this is bbc news. the headlines. trouble at the white house as president trump's national security advisor michael flynn resigns. president trump now faces questions over how much he knew and when. we'll have the latest. also this hour. a bump in the price of fuel pushes inflation to its highest rate for two—and—a—half years, to1.8%. rolls—royce post a record loss of £45 billion. a bribery settlement and the fall in the pound are to blame. an investigation is under way at top shop store where a ten—year—old boy was fatally injured by store furniture. and also coming up. the complaints of damp, leaks and damage in council homes. the issue facing local authorities in england — with £35 million paid out
in compensation to people living in unfit homes and, back on track at the station. it's full steam ahead for the first timetabled train service featuring a traditional locomotive. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. it's got to be some kind of record with donald trump facing his first scandal and a top—level resignation just 2a days after his inauguration. his national security adviser, michael flynn, has resigned over his contacts with russia. he's alleged to have discussed us sanctions with the russian ambassador before mr trump took office, then misled officials — including the vice—president — about the conversation. the kremlin has refused to comment on the resignation saying it was an internal matter for the united states. our correspondent
andy moore reports. just over three weeks into his presidency, and donald trump has already lost one of his closest advisers. this was mike flynn at the white house just before his resignation. a lonely figure on the front row of a press conference. then a cool handshake from vice president mike pence — the man he's been accused of misleading. it was flynn's close links with the kremlin that got him in trouble. here he is in 2015, at a dinner in moscow with president putin, but it's illegalfor a private citizen to conduct us diplomacy. mr flynn denied he had spoken to the russian ambassador about sanctions before mr trump became president, and on that basis mr pence went on national television to defend him. i can confirm, having spoken to him about it, that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the united states took
action to expel diplomats, that they had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions. in his resignation letter, mr flynn said he had held numerous conversations with foreign counterparts. it went on, "because of the fast pace of events, i inadvertently briefed the vice—president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the russian ambassador." those phone calls had been monitored by us security officials and some of the details have been leaked to the press. within the intelligence community, this is how they fight back. they leak material to the press and that compromises donald trump's ambitions around foreign policy. mr flynn's resignation came after a series of contradictory statements from the white house. yes, general flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president... do you have full confidence in? but soon after the white house
spokesman said the president was evaluating the situation. he is speaking to vice—president pence relative to the conversation the vice—president had with general flynn. since news of the resignation broke, the official reaction from the kremlin has been muted. president putin's spokesman said the affair had nothing to do with russia and was an internal matter for the trump administration. mrflynn has now gone but questions persist for the president about his links with the kremlin. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg explained what the reaction has been from russia. this is quite extraordinary. today
the resignation of an american national security advisor has got politicians here in moscow reacting furiously actually and jumping to michael flynn's defence. for example, at the upper house of the russian parliament one senator this morning tweeted that flynn was the victim of paranoia and a witch hunt. the head of the russia parliament's foreign affairs committee posted a message saying either donald trump had been driven into a corner or his administration has been permated with rusophobia from top to bottom. so the language is colourle and angry and it is because the russians had high hopes for myingle flynn. they saw him as someone who championed closer ties with moscow and washington. he was known to moscow, he had attended a gala dinner here a couple of years ago and sat at the same table as vladimir putin. i detect not only disappointment in moscow but also a little embarrassment because as late as yesterday the kremlin was
continuing to insist that before donald trump stepped into the white house there had been no discussions, no conversations between moscow and washington about sanctions. and today the kremlin‘s comment on all of this was no comment. there will be more on all these developments out of washington and moscow tonight. and we'll have more on all of the latest developments from the trump white house tonight at 7.00pm in our programme 100 days with katty kay in washington and christian fraser in london. inflation has risen to its highest level since june 2014. the rate — as measured by the consumer price index — rose from 1.6 in december to 1.8. the office for national statistics says the increase was driven by higher global oil prices and the fall in the value of sterling. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. prices may be up, but it is not yet the consumer who is being squeezed hardest. it is the company that sells you the goods, and even more so the companies that produce them. following the devaluation caused by the brexit vote,
this east london brewery is paying much more in pounds for the same raw materials imported from abroad. it has boosted prices by 5% but the costs have risen twice as fast. for all small businesses but equally so for us, we have auto—enrollment for the pensions coming in this year, a huge business rate increase this year, we're a london living wage employer so staff overheads are significant. we now have a weaker pound on top of that so our raw material prices are going up and up for raw materials imported, so it is a real crunch point for us. today's inflation rate is still below the bank of england target at 2% with prices rising 1.8% in the shops, but pressure is coming through the pipeline. prices at the factory gate are up 3.5% and producers passing on the much higher cost of raw materials, up by more than a fifth. also driving prices up is a 17% rise
