry, bright and chilly with wintry sunshine. sunday will turn milder but we will continue to see the wet and windy weather too. lots going on. watch out for the snowy and icy conditions
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in the north tonight. cold weather keeps up the pressure on the nhs. the uk's in the grip of the worst flu season for seven years. it comes as dozens of doctors in wales warn that patient safety in a&e units is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree". we have got patients in the department and we don't have space to see them, and then we're coming back the next day and some of the patients are still here. it's getting worse every winter but this is the worst we have seen. we'll be finding outjust how bad the situation is across the uk. severe gales cause disruption across much of the uk, as fallen trees block rail lines and roads, and tens of thousands of homes are left without power. a summit at sandhurst — the french president holds talks with theresa may as the uk agrees to pay an extra £44 million for channel security. terminally ill — the man fighting for the right to a "peaceful
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