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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 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 historic action to secure the southern border, and i've ordered the construction of a great border wall, which will start very shortly. and i've taken decisive action to keep radical islamic terrorists the hell out of our country. president trump talked about new business opportunities
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and the jobs they're bringing. jobs are already starting to come back in. they are coming back in like you haven't seen in a long time. ford, general motors, fiat chrysler, they are bringing in morejobs and billions of dollars due to the new business climate we are creating. in arizona, intel, great company, just announced it will create 10,000 brand new, beautiful american jobs. 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.
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she was known as jane roe. the unexpected hero of abortion rights in the united states. in 1969, aged 22, norma mccorvey wanted to end her pregnancy. abortion was illegal in the state where she lived, texas, so she sued. she used the namejane roe. her case reached the supreme court and became one of the most 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 years later, mccorvey had already given birth. she gave her daughter up for adoption. in the early 1980s, mccorvey dropped her anonymity and campaigned 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
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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 remained divisive. but could it be overturned? the president, it is 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 too? mccorvey was the face of both sides of the argument over abortion. the case she launched, then condemned, remains as polarising as ever. 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. forms that could be 60,000 years old have been found by that say they have been found by that say they have found crystals in a cave in mexico. the team led by nasa's biology institute said they were 10% different from their nearest relatives. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: sinkholes, flooding, mudslides. california is hit by its worst storm in years, causing chaos across the state.
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the us vice president mike pence has used his first major foreign policy speech to reassure allies that donald trump does support nato. just weeks after the president called the military alliance obsolete, mr pence told a security conference in munich that america's commitment to it was unwavering. but he also made it clear that the white house expected nato members to increase their spending on defence. from munich, 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 how america has been the predominant power in nato since the end of the second world war. now there's a us president who has called this alliance obsolete. so, with this munich forum, anticipation and anxiety over what message president trump's
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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 to say about the transatlantic alliance, and the belief in nato. there's 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. 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
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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. 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, lyse doucet spoke to former us secretary
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of state madeleine albright, who's 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 aspects 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 there are members of congress here, and i think that those are issues that need to be brought up. you have been 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 two white houses, president carter's and president clinton's. the bottom line is, we're not a new country.
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we are a country that knows how to make decisions, and has a process. so i think all 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 their kind of staff. those are very basic questions. so i do find it troubling, especially as somebody who so values the american decision—making process. there was a lot of applause for vice president mike pence 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 against iran. 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. 0n the other hand, one of the aspects of president trump, when he says he doesn't like the deal, is that those of us
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that have supported it have said it is because it is a multilateral deal, and some of those multilateral people 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 in other 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'm kind of the epitome of the us—europe alliance and 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 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. that was the former us secretary of state. theresa may will meet the head of the french car maker peugeot to discuss its proposed takeover of vauxhall in the uk.
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there's concern any takeover may have an impact on thousands ofjobs at plants in ellesmere port, and luton. from luton, our business correspondentjoe lynam reports. will the next generation of vauxhall astras be made in britain? vauxhall employs 11,500 people, with thousands more depending on thosejobs. this week, general motors said it was in talks to sell vauxhall and 0pel brands to psa. psa will almost certainly want to cut costs if there is a deal, and that might mean closing down factories. after all, britain will be up against germany, where 0pel employs 35,000 people, in what is increasingly set to be a corporate beauty parade. if the takeover goes ahead, it's inevitable, i think, there will be plant closures. the crunch point comes in 2018, when a decision will be made on where to locate the next astra model. at that point, if the government want to keep investment in the uk and keep plants open,
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it's going to have to pull out all of the stops in terms of offering an attractive deal to peugeot. the meeting between these two could decide that. the boss of peugeot and citroen, carlos tavares, will want at least the same concessions from theresa may that she gave to the nissan boss, carlos ghosn, last autumn, to persuade him to stay in sunderland after britain quits the single market. nissan was promised more investment in locally made components, electric batteries, and free and unencumbered access to european markets. the meeting between the psa boss, carlos tava res, and the prime minister, theresa may, will be watched very carefully by the people who make the vivaro vans here at vauxhall, in luton. they will know that britain is leaving the single market and probably the customs union, which means cars made here could face a tariff being sold on continental europe, and that could make their factory potentially unviable.
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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 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 13 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.
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there've been violent protests since then in the suburbs of paris. thousands of people have marched in barcelona, infavourof spain taking in more refugees. the country's taken in 1,100 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 cadiz. this is bbc news. the 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. the government is to propose new laws to try and tackle domestic violence in england and wales.
