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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown, the headlines at eight. more evidence of the nhs under pressure — one in eight patients taken to hospital in england by ambulance this winter faced a delay of over 30 minutes. lawyers for donald trump threaten legal action against his former chief strategist, steve bannon, after comments made in a book about his presidency. the obviously changed his tune pretty quick! plans for an overhaul of farmers' subsidies, but current levels will remain for five years after brexit. one of britain's most prolific sex offenders, john worboys, who raped and assaulted women in his black cab, is approved for release from prison. and a huge winter storm is causing disruption over the eastern united states, what weather forecasters described as a bomb cyclone has
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caused travel chaos and is being blamed for up to 17 deaths. and we'll be finding out why irn bru fans are stockpiling the soft drink ahead of a planned recipe change. good evening. there's even more evidence today of the mounting pressure on the nhs in england this winter. new figures compiled by the bbc show that for the last six weeks of 2017 more than 75,000 patients were left in ambulances for 30 minutes or more. that's one in every eight patients enduring a delay. and last week was the busiest ever for the nhs111 helpline — it received more than 480,000 calls. today theresa may apologised
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for the thousands of operations that have already been cancelled. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. but we're in a queue with lots of other people who are clearly very sick. everybody‘s waiting to get in. a patient‘s—eye view of the stress across the nhs. a queue of ambulances waiting to hand over patients at a hospital. leah was stuck for more than an hour in the ambulance with her mother, who was at that moment having a stroke. it's just... it's just gobsmacking. it's gobsmacking, and it's devastating. it's really... it feels like a sick feeling, like a sickening feeling that this is how bad it is. 0ne chief executive even tweeted a picture of ambulances at his hospital, wigan infirmary. "a lovely fleet of 1a parked outside the door," he said. handover delays at hospitals are not good news for patients, and they stop ambulances getting back on the road again. the process at a&e units is supposed to take no more than 15 minutes, but the latest figures for england show a sharp increase in the numbers
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waiting more than 30 minutes. bbc analysis shows that across the system since the end of november, one in eight have been held up more than half an hour. the northwest and eastern regions saw some of the biggest numbers of long ambulance waits at hospitals. some of the best performers were in london and the west of england. the prime minister was asked again about the government's response with nhs england to the extreme pressure in many hospitals, postponing a months worth of non—urgent operations. i recognise that it's difficult if somebody is delayed on their admission to hospital, or if somebody has an operation postponed, and we will hope to ensure that those operations can be reinstated as soon as possible. i know it's difficult, i know it's frustrating, i know it's disappointing for people, and i apologise. no, ijust wondered if you had had any update on daddy? there are problems for the nhs across the uk. karen's 86—year—old father in northern ireland, who had a chest infection, had to wait more than 26 hours
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for a hospital bed. there were people on the floor, there were people sitting on chairs. most of them were elderly. there was an elderly lady that i remember very vividly was slumped in a chair in her nightdress the whole night. no‘oi'ie came near her, no—one even put a blanket around her. it was really very distressing. there were police everywhere, there were people with blood pouring out of them. it was just like a battlefield. and now there are official figures showing that flu is putting more pressure on hospitals. what we are seeing is a significant increase in this particular week, from the last week, in terms of the number of people being admitted to hospital, and the numbers of people who are being admitted to intensive care. it's too soon to say how severe the flu season will be, but it won't take much to add to the long waits and delays, as illustrated in these pictures, already evident across the nhs. hugh pym, bbc news. let's speak now to professor carl heneghan,
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director of evidence—based medicine at the university of oxford, and also an out—of—hours gp. i know nhs officials are not saying this is a crisis, but clearly severe problems this winter — what are the root causes? first of all, go back to january the 13th 2017, same problem has occurred year—on—year on year, so problem has occurred year—on—year on year, so we problem has occurred year—on—year on year, so we have to get realistic about these problems that will occur ina way about these problems that will occur in a way that starts to happen, but what is different is our rising elderly population, who are complex and difficult to manage. that is a problem that we are now seeing add to the problems, and there is this persistent problem where it is difficult to discharge these people because there is a disconnect in social care provision, a disconnect in how we value and treat the
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elderly, and we have to start thinking differently about what is a good news story, and increasing elderly population, but they provide a huge problem. when social care provision spending is being reduced, this is the symptom you see at the front end of a&e. this is the symptom you see at the front end of me. critics of government policy would say that with that rising need in the health service that you have identified, there needs to be rising funding levels. butjust putting in more money doesn't get rid of this, it provides a short—term solution, and when we are back to where we start in two weeks, this is an ongoing problem where we need a realistic debate about what we are prepared to do, and what we value, because we have got to do something different. ican have got to do something different. i can tell you this — we will be back next year and it will just i can tell you this — we will be back next year and it willjust be a little bit more complex, because by then more authorities will have more elderly population, and it is not fairto elderly population, and it is not fair to say that some are dealing
