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hard—working americans, who love their country, to salute their flag, and who pray for a better future. norma mccorvey, the woman at the centre of the court decision that legalised abortion in america, has died. trying to reassure the allies, america's vice president says the united states has an unwavering commitment to nato. and sinkholes, flooding, mudslides — california is hit by its worst storm in years, causing chaos across the state. donald trump has held the first of what he is calling a campaign rally for america. he told his supporters in melbourne, florida that he wanted to speak to americans without the filter of fake news. he repeated his campaign pledge
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to keep america "safe," and said the country would have strong borders again. while reaffirming his commitment to prevent islamic militants from entering the country, he reiterated his plan to build a wall along the mexican border, saying building work would start very soon. we've taken secure action to secure the southern border, and i've ordered the construction of a great southern border wall, which will start very shortly. and i've taken decisive action to keep radical islamic terrorists the hell out of our country. and he told his florida audience how support for his idea of the nation—state turned from a movement into a global phenomenon. you're all part of this incredible
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movement, this movement has been talked about so much, that is written on the covers of magazines all over the world. it's a movement that's just sweeping, it is sweeping gci’oss that's just sweeping, it is sweeping across our country. its sweeping, frankly, across the globe. look at brexit. look at brexit. a much smaller example but it is still something you can look at. people wa nt to ta ke something you can look at. people want to take control of their countries, and they want to take control of their lives, and the lives of their family. the nationstate remains the best model for human happiness, and the american nation remains the greatest symbol of liberty, freedom and justice, on the face of god's earth. and you can find more analysis of donald trump's latest speech on our website. just log on to, where you will also find a look at the executive orders
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which the president has signed. the american woman who was at the centre of the us supreme court ruling which legalised abortion in america has died. norma mccorvey was known under the pseudonym jane roe when she took legal action to allow her to terminate a pregnancy in the 1973 roe versus wade case. she later waived her right to anonymity, and became an anti—abortion campaigner. caroline davies reports. she was known as jane roe. she wa nted she was known as jane roe. she wanted to end her pregnancy. abortion was illegal in the state where she lived, texas, so she sued. her case reached the supreme court and became one of the most
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well—known cases in american legal history, roe versus wade. the landmark ruling by the court meant that it was no longer legal for an american state to outlaw abortion in the first three months of pregnancy. but by the time the case had been won, four is later, mccorvey had already given birth. she gave her daughter up for adoption. in the early 1980s, mccorvey dropped her anonymity and campaign for a woman's right to have an abortion. but in the 1990s, she changed her position. you know, i have started getting disillusioned with the pro— abortion movement as far back as 1991. i started working in abortion clinics, i started talking to the women before they would go in for their abortions, after they would come out. and it was the same thing over and over. they all regretted it. politically, roe versus wade has also remain divisive. but could it be overturned. the president, it is
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no secret, has made it clear he is a pro—life president. no secret, has made it clear he is a pro-life president. donald trump has said that he thinks abortion should be largely banned. last month's executive order stopped money going to international groups which provide information on abortions. the question now is could this presidency limit abortion at home as well? mccorvey was the face of both sides of the argument over abortion. the case she launched, then condemned, remains as polarising as ever. the us vice president, mike pence, has used his first major foreign policy speech to reassure allies that donald trump does support nato, but he said the white house expects nato members to spend more on defence. from munich, our chief international correspondent lyse doucet sent this report. nato exercises in poland — a show of strength to counter what many see as a growing threat from russia. massive deployment of us military might in europe underlines
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how america has been the predominant power in nato since the end of the second world war. now, there is a us president who has called this alliance obsolete. so, with this munich forum, anticipation and anxiety over what message president trump's deputy would bring here. what we were most looking for were the messages coming out from the leading members of president trump's team, including vice president mike pence. everyone says they have been reassured by what he had about the transatlantic alliance, and the belief in nato. there is so much relief here about what you had to say. doesn't that make you worry that europe was worried about your commitment to the transatlantic alliance and to nato? i think president trump has made it clear that the united states stands strongly with the north atlantic alliance.
