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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2pm: president trump angrily rejects a us court ruling which temporarily lifts a ban on travellers from seven mainly—muslim countries. this decision effective immediately, effective now, puts a halt to president trump's unconstitutional and unlawful executive order. i signed and unlawful executive order. isigned an and unlawful executive order. i signed an executive order to help keep terrorists out of our country. labour say they would legislate to limit future price hikes by the energy companies. the government says it's urgently investigating claims that security workers in london were paid by offenders to fit electronic ankle tags loosely so they could be removed. also in the next hour, the rugby union's six nations begins this afternoon. ireland are away to scotland, while england aim for a fifteenth win in a row as they take on france at twickenham. and, in half an hour, here on bbc news, inside out looks at the growing problem of people
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driving under the influence of drugs. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. a court in america has ruled that donald trump's ban on travellers, from seven mainly muslim nations is unconstitutional. a judge in seattle said it amounted to religious discrimination. the court temporarily lifted the ban and several major airlines say they will now allow passengers affected by it to fly to the united states. the government has pledged to overturn the ruling. within the last hour, the president took to his twitter account, describing thejudge‘s ruling as "ridiculous". he wrote, "when a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in and out, especially for reasons of safety and security,
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it's big trouble". he added that it was "interesting that certain middle eastern countries agree with the ban", saying "they know if certain people are allowed in, it's death and destruction" "the opinion of this so—called judge, which essentially takes law—enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned". catriona renton reports. it has been a week of confusion and protests outside the white house and inside airports. but the most significant opposition to donald trump's immigration ban came from judgejames robart in this seattle courtroom. i find that the court should and will grant the temporary restraining order. overruling president trump's executive order that he signed just eight days ago. now people are free to travel once again into the united states. the challenge — that this violates a clause in the us constitution prohibiting the favouring of one religion over another was brought
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by the state of washington and later joined by minnesota. judge robart‘s decision effective immediately, effective now, puts a halt to president trump's unconstitutional and unlawful executive order. i want to repeat that — it puts a stop to it immediately. in the last week some passengers have still managed to enter the united states due to other state—wide legal challenges like here in boston. now, the us customs agency has told airlines, passengers from the seven mainly muslim countries who were barred, they can now fly. qatar airways, air france and lufthansa say they will begin boarding passengers immediately. the white house says it will fight this court ruling. in a statement it said, "the department ofjustice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous and defend the executive order of the president".
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but then 15 minutes later toned that wording down removing "outrageous". the white house has said it will act to overturn this at the earliest possible time. but the confusion and protests seem set to continue. america's new defence secretary james mattis has told his japanese counterpart their alliance is the cornerstone of stability in east asia. general mattis made the remarks as he wrapped up his first foreign trip since taking office. the us defence secretary also heavily criticised china for building a series of artificial islands in the south china sea which he said had shredded the trust of other nations in the region. from tokyo rupert wingfield—hayes reports. only two weeks ago generaljames mattis was moving into his new
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office in the pent goon. gone, today he was being welcomed. japan is worried that president trump is not committed to defending its most important ally in asia. not so according to general matitis, the alliance is enduring and will remain as the cornerstone as peace and security in the asia—pacific region. the us defence secretary saved his scathing words for china. we have watched in the south china sea as china has shredded the trust of nations in the region. he is talking about these huge artificial islands. beijing has constructed to enforce its claim to the south china sea.“ we have disputes we take them to arbitration. we don't settle them by taking military means and occupying land that is subject to question to
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say the least about who actually owns it or is it international waters? he also promised the us would protect this group of islands in the east china sea from any attempt by china to take them from japan. beijing's foreign ministry responded emeetately. general mattis should stop making remarks on the issue involving the diaoyu islands. japan is very happy that general mattis is here so soon and he is making positive statements about america's commitment to japan's security. but there is still deep disquiet here about president trump's intentions particularly on trade. in fact, japan is so worried, the prime minister will fly to washington next week to present mr trump with a japanese plan to invest
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tens of billions of dollars in new americanjobs. iran is carrying out military exercises to test its missile and radar systems, a day after president trump imposed sanctions on the country for a missile test last sunday. the exercises come as america said it wasn't considering increasing the number of its military personnel in the middle east, but it warned the world wouldn't ignore iranian activities. labour has promised to place a cap on the prices charged by energy companies — if it wins power. it follows criticism of npower which has announced a 15% rise in the cost of electricity. here's our political correspondent matt cole. from the cost of cooking to the heating of houses, the prices of everyday things are not getting cheaper, but even with that in mind, yesterday's announcement by npower that it's putting up dual fuel prices by 9% was seen as a step beyond. today, labour's shadow chancellor said enough is enough. we'd legislate to control them now.
