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this is bbc news. i'm carrie gracie. the headlines at 8.00pm: the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. is waiting over in south africa? president zuma will face the press tomorrow, as his party calls for him to quit for the sake of the country. the government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. a judge tells wikileaks founderjulian assange to have the courage to come to court — and upholds the arrest warrant against him. he has taken refuge in the ecuadorean embassy since 2012. hopes for a british gold medal at the winter olympics in pyeongchang were dashed today.
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27—year—old elise christie crashes out of the women's 500 metres speed skating final. and prince harry and meghan markle have visited edinburgh castle on their first officialjoint appearance in scotland. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against young boys in the 1980s. bennell, who's 64, had denied 48 charges, including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults, but the jury convicted him on 36 counts, and has asked for more time to consider seven others. during the trial prosecutors described him as a ‘predatory paedophile‘, who molested young boys on an ‘industrial scale‘. danny savage reports. barry bennell, a football coach who abused many young boys in his charge. today, he was convicted of sexually assaulting boys aged
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between eight and 15. he was the gatekeeper to a dream world in football, but his victims had to silently suffer horrific abuse. his trial heard he was a child molester on an industrial scale. this afternoon, he was found guilty of assaulting ten of the 11 boys this trial centred on. the jury haven‘t yet reached a decision on a number of other charges and will continue their deliberations tomorrow. he abused the boys at his homes, one of which was in this derbyshire village. he had arcade games and exotic pets and always had a reason for them to stay over. his victims were associated with crewe and manchester city, where he was involved in the junior setups. he was said to have been treated like god at manchester city‘s maine road ground. in court, it was said bennell had groomed the parents of the complainants so he could carry on the abuse. he offered no evidence in his defence, but his barrister accused some of the men, who were boys at the time,
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of inventing stories about him and jumping on the bandwagon. today, the 64—year—old, who has appeared throughout the case via video link, shook his head as the guilty verdicts were returned. some of his victims were in tears, hearing finally that the man who‘d abused them when they were little boys has been convicted. that was danny savage. 0ur correspondent ben ando was at the trial and gave us this update. in the 1980s and 90s, barry bennell was a highly respected football coach and talent scout with links to manchester city, stoke city and crewe alexandra, big football clubs in the north west. parents trusted him and his patronage was seen as a potential first step to a glittering football career for hundreds of schoolboys. what this trial has heard is allegations that he was a serial abuser of boys. this afternoon, the jury started returning verdicts. of the 48 counts they were asked to consider, they found him guilty on 36 charges involving ten different victims,
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boys aged from 8—14 at the time of the abuse that took place in the 1980s. the judge instructed the jury to acquit barry bennell on three of the 48 counts he faced for legal reasons. there are still seven counts outstanding. the jury have been told to go home and come back tomorrow and consider their deliberations on those counts and for that reason, for legal reasons, there are restrictions on what we can report today. but barry bennell, during the course of this trial, was described as someone who molested children on an industrial scale. ben ando there. south africa‘s president jacob zuma will speak to the media tomorrow after the governing african national congress decided to recall him from office. jacob zuma has come under mounting pressure to resign, following several corruption scandals. earlier today, the anc held a news conference and explained the party‘s decision. we engaged and we‘re looking forward
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to an amicable solution. and we will then see what president zuma‘s response is. but it‘s obvious that we want comrade ramaphosa to come in as the president of south africa. journalist jean—jacques cornishjoins us from pretoria in south africa. this is becoming difficult for the anc. it is beginning to damage its credibility? absolutely, and before the election, the anc, which suffered its worst setbacks in the municipal elections last year, really can‘t afford such body blows. the man speaking there was the
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secretary—general of the party and was a staunch zuma supporter, and now he is saying he did that because zuma was the president and that is the way things work in a liberation movement turned political party. now, what happened when thabo mbeki was recalled, the emc pylons for sacked, he said i have been a loyal carder of this party for 52 years, andi carder of this party for 52 years, and i know you don‘t want me, so i am getting out, and they had rather hoped jacob zuma would do the same thing —— he was recalled, there anc pa rla nce thing —— he was recalled, there anc parlance for sacked. they expected a response from zuma today and he is expected to face the press and give a reply but he has steadfastly refused to resign thus far. when cyril ramaphosa was elected leader
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of the party is encouraged hopes the south african economy would recover, the currency started building strength. is this beginning to take shape now? people are beginning to think ramaphosa is not as decisive in the weakness he has shown getting rid of his predecessor? he has certainly not been as tough as we would have liked. he was of course the miners‘ leader, and nelson mandela chose him as his successor, saying to him, we love you very much but you‘re not the man to make this choice. ramaphosa left in a bit of a half, got into business and became a billionaire. he has shown a lack of courage in his time as deputy president to jacob zuma, and one had hoped he would be more decisive, show more of the plot that he had as a miners‘ leader, but he is an
