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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: donald trump considers issuing a new presidential order on immigration after courts blocked his first attempt to ban people entering the united states from seven mainly muslim countries. we'll win that battle, but we also have a lot of other options including just filing a brand new order on monday. britain's brexit stategy could divide the european union — that's the fear of the eu president. a call to make the uk more welcoming to commonwealth citizens post brexit starting with a change to how they're treated on arrival here. new zealand's stranded whales— hundreds are saved by the high tide after the country's biggest beaching in a century. also in the next hour. spy gadgets made by the real life q—branch during world war two. this looks like an ordinary fountain pen between unscrews, it reveals a sinister dagger. they were used by british secret
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agents who worked behind enemy lines and go under the hammer next week. and england come from behind to beat wales in the six nations to extend their winning run to 16 matches. good evening and welcome to bbc news. president trump says he's determined to take firm steps to protect the united states and its security. he is considering signing a new executive order on immigration after the courts blocked his initial attempt to bar travellers from seven predominantly muslim countries. our washington correspondent, david willis, sent this report. stepping into the warmth of a florida winter yet the president and first lady's
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weekend retreat offers little respite from the chilly climate in his presidency. efforts to make good on a key campaign promise, having been stymied by the courts, mr trump is characteristically refusing to back down. my administration is committed to your security. we will not allow our generous system of immigration to be turned against us as a tool for terrorism and truly bad people. we must take firm steps today to ensure that we are safe tomorrow. earlier, he had taken to twitter to lament his latest legal rebuff. our legal system is broken, he wrote. 77% of refugees allowed into the us since the travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries. so dangerous. signed at the end of a frantic first week in office, donald trump's executive order suspended america's refugee programme and banned travellers from seven muslim majority nations from entering the us.
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as well as causing chaos at airports, it caught many of his own officials flat—footed, and sparked protests around the country. and while that policy was put on hold by the courts, it has emerged that immigration officials rounded up hundreds of people in raids over the last week as part of a separate move by the trump administration to crack down on illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in the us. we also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand—new order. his patience with the legal system running thin, mr trump told reporters on his way to florida that he is considering circumventing the system by signing a new executive order. to his opponents, many of whom took to the streets again today in protest at the travel ban, that would be seen as a tactical retreat, but with challenges pending in other courts,
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the president's options are narrowing. he spent the day golfing in florida, the bunkers and the water hazards nothing compared to the obstacles that may lie ahead. areva martin, a civil rights lawyer in los angeles, told me she doubted whether a fresh executive order could succeed. the president has penned himself into a difficult corner. the executive order has been rejected 110w executive order has been rejected now by two federal courts both of the district level and the circuit. they have both said that the ban cannot continue and travellers will continue their travelling to the united states even from the seven countries identified in the executive order. issuing a new executive order. issuing a new executive order. issuing a new executive order i think to the extent it has language and tries to affect what the original executive order did, the executive is going to
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run into the same problem. you will see civil rights and immigration lawyers and state attorney generals filing actions to ban any efforts on the part of this president to prevent individuals from travelling without evidence. one of the things which is striking about the ninth circuit court opinion is that it talks about the lack of evidence presented by the president and his administration to support there being any threat from individuals of these seven countries so without more evidence to support his claims that our borders are somehow at risk, i think any new executive order will meet the same fate. justice lawyers were arguing in that appeal case that effectively, the president had wide discretion. the executive has wide discretion in immigration and —— matters. it wasn't something that courts could review. they seem to have taken short shrift to that argument but is it possible that that sort of