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but you'd have control of the energy companies? we'd have to because we can't allow this to keep going on. this is huge. look, people's wages, for many people have been frozen since 2007/2008, the economic crash and the situation they're in now. how would you control them? you'd legislate to control them. in what way? you'd introduce legislation in parliament. what would the legislation say? you'd limit the amount they can increase their prices on. from day one as prime minister theresa may said she would stand for people who were just about managing. so by throwing down this challengejohn mcdonnell is testing that promise, entering the battle for the hearts of householders. the government believes that price comparison and proactive switching between companies can help people keep their bills down. and the department for business, energy and industrial strategy said in a statement, "we expect energy companies to treat all their customers fairly and have been clear that wherever markets are not working for consumers, we are prepared to act." the trade association, energy uk, didn't comment on john mcdonnell‘s demand,
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but says the industry is taking action to help consumers. later this spring ministers will produce a policy paper which officials say will examine a range of markets not currently working for consumers including energy, but any action could be a long way off. a report from the competition and markets authority last year ruled out price caps as a viable way of keeping overall prices down, but labour may hope this an issue to fire up the enthusiasm of voters. 14 people have been arrested by police investigating the alleged misuse of electronic tags used to monitor criminals. it's alleged that staff from capita, working for the government's electronic monitoring service, were paid by criminals to fit the devices loosely, so they could be easily removed. the ministry ofjustice says it is urgently investigating the matter. with me is our correspondent andy moore who can tell me more about this story.
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this is a story about electronic ankle tags. the sun is alleging that staff at the electronic monitoring staff at the electronic monitoring staff were paid 400 pads time to fit the ankle tags loosely so that criminals could get out of them and it came to light allegedly when one of them committed a crime. so the allegation in the sun which the bbc can't verify, but we have got state m e nts can't verify, but we have got statements from a number of agencies involved. first of all, from the police. they say they are actively investigating this matter. they arrested a 45—year—old man, a former employee of the monitoring service, run by capita, they arrested that person last month on suspicion of perverting the course ofjustice and stealing some of the equipment. two other arrests last month. a 46—year—old man and a 57—year—old
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woman current employees of capita and a further 11 people not connected to the company have also been arrested. they have all been bailed until april and police say the investigation is continuing. what's the response been from capita? well, they say they have a zero tolerance policy against any of their employees who act in anyway to undermine the robustness of the electronic monitoring service. they say a small number of employees being investigated regarding this isolated issue, they say, was swiftly ta ken off isolated issue, they say, was swiftly taken off duties and we've also heard from the ministry of justice, they say public protection is their number one priority and they say they are urgently investigating and working closely with the police. andy, thank you. the head of romania's ruling party says he's seeking a solution to defuse conflict over a decree that's led to days of mass protests. the government decree eases the punishments meted out to those convicted of corruption. our correspondent steve rosenberg sent this update from the romanian capital. well, i'm on victory square in
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bucharest. day five on what has become a nationwide protest. hundreds of thousands of romanians have been taking to the streets across the country to condemn what they see as an attempt by their government to back track on the fight against corruption. now the government building is over there and these protesters want to overturn an emergency government decree issued on tuesday which would mean that public officials who have abused their office for financial gain will not be prosecuted if the sums involved are less than 44,000 euros and to the crowds here that is simply an attempt to get officials off the hook, out of the courts and out of jail. now, as you can out of jail. now, as you can see a out of jail. now, as you can see a lot of children are here this morning and that's because these protesters are giving a giant lesson in democracy. they want their kids to see that people power can make a difference.