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enigmatic figure, and ramaphosa‘s watchers say you do not know what doing until he has actually done it. do you think you could do something slightly more radical, like send in the police? well, i don‘t think he will have to do that with jacob zuma. and, you know, they are not talking about even a vote of no confidence in parliament. the opposition has called for the parliamentary no—confidence motion which was set down for the 22nd next week to be brought forward this week, pushing the speaker is very hard to agree to this. they are seeing whatever happens, zuma or ramaphosa, they wa nt happens, zuma or ramaphosa, they want a vote of no—confidence in the anc government, and early elections. they say that even ramaphosa was complicit in the corruption they believe jacob zuma was guilty of, because ramaphosa defended him
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through eight no—confidence debates. jean—jacques cornish, thank you very much forjoining us. here, the government has unveiled an online tool, powered by artificial intelligence, that it says can accurately detect jihadist content and stop it from being viewed. the home secretary, amber rudd, says she wouldn‘t rule out bringing in a law, that would force technology companies to use it. but with extremist propaganda from so—called islamic state appearing on more than 400 platforms last year, there are concerns that such groups will simply adapt their methods, to reach new audiences. 0ur media editor amol rajan has the story. militaristic, cinematic and often shot with high—level production values, these propaganda videos for the so—called islamic state espouse terror and hatred. they‘re also easy to find on the internet right now. so what we have here are two videos, one of which is extremist content, the other which is perfectly legitimate news coverage. now an artificial intelligence firm in london has used home office money
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to target such extremist content. the creators claim the technology, which is obviously secret, can spot 94% of is content online with an accuracy of 99.995%. the technology distinguishes between news and extremism and flags up examples such as the one on the right, with a high probability of being extremist content, to be vetted by a human. what we are looking to do is to try and remove this content from the public web. if it requires somebody to have ten passwords and an incredibly complicated tor browser before they can get access to content, we see that as a win. it means that it can‘tjust be shared between friends on, like, their mobile phones. while attention is focused on big firms like twitter, google and facebook, crucially, this technology will benefit smaller platforms, who will have free use of it. islamic state supporters used over 400 unique platforms last year, 145 of them for the first time. like other forms of modern media, terrorist propaganda has now shifted online.
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what‘s so striking about this new tool is both that it‘s funded by government rather than technology firms, and that it‘s powered by artificial intelligence. in other words, it‘s an admission that machines rather than manpower will be most effective at finding and removing extremist material online. 0ne former jihadist who now works in counter—radicalisation argues that terrorists will always adapt their methods to find new audiences, and the platforms need to be willing to take action. the big players in this area are taking a lot of action, but we‘ve found that it‘s the smaller companies who aren‘t necessarily prepared to play ball with government, sometimes because they‘re suspicious of government, sometimes because they simply don‘t regard it as being part of their business model. it‘s not yet clear how widely the technology will be taken up, but the government says its instinct is to collaborate with industry. 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
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is to have an industry—led form like the one we‘ve got. your algorithms are doing that grooming and that radicalisation. it‘s a war of attrition, but the chair of the home affairs select committee says the onus is still on the biggest digital companies. i think it's imperative on the tech giants, on all of these companies to do more to operate swiftly to remove illegal material. and if they don't, there has to be some form of penalty on them for not doing this, because in the end, this is about illegal material. it‘s important to be realistic about the costs and consequences of the open web. while technology and government pressure can reduce harm, the fight against digital extremism is a war without end. amol rajan, bbc news. and we‘ll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow‘s front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. the 0ur guestsjoining me tonight
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are the telegraph‘s brexit our guests joining me tonight are the telegraph‘s brexit commissioning editor, asa bennett, and the poltical commentator daisy mcandrew. ajudge has upheld the uk arrest warrant, for the founder of the wikileaks website, julian assange. it was issued when he breached bail conditions in 2012, and sought refuge at the ecuadorean embassy, where he‘s been ever since. he was facing sexual assault allegations in sweden, which have since been dropped. mr assange says he now fears extradition to the us. 0ur correspondent charlotte gallagher reports from westminster magistrates court. thejudge didn‘tjust uphold the 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, in 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
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have the courage to come to court and answer the case for himself. so 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. charlotte gallagher. a woman has been found dead in a flat in manchester, following reports of a manjumping from a second storey window. he‘s thought to have leapt from a building in the ancoats area, before "a number of people" were assaulted, shortly after 7.30 this morning. police say a 37—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. the england cricketer ben stokes is to go on trial, charged in connection with a fight outside a nightclub in bristol last september. the 26—year—old pleaded not guilty to affray at bristol magistrates court and was granted bail before the next hearing in march. he‘ll now fly out to join england‘s current tour of new zealand. from bristol, jon kay reports.
