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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: caught in a corruption scandal — the anc says the fate of south africa's president zuma will be decided within 2a hours. could there be a thaw in the frosty relations between washington and pyongyang? the us vice president says he is ready to talk to north korea. president putin orders a special investigation into the crash of a russian airliner near moscow. all 71 passengers and crew were killed. oxfam faces crisis talks with the uk government following claims of sexual misconduct by aid workers. hello and welcome to the programme. south africa's ruling party, the anc, says it will hold a meeting
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as pressure continues to grow on president jacob zuma. the party wants him to stand down following allegations of corruption. the anc‘s leader, cyril ramaphosa, said a final decision on president zuma's future will be decided on monday afternoon. for the last week, the two men have been holding talks on the transition of power. sarah corker reports. at an event marking 100 years since the birth of nelson mandela there was the clearest signal yet that the end of the troubled presidency ofjacob zuma is near. addressing the crowds, the president—in—waiting promised a resolution on zuma's future. we are currently engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically, to resolve
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the issues of the position of the president of the republic of south africa. applause. for the last week, they have been negotiating the president's exit strategy. but with a country in limbo, the anc‘s national executive committee is holding a special meeting later where it is thought the party's governing body will formally ask him to resign. he has faced increasing pressure to quit since december, when he lost control of the governing anc. the zuma presidency has been marred by a production scandals and soaring unemployment. the organisation does not belong to a family, does not belong to me, does not belong to this lady. no way! it belongs to everybody in this country. we are degree graduates. we have nojobs.
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we go door to door handing our cvs. we have nojobs. and so, whether he is pushed or resigns, jacob zuma will soon be out of power. cyril ramaphosa is poised to take his place. if this speech is anything to go by, he is planning to get tough on corruption. in a significant move, america's vice president said the us is ready to talk to north korea. in an interview with the washington post, mike pence said the policy of maximum pressure and sanctions would continue. but he also said, if north korea wished to talk, the us would listen. our correspondent steve mcdonell is in seoul. he says the diplomatic situation seems to have changed significantly injust21i hours. could the united states now be considering unconditional initial talks with north korea? if this
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washington post reported to be believed, then at least it is on the table it seems that this plan has been hatched by us vice president mike pence in discussions with south korea's resident moonjae—in. the other sequences kind of importance. mike pence means with moonjae—in in seoul and president moon says he will meet the north korean delegation and i is the one who is reassuring the united states that we will keep the sanctions pressure on north korea, wejust want will keep the sanctions pressure on north korea, we just want to talk. 0k, north korea, we just want to talk. ok, the moon jae—in north korea, we just want to talk. ok, the moonjae—in has his meeting with the north korean delegation, including the north korea's leader sister, can you jim, including the north korea's leader sister, can youjim, —— kim yojong, then he sits down with mike pence while watching an event at the winter olympics discussing politics while watching the olympics and moon says to vice president mike pence in the meeting with the north korean, i suggested to them that they will
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have a dialogue with washington. i think in these discussions, again, they have spoken about it and come up they have spoken about it and come up with this idea that you don't have to take the pressure off north korea to at least have some sort of initial talks and, according to this report, this is a reporter who was with mike pence on air force to after he left here, the trump administration is seriously considering this and if it takes place, it would be a massive change in policy from the trump administration. stephen, we have been think the pictures that of kim yojong on been think the pictures that of kim yo jong on our screens, been think the pictures that of kim yojong on our screens, her arrival and her being in seoul and south korea has been all over the western media. how has that visit gone down in seoul, in south korea itself? of course, it is getting wall—to—wall coverage here. i think there has been some misunderstanding in certain circles. i mean, some members of the public have been
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complaining that the media has been covering her visit to extensively, in perhaps an even falling way. i think the misunderstanding there is this is just think the misunderstanding there is this isjust a huge think the misunderstanding there is this is just a huge story not only in south korea but it has enormous implications for the whole world. i think south koreans understand. they don't necessarily love her or i going to let the north korean regime off the hook for its considerable human rights abuses or having nuclear weapons, it is just that the majority of people here who voted moonjae—in in majority of people here who voted moon jae—in in on majority of people here who voted moonjae—in in on a platform of attempting dialogue think that some sort of connection with the north is the best way forward in terms of peace, given that all those years of freezing them out haven't stopped the north from having its nuclear weapons. the other aspect is people are actually fascinated with her because we know nothing about the leadership group in north korea. even seen footage of her before this week was to mark now there are pictures, photos, the south korean
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press is watching her every facial expression to try to work out what she is thinking. i mean, this is the first time she has been to south korea. she like it? is she comparing it to the north? what will should tell her brother about here? all of these things, although they seem flippant on one level, have huge geopolitical ramifications. the bbc‘s stephen mcdonnell. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. state prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the weinstein company in new york, alleging that the studio failed to protect staff from harvey weinstein. mr weinstein has been accused by more than 50 women but he denies allegations of non—consensual sex. a lawyer for harvey weinstein said while his "behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality". reports from syria say at least a dozen people have been killed in renewed attacks on a besieged rebel—held enclave on the outskirts of damascus. activists in the eastern ghouta region said there were air strikes on two towns. syrian state media said government forces had responded to rebel mortar fire that had landed in the centre of the capital.