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better than others, because in three are over the age of 65, and it is not the same everywhere. when you understand that translates into complex patients, we need a transformation in how we understand social care provision, how we look after the elderly, not all of them need to be in a hospital, we may need to be in a hospital, we may need to be in a hospital, we may need to return to situations with low—tech community hospitals, where these people can be managed outside of the real battlefield. we have just had new year, people turning up drunk, providing more impact on a&e services, so we have got to value how we use the services and do something different going forward. when you say do something different, ina nut when you say do something different, in a nut shell, what is that?|j would in a nut shell, what is that?” would do something radically different, i would connect social ca re different, i would connect social care provision to the nhs. at the moment, it is disconnected, looked after by local authorities which are cutting budgets because they do not see the impact, because they do not
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have to worry about a&e. the second aspect is to think about how we treat more of these elderly people in the community. so i would see the re—emergence of community hospitals, low—tech environments where we can look after these people and they can bypass a&e and these 20 hour wait. thirdly, our community, charities like help the aged, they need much more input, because they have a huge role to play. all right, thank you very much for being with us. 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. our guests joining me tonight are dia chakravarty, brexit editor at the daily telegraph, and laura hughes, political correspondent at the financial times. the row between donald trump and his former top aide steve bannon has intensified, with lawyers for the president threatening legal action. it follows comments attributed to mr bannon in a new book
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he's quoted as saying that a meeting between mr trump's son and a group of russians during the presidential campaign was "treasonous". the president says that he does not speak to steve bannon anymore. 0ur north america editor, jon sopel, reports. hell hath no fury like a bannon scorned, it would seem. steve bannon, who was described as the brains behind donald trump, is now out in the washington cold after his extraordinary attack. the warm words of last summer but a distant memory. i like him, he's a good man. he is not a racist, i can tell you that. he's a good person. he actually gets a very unfair press in that regard. but we'll see what happens with mr bannon, but he's a good person, and i think the press treats him frankly very unfairly. but bannon was fired soon afterwards and has now had his revenge, rounding on the president
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and president's son—in—law during the campaign, saying: and that's provoked rage and fury in the white house. the president issuing this unprecedented statement about a close colleague. today at the white house, they‘ re lawyering up, orders to stephen bannon to cease and desist. threats to the publisher, too. and the response from mr bannon last night, why, to declare his unfailing support for the president. and that brought this response from mr trump today.
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he called me a great man last night, so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick. the white house is pushing back hard on the contents of this book, describing the author, michael wolff, as an unreliable witness and a fa ntasist. that despite him being given unprecedented access to the workings of the west wing and recording hours and hours of conversations. and even if only 50% of the book is accurate, it still paints a damning portrait of a white house that is dysfunctional and a president who's paranoid. no wonder donald trump is so angry. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. let's speak now to frances stead sellers, senior writer at the washington post, who has studied steve bannon's career closely. shejoins me on webcam
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from huntingdon beach in california. thanks so much for being with us, we heard how angry donald trump is, why is he so hot under the collar about this book, do you think? well, this isa this book, do you think? well, this is a very expected reaction from donald trump to criticism, and you can go back away into his private career in business, when he could rule his own empire, and he used all sorts of tactics that are coming out 110w sorts of tactics that are coming out now to silence his tactics. you never broached criticism and enforced loyalty through strict confidentiality agreements, which he has had people sign. when he was running his campaign, there was a fascinating interview between one of my colleagues and donald trump in which trump was speculating about how to keep that loyalty going with federal government employees, who have freedom of speech protected by the constitution. they don't need to say nice things about their boss,
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and he clearly bound is worrisome back then, he thought people should work for you and then say bad things. you can go back to 1991, there was a book called trumped, very critical of donald trump, who had been portraying himself with self congratulatory autobiographies asa self congratulatory autobiographies as a hero of the business world, and in this booty was portrayed as a crude belly who didn't know much about running casinos. soon after that, trump started having everyone around him sign these nondisclosure agreements. it is not clear that it isa agreements. it is not clear that it is a tactic that can work in the federal government atmosphere. not only do federal employees have the right to speak out, but it is very ha rd to right to speak out, but it is very hard to think trump can actually get beyond this being a thread to a lawsuit that could work to his behalf. it is very hard to sue somebody, a public figure like donald trump for defamation. so, you