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the morning. to bristol, for his first appearance before the city‘s magistrates. inside a packed court number one, the durham and england all—rounder told a districtjudge that he would be pleading not guilty to a charge of affray. standing next to him, two local men, ryan hale and ryan ali, both in their twenties. they also told the court they would be entering not guilty pleas. the men were told the case would now go to trial at bristol crown court, with an initial date set for 12th march. a short time after this hearing, there was a statement from the england and wales cricket board, who said they had been told that ben stokes wouldn‘t have to appear in court in person next month and that tomorrow, he was flying to new zealand. the 26—year—old, who missed out on the ashes series in australia, will arrive in new zealand on friday, initiallyjust
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for training with his england team—mates. the ecb said he is not currently being considered for the ongoing twenty20 tri—series, and it will be up to head coach trevor bayliss whether he‘s included in any later matches. ben stokes has also been given permission to take part in the indian premier league, which starts in april. he and the other two men who have been charged were all granted unconditional bail by the court today. jon kay, bbc news, bristol. the headlines on bbc news: the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. after months of talks south african president jacob zuma will face after months of talks south african presidentjacob zuma will face the press tomorrow, as his party calls for him to stand down. the government‘s unveiled a tool it says can actively detectjihadist content and block it from being used. sport now, and for a full
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round—up from the bbc sport centre, here‘s hugh. good evening. good evening, carrie. it‘s a big night in the champions league with the first of the knockout stage games being played tonight. spurs have a difficult last 16 tie and made the worst possible start to their first leg, away againstjuventus, going behind to an exquisite gonzalo higuain finish afterjust two minutes. juventus were handed the chance to double their advantage when ben davies was second best to a hopeful ball and higuain accepted his second attempt at goal for a second goal on the night. spurs still trailing 2—0 at the allianz after half an hour. things are the exact opposite for manchester city against the swiss champions. they are 3—0 up. midfielder ilkay gundogan heading them into an early lead. the premier league leaders have taken full control of the tie with bernardo silva
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adding their second at st jakob—park. it‘s now three away goals with sergio aguero scoring his 14th goal in 11 games this year. city can virtually think of a place in the quarter—finals already. sky and bt sport have agreed to pay almost £4.5 billion to broadcast premier league football games for three seasons from 2019—20. five of seven live packages have been awarded, with bidding for the remaining two ongoing. here‘s our sports news correspondent richard conway. what the premier league are saying tonight is that five of the seven packages that were available to broadcasters have been sold, one to bt sport which of course already shows premier league games. the other four to sky. they are securing four of those existing seven packages for a fee ofjust under £4.5 billion, saw another huge amount of money of those packages. two of the packages, therefore,
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remain, and the premier league is a multiple bidders are involved in that auction for the remaining two packages of tv games. those packages are respectively 20 anke holliday and midweek games, and that is what is under consideration now —— 20 bank holiday. multiple bidders. could they include the likes of amazon, netflix, facebook, apple? all those big tech giants rumoured to be interested in premier league live rights. no confirmation from the premier league on their identities, but we will have to see in the coming days who wins the battle for those two remaining companies. the premier league hoping they will, and i think it is inevitable now, that they will beat the existing figure, for those five packages... france head coach jacques brunel has 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
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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." day five of the winter olympics gets under way in a few hours‘ time. both the britsh mens and women‘s curlers are in round robin group action. the men take on switzerland and later canada, while the women are up against 0lympic athletes from russia well last night there was more heartbreak for britain‘s elise christie. she again missed out on a 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 pyeongchang. afterwards she claimed that she was knocked over. italy‘s arianna fontana won gold and dutchwoman yara van kerkhof got silver.