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germany's chancellor, angela merkel, says she had to make painful concessions to secure a coalition deal with the country's social democrats. hitting back at critics who say she sold out to stay in power, she told german television that handing over the finance ministry to the spd had been hard, but there had been no real choice. a luxury saudi hotel that served as a detention centre for dozens of princes and top officials has reopened to the public. princes, ministers and businessmen had been held at the ritz—carlton hotel in the capital riyadh since november as part of the kingdom's anti—corruption drive. russian investigators are searching snow—covered fields south of moscow for the wreckage of an airliner which crashed on sunday, 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, just minutes after take off from moscow. steve rosenberg reports. in frozen fields near moscow,
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this is all that remains of flight 703. 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 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
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the russian capital. "we saw it burning up in the sky", this eyewitness said. "then it fell, there was a blast. a loud boom!" it is unclear what caused the antonov 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.
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oxfam faces crisis talks with the uk government later following claims of sexual misconduct by aid workers. the international development secretary will meet the charity after warning that the "scandal" had put its relationship with the government at risk. oxfam has announced new measures, for the prevention and handling of sexual misconduct cases. angus crawford reports. first, haiti, now, chad — one of the poorest countries on earth. new allegations that oxfam workers paid local women for sex. the charity says it is shocked and dismayed but can't confirm the reports. the head of the mission there at the time 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 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.
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i'm very clear — it doesn't matter whether you've got a whistleblowing hotline, it doesn't matter whether you have got good safeguarding practices in place, if the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, and we can have you as a partner. —— then we can have you as a partner. —— then we cannot have you as a partner. she says oxfam didn't give her department the full facts about what happened in haiti. it is about was there any harm done? was there any involvement of the beneficiaries of aid involved? was there any impact on them? and they told us no. and they also told us... that was a lie, wasn't it? well, quite. 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 whistleblowing helpline and bring in mandatory safeguarding training for new employees. there've been more revelations
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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 aren't surprised. people need to realise that the vast majority of aid work in crisis situations is extraordinary. it saves lives. it helps people who are very, very vulnerable. but aid agencies need to do a lot, lot more to make sure that the best people are going into these areas, they are monitored and that these people who are very vulnerable, they have a voice as well in how this unfolds. the government is now defined in every charity receiving taxpayers' money current cases of sexual misconduct. a scandal affecting one charity is now threatening to engulf the entire sector.
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stay with us on bbc news. still to come: it's one of india's most expensive films, and one of the most controversial. we speak to the star of the bollywood movie padmaavat about why the cast are getting death threats. there's mr mandela. mr nelson mandela, a free man, taking his first steps into a new south africa. iran's spiritual leader ayatollah khomeini has said he's passed a death sentence on salman rushdie, the british author of a book which many muslims say is blasphemous. the people of haiti have flocked to church to give thanks for the ousting of their former president, 'baby doc' duvalier. because of his considerable value as a stallion, shergar was kept in a special secure box in the stud farm's central block.
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shergar was driven away in a horse box the thieves had brought with them. there stepped down from the plane a figure in mourning. elizabeth ii, queen of this realm and of all her other realms and territories. head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the anc says the fate of south africa's president zuma, who's caught in a corruption scandal, will be decided within 2a hours. in a significant shift to the position of the us, vice president mike pence has said he is ready to talk to north korea, although the policy of maximum pressure and sanctions would continue. the british foreign secretary boris johnson has told the leader of myanmar, aung san suu kyi, that there needs to be a full and independent investigation into violence in the state of rakhine.