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victims will get greater support, under legislation that will be personally overseen by theresa may. adam fleming reports. rachel williams felt failed by the state when she finally worked up the courage to leave an abusive husband. filed for divorce, left him. during a six—weeks period, he bombarded me with texts and literally stalked me. now i know what stalking is. and then, on the 19th of august, 2011, while i was in work, he came into my hairdresser‘s where i was working, with a sawn off shotgun, and shot me. experiences like that are shattering, according to theresa may, who has asked ministers and experts to clarify laws that are applied unevenly across england and wales. it is estimated there are 1.3 million female victims of domestic abuse each year, with around 600,000 men being affected, too. very few come forward, and there were just 75,000 convictions in 2016, although that is more
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than any other year. it is something theresa may tried to grapple with during her six years in charge here at the home office, introducing legislation which criminalised emotional abuse, and giving people the right to find out if their new partners had been violent before. but, as prime minister, she has decided the whole of the government needs to look at the whole issue. she's pointed out that there are big inconsistencies in the police response, and that will be covered through the home office and the ministry ofjustice. but four out of five victims of domestic abuse don't go to the police, so we need the health service and schools and others to really take this seriously. rachel's son took his own life after so much violence at home. labour say proper funding of services for families like this is just as important as any legislation that emerges. adam fleming, bbc news. a huge storm that has hit california has killed at least two people. it has caused flooding, opened up sinkholes,
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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 is 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 then 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. 0n 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. well, at the moment, we're getting a little bit of a break from the rain. and they have lifted the evacuation orders in the neighbourhood of duerte, where the water that came down yesterday had turned the streets into rivers of mud. people are now finally able to go back home, but they have to walk home,
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park nearby and walk home, because a huge cleanup effort is going on. we have had some pictures in of a fire truck which fell into a sinkhole. absolutely unbelievable pictures. how are emergency crews coping with all of this? well, it shows you that the first responders are victims of this huge storm, just as much as regular people. this firetruck was on interstate 15 yesterday, responding to an accident that involved a big rig truck, when the pavement began to crumble underneath the fire engine. and, 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's just sitting on its side in the middle of san bernardino county, and officials say it could cost $3 million to repair the highway. that is good to know, that nobody was hurt in that. tell us what other challenges emergency crews are facing.
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well, of course, there are lots of power outages, and that's 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 just driving down the street, minding their own business, when suddenly there's a huge hole swallowing their car. we had two people, actually two cars, that tumbled into a sinkhole yesterday in sherman oaks. another one has opened up in the community of covina, and police are trying to warn people to stay away from those areas. briefly, how unusual is this for california? this is crazy.
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friday night traffic, holiday weekend, is always bad here, but the brunt of this hitjust as everybody was on the roads, 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 here for many, many years, and i've never seen anything like it. 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. 0n the day that the gambia celebrated 52 years of sovereignty, thousands of people filled the 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 jam—packed. after 22 years of the same man in power, expectations are high. our focus should be developing the gambia, and seeing to it 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, ivory coast, or 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, and with his people. i, adama barrow, do swear i will not directly or indirectly reveal such matters as may be committed to my citizens, so help me god. a day to celebrate
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democracy, a day of hope. and, 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 malaysian side not to be
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entangled with the political plot by the hostile forces towards the dprk, who want to damage the image of our republic, and to release the body immediately. the weather now, withjohn hammond. hi there. cloudy for some, sunny for others, wet for a few, but mild. that is the theme at the moment, isn't it, and that mild theme continues through sunday as well. once more, temperatures widely above where you would expect at this time of year. but a lot of regional variation around the uk, so i will try and pick out some detail. it looks as if most places will start the day on a dry note. quite a cloudy one in some places. some areas of fog, particularly across some 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. quite a murky misty start, a misty start, across northern ireland as well. and the odd spot of drizzly rain from the word go, actually, across the western highlands of scotland.
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but to the east of the hills, already some brightness out there. and temperatures already quite well up. eight or nine degrees in a good few places. again, to the east of the pennines, some sunshine. probably grey further west towards cumbria. across the midlands, east anglia, much of southern england, it is going to be a reasonable start to the day. a lot of dry weather. there could be some areas of mist, thicker patches of fog up over the high ground in particular, perhaps around the coastal fringes as well. but it don't think it'll be too widespread, and there is a chance where you are we will see brightness developing as we go through the day. something of a west—east split emerging. that is to say, western areas keeping a lot of cloud, particularly towards coastal areas, some dampness and some more persistent, perhaps heavy rain, eventually, for the west of scotland. an increasingly blustery wind. always the further east you are, the better the chance of holding onto some brightness, and temperatures responding. up into double figures, and one or two places could get as high as 13 or 1a degrees through sunday afternoon. if anything, we are going to import
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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 is going to be moist air, carrying a lot of cloud, in between these two weather fronts, so perhaps not much in the way of brightness. and this front will generate some wetter weather for scotland and northern ireland. it will be heading its way into parts of northern england and north wales eventually as well, brightening up behind. though there will be very gusty wind. now, 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 through the rest of the coming week. so a disturbed spell. there will be some wet and windy weather at times, particularly across the more northern parts of the uk, potentially it could get quite stormy later on in the week. one thing you will notice is that it turns chillier compared to this current time, and feeling colder in those blustery winds as well. the latest headlines from bbc news: donald trump has held the first of what he's calling a "campaign rally for america".
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he told his supporters that he wanted to speak to americans "without the filter of fake news". he reiterated many of his pledges on the economy and security and promised to build a wall on the mexico border. the us vice president, mike pence, has used his first major foreign policy speech to reassure allies that donald trump does support nato. president trump had called the military alliance obsolete. the white house said it expects nato members to spend more on defence. norma mccorvey, the woman at the centre of a 1973 supreme court decision establishing the right to an abortion, has died at the age of 69. the issue has remained divisive, and in later life norma mccorvey became an opponent of abortion.
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