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i was knocked over you know, i did not fall on my own. five people in the final, it does not give you any benefit when someone gets a penalty. it is just tough. i‘ve worked so hard for the 500. it has just been taken away from me. even the semifinal, i got crashed and then ended up in lane four. and i know it is short track and i‘m supposed to be prepared for this, but it still hurts, you know. just before we go, a quick update from turin, it is now 2—1 to juventus, harry kane pulling back and away goal. you can follow that on five live and if not we will have
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the full result for you in sportsday at half past ten. thanks, hugh. inflation remained unchanged last month, at 3%. the cost of food and some imported materials fell, but prices for clothing and some leisure activities rose. last week, the bank of england warned that interest rates may go up quicker than expected, to help curb inflation. let‘s get some more on this story now. i‘m joined by our business reporter, sebastian chrispin. why has inflation stayed roughly the same? one thing to point out, it is not just that it stayed the same? one thing to point out, it is notjust that it stayed the same but it did not fall many analysts were expecting it to fall this month. the main reason for that if there are various pressures keeping up prizes of what we are talking about here really is what is happening to the poundin really is what is happening to the pound in relation to other currencies, so we know it failed against a number of currencies since the eu referendum and since then it regained many of those losses against certain currencies, but crucially against the euro it
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remains relatively weak, and that is important because we import so many goods from the eurozone so that when the pound is weak it is more expensive to make those imports and prices therefore have to go up. does this increase the likelihood that we are already expecting, that interest rates will go up? inflation rates are much higher than the bank of england target and only last week the bank of england governor mark carney came out and said interest rates were probably going to rise faster and sooner than we were expecting, and we are now expecting a raise in may and potentially another one later in november. i think what is quite interesting here is how the pressures on inflation are changing. i spoke a moment ago about external pressures from the currency. we are expecting those to start easing off over the next couple of months but towards the end of the year we will see wages going up and that will put pressure on prices, and that could trigger the bank of england to raise rates. in terms of everyone's quality of life, you know, how is
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all of this, all these different variables, going to affect living standards? it comes down to what is being dubbed the squeeze on living standards. what we are talking about is how inflation is going up in relation to people‘s pay, and it has been a pretty tough time for the average consumer, because for a long time he has been going up slower than the rise in prices and that means any pay rise people get, they don‘t feel it because it gets swallowed up by these rising prices. 0ver swallowed up by these rising prices. over the shorter term we are not expecting to see much of a change in that picture, but going on into the new year in 2019 the office for budget responsibility which looks after the government forecasts, they are expecting the situation to change. so maybe next year more people will start seeing a real terms wage increase. sebastian, thank you. prince harry and meghan markle have made theirfirst official joint visit to scotland, as part of a round of engagements in the run—up to their wedding in may. it‘s the fourth public appearance the couple have made since announcing their intention to marry in november. from edinburgh, our royal
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correspondent nicholas witchell has sent this report, which contains some flash photography. edinburgh castle and a welcome to scotland on a day when the temperature was barely above zero. a day, then, for a good warm overcoat and there was meghan markle, wrapped up in the very thing. the coat, patterned in tartan green and blue. offering a welcome, the band of her majesty‘s royal marines scotland and the regimental mascot of the royal regiment of scotland, a shetland pony with sharp teeth. the regimental mascot. watch harry‘s left hand. 0h, nearly got him! harry moved on, ring finger intact and meghan amused. bang went the one o‘clock gun, out came the thoughtfully—provided ear plugs, and as harry and meghan gazed over the city, those who‘d come to see them were positive. i got to meet meghan today and she is absolutely beautiful. i‘m so excited for them to be here in edinburgh today.
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they're the future of the royal family, meghan and harry and william and kate, they're the future. this has been another important introduction on the meghan markle familiarisation tour of the united kingdom. the underlying message is how much scotland matters. the union, of course, is a sensitive issue, one the royals know they must navigate with care but that navigation will increasingly be the task of the younger royals like harry and his wife to be. scotland will need to be a regular destination. nicholas witchell, bbc news, edinburgh. away from the sporting events in south korea, attention is focusing on political developments. tensions between the olympic hosts and its neighbour the appears to be easing, with kim jong—un‘s sister attending the games.
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and south korea‘s leader has been invited to visit north korea. laura bicker gave us this update from pyeonchang. over two months ago, kim jong—un fired his last missile, and here we are as the two sides exchanged warm words. the state media reported that the north korean leader described the way that the south korean government treated his sister and other north korean delegates as very impressive, as sincere. he also went on to say that they provided a warm climate for further dialogue and further unification. now when it comes to that wish, he has already invited the south korean president, moonjae—in, to visit pyongyang. that is something that he will have to mull over and will have to decide what kind of conditions he will put on that visit. meanwhile, president moonjae—in has confirmed that the us is open to talks with north korea. that is a significant development and a significant diplomatic breakthrough for president moonjae—in, because there had been this wedge between the us and south korea. south korea wants to pursue a twin approach to north korea. it wants to pursue this approach of maximum pressure and sanctions but it also wants to engage
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with the north, to talk to them. at the start of mike pence‘s visit here during the winter olympics, it seemed that was not something the us was willing to do. it now seems that they are at least willing to talk about talks. there‘s a huge hurdle in the way, though, and that is north korea‘s nuclear programme. so far, the north has refused to put that on the table and that will be something that is difficult for the international community to come to terms with. however, if you look at critics, people who believe, some people believe that president moonjae—in is on the wrong track, that he has given pyongyang a propaganda platform at these 0lympics. the japanese foreign minister has even described his approach as naive. others, however, believe that he may be on the brink of something, including enabling talks between the us and north korea,
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and that is something that he has been looking for since he came to power eight months ago. laura bicker, in pyongyang. time for a look at the weather with ben. good evening. 0ver good evening. over the last 24 hours we have seen strong winds, heavy rain and snow in places and there is more of all those elements to come over the next 24 hours. farewell to this first system but hello to another one, an area of low pressure developing in the atlantic, and as that starts to show its hand during the rest of the night the first thing we will feel the strengthening southerly wind which could touch gale force at some spots in the west. then these outbreaks of ringo starr to push on the west. then these outbreaks of ringo starr to position and and turn to snow, across northern ireland —— these outbreaks of rain will start to push in. then we take this area of cloud and rain but also some snow. the
