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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm... the haitian ambassador tells the bbc his government wants oxfam to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex. the worst part is when they say if those crimes were reported to the haitian authorities no action would have been taken — it's really an insult. israel attacks dozens of syrian targets after one of its f—16 jets came under anti—aircraft fire and crashed. at least 18 people are dead and 60 injured as a double—decker bus overturns in hong kong. also in the next hour... the foreign secretary visits bangladesh to meet rohingya refugees. nearly 700,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, after a military crackdown in myanmar. a warning about a new scam involving the apple itunes service. tax authorities say elderly and vulnerable people are becoming victims. and at 6:30pm, sportsday will have a roundup of all the action on day two of the winter 0lympics. good evening.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. haiti's ambassador to the uk, has told the bbc he believes 0xfam did try to "cover—up" details of the use of prostitutes by some of its aid workers in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. 0xfam's chief executive said the charity could have been more open about its investigation, but insisted there was no cover up. downing street says the government is reviewing its relationship with the charity. angus crawford has the details. it was an earthquake that devastated haiti, killing more than 200,000 people, affecting millions more.
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aid agencies from around the world stepped into the chaos. 0xfam, with more than 70 years‘ experience, had hundreds of staff in the field. but an investigation by the times found that in 2011, four staff members were sacked and three others resigned over allegations of misconduct, including paying local women for sex. the n60 says it launched an investigation and kept the charity commission fully informed, something the commission now disputes. 0xfam's leadership denies there has been a cover—up. 0xfam was actually proactive in going to the british public, the department for international development and the charity commission to explain that there had been serious misconduct and we'd taken action. more than £30 million of taxpayers‘ money is given to 0xfam by the government every year. today, downing street called the allegations truly shocking and demanded a full
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and urgent investigation. today, fresh claims. some of the disgraced staff gotjobs at other aid agencies because 0xfam failed to warn them about the misconduct. it is clear, it is a cover—up case. the fact that those folks were allowed to leave the country without any punishment, without even informing relevant haitian authorities about that, it was a cover—up. haiti wants 0xfam to hand over all relevant documents so justice be served there. the behaviour of a few has stained the charity's pass reputation the charity's past reputation and now threatens its work in the future. angus crawford, bbc news. an israeli fighterjet has crashed after coming underfire,
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while attacking iranian forces in syria. the two—man crew ejected and one is said to be seriously injured. the f—16 was part of an air raid on a drone base inside syria, after israel claimed an iranian drone entered its airspace. the government in damascus has accused israel of terrorism and has threatened to retaliate. 0ur middle east correspondent tom bateman is injerusalem. what was left on israeli soil. the plane crashed after the two pilots ejected, said it after a syrian anti—aircraft fire. 0ne pilot was left severely injured. israel has said that it scrambled the planes in response to this... a drone sent allegedly by syria into israeli airspace. it was destroyed. if you hit the site that it said the cabaco
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come from before further strikes against what it called iranian targets in syria. syrian state tv called it a glorious morning and cleaned the country shot down the israeli plane. israel is aware of the threat across its northern border, with the syrian regime backed by iran and its proxies like these his brother fighters, backed by iran and its proxies like these his brotherfighters, backing these his brotherfighters, backing the control of much territory. syria's conflict has drawn on her neighbours, there have been dozens of visually air strikes in syria in recent yea rs. of visually air strikes in syria in recent years. in december, except what it said was a new military side. as recently as this week, a suspected chemical weapons factory was targeted. iran has accused israel of lies, claiming it has only military advisers in syria. there are likely to be more hastily called meeting sir at the usually plays minister's offers about how to do
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with what he sees as the growing threat from iran. israel has said that it does not want an escalation in syria, but any highly volatile atmosphere, where any of the players is capable of miscalculation, and remains open a distinct possibility of precisely that. tom bateman, bbc news, jerusalem. a double—decker bus has overturned in hong kong, killing at least 18 people, and injuring dozens more, on the tai po road in the new territories. sophia tran—thomson has this report. the 12—metre long double—decker crashed in the new territories of hong kong. it was taking spectators and workers home from the racecourse after the last race of the day. the bus appears to have split and flipped onto its side and hit a lamppost which cut through it. it is still unknown what caused the accident but passengers quoted by local media have said the bus was running late and driving at high speeds. some passengers managed to climb out of the wreckage on their own, others had to be cut free by the fire brigade.
