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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: the international development secretary threatens to cut off state funding to oxfam over its handling of the prostitution scandal involving aid workers. if the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there then we cannot have you as a partner. a russian passenger plane has crashed shortly after taking off from moscow, killing all 71 people on board. three britons have been killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon in the united states. theresa may and senior ministers are to give speeches setting out the future relationship the uk wants with the eu after brexit. also in the next hour: great britain's andrew musgrave makes history at the winter olympics in pyeongchang. scotland fight back to earn a first win in this year's six nations with a hard—fought victory against france at murrayfield. at 1130 we will bring you live
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conversation about the front pages tomorrow in the paper review. good evening, and welcome to bbc news. the government has warned it will cut funding to oxfam if it cannot fully explain it's handling of reports of sexual misconduct by aid workers in haiti. the international development secretary, penny mordant, accused the charity of a failure of "moral leadership," and of having lied to her department. oxfam, which received £32 million from the government in the last financial year, has announced new measures, for the prevention and handling of sexual misconduct cases. our correspondent, angus crawford, has the details. first haiti, now chad, one of the poorest countries on earth. new allegations that oxfam workers paid local women for sex.
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the charity says it's shocked and dismayed, but can't confirm the reports. the head of the mission there at the time, roland van hauwermeiren, was the same man who, five years later in haiti, resigned after admitting using prostitutes. four others were sacked. as the scandal grows, the international development secretary, penny mordaunt, has sent a strong warning to all british charities receiving public money. "they'll lose the cash if they can't show a robust approach to safeguarding." i am very clear. it doesn't matter whether you've got a whistle—blowing hotline, it doesn't matter if you've got good safeguarding practices in place, if the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there, then we cannot have you as a partner. she said oxfam didn't give her department the full facts about what happened in haiti. it's about, was there any harm done? was there any involvement
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of the beneficiaries of aid involved? was there any impact on them? and they told us "categorically no." and they also told us... that was a lie, wasn't it? well, quite. at a meeting tomorrow, the charity will be given one last chance, or be stripped of its taxpayer funding. bbc news asked oxfam for an interview. the request was refused. but in a statement, its trustees announced a series of reforms to strengthen the vetting and recruitment of staff, set up an external whistle—blowing helpline, and bring in mandatory safeguarding training for new employees. there've been more revelations about other charities, too, reports that christian aid, save the children and the british red cross have all investigated staff over sexual misconduct allegations. some who know the sector well are not surprised. people need to realise that the vast majority of aid work in crisis situations is extraordinary. it saves lives, it helps people
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who are very vulnerable, but aid agencies need to do a lot more to make sure the best people are going into these areas, they are monitored, and these people who are very vulnerable, they have a voice in how this unfolds. the government is now demanding that every charity receiving taxpayers‘ money disclose all past and current cases of sexual misconduct. a scandal affecting one charity is now threatening to engulf the entire sector. angus crawford, bbc news. james landale says it is notjust confined to oxfam. there is a debate about how systemic this is. you have ritik patel saying there is a culture of denial in the aid sector
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about this. —— priti. others are saying haiti was exceptional and you do not want to tar the whole industry. aid operators work in extreme circumstances. it is stressful. you have temporary workers, short—term hires, and primarily men with large wallets and huge influence. that is the environment this abuse has taken place. the sunday times reported today that around 120 aid workers working for different organisations, notjust oxfam, have been accused over the last year of a range of offences. andrew macleod is a visiting professor at king's college london and currently works for the charity hear their cries which fights sexual exploitation. he was asked if that was an accurate figure. no, it is merely the tip of the iceberg. we estimate 60,000 in the
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un peacekeeping alone. if you want to see that, go to www. heartheircries. org. to see that, go to i was in aid worker and know the industry well. you have many white men with power and wealth going to underprivileged countries where the rule of law has broken down. you have to understand, your viewers who want charitable donations to go where they want, we have to make sure good work is done. the vast majority are good people and are doing good work but like the catholic church, a small number of people are doing the most heinous acts, and we know that a charity is only taken seriously if they report to the police are not the charity commission. these people are breaking british sex tourism laws
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and need to go to jail. andrew mcleod. president putin has ordered a special investigation into why a russian airliner crashed near moscow, killing all 71 people on board. the plane operated by saratov airlines was en route to the city of orsk in the ural mountains, when it came down near the village of argunovo minutes after take—off. our correspondent, steve rosenberg, reports from moscow. tonight, russian investigators say they are keeping an open mind about this air disaster as they try to work out what caused the crash. was it bad weather, pilot error, mechanicalfailure, orwere it bad weather, pilot error, mechanical failure, or were there, as investigators said rather cryptically, other possible causes. one of the black box flight recorders has been recovered. it is hoped that will provide vital clues. in frozen fields near moscow, this is all that remains of flight 703.