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we strongly support nato. but the president's also made it clear that we expect our allies to keep their word, to live up to the commitments that they've made, for our common defence. there was a strong message to russia, too, a warning it would be held accountable for its actions, despite president trump's talk of a warmer relationship. moscow's top diplomat accused the west of being stuck in a cold war mentality. translation: the historic period that can be called the post—cold war order has now come to an end. the main result, in our view, has been the failure of institutions to adapt. then, within hours, mr lavrov announced a new truce in ukraine between government forces and russian—backed separatists. there is scepticism a ceasefire will hold, but washington's message is now clear. without progress, there will be no lifting of russian sanctions. tonight, as the vice president headed out, he left behind some reassurance for europe's leaders.
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but there is still that uncertainty whether what has been said here is also the view of the oval office. lyse doucet, bbc news, munich. earlier, our chief international correspondent lyse doucet spoke to former us secretary of state madeleine albright, who is attending the munich conference. she asked her about concerns among policy—makers that the trump administration was not talking about shared values between the us and europe. i have to say, there has not been a discussion of values in the united states. and i am chairman of the board of the national democratic institute that is based on the really common aspect of our basic western values. and so i do wish we would talk about them more. i'm glad that the americans are being asked those particular questions. we have the official administration representatives, and then they're members of congress here, and i think that those are issues that need to be brought up. you have been
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hearing reassuring statements here. but back home in washington, where you live, there is concern about what is being described as chaos in the white house. are you worried? well, iam, having been in the white house. are you worried? well, i am, having been in two white houses, president carter's and president clinton's. the is we're not a new country. we are a country that knows how to make decisions, and asa that knows how to make decisions, and as a process. so i think i'm doing isjust kind of looking at what the news is, coming in, saying who is going to be national security adviser, this person has turned it down because he is not getting the possibility of naming the kind of stuff, those are very basic questions. so i do find a troubling, especially somebody who so values the american decision—making process. there was a lot of applause for vice president aik pants when he talked about the alliance. less applause when he talked about putting pressure on iran, and of course backing israel, which wants more aggressive action to be taken
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against iran —— mike pence. how do you see that policy going forward? well, i think that as far as i'm concerned, the nuclear agreement with iran is a very, very important one. it does need to be lived up to, but i think that there have been different views. on the other hand, one of the aspect of president trump when he says he doesn't like the deal is that those of us that have supported it have said it is because it isa supported it have said it is because it is a multilateral deal, and some of those mulcher multilateral people we re of those mulcher multilateral people were in that audience. so i do think were in that audience. so i do think we need to keep reiterating the importance of that agreement, and not necessarily then agreeing with the behaviour of iran and other places. you leave less worried, secretary of state albright?” places. you leave less worried, secretary of state albright? i leave informed, in a way, about the fact that there is a lot of work to do. i kind of the epitome of the us europe alliance had relationship and i think we need to remember what it is all about, and why it continues to be something not only valid from the
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past, but also a very good path to the future, and that it does mean we need to listen to what the others are saying. a train has derailed in belgium, killing one person and injuring 27. three of the injured are reported to be in a serious condition. swaminathan natharajan reports. the derailment happened minutes after the train left this station. pa rt after the train left this station. part of the passenger train going towards the capital, brussels, overturned and the carriage fell onto its side. rescuers rushed to the spot, and found a person crushed underneath the wreckage. officials say the victim was not on board. there was a number of injured. most of them were lightly injured, fortu nately. of them were lightly injured, fortunately. there was one death, so... fortunately. there was one death, so... who is underneath the train, the wreckage of the train. as to the circumstance, the exact circumstances, i do not know at this point. translation: we thought that
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the train was leaving its tracks. the train began to sway quite strongly and we realise that the wagon had stopped and fallen on its side. then we look for seriously wounded people. one was bleeding quite strongly. we tried to see if we could smash the windows in order to get out. we mostly open the windows and began to let children and people need get out. following the accident, services between lowen and brussels were suspended. the belgian prime minister has praised emergency workers. emergency workers say it is not yet clear why the train left the tracks, and the operation to determine what went wrong continues. the dutch politician geert wilders has launched his party's election campaign with a promise to stop muslim immigrants coming in to the country. the leader of the far—right freedom party has also promised
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to close the country's mosques. security has been tight at the event near rotterdam. mr wilders said his party would make sure the netherlands could decide for itself who was allowed in. any elections, for sure, are historical. it's a choice that the people of holland can make on march 15, whether to give their country away more and more, or to get their country back to themselves. to make the netherlands ours again. in paris there have been large protests in support of victims of police violence. two police officers were injured and were people were arrested. the demonstrations come after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton earlier this month. the 22—year—old, identified publicly only by his first name, theo, was hospitalised for two weeks. there have been violent protests since then in the suburbs of paris.