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i want to teach them that they have a voice. that they can change something. that they can fight for what they believe in. everybody comes here because they have high hopes for a better future for everybody including for our kids. we have plenty of relatives and friends of ours who have left the country because of not being able to have a decent living here. so this hurts us terribly and i would not like to be in the position to leave my country as well, or to think my kids will have to be raised ina different think my kids will have to be raised in a different country than our own. romania's government says that all of this is an over reaction, it claims that the government decree and also a planned prisoner amnesty are simplya and also a planned prisoner amnesty are simply a way of reducing overcrowding in romania's jails, but the crowds here don't believe that
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and they're the crowds here don't believe that and they‘ re determined the crowds here don't believe that and they're determined to continue their protests. the headlines on bbc news: president trump has angrily rejected a us court ruling which temporarily lifts a ban on travellers from seven mainly—muslim countries. labour say they'd legislate to limit future price hikes by the energy companies. the ministry ofjustice says it's "urgently" investigating claims that security workers were paid by offenders to deliberately fit electronic ankle tags too loosely so they could be removed. an alliance of us backed syrian forces says
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it has begun a new phase of its campaign against the islamic state—held city of raqqa in northern syria. the syrian democratic forces say the international coalition forces are providing air cover in their attempt to surround the city. a year ago today world leaders met in london to discuss how to help syrian refugees. $12 billion was pledged and an ambitious target was set — by the end of this school year all refugee children are to have access to education. but there's still a long way to go — as alex forsyth reports from lebanon. these are the hands of the child doing work and adults should do. atjust12, nasser is one of the oldest in his family, which left syria two years ago. his mechanic's wage is vital to help feed his six siblings. translation: i can't go to school, because i have to help my family. they don't make enough money, so i have to work. even those too small to work face barriers to education, like these boys.
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they live in one room in a freezing stable block, after their family left aleppo five years ago. hassan‘s only experience of a classroom is what he dreams of in his mind. translation: i have never been to school, and i am six now. i imagine a school is very nice. i think the teachers would give me biscuits and teach us to sing and dance. their nearest school is an hour's walk away. struggling to pay the rent and facing eviction, there is no money for the bus. translation: i stopped going to school because it was too dark in the way home. there were three dogs that scared me. in the refugee camps in the countries that surround syria, aid is thinly stretched. billions of pounds has been donated, but overall, it is still only between half and tw— thirds of what the un needs.
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a year ago, world leaders met in london and pledged that every syrian child who has been forced to flee their home would get access to quality education. 12 months on, and here in lebanon alone, around half of refugee children don't go to school. for theirfamilies, the priority is simply survival will stop progress. progress has been made, and lebanon's schools run second sessions to accommodate pupils. the teachers say the money to pay for them falls short. at the school, it barely covers the cost of heating. and for many families, when even food is scarce, education comes second, with the needs are so great, sf a lestggngrat'rg n: there have been violent clashes between landowners and traditional herdsman in northern kenya.
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tens of thousands of cattle are being illegally driven onto farms and wildlife sanctuaries. the herdsmen say drought is forcing them to move their livestock. but ranchers say it's politically motivated. from kenya, alastair leithead reports. in the grasslands below mount kenya, farmers are fighting a daily battle to keep control of their land. wildlife is being killed and tourist lodges hit, as herds of cattle are being illegally driven onto private land by traditional herdsman in their tens of thousands. this is a game ranch, buffaloes and elephants usually drink here, but traditional pokot and samburu herdsman are driving their cattle through, destroying the land. "it is because of drought", he told me, "and this is the only place there's pasture, the only place we can bring our cows". but farmers say it's less about drought and more about politics — land in exchange for votes.