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cctv cameras captured the moment the aircraft smashed into the ground and exploded in a fireball. its wreckage strewn for a mile across the russian countryside, half buried in snow. conditions were treacherous. the emergency services struggled through snowdrifts to reach the crash scene. but it quickly became clear this was no rescue operation. theirjob was to recover the bodies. the saratov airlines flight had taken off from moscow's domodedovo airport with more than 70 people on board. it was bound for orsk, 900 miles south—east of moscow in the ural mountains. but minutes after take—off, the plane disappeared from radar. it had crashed near the russian capital. "we saw it burning up in the sky," this eyewitness says. "then it fell. "there was a blast, a loud boom." it's unclear what caused the antonov
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148 jet to fall out of the sky. the kremlin has ordered an urgent investigation, and president putin today offered his condolences to the families of the victims. but that is little comfort to the relatives and friends of those on board flight 703. at orsk airport, grief mixed with disbelief, as people realised they'd been waiting for loved ones who would never arrive. the recovery operation will continue through the night. emergency teams are still searching for victims of this crash and for clues to what caused it. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. three british people have died in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon in the us. three others were injured in the accident. the foreign office says its providing support to the families of all six. the cause of the crash isn't yet known. the uncle of an 11—year—old girl
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who was stabbed to death in wolverhampton has been charged with murder. jasmine forrester was found seriously injured in a house, in the early hours of friday morning and died later in hospital. delroy forrester is due to appear at walsall magistrates court tomorrow. a five—year—old boy who died after falling into a river has been named as kaden fleck. his body was recovered 1.5 hours later downstream five miles. theresa may and some of her cabinet senior ministers are due to give a series of speeches over the next few weeks, which they say will give more details about their plan for brexit. it follows criticism the government has been too vague about the relationship it wants with the european union after leaving next year. earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent iain watson, and began by asking him
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about the source of the criticism. we had the chief negotiator, michel barnier, saying he expects to get an update from britain on what they wanted. but they had not got it in the meeting was cancelled. the governments of it was his fault, gatecrashing a meeting with officials. that is part of it. they say there should be clear revisions. —— clear visions. the backbenchers have been negative as well. the criticism is the cannes has been kicked down the road. it has to be stopped. we will open it up and see the contents. she will give a speech on the future. we will have a range of ministers between now and then filling in the details. a roadshow of ministers? i suppose so, they are calling it the road to brexit. i do
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not know if it is a straight flowing motorway or a spaghetti junction. two speeches are scheduled, boris johnson on valentine's day. then the prime minister herself, the first of two speeches to security conferences in munich and next saturday, which is interesting, she has always said she will link a future trade deal with security. but behind the scenes, there are people talking about a strong card for britain to play, if you like, soft power in these negotiations. we will get that and then a range of other speeches as well including on devolution after brexit culminating in a big picture vision from the prime minister herself. what will they tell us? some of the things will be reassurances. the vast audience will be anti— europe. they will talk
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about european and british standards, some re— assurance that the deal we are seeking is not going to undermine or undercut europe on safety sta nda rds to undermine or undercut europe on safety standards and workers' writes. with devolution, there will be big cabinet minister trying to assure the scottish and welsh governments coming back from brussels will not be haunted for a long time in whitehall. the big picture stuff about how quickly we diverge from european regulations, that will be the final speech from the prime minister. she has talked about fragile unity in the party. how difficult it will this be of a balancing act given the fact within her own party, theresa may has to appeal to two constituencies. in essence, time is running out. the european union will be formulating its own negotiating directives, as
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they call it, ahead of these crucial trade talks. there is no guarantee it will be completed by october. that is what we are working towards. the next three weeks, it is time for the prime minister to fill in the detail. she will have to live with some people not liking it much, as happened in the florence speech last year. people did not get as much as they wanted with the brexit bill. it got some criticism as well. hopefully she will try to smooth out some of the differences with her ministers before she speaks. in the short—term, she has to get the transitional dealfor short—term, she has to get the transitional deal for the two years 01’ so transitional deal for the two years or so after brexit. a spanner was almost put in the works by the european commission with suggestions of sanctions on britain if it did not follow eu rules during that period. the commission may change that approach in the coming days and weeks, and the brexit secretary, david davis, will go through the
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european capitals, putting pressure to find a deal. thuan the headlines on bbc news: the international development secretary threatens to cut off state funding to oxfam over its handling of the prostitution scandal involving aid workers. a russian passenger plane has crashed shortly after taking off from moscow, killing all 71 people on board. three britons have been killed in a helicopter crash in the grand canyon in the united states. sport now, and for a full round—up, let's go to the bbc sport centre. the tie is perfect, no need to fret. i always want to look good —— i always want to look good for you! managerjose mourinho said his manchester united side could have played for ten hours and still not scored as they were beaten 1—0 by newcastle at st james's park. drew savage reports on a win that
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moves newcastle two points clear of the relegation zone. jurgen klopp's liverpool are now just two points behind united after they defeated southampton 2—0 at st mary's. mohamed salah made it 22 goals for the season after roberto firmino's early goal. in the day's early kick—off huddersfield town clawed themselves out the relegation zone with a 4—1 win over bournemouth. rangers hit six against ayr united to book their place of the sixth—round scottish cup. the scottish premiership side had to come from behind for victory — a mistake from rangers' keeper wes foderingham gifting the opening goal of the game to alan forrest. alfredo morelos levelled things at half—time before this goal from jason cumming made it 2—1. that was quickly followed by the first ofjosh windass's double. morelos added a second of his own to help rangers to an eventual 6—1 win. elsewhere, aberdeen beat dundee united 3—1.