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know, there are high barriers of proof going ahead. steve bannon seems to have said some pretty bruising things about donald trump, why is that? they were very close ideological soul mates, why has he turned on him, if you like? 0ne has he turned on him, if you like? one wonders how close they were — you can see banner as the architect of what we now think of as trumpism. if you go back and listen to breitbart news daily, his daily programme, you can hear him articulating all these views, the nativism, the opposition to multilateral agreements, the islamophobia, the suspicion of science, these things we associate with trump were articulated by bannon before trump became a leader of that movement. without bannon, the trump believe all those things? much less clear. for congressional
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republicans, this may mean there is a change from the extremism that bannon was promoting. he always said he was a disrupter, he wanted to upton government, which is what he's doing now in a extraordinary way. —— upturn. thank you for being with us. the headlines on bbc news. more evidence of the nhs under pressure this winter — one in eight patients in england were kept waiting in an ambulance for more than 30 minutes when they arrived at hospital. lawyers for donald trump threaten legal action against former aide steve bannon after comments he made one of britain's most prolific sex offenders, john worboys, who raped and sexually assaulted women who were passengers in his black cab, has been approved for release from prison. right, let's get a round—up of all
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the very latest sport, it is holly this evening. we start with tonight's premier league action from wembley where tottenham are hosting west ham. both teams' second game in just three days, and top them need to win to stay within touching distance of the top four. not a great deal of action so far, but harry kane was involved as he looks for his first goal of 2018. 18—year—old declan rice clearing things up for west ham, just 16 minutes gone in that game. stoke city manager mark hughes says he didn't seek assurances over his future when he met with club owners this morning. stoke are in the premier league's bottom three after a seven—game run featuring only one win and five defeats. but hughes remains defiant ahead of the club's third—round fa cup tie against coventry this weekend. why would i seek it? i don't need it. from my point of view, it is
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just business as usual. i didn't attempt to ask the owners about my future, i went there with the sole purpose of getting an understanding of what we're doing injanuary, purpose of getting an understanding of what we're doing in january, that is what i got, an indication in terms of that. it was a good meeting, one that we can forward from. liverpool's philippe coutinho and mohamed salah will miss tomorrow's fa cup third—round derby with everton due to injury. coutinho has a thigh injury which comes amid increasing speculation about his future at the club. the bbc understands that liverpool expect another bid from barcelona for the brazilian during the january transfer window. butjurgen klopp is remaining tight lipped about the situation. look, all the things that i could say now would only create stories, you write the stories anyway. so i have nothing to say about it. that is actually how it is. that is how it is! so it is the transfer window,
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but that is all, that is all, i know that means already i have opened the door halfway, because i mentioned that it door halfway, because i mentioned thatitis door halfway, because i mentioned that it is the transfer window. but there is nothing to say about it what would help me or the player or the club. 0k, what would help me or the player or the club. ok, that was now the wrong direction, but that is the only thing i am interested, that is all. andy murray has pulled out of the australian open after failing to recover from an ongoing hip injury. the three—time grand slam tennis champion hasn't played a competitive match since wimbledon last summer. former british number one andrew castle has been speaking to bbc sport and says while murray's career may not be over, it will be along way back to recovery. it is very sad when somebody has to retire, and of course i am assuming that this is the end of his career, and it may not be. forgive me, but i
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have got a new hip, and it is an awful long way back, a real uphill struggle, if surgery is required. but decided, not a disaster, not tragic, he has had the most marvellous career, two lovely children and a fantastic marriage, so the positives are there. it is just that his retirement, if that is what this is, his inability to go ahead and challenge majors again, is not on his terms, which is a shame. and it was very poignant when he put on instagram that he just wanted to compete again, you just wanted to play, really like a child, and that is where everybody comes in, people just want to play, feel the ball on the racket, commit everything. people always assume that it is something you have always wanted to do, you are always going to be a pro and win wimbledon, but it is a love for the game that comes first and it has been taken away from andy, which isa has been taken away from andy, which is a shame. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30.
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i some breaking news coming into us from washington. the us state department are saying that the united states is suspending national security assistance to pakistan. this is unless the pakistani government take action against the network of militants and the afghan taliban, that is the state department suggesting they will suspend national security assistance to pakistan unless they take action against the afghan taliban and militants along the afghan border. the negotiations over the brexit deal are farfrom over but the environment secretary, michael gove, is setting out proposals for what farming in england might look like once we leave the eu. he wants to replace the current eu subsidy — which is based on how much land you own — with one based on what you do with the land. but his proposals wouldn't come into effect till 2024, well after another general election.