in the cost of petrol and diesel. with that come higher transport costs, but the government point out that inflation is still comfortably within the target range. i would remind you that the inflation figure announced this morning, 1.8%, is still below the bank of england's target. the bank of england monetary policy committee is seeking to manage inflation to maintain itself at or around 2%. when inflation is at this level, the economy should be working well. the economy is growing much more strongly than opponents of brexit predicted, and on financial markets in the city, the next move in interest rates is expected to be up. the market sees a real possibility rates may have to increase before the end of this year. very much a reflection of the fact that economic activity has been so strong coming into 2017, and the consumer has held up relatively well. until recently, price rises for consumers were tamer than they had been since the 1960s. the price of fish, for example,
is only back to where it was three years ago. so far consumers have been shielded from higher costs, but inflation above the 2% target now looks inevitable. andy verity, bbc news. the chairman of toshiba has resigned, after the electronics giant announced it expected to post a full year loss of £2.7 billion. the company was forced to write off around £5 billion following problems with its american nuclear business. shares in the company have fallen sharply. joining us now from paris is dr paul dorfman from the energy institute at university college london and founder of the nuclear consulting group. these figures on the face of it look huge. why would any company want to stay in the nuclear business after this? it's likely that they wouldn't. it's indicative of what's happening at worldwide in terms of nuclear, we are seeing failing to construct vast overruns, vast time
ove i’i’u ns construct vast overruns, vast time overruns and this is just yet another example of this general trend. the trouble with that is one of the next projects is in the uk, do you think it will go ahead?m of the next projects is in the uk, do you think it will go ahead? it is probably over, toshiba owns 60% of the corporation along with the french energy korngs who own 40% of moorside. without toshiba, it looks like moorside is over. there is an idea that today of all days the government is romancing the south koreans asking them to buy in to moorside but that seems to be very unlikely and even if that were to succeed it would mean significant delays so what this does essentially is blow a significant hole in the uk government nuclear power strategy. it does look that any nuclear installation, wherever it is in the
world, is either over budget and behind schedule or indeed both. that's actually true. finland, in france, china we don't get much concrete news but we understand this is what's going on. it is all but overin is what's going on. it is all but over in the us. this notion of a nuclear rennaissance, that the uk government idea about more nuclear in the uk is based on is largely not really happening. with one exception, the koreans, they are building cheap and cheerful but the problem with that is they're building less safely. for example what they don't have in their reactor is what is a core catcher. without a core catcher it wouldn't get through uk regulation. in terms of the future is it renewable? well, germany, the strongest economic technological power in europe is
going renewable within a couple of decades it will be 85% renewable. solar, the cost has plummeted. 50% reduction in the last five years, on shore wind, costs plummeting. the future is truly renewable and it's time for the government to think about a constructive plan b. thank you very much. vauxhall could be taken over by peugeot. the french compa ny‘s peugeot. the french company's shares jumped 596 the french company's shares jumped 5% following reports of the discussions. rolls royce has posted one of the biggest corporate losses in history. the british aircraft engine manufacturer — which employs 23,000 people in the uk — lost £4.6 billion last year because of the instability of the pound, and penalties it had to pay uk and us authorities for bribery and corruption. 0ur
our business editor told me more a while ago. rolls-royce sells engines and crucially the service contracts get on those engines for 20 years at a time and usually in dollars. the company's big risk is that the dollar falls company's big risk is that the dollarfalls in value company's big risk is that the dollar falls in value and those reve nu es dollar falls in value and those revenues when you translate them into starling dwindle. if the opposite happens those insurance policies and the pound has fallen sharply against the dollar, the opposite happens and you have a big charge, on paper, which propells it towards a loss but this isn't cash they're handing towards a loss but this isn't cash they‘ re handing out. towards a loss but this isn't cash they're handing out. so look at the underlining earnings and they're not so bad, they're not great. profits have halved. they say old engines are being faszed out quicker and they've had real problems with north sea business and offshore oil. it looks horrendous, not as bad, the future looks a little brighter. 0ur
future looks a little brighter. our business editor simon jack there. the headlines on bbc news: the kremlin is refusing to comment on the resignation of president trump's national security adviser. general michael flynn stepped down after it emerged he hadn't told and inflation has risen to its highest level since june 2014. the rate — as measured by the consumer price index — reached 1.8% last month — up from 1.6% in december. a 10—year—old boy has died after suffering serious head injuries in at the topshop store in reading. police described it as "an incident involving store furniture". in sport, manchester city's brazilian strikerjesus has had a scan on his foot after picking up an injury in last night's win at bournemouth. there are unconfirmed reports he will be out for up to three months after landing awkwardly in that game and being replaced by aguero.