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snow increasingly confined to the highest grow through the day. the rain will be in the south as we bring in some milder air and temperatures by the end of wednesday into double digits in the south—west. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty found of multiple sex offences against boys. after months of talks, south african president jacob zuma will face the media tomorrow, as his party calls for him to stand down. the government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect extremist content and block it from being viewed. 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
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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 it‘s been meeting for the first time today in london. a short time ago i spoke to our diplomatic editorjames landale. i asked him how sensitive this issue was. it is not an automatic hereditary role, which means there is a debate. now, if this happened tomorrow, then the commonwealth heads of government would meet, discuss and decide who should succeed the queen as head of the commonwealth. but it‘s not written down, there is no formal procedure. what‘s happening now is that within the commonwealth, minds are beginning to turn to what should happen. that‘s the debate that‘s beginning to start. when the commonwealth started, the whole point was everyone is equal, so presumably there are some countries who are
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saying that the head of the british monarchy should not necessarily be in charge any more? there has always been that debate, is the commonwealth seen as too anglo—centric, too white, old commonwealth? there are now 53 members, should it be a rotating presidency, should there be elections for the ceremonial head, a grand former president of a country, to make it less anglo—centric? then people say "who" and nobody agrees. if you ask most people within the commonwealth, within the hierarchy, what is the most likely option, they would say there is no reasonable, practical, plausible alternative to the prince of wales succeeding his mother. do we know if he shares... we know what she thinks about the commonwealth, it is her raison d‘etre in many ways, does he share that passion for it? he has displayed every interest
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in it, he has visited, if you look at his website there is an awful lot about his focus on the commonwealth. he has visited well into the 40s of the 53 countries, a lot of them in the last 12 months. crucially, last november he went to visit prime minister modi of india, which is the big member of the commonwealth, almost half the commonwealth population live in india, one of the biggest economies in the commonwealth. the prince of wales is very focused on the commonwealth and i think would be very keen to succeed. the queen herself has made that clear. but he will be quite busy if he is king. what about william, is there a thought it might skip a generation? people can have those thoughts. i have yet to speak to anybody in a position of authority to contemplate that in any plausible way. let‘s talk about you and today. you have been flipping marvellous at the house of commons. i thank you, i thank you!
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this is our diplomatic correspondent doing what he does best. or not. talk us through it. this is the annual parliamentary pancake race, when the media race against mps and peers just outside parliament. it is to raise money for a head injuries charity. it always gets lots of support. it‘s pretty brutal. a lot of cheating goes on. i saw some shoving. a lot of people don‘t toss their pancakes quite as often as the rules state. it‘s pretty tough stuff. that sounds quite serious. there should be a parliamentary inquiry into the tossing. but you won. we won. and this is what you get, a little medal, i don‘t know if the cameras can see that. you get a little medal with the pancakes on. i don‘t know anybody who eats that many pancakes, certainly not the ones we were using. all your years of
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training, there it is. we have been training for weeks, i assure you. i was thinking more of yourjournalism career! thank you. it shows you can have your pancake and eat it. i saw you rehearsing that over there! thank you. simon and james having a laugh. israeli police are to recommend to the attorney general that benjamin netanyahu should be charged with bribery and breach of trust. the israeli prime minister has been accused of accepting lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for favours. he‘s also accused of bribery in connection with a deal to provide him with positive media coverage. mr netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. let‘s speak to our correspondent in jerusalem, james reynolds. james, how difficult is this for mr neta nyahu ? james, how difficult is this for mr netanyahu? it is pretty hard. it is not every day the police of your
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country decide to recommend charges of fraud, breach of public interest and bribery in two separate cases, not just one but and bribery in two separate cases, notjust one but two. the police have come out tonight with a very lengthy statement detailing exactly why they have decided to recommend charges. the first case, they outline what they say is nine years in which mr netanyahu received lavish gifts, like cigars, pink champagne and jewellery for him and his family over a period of nine yea rs, his family over a period of nine years, the value of which was about £200,000 and in exchange, the police suggest that he gives special treatment to his wealthy friends. mr netanyahu treatment to his wealthy friends. mr neta nyahu has come treatment to his wealthy friends. mr netanyahu has come out and said the charges, the recommended charges against him are baseless. so what about the next move in this? he‘s obviously not going to be arrested for it. no, it is simple what happens next. the police have made
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their recommendation. they now give it to the country‘s attorney general. the attorney general will study it and he will hear from mr netanyahu‘s study it and he will hear from mr neta nyahu‘s lawyers and study it and he will hear from mr netanyahu‘s lawyers and then he will make his decision whether or not to proceed with an indictment, essentially the trial of a sitting prime minister or whether to do nothing. we expect that decision—making process to last at least several months. israeli politics for the next several months will have this cloud hanging over the most significant figure in the country. james, thanks. a palestinian teenage girl has gone on trial after she was filmed slapping an israeli soldier. ahed tamimi is charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence. proceedings were held behind closed doors, as she is being tried as a minor. the case has divide public opinion with palestinians regarding her as a symbol of resistance to israeli occupation. more now on today‘s news that the government has unveiled an online tool,
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powered by artificial intelligence, that it says can accurately detect jihadist content and stop it from being viewed. but with propaganda from so—called islamic state appearing on more than 400 platforms last year, there are concerns that such groups will simply adapt their methods to reach new audiences. the home secretary amber rudd says big technology companies need to play their part. we are 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 for like the one we have got. this has to be a junction level of larger companies working with smaller companies. —— a conjunction level. we can now speak to jamie bartlett from the centre for the analysis of social media at the think tank demos, and also author of radicals, which is about extremist movements and the way they operate on social media.