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here's our business editor simonjack farming is perhaps the industry most closely entwined with the eu. for 45 years, those who work on this green and pleasant land had been regulated, protected and paid by the eu. three billion a year in subsidies is paid out to farmers, determined by how much land they own. that will change, according to the environment secretary. what i want to do is to move away from the current method of subsidy which doesn't really reward efficiency to a method of agricultural support which make sure that good farmers have new markets for their products and at the same time that the natural environment is enhanced. under proposals announced today, the government would limit payments to the largest landowners. it would reward environmental protection measures such as flood prevention and support high standards in animal welfare. we are very pleased with the gove announcement today,
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because it provides a level of certainty for the farming. david farms 2,000 acres in west sussex and is glad these proposals will not come in until 2024. it's really important, it gives is a chance to adjust our businesses and study the impact of brexit and plan accordingly. farming is a long—term business. the cattle we have on the farm, many will not be sold until we leave the eu, so any chance to plan ahead is really valuable. cut—price competition from overseas, like chicken treated with chlorine from the us, is banned in the eu. some worry that in a rush to make new trade partners, uk farmers will be undercut. some farmers say, if that happens, we willjust have to lower our standards to compete. well, that is a race to the bottom. what will happen is, we will lose. ultimately, britain doesn't have the economies of scale to produce low quality, low—welfare food
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more cheaply than other countries. there is perhaps no other sector where opinion is so divided between those who think brexit will be the making of and those who think brexit will be the breaking of an industry. can you make an agricultural policy tailor—made for britain's economy and environment, or are you taking a massive gamble by stepping outside the fence of subsidies and protection? the farming landscape may change with brexit, but subsidies for farmers are not going anywhere for six years, proof perhaps of how hard some habits are to break. simonjack, bbc simon jack, bbc news. a london taxi driver who's believed to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women who were passengers in his cab is to be freed after serving ten years in jail. john worboys, who is now 60, was convicted of 19 offences in 2009. now a parole board has approved his release with what it calls stringent licence conditions. 0ur correspondent danny shaw said the parole board had looked carefully into the case.
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weather forecasters have issued warnings about a huge winter storm over the eastern united states which, it's thought, has already claimed the lives of 19 people. parts of the niagara falls have frozen because of the severe conditions. the state of florida, which has seen its first snowfall for almost 30 years, has declared a state of emergency. similar measures are also in place in georgia, virginia and north carolina. 0ur north america reporter nada tawfikjoins us from new york city. braving the cold there, just how cold is it, nada? well, with the wind chill, it is making it even more cold outside at the moment, it
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is 20 fahrenheit, but the wind—chill is 20 fahrenheit, but the wind—chill is severely making that different. now, the wind, because of this bomb cyclone, is really complicating effo rts cyclone, is really complicating efforts in the city in terms of transit, in terms of getting schools back up and running. we have had almost 20 centimetres of snow dropped on new york, and while the city has had thousands of people and equipment out to clean it up, the wind has been sweeping the snow back over the surfaces. at two of the nation's busiest airports, they have had to temporarily suspend flights because of visibility issues, white out conditions. 0fficials because of visibility issues, white out conditions. officials are warning people to stay of the roadways if at all possible, because it has been so hard to clean them up. as the really cold temperatures really start to set in, we are expecting tomorrow into the weekend, they are really concerned about these conditions turning to ice and
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making it far worse. so you are asking how cold it is, not anything compared to what is going to be like inafew compared to what is going to be like in a few days. it will be up to un28 celsius with the wind—chill in new it will feel like minus 28 celsius. 20 other cities across the united states are supposed to break records as this cold snap sets in. and i note new york is used to chilly conditions, but how unusual is the severity of this cold snap there? well, new york is getting hit by both directions, and this bomb cyclone really is a rare event. the barometric pressure dropped rapidly and created this really fast—moving, intends cyclone that has created these conditions, and in my time in new york i certainly don't remember this type of a system creating anything like this. we have had cold
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weather since christmas, but combined with this storm and the arctic air coming down, we are about to feel cold temperatures that we have not felt in a very, very long time. new york is already setting a fifth record in terms of how cold it is, and as i say, these temperatures are only going to get colder in the next few days around the east coast, particularly in the north—east. next few days around the east coast, particularly in the north-east. all right, nada, thank you for being with us. the colman's mustard factory in norwich is set to close after the co—owner of the site said it would close. the factory will close at the end of next year. richard bond reports. the end of a norwich tradition. mustard has been made at carrow since 1858. for the last 20 years, the site has been shared by colman's and the soft—drinks firm britvic, but britvic‘s decision to leave prompted colman's owner unilever to review its operation and reach today's decision. what would you say to those who say you are betraying the city?
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well, i don't think that's fair at all. 0bviously, following britvic‘s decision, we had to make our own decision about the future, and we believe we've acted in the best interests of unilever for the long term, and obviously of our broader business. we have to stay competitive, and unfortunately trying to operate the site here in its current guise wasn't a viable option. most of colman's food products, including wet mustard, will move to a unilever factory at burton on trent. dry sources will go to germany. but colman's will not abandon norwich altogether. we wanted to maintain the historic link between colman's and norwich, and therefore we're also proposing today that we invest in a new state—of—the—art facility in the local area, where we will mill and pack our mustard powder, and also process our mint.