leicester tigers sign fly—half george ford for next season after agreeing a deal to buy him out of his a final year of the a contract ap bath. we will talk more about our main story today, the resignation of donald trump's national security advisor michael flynn. resigning because of conversations he had with russia and various russian diplomats. let's get the latest from washington and our correspondent. he was a controversial character but he was a controversial character but he was very loyal, so what does this mean for the trump administration? he was very loyal. he was one of donald trump's early supporters, he
brought donald trump a certain kind of military credibility, if you like, during the campaign. he was very ha rd like, during the campaign. he was very hard core. he was very strong on the threat of islamic terrorism, that got him into trouble a bit. but this was a huge blow. this is a huge blow for donald trump. not only the loyalty issue but this is one of his inner circle, barely three—and—a—half weeks into his presidency. he hasn't even got a full cabinet yet and he has lost one of those key figures. so, a huge blow but the choice at the end of the day was between staying loyal to michael flynn and humiliating the vice—president and the choice became impossible, if that was the outcome. so, the question now is who gets in his place? his deputy is standing in temporarily. the two other names floated a re temporarily. the two other names floated are david pretoris, remember him, former director of the cia, led american troops in afghanistan, of course. he had to stand down as
director of the cia because he mishandled classified information and passed it to a lover. he is one of the ones in the frame. as is a man called bob harwood, a former vice—admiral and he seems to be the frontrunner because he is low key and has also worked closely with james mattis, the defence secretary. he was deputy to him when he was in charge of central command. so he seems to be the favourite at the moment but we are not expecting an announcement imminently. also the issue of just what announcement imminently. also the issue ofjust what michael flynn was saying to various russian officials and diplomats last year, what promises were made? there could be so much more to emerge about that. that's why you are hearing the white house trying to put a lid on this, trying to confine this to the issue of the vice—president being misled.
a senior counsellor saying the position was unsustainable because of what happened with michael flynn and mike pence. they don't want this to go wider. but look at that statement that michael flynn put out. he inadvertently gave incomplete information to the vice—president and others. who else knew, when did they know and what did they know about what he had been saying to the russians? people will continue to ask those questions. thank you very much. police are investigating the death of a ten—year—old boy at a branch of topshop in reading. he suffered serious head injuries in an incident involving store furniture, and died later in hospital. the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. 0ur correspondent duncan kennedy is in reading. top shop has been closed all morning, understandably, the shutters are down. in the past hour or so reading borough council has issued a statement saying it was
extending sympathies to the family of the ten—year—old boy involved. it said its own inquiry was now under way alongside that of the police investigation. this was the scene this morning at top shop, these picture show security guards outside. inside the lights were on but it wasn't clear if staff or investigators were there. it was yesterday afternoon police and ambulances were called to the centre after reports of a ten—year—old boy being injured. the police say the incident involved what they called shop furniture. the police aren't being more specific when they say that the incident involved shop furniture. all they say is that the boy was taken to the royal berkshire hospital where he later died from serious head injuries. the reaction of local people who use the shopping centre was universally one of sadness. it'sjust horrible. just feel for his family, i really
do. yeah, our thoughts just feel for his family, i really do. yeah, ourthoughts go just feel for his family, i really do. yeah, our thoughts go out to them. very sad. very, very sad for them. very sad. very, very sad for the mother, for the parents. them. very sad. very, very sad for the mother, for the parentslj them. very sad. very, very sad for the mother, for the parents. i feel quite bad for the parents. my daughter's eight, so it would be — it's very sad, actually. in a statement reading borough council said, our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. we are contacting all the parties involved in order to carry out our investigation into this tragic incident. police say the boy's death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. and their inquiry into how a child could die in a shop involving shop furniture is continuing. well, that shop is expected to remain closed for the rest of today. we have noticed in the past few minutes that a bouquet of flowers has been put outside in the shopping
centre here. the council themselves are sending a safety eggs pert at some point today to start their —— expert at some point today to start their investigation into how a ten—year—old boy could die in these circumstances. the half—brother of north korean leader kim jong—un has been killed in malaysia. the bbc understands that kim jong—nam, who was 45, is said to have been targeted at the airport in kuala lumpur, the capital. what do we know and what do we have confirmed? we are getting bits and pieces from different sources that put together and giving us a relatively clear picture. we have a uk source who is very close ties to the kim family and told me that poison was definitely involved in this death. we have a source from the malaysian prime minister's office saying that the man who died at the airport was indeed kim jong