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hejoins us via he joins us via webcam from north london. good evening. do you think this online tool is going to take us somewhere effective? well, i mean, i‘m sure it is going to dampen down a little bit the volume of isis related material that is available online. i doubt very much it will remove all of it. groups like isis and others like them, they are very, very tech savvy. i mean, i am sure the minute the report was out today about this, they would have already worked out maybe some of the features these algorithms were spotting and i‘m sure they are already trying to change them slightly but maybe that is not the point. as far as the government is concerned, this is not necessarily about removing all of the material online but making it slightly harder for people to access. can you explain to us in a bit more detail how these algorithms can spot terrorist material as distinct from news reports? right, so the way
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systems like this work and all algorithms, really, if they trained softwa re algorithms, really, if they trained software on the sort of real—world examples. they will take for example 100 known isis videos that are propaganda from the group and 100 news reports which included isis videos and by marking them up with human analysts actually making judgments on what each of those were, an algorithm is able to spot the difference between them and then it is able on other examples that it has not yet seen to be able to pick which one it thinks it is. so it is not entirely machine lead. there is a lwa ys not entirely machine lead. there is always a human behind it that is training the software to make the distinction is but they are never perfect of course, they are always... it is a probability system so they can be relatively confident that the first video is isis propaganda and the second is a news report but it is only really as good as the data that has been fed into it. and what if the terrorist groups
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just change the data beading in and say, "ok, we will make this look more like news reports but with a terrorist message"? like i said, i'm sure they are already thinking of that. this is a constant arms race. the minute the propagandists, isis groups and others start changing the nature of their videos, those algorithms won‘t work as well any more. so then the company, the home 0ffice more. so then the company, the home office or whoever is using the software, is going to have to continually update their algorithms so they can keep pace with changes in the material. it is really a never—ending battle between government and tech companies and these groups. and so just on the government and tech companies, is it your view the government should insist tech companies use algorithms like this? that is a very difficult question. i consider this partly to
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be another way that the government is trying to lean on the tech companies. for the last couple of years, there has been this kind of battle between government and tech firms about who is really responsible for this material and how much effort is going into it. i think the idea behind all of this from the government‘s perspective was almost less about google and facebook and the big companies but that sarah payne lot of smaller tech firms that just don‘t that sarah payne lot of smaller tech firms thatjust don‘t have these algorithms or data scientists on hand to be able to use the tech to help them. i think for the smaller companies, this could be useful, at least for a while. i think for the bigger companies, they probably already have some pretty sophisticated software in place. when it gets to the government sort of mandating that they use this particular software, i think that gets a bit more complicated. i‘m not sure they should. jamie bartlett, thank you. some breaking news coming in from birmingham, this in fact from the
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west midlands fire service, saying the birmingham repertory theatre has been evacuated following reports of a loud bang in the area. that is coming from the west midlands fire service, the birmingham wrap has been evacuated after reports of a loud bang in the area. —— birmingham wrap. we will bring you an update as soon as we wrap. we will bring you an update as soon as we get it. the us ambassador to the united nations has said that the security council has failed in its responsibility to respond to the crisis in myanmar. around 700,000 rohingya muslims have escaped to bangladesh during a military crackdown. nikki haley also condemned the detention of two reuters journalists in myanmar. the world is watching and waiting for burma to act. what we have seen so far is cruel and barbaric. to top it off, they have the gall to blame the media. unhindered media access is vitally important. journalists like the two imprisoned reuters reporters are an indispensable source of information.