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thousands of people have marched in barcelona, infavourof spain taking in more refugees. the country has taken in 1100 of the 17,000 it has promised to accept. last month spanish human rights activists and politicians attacked europe's treatment of migrants after the body of a young boy washed up on a beach in the port of kadiz. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: gambia's new president is finally sworn in on home soil — his inauguration delayed by his predecessor refusing to leave office. nine years and 15,000 deaths after going into afghanistan, the last soviet troops were finally coming home. the withdrawal completed in good order, but the army defeated in the task it had been sent to perform. malcolm has been murdered. it has a terrible effect on the morale of the people, i'm terrified of the repercussions in the streets. one wonders who is next.
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as the airlift got under way, there was no letup in the eruption itself. lava streams from a vent low in the crater flowed down to the sea on the east of the island, away from the town for the time being, but it could start flowing again at any time. the russians heralded their new generation space station with a spectacular night launch. they've called it mir, russian for peace. this is bbc news. i'm lebo diseko. the latest headlines: donald trump has defended the achievements of his presidency so far at a rally of his supporters in florida. norma mccorvey, the american woman who was at the centre of a supreme court decision which gave the right to an abortion, has died at the age of 69. a huge storm that's hit california has killed at least two people. it's caused flooding,
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opened up sinkholes and meant roads have had to be closed in some parts of the state. weather forecasters say it could be the strongest storm to hit the southern part of the state in over 20 years. from los angeles, here's james cook. it looks like california's drought is ending in dramatic fashion. in the suburb of studio city, a woman was pulled to safety from the roof of her car moments before a second empty vehicle was swallowed up. turned around for one second, and the second car fell into the sinkhole. the rate of the water that's moving, it's undermining the soil underneath the asphalt, so it's starting to crumble the street. believe it or not, this is the desert town of victorville. this man had to be rescued by helicopter. another motorist could not be saved, drowning in his car. on the main motorway from los angeles to las vegas, a fire crew had a lucky escape,
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abandoning their engine just in time. while in the hills, this is the result of years of wildfires which have left the ground slick, scarred and unable to absorb moisture. the storm has been deadly, but the clouds do have one silver lining — reservoirs in this parched state are at last filling up. in la, it seems it never rains but it pours. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. well, terry anzur is anchor for kfi news in los angeles. earlier she spoke to my colleague alpa patel. at the moment we are getting a little bit of a break from the rain. they have lifted the evacuation orders in some neighbourhoods, where the water that came down yesterday had turned the streets into rivers of mud. people are now finally able to go back home. they have to walk home, park their car and walk home because a huge cleanup effort is going on. we have had some pictures in of a fire truck which fell
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into a sinkhole. unbelievable pictures. how are emergency crews coping with all of this? it shows you that the first responders are victims of this huge storm, just as much as regular people. this fire truck was on interstate 15 yesterday, responding to an accident that involved a big truck when the pavement began to crumble underneath the fire engine. you can see in that video the fire engine just tumbled over. good to know that all six firefighters who were working on that engine were able to get away but now it isjust sitting on its side in the middle of san bernardino county and officials say it could cost $3 million to repay the highway. —— repair. good to know that nobody was hurt in that. tell us what other challenges
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emergency crews are facing. of course there are lots of power outages and that is largely because we've been in a drought for six years and now all of this rain, all at once, that we needed so badly, has caused the trees to come out of the loose soil and fall down onto powerlines and onto people's homes. the other problem we have, sinkholes opening up in the pavement. people driving down the street, minding their own business, and suddenly there is a huge hole swallowing their car. we had two people, actually, two cars, that tumbled into a sinkhole yesterday. another one has opened up in another community and police are trying to warn people to stay away from those areas. briefly, how unusual is this for california? this is crazy. friday night traffic, holiday weekend, is always bad
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here, but the brunt of this hitjust as everybody was on the road and we had freeways that were filled up with water. the big rig trucks were having trouble getting through. this is very unusual. i've been covering traffic for many years and i have never seen anything like this. terry anzur there in los angeles. the gambia has formally sworn in its newly elected president, adama barrow. it was the second time he had taken the oath after his formal inauguration was delayed because his predecessor was refusing to leave office. thomas fessy reports. thousands of people in the gambia fill a stadium for a historic moment. many had come before dawn to get the best seats. with a capacity of 20,000, the capitol stadium was jampacked. after 22 years of the same man in power, expectations are high. our focus should be developing the gambia and seeing that the gambia is up