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police have so far been unable to confirm how many people were on the bus. the bus company has made a statement, offering their condolences and has said that the driver had a good track record. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is in bangladesh, where he's been meeting rohingya refugees, who've escaped violence in neighbouring myanmar. nearly 700,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, after a military crackdown began six months ago. reeta chakrabarti is travelling with the foreign secretary. cries of "welcome" to a guest from a people who have been kicked out of their home. we will try to get you back home, guys. borisjohnson came to see and hear for himself from the victims of this huge man—made disaster. he heard story after story of arson, rape and murder. committed, say the rohingya
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victims, by the military and buddhist mobs in myanmar. i am very sorry to hear that. what do you think of what you have heard so far? it is overwhelming and obviously these people have seen some pretty horrifying things. i am very conscience that we are speaking to the young people and you do not want to trigger terrible memories for them. it is very clear that with the case of the guy who had only narrowly escaped and who had almost lost his daughter and been beaten and he had to ransom his daughter back and kept breaking down in tears... the people that borisjohnson is meeting are all in limbo. bangladesh does not want them here permanently but they cannot go back to myanmar without guarantees of safety. so what can britain do to help? it is about finding a political solution and an answer in myanmar, from burma, to create the conditions for a safe and dignified
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return for these people. that is what they want and they want to go back, but they do not feel safe. that is the message the foreign secretary is taking to myanmar, where he landed tonight. he admits a safe return for the rohingya presently looks unrealistic, it is a very tough diplomatic battle that he has to fight. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news, on the myanmar—bangladesh border. at least 27 people have died when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed on the indonesian island of java. the crash happened when the bus, which had at least a0 people on board, hit a motorbike as it was speeding down a hill in the subang region of west java province, causing it to roll over multiple times. the father of another mild
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schoolgirl who was stabbed in roehampton has said he is devastated by her death. yet said she was a shining star and by her death. yet said she was a shining starand a by her death. yet said she was a shining star and a huge part of us. detectives are questioning a 51—year—old relative on suspicion of murder. —— wolverhampton. in ireland, sinn fein has a new leaderfor the first time in sa years. gerry adams has stepped down, and been replaced by mary lou mcdonald at a specially convened party conference in dublin. 0ur ireland correspondent, chris page, has been at the conference in dublin. more than 2,000 sinn fein leaders have enthusiastically endorsed the new leader, mary lou mcdonald, in her home city, dublin. she's the only person who put her name forward to succeed gerry adams as leader of sinn fein, no surprise that she has been installed as leader of the party, the second biggest in northern ireland and the third biggest in the irish republic. now, gerry adams had
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the longest career of any major party leader in britain, or ireland, an extremely divisive politician. he was a peacemaker to his supporters, but he was at least an apologist for ira violence to his enemies, although he was never a member of that organisation himself. mary lou mcdonald in her speech said that it was time for fresh ideas and bold thinking. the ambition of the party is to be in government on both sides of the border, but whether they get back into government in northern ireland will depend upon negotiations between sinn fein and the democratic unionist party at stormont, word is, in particular, there has been some progress in british and irish governments in the last 2a hours, they have been warning that time is running out to get devolution back. whether or not an agreement is possible should become clear over the next week or so,
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as talks seem to be heading for a crosspoint. now, other issues that mary lou mcdonald touched on in her speech, international issues, the middle east, catalonia, climate change and also more specific to politics here on the island of ireland, the legacy of the conflict in northern ireland, for example, paying tribute to her predecessors who have led sinn fein, and very much put the emphasis on the party's overall aim, achieving a united ireland. she says that she is willing to persuade unionists on that, many of them are extremely suspicious of sinn fein, given the legacy of the past, and in terms of building relationships with them, that will be an uphill struggle for mary lou mcdonald. however, it is hoped that this leader, with a very different background to gerry adams, will be able to take sinn fein to new places electorally, and will enable sinn fein to build
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new relationships in a way that was more difficult for past generation of leaders with direct experience of the conflict in northern ireland. chris page reporting. the north korean leader kimjong—un has invited the south korean president to visit him at the earliest date possible. the historic invitation was given by kim jong—un‘s sister, who's visiting the south for the winter olympics. if it happens, it would be the first summit in more than a decade between korean leaders. laura bicker reports. this is no ordinary messenger. kim yo—jong is the sister of the north korean leader kimjong—un. she's the first of her family to set foot on south korean soil, and this is the moment president moon had hoped and campaigned for. he is careful to greet each delegate, aware of the significance of this meeting. as the two sides take their seats, the cameras note a blue
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folder on the desk. we now know it contained an historic invitation. translation: special envoy kim yo—jong presented a personal letter from kim jong—un to president moon, which contained chairman kim's desire to improve inter—korean relations. kim jong—un‘s younger sister is not used to the spotlight. she's usually behind the scenes as master of her brother's image. but, as a pr queen, she is the perfect charmer for the north's charm offensive. it's quite typical of north korea to actually do this kind of thing. they're stealing a little bit of the limelight from south korea, as the whole world's press descend on it, and they're also trying to control the message between the two. it's very, very hard for south korea, even though they've been talking about pressure, sanctions, to basically refuse these kind of advances from north korea. the us vice president has looked increasingly isolated on this visit, refusing to even greet the north koreans while pushing
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for tougher sanctions on the regime. these winter games have provided south korea with a diplomatic breakthrough they never thought possible. but it also presents a serious challengers. does president moon accept this invitation and, if so, under what kind of preconditions? and he's also discovering that in defending his neighbour to the north, he risks alienating a key us ally. laura bicker, bbc news, pyeongchang. the headlines on bbc news: the haitian ambassador tells the bbc his government wants 0xfam to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex. israel attacks dozens of syrian targets after one of its f—16 jets came under anti—aircraft fire and crashed. at least 18 people are dead and 60 injured as a double—decker bus overturns in hong kong. let's get more now on our main story.