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i don't think it's the best we could have hoped for. the best would have been keeping the facility here, but it's some good news at least that we will have colman's mustard, dry mustard, still being produced in the city. this is a body blow for the workers of unilever, their families, and the city of norwich. unilever, colman's, is an iconic brand for our city, and this news, we knew it could happen, it's going to be devastating. it's a terrible way to start 2018. unions are urging the company to reconsider the closure during a period of consultation. now the weather. good evening. the current wet and windy weather will be replaced by something more wintry but brighter as we head into the
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weekend. still windy now, particularly in the south. some spells of rain working their way from west to east. heavy and squally at times. further north, hail and hill snow. through friday we'll keep the wet weather across parts of western england and scotland. further south, showers working their way west to east. there will be some sunshine developing. a bright day in northern ireland and sunny spells in the south east of england. during saturday it will turn colder. lots of sunshine in the northern half of the country, where it will be predominantly dry. further south, milder. temperatures two to 7 degrees. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: more
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evidence of the nhs under pressure this winter — one in eight patients in england were kept waiting in an ambulance for more than 30 minutes when they arrived at hospital. lawyers for donald trump threaten legal action against former aide steve bannon after comments he made in a book about the president. i don't talk to him. i don't talk to him. thank you. one of britain's most prolific sex offenders, john worboys, who raped and sexually assaulted women who were passengers in his black cab, has been approved for release from prison. the environment secretary has set out how farming subsidies will be dealt with after brexit, saying farmers will receive payments to protect the countryside. technology firms are working to fix two major bugs in computer chips that could allow hackers to steal
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sensitive data. more now on the news that lawyers for donald trump are threatening legal action against his former chief strategist, steve bannon. it's after he was quoted in a book describing a meeting between the president's son, donald junior, and a group of russians during election campaign as "treasonous". 0ur north america reporter, anthony zurcher, is in washington. quite a row over this book. donald trump are threatening legal action as well. why do you think he is so angry about it? i think first and foremost steve ba na ha n angry about it? i think first and foremost steve banahan undercuts a lot of the white house's defences against robert muller's investigation into possible ties between the trump campaign and the russian government. as you mentioned, he said it was plausibly treasonous, the meeting between
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donald trump jr and paul manafort. he said he is following the money through donald trump junior and. .. donald trump called that a witchhunt. now here is steve banahan saying, there could be real problems for the white house. —— steve bannon. that is one reason. another reason is that he was going after trump's family directly. he said ivanka trump was dumber than a brick. does slights. donald trump ta kes brick. does slights. donald trump takes everything said about him very seriously and pushes back as hard as he can. by reacting so furiously to this book, in a sense donald trump is probably going to promote it, may ita is probably going to promote it, may it a best seller. that is if he does not succeed in stopping its publication? i don't think he will
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succeed in stopping its publication. the letter sent out was a threat of legal action. it wasn't actual legal action. to satisfy the libel law bar in the us, you have to prove that the author and publisher knowingly published lies. that would be after a long legal process, a discovery process that would lead the publishers' lawyers looking to donald trump's files to see if there is any substantiation for the allegations. i don't think anybody in the white house once that saw of investigation into the white house. it is what trump has done in the past, threatened legal action, attempt to discourage people from doing things. in this case i don't think it will work. in fact, the book is now number one on pre—orders on amazon. it is probably having the opposite effect. these two men were extremely close, ideological soul mates. why have they fallen out so
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spectacularly? i think it is a reflection of the fact that steve bannon is out of power. they were very close. steve bannon came in august 2016 to help provide focus and messaging and a direction to the presidential campaign. push it over the finish line, helping get elected. he had a senior advisory position within the white house for the first few months. he was probably one of the driving forces behind the early immigration order the emma gray —— the administration put out. now he is out of power. the fa ct put out. now he is out of power. the fact he has lost his influence, maybe he decided to take a shot at people he blamed for his lack of power, maybe it was him talking off the cuff as he sometimes does. he has caused a rift between him and the president. the president was the closest he will probably get to having someone who has his views of economic populism and nationalism, ina economic populism and nationalism, in a position of power. fascinating.