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now to the rugby, where scotland got their first win of this year's six nations with a hard fought 32—26 comeback victory over france at murrayfield. john watson has more. murrayfield roused for the first time in this year's six nations. france the first to find their flow, teddy thomas quietening the scottish faithful but endearing himself to his team—mates. if much was expected before defeat to wales, much was now demanded, sean maitland answering the call. having found his stride, thomas collected his kick. greig laidlaw didn't. a response again was needed. hquones found it, and a hole in the french defence. tries were the tale of the first half, points from penalties the story in the second. greig laidlaw nerveless, edging scotland in front. if errors cost them in cardiff,
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laidlaw punished french mistakes at murrayfield to revive their campaign, scotland proving that they're happiest at home. ireland have claimed their first win of this year's women's six nations with a 21 points to eight victory over italy. this score from winger megan williams the first of three irish tries. elsewhere, huddersfield beat bournemouth, and southampton lost to liverpool. at the winter olympics, andrew musgrave recorded the best result by a british cross—country skier with a seventh—place finish in the men's 30km skiathlon. his journey to the games began sweating it out on the roller—ski tracks of the scottish highlands, but he nearly claimed a medal in pyeongchang. andy swiss reports. winter olympics at their most wintry. —16 and bone chilling winds at andrew musgrave was about to warm the spirit. cross—country skiing is
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not one of britain's ‘s traditional olympic strengths. previous best, a great‘s 29 in sochi he said he skied like a tranquillised badger. not here! is barely one lap to go, there here! is barely one lap to go, there he was, remarkably in silver medal position. could he hang on? not quite, as the norwegian raced to gold, musgrave faded to seventh. it is best events still to come, some feat! or the result that was for andrew musgrave. he couldn't quite get the first medal for britain but even so, the performance of his life. we had 1.5 laps to go and i started feeling good, feeling confident and i thought i would be able to get a medal. i couldn't quite keep up that pace. the last lap was pretty tough! but on a day when some events were postponed due to high winds, one man's sword. at the age ofjust 17, to high winds, one man's sword. at the age ofjust17, america's read
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the age ofjust17, america's read the riot spinning the snowboard gold. a teenage triumph the light of these games —— red gerard. that's all the sport for now. you can keep up with all of the winter olympics action from 1:10pm on bbc one. some breaking news, we are hearing from transport for london that there has been an emergency services incident around london city airport. the airport has been closed as a result of that. traffic is light in the area we are told that there are local road closures around london city airport due to the incident which involves emergency services. the airport currently closed. it will bring you more information from the police, hopefully, in a few moments time. the leader of south africa's ruling anc party, cyril ramaphosa, says the future of the country's president jacob zuma will be decided tomorrow. he made the announcement at a rally in cape town,
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marking the centenary of the birth of nelson mandela. our africa editor fergal keane reports. this was the place where south africans first greeted a free nelson mandela, and knew their land was on the verge of transformation. today the man who's promised to restore mandela's legacy, cyril ramaphosa, walked in his footsteps. 28 years ago on this day, ramaphosa stood beside nelson mandela on this balcony and introduced him to the world. amandla! crowd cheer. long live the spirit of nelson mandela! now, very deliberately, strategically, mandela is invoked to condemn the excesses under president jacob zuma. nelson mandela was totally committed against corruption,
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against theft, against the robbery of the assets of our people. we will continue with his legacy. for the last week, cyril ramaphosa and jacob zuma have been negotiating the state president's exit strategy. it seems to come down to the sequencing of his departure. this is a commemoration, but frankly, it feels like the beginning of a coronation, because cyril ramaphosa has given the clearest signal yet that the age ofjacob zuma is coming to an end. tomorrow, the anc‘s national executive committee meets, and many people here expect and hope that very soon, cyril ramaphosa will be this country's president. i caught up with him as he left cape town. mr ramaphosa, is tomorrow d—day? i will talk to you after that!