nam and we are piecing together this picture. we know that he had survived several assassination attem pts survived several assassination attempts in the past. really for those who watched north korean politics this story doesn't come as too much of a surprise. things could have been very different not so long ago, we are talking about a man who could have become leader. until about 2001 he was the heir apparent. it was thought his father was going to hand over the keys to the north korean kingdom to his eldest son. something happened in 2001. kim himself told a japanese media source that he thought maybe his reformist views, he wanted to remake the north korean economy, maybe that scared his father who thought he would allow north korean to change too much, become capitalist and that's why he decided not to give north korean — not to hand over the regime
to his eldest son but to his youngest, the current north korean leader kim jong—un. youngest, the current north korean leader kim jong-un. do we know what relationship those two had? we think it was probably quite tense. the eldest son, the man who died, is thought to have lived a life in exile, mostly in asia, singapore, china, malaysia. it's thought that really he is thought to have opposed — thought to have posed a threat to his younger brother because he was seen by western governments and even china as a moderate who maybe could go in one day to rule north korea if the country ever collapsed. so presumably he was seen as a threat to his younger brother. thank you very much. rising damp, holes in the front door and water coming through the roof — just a few of the problems that an investigation by bbc yorkshire has found in some social housing in england. councils have paid out more than £35 million in compensation and legal fees over the last five years. anna crossley reports.
it's completely mouldy and the wall underneath is completely wet. and even our shoes are mouldy as well. as you can see here, it's horrible. katrina pays leeds city council around £270 a month to live in a flat which is riddled with mould. although she hasn't taken the council to court, hundreds of other tenants have. like ewan's mum, anne. she says he and his brother sound like this all the time, even though they don't have colds. she claims it is because their rented house in leeds is so damp. social housing in leeds has such a bad reputation that claims management companies are now targeting the city, encouraging tenants to take the council to court. these firms identify properties which are in a poor state of repair, and then, for a finder‘s fee, pass
on the tenant's details to a solicitor, who takes on the case. in a statement, leeds city council said. at a time when services are being cut, many will question why councils are spending millions on compensation instead of fixing the problems in the first place. anna crossley, bbc news. we are hearing via the reuters news agency that president trump is going to be talking to theresa may later today. the white house saying that
donald trump will be talking to theresa may later today, that's all we know at this stage. let's move on. aberdeenshire council has apologised after trees were planted in the middle of a football pitch. here they are. unsurprisingly, the new trees sparked a huge one person wrote, "are they playing tree—a—side? " a council spokeswoman said they'd been planted to boost biodiversity in the area, but admitted they were "barking up the wrong tree with plans for this site". i think that's quite funny but... but what? you know, i am not really a football person. 0bviously but what? you know, i am not really a football person. obviously it's not funny at all if you want to play football. it's hilarious, how does that happen? but it did.
now, darren has had time to think of a follow on for this. but it's tough, this is a recorded one. so here he is. it's not as windy today, we have some other changes as well. the obvious one is this broad band of cloud coming up from the south—west, bringing with it rain across northern ireland, pushing northwards across wales, to the midlands and even south—east england, allowing sunshine in the far south—west and temperatures to lift up here. some sunshine further north and east across the uk, some areas of cloud over the pennines. for most it will turn cloudy overnight as the showery rain moves northwards and east. misty low cloud following on behind that and another area of rain arriving in the south—west so a mild night under the cloud, except for northern scotland where we could have clearer skies and a touch of frost. little sunshine on wednesday. showery rain heading northwards and eastwards. the best of the sunshine
comes behind that across wales and the south—west in the afternoon. but a warmer feeling day and temperatures widely into double figures. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. president trump's national security adviser, michael flynn, has resigned after misleading the vice—president about the extent of his contacts with russian leaders. president trump poses questions about how much he knew and when. —— faces questions. inflation has risen to 1.8% — its highest rate in two and half years. the rising cost of fuel and food — coupled with a fall in the value of the pound — has contributed to the increase. rolls—royce post a loss of £4.5 billion — the worst in its history. a bribery settlement and the fall in the pound are to blame. a 10—year—old boy has died
after suffering serious head injuries at the high street store, topshop, in reading. police say the boy died after an incident involving store furniture. council houses deemed unfit to live in have cost local authorities over £35 million in compensation and legal fees, according to a bbc investigation. the report found that around 11,000 claims have been made in the last five years. the half brother of the north korean leader has been killed in malaysia. reports said poison was involved in his death. we will talk more about donald trump and we have the business news coming up and we have the business news coming up but now it is time for the sport. hello. manchester city's brazilian striker gabrieljesus has had a scan on his foot after picking up an injury in last night's win at bournemouth.