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thank you. as we've been hearing, environment secretary michael gove is setting out proposals forfarming in england after brexit. he wants to replace the current eu subsidy — which is based on how much land you own — with one based on what you do with the land. but his proposals wouldn't come into effect till 2024, well after another general election. we can now speak to james cox, an arable farmer and nfu crops board memberfrom tetbury in gloucestershire. thanks for being with us. what do you think of these changes that michael gove is suggesting?” you think of these changes that michael gove is suggesting? i think we are quite happy to work with the government to develop a policy that will work in the new environment that we will have once brexit has been negotiated and sort it out. as
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a farmer, does this mean you would lose out? well, obviously what michael gove has said today is implying that initially there is a transitional period where perhaps a similaramount of transitional period where perhaps a similar amount of money will be available. i'm not sure in what form that will be available. it looks like it will be available. it will provide some certainty while we are coping with the changes in trade. and potentially going forward, the way the money is offered to the industry may be in a different format. that quite a long transition period to the long system not being brought in until 2024, do you think the farming industry will welcome that are some certainty? yes. as i say, bit of certainty while we work out what trade deals and how they affect the farming industry, and how that develops going forward, would
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be useful when we are tying to develop a new policy. the environment secretary has got his ideas and we hope to work with him to develop a policy that will work for the industry and the country. do you think all these changes ultimately will lead to higher prices for consumers in the shops, first food? i don't foresee that. i think many of the commodities we are now producing and selling are sold on the world market. i don't think there is a reason why that should actually cause increased prices. prices change according to weather patterns and global issues much more than what is happening locally. thank you. james cox, and arable farmerfrom gloucestershire. two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder, after a 16—year—old boy was stabbed to death in oxford. the teenager was found near a child ren's playground in friars wharf last night,
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but died in hospital. a 25—year—old woman and a 33—year—old man — who are both from oxford — are being questioned by detectives. katharine da costa reports. forensic officers arrived this morning to begin piecing together what happened on this city centre estate just a few hundred metres from the new westgate shopping centre on the banks of the river thames. today it was sealed off. the children's playground thames. today it was sealed off. the child ren's playground stood thames. today it was sealed off. the children's playground stood empty. an extra police officers were brought in for reassurance. an extra police officers were brought in for reassurancem an extra police officers were brought in for reassurance. it is normally quiet. not much problem. i'm quite shocked. it is very worrying. this morning when i went out i was more nervous and more aware of looking around. today i see aware of looking around. today i see a lot of policemen here around the bridge. the whole road is being blocked. the bridge behind me and the road surrounding remain cordoned
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off. 0fficers the road surrounding remain cordoned off. officers were called just before eight o'clock last night to reports a boy had been stabbed. a 16—year—old believed to be from the birmingham area was taken to hospital, and later died from his injuries. his next of kin have been told. the detective leading the murder enquiry said they were still in the early stages, but stressed it would be a full and thorough investigation. i think people of course will be really shocked and horrified. we are talking about a young lad who was just 16. horrified. we are talking about a young lad who wasjust16. as horrified. we are talking about a young lad who was just 16. as with any incident like this, it is important we don't jump any incident like this, it is important we don'tjump to any conclusions. we do need to be clear that 0xford conclusions. we do need to be clear that oxford is overall a safe city. 25—year—old woman and a 33—year—old man from oxford are still being questioned by police. officers will continue their enquiries in the area in the coming days. they are urging anyone who the attack or has information about what happened, to
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contact them. tech firms are working to fix bugs that could allow hackers to steal data from computer systems. google said there were serious security flaws in chips made by intel and amd, affecting devices which use them. the industry has been aware of them. the industry has been aware of the problem for months and hope to solve it be for details were made public. rory kevanjones has been explaining who might be affected. the flaws were discovered some time ago and the industry has been working to find a cure. they reckon they are nearly there and many cases —— in many cases. new security updates should be in place soon. they wanted it kept secret for as long as possible because they wanted to fix it before it became known to hackers who may exploit the vulnerability to get at your presence information. it is a big danger in theory. in practice there has been no evidence that anybody
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has been no evidence that anybody has been no evidence that anybody has been affected so far. the industry will certainly hope that it can get those defences shorter up in time to stop that happening. it's what every parent knows — preparing children for the move from primary to secondary school is a big and sometimes challenging time. but now the children's commissioner for england says young children face the added anxiety of coping with what she calls an avalanche of pressure from social media. anne longfield says parents and schools need to do more to prepare them for the emotional demands it makes. elaine dunkley reports. for many young people, social media is at the centre of their lives. following, sharing and posting, part of growing up in a digital age. but for some children it's a steep and difficult learning curve. i made music, i posted it, i expressed how i felt so i got a lot of hate and backlash from that. james was 12 when he first started posting images of himself online. negative comments have had a huge impact on his self—esteem. i wasn't like the average boy who played football every lunchtime.
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i learnt to dance, i love to sing and act so i got a lot of backlash from that and loads of harsh comments in the section. how did that make you feel? trapped, alone. because i'm kind of like a confident person and i don't really like to tell people stuff so i was kind of like suffering in silence for a long time. james is keen to share his experience and is now an anti—bullying campaigner. today's report, life in likes, highlights the way children use social media changes as they go from primary schools are secondary. from playing games on devices to often having their own phones. as their world expands, there is pressure to fit in. going into secondary school, you're surrounded by lots of new people you don't know and you want to impress them by showing on social media how great you are and how good a person you are. my mum checks my phone quite regularly, she checks my instagram and messages to see that i'm behaving myself. going from primary school to secondary school can be a huge
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transition for a number of reasons but today's report highlights the need to help young people cope with the realities of social media. i would like the government to introduce compulsory digital literacy in all schools for year six and seven, the top of primary school and first year of secondary school, to help children anticipate what it means, to help their resilience and help empower them to be more in control in their own social media accounts. most social media platforms have a minimum age of 13, but keeping up with changing apps and trends is a challenge for parents. simple things like trying to get people round the table for dinner, the amount of times i have to call people down because they're on their phones. these mothers have started a project in primary schools in kent to make children understand it's ok not to be online. the possibility of feeling rejected is kind of there all the time which is a pretty sad thing, it's such a vulnerable age.