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during talks in the burmese capital, naypyidaw, mrjohnson also urged her to create the right conditions for rohingya muslims, many of whom have fled to neighbouring bangladesh to be allowed to return home safely. staying with that story, three british aid workers have filmed their efforts to help some of the hundreds of thousands of muslim rohingya. the bbc‘s chris rogers has been looking at the footage, piecing together their mission. a warning, you may find some images distressing. the world's largest refugee camp, this is home to more than 800,000 rohingya muslim refugees escaping persecution in buddhist—dominated myanmar. dr ramiz momeni, genevieve jones—hernandez and sarah wade have travelled the world helping refugees. but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead.
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theirjourney begins at the gateway to the camp where newly arrived refugees receive basic aid. what it is that they receive here is a bag with a bucket and, i guess, some building essentials. but the humanitas charity are heading deep into the camp, a two—hour trek, where there is no aid, to set up a medical centre. the baby is 10.5 days and hasn't been breast—fed. there are so many babies, newborns don't have any food, starving. she was prescribed vitamins but they're just for her, not the baby. honestly, it is like the baby is, um... yeah? er, dying. so we have just organised for her to go and get referred, because she needs to go to a hospital.
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for that, she needs to have her id card. they're just in incredible pain with all of these sores all over their heads and really dry skin and cracked skin all over their body. so we were, you know, literally just rubbing them down with vaseline. this is a newborn baby, it was born yesterday, and they tied the umbilical cord with just a piece of rope. today, like, it's been non—stop. they're shivering, coughing, throwing up. it's just... it's... i don't know... i can't. seriously. i think we expected to turn up and be working alongside a lot more organisations or volunteers. we've worked within the syrian refugee crisis and it was full of organisations and volunteers and people there on the ground, and i think we expected this to be slightly similar. and it isn't. her pulse is very low so we're just rushing to the hospital.
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we have got these newly arrived rohingya in severe, severe dehydration. there is absolute lack of aid for these people. all of these people tired, sick, hungry. and yet to reach their final destination in this camp and set up home. it's so much a difficult thing to be here, i think it would be more of a difficult thing to leave, knowing that we are leaving these people in such a dire situation. it's been confirmed that three british tourists were killed in a helicopter crash at the grand canyon in arizona on saturday. three other british people, together with the pilot, were injured. cbs reporter mireya villarreal has the details. new information is being released about the accident that happened here at the grand canyon west area. the accident happened just after 5pm on saturday afternoon and we now know the passengers on board, six of them, three of them that
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passed away in the accident, they were all tourists from the united kingdom. we have spoken with witnesses that actually responded to the scene, these are people that were in other touring groups that were around the canyon at the time. they saw the black smoke, they heard the explosion and they rushed to the scene to help. they were very surprised to see that there were actually survivors coming out of that helicopter. one man had 95% of his body burned. another woman, actually a nurse, was there to help treat and triage. she spoke with one of the women, one of the survivors. that woman is a realtor, a realty lawyer, from the london area. she says this woman was in excruciating pain and could not stop screaming. she said the toughest thing about treating these survivors was the fact that they had no tools, they had no way to help ease their pain while they were out there. the conditions were so bad, as you can see, it's extremely wind out here right now, the conditions were so bad the night of the accident that they actually had to wait
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several hours, actually eight hours, to get the survivors and the bodies and the crews that were helping them out of the canyon area. it was just too dangerous to transport them at any other time. right now, we know that the federal aviation administration as well as the national transportation safety board, they all have investigators here on scene. they are working with the hualapai police department. we also know that papillon, the company that is actually in charge of the helicopter, they are also working with the police department as well, as well as the federal investigators on this. they have sent their condolences and say that they will co—operate as well as they can with this investigation. we did some digging on this company, we did found out that they have had other accidents in the past. back in 2001, they had an accident that killed also six people in the situation in that particular accident. there was one survivor that has since had numerous surgeries since then. obviously, right now, this is a very tumultuous situation. it's still under investigation. there is no cause for the accident and actually, right now, all of the commercial choppers in this area have been grounded until the weather clears up in this area and the winds die down over the next 2a hours.