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the department for international development is reviewing its work with 0xfam, following claims the charity covered up the use of prostitutes by some of its aid workers in earthquake—hit haiti. 0xfam insists it publicised the action it took against the workers, some of whom were fired. earlier i spoke to the haitian ambassador to the uk. he accused 0xfam of a "cover—up" and said his government was outraged that the 0xfam staff had been allowed to leave the country without the matter being reported to the police. first of all, let me express the shock of my government, after seeing those allegations throughout the investigation by the times. it is really shocking, it is shameful. it is unacceptable. the worst part of it, even though those crimes
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were reported to the haitian authorities, no action was taken — when they say that, that is an insult. they say the reason they did not take it to the authorities was because they thought nothing would happen. that is insulting. this gentleman, he left the country, and he has been able to work for other ngos, you don't know which children are being victimised from this gentleman. therefore, it is appalling. it is something we should condemn. the haitian government is now about to summon 0xfam to share those reports, and to explore those legal steps about to be taken against those people. clearly, mistakes have been made and 0xfam has said they did not
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handle it with hindsight as they should have done, what is the important next step that needs to happen? the fact that you have accepted the cover up, the crimes, that is bad. this is shameful behaviour. i'm really pleased that the fact that her majesty's government has stepped in, requesting 0xfam to share those files, and see what measures can be taken. for our part, the government of haiti, we will call and summon the 0xfam representative to share the files. it is not acceptable to do such a thing. even in war zones, those actions are reprehensible. when you see it, even the actions reported
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the haitian ambassador to the uk. president trump has blocked the release of a classified democratic party memo over the fbi's russia probe. the memo rebutted claims there was anti—trump bias in the fbi's investigation of russian meddling in the us presidential election. the white house said the memo couldn't be released because it contained classified material. 0ur washington correspondent, david willis explained more. it is the battle of the memos. the white house announcing last night that they would not be releasing the democratic memo, that is the memo that rebuts the republican memo, which are least bias in the surveillance operation of the former donald trump campaign aide, a man called carter page. the white house counsel, don mcgann, said that basically there were sensitive information that needed to be
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redacted in the democratic memo and that releasing it would breach national security. now, the democrats are not happy about this, they have claimed there is a double standard, they have said that this shows that the president has something to hide. the president, for his part, to keep earlier today making the point that the democrats knew that there were large parts of the memo that would have to be redacted and therefore they were setting up the white house more or less for the charge of lack of transparency, if you like, and he urged once again then to basically go away and redacted bits that were sensitive and then bring it back to him. meanwhile, of course, you have democrats claiming that the memo, which is a lot longer than that of the republican one, and vital context to this whole argument. i should point out that both the fbi and the justice
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should point out that both the fbi and thejustice department charged neither of these memos to be released to the public on national security grounds. the white house decided in the case of the republican memo to ignore that advice. that speaks volumes perhaps. so, it is stalemate at the moment, is there any room for manoeuvre here? well, there is. the democrats do what the white house saying they have to do and that is to basically, clea n have to do and that is to basically, clean up their own memo and make it nonclassified, if you like, take out all bits that compromise national security, or there is another way around this, and they could seek a vote of the full house of representatives, and that vote, if it went in favour of releasing this democratic memo, could basically override president from's foetal at
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this stage. but it is very unlikely, i would think, that we would see republicans voting against that, in other words, very unlikely i should say that the republicans would vote in favour of that, given the opposition to this democratic memo. iam sure opposition to this democratic memo. i am sure it is clear as mud now, this whole thing! but there we have it, stalemate at the moment as you have correctly said. david willis. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says that returning britain's energy system to public ownership is the best way of going green. speaking at a conference outlining labour's alternative models of ownership, mr corbyn said labour needs to take a radical approach to battling climate change. in 1945 re—elected a labour government to take control of the country that was ravaged by six yea rs of country that was ravaged by six years of war. we knew that only to this economy was through a decisive
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turn to collective action. necessary action to help advert the climate catastrophe requires us to be at least as radical as that government was, if not more. tackling global warming will not be achieved by warm words. jeremy corbyn. her majesty's revenue and customs has written to retailers warning them about a scam involving the apple itunes service. the tax authorities say that elderly and vulnerable people are falling victims to a scam which encourages them to pay fraudsters using itunes vouchers bought in high street shops. our business correspondentjoe lynam says it's a sophisticated scam. they acquire the contact details, for usually eldery people, call them up and tell them that they have a huge outstanding tax bill and that if they do not pay it