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thank you! bye— bye! there is still the potential forjacob zuma to say no, but by now, he is aware that the mood of the people is for change. the organisation does not belong to a family. it does not belong to me or to this lady. it belongs to everybody in this country. we are degree graduates who have no jobs. we go door—to—door, handing out cvs. we have nojobs. what about us? what are we going to do? what are we going to eat? today, the benign memory of mandela was summoned to inspire. but hard politics lie ahead in a party divided and a nation that's seen the promises of freedom betrayed too often. new york prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the weinstein company, alleging that the studio failed to protect its staff from harvey weinstein. the lawsuit states that any sale of the company "must ensure that victims will be compensated". mr weinstein has been accused
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by more than 50 women of allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment. he denies allegations of non—consensual sex. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has held talks with myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi over the rohingya refugee crisis. hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave myanmar, seeking shelter in neighbouring bangladesh, following a military crackdown and violence from pro—government militias. mrjohnson has called for the safe return of all refugees to their homes and a full investigation into the violence in rakhine state. reeta chakrabarti is travelling with the foreign secretary. her report does contain some flash photography. among the burnt—out remains of a rohingya home, borisjohnson took in the chilling sight — the charred remains of a former life. he found the site himself, although his visit to this region was heavily controlled by the myanmar authorities.
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can you work out where the house was? he travelled from village to village by helicopter. from the air, you could see whole areas razed to the ground. it's where the myanmar military and buddhist mobs are accused of pogroms against the muslim rohingya. these pictures of burning villages in the area were filmed by the bbc last year. you genuinely have no idea who did it? some rohingya are still here and were brought out by the myanmar authorities to speak to borisjohnson. all denied any knowledge of who had destroyed their village. this habitation has clearly been burnt out and deserted. one of the rohingya villagers that i spoke to a little earlier told me in english, "i hope you understand, we're in a very bad situation and unhappy". he didn't dare tell me who had burnt his village. one government minister accompanying us told me it was what he called rohingya terrorists who turned on their own people and set fire to their homes. what do you think happened here?
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it's a terrorist attack against them. definitely that. before, it is not burned down. earlier in the capital, a meeting with aung san suu kyi, who has attracted international condemnation for not speaking up for the rohingya. we were told we couldn't question her. i tried, but we were stopped. foreign secretary and daw suu, could we just ask what you're expecting from these talks? we will be happy to talk to you afterwards. later, i asked the foreign secretary what came of their talks. i don't think it has come through to her, the full extent, the horror of what has happened. it's absolutely devastating and i think what is needed now is some leadership, some calm, but some leadership, working with the un agencies to get these people back home. but this is what awaits any rohingya who do come back — a settlement with high fences and barbed wire. the myanmar government calls
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this a reception centre. to date, no—one has returned to live here. reeta chakra barti, bbc news, myanmar. now it's time for the weather. thank you. today was a better day for many of us, whistles and glorious winter sunshine compared with saturday but also had some pretty hefty hail and snow showers. wintry showers will continue across northern and western areas and it will turn frosty with the risk of ice, particularly where the showers continue to fall. you can see that on the satellite picture of the last 12 hours, those speckles indicate shower clouds. heavy falls of snow across the hills of western scotland in the northern ireland down towards north—west england but apart from that the odd one may get through the gestures towards the midlands but those places should be dry, cold, frosty, sub zero values across the
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uk and the rest of ice like i mentioned to greet us first thing on monday morning. in between with assistance from monday, a ridge of high pressure albini in ahead of the next with a system which will bring some rain, sleet and snow to our shores on monday night. cold start on monday but finance dry for the day, plenty of crisp winter sunshine. some wintry showers across northern western areas. the rest should stay dry in the afternoon but cold, 5— seven celsius. winds will pick up ahead of the weather front across northern ireland. rehn sleet and snow pushing across monday night and snow pushing across monday night and as we had only to tuesday, it will feed further east. it will bring the disruptive snow for wales, and in two northern england and scotland. strong winds, too, 50 kilometres an hour. it will cause problems across northern england, central southern scotland the tuesday morning commute. it should
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eventually clear, becoming confined to the eastern side of the country. the rain continues. further west it brightens up and it will be again sunshine and showers, and other cold wind for all. wednesday, we do it allagain, wind for all. wednesday, we do it all again, the weather system moves in from the south—west, bringing more gales, a band of rain, sleet and snow and this time, the destructive snow will be on the higher ground of central and northern parts of the country whereas further south, it's mainly rain, pushing slightly milder air into the system. it is a messy picture the wednesday, a lot of cloud around, outbreaks of rain, cold in the north, something more mild across the south as you can see, ten or 11 celsius. mulder in the south, calder in the north, a few wintry showers. the default milder. —— calder.
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