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this is a tourist lodge, set alight by herdsman, angry after clashes with security forces left one man dead. the owners were forced to flee, and then the looting began. people have been misused and told to go and destroy property, destroy the wildlife, try to destroy the livelihood of the place. the reality is that there are too many people, too much livestock and it is a global thing, it's not just kenya. overgrazing destroys a carefully managed environment, but also has other costs. elephants are shot — either because they threaten cattle, or, amid the lawlessness, for their ivory. gunfire. we just stumbled across some of the illegal cattle herders who are on this land, and as we got close to them, shots rang out. one of them wentjust over the car.
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until the rule of law and land rights restored, the herdsman will continue their march, and the violence and damage will spread. a children's hospital has become the first in the uk to have a hybrid operating theatre, allowing doctors to scan patients and perform operations on them in one room for the first time. it's at alder hey hospital in liverpool. andy gill reports. tumours on her nerves. felicity has a congenital condition that can cause tumours on her nerves. she had to have one in her neck removed as a baby. but that left her spine weak. she wears a brace all the time. if she didn't have the brace, what could happen? she would be at risk for becoming paralysed. so it's really important that that kind of keeps the spine stable right now, and she wears it all the time, every day. and the new operating theatre will help because felicity‘s so young.
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whereas this surgery wouldn't be as complex in an adult, felicity‘s bones are so small and just millimetres thick. today, felicity‘s having a halo frame fitted to keep her neck stable. she's the first neurosurgery patient in alder hey's new hybrid operating theatre, where modern medical imaging and surgery can be carried out together. surgeons performing complex operations like this need as much information as possible. where exactly is a tumour? where exactly should screws go into bone? having in the scanner in the theatre gives them that information, making operations like this much safer for children like felicity. the first part of the operation to fit the frame is challenging because felicity‘s skull is so fragile. but now comes the
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really clever part — a scanner allows the surgeon to see precisely where felicity‘s neck is now positioned. before the hybrid theatre she'd have been moved to another room to be scanned. now adjustments are made on the spot. it enables us to check what we're doing it as we're doing it, on the table with ct quality imaging. one of the benefits of this is to reduce the return to theatre rate or to make the procedure check at the time of the operation, so if there's a problem with what you've done, you can remedy it immediately rather than having to come back to theatre on another day. felicity will wear the halo for months, and faces more surgery in future, but doctors say the new theatre will help them push the boundaries of where how they can help children like her. almost half of people who have a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer say they find it difficult to support them, with two—thirds admitting it's
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because they don't know what to say. but the charity macmillan cancer support says talking is an important part of dealing with the illness. this report from andy moore. a diagnosis of cancer is bad enough to cope with. the mac milan cancer charity has carried out research that how it talk the talk - the disease i geti talk - found sease i get h talk - found that around at! talk - found that around 9% help. the study found that around 9% of sufferers or about 230,000 people had no close friends to talk to. around i2% said they had lost touch with friends because of their disease. the 43% said they couldn't have coped without the support of theirfriends. macmillan have coped without the support of their friends. macmillan also said that people found it difficult to communicate with somebody who had developed cancer. people who are caring for someone with cancer or the friend of someone with cancer said often they don't know now how to brooch the subject and offer
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support and offer a full range of information and advice because they feel they might be giving the wrong kind of support or they might feel they don't know how to talk sensitively about the issue. macmillan is urging anyone who feels they are not getting the emotional support they need to get in touch, especially with their online community. they may be 250 miles above earth but astronauts on board the international space station have their eyes firmly on the football pitch ahead of the super bowl this sunday. they've donned their favourite footballjerseys in a video released by nasa ahead of the 51st super bowl. they congratulated their teams before taking a moment to toss around a football! black sabeth will play their final gig tonight in the city where it began, birmingham. #is it began, birmingham. # is it life or death?
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the group was formed nearly 50 years ago and went on to sell more than 70 million records worldwide. ozzy osborne told colin patterson he's expecting it to be an emotional night. i have been happy. i have been tearful. i never thought i would be. people go, "how do you think you'll feel as you sing the last note of the last gig you're going to do together?" my emotions are flying all over the place. let's see what happens. do you think you'll make a speech during the last? i don't know. nothing is rehearsed. i've got to say something, but i'm no good at speeches, but i'll say something. i mean, it'sjust speeches, but i'll say something. i mean, it's just a whirlwind speeches, but i'll say something. i mean, it'sjust a whirlwind of emotions that are going on right now. i hope it's ok. he will have to do a few encores and stretch it out a bit! here is phil with the weather. good afternoon. fairly cloudy fair
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in london, but at least the rain has went off. there has been cloud and rain across parts of east anglia and the south east. increasing number of showers out towards the west and the low pressure not getting away from the north—west of scotland fast enough for my liking. so that risk of hill snow likely to be there for a good part of the day. the eastern side of scotland and south—eastern borders, fine and dandy, but not overly warm. northern ireland, the chance of a shower for antrim and down, but it is dry enough. you're probably watching the rugby that kicked off at murrayfield. down to the south—west of england, there isa to the south—west of england, there is a bit of activity there. some of the showers on the sharp side. it is drierfor the showers on the sharp side. it is drier for the the showers on the sharp side. it is drierfor the most part the showers on the sharp side. it is drier for the most part through the
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midlands and central and southern and south—eastern england too. that won't be the case overnight, an issue here, because we'll push the band of showers up across the greater part of england and wales. that will wet the surfaces. then the skies clear. there will be mist and fog around and there will be a chance of ice as well. and that's also a bit of a problem where your skies are clearer further north through scotland and northern ireland. so what news of sunday? that line of showers still there to be had on that diagonal across to east anglia. then we have got a new batch of showers across western parts. low pressure that was an issue today across the south east, then magicically appears close by to then magicically appears close by to the north—eastern coasts of england and maybe the eastern side of scotland. on shore breeze and not overly warm. at this time of year from a cool north sea and if you stay dry, and many of you will do, down the spine of the country, well, you might get it to around five to nine celsius. another pretty chilly night. we are still in the depths of winter. from
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sunday and into monday. the change that you'll notice come monday in western parts is that the cloud will thicken up all the while and if it is dry when you step out of your door, i don't think it will be that way for too long through the day because that active weather front will provide a bit of wind and rain. elsewhere, i think it stays dry enough and bright enough, but on the cool side, five to six celsius should cover it. there is wee bits and pieces going on. as ever, it is right there at the bbc weather website. i will be back in half an hour if you can bear it. bye—bye. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. donald trump has denounced the judge who suspended his executive order barring travellers from seven mainly—muslim countries and has vowed to restore the ban. judge robillard's decision,
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effective immediately, effective now, puts a halt to president trump's on constitutional and unlawful executive order. the executive order established a process to establish new vetting and mechanisms to ensure that those coming into america love and support out coming into america love and support our people. labour say they'd legislate to limit future price hikes by the energy companies. the ministry ofjustice says it's "urgently" investigating claims that security workers were paid by offenders to deliberately fit electronic ankle tags too loosely so they could be removed. now on bbc news, the week's strongest stories from the bbc‘s inside out teams. hello and welcome to inside out with me, dianne oxberry. this week, it's no longerjust just one for the road. we investigate a growing number of people driving under the influence of drugs.
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they're going to lose theirjob and lose their licence and they don't think about this before they go out on the road. we report on the cumbrian farmers feeling left out in the cold by their landlords, the national trust. what would beatrix potter make of it all?


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