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immediately, they will contact the police, the fraudsters will tell them they will contact the police, and they will seize their personal assets. they tell them straightaway if they go down to the retailer, by if they go down to the retailer, buy this itunes vouchers with their own money and then, the number. the 16 digit number that you scratch off at the back of these cards, over the phone to others. you would probably suggest, how would that work? that number can produce a lot of stuff on the itunes system, you could buy a book or an iphone. it has a cash value. the criminal could swap that number to someone else who would give them cash. this is why hmrc are now acting, they are urging a lot of retailers to do something about this, to watch out for elderly people coming in, demanding a lot of money worth of itunes vouchers, and this is what angela mcdonald was telling us earlier today about that. very sadly, since 2016, about 1,500 people have fallen victim to this fraud. it's mainly people who are over 65 and very sadly the loss for each
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customer has been about £1,150. and last week, we heard of an elderly gentleman aged 81 who had fallen foul of this scam a couple of times and had lost £20,000 as part of that. so hmrc are telling everyone that they would never contact them telling them that they owe so much money as this amount that is being discussed. the same applies to apple and itunes, they have said that you can only buy apple stuff with an itunes voucher, you cannot pay a tax bill with that. when it comes to working out who is behind this scam, do we have any leads? these are usually boiler rooms, usually men that are picking on numbers that they have bought illegally by someone who might have signed up for something landline number and the number is passed from pillar to post and
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eventually end up in the hands of fraudsters who then chance their arm on all sorts of thousands of unsuspecting victims. joe lynam. more news now on thatjet fighter that has crashed. benjamin netanyahu has said that as will defend itself against any attack or attempt to its sovereignty. that has come via the reuters news agency. they have also reported that benjamin netanyahu has spoken with russia's president putin and the us secretary of state rex tillerson after that flare—up in syria. so clearly the tension in the
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region is spreading wider and as one would expect any circumstances, an international dimension developing to it. we will keep an eye on that story as it develops. traffic light labelling on food and drink should become mandatory after brexit according to the local government association. they say the scheme, which is currently voluntary, helps customers understand what's in the products they buy. charlotte gallagher reports. we're used to seeing these traffic light labels on much of the food and drink we buy. they allow us to see at a glance how much fat, saturate, sugar and salt a product contains. but the labels, which were introduced by the department of health in 2013, are voluntary. the local government association says only around two—thirds of products sold in the uk have them. the european union currently regulates food labelling and the lga has called on ministers to make the traffic lights scheme a legal requirement once eu legislation is transferred into british law. it says the scheme is popular with consumers and helps them make informed choices
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about what they are eating and drinking. they believe making the labels mandatory would help tackle britain's obesity crisis. the department of health says it is committed to giving people clear information about what they eat and will continue to help consumers make healthy choices. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. samuel ljackson has been leading the tributes to reg e cathey, best known for his roles in house of cards and the wire, who has died at the age of 59. the actor died at his home in new york — reports say — after battling cancer.
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cathey won an emmy for playing the rib—shack owner freddy hayes in the political thriller house of cards. samuel ljackson described him as "brilliant actor, humourist and friend". time for the weather. we are expecting gale force winds across the north of the country. this area of low pressure is moving in. this is the one that is over the country right now, that is what has both the outbreaks of rain that are actually clearing. this afternoon it is east anglia and the south—east that gets the rain, better than scotland, but here, the next area of weller is developing, gales across the north. gusts of 50, 60 miles an hour. the speu gusts of 50, 60 miles an hour. the spell of snow across scotland and other areas but not too much bad weather in the south, in fact, it should be clear in the early hours of the morning and quite windy. as far as the itself is concerned, it could be a call today, lots of wintry showers out in the atlantic that will be
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heading our way. tomorrow it is a call to date with wintry showers but sunny spells as well. hello, the bbc news headlines. the haitian ambassador tells the bbc has government will summon the 0xfam representative in haiti to explain how it dealt with allegations of aid workers paying for sex following the 2011 earthquake. israel has carried out attacks on a dozen targets in syria, including air defence systems. this comes after one of its f-16 systems. this comes after one of its f—16 jets systems. this comes after one of its f—16jets came systems. this comes after one of its f—16 jets came under syrian anti—aircraft fire and crashed into israeli territory. at least 18 people are dead and 60 injured as a double—decker bus overturns in hong kong. it was carrying


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