there are unconfirmed reports that he'll be out for up to three months after landing awkwardly early in the game and being replaced by sergio aguero. it would be a big blow for pep guardiola if that's confirmed. city are now eight points behind leaders chelsea in the league with a last—16 tie against monaco in the champions league to come. jesus cost manchester city £27 million from palmeiras. he only arrived injanuary but has been in blistering form. the brazil international has been amongst the goals too, three in just five appearances so far as we await news on that injury. leicester tigers have signed england fly—half george ford for next season after agreeing a deal to buy him out of the final year of contract at bath he came through leicester boss mike
academy and left to join bath. freddie burns moving in the opposite direction. it's a move that was expected and one which sees ford join up with england scrum half ben youngs. it was about this financial agreement between leicester and bath and the bath owner being willing to let ford go with a year left of his contract and once the terms were agreed ford was always likely to opt for leicester. they returned to the clu b for leicester. they returned to the club where he came through the ranks, and also the issue about playing with his england scrum—half, ben youngs, we give in, week out, which is what he will do when he joins next season. a significant move leicester and one of the biggest club moves we have seen in recent memory. david willey has been ruled out of england's tour of the west indies and will be replaced by steven finn. the yorkshire all—rounder will be out until april after having surgery on a partially torn shoulder tendon, an injury he suffered in india last month. england will play two one—day matches in antigua in march, with a third in barbados, before the teams face each other
again in england in the summer. great britain's fed cup team have been drawn away to romania in the world group ii play—offs in april. anne keothavong's team are hoping to reach the competition's second tier for the first time in almost a quarter of a century. it means the wait for a home tie goes on — 1993 was the last time gb played on home soil. ronnie 0'sullivan has started his title defence at the welsh 0pen, he's playing tom ford. the first two four frames make it to the next round. first two were scrappy with 0'sullivan winning the next two including a break of 101 to ta ke next two including a break of 101 to take a 3—1 lead. you can watch that on bbc two wales. you can watch it on bbc two wales. you can watch it on the red button, as well. banned cyclist lance armstrong has lost his bid to block a £79m lawsuit by the us government. it's alleged armstrong defrauded
the government by doping while riding for the publicly funded us postal service team. he was stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned for life in august 2012. it now clears the way for the case to go to trial. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. thanks. now more on the donald trump administration story. in the past few minutes we reported he would talk to prime minister theresa may later today, and we do not know more than that. we do not know what time they are talking but we will bring details as we get them. this on a day when the focus is on donald trump's national security adviser. he is not imposed any more. michael flynn has resigned over his contacts with russia. general flynn discussed american sanctions with the russian ambassador before mr trump took office, and is accused
of misleading officials about what happened. what does it mean? let's speak now to keir giles. hejoins us from our cambridge studio. there has been a lot of colour, if we wa nt there has been a lot of colour, if we want to call it that, or controversy around michael flynn. i wonder if you are surprised what is emerging about his contacts with russian officials. his connections with russia were known before he was appointed and that was one reason why his appointments seem to send up a collective groan from that community, the security community, and also one person forced out of hisjob by the previous
administration believed to have held administration believed to have held a grudge. his position was untenable, even if you could explain away previous contacts with russia as errors of judgment away previous contacts with russia as errors ofjudgment will stop now whether he is lying or telling the truth about phone calls with the russian embassy, either way it looks very bad indeed. we do not know the full details of what he might have said in conversations with suggestions. if he has made promises, assertions, does russia have any sway as a result? will it say, your man told us this about sanctions, or any other issue, or has the trump administration, will it draw a line and said he was rogue, it is irrelevant what he said? the administration can draw a line if it wishes. flynn spoke as a private citizen with no authority to negotiate and doing so was illegal, which adds another aspect of the scandal. the question is, will
russia find other ways to negotiate with the administration? whistle and to questions about what is the hold russia appears to have over trump because so many of russia's long—standing policy ambitions for what it wants the us to do been either promised or enacted by donald trump in the short time he has been in office. and there will be enormous scrutiny of who might replace michael flynn. there are candidates. each with their own personal baggage but nothing spectacular in terms of russia ties as flynn. david petraeus looks like as flynn. david petraeus looks like a likely candidate. despite a prosecution for leaking classified information. he seems to be one of the most promising candidates for the most promising candidates for the post. what would that mean for relations with russia given what you