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in the sky and democratically we are definitely up there. and other states too can look up to the gambia to emulate us. definitely. we've shown that already. west african heads of state showed their support too. they came from liberia... ..senegal, sierra leone, the ivory coast and mauritania for the occasion. and then the man of the day, adama barrow. the new president who has promised to turn the page and open a new chapter in the country's history. he had first taken the oath last month at the gambian embassy in senegal, where he waited until security was restored for his return. here he is taking the oath again, at home with his people. i, adama barrow, do swear... continues oath
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so help me god. a day to celebrate democracy, a day of hope. above the crowds, a reminder of the hashtag slogan that flooded the social media since adama barrow won the december election. #gambiahasdecided. mr barrow said there were many challenges ahead. he has promised to free those detained without trial. to improve education and press freedom. the task is immense but he has vowed to turn the small west african nation into a beacon of peace. a fourth man has been arrested in connection to the death of kimjong—nam, the half brother of north korea's leader. there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding his apparent murder at kuala lumpur airport. let's take a look at what we know. we strongly urge and demand the
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malaysian side not to be entangled with the political issues by the hostile forces towards the dpnk. and to release the body immediately. last—minute trouble forced spacex to stop saturday's countdown
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at florida's kennedy space center. the mission, which is now postponed by 2a hours until sunday, would be the private space compa ny‘s tenth resupply to the international space station. it will be it's the first launch from kennedy space centre since the shuttles were retired six years ago. that's it for the moment. drop me a line on twitter. i'm @lebo?diseko. hi there. cloudy for some, sunny for others, wet for a few but mild. that is the theme at the moment, and that theme continues through sunday as well. temperatures widely above where you would expect at this time of year. but a lot of regional variation around the uk,
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so i will try and pick out some detail. it looks as if most places will start the day on a dry note. cloudy in some places with a fog across central and southern areas but it should not be too extensive and it should lift with time. cloud across the west cost of wales with an odd spot of drizzle. a murky misty start, a misty start, across northern ireland as well. the odd spot of drizzly rain from the word go across the western highlands of scotland. to the eastern hills, already some brightness out there. temperatures already quite well up. eight or nine degrees in a good few places. to the east of the pennines, some sunshine. probably grey further west towards cumbria. across the midlands, east anglia, much of southern england, it will be a reasonable start to the day. dry weather, there could be areas of mist and thick patches of fog on high ground, perhaps around the coastal fringes as well. it don't think it'll be too widespread and there is a chance we will see brightness developing as we go through the day. something of a west—east split emerging. that is to say the west
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keeps a lot of cloud, particularly around the coast, damp and persistent. perhaps heavy rain eventually for the west of scotland. an increasingly blustery wind. the further east you are, the better the chance of holding onto brightness and temperatures responding. into double figures and a couple of places could get as high as 13 or 1a degrees through sunday afternoon. if anything we will import some even warmer, sub—tropical air coming off the atlantic and toppling down across the uk as we head into monday. the catch is it will be moist air carrying a lot of cloud in between these two weather fronts. perhaps not much in the way of brightness. it'll generate some wetter weather for scotland and northern ireland. it will head into parts of northern england and north wales eventually as well, brightening up behind there will be gusty wind. mid teens potentially, especially if you see some brightness to the south of that front across some central and eastern parts of england. now, the fronts continue to come across the uk as we go
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through the rest of the coming week. there will be some wet and windy weather at times particularly across the north of the uk and it could get quite stormy later on in the week. one thing you will notice is that it turns chilly compared to this current time and blustery in the wind as well. he expects nato to spend more on defence. norma mccorvey, but woman at the centre of a 1970 supreme court decision, establishing the right to abortion, has died at the age of 69. in a later life she became an opponent of abortion. theresa may will meet the head of the french carmaker peugeot to discuss the us takeover of vauxhall in the uk. there is concern that any ta keover in the uk. there is concern that any takeover could impact thousands of jobs at plants in the uk. will the next generation of vauxhall astras be made in britain?
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vauxhall employs a500 people, with thousands more depending on thosejobs. this week, general motors said it was in talks to sell vauxhall and opel brands to psa.
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