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today at 5pm: the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. bennell was found guilty of 36 charges, with thejury still deliberating on seven. during the course of the trial, he was described as a child molester on an industrial scale. saw more the victims were in the public gallery to hear what happens. i'm here at liverpool crown court with the latest. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm: the charity commission begins a statutory inquiry into oxfam, after the scandal involving aid workers in haiti. a judge tells the wikileaks founder julian assange that the arrest warrant against him still stands, and tells him he should have the courage to come to court. south africa's ruling party tells president jacob zuma to stand down as leader, but he's still clinging on to power. and britain's first gold medal hope elise christie crashes out of the women's 500m speed skating
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at the pyeongchang games. a jury has found the former football coach barry bennell guilty of multiple counts of sexual abuse. his victims were young footballers, boys aged between eight and 15, groomed by bennell, who claimed he could fulfil their dreams of becoming professional footballers. during the trial, he was described as a child molester on an industrial scale. in total, the jury at liverpool crown court returned guilty verdicts on 36 counts. they are yet to reach a verdict on seven further counts. joining me from liverpool crown court is
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our correspondent, ben ando. what happened in court this afternoon? this has been a four—week trial, the jury this has been a four—week trial, the jury has been directing for three days. they have reached verdicts on some of the towns facing barry bennell, who was a very highly respected football coach with clubs like stoke city, manchester city and crewe alexandra in the 1980s. up until 1990. that's what we heard. in total, bennell faced 48 counts. the arithmetic is that the judge had already told the jury that the had to return no verdicts on three counts. 0n to return no verdicts on three counts. on 36 counts, every project was guilty. really, they believed the victims in those cases. seven
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counts, they have not reached a verdict as yet. the judge instructed them to go home, get some rest, and continue deliberations tomorrow at 10:15am. give us an idea of what the jury 10:15am. give us an idea of what the jury heard during this trial? there has been some harrowing evidence here. these victims, they were boys at the time, aged between eight and 14 years of age. they described how their parents would drive them to barry bennell‘s house in the high peak of derby. he had various other homes in the area as well. they had hoped for a career in progress of football. they hoped that barry bennell‘s patron age would be something that would lead them on a glittering path to a career with glittering path to a career with glittering football clubs. what they found in some cases was that he
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would touch them inappropriately in his car, he would assault them, then with the sexual assault on a very large scale. and many other towns bennell was convicted of, involving a particular victim, they were specimen counts. the jury was told that at the time, the boy when he was aged 11 to 13 years old, he estimated he must have been assaulted over 100 times. thank you very much indeed. the charity commission has taken the most serious action it can against 0xfam, and begun a statutory inquiry into its procedures. it will investigate the handling of claims that 0xfam staff used prostitutes, as they carried out disaster relief in the aftermath of the earthquake in haiti in 2010. 0xfam's deputy chief executive penny lawrence resigned yesterday in relation to the charity's response to the allegations.
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0ur correspondent matt cole is at 0xfam's headquarters in oxford. this crisis has already claimed one senior figure, 0xfam's now former chief executive penny lawrence, but her resignation has far from drawn a line under the matter, with the organisation now facing the most serious form of investigation the charity commission can undertake, a statutory inquiry which could lead to the suspension of trustees or the freezing of bank accounts. and there is more pressure from the government. i take these things very seriously. i know people will be worried about the charity, worried about the money. as 0xfam fights for its future, there are some claiming it had ample opportunity to avoid this scandal. helen evans spent three years at 0xfam's head of safeguarding, but says as she unearthed the scale of the problem, the charity failed to respond with sufficient resources. we had one in ten saying they had experienced unwanted sexual touching, sexual assault.