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today's report warns the challenges are many. increasing pressures to be popular needs early intervention to make sure children are emotionally prepared for life online. the headlines on bbc news: more evidence of the nhs under pressure at this winter. 0ne more evidence of the nhs under pressure at this winter. one in eight patients in england were kept waiting in an ambulance from more than half an hour when they arrived at hospital. lawyers for donald trump are threatening legal action against his former aide, steve bannon, after comments he made in a book about the president. 0ne bannon, after comments he made in a book about the president. one of britain's most prolific six offenders, john warboys, who raped and sexually assaulted women, has been released from prison. an update on the market numbers. let's return now to the bomb cyclone
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of cold weather that forecasters are warning will be hitting the us soon. 0ne state that saw some unexpected weather was florida, which has seen snow for the first time in almost three decades. meterologist mike mccall, from florida's wctv news studio in tallahassee, is here to tell us more about this. extraordinary scenes in florida. what do you make of it? it was exciting to say the least. but as you mentioned, nearly 30 years since we have seen accumulating snow. we have had some flurries. we are passout. even though we are in the northern part of florida, it accumulates once every three decades on average. it was exciting. we had
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some ice, which was not so exciting. it was a problem. but a lot of people doing some cartwheels and rather giddy. what are the temperatures like? we were just talking to our correspondent in new york who said it's heading for —28 degrees in the next few days. how cold is it in florida? we were down to 21 fahrenheit this morning. still had the breeze blowing. we had wind chill into the teens. for florida thatis chill into the teens. for florida that is pretty extreme. we are also expecting lows tonight near to 20 degrees. maybe in the upper teens in some low—lying spots. degrees. maybe in the upper teens in some low-lying spots. what sort of problems is this weather causing? the main problem yesterday was with the accumulating ice on some of the
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roads, along interstate ten between tallahassee and jacksonville up the atla ntic tallahassee and jacksonville up the atlantic coast. we had some ice on overpasses. in florida we are not very well equipped to handle that. we do not have a salt trucks. we have dusan do some of the overpasses. even then we had to close sections of that. tonight that will not be a problem. the extreme cold is a problem for agriculture. first robberies and oranges. growers are watching the thermometer is very closely. down into the mid—20s there. for us it will be the one of there. for us it will be the one of the mill issues with freezing pipes. we have had called. the snow was the big issue yesterday. cold not quite as severe. good to talk to you. good luck. mike mccall, meteorologist. thank you. the leader of the council
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in winter is facing a backlash after calling for rough sleeper begg is to be cleared before the royal wedding in may. simon dudley said some people begging not in fact harmless and had made a voluntary choice to live on the streets. campaigners say his comments are misinformed. i deena campbell has this report. this 3—page letter has caused quite a stir here in winter. the leader of windsor and maidenhead borough council, simon dudley, has written this letter to the thames valley police crime commissioner, setting out his concerns about the level of homelessness and aggressive begging here in windsor. he says it is intimidating and the bags under the mess they are leaving here is casting windsor in an unfavourable light. as you can imagine, these comments have caused quite a stir.
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lots of homeless charities are upset by what has been said. we can speak to one of them. murphyjames from the winter homeless project. how do you feel about this? it is unbelievable that anybody can have this opinion these days. with reference to the letter, he lays out some good points which are very misinformed. he says we have an emergency shelter 365 days a year. we do have a shelter that sleeps eight males and two females. it is not an emergency shelter. you can't just turned up there. you have to be preregistered with the local authority will place you into the shelter. it is not an emergency shelter. it is not an emergency shelter. he then says there is a baster —— service attached to the night shelter. there is nothing but an empty warehouse attached to it. he says there is a drug, alcohol and mental health service. if there was
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such a thing we wouldn't be in this predicament. how widespread is homelessness here? we deal with between 50 and 60 cases at the moment. that is also prevention of homelessness, those at high risk of becoming homeless. there are between 12 and 15 people sleeping wrath in the town centre. the fact this letter has been written for months until the royal wedding, how do you feel about that? it is totally unwarranted to bring the royal wedding into this. it should not be a situation that is hit the headlines because of the royal wedding. it should have hit the headlines because there are people sleeping in bus shelters. thank you. tens of thousands of people are expected to come here on may 19 to see prince harry marry meghan markle in windsor castle behind me. this letter a bit like today's weather has cast a dark shadow over the upcoming celebrations. the supermarket, waitrose, is to stop selling
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high—caffeine energy drinks to children under the age of 16. the ban will apply to drinks containing more than 150g of caffeine per litre. the supermarket says it's enforcing industry guidelines, which say such products are not recommended for children. they call it scotland's other national drink. now fans of irn bru are reportedly stockpiling it, ahead of a change in the recipe which will reduce its sugar content by almost half. the makers, ag barr, are altering the formula before a government levy on sugary drinks comes into effect. the company say most people won't be able to taste the difference. katie hunter reports. up you come. excuse the mess. 0peration irn bru. this is the stash. he has got two dozen bottles, before the change, keeping them in his loft! he has also started a petition, asking ag barr not to cut the sugar levels by half.