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unfortunately, the security council has so far failed in its responsibility to act in response to the clear threat to international peace and security that has resulted from recent events in northern rakhine state. we cannot look the other way in this situation. what happened in burma, and is still happening in burma, is not ok. this council must hold the military accountable for their actions and pressure aung san suu kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts are taking place in her country. no more excuses. two months ago, our legal correspondent clive coleman lost his sister sarah to lung cancer. she was one of many healthy non—smokers to contract the disease. in fact it‘s the uk‘s biggest cancer killer,
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but receives relatively little funding for research. around 35,000 people die from lung cancer in the uk every year, and around 44,000 new cases are diagnosed. butjust £708 is spent per lung cancer death in the uk, a fifth of that spent on breast cancer, and a tenth of the amount on leukaemia research. well, clive has been finding out more about the non—smokers who contract the disease, and why it remains the poor relation to other forms of cancer. when you‘re first diagnosed with cancer, it‘s really scary and i was very scared. i was diagnosed with non—small cell lung cancer in august 2015. this is my younger sister, sarah. she died of lung cancer in december, two years after being diagnosed. in the months before her death, she made this film about her condition. before she got the illness, i knew relatively little about it. i suppose i shared the common view
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that it was a smoker‘s disease. i had no idea how many healthy non—smokers got it, or that in the uk, it kills more than breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer put together. keep into the side, that‘s it. safely. like my sister, joanna marshall has never smoked, but has stage 4 lung cancer because of a non—inherited fault in her genes. she‘s been treated with targeted drug therapies. they provide a very effective stay of execution. so for me, for example, i‘ve been on a targeted therapy for about a year, which meant that i could live, essentially, a normal life. i was very active. i could breathe properly. but they don‘t last for ever, that‘s the problem. cancer tends to be one step ahead.
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the children help just by being here. i mean, they‘re really doing everything they can. my husband... his life has completely changed and it‘s not what i wanted for him. but, you know... if we get through this, we‘ll be so strong. scientists don‘t know why seemingly more and more healthy non—smokers are getting lung cancer. but visiting joanna and her family, i had learned that the disease kills 98 people each day in the uk. 14% of those who get it have never smoked, and yet in terms of research funding, it receives a small fraction of the money spent on breast or testicular cancer or leukaemia. it‘s a massive problem, because these people who are diagnosed with lung cancer who‘ve never smoked are really quite angry that it‘s assumed
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that they have smoked and they have self—inflicted this cancer upon them, when clearly, they haven‘t. because of the way that the disease behaves and these people are not expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer, they‘re not high risk, they‘re usually diagnosed at a later stage, and therefore treatment can often not be curative, which is a complete and utter disaster for them. lung cancer remains the ugly, poor relation of the cancer family. it doesn‘t discriminate between smokers and non—smokers, and there will be many more cases like my sister‘s before a long—term treatment‘s found. clive coleman, bbc news. let‘s update the breaking news from birmingham repertory theatre. west midlands police have just tweeted the following.
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a leicestershire couple have been fined thousands of pounds for building what‘s been described as a concealed home behind a garage door. the property was hidden from view behind a door and fence on an estate in enderby, near leceister. the owners insist they were creating a garden annex and had no intention of breaking any laws, as amy harris reports. an ordinarily looking garage at a family home in leicestershire but hidden behind the door, accommodation that isn‘t designed for a car. this conversion is among a range of unauthorised work that took place at the property in enderby. it also included this fence, further shielding the makeover from view. this is the garage here. after attempting to resolve
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the matter with the owners for more than two years, this planning official told me her team had no choice but to take them to court. we‘ve got lots and lots of examples across the district where garage conversions are perfectly fine because they are not creating any sort of safety risks. in this location, there were planning conditions put on at the time the development was permitted, precisely because of this reason. today, apart from a pile of rubble, there‘s little sign of the conversion making national headlines. as news of the planning breach spread, those living in this small estate had mixed reactions. i can see from my window but i'm not bothered, you know, because i mind my business. yeah, so it's up to them what to do. the property is owned by dr reeta herzallah and hamdi almasri. there was no sign of them here today. but they have posted a lengthy response on facebook. in it, they say they never intended is building to be a house,
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just a garden annex. they insist they were not trying to hide it behind the door. they say that was just there while they prepared to turn it back into a garage. and they insist as well that they had no intention of breaking any planning laws and had had advice that this was permitted development, being in their garden. they said they think all the attention that the story has received right across the media is hilarious. clearly, the council didn‘t think it was a laughing matter and neither did magistrates. at a hearing in leicester, the couple were fined more than £2000 each in their absence and ordered to turn what planners say was habitable accommodation back into a garage. amy harris, bbc east midlands today, enderby. the world war ii bomb which caused london city airport to be closed yesterday has been towed to the sea off essex to be detonated. it was due to happen this morning,
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but the weather is causing delays, as tolu adeoye reports. through the night, the royal navy moved to work to move the unexploded 500—kilogram german world war ii bomb that grounded flights for an entire day in london city airport. as city 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 very slowly and carefully down the thames. they‘ve just deflated the mine lifting bag and put it on to the sea bed, very gently and they are now guarding it, keeping a watch on it while we prepare the explosives to go down and strap onto the bomb and then 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 that turned out to be a shell was found near the dartford crossing. this is a map of london showing where the bombs fell during the blitz. these are only the ones
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that were known about at the time or have been discovered since. historians say industrial areas and ports were first targeted but the bombing soon spread to civilian areas. really anywhere around london and along the thames, any industrial or heavily populated areas were targets. and the problem with that is they are the areas that are now being redeveloped and rebuilt and that's where we're discovering so many more bombs now. what happens if the bomb goes off? there will be a big noise and quite a lot of damage. accepted wisdom on how to dispose of the bombs has changed over the decades. this footage shows how some experts were quite literally working in the dark when a mine was discovered in the thames in 1957. what's it been like down there? you're shivering with cold. it is 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.