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argument could be pushed higher to the supreme court? clearly, the trump administration has taken the position that its executive orders on administration and national security are not reviewable. the ninth circuit court of appeal rejected that, unequivocally stating that executive orders by the president, to the extent they infringe on constitutional rights, are reviewable and can be deemed unconstitutional. the court never got to the merits of the order and the constitutionality argument, with respect to the executive order but it made it clear that the president and his executive orders are not above reproach, review all the law so above reproach, review all the law soi above reproach, review all the law so i think the trump administration will continue to run into problems if it continues to exert that executive orders are not reviewable and we know with the supreme court, there are only eightjustices sir at appealing to the court, with respect to the order, it could get a split
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4—4, then the ninth circuit opinions order becomes fact of law so there are not a lot of places the president can go. if he continues to insist on a ban that two federal courts have said potentially run afoul of the constitution. the president of the european commission, jean claude juncker, has said he doubts whether the remaining 27 members of the eu can maintain a united front as they negotiate britain's exit from the bloc. speaking to a german radio station, he said britain could offer separate deals to each country, which would make it hard for them to negotiate collectively. our political correspondent chris mason explained how mrjuncker‘s remarks gave a different perspective on the brexit process. so often inevitably refocus on the conversation here in britain on the forthcoming brexit negotiations, the excitement of that and the fear is
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well but this interview is an insight into the hopes and fears on the other side of the channel and jean—claude juncker acknowledging a vulnerability for the european union. there is a block of 27 sitting around a table there will inevitably run the risk of being divided. he says britain could attempt to offer something to country a, something else to country band country a, something else to country b and country sea and there is a positive sense in brussels that up to now, there has been an attempt to keep brussels and the eu together and that has worked but they fear that may no longer be the case. what of the reaction here? nothing specific. the department for exiting the european union has pointed to the european union has pointed to the prime minister saying a strong and constructive relationship with the eu when we are on the outside but a reminder, not that we needed, of the scale and significance of what is to come and there is just weeks to go until the uk triggers article 50 and the process of brexit
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begins. a group of conservative mps has written to the home secretary to suggest the government makes the uk more welcoming for commonwealth citizens after brexit, starting with the reorganisation of border controls. they've urged amber rudd to find ways to reduce waiting times on entry to the uk, to send a message about the value britain places on its relationship with the commonwealth. at present, on arriving in the uk, british and other eu citizens are fast—tracked through one channel and commonwealth citizens and travellers from the rest of the world are processed through another. the conservative mp, jake berry, who initiated the letter to the home office, explained the reason behind it. the letter starts with let's extend the hand of friendship to commonwealth citizens and if we believe that britain is going to be a global country after it leaves the european union, this is a small step we can take to show that the
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commonwealth is going to be a really important part of that is the first suggestion i have made is those signs you refer to which of the world written on, we should write commonwealth and the rest of the world and it might seem like a small step to change assigned that if you speak to people from the commonwealth who visit the uk, they wa nt to commonwealth who visit the uk, they want to see that the commonwealth is important to britain and global britain, that is, when they arrived here. do you think it will help on the process begins of trying to get trade deals with those commonwealth countries like australia and new zealand? what i hope this letter will do, andi zealand? what i hope this letter will do, and i discussed it in detail with the home secretary, what i hope it will lead to some of those small steps like checking —— changing signs could take place in the early part of the year. we have got the first—ever commonwealth trade ministers meeting taking place in london in march. i think that it's just small steps like that which we can take to show how
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important the common —— commonwealth is to us. commonwealth countries believe that in the mid—1970s when britain joined believe that in the mid—1970s when britainjoined europe, we turned our face away from the commonwealth and looked to europe. we need to make sure they realise that the commonwealth matters to us. in all oui’ commonwealth matters to us. in all our global conflicts, commonwealth countries have stood with us and we have hugely important trade links with countries like australia and new zealand and canada and we need to maximise those as global britain grows outside the european union. proposals for new official secrets legislation could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed for publishing leaked material, including brexit documents. under the plans — which were drafted for the government by the law commission — people who disclose official information that could harm the uk's economy, would face prosecution. our business correspondent, joe lynam has been looking at the law commission's proposals.