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do not do it. do not do it. you're not leaving us any option to get the original stuff. it is part of the culture. scottish national treasure. i think we should be able to choose. we are responsible adults. irn bru said the vast majority of drinkers want to consume less sugar. the company is confident most people will not taste the difference. the makers have said it is going to remain a sugary drink. this has eight and a half teaspoons of sugar. the new recipe is still going to have four. irn bru drinkers in ayr have different opinions. the reason i am so fit, i drink irn bru! what about cutting the sugar? it is a good idea. we've all got to stay fit.
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definitely for help. when do you like to drink that? every day. right now there is a bottle on both sides of my bed. joking aside, many experts would like others to follow. we have been urging reductions in the sugar content, not just sugar but also the sweetness of these drinks for many years. and if one company does that, we want all of them to do the same thing. the new reduced sugar irn bru is going to come off the production line later injanuary. jewellery thought to be worth several million pounds, has been stolen in a daring heist in venice. police say at least two thieves delayed the alarm system at the doge's palace, before breaking into a reinforced cabinet to take a broach and earrings. the jewels had been on loan from the royal family of qatar. james reynolds has the details.
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the exhibition held at the doge's palace in venice was called treasures of the moguls and maharajas. the jewellery on display, some of it on loan from the ruling family of qatar, was worth millions of pounds. for one criminal gang, this was all too tempting. at least two thieves helped themselves to a golden brooch and a pair of earrings. incredibly, they did so during normal visiting hours. translation: while the exhibition was open to the public, one of the glass cases ofjewels on display was open. some jewels were stolen and the thieves made their getaway by mixing with the public. 0fficials suspect the gang may have spent several months planning the theft. investigators are now trying to work out exactly how the thieves managed to switch off the museum's alarm
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system and how they managed to walk away while hiding among visitors. experts from rome have been sent to help find out who did it. the police describe the gang, with some understatement, as very skilled professionals. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. a look at the latest weather. storm eleanor is now clearing away and we will see something much more quiet —— much quieter developing in the next few days. some beautiful sunset pictures taken earlier today by our weather watchers. this one showing we had some clear spells. still clear spells as we move through tonight. we will see this band of squally showers tracking west to east in southern england and wales. winds of 70 mph. further north we
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have got this band of rain, sleet and hill snow across parts of north—east england and eastern scotland. friday it won't be as thursday. for many it will be an improving day. some showers crossing their way west to east across england and wales. sunshine in the south. sunshine also for parts of northern ireland and north—west england. the rest of the country will... moving england. the rest of the country will. .. moving through england. the rest of the country will... moving through friday night, as winds fall light through central england and wales, we will see quite a bit of mist and fog forming as well as frost. temperatures plummeting into the weekend. that cooling trend will continue. we have got high pressure building and be winds coming in from the north or north—easterly direction. things will be particularly cold around those exposed north—east coast. during saturday we have got cloud with outbreaks of rain and slightly milder conditions in the south of
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the country. further north a return to sunnier skies. cold and frosty start. a chilly breeze. temperatures two to 5 degrees. six or seven further south. into the second half of the week and it will turn colder. saturday night in his sunday morning, we could see temperatures as low as —4 in towns and cities. -10 as low as —4 in towns and cities. —10 across parts of scotland. a cold start to sunday. they largely dry and settled day because high pressure is building across the country. they could be the odd icy stretch on the roads. as well as a sharp frost and some fog. lots of sunshine on offer. much less windy thanit sunshine on offer. much less windy than it has been. although it will be colder, it will be sunnier by the time we get to sunday. it looks like we hold on to that cold but fairly bright theme to the weather into the first part of the new working week. still pretty chilly. there could be some frost around. and also watch out for something more unsettled as
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we head towards the middle and the end of next week. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is 0utside source. yesterday donald trump attacked, today it was his lawyers. they're trying to stop this book in which steve bannon accused donald trump junior of treasonous behaviour. this was the president on bannon. he called me a great man last night, so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick. america's east coast is taking a battering. snow, winds, and an 11th day of record—breaking low temperatures. there were terrible scenes in south africa after a train hit a truck. at least 18 people died. plus, world affairs correspondent lyse doucet willjoin us, covering the iran protests and really anything else you want. get in touch, and we'll ask your questions.
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