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the weather has meant delays to today‘s planned detonation so we‘ll have to wait a little longer for the big bang. now we have all been told not to play with our food — except today of course, when the whole object is to toss as high as we can and catch it again. yorkshire panca ke—lovers have been out flippin with a vengeance. michelle lyons has more. just another ordinary day in bradford. or is it? christians against poverty flipped out in city park, showing off their skills on shrove tuesday. we had a flipmob going on. we all came down, flipping pancakes and it was to show that christians against poverty is going flat out against uk poverty. flash in the pan or will you be doing it again? well, i think everybody had a really fantastic time so it‘s going to be hard to convince them not
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to do it again. oh, my gosh, how old are you? well done! elsewhere in yorkshire, the pans have been getting a battering, too. on your marks, get set, go! here in ripon, the young, old, children and clergy all took part in the annual pancake race, upholding a 700—year tradition. in scarborough, there was the traditional pancake race on the seafront, another annual event dating back to 1953 and of course, a few pancakes left over to enjoy afterwards. and in york minster, a large wooden cross was hauled into place ahead of lent, with free admission tomorrow on ash wednesday. 0k. nice to meet you. even the leeds rhinos took a break from the world club challenge, to celebrate shrove tuesday down under. three, two, one, go! good try, lads. meanwhile, back in bradford...
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i think it‘s about time i gave it a go. i think i‘ll be quite good at this because i make them every sunday for my kids. here we go. not bad, is it? but not everyone was impressed with my flipping skills, but i was. michelle lyons, bbc look north, bradford. the weather is coming up but first, let me show you these pictures from the united states. this viral video shows a robot created by tech firm boston dynamics opening a door for its "friend". the footage of the four—legged spot—mini has been viewed more than 5 million times. it is very polite! time for a look at
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the weather with ben. i was not sure you are going to get me, that took a while so i think humans might still have the edge. we have seen some humans might still have the edge. we have seen some snow humans might still have the edge. we have seen some snow in the last couple of days and varies more to come over the next 24 hours. this picture shows a beautiful the day for our weather watchers in derbyshire, albeit with a covering of snow over the hills. you can see the weather system that brought the rain and snow for some today, another one sliding in from the west for tomorrow. in between, a clear zone showing up on the satellite picture and within it as we head through the rest after night, temperatures continuing to plunge, quite widespread frost and potentially icy stretches. all the while, strengthening wind in the west, gales for exposed spots in northern ireland and scotland. as we
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go into tomorrow morning, a cold start with icy stretches here and there. and then we bring this frontal system in from the west. it will bring some rain but also some snow across high ground in the north particularly but even to lower levels for a time. this how the forecast is shaping up through wednesday. we take the band of mostly rain in the south, mostly snow further north at least at first and push eastward but as we go through the day, the snow increasingly becomes confined to higher ground and to northern areas. having said that, could be quite a lot of snow once again in scotland, up lot of snow once again in scotland, up to 12 centimetres in the north, maybe seven over the higher ground of the southern uplands, drifting and blowing in strong wind but further south, a bit milder, cloud and outbreaks of rain plaguing the south of wales and south—west england in the afternoon. this band of rain and snow will continue to slide eastwards through the afternoon. behind it, something brighter showing it turned into northern ireland and some showers but temperatures by the end of the
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day, ten in belfast and 11 in plymouth, starting to bring in some mild earth. the frontal system clears away on wednesday night but this area of low pressure remains in charge, the engine room of the weather for the next couple of days. it will throw some wintry showers into northern ireland and scotland as we go through thursday but look further south, fewer showers and more dry weather and when you see the clear green map, it shows we are expecting fairly large amounts of sunshine which will feel fairly pleasa nt sunshine which will feel fairly pleasant at 1011 but still a bit colder further north. pleasant at 1011 but still a bit colderfurther north. more pleasant at 1011 but still a bit colder further north. more of us will start to into the slightly milderairas we will start to into the slightly milder air as we head to the end of the week and into the weekend and we will start to see dry weather spreading north. another unsettled couple of days but then things should start to settle down. hello.
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