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they basically said that this 365—page document that they published is merely the start, a fact—finding mission. as of now there are four official secrets acts dating back to 1911. they are completely out of date, in the opinion of some legal experts, because they don't take into account the way information can now be moved instantaneously across borders, and photographs and all sorts of sensitive data can be moved rapidly in such speed, ie, the internet. they are proposing a new act, an aspionage act, which would bring all of the existing rules together, plus add a few. in fact, widen the scope of what could be in breach of what is now the official secrets act. that is where the controversy could come in, with widening the scope to include economic damage to the uk. if someone leaks a document, acquires a document and publishers a document, ie, journalist doing theirjob, that the government had marked
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as an official secret, that could fall foul of the new act they could face between two and ten years injail. potentially very stiff prison sentences. it is a consultation document. are you clear yet whether the government is behind this? the cabinet office, which is driving this process, has said we will not comment until the consultation phase is over in early april. they then go back to stakeholders, which hopefully this time will include journalists and the nuj, because they weren't involved in the first phase, then they will publish a final report in the summer. that then feeding through to the process of what the government wants to do by way of publication of a law. it is worrying that what they wish to do is make no distinction potentially between the leaker of the document and the acquirer of the leaked document and the publisher of the leaked document. if you look at the continuum of the snowdon revelations,
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you had snowden, who stole the information, gave it to david and there and it was published in the guardian. this would make no distinction between the guardian and edward snowden. even though they had done nothing to encourage him to do that, to steal the documents, they would be treated as if they had. if this consultation was taken to the law. you and i both know the way consultations work. often you throw a few very interesting suggestions and you roll back to the middle. sometimes the government will be dismiss those suggestions. that is possibly what will happen here. at the moment, the free—speech advocates are very concerned, saying we expect this kind of stuff in china or russia, but not in britain. campaigners have delivered a petition at downing street with 50 thousand signatures calling for theresa may to allow more child refugees to come to britain. the government this week scrapped its plan to rehome
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thousands of unaccompanied children from syria and other warzones. 350 youngsters have been accepted for resettlement in the uk. the campaign has been led by lord dubs, who came to britain as a refugee from the nazis at the age of six. the message to the prime minister is that there are thousands because . because i i because i to in 2? as: 3-5 i: ' 47225 a; 4.57 1535151115? e 115: 3-5 i: ' 4ee§ a; 4.57 £4754 £55 e this e ee5e 3-5 e ' 4ee5 5 e527 154754 £55 e this has e ‘ee5e 3-5 e ' 4ee5 5 eee 154754 eeee5 e this has been involvement. this country has been wonderful to me in terms of the welcome i have received and the opportunities ipad and i would like other unaccompanied child refugees coming yet have the same warm welcome and to be given the same opportunities. the headlines on bbc news: president trump says he may rewrite the travel ban on people from seven mainly muslim countries, after his initial attempt was blocked by the courts. britain's brexit strategy could deny
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the eu, but the fear ofjean—claude juncker. a group of conservative mps have called on the government to make the uk more welcoming for commonwealth citizens and make visa rules fast tracked for visitors from the 52 member nations. sport now and it is all about the six nations. now for a full round—up. england do indeed have a 16th consecutive win. but just like their 15th, it was by the skin of their teeth. their 21—16 six nations victory in wales was decided by just five points. tim hague reports on a thriller in cardiff. wales at home to england. the kind of game to light up and fire up the cold est of of game to light up and fire up the coldest of winter days. while this