described? david petraeus would be an individual that donald trump put in key positions who understands the russia problem and is less likely to provide advice soft on russia and for russia this is problematic because it makes the administration even more unpredictable. whatever he says about improving ties with russia, it seems he is finding it harder to push those orders through the administration and government than he expected. very interesting to talk to you. thanks. nine minutes ago the president of the united states took to twitter and this is what he says is the real story. saying why are there so many illegal lea ks saying why are there so many illegal leaks coming saying why are there so many illegal lea ks coming out saying why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of washington? that was the tweets nine minutes ago. we do not know what it means but we
will ask someone who does. the syrian refugee crisis is rarely out of the headlines with almost 2.5 million children having to leave their homes in syria. the most vulnerable of course are those who are separated from their parents. in recent days the uk government has been criticised for taking just 350 children from camps in calais, where refugees from many countries gather, including from afghanistan and somalia. the government argues that a better approach is to focus on vulnerable children in refugee camps in the middle east — rather than encouraging dangerous journeys across europe. the un high commissionerfor refugees has recently returned from aleppo. he has been meeting the home secretary today and i asked him in the last hour about his visit to aleppo and what he witnessed. the extent, the gravity of the
destruction, i had not seen aleppo in six years and what i saw was not recognisable and the message i passed, it was that is where refugees come from, that is what refugees come from, that is what refugees flee will stop there is so much politicisation of the issue we tend to forget the human beings that go through the most incredible and serious experiences, and that is the strong impression i carry back from my visit. i suppose that, no one is lucky in that city, but those more fortu nate lucky in that city, but those more fortunate are those who are at least together as a family unit. i wonder what stories you heard and what people were telling you about the plight particularly of children who have experienced so much in the last few years. we know that in this entire syrian tragedy that has been going on for six years, children have been perhaps the most
penalised. unaccompanied children, children who missed out on years of school, children obliged to work, who are exposed to exploitation. it is important to pay attention to this important category of refugees and people affected by war. what do you make of various governments responses to this crisis, to the need to find homes and safety and shelter for youngsters? the uk government has done some remarkable thing, we should not forget they agreed to establish a resettlement programme not just for children but vulnerable people, for 20,000 syrians, which is being fermented. there are 3000 minor programme you mentioned from the middle east and 750 miners were taken from calais. it isa 750 miners were taken from calais. it is a comprehensive programme and
i met with the home secretary this morning and i would encourage her to continue in this direction because, last year, 30,000 unaccompanied or children alone have arrived in europe. through greece and italy. it isa europe. through greece and italy. it is a phenomenon that is growing and needs the solidarity of all states to be addressed to the proper manner. did you come away from the meeting with confidence that work will continue to be done by the government? definitely. i am very keen on the programme to resettle 3000 vulnerable children from the middle east region. this is notjust syrians. there are several conflicts going on in the region and i think it will be beneficial to those children if this programme continues and comes to its conclusion within the time frame and i am confident it will be. you were given assurances it would be? yes. calais issued last
year, monopolised attention and resources , year, monopolised attention and resources, but i think there will be focusing gain on that programme. i think nobody should forget these programmes need to be handled with ca re programmes need to be handled with care and they require resources and very good reception capacity at this end, in the uk. they require good selection, and we are working with the government on this. it is important it is done properly. it is urgent and needs to be done in the appropriate manner to ensure that children end up in a better situation, not a worse situation. the ministry of defence says the new scheme will mean more generous