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now for a round up of the latest action from pyeongchang on day three of the winter olympics. in the curling, favourites canada have beaten norway in the first mixed doubles semi—final. a convincing 8—11 win put them into the final, where they'll face either olympic athletes from russia or switzerland. the finale of the team figure skating is under way and in the men's single free skating, patrick chan of canada won it all. the women's single free skating saw alina zagitova of olympic athletes from russia come out on top. overall standings put canada way out in front, followed by oar and the usa. strong cross winds hampered progress in the snowboarding, twice delaying the start of the women's slopestyle final. in the closing stages, the usa's jamie anderson tops the field of 26 riders
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at phoenix snow park. a look now at the medal table and as it stands, the recently released movie padmaavat is one of india's most expensive films ever made. it's also been one of its most controversial. a cast member received death threats, cinemas were vandalised and the director of the film was assaulted. bollywood star shahid kapoor plays one of the main characters. he spoke to us about the movie and the reaction it's received. movies are a huge part of a democracy, you know? it's very important to be open to different views, so i think padmaavat today has fought that battle and it's come out winning because it has finally made it out there and it's received so much love. i think all of us who were on the film were very surprised with how much it had to deal with before it could finally make it out, and it still hasn't released in a couple of states
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in the country. it's a very personal story between three people because it wasn't about war, it was about wanting to acquire another man's woman, and that's why it's a very sensitive subject, you know, people are very passionate about it. we had made the film with really good intent and there was a preconceived notion about the film which could only be broken once it was released. i think art can only survive if there is a certain amount of freedom and liberation, and films need to be seen in context and with an open mind. cinema needs to be challenged
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and its beauty and its purity needs to be upheld. a reminder of our top story: the anc says the fate of south africa's president zuma, who's caught in a corruption scandal, will be decided within 2a hours. and in a significant shift to the position of the us, vice president mike pence has said he could be ready to talk to north korea, although the policy of maximum pressure and sanctions would continue. a somewhat different stance to the one he had a few days ago while he was in north korea. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm @nkemifejika. thanks for being with us. join us again. hello there.
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sunday was a better, brighter, sunnier day for many of us than what we saw on saturday, but there were some pretty hefty hail and snow showers around. now, for the upcoming week, it's going to be fairly unsettled. i think there's going to be a lot of rain, maybe some disruptive snow at times. it'll be quite windy too. and then signs of something a bit milder moving into the south to end the week. this is the satellite picture from the last 12 hours. you can see the showers, the speckles indicating those snow and hail showers pushing into the north and west of the country. we start monday morning off on a really cold note. widespread frost and a risk of some ice, particularly where we have the showers. now, for monday itself, we're in between weather systems. a ridge of high pressure building in, so actually, it should be fine and dry for many of us before this system moves in for monday night, bringing us rain, sleet and snow. so it's a cold start to monday.
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there will be that frost around, some ice to watch out for, but plenty of sunshine around. a few wintry showers across the north and the west of the country but apart from that, most places should be dry. but it's going to be another chilly one and temperatures generally between five to seven or eight degrees. the winds will pick up across northern ireland by the end of the day ahead of this weather system. rain, sleet and snow will push in across northern ireland, initially, giving some accumulations of snow here, and then move on into much of western britain. now, we're looking at some pretty disruptive snow, in fact, the high ground of wales, certainly for northern england and for central southern scotland, so a pretty treacherous morning commute on tuesday across central southern scotland, northern england. watch out for the snow and for the ice. this weather front will slowly move its way eastwards through the course of the day, becoming confined to eastern areas. a mix of rain and sleet i think further south. further west, though, it brightens up into the afternoon. we should see sunshine and wintry showers returning. most of these wintry showers falling across western scotland. then we see another weather system moving in for wednesday, we do it all again basically.
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this will bring another spell of gale force winds as it moves up from the south—west and rain, sleet and snow. but it looks like the snow will be confined to the hills of central and northern parts of the uk, whereas further south, it should be largely of rain, that's because we're starting to see slightly less cold air moving in, so i think wednesday afternoon, although it's going to be drab, cloudy and wet for most of us, see a little bit of milder air pushing into the south and the south—west but still cold in the north. then into thursday, that weather front moves away and we're into a westerly wind regime. that will feed in plenty of showers to northern and western parts of the country. again, wintry in the north. further south, there'll be mainly rain as it is going to be a little less cold in the south, temperatures in double figures here. this is bbc news. the headlines: south africa's ruling party, the anc, says the fate of the president will be decided shortly. pressure is continuing to grow onjacob zuma to stand down following allegations of corruption. for the last week, anc leader cyril ramaphosa has been holding
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talks with mr zuma on the transition of power. in a significant shift to the position of the us, vice president mike pence has said he could be ready to talk to north korea. mr pence says the policy of maximum pressure and sanctions would continue, but if north korea wished to talk, the us would listen. details were worked out at the winter olympics. president putin has ordered a special investigation into the crash of a russian airliner near moscow. all 71 passengers and crew were killed. emergency workers are searching snow—covered fields to recover the bodies. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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