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is the one every welsh woman, man and child wants to win, england are any mission. 15 wins in a row and they didn't hang around in pursuit ofa they didn't hang around in pursuit of a 16th either. holding out until now! ben youngs without one but wales weren't going anywhere. they only trailed by five after all and —— leigh halfpenny reduce that. the hosts could have gone into the lead, no matter, another opening would arrive and liam williams would take it. they take the lead! and the locals would remain happy. for a while, despite and when farrell penalty, wales would also get there on. the lead remained five and just when a frustrated england looked likely to score a crucial try there was always another welshman willing and ready to stop them. but that would not last forever. in the last five minutes of a magnificent
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encounter in cardiff and everything changed. he scores and england take the lead with 11.5 minutes to go. england somehow pulling this one out of the fire in the game that really did light up and warm up the coldest of winter days. i always thought we could still win the game. the second half we got our defence intensity back and we just needed to get some more. within have much the whole game, apart from the first 20 minutes, and if you want to do the best you have to win those games when you update your best and you are against an opposition that is playing well and we did that today. yes, we were disappointed with the result, the performance was therefore 76 minutes. unfortunately it wasn't to be this week. ireland's win over italy in rome was all the more straightforward. after defeat to scotland last week, they ran in nine tries to score
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the competition's first bonus point, thanks to a 63—10 thrashing. liverpool have won for the first time in the premier league in 2017. and it's quite a scalp they've claimed too. they beat second placed tottenham 2—0 at anfield to move back into the top four. liverpool forward sadio mane got both goals within two first half minutes as well. and tottenham had no answer, withjurgen klopp relieved to finally get his first three points of the year. we were nervous and there was all that stuff around. it could have happened. they were a really positive crowd and it was fantastic. it was a big job to play here tonight and it was a wonderful sign for the whole liverpool family. alexis sanchez scored twice for arsenal as they ended a run of two straight league defeats with a 2—0 win over hull city. the chilean is now the premier league's top scorer with 17. and he's eased some of the pressure on his manager arsene wenger.
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manchester united also won 2—0 against watford at old trafford to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 16 games. juan mata opened the scoring before anthony martial, making his first start in nearly a month, added a second late on. here are all of saturday's results. sunderland are bottom after losing 4—0 at home to southampton. crystal palace, who are just above them, also lost. west brom scored an injury time equaliser to get a point at west ham. middlesbrough and everton drew 0—0. celtic are having a season to remember. runaway leaders in the league, and today they scored six against inverness callie thistle to make it through to the quarter finals of the scottish cup. mikael lustig put celtic ahead before moussa dembele scored three. it's now hat—tricks in back—to—back games for the young french striker. kieran tierney added a fifth, then captain scott brown rounded off the rout in injury time. also through to the quarter finals are st mirren, aberdeen and partick thistle.
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ayr united and clyde drew as did dunfermline and hamilton both those matches ended in 1—1. and in the scottish premiership dundee and kilmarnock drew 1—1. ryan day is through to the final of snooker‘s world grand prix in preston. he beat marco fu by six frames to four, winning the decisive frame by a point on the black. he'll play barry hawkins in the final tomorrow. that's all the sport for now. let's have a look at some of the front pages. the observer reports what it calls "unprecedented criticism" from a group of leading retired bishops over the church of england's stance on lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships. the mail on sunday reports on a supposed exchange between mps diane abbott and the brexit secretary david davis. the sunday telegraph says the commons speakerjohn bercow
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is the focus of fresh controversy about political bias, after admitting he voted to remain in the eu referendum. the sunday express says mr trump plans to "speak to the people" at a stadium rally in the uk with the proceeds going to the poppy appeal. and the sunday times says secret succession planning is underway in the labour party, as it considers who might take over from jeremy corbyn. more on all of those stories and the other ones making the front pages, in about 15 minutes. conservationists in new zealand say more than 200 pilot whales who became stranded near a remote beach in new zealand have been helped by the high tide to swim back out to sea. hundreds of animals died the previous day when they became stuck in the waters near farewell spit in the south island, as fiona lamdin reports.