payments to anyone injured or families killed in combat. the father of a british soldier killed in iraq in 2007 has criticised proposals by the government to scrap the legal duty of care to service personnel in combat. it means they'll no longer be able to sue the government for negligence. the ministry of defence says the new scheme will mean more generous payments to anyone injured — or the families of those who are killed — in combat. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports. how old was he when he first started playing the drums? he was about nine or ten. in 2007, colin redpath‘s son, lance corporal kirk redpath, a keen drummer in the irish guards, died when a roadside bomb exploded next to his lightly armoured snatch land rover in iraq. colin fought a six—year legal battle against the ministry of defence, eventually winning the right at the supreme court to bring an action against the government under human rights law. the mod‘s new proposals cover battle and the preparations for it. they include stopping legal claims for negligence against the mod in the courts, a no—fault compensation scheme for injured service personnel and families of those killed, assessors to value injuries and loss based on expert reports they commission. nobody disputes that it's a really good idea for service personnel injured in the course of combat,
and the families of those who been killed, to be spared long and frustrating legal battles through the courts, but there are real concerns about the ministry of defence scrapping the duty of care that it owes to soldiers. the fire brigade, the police, the ambulance service, they all have to go out with equipment that works, and the right equipment. and that should be the same for a soldier. and lawyers worry that bypassing the courts creates unfairness. you've suffered injury, you think that the lawyer, ——employer the organisation, the mod, is at fault, and yet you are asked to rely upon the mod to assess the compensation that it should pay you for the damage that it has caused you. that's not right. but the mod and defence secretary remain convinced of the need for change. what we are consulting on is a way of getting them faster and better
compensation so that if the ministry has done something wrong with a piece of equipment they don't have to spend years suing us through the courts. the mod‘s consultation on its proposals ends injust over a week. the mod‘s consultation on its proposals ends injust over a week. colin redpath hopes that for the injured, and families of the fallen, the new system ensures maximum safety and fairness. clive coleman, bbc news. in a moment a summary of the business news but first, the headlines. the kremlin is refusing to comment on the resignation of president trump's national security adviser. general michael flynn stepped down after it emerged he hadn't told the truth about his conversations with russian contacts. inflation has risen to its highest level since june 2014. the rate — as measured by the consumer price index — reached 1.8% last month up from 1.6% in december. a 10—year—old boy has died after suffering serious head injuries in at the topshop
store in reading. police described it as an incident involving store furniture. in the business news... the chairman of toshiba has resigned, hours after the company revealed details of a multi—billion—dollar loss. the company had delayed issuing its results, but then said it was set to report a net loss of £2.76 billion in the year to march 2017. french carmaker psa says it is considering taking over general motors' 0pel — which includes vauxhall in the uk. vauxhall employs about 35,000 people
in the uk. the head of theresa may's inquiry into the way millions of people work has said there is evidence businesses are using self—employment laws to avoid tax. matthew taylor told the bbc that he wanted to see a new standard of "fair and decent" work which the public and private sector could sign up to. engineering giant rolls—royce saw its shares fall 5% in early trading after it posted a record loss of £4.6 billion for 2016. the last year saw it having to pay a £671 million settlement because of corruption cases in the uk and the us. it also had write off £4.4 billion from currency related contracts. professor peter wells is from cardiff university. is this cause for concern, it is a loss we knew about in the last 12 months, is there a problem with their underlying business? their results were not strong. if you look
at the results beneath the headline news regarding the fraud trial. their results have not been strong. two core areas of business have been 0k in terms of civil aviation and military work, but other areas, they look ripe for rationalisation. military work, but other areas, they look ripe for rationalisationm did say the fall in the pound had hit the business lightly. what challenges do you think they will face of the next year? it depends on how exposed they are two further currency falls. in the long—term, the fall in the value of the pound should help them in export because it will make their products more competitive in overseas markets. in the short—term, if they have taken positions in dollars and are exposed to the fall in the pound relative to the dollar it will hit profitability further. how would brexit impact? like many companies in the uk the
long—term impact of brexit is not known. we do not know what will happen to access to european markets. rolls—royce has an international business, focused at markets away from the eu, but they have a big aviation business linked to europe and we do not know what will happen to the trading relationships for rolls—royce in those areas. thanks. tui, the german travel company that owns thomson, has seen a revival of business thanks to better bookings for its uk and irish holidays. it's also cut its losses for the last three months from 138 million pounds a year ago to £82 million. john barton is to step down from his role as chairman of retail giant next. he'll be replaced by michael roney, formerly of bunzl. next said it's been facing a huge amount of uncertainty at the moment because of higher costs from the weak pound, customers not spending as much and the lack of clarity from the government over brexit.