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this was staff on staff. we hadn't even gone out to beneficiaries who received aid from us. i was extremely concerned by those survey results. 0xfam says it has new safeguarding measures in place, better checks now, but the biggest fight it might face is to maintain public confidence, that most precious commodity that if lost severely hampers its ability to raise money and help those most in need. the labour mp peter kyle was formerly an aid worker. he worries people with an agenda to oppose international aid spending might exploit the situation. i am deeply concerned. let's not beat around the bush. this scandal could bring 0xfam to its knees. the organisation could implode, and the people who will suffer the most through this will be the people who depend, the thousands of people, who are extraordinarily vulnerable, who depend on the work that
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organisations like 0xfam does. as 0xfam waits to learn more details of the statutory inquiry into its failings, it and all other aid agencies are being told by the government they must step up and provide statements of assurance about the policies and procedures. what is being dubbed a significant conference is also being planned. all major charities will discuss how the sector as a whole will face these problems. and earlier, matt gave this update from outside 0xfam's headquarters in oxford. 0xfa m 0xfam and other aid agencies of its size and scale are going to be invited to what is being described asa invited to what is being described as a significant summit, a significant conference, at which the wider sector were discussed amongst itself how it can put things right on an ongoing basis. meanwhile, with
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the clock ticking on a request from the clock ticking on a request from the secretary of state for 0xfam, she has given 0xfam until the end of the week to ensure that any future complaints are properly dealt with. and there are more complaints coming already. we have heard from one director of safeguarding here at 0xfa m director of safeguarding here at 0xfam who says, in her tenure, as many concerns that she didn't feel where dealt with fast or well enough. not least, she says she has concerns in the uk, never mind overseas, that abuse has taken place of young volunteers working in 0xfam shops. at the moment, 0xfam very much embroiled in crisis, and a lot ensure the public it can maintain confidence. because that is the most precious commodity for 0xfam here. in places that confidence, and may find it hard to raise money in
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future and help those most in need. joining me now is daniel fluskey, head of policy and research at the institute of fundraising — the professional membership body for uk fundraising. 0ur correspondence raising that issue about public confidence, how worried are you think 0xfam are going to be that the trust in that organisation is going to be eroded? any charity can only really survive when it has the trust of its supporters. it is a critical time. any charity needs to reach out and think about how they communicate with their supporters, how they are transparent and how they tell the story of how they make a difference in the world. and the allegations have been that 0xfam were not transparent, they swept these allegations under the carpet. looking from the outside, i suppose
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you can understand why a charity might want to protect itself. it's arise on donations from the public, but at the same time, which is a transparency is essential for any volu nta ry transparency is essential for any voluntary organisation?” transparency is essential for any voluntary organisation? i would say it's voluntary organisation? i would say its fundamental. i don't think being transparent as a choice, you have to do it. the public expected and it is the right thing today. even then the short term, take a hit? no charity is perfect. we talk a lot about trust and confidence, as charities, we need to trust the public more. if we get it wrong, we need to say we will learn from our m ista kes need to say we will learn from our mistakes and sainted owners, this is who we are, this is how we work, we have to be open. it is notjust individual members of the public giving money to oxfam, is the eu, big organisations? we have been
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talking to government in the past few days, and whether you are giving it small amount of money or large government funding, you expect organisations to be working to high standards. there will be people out there watching this saying they will not trust 0xfam again. what would you say to them? terabyte we have to see how it works with 0xfam and their supporters. i seen people say they are going to stick by 0xfam week as they have supported them for yea rs week as they have supported them for years and they do good work, i want to give them the chance to do this right. we see from the public, they are right. we see from the public, they a re really right. we see from the public, they are really loyal, they care about charities and are committed to seeing something good in the world. thank you very much. ajudge has upheld the uk arrest warrant for the wikileaks founder, julian assange. the warrant was was issued more than five years ago, when mr assange broke his bail conditions during a battle against extradition to sweden, and took refuge
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in the ecuadorian embassy in london. speaking as she outlined her decision, thejudge said ofjulian assange, he's... charlotte gallagher was at the court and gave us this update. the judge didn't just uphold this arrest warrant, she went through the arguments put forward by julian assange's legal team forensically and rejected each one of them. she said his treatment wasn't disproportionate. she said julian assange was impeding justice by choosing, her words, to remain in the ecuadorian embassy. she said it appeared julian assange only wanted to cooperate with the legal system if it was on his terms, and she said he should have the courage to come to court
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and answer the case for himself. as we stand, the arrest warrant issued by the uk authorities does still stand. now where this goes from here, his legal team now have 14 days to appeal this ruling and ask for a judicial review. julian assange has set himself on twitter that this isn't the end, no matter what happened today, there would be further steps from this point. so this looks like this saga is really far from over. the rate of inflation held steady last month, with the consumer prices index unchanged from december, at 3%. the rate, reported by the office for national statistics, is close to the six—year high of 3.1% set in november. most economists were expecting to see a small fall. a further rise in interest rates could now happen in the coming months, as our economics correspondent andy verity reports. if you go down to the shops today, beware of the odd surprise — like fruit, up 7.2%.