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doing whatever they can to help before it's too late. these volunteers have been working for many hours, trying to keep the whales cool as they lie stranded. some say singing also helps to keep them calm, to our knees, some people up to their waists in water, and we're starting to get a bit of floating happening, and we're just helping assist the whales with their breathing until the water gets deep enough so that they can swim. this is one of the worst whale strandings in new zealand's history. 400 whales came into farewell spit on thursday. but only 100 survived. and then another 240 arrived a day later. conservationists aren't sure why beaching happens. one theory is the shallow water affects their navigation system. the eco—location is designed
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for deepwater use, and doesn't work very well in shallow water. they become confused when they end up in places like farewell spit, which is a very shallow, sandy beach. and if one does get distressed, and others follow it, it's difficult for them to know which way to go. but at last, there is some good news. most of these whales managed to refloat. rescue teams will now be focused on the remaining few. an auction on tuesday will sell gadgets belonging to british secret agents who worked behind enemy lines during the second world war. the special operations executive was based on baker street and had their laboratory in the cellars of the natural history museum. robin gibson has been looking at the gadgets on offer. they look like props for a vintage james bond movie, on the ball gear designed by white coated orphans who spent their days thinking up bizarre
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weapons and secret gadgets to break their agents on the ground out of one spot or another. to the ordinary person looks like an ordinary fountain pen but when it unscrews it reveals a sinister dagger. this would have been used by an agent if need be to fight its way out of a corner or to eliminate an enemy centric. this watch concealed microphone to record conversations. it is made ofjagged wire and conveys its horrific use. they all date back to the second world war and were issued to agents and commandos dropped behind enemy lines. the items range from the gruesome to the incredibly ingenious. what about these? a uniform badge which unscrews to reveal a compass useful for escaping raf pilot. what about this? a key. the end unscrews the legal
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compartment useful for the end unscrews the legal compartment usefulfor a the end unscrews the legal compartment useful for a coded message perhaps. or some sort of suicide pill. what sort of person buys it? mostly historians. they keep it to keep the history and the story of these people alive. edward is now 96 and was attached to both the sas and the special operations executive during world war two. we all had buttons that could be used as compasses, because the soe laboratory was in the natural history museum seller and it was where all of this gadgets were being invented and tested and so on. murderous weapons may not be everyone's cup of tea, not least at the auction takes place on valentine's day, but the collection is expected to go for thousands of pounds. a fascinating collection up for auction next week. we could do with auction next week. we could do with a couple of those pens in our
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newsroom i think on occasions! earlier this evening when we went across to the weather forecast it wasjohn across to the weather forecast it was john hammond and across to the weather forecast it wasjohn hammond and a asked if he had any secret weapons. chris is there now. john said he got some seaweed in his pockets. do you have any secret devices? years ago my friends bought me a weather sponge. if it is moving it is windy, if it is wet it has been raining and if it isn't that you've had a tornado. that is what i use! good evening. we have an awkward week of rain, sleet and snow. —— awkward mix. quite a bit of rain at the moment but it turned to snow in parts of east anglia. through the night there's the potential that a couple of us could have a covering of snow, abn centimetre off —— may be an odd centimetre or two. across the pennines and the moors we will get snow showers. elsewhere, in
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revelations, an awkward mix. more like rain and sleet at lower levels, but you could get a flurryjust about anywhere. another cold start the day with a bitter wind blowing. temperatures barely above freezing first thing. further westwards south—west england could have a couple of spots, otherwise grey and cloudy. of rain and snow for the hills east - snow for the hills east wales| snow for the hills east wales possible. ‘the hills east wales possible. for hills east wales possible. for northern of east wales possible. for northern ireland a lot of cloud and dampness around. maybe a bit obsolete over the hills. for the rest of the day the hills. for the rest of the day the heaviest over the pennines. above 300 metres, quite high, but the m62 could have snow, so it could be disruptive across the pennines. a gloomy day. temperatures about four celsius at best. but changes to come over the next few days. for the six nations rug he, france hosting
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scotland, it should be warmer in france. —— rugby. about seven degrees for the match. as we go through the evening and overnight we will start to get a win is coming from a south—easterly direction. not as cold across england and wales, at further north still quite grey and gloomy. it is of rain and hill snow around. in the monday the prospects of brighter skies to work in the england and wales. still grey and gloomy for the north. we still have the cold winds. coming gusty towards northern coast and hills. it should then turn milder towards the middle pa rt then turn milder towards the middle part of the week. temperatures on tuesday and wednesday in london should hit about 12 degrees or so. but the latest weather. —— that's your latest weather.
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