disney has cut ties with the world's highest paid youtube star pewdiepie because of allegations of anti—semitism. he's been associated with disney through maker studios, a company with a network of youtube stars, drawing several billions of views per month — generating vast income from advertising. a quick look at the markets. the rolls—royce shares down slightly. it has recovered a bit since this morning when it released results. i will be back in an hour. thanks. steam power returned to the railways this morning for the first time in almost half a century. a timetabled steam train service will run between appleby in cumbria and skipton in north yorkshire for the next three days — and the first one left a few hours ago, with our correspondent
denny savage on board. i wish i was as well! at skipton station this morning, the sights and sounds of yesteryear pulled into the platform. it is a long time since the mid—morning service on a weekday attracted this sort of attention. which coach are you in? people turned out in their hordes to see the first timetabled steam train in england for nearly half a century. standard fares and discounts applied. you would normally pay a hefty premium for a steam trip but not here, not this week. i think it's wonderful. i've just been watching all the steam go past the window and it's just fantastic. well, it's great. i thought i would fetch my wife for valentine's day, it is cheaper than a bunch of roses. what do you make of the valentine's present? yeah, really good. iam liking it, enjoying it. so, thank you!
mark rand is one of the onboard guides. i know a lot of this has been done within the railway industry by huge lot of goodwill and a huge lot of mates‘ rates for things that are normally very, very expensive. what price can you put on a day like this? we might have to wait another 50 years for the next one. this is notjust a trip on a steam train. for lots of people, it is the ride through the yorkshire dales countryside as well, and crossing the ribblehead viaduct. it was the picture opportunity of the day. yes, you see this occasionally with special chartered trains, but this was really special, because it was not a premium—priced excursion. and the sun was shining. i talked to some customers on the train who had travelled from essex, norfolk, for the whole romance of this, and valentine's day, settle and carlisle railway on a steam train, how much better does it get? it is fantastic.
many people lined the route to see the train pass through. this may be the start of something special on britain's railways, the possibility of other timetabled steam services elsewhere. park rangers in india are using a cuddly toy tigress to help three traumatised cubs spring back to their feet after the death of their mother. the cubs, who were orphaned last month, have been happily feeding from milk bottles fitted inside the toy. forest rangers have also built a special enclosure for the cubs inside their compound, using twigs, grass and sand to mimic their natural habitat. ah. cued and cuddly. with darren and the weather. we are
seeing a change in the weather. we do not have the cold easterly wind we had yesterday. we have areas of cloud that things have moved on from 24 hours ago. this was lunchtime yesterday. you can see the cloud but move things on 24 hours, and the cloud is moving north across the uk and bringing rain here and there. still some areas of clearer skies and sunshine. a pretty good day in north east lincolnshire in the sunshine but not so lucky this valentine's day in gloucestershire, where we have been under a cloud. not much rain here. that is probably further north. the cloud and what is left of the rain is moving north and east. behind it sunshine in cornwall is filtering into devon. starting to dry off across the west country and parts of wales. showers coming into the midland by 6pm and by then probably much more cloud in
lincolnshire and northern england and some of the wet weather in northern ireland moving away and heading towards scotland, where it is dry this evening and turning cold quickly in the north of scotland, otherwise cloud around. rain pushing up otherwise cloud around. rain pushing up to scotland and eastern england and then turning misty with low cloud before we see more rain nudging into the far south—west. with a lot of cloud it should be a more mild night except in northern scotla nd more mild night except in northern scotland where we have clearer skies. the rest of the week, the theme is mild. it should feel warmer because the wind direction is changing. there will be rain from time to time. there could be heavy bursts in southern parts of the uk tomorrow and a risk of a rumble of thunder. showers moving northwards and eastwards. the best of the sunshine coming into wales and the south—west when the rain has moved through. feeling warmer. temperatures widely in double
figures. no easterly winds this time on wednesday. this will bring wetter and windy weather overnight to northern parts of the uk and probably into thursday morning, but we should see improvement later in the day. further south, we should see improvement later in the day. furthersouth, probably dry, a cold start, with mist and patchy fog. it should be mild, temperatures getting to ten, 11 degrees and unusually, though weather warnings are in force anywhere for the next five days would if you want the 10—day forecast, you can find that online. i will be back in half an hour. this is bbc news. the headlines. trouble at the white house as president trump's national security advisor michael flynn resigns. president trump now faces questions about how much he knew and when. we'll have the latest. also this hour.
a bump in the price of fuel pushes inflation to its highest rate for two—and—a—half years to 1.8%. rolls—royce posts a record loss of £4.5 billion, a bribery settlement and the fall in the pound are being blamed. talks are under way that could see the car—maker vauxhall bought by the french company peugeot. vauxhall employs about 35,000 people in the uk. an investigation is under way at a topshop store where a ten—year—old boy was fatally injured.