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0rcoffee, up 7.5% compared to a year ago. more recently, those food prices have started to fall, but not by enough to slow down the overall rise in the cost of living for ordinary households. i think people are digging deeper into their pockets now and thinking carefully about what they are spending their money on. everything's gone up, hasn't it? just everything's so expensive. you're working all these hours in the workplace and everything, and for what? by the time you've paid your wages and everything, and you pay your rent, your gas, your bills, your electric, you're left with nothing. the difficulty is, prices have gone up, but my wages haven't. i haven't had a pay increase in line with inflation for about six years. the buying power of the average income has barely risen in the last decade — the worst for living standards in 200 years. so, when will that squeeze come to an end? so the squeeze on living standards is going to start to recede this year as inflation comes down. and then from 2019 onwards, the 0br is forecasting that the increase in wages will actually exceed the general
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increase in the price levels, so you should start to see real wages beginning to increase from 2019 onwards. prices are still rising faster than the bank of england would like. the price of goods went up by 3.2%. the price of services rose by 2.8%. but there are signs that that inflationary pressure is easing. the cost of raw materials which make the goods that we buy in the shops rose by 3.5%. that's the lowest it's been in 18 months. oil is bought and sold in dollars, and the pounds been strengthening against the dollar, which has helped to slow down price rises at the pumps. but against other currencies, the pound hasn't grown as strongly, so import prices won't stop rising just yet. sterling has strengthened against the dollar, but that's largely because the dollar's been weak. and if we look at sterling against the euro — which is much more important in terms of where we get our imports from in the uk — it hasn't strengthened nearly so much.
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so, no, we think that exchange rate impact is going to continue for a few months more. in the city, they're now betting the bank of england will raise interest rates again in the next few months. it is expected by most to happen in may. this is bbc news at 5pm — the headlines: the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. the charity commission begins a statutory inquiry into 0xfam — following the scandal involving aid workers in haiti. a judge tells the wikileaks founder julian assange that the arrest warrant against him still stands — and says he should have the courage the courage to come to court. and in sports, more 0lympic agony for elise christie. she was once again left in tears after crashing out in the final of the 500m short track speed skating in pyeongchang. after appearing in court today, ben stokes will fly out tomorrow to join
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his team—mates in new zealand. he will be available for monday pass backs theory is that starts later this month. and the leading try scorer in this year's 6 nations is one of a number of players to be dropped by france after night out in edinburgh that followed the defeat by scotla nd edinburgh that followed the defeat by scotland on sunday. i'll be back with more on those stories just after half past five. the governing african national congress in south africa has decided to recalljacob zuma from the position of president. the party's secretary general said mr zuma had agreed in principle to resign, but that talks were continuing. jacob zuma has come under mounting pressure to resign, following several corruption scandals. the reason for recall was that we engaged and we are looking forward to an amicable solution. we will then see what president zuma's response is. but it's obvious that we want comrade ramaphosa come
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in as the president of south africa. 0ur correspondent milton nkosi is in johannesburg. the anc are formally asking mr zuma to resign for the sake of the country, but he's stole there. how much longer do you think he can hang on? your guess is as good as mine. i think president zuma's days are really numbered. he probably has between now and tomorrowjust really numbered. he probably has between now and tomorrow just as really numbered. he probably has between now and tomorrowjust as was said in that press conference. i attended that conference, they did say they did not give him a deadline, but they think he will respond by tomorrow. how has it come do this? his rule has been so different from that of nelson mandela, hasn't it? guerra voice
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yes, very true. to be honest, to be fairto yes, very true. to be honest, to be fair to say consumer, he has spent a long time on robin island and fighting alongside nelson mandela, thatis fighting alongside nelson mandela, that is why he commands a considerable amount of support, particularly in rural areas. but something went wrong along the way, as president zuma climbed the ladder of this political movements of the anc. he started getting involved in allegations of corruption, which he of course denies. he now denies that he has been involved in corruption. the relationship he had with this controversial family of indian immigrants, because they started
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appointing ministers on his behalf. they were offering bribes and jobs as long as they delivered the government contracts. this family also denied the corruption allegations, but that is where the anc found it could not carry on with jacob zuma, because he had become a liability. they have an election next year, and they don't want to lose it because of these long corruption scandals that have been dogging president zuma for the last ten years. and how different do you think, if and when he does go, how different will south africa be without him? everyone hopes that things will be a little better. cyrille ramaphosa is a trusted figure. he negotiated the settlement that ended white minority rule here in the early 90s. he has a lawyer by background, educated, and creditors
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because also he's been in business. so people do tend to think that he can run things. years quite capable. since he won the election in december, the currency has strengthened. everybody is hoping that things will change. we shouldn't be going too much ahead of ourselves, there are still a lot of problems here of high unemployment, inequality and poverty. thank you very much indeed. the government has revealed new software that it claims can detect and immediately block onlinejihadist videos. the home secretary, amber rudd, has travelled to silicon valley in california to discuss the tool with technology companies, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism. dave lee reports from san francisco. created by an artificial intelligence company based in london, and funded with more than £500,000 of government money,
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the tool draws upon a vast database of material posted online by the so—called islamic state. we have two videos — one of which is legitimate news content, the other is terrorist propaganda. now, to my naked eye, i actually can't tell the difference between the two. but fortunately, down at the bottom, this is very low probability of being terrorist content. but this one is much higher. now, what that means is, if you were to be in charge of some kind of video upload platform, you could use this when anyone clicks to upload a video, and flag this video for review, and let this one through without any problems. using this technique, the software creators believe they can spot up to 94% of is content posted online, with an accuracy of 99.995%. anything the software is unsure about is flagged for human review. i've had a demonstration of it, and i know a lot of other
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people have as well. and it's a very convincing example of the fact that you can have the information that you need to make sure that this material doesn't go online in the first place. the home secretary says this is a tool to help small companies, ones which may not have the resources to tackle extremism properly. but if they don't want the goverment‘s help, they may soon be forced to take it. we're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it. but i remain convinced that the best way to take real action, to have the best outcomes, is to have an industry—led form like the one we've got. this has to be in conjunction, though, of larger companies working with smaller companies. advocates of an open internet often push back against this kind of software because it can lead to false positives — that's content being blocked when it shouldn't be. yet it is estimated that more than 400 different web services were used to spread propaganda in 2017 — and so the task is less about blocking jihadis online today, but instead predicting
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where they might be on the internet tomorrow. our technology reporter chris foxx is here. tell us more about the saltwell, how accurate and effective is it in your opinion? we can't the deadly about how it works, but it is trained to look specifically at radicalising videos made by islamic state. they say it's well catch 94% of them. let's assume islamic state had a busy day and uploaded 100 videos onto a platform, it would catch 94 of them, and six would slip through the net. the other key figure is that false positive rate of 0.005 presents. that doesn't seem like much. if you take a platform like youtube, with 5 million videos uploaded every day, that was written
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250 euros that are not extremists content, but the algorithm says someone content, but the algorithm says someone would need to review them. -- 250 someone would need to review them. —— 250 videos. so if you are a smaller sites, you only need one person to go through and check the 250 videos and put them back on the site if they are ok. very accurate, but view schelotto to 10 million videos, you suddenly have 500 false positives, it am some people are concerned about the software? some are worried about this stepping into the government censoring platforms. usually say they already do things like this. facebook told me 99% of the videos it takes down when they are minorly reviewed, 99% of those rare as light by its rhythms. youtube says —— of those were
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flanked by its algorithms. youtube says its own algorithms spots are quite well. humans jack and have it removed. amber rudd said this is something the british government have been pushing a. this crackdown onjihadi videos? she have been pushing a. this crackdown on jihadi videos? she said they had not ruled out legislation. the big difference is while companies like facebook and google are using their own algorithms, they are saying that if you cannot afford to develop your own algorithms, you can use this tool to integrate into your pipeline. anyone can create an app where you can upload videos and detect them as they go up. crucially, doing less get it out of popular social media, so make critical to other websites of the dark web, but at least people are going to stumble across it here. 0thers going to stumble across it here. others say it may force islamic
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state to make their videos different. they see this as a win, and you have to change your message to fool the algorithm, they are not going to be as effective. thank you very much. prince harry and meghan markle had been visiting edinburgh today as pa rt been visiting edinburgh today as part of their public engagement in the run—up to their wedding. they have been at the castle and hired the one o'clock gun fire. edinburgh castle and a well, to scotla nd edinburgh castle and a well, to scotland on a day where the temperature was barely above zero. a day for a good, warm overcoats. there was making michael wrapped up in the very thing. a coat pattern in tartan, green and blue. 0ffering unwelcome, the band of her majesty's royal marines scotland. and a
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shetland pony with sharp teeth. watch harry's left—hand. nearly got ten! harry moved on, ring finger in tights, making unused. bang when 31 o'clock gun, as claimed thoughtfully provided earplugs. and as harry and meghan gazed out over the city, those who came to see them were positive. i got to meet meghan today, she is beautiful. and so excited for them to be here in it but today. there the future of the royal family. this has been another important introduction on the meghan markle familiarisation tour of the out of kingdom. the underlying message is how much scotland matters. the union, of course, is a sensitive issue. won the royals know must navigate with care. but back navigation will increasingly be the task of younger royals like harry
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and his whiteabbey. scotland will be and his whiteabbey. scotland will be a regular destination. —— harry and his wife to be. time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. this was a day when we saw fresh snow in scotland. further south, it generally wait for most of us. a mixture of rain and snow with world lingo for a time across eastern england, a damp evening in prospect. that will allow this frost to develop widely and the risk of icy stretches into the first part of wednesday morning. wednesday sees another front bumping into cold air, meaning the rain would turn into snow again. the wind is really strong, blizzard conditions over the highlands and southern uplands as well, the risk of transport disruption. river south, a windy morning and afternoon, some rain around, not much so, some legs over
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the brecon beacons and snowdonia for a time. is in the evening, cloud thickening, but the heaviest rain across western england and wales. wilder airbrushing in, across western england and wales. wilderairbrushing in, boosting temperatures two double figures. in scotland, another chilly day. this is bbc news — the headlines. the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. 0xfam is subject to a statutory inquiry by the charity commission launched in the wake of the scandal involving aid workers in haiti. a judge tells wikileaks founderjulian assange to have the courage to come to court — and upholds the arrest warrant against him. south africa's ruling party tells president jacob zuma to stand down as leader — but he's still clinging on to power. let's get the latest sports news.
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good evening. there's been more heartbreak for britain's elise christie at the winter olympics. she again missed out on an olympic medal after crashing in the 500m short—track speed skating final. christie was disqualified in each of her three events in sochi four years ago, and had to settle for fourth last night in pyongchang. afterwards she claimed that she was knocked over. italy's arianna fontana won gold and dutchwoman yara van kerkhof got silver. i was knocked over, you know. i didn't follow my own. but it doesn't give you any benefit in the final, when someone gets a penalty. yeah, it is just tough. i've worked so hard for the 500, and it has just been, you know, taken away from me, and even in the semifinal, i got crashed, ended up in lane four. i know it is short track and i am
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supposed to be prepared for this, but it still hurts, you know. elise christie will be back at the weekend. ben stokes will fly out tomorrow to new zealand tojoin up with the england cricket team. he entered a plea of not guilty to charges of affray at magistrates in bristol this morning. his case was adjourned to bristol crown court on march 12th but he will not be required to appear in person, allowing him to appear in the remainder of england's winter tour. well stokes isn't expected to take part in the current t20 tri nations series even though england could do with him. they slumped to their third successive t20 defeat, this time at the hands of new zealand. england are now relying on other results to go their way if they're to make the final of the tournament. the tourists came up 12 runs short, as adam wild reports english cricket, the long winter
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tour has made its way finally to new zealand and the countdown to the t20 final getting ever closer. now a new opposition to get their head around, something the black caps seem to be doing nicely. martin guptill and kane williamson quick to find the measure of the england fast bowler is. their frustrations continue. something to cling onto, chris jordan so —— showing how it's done. but aside from that england have failed to keep a firm grip. but this is an england side with a reputation for revelling in the thrill of the chase. alex hales for a time making it seem possible. but for that to happen he needed to keep the big hitters in the middle and that in this series has been the undoing of england. the mallan offered some hope but this was england falling short. england may have reached new zealand but they brought their t20 problems with them. france head coach jacques brunel has
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dropped a number of players who went out in edinburgh after the six nations defeat by scotland on sunday. scottish police questioned players at edinburgh airport after a report of a sexual assault during the night out, but found no crime had been committed. six nations top try—scorer teddy thomas is among those left out of the squad for the italy game on the 23rd february. the french rugby union described the players' behaviour as "inappropriate" saying "they did not respect their status as international players." footballer ryan mason has been forced to retire at the age ofjust 26. the hull midfielder suffered a head injury in a match against chelsea in january last year and has since taken specialist medical advice before deciding that it would be too risky to continue. mason started his career at spurs and won one england cap in 2015. manchester city are at basel and tottenham are in turin to take onjuventus as the knock out stage
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of the champions league begins this evening. you can listen to the spurs match on radio 5live from 7 o'clock this evening and all the build up is on the website and we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. the president of haiti has condemned the actions of some staff from 0xfam as outrageous and dishonest, accusing them of using the country's earthquake in 2010 to sexually exploit people in need. will grant is in the capital port—au—prince, and has been talking to former 0xfam employees in the country. a girl, a street corner, a parked car. in the poorest country in the americas, buying sex is easy. it's a common scene on any given night in haiti. girls, somejust teenagers, risking their lives for a few dollar bills.
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0rdinarily, internationalaid agencies help tackle the problem. 0xfam, however, is now embroiled in it. we've spent the past few days speaking to former 0xfam employees in haiti. most are too scared to show their faces on camera, fearful of retribution for speaking out. they all confirmed the stories about 0xfam in 2011, in particular its disgraced country director roland van hauwermeiren. translation: some expats come to haiti to work. others come to party and look for girls every night. the drivers picking up the girls had no choice. it was theirjob and they were told to do it. another former security guard claimed young and underage girls were among the victims. i can tell you for sure there were sex parties at the house, he told me. young people would often come to the office looking for the director, and i'm sure these people weren't there for work. for its part, the haitian government
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confirmed to the bbc that it is prepared to open a full investigation into the allegations. it may be what happened at 0xfam was just the tip of the iceberg, they said. we will start with the 0xfam allegations to open a broad investigation into ngos operating in haiti. 0ther haitians working in the charity sector agree that the problems go beyond 0xfam alone. after the earthquake, organisations, international organisations, received money, a lot of money. what is the result? i will not say zero, zero, but you cannot see the result. 0xfam is facing perhaps the biggest challenge of its history, its international reputation in serious jeopardy. if it's going to take time to rebuild its name in the united kingdom, in haiti it may never fully recover. will grant, bbc news, port—au—prince. more than two hundred people have become the first to fly on a british
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package holiday to tunisia, since the terrorist attack in the country in 2015. the foreign office advised against all but essential travel to tunisia after 38 people, 30 of them british, were murdered by an islamist gunman on a beach. but that advice has now been eased, and this morning a flight took off from birmingham airport — john maguire reports from there. with its idyllic white beaches and pristine mediterranean coastline, tunisia was a hugely popular draw for british tourists, attracting around 430,000 a year. but then came the attack injune 2015, when a gunman killed 30 britons and another eight holiday—makers on a beach. so—called islamic state said it was behind the shootings by a tunisian student in sousse which came just three months after 22 people were killed in the capital tunis. tunisia says it has made huge steps in counterterrorism since the attacks.
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almost three years on, tour operator thomas cook has for the first time resumed its package holidays, travelling to the resort hamamet, one hour north of sousse. this morning 20 passengers were the first to return on an early—morning from birmingham. -- 220. we were staying in the hotel down the road when the last attack happened, but we love the country, so as soon as we knew there was another flight going, we decided to come back. if we had been bringing our children, we probably wouldn't be going, but as it is just the two of us, we didn't feel it was a concern. it's probably more dangerous staying in london than it is going out there. this first package holiday will take people to a country that has worked extremely hard over the last couple of years with international help to make itself as secure as possible for tourists. it is a country that will be very pleased to see visitors back
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in large numbers once again. and industry experts say that tunisia has been desperate to see travel restrictions lifted. the tunisian authorities were getting frustrated. what do we have to do to get holiday—makers back? eventually, of course, they convinced the government here that they would be able to make things as safe as possible for british holiday—makers, and that is why you have got hundreds of people heading back in from today. we have also customers from our german, belgium and french operations who have remained, because their countries did not impose any restrictions, so it is interesting to go out and get a feel for what was happening on the beaches, were customers aware of the situation, did they feel safe and secure? two flights have arrived today. departures from birmingham and manchester, with other uk airports to follow. 0ne survivor from the sousse attacks says british holiday—makers are badly needed, and will be hugely welcome.
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they were forming human shields in front of people they didn't even know, and they are such wonderful, open, kind—hearted people, and we couldn't have been better looked after. these travellers who have chosen to go back today are stoic, optimistic, and also being warned by the foreign office to be vigilant. tunisia remains in the state of emergency, and its tourism industry a long way from recovery. john maguire, bbc news, birmingham airport. ann coulter is an american conservative social and political commentator — and has more recently become one of president trump's most notable supporters. she is described by many as controversial — and is one of only 45 people trump follows on twitter. she is also the author of 12 best—selling books — including her most recent
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work, in trump we trust. do you still trust him? his campaign was brilliant and he allowed americans to vote on issues that they have not been able to vote on. both political parties or for wall street and their donors and not the fast middle of america. when trump came along i realised how much i hated my own party. but he has to follow through on it. we're into the second year of his presidency. the wall is still far from being second year of his presidency. the wall is still farfrom being built. do you think it ever will be? i'm not sure how much longer i will be one of the few people he follows on twitter since i keep posting every night the border war update, miles built today, zero. he has got to get
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to it. he still can and there are great things that he has done but... what things? the judges great things that he has done but... what things? thejudges have been good, i hate to go back to that. the supreme court? he recently came out from defending our public broadcasting. it is a bit different in the united states, i've been watching your tv and apparently the british are incapable of being bored. we have so much tv, summary channels. you really do not need the bonus pbs and pr. it is kind of weird. but we are told that in the white house he spent a lot of time, maybe hours a day watching tv and then tweeting about it. he follows you on twitter, he's obviously huge on twitter. is that the right way to run the most powerful country in the world, watching tv and tweeting? when i consider what mike day looks
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like i'm a bit resentful of the idea of sitting around all day watching tv and using twitter is not considered hard work! he gets a lot of criticism but i love his tweets. notjust of criticism but i love his tweets. not just because it of criticism but i love his tweets. notjust because it is fun and it sends the media off into paroxysms of horror. but i like the idea of having a direct view into the thoughts of the president. usually after a presidency you have all these books written about what he was thinking by people in the room but now all of america is in the room. but if you look at the opinion polls, whatever you think of them, female approval ratings have gone down 35% down to 29%. is he going to get bacchin? i do think he needs to keep his promises. there was one promise that at every campaign stop
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for 18 months he uttered. i'm going to build the wall. so really he has got to build the wall. and that includes deporting illegal. he said to the mothers of children killed by illegals, he brought them on the stage and it was a big thing. no other candidate would do that. and i saw him at the event saying publicly i will never forget you. he is saw him at the event saying publicly i will neverforget you. he is kind of forgetting them. again he has done great things, i'm so glad it is not hillary clinton, cutting back on regulations is fantastic. if he does what he said he was going to do and bills the wall then he can start to sell merchandise from the oval 0ffice sell merchandise from the oval office and will be re—elected. if he does not build the wall, i do not know. you're fixated on the wall? you are very anti immigration. is united states not a country that was built on immigration? that is what made america great originally. no,
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no. it was one of your colonies, one of your great success stories for 400 years. it is all in my book, and donald trump read it and that is where he got that great stuff about mexican neighbours. for the first 400 yea rs of mexican neighbours. for the first 400 years of the existence of america. your ancestors were immigrants? they were settlers, english, dutch, some irish. there was no america to immigrate to. there were people but it was not america. i do not live in the cherokee nation but i live in the united states of america which was formed after a revolution against your people. one quote from you, you said everyone who voted for donald trump knew his personality was grotesque. what parts of his
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personality do you think are grotesque? it is not fair to go back to products that i gave to my fellow conservative newspapers in a cranky mood. it is a fair question, you said that. what is grotesque about him? well the said that. what is grotesque about him ? well the boastfulness, said that. what is grotesque about him? well the boastfulness, the coarseness. i will say on the famous access hollywood tape, he said they let you do it, he was talking about the culture of celebrity and tell some women will throw themselves at a wealthy man. i know that he does not behave that way. is it right to have a man that by your own admission has a partially grotesque character, to have that man in the white house? i think! used a different word. you also said food does not want trump to be impeached last september. why did you want him impeached? i was just asking a
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question. he must‘ve done something that enraged me, probably the business about the dreamers. i wrote my first bestseller about bill clinton and the way the constitution, it was supposed to be a person of dignity and honour and character. do not think i'm moving away from that. but we were desperate, our country is at the tipping point and we had 17 lunatics being chased around by men with nets running for president. hillary clinton, i mean the house was on fire. you do not sit on evaluate the character of the man carrying you out of a burning building and that this donald trump. but he has to karius out of the burning building. you believe he will get back in the white house? it all depends... on the wall? deporting, keeping his promises, keeping jobs back. we are out of time, thank you so much.
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this is bbc news at five — the headlines. the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. the charity commission begins a statutory inquiry into 0xfam — after the scandal involving aid workers in haiti. a judge tells wikileaks founderjulian assange to have the courage to come to court — and upholds the arrest warrant against him. bbc news has learned that the commonwealth has begun considering who might succeed the queen as the head of the organisation. member states could choose anyone as the ceremonial leader, as the role is not hereditary. the bbc has been told 53 member states have established a high level group to look at how the commonwealth is governed — and its meeting for the first time today in london. the world war two bomb, which caused london city airport
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to be closed yesterday, has been towed to the sea off essex to be detonated. it was due to happen this morning, but the weather is causing delays as tolu adeoye reports. through the night, the royal navy worked to move the unexploded 500 kilogram german world war ii bomb that grounded flights for an entire day at london city airport. as it reopened this morning, preparations were being made to detonate the bomb which had been towed to shoeburyness on the essex coast. about ten hours driving it very slowly, very carefully down the thames. they've just deflated the mine lifting bag and put it back on to the sea bed very gently. they are now guarding it and keeping a careful watch on it while we can prepare the explosives to go down and strap onto the bomb, and then we will hopefully detonate the bomb on the sea bed. it's estimated there are still thousands of unexploded bombs in and around london. just this morning a suspected device which turned out to be a shell was found near the dartford crossing.
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countless wartime relics have been discovered over the decades. accepted wisdom on how to dispose of them has changed a lot in that time. what happens if the bomb does go off? there will be a big noise and quite a lot of damage. some experts were quite literally working in the dark when a german mine was discovered in the thames back in 1957. what's it been like down there? i'm sorry you are shivering with cold. just jolly cold. have you been able to see what you've been doing? no, you can't see a thing. well, how have you been working, then? just by touch. modern disposal methods are more sophisticated, and controlled explosions have become more common. the navy says safety is the top priority when assessing and dealing with the discoveries. so there is an element of risk, but the guys are very well trained, very well practised and competent, so it should be fine. the weather has meant delays to today's plans detonation, so we will have to wait a little longer for the big bang. tolu adeoye, bbc london news. the ups and downs of life — like a failed relationship,
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the death of a loved one, or being a victim of crime — can affect how we feel about our life and our mental health. now an online experiment, run in conjunction with the bbc, is trying to find out whether it's possible to predict how you might cope with those big life events. here's our health correspondent, dominic hughes. working with friends, doing something useful, all on a sunny winter's day. jane found the stress of herjob as a primary school teacher overwhelming. now working as a volunteer to restore a local park, she's found the perfect antidote. sometimes i might not have had a great morning, and i might not have told anyone. but for just them being themselves, they might have made me smile or laugh. and then again i'm back on the right track and i'm feeling positive. it's a mixture of being outside, doing something great for nature, and also the people and the social side of it as well. volunteering is the sort
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of activity that ticks lots of boxes when it comes to boosting our mental well—being. it's an outdoor activity, and on a glorious day like today what could be better than that? it's physical, social, and for those researching what makes us happy, this is the sort of thing that they say can really help. untangling the different factors, positive and negative, that make up our sense of well—being or happiness could help prevent mental health problems from developing. we are trying to learn more about what it's like to have depressive thinking styles... that's the aim of the online survey being launched today, in particular to explore the links between how we deal with life's ups and downs and our mental health. being involved in a crime or losing ourjob, failing an exam, how that would impact on whether or not we get anxious or depressed. and i'm interested in that both because i think that we might be able to explain a bit more about why
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people become anxious and depressed, but also because we can do something about it. artist raul gutierrez loya knows exactly how dwelling on past experiences affected the man he is today. the bullying he experienced as a child led to anxiety and panic attacks as an adult. i didn't have the courage to say to people i'm struggling. with the help of his therapist he changed the way he thought with dramatic results. one key thing was think about a good thing before going to sleep, and that changed everything. unlocking the secrets of happiness and how they relate to good mental health could be key in understanding how to keep us all happy and to identify those at risk and in need of better help. dominic hughes, bbc news. time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. it has been another cold day with
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more fresh snowfall up over the higher ground in scotland and northern england in particular. further south it was pretty wet and damp. 0n the radar picture you can see the remnants of the weather front today still affecting the east of england. 0utbreaks front today still affecting the east of england. outbreaks of rain there which will be quite slow to clear. behind that the wind is falling and thatis behind that the wind is falling and that is a combination for it to become really quite cold with a widespread frost developing. and the risk of some icy stretches as temperatures take a plunge overnight. 0n temperatures take a plunge overnight. on wednesday we have an area of low pressure that again runs into the cold air. of that it will be windy. the weather fronts working
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into the cold air and we see the rain again turning to snow particularly across the hills of scotla nd particularly across the hills of scotland and the far north of england. we could be looking at up to 12 centimetres of snow over parts of the highlands, some heavy snow over the southern uplands combine also with a strong wind. blizzard conditions for a time. further south a little bit milder, there could be some flakes around but essentially the snow turns back to rain pretty quickly. after a bright start across eastern england the cloud moves in and it turns damp later in the day. the heaviest rain in the afternoon across england and wales. but turning milder. for thursday the weather front is well out of the way, high pressure building in across england and wales and these
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areas should be longueuil —— largely dry with long spells of sunshine. again the showers will have a wintry flavour over the hills. mild in the south but still quite chilly across scotland. through friday on the weekend, settled for most of us and turning milder. for many temperatures pushing into double figures this weekend. and that theme continues into next week. however there are some subtle signs that the weather could turn colder much later in february. of course we will keep you posted right here on the bbc. the former football coach, barry bennell, has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against young boys. he'd targeted youth footballers in the 1980s, claiming he could fulfil their dreams of a career in the sport. but in court, he was described as a "child molester on an industrial scale," and has
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been found guilty of 36 charges. the jury has asked for more time to consider further counts. we'll be live at liverpool crown court. also on the programme: using artificial intelligence to beatjihadists on the web, but will tech companies use the government's new online tool? it's the biggest cancer killer, so why is research funding into lung cancer in non—smokers lagging behind other forms of the disease? ifelt like i was being punished for a crime i didn't commit. i've never smoked. in fact, i used to be the butt